Last weekend I played my first and only tournament of the 2020 season. This year truly is remarkable I have to say.
It feels weird. Usually I play around 10 to 15 tournaments a year. Actually almost every round I play is a tournament. And as I’m playing a comp series that is not connected to a certain club, I tend to get around pretty much in a radius of a 90 minutes ride by car.
This year is different. I had no season prep at all, played and practiced very irregularly only and as a consequence didn’t play much at all. As a matter of fact the comp I played last Saturday was the first one this year, and I’m pretty sure it will remain my only one of 2020.
What crazy months this have been…!
Anyway, I wanted to at least get in one official score in 2020 which is why I enrolled for a tournament at Golfclub Rheinhessen Hofgut Wissberg St. Johann, pretty mouthful indeed.
I knew the course from two years ago and while I can’t say I remembered the holes, there were passages which indeed came back to mind. Not to puzzle with local knowledge but it was good to at least have a feeling of “I played here before, I know the course, there are no surprises”.
Rheinhessen is a region in Germany where the biggest industry is the production of wine. The Golfclub Rheinhessen sits on top of a vineyard and is basically surrounded by grape vines. So far so good – the setting is very nice, it’s roughly an hour from Frankfurt and home course to one of my golfing colleagues. He invited me to join him for a round on this beautiful Sunday. No need to say that I was looking forward to a great golfing treat.
To cut the long story short; my golf was awful today! Total rubbish! From the 5th hole I stopped noting down strokes on the scorecard and just tried to end the round more or less in style – which was rather impossible. The tee shots, well some of them were okish, most weren’t. My approach shots: absolutely disgraceful! Not a single 5-iron, 6-iron shot that was straight. And I shanked so many balls today, it’s unbelievable… and never happened to me like this.
This was really the worst round of golf for a long, long time! Stopped counting strokes after the 5th hole… urgently need some practice!
We had over 32°C/90°F today and it was really tricky to stay concentrated and hydrated. But it as well showed that even when the last rounds I played had been quite well, I definitely lack consistency and the last touch around the green. How to solve this? I’m gonna have a decent training session tomorrow to work on some things… necessary unfortunately!