I sense golf is a bit like professional music (or stand up comedy for that matter). The 1% make all the money, while the rest of us will keep trying. Not sure why I wrote that, but I think it is fair to say so.
As I look at my performance in the past month or so.. if I ignore the outliers, I think I am starting to plateau. On Shey, I consistently shoot a bogie round (on a bad day 45). Except the last game, all 18 hole games have been in the 90s. But there is something missing. To get to the next level and sub 90s, I need to find some inspiration or find a new gear to step up to.
Moving to Leighton has helped my technique. Changing my grip for the irons is coming along well. My driving sits in the 230-250 yards, but can do better with technique. Not planning any new kit, but I loved smoking RaG’s new Ping G20 driver past the 250y mark this Sunday.
That leaves inspiration. This months’s issue of Golf Monthly carried an article on Gary Christian. After years of serious elbow grease and grit, Gary made it to the US PGA Tour at the grand old age of 40. All this after selling knives, sleeping in vans, pension admin etc. More on Gary in the Guardian
SM, RaG and Pradeep are a bit young to join the Seniors tour, but who knows? For PG, RiG and me, Gary gives us something to help inspire our game and break whatever we are targeting.
While, the likelyhood of all us to be in the 99% is very high, this year, I want to break 90. That would achieve my goal of halving my handicap from 36 to 18. A few more sacrifices & hours of practice to come over the next 6 months, but I need to shave off about 8 strokes off my game.
Come on boys, lets find an extra gear and lift our games… We need at least 2 on the winners list this Saturday. PG can we get another -5?