Played yesterday afternoon and am really happy with how I hit the ball. The only real mishit of the round was a dead pull - with a 6 iron no less - on the tee of a short and quirky par 4. The other two missed fairways were just slight pushes with the driver. (Ironically, the worst miss with the driver was on 18, where I push-cut one into the mountain, but got a luck kick back into the fairway.) Also, for the most part am really happy with most of my decision making as well. Hit 4 iron instead of driver 7 times. Only hit driver 6 times.
Last weekend Erik made a comment to me while we were playing about "my one swing thought" and I was kind of embarrassed to realize I didn't really have one. At the range since then I discovered that if I concentrated on a smooth tempo with my driver, I seemed to hit it a lot better. So that is now my current swing thought when I'm on the tee ... smooth tempo.
If I am going to keep swinging like this, I think the next thing on my to-do list is to eliminate sloppy, stupid mistakes. Two stupid 3-putt bogeys, a botched 75 yard pitch on the first par 5, and a virtual 3-putt from the fringe on number 2 are all things that really should not happen. There's no reason why this 80 couldn't have been a 76, or even less.
Also very excited to see the handicap dropping and dropping rapidly. It was 9.6 on March 1, and if I don't play anymore in the next week and a half it will be 8.0 on May 1. I'm playing with house money right now because not only is it going down, but most of my 10 best are front loaded so all the stuff that's dropping off the end of the card is crap anyway.