“Heo Shim Ilta and Soo Chae Jachu”
On the 17th hole of the IN Course at Palgong Country Club and the start of Geoje View CC, you can see the Chinese characters for “Heo Sim Ilta” and “Soo Juk Chae” on the 5th hole of the Pine Course at Suncheon Pine Hills CC. It means to empty one’s mind and to fulfill the will of the master. Golf is like that. There are so many variables, and it’s a game that can make you laugh or cry over a small golf ball in the great outdoors. The old golf adage of “mokseng dosa” (live by the woods, die by the roads) can be experienced in every round. In golf, taking a step back is the way to avoid the worst. This is true for professionals and amateurs alike. There are obviously different times to take risks and times not to. It’s up to you to take responsibility for that decision.
The difference between ‘what I feared’ and ‘what I thought’
You feel fine, but you have a lot on your mind and your golf game doesn”t go as planned. If you’re a bad golfer, the ball goes where you think it’s going, and if you’re a good golfer, the ball goes where you think it’s going. If you spend a lot of time thinking about your grip, you’ll usually miss a lot of shots because your grip is unstable. A good player gets into a rhythm, chants “one-two-three” in their head, and keeps hitting smooth good shots.
When faced with an ambiguous distance, amateurs are left wondering whether to reach for a wood, utility, or long iron (4-, 5-, or 6-iron), only to regret it when they end up with a bad shot. The pros, on the other hand, have a strategy from the tee. The second shot is almost a mental decision at the start of the hole. In a nutshell, overthinking will only increase your chances of a miss. But in the long run, it’s comforting to realize that making a few mistakes is part of the process of getting better. What’s clear is that you need to gradually move from ‘as you worry’ to ‘as you think’.
Jin Jin Ko plays a shot from the penalty area with a high wall in front of him. The result is a hole quadruple. Yonhap News
When it comes to trouble shots, ‘safe bread’ is usually best
Whether you’re a pro or an amateur, trouble shots should be aimed at getting out of trouble. In other words, it can lead to triple, quadruple, and onion, even if it’s just a bogey스포츠토토.
The world No. 1 in women’s golf, Jin Young Ko, 27, made a quadruple bogey in the third round of the U.S. Women’s Professional Golf (LPGA) Tour’s Deo Implant LA Open at Wilshire Country Club in Los Angeles, California, last April. Her second shot went into the penalty area left of the green, a deep creek called a “barranca” (ravine). After a daring escape attempt, the ball hit the top of the wall and came back down, and when he tried to go on-green in the mud once more, it hit the wall again. At that point, he gave up on the mud shot. Still, her professionalism shone through. “I didn’t play badly today, I just made a big mistake on the 17th hole. But this is golf. I have no regrets,” she said proudly.
My second shot at Qingdao Grace landed in a steeply sloping bunker that I couldn’t get out of after five shots. I had to give up the hole with an onion. I wish I had taken a one-stroke penalty and hit it two clubs back.
Even in the pros, it’s always better to get your trouble shots safely into the fairway. Here’s a shot of Anthony Kim’s trouble shot that became a hot topic in the PGA.
◆Don’t be afraid to stay out of the rough
Even among amateurs, the local rule is usually two strokes for OB (Out of Bound) and a fourth shot from the OB tee or a walk for the second shot and a second shot on the spot. If the ball is on the line, you can count it as lucky and play from there. But even then, it’s easy to argue about whether or not it’s past the stakes. If at least two of your teammates say OB, it’s best to stop arguing.
The problem is more with hazard shots. Hazards allow you to hit the ball untouched, as long as it’s alive. In this case, it’s often safer to be content with escaping with a short iron, or to declare it unplayable and head for the hazard tee. However, I’ve seen more than my fair share of “indomitable” attempts go awry.