Me and my golf bag: Round two – March 20th 2016

10th hole at Bromsgove Golf ClubWell round two of 2016 was much better than round one! In fact as I stood on the 17th tee I was four under my handicap with two holes to play. Unfortunately my final two holes did not go well and I ended up finishing level par for the round. However there were lots of positives to take from my performance and the hard work I’ve been putting in is starting to pay off. As with my other ‘Me and my golf bag’ posts I have identified three positive things and one area of improvement to take from my second round 2016. These are…

Positive one – That I was four under with two holes to play

One of the three goals for my 2016 golf season is to reduce my handicap. The only way I will achieve this is to regularly shoot scores that are sub my existing handicap. After completing the front nine in level par I played the first seven holes of the back nine in four under my handicap. Had I performed better over the final two holes I would have finished up with my first ‘sub’ round of 2016 in only my second outing. It is only early in my ‘season’ but it was really encouraging to play so well. As my game improves over the next few months I am really confident of getting my handicap down to 24.

Positive two – First birdie of the year

I don’t score many birdies, usually because my tee shots don’t give me a chance of getting my second shot close to the pin, however on Sunday I claimed my first birdie of the year. It was made even sweeter by the fact that it was on the second hardest hole on the course and my tee shot left me with a blind shot into the green. Sinking the putt gave me a real adrenaline rush and that is one of the reasons I find the game of golf so addictive. One good hole or even shot can completely change your mood. I am hoping to add a lot more birdies as the year progresses.

Positive three – Negotiation of par 3’s

Par 3 11th at Bromsgrove Golf ClubPar 3’s are often my downfall as I struggle to hit irons well off the tee. Bromsgrove Golf Club has five Par 3’s and I played the first four really well, carding a bogey and three pars. Only dropping one shot over the first four par 3’s was really pleasing. If I can maintain the quality of my iron play off tees then this is an area that will really help reduce my handicap.

Area for improvement – Putting

Just like my first round of 2016, my putting was simply not good enough. I shouldn’t be a surprise to me, as I’ve not practiced it since the last time I played. However I had hoped that not playing on winter greens would help, it didn’t! The only highlight of a poor round of putting was the 8ft putt I rolled in for my birdie. That one shot shows me that I can putt well, the key to improvement will be practice, practice, practice!

Perfect fuel for a round

Snicker protein barSunday also saw me try a new approach to maintaining my energy levels for the round. In my previous round I definitely tired towards to the end and that cost me shots. This time around I didn’t want that to happen so I made some Zanna Van Dijk Snicker Protein Bars. They are amazing and kept me going throughout the round. If you are looking for a healthy golfing snack I can’t recommend these highly enough.

With two rounds under my belt, tomorrow sees me playing my third round of 2016 and I can’t wait. My aim for the round is to play to my handicap or better and if I do then another £10 will be going in the ‘New wedge fund’. I am playing the Sherfield Oaks Waterloo course and will be posting a review of my round and the course next week.

If you are playing over the Easter weekend I hope you have a great round!

Toby

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