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Just for fun I started tracking it to see if I could complete the challenge a second time this summer. Only five more holes to go to complete a second loop of birdies. Three of the five left are par 3s and I have already picked off the three holes that took the longest the first time through, so I’m hopeful.

For perspective on my game right now, I started recording stats via the GHIN app a bit ago. Over 21 rounds, 6% of my holes are birdies, so I’m cranking them out at a pretty high rate (for me). The down side, 8% of my holes are double bogeys. Without those birdies I’d be toast! As Jon Sherman would say, I need to make war on double bogeys!

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I need to go back through my scorecards to see of I have double bogeyed every hole yet.  I think I could be close.  🙄

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We don’t stop playing the game because we get old; we get old because we stop playing the game.”

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Seems I have not yet birdies two Par 5's an 3 Par 4's........got some work to do.

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Fairways:  image.png.80321f01fc46450b6f428c7daf7b3471.pngPXG 0211 5W & 7W w/ Evenflo Riptide CB  regular shaft and Tour Edge E521 9W w/Fubuki HD50 regular shaft

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IronsTitleist T300 5-PW w/Fubuki MV Senior graphite shafts w/Golf Pride Tour

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59 minutes ago, fozcycle said:

Seems I have not yet birdies two Par 5's an 3 Par 4's........got some work to do.

 

We don’t stop playing the game because we get old; we get old because we stop playing the game.”

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I need to go back through my scorecards to see of I have double bogeyed every hole yet.  I think I could be close.  [emoji849]

That contest would be too easy...


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2 hours ago, WaffleHouseTour said:


That contest would be too easy...
 

I have two holes left to birdie, and I know that I've doubled those holes many times... last weekend I think.  We have several holes that I consider "easy".  I hate getting bogeys on those holes, but it only takes one bad shot at the wrong time and...  double!!

We don’t stop playing the game because we get old; we get old because we stop playing the game.”

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Birdies are done after today....now 4 eagles. 

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Picked up a couple more this evening: a short par 3 and a shortish par 4. They're the 15th and 16th holes on our course. 16 was especially satisfying, as I hit a long (for me) drive on an uphill hole and followed it with a wedge a foot from the hole.

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Finally Birdied the 2nd Handicap on my course yesterday (albeit in a very unconventional way). The 9th hole is a 435 yard Par 4 which plays flat from Tee to fairway then about 15 yards uphill to the green. I hit a pop fly drive 215 yards😒.... left myself with 205 yards (pin was front left). Took out my 4 Hybrid to be able to get that higher ball flight to get to the raised green. Hit the hybrid to 5 feet and drained the birdie putt. 

I've only got the 3rd and 1st Handicap left to Birdie on the course

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Ticked 5 holes off the list today, including the first hole which I always struggle with, and two difficult par threes on the front 9. Missed GIR on all three of those, but my chipping was feeling really good today - was within an inch of chipping in on 3 separate occasions.

My hybrid felt really good off the tee today as well so I was going with that over my driver most holes, which seemed to help as well.

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Another one down. Short par 4, 335 yards. 3 wood, 70 yard lob wedge, 12 foot uphill nearly straight putt. 4 more to finish the list.

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Knocked No. 8 off my list this morning, got away with a thin 8 iron from the tee to about three feet. 

Only 44 percent finished so far. Still quite a few rounds to go, but I'm finding that I birdie the same holes during my rounds. I've had lots of looks at some of the other holes but just haven't gotten putts to drop.

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Got to knock 2 holes of my list. I'm a 1/3 of the way there now! Slowly but surely.

Hole 11 is a short par 4 that plays driver 60/56 degree into green. I finally hit my driver well off this hole. Rolled into the rough on the left side of the fairway. I hit a 56 degree wedge to about 12 feet and made the right to left breaker.

Hole 12 is a par 5. Deceptive tee shot over water, but if hit fine, it'll easily carry. Then you have water down the right until you reach the green. Smashed driver, 4 iron to the fringe on the left side of the green. Used my 60 degree to chip about halfway onto the green and let it roll down to the hole. Almost holed out for eagle, tap in for birdie!

