Friday, June 17, 2011

The Five Deadly Sins of Course Management

The Five Deadly Sins of Course Management

The desire for more in any given situation 
  • In the woods, choosing the low percentage shot 
  • In the fairway, choosing to go at a sucker pin  
  • On the tee, choosing to hit to a narrow area that is 20 yards further than a wide area. 
  • Failing to remember that each shot or stroke is worth “1”. 
Excessive belief in one’s own abilities.  Shown by the desire to “try harder”, “make up for the past, or “show” my game.
  • A change in position creates a change in game plan
  • A focus on results vs. task
  • An attempt to change other’s perceptions of you as a player.
Green with Envy!
The desire to have different circumstances than those you are presented with at the moment.            Examples
  • Not being in the moment.
  • Talk of others “making everything” as though it is a fluke.
  • The wish for things to be easier or a “why me?” attitude.   
Anger or Wrath  The manifestation of your frustration or inability to accept what has happened.  Often thought to overcome reason.
        You know these without my examples.
Staying with the movie theme, the famous putter toss from Caddyshack! 

                Failing to check your course notes to note your plan
                Mentally relaxing when things become “too much”
                Choosing to play without a game plan.

Here are some ways to stay on the right paths and not visit the deadly sins of course management:
Practice Round
    Chart the course.  
            Note what can help you and what can hurt you.
            Know where the fairway is wide and where it is narrow
            Know where the “sucker” pins will be.
            Know any generalities.
    Figure out what the designer had in mind.
            Where do they want you to hit it?
            With what do they distract you?
            Where do they give you an escape?
            What are the tendencies?

Game Plan
    Know your game.
            How far do you hit your clubs?
            What are your strengths and how can you play to them?
Where is the optimal spot to play from with each shot on each hole?
How will the spin on your ball effect the flight?  How will the wind effect the flight?  
Clear head
    Make your plan by what you want to do vs. what you don’t want to do.
            Note problem areas.
            Play away from trouble.
            Do not short side yourself.
            Remember the five deadly sins of course management.

Another of my favorite movies, The Sound of Music and Julie Andrews singing My Favorite Things

These are a few of my favorite things (feel free to put it to music!):
    1.  Fat side of the pin.  
    2.  Boring golf (fairways and greens)
    3.  Getting out of trouble quickly and efficiently.
    4.  One putts, whether for birdie, par or more.
    5.  Conservative decision making following a mistake.
    6.  Recognizing “sucker” pins.
    7.  Great wedge players.
    8.  Great putters.
    9. Smart players who understand their strengths and weaknesses.
    10. Reasonable players who are aggressive when it makes sense.

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