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Today was a good day.  First hole in one ever.  50° Cobra King wedge from 120 yards.  Hit just past the hole and spun back in. Shot 73 to tie my lowest round ever. Won my match 8 and 6

Un-bloody-conscious! I still can't believe it but I shot a 79! 57% FIR 33% GIR 30 putts.  

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81 with three doubles. One thanks to a topper three wood into a penalty area, one from a smoked 6 iron over the back of a green and lost (followed by some crap wedge play) and one thanks to more crap wedge play. I need wedge practice badly!


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41 minutes ago, gbtrsc said:

81 with three doubles. One thanks to a topper three wood into a penalty area, one from a smoked 6 iron over the back of a green and lost (followed by some crap wedge play) and one thanks to more crap wedge play. I need wedge practice badly!


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This is normally how I make a double too, some days when the feel is all off the whole goal is only to get on the green reasonably close to the whole to avoid those. Somedays even that doesn't work. I should join in on that wedge practice.

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Played Odessa National in DE today.  Had never heard of the course before even though it is less than an hour from here.  Very nice condition and a nice layout with lots of fairway traps, 6 of which I found to be in just my landing area.  I would definitely go back there over a couple other courses in the Middletown area.  Scoring was hard work from where i was driving the ball - ended up at 83 with 6 over on the last 4 holes after a back spasm on 14 due to a slip getting out of the cart.

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Well, thanks to Covid-19, the 2020 Buddy Trip was postponed 5 months, but finally came to be this past week(Thursday-Sunday) in Kissimmee, FL. Sixteen players, 4 -4 Bdrm houses rented, 4 courses scheduled, 5 rounds of golf. We played North Shore, Kissimmee Bay Country Club, Falcon’s Fire and Champions Gate National.

We play a Stableford Points game with quotas previously established. Four rounds plus a team Scramble where one player from each different house makes up the teams. Over $1,400 in prize money paid out. Of the 16 players, all but one cashed at some level.......that one was me! In over 10 years of running a Buddy Trip, this was the the first time I failed to cash. I played poorly and could not make my points(25). I had a good round going today at Champions Gate with a chip in birdie on the par 4 #9 but fell apart on the back nine, mainly due to pain from torn ligaments and adhesions from 4 hernia surgeries. The pain was probably because I had played 5 rounds in 4 days.

That said, we all had a great time....except maybe for one player who got hit in the knee from a shanked ball on the final hole.

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Well, I couldn't stand it.  Our courses were closed all weekend for dangerous air quality.  Soooo, my wife and I decided to head north and west about an hours' drive to a course on the Columbia River that was open and had better air quality; not much better,  but they were open.  

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We've played this course in the past, but not for a couple of years.  They had trash baskets on the course; we haven't had any trash cans since we reopened after the shutdown.  They had benches but the were turned upside down or on their side so you couldn't sit on them.

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They had tee times available starting at 11:30am; we got there and teed off at 12:10.  No one in front of us and no one behind us... until hole #5 when we caught the tail end of a tournament that the pro shop failed to tell us about.  It was slooooooowwwwww!  Hard to get a rhythm.  When we finished a hole, we spent time chipping and putting because the group in front hadn't even teed off on the next hole yet.  I played OK; shot 41/39 for 80 with 3 birdies, but 2 doubles.  I don't remember striking my irons better than I did today.  The turf was different than ours, and the fairway needed mowing but it was easy to pick the ball.  I had two tap-in birdies; less than a foot from the cup.  The first was on the par 3 #11 hole playing 154y (almost my 4th ace), and the second was on the par 4 hole #13 from 129y out.  

Then on the final 3 holes my wife got her Irish up because one of the guys that finished the tournament was driving his cart back to his house; stopped to chit chat with the foursome in front of us, then proceeded to sit in my wife's line of sight waiting for her to hit into the green.  That's always a recipe for disaster for my wife; she will mishit the ball every time.  Even though it was slow, it was an OK time until then.  It was a long hours' drive home.

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2 hours ago, cnosil said:

It was a tale of 2 nines today.  43/36:79.  Since I am working on my wedge game I moved up again and hit driver off most tees.  Missed quite a few fairways but was only really in trouble on 2 holes.  Proximity to the hole for my shots wasn't great but I was putting pretty well.  5 fairways, 10 greens, 33 putts.    Fee like my full shots are pretty good;  chip/pitch shots from off the green were just ok (grass wasn't cut so ball was sitting up in the bermuda which added a level of difficulty).  From 100ish and in was mediocre.   Going to try and get some time on the GC Quad to hit some wedge shots. 

