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Oddly enough, I haven't been playing as many tournaments as I would have imagined with 6 months off work. I played the Master's Cup in May and then nothing until the Frying Pan a couple weeks ago. I wasn't particularly happy with my game in either tournament -- actually, I haven't been particularly happy with any of my tournament results in 2008.

I think the main thing this year, is now that I'm playing pro masters, I've got somewhat unrealistic expectations. Instead of taking my years of experience and incrementally building my rating, I've tried to do so much at once, that it's backfiring.

At St Patties, the Memorial and the Master's Cup I found myself doing things I used to chide am players about: Throwing low percentage shots to "make it all up in a couple of holes", running ridiculously long putts, and then finding myself completely frozen with fear that I'm going to miss 15 foot putts. It's a really weird feeling to completely forget how I putt. You know? Standing in front of the basket thinking "Wait, how much do I snap my wrist? How hard do I putt? At what point do I release the disc? What is this supposed to feel like?"

On the other hand -- I've been playing really well in weeklies, monthlies, doubles and bag-tag rounds. The difference is purely the amount of pressure I put on myself. That's it.

So with this in mind -- I've done a bit of preparation for Worlds. The most important thing is that I had a practice basket drop-shipped to my mom's house in Michigan so Steve Ganz and I can putt whenever we feel like it (instead of having to head to a course). I've also been doing my best to play in hot weather situations, go over my basic putting mechanics (so I can remember how to reset later if I get confused), and set what I believe is a reasonable goal of finishing in the top 1/2 of my division. Top 1/3 would be amazing (making the cut, etc) but I think top 1/2 is more reasonable at this point.

Oh yeah - and I'm going back to work at Yahoo the day after I get back from worlds. (more money, similar position, 6 months off)

See you in the Zoo!

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Comment by Greg Layton on August 6, 2008 at 5:52pm
Good luck Matt, I'm sure you'll do well. The practice basket thing should work out real well for you.
Comment by Steve Ganz on August 6, 2008 at 2:33pm
Hooray for practice baskets!
Comment by Cowboy on August 6, 2008 at 1:29pm
Matt, Sounds like you are figuring it out. Best of "Birdies" @ the Worlds and glad to hear that you are saddling up @ Yahoo after you return.
Have safe travels bro!

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