Each to their own
I write in response to Nigel Birch’s letter (Open issue) concerning productive practice and the need to replicate an on-course experience. Here’s a story that absolutely called for needless ball bashing.
I received an invite at the start of April for a society day out at the end of the month but I hadn’t picked up a club since October 2015.
Through a mixture of other commitments and particularly bad weather, I didn’t play until the week before the outing. I ground the rust off my clubs and had a bounce game with a friend. I was lucky to hit 110 when I would normally expect to score in the mid-80s, so I knew my game needed a serious workout.
On three occasions during the week before the outing I bashed 200 balls at the range, perfecting my address, ball position, swing plane, timing, chipping... the lot. I had to acquaint myself with each club again to know where to position the ball and, most importantly, feel confident.
On the morning of the event I almost bet on myself winning due to the surge in confidence my ballbashing endeavours had given me.
Rory McIlroy came in for criticism for his comments before The Open