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GregB135

 
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About GregB135

  • Birthday 01/09/1970

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  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Lithia, Florida
  • Interests
    Golf, cycling, grilling, tv sports
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  • Age
    50-59
  • Swing Speed
    91-100 mph
  • Handicap
    11
  • Frequency of Play/Practice
    Weekly
  • Player Type
    Competitive
  • Biggest Strength
    Putting
  • Biggest Weakness
    Approach
  • Fitted for Clubs
    Yes

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  1. League standings were posted today, and with two straight top-5 finishes, I've moved up from 27th place to 8th place overall. With this weekend's two-day major worth extra points, another good showing and I'll be in really good postition at the mid point of the season. Hoping that will let me play the later events with a little less stress and pressure. A couple of good competition rounds in a row also means my GHIN number has moved from 12.5 to 11.1 over the past few weeks. At least for now that will have me usually in the B-flight, but I"m getting closer to being one of the "bubble boys" that wind up floating between flights depending on the field. I played most of one season doing that, and the A-flight yardages aren't usually THAT long, just in most cases a little longer than where I have felt good/comfortable yardage wise.
  2. Apologies for missing an update along the way, but there have been two events since my last post. One of those was at the Vinoy resort in St Petersburg and replaced Orange County National's Crooked Cat on the schedule. Committee members played there two weeks prior and the greens were not up to standard. Hopefully they are in better shape in a few weeks when we are supposed to be back there. Anyway, after my top-5 finish in the major event at Juliette Falls, I posted another strong round and notched another top-10 finish at the Vinoy event. I had a really good round tee to green, but, had a few short game failures that cost me big numbers on a few holes. That finish pushed me up the season leaderboard into the top 10 overall. I realized I was letting the short game shots get a little too much in my head, in that I was worring too much about mechanics and positions and techniques while I was trying to play an on-course shot. So my goal for the next round was to just "see the shot/put, hit the shot/putt" when on the course, and let the practice take care of the mechanics etc. That worked pretty well during my practice round during the week although the greens on the practice course were very slow and inconsistent. Then yesterday in the league event at the ChampionsGate golf resort's National course, I went with that short game mindset. The short game wasn't perfect, but was definitley a lot better. Even though I had two bad short game shots, I recovered well from those. On chip type shots, I was able to see and hit good landing spots, and wound up holing out a chip to save a par. I also holed a putt from just off the green (after a duffed chip of course) to save another. I had another good round tee to green hitting 9 fairways and 7 greens in regulation. With that, no double bogeys on the card, and no penalties, I managed to post a 78. The only bad news with that, was another one of the B flight guys shot a career best 76 to blow away the field and I wound up B flight 3rd and overall 5th. That's going to have me securely in the top 10 on the leaderboard going into our two-day major this coming weekend. I'm feeling really good with my full swing right now. I got the putting back in shape (at least in this most recent round), and the chip shots have been solid. I still need to work on the higher flighted pitch shots in that 30-50 yard range. I managed to avoid having too many of those, but right now that is where my short game has been really letting me down. Short game green here I come.
  3. The season's first major is in the books, and Greg With the Hat finally turned in a good performance. We played at Juliette Falls in Dunellon Florida, a really great track that is a bit off the beaten path, but worth the drive through horse country to get there. I struggled a little bit to get the feel on the greens, and had a really tough putting day. With 5 three putts (4 of those for bogey) and a total of 40 putts on the day it was easy for me to overlook the fact I had one of my best tee-to-green rounds in a long time. I drove the ball well, hitting 11/14 fairways and I was able to get away with my misses. I also hit 11/18 GIR, which is about double my average. Throw in that this was my first penalty free round in quite a while, and it all added up to 84. That was good enough for B-flight 3rd and T4 overall. It also earned me enough points to jump up 10 spots on the season leaderboard from 27th place up to 17th. With the poor putting it was definitley the 'round that could have been', but I was happy to post a decent score. I also took home one of the par 3 CTP payouts so there was a little bonus to boot.
