I’m in the show. I am one of the lucky ones to be playing in the top level here at TGCTours. I am ranked 87th in the world at the time I am writing this, and each week, I prepare for the potential that I might finally break through and consistently be sniffing at the lead on the final day.
That day has not come yet. I am officially a PGA grinder. As a Canadian, i’ll use a hockey analogy. If the PGA tour was a hockey team, I would be on the 4th line…or filling the water bottles. Sure, I’ll have a good tournament here and there (had a top 20 at the Sony Open this week)…but inconsistency has been killing me. I can usually put three good rounds together, but tank one of them (almost always round 3 for some reason.) I’m leaving myself too long of putts and misreading speed and breaks more frequently than I should. Seeing the round 1 scores roll in at the beginning of the week is tough…-16s..even -18s are not uncommon anymore. I can usually throw down a 62 or 63 without too much trouble…but that’s 9-10 strokes back of the leaders…multiply that by 4, and what I think is a good tournament for myself is 30-40 strokes worse than the eventual winner.
I’ve reached a point in my game where I need to try to get better. The way I’m playing right now doesn’t allow for any improvement. So I’m experimenting with something I vowed I would never use. Those damn charts. I played a round with them last night and actually enjoyed it more than I thought. I played the same course the way I normally played, then checked out the loft charts and I improved by a couple shots. Do I think this will drastically change my game? No, but it’s a start.
Taking my time is something I want to do more of. In my life, I’m known to speed through tasks to get them done with as quickly as possible (an “anti-perfectionist”, if you will). The same applies in TGC. I can usually zip through a tournament round in about 20-25 minutes. That’s way too fast. People that watch my stream always tell me to slow down, but I always feel I second-guess myself. Taking some time to do a bit more mental math will most likely slow me down.
I want to get better, but I have come to realize that I will most likely never beat the Ian Sweeney’s of the world. However, there may be hope for us lower level PGA grinders…as well as up and coming Web.commers that want to take on the big boys. Something new is coming to TGCT soon that is going to make things interesting for us. Stay tuned.