Saturday, September 1, 2012

If It Ain't Totalled, Don't Fix It

"The fun you get from golf is in direct ratio to the effort you don't put into it."
-Bob Allen

I dusted off the old clubs and headed back out to the course.  It was also the first time that I had returned to the course after spending time on the driving range to "Work out some swing issues."  The reason that I put that in quotes is because I technically, have no idea how to do that.  But it's one of those things that pro golfers say so I just figured I could say it too.

Now one of the basic, fundamental principles of practicing is that if you do it, then you will improve.  That's just how it works with just about everything.  It's even true in golf.  However, if you practice doing the wrong things over and over again, the results may be a little disastrous.  But what's even worse is when you practice, you practice the wrong things, AND you have absolutely no idea that you're practicing the wrong things.

I know what you're thinking.  "If you're practicing the wrong things, wouldn't you realize it?"  To which I would say, "You're using logic.  There's absolutely no logic in golf."  For some reason, what happens on the driving range tends to stay on the driving range.  Either that or I only tend to remember the 5 good shots I hit out of the 200.

Regardless, I ventured to Van Cortlandt, my old nemesis, armed with a newer, more powerful golf swing.  I was prepared to show that golf course who was boss.  Not surprisingly, I am still that golf course's bitch.

Now before I made my "swing changes" I was able to somewhat predict what the ball was going to do.  Obviously, I would hit bad shots and I couldn't hit the ball very far, but I was almost always sure that the ball would go forward.  Well, that simply wasn't the case with this new swing.

Oh it was a mess.  It was a mess of a mess.  It was a travesty of a mess of a disaster.  It just didn't go well.  At one point, I was teeing off from the 3rd hole and nearly hit the ball into the water hazard...ON THE 6TH HOLE.  For those of you who don't follow golf, that's just really bad.  I mean REALLY bad.  Even for me.

This was also another one of those rounds when I decided (after seeing how miserable it was going) that I no longer needed to keep score.

Oh well.  Back to the drawing board.  I should have it figured out in another 10 years or so.

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