2017 was a pretty great year, golf-wise. Also life-wise!
A year ago, I was a very frustrated golfer, so much so that I thought about giving it up! I had just started with a new women's club, but I didn't fit in and I missed my friends. I couldn't even make decent contact with the effing golf ball, let alone know where it was going to go! My wonky strong grip messed with my mind, and I remember I'd look at my hands at set-up and it was like I was looking at some strange thing from the Twilight Zone; I had absolutely NO idea what to do.
ANYhow, I read a pretty cool book called Dream On, written by a guy maybe named Jon Richardson, and it motivated me to improve my game. So I did.
I had four golf goals in 2017, and I fully accomplished two of them. Here's the run-down:
1. break 90, then do it again and again and again. YES. The breaking 90 part of this didn't happen until August, but the main idea of this goal, to improve my game drastically, happened throughout the spring and summer. First I fixed some fatal flaws and learned some basic skills, then I put in the time and the effort, and better golf was the result. I focused on process rather than results, but the results were good because the process was the focus.
2. 150 rounds of golf, including 12 new courses. YES. It was a slow start last January, because of the weather and because my poor golf made me not that interested in playing, but it ended up a grand golf adventure! At least 16 new courses, from Borrego Springs stay and play, to Sidewinder and Papago in Arizona, to The Golf Club at Fallbrook where I had my hole in one, to Mile Square close to home, to Sunnyvale Muni last month! I love that my husband (and best friend) is a golfer and likes to try new courses, too!
3. sand shots. SO-SO. 100% better than a year ago, but last week I was stuck in a bunker and it took me five shots to get out. Yep, a work in progress.
4. backyard practice area. NOT REALLY. The bunker got finished... I dug it out and my honey filled it with sand, but we never really settled on the right kind of sand. The practice green was nice for awhile, but now we are building a guest cottage, so the entire footprint needs to be adjusted. My son got us a very cool ball washer for Christmas, so that will go on the tee box once we get going again.
next up... 2018 goals!!