Sunday, August 21, 2005

Golf Is Wierd, Dude.

So, this weekend I only had one round of golf scheduled -- my normal Sunday game. I dont know what sort of sissies I'm booked to play with, but only 3 people showed other than me. Oh well at least it was a foursome.

I played like garbage on the front nine. Two early scrambling pars and then bogeys with one double. Awful, crappy, and couldn't swing the club for the life of me. The back nine picked up a bit and shot 37 or something like that. 44/37. Hah.

Anyways, one thing that I did notice and the reason i'm posting this, is that I think I figured out a swing trick that helps me hit the ball better. I've found over the past few months while i've had a ... less than stellar performing swing... that I tend to have a whole lot of different things going on in my golf swing. That is to say, I tend to have different swingplanes depending on the day. My tempo is suspect sometimes too.

So here's the thing... On the driving range, when I hit my short irons (PW-LW), if I want to have dead aim, and I mean right all over the pin, all i've got to do is not finish my swing. I swing through, but up so that my hands finish high, but never wrap around back. My weight still transfers, my body still turns, but I dont finish the swing. I've always had a good ability to be dead on pins if I do this, but there is a cost of distance slightly.

After pissing myself off with my front nine performance, I started swinging a bit better on the back, but was still making sketchy contact with the ball in some cases (yes, I was making pars anyways). There's a big difference in low-handicap golf between "good" and "good enough"... the swing at this point was the latter of the two. So, with 3 to go, I decided to try and hit every shot with that wedge mentality of finish high and don't try and make a pretty follow through. Well, does that ever work well! In my last three holes I hit the ball on the screws and dead straight every shot. It was unreal. It's quite unorthadox to not finish my swing, but if the club is on that swingplane every time, i'll take the weird swing for sweet results.

Moe Norman would have been proud of this swing. The finish very much mimicks his and is likely where I got the idea from. No tricks in a golf swing like this, just back and through without the showboat finish. I honestly prefer a full finish as it feels better, but if I can NUT every ball and hit every ball straight with a slightly different swing, i'll do it 10 times out of 10.

I've still got a putting and chipping game though, which is good. Didnt make any putts today but the greens were shit so thats ok.

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Poker:

I've been on the 25NL tables again. I'm clawing my way back from where I was before I dropped 400 in a few days. Everything has been positive lately so thats good. Not getting any huge hits, but i'm making money so i'll take it.

I also noted that my Casino Niagara money is dwindling finally. I've been using it as my cash for the last few months (note that's no bank machine visits in months thanks to the people at the poker room at casino niagara). Will have to start going again. Perhaps I can get NoSkillz to go a few times.

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Other:

I've got a few side projects im working on lately to hopefully make some cash. We'll see how that works out. Heh. No gamble in killing time on my own work though I suppose. Need something to do for the winter.

Toast.

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Couch Potato said...

"Help me if you can I'm feeling down" - I also think I must be lost.

I was searching for Elvis and somehow ended up in your blog, but you know I'm sure I saw him on the golf course yesterday. Now this is strange because usually I see him in the supermarket.

Honest really, last time I saw him there he was right in front of me, next to the steaks singing "Love me Tender".

He said to me (his lip was only slightly curled) "Boy, you need to get yourself a shiny, new lcd tv to go with that blue suede sofa of yours.

But Elvis said I, In the Ghetto nobody has a lcd tv .

Dude I'm All Shook Up said Elvis. I think I'll have me another cheeseburger.

Then I'm gonna go home, put ma dancin' suit on, munch me some uppers and freak out to that maaaaaaaaad surfing scene in Apocalypse Now on ma lcd tv .

How cool is that boy?

And then he just walked out of the supermarket singing. . .

"You give me love and consolation,
You give me strength to carry on "

Strange day or what? :-)

used-callaway-girl said...

Can U help me with my backswing? :-)

lol

get a tee time here
golf course tee times see you on the first hold ;-)

mandy

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