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Now, I guess that I was more elated with my second through fifth personal best rounds than my first. Although that one probably jump started the others, proving to myself I could score well.

 

In April of 2014, I was going through a town I used to live in and had played that course (short 9 hole course) many times 10 years previously. My game had improved and thought it would be fun to play a quick 9 holes. The holes that day seemed to be in the easiest locations. And I shot my best round ever on the front. So good I decided to play 18 and see if I could keep it up.

 

Previously, I would have say 7 great holes and then blow 2 holes per 9 to "ruin" my score. This was the first time I play 18 holes in a row without a major error. And may be my only bogey free round.

 

My only problem was that it was too easy that day, and I was buy myself. So I went to play my course the next day, with some friends, and played scored just one stroke worse. This I was elated about.

 

I actually played the 5 best rounds of my life that week. And honestly, I have never been happy with back to back rounds since then. Other than simply happy to be there.

 

Was just thinking the exact same thing yesterday - there's a 9-hole muni in the town I used to live in that would totally give me fits.... Plenty of trees crowding in, a few bunkers, a blind shot, an elevated green or two .. not overly tough, and longest hole 300 but for me at that point in my game it was a CHALLENGE! So was thinking of going back of testing myself against it now...

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My PB is a 62 that included a (29) on the inward half.

 

After the round, instead of gleefully basking in the congratulatory notice of my playing partners, I lamented the missed short (

 

Ha, you just made me think: do I actually spend more time in total - playing golf, practicing at the range or in my garage, thinking about playing or practicing, futzing with clubs, etc. ... plus reading and replying on this forum - than I do with my wife...???!!!???

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..Cleveland CBX-2 54 and CBX 60 (both Rotex graphite)
..MLA Tour XDream (33", +2up, 400g, P2 Reflex Tour)
.. .. see MLA Offical Forum Member Reviews (..on the bench: Evnroll ER5)
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Jack Nicklaus used to tell people that even on his very best rounds he believed he only struck 3 or 4 "perfect shots". And this included rounds where he hit 14 fairways and 18 greens.

 

Wow, that's a GREAT point! Was it also Nicklaus who called golf: "the unwinnable game"..?

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..Cleveland CBX-2 54 and CBX 60 (both Rotex graphite)
..MLA Tour XDream (33", +2up, 400g, P2 Reflex Tour)
.. .. see MLA Offical Forum Member Reviews (..on the bench: Evnroll ER5)
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Yes. I shot 80 for the 2nd time in two weeks. Most guys would be very happy with that. Me... not so much. I want a 7 in front of my score. Anything less... I feel I've left too much out there.

Shot a 79 two weeks ago and all I can think about is that damn 4' short putt I missed for bird! Sometimes you just gotta look at the accomplishment and not be so focused on the failure...but I'm not there yet, lol.

 

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Shot a 79 two weeks ago and all I can think about is that damn 4' short putt I missed for bird! Sometimes you just gotta look at the accomplishment and not be so focused on the failure...but I'm not there yet, lol.

 

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..Cleveland CBX-2 54 and CBX 60 (both Rotex graphite)
..MLA Tour XDream (33", +2up, 400g, P2 Reflex Tour)
.. .. see MLA Offical Forum Member Reviews (..on the bench: Evnroll ER5)
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For me, the good news is that I now play most of my golf on the "senior tees"; the bad news is that I now play most of my golf on the "senior tees".   Needless to say, any score that I would consider a "personal best" is when using the those tees which still has a sense of a hollow victory to me on some level because it is only on those tees that I can do so.  If I could only shoot similar scores when playing with the young bucks from the regular tees, perhaps, I would feel differently.   There still remains a part of me that says-you only shoot those scores because you got old and moved up. 

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About 5 years ago, I won my flight in my club championship with a final round even par 72.  It was the first time I'd ever shot 72 at that course.  I was thrilled with the win, but since then, I can only remember two shots during that round.  The birdie I made on the last hole to get me to 72, and the chunked chip I made on 15 that could have gotten me under par.  But I guess that's how it goes with just about any round.  I can quickly tell you every bad shot I made on a round, but have a hard time remembering the good ones. 

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I read what you've wrote, but encourage you to reconsider your perspective.

Tee boxes are set to "level the playing field" so that a wide range of ages, skill levels, and genders may compete reasonably well against the golf course (and each other). In this regard tee box placement is similar to a player's course handicap, which also promotes  competition against the course and other players.

As long as the player's follow the Rules of these systems (either tee box selection or posting accurate golf scores for handicap), they do work well.

