Friday, July 24, 2009

7/18/09 Round

Finally got to play some golf with my brother and good friend Jason. It has been way to long since I golfed with Jason. Boy was I surprised at his improvement. He hit almost every drive right on the button. His improvement was impressive. Needless to say my play was awful. I could not hit the ball straight to save my life. It was fun however because my daughter and Jason's daughter went with us for the front nine. The were very well behaved and made me laugh. We did have something interesting happen however. As we pulling up to the 8th tee box along comes a skunk. I should have known because that is how bad my game was that day. Actually the skunk probably smelled better than my game. That is ok though because I love the game and will be back for more. Hope to get to play with Jason again before the summer ends.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Playing Lesson with the Pro.

Well it finally happened. I played a round with my teacher yesterday. Man was it hot!. We worked on course management and he also pointed out the things I need to watch for as far as falling back into some bad habits. He was pretty quite for the first few holes, however after seeing my inconsistency with the driver he pointed out that I need to keep a wider stance and also make sure and keep my knees flexed more than I had them. That along with a minor adjustment with my alignment, I was aiming way to far right, allowed me to start hitting some really solid nice drives. He also added to my already large list of things to keep in mind to keep the hinge in my wrist on the downswing as long as possible. This will help me to not swing with my arms and to swing more with my lower body. This accomplishes two things, one much solider shots and two more distance as the power is held until the last possible second before being unleashed. It was a very interesting afternoon and it also helped to gain some confidence and he reiterated all the things that I do correctly which in turn narrowed down the stuff I need to work. Our last lesson will be with their new teaching tool which involves video. I am really looking forward to this as he will be able to e-mail me my swing and really point things out more specifically that need corrected. All in all it has been money well spent and has also rejuvenated my passion for this wonderful game.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Family Reunion July 4th, 2009

Well I am finally back with some golfing news. Went to Nebraska for a family reunion and saw people I haven't seen for 7 years. Was able to get a round in with a couple of cousins who only took the game up with in the last 10 years. We actually played on the 4th in the morning which was nice. We played 18 before our big party. Needless to say the scores could have been better. I was happy to be able to implement some of the chipping knowledge I have learned and am happy to say that I chipped better than I have in a long time. Chipping and putting were not the issue with me that day. I shot an 85 with a 45 on the front and a 40 on the back. I am looking forward to my playing lesson with the Pro and hope to get that in this weekend or next week for sure. I will let you know how that goes. Until then it is practice and hopefully some more trips to the course.