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21 hours ago, Tiftaaft said:

will take another run tomorrow at 0-dark-thirty and hopefully play to my handicap.

MUCH better day ball striking today.  Pretty consistent through the round. 

79 (68.9/122), 1 bird, 0 doubles, 8/14 FIR, 10/18 GIR, 32 putts.   

I identified some things to work out (with chisag's suggestions on the 'post your swing' thread) such as takeaway path, getting on plane, and clearing my right elbow for good hip turn.  Also noticed I was a little outside in on my approach irons today (based on the divot) which the drills from above will help with that as well I'm sure.  

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1 hour ago, edingc said:

I understand your frustrations as I play at a similar style course. The owner does a great job with what he has, but he basically has a full-time staff of one (himself) and then three or four part-timers, plus some high school kids during the summer. He's the cheapest course in the area now as well, so it takes a beating as there are a lot of beer drinkers who don't have an ounce of etiquette or care for the course. Pins move maybe once a week, the fairways are long, drainage has improved but there are still many, many trees that need removal to make the course open up and play fairly. Like you, I'd have to spend $600-$800 more to play less and with less flexibility at the next course I'd move to.

All I can offer is that you take it in stride knowing that there are going to be days where the cups are mounded, or you get a bad break with a thick lie from the middle of the fairway. Some days you'll be lucky, other days you won't. It's tough when you're playing for scores or handicaps, but eventually you'll have a day where all of the stars align and you'll shoot that great score, even in less than perfect conditions.

Thanks, it's good to know that someone else is in my boat. My course has almost the exact same clientele. I am playing for score, so I can tell it hurts me when I get on a course with actual break and speed in their greens. At home I'm just trying to bang the putts through the bumps, mounds, and crookedness. I could go to another course, but then that is 100% of the golf budget, and the only course I play all year, as we mentioned it's too expensive to travel around twice a week.

It's frustrating because to me, greens should be every courses #1 priority. It's the only part that every golfer plays on.

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On 7/10/2021 at 8:29 PM, Ben_Howell34 said:

I have never taken lessons but I think I’m about to take the plunge. Need something to lean on and stick with, especially in the short game. 

Take the plunge. It's worth it if you find someone good. Get a pack of 4 lessons and spread them out over a few months. After your first one, you will probably play like crap because you are mixing old swing with new but eventually, you will pick up the right feel.

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1 hour ago, TBS said:

if you find someone good.

This is the challenge....

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Played about as poorly yesterday as I have played in a while. Grip was getting sloppy, and when grip gets sloppy, it just makes things harder for me to execute. Going to make sure to hold my training grip periodically during the day to make sure the grip becomes more automatic and consistent. 

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4 minutes ago, Kenny B said:

My wife and I played Sat. and Sun, earlier than usual.  Nice because it was cooler, but apparently I was quite awake yet.  Teeing off on Sat at 5:45am, I struggled to even hit the ball.  I didn't make my first par until hole #7, but I did have a triple double; I hear that's pretty good... in basketball!!  Shot 87.

Sunday was a little better teeing off at 6:20am; shot 83 but still had 3 doubles.  I did manage a 15 foot downhill birdie on the par 3 #4 playing 139 yards and a short birdie putt on the par 3 #8 hole playing 216 yards.

The 5 days of 109-118º and 3 weeks of over 100º heat has taken a toll on our course.  The tops of the grassy mounds can't get enough water when irrigating and the grass has died in many spots.  Hole #3:

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On the par 5 #6 hole, my drive was in the middle of the fairway... right here:

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Didn't hit the best of shots, but missed this dead patch... I was in the next one closer to the green.  

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I got a lucky bounce on the par 3 #8 hole playing 216 yards for this putt for birdie.  Mine is the closest to the pin.

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I can't believe I'm saying this, but....... I wish it would rain!!!!!!!!

5:45 am, like in the morning 😱.  That’s early!!

Earliest I’ve played was 6:30 am which was an experiment they tried at a local course.  Only lasted 1 year, the greens staff were having trouble getting early morning work done also Pro Shop Staff didn’t like it either. 
Following year went back to 7:00am except for 6:30 am in August heat.

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3 minutes ago, B.Boston said:

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Had a good round yesterday morning despite the soggy conditions.  Greens were rolling well for the most part and while everything was wet there was less casual water than I was expecting.  

As for my performance I was VERY up and down with some really good shots and some head scratchers.  I started out with a double bogey and a 3-putt on one.  OUCH but it happens.  Second hole I hit OB off the tee.  Hit a good second drive 270 just in the left rough.  I then proceeded to hole out from 152 with an 8-iron… for par! Haha

Another example of the up and down nature… I had this 5-iron from 190 on the par 3 8th hole:

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Landed just past the hole and trickled down the ridge back towards the hole.  I then managed to miss the 2 foot birdie attempt and walked away with par so that goes down as an unofficial “3-putt” because you just can’t miss those!

Overall though I was happy with most of my play.  Had a strong game off the tee (outside of 3 early penalties) and was very happy to see 255 average and 287 long.  My driver was on fire on the back 9 where I had every drive over 259 including a few in the 270s.  This was despite soft conditions.  Here is my drive on 17:

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That was all of 270 on the fly as it bounced back and basically came back a foot from where I landed.

Some highlight holes:

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All in all, a great day of golf… it’s always a good time when I can outdrive @Lacassem a few times! 

 

Great round! Especially with that hole out from 152, that's awesome!

