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  1. Final before work nine of the year this morning. It is just getting too dark in the mornings to see (thankfully No. 10 goes into the sunrise so I can track the ball in a general direction): Tough start bogeying the first four holes. Holes 10, 11 and 12 are probably the toughest three-hole stretch on the course and they always derail my rounds it seems. Battled a bad case of the hooks, but I strung together pars on 14, 15 and 16. On 17, I hooked my drive, chunked an 8 iron to the front fringe of the green, pulled 58 to chip and dropped it in the cup for birdie. No. 18 I proceeded to hit one of my best drives all season, a beautiful draw that eeked out close to 290 yards even though the ball landed in the heavy and wet right rough (a good spot to miss on the hole). Unfortunately, I chunked my wedge to the front of the green and ended up three-putting for a bogey. 40. Reflecting on progress this year, for the season on my nine hole rounds, I've only shot worse than 42 twice (43 once, 44 once) and I'm averaging 39.4. That's a two stroke reduction since last year. Really happy to see that.
    17 points
  2. Cool, cloudy day today, and I played with my wife and her brother from Seattle. I had probably my best driving day in the past two weeks. Tempo baby!! Shot 76 for another round in the 70's (4 straight!!)... a very steady round of +2 on each side. Had 11/18 GIR... my best ever. Sure beats the 4-5 GIR I averaged last year.
    16 points
  3. Ok, todays post will be a bit longer than normal, but stick with it, cuz it’s good. first off a disclaimer, because I played from the white tees, as my buddy wanted to play there and since we don’t get to play too often it was fine. second off, I borrowed a new rogue driver from the clubhouse to try out. It was a Rogue Max D, 9°- on some kind of a Tensi S 65 gram shaft first hole was a good drive and 100 yds out. I hit my A wedge to about a foot, and a kick in bird. Then birdied 4,5,6 and 8. So I was 5 under thru 8. Then parred the rest up to 18, a par 5. Crushed a drive to 160 out, but had to bend an iron around the line of eucalyptus trees to go for a birdie. So I absolutely smoke a 6 and as it went around the tree, it hit some of the leaves and I thought it knocked it down into the fairway bunker. The the other two guys that we paired up with started yelling that it made it! so I drove up around the corner and saw the ball about 4 feet from the pin, and my knees started shaking… my previous best score ever was a 66 that I hit last year, so I knew at least I could get a bird and secure a 65, but I had to gather myself for this sneaky little left to right, that actually turns more than you would think. sooooo, I gathered myself up and drew a bead on the left edge. Just took a firm smoothie stroke and watched it slip off to the right, but held on long enough to to fall in for the eagle, a -7 , final score of 64 for a personal best, and two strokes under my age. I’ve been floating around ever since…
    14 points
  4. For my third and final round this year at Hilton Head, I chose to replay the course that ate my lunch.....CC of Hilton Head. This time I challenged myself to play all White Tees (6,162 yds). That is a tall drink of water from the usual 5400 yds I play at home, I added a 3W to my bag at the last minute before we left (Bombtech 3W w/Regular shaft). Surprisingly, I hit it pretty darn good, mostly straight about 185-200 yards. Today, I shot a 44/44:88......5 strokes better than Tuesday when I played the White/Green combo for 5833 yards. FIR 10/14 for 71%; 3 GIR for 17% and 34 Putts. Today my flatstick was off a tad as I watch putt after putt grab the edge and roll on by. I only had 12% Up & Downs. The course plays very tough 71.8/138 from the White Tees but I knew a bit more about the layout so I could choode to layup and avoid the water hazards.
    14 points
  5. Finally played a Big Boy 9 holes. Course was a little wet but not bad, greens were great. Shot a 5 over 41, driver was working well but approach shots were a bit dismal. Hopefully play an 18 holes in October. Great to be playing without pain!!
    14 points
  6. Played The Country Club of Hilton Head, built in 1986 features slightly elevated greens meandering around the Low Country and marshes. Shot 46/47:93 and struggled with a couple penalties as I did not know the layout for hidden water. Played a White/Green combo at 5833 yds. FIR 9/14 GIR 2/18 Putts only 26 due to 52% Up & Downs. Chipping was above par today. Played in afternoon so heat was a factor(90’s) Excellent practice area. Dancing’ on the ceiling….
