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  1. Well I was pretty calm, I think because I had to stay "in the moment" for about 8 hours that day, but my teammates were all jumping up and down and screaming, especially when I won in that playoff. It was hilarious. What made this even sweeter was that our team has had the same four core players for the last four years. We are all seniors now, and we finally won the whole thing--the goal from the start.
  2. I've played in a few junior tournaments at Lake Presidential. It's a nice course, but plays really tough when it is late fall when the wind is blowing. I remember I played a tournament there the day Hurricane Sandy hit. Needless to say, that course played HARD. It also hosted, in a tournament, one of my first good chances at breaking 80, but it was an "attempt" of course, and that course beat me up badly in the end.
  3. This is a lot of writing, so feel free to skip if you don't feel like reading. I went out with a bang. In my last time ever playing golf for my high school, in our league championship, we won all there was to win. There is no state tournament or anything like that because I go to a small school in DC, so our league championship is the climax of our season--one 18 hole round to decide everything. All the regular season matches do is decide the pairings for the league championship. The championship then decides the all league players (top ten in the final day), so even if you had a 33 scoring average, but then shot 83 in the league championship, you would not get any all league recognition. It also decides the team title; every team takes 6 players and the top 4 count. My team has gotten second for every single year of my high school experience, including a heartbreaking loss by two my junior year when we thought we had it all wrapped up, but a 6 seed on another team had the round of his life. Anyway, I was in the first threesome out, and we knew the winning individual score was most likely going to come out of our group. I started off really well, but then had a rocky stretch after hole 8 when I was right at the 5 minute mark trying to find a ball: I found the ball but for some reason, it really messed with my head mentally, and I stupidly let it get to me. I held on though, through some weird funky, swings on the back nine, and held it together enough to eek out a tie for the leading score after draining clutch 6 footers on 17 and 18. We tied, but since we went out first, out of courtesy to the kids shooting 115 in the final tee times, we had to wait over 3 hours for everyone else to finish before we could have the first playoff in our league's history. I kept occupied though, because I was much more invested in the team score than the individual. Our two seed, who is a girl and plays from the same tees as the guys, played great and got all league, our 3-4 seed played decent, but our 5 seed had a great round, another top ten and all league player for our team, and we trounced the rest of the field by 12 shots. Also our 6 seed who has never casually broken 100 shot a 93 in tournament conditions, even though that isn't competitive with the rest of the field, we were all so happy to see him do that. Since we had already won the banner by the time the playoff started, I was not nervous at all. I was in a great mood, and for the first time ever, felt perfectly relaxed in a high pressure situation. I also got to play in front of more people than I will ever play in front of in the rest of my life: all of the players in our league watched the playoff, so there was around 60 people walking the fairway behind us including other coaches and parents (they had to wait for the award ceremonies anyway, so they had nothing else to do). On number one, I hit it way left, and had to hit a low punch shot through trees over water. I hit it, and somehow it got through the trees, over the water, just short of the green. I hit a mediocre chip to 12 feet below the hole, and then drained the putt to tie the hole and keep the match alive. On number two, a par three, I tapped in for my easy par to win the league. This was an all around great golfing day. I went through a shaky stretch, but really competed and made putts when I needed to most, and I was so proud of the way my team played. This was a great way to end my high school career and what could be one of my last competitive rounds of golf for a while since I still don't think I want to play in college due to a variety of reasons, even if I end up at a small school. I guess I played pretty well.
  4. The missed tee time dream scares the heck out of me.
  5. Well it seems like you're figuring it out for yourself pretty well right now.
  6. After a frustrating 38 on Monday's match, I came back today with a bogey free, two under 33, and this is the course our league championship is at: Bretton Woods. I have been hitting the ball long and straight, uncharacteristically straight for me lately, and I love the new confidence it gives me. I still struggled with making putts today, paring the first 7 holes, missing a few close ones for birdie. Then on the 8th hole, I got up and down for birdie with an awesome flop shot from over the green and above the hole to 6 inches. Then on the par three number nine, I rolled in a sweet 20 footer for birdie for a nice finish and a 2 under 33. I have been going back and forth with this one opponent, a friend, all season. In our first match against this school I beat him by one, in the second match he beat me by one, and today I beat him by two after we both parred the first 6 holes, then he doubled 7, and then we both birdied the last two including making matching 20 footers for birdie on nine which we both got a kick out of.
  7. I much prefer hitting balls for a little while before playing because my shoulders tend to feel really tight without some stretching. I can play without hitting balls, but it is hard for me. I have to stretch a lot, and I'll do a few exaggerated long driver swings to just make sure everything is lose, but even so, the golf club will still feel like a foreign object in my hands for the first few holes when lined up to the ball.
  8. Another rollercoaster high school golf match (we got to play a very nice course today): Hole 1: Routine Par Hole 2: Bogey from the middle of the fairway from 100 yards (chunked a wedge just short because my ball was on a 50 degree downslope and missed a 8 footer for par) Hole 3: Driver up near the green. Chipped to 10 feet, hit a great put, but it somehow did not go in. It went all the way around the hole without touching anything. I have no idea how it did not go in. Hole 4: Stuffed an 8 iron 175 with a little breeze to 5 feet, birdie. 5: 530 yard par 5, driver to 210 yds, 4 iron to 10 feet, two putt birdie. 6: Ugly tee shot, ugly bogey. My par putt stopped right on the lip. 7: on a 315 yard par 4, I almost had a hole in one. My drive landed in the center of the green, then lipped out on the back pin, and stopped 4 feet above the hole. I yanked the eagle putt and had to make a 6 footer coming back for birdie. 8-9: Ugly bogey on an easy par three (missed another really short putt), but came back with a nice 20 footer for birdie on number 9. Overall, I had 4 birdies and 3 bogeys for a one under 34 but left the round pretty frustrated, even though it was one of my best scoring matches of the season, because If I could've just made a putt, I would of had at least another birdie and an eagle or two. I need to cut out the dumb mental errors that resulted in my bogeys because I can't always make this many birdies to make up for all my dumb mistakes. Overall though, I hit the ball pretty great, and the score was good, but I left the match feeling like I had just lost a chance for the nine holes of my life. I just added up that I had 7 birdies in my last two nine hole matches, but yet only had an aggregate 18 hole score of -1. Too many bogeys!!
