In Golf is not a Game of Perfect, Rotella tells a story about playing a round with Tom Kite and some D1 golfers. After the round they discussed the difference between the college players and Kite. It was noted that the college guys could hit the same shots, but couldn't put the score together. Rotella went on to say that the difference was that on average the college guys lose focus 4-5 times a round. These 4-5 instances of complacency made the difference.
I kind of see the same thing when I play. When I lose concentration, I tend to make a poor swing, bad decision, or just get myself out of position. This can also happen when I start thinking about score. Saturday I hit a career drive on a long par 4. From inside 100, I got so excited about stuffing a wedge close I chunked it and ended up with bogey. The next hole I had the same shot. This time I concentrated on solid contact and I was 12 feet and made the putt for birdie. The difference was staying in the now and hitting the shot. The point is, to play good golf, you cannot afford to lose any focus of what you are doing. That could have been the difference between you posting 84 that day or a 76.
I totally buy this. It's amazing how hard it is to concentrate equally for EVERY shot. It's actually kind of embarrassing, because really, should it be that hard? I did the exact same thing Sunday too. Followed my very best drive, with my very worst drive of the day on the next hole, and in retrospect, I just wasn't quite focused enough. Not a coincidence, I believe, that it was the ninth hole where I hit my best one ... then added up the score for the front nine after that hole, realized I was playing very well, naturally had a "well if I can just continue this pace for nine more holes" type of thought, and promptly lost a tad of concentration and "Ernest's sistered" the next OB.
Me too, but from what I gather its only a big difference in the result. A video playback of a swing that produces a really good shot vs. a swing that produces a really horrid shot shows hardly any differences to the untrained (mine) naked eye. Not speaking for anybody else here, but my mediocre swing involves a lot of compensations for a lot of moves I shouldn't be doing. When the compensations all line up, the result can look very good. However, when the timing is off, watch out. And those compensations, over the long haul, are hard to keep in order.
Edited by Golfingdad - 3/12/13 at 7:42pm