    14 points
  7. First round at Hilton Head Island this year was at Golden Bear……shot 45/45:90 with 9/14 FIR for 64%; 2/18 GIR for 11%; only 28 putts and had a 50% Up & Down. Longest drive was 197. I played the Gold Tees at 6,145 yards. A bit long for my game as I usually play 5,500 yds. I put a 3W in my bag and used it a fair amount. My Strokes Gained as compared to a 15 Hcap was +.57 and to a 20 Hcap was +6.22. Next round up is Country Club of Hilton Head…..
    14 points
  8. Nothing special to report today. Three bogies and three birdies for even par. I bogied two of the par threes. These have been my downfall lately. I'll never getting out of the Acless thread this way!
    14 points
  9. VIRTUAL WEEKLY MYGOLFSPY FORUM GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP Week 1 Kick Off - September 26 - October 2 Let's get our Competition ON!! Up for grabs is a Coveted MGS Badge for the weekly Winner! Rules to entry: Each week, play one round of 18 holes as your tournament entry. Because we at the MGS Forum are all HONORABLE people, and in keeping with the traditions of this great game of Golf... this is an Honor System. Using your handicap index (USGA/GHIN, or other equivalent means such as Diablogolf.com), calculate your "Course Handicap". In this thread, post your Course Handicap, your 18 hole score, and your score to par. Your weekly standing will be your "Score to Par" less your "Course Handicap". The weekly winner will have the lowest net score based on your handicap. Feel free to add pictures, graphics or detailed description to recount your rounds - similar to the "How'd You Play" thread - this is a forum after all. For Example, My handicap index is currently 4.6. With my course's slope and rating, that equates to a Course Handicap of 5. Today, I shot 37/38 = 75 gross or +3 to par. Less my course handicap of 5 - my tournament score is -2 net (2 under par). Additionally, we will award a Weekly Badge for Most Net Birdies and Longest Drive. Again - this is an honor system - and some good natured fun to compete weekly against your fellow forum members . In the example round above, I carded 4 net birdies or better... and my longest drive was a wind aided and hard pan rolling 270. Any round during the week starting Monday and ending Sunday can be used, as long as it is posted by Sunday midnight. We will post the leaderboard for the Weekly Net Champion, Most Birdies Champion and Longest Drive Champion each Monday following the competition week. Let's have some fun and see who has bragging rights on the forum each week. We will also keep track of the results each week and post YTD points leaders as we move through the Virtual "Season". Hope to see you all on the E-Course.
    13 points
  10. Not on level with most on the forum, but played my best 9 hole round to date yesterday with a 49. Started out +1 through three and then had an OB penalty and a 3 putt on the ensuing par 5 that threw me off a bit, carded a snowman there but recovered with a bogey on the ensuing hole and lipped out of a birdie on the next. OB penalty off the tee and then again on my approach plus a 3 putt put carded a 9 on the second par 5. Double bogeyed 8 and 9. If I can get away from the big mistakes, which get me a couple times every time I’m out, I’m shooting a much better score. Still was pretty happy with the end result for myself though
    13 points
  11. I'll post numbers and such later, but spent some coin today. TSR2 driver and TSR2 3 wood are on the way, each with a Ventus Blue (6S and 7S respectively). Also getting my Callaway Apex Pro hybrids reshafted with a Ventus Blue HB.
    13 points
  12. ... When I was at East Carolina University it was rated the #1 party school in the country according to Playboy. I bought the magazine to keep as a reminder. When I was working as a DJ in Athens a few years later and took a class at U of Georgia I informed some of my apartment friends that were UG students and they said No, UG was the #1 party school. I showed them the article and they said I didn't read the footnote at the bottom of the page that disqualified UG because Playboy considered UG a "Professional" Party school. In a similar vein GolfspyCG2 is a "Professional" HO and cannot be lumped in with MGS forum members.
