I played over at The Architects Golf Club this weekend, and it was a pretty eye-opening experience for me. First of all, it’s a wonderful course. The fairways, tees and greens are all in superb shape and the rough is thick and quite penal (even for those of us with Square Grooves). The staff at the club was courteous and quite pleasant. And the holes themselves were quite remarkable. Jack Waddell over at The Sand Trap wrote an excellent, comprehensive review of the course. My favorite hole was #13, the Alister MacKenzie (Augusta Fame) inspired hole.

Anyway, onto the eye-opening experience. I had a horrible time getting off the tee. I hit a couple terrible slices off the tee on the first few holes (which I almost never do). The errant tee shots ended up in the thick, heavy, wet rough. Making the next shot near impossible. Not off to a good start. My confidence in my swing began to deteriorate rapidly. My swing thoughts quickly became…how am I going to screw this up…instead of visualizing the shot. I managed a birdie on the front nine on a short par 3, but for the most part, it was a miserable experience for both myself and my playing partner. Things began to clear up on the back 9, as I accepted the fact that it wasn’t going to be a glorious round, score wise.

It really is amazing how things can quickly spiral out of control if you do not put things into perspective. I really need to work on understanding that every shot won’t be perfect. That I must trust my swing and have complete confidence in my ability to hit shots I visualize. I started reading Zen Golf: Mastering the Mental Game and have already began to see (or as Homer would say, had an epiphatree) how destructive my thoughts on the course can be. My short term focus will be to clear my bind before my shots using sensory perception, while creating an image of the shot I am about to hit. Then have the confidence in my swing to be able to send the ball along that desired path to its intended target. I suspect I will continue to struggle with the negative thoughts at time, but at least I can see a road to clarity!

Reviews Coming Soon

  • Nickent 4DX T-Spec Driver
  • Nickent 4DX Fairway Woods
  • Zen Golf
  • Strike N’ Swipe (as seen on Fore Inventors Only)
Comments
Harvey Specter
Posted at 9:24 am August 19, 2007
JP Gooderham
Author

Hey,

I was just wondering where you were able to find the Strike N’ Swipe, or are they sending it to you? I’ve heard it’s already on the market and wanted to give it a test run.

Thanks,

JP
http://www.zealousgolfer.com

Harvey Specter
Posted at 5:25 pm August 19, 2007
DeepRough
Author

Hey JP,

Yeah, I got the Strike N’ Swipes. I’ll write a more detailed review later, but my initial impressions: very disappointed. Perhaps I got a bad batch, but only about 1 out of 5 hits actually showed up on the ‘tape’. My wife tried them as well, and had the same experience.

-Sean

Harvey Specter
Posted at 1:03 am September 8, 2007
Andy McFarlane
Author

I see from the comment left by Deeprough on August 19 that only 1 out 5 hits registered. This is what I thought initially but on closer review i see i was hitting the heel of the club (on the air bubbles). Once i corrected my stance stood a little further back – bang every time it registered a mark and have moved from there. My suggestion to Deeprough is that you change your stance and then the Strike n swipe lable will do the rest for you. It is an incredible product I wish it had been around years ago – it would have saved me playing so much golf – more strokes than anyone else.

Andy

Harvey Specter
Posted at 6:28 am September 8, 2007
DeepRough
Author

I can certainly give them a whirl again…I do believe I still have a piece of driver, iron and putter impact tape. But, I certainly had plenty of hits in the middle. I could see perhaps one little indentation when I would hit, but it was definitely not clear.

Driver, I can understand perhaps hitting off the heel/toe (though generally I know if I have done that). But off the irons..I’m generally smack dad in the middle or very close to it. Not sure why the hits wouldn’t show up there. Perhaps I did something wrong.

I saw something about using a credit card to try and ‘swipe’ the tape…perhaps I’ll try that. I really want to like that product! :)

Harvey Specter
Posted at 12:26 am February 12, 2008
Stephen
Author

Would you be interested in allowing GolfHubs.com to post your reviews of golf courses? Here’s an example of what they look like: http://golfhubs.com/course/reviews/?courseid=22728 (they link back to your site, if desired).

I’d be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Thanks,
Stephen
stephen@golfhubs.com
GolfHubs.com web architect

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