June 24, 2011
Piedmont Country Club: 107
Disaster. I had 6 penalties, and 10 sand shots. I couldn’t hit a fairway; I couldn’t hit a green. This was borderline embarrassing. After three consecutive rounds in the 80s, I thought was onto better scores, but today proved otherwise. Back to square one.
I don’t even know what to say. Yeah, this is probably one of the hardest courses that I normally play, but to shoot a 107 is embarrassing. My driver was all out of whack. I think this was the cause of most of my problems because my second shot ended up being my fourth shot, or a shot out of the sand or deep rough. I hit five fairways, but still…I was not very satisfied with my performance.
So, I’ve been reading Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf. I’ve been trying to take it one step at a time. A few notes from his book:
- left foot can come up about an inch on the upswing
- hip starts the downswing, with weight shift to the left
- left arm straight, right arm slightly bowed on setup
- left foot at 45 degree and right foot perpendicular on setup
I haven’t quite finished the book yet, but I’m trying to take it all in. I think I’m a little more on plane these days, but I’m still hitting behind the ball quite often. The bulk of my problems is not transferring my weight to the left foot on the downswing. I need to get ahead of the ball, so that I can hit down on it at impact, instead of “scooping” it up.