Tuesday, April 17, 2012

A sad nine is better than no nine at all....

Tornados have come and gone and we are still here.  The sun is shining. the birds are singing, I spent the morning with my girls...how much better could it get.  Oh I know and I played 9 holes this afternoon on my favorite local course, Oak Hollow.  The course is gorgeous today.  Totally green from all the rain and groomed to the nines. Makes you wanna go....ahhhhhhh.

Since I haven't played much in the past year, I need to practice, practice, and practice some more.  I can definately drive the ball in a consistent manner, but my iron management is lacking.  Knowing how far the iron will get me is a challenge.  So after playing a sad 9 holes with hubby, I took my 7, 6, and 3 wood to the range and swung until I couldn't swing no more.  I did learn a few things today.

First make sure your feet are planted at the angle you want your ball to go, inevitably if the ball goes to the right of where you intended it is because your feet are facing that way.  I found this to be true several times today.  So I bought a leveling stick to keep my stance in the direction of the intended target when I play to learn where to place my feet.

Second, stand a little taller and make sure you are a little closer to the ball.  It really helps with the follow through.

Several times today my little pink ball must have been overheated and thirsty since it headed right for the water on several occasions.  I tried giving one a little drink before the swing, but to no avail, bloop it went, right into the drink anyways.  Geesh, What do you know about that?

The best shot of the day was on the last green, I drove and actually reached the rough on the green, chipped it well onto the green and putted a long putt to reach 1 foot from the hole.  Last putt went in so I actually birdied the last hole. Yea!!!  So I ended my pain on a good note.  Off to the driving range I went to get a more consistent feeling with my swing.  It was much more consistent on the range than when I was playing, likely because I was more relaxed and warmed up.  I should have done it in reverse in hindsight, but we were anxious to get started when we got there. 

Note to self:  Warm up on the range first and get your swing going beforehand oh and give your little balls a good drink.

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