After a short break of a few weeks we went back to Charminster.
Date: 17th July 2011.
Course: Wolfedale Golf Course, Charminster
Conditions: Very windy, overcast
The pair of us have improved in nearly every game since March, and I suppose it couldn’t last..
The conditions on this Sunday were windy and damp. There was no rain when we played but the ground hadn’t dried properly from rain earlier in the day. This alone would’ve only cost a few shots and we can usually cope with that, however the wind was so strong and blustery it made the course very difficult.
The impact of winds this strong is twofold:
– Firstly the ball doesn’t go where you want it to go – it veers to the side, or stops short in a headwind. That’s a problem which you just have to play through and mentally adjust your score by a couple of shots later.
– Secondly, and perhaps more importantly after a few weeks on the sidelines with little exercise, it saps away your energy. Walking around a hilly course with a heavy bag whilst bracing yourself against Atlantic winds is quite difficult if you’ve let yourself go for a few weeks. It affects the pros so of course it hurts normal people even more. Skipping 3 weekends really does make a huge difference to your fitness, it couldn’t be avoided as we’d both had other plans, but this was the result!
Dad’s round was actually not that bad at all and my opening 9 was actually a quite acceptable total given it had two double-digits in it, the 3 and the 4 pulled it back down nicely (the 3 on the 8th was actually a personal best!). The problems started on the second half of the course, and I hit two 7s, four 8s and a 12! Terrible. By the time we got to the 17th (if not earlier) I’d given up and wanted to stop, and had stopped scoring, but was just playing back to the end of the course on the 18th when my ball went wildly left into the trees – I called it a day there and then.
Better luck next time..