This year has been an extremely enjoyable year of golf for me.
I have played about 80 rounds at many beautiful courses in competition and practice over the season.
Sadly, I played my final round of the season this past weekend. I brought out one of my old high school friends Kurt to play at Oshawa G&CC with my father and I. Kurt has a solid athletic background, he is an accomplished skier who ran track and field and made the high school badminton team in his first year of playing the sport. He has played golf maybe 3 times a year until this year when he decided to buy a membership at the end of the season and got himself hooked. I hadn’t played golf with Kurt for 4 years so I didn’t know what to expect.
Low and behold, Kurt made great pars on his first two hole and then proceeded to shoot 54 on the first nine. In good spirits, but obviously playing worse than he expected, we grabbed a sandwich and coffee to warm up and proceeded to the second nine.
Par (with a 15-foot chip in), Bogey, Par, Double Bogey, Bogey, Bogey, Par, Birdie (with a pitch in from 25 yards), Par for a total of 40 strokes. Kurt just beat his previous 9 holes by 14 shots!
Golf is such a strange sport, but there were a few things that I took away from Kurt’s round of golf.
- When you are playing poorly, you are never that far away from playing great
- Better scoring for handicap golfers comes from improving in a few important areas (Blog post on these coming soon)
We have all had rounds where we are playing terrible golf and it feels like we will never play well again, and there are also times where we are hitting great shots and don’t think it’s possible for us to hit a poor shot again.
In reality, both situations are fleeting.
We are constantly going back and forth between these two points.
There really is no such thing as improving your consistency, even the best players in the world have huge differences in their best and worst scores.
In 2015 Jason day had a 20-stroke difference between his best (61) and worst (81) rounds that season.
This year, I had the same 20 stroke difference between my best (66) and worst (86) rounds in tournaments.
Our work to improve our games should be viewed as an effort to shift the whole graph of our scores lower, rather than searching for some unrealistic conception of consistency.
How we do that may be different for each individual.
Some may need some help with their full swing technique, other’s may need help with the strategy, or short game and putting. There can be countless areas for improvement in your game, and as CPGA professionals it is our role to help you identify and improve in those areas that can affect your scores.
Call me to discuss how your game can improve.