My game is coming together. Off the tee, I am improving from round to round. There is still room for improvement, but I think I just need to get confident with the driver. With my irons, I am literally hitting the ball better than I ever have. My miss is now a thin shot, rather than a weak chunked shot that leaves me a full shot short of the green. However, most of my irons are pure, or as close to pure, as they have ever been. Today, I was striping four and five irons into greens protected by water without fear.
My short game, while not getting me up and down for pars yet, is allowing me to limit the damage. I have played my last two rounds, on difficult, tree lined courses, without a single triple bogey. My last triple bogey was forty holes ago. The putts that I am missing are burning the edges, and I stuck several five-to-ten footers right in the heart of the cup. My lag putting is improving with every round, and my confidence with the putter is rising.
My course management is improving as my swing is improving, because I am becoming more confident in my abilities. When I am over a shot, my thoughts have shifted from just staying out of trouble, to actually focusing on targets. My next step is to really get a better handle on my club distances. As my swing has improved, my distances have increased, and I've got to figure them out so that I can avoid the debacles like happened on the 17th today. I tried to lay-up with a seven iron, but hit it into the woods. If I put that one into the fairway, I make par, instead of double bogey.
My handicap is falling as my confidence is rising.