Funny thing! Once I shot my age last September I think I had the idea that the feat would become a regular occurrence. Oh I knew I wouldn’t play that well every time but surely, I reasoned, another 73 would come within a month or two. Guess what? It hasn’t happened! I did get a 74 in April but that’s as close as I’ve come. And it’s not that I haven’t been trying. Oh my, every Wednesday that I tee it up in the Luther League I’m anticipating a return to glory. Alas, my handicap has been climbing…according to the Arizona Golf Association I’m in danger of leaving the single digits.
So will I ever shoot my age again? The cynics among you might say, “Sure if you live long enough,” but I don’t think it’ll be that long. In fact I see signs of hope…because I’ve found some keys!
Golfers are always looking for keys. Sometimes you can even hear them mumbling their keys on the course…things like, “Keep your head down…follow through….maintain spine angle…” There are a million of them. The idea is that there is one thing that you can tend to just before the swing that will insure a perfect shot. And the deceptive thing about keys is that they always work once! Invariably though, having discovered the perfect swing thought one day, the golfer discovers that the next time out there are different results. But despite endless disappointments the addicted golfer always keeps hoping that some day….
I get my keys in a lot of different places….sometimes it’s from talking to Sue (those are the best) or I’ll pick something up from watching golf on t.v. or maybe I’ll dream about it. At any rate the other day I went out with two, one from Colin Montgomery, the great English golfer, and the other from Revae Stuart, who doesn’t believe golf is a sport. Colin had said in an interview at the Senior USGA Open that he only has one swing thought, i.e. to finish his backswing, which I found interesting. I don’t know that I’d ever heard that before. Revae had sent me research about top performance athletes…it included a video saying that the best putters focus their eyes intensely on the ball before striking it.
So I went out to Ken McDonald for nine and used my newly acquired keys for the first time. It was hilarious…Colin’s worked pretty well, but Revae’s didn’t. I tried to focus intently but then started wondering which dimple I should focus on. My brain debated over every putt…and I missed every one. I’d decided to go back to what I’ve learned from Sue. I had such a good time playing that day…it was fun…and the two hours were full of joy.
I guess that’s why I play golf…it really does give me joy…and I look forward to every round. And one of these days I’ll shoot my age again….I’m convinced it’s inevitable! (And who knows what keys I’ll use!)