Jon Symons Diary 21st May 2012

Dear Diary,

This week I have decided not to mention The Tain Open (104), the Deeside League match played in Ballater (3 and 2 loss), Saturday’s Medal (87) or the results from any other golf competition.

I have come to realise a couple of key facts over the last few weeks that I would like to discuss;

1 – I have the mental strength of a cold bowl of custard; I find it impossible to follow up either a good shot or a bad shot with anything other than a top, slice or fat. I put too much pressure on myself after a good tee shot to find the middle of the green and conversely after a poor shot to recover to the middle of the fairway. Birdie opportunities become bogeys very easily and 5s become 8s with even more ease.

2 – When standing on the tee I have literally no idea where my ball is going to end up, 5 sliced tee shots can easily be followed by 3 duck hooks and a belter down the middle. To say that I am inconsistent would be an understatement.

3 – I spend more time in the sand than David Hasslehoff, I could not put a bunker shot to 5 feet if my life depended on it. I know I need to practice these shots more often but who wants to spend their evenings standing in a bunker at the practice ground? Certainly not me!

4 – Mt attitude stinks! I need to stop blaming the following things for bad shots; a) the course b) the weather c) my playing partners d) some guy walking his dog e) the war on terror f) the ball I am using g) my clubs h) my choice of trousers i) whether I am wearing a hat or not j) the wind k) the Germans. As you can see from this list, I can find many things to blame other than myself. I also give up too easily and have no grit. A jellyfish has greater ‘guts’ than I do.

5 – I swear far too often, this can be a problem when you are playing with the ex club captain and SGU high priest at Tain. I need to control my anger and not have hissy fits that include stamping on my hat and 7 or 8 four letter words shouted at the top of my voice.

6 – And finally; I need to be more confident. If I think I am going to hit a bad shot, a poor chip or miss a putt it 100% of the time happens. I am not that bad a player but with no self belief I am going to be stuck on 15 for the rest of the season or even worse, the rest of my life.

As far as Tain goes, I would like to mention what a great little course it is, the greens were absolutely immaculate and like nothing I have ever putted on. The hospitality was also tremendous. Worth the trip up and something we need to start doing more often.

Oh, forgot to mention, won my match against Tarland in the Deeside League this week, nearly bottled it from dormie 5-up!

Until next week, I am back up to 15 and back on suicide watch!

Official Handicap: 14.5

Season Target: 10.4

Bridgieness Level: 10/10

J Symons

15 Handicapper.

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