Another week down, and we’re nearing the end of the semester. Here’s what happened this week:
Wed. (10/19): Wednesday afternoon I had a putting lesson, specifically lag putts, in response to poor putting at The Cardinal. Here are two key points that I took away:
•Match the follow through with the backswing. I never realized that my backswing and follow through on my putts didn’t match, so this one was big.
•Look at the hole during the practice strokes. This, he said, was to train my brain on how long the putt was, and soon I was lagging it really well.
After the lesson I worked another 15-20 minutes on lag putting, then went to the clock drill. That took about 30 minutes, and to finish I decided I would not leave until I two-putted six times in a row from at least 20 feet.
Honestly that was a productive day for my golf game.
Thurs. (10/20): I went out and played a practice round, bouncing back and forth between playing out the hole and holes where I was often hitting the same shot multiple times and trying different shots.
For example, the sixth hole is a par 3 with a heavily sloping green. I spent probably 20 minutes on and around that green hitting multiple putts and chips. It was another productive practice session.
Fri. (10/21): This was the whole reason why I named this week “Titleist”. Friday afternoon my new irons arrived! So out with the irons and hybrids and in with the T200s. I immediately went to the range with them.
I think I hit every iron in the bag, and I spent a solid hour on the range hitting my new irons. It was great.
Sun. (10/23): Today I went and played Gates Four, about a 30-minute drive from the university.
The front nine was nothing special, a 43 with a double-bogey finish. The bogey on 9 threatened to turn into a big number but I managed to chip one close and save the bogey.
Then, after a bogey-double start to the back, I went on a run, going +1 in the next five holes, including a two-putt from 70 feet. Then I got to the par-5 17th where two pars would give me an 83 on the day.
But then I pulled my drive into the creek on the left, and it all went downhill from there. I limped off the green with a quad, then made a bogey on 18. A 45 on the back added up to an 88. And, while the 88 doesn’t look great on the card, I look at it this way:
Change the quad on 17 to just a bogey, and I shoot 85. In hindsight, that was a short and narrow par 5 and not really a driver hole. As well as I was hitting the long irons today, I think I would’ve done just fine hitting a 4 iron off the tee and playing it as a three-shot hole.
So there’s that week! I’ve got a few things lined up for this week.
Thurs. (10/27): I have a lesson at 3:00. Unless something changes between now and Thursday afternoon I will likely work on the driver. I had a couple of sketchy swings with the driver today that threatened to turn into hooks, so I’d like to get that straightened out.
Fri. (10/28): Part two of my equipment upgrade: the driver and woods. While I’m not exactly hitting my dad’s woods poorly, I want to be able to stand over a shot with a wood in my hand and know it’s fit for my game.
After trying out some woods at Golf Galaxy last week, I’ve decided I’m going to be fit for the Titleist Tsi3 driver and woods. The plan is to either have driver/3w/5w or driver/3w then probably an 18 degree hybrid.
Sat. (10/29): My brother wants to come down to Fayetteville and play, so Saturday morning we’re playing King’s Grant.