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JerryB

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  1. That never would have occurred to me, thanks!
  2. Got the son to come out with me this morning and play the back nine at River Heights. It was cold but sunny so it wasn't too bad. I started out strongish and fell apart on the last few holes. Couldn't putt to save my life; missed everything outside of two feet. We had differing rounds but both finished with a 53. I had 22 putts. Playing in the cold, with really wet grass, meant that balls weren't traveling very far which we didn't adapt to very well. I also learned (the hard way) that my shoes are not water-proof. I didn't think about that when I bought them earlier this year but its definitely something I'll keep in mind when I buy my next pair!
  3. My second shot on hole 14 yesterday was probably my shot of the day. After my drive left me in the trees on the right, I pulled out my 5 iron, hoping to just get it back out onto the fairway. I actually hit it lower than I wanted. Rather than get it about 40-50 yards forward and back onto the fairway, the ball hit the top of a small five foot hill and absolutely launched itself, rolling forever once it hit the ground, coming to a stop about 160 yards away for an easy chip onto the green.
  4. Had a bittersweet round yesterday. Played Aldeen Golf Club in Rockford for the first time. It was gorgeous. It was both the nicest and the most challenging course I've ever played. Lots of hazards, and little hills line many of the fairways. If you aren't accurate off the tee (raises hand), your second shot will be from a funky lie. Greens have multiple tiers and generally aren't flat. Weather was decent at first but got pretty chilly later. After shooting +5 on hole one, I went +5 over the next eight holes. On the back nine I had eight doubles and a triple. Went 46/55 for a 101. My driver was generally decent but errant. We all kind of fell apart on the back nine when it both turned colder and one buddy left at the turn. He's apparently had the driver yips for a few years and this season I've watched as it bled into the rest of his game. He wasn't hitting anything well today and he was getting more and more frustrated so he left. He'd been thinking about giving up the game recently and I was thrilled when he invited us to join him at this course. He's been a great source of advice and gave me a set of clubs and a bunch of balls when my son and I took up the game earlier this year. I dont blame him stopping if the game is no longer fun, but I really hope he comes back next year, I really enjoy playing with him.
  5. Thanks! That's not an option on the app that I can tell but now I see how that works on the desktop version.
  6. Swapped out my wedges this week and switched the tags over as well. Is there a way to see my performance stats for just these new clubs, alongside the rest of my bag? It seems like stats are tied to the tag rather than the named club, if that makes sense.
  7. I'm waffling back and forth as to whether I like auto or manual putting mode more. Seems if I'm by myself manual is the way to go, but when I'm with others I have a harder time remembering to mark my putts as I go. I will say that I love having a watch versus a handheld GPS device as it's much harder to forget on the cart!
  8. Played River Heights yesterday morning by myself. It was both early and chilly so my son refused to get up to join me. His loss; it warmed up well enough and the course was nearly deserted. My best rounds seem to be solo rounds. I think it's because I have nothing else to focus on so I'm locked in a little better. Yesterday was no different as I shot a new PB of 44/48 for a 92. And it could have been a little better; I had 39 putts including a couple four-putts. Tale of two holes...hole 3 I missed the fairway by about a foot, put my 3 wood on the little ridge before the giant weed bunker and then put my wedge about a foot from the pin for a tap in birdie: Next hole I used my 5 wood to get on the green and proceeded to four putt for a double. It was like that all day...had a four putt double on one hole and a 1 putt double on a different one. I also had a five hole stretch where I played +1. All in all a great day. I played well and still felt like I left strokes on the table.
  9. I haven't used my 5 wood much this season as I've been very inconsistent with this club specifically and of course with golf in general. I pulled it out a few times today and it really clicked. When I hit it right I get some decent loft and it travels pretty straight. This hole in particular I'm pretty happy with. After a shorter drive I was left with a tall evergreen, then a bunker, between me and the green. This has always been a two shot situation for me, but I pulled the 5 and went for it. Up and over the tree, cleared the bunker, and stopped on a dime about fifteen feet from the pin. No applause for me, but I'm pretty sure the squirrel nearby was suitably impressed, LOL.
  10. Decided on a whim to stop at Goodwill and I'm glad I did; I walked out with a couple Grand Hawk hybrids and two Titleist Vokey SM7 wedges. The hybrids are decent upgrades but the wedges are huge! Naturally I had to try them out so my son, daughter and I went to the range to each hit a bucket. She's coming along nicely; she just used an 8 iron and her swing and striking are getting much more consistent. The new hybrids are different than I'm used to; they look more like woods but with shorter shafts. The Vokeys are tremendous, just feel and sound way better.
  11. Son and I played with a couple friends in a scramble at Marengo Ridge yesterday. This one was an eye opener. We were not good. Our buddy Mark bailed us out time and again, but the other three of us just couldn't get out of our own way. There were a few instances where we had to take the best of four ugly chunks. When it became apparent that we wouldn't be doing any damage, the alcohol came out, which actually helped a bit, lol. We finished tied for next-to-last with a +2 74. Just couldn't get close enough on the green for decent birdie chances. The two winning teams tied with a 58. We didn't play great but we had a great time and are already looking forward to the next one!
