February-Update

February-Update

After finishing up on the West Coast, I have to say I’m feeling pretty good about my game. I know that may sound strange as the results don’t seem to show that, but I feel that things are getting better with my overall swing.

If there is a problem, it’s with my short game. That’s been a struggle as of late, which is strange because that’s usually the strongest part of my game. I feel as though I’ve been hitting the ball very well tee to green. Unfortunately I’ve just been unable to score. As an example, when I played at the Monterey Peninsula GC during Pebble Beach, I hit every fairway and every green and shot one under. I did almost the same at Pebble in brutal conditions and was one over. For some reason, I’ve just been unable to get the ball in the hole.

That’s been the story of my West Coast swing this year. The first round seems to be a struggle and then I have to start pressing to make the cut in the second round. Of course all this is very frustrating. When I can’t seem to put a good round together despite the way I feel I’m hitting the ball, it’s tough. When I go out and play a round and shoot what I think should be four, five or six under and it’s even or one over, that grates on me.

Of course because I’m not one of the longer hitters on tour, I rely a lot on my short game to score. I don’t get some of those gimmee birdies that the big hitters do so when my chipping and putting is off, it’s always going to be tough.

I think part of this problem is that I’ve been spending so much time on my full swing that I probably haven’t given enough attention to my wedges and putter. That’s where I’ll be focusing things as we get set to move to the Florida tournaments. I’m hoping that I can start putting everything together and post some good scores.
I know there’s been a lot of talk of me parting ways with Grant Waite, who has coached me for the last year and a half. I learned a lot from Grant and he really got me back on track after my injury. Even though I’ve had my share of coaches over the years, I’ve also spent a lot of time working on my own. I’m at the point where I want to take it over myself. I think that’s when I play the best.

Even when I was working with Mike Wilson in 2003 and 2004, my best years on Tour, he didn’t come out on Tour with me that much. Most of the time, I did things on my own. Grant is a great teacher, he helped me a lot and I know our friendship will continue.

When it comes to my game, I really need to understand what I’m doing and how it’s working. That being said, I do want to just free things up in the coming weeks. I’ve been trying to focus a little more on just playing golf rather than golf swing.

As we get to Florida, I’ll be trying to take a quick side trip up to Augusta National to get a look at what’s in store for us at the Masters this year. I’m hoping to go with Graham DeLaet who will of course, be playing in his first Masters. We talked about going up together but we haven’t nailed down the dates just yet.

I’m interested to see what the 17th looks like now that the Eisenhower Tree has been removed. Over the years I’ve hit it my fair share of times as I think anyone who has played there has. Early on in my career, it wasn’t much of an issue really but when the tees were move back a few years ago, it really came into play.

As I’m sure many of you did, I was glued to my TV watching the Olympics the last few weeks. It’s always great to cheer on the Canadians in all the different sports and it was especially great to see Team Canada come through and win the gold medals in hockey. My congratulations to all the players on the teams as well as all the athletes who represented Canada so well over in Sochi.

As always, thanks for your support.
Mike