Except for the summer-ending round Friday afternoon, I’d spent August in slump. I simply could not get off the tee box with my driver with any consistency, and it really brought my entire game down.
Maybe I was approaching my problems the wrong way, I wondered. I’m sure I had been over thinking the entire ordeal.
So I reached out to you, Dear Readers, to see how you handled dealing with a bad round of golf in our August Blog Poll Question.
If there’s any truth in your collective wisdom, then yes, I’ve been going about this whole “not yet a scratch golfer” in entirely the wrong manner.
My preference of late has been to get back out on the golf course as soon as possible to try to straighten out my golf swing and golf game as a whole.
Heading to the range, until recently, had been of no avail, because, by and large, I couldn’t successfully transfer the methods and results from the range to the golf course.
I was less than surprised to find that this approach was in the minority of your responses.
While there was no decisive majority to this month’s query, a solid plurality of your answers suggest that the Darren Clarke Method is how to best deal with my misery.
A solid one-third of responses suggest that a cold pint of beer can cure what ails me after a terrible round of golf.
There probably was a time when that was a viable solution, when I was content to drown my sorrows in a good bourbon or a few pints of The Black Stuff.
And I’m not going to disparage anyone’s method of keeping sane while trying to master this incredible game called golf.
But I’m far too mentally and emotionally invested in enjoying my golf game for that to be a satisfactory solution.
So, I’ll continue to suffer and drive myself crazy after those awful days that are filled with shanks, duffs, screaming hooks, and double chips.
Thanks for chiming in, everybody. The full results are listed below, with the “Other” responses including the following:
- Smile, Be Grateful, and get ready for the next round
- Drink a beer
- 1 Frosty premium beer at the bar, and
- That’s what bars are for.