So I'm gonna start this off by saying that I have been in a rut for the last month, but think I may have finally found my way out of that rut. I've been practicing a ton the last few months and the last few months of last year and found myself improving immensely, last year that is. But this year I felt like I was falling off track, even with practicing nearly every day around 3 hours a day. I came to the conclusion that this was happening because of my mental side of the game and also my putting. I kinda stopped having as much fun as I use to and started taking the sport too seriously and my putting wasn't getting focused on enough anymore also. Now I've changed both and feel way more confident to do well in my next tournament. Since my change I've won both of our first two weekly doubles shooting rounds that I was happy with and I also won our bag tag event this past Saturday and another singles event the Sunday after. I have been putting very well lately and I just hope it sticks with me.
I started off the year fairly decent winning my second tourney of the year, but then came the Gentlemens Club Challenge which I just expected to do well in and didn't play well the last 2 days in the 30mph winds which made me miss the cash by 5 strokes(that's really bad for what I expect from myself). Then I went to the Memorial and took 33rd ($210) but still felt like I messed up soo much. I missed around 20 -25 putts inside of the circle during the tourney. That's terrible, I shouldn't miss more than 2-3 a round. Then the next weekend I went to El Dorado, California and took last cash playing like crap 2 out of the 3 rounds also missing about 20 putts inside the circle. So now over the last week I've change my putting stance to more of an inline stance (kinda imitating Feldberg's stance, feet inline and close together) and I've been releasing my putts much more consistent and a lil bit higher(I used to miss almost every putt about 2 inches too low).
The whole point of this blog is just to express that it's not how much you practice necessarily, but how you practice. You can only learn by trying new things, if you keep practicing a bad habit it's just gonna become a more consistent bad habit. My next tourney is the Emerald Isle Open (EIEIO) in San Diego, California this coming weekend (Mar. 29th) and I feel much more ready for this tourney than I have any of the 5 tourneys I've played so far this year. After that I go to Huntington Beach (April12-13), Then Salt Lake City (April 19-20), and then the Glass Blown Open (Emporia, Kansas April 26-27). So I'm hoping that this weekend will be the start of a whole new smarter and talented golf season for myself. I'll keep you guys update on how I'm doing. Alright, wish me luck!
This is how I've done so far
Fountain Hills Thrills - 7th ($70)
Las Vegas Ice Bowl - 1st ($0 - Fundraiser)
Gentlemen's Club Challenge - 34th ($0)
The Memorial - 33rd ($210)
Plastic Pilots at El Dorado - 17th ($50)