Why is your provisional shot always so good?

2011-05-05 00:00

WHEN a player drives a tee-shot in the direction of out of bounds or into long rough, he usually decides to play a provisional shot. More than 90% of the time, the provisional shot is a good one. It is well struck and down the middle.

Why is this and why does it happen so often? As you read this, you may say that you don’t hit the ball into trouble too often, but every week you do play with other golfers and you do see them hit their balls into the pooh fairly often.

But it’s not only your provisional tee shot, it’s any provisional shot. Besides, why is it that when you miss a clutch putt, you try it again and you hit it into the middle of the hole every time? The second shot is always good. It’s uncanny. Perhaps it has something to do with tension. Or could it be concentration? Let’s face it, if you are playing a medal round and you whack your tee shot into a place on the course that you should never walk into without a shot-gun, you hit another ball, but this time you really concentrate not to repeat what you have just done. Yes, that must be it. It’s not tension, because that is usually restricted to putting or chipping. There’s nothing like a bit of pressure to produce a “frog” or to miss the hole completely on a short straight “gimme”.

There are so many things that happen to us on a golf course for which it’s impossible to find reasons and explanations why.

Concentrate on every shot is one of the secrets and just keep repeating the swing that works for you.

Last weekend’s results:

Victoria Country Club held a combined Stableford competition on Saturday afternoon. The winners on 73 points were P. Naidoo and C. Hadley-Grave. In second position were D. Sutton and C. Tyschen on 67 points.

Maritzburg Golf Club also held a combined Stableford competition sponsored by St Mays Catholic Church. The winners on 77 points were R. Cumming and A. Norman. In second place were E. Johnsen and B. Malunga on 75 points.

At MGC, Peter Maher holed his tee-shot at the short 17th hole in the Wednesday competition last week.


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