Since my car was in the shop, I played hookey from work. After dropping Mrs. GolfBlogger off, I took her vehicle and drove to a nearby course.
I am very glad that I did. It was a spectacular day, and I played a very solid round, highlighted by the eagle I scored on the first. The hole is a 512 yard par 5, slightly uphill, with a large pond along the right side. I hit a spectacular drive to the edge of the right fairway, and then a three wood to about ten feet. One putt sealed the deal.
Very, very satisfying.
Of course, that’s nearly impossible to top. The rest of the round, my drives were not nearly as effective, as I developed a tendency to hit my tee shots too high, losing forward carry. My iron play, however, was nothing short of amazing. As the round progressed, I needed to drop down a club length, and then two and three for my normal distances. On the sixteenth, I hit a pitching wedge from 150 to the center of the green.
The wedge wasn’t a rash choice. On the previous hole, I had flown the green from 140 with a nine iron.
I’ve also improved in accuracy, hitting more greens than usual. Of course, that’s easier to do when you’re hitting shorter irons.
A lot of the improved play is, I am sure, due to the concerted effort I’m making to relieve tension by keeping my grip loose. That allows me to make a full turn, accelerate through the swing, release the club and finish high. One sign that I’m pulling this off is that when I miss, I’m missing left, with nary a slice to be found. That tells me that I’m easily closing the clubface at impact.
Now if I can just figure out how to keep my drives down.