After team pictures, we had the luxury of meeting and listening to the all time record setter for most tournaments ever won: Kathy Whitworth.
What a joy that was, hearing her speak about her life on tour, her accomplishments, and how she accomplished them. TAKE DEAD AIM. This was her main motto that she used and picked up from her golf teacher Harvey Penick. This was actually really awesome for me, because where I take lessons is at Austin Country Club, where Harvey taught, and the motto TAKE DEAD AIM is still very much taught and in effect there. Anyways, why she talked about take dead aim to be her key point to success, is because take dead aim allows you to focus on the shot at hand, the future, rather than focusing on your past shots or mistakes. Whitworth has won 88 times on tour (a record that will most likely be impossible to beat), and she mentioned that she took second place 95 times. She is an inspiration, and an exquisite role model. Thank you for taking time to come and speak with us! It was such an honor to listen to you.
Tuesday we had a good practice, and a fun practice schedule, since the weather was a little warmer than the other days of the week. This is what our practice schedule consisted of:
Tuesday, February 4
Today will probably be the best day we have all week to practice and play, so get as much as you can from it. Along with this schedule, you will find 6 new putting challenges. Please choose one from each category and finish each, along with the 10 Putt Drill. Work on putting for 45-60 minutes.
In the short game area please accomplish the following:
Wedges: Work in sets of 3 balls. Hit each wedge in your bag with a full swing, a 2/3 or ¾ swing, and a ½ swing. Drop the balls at the appropriate distance for the shot. Control trajectory and TAKE DEAD AIM. Try out the idea of clipping the grass. Work until your wedges’ distance control = your vision of the shot. Can you control your spin? If you are able to do this perfectly the first time through, it would be 27 great shots. However, use the time to learn to hit the shot as you see it and repeat it. Don’t worry about perfection; think instead of growing your wedge game. Work on wedges for no more than 45 minutes.
Bunker: Work in sets of 3 and hit these 24 shots: 3 from a good lie, 3 from an uphill, 3 from a downhill, 3 with the ball above your feet, 3 with the ball below your feet, 3 from a fried egg lie, 3 from a buried lie and 3 from a good lie. No do overs! If you didn’t care for a set, hit 3 more after the 24 are over. Use your routine on each shot. See the shot before you hit it. How high will it fly? How much sand will come out? Where will it land? Will it spin or roll out? Use no more than 30 minutes in the bunker.
Spend the final hour of practice working on what you need in your game to give you the confidence to compete well. Consider chipping and iron play, which were not on today’s schedule.
It was freezing outside, so practice was cancelled. But the team had been planning Jennifer's surprise 21st bday party for awhile, and Wednesday night is when we had it! She had absolutely no idea, because her birthday was actually in January, but since it was over the break - we wanted to celebrate it with her! Anyways, the team members came over to my apartment to set everything up, while I took Jennifer to dinner at Chipotle. I kept waiting for a text to come from one of my teammates, saying it was safe to come to the apartment, but it took a little longer than I thought to set up, so I had to stall. I stalled by telling Jennifer I really needed some make up at CVS. Only to find that when I got to CVS, the make up was more expensive then I thought it would be, and therefore I didn't want to buy it. At this point I was running out of ideas, and when I still hadn't gotten the text to come back to the apartment, I decided to go down every isle of CVS and look at everything they had to offer. 30 minutes we were walking around, until finally Jennifer (a little annoyed) was like "Are you meeting someone here or something?" At that moment I got the OK to come back to the apartment, and so I told Jennifer, nope lets go home. As soon as Jennifer walked through the door, the lights were off, and everyone yelled SURPRISE. She was so surprised she actually fell on the floor. It was AWESOME! We had such a fun night bonding over stories, eating cake and girl scout cookies, and playing games.