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Yesterday - one day after reading Extraordinary Golf by Fred Shoemaker and four days after learning how to putt from Cypress Ridge PGA Director of Instruction, Jim DeLaby - I played my first round of extraordinary golf ever by shooting a 76 at Cypress Ridge Golf Course!

 

Also extraordinary is that this 4-over par follows my most recent rounds of 88, 85 and 88. Although I have logged occasional rounds in the low 80's this year and even broke 80 once at an easier course, a 76 is a true breakthrough!

 

This breakthrough certainly involved some extraordinary shots and putts, but resulted mostly from a change in mental attitude and perspective - learned this week from both Jim DeLaby and Fred Shoemaker.

 

I finally took a couple lessons this month after playing on and off for 30 years with none. What a difference! What was I thinking waiting so long?

 

I've posted the details of my round here.

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

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It's amzing what instructional books can do for your game. I broke par in my next three rounds after reading Bob Rotella's 'Golf is Not a Gam of Perfect' and having taken on his advice since have seen an improvement in my mentally and ulitimately my scores. And never underestimate the importance of a lesson to sort out your game. Congratulations on your feat and hope your good from continues!

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It's amzing what instructional books can do for your game. I broke par in my next three rounds after reading Bob Rotella's 'Golf is Not a Gam of Perfect' and having taken on his advice since have seen an improvement in my mentally and ulitimately my scores.

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Yes, that's actually my favorite book! I credit "Golf is not a game of perfect" for getting me on the right path... the lessons and Fred's book just reinforced what I learned from Bob Rotella!

 

Bob's book helped me learn to focus on the target instead of the bunker, the lake, the tree, etc., and how to control and improve my thoughts during the round. Bob stressed the importance of letting go of expectations, being decisive, focusing on the target, envisioning your shot, and shooting the best score possible with the swing you bring to the course each round. Bob helped me to to decide how I'm going to think before a round, and to do it on every shot.

 

Thanks everyone!

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Yesterday - one day after reading Extraordinary Golf by Fred Shoemaker and four days after learning how to putt from Cypress Ridge PGA Director of Instruction, Jim DeLaby - I played my first round of extraordinary golf ever by shooting a 76 at Cypress Ridge Golf Course!

 

Also extraordinary is that this 4-over par follows my most recent rounds of 88, 85 and 88. Although I have logged occasional rounds in the low 80's this year and even broke 80 once at an easier course, a 76 is a true breakthrough!

 

This breakthrough certainly involved some extraordinary shots and putts, but resulted mostly from a change in mental attitude and perspective - learned this week from both Jim DeLaby and Fred Shoemaker.

 

I finally took a couple lessons this month after playing on and off for 30 years with none. What a difference! What was I thinking waiting so long?

 

I've posted the details of my round here.

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

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I also read that book about 7 years ago. I highly recommend this book to anybody who loves golf and wants to improve , or work on the mental side. Its so well written. I'm not a huge reader, but this book was awesome. I also read "Final Rounds", which is another book, completely different story.

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I also read that book about 7 years ago. I highly recommend this book to anybody who loves golf and wants to improve , or work on the mental side. Its so well written. I'm not a huge reader, but this book was awesome.  I also read "Final Rounds", which is another book, completely different story.

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Funny, the guy who recommended Extraordinary Golf to me also recommended Final Rounds. I'll check that one out too... even though, like you, I'm not a big reader :help:.

 

I played again yesterday in the rain at Avila Beach. I didn't have an extraordinary round, but started and ended well. Lost my concentration over several shots in the middle. I was 1-over on the 1st 5 holes and 1-under on the last 6 holes... BUT I managed 3 double bogies and 1 triple bogie on those 7 holes in between! Still turned in an 82 despite those blow ups. Although yesterday is traditionally the busiest golf day of the year here in the states, the rain pretty much cleared the place out after 9 holes. We had the back nine to ourselves :tongue:.

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Another book to add to the list is Joseph Parent's 'Zen Golf'. After reading it, the tough days on the course don't really seem that tough anymore.

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I've heard "Inner Golf" is also good for helping with the mental game.

 

btw ziggy, I added your "In the Zone" blog to my blogroll at golfslo.com :tongue:

 

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I also read that book about 7 years ago. I highly recommend this book to anybody who loves golf and wants to improve , or work on the mental side. Its so well written. I'm not a huge reader, but this book was awesome.  I also read "Final Rounds", which is another book, completely different story.

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Funny, the guy who recommended Extraordinary Golf to me also recommended Final Rounds. I'll check that one out too... even though, like you, I'm not a big reader :help:.

 

I played again yesterday in the rain at Avila Beach. I didn't have an extraordinary round, but started and ended well. Lost my concentration over several shots in the middle. I was 1-over on the 1st 5 holes and 1-under on the last 6 holes... BUT I managed 3 double bogies and 1 triple bogie on those 7 holes in between! Still turned in an 82 despite those blow ups. Although yesterday is traditionally the busiest golf day of the year here in the states, the rain pretty much cleared the place out after 9 holes. We had the back nine to ourselves :tongue:.

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That is funny. I really enjoyed that book. Its a great read. You should check out final rounds, its fantastic.

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