Over the past month, there has been huge events in the golf world. For one, The Masters tournament has passed. And over the course of the masters, some great things happened. Danny Willett became the first Englishman to win the tournament since 1995.
Of course, some lesser things transpired as well.
It is a bit comforting to everyone who aspires to be a great golfer, that even two of the world’s greatest golfers, can slip up catastrophically sometimes. It is also inspiring to see how these athletes can keep calm and composed, even when devastating plays occur.
In more personal recent time, getting out to the golf course has been a struggle. With Adventure Trip and other events, going out to play has been tough. So I have had to get creative to find time to learn more about golf and to develop my skills. In the beginning, I was focusing on my long game, developing my swing with the longer clubs such as irons and drivers. So recently I have had to develop my short game, using my putter and wedges.
As you can see in the picture the answer lied in my own backyard. I would grab an empty pop or water bottle (recycling!!!) and use that as my target. I would then step back about 10-15 yards, grab a few balls and my chipper, and work on my aim and the weight of my shots. As one could assume, it is a helpful exercise for my short shots, and it is a bit of fun.
As for putting, I do own a 7-foot putting mat. The cup (hole) at the end is slightly smaller than a regulation size cup, so it sharpens my aim. As you can see, I am using different types of putters. It sometimes just depends on how I am feeling, or if a certain putter is just not working out for me. The putter I am most comfortable most times, is the one with the wooden shaft. This is very unusual for golf clubs, as most of them are made from some lightweight, metallic compound. But this wooden shaft has a really good feel when I hit the ball with the club. The club on the right is also a good putter. They are not necessarily better then one another, they are just different. As well, they have different grips, as seen above. The wooden one has an average size grip that works perfectly fine, but the other putter has a fat grip, which forces you to use your arms more than your wrists, something you want when putting.
As for my learning center, I will have to be creative. I do not want to be a run-of-the-mill golf learning center, it has to be unique. I think I would prefer to be inside, but with a good amount of space to potentially set up something of a mini-golf course. Nothing too m=big and extravagant, but enough to be impressive and give people a challenge. I have no doubt something like this has happened before, so I will be including many other aspects to my learning center. I have been uploading some videos of myself playing golf onto YouTube, so I will have a monitor playing a continuous loop of all the videos. As well, I will have some small cards on facts about golf and what I have learned. All the while displaying my golf bag and its contents to passersby. I hope to construct an extremely difficult “putting hole” and perhaps award a small prize to whoever can get their ball in on the first try.
In the near future, I will be playing at the full course. This is what my in-depth has been leading me to. Not putting in my basement, not hitting at the driving range, but actually playing golf. In a weekend to come I will be out there on the course, and I will be videoing it, no need to worry. And I have to say, this is the most exciting part.