One Mans Journey to Golf Mediocrity
Wichita,KS – The summer of 2014 I made the commitment to learn how to play better golf. As a kid I played a little with my uncle who taught me how to respect the game and play by the rules. As I got older and life started to move quicker, my golf game was left to two scrambles a year which included tons of libations, lots of laughs and not much golf. In May of 2014 I finally convinced my wife to allowed us to join Crestview, that’s right I said allowed. Like most American males my life is ran by one beautiful, intelligent and creative woman. (just in case she reads this :p)
After we signed up, I went into the pro shop and asked about lessons, where I met the world renowned PGA professional Trent Rommann :). After a brief discussion I booked lessons and schedule the first one for the following Saturday. As an athlete all my life and in college, I assume he would look at my swing and say really just do this and you will be all set. Well…that didn’t happen, my swing was littered with flaws. I quickly came to grips that I am just not good at golf and if I really wanted to get better I would have to practice. If you knew me, I am a dog after a bone when I want something or if I want to conquer a challenge. So I practiced everyday, I went to the range, hit ball after ball and took lesson after lesson. I did see improvement but not quickly. I would feel I conquered one and find I’m terrible at another, worked on that, now I can’t putt…JEEZ. Golf is a tough game and I had to realize I can’t and won’t conquer it so I just need to embrace it.
Embracing is easy right, nope. Golf is tough but it’s as frustrating as an old boyfriend or girlfriend. What you love about it is also the thing you hate about it. As the summer of 2014 rolled I had some highlight holes and a ton and I mean a ton of lowlight holes. Even with the frustrations I saw a lot of improvement. I started the season hitting a score 116(yes that’s on 18 holes), but finished the season hitting low 90’s. I really couldn’t have been happier. Now that 2015 is here my resolve is unwavering, I am going to get better! My new goal is to hit in the low 80’s on a regular basis but really the goal is 80. That elusive number, sought by many found by a few. As I continue this journey, I will share my experiences and scorecards so you can keep me in check. I will leave you with one question, what is your one golf goal this year?
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