Well, I rejoined the ladies club at my course. I was hesitating because of my swing change and all the work it’s taken just to be able to play tee to green, but I finally bit the bullet and joined up. On my first day back last week, I purposely signed up to play a threesome with two women who aren’t intimidating and it was a good call. I didn’t play great, but it wasn’t bad either. Considering how I deal with serious nerves, it really was a satisfactory re-entry into club play. The only disaster was an all too familiar dip in the lake on the 7th hole.
The annual match play tournament starts in a few weeks and the ladies were excitedly signing their names to the list and of course I followed suit but after a less than stellar 18-hole round yesterday, I went in and erased my name. Perhaps I don’t need that kind of pressure just yet. It also occurred to me that I’d likely be mismatched because my handicap from last year is just a a stroke or two lower than it should be this year, for now anyway. My scores are still averaging three or four strokes higher than last season. So yes, I panicked and erased my name!
Today I went out for a quick nine with my husband and for whatever reason, I always play better when I play with him. Maybe it’s because I’m super comfortable out there with him and I can just be myself. I don’t know but the good news is that on six of nine holes I made bogey – and five of them were in a row! Since bogey golf is my goal right now, I was pretty happy with it.
Things that continue to plague me:
– tentative, stiff, not-in-the-flow short game, too many way short chips and sculls over the green
– hazards and obstacles – water, OB, unplayable lies, all causing extra strokes on my card. Grrrrrrr.
Hazards not withstanding, my long game is coming along nicely. I am spanking it off the tee and hitting an increasing amount of greens in bogey regulation, which again, at this point in my game is fine. And today I two-putted every single green. Some were so close I couldn’t believe they didn’t drop, but that’s golf.
Addendum 5/3/15 – I put my name back on the match play list. I’m going for it!