There is nothing better than

having the golf course to yourself. It’s magic.

I went out and played tonight with a handful of clubs. I haven’t done it for over a year and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

– Hitting chip shots from all sorts of places
– Playing two or three balls
– Experimenting with different shots

Plus there’s the exciting stuff.

– the holed bunker shot
– wedge to a few inches
– towering 3 wood onto the green

Poor shots fade from memory as you quickly focus on the next shot. It’s actually the perfect mindset to play the game (when it really counts). And this is exactly what I’ve been missing out on of late. Not playing enough and too worried about the score when I get there. It’s exhausting and not overly rewarding.

So I’m definitely going to “play” more this year. Had enough of the struggle and walking from the course dissatisfied.

The only issue now is working on the leave passes from The Boss.

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7 Comments

  • Lukey

    Reply Reply January 22, 2012

    What you have done here Cam is my take on practice sessions now and it has flowed on to my Saturday competition and all of a sudden my last two weeks have seen me achieving good results which is just so pleasing.
    Cheers Lukey

    • Cameron

      Reply Reply January 22, 2012

      Good stuff Lukey. I played better today too. And I really “played” and had a great time.

      Keep up the good work.

  • Gregor

    Reply Reply January 23, 2012

    Been playing in my club’s winter foursomes competition of late. Alternate shots is a very interesting format. I have been playing quite well generally and my partner ( a 2 handicap) was asking what I was thinking when he played a bad shot. It was only then that I realised that I could actually be seeing Cameron’s teaching being played out before me. It was my partner playing the bad shot, not me. All I had to do was walk up to where the ball landed and play the next shot. Thoughts of what had happened before were nil, since I had not hit the last shot and it didn’t seem to leave any sort of connection in my head. The important thing was the shot in hand and what I was going to do now. Even there the decision was normally not to go for the hero shot as I would be upsetting my partner. At one point in our last game, an opponent tried to hit a ball through a bush and that led to his partner losing his temper with him for being so stupid. He replied that he thought he could make the shot even though it was clear to all that it was impossible . So I need to start playing my medal rounds more like the foursomes games in future

    • Cameron

      Reply Reply January 25, 2012

      Hi Gregor: Thanks for posting.

      Foursomes can be a nasty game. Sometimes we feel so much pressure to hit a good shot (so we don’t upset our partner) that we stuff it up. So I’m pleased to hear of your success here.

      Improvement can be a funny thing. It sort of sneaks up on us and has happened before we’ve noticed. So good stuff. If you can play well in foursomes you certainly can do it the medal. Just keep your expectations to a minimum and play the game. You’ll do just fine.

  • Grayden Provis

    Reply Reply January 24, 2012

    Hey Gregor

    Sounds odd hearing about your winter program. Check out the forecast where I live:

    http://www.bom.gov.au/wa/forecasts/perth.shtml

    Those temps are Celsius by the way (40C = 104 F)

    At least the courses will be pretty deserted I suspect 🙂

    • Cameron

      Reply Reply January 25, 2012

      And it’s so wet hear in SE QLD. Never seen so much rain. Actually, I have – this time last year. Hopefully there is no repeat of those terrible floods.

      So much for playing some golf – looks like being wet for the rest of the week.

    • Gregor

      Reply Reply January 26, 2012

      40C. I was playing in 40F and 30mph winds. I know where I would rather be. We were about the only people on the course. Flooded bunkers and pumps out on the fairways to take away surface water. Not pleasant, but pleased I was keeping it all together

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