Tuesday, August 26, 2014

My last 3 weeks including tournaments, practice and new equipment. - thoughts on my current situation

Over the past weeks I played a few tournaments, practiced, played in skins game groups, got myself something brand new to hopefully help my game and thought about how to proceed.

First and for all, my will and desire are unbroken. A few times now I heard a question about my progress and the time frame, the investment and the emotional toll I pay to accomplish my goal. Let me tell you, if you have a true dream, you will work on it. No matter what toll you pay.

First about my new gadget I was able to get. The GameGolf Traking system. A GPS tracking system, which actually is able to follow  you on the course and record your movement around each golf course including stats like distance, direction , putts and so on. You collect data and then can start working on certain things. Also you can compare yourself to other players, including some PGA Tour players.

I will not go further into details of the system. That you will find in a review soon just make sure you find my golf review blog. While not often, I do write unbiased reviews about golf equipment, courses and so on.

The item I bought at a GC Am Tour event at Waterlefe Golf and River Club. As a member of the GC Am Tour you have a few benefits. One of them is to get a 50 $ discount on this machine.

The event at Waterlefe with the GC Am Tour was not one of my best. I was not able to keep the ball in the fairway nor was I able to get my approach shots close enough to the pin to score well. In all, I was working hard on the course make even a few pars. So I kept my stats, but forgot the round.

Waterlefe is a tight course with tons of water. If you are in the fairway, you are good. If not , you are out.

I followed up with another not too exciting round at River Wilderness Golf and Country Club. This time it was an FSGA event. Again, I was not able to keep the ball in play as I wanted and on top of that my putting really did not help me.

Both of the above rounds were in the low 80s, which is not like me at all. However, if you play a lot, things like that happen and I do not have any problem with that at all. It is part of golf. Further I need to consider my new grip and swing as well as my new set up. My coach told me it will  take 6 months to be on top of all that. Considering I play in the National Final of the WGAT this September, 6 months is not an option.

From there on I played a few skins games. Bobby Jones Golf Complex and Tatum Ridge Golf Links. Shot in the mid 70s on all of those rounds. If you take a look at the conditions on those courses, that is pretty good shooting.

Last week I then played Waterlefe Golf and River Club yet again. This time with the FSGA. I had a good round going there. Started with a bogey and followed that with 9 pars and 1 birdie. I thought I am on to something. Then I had 2 triple bogeys in a row, followed by 3 pars and a double.

In all I shot a good round and was happy. I missed only 2 fairways. Scrambled nicely and had incredible sand saves. Putting was right on. The two holes I messed up where the result off wrong decisions I made when deciding what shot I played and which club I used.

I came in 4th. That is a good thing. Just did not pay anything.

Right after that I was back at Rolling Green Golf Links and Tatum Ridge Golf Links. Again I played two rounds which are not really like me. Could not get the ball in the fairway often enough and my approach shots were wrong distance all day long. Putting was good though and that saved me a ton of shots.

I practiced a few times. But by far I am not doing what I would need to do. It is a challenge. There is simply too much around me going on which has a direct impact on my mental state. A lottery win would do the trick. However I can not count on that. So I need to keep working on other things.

An important fact will be to stay in focus of what is important. Golf.

Played a round at Sarabay yesterday. It was horrible. The score was not good. But I could live with that. What was frustrating was how I got my score. I simply was not able to get my mindset right.

Missed short putts. Had many misshits. I worked through the round grinding and was able to at least finish strong. But in my mind I am going backwards.

My environment is simply not right. So I will create a new one so I can pursue the goal. The environment is something I have control over.

There is 3 weeks before the big tournament. Cross your fingers that I get in shape for that.

Yesterday the Tourstriker club arrived. Starting with it today.

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