Sans actual photo of card. It was a beautiful morning that was NOT reflected in my game. A lot was learned however AND I, at least, toughed out 18. I had originally planned to get in a minimum of 27, maybe 36, but it just wasn't going well, I couldn't get out of my head.
For the record I was +2, 2 bogeys, 2 birdies, and a double (OB Penalty stroke)
One thing I've learned is, IF you're like me; and God help you if you are my condolences brother, if you're like me you like to compartmentalize methods and styles of practice. It should be obvious but I'll point it out anyway, that anytime you are not playing in a tournament or literally against/with other people. Whether you are keeping a strict score on yourself or not, it's a practice situation. However these occurrences have variety. Playing a course and making multiple throws from every tee or every chosen lie is a situational practice. Playing a course by yourself; as if you were playing with others, is like a scrimmage of sorts. Just driving and throwing placement shots in a field or putting in the half to full hour of putting once or twice a week, is a drill. Laborious but oh so necessary drill. I like to have these described scrimmages with the course as witness as often as possible, but the one thing I definitely took from today is NOT to do a hybrid round of play. If you're going to scrimmage a course, do THAT! Take strict score, throw only once per lie, yada yada. If you are going to throw a course with multiple shots per lie and experiment on a course you are overly familiar with to update or check your abilities, do THAT! But in the name of all that does NOT suck, do NOT do both.
Today I started pretty well, and somewhere around number 5 I started to "experiment" this led to over thinking my drives: was my back opposing the target completely? Did I point my arm straight back from the target? Was I turning on my whole foot, or remembering to pivot on the heel? I removed my self from my comfort zone in a matter of 2holes and suddenly everything felt a little off. That the one double bogey was the difference on a course I should be able to at least par over every 18, was fantastic in that I was battling the whole way. Even when things are comfortable and ON, I am far from the consistency I wish to be able to execute. I know I am not a professional, but I'm certainly no spring chicken.
All in all, when I think about it and reflect it was a morning of growth, beautiful weather, and 18 glorious holes of DG. I'd say I'm winning so far today, and it's not even noon. Now if I could only motivate myself into getting some school work done.