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Played 36 in Vegas on Monday at Paiute. Barely broke 100, but was playing the toughest tees on the hardest course by accident. Actually started playing really well on the second half of the last 18. Had about 4-5 pars, which is pretty awesome.

 

I think I only bombed two drives around 250, and ended up hitting most under 215 which is pathetic for me.

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My wife and I played our practice course after work today. I love it now that DST is here and it was 73 today and sunny. Perfect... Except that it seemed that I was constantly needing a 9-iron. Of course, those of you that read my thread 70Yard SCOR know that yesterday the head came off my SCOR 42 which is my 9. Well, it gave me a chance to play some different shots with different clubs. That's worth trying sometime. Pretend you're Seve!

 

BTW, the 42 is fixed!!

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Played a rain shortened 14 holes today. No missed fairways, 9 GIRs 2 over at World Woods Pine Barrens which is a top 50 course you can play and top 100 course in overall rankings in America. It was wet so there was no roll but honestly that made the course play a bit easier.

 

12 pars, 2 bogeys, very boring day. I like boring.

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Played yesterday and had a great day - if you're following that other thread this means that I had fun and shot a good score.  I had fun because I played with my son, one of my college roomates and we picked up a great guy as a fourth.  We were playing a course on MacDill Airforce base and this guy was retired Navy so he and my son had a blast - they also hit it a mile all over the place together.  Sadly for both of them the course required great precision - I'm sure that they went through 2 dozen balls (in my son's case mostly mine) between the two of them.

 

As for the course they've recently redone the greens and re-sodded the fairways.  It was in great shape and its a course that has won awards as top military base course in the past so they've done an outstanding job of allowing it to shine.  It's also a doozy in regards to forcing you to be strategic or perish.  There's only one hole on the back where water doesn't come into play - there's water on that hole it just shouldn't come into play (I'm guessing it still does but it really shouldn't.)  Every other hole on that back is a potential round killer - actually starting with 8 every hole is a potential round killer where you better think about what you're doing first! 

 

Since I haven't played there for a few years I noticed that I've accomplished a goal in becoming more strategically aggressive - I never backed off of driver and chose the right line with it over or away from water/nasty fairway bunkers/ob. every time.  That led to a couple of extra short irons than I've had there in the past which led to more birdie chances, but only 2 birdies - still no stress pars are nice.  I hit 12 greens which means that my offseason desire to improve the mid game - 140 - 180 bore some fruit - even my misses in that range were good - with one exception - but I was able to make bogey as I did off of my one poor tee shot.

 

So having avoided penalty strokes (only one shot even close) and hitting it closer to the pin (not always on the green but clearly closer to the pin) with my 7 - 4 hybrid - I had 2 birdies, 3 bogeys and 13 pars for a 73.

 

I will say that I'm very happy with my Paderson shaft.  I have great control of the driver right now.  I don't believe that my longest drives are longer than my longest drives before but I have way more drives at the top end of my driving capability and way, way, way fewer miss hits.  Best of all because it reduces spin my preferred miss hit - the over hook - straightens out and rolls like a banshee so that I get close to my normal distance off it.

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Played today. Solid 20mph wind. 45-38 for an 83. One of these days I'll put two good 9s together in the same round. Ball striking wasn't very good with my irons. My driver and 3W continue to impress me. Still loving the SCORs and Ketsch. Just gotta get back into practicing. It shows when I don't get to the range for two weeks.

 

Highlight of the day goes to my playing partner. He hit a good drive on the par 5 #17. Hit a hybrid for his second shot which ended up in the left greenside bunker. His first bunker shot hit the grass above the lip and rolled back to his feet. He caught his second bunker shot clean and sent it into the right green side bunker. He cussed himself as he made the walk of shame across the green. He then proceeded to hole his third bunker shot for a par. Moral of the story is never give up.

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Played Monday and Tuesday... Shot 88 and 93... 88 should have been a lot lower but the putter has been really off, mostly due to changing green speed. the 93 was due to a combination of poor putting, iron work and playing the par 3's like trash. 

 

On the plus side, found an iron thought process that has simplified and also allowed me to get a feel for the irons. It's about time, but what's really good is that it's a pretty simple thought, so I don't have a lot of thinking going on when swinging.

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Played 9 yesterday at The Fairways at Twin Lakes. Shot a 45, which was OK since I've got tennis elbow in my left arm.

 

It didn't show up in any air swings, but holding the club and swinging is another matter. Time to get the strap out guess.

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Course was crowded and windy, so I basically jumped around the holes and played a practice round Saturday, since we're going to have another chilly (possibly snowy) week coming up I just wanted to get in as much play as I could.

