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With some trepidation, I played the first 9 hole loop with my vintage set (plus Bettinardi SS38 Armlock). 

The stats: (-2) 6/7 fairways, 7/9 greens, 13 putts, 3 birdies, 1 bogey

I decided on the tips (3539 yds) for this initial test and soft, extra furry fairways made for some unusual club selections (more on that later).

Highlights/lowlights:

The persimmons are lasers and my only missed fairway was a driver that I blitzed through an uphill dogleg. Birdied the first followed by three ho-hum pars that included my missed fairway and first missed green.

Then came the (450 yd) 5th - tight dogleg right with a bunker on the outside corner ~280 yds off the tee. I pulled 3 wood to stay short of the trap and hit one a little off the toe that only limped out there ~250 yds. The hole was cut back right behind a bunker (203 yds) with a little hurting breeze. Long is bad so I selected 5 iron, flushed one right at it and watched greedily up until the moment it dropped short in the bunker. Oh that’s right... my 1962 5-iron is a modern 6-iron loft... that was never enough club. A lackluster extraction with the triple duty wedge led to a 1-putt bogey.

Tees were moved up on the 7th and the hole was cut on the front edge (133 yds) into a one club breeze. After a quick loft recalculation, solid 9-iron stopped 8 feet behind the hole. I made the putt for birdie number 2 but that wasn’t the interesting part. I left the flagsticks in all day, and in this case, conditions converged such that the shadow gave me a dead nuts perfect line from the middle of the hole, right through the center of my ball. It felt very strange standing over the straight putt thinking, just roll it right down the shadow, but it worked. Next hole I had 153 yds from the center of the fairway with the same breeze now helping to a hole cut back edge. Pulled the 9-iron... again and ended up 8 feet behind the hole... again, for birdie number 3.

Takeaways: I need to lose the butter knife deuce and put another wedge in the bag. Because that 2 iron looks downright mean and trying to feather one 82 yards to a hole cut over a bunker with a vintage 53* wedge doesn’t feel like a high percentage shot. Despite it not feeling totally comfortable yet, the Bettinardi is very good. Apparently there’s a whole other unconsidered advantage (albeit low probability of occurrence) to leaving the flagstick in that makes it feel even more like cheating. Playing with vintage clubs is fun (read: engaging) and surprisingly doesn’t make me wince when I’m adding up the tally. Although those ancient steel shafts give me the achey elbows.

Finally, as reward for reading through all that nonsense, a persimmon porn clip: this 3-wood was unintentionally pegged 291 yds down the hill... leading to the aforementioned low percentage 82 yd (went 102 yds) gap wedge and my first missed green.

 

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Went out Fri morning after work with SWMBO.. I played a horrible round.. Had a great time with the Mrs.. Who played really well.. we only played 9 at local 9 hole course about 15 min from the house. I had one of those days where the decent shots were sandwiched between crap and garbage.. I played K-Sig's new ball..

OK I understand that feel does not indicate performance holy crap they felt bad.. somewhere between a Mojo and a Pinnacle... they did seem to spin and stop nicely, but damn they feel bad.. 

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Played Plantation Palms Thursday, Saturday & Sunday, shooting 89, 90 & 93. The course is a bit more difficult with several forced carries. Lost 3 balls each day....ugh! Waiting for Pebble Creek to smooth out the greens from Major aerification.


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20 hours ago, gaussman1 said:

So if it's hooking then you know one thing for sure- the face is closed to the path at impact. Whether that's because the face is pretty neutral and the path is way too much inside out, or because the path is fairly neutral and the face is shut is what you need to figure out. But at least knowing that first part helps you on the road to discovery

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I think this is the issue resulting from using my driver swing and trying to apply it to my irons. I'm going to play the next round with two distinct swings and see what happens.

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Played in a "Tournament" on saturday. I use the quotes because it wasn't golf that day and the course was not even close to ready to host one. Yes it was wet, yes it was cool, and yes on the back 9 a +3 club wind kicked up. But I can't hold that against the course because everywhere has been cold and wet. What I can is that the greens were still punched and sanded. Couldn't putt and approachs were taking bad kicks. The winning score was even par 71. I shot an 88, which was middle of the pack. So I take solace in the fact that everyone struggled.