I've never played on bermuda where the ball sits up; it always sinks to the bottom, and lucky to find it.  😬

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7 hours ago, Shankster said:

Hope you are right.  If not, it might be time to switch to SGI irons and a draw biased driver.  That’s how bad this round was.  And it was because of the driver.  Having a 3 iron in, rather than a 7 or 8 makes a huge difference.  Haha.  
 

maybe I should have done that iron only round after all... 

You just described my normal game if you sub a 3H for that 3 iron.  

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21 hours ago, MattF said:

Had a fun day yesterday with the Ohio boys at @tony@CIC 's club.

Got hot out of the gate paring the first 3 hole, then got a bit shaky but shot a 42 on the front. Hit my best drive of the day on the par 5 10th, slightly pulled my hybrid to pin high right of the green, pitched on and the ball tracked all the way to the hole where it hit the pin leaving an easy 3-4 footer for birdie...then the wheels fell off and I ended up with a 47 on the back. Considering the the rating was 70.7 and 131 slope from the white tee's, I was happy but at the same time a little disappointed.

It was a lot of fun. I was just happy to not be in traction after playing lol. But now the bag gets a a serious look over. Changes will be made

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I've never played on bermuda where the ball sits up; it always sinks to the bottom, and lucky to find it.  

It either drops to the bottom or sits on top here. So easy to go under the ball and have it go nowhere. I had played the ball back but didn’t swing hard enough so the ball only went about 15 feet when I needed it to go 40+.
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Well, it's official.... I have the chipping yips. I played 45 holes this weekend. Short game is normally a relative strength for me and bails me out of many a high(er) score. Not this weekend. I've also been in about a funk where I can't hit an iron. Normally I can hit them solid, just don't have too much control over where they go. Chipping yips combined with bad irons is a recipe for high scores.

Friday afternoon: Walked 9. Nothing particularly sharp. Ended up shooting a 48. Wouldn't have been so bad if not for an 8 on the 9th. Ugh. It didn't help that the course was set up for a tournament so pins were tucked in all sorts of awkward positions.

Saturday: Ohio get-together at Catawba Island Club with @tony@CIC and the gang. A ton of fun and Tony called in some perfect weather. The course is beautiful and pretty tough, especially when you can't hit the ball well. 48/50 with 6(!) penalty strokes.

Sunday: We had our league outing at a different course than we normally play. The course was in very good shape, with the exception that they punched the greens early last week. No big deal, we all dealt with the same thing, except the chipping yips ate me alive. With the punched greens, everything landed softly and didn't roll. I could not get myself to hit the ball farther. Having the yips, that meant it was a lot of second chips that I was leaving myself with way too long of putts (fortunately only 2 3-putts, 31 total putts which I was happy about given the green conditions). I didn't feel like I was trying to do anything fancy with my chips, but it was awful, "highlighted" by a 5-chip fiasco on the 17th. You read that correct.... 5 chips. I am confident it is all mental at this stage. The only good news was I started hitting my irons a bit better, so even with the abysmal chipping I shot a 44/48.

I had been playing pretty well until 3 weeks ago, which is about when I stopped hitting solid irons. This is a terrible time to start sucking more than usual as my partner and I play for the league championship tomorrow on the harder of the two nines. For our league, the back nine plays 6 strokes harder on average, so this could be interesting if I can't get my crap together. I'm half-tempted to take a couple hours of vacation tomorrow and get back to the basics on chipping technique and see if I can get past this.

 

