Graeme McDowell riding season of highs and lows

Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland hits from a sand trap during a practice round for the 2013...

Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland hits from a sand trap during a practice round for the 2013 Masters at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, April 9, 2013. (REUTERS/Mike Segar)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:22 PM ET

One of the joys of golf, or, depending on how it’s going, one of the confounding things, is the ebb and flow of the game.

It can happen in the course of hole, a round, a few weeks.

There are times when you step up to a tee ball or a putt and hardly have to think about it: you know where you want to play it, drop the club behind the ball and let it happen.

Sometimes you are blessed to just have that single swing thought (“steady head,” or “smooth back”) that seems to put everything in sync.

Then there are times when you stand up to the ball and don’t have a clue where it’s going and you’ve got slippery, glimmering swing thoughts darting around your head like a fish tank full of guppies.

There isn’t a golfer around — no matter the level of competence — who hasn’t lived through a golfing life on the margins of those two extremes.

They can come and go like the sun behind a cloud.


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