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91 (45/46) with 36 putts (🤬) at Waikele Country Club on Sunday. My putting was absolutely atrocious, but I did strike the ball well at times so there were some positives. The greens were slower than they were last week, which threw me off as well. My biggest issue turned out to be the damn gnat swarms, which is a bit of a norm out here if there's any moisture in the air!

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91 (45/46) with 36 putts () at Waikele Country Club on Sunday. My putting was absolutely atrocious, but I did strike the ball well at times so there were some positives. The greens were slower than they were last week, which threw me off as well. My biggest issue turned out to be the damn gnat swarms, which is a bit of a norm out here if there's any moisture in the air!

The termites at night as well, bananas.

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4 minutes ago, yungkory said:


The termites at night as well, bananas.

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Bro, I'm talking straight gnat CLOUDS, haha! 

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83 (41/42) today at The Mill Course in Cincinnati today. I putted like crap today, I missed 6 putts inside 3 feet today for par. My wedge game that is usually my weakness put me in position to score and my putting which is usually a strength, let me down. Go figure. Keep waiting to have them all clicking at once lol.

Driver: TS2 9.5 stiff
3 Wood: 915 F stiff
3 Hybrid: 915 HD
4-PW: Original AP2
Wedges: 50, 56, 60 Vokey SM6
Putter: Scotty Cameron Select Newport M1

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Played in a partner tourny today. Played reasonably well and we managed to take 2nd place low gross in our flight out of 15 teams in the flight. 

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4 Competitive rounds for me last week.

Tuesday beat 5 and 3 in KO comp against 2 h/c. 4 down after 5 never really recovered.

Thursday senior league match betterball lost 2 and 1. Really good game 2 down then 2 up, all square at 15th, partner and I both double bogeyed to lose to a bogey. Then they birdie SI2 at the next.

Friday won 3 and 1 in KO comp against 5 h/c.

Saturday played a Texas Scramble team event. came in with scatch 64 (-7) net 58.9 for 3rd and a nearest the pin. Got our monies worth at £10 a skull. Partner really driving the ball well with his new Epic Flash.

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First tournament round since last season. I was first off at 8 am and it was 42 degrees and breezy. I hung in there most of the day but made a 9 on a very easy par 5 with two balls in the water and a 3 putt. A couple shots thrown away after that added up to a dispirited 78.

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What in the world.

First full 18 today. Played with a guy that probably shot around a 180...

My first 9 was terrible. TERRIBLE.

56.

Back 9... shot a 36 with lipping out 4 birdie putts.

Woods and long game needs overhaul, costs me way too many strokes.

Shot of the day was a pitch and run 9 iron from 64 yards that finished an inch from the cup. PR save there after chunking an 8 iron from the middle of the fairway...

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Like a boss, ....read all about it in my 19th hole thread

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Played 27 holes today...22 of them very rainy. Shot 81. Hit a few fairways and greens and right around 50% on saves.

Last 9 I shot 42. Two doubles with only 1 fairway hit. I was tired, a little wet, and hungry.  Tired cost me losing the bal right off the tee and cost me. Hdcp is coming down and hoping to be back in single digits in the next mid June. 

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I didn't really play all that bad in league last night, but score doesn't really reflect that - I ended up +12, but 7 of those strokes came on 2 holes.

The thing that really torqued me was on the 8th hole I lost two balls on shots that were not that bad. The tee shot should have been in the fairway or just off down in a valley. I can only assume it plugged. The next shot was a decent 6 iron that I pulled a bit but had a good line on where it should have been. I should have been able to locate both shots, but....

A couple chunked chips that I tried to get too cute on rather than playing conservatively, but putted decent again - 15 putts.

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Actually was able to get out and play today at my club. Smooth 75 with no real issues other than some less than stellar chips around the green. First round out with the armlock putter and it worked great. Made everything I should have and didn’t struggle with any lag putts. Putting the JumboMax grip on it made a huge difference over the stock Odyssey grip. Going to beat some balls tomorrow and play 36 on Friday and again on Sunday.


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Anyone know a good exorcist? 

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Me an “the cooch” threw a 75 down today with 32 putts.

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Anyone know a good exorcist? 
Let me know if you find one. Some kind of demon has possessed my iron play.

Played 9 holes today and shot +5 with 14 putts. Put the ER2 back in the bag and it feels like all the work I put in with the Stroke Lab just translates better to this putter, idk. Driving was decent, roped one left that smacked a tree that hangs over the left side about 100y out, but other than that pretty successful. My iron play though, man, I need to go grind on the range.

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