I have always loved golf, but never played a lot... This year I have decided to try to play more, practice more and really get better. I would consider myself probably a typical mid/high capper.
My goal for the year was to be able to consistently shoot in the mid 80's by the end of the year....My first round in march I shot 102 for reference.
Today I played the tougher of the two courses that I normally frequent. I finished the front 9 in a o.k. 44. Missing too many fairways, missing too many greens. But my short game was going along o.k. Only two double bogies...It wasn't feeling right but I was hanging in there.
Then somehow the swing finally fell into place on the back nine. I am one of those guys who looks like a million bucks on the range but never seem to be able to carry it over onto the course. 10th hole is a par 5. I hit a decent drive, just into the first cut on the left side. laid up with a hybrid, I had a downhill lie and caught it a tough fat but no harm done. I had about 113 uphill left. pulled my 50 wedge and hit it perfect. Nice tight couple yd draw. ball then divot. It felt great. Upon getting to the green I had flow the ball about 15ft past the hole, and the ball had actually sucked back a couple ft. I had never hit the ball good enough to have done that before. Of course I missed the putt, but it was a easy par. And I was off and running. A couple more par's in a row. Again on the strength of hitting good wedge/short irons into the greens or just off of them hole high and putting great.
I made it to the first par 3 on the back. about 120 with the wind at our backs and to the right, hole cut in back right. I take aim at the middle of the green, take a little off my 50 wedge. And again hit it great, floats up into the air, tails a bit right of center and feeds right to the hole. like about 1ft from the hole. Tap in birdie.
Now my confidence is sky rocketing. I pound driver right over the bunkers cutting the dogleg right off on the next hole(about 250 carry). Pitching wedge and two putt par.
By now even though I haven't been adding the score up as I go I know that I'm playing well. I keep it pretty well on cruise control. If I missed a green I got up and down etc. Putter bails me out multiple times...
I hit 18 and realize that I got a chance to shoot in the 30's for this nine. 18 is a par 5, lake on the right side that cuts deep into the fairway. I usually lay up short...But today I don't even think about it. I pulled driver and banged it down the left , not a great shot, a little too right. Pull hybrid and lay up to about 105 left. Pin is in the way back. Green is elevated a good 15ft above me. I ponder this for a moment. Short is not good, but long is dead, and I am coming in from a funny angle. I decided to hit 54. Again hit a good shot but only to the front of the green...oops. I 3 putted from about 50ft missing a 6ft put after a good lag. so bogey there.
But after adding it all up. 39 on the back nine for a 83. That is my best 18 holes ever, best 9 holes ever. etc. My previous best on this course was 92.
The game is coming....Can't wait to get out again...