Pepsi Duck's "9-to-3" Thread...COVID Golf (#111)...!
I've been debating for a while about posting something like this on WRX again, but here we go...a lot has happened since I've last posted about my golf game: I moved from DC back to San Diego, CA where I have year-round golf and a nice variety of courses and practice facilities; less time for golf and post-work practice with a new job and longer hours; a new local scratch golf buddy who I play with regularly; and a golf game that has stagnated at around a 9 handicap.
This year's Armed Forces Championship is scheduled for June 2020, which gives me about six months to get down from a "9-to-3" handicap so I can try out for the Marine Corps golf team. Since I first posted about trying this in 2015, I haven't come close, fluctuating between 7 and 15 over the last few years. Although I'm no longer a full-time student able to spend 30+ hours a week at an amazing golf facility, my mind is a very different place than it was five years ago. There is a lot less pressure to reach my goals, and I'm just as happy shooting a 79 at a tough course as I am shooting a 97 in a casual round with my wife. If I never get to a 3 handicap, I hope I'll at least have fun trying.
As far as my swing, I've been going at it alone for the last nine months or so, experimenting with things I've been taught in the past. Most recently, I've been working on my own with Tony Luczak's Reactionary Golf approach, simply because it makes sense to me and produces the best results on the golf ball with the least effort. Long story short, I've been doing great on the range and not so great on the course. It's a ton of fun repeatedly hitting solid shots on the range and having so much control of my swing that I can hit snap hooks, wipes, and blocks on command and then go back to striping the next shot. Unfortunately, the course is a different story; my swing never feels the same and I feel like I have no control of anything. Sure, it can get frustrating, but I'm in a better place mentally that I can keep playing the round with a smile on my face even after snap hooking my fifth tee shot in a row. No more quitting tournaments after 9 holes or throwing clubs and snapping $400 shafts.
I feel one of the problems in my past threads was the focus on the swing; rather than on golf. I spent too much time reading and writing about fixing my golf swing rather than learning to just take the swing I know works on the range onto the course and improving my ability to play golf. I'd like to write more about what I was thinking during my good (and bad) rounds and things I work on in practice and play. I've played with enough old dudes with sh*tty swings that kick my **** on the golf course to realize that I can still play better golf with a sh*tty swing.
I don't have any expectations for this thread, as I've noticed that WRX hasn't been the same since the update, but I'm just hoping to share my story and pick up a thing or two about the game of golf along the way. As always, thanks for reading.
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