Concentration...or the art of losing matches
byon 28th February 2011 at 08:52 PM (4287 Views)
So another weekend of pennants has gone by.
Again, got to 3 up after 9 and threw it away for another 2 and 1 loss.
It seems that I play great on holes when I don't need to, but can't take advantage of the lead I build. Its like I tense up and try to 'play smart' rather than keeping my rhythm going.
As a positive, I actually started to feel 'nervous' down the final few holes as I tried to keep the match going. I hadn't felt that so far this season.
I am starting to get more consistent in my ball striking with my irons. Even off the back markers at Hills, I was reaching the par 3's (200m +) with iron. The disappointing (or disgusting) thing was the condition of the course. When a bunker is a) filled with water b) mud or c) growing vegetation its no longer a bunker and should be out of play.
As an aside, the hunt for a new driver will begin shortly. It's the most inconsistent club in my bag, which is stupid given what it should be doing. There's no "real" benefit to me hitting it over 3i, but it means that i'm not getting the benefit of what the club is designed to do. The distance that I get from it isn't consistent with the progression in the rest of the bag. And not carrying a 3w means there is a big gap in distance that i'm not taking advantage of. Whilst I still need to create consistency in my swing, I want to know that the club I have in my hands is going to put me somewhere in the ballpark of where it should. When I can see that my iron play is more and more consistent, its frustrating that i'm not seeing the same results with my driver. So that search will begin shortly, but I intend to make a concerted effort to find the best fit for me.