 

I was REALLY pleased with my putting and the Paderson shaft in the driver is allowing me to clear some hazards I was laying up on last season.  I'm going to have to get used to the distances with the new graphite shafts in my irons, as I managed to overshoot the greens a LOT.  The range doesn't have distance markers up yet, so I'm basically guessing what club to use right now.  The irons are definitely longer and higher than they were with the steel Rifle S3 shafts.

 

The one change I made in my bag I'm not happy with is putting a graphite shaft in my sand wedge, as it just doesn't have the right feel for bunkers and chipping anymore.  I think I'll be putting the steel back in it this week.

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Was a pretty decent day all in all. Misting and light sprinkling kept most people away. Got to Shadowglen about an hour and twenty minutes early to get a little extra time on the range as well as the practice green to get a feel for my new Rife putter. 

 

Was told 90% had cancelled and I was free to go off whenever I was ready. So with a rare opportunity to play alone and not worry about anyone coming up behind me, I made this a great training and practice opportunity for myself. 

 

With the exception of off the tee, anytime I made a bad shot and KNEW what I had done wrong, I dropped another until i hit the right shot. Normally this was only one ball. I found it a great confidence builder to be able to troubleshoot my own swing and be fairly accurate in what I thought i did wrong. 

 

Also tried a one month membership to all the bells and whistles my golf app has. So I found that my club ranges at the range and on the course were vastly different. So it was nice to see what my gametime distances are on my clubs. 

 

On a very positive note: I have my ability to pitch or hit flop shots under 50 yards. I was about 58 yards from the green and 10 yards above the green height. As i have normally done, I grabbed my trusty 7 iron for a nice chip shot. I ran a little hot and rolled it 40 feet past the hole. As I began to get back in the cart, I figured I would use my training opportunity to try my pitch shot. I placed a ball near where my last sat. Grabbed the Cleveland 56 and set up like I had just seen Bubba do in a video I had watched. Opened my stance and the clubface and took a swing. I am a horrid judge of ball flight when I hit shots like that. I was sure I flew the green. Yet the ball hit like a lawn dart, 18 inches from the hole and rolled 4 inches towards.  That shot alone was enough to keep a smile on my face the rest of the day. 

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This is the SMALL footbridge going to the 18th green. Baby Swilken?

 

As far as score. When you count the good shots where I corrected my known mistakes, I shot 2 birdies, 5 pars. We will not discuss the bogies, doubles, triples and one at 4 over par. 

 

The other score i keep when I go out is my ball over/under. that is how many balls I lose compared to how many I find while searching for mine. So yesterday, i finished my ball count at 5 over - finding 5 more than I lost. 

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So happy to check in and see that you guys are getting out to play. Clearly spring has sprung. I'm playing tomorrow but then may have to take a couple of weeks off because my wife is having surgery on Thursday.

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Course was crowded and windy, so I basically jumped around the holes and played a practice round Saturday, since we're going to have another chilly (possibly snowy) week coming up I just wanted to get in as much play as I could.

 

I was REALLY pleased with my putting and the Paderson shaft in the driver is allowing me to clear some hazards I was laying up on last season.  I'm going to have to get used to the distances with the new graphite shafts in my irons, as I managed to overshoot the greens a LOT.  The range doesn't have distance markers up yet, so I'm basically guessing what club to use right now.  The irons are definitely longer and higher than they were with the steel Rifle S3 shafts.

 

The one change I made in my bag I'm not happy with is putting a graphite shaft in my sand wedge, as it just doesn't have the right feel for bunkers and chipping anymore.  I think I'll be putting the steel back in it this week.

Don't give up on the graphite out of the sand too quickly. I currently have steel in my 60 and graphite in everything else. I have no issues hitting the 53 out of a greenside bunker. My basic sand swing with the 60 flies 20 feet, make the same swing with the 53 and it flies 30 feet, run out depends on the surface where the ball lands but generally speaking the 53 is running out double for 60 feet and the 60 runs out 10 feet for 30 feet. I make swing or club face adjustments based on that. It works great. It just took a little practice and some on course success for the confidence to build.

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Was a pretty decent day all in all. Misting and light sprinkling kept most people away. Got to Shadowglen about an hour and twenty minutes early to get a little extra time on the range as well as the practice green to get a feel for my new Rife putter. 

 

Was told 90% had cancelled and I was free to go off whenever I was ready. So with a rare opportunity to play alone and not worry about anyone coming up behind me, I made this a great training and practice opportunity for myself. 

 

With the exception of off the tee, anytime I made a bad shot and KNEW what I had done wrong, I dropped another until i hit the right shot. Normally this was only one ball. I found it a great confidence builder to be able to troubleshoot my own swing and be fairly accurate in what I thought i did wrong. 

