Why didn’t I spend 5 valuable minutes on the practice green getting a feel for the green before teeing off?
If you are like me and you have a pristine day waiting after work, you race to the golf course to play a quick nine holes or whatever you can get in. Just the other day was a typical end of the summer evening, warm and humid, but quite comfortable. The best part, at least for me, was the parking lot was sparse and when I got to the first tee I could see I had the whole course to myself.
I was thinking I would be a little rusty after another bout with poison ivy that sidelined me for a few weeks. But I was able split the center of the fairway on the first hole with my trusty Dynacraft Prophet ICT driver. Before I left home, I even took a couple minutes to exchange shafts to one (Cadence Blue) I had used successfully in the past.
Well, after just missing the green on the second shot and pitching to 8 feet, I proceeded to 3-putt. I felt I was holding a foreign object in my hands. Did I all of the sudden forget how to putt since the last time I played? I hope none of you have experienced this lately, but I proceeded to three-putt 4 of the first 7 holes.
Why didn’t I spend 5 valuable minutes on the practice green getting a feel for the green before teeing off? After all, that is why it is positioned usually between the clubhouse and the first tee. You can’t miss it! One excuse was “I might have been stuck behind the threesome that rolled into the parking after I did.” But I am sure they would have let a single play through. No, I got caught up in the excitement of the moment and wanted to get in the round before dusk. However five minutes would not have mattered when it was all said and done as I had enough daylight to play several more holes. If I could spend a couple minutes swapping out shafts in my driver to improve my game, I could certainly spend some time honing another part of my game.
You must admit that a beautiful night on a golf course is never bad unless you had a terrible round. At least I ended up on a good note. A well hit drive on the last hole followed by a perfectly struck 7-iron (prototype Dynacraft Prophet Tour) leaving a potential birdie putt that I barely missed. By that time I had finally found my old and yet still not great putting stroke. You might say a little too late.
A good lesson should be learned for all from my lack of common sense. Turn a mediocre round into a good round by spending only a few minutes on the practice green. This is one quick way to help lower your golf score.