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  1. It is what it is. Where I am COVID was contained very well initially but in my state (Victoria) there has been a resurgence that is threatening to get out of control. So to avoid it getting out of control like we've seen in so many parts of the world, severe restrictions on movement and activities have been made. My thoughts on the matter are that golf will still be around, people's lives not necessarily so.
  2. Played last round and got up and down at a little over 50%. Turns out posting on an online forum instantly improves your short game.
  3. Likewise. Not a problem at all with my F9. My balls last several rounds.
  4. I like this drill from Brett Rumford. I've got it in mind for once restrictions ease.
  5. I like that idea. I'll have a think about where I can do so.
  6. Based on my last round it was 0%. Hit 13 GIR with 13 pars and when I didn't hit the green it was bogey or worse. I don't have the exact stats for other rounds on me right now, but they weren't great either. Obviously it depends on the types of greenside shots you leave yourself, but I would like to get it to at least 40% on average, then some days you play well and it's higher.
  7. Hi everyone. Not sure if people will be able to answer this, but thought it could be worth a shot. At the moment I'm struggling with getting shots around the green close. I get them to about 8-10 feet rather than inside 4ft; then losing a shot most of the time on a hole. I'm striking them well, I'm just struggling to get a feel for how they will react on the greens, and adjusting for different lies (uphill lie, downhill lie etc). My initial thoughts are to find a quiet green with a bunch of balls and just keep hitting different shots to gain better feel. Trouble is, because of COVID restrictions in my area, you're not allowed to do that; you're only allowed to go to a course for a booked round of golf. I can do drills at home to land a ball on a spot, but that's only part of my current battle. Anyone got any alternate ideas for achieving this? There might not be a feasible solution, but who knows unless you ask around. Maybe I'm stuck until restrictions change.
  8. Plenty of caveats in the study, so I wouldn't go all in on creatine boosting driving distance: The StrongDrive dosed group had doses of creatine monohydrate, coffea arabica fruit extract, calcium fructoborate, and vitamin D. It's not possible to study the influence creatine monohydrate has in this study. Driving distances went up, however, clubhead speed and ball speed did not change (to a significant amount; dosed clubhead speed dropped). There appears to be something wrong with their experiment design or how the distance tracking was done; unless supplementation can increase launch angle or decrease spin.
  9. Crossed off two more today: On the 3rd, put a knockdown 6 iron just off the back of the green. Holed the chip with a PW. On the 4th, long drive that went slightly left, hit a draw 7 iron to get within a wedge distance, hit the wedge to 5 feet, and holed the putt. One that has been quite interesting is how well I have played the 12th hole. I've had 9 rounds since I started the challenge: 6 birdies and 3 pars on 12.
  10. Totally. It's a great and inexpensive way of getting your ball flight parameters into a better "window". Just takes some time, a few sample balls (maybe do a swap with your friends), and a launch monitor. I did it and found that the Bridgestone Tour BX gave me more optimal numbers than other balls.
  11. Call the pro shop and have them get the group in front of you to move it or call you through.
  12. Ticked 3 new ones off today. Made 5 birdies today for 32 points (there were a lot of ones). So I've now got 9 of the 18 holes. 2nd Hole - Awesome drive setup a partial wedge that I put to 5 feet. 14th Hole - Decent drive but the second set it up. 6 iron with a draw to hold it into a left to right wind. Put it about 8 feet. Rolled in the uphill putt. 18th Hole - Drive just caught a fairway bunker but played the approach well to about 12 feet. Made a good putt.
  13. I'm a 3rd of the way to making birdie on all of the holes. Made two new ones on Tuesday. Got close to the green on the Par 5 11th, but had a tricky 3rd but managed to get it to about 3m. Rolled in the putt. Backed it up a hole later by putting a wedge to within 3 feet. Must have gone awfully close to holing out for eagle by the pitch mark and the ball being on opposite sides of the hole.
  14. Another one down. So 4 birdied from 3 rounds. Hit it to the very safe side of the fairway, easy 9 iron to about 3 metres then holed the putt.
