A young guy, Nick, that is a viewer of Be Better Golf and also a plus 2 handicap had seen my matches on my channel and wanted to play me. He thought he'd beat me pretty easily but the actual match turned out to be a very competitive.
It was just a nine hole match and that benefitted me a little because anything can happen over nine holes. After some pretty good play by both of us we went into the 8th hole of the match tied. I birdied the last two holes, Nick birdied the eighth but his birdie putt on 9 missed by an inch.
It was a great win and I did it really feeling like my swing was all over the place. But the two parts of my game that felt good really helped me. I felt sharp with my irons and with my putter. As long as I was passable with my driver I had a shot.
It also showed me the irreplaceable benefit of practice. The day before this I hit more balls than I had in 2 years, probably about 3 buckets.
First I hit 2 buckets while filming my video on early extension. Those were on and off using a training aid.
Then later I took my 4 year old to the range and hit another bucket while he worked on drawing. That time no training aids. Then we went out on the course for 30 mins and I hit some seven irons and my little guy knocked it around.
It feels great to have a good result from practice, reinforces the things I'm working on and motivates me to get back out there.