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At least have fun - that's the difference between us and Tiger or anyone else - at least we can still have fun even when we don't play well.

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At least have fun - that's the difference between us and Tiger or anyone else - at least we can still have fun even when we don't play well.

 

 

I have fun when I'm playing well. To see all the hard work I put into myself go down the drain is seriously disappointing and is no fun at all. I don't expect to hit everything well or make every putt, but I sure as hell don't intend to shoot 90's and quadruple bogeys the rest of the summer. I played all frickin' winter thinking my swing will be in shape when I got to the real course and it's worse. Just about to head out to the range again to try to fix these problems a.s.a.p.

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Played a six and a half hour round at Bethpage Red this afternoon and well evening since I finished in the dark. Nothing better than using street lights in the parking lot for your aiming line into the 18th green. Finally got the driver figured out and missed one fairway today and that was by about two paces. Ended up posting 75 for the say with a 38/37 split. Should have been 73 since I made good bogeys on 17 and 18 in the dark.

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Six and a half hours is crazy Jmike.  Kudos for your patience.  Think I would have walked off after 5 hours.  Good round though and as you say probably should have been a 73...

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Played yesterday at Troon North in Scottsdale though showers and heavy rain on and off. First two holes I lost 4 balls. My driver was giving me fits, mostly because I made a swing change on the range then lost the feel within 25 swings. Course was tight and a few holes ended up firing driver in the fairway only to watch it roll into trees and be gone.Ended up playing well on the back. Had a bunch of pars but couldn't putt real well because the greens were still bumpy from a 2 week old aeration. 

i'd go back there, but want to try out other courses in the area before teeing it up there again.

I liked Troon North, but that was a lot of years ago. There weren't too many houses there then. I expect there are plenty now.

 

If you want to try a nice course that is not very expensive, give Vistal GC on South Mountain a try. It's one of my favorites, the people that work there are very friendly, and the price is a lot cheaper than Troon. I've had some good rounds there.

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Well I finally made it out for a round on Saturday. It's been 3 weeks since I last played because, as I posted in another thread, my Dad had a stroke at the end of April and I went to help my Mom care for him. He's doing well with rehab and getting some strength and coordination back in his right arm and leg, so I drove home on Friday.

 

Saturday I played with my wife and another couple in a charity scramble. I played like crap! Couldn't get off the tee, couldn't hit approach shots, couldn't putt. It was awful! "I shoulda stayed home and played with myself." It's a good thing my wife showed up. She had a stellar game. Playing from the chick tees, we used her drive almost every time. (The other couple are fairly new to the game, which is nice speak for not very good).

 

Here's the funny part... We get to #7 a 140 yard par 3, and there is a tent set up with a guy there wearing a Dixon shirt. Yeah, remember Dixon. They are one of the golf ball sellers named the the Acushnet lawsuit. The deal is for $10 you get a Dixon Earth ball and if you get an Ace, you win a trip to Vegas. If you put it on the green, you win a sleeve of Dixon balls. I've aced this hole twice in the last 10 years, but not this time. I got a sleeve of balls though, only one in our group! That birdie, and another on the par 4 #8 was the only help I gave to the team. BTW, we finished 3rd.

 

The poor Dixon kid. He had just applied for this job and has really no experience. I mentioned the Acushnet lