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34 minutes ago, Sluggo42 said:

but hit my second “hole in one” ever

 

... I hate you but I am very happy for you!  But I really hate you. 🤪

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On 3/6/2022 at 5:13 PM, chisag said:

 

... Use less loft and essentially hit it clean or a little thin on purpose. Even Phil said when the grain is into him with a tight lie he hits a bump and run with a less lofted club. We didn't have many tight lies back in the midwest and I used my LW for every shot. I had to learn a new technique here ing the desert as almost everything is a tight lie and if the grain is into you, it is best not to have your club touch it till well after the ball is gone or not at all. 

I have also found out that a "chip-bump into the upslope" by the green that works so well here does not work in Phoenix.  Ball lands, pops straight up into the air and stops.  I saw a pro do that this last weekend (maybe McIlroy?), when short-sided.  Doesn't work in FL either.  

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5 minutes ago, Kenny B said:

I have also found out that a "chip-bump into the upslope" by the green that works so well here does not work in Phoenix.  Ball lands, pops straight up into the air and stops.  I saw a pro do that this last weekend (maybe McIlroy?), when short-sided.  Doesn't work in FL either.  

 

... You have to read the grain and which way it is growing. If the grain is into you, your scenario above is the result. If the grain is growing away from you the ball will almost slide off the grass. Side growing grain can be tough to negotiate. I still misread the grain every now and then so it is still a work in progress but overall I am pretty comfortable playing the bump and run here in Phoenix. But if you misread the grain you can leave it woefully short or run it waaaaaay by. Still much better than trying to slide a LW under the ball when the grain is into you. 

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Nice morning 70* little overcast and rained overnight.  Hit ball pretty well, no birds but some nice pars & 1 double.   
Been giving PXG irons serious though but G710 irons have been really good.  +5.  

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17 minutes ago, chisag said:

 

... You have to read the grain and which way it is growing. If the grain is into you, your scenario above is the result. If the grain is growing away from you the ball will almost slide off the grass. Side growing grain can be tough to negotiate. I still misread the grain every now and then so it is still a work in progress but overall I am pretty comfortable playing the bump and run here in Phoenix. But if you misread the grain you can leave it woefully short or run it waaaaaay by. Still much better than trying to slide a LW under the ball when the grain is into you. 

Yeah, every winter it takes me awhile to get used to "grain"... then it's time to go home!  🥴

Maybe we will see you next January 18-30, 2023 if you are willing to play with this old duffer and his lovely wife.

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7 minutes ago, Kenny B said:

Yeah, every winter it takes me awhile to get used to "grain"... then it's time to go home!  🥴

Maybe we will see you next January 18-30, 2023 if you are willing to play with this old duffer and his lovely wife.

 

... Love to! 

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On 3/7/2022 at 6:22 PM, Peaksy68 said:

Just back from a 4 day golf trip. Played 4 different courses along the Murray River, which is the border between Victoria and New South Wales. 
 

This trip was organised on a local Aussie forum, as an attempt to get a few of us together after our annual event having to be cancelled due to Covid the last 2 years.

The first day was an unofficial round, and not part of the main 3 day competition.

Day 1. Struggled a bit after a 3 1/2 hour drive. Struggled to keep the ball in play on a very tight tree lined Tocumwal Golf Club’s Captains course. Rest of my game was okay, finished 13 over playing off 7. Day’s highlight was bumping into a couple of blokes from a club I was a member at 20 years ago.

Day 2. Cobram Barooga West Course. 8.30 tee time after finishing well after midnight the night before. Did I mention I hadn’t caught up with these guys for 2 years😀. Nowhere near as rough as my mate who came for the trip, I was travelling well compared to his raging hangover.

9 over playing off 7, most of my game was reasonably solid, with a few poor shots from across the bag bringing me down a little. Finished the day in 2nd on a countback.

Day 3. Black Bull at Yarrawonga. After a delay waiting for some lightning to move away, had a really enjoyable day on the course. Finished 8 over (including a triple😡) playing off 7. Really enjoyable course and the group I was with was sensational.  Short game was on song. Chipped and putted well. A couple of sand saves from tricky positions helped my score My hungover mate enjoyed it even more, 2 under playing off 6. Needless to say it’s going to be a topic that comes up regularly from him😅. Headed into the final round one shot behind my mate in second place.

Day 4. Cobram Barooga Old Course. 7.30 tee time, and this time I was the one suffering from over indulging the night before. This trip was definitely not just about the golf😀.

Started well with a solid par, then was pretty ugly for a few holes. Started getting my equilibrium back and had a solid run through the middle. Walking off the 12th green with a 2 shot lead, I managed to squash a bee that was on my shorts when putting my ball in my pocket. My last bee sting lead to a trip to hospital, so I was more than a little concerned. Thankfully that wasn’t the case this time but I was little off for the last few holes, dropping 3 shots over the next 6 holes, all from being a bit wound up over the ball. Probably wouldn’t have made a difference to the result, as the guy starting the day in 3rd played great golf over the last 5, with a birdie and 2 pars while getting a shot on me over the last 3. I finished 10 over playing off 5. Driver and chipping/pitching were good, hit several putts that just slid past on the high side after consistently over-reading the break.

Ended up finishing 2nd for the 3 day event. Came away with a pair of Under Armour shoes as the prize. They should go well with the Under Armour cap and duffle bag I picked up on day 2.

 

I had a great weekend, golf was more than satisfying after the excessive socialising 😂.

 

Can’t wait for next event with the same crew in October.

Any mosquito bites?

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56 minutes ago, Blueberry_Squishie said:

Any mosquito bites?

