Monday, August 26, 2013

Get fit and win golf..

Sunday 25/8/13 After 2 months of frustration yesterday I finally put a half decent 18 holes together. Nothing spectacular finishing with -3 after the round. At no time did it feel like or happen that my round was about to fall apart. Even the loss holes were always close to halves. The only irritations, that came from two three putts. Finishing the day with 32 putts and a little more wayward off the tee than I have been lately 11, but GIR's made the difference. What really made the improved score was nothing to do with golf. Playing nine holes is a doddle for me and that has been shown in all of my practise of late. My technique across the board has been vastly improved Yet for 8 weeks my golf has been falling apart in competitions. There had been one significant change in my routine since the golf began to fall apart, I had stopped the morning swimming and the daily fitness workouts with cable/strand pulling. At Home the next day an 85 off the stick with 25 putts was good enough to win the August Monthly Medal. A $20 Strand Pulling set and a series of simple excercise routines and my golf is back on the winners list. That is what I started using after the last 7 rounds of failure, it was the only thing I had stopped doing since the failing began. Up until 8 weeks ago I had been still swimming 3 mornings a week and using the strand set each day with a 10 to 15 minute routine as well as doing 15 reps (just did one now) when sitting at my desk or watching tv at night. It is that simple to improve your stamina. Look at your own golfing, do you practise? do you get coaching? do you look at a round and isolate those shots that went wrong and realize where the club be it driver, iron, wedge or putter went off line and the ball missed the target? Then you have no difficulty in calculating why the ball went in the wrong direction so you practise more to stop the deviation again. Have you ever considered that it was not lack of ability that caused the fault, instead it was because you had tired during the round? That is what I realized last year that fitness is more than walking around the course it is being able to swing a club precisely through the round and that is every club from putter to driver. How many times have you miss hit a chip shot or a putt and thought how did that happen? It does not happen with my game now yet it was simple little miss hits that were destroying my scores on one or two holes in past weeks. Still practicing the same amount but I was not excising any more. Start it again and after two weeks the form is back and I have my third club monthly medal in a row for 2013. Thankyou for your time and attention hit the ball find the ball hit the ball Geoff

Monday, August 19, 2013

Footyhead's review rd 21 Blues defeat Richmond

The season is coming to the close and the Blues have a faint chance to still make the 8. All relying upon other teams winning and losing. Carlton can still make the finals. The Blues pulled off their grittiest win of the year on Saturday, beating Richmond by 10 points at the MCG. The Blues trailed by five goals at quarter-time before dominating thereafter to win 16.10 (106) to 14.12 (96) to stay in ninth place and remain within striking distance of Port Adelaide. If the Blues can beat Essendon at the MCG on Saturday night, they will travel to AAMI Stadium in the final round of the season to play Port in what will be a virtual elimination final. Thankyou for your time and attention, Geoff

Thursday, August 15, 2013

New Hybrids in the bag...

Could not take it sitting around and not get out and have a decent hit for another day. Played 9 holes after 10.30 to put the new hybrids through their paces on course. Very satisfied after the round a tidy 42 off the stick and the hybrids proved that this club is much easier for my game style. Keeping #7 to PW and a 56* irons in the bag the rest are #2-#6 Hybrid Clones of the TM Superfast rescue clubs. At this stage will play Friday Chicken run and that will be my golfing weekend total. G/f down for a stay as well as taking some time out of playing just to refresh myself. Thankyou for your time and attention hit the ball find the ball hit the ball

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Monday 6th. Back home and warming up after the Eudunda Ambrose trip. Was fun to play a fun round of golf in fact. Probably exactly what my game brain needed. The shortened Driver experiment is over for the minute. As I took the shaft out and put in the Stiff Flex shaft that arrived on last Thursday. It was an interesting trial and I am looking forward to hitting the same club head with a 5 cm longer shaft. With the 9* short reg flex shaft there was not much distance loss compared to the longer shafted 10.5* regular flex club head. That distance loss at full power was noticed yet the accuracy was so easy to achieve and the distance off the tee felt to be longer than usual combined with the accurate drives. I am not going to pass this experience over in a hurry. I can still shorten the shaft in the 10.5* driver at a later date in desired. Most likely I will just replace it with the very short one pulled yesterday and experiment with that first.
This pic of me was taken while hitting a cracker of a drive an easy 240m, down hill without much run so very satisfied with that hit. The Fluoro Polo Shirt and cap or Beanie were included with the entry fee so the course looked like a council worker convention. Putting on scrapes was a battle to be honest that delicate 'feel' of the run of the grass greens is not any use. The mental block to whack the ball into the hole was so hard to circumvent. Still we dropped some great puts on the day and that added to the fun.
This weekend is the Naracoorte Open Weekend 9th-11th of August and the plan is to play both Saturday and Sunday. Depending on work of course which may save me the pain which seems to come from playing this course. Have to be getting close to knocking out a good round at Naracoorte though and as usual full of optimism and looking forward to the trip. "hit the ball, find the ball, hit the ball." Thankyou for your time and attention, Geoff