A week of travel and several days of pain (I hurt my back) delayed the conclusion of my golf challenge, but it’s finally in the books. I shot 105, which was only 2 shots better than my opening round. Considering my personal goal was to break 100, I feel a little disheartened. Ironically, the part of my game I had the most confidence in, putting, was my greatest weakness. I had a total of 45 puts in my closing round, which translates to a pathetic 2.5 puts per green. That was 8 shots worse than my opening round on putting alone (ouch!). In my opening round, I made 3 or 4 puts from over 10 feet, while in the closing round I don’t think I made anything from over 5 feet.
While I didn’t achieve my score goal, I do feel better about my game now. Before I avoided work related golf events so I wouldn’t embarrass myself, but now I’d feel okay to play with other people watching. So that’s some progress at least.
My biggest take-away from this challenge is to not over analyze your golf swing. In other words, find a swing that feels comfortable for you and then stick with it and don’t keep making adjustments all the time. About midway through the month, I was feeling good about my swing and then I took a lesson. That lesson actually set me back about 2 weeks. Because golf is hard, it’s tempting to keep making adjustments to try and get better. The problem is that the adjustments might fix one part of your swing but then cause an issue somewhere else. In conclusion, golf is difficult and if you want to improve, be prepared to work hard.