Monday, May 24, 2010

5 Reasons For My Crappy Golf Game

*Yes, I realize the video has nothing to do with the post. Go with it.

1. I don't practice enough: I had a goal that I would hit the range twice a week. The health of my shoulder and neck as well as a really gross winter and spring here in SoCal has made that incredibly difficult. I'm not ready to give up on my goal of increasing my driving distance just yet though!

2. More flexibility: If you've read this blog over the last few months you may have caught a few posts where I am whining about healing an old injury. All of the physical therapy, cortisone shots, and acupuncture is working! The only snag is that I have to re-learn my swing. Since I'm more flexible and gaining strength and endurance it has changed the way I move. I can't use the same swing that I used to have pre-treatment. A few lessons should fix that!

3. I lose patience: When I play a round I tend to lose focus since there is a good amount of down time, especially on a crowded course. "But you surf, don't you have to be patient for that?" Yes, but it is entirely different. When you are floating on a surfboard between sets it is still important to be very aware of your surroundings. It's not at all like sitting in the cart while you're waiting for the group in front of you. I need to play a few rounds of only nine holes before I go back to a full 18.

4. Sometimes I get psyched out: I usually play with former minor-league pitcher hubby and my 6'5" cousin. As you can imagine, these two are really big hitters. At times, watching 300+ yard drives over and over can get to you. On the other hand, it is incredibly motivating as well. Needless to say, I really try to practice my driver and increase the distance there. I do believe that a few rounds with the girls will do me very good. Where are Lisa and Heather when I need them? (Oh yeah, Florida and Ohio...darn!)

5. I just need to relax when it starts out badly:
I get a bit worked up some days when I haven't found my rhythm by the 3rd hole. I have to just take a deep breath and chill.


Doug said...

Having just completed my first trip to the driving range this year, I can attest to all 5!

After a long cold winter and my first charity tournament coming up in a month, I need a lot more improvement just to get back to where I was.

I wish I had the time and and dedication to hit twice a week. I'm lucky to get in once or twice a month.

Apryl DeLancey said...

Yeah twice a week is tough! I'm going to throw the clubs in the trunk today and see if I can sneak off. It isn't easy to do but I have a driving range that is literally walking distance from my office so I feel like I can sneak out every so often much easier than most.

Good luck with your game and thanks for stopping by!

Lindsay said...

My problem with a lot of sports is I lose patience and rush and then I stop trying as hard. This goes for anything from softball to ping pong to tennis. And I'm always trying to have fun rather than work on my skills. This is fine, it should be fun, but then I don't get much better!

Apryl DeLancey said...

I'm right there with you Lindsay. As I get older I seem be less proficient at picking things up too. I still have fun though!