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Finally able to get back on the course after the fire(s) in our area.  The air quality is still in the unhealthy region and the smoke very visible, but we have our member-member Saturday and I needed to get in some swing time.  Had a double bogey and a birdie on both sides and shot 40/40 for an 80.  Not unhappy since I hadn't swung a club in 9 days.

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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.  

I got a hole in one on the first hole today. Makes for a really enjoyable round. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy

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83 today in kind of a meh round. It was frustrating because it was on a course I feel like I should score better on. But it's one of those courses where they always seem to do something that makes the course always play tougher than it's rated. Pins on ridges, and greens cut so tight they were more dirt than grass. Lots of big brown patches. Hard to chip when the ball doesn't have anything to grip against. Hit the ball great, only threw away 2 shots and everything else was inconsistent short game.

 

Trying a new system & back home Sunday, so can only go up from here.

 

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Round this evening started with a disappointment as right when I pulled into the parking lot of the course, I got a FedEx delivery notice for one of those long boxes we love so much. Then things got weird...

My normal drive these days has settled right around 250. Getting it 260+ has been an especially good one. Here were some of my drives that my Garmin measured tonight starting with #1:
267
270
299 (wtf?!?!?)
263
271
284
268

There might have been a couple influencing factors. The course was a bit baked (but not incredibly so). I was playing a Pro V1 the whole night when I usually play a Project(s), something I’m now reconsidering. Last, I’ve been working through some swing changes for the past few months, really focused on the driver and tonight the swing off the tee did (generally) feel free and natural. The only bad drive the whole round was a snap hook into the trees the first drive after the 299 blast (I guess I wanted to see how far I could REALLY hit it).
Besides that, I have to think the Tommy Armour Atomic thought FedEx had delivered that Honma driver I surprisingly won on eBay and was fighting for its life (the Honma wasn’t delivered today, it was a 3w and a couple hybrids).

Overall meh putting kept the scoring from being special, +6 overall so right on the handicap, but some of those drives were certainly fun.



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The smoke is starting to clear out of our area after being at dangerous levels since last Friday.  Our course opened up Wed afternoon, so we made a tee time for this morning.  Got to the course and found that the staff had been busy while closed and plugged and sanded everything.  We played anyway, but it was not worth it.  Shot 88 with one birdie and two doubles.  I average about 31 putts per round... had 40 putts today.  3-putted the first 3 holes.  The greens were so slow, I couldn't get the ball to the hole.  It looked like they hadn't mowed the fairways since last week until yesterday.  Piles of grass all over the fairway and wet from irrigation all night.  The rough hadn't been mowed either; they were mowing it today.  It's usually reasonably short but thick and wiry.  Today it was US Open rough... at least I thought it was.  Thick, tall and wet.  🥴

Not going back until..... Saturday!!  🤣

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Went to the club this morning for our Friday game that tees off at 7:30....only to discover that half the fairways were underwater.....no golf today.

So tomorrow morning I am off to Hilton Head for a week. Have tee times for Sunday and Monday at Palmetto Hall Plantation. Weather should be in the mid 70’s and dry.

I am excited!


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I haven’t played since Tuesday and hope to play Monday. Way too much water.


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Cold and blustery day 60* with a 20 mph wind off the lake. Ended up with a 91 but was happy with the score. Reasons:

 

My driver was awesome today - last Saturday at the Ohio gathering I couldn't hit a drive. My wife noticed I was putting my weight on my lead foot. The change to a more even weight distribution combined with a tweak to my grip (slightly less strong) and my drives were going straight and long.

 

Our course was closed since Sunday for grounds maintenance, including punching and sanding the greens. So my putter contributed to the higher score. I hate putting on recently sanded greens.

 

 

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45/37: 82 (+10, net even), 36 putts, 4/14 FIR, 9/18 GIR

Personal best 9 on the back, and personal best GIR! I ended the round with 7 GIR in a row, easily the longest streak of greens in reg I've hit. Had a tough stretch to start, Double, Bogey, Double, Double, but didn't Double again the rest of the round. Honestly could have easily gone lower too; I hit a ton of putts on the perfect line but the greens were so much slower than I'm used to. Dew was still on the greens, and the ball picked up all the water and sprayed it, which I think really slowed them down. 3 3-putts and only 3 1-putts definitely doesn't do it justice.

But my approach game was as good as it's ever been, and I was driving it really well on top of it. I came in the back 9 so well I almost just went back out for another 18!

And missed a 30ish foot eagle putt by about 2 inches! But I'll never complain about tap in birdies 😉 

 

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48/39 = 87.   As you can tell, the back nine was in better shape. Three straight doubles on holes 3-5.  Didn't score any better today on our aerated course, but I drove the ball better.  Much better.  Short game and putting on the greens are what's keeping me from my usual 81 round.  

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Cold here this morning, 32, very close to having a frost delay. Went 41/39 for an 80, one of these days I'll get under 80 again probably just thinking about it to much. Today was terrible was if the tee. Two penalty shots on the front that led to bogey and a handful more in the trees, though I like to blame this on the very cold no warmup start. Otherwise hit 10/18 greens which is high for me, and only one three putt.

Not the best day to start Arccos tracking with the short shorts in the cold, but it was fun to see some of the metrics. Of course today was easy to figure out the problem ☺️.

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I'm really happy tonight. After playing about as badly as I can last Saturday, I had a nice round on Tuesday, and backed it up with an even better one today on the same course I imploded on last week. What a difference a week makes, I improved on last week's debacle by 16 strokes!!!

We had a Tropical storm come through on Thursday, so the course was soaking wet, and we were cart path only. It was also a damp and windy day, so after months of extreme heat and humidity down here, this morning was jacket weather, and the cooler of ice water was replaced with a thermos filled with coffee.

