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There's a line out there and it has a good side and a not so good side and the people who are good at life and golf quickly figure out which is which.
Brad Fritsch found himself a bit on the side of too much tension in his swing and the Rideau View member, with the help of coach Patrick Kelley, has been working to relax things a bit.
"I was squeezing it a little tight. I literally have to remind myself not to swing too hard. It's not a technical thing. It's a mindset," Fritsch said. "Instead of doing, I was trying and that added to the tension in the golf swing. We've been working on techniques to lower the tension and they worked nicely last week."
Fritsch had his best finish on the Web.com Tour last week at the Rex Hospital Open. He had four rounds in the 60s, including a 65 and a 68 on the weekend, to finish tied for eighth.
He made $18,125, his biggest cheque of the season, and moved up to 81st place on the money list from 117th.
The top 25 money winners earn their PGA Tour cards for 2016.
He opened the Greater Dallas Open in Lewisville, TX with 5-under par 67 on Thursday and followed it up with a 7-under par 65 on Friday to sit a couple of strokes off the lead. He ran his string of sub-70 rounds to seven.
He had made the cut in six of the 10 events previous to the Rex, but hadn't finished better than a tie for 41st.
"There was one piece of my game missing every day," he said. "It wasn't consistent. It wasn't like I would get home and say, 'okay, Patrick, we need to work on my driver.' It was what I would call situational failure and you couldn't tell when it was going to happen. It was frustrating."
Fritsch said he was impressed that there is even a golf tournament this week given the torrential rains and flooding which have ravaged Texas in the last month (on top of that, The Lakes at Castle Hills was a late replacement as a venue).
There was so much rain in May, it could have covered the entire state with eight inches of water, according to the National Weather Service in the U.S. Twenty-two people died in the flooding, according to CNN.
The flood waters were six inches below the flags on the flagsticks on range at The Lakes at Castle Hills on Saturday, "straight across the entire range," Fritsch said, "and on Tuesday we were hitting balls. It's pretty amazing what's happened here." (Check out Fritsch's timeline on Twitter - @BradFritsch. He posted before and after pictures of the range).
While he was driving to where he's staying this week - it's with a friend who has caddied for Fritsch when Jeff Scott hasn't been available - Fritsch said he saw a marina where boats had been overturned and ravaged by the rising waters.
The water line was halfway up the building.
He mentioned it to his friend.
"That's not a marina," he was told. "It's usually just cat tails and grass there and the building is a storage unit."
Puts things in perspective.
Like we said, balance.