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My wife and I played Caloosa in Sun City Center today. A ho hum 88 for me. The Bermuda grass rough is killing me. At one of the tee boxes this big fellow was watching us. Doesn't look big in the photos but had to be a good 12 feet. My partner was watching him as I was teeing off - didn't want any surprises as my back was turned to him.
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They look kinda harmless when they’re laying there like that.
There not


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I played nine holes today in the Classic Bag Challenge. The course was pretty busy and being a walk up, I figured I might not get to play and was prepared to just hit the range. I got paired up with a gentleman and his son-in-law and had a good time. Josh (the son-in-law) was playing his second ever round of golf and I was happy to be playing with someone new to the game. My favorite moment of the day was him stepping up to the ninth tee and proclaiming he was going to rip it, and he did. The excitement he displayed was a wonderful reminder of why we play this game. 

I didn't play too well, shot a 59 over nine holes with my iron play being the main culprit. I hit the driver well and even hit of couple of shots that impressed the playing partners. I didn't lose a ball, but did have to hit from a couple of nasty lies. My putting was good and I nearly holed a couple of long ones. My game has been a dumpster fire this year, but my putting has been my saving grace. 

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82 (41/41), two birdies and three doubles on the front... Driving and putting were positives today, all approaches weren’t. 2nd lesson Wednesday.... 

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They look kinda harmless when they’re laying there like that.
There not


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Harmless looking or not if it's got teeth I'm staying away


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That’s a great idea! By the looks of it you’re just “snack size”!
SWMBO and I saw one probably similar length last week in a large retention pond near residential area. As soon as the idiots start feeding it it’ll get relocated. There was a 14’ in there last year that was moved to Gatorland.


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7 hours ago, Kenny B said:

Not going out today.  Temp dropped to 27º last night and the high is only going to be 40º.  It's 34º now at 10:30am so I'm guessing that there is at least a 2-3 hour frost delay.  That would mean that our 10am tee time won't be until about 1pm... wasted day.  High 40's tomorrow looks a lot better.

I lied!!  I did go out today; got a call about 11am asking if I wanted to walk 9 holes at 1pm.  I am so easy!!  🥴

Temp was 38º.  Birdied #1, and was even par through #8.  Doubled #9, but I blame the flat light, as the sun was not out and it was starting to get a little dark for these old eyes.  Still, +2 for the front nine par 37 is a score I can live with after a lot of bogeys yesterday.

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5 hours ago, dlow206 said:

Trying to work on some swing changes and a grip change and of course that means that I played as bad as possible. Couldn't even hit a pitch shot right. Near the end of the round, figured out what was going wrong, then i could at least start to hit pitch shots well again. 

Had a range session after the round. Found that as i have been working on swing changes, my tempo got slow. And when my tempo gets slow, bad things happen. Sequencing gets really really off. So I sped up my tempo while hitting some balls, and of course i hit the ball much better.

Got home and recorded myself doing the parallel to parallel drill that my instructor asked me to work on. I did it with what I think is my good "fast" tempo, but not trying to swing too hard. When I watched the video, this "fast" tempo actually looks really smooth and controlled on video. No wonder my swing sucked out on the course, my tempo must have been like the speed of a loaded up minivan. 

Well done!!  Got the Monte minivan analogy in there.  Good job!!

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9 minutes ago, Kenny B said:

Well done!!  Got the Monte minivan analogy in there.  Good job!!

Haha yeah, but minivan speed on full swing is not necessarily good. I think Monte used the minivan analogy in the Use the Bounce series, right?

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41 minutes ago, dlow206 said:

Haha yeah, but minivan speed on full swing is not necessarily good. I think Monte used the minivan analogy in the Use the Bounce series, right?

Yep!  That's a great short game video; helped me a lot, especially the bunker lessons.  

Had a long bunker shot today...  the bunker is about 35 yards short of the green and the pin was in the back, another 20 yards.  Most bunker shots are relatively short greenside shots, but this bunker is set back away from the green.  I am normally short of the bunker on this short par 4, but today with a little breeze and firming up fairways, my ball rolled in.  I decided my 54º wasn't enough, so used my PW; opened it up a little and made my normal bunker swing... flew it all the way to the hole.  Just like Monte showed me.

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40/42:82. Putting was good. Driver and irons were mediocre. Chipping was good. Distance wedges were terrible; too many fat shots.

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1 hour ago, cnosil said:

40/42:82. Putting was good. Driver and irons were mediocre. Chipping was good. Distance wedges were terrible; too many fat shots.

