I'm one of those golfers whose big head gets in the way of my game sometimes. I'm 40-50 foot out, thinking "I've got this putt." Within the last couple of years, I've learned that maybe that's not the best way; although, I'm a superb putter, taught by some of the best in the midwest. I like to impress the boys with my mad puttin skillz.
About 3 years ago, I went to play one of my favorite tournys in Herrington, KS. Until this point, I was the best girl golfer around these parts, without much competition. On this particular day, though, we had a few women show up; I can't remember exactly how many, I was just excited to play with some other girls. One lady stepped up to the tee on the first hole & parked it with a flick shot (I throw RHBH & have always had trouble flickin). I was smitten, thought I was gonna have to get my game on. After we talked for awhile, I realized she was still a noob & it wasn't all the challenge I thought it would be; of course, we still had a great time. She was the first one to point out how competitive I am; guess my true colors were shinin through.
Less than a year later, this same woman was hanging with me, and soon after, she was beating me every time we played; now she's gone Pro- something I've been striving to do since 2005. It sucked for me, having to watch her game grow & progress so quickly,when I'd been working on my game for years. I soon realized the problem: consistency. She has a super safe, lay it up, get the par type of game. I, on the other hand, am a "go for it" type. I'm often runnin for birdies, but writing 4's (or worse) on the scorecard:(
I can't say I've put a lot of effort into breaking away from my competitive nature so far. Acknowledging the problem is the first step, right? I'm thinking the time is at hand. Is there a "lay it up" support group?