2015 Handicap Challenge: Positive Thinking

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So an update on my handicap challenge…

Due to being so busy and Luke’s hectic teaching schedule, I’ve not been out on the course recently but spent plenty of time on the Driving Range and Simulator. I’ve been working on a three stage back swing that I’m quite comfortable with in practice and leads to me striking the ball really well, but it’s now the only way I can hit the ball with any consistency.

The three stages are basically:

  • Start the back swing along the line parallel to my target line,
  • Then cock my wrists and turn the club face 90 degrees,
  • Then turn my shoulders 45 degrees to my hips.

The more I do it, the smoother it’s becoming, I’m looking forward to the day it turns in to one simple action!

To ease my frustration with playing golf at the moment, it seemed a very appropriate moment to drop in this blog, guest written by one of our more regular visitors, Gareth ‘The Doc’ Jones. As seen in #ParkGolfTV episode 2.

An occasional golf related blog, by ‘The Doc’

Most of us regard POSITIVE THINKING as being a modern development in psychology. However, evidence suggests it may be as old as time itself. It is reported that Anne Boleyn, when she heard that her husband Henry VIII was going to have her beheaded (for treason), said:

“Thank God! I thought he was going to have me burnt at the stake”

(Obviously a much more painful way to go)

At this stage let me introduce to you my hero, Dave (only the names have been changed to protect the guilty). I always suspected Dave was a positive thinker, because he had left a cushy job in London to work on the front desk of the benefits agency in Caernarfon. When I lived in Beaumaris, I used to play my golf at Henllys Hall; in fact I was one of the founder members in 1997/98. Dave was one of my playing partners. He tried hard, but never got off his 28 handicap.

One particular round, we approached the 9th hole. Now, the 9th hole at Henllys is the shortest on the course at 99yds, but also one of the most difficult. The green is like an upturned saucer, surrounded by bunkers, with a stream on the right and a jungle at the back. Dave takes a 9 iron and hits the ball straight, but it lands at about 90yds and hops into the front bunker.

Dave casually takes out his sand iron and strikes purposefully in to the bunker. 21 strokes later he gets the ball to exit the bunker, land on the green, and NOT roll back in to the bunker.

Believe me, I counted each increasingly desperate attempt, sand flying in all directions. If it had been a Hamlet advert, he would have gone through 2 packets of cigars. As he finally exited the bunker, Dave said “I’m glad I took 21 shots to get out of that bunker, as clearly I NEEDED THE PRACTICE!”

Ladies and Gentlemen, if that is not an example of positive thinking, then I don’t know what is!

What helps you get through a rough patch in golf, when you just feel like jacking the game in and getting another hobby? Let us know in the comments below.

Until next time…

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