SAD TO SAY, but I’m in one of those phases during which I’m not playing much golf. In fact, until this week I had not been on a golf course since last fall. Projects, family life and yard work have kept me away.
This week, however, was “tournament” week. Each May I play in two charity events (both scrambles), and they always fall on the same week, one on Monday, the other Saturday.
So I brought my game out of hibernation, which was a lot of fun. I tried out my new (new to me, at least) Ping i3 blades. And also my new-to-me Ping Anser 4 putter. Overall, it was a great success; I hit more good shots than I expected and just thoroughly enjoyed being on the golf course.
One of the highlights was a rare eagle yesterday. An admission: I used a paid-for mulligan to have a second try at the putt, but all the shots were struck by yours truly. The hole was a 475-yard par-5, not reachable in two my playing partner told me since the wind was against us.
I’m not a long hitter by any means, but I teed my ball low and struck a low, solid drive into the stiff breeze. Then I hit a perfect 3-metal that landed on the front of the green and rolled about 15 feet above the hole. The downhill putt was wicked fast, one you try to just barely nudge on the right line and hope it goes in.
After missing it, I decided to use one of my two mulligans for the day. I wanted that eagle! I made a minor adjustment in my line and lightly tapped my ball. Would it take the break and roll into the cup? Yes, indeed.
−The Armchair Golfer