August 25, 2016

So last Sunday I finally decided to unpack the clubs from my travel bag and head out to hit a bucket of balls for the first time since Goodboys Invitational weekend. It felt good, and I’m pleased to say the swing is still there. My handicap presently sits at a 24.1; my goal for the coming year is to be at around a 18 by the time the 2017 Goodboys Invitational comes around. That’s six strokes to knock off, and I really think as a goal it is more than doable. The scores I posted during Goodboys weekend were OK enough, but my game inside 100 yards was abysmal.

It was at the turn on Goodboys Sunday that I decided to ditch the ridiculous Steve Stricker / no wrist technique I’d been playing around with starting around the turn of the year. While it’s true there were a couple of rounds where it seemed to work really well, it just killed me the first 54 holes of Goodboys weekend. So I went back to my old chipping technique simply to survive on Sunday, and it felt pretty comfortable.

After hitting a bucket on Sunday I spent the better part of an hour just chipping around the practice green at Papago Park, making a tweak here and there on my old technique to get it to a point where I felt it needed to be. I also hit half a bucket of pitching wedges and sand wedge to 60 yards and less, working on keeping my feet planted instead of coming up out of it: a bad habit I realized I had fallen into who knows when. Bottom line: I’m committed to working really hard on my short and not-so-short game in the coming weeks, as that’s where those six strokes will come from. A better short game means less putts, and less putts bring lower scores.

Everything else is there.

My swing coach Alex Black thinks I have the ability to get down to more than a 18: he thinks I can get to down to a 14, perhaps even a 13. We’ll see. But for now, a goal of six strokes seems like a great place to start. I’ll tee it up for the first time since Goodboys weekend a week from now, and I’m eager to see how the changes to my short game play out.

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