I'll preface this story by saying that it's no secret that I've been feeling that my golf game is really hurting lately and my scores have sky-rocketed. I've made many statements about this many times on here and to my playing partners. Today was a real gut-check when my handicap recalculated and I've went from a 12 to a 22 in about 6 months. I was dejected and disheartened, but decided to walk 18 by myself just to work on the game and really pay attention to what I was doing.
I ended up playing the front 9 twice because of a few large groups packed up on the back, and with the Super Bowl, there was noone on the front at all.
The first time through was a train-wreck. I played ever worse than normal and just couldn't figure out why I've been striking the ball so horribly lately. I did absolutely nothing right. Here's the stats:
FW: 28% (2)
Putts: 20 (2.22 avg)
The 2nd time around, I figured that I would just relax. Don't worry about any swing thoughts, just concentrate on swinging in a circle and releasing the clubhead. (my first 9, I was blocking/slicing everything). By just worrying about those two things, my game changed a lot. I still didn't feel like I was striking the ball well, but bad shots weren't nearly as bad.
FW: 57% (4)
GIR: 16% (3)
Scrambling 6.67% (1)
Putts: 17 (1.89 avg)
Hopefully I can keep my ball-striking going back in the right direction. 42 was an average front 9 for me last year before I was having swing problems, so maybe this is a sign that things aren't as bad as I think they are, and I just need to relax and swing the club instead of worrying about swing thoughts.