SO I finally broke the magic 80 mark!! Yay! On the weekend I shot a 78 in a local competition and it feels like a huge weight off my shoulders.
I've been shooting low 80's consistently for a while now and the 80 mark was a mental barrier that would cause me to fall apart round after round at the end. I would often shoot a great first 9, in at 38 or 39 and then let it all go in the 2nd 9.
I shot two double bogeys, which normally break my heart in two, especially if it's a stupid error and suddenly I feel like I've thrown shots away and I have to make it back etc etc. Generally I struggle to shrug off the bad holes and focus on my next shot, beating myself up over stupid errors. But on saturday i managed to hold it together. Both double bogeys I followed up with birdies on the following par 5. One of the 5's I hit a massive drive and had a 9 iron into the green which I somehow pulled way left into the trees. Normally I would be complaining about what-ifs and what I should have done but I chipped it out really close and drained the birdie.
Basically, I am understanding never to give up in this game. Sam Snead says exactly the same thing in his book. Never ever give up. The first 9 I could have easily shot 45 in the past but I came in with a 39 because I didn't let it get away like I normally do.
Now I have a couple questions with the few things I'm having trouble with in my game :
1) Sometimes I block my irons to the left of target. They don't draw, its a straight shot left. I have a feeling I am overswinging on my backswing. Could this be the reason? I generally crunch my irons so well but I think every now and then I get a little over eager.
2) I have a real problem with anything inside of 120m (130 yards?)
My pitching wedge is dead on 120. Anything inside this range I struggle to choke and gauge distances well. My sand wedge goes pretty much 100m and have the same problem if I have a distance inside 100m. WHat sort of wedge should I look for to be more consistent on these shorter shots? (what degree loft). Or should I rather control the distance with my backswing?
Cheers guys. I am well chuffed that I finally got there and to those who haven't, don't give up cos it WILL come! :)