Ok, yesterday I had a great day, 69 shots. Today, not so great, 74 shots. Game was good, weather was better and I was motivated . Although, the best I could do was 74. I wanted to be up there top-ten going into the weekend. Now. I´m laying around 30th. Still a chance though!
I will never be able to thank my college golf coach, Mike Holder, enough for what he thaught me during my four years at Oklahoma State University. He is tough, he is the most competetive person I have ever met, he is smart and he loves golf! When I got there in 2001 I was very nervous of meeting him and playing for such a good school. After four years, I was so happy to have played there and believe I learnt things I couldn´t have learnt anywhere else. My game was a lot better as well, which was the main idea:)
Coach Holder had a few things he thought were keys to great golf. Today, he would not have been proud of me. He was never mad if we hit a bad shot. All he tried to teach us was how to prepare for a shot, how to handle the outcome of the shot and how to prepare for the next shot. Getting mad at a bad shot usually throws you off balance and you hit another bad one right after. He made it very clear to us because he always penalized us with a shot for every cuss word, throwed club or even a small gesture that showed we didn´t like the previous shot. Today, I got so mad for three putting on the 5th and followed it up with a triple bogey on the 6th. If I wouldn´t have gotten so mad and instead have tried to refocus for the next shot, I might have made a birdie instead.
Another thing Coach Holder always thaught us was to never make any excuses whatsoever! Ever! I like that, I tend to never make excuses. Today though, I was making excuses for my bad putting because I thought the greens were bumpy. No good! Have to get better at that!
Last thing I want to mention that Coach told us was whenever someone asks you about your score after the round, always tell them your score and nothing else. He then added, "because half the people who asks about your score don´t really care what you shot, the other half wish you would have shot higher". Today, I kept going on when people asked me what i shot, "I shot 74 but I had a triple on the 6th". Who cares if I had a triple on the 6th. Final score is all that counts. Gotta get better at that as well:)
Now, it´s time for some Entourage. Gonna watch some old season to spice it up a little!:)
Here is a true scotsman outside the hotel!
2009-08-28 They have this short little course outside the hotel! It has the smallest greens! Crazy! If you hit the green your practically in the hole! Just trying to show how small they are her...
Scotland is known for good golf but bad weather, and so it is once again! Rain and wind...but a good course:) The weather man who travels around with us on the Tour said it was gonna rain at 4 pm and he was absolutely right!!! I´m impressed by his knowledge but I wasn´t happy to see the rain come:)
It felt nice on the course today! I was in a good mood and the game felt good and scored 3 under par,69 for tied 6th. My roomate Mikko Ilonen is at 1 under and feeling good too so it´s a happy room tonight! My caddie was also happy today and was trying to imitate famous people´s voices. He is actually good at it so I let him do it!
Here is a pic of the locker room after the round. We are all glad we are inside...
Now it´s time for a quick gym session to feel better tomorrow. Heard the real athletes bike for half an hour to get the tiredness out of the legs. Maybe I should try it just to get the feeling of being closer to an athlete...:)
Just saw a really cool video! It was posted under my blog.
Backyard golf it´s called! Loved it! Feels like what we did when we were younger but this was a better course! Best way to learn! Gotta make one of those for my little nephew Max! He needs to get the touch early!:) No pressure Max:)
As a pro golfer, I always look for ways to improve my game at all levels. Hit it better, put better, hit it further, improve the control etc. It´s easy to find motivation when you see others doing things better than you are. Therefore playing with better players is a great way of getting better. I was watching Brett Rumford from Australia hitting pitches on the range yesterday and I got seriously jealous. He was clipping the ball beautifully of the surface and the first pitch I saw hit the flagstick and the second just sniffed it on the side. He has always had an incredible shortgame and he makes it look as easy as it could possibly look. Wished there were videos on the internet of him but haven´t found any yet. If anybody does, please post them underneath!
Trying to find some fun new videos on youtube to cheer me up...a little tired of just watching "The Best of Ari Gold"!!!
The gym is waiting and im always motivated to get in beacuse the stronger I get the better my swing feels! Before I have tried to bash balls until the swing gets better but it always goes back to the same old faults whenever I take a few days of from the range. I believe the gym combined with teqhnique training helps me improve the swing for good! We´ll see if that works...