Golf is not a game of perfect neither is life. Tiger is going through struggles on the course like he has in his life; the two are significantly intertwined. Anytime you see a golfer searching on the course you may also find him dealing with personal issues away from the game. A professional athlete has the ability to compartmentalize his life, block out interferences once on the playing field and compete at the highest level. Tiger’s personal issues were of such magnitude, now he’s making drastic changes in his golf game, he’s forgotten about the little things, or doesn’t have time for them. His short game and putting are suffering; he was the best at both for a long while.

Any golfer no matter what aptitude needs to work on the little things in golf. Like in life, if you handle the little issues as they come, the big picture, your score improves immensely. Working from the target, the hole, back to the tee is best for an amateur golfer trying to improve their score. We often don’t have time or take time for the little things; we’d rather bang the driver, pound balls on the range instead of working around the green on our chipping and putting.

Forty percent of a golfer’s shots occur within about thirty yards of the hole and if you would spend a little more time getting comfortable on the green, learning how to chip, pitch and putt from just off the green the 100 shooter would drop to 90 in a few months. A lot of your improvement may come from a better mental approach, try reading a few books, a suggestion, Putting Out of Your Mind by Bob Rotella and Golf is not a Game of Perfect. Like in life, a better mental attitude helps you deal with the challenges you face daily.

So much for my golf tips for the week, there’s not a lot to talk about because it’s a week off; actually two before we tee it up again in Newport Beach, CA. Since the Champions Tour schedule has been cut back we really don’t get going till the middle of April and getting into a rhythm will be difficult. From what I hear Bob is a streaky player, most players are, and professional golfers earn about 75% of their money in two or three four week periods during the year.

We started a little shaky but Bob has a pretty good record in the next four tournaments and he’s playing with Eduardo Romero, “El Gatto”, in the Legends. We’re both looking forward to this stretch; remember what I said about the positive mental attitude. Even my boss might benefit from Rotella’s thoughts just don’t know how I’m going to sneak a book into his locker. Ahh, the subtleties of caddying, here they come; I’m looking forward to it.

Brother Dan has been traveling the Far East, Thailand, Singapore, China and a few other Asian countries the last few months working 4-5 tournaments and enjoying the cultures. The LPGA is heading back for the States March 13th and there may be an open bag for Phoenix and Palm Springs right after Newport Beach. It’ll take some last minute finagling but I’d love to do it. I want to show off my new hip, attitude and caddy for those girls like I know I can. My brief stints over there the last few years haven’t been very impressive and I’m looking for a bit of redemption.

We snuck up to the cabin last week in Tampa for some BogeyPro and Metalation work; it’s nice to have something to do during the off weeks. The Accenture Match Play was interesting and my picks did fairly well but it’s nice to get away from the course for awhile. One more week off, then watch out Champions Tour for Bob Gilder and his sidekick.

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