  4. After two mediocre performances to open the season, we are about to have our first league Major of the year. I'm going into this one with limited expectations. I just went with several league players on a road trip to play in Alabama on the RTJ trail. We played 6 rounds over 4 days and had a great time. Our first course was Balantrae - not on the trail but a great course, fabulous conditions, fairly forgiving and not super long. I had several short game breakdowns and couldn't do better than 88. Then we went to Oxmoor Valley and I got more of the same. Drove the ball in the fairway all day, but could not score from there and wound up with 94. We had a great time the next day at Silver Lakes playing both the regular course and then the short course. I thought I got something dialed in on the short course making a few birdies and nearly a hole-in-one, but that didn't carry over to the final round on Saturday at Ross Bridge. I struggled with the irons again, and even though I spent most of the day in the fairways I wasn't hitting greens, couldn't catch a break anywhere when I did miss a shot, and threw up a 98 with only two pars. I'll need to work some magic somewhere if I'm going to move up the standings. Majors are worth more points, so even if I don't place well, I'll still gain something. I'm going to try not to concentrate on it, but a finish above the middle of the pack will be a good result for me this week. We are playing a a course that I like, and have played well on before, so I'm looking at that as a positive and can hopefully have a good round.
  5. Loved both sets of my T200s. Prior to those I was playing the Hogan PTx Pro irons. Downside to those is, you must know your specs, and shaft/grip selection is limited. My set prior to those were Mizuno JPX850s. LOVED those irons, but eventually the shafts were too much for my swing. I would definitely consider the current JPX line.
  6. Update to the post. Still going to have to wait nearly another month for my shoes to arrive, but their response to my last email was a shipping notice for a shoe bag and 3 pairs of socks. At least they are making an effort to compensate for the delay.
  7. In at least two of my older pairs of Sqairz, there is noticeable wear inside the heel on the seam. They are still holding up, as in not torn, but the friction of walking and swinging over time has rubbed a 'hole' in the fabric along the seam at the base of the heel. Keep in mind, I'm practicing on the range once, sometimes twice a week and getting in a full round nearly once/week as well, so they've been worn quite a bit.
  8. So event #2 didn't go much better than the opener. I played nice and relaxed through the entire round. And, truthfully, played relatively well tee to green hitting 9/14 FIR and 6 GIR. Numbers like that usually means my score is in the 80s. Full swing wise I felt like I only had 4 bad shots the entire round, unfortunatlely two of those were back to back (including a bad shot choice) and one other cost me my only penalty on the day. It was a true short game meltdown that got me a 94. I had two 2-chip greens, one semi-bladed bunker shot, NO one-putt greens, and 4 3-putts. That 40 putt total alone was enought to ruin the score, but along with the other poor short game play the number got REALLY big compared to how well I felt I was hitting the ball. For example, on a decently long, downhill par 5, a pretty good drive and pretty good second shot have me looking at the green from 45 yards, center fairway. Thin contact on the pitch goes over the green, one duffed chip, one not close enough, and a 3-putt from 12 feet. That's the answer to "how do you make a double bogey from 45 yards in the fairway." I didn't have time to hang out after the round, but it's going to be another bottom 1/3 finish, and not many points. I'm heading up to play the RTJ trail in Alabama with some of the fellas this week. Maybe playing a whole bunch of golf will get my swing rolling for the next couple of events and I can start moving up the season leader board.
