June 27, 2010

The ball off my 9-iron was unusually solid and crisply hit; the arc straight and perfect. And when the ball came down, four or five yards past the 100-yard marker I was still posing, body towards the target just as my swing coach Ben “The Funny Guy” Andrusaitis would have wanted it.

Keep in mind, The Great White Shank has never – never – had any stranger compliment my swing. Oh sure, you’ll get compliments from your partner in a Goodboys foursome after a decent shot – even for The Great White Shank that’s not that unusual. But for a PGA pro, at a driving range, no less – well, that’s some compliment! You see, he had just finished giving some student a lesson at the far end of the driving range and was walking back towards the golf shop while, in the middle of my “30 ball” exercise, I hit that good solid 9-iron and heard his compliment. It made me feel good.

So there you go – that’s how I know I’m starting to make some solid progress in my golf game less than three weeks from the 20th annual Goodboys Invitational, less than two weeks away from touching down in New England – on vacation, and on target for preparing to do some damage at the Goodboys Invitational.

I wish I could say that all 30 of my balls today followed that same lovely trajectory towards the desired target; I can’t. But I am learning the value of what my swing coach would call “a good miss”. Focusing on trusting your swing and making your shot – well, that’s something I’ve never ever done in my life until this year.

Is that a guarantee I’ll make my goal of breaking 100 in a Goodboys Invitational round? Hardly – especially when you consider the mind-numbing, bone-crushing pressure that a Goodboys Invitational brings. But this is a golf discipline I’ve never embraced before, and it’s making me think about my game in a whole new way – one, I hope, will create good swing thoughts that can be done repetitively over a Goodboys weekend.

I’m psyched, and can’t wait to bring my game back to New England in two weeks’ time.

Pool temp: 90 degrees

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  1. Partner:

    Sounds like your “30 ball” practice sessions are going well.

    Remember to take what you learned and not let any Goodboys get into your head about your swing. I was at the driving range on Sunday after softball. I’m happy to say I was hitting them well. Taking your advice 3/4 backswing. You know what Doug? that 3/4 swing actually works because it cuts the chances of a slice or hook during the follow through. I think some instructors swear by it. I know the hole layouts are more narrow and not as long as the cape in N.H.? Which is I guess is good.

    I will make a 3-day. scoreboard next week when I’m on vacation.

    Take care and see you at the show.

    P.S. Paula Creamer would be a great date!

    Cubby

    Comment by Cubby — June 28, 2010 @ 8:35 pm


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