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Kenny B

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  1. Rained most of the night last night, and my wife and I were going to cancel our 9:46 tee time. At about 8:30am the rain stopped and the wind was calm, so we decided to play. Temp was 43º. We pulled into the parking lot; not many cars. Got our cart and the pro shop said we should go right now, as a little tournament was going out behind us. As we headed to the 1st tee without warming up, the wind that was calm decided to start blowing... a little at first but when we got to the 1st green it was blowing pretty good. My hands were cold. Most of the greens had standing water on the low spots. I parred #1 and had a tap-in birdie on #2, but by #3 the wind was probably blowing about 25-30mph. I had a birdie putt but 3-putted because of the wind. The par 3 #4 hole is straight into the wind. Same pins as yesterday when I hit a 7i into the wind to pin high, but today I hit 6i and was 30 feet short... barely cleared the front bunker. The par 5 #5 hole straight into the wind required driver, 3w, 2H, PW to get on the green... managed a bogey. THEN it started to rain again!! We played #6, a par 5 downwind and I was just in front of the green in two shots; chipped on and 4-putted!!!!!! I don't remember ever 4-putting on my course in 4 years. I then reminded myself that I don't have to play in the rain. I don't mind the wind, but when it comes with rain... I'm done. I do feel sorry for the tournament; probably the worst day for golf since the snow melted in March. Tomorrow is supposed to be only marginally better. oh well!
  2. I'm hitting driver on every hole that I can if it doesn't put me in a hazard (excuse me... penalty area), and maybe even then if the fairway is wide enough. I'm hitting my next shot as close as I can get to the green if I can't reach, unless there is a hazard short of the green, in which case I will hit a club to be short of it. I have never played a hole backwards, and likely never will. I have played a "backwards" tournament on Halloween where the course was set up to tee off next to the green and play the previous green. That's interesting!!!
  3. Wind blew all day, and rain is starting to come in tonight. It will be wet tomorrow. Today my wife and I went out at 1:15 with another couple and played nine holes. Wind was 15-25mph with some higher gusts. I played well off the tee, but really sucked around the green. Shot +6. Poor chips and a couple of 3 putts. I never got comfortable standing over the ball. However, I did have a chip-in birdie on #2. I was called an a__hole!! A term of endearment, I'm told. As good as the chip-in was, my best shot of the day was on the par 3 #4 hole playing 148y to a back pin directly into that wind. We haven't had winds like that since spring, so I was a little hesitant on which club the use. I chose a 7i because I thought it would clear the bunker, and I was confident that it wouldn't go off the back. I hit my version of a "knock-down" shot (think Zach Johnson swing), and it was a laser that stopped pin high right about 8 feet away. Tricky left to right putt with left to right wind, and I was very happy to 2-putt.
  4. Clearly, @CarlH is more confident with 2 footers than you are!!
  5. Well, this is an interesting thread! I believe we have had this discussion before, and MGS has also talked about it in the blog, but I'm too tired to look it up. I have a few comments. I agree with @RickyBobby_PR that the average golfer doesn't care about the lofts being jacked. Yes, it potentially creates gaps for the wedge game, and OEMs benefit by selling more wedges... but only to those golfers that care and get fit. I disagree with @Middler that most players wouldn’t have fallen for the loft jacking if they cared. The players that benefit from the design features of GI or SGI irons that have stronger lofts than previous years' clubs will most likely play better golf with them. I am one of them. I know they are jacked. Do I care? Not really, but why wouldn't I want to hit my 9i just as far as my previous set's 7i with a higher trajectory. Maybe if I had a 110 mph swing speed and I could launch my old 7i as high as a tour player, I would stick with traditional lofts, but I don't. The tech in the new irons gives me the launch angle I desire so I can potentially hit more greens and have a chance that the ball will stop. Does that mean I have to have more wedges? Not really. Some players want nice 4º differences between clubs. I don't. I don't carry a GW, and I never hit full shots with my SW or LW. My short game is one of my strengths. I've played blades and I've played cavity backs, and now I play SGI irons because they suit my game better now. I don't care what the number is, just as long as I can make the shot. I'm not sure what the hate is for jacked lofts. You can get a 7i in many different lofts from every manufacturer. Play the set that fits your game and makes you happy. Full disclosure: I have an appointment at True Spec for my free fitting next week. I wonder what the fitter will say??
