Captain’s Log (that’s right – Original Star Trek a la James T Kirk fan – right here!!)
Hey. So this routine stuff is getting pretty routine. Bah Humbug. This morning – dare i say it – I was tempted to skip my wednesday 30 minute putting practice session. I’ve been doing it regular now for about 3 or 4 weeks. And I must admit I’ve developed some muscle memory on how I set up to a putt. Perhaps scratching the surface of the type of muscle memory i would need to perform in a local tourney. takeaway points:
- Went putting today. 60% 2-putts from 30+ yards out going right to left with very subtle break at the top of a tongue-shaped green
- Grass was damp but not dewey and day was bright due to day light savings. think “Good Day Sunshine,” by the Beatles.
- Continued focusing on identifying the 12 o’clock position of the hole so i can judge what direction the ball should gravitate towards as it slows.
- Then did a round of quick-fire round-the-clock shots from 6 feet or so out
- Totally overshot those but adjusted well from the 1 o’clock to 4 o’clock positions
- Putted in the morning and after work
- Work was a little perturbing today. I’ll have to travel for some sales thing Sunday night. It’s only one day but …anyway – long story.
- After work I did well. struck the ball well. it felt good. i felt grounded. i was trying to let the day go.
- And i did a little bit. Golf felt like a soft familiar friend for a moment. Something that would always be there.
- I need to keep remembering to:
- frame the hole in my mind into a bigger circle…. maybe as wide in diameter as 20 feet or more..enough to capture important terrain and slope info…
- and imagine how it is laying on the surface – and then
- once I identify the north pole of 12 o’clock position – draw out 4 quadrant and then begin thinking of my putt relative to where my ball in on the clock and relative to getting to the 12 oclock position