30 Day Challenge – Day 26 – 1st Round of Golf

Today I played my first round of golf since starting the 30 day challenge.  I recorded my performance using the method from shotbyshot.com.

So how did it go?

Statistics for the day:

GIR: 9

FW: 8

Feet of putts made: 15 feet (including 10 1 putts from 4 feet or less).

Average Distance to the pin: 13 ft.

Handicaps for the round:

Long Game: 6

Chip and Pitch: +1

Putting: 1

Sand: none

I ended up shooting a 1 over par 73.  The wind was blowing about 15 to 20 MPH and the temperature was in the mid 50s.

I am very pleased with the way the round went.  Hit some gorgeous drives, kept the ball in play, and chipped it great, leaving myself a lot of tap ins for par.  I did have a double bogey on the second hole and a bogey on nine, but I got one back on the next hole with the first of my two birdies for the day shooting 1 over par for the front nine, and carding an even par 36 for the back nine.  The back nine was bogey free.

I’m very excited to see what the game holds.  I felt like I was able to use my imagination on the course much more, and I also felt like I played smarter, within myself and my abilities.  Hit 8 fairways, 2 missed fairways still left me with good shots, and I was left with 4 bad lies after the tee shot.  Two of those four led to bogey or worse, and the other two led to par.

On the course I also felt more at ease.  I didn’t have a lot of swing thoughts coming in as I was really focusing on feeling the shot.  Very few shots went perfect, but my misses were not very punishing and allowed me to stay on track.   My short game also felt a lot sharper even though I haven’t been on a practice putting green since November.  I think I was just able to see and feel the shots much more than I have been able to in a long time.

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