First I want to address some comments from yesterday.
Two people said I only bring up my inconsistency just before a tournament.
One person said I need to find an instructor and trust what he says.
Two people said I can’t be thinking about hip turn while I am swinging.
Um, folks, I have made no secret that inconsistency is what kept me off the Tour and it is a prevailing theme every time I talk about my game.
In yesterday’s post I specifically pointed out that I found someone to work with that I trust and he is helping me work things out.
I don’t stand in the middle of t he fairway with 7 iron in my hands and think ‘30% more hip turn.”
My hip turn is deficient, that is why I am still having consistency issues and I have someone I trust to work it out with. I expect criticism, but at least practice better reading comprehension before you call me out…LOL.
On to yesterday’s round. It got off to a great start. I got a flat tire on the way to the course and didn’t have time to wait for AAA or I would miss my tee time, so I had to change it myself.
My short game was terrible all day, especially chipping.
I hit four big pulls. 2-iron off the first tee, 8-iron into the 3rd green, 7-iron into the 8th green and 3-iron off the 16th tee. That led to 2 doubles and 2 bogeys.
I was even the other 14 holes, but that wasn’t very good either. The other 14 holes were filled with poor chipping and mediocre putting.
Having to exert myself to change the tire may have had a little bit of an affect on me early, but I am still not quite right. I was not nearly as bad as the 78 I shot, but I am still a little in between what I am trying to do and what I am actually doing. As at US Open qualifying, the biggest adjustment is dealing with my miss being left instead of right.
I drove it well and hit my wedges well today. What I really struggled with was being in between clubs and trying to hit a cut. Those where all the pulls. Any time I tried to take something off an iron or tried to hit a cut, left was in play. That tells me the hands still have too much control.
In the short term, I was a major chop yesterday. However, I saw more good things than I did in May at US Open qualifying.
The most important thing…my swing felt better, didn’t feel stuck and required less mental effort.