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7 minutes ago, Rickp said:

5:45 am, like in the morning 😱.  That’s early!!

Earliest I’ve played was 6:30 am which was an experiment they tried at a local course.  Only lasted 1 year, the greens staff were having trouble getting early morning work done also Pro Shop Staff didn’t like it either. 
Following year went back to 7:00am except for 6:30 am in August heat.

It was the 3rd tee time when you could get a cart.  However, there were guys out on #5 that were members that walk.

BTW, I'm not doing that again.  😬

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28 minutes ago, sirchunksalot said:

Great round! Especially with that hole out from 152, that's awesome!

Thanks! It was a thin one, bounced on the front of the green, and then I couldn’t tell if it went in or just went over the crest on the green as it passed the flag. I wasn’t even sure until I looked in the hole!

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1 hour ago, Lacassem said:

I had probably one of the most fun tournaments I’ve ever played in today…..and that’s with absolute monsoon conditions for 6 holes.

played at one of the premier courses around in Pinehills country club in Plymouth, MA. Was put on by C&W services which is a facilities group and they pulled all the stops. Unlimited range balls, fantastic breakfast lunch and dinner, great prizes and open bar all day, incredible.

represented MGS well today

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was worried about it being cancelled, was light rain when I got there, had a great range session and we got to our starting hole 17 @ 9am. The sky’s absolutely opened up as soon as we teed off. It downpoured for about 6 holes. I went through 6 gloves and 5 towels lol. My rain jacket soaked through, which I didn’t think could be done. But if anyone is looking for rain shoes I put the UA HOVR shoes to the test today…..buy them I have dry feet.

we pard 4 and birdied 2 of those 6 holes which was honestly extremely impressive IMO. My game was on and we had another guy similar handicap to me that is a really good player, other 2 drained some putts on those 6 for us that saved our butts.

well sky’s cleared and the sun poked out. We proceeded to go 8 under after the first 6 with a completely clean card, 1 eagle and 8 birds. The course drained surprisingly and dried up a bit, and we finished dry as you can see below.

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irons and wedges were filthy today, tucked some close and put several wedges to tap in distance. No incredible drives but the short game worked for us. One frustrating part was I put closest to the pin hole to 3’ 2” which I found out would have won. There was a 12” written down on the card so I didn’t write it down, come to find out some moron wrote a porn stars name in……I didn’t catch the joke…..kid won it with a 4’ 6” ball……

all in all we came in second. Won 100$ and the course gave EVERYONE a free round good until next November for sticking out the rain! The group I played with was absolutely a blast, we drank, laughed and had a great day splashing the balls around.

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drained this 30’ for Bird! (Used all 3 of my shots)
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Awesome showing!  The KP deal was a kick in the willie though... either the not real winner or the joker should have bought you a drink 🙂.

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1 hour ago, B.Boston said:

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Had a good round yesterday morning despite the soggy conditions.  Greens were rolling well for the most part and while everything was wet there was less casual water than I was expecting.  

As for my performance I was VERY up and down with some really good shots and some head scratchers.  I started out with a double bogey and a 3-putt on one.  OUCH but it happens.  Second hole I hit OB off the tee.  Hit a good second drive 270 just in the left rough.  I then proceeded to hole out from 152 with an 8-iron… for par! Haha

Another example of the up and down nature… I had this 5-iron from 190 on the par 3 8th hole:

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Landed just past the hole and trickled down the ridge back towards the hole.  I then managed to miss the 2 foot birdie attempt and walked away with par so that goes down as an unofficial “3-putt” because you just can’t miss those!

Overall though I was happy with most of my play.  Had a strong game off the tee (outside of 3 early penalties) and was very happy to see 255 average and 287 long.  My driver was on fire on the back 9 where I had every drive over 259 including a few in the 270s.  This was despite soft conditions.  Here is my drive on 17:

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That was all of 270 on the fly as it bounced back and basically came back a foot from where I landed.

Some highlight holes:

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All in all, a great day of golf… it’s always a good time when I can outdrive @Lacassem a few times! 

 

It looks like frost on the fairway in your picture 😲.

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5 minutes ago, fixyurdivot said:

Awesome showing!  The KP deal was a kick in the willie though... either the not real winner or the joker should have bought you a drink 🙂.

Yea I was disappointed that it was on there but we placed so it’s all good! Just happy I was with a group that was able to joke through the rain and end up playing on an actually beautiful afternoon. A lot of people bailed after 2 holes but we rode the storm!

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2 hours ago, Kenny B said:

When I retired, I told my wife I wanted to play at a full course with practice facility, so we moved to the most cost-effective course in our area.  However, it costs us almost $3000 a year to play a muni.  It's the price we have to live with to play a decent course in our area.  The good news is that playing here has helped my short game immensely, and I play sand shots reasonably well now... after lots of practice!!

If that's unlimited play, $3000/year for two players on a good quality course really isn't all that bad... especially as much as I know you both play. The only drawback to the member or annual pay arrangement is that one sometimes feels stuck having to play the same track to amortize the investment.  That's what intrigues me about SCG; 4 championship caliber courses on the property and all available as part of the homeowner annual golf pass.

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2 minutes ago, Lacassem said:

Yea I was disappointed that it was on there but we placed so it’s all good! Just happy I was with a group that was able to joke through the rain and end up playing on an actually beautiful afternoon. A lot of people bailed after 2 holes but we rode the storm!

I might have as I really hate playing in rain.  Sounds like you planned well for it with the extra gloves and towels 👍.

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