Welcome to my blog.
It’s a shamelessly self-serving and navel-gazing blog about my fledgling experiences of learning how to play, practicing how to play and then trying to play the most popular outdoor parlour game in the world.
What’s the point of the blog (although seriously, what’s the point of any blog other than perhaps the more political blogs)?
For you, I hope it will prove at least midly interesting, even if just in a ‘nodding-your-head-in-empathy-because-that-happens-to-you-too’ kind of way.
For me, if I keep it up-to-date, it’ll be a useful aide memoire as to what my teacher got me doing in each lesson…because I forget…a lot…and there’s a lot to remember…which also means there’s a lot to forget.
Hmm. This reads a lot like an ‘About’ page, but I’ve just written that. Maybe I’ll move some of this, but for now, here we are. My next planned post will be a ‘fascinating’ summary of my golfing life from my first, and free, half hour lesson, to my first round and so on up until, well, anything prior to starting this blog.
A blog which would have been better off started just before my first lesson rather than about three years later.
When I’m feeling grumpy about not breaking 100 AGAIN, I really should remind myself that this game is hard, and I’ve not been playing it for that long, and I don’t practice anything like enough to make a real difference, and neither do I even PLAY that often.
And yet, check what I received at my club’s AGM and Prize Giving afternoon.
My goal this year was to break 100 again, then never again fail to break 100. No more scores of three figures.
Well, last Wednesday I broke 100, so as far as I was concerned I was on my way.
On Saturday I played in our monthly medal, the first this year to be stroke play format, and I started pretty well. The first six tee shots were all good, and after those six holes I was nine over par, and finished the front nine with a score of 51.
The back nine was just messy. I managed to keep most of the scores on each hole from running away with me but although the stats say I hit four out of seven fairways, really only three of those tee shots were any good (12th and 14th, and a don’t-go-in-to-the-ditch 5 iron layup on the 16th).
But the killer was the 15th. My tee shot went 11 yards. It didn’t even get off the (admittedly quite big) tee box. The 5 iron second shot from there was fat so only went 79 yards, and the fourth shot hooked in to the trees, forcing a pitching wedge sideways back on to the fairway. Shot number six was about a foot short of the raised green and rolled halfway back to me, the 7th was a thin bullet almost just the green, the downhill fringe putt was short, then I three putted for an 11.
And absolute card wrecker. To break 100 I needed to complete the highly unlikely feat of scoring a birdie on each of the last three holes! Instead I went double, triple, double. So ugly.
Honestly, I really don’t know why this happened. How can I go from having reasonable control of my tee shots and fairway shots to suddenly topping so many? The tee shots on 8, 10, 13, and 15 were embarrassing, totalling a pathetic 199 yards!
As per the title. Grrr!
DATE: Wednesday, 6th April 2016
VENUE: Beckenham Place Park
ACTIVITY: 18 Holes of golf
I broke 100. I broke 50 on both front and back nines. Four pars, four bogeys, six doubles, and the rest were triple bogeys (i.e. nothing worse than a +3).
So that’s it. No more total scores over 99 shots. No more three-figure gross scores. I’m done with that nonsense.
I read an interesting article recently in which the author argued that the golf swing can be thought of as being just two moves.
No typo there. TWO moves.
The backswing should be initiated with a push away of the club, by the left hand. He reckoned that most amateurs start their backswing by pulling the club away with the right hand, but with the common result of the club being brought too far behind the body.
The down swing sequence is triggered by the left knee pulling toward the target. This helps achieve the proper unwinding, lateral shift, and hip clearance.
I’ve started trying this and I have to say it does make a lot of sense. The second move in particular I hope will help me.
How have you been?
I’ve not been playing a lot, certainly not practising a lot.
However, today I won a club competition. Excuse me for limited excitement, as it was ‘just’ a Texas Scramble (or Scramble, for the rest of you outside the UK), so I was playing as part of a team with two others, both far more capable than me.
I played my part though. On the 1st, a par 5, we were just off the green in 2, and I rolled in the 30′ not-really-a-putt for eagle. And on the 18th, all three of our first putts were poor, leaving a tricky, downhill, five-footer for bogey (net par), which I managed to trickle in for two vital points.
We ended up winning by one point with our score of 45.
It was fun though, despite the high winds and cool weather.
Source: A closed ideology echo chamber
A good survey garners opinion; a bad survey leads!
These blogs are coming thick and fast as Lewisham Council’s position regarding Beckenham Place Park becomes ever more untenable.
I have just conducted some empirical research – well it sounds good and maybe by process of osmosis I have been infected with Lewisham Council’s ability to make far fetched claims without blinking an eyelid.
However, I did get a tad carried away with my research and pressed a button I should not have. So, smack my wrists and I promise to take more care and not to do it again.
What is this research? Well, I was going through Lewisham Council’s Children and Young People Survey with regard to Beckenham Place Park to see how it is structured and, as with all on-line surveys, you can’t progress from screen to screen without filling it in. And, of course, I am not…
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