Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Video

I video taped myself today. It was kind of embarassing, but provided some needed feedback that I can't get in any other way.

My putting looked good. I might be able to get more over the ball, but then that is very straining on the back.

My full swing looked pretty good, but I noticed three things:
1) My take away isn't a "one piece" take away. In other words there is too much wrist action on the take away.
2) I still have some "casting" of the club on the downswing.
3) I am not fully transferred onto my left foot at impact. My right heel should be an inch or two off the ground. I am about even weighted between both feet at impact. That is probably why I hit behind the ball alot, or "chunk" it.

Ocotillo


My father-in-law got a free foursome to Ocotillo as a consolation for paying out the nose for the wedding. We went with my co-worker and friend, Med, and a new friend we met golfing at Longbow named Everardo.

It was a beautiful day...a little overcast, so I didn't need shades and the temperature was perfect...low 70's. I wish my score reflected the temperature, but again I got a 90. Jimmy was right on my tail with a 91. I got one birdie and a couple of pars. I only had one real "blow-up" hole, which was a 7 on a par 3!

My irons and my chipping were pretty good, but it was my driving and putting that I felt were a bit off. Jimmy's drives were great! He was in the fairway on almost every drive.

The only negative thing I can say about the experience is that the ranger rushed us a bit and we were playing at a good pace I felt. We were keeping up with a twosome in front of us. The twosome behind us was waiting for us quite a bit, but come on! They're a twosome! We were a foursome!

It was a great time! Great course! Beautiful weather!

Monday, November 21, 2005

Longbow


My father-in-law, Jimmy, purchased a Longbow Flight Card that allows him and 3 other guests to pay only $40 for 18 holes of golf (cart included). So, we went on Saturday to try it out. Jimmy had played the course five times before, but for me it was my first time. The course was challenging and it was in good shape. I liked the views of the Superstition Mtns. from the course. The morning was quite cool and windy, but it turned out to be a nice day. Jimmy and I scored a pair of 45's on the front nine and then again on the back nine, so we had exactly the same score...90. I know I could have done better, but for this course and my first time, I was satisfied.

Tuesday we are going to Ocotillo golf course in the afternoon. It should be a good time, although I hear it is pretty tough. I need to bring my A game and hit straight. I still have a tendency to pull the ball, sometimes, and then slice it other times, and then hit it perfectly other times. I just need a heck of a lot more practice I guess to be more consistent.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Golf Lessons with Blair Douglass

This morning I had another lesson with Blair. This lesson I learned the following from Blair:
1) I need to stand a little taller instead of being hunched over the ball.
2) Take a longer back-swing with the driver to give me more time to close the clubface at impact.
3) Put the ball further up in my stance on the drive to give more time to close the clubface at impact.
4) If I start slicing the ball, try hooking the ball several times until I am confident that I can hook it....then SWING AWAY! This morning this worked great! When I swung away the ball went high and far with about a five yard draw.

Things I learned myself:
1) Have a looser grip. I found that I couldn't hook the ball because my grip was too tight. It's harder I think to roll my forearms over if my grip is tight during the downswing.

Blair was pleased with my swing at this point. He even said I didn't need to come to him any more unless I have problems. I just need to practice and use Blair's strategy of fixing problems by over-doing the opposite for a while. For example, he had me really close my clubface on the backswing when I was leaving it open. That way what felt "normal" was actually square, where as before "normal" was actually open....if that makes sense.

I am going to go back to Blair next week and take a short game lesson. I really need to work on this part of my game!

This weekend I am going golfing with my father-in-law to Longbow and then on Tuesday I am taking the afternoon off and going with him to Ocotillo, the place where I got married. Since we had the wedding there, we get a free foursome! Should be fun!

Monday, November 07, 2005

Club West


Med and I went to Club West on Saturday and had a great time. Club West is one of my favorite courses in the valley. We both got SunCor Players Cards which allows us to play for 50% off the current rates. Included with the deal was a free round of golf and a Southwest PGA Pass.

I shot a disappointing 92 and Med scored a 92 as well. I got one birdie and a couple of pars, but blew up on a couple of holes with triple bogies.