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Had 2 rounds at Waikoloa on the Big Island Hawaii.

Played Kings Course first, off blue tees. Played with rental clubs. Had 82 with 6 X 3 putts, couldn't adjust to rental putter and Bermuda greens, reasonably happy with how I struck the ball. Played with my 15 yo daughter, she hit some good shots after adjusting to rentals.

Second round at Beach course, off white tees. 74, par 70. Lost a ball for a double (decided 3 wood off the tee for safety) and missed a tap in. Much better on the greens, still not a fan of Bermuda greens, but bent doesn't work everywhere.

 

Both courses were in good condition, fairways a bit scalped in places, and a couple of burnt off patches on Beach course greens, but overall no problems.

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Returned to Eastlake today, the tougher North course. Because the sand is softer and deeper than my home course, i decide i needed more bounce. i put away my Vokeys and put in the first SW i ever bought, 18 years ago: a Top Flite Tour SW with TT Dynalite Gold shaft (no loft shown), and a clubmaker's LW, a Bite 'n Spin 60* HI-LOB with Brass Face Technology (as stated on club) with DG S300U shaft. Both have Lampkin Crossline Midsize grips, in good shape because i keep them indoors for dinking around foam balls. Hit a variety of shots with both clubs: sand, chips, pitches and full shots. Both performed very well. I didn't get a lot of spin, but all shots accomplished their primary mission, i.e., get out of sand, on green, etc. Shot 45/49 for 94, I've never broken 90 on the course in about 100 tries. But i parred some of the toughest holes. The course is just narrow (hit 9/14 fairways) and the greens are fast and rolling (4/18 gir, 36 putts). Fun to put the old wedges to work.

 

On a couple of tight driving holes, i teed of with 4i, both went over 200 down the middle. My irons missed mostly short or right and usually thin. Once on the green, the speed was like lightning, so tough to stop near the hole. I only had 2x 1-putts ans 2x 3-putts.

 

My best shot came on #18. My layup was left of the fairway on some detritus of old leaves and branches from a gully. I had 130 to go, against the wind and needed to carry a 50 yd pond in front. Unfortunately my ball had a tree 20 yds in front. I could either punch out sideways to fairway, or thread the needle between the tree in front and the heavy woods to the left. I could not fly over the tree, it was too close. Normally I'd hit a 9i 130, but took 7i to ensure it stayed low below the branches and carried far enough to clear the pond. The ball came out just as planned between the tree and the woods, carried to the green and rolled into the back bunker. I was so excited when i saw it hit the green I didn't see it finish. Anyway, chunked it out and 3-putted for double, but 2 others in my group picked up on the hole and i tied for low score on the hole. Great to pull off that shot!

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I'm reeling from today's round. I actually drive it great and then proceeded to hit every approach exactly where it shouldn't be. Now I found a wide variety of ways to get it there from flushed irons that flew too far to chunks and slight blades. Then I couldn't get up and down, when I hit a green I three putted. So without a penalty stroke I shot 84. What a disaster. But I saw an eagle.

 

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Edison Wedges 54 and 59 KBS Tour Graphite 80's

EVNRoll ER 5

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Still on that elusive hunt for a 3 wood that I'm able to hit - I don't know why, I crush the 5 wood and it's really a 4 wood anyway. 

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Kev, like you, i did not get up & down once today. My only 4 pars came on my only 4 gir. It's a job to get on the green, then you just wanna 2 putt and get outta there.

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Played Wolf today with one of my buddies from my course and two guys that I didn't know from another course.  We played at their course, and I haven't played there in over a year.  I played pretty lousy, shot 87 with two doubles and a triple, but I was the big winner.  

 

Highlight was on hole the par 4 #11; I was lone Wolf with a good drive down the middle.  Two guys hit second shots that missed the green, and my buddy hit one just off the green middle with the pin way back.  I proceeded to duff my second shot which rolled through the desert natural area to grass short of the green, about 50 yards from the pin.  I could just hear everyone's thoughts:  "We've got this one!"  Nope.  Pitched it onto the green and into the hole for birdie!  