I hit the ball extremely well, but came up short a bunch of times either due to wind or my ball plugging into the soft, wet grass. My short game has been improving and today it really helped me a lot, either getting up and down for par, or saving bogey. I shot 40 - 38, broke 80, and took 1st place by 3 strokes.

Golf is a great game, but it can be an extremely frustrating one also. I said this Tuesday, but I'd like to once again thank my internet friends here who gave me the encouragement they did last week when I was so down on myself and my game. Hopefully an old dog can still learn some new tricks, and I start dealing better with the ups and downs on my own though, LOL. 

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23 minutes ago, Grand Stranded said:

I'm really happy tonight. After playing about as badly as I can last Saturday, I had a nice round on Tuesday, and backed it up with an even better one today on the same course I imploded on last week. What a difference a week makes, I improved on last week's debacle by 16 strokes!!!

We had a Tropical storm come through on Thursday, so the course was soaking wet, and we were cart path only. It was also a damp and windy day, so after months of extreme heat and humidity down here, this morning was jacket weather, and the cooler of ice water was replaced with a thermos filled with coffee.

I hit the ball extremely well, but came up short a bunch of times either due to wind or my ball plugging into the soft, wet grass. My short game has been improving and today it really helped me a lot, either getting up and down for par, or saving bogey. I shot 40 - 38, broke 80, and took 1st place by 3 strokes.

Golf is a great game, but it can be an extremely frustrating one also. I said this Tuesday, but I'd like to once again thank my internet friends here who gave me the encouragement they did last week when I was so down on myself and my game. Hopefully an old dog can still learn some new tricks, and I start dealing better with the ups and downs on my own though, LOL. 

Hey!  That's what we are here for.  I knew it wouldn't last; happens to all of us now and then.  I'm glad it didn't last very long.

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Not so good today...82.  

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Drove it pretty well, and long at times.  But the GIR was pretty bad.  I've been following the Planemate protocols for about 3 weeks now and while I'm confident I'm improving in terms of overall contact and quality of strike, I sometimes find my timing getting out of whack and hitting some well struck blocks if that makes any sense.

Overall my short game let me down more than anything, bladed a couple wedges and missed a lot of makeable putts.  Eagled 13 though...that's what I'll remember from the round!

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We had our club's member-member tournament today.  27 holes, 9 best ball, 9 chapman, and 9 scramble.  My partner and I didn't fare too well.  Not that we played poorly, we just didn't play well.  On the best ball, I shot 39 and as a team we scored even par gross and -3 net.  The scramble was on the inside 9, by far our toughest 9 holes on the course.  We shot even par.  On the Chapman, we stunk it up.  Maybe because we were getting tired or maybe it was just one of those days, but we ended up shooting 6 over for the 9 holes.  Hit some good shots, hit some stinkers.

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I got out for a rare 18 yesterday afternoon and it was a stinker of an 86.  All kinds of excuses available but I just lost about a shot a hole either hitting a bad shot,  miscalculated yardages, a bad bounce on a decent shot, poor chip, not knowing where hazards were on a blind shot lines, 3 putts on aerified greens, being stiff after all the morning lawn work etc.   I hit driver better than I had in a few weeks and it was a beautiful day here so at least I had that.  

The temptation was too much and I took both drivers, had a little competition and by the end of the round the G410 had regained gamer status, so I had to remove it from the classified ad.  I said in the ad if somebody didn't buy the thing I wouldn't be able to resist for too long.  I think I have the golf club version of A.D.D.

 

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1 hour ago, Shapotomous said:

I got out for a rare 18 yesterday afternoon and it was a stinker of an 86.  All kinds of excuses available but I just lost about a shot a hole either hitting a bad shot,  miscalculated yardages, a bad bounce on a decent shot, poor chip, not knowing where hazards were on a blind shot lines, 3 putts on aerified greens, being stiff after all the morning lawn work etc.   I hit driver better than I had in a few weeks and it was a beautiful day here so at least I had that.  

The temptation was too much and I took both drivers, had a little competition and by the end of the round the G410 had regained gamer status, so I had to remove it from the classified ad.  I said in the ad if somebody didn't buy the thing I wouldn't be able to resist for too long.  I think I have the golf club version of A.D.D.

 

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- 43 (+7)
- 3/8 FIR
- 3/9 GIR (1 birdie)
- 16 Putts (7 2-putts, 2 1-putts)

First post-#CC4 round, which I had to shorten to nine holes because of an outing. That meant teeing off the back nine, which bought me a little more time because you can track your tee shot into the sunrise. Definitely getting to the end of the season both with light and temperature. I couldn't play yesterday because of frost, and this morning it was somewhere right around 40 degrees. Brr.

I didn't swing particularly well, really blocking a lot of stuff right at the moment, but really just killed the round with a triple bogey on No. 11. Short tee shot, blocked 5 iron down the right side into the trees and then trying to get out of the trees I squared up a trunk and sent the ball about 25 yards behind me. Also thinned a 54 wedge on No. 13 after a really nice tee shot to turn a good birdie look and guaranteed par into a bogey, and then slipped on the wet grass on No. 14 which led me to have to lay up twice before reaching the green.

Still, I putted the best I have in a while this morning so I'm happy about that. And I'm not striking the ball terribly, just think I'm swaying/sliding just a little and that's causing the blocked shots. Overall everything has way less movement than I had previously, and that's a good thing because trying to play a 10-20 yard slinging hook on every shot is no easy task.

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45/42:87 at Palmetto Hall-Arthur Hills course, Par 72, played it at 5631 yards, 67.8/117. I had a birdie on #17 Par 3, 143 yards.

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Tomorrow we play the Robert Cupp course at Palmetto Hall.


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