  6. You can do it, but you have to be careful. It takes time and patience, and I don't recommend for higher swing speed players. I did it just for fun to see what a shaft I had on hand would play like, but I'm old and slow!! I'm not sure why you would want to do it. Many shafts from a manufacturer can be purchased in either .370 or .355 for the same price, or similar playing shafts can be bought from other manufacturers. Check out Golfworks.com
  7. Inside the leather!! hahahaha Remember the Celebrity Golf matches?? Smart Snead vs Harpo Marx. Watch at the 18:30 mark... LOL!!
  8. I'll give putts for bogeys or worse, and even tap-in pars, but birdies or better have to be earned.
  9. Not me! That's why I moved to the dry side of the Cascades. Blustery... yes. Wet... no. Actually, I moved before I took up golf, but if I had played in school, I certainly would have moved for that reason alone. I like the Valley, but only to visit.
  10. I think we have the same geese from year to year. They are not afraid of golfers and are not aggressive. They just meander out of the way as you approach them. If in a cart, you can herd them like steers. Oh BTW... I don't give birdies, let alone eagles. You must putt out!!!
  11. Happy Birthday Hat!! Hope the weather hasn't shut down golf for you yet. Time for one more birdie??
  12. I love my KBS Tour 90 in regular flex for my Callaway PM Grind wedges, but I'm happy with my Nippon shafts in my Bridgestone irons. However, maybe that will all change when I have my True Spec fitting next week.
  13. The quote from Brooks is not true. Fake News. Brooks won his first event on the PGA Tour in 2014 and was nominated for PGA Rookie of the Year. He also played and won on the European Tour. However, Rory won The Open Championship and the PGA Championship in 2014.
  14. You need to try something different on #7... anything!! Tee off with a 7i or whatever gets you in the fairway instead of a wood. Play it like a par 5. At least you will get to look at that hole from different vantage points.
  15. What ever happened to old age and treachery beating youth and skill every time??
  16. An old farmer in Georgia had owned a large farm for several years. He had a large pond in the back, fixed up nice; picnic tables, horseshoe courts, basketball court, etc. The pond was properly shaped and fixed up for swimming when it was built. One evening the old farmer decided to go down to the pond, as he hadn't been there for a while, and look it over. As he neared the pond, he heard voices shouting and laughing with glee. As he came closer he saw it was a bunch of young women skinny-dipping in his pond. He made the women aware of his presence and they all went to the deep end of the pond. One of the women shouted to him, "We're not coming out until you leave!" The old man replied, "I didn't come down here to watch you ladies swim or make you get out of the pond naked." "I'm here to feed the alligator."
  17. These are nice classic bags!! I have one like it in black. My old golf course got several in red or black with our names and club name on them. Got it for free!
  18. Would love to have a dog!! But first, we would need 18 of them; they like the pond areas, but they will also wander all over the course eating grass/weeds or whatever. And second, our course is an Audubon International golf course, so we can't harass the birds. The most we can do is drive carts up to them and herd them off the fairway. I did that twice yesterday for my wife. I just hit away. Today my ball landed right in the middle of the flock and they didn't even move!! Walla Walla CC has a collie and he/she is very good at keeping the geese off!!
  19. Walking day with the guys today. ABSOLUTELY beautiful morning!! Sunny and 58º with no wind. The course had a little tournament today, so the course was open on the back nine. We only played nine holes like most weeks, but we always play the front nine. Nice to get out on the back for a change... it's a much flatter walk. Shot 38 (+3) and had a career long drive on #13. My buddy is always longer off the tee than I am, and he hit a great drive. When i hit mine, I knew it was good. Both of us in the middle of the fairway and I was 25 yards past him!! 253 yards!! Huuuuuge for me. Love fall golf!! The geese are flying through now and crapping up the place. Here is my tee shot on the short par 4 #14 just in the rough next to the geese on the right...
  20. That's the best way to play!!
  21. I've been working on my ball striking lately, and really have been neglecting short game practice and bunker play. It is showing up in my scores; not getting chips/pitches close enough and missing putts that I shouldn't. My irons are better, so back to short game practice!!
  22. Shooting 80 while putting terribly is not that bad. Tighten that up and you are right there!! Just laugh at the ones by the "ladies tee box". A couple of months ago I barely got past the "ladies tee box", but it was 200 yards out!!!!!!
  23. It likely is mental. I tend to be more focused when playing with my buddies on Monday walking rounds because we are all about the same skill level. I am more inconsistent when playing with my wife and people that we get paired with that are... well, not good. I feel like I have to play quicker than I'd like, so we don't fall behind. I never do well doing that. I also haven't been playing consistently when it's just my wife and I. She's been struggling this year and has only broken 90 a few times. The last couple of years I had to keep focused because if I lapsed, she could beat me if I shot mid-80's. Hasn't happened this year, even as poorly as I have played a few times.
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