Success already – my handicap journey

Runners up in two competitions

Success already! I played in two competitions on two consecutive days after this big decision to try to improve my golf, and on both occasions my teams were runners-up!  We all contributed scores and I didn’t let the side down.  I had some really nice shots that contributed good points.  For the first time for a long long time I felt that I was making some progress.

My handicap index remained unchanged – ah!

Sadly, when you play in a team competition your score usually can’t be recorded on the handicap system, so even though I played well it didn’t affect my handicap index.  Still 33.7.

My first steps in the handicap journey – 

I had already arranged with  a senior player in my club to play some holes with me on the course to see if she could give me some tips on course management.  Also, to see if she could spot anything obvious that I was doing wrong.  So this took place on the day after the two successful competitions (above).  It was an extremely valuable session, and my “mentor” for that day was very patient and gave me a lot to think about.

A new set of clubs – yikes!

Golf clubs

The first thing my mentor said was that I could do with a new set of clubs!  Hmmm…how interesting!  I hadn’t thought about that at all.  I bought my first set of clubs when I first started playing golf, seventeen years ago!  The only change I had made was to my driver that I had broken in a wild drive years ago and a friend gave me a cast-off that she didn’t want and that I have always hated and haven’t really got on with.  (Although I was very appreciative that she had generously given it to me!).  My thinking was at the time that it would be very extravagent to splash out mega bucks on a new driver when I was such a mediocre player, and I thought I would treat myself when I got better.  Well, you know the story there – I never have got better, so I have accepted the old driver – just now and then looking wistfully at colleagues stepping up on to the tee with their flashy drivers, and occasionally thinking that it might make a difference if I had a decent driver?

Watch the feet

My mentor had no sympathy for me when my shots went in the wrong direction – she said that was where my feet were pointing.  Aaargh! I have heard that many times before but I do seem to struggle with lining up.  I might have to look into that if I am to achieve my dream!

Pick a near point to aim to

Another tip my mentor reminded me of.  I have heard many times –  but do I remember to do it?  No.  Mainly because I am staring out at grass ahead of me much of the time and it all looks the same to me.  Especially when putting.  I am of two minds here.  I can throw a ball straight to someone.  I don’t pick a point between me and that person!  Part of me feels strongly that I should go with the flow and not make things too mechanical.  Maybe something to do in practice sessions, and then not dwell too much on it on the course.

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