Managed to avoid them, thankfully. 

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34 minutes ago, Grand Stranded said:

I played the Dunes on Monday for the first time in a few years, and I have to say I wasn’t impressed. The greens (which were the fastest down here back then) we’re sanded, and honestly, the course wasn’t in that great shape, except for the bunkers, which were pristine. I shot 43 on the front, but totally blew up on the back with a 51 when the wind off the ocean picked up to about 25mph. The wind was a factor, but I just continue to have these unexplained stretches where I just “lose it”.

It was like that back nine on Monday never happened when  played the Fazio Course yesterday. I shot 83, which is the best score I’ve put up there in a while.  
All told the good days are starting to come in bunches, with an occasional bad one thrown in to keep me humble, 🙄. I need to get better from 120 yards and in though. If I can do that I should start breaking 80 consistently.

Good playing with that wind at the Dunes.  Played there quite a few times back in the day and was always pristine too bad you hit it at a bad time.

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43/46 for 89 today.  Score was meh, but I felt like I played much better than it shows.   Killed myself on the last three holes.  Caught a really bad bounce off the tee that blocked me from approach.  Layed it up then promptly thinned a chip over the green and into a bush.  Ended up with a 1-putt for triple.  🤦‍♂️  Hit a decent drive on 17, a great approach shot, a nice lag putt, then pushed a 3 footer to the high side to miss par.  🤦‍♂️  On the tee on 18 I pulled my drive which promptly caught full cart path and bounced OB.  Ended the round with a double.  🤦‍♂️  Six shots dropped in three holes hurts the soul.  Still though I felt really comfortable, just made a few mistakes that I compounded.  

On the flip side there was a lot to like.  The maiden voyage with the 639cb irons was a success.  Really, really happy with the decision to get these irons.  Almost chipped in for eagle, tapped in for birdie, and played great approach all day.  At this point the hump is clearly mental.  I have the game to break 80, I just have to string it together.  

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I got to play for the first time in five months (back surgery, weather, knee PT). Also no practice in that time. My ball striking was surprisingly good, just a few mishits late in the round when my back was tired. Around and on the greens, however, I'll just say the rust showed. I didn't mishit shots, but I had no feel for distance. Shot an 82 (I'm a 7) that I think could have been 75 with my normal short game. I'm happy enough with the score, and very happy to be playing again.

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Got out today, after they finished aerating the greens earlier this week but before the anticipated snow was supposed to hit later this afternoon.  Only got in 9 holes, as the cold winds were getting "fun".  About a 2 club wind coming in the home stretch.  2 guys made the turn, the rest of us called it a day.  Even with 2 silly doubles, I shot 40 for the 9.  Not unhappy, even tho the aerated greens made putting less than stellar.

Edit:  Why I didn't finish....and it's getting worse.  Expecting 1-2 inches this afternoon and evening.  Be back in the 70s next week.  LOL.  Looking out my back porch at #18.

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1 hour ago, Tom the Golf Nut said:

It is currently 64 degrees and sunny. Ran over to the course to play 9 before the weather turns. Supposed to be between 10 and 13 degrees for the next two nights with snow tonight. Crazy winter.

 

You're in the same storm belt we're seeing...you'll just get it a few hours later...LOL

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7:02am Tee Time on Exec across the street from us.   16 Bacon Boyz showed up ready to go in the 70* cloudy morning.  
I parred 1st hole easily but was smacked back to reality with a double on 2nd hole.  Settled down on after that with with 3 pars and 1 bogie for a +3.  
Fourth hole is a bear of a Par 3 All carry with our Tee this morning 175-180.  There is water on 3 sides and a house in back.  I hit a 5 hybrid to pin highs just off green and 2putted.  
Off to local Diner afterwards!!

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1 hour ago, jlukes said:

60 hear today so I got out at my dad’s course. They had just punched the greens so they were super shaggy and slowwwww 

Despite that I shot -1 on the front and +2 on the back to shoot +1 73 

I am now +1 combined in my last two rounds of golf which is by far my best back to back rounds ever. and neither rounds count toward my handicap 🤣🤣

In both rounds I have posted positive strokes gained in both approach in short game (vs a scratch handicap). I am as about as dialed in with my irons and wedges as I’ve ever been  

The secret? Confidence. I’m stepping up to the ball and telling myself I can hit the shot at hand. Not thinking about mechanics and not thinking about how I’ve messed up similar shots in the past.

Did I hit a few squirrelly shots?  Sure! But I treated them as outliers where as in the past I would say “it was only a matter of time before i hit a bad one “

Ive done no offseason swing work or practice. Just reading about mental game and getting out of my own way. So far it is really paying off.

 

 

That’s awesome playing and that mentality is awesome. It’s one that many top athletes have, miss 10 putts in a row and your due to make, make 10 in a row and the 11th is gonna go in too because your hot. Either way confident in your ability. 

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14 minutes ago, ejgaudette said:

That’s awesome playing and that mentality is awesome. It’s one that many top athletes have, miss 10 putts in a row and your due to make, make 10 in a row and the 11th is gonna go in too because your hot. Either way confident in your ability. 

Yup. My rounds have always been plagued by the double bogey or two that ruins an otherwise good round. 
 

I could be playing great, but eventually the thoughts would creep in like “well it’s only a matter of time before I s*** the bed”. Now im playing with the mindset that good golf is in my control and not with a defeatist attitude that the blow up hole is inevitable. 
 

And if the bad break or double bogey does happen, I treat it like the outlier rather than the expected. 
 

Two rounds in and the results are better than I could have ever expected.  

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