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Played today in the first round of our season long match play and gave 31 shots to someone playing two boxes in front of me. I shot 74 gross on my ball and lost 8&7. Net events are great if you are actually truthful in your handicap. I shot two shots over my index and got absolutely dusted. A little tough to swallow when I am playing 7k yards at sea level against a guy that is playing 6,100 yards with a fake index. Completely done with any event that involves any sort of net score. To sum up my day 187 yard par three with a bit of wind in that I hit five iron to two inches and lost the hole to a birdie net one. Complete horse crap.

Sorry for the rant and not against legit handicaps but tired of guys that completely inflate their handicaps and shoot lights out in any competitive round.


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Rant away, we’ve all been bit by the “sandbagger” bug one time or another. Never feels good.


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Uneventful 77 (+5) today with 5 bogeys.
Tee game was pretty average.  Hit some great drivers, but also hit 2 pull hooks.  Still working on getting this new swing to feel natural.
My iron game was pretty sub-par today.  Hit everything low on the face because I have to remember to stay down on the ball when I am rotating through.  I can get away with it off the tee because I'm hitting up on the ball there, but the shallow angle of attack with the irons isn't as great.

TM should be good to you, let us know what happens.


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Shot an 83. Highlight was I played with a U. of RI baseball player who hit a drive we both measured at a hair over 350. A little bit wind aided but this kid crushed the ball all day.


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Shot an 87 and really struggled with my irons again. Don't know what I'm doing after a year of pretty above average iron play, it just went to absolute sh*t. Driver was good outside of one hole where I blocked it and hit a tree, but once I'm standing over the ball in the fairway it just feels awkward.

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The same thing happens to me at times all I do is tell myself to shorten my swing with the irons and then everything comes back

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Beat the rain today and squeaked in 9 this morning. 6/7 fairways, 5/9 greens, 38 with 14 putts.

The OnCore Elixr is really working well for me. It spins slightly more around the green for me than the Vice Pro Plus but where I’m seeing gains is off the tee. I’m excited for this summer.

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Jekyll and Hyde kind of round today.  Started off pretty badly and ended up with an 11 over 47 after some doubles and triples.  Didn't hit a green until the 7th and didn't hit a fairway until the 9th.   Back 9 I hit 2 fairways and 7 greens (missed both par 3s) and shot 39 with bogeys on 16,17, and 18.  Not happy with 4 3-putts on the day.   Greens were running pretty quick and I had a little trouble getting the right read.  

  Think I am going to take a little break from playing,  for some reason didn't really enjoy playing today. 

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Went out today for 9 after my lesson. Started with an eagle putt which ended with a tap in birdie. After that it was kinda all over the place. Made it very clear that the top end of the bag needs to be evaluated very soon if I want to play better golf. Just don’t have much confidence in the driver to 3i

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The driver worked its butt off today. Good thing, because pretty much everything else stunk. The one fairway I missed with the driver I was trying to carry about 240 yards of water. It moved just left enough that it had to carry about 280, and didn't quite get there. The greens had just been plugged and sanded, so putting was a nightmare. A two week layoff just doesn't work.

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Was fortunate to host author Tom Coyne today and my home club and a friend of mine that is a member at Fresh Meadow hosted us for a morning 18. Some good golf and some not so good golf but overall a fun day on the course. No idea what I shot for either round as the wind in the afternoon was just brutal. Overall a fun day at two US Open courses.


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Shot 36-41 77 today notable for three reasons, at least.

1. I hit the ball really well for long stretches.

2. I had a 3 hole debacle stretch where I made a triple, a bogey and a very ugly bogey on a short par 5. :(

3. I came back after the triple with some great shots again.

I averaged over 95 mph with driver on my holes that I measured with Swing Caddy and 241 with the driver according to shot scope - that included a 202 yard pop up. Had 3 drives over 250 at a country club that waters the heck out of its fairways, including 2 career long drives and two three woods on holes that finished past where I would have hit driver a year ago.

I actually had to hit my 60 from 86 yards on one hole (3rd shot on a par 5 after the pop up). Last year 73 was maxed out - I hit it 15 feet past the pin. I also had 153 left on a 410 yard hole 170 to the back and knocked a smooth 7 iron off the back.

We watched the PGA while playing, smoke cigars and drank scotch - fun day.


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My wife and I went to Corvallis OR this weekend to see my dad.  It's a 300 mile trip one way.  Left home on Friday; came back today.  I always play miserably after a road trip; sitting in the car for 5 hours.

