Fighting Back: Rob Smith Golf Blog 8
On the first Friday in August I joined several of my GM colleagues at The Grove to prepare an article on the different ways of getting round the course, caddy/buggy/trolly/etc, which will be in the November issue.
It was another chance to see if the guys could spot the changes and there were some very positive signs, especially when I hit my confidence-boosting Ben Ross Hot Speed 7-iron from 160 yards to 4 feet at the penultimate hole for birdie.
The following week I was down in deepest, rolling, rural Wiltshire to prepare a Golfer’s Guide. One of the most telling statements on my swing changes so far came from a chum I was with who is an excellent golfer who plays off five at Walton Heath.
I have played golf with him for many years and he identified the tell-tale sign that differentiated my good shots from my bad.
The good ones were when I took the time to prepare and concentrate rather than simply run up to the ball and play before anyone else was watching.
At the lovely hill-top West Wilts I managed 38 points with nine pars, my best score since beginning this exercise.
And at Salisbury and South Wilts I finished with back-to-back birdies, I think for the first time ever.
All very encouraging – and just the tiniest bit frustrating that this progress was about to be halted temporarily (I hope) by our family (hence non-golfing) holiday to Spain.
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