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Back at Get a grip - I don't know about your wind yesterday but ours was variable from North to NE and then to NW - There were no holes straight down 1,8,9,18 all played into the wind.  Bayou gets unbelievably hard in a Northeast wind.   That's the direction that it was coming from when Kenny and Martha were down.  That direction is very hard to get a handle on.

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Ping G410 5, 7, 9 wood  Alta 65 R flex

Wilson D7 forged 5-GW -  Mamiya recoil 460 R flex

Edison Wedges 54 and 59 KBS Tour Graphite 80's

EVNRoll ER 5

Titleist Pro VIx optic yellow with revkev stamped on them

Still on that elusive hunt for a 3 wood that I'm able to hit - I don't know why, I crush the 5 wood and it's really a 4 wood anyway. 

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Shot 5 over on the back 9. Happy considering the wind was blowing 20-25 the whole time. Had three 3 putts but the greens got punched last week so I'm not too worried about it.

 

Bringing my driver from the range to the course is my immediate concern. Everything else is solid.

Driver -  :taylormade-small: M1 9.5* w/ Aldila Rogue Silver 70X

Fairway -   :taylormade-small: M1 5W 19* w/ Aldila Rogue Silver 70X

Hybrids -   :ping-small: G25 4H 23*

Irons -  :mizuno-small: JPX 850 Forged 4-PW w/ Nippon N.S. Pro 1150S

Wedges - :mizuno-small: S5 50*07, 54*12, 58*12 w/ Nippon N.S. Pro 1150S

Putter - Oddyssey Metal-X #7 w/ SuperStroke Pistol GT 2.0

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Shot 5 over on the back 9. Happy considering the wind was blowing 20-25 the whole time. Had three 3 putts but the greens got punched last week so I'm not too worried about it.

 

Bringing my driver from the range to the course is my immediate concern. Everything else is solid.

Hey Jbil, what is your miss with the driver? Or what issues are you having?

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Hey Jbil, what is your miss with the driver? Or what issues are you having?

My miss is a snap hook. I don't miss left unless I get frustrated and try to hit a massive cut because I'm tired of hitting a hook. Usually it's strike related, hitting it out on the toe. I only hit 4 drivers today. 10 was great, 16 was solid but hooked not necessarily a snap hook, 17 was a toe snap hook, and 18 was a middled snap hook.

 

It's not an issue with any other clubs, I hit 3 wood three times today, once off the deck and twice off the tee. No issues. Slight draws as with the rest of my clubs.

Driver -  :taylormade-small: M1 9.5* w/ Aldila Rogue Silver 70X

Fairway -   :taylormade-small: M1 5W 19* w/ Aldila Rogue Silver 70X

Hybrids -   :ping-small: G25 4H 23*

Irons -  :mizuno-small: JPX 850 Forged 4-PW w/ Nippon N.S. Pro 1150S

Wedges - :mizuno-small: S5 50*07, 54*12, 58*12 w/ Nippon N.S. Pro 1150S

Putter - Oddyssey Metal-X #7 w/ SuperStroke Pistol GT 2.0

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Played this past Monday at a course called Willandale in Sugarcreek, OH. Shot a 91 (just 3 strokes off my best ever), but what was significant was the conditions we played in. Temps were in the mid-40s and windy when we started, but we decided to give it a whirl anyway. I was freezing by the 7th hole, but somehow managed to shoot a 43 on the front 9, which matched my personal best (second time I've done that int he last couple weeks). Warmed up a bit at the turn and grabbed another jacket. Ended up shooting a 48 on the back nine, because I had one triple and one quad. By the end of the round I could barely feel the fingers on my right hand and hanging on to the club took concentration. After we were finished, temp was down to 33 with a realfeel of 22 - the wind was just brutal - but I was pumped, because mentally it was by far the best round of golf I have ever played. I was half-frozen and miserable on one hand, but felt so alive and energized on the other. Can't wait to get back out again, but will probably be at least Sunday - we'll see. Seems I've finally found a feel that I can identify consistently (i've sought that for so loooooong) for my driver. Last 3 times out, just stroking solid, straight drives, better than I have ever done with any consistency. Wow, what a different game when not every second shot is a recovery shot. My ball-striking as a whole is much more consistent (still have a ways to go in accuracy, but progress is being made!). Playing with a little hope must be helping my putting too; working on my chipping right now, hopefully soon my scores will be dropping into some new territory!