  9. I just had a rollercoaster nine holes in my highschool match. First hole I absolutely blasted a drive (downhill but no wind) that carried about 5-10 yards passed a pine tree lasered at 317 yards. Hit a wedge to ten feet, and then absolutely babied a dead straight 10 footer. It was a horrible putt that I left about 2 feet short. My coach said it looked like I was purposefully trying to lag the putt as if I had two putts to win a major, and he was not wrong. Second hole on a three shot par five that demands an iron off of the tee, I chunked a PW short, hit a chip all the way to the back of the green, and then three putted (pin was up front) and made double. Next hole I crushed a driver but never saw it come off the club face due to the sun being straight in front of us. I had no idea where it was, but then I saw a ball 50 yards left in another fairway, and it turned out it was my ball. I only had 115 in, so I hit a nice little gap wedge to 15 feet and drained the sweeping right to left put. Next hole, I drained a 60 footer for two in a row. Made a horrible bogey on a par three after that, but then came back with an easy two putt birdie on a driver-iron par 5. I then proceeded to lip out for birdie on the last three holes. It could have been a really nice round even with that double on #2 if I had a couple that dropped on those last three holes. I had one ugly double, one bogey, and three birdies that could have been a lot more. Overall though, I can't really complain about the score.
  10. Often times the tournament directors will say that the embedded ball rule is in effect through the green, not just in the fairway, so any place that is not a hazard or a bunker, if your ball is embedded, you get to lift, clean, and drop the ball.
  11. If you do hit the green then yes, but missing the green every single time will give you less putts than hitting it to 10 feet every time (unless chipping is a big struggle).
  12. I agree with this. Last weekend I was playing a qualifier for the club championship where we had a foursome on insanely fast greens with crazy pin positions putting everything out on every hole. We played so slowly, and we were playing ready golf in carts. We played so slowly that a foursome walking behind us (also part of the qualifier), caught us, and we started to hold up the course. The marshall told us we had to split up into two twosomes, and after that, all four of us probably cut our round down by 40 minutes, and my group, who was part of the second twosome after the split up finished over 30 minutes ahead of the walking foursome. This was all because our time on the greens had been cut down in half: it is a lot easier to put out 2 2-4 footers as a twosome than 4 2-4 footers as a foursome. These putts were holding up the course.
  13. This might be a good way to fade it, but at least for me, I never really like to change my grip from swing to swing because I have only one grip that will feel "right" to me (I have a very strong grip that looks pretty funny), but I do like to work the ball both ways because it gives me a range of around 25 yards for every club just with full swings. To do that, I just open my stance a tiny bit, and just feel like I throw my club into the back of the ball (a little steeper path than normal) with a square to slightly open face with an emphasis of quieting my wrists to the point where it even creates the illusion of feeling like they are locked at impact and not turning over which would result in the dreaded double cross. Even though this is not my natural swing or my preferred ball flight, it is one of the most repeatable shots I have in by bag from club to club.
  14. I have never hit a car playing golf but I have in little league baseball though. One time, a kid on my team hit a police car while he was giving my coach a ticket.
  15. I've been very lucky I would say. My first came when I was 13 on a 265 yard par 4, then I got my second one last Friday on a 115 yd par 3.
  16. My coach told me to take the ball out of the hole in slow motion, so he could take this pic.
  17. Hole in one! 115 yard par 3 with a little helping breeze. Pin was in the right hand section of the green tucked over a bunker. Anything over the green on the line of the flag bounces 30 yards down a hill. The greens were soft, and I knew I could spin one back. I don't like hitting full swing wedges, so I hit a really easy punch fade PW that was right on line, but when I hit it, I thought for sure it was going over the green and bouncing down that hill. Somehow, it landed a few feet from the back edge of the green, paused for a moment, then took off backwards down the slope, spinning back 40 feet into the hole!
  18. I know this is a year late, but I just read through this and am confused. Isn't this ruling is dependent on what constitutes a "found" golf ball. Does the player1 have to identify it to make sure it is the ball he hit, or are his opponents able to identify the ball that player1 hits therefore making his provisional out of play? Because then if player1 holes it, then he can have a slow leisurely walk to the green without worrying about his playing partners "finding" it.
  19. I miss the heat. I would take a 95 degree day over the 60 degree high wind downpour we had today. I was freezing and could barely hold on to the club. It has been cold all week. It's too early for October weather.
  20. I was under the impression that since the x has the lower compression rating, it flies higher and spins more on full shots, but then around the green, due to the softer cover of the v1, just around the greens, the v1 spins more.
  21. Is this number 11 from Sandpiper in Santa Barbara?
  22. I only think of swinging down the line so I don't duck hook every single shot because my hips spin crazy fast. Then adjust slightly for fade/draw.
  23. I played a course all summer that was soaking wet almost the whole time. Drivers bounced back a foot routinely. This was another huge ego deflator when you thought you really caught one good, but then lasered it back to the tee and wished you never were so curious.
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