    13 points
  13. The Hole that made me laugh. Normally It's an uneventful round of golf with mostly pars, a birdie or two or a bogie or two. For today's round all but one hole followed the norm. I was even par going into hole 13 with one bird and one bogey. I will typically hit driver over the trees (dogleg left layout) and be 100 yards in front of the green. I'm usually looking, at par or birdie potential. Well not today. A freaking 9 on a par 4. Yup, you read it correctly a 9. Tee shot did not get up high enough hit a branch and ricocheted dead left onto the 9th tee box (1). I had a window to punch the ball back to the fairway. Figured I would punch it with a draw to get further down the fairway. It drew to soon and hit a tree trunk on the left of my opening (2). The ball went dead right about another 20 yards. Still left with other punch out. So I got a little peeved. Did not take my time and shanked the bugger(3). But at least I got in the fairway. Now I'm 160 out. Took my time, set up and hit what I thought was a perfect 7 iron (4). The ball flew true cleared the bunker and hits the rake that someone left on top. It shoots straight back and rolls into the bunker. The bunker was like cement and my wedge bounced off the sand sending the ball across and off the back of the green (5). Then I chip on (6) but it was down hill so it rolled out. I had a 15 footer backup to the pin. I went past by about a foot (7). I went to tap it in and it spun around the hole and back out (8). Tap in for a 9. All I could do was laugh. Next hole, par. Now I'm located right across from the tee box back on 13. Not one to let a hole beat me down. I went over and played the hole again. Seemed so much easier the second time around. Par. Then I made one more bird and the rest pars to close out the round. At least I kept the round in the 70's with a 79. Not bad a 79 with a freaking 9 on a hole. I'm still chuckling as I type this!
    12 points
  14. Played nine after work today and had a beautiful 75 degree day to be outside. I walked and put the Q Follow through its paces and it's amazing how much easier it is when you're not pushing a cart around. As for the golf, I started out and was +13 after six then the wheels fell off. +18 on the last 3 and completely forgot how to hit a golf ball. Really frustrated right now and my confidence is gone. It'll be ok, just got to dust myself off and remind myself that it'll get better and be so sweet when it does.
    12 points
  15. I was able to get out for a quick yesterday after work... Didn't have the best ball striking day... but still managed to shoot +2 (38). My most memorable hole was a pull hook off the tee into the trees that ended up next to the perimeter fencing... had to punch out by setting my club at about 1/2 a back swing - outside my normal path due to the fence. So no backswing, just started from a set position, and threaded the needle between two trees into the middle of the fairway with 120 left. Hit a 3/4 flighted 9 iron to six feet and rolled in the putt for par. Hope to get back out this evening for another 9 :).
    12 points
  16. 9.21.2022 started as a beautiful late summer morning before clouds built in and a wave of storm clouds threatened in the afternoon. True to past history, the weather system was moderated as it approached Western NY and by the time it passed over South Park and the golf course it was little more than a shower that only lasted as long as it took to play the 1st hole. By the 4th hole the sunshine and drying breeze had umbrellas dry, furled and stowed. Good thing too as a driver tee shot faded to right rough, 3iron hit onto fairway closer to green, and Pitching Wedge bounded the ball to an easy 1-putt for par. Again the weather held off other golfers but regular and sometime partner Justin shared the round and made it remarkable, lots of positive energy and his kind words at the end about my attitude and perspective of golf. 46 at +10 today with 4 doubles, 3 bogies and 2 pars and 1.6 Putts per Hole. ️ Frequent sometime partner Justin, a regular on both courses I play who plays about the same time of day, joined me on the 1st tee for another golf adventure. Yes that is how we found the White tee markers placed in front of the tee box landform which is recovering from overuse. The 8th plays 309 and we both had par on a less than ideal green surface with the rain bringing up worms and their little mud mounds.
    12 points
  17. Not a particularly stellar day today! Shot an 83. Ball just didn't want to find the hole despite putting a good roll on it...burned the edges all day long. Close but no cigar, as they say. Game was 2 best net (3somes)....my playing partners both shot in the 90s, which was okay for one of them. For the 11 hdcp player...not so much. Needless to say, we donated today.
