Unusually, the bulk of recent history has been documented on my other blog, Ordinary Golf. All that has to be added to that is the detail of the round I played today with my three regular Saturday morning partners at Chilworth GC, which will go some way to providing an outcome of sorts to the sad tale of my struggles with hitting the ball out of the heel with my 3 wood.
It was a truly beautiful late October morning, cold at first but under clear blue skies that soon allowed the sun to warm things up sufficiently to see us in shirtsleeve order by mid-round. I took some persuading to enter the ongoing club competition, a rolling Stableford over Friday to Sunday, due to my recent lack of form, and intially my reluctance looked to be well founded. On the par 5 first I thinned my second shot into a bunker, from where I contrived to find the hinterland of OOB on escaping it, so nul points for starters. A mixed bag of up and down golf saw me stand on the sixth tee having had blobs on two holes and a scant five points from the other three. A fine 3 wood off the tee (my third of the day already – see my entry elswewhere for why this was such good news) was the start of steadier things, and I reached the turn with 16 points pencilled on the card.
Things moved up a gear on the back nine with a string of 3 pointers and a pleasing birdie at the 18th to close the round with 24 points on the way in and so 40 in total. That should be good enough to muscle in on the prizes, but I will have to wait until Tuesday to see if that’s true or not. Whatever turns out to be the case, I am happy just to have turned a bit of corner and hope I can carry this revival of form forward through the upcoming winter season.