 

Also tried a one month membership to all the bells and whistles my golf app has. So I found that my club ranges at the range and on the course were vastly different. So it was nice to see what my gametime distances are on my clubs. 

 

On a very positive note: I have my ability to pitch or hit flop shots under 50 yards. I was about 58 yards from the green and 10 yards above the green height. As i have normally done, I grabbed my trusty 7 iron for a nice chip shot. I ran a little hot and rolled it 40 feet past the hole. As I began to get back in the cart, I figured I would use my training opportunity to try my pitch shot. I placed a ball near where my last sat. Grabbed the Cleveland 56 and set up like I had just seen Bubba do in a video I had watched. Opened my stance and the clubface and took a swing. I am a horrid judge of ball flight when I hit shots like that. I was sure I flew the green. Yet the ball hit like a lawn dart, 18 inches from the hole and rolled 4 inches towards.  That shot alone was enough to keep a smile on my face the rest of the day. 

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This is the SMALL footbridge going to the 18th green. Baby Swilken?

 

As far as score. When you count the good shots where I corrected my known mistakes, I shot 2 birdies, 5 pars. We will not discuss the bogies, doubles, triples and one at 4 over par. 

 

The other score i keep when I go out is my ball over/under. that is how many balls I lose compared to how many I find while searching for mine. So yesterday, i finished my ball count at 5 over - finding 5 more than I lost. 

 

Good job!  This sounds like one of my rounds on my practice course.  Certain times of the day, there is no one on the course and I head out to practice certain types of shots at locations where my ball usually ends up.  I did that yesterday.  It rained hard for about an hour, but I could see that it was clearing up so out I went.  Absolutely no one at the course.  I've been practicing FW and hybrid shots so I will hit a couple of shots when I got to those locations; one FW and one hybrid.  My conclusion is that there is not much difference between a 5W and a 3H except the 5W flies higher.  I've got a couple more clubs to try next time.

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Don't give up on the graphite out of the sand too quickly. I currently have steel in my 60 and graphite in everything else. I have no issues hitting the 53 out of a greenside bunker. My basic sand swing with the 60 flies 20 feet, make the same swing with the 53 and it flies 30 feet, run out depends on the surface where the ball lands but generally speaking the 53 is running out double for 60 feet and the 60 runs out 10 feet for 30 feet. I make swing or club face adjustments based on that. It works great. It just took a little practice and some on course success for the confidence to build.

Just snagged an Edel 55* with a steel shaft off eBay.  I can leave the graphite in my Nike 56* and work with both wedges for awhile.  As my 4 iron distance appears to be close to my 3 hybrid now, I might just keep both wedges in the bag - lol

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Still not scoring very well, with our two day points tourney next weekend.  Seemd like every time i hit a good shot, I would follow up with a lousy one. Shot 48/46=94.

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Still not scoring very well, with our two day points tourney next weekend.  Seemd like every time i hit a good shot, I would follow up with a lousy one. Shot 48/46=94.

Wish I had that kind of day every day. My average is about 6 strokes more. 

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Played absolutely abysmal today. At least it felt that way. Hit my irons terrible. Driver was great, wedges were decent, putter was pretty bad. Shot a 41-44 for an 85. 2 birdies, 4 doubles, and 1 triple. Frustrating.

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Was going through my pics and vids from yesterday. Had forgotten all about this one. First par five of course. Second shot, three wood at 263 yards. Push it out right as is common for my three wood. Up over the mounds and out of view. This was the first hint my day wasn't going to go as expected.

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Needless to say, i decided NOT to try this shot. Dropped a clubs length out and went from there.

 

 

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Played absolutely abysmal today. At least it felt that way. Hit my irons terrible. Driver was great, wedges were decent, putter was pretty bad. Shot a 41-44 for an 85. 2 birdies, 4 doubles, and 1 triple. Frustrating.

If you don't want that 85, can I have it? ;)

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Yesterday was my second round of 2015 and second in over six months. It definitely had potential, but I was over reading putts. The over reading started on hole #1 with my first lip-out of the day (twelve foot birdie putt)'and didn't end until the 15th hole where I finally played half the break I was reading (5 foot birdie putt). I hit 9/14 fairways (6/11 with driver) 13/18 GIR, zero penalties, was in the sand twice and get up and down both times. All lead to a "oh what might have been" 2 birdie and 4 bogey 74.

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Played absolutely abysmal today. At least it felt that way. Hit my irons terrible. Driver was great, wedges were decent, putter was pretty bad. Shot a 41-44 for an 85. 2 birdies, 4 doubles, and 1 triple. Frustrating.

It's early. Give it a few weeks.

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