    12 points
  18. Exec 9 this morning, a tough 9 and after rain every evening makes it tougher. For so treason the Tee location we’re set back to make matters worse. I had my best ball striking day in a long time, before knee replacement. Had 3 drives plug and so did everyone else so it was a search if didn’t hit the green. And the greens they were really nice, bit slow from rain and my putter was liking it. Ended up with a +6 and considering conditions felt like even Par! We had a player drop out last minute due to his wife’s illness so we got a walk on. He was a player, Mostly PXG sticks and younger than us maybe 60. Anyway he was a really great guy to have with us. Playing Big Boy course tomorrow hope rain holds off a bit.
    12 points
  19. Owen didn't want to play today so I walked eighteen at River Heights today. Probably should have stayed home. Weather was great; sunny with a good breeze. Course was deserted for some reason. Just a great setup for success. And then I showed up. Had four really good drives and my wood and hybrid were really good too. Everything else was hot garbage . Just couldn't make clean contact. Pretty equal mix of thins and fats. I was swaying pretty badly and couldn't help myself. Ah well...given the chance to do it again, I would be out there every time!! Shot 54/51 105 (+33). On a positive note, I would have been pretty good with this score a year ago.
    12 points
  20. Overall pretty lousy day on the course yesterday and I am going to go with the fact that I hadn't swung a club for two weeks. The bad started when I was hitting some shots to warmup before the round; I developed a case of the shanks with the irons and a big slice with the driver. Went to the short game area and hit the ball pretty well so I went back to the range and hit a few more full swings and it was slightly better. Only hit one shank on the course but struggled off the tee for the first 9. Greens were really quick with subtle breaks and I struggled with both distance control and short putts. Definitely a long day all around. Basically just a bad week with lots more weeks to turn it around.
    12 points
  21. Owen and I teamed up with our friends Paul and Mark for a scramble out at Silver Ridge to benefit their local high school golf teams. It was as warm as it has been in weeks, with no clouds and no wind. Just a beautiful day for golf. I'll get right to the point: we killed it!!! A (-12) 60, good for third place and two shots off the lead. Just a total team effort. None of us are great, but we only had one shot where nobody hit well. Otherwise everyone wound up hitting at least two putts, everyone contributed pretty much everywhere, and Owen even holed out two chips! Individually, we likely played poorly. Tons of lost balls; at least two sleeves each. Only two holes run adjacently otherwise if you miss it's in the briars and gone. My driver was going right and once I adjusted for it I was good. 3 wood and hybrid were better than usual. My short irons and wedges were really dialed in. Putting was suspect but I always went first and sank four putts. We only had one good eagle look, but had twelve birdies, six pars and no bogies. Third place was good for a foursome at a course even further west that we'd never heard of, but we'll get out there soon!
    12 points
  22. When you play almost every day, it all kind of blends together after awhile. Todays folly was pulling a double on the 2 par 3’s on the back but then still shooting a 77. It seems that there is always a hole or two that I chunk down with the double. Then after the round when m thinking that I shot well, I am reminded of those holes along with the 5-6 birdie putts that just missed… I think a master class of short game and green reading would be helpful
    11 points
  23. First off, I would like to thank @craftsmangolffor sending me the hybrid and putter head cover I will be discussing in this review. I am not sponsored by Craftsman Golf or being compensated for my review. I will do my best to provide an unbiased review of these head covers to stay aligned with MGS beliefs on equipment reviews. This is my first time writing a review, so please feel free to share any ways I can improve! First Impressions (4/5 stars) Upon opening the head covers, I was pleased to see that the attention to detail in stitching quality was excellent. I am sure we have all seen products where stitch lines are not straight, doubled over, stitches coming loose, etc. That is not the case with these head covers. Stitch lines are clean and straight. Both head covers are made from synthetic leather. I really like the textured material on the hybrid head cover, it feels very high quality. The material on the putter head cover is smooth, and while nice, it doesn't have that same "look" as what your OEM headcover would. When I compare it to my stock TM Spider Tour headcover, I prefer the look and finish of the TM head cover. The putter also has screen printed graphics, which I think would look better as something stitched into the material, like what they did with their branding of "CRAFTSMAN" on the putter head cover. If the flag graphics were stitched instead of printed, it would take