May 30, 2018 at 01:29 AM
I recently played in a match and lost. It's frustrating to hit a lot of fairways and greens but all your putts just miss by a hair. Putting is generally the guiding light of my game, and this past voyage-and-a-half it was an unwanted anchor. I had to give my opponent 8 dots so I came into the day knowing I needed birdies. It was a big match on a slow playing day too, and I tend to lose focus when the game gets too deliberate. I chalked it up to thinking too much, or trying too hard, and moved on.
Well today in my league it was déjà vu. Fairway, green, and a well hit putt trundling in, tracking right on line; it starts to lose speed at the hole and...a ringer to the right. Next hole, scappy little chip to 4 feet and a lip out left. The third time was not a charm- it was a 360*. I just couldn't buy a putt. I'm not superstitious, but I even went so far as to change balls (still a ProV- don't panic) after the 3rd lipout and that didn't even help. The first 4 putts caught the hole without dropping. I only got one to fall in the nine-2 in the last 27. I am emotionally scared by the memories of that unholy ball diving away from the darkness at the last moment.
After finishing up work I've been drilling 5-7 footers all day in my office. If that first putt on my next round teases me like these past 27 holes I might just take up tennis.
How about you TT?
Do you have any cure for the 'almosts'
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