So, we went to the course around 4 pm to play 9 holes just to get the bad shots out of my system before tomorrow's walking round with the other old guys.  Doubled the first, bogeyed the second and third.  Poor driving and really poor short game, but that's what suffers the most after a trip.  Things started coming around on the par 3 #4 with a par from the frog-hair pin high right.  Then on the par 5 #5 hole playing 550y with a right to left wind, I reached the green in 3 shots (usually difficult for me) but lipped out the birdie putt.  Three more good shots on the par 5 #6 got me on the green but missed the birdie again.  Duffed my 2nd shot on the par 4 #7 and made bogey.  Made a 25 foot putt to save par on the par 3 #8 playing 180y today.  Really good drive for me, 240y on the par 5 #9; very nice 2H layup into the wind short of the water to 126y.  Nice 9i to 8 feet and a birdie for a round of 41.  

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The struggle bus continues to roll. 93 (47-46) with 33 putts at Ewa Beach. I’ve taken several steps backwards the last couple months and it’s starting to get kinda frustrating.

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55 minutes ago, mr.hicksta said:

The struggle bus continues to roll. 93 (47-46) with 33 putts at Ewa Beach. I’ve taken several steps backwards the last couple months and it’s starting to get kinda frustrating.

I hate the greens there, especially on certain pin position days. Sucks cuz they're a client of ours and they're always asking us to come out and play, but that course always owns me.

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1 hour ago, yungkory said:

I hate the greens there, especially on certain pin position days. Sucks cuz they're a client of ours and they're always asking us to come out and play, but that course always owns me.

The pins were in nasty places today and the wind was kicking so it resulted in the usual humbling time. 

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Played Senior League match on Thursday lost 2&1 in betterball was 7 over on my ball so not a bad day. Giving 4 and 5 strokes to the other team and it told in the end.

Saturday was a real frustrating day hitting the ball well but not scoring. Ball seemed to defying the laws of Physics.. Summed up by the 10th approach shot right at the flag but a little short, pitches on a drain cover on the fringe and flies through the green. Bunkered on 18 catches the ball really well and lands on the green exactly where I was aiming on a left to right down slope with the spin the ball had to go right and roll down to the hole nope went left. Shot 82 missed buffer back to 7.2.

Off to the Algarve on Wednesday with clubs for 5 rounds in the sun to cheer me up.

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Took a half day Friday and found a stellar deal on GolfNow - Seriously $8.49 for Bear Slide in Indiana for 18 and a cart (pretty nice course in the area)!  However, as pleased as I was with my great deal, my game did not follow.  I started off very strong with a great birdie on the first, but just never had the confidence in my swing.  Had a two way miss going so it was difficult to adjust to anything.  Distance control was ok even when direction was not, but then I wasn't chipping/pitching the ball very well either and leaving myself much longer looks.

Putting oddly enough was decent, even though I still had 16 putts on the front side, my distance control was good all day, just didn't make that many putts besides the first hole.  

Pace of play was really dragging so I had to head out after the 12th hole for my daughters school spring program.

Still going to stay positive as I had some different mental thoughts this round, which got me overthinking a bit.  I've been playing well so far this year and I need to get back to what was working.  Part of the problem is finding time to play.  I haven't played a full round since I went on a work trip to Bandon Dunes April 8th!

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you know that old song about the wheels on the bus going round and round ??

well, the wheels start off round....turned oblong....and then just plain ole fell off.

85 on a tight course where if you miss too far one way or the other (left/right/short/long) you may as well reach into the bag for a new ball.

the shame of it is, post round I can think of at least 5 shots that I hit the ball well, but it flew longer than I expected and cost me 5 strokes.

...I can understand being upset when slicing/hooking/topping/fatting but when you hit it well and it still costs you strokes that is maddening.  

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1 hour ago, GolfSpy Stroker said:

you know that old song about the wheels on the bus going round and round ??

well, the wheels start off round....turned oblong....and then just plain ole fell off.

85 on a tight course where if you miss too far one way or the other (left/right/short/long) you may as well reach into the bag for a new ball.

the shame of it is, post round I can think of at least 5 shots that I hit the ball well, but it flew longer than I expected and cost me 5 strokes.

...I can understand being upset when slicing/hooking/topping/fatting but when you hit it well and it still costs you strokes that is maddening.  

See... when that happens to me, I reach into my bag for an old ball.  

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10 hours ago, mr.hicksta said:

The struggle bus continues to roll. 93 (47-46) with 33 putts at Ewa Beach. I’ve taken several steps backwards the last couple months and it’s starting to get kinda frustrating.

Soon, it will all come together and the game will seem so easy!!  Happens all the time!

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