Ever hear these little phrases of sage advice? It’s never the golf equipment, it’s always the golfer. Never play against a player, play against the course. Focus on the green first then work your way further from the green to make yourself comfortable. Golf is reacting to your previous shot. Recover. Get the ball close; knock it in the hole. Rinse. Repeat. All with the idea of doing that in as few strokes as possible. Can it be that simple? I realize in my later years I can never play perfect golf. Rather I have to play the hand that’s dealt. Take my medicine and move on. No one has ever really taught me golf course management but now I am beginning to think that managing my game, playing to my strengths, is what will take me to the next level in my golf game. My golf game has been stagnant. And I think I understand why. The easiest way to describe this is I am worrying too much about my mechanics and not enough on playing the shot I need to make to be successful. I have noticed recently during a slump that I can still score if I play poorly; just focus on what is in front of me. Stay in the game, so to speak. By envisioning the shot I need to make and where to place the ball has improved my game tremendously — putting included. It has improved my scrambling skills greatly. Once the idea is in my head I endeavor to execute. It’s been that disconnect between the idea and the execution that has hindered me. The idea of getting the ball close is fine but the meat of it is “where do I place the ball so I can get it close?” The focus moves from just some random location next to the hole to where I think I should put the ball and how the ball will roll so I can get the ball close and perhaps save par or make a birdie. It’s a fine line but definitely something more to think about.