it to a different level of quality in terms of looks. With that being said, the screen printed design is done very well, with sharp, clean lines. Another plus area for the hybrid head cover were the stitched on synthetic leather details. I really think they knocked the hybrid head cover out of the park! Both head covers have a smooth velour lining, and I am confident they will protect my clubs well without scratching One thing I prefer on the Craftsman putter head cover to my TaylorMade head cover is that is is a magnetic closure instead of velcro. The magnet seems very strong, and it is just more convenient than velcro. One star was lost due to the overall look of the putter head cover. The textured material would have looked better than the smooth, and I'd prefer to see stitching over screen print. This is personal preference, and some may really like the screen printed look. Fit & Function (To Be Updated) I will be getting out onto the course on Thursday, and plan to update this section after my round. Initial fit and function seem good. The fit on the hybrid is great. It was a bit snug to get onto the club, but I think that it will stretch out slightly and that will improve. At the bottom of the head cover, they split the sides, which I like a lot. Subtle, but I think will definitely help with the on/off process. The putter head cover fits well, but it is slightly large for my Spider Tour putter. This is not a negative comment, as it has to be a large enough size to accommodate a multitude of mallet style putters. More or less just an observation. I LOVE the magnetic closure, and on/off is really easy. I have a Callaway Org 14 cart bag in the red/white/blue colorway with a USA flag patch on the bag, and I do really like how both head covers match the style of the bag. Again, the looks of the hybrid head cover are really good. Pictured next to my Titleist Stars & Stripes and Sim2 Max head covers, it looks right on par with quality. Again, I will revisit this review after my round on Thursday with some updates and more thoughts after having them out on the course. I may have overdone it with pictures. Please excuse my messy garage!
    11 points
  24. Another decent night in league last night. For the first time in a long time, I had nothing worse than bogey and ended up +5. Driver was decent, but I skied a few for some reason. They were straight so it didn't hurt much. Every drive was straight as a string, which I am not known for, but it only caused a problem once (nestled against a tree requiring a nearly sideways punch shot). Everything else was manageable. I ended up in two bunkers, but it didn't look like the course had done any work in them - they were wet and hard. The other guys in our group offered to let me rake and drop so I have some chance, but I declined and tried to just pick them clean. First one was fat and barely got out, second was skulled over the green. That was two of the bogies. Chipping was pretty lame. I left myself way too far away for any reasonable expectation of making putts. I don't think I was trying to do too much with them as they were all pretty straightforward, just poor execution. For the second straight time, I parred my nemesis hole. I know it's in my head, but it never seems to fail that I either launch a ball into the woods on the right or pull it into the trees on the left with a strong 'anti-right' swing no matter how my driving has been on the other holes. Rarely is there an in-between for me. A good tee shot usually ends up on the upslope and the second shot is blind. It seems to happen every year - just as the season is winding down, my game starts coming into form. Then I can't touch my clubs for a few months and feel like I am starting all over in the spring. According to Arccos, my handicap is down to an 8.9. I don't know if I believe it (I tracked our scramble last weekend but theoretically have it excluded), but the last few weeks have been pretty good.
    11 points
  25. Not the day I was hoping for today in the final round of our league championship. I was three over through 7 and 125 out in the fairway on #8 when I pushed my second shot into the bunker. Then disaster struck. I caught all ball and it plugged into the face. Took an unplayable, skulled my next one over the green and took 8. I followed that up by trying to go for the green on the par 5 9th in two and didn’t make it over a waste area. We don’t play drop zones, and my 4th shot went long then I 3 putted from the wrong level of the two tiered green. Back to back 8’s and I was done mentally. Limped in with a 90 net 77, and finished 8th in the net. One of these years I’m going to win this thing. (He says every year)…
    11 points
  26. Ended up going low the following day for an 80. 37 on the front 43 on the back. I was really hot to start out +1 through 6. It felt good to get in the board with 20 stableford points on the front. Had I kept up the pace in the back me and my partner would have won that day! We only finished 3 points out of first.
    11 points
  27. Abysmal, absolutely abysmal. Just got back from a golf trip to Pinehurst where I played well. One week later and I could NOT hit a club. So frustrating.