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Well, it's official.... I have the chipping yips. I played 45 holes this weekend. Short game is normally a relative strength for me and bails me out of many a high(er) score. Not this weekend. I've also been in about a funk where I can't hit an iron. Normally I can hit them solid, just don't have too much control over where they go. Chipping yips combined with bad irons is a recipe for high scores.
Friday afternoon: Walked 9. Nothing particularly sharp. Ended up shooting a 48. Wouldn't have been so bad if not for an 8 on the 9th. Ugh. It didn't help that the course was set up for a tournament so pins were tucked in all sorts of awkward positions.
Saturday: Ohio get-together at Catawba Island Club with [mention=68414]tony@CIC[/mention] and the gang. A ton of fun and Tony called in some perfect weather. The course is beautiful and pretty tough, especially when you can't hit the ball well. 48/50 with 6(!) penalty strokes.
Sunday: We had our league outing at a different course than we normally play. The course was in very good shape, with the exception that they punched the greens early last week. No big deal, we all dealt with the same thing, except the chipping yips ate me alive. With the punched greens, everything landed softly and didn't roll. I could not get myself to hit the ball farther. Having the yips, that meant it was a lot of second chips that I was leaving myself with way too long of putts (fortunately only 2 3-putts, 31 total putts which I was happy about given the green conditions). I didn't feel like I was trying to do anything fancy with my chips, but it was awful, "highlighted" by a 5-chip fiasco on the 17th. You read that correct.... 5 chips. I am confident it is all mental at this stage. The only good news was I started hitting my irons a bit better, so even with the abysmal chipping I shot a 44/48.
I had been playing pretty well until 3 weeks ago, which is about when I stopped hitting solid irons. This is a terrible time to start sucking more than usual as my partner and I play for the league championship tomorrow on the harder of the two nines. For our league, the back nine plays 6 strokes harder on average, so this could be interesting if I can't get my crap together. I'm half-tempted to take a couple hours of vacation tomorrow and get back to the basics on chipping technique and see if I can get past this.
 
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I agree that something with the yips is mental. Part of it could be that your mind has wandered off and you just are not focused. Do you usually chip with a 54, 56, or 60? I didn't see anything on Saturday.

Try this- use a lower lofted club to get the ball rolling on the green as soon as possible. I like a 7 iron, maybe for you it's a 9, maybe you'll feel the most comfortable over a 4 or 5 iron. It's what feels good for you.

Grip the club down by the steel (don't choke down, choke is a negative word and there's already too much negative in the world, we don't need it in our golf games) So grip low by the steel and square the club face to your line. Take a stace with your feet closer together and make almost a putting stroke. I mean you'll use your shoulders more than your wrists. The ball should just carry a couple feet then roll out the rest.

You can do this, just need your mind focused back on the task at hand, getting the ball in the cup.

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I agree that something with the yips is mental. Part of it could be that your mind has wandered off and you just are not focused. Do you usually chip with a 54, 56, or 60? I didn't see anything on Saturday.

Try this- use a lower lofted club to get the ball rolling on the green as soon as possible. I like a 7 iron, maybe for you it's a 9, maybe you'll feel the most comfortable over a 4 or 5 iron. It's what feels good for you.

Grip the club down by the steel (don't choke down, choke is a negative word and there's already too much negative in the world, we don't need it in our golf games) So grip low by the steel and square the club face to your line. Take a stace with your feet closer together and make almost a putting stroke. I mean you'll use your shoulders more than your wrists. The ball should just carry a couple feet then roll out the rest.

You can do this, just need your mind focused back on the task at hand, getting the ball in the cup.

Take Dead Aim
 

Thanks! Normally, most of my chipping is done with a 56. When things sucked yesterday, I switched back and forth a couple times between AW and PW to mix things up, but by then, the mental damage had been done, my confidence was completely gone, and distance control wasn't good since I rarely practice chipping with those clubs.

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15 minutes ago, MaxEntropy said:

the mental damage had been done

Always knew you were mental! 😜

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55 minutes ago, Sluggo42 said:

shot well. everything is clicking. Hogans rock, MavriK rocks, Evnroll rocks, swing is grooving. too bad Im old before this all came about...

I was old before the SLDR-C came out!  🤣

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On 9/13/2020 at 12:22 PM, Shankster said:

Played so bad that I should just give golf up.  Wipey 230 yard drives...  frustrating dang game this is.  Couldn’t keep driver or 3 wood on the planet.  Just terrible.  Heeling every shot, even shanked a go zone 58° wedge.  I think I’m going to take up basket weaving.

 

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Played an Exec 9 hole over the weekend. It's a short, and mostly pretty tight, course and the very contoured greens more than make up for the lack of length. It's great iron practice with 5 Par 3s from 100 to about 160, and then 4 short Par 4s where I tee'ed off with a hybrid.

Was hitting the ball mostly ok .. starting to hit it more solidly more often .. but now am starting to miss some to the left..? And, yes, still had a few of my more typical miss of a push/push-fade. Have another lesson coming up so have to ask about that!

Putting was way waaaay off, though - these greens were faster than what I've been playing on recently and my speed / distance control was way off ... ergo lots of 3 putts... 😢

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