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Hybrid: Ping i25 (22 degree)
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Irons: Ping i25 (5 -PW)
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Putter: Cleveland TFi Elevado w/ Winn Pro grip.

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Beautiful day outside, sunny and light wind. Course was empty for a change. I was breezing along. On #13, Par 3 over a big pond to a peninsula green, i hit a low hook that went down by the water. I parked the cart by the green, then walked back down to the water where the bank drops off steeply. Just as i got to the edge, i looked to my right. Sleeping half-in, half-out of the water was a 7-foot gator. I almost walked right up to him without seeing him. But as it turned out, i was about 20 feet past him. Still, nobody was around, nobody would've seen a thing. Spooky.

 

Oh yeah. I forgot about finding my ball. It was somewhere right where he was. ProV1, too.

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Beautiful day outside, sunny and light wind. Course was empty for a change. I was breezing along. On #13, Par 3 over a big pond to a peninsula green, i hit a low hook that went down by the water. I parked the cart by the green, then walked back down to the water where the bank drops off steeply. Just as i got to the edge, i looked to my right. Sleeping half-in, half-out of the water was a 7-foot gator. I almost walked right up to him without seeing him. But as it turned out, i was about 20 feet past him. Still, nobody was around, nobody would've seen a thing. Spooky.

 

Oh yeah. I forgot about finding my ball. It was somewhere right where he was. ProV1, too.

Don't want to end up like Chubbs...   " Yeah. tournament down in Florida. I hooked my ball in the rough down by the lake. Damned alligator just POPPED up, cut me down in my prime."   ;)

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Shot 5 over on the back 9. Happy considering the wind was blowing 20-25 the whole time. Had three 3 putts but the greens got punched last week so I'm not too worried about it.

 

Bringing my driver from the range to the course is my immediate concern. Everything else is solid.

I shouldn't have brought my irons from the range the last time that I played. :)

 

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Ping G410 5, 7, 9 wood  Alta 65 R flex

Wilson D7 forged 5-GW -  Mamiya recoil 460 R flex

Edison Wedges 54 and 59 KBS Tour Graphite 80's

EVNRoll ER 5

Titleist Pro VIx optic yellow with revkev stamped on them

Still on that elusive hunt for a 3 wood that I'm able to hit - I don't know why, I crush the 5 wood and it's really a 4 wood anyway. 

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I shouldn't have brought my irons from the range the last time that I played. :)

 

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THAT is so unlike you!!!

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Don't want to end up like Chubbs...   " Yeah. tournament down in Florida. I hooked my ball in the rough down by the lake. Damned alligator just POPPED up, cut me down in my prime."   ;)

Nice hand.

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Walked our North course today. Surprised when i added my score: 42+42 for 84. Much better than my usual 92. Had 2 birds, 6 pars, 8 bogies and 2 triples. 10 fairways, 6 greens, 33 putts. Hitting the snot out of the F6s, love 'em. The secret to hitting greens is 1. Jack all the lofts by 3* a club, and 2. Put the next higher number on each club, i.e., make the 6i a "7i", etc. etc. Then your ego says you're hitting an 8i when it's really a 6i.....

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THAT is so unlike you!!!

It was something and I know exactly what I was doing wrong. I will hit the range tomorrow and the course after church. I did see these guys though.