  15. I'm going to get started on the birdie challenge from when we in Victoria, Australia were permitted to play golf again. Best result so far in bold. My home course is Werribee Park Golf Club: Hole 1 (Index 15) - Dogleg right Par 4 with OB right. Put your tee shot between the fairway bunkers (I take a hybrid, driver is too long), then a wedge in. Par Hole 2 (Index 11) - Straight Par 4 with OB right and fairway bunkers left. I can fly the bunkers and leave a wedge in. Birdie 30/6 Hole 3 (Index 17) - Par 3 with a large green and bunkers around. Normally a mid to long iron off the tee. Birdie 18/7 Hole 4 (Index 10) - Par 5 with OB right the entire hole, and a severe downslope about 270m from the tee. With a good drive can reach in 2. Birdie 18/7 Hole 5 (Index 1) - Par 4 with slight dogleg. Tee shot is back up the slope parallel to 4th. A great tee shot leaves a mid iron approach to a large, sloping green. Par Hole 6 (Index 4) - Par 4 hitting back down the slope again. Trees and rough on the left side (dead in there). Large bunker protects the front left of the green. Par Hole 7 (Index 6) - Par 4 dogleg left. A fairway bunker dominates the tee shot. If you play your tee shot past the bunker, it's a short iron into a narrow green. Par Hole 8 (Index 14) - Par 3 surrounded with bunkers with a gap front left. Normally a long iron in. - Birdie 23/5 Hole 9 (Index 8 ) - Straight Par 5. Difficult to reach in 2 as fairway narrows close to green and there are bunkers guarding the front of the green. - Birdie 23/5 Hole 10 (Index 3) - Straight Par 4. Often plays into the wind and is quite long. Long, straight drive sets a mid iron into the green. - Birdie 30/5 Hole 11 (Index 12) - Straight Par 5. Trees either side of the fairway so a straight tee shot sets up attacking in 2. Severe right to left slope on green. Birdie 23/6 Hole 12 (Index 9) - Dogleg right Par 4. Straight tee shot can setup a mid-short iron in. If you play too safe from the tee the approach is longer. Birdie 23/6 Hole 13 (Index 13) - Slight dogleg left Par 4. Cannot hit tee shot left but there is room to the right. Normally firm green is elevated and protected with bunkers. Birdie 14/6 Hole 14 (Index 5) - Dogleg right Par 4. A straight tee shot sets up a mid iron into the green. OB on the right but playing too far left leaves a long shot into the green. Birdie 30/6 Hole 15 (Index 18) - Par 3. Short iron into a well-bunkered and subtly sloped green. There are some difficult putts on this green leading to disappointing 4s. Par Hole 16 (Index 2) - Par 5 with slight dogleg right. Drive down the middle or even slightly right of fairway. Difficult to reach in 2 so second needs to setup approach. Par Hole 17 (Index 7) - Par 3 that plays uphill. A long iron/hybrid depending on the wind and pin position. Beyond the flag is bad as a severely downhill putt will result. Par Hole 18 (Index 16) - Short Par 4. OB down the right with rough covering an almost cliff. Fairway bunkers left. Green slopes to the right so approaches can be tricky. Birdie 30/6
  16. Was a good day out. First time playing a course with such varying terrain and severe punishment for hitting in the wrong spots as Curlewis is always tricky. After playing a few times I would definitely be better at judging the different elevations etc. Also didn't help that I couldn't hit driver even close to straight. Got punished hard for missed drives. The approach on the 9th didn't look right to my eye but there had been others on earlier holes where it hadn't looked right either and I ended up a club short. I'll be on leave from work in two weeks time so if a trip up the Princes is on the cards, I can show @Peaksy68 around Werribee any day.
  17. Check where your typical strike is too. With the shorter shaft, you may hit them more in the toe causing your hooking ball flight.
  18. They're great. All of the balls you mention are all going to perform similarly. I doubt anyone without a launch monitor is going to be able to authentically tell the difference between them. I've played both the V1x and Tour BX recently, used them both on a launch monitor to do distance gapping, and I would say that the V1x spins more with wedges, but that the Tour BX gets a little more distance throughout the bag (but not an earth shattering amount). For me, I prefer a ball that feels firmer. I know that's a preference over performance type thing though.
  19. 16th May - First round back since mid March. Was rusty but didn't think I played as badly as the score suggests. Just kept managing to waste a shot on each hole.
  20. I would say that I hit it shorter than a 3 wood. But I don't feel that sacrificing a little distance on my longest fairway club puts me at a disadvantage at all. My number for the H85 is around 230m. I have never been in a situation on a golf course where I thought, "I wish I had a club that goes 240m from the fairway. I'm majorly disadvantaged by this". Thing that I like is that it provides greater flexibility from a variety of lies. It's better hitting from the rough than fairway woods I've had. It's also great as a punch out club, although that's far from the primary purpose for having the club. Other thing I like is the shot shape I can do with it. With the driver (Cobra F9), I can hit it straight or with a fade. I struggle to hit draws with it as they tend to turn into big hooks. With the 16 degree H85, it tends to draw for me (like most hybrids do) but I can setup the face a little open and it basically goes straight. So if I have a tee shot that MUST have a draw, I can pull the H85 and hit that with confidence. If I MUST fade it, then I can do that with driver. The 19 degree H85 just hits lasers. I find it hard to draw or fade that one. I love having 210m into a par 5. So much confidence that the club will go straight at it.
  21. Love the wedges. Previously I had never had dedicated wedges, just the wedges that were the same as the irons I had (r7 TP irons 4-9, PW, AW, SW). I find that they are more consistent in a variety of lies. They also behave more consistently on chips. I don't have one chip release then another similar chip put on the brakes early. Each wedge has a more consistent rollout. So I can't compare the Mizuno ones to the other premium wedges on the market. The way I selected those ones is that when I was getting fit for the irons, the MGS wedge testing was released and they got number 2 after the Honmas. The MMC irons suited me down to the ground so it made sense that I was able to get my set all built at once and all the same specs, while getting wedges that I knew were high performers.
  22. Was brilliant weather. i started just before midday so got to finish up in the long shadows and orange light. Hit them alright but just kept making bogeys. So shot 88 (So -8 for the Par comp) but didn't have a hole worse than bogey. Just kept finding ways of losing a shot on each hole. Blew out the cobwebs though. I haven't played Curlewis but have played Queenscliff, Ocean Grove, and Barwon Heads. My in-laws live in Queenscliff so am down there a bit. I'll have a two week break soon so taking the clubs down the peninsula could be a good idea.
  23. Was cleaning up my clubs and making sure I had everything ready to go for tomorrow's first round since restrictions on golf were lifted in Victoria, Australia (I haven't played since late March). Thought I would do some WITB pics while I was at it. Driver: Cobra F9 (10.5° set to 9.5°) with Hazrdus Yellow - X flex Hybrids: Srixon H85s (16° and 19°) with Hazrdus Black 85 - S flex Irons: Mizuno MP20 MMC (4 - P) with KBS $-Taper 120 - S Flex Wedges: Mizuno T20 (51° & 8°, 55° & 9°, 59° & 9°) with KBS $-Taper - S Flex Putter: Yes! Tracy - 33" length
  24. So cool. There's also an Instagram account (from Canada I think) called Scriptoball that has this little machine that draws on balls using Sharpies. You can do custom orders for the balls too.
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