Freshly mown grass abounds. Flowers starting to bloom. The birds are back, and so is the golf season! I know the winter allowed more golf this year, but the spring is what I always define as the new golf season.
The goal during the winter was to maintain and maybe even improve slightly before the first round of the year. I didn’t want to walk onto the course rusty and need to build back to where I finished. I will admit, I didn’t follow the winter schedule perfectly and got closer to 3 days a week than 4, but I succeeded in starting strong!
My first round happened last week. I played the optishot most weeks during the winter, but the optishot isn’t the same as the course. The adrenaline pumps a little harder when staring down a flag at 150 yards. I was ready for the round, but I needed to get into my game quickly to stay on track.
My first tee shot flew high and down the middle. The ground is rock hard right now in Oklahoma, so I also received a nice roll. I only had a wedge left into the green. I hit a thin, terrible wedge shot that settle right next to the green. My chip was crisp, but I 2 putted for bogey. Not a terrible start.
Similar shots on the second hole, but I made the up and down for par. The 3rd hole is a longer par 3. I pulled my hybrid and hit a high, beautiful, drawing shot that bounced, hit the flag stick, and stopped 10 feet from the hole. 2 putts from 10 feet for par.
I continue with another par on 4 and 6. My driver was high and near the target. My irons are a little short, but mostly high and moving slightly right. Contact is as good as I have hit a golf ball in a couple seasons. I had 3 GIR on the front 9, which is 2 more than I averaged a whole round last season.
The back 9 wasn’t quite as good, but my stamina isn’t perfect yet. I had 2 pars, and only 1 GIR. However, I hit 5 straight fairways. I ended up with 9/14 fairways and 4/18 greens. I shot an 84, which is better than most of my scores last season. This is a great start to the year.
My goal was to begin the year as good, if not better, than last year. I believe the winter was a huge success. My swing is continually getting better. My contact is more pure. I think this year will see huge improvements. No regression from last year. I can’t wait to create my new spring and summer routine to keep improving. Keep coming back to check out my progress.