 

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Ping G410 5, 7, 9 wood  Alta 65 R flex

Wilson D7 forged 5-GW -  Mamiya recoil 460 R flex

Edison Wedges 54 and 59 KBS Tour Graphite 80's

EVNRoll ER 5

Titleist Pro VIx optic yellow with revkev stamped on them

Still on that elusive hunt for a 3 wood that I'm able to hit - I don't know why, I crush the 5 wood and it's really a 4 wood anyway. 

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Played a practice round today, as we have our league two day Spring Tournament this weekend. I shot 42/48=90.....:(

 

Chipping, bunker ply and putting were horrible. Drives 11/14 fairways, 2/4 par 3 greens, 8/14 GIR, and 36 putts. My drives were terrific. My approach shots were great. If missed the green, I was just to the left pin high. BUT chipping & bunker play stunk!

Driver: image.png.6ba1c8a254ad57aa05e527b74c2e04ba.pngPXG 0211 w/Evenflo Riptide CB Regular shaft

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

Hybrid: Ben Hogan VKTR 3 Hybrid(18*)w/Recoil ES regular shaft

Irons: image.jpeg.a9bdc584c1101795e6b77ee50f22a398.jpegBen Hogan Ptx 5-PW w/Recoil 660 Regular graphite shafts w/Lamkin I-line grips…. soon to be Titleist T300

Wedges: image.jpeg.a9bdc584c1101795e6b77ee50f22a398.jpegBen Hogan Tkt-15 (49*/53*/57*) w/Recoil 660 Regular shafts 

Putter: 33”   Evnroll ER2 w/Evnroll Gravity Grip 

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My miss is a snap hook. I don't miss left unless I get frustrated and try to hit a massive cut because I'm tired of hitting a hook. Usually it's strike related, hitting it out on the toe. I only hit 4 drivers today. 10 was great, 16 was solid but hooked not necessarily a snap hook, 17 was a toe snap hook, and 18 was a middled snap hook.

 

It's not an issue with any other clubs, I hit 3 wood three times today, once off the deck and twice off the tee. No issues. Slight draws as with the rest of my clubs.

I get the miss you describe from time to time, it is usually from being too quick in the transition, try slowing down going back and try to get the feel for smoother slower transition from the top. When I slow down it allows for better syncing with the lower body and I don't feel I have to flip it over to keep from hitting a 39 yard fade/slice.

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It was something and I know exactly what I was doing wrong. I will hit the range tomorrow and the course after church. I did see these guys though.attachicon.gif0405161446a.jpg

 

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Nice, we have a pair of bald eagles nesting near the Columbia River and they fly over the course very now and then.

 

Well, it seems that I have a swing issue.  You and Foz saw a little of it when we were at your course.  Every once in awhile a sh@nk pops up an a most inopportune time.  It has happened every year about now when the weather warms up, but the last two days have just about made me want to quit golf.  

 

Yesterday I went to the range and hit about 80 balls; no problem, all perfect.  Today I head to the course about 1:30 to practice a little and play nine, waiting for Martha to close her business and play nine.  I was paired with a couple; he was pretty good and she was a beginner.  So we waited for her 8 shots to get to the green.  When it was my turn from inside 100 yards, up popped the sh@nk; twice on the first hole; twice on the second hole; and once on the fourth hole.  I picked up and said, BYE!  Headed to the range and proceeded to hit more of them for the first 50 balls with anything from a wedge to a 5i.  That's when I thought about quitting golf altogether.  

 

So, then I started hitting woods/hybrids; no problem.  Then back to the 5i and eventually I was hitting it pretty well.  Then back to the wedge; no problem.  I was hitting everything well.  I think I hit about 200 balls which is 180 more than I ever hit on a range to warm up.  Martha shows up, and we head to the first tee.  Played pretty well for 3 holes, then it shows up on a shot, but managed to make it around the rest of the nine without incident.  I guess tomorrow, I will head back to the range for another 200 balls or so.

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

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