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One of the enduring qualities - some would say curses - of the game of golf is nothing lasts forever.
Play badly and you can look forward to finding that little something - maybe a slight change to the grip or a swing thought about the takeaway - that gets the ball back in the middle of the face and flying where you're looking.
Play well for a stretch and you know at some point that little physical key or thought you've been riding suddenly doesn't have the magic it did last week or even yesterday.
Such as it is, no matter whether you're walking the fairways at Rideau View or the PGA TOUR.
Rideau View member Brad Fritsch had a key working for him. After a stretch that saw him make the cut in just one of seven events, his key swing thought - a slow backswing - spurred him on to a T13, a T9 and a T8 (which included starting the final round of the Wyndham Championship in the final group) in a furious rally to try and make the FedEx Cup playoffs and keep his TOUR card.
Despite that world-class play, Fritsch came up short and was forced to return to the Web.com finals to earn his playing privileges for 2014-15.
He then missed the cut in the first of the four Web.com tournaments the last week of August after rounds of 75-71. (He missed the cut in the first three events last year before a second-place finish in the last tournament and the $66,000 that went with it earned him his 2014 TOUR card.) Fritsch didn't take the weekend off after missing the cut. He worked with coach Patrick Kelley and said he is optimistic heading into the second event in the Web.com finals, the Chicquita Classic at River Run C. C. in Davidson, NC.
"We focused on some real basic stuff that maybe I neglected because I was playing so well ... so I'm fine," said Fritsch.
He had been riding that thought about his backswing.
"Kind of my 'first move.' At the John Deere when I started to play really well, my only thought was a very slow feeling backswing," he said.
"That's all well and good, but eventually I lost my initial hip turn on my backswing. From there I am swinging from a position of weakness - I'm kind of slapping at the ball from the top instead of rotating into it.
"Can't have a good hip turn on the downswing it if doesn't coil on the backswing."
That sounds like a thought that could lead to another good stretch of golf.
The rest of the Web.com finals schedule:
River Run C.C.
Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship Ohio State University G.C.
Web.com Tour Championship
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL