Consistent Contact

Embracing the Grind at Eagle Ridge Golf Club

As I grip my 7-iron and stare down the fairway at Eagle Ridge Golf Club, I take a deep breath. My palms are sweaty, and my heart is racing – not because I’m nervous, but because I’m excited. This is my chance to put in the work and finally conquer my arch-nemesis: inconsistent ball striking.

You see, I’ve been playing golf for close to a decade now, but there’s one part of my game that has always eluded me – making consistent contact with the ball. It’s not that I can’t hit good shots; in fact, I’ve had my fair share of flush, towering irons that land soft and close to the pin. But for every one of those, there are at least two or three chunks, thins, or tops that leave me scratching my head and questioning my entire golf existence.

I know I’m not alone in this struggle. In fact, I recently stumbled upon a Reddit thread [1] where a fellow golfer was lamenting the very same issue. “I can’t figure out why my bow just slides around,” they wrote. “Even if I stare right at it and try my hardest to keep it in place, it still just slides.”

Sound familiar? I thought so.

But today, as I stand on the first tee at Eagle Ridge, I’m determined to break the cycle. I’m here to put in the work, to grind it out, and to finally achieve that elusive goal of consistent ball striking. And I have a feeling this place is the perfect proving ground.

The Pursuit of Perfection

Eagle Ridge Golf Club is no pushover. With its pristine fairways, challenging greens, and breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, this course demands your A-game from start to finish. And that’s exactly what I’m here to deliver.

As I make my way to the driving range, I can’t help but notice the other golfers around me. Some are effortlessly launching drives into the distance, while others are struggling to make solid contact. I’m determined to be in the former category by the time I tee off.

I start with some light warmup swings, focusing on maintaining a smooth, consistent tempo. I can feel the tension in my muscles start to dissipate as I gradually increase the intensity. Then, it’s time to put the ball in play.

I set up to my first shot, taking note of the ball position, my stance, and the feel of the club in my hands. I take a deep breath, and on the downswing, I make a conscious effort to keep my contact point consistent. [2]

Thwack! The ball rockets off the face, taking a high, piercing trajectory straight down the fairway. I can’t help but smile – that’s more like it.

The Power of Persistence

Of course, it’s not all smooth sailing. There are still plenty of errant shots, and the occasional chunk or thin that has me muttering under my breath. But I refuse to get discouraged.

Instead, I turn my attention to a drill I’ve been working on back home. It involves making a few practice swings where I intentionally “brush” the grass, creating a visible divot pattern. [3] Then, I step up to the ball and try to recreate that same feel, focusing on hitting the ground just in front of the ball.

It’s a simple concept, but the results are undeniable. Shot after shot, I’m finding the sweet spot, sending the ball soaring with a satisfying crack. Sure, there are still a few wayward shots, but the good ones are starting to outnumber the bad.

As I move from the range to the course, I carry that same sense of purpose and focus. On each swing, I visualize that perfect divot pattern, and I can feel my contact point staying consistent through impact. It’s like I’ve unlocked some secret to the golf gods, and they’re finally rewarding me with the ball striking I’ve been craving.

Trusting the Process

By the time I reach the 18th hole, I’m exhausted but elated. My score might not be my best ever, but I don’t care. Because for the first time in a long time, I feel like I have a plan – a roadmap to finally achieving the kind of ball striking consistency that I’ve always dreamed of.

As I walk off the green, I can’t help but reflect on the journey that brought me here. It’s been a long and winding road, full of ups and downs, triumphs and setbacks. But through it all, I’ve never lost sight of my ultimate goal: to become a better golfer, one swing at a time.

And you know what? I think I’m finally on the right track. With the lessons I’ve learned here at Eagle Ridge, and the renewed sense of determination that’s been ignited within me, I know that consistency is no longer just a pipe dream. It’s a reality – one that I’m ready to embrace with open arms.

So here’s to the grind, my friends. Here’s to the endless hours on the range, the frustrating rounds, and the moments of pure, unadulterated joy when everything comes together. Because in the end, that’s what this game is all about. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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