    11 points
  28. In my league tonight (9 holes) I birdied the first two and the last two, and went 7 over in between!
    11 points
  29. That’s the perks of being in the shadow of @dlow206 and @Golfspy_CG2 Now if only I could fly under the radar with my wife lol
    11 points
  30. 79 (39/40) Had an absolutely horrible stretch to start the back 9, then almost birdied four out of the last 5, converting just one! Three lip-outs!!! Ugh. Made an adjustment with my left hand with driver on 14, began to hit each fairway and smoke each drive. Crazy. One LITTLE adjustment ended my round on a great note.
    11 points
  31. Had the best non-driver ballstriking day of my life. Yet my score was not great, 94. So what went wrong: Irons flying father than I think they will, due to some swing changes. It wasn't just that the balls rolled to the back of the green, the ball carried to the back of the green or farther. One shot, had 117 to the flag, played for non-optimal strike and went PW. Ball carried 25 yard farther than it should, over the green, landed somewhere in the woods, probably rolled into the street. Had a couple of holes of poor drives, swung too hard on one and hit it in the hazard. This was the swing for the fences type of swing. After the first par 3 on my course, hit GIR on every par 3, to 15 feet or less, including an almost hole in one. On these holes, I didn't club up and hit them well. @chisag- i know you said to play for non-optimal contact, but i think my distances have actually changed.
    11 points
  32. Played in my Men's Club event today and brought the poor swing from my TSR fitting yesterday to the course today. Two way misses all day, but scrambled my way around for 2 birdies and enough pars to eek out a 79. but that equates to 9 bogeys. A little range work post round and I feel better for my pick up game tomorrow... at least until the first tee
    10 points
  33. I'll call day 1 of the club championship what might have been. 39/46 85. I started by putting my tee shot in the water for double then managed to pull it back and only got ve away a single stroke over the remaining 9. I was 4 over after 13, knew I was going to break 80, and then I imploded. Triple.... I did my best to recover but I never got my tempo resettled. Over the next 4 holes I gave away 6 more strokes. . Sloppy. That said. My game has progressed to the point that I can melt down and still shoot an 85, so not all bad. I'm also still solidly midpack in the A flight (9.5-11.5 handicap) so there's still opportunity to win tomorrow. The 3/ 11s that broke 80 today probably aren't going to do it tomorrow and there's only 3 others ahead of me. So we'll see.
    10 points
  34. Feast or famine. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Moments of brilliance and periods of befuddlement. Tale of 2 nines. Yada, yada, yada. And on it goes to explain my game. 4 doubles for the day leads to a 82. 2 of those doubles on the backside shooting 39.
    10 points
  35. after some time away, i’m back! here’s what’s been going on at the house since i was here last. at this point, i honestly wish we would’ve bought land and built from the ground up like we originally wanted to, but we’re making due. carpet tiles/kids playroom in the basement movie theater setup on the other side of the basement. wet bar coming soon! ripped off the 3 level deck in the back and had a ~2000 sqft concrete patio poured and stamped. we also tore up the old driveway, expanded it to add a parking area, and now we’re waiting to pour new asphalt along with that has been a ton of landscaping work. trees have come down, lots of grading, we leveled a 60x40 area for my wife to have a garden next year. more is planned for the spring, but that’s enough for now.
    10 points
  36. A nice sunny day; my wife was playing with the Ladies group, so I decided to walk 9 holes. Met 3 guys on the 1st tee and I used to work in the same group as one of them!! It was windy, maybe 15-20 mph; most wind we have had for over a month, quite unusual. My wind game apparently needs some work. Doubled the par 4 2nd hole. which is the easiest hole on the front nine and a hole that I have birdied more often than any other hole on the course. Hit my tee shot where I have never been before; off to the right in the mounds between #2 and #3. Ball below my feet on a steep downhill lie in thick grass. Moved the ball about 40 feet, then hit into a bunker that has a 12 foot lip and 30 yards short of the green; got out but short of the green... up and down for double. Fell on my arse getting out of the bunker!! Note to self... never go there again!!! Also doubled the par 4 7th hole after hitting my tee shot into the #6 fairway bunker. I have to get my wind game in order. Score: 41 (two doubles and 7 pars).