If your tee shot ball has an average distance that makes your par 4 and 5 approach shots unreasonably long, then you will not be able to play the course as it was designed, and the system calls for you to move forward to a tee box which does allow reasonable distance approach shots. 

I don't think is any reason at all to consider a good score from sensible tee boxes to be any sort of "hollow victory".

If it makes you feel any better, Tour pro events rarely have the players using the very back tee box from every hole. Typically their tee boxes rotate forwards and backwards, changing each of the four days.

Also, both the Champions Tour and LPGA Tour (in an effort to promote lower scoring) traditionally use tee boxes which are well in front of what most of the field needs to have reasonable par 4 and par 5 approach distances. 

Initially, let me thank you for your post and encouragement.    I understand, know and accept every statement made.   I likewise know that I should not have such a perspective, I know that I'm playing where I belong.   But knowing that I never consistently shot or could have consistently shot such scores in my younger days from the regular tees is something that I must remove from my brain and only I can do so.   I must accept that I am now where I belong and so while I have not gotten any better, I shoot better scores there.  If only there was some way to tell my brain that I am actually playing better as a result.   I must admit that I enjoy shooting lower scores, its just that my brain suggests its not because I have become a more talented golfer.

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I was working hard to have a score that started with a 7, and at the time the best round I had ever shot was an 81. It seemed like every round I would play I'd walk away saying if I would've done this or that I could've had it.  But growing up in a house where dad's favorite saying was "if ifs and buts were candy and nuts every day would be Christmas" I tried my best to suck it up and keep plugging along until I reached my goal. 

 

I was playing really well (for me) and thought that it was finally my big day. Things were going great and even my bad shots seemed to not turn out to be too bad.  I was on the par 5 17th and 18 was a par 4 to close the round.  I ended the round with a Double-7 followed by a Bogie-5 for a score of 80... I went from limiting my mistakes for 16 holes, to hitting a bad shot on 17, and then following that up by hitting more bad shots to try to "make up" for the first one.  It was brutal, I walked away with the best score I had ever had, and at the same time felt like I got kicked in the gut. 

 

It took me a while to realize how much truth there is in the old "the next shot is the most important shot".  On the bright side I did end up finally breaking 80, and now I am on to new golf goals!  

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Always been excited after a personal best. I don't go around telling every one, but always feel very satisfied after a pb, or just a good round in general. If I stop feeling excited, I guess, it's time to hang them up. But, I am a very optimistic person, and generally kind of pumped up.

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I shot my best ever round of 73 during the 2nd day of my big family tournament and all I could think about was a bladed wedge over the green on 5th hole from about 50 yards that went over the green and cost me at least one stroke. I've never won that tournament in 15 years (it's 100% handicapped and I'm the low shooter playing against some pretty high handicaps) and I knew that if I came in at even or under they would have had to give me the win.

 

 

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Wow.. You're tough on yourself!

And I'm one of those guys who'd definitely be happy with an 80!

Let me put it in better perspective. It's my home course which I know very well. It"s a little over 6000 yards...short. No sand to contend with. Both par 5's are makeable in 2... one isn't even a legit par 5, IMO... more like a long par 4.

 

Par for the course is 69. So, when I don't shoot 70 something, I'm not happy...lol.

 

I'll take mid - low 80's every where else and be quite happy!

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Let me put it in better perspective. It's my home course which I know very well. It"s a little over 6000 yards...short. No sand to contend with. Both par 5's are makeable in 2... one isn't even a legit par 5, IMO... more like a long par 4.

 

Par for the course is 69. So, when I don't shoot 70 something, I'm not happy...lol.

 

I'll take mid - low 80's every where else and be quite happy!

Aha, ok makes more sense now!

 

I play often at a very short 9-hole course, something less than 3,000 yards, though it does have a few challenges ... 3 holes have doglegs, there are a few elevation changes, one blind shot on a Par 3, a few bunkers here and there, one water hazard and several smallish greens that can be tough to hit and hold if your approach is off a bit.

 

Still working to make at least a nearly-par round there......

(getting closer!)

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WITB of an "aspiring"  😉 play-ah ...
..Callaway Epic Speed 4W and Epic Max 7W (both Project X Cypher)
..Callaway Big Bertha 4H and 5H (both Recoil ZTR)
..PXG 0211 6i-GW (Mitsubishi MMT) 
..Cleveland CBX-2 54 and CBX 60 (both Rotex graphite)
..MLA Tour XDream (33", +2up, 400g, P2 Reflex Tour)
.. .. see MLA Offical Forum Member Reviews (..on the bench: Evnroll ER5)
..all in a Datrek bag on a Bag Boy Quad XL push an MGI Zip Navigator electric cart.

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