Golf as we all know is a humbling sport, but it can teach us so much as it relates to real life in almost every way. This site will be a collection of those lessons, hopefully a podcast thats more than just me talking shop, and my travels both for work and play. Thanks for visiting and lets get this thing started.
Well, Masters week is coming to a close and when the day started it was a too horse race, but as the day progressed many of the familiar names made their way to the top. McIlroy isn't striking it well and Reed is playing conservative, all while Jordan Spieth expelled his #12 demons and is on a tear today to get a chance at his second green jacket. I have never been to Augusta, I hope to be able to go one day, but I am told by so many that television doesn't do it justice. They said that the undulations are so severe that its definitely challenges a players end to end game with its length and placement golf it makes you play. Last night I had a few people I work with and we were chipping balls in my basement to see if we can stop them on the carpet. It was so hard for us it made he think back to my Mid March trip to Phoenix, AZ which made me . The first day I got there I was fortunate enough to be able to play Desert Mountain and get the opportunity for a lesson from one of their PGA professionals at the Jim Flick Golf performance center. Lonnie Lopez took us through a quick 20-30 minute lesson that had us swinging on video using a flight scope and using a pressure board form BalanceLab. Now, with the New England winters it makes it really hard to get any practice in from November through April. This year I tried to work on 2 things, may balance through my swing, and rotating/turning my hips in my follow through while staying down. In my swings leading up to the my moment of truth, I thought, man I am crushing the ball, I feel like I have more control. Wow, the video show a showed a different outcome. I was collapsing my club at the top of my backswing making my swing very long and unpredictable, combine that with my grip being strong, that just made it easier for me to repeat the previous bad habit. So, I worked all winter on 2 things and it turned into 2 more areas of my game that needed addressing. We went out and played Outlaw and Lonnie came with us in order to give us a small on course lesson. You would have through I was teeing it up at Augusta this week. With all eyes on me, I duffed the first one, thank god for breakfast balls, then I hit one down the center of the fairway and was able to walk away with a bogie. Nerves called, but I took that round to work on my newly found trouble areas. Its hard going through a round and working on anything, let alone moving to a new grip and try to correct a backswing that you felt was great the whole winter break. I quit thinking about my score and wanted to trust focus on hitting it well and nothing else. Over the next 3 days that worked out well and I ended up shooting 81 (42/39) at Kierland Resort. I played better, but I still had things to work on. Now, if I could only work on areas like this so quickly in my everyday life, only if I could have the patience with everything I do. I think this is why the game of golf has been an outlet for me. I am able to control every aspect of the game, but in life that is not possible no matter what anyone says. There are no gimmes, no mulligans, you have to be perfect or almost perfect especially when you have a family to support. Every day in life is like playing a major, all I can say is that I know I will duck hook one off the tee from time to time, but hopefully my second shot gets me back on track. Congrats to the eventual winner of the Masters, you will go down in history in golf, but make sure that you are remembered for more than just that.
Update: 6:30pm EST. Looks like Rickie is living life right, he may get into a playoff
Update: 6:39pm EST. Captain America is your Masters Champion!