I’d love an 82 based on how your round went 🙂

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I’d love an 82 based on how your round went

It is all relative to expectations but it is all relatable no matter how good or bad of a player someone is. I completely understand where you are at with you game and how shots you hit well one minute become terrible the next. My definition of a bad shot is just narrower than yours.
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Yep!  We are all at different skill levels and obviously have different expectations.  I have good chipping days and bad chipping days.  Some days the ball checks up when I don't want it to, and some days it doesn't when I want it to check.  Generally, I am happy if I can chip to within 6 feet, but like them to be closer.  🥴

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13 hours ago, Rickp said:


That’s a great idea! By the looks of it you’re just “snack size”!
SWMBO and I saw one probably similar length last week in a large retention pond near residential area. As soon as the idiots start feeding it it’ll get relocated. There was a 14’ in there last year that was moved to Gatorland.


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Just past the entrance to my development on the main road (Hwy 17) there's a place called Alligator Adventure. It turns out the man who owns the Barefoot Golf complex built it as a place to put all the gators they "relocate" from the property. His son runs the place, and it's one of the most popular tourist attractions in town. (money goes to money...) 

We see them all the time down here. Some courses are loaded with them (Caledonia for example I saw over ten of them). I've been here almost 10 years now, and I've never seen nor heard of a gator attacking a golfer. Granted, there are probably stories of when it's happened, but I'd be willing to bet it was because the person was dumb enough to provoke the gator.

One thing about living down here, you see all kinds of wildlife. Everything from black bears, panthers, eagles, hawks, gators, all kinds of snakes, and perhaps the ugliest animal I've ever seen, the turkey vulture. From what I've seen, if you don't bother them, they won't bother you...

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Just past the entrance to my development on the main road (Hwy 17) there's a place called Alligator Adventure. It turns out the man who owns the Barefoot Golf complex built it as a place to put all the gators they "relocate" from the property. His son runs the place, and it's one of the most popular tourist attractions in town. (money goes to money...) 
We see them all the time down here. Some courses are loaded with them (Caledonia for example I saw over ten of them). I've been here almost 10 years now, and I've never seen nor heard of a gator attacking a golfer. Granted, there are probably stories of when it's happened, but I'd be willing to bet it was because the person was dumb enough to provoke the gator.
One thing about living down here, you see all kinds of wildlife. Everything from black bears, panthers, eagles, hawks, gators, all kinds of snakes, and perhaps the ugliest animal I've ever seen, the turkey vulture. From what I've seen, if you don't bother them, they won't bother you...

When we had our condo in Surfside Beach we saw many Gators. Barefoot Landing had gators w no fence and people we’re walking around w little kids!! The old waterway hills & Arrowhead had many gators.
The only gator attacks I know of here are on the little dogs that some people walk right next to ponds. Not the gator fault.


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When I was in the service and stationed at Charleston Naval Base, we'd often go to the Naval Weapons Station golf course. There were ALWAYS gators adorning the fairways.  One particular hole had a fair size pond that you needed to lay up to.  Often 5 or 6 gators lazed out in front of the pond.  Didn't want to lay up TOO close to the pond 🙂

 

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downpours last night and early this morning and 30mph winds made for a really tough round. 

i played...well i played a round in late november in nothing more than a long sleeve polo, we can leave it at that and forget about the rest 😂😂

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Played 9 holes with my Monday walking buddies.  Started par, birdie, bogey, double.  Is that "hitting for the cycle" in golf?? 

Ended up +3 for a 40 on a nice fall day.  Mounds very typical on my course make for interesting lies.

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We've had a pretty bad week rain wise so the course has struggled to get us on 18 holes. Last couple of rounds we play 11 holes then restart and play another 7. They have also requested us to walk and carry if possible to protect the course. So it is 4 layers of clothes on top, snood, beanie hat, golf mitts, waterproof trousers and golf boots with stinger cleats  but I'm still out playing. Chipping is particularly difficult at the moment you just can't predict how the ball will react on the 1st bounce, sometimes it rolls out others it just digs in and rolls 6 inches.

Saturday only lasted 14 holes, 15mph wind and a squall came in and just soaked us. Still managed a decent score in trying conditions of 6 over   

Today 5 over for 18 without really making a putt, had my Mavrik Driver back with the lengthen shaft and this seems to be doing the trick, striking the ball really well. 17th is a 275 yd par 4, down wind I can just about make it, putting for eagle twice on it today (missed them both). 

Going to try and play the next 3 days forecast is cold but dry so hopefully get a decent score or 2.

 

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