Well, I guess there is nothing I can do about it, so along with everyone else I will turn my clocks back this weekend. No more getting in a quick nine at the end of the day. This time of year always makes me a little sad.
But there is a lot to look forward to as well. Thanksgiving (my favorite holiday) is coming and Christmas will be here before you know it. And since I broached the subject, this may be a good time to tell you what I'm giving each of you for Christmas. I really have your attention now..... don't I.
Every golfer is looking to shave a few strokes off their game. Maybe you are striving to break 100 for the first time. Or you want to consistently shoot in the low 90's or high 80's. Some may want to break that 80's barrier and shoot in the 70's. Whatever your goal, this gift than applies to all of you. And next year you can personally thank me and shower me with gifts and large wads of money.
The best way to shave strokes off your game is to become a better putter. If you've never 3 putted, than you can stop reading right now. If you've never missed a 3 footer for par, than you too can stop reading right now. For all the rest of you continue on.I believe putting is a very personal thing. It is all feel. You will develop your own style........providing you practice. How many of you go to the driving range to practice putting? And maybe you do putt for awhile, but you can't wait to go hit that driver over the fence. I know, I know, it's not as much fun putting as it is smashing that little white ball. But truth be told, the quickest way to shave strokes off your game is to become a better more consistent putter.
So here is my gift to you. Go to your local store that sells carpet and ask them to cut a 2ft piece off a roll of indoor/outdoor carpet. All carpet comes in 12 foot widths so you will have a 2x12 piece of "putting green". Take this putting green home, lay it out and start putting in the comfort of your home. It will work best if laid over a hard surface. If you can, have competitions with your spouse or kids or both. Make it a game. How many putts do you make in 10 tries from 10ft. Vary the length - 3ft, 5ft, 12 ft, etc. You can play the game whenever you want. If you do it all winter long you will develop a stroke that is all yours and you will get good at it. Do this and I promise you will shoot lower scores.
Thank all of you for your patronage this past year and please have a Happy Thanksgiving, a Merry Christmas and a Safe New Year.
See you all next year.