Disappointment – For me the most disappointing result in golf is when I hit a green in regulation and then 3-putt. Yes, a “5” on a par 4 is a bogey no matter how one achieved that result. Still, having a GIR and then throwing it away with my putter stings a bit more. I am going to make a fair amount of mistakes and poor shots during a round and they often lead to bogey (or worse!). When I manage to put together a decent drive and a well struck approach shot, I really need to make par (or better).
Peer Pressure – Our tournaments are flighted and generally I am the shittiest player in the “A” flight. I have noticed that I tend to get a bit anxious at times, probably because subconsciously I feel the need to show the other “A” players that I actually belong in the “A” flight. I don’t really care what everyone else is doing during a round and I suspect the same is true for the other “A” flighters. Still, the anxiety is there.
Provisionals – I hit quite a few provisionals in the tournaments I play. Few are ever needed but if I can’t see the ball or know almost exactly where it stopped, I am not reluctant to hit a provisional. Early in my tournament experience, I had to make the walk (or drive) of shame a couple times. Knock on wood but it has been a long time since I had to make that trip.
Sand - Ever notice how from similar lengths, a bunker shot that has to clear a lot of sand seems more difficult than one that has a shorter distance in which to clear the bunker? I suspect I hit similar quality of shots but the ones that go shorter than desired are much worse when they remain in the bunker. One can get a fortunate bounce if the ball gets on to the grass.
Hole Outs – I make my share of chip-ins and even holed out two shots from over 100 yards in the same round this year. The one thing that I seem to never do is hole out sand shots. I can only recall doing it twice in the past 20 years. I make sand saves about 25% of the time so it is not as if I am completely incompetent from the sand.
Retirement - My wife, sister and younger brother all recently retired. I am the last one in our family working. That sucks! ;) Maybe I will fix that situation next year. I already play over 100 times a year even though I often don’t touch my clubs for 90-100 days in winter. It is hard to imagine I will play more often but it will be fun to try.
Golf in the Rain – We played a round recently with a steady light rain for most of the round. It was warm enough (70’s) and not windy so being wet was not uncomfortable. I did not wear my rain suit and just relied upon the cart roof, rain hat & umbrella. It was fun having the course to ourselves. My rain gloves once again proved to be indispensable.