  12. Son and I played 9 at Buena Vista this morning. First time playing in chilly weather and he still went out in shorts and a t shirt. He was regretting that before the second hole, lol. Wasn't a great round but we never saw another soul on the course, so while we still finished within 90 minutes, we threw down a second and sometimes three balls at times to work on things. Chunked a few shots and my irons were a little off line, but we both feel good going into a scramble tomorrow with a couple friends.
  13. Had a coupon for Golf Shack in Rockford and I swung by last weekend with my wife and daughters. First time in a place like this; we didn't have a ton of time to spend but I got to try one of the new Tour Edge drivers. Newest piece of equipment (by far) that I've ever swung. I definitely see the allure of constantly upgrading clubs! Salesman watched me hit and gave me a few pieces of advice which as a beginner I really needed and by the end I was really hitting well. Not sure if I should look into upgrading now or nearer to the start of next season. While browsing, my wife came upon a set that she really liked (they were purple) and mentioned that she might like to join me if she had a set like those. Haven't pulled the trigger just yet but it's funny how I'll have a hard time justifying buying something for myself but I won't think twice about buying something similar if she says she is interested, lol.
  14. Son and I played 18 at Marengo Ridge today. My longer clubs have really come around lately, particularly my driver. I've added a bunch of distance and while I missed every fairway today, the majority were just off the fairway. Unfortunately, within 100 yards I was a wreck. I had several three putts and even a pair of fours today. And the less said about my wedge game, the better. Had a two putt nine on the par four 14th. Hit driver off line into some trees and chipped my 7i back to the fairway. Proceeded to chunk twice, then thin over the green twice. Long story short, today was another adventure. Wound up shooting 104. We had a great time, the food at the turn was fantastic, and we had views like this. Can't wait to do it again!
  15. On the par three 11 I hit my 6 iron 141 yards into a slight breeze and it dropped and stopped about three feet from the hole. Still managed to par the hole, but it was easily the closest to the pin I've ever been.
  16. I played 18 today but we stopped to eat at the turn. I never remember off the top of my head how to pause the round (side note- what a pain to hide that option the way they do) and by the time we hit the back nine I couldn't resume the round and had to start a new one. Is there an easy way to combine these "two rounds" into the actual single round? I know I could manually add in the shots but that's more trouble than it's worth.
  17. No, it's hitting the ball, but the tag and the watch have to be near each other, just like the tag and phone with Arccos. The trouble may occur if you, like Chip (or me), absentmindedly swing the club around as you walk, it might register another stroke by mistake.
  18. At the nine hole course I play, I haven't been asked to play the "back nine." I played 18 on a Friday, left the V3 on, played 18 on Sunday afternoon and it didn't quite die on me; was on 2% when I plugged it in back home. Used GPS+tracking, or whatever it's called.
  19. Another new question, more serious this time, living near Chicago. People have started making mention of shutting it down for the season. What do courses do to shut down for the winter months? Do they pick an end date and close up shop? Do rules or conditions change, like with leaves everywhere and such? Just wondering what to expect for the last month or so of the season.
  20. Probably overthinking this here...Looking at my short game breakdown I'm more likely to miss short. (Not so) Hypothetically, if my approach shot were to go past the green, then my chip goes back past the flag, would that technically count as a miss short? In other words, are these locations static or dynamic?
  21. Decided to run over to Buena Vista to try to get in nine before weather and/or darkness. Place was pretty much empty and I managed to play nine in less than an hour. I shot a +8 40 including a blow-up quad on hole 9 where I bounced my second shot off the carts and then took FOUR wedge shots to get thirty feet to the green. Didn't hit anything particularly notable but other than that last hole I didn't hit anything badly, either. All in all, probably my best ever round
  22. My shot of the day yesterday at River Heights was my tee shot on 14. Not only did I hit it further than I ever have, I managed to keep it in the fairway as well. More than anything else this year, my driver has come a long way. A couple months ago I was lucky to hit it 200 yards. This time it went over 290.
  23. Played a scramble yesterday with my son and my dad at River Heights. Our fourth backed out due to the possibility of bad weather so we just played an extra ball which actually wound up bailing us out a few times. We wound up shooting a 69 but the highlight was the eagle we got on hole 16. And by "we" I mean my son. He took all the shots and as nervous as he was on the putt, he dropped it dead in the hole. Weather did get a little dicey but we managed to finish the round. Had a blast AND we introduced my dad to a new restaurant afterwards!
  24. Its only fun when I can beat him! I'm the better putter, but hes a far better chipper. I'd like to practice more in my backyard, but the ground is very uneven, with several tree roots and stuff. Is trying to chip into buckets still useful?
  25. Hit a bucket at the range today. I played terribly last Sunday and I've got a work scramble tomorrow that I've been talking too much trash about, lol. I have a tendency to not always settle in very well on some shots. I'm not sure what exactly to do yet, but I need to develop a pre-shot routine to settle myself better. After the bucket the son and I went to the putting green for a bit. We played a couple rounds of Horse which was a little more fun than we expected and is something we need to incorporate far more often.
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