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Circled another one today - hole 17.   Sixteen birdies so far for the year, but only on ten holes....  Gotta get busy this month.  9, 10, & 13 will be the toughest - don't let the length of 13 fool you - its an extra two clubs up hill...

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Driver: Callaway Mavrik SubZero 9* Neutral w stock Evenflow Riptide R flex shaft
3W  Titelist TS2 15* Draw w Tensei Blue R flex
3H, 4H Cobra One Length F9 Speedback hybrids (1”short) w Fujikura Atmos R flex shaft
5I-GW Cobra Forged TEC Black One Length (1”short, 2* flat) KBS 90 R flex shafts
56, 60 Cobra King MIM One Length Black (1” short) KBS HiRev2.0 125 S flex shafts
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Finally got one on the 18th, hardest hole on the course! Bad drive, decent 3 iron, bad chip that landed in the absolute perfect spot and rolled out and into the hole.


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... Down to the 2 most difficult holes. #16 is uphill and into the prevailing wind. I usually have 190-175 to the green although on very windy days it can be longer. Today I hit the cart path and it bounced into some light rough leaving me 157 to a front pin tucked over the massive bunker that guards the front. I flew it right over the pin leaving me a 15 footer that breaks right to left. Really the only legit birdie chance I have had this summer and just caught the edge of the hole not breaking as much as I thought. I am not giving up but this was such a great opportunity to X the 16th box. 🤪

... I am also really liking this ball! 

 

 

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On my way through this a second time and have been stalled for a couple of weeks. Finally got #4 this morning, so I have three holes left—all par 3s so that may say something about my game. I’ve been playing the back tees a lot too, so that has made these par 3s (7, 13, 15) more challenging. #13 is 222 to the center of the green if they play the normal back tees. Hard to get birdie putts from there!

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Got to circle hole 5 today. Been a frustrating one for me as it’s a short hole - should be easy - but for some reason I’ve struggled here all year. But today’s 5 iron (again, a poor tee shot) ended up 8feet away and the birdie curled in. This followed a birdie on hole 4 so I was pretty pumped.

I will say that taking on this challenge has really instilled some confidence in my game. Not sure what it is, maybe my game is just improving as my handicap is lower than it’s been in years. But I think this has helped w my mental game. I keep a scorecard just for this in my pushcart - so I see all the birdies I’ve made this year - tells me anything is possible. If I’ve birdied hole x before then I can do it again...


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Driver: Callaway Mavrik SubZero 9* Neutral w stock Evenflow Riptide R flex shaft
3W  Titelist TS2 15* Draw w Tensei Blue R flex
3H, 4H Cobra One Length F9 Speedback hybrids (1”short) w Fujikura Atmos R flex shaft
5I-GW Cobra Forged TEC Black One Length (1”short, 2* flat) KBS 90 R flex shafts
56, 60 Cobra King MIM One Length Black (1” short) KBS HiRev2.0 125 S flex shafts
ER7  or Scotty Futura X - 35”

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Birdied the 7th today while playing in the Cobra Connect No Iron Challenge. Didn't have to manufacture anything after a big drive on the perfect line left me with a sand wege in on the 400 yard par 4. Put it to 4 feet and rolled in the putt. 3 to go.

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Wow, it has certainly been WAY too long since I have been able to update the spreadsheet with a birdie "X." 

The last two weeks, I have not been golfing my best, but seem to be in a "Par or Double Bogey" area, which is not a good feeling. There is no in between. 

Last week we signed my wife up for a GHIN account at our country club so she can start tracking her handicap and join the women's league next season. Little did I know, this was going to lead to her "dragging" me out for 72 holes this weekend! We golfed 18 at two of our other county club properties and and 36 at our home course.

We were playing the home course yesterday, and the Par 3 third hole was finally playing back to 156 (had been 170's all week, and I kept hitting front fringe) and I stuck one to 20ft right of the pin. There is a high ridge that runs through the center (back to front) if this green, so I had to putt up to that ridge with left break, and then plan for down the ridge to the pin while breaking back to the right. Rolled the putt right into the center of the cup and marked a circle. 

What was even more fun, was right after I made my birdie putt, my wife (who had chipped onto the back of the green) sunk her par putt. 

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