I played yesterday and got up super early to make a before 8 tee time. When I got there the starter asked if I wanted to go with the first group out at 7. That meant no warm-up, but pace would not be an issue. I got to the tee and we played a wagering game which sounded like fun. I busted a drive 275 down the middle and that was basically the highlight of the day. On the second tee box, my partner duffed it and took a major razzing to the point he just snapped and I thought he was going to go postal (later I found out he worked for the post office!). He started on the razzer and just told him that he was a f-ing a-hole and went on a rant for a good minute. I really thought they would come to blows right on the hole. Needless to say, I got really frazzled but composed myself to make a nice par save. Then came the razzing, and the constant comments about how good I used to be and blah, blah, blah...you get the picture...group from hell. I said to myself, that this would be a good test of golf, to be able to concentrate through this chaos. It was no use. By the end of nine, I was resigned to just "practicing" and not keeping score as I had mentally checked out by the sixth hole. I had hit the driver great all day but any scoring club was pointless as my nerves were shot. To be honest, the only guy I ended up liking and could see myself playing with shot at least 110 and was not half as annoying as the razzer who got bent and yelled if he missed a putt (like he was some kind of player). The best thing I was able to do without thinking about it was to outdrive him on almost every tee shot which only pissed him off but delighted my partner who on a late hole said, He hit it by you a good 20 yards...again! I went through the motions and finished the round and the guy says my score and then said something like you hit the ball well. I said my score was horrible and he said, I wasn't commenting on your score. Whatever...a-hole!
Today was a little better as I took my father-in-law to see my pro (bought him a series for his b-day). It was really good to see him start to come around and he hit some great shots. I worked about 20 minutes with my guy and we worked on the club path past impact. I told him about the day before and hitting 70% of the fairways but having trouble with the irons and we worked on the post impact part of the swing. He said that this was the final touches that I needed to really take me to the next level. I hit some really stellar wedges, 7 irons and then partial wedges concentrating on body through the ball and extension down the path. Then we went to the putting green and worked on 10 footers and then on 3 footers...my latest area needing improvement. He saw the slightest of breakdowns in my stroke and got me to tighten it up and put more of a pop on it to feel acceleration. Then I asked when I should see him again and he said that your swing is where I want it to be and now you have to go play. We decided that I would report back at the end of March. Today was a good day.