I have been traveling for the last week and enjoyed some time away from doing golf related activities. Don't get me wrong, I would have loved to get out there and play, but I think taking some time off after my last two rounds helped to reset myself. Today I hit a large bucket at my local Super Range. At 128 balls, it's just slightly more than an actual round.
I took my new ideas from the debacle of last week and hoped to have a leisurely session. My focus today:
- Outside club takeaway to avoid bringing the club down too steeply
- Weight on the balls of my feet to allow me to easily transfer my weight through impact
- Divot after contact with the ball - no more trying to pick the ball cleanly to allow more consistent contact
I'm not going to pretend that I am anywhere close to making these a natural part of my swing, but at the end of this huge bucket I hit more than 50% of my balls well using all three techniques. This is a big jump from last week. My swing felt uncomfortable and mechanical, but I truly think I made some progress as I didn't really toe hook anything. By the end of the bucket, it was getting ever so close to feeling natural. I actually hit my driver really well. It was mostly straight and some of my best distance I have ever seen. I'm excited to try it on the course. The only down side to this practice was focusing on taking a divot for so many swings on a mat. My wrists are really sore as I am sure my emphasis was grounding the club much more than I will ultimately need to. One more practice round should make me feel ready for a course.
I am heading out on a golf trip this weekend and I am not very sure how this mechanical, thinking swing will translate to the course. Something that has always been communicated to me is to not think on the course, just swing. I am nowhere near being able to do that. However, as usual with golf - I have risen from my deepest low to the highest level of excitement in a matter of days. Golf truly is the most fun game to struggle with.