  9. At least it looks like the test is up and running. I was one of the testers in the original Sqairz shoe test. Since then, I've worn nothing but. Be aware, I recently ordered (or as it turns out 'pre-ordered') a pair of the ProS2 shoes on March 15. This order went in not long after ordering a pair of the Speed Mesh shoes for the upcoming season. The first order arrived pretty much on time. I really like the Speed Mesh shoes, but since my older pairs were starting to show some significant wear in the heel padding area, I was eager to get the ProS2s for another color option, and for potential wet weather play (summer in FL). The estimated delivery when I placed the order was March 25. That day came and went, and after a week I sent an email to inquire about the order status. Their original response was, after some shipping delays, the new models had arrived and would be shipping out in a few days and I would receive a shipping notice. Another week went by with nothing. Another email. Another response now saying they were experiencing back order, and I would receive a shipping notice. Another two weeks with nothing. Another email. This time the response is, 'expect them to ship some time next month'. I don't know what most of you would do or say at this point, but here was my response. "Since I've recently ordered another pair of shoes, I'm okay waiting for the delivery. Is there any kind of offer in the works for such an extended delay? I'll reiterate, this is far below the level of customer service I've come to expect as a long time customer. And I'll be honest, it has me thinking I may not order again. I hope you can use that feedback to make things better." Standing by for their response. For the testers, I hope your customer service experience has been up to their earlier standard.
  10. First event didn't go so well. My very first tee shot of the season... cart path bounce into penalty area. Took a drop, played a recovery shot, then first full iron swing of the season... flag bomb to 3 feet, then yup, I missed that eason one and still made bogey. The rest of the round was the full mixed bag of good shots, bad shots, a couple more penalties, and a couple of bad breaks and bounces just for fun. In the end it was a 92 net 80 to finish bottom third in the field and earn only 11 season points. Practice round today wasn't much better. I hit a bunch of wild shots early, but reined things back in enough to feel like I have a 'go-to" feel again for my swing. Event #2 is this saturday at Lake Jovita's south course. Always a crowd pleaser, and a good track for me in the past. Fingers crossed I can earn a few more points this time.
  11. Season opener is this Sunday. Sounds like it's going to be a fun season again. Our new committe members have instituted some changes, so it will be interesting to see how those work out. They are always looking to improve our pace of play, yet, asked us all to try and use a live scoring app this year. Not sure if that won't slow us down some. Either way, I'm a little nervous going in because my work schedule and some weather kept me from practicing this week. My only opportunity to hit any balls is going to be in a scramble event on Saturday.
  12. I definitely recommend Westchase, it's a good mix of quality conditions and isn't going to be to harsh for the non-golfers. Plantation Palms and Heritage Isles are good choices as well, they are going to be maybe one step down on the course conditions. If you're trying to stay in Tampa proper it's going to be tougher. The only track I'm familiar with is Rocky Point, but that's not one I'd recommend highly for course condiitions. It is maybe most appropriate for a bachelor party kind of vibe because it's not a super hard track and it's not as pricey as some of the others.
  13. I'm playing in a Master's themed scramble tournament this weekend. Which ensemble says "The Master's" more? The straight green shirt, or the azaleas? Greg With The Hat wants to know. (Mrs. Hat always picks the azaleas btw)
  14. I keep going back and forth between the X1 and ProV1. For the most part they are similar. Performance off the driver is similar, the X1 still flies a little lower for me. With irons though, especially short irons, it seems like the X1 is shorter. I did pick up a Performance Pack in my last order, and I was VERY pleased with the way the new/yet to be released for sale Xp performed. OnCore's ball fitter suggestion for me was the Elixr, but I just don't like the feel of that one.
  15. Here is the course lineup for the Tampa Tour 2024 Season - If you are familiar with any of these, it feels a lot more like we are the "Tampa" tour again, after ranging out sometimes 3 hours drive or more over the last two seasons. We are back to playing a few member favorites, and there are a couple of new tracks for me in this years lineup. Me personally, I'm excited to have the Innisbrook courses back this year. Copperhead gets more publicity for hosting the Valspar Championship each year (i've got my Friday tickets). IMO, and many agree, the Island course is the better/more challenging track. If is had more room to facilitate the spectators they would host the pros on that one. Both of the Orange County National tracks are crowd pleasers. Juliette Falls is a hidden gem in Dunellon that quickly became a favorite among the league players. I'm looking forward to TPC Prestancia as a new site for me, I'll just have to qualify for that one. Once we get the season rolling, I'll queue up the course reviews under 'Greg-with-the-hat's Tampa Course Reviews' or something similar.
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