    10 points
  37. Ha! I used iron covers for like 3 weeks when I got my set of srixon 545s. Was only going to use them for transport. Those were dark times in my life that I don't really like talking about
    10 points
  38. Laughable hole for me on Saturday. Par 5. If you hit it far enough the ball hits a downslope and can really run out. Well, with a little wind at the back, I did just that and hit the dry New Jersey soil and left myself a measly 117 yards into the green (almost a 400 yard drive!!) had a straight forward gap wedge into the green -- which I prcoeeded to SHANK almost pin high into the adjacent fairway (ball flew over some tall native grass). I was pissed, but I grabbed my 58 and did the walk of shame to down to my ball. Had about 75 yards left and I could only see the top of the flag stick because the shot was so up hill. Hit it to 4 feet and made my birdie. Just how I drew it up on the tee box! Drive of a life time, shank, incredible lob wedge, tap in birdie!
    10 points
  39. Got out yesterday afternoon in gorgeous weather @ Sleepy Hollow in Cleveland. The greens were punched, but it was only $26 to walk 18 (normally $42) The greens were slow and shaggy but not really bumpy. The rest of the course was immaculate as always. I got paired up with 2 brothers & dad on the front 9, and we were told we were following an outing. (who holds an outing knowing there's punched greens is beyond me. But from what I saw, these people weren't golfers anyway) It took 2:20 to play the front, which isn't awful considering everything. But the three dropped and I was left alone. But after it took over 20 min at the turn to get a gatorade, I walked out and saw 5 groups on #10. i walked back down to the first tee, joined another group of walkers and got around the front a second time in just about 2 hours. The second time around I eagled #1! It's a downhill, usually downwind 476 yard par 5. I hit driver-9 iron to 6 feet. I also tacked on a long birdie putt at the par 3 6th. Overall it was a good day and didn't really make any mistakes on the course, but hard to judge anything with punched greens. Hopefully this is my last round without Arccos, so I can start fresh next weekend and really start improving.
    10 points
  40. You know, my wife says the same thing and she's pretty smart...I guess I should listen. Yesterday I was having a fun and relaxing time until the 7th. I popped up a drive into high grass, hit a nice recovery 50 yards short of the green, then pull topped one 30 degrees left, hit a sign and it proceeded to hit a tree. Then I got to the 8th and they had all the tee markers together way back with the line of high grass blocking out all but the smallest view of the green. It just didn't set right to my eyes and I pulled a low screamer into the grass. Hit a bad recovery and it went downhill from there. My wife also tells me I shouldn't keep score for a while and that I'll pressing too hard to do well. That it gets into my head to perform well. Funny thing is, the 9th fairway is next to the range and littered with balls. While looking for my drive I took some time to whack some back to the range and hit toward the 200 yard marker. Hit some pretty good shots then shanked my ball into a pond. It'll get there, I'm just messed up right now from paralysis by analysis.
    9 points
  41. Big thanks to @dlow206 for getting the shafts and rebuilding my wedges! Full graphite transition complete. Time to play some motha effin GOLF!
    9 points
  42. I feel for you, had my own game today when there were times when I was trying to put into practice the lessons learned yesterday at the PGA clinic at Oak Hill CC and for one reason or another it was like I was confusing myself. Some things worked as well as they did yesterday and then they didn't. Did the same dust myself off of sorts throughout the round but then as you said the wheels came off and I actually sat on a bench behind the 8th tee box and watched the others hit their drives. That was after I had teed off first and nearly drilled the first ball through a car driving on the adjacent street - I pulled it left in a low stinger that went over the perimeter fence alongside the tee box. Then the second ball was a sky high slice straight curved into the right side tree line. First ball was unrecoverable and second ball was never found. The 9th tee shot was just as bad with a booming slice that I was sure was lost, but the Spirits of the Cottonwoods were generous and the ball shot right back out into the fairway. (Thank you ). The very next shot on the 9th hole was a beautiful long 178yd flighted layup that set up the 3rd shot that crossed Cazenovia Creek to an easy chip onto the green. Proof it did get better and guaranteed I am looking forward to golf next time.
    9 points
  43. Shot an 80 today, but played the next tees forward, so still shot +3 over handicap. Rough is punishing right now. The ball just sinks down in the Bermuda and is difficult to get out and even more difficult to control any distances. Missed some easy putts today.
    9 points
  44. probably a right hander trying to be smart and pull off a lefty swing....
    9 points
  45. On Friday afternoon myself and a friend decided to play a quick 18 holes. With our home course being a 9 hole setup we each played with two balls, one from each tee box to get 18 holes done in just under 2 hours. The last time I played I had some real issues with a very flat backswing and wanted to work on that to get my swing back on plane, so focused mainly on that and didn't hit any of the shots at 100%. Surprisingly it really worked for me, even though I putted like a clown, I carded a 4 over par 76. Equaling my best round for the last 2 years. On a side note, a bright orange Srixon really flies of a driver and 3 wood. I didn't play over the weekend as it was super hot (107 degrees F), so decided to rather go and drive in the Kruger park looking for the big 5 in an dual airconditioned minibus.
    9 points
  46. So did buy a new club recently, and full disclosure did not get fitted nor even demo it, just jumped in (like a good 'ho ) on one of their sales - PXG Gen 5 0311 XF with the PX EvenFlow Riptide CB (50g/5.0). First time out with it yesterday and so far happy with it. Liking the shape and look of the head .. to my eye it appears slightly smaller than 460cc and definitely more trim vs the Callaway Bertha B21 I was using. Was a little hesitant about getting a CB shaft but it feels nice and balanced, and solid at impact. First few swings were not awe-inspiring but the last few holes it started to feel good .. so we'll see how it goes!
    9 points
  47. Played South Park GC again today after 5 hours of heavy weather went through and found there were only 3 other golfers on the course, one left as I teed off on 1 because of dark clouds approaching no doubt, he wasn't half way done and it was the last opportunity to bail out before going around to the other side of the lake. But rain it did not, some gusty winds at times but very comfortable and I had nobody behind me, only saw the other two from a distance and finished 9 holes in 70 minutes feeling like I took my time the whole way. True bogie golf with 7 bogies, one double and a par for a surprisingly good day. Even the new Tommy Armour 19* 3 hybrid showed a good performance for the first time, it has a place in the bag now!
    9 points
  48. New experience, volunteer for the PGA Drive, Chip and Putt event and this one was the Northeast Regional that sends winners to the National competition at Augusta week before the Masters. The venue was Oak Hill CC in Penfield, NY suburb of Rochester and site of the 2023 PGA Championship.
    9 points
  49. I had a really, really fun time at our league's outing yesterday. It was a place I'd never played, but I really liked the course. We played a lone wolf scramble and I had the five lowest handicap holes assigned to me since I was the lowest HC in our 4-some. I played those 5 at +2 with a par, birdie, and three bogies. I beat or tied the three scramble guys on all of them, which I consider a plus (from a personal perspective). Driver continued to be a strength most of the day - three questionable shots, only one of which really hurt (into penalty area, but still ended up with a bogey thanks to it being a shortish par 5). Irons were also pretty good, certainly much better than they were Tuesday. Chipping was about as good as it gets for me. All told, our lone wolf score was a 90, which was pretty much right on the weighted average HC of our group. We did leave a lot of meat on the bone for our scramble score of +2, 73. We just could not make a putt and struggled to hit greens on the par 3's. The other three guys are a fair amount shorter than me, so not having my potential help on a couple 400+ yard par 4's definitely hurt the scramble score too. I had a par on the 3rd hole at 420 yards. They hit D, 3W and were still 30 yards short of the green. I really enjoyed the format, which I've never done before. It seemed to make it more interesting and everyone had to contribute regardless of HC. I also like the added stress on the holes we had to go it alone - you want to do well not just for yourself, but for the team, too.
    9 points
  50. Four nines this week -> 38, 39, 41, 40. Consistent, but pretty poor on the greens especially this weekend. Five three-putts over the 36 holes. Swing has had its issues as well, but overall I've held it together. Shot of the week is the closest I've been to a hole-in-one all season - on a par four, nonetheless! No. 5, 306-yarder. Hit my drive up the right side and it rolled out to the back middle of the green and within five feet of the hole. Yes, I missed the eagle putt as it broke about a cup and I under read it a bit... . Easy birdie, though.
    9 points
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