I think that everyone has one from time to time. I know that when I first started golfing I would have what I thought was a "breakthrough" quite often while at the range or during a round where I "found" something in my swing that allowed me to hit the ball straighter and further. Lately I have not had any of these, probably because I am guessing that the more golf you play and over time you learn more and get better and thus there are not as many of these "breakthroughs".
They feel great when they happen but it usually never ends up being the one magic thing that improves your swing/game by leaps and bounds but rather one of many breakthroughs that when added up together over time help you improve. Anyways, so I played a lot of golf this past weekend. I played a round on Friday afternoon and then played two rounds at two different courses on Saturday. It was a long day Saturday as the courses were pretty far away so it ended up being like a 14 hour day from when I left the house in the morning until I finally got home that night. Thus I was dragging Saturday night and on Sunday morning I did not feel good at all. My stomach was upset and I was sore/tired. I contemplated not playing but I had to play.
So I get to my country club just 10 minutes before my tee time yesterday morning and I am not loose at all and feel very sore. I get to the first tee, a par 5, and because I am sore, tired, tight, I just take an easy swing. I make sure to properly shift my weight through the shot. I swung probably about 60% of the usual force. I am amazed when the ball travels straight as an arrow and goes about 250 yards on a windy 40 degree morning.....I continue to play my round and I am not swinging hard at all, just making a nice round swing with good weight transfer and each shot continues to amaze me at how much straighter and further the ball is going!
As this is happening throughout the round I try my best to just continue doing what works but I also want to make sure that I capture this. I try to ingrain everything that I am doing and realize several things that seem to make this work......my swing before yesterday was much too upright and too much to the inside on the back swing. Yesterday I had a much more round swing (I called it my Matt Kuchar swing). I made sure that I was making proper weight transfer and just focused on making good contact without being so tense and fast. I tried to stay loose before and during the swing. Because I was extending my arms and keeping them that way through the back swing, this prevented me from coming over the top at all. The weight transfer combined with this better plane allowed me to swing much easier yet be able to hit the ball much much further with my irons.
The hard part was adjusting to the new distance that I was getting. Thus it was hard to decide on the right club. Before yesterday morning I was hitting my 4 iron about 180 to 190. Yesterday I hit it 210 plus. Thus my scoring was affected but I was just kind of amazed throughout the round. I kept thinking and saying to myself that I hope that I can bottle this and build off this. I hope that this is not just a round where I am hitting the ball well, I want to be able to build off of this in the future. Have you ever been at the range or in a round where you found something only to be able to not completely replicate it the next day or next time you played? I have and I did not want this to be the case.
My friend that I was playing with was also amazed at how the ball traveled for me yesterday. He said that the swing looked different and that I was not even making close to a full backswing (because I was tired and sore and not used to this significant swing change). Still, even with like half of a backswing the ball was just going like crazy and it was 20 degrees colder and windier than it was the day before when we played.
I tried to pay as much attention as I could to what I was doing yesterday so that this was not some flash in the pan type thing. Has anyone else had something like this occur to them? If so then what was it and were you able to replicate it the next time out?
The reason that I am so concerned is because the biggest area of opportunity for me is with approach shots/second shots on holes where the distance is 160 and up. If I can hit the ball like I did yesterday then it would be a HUGE improvement and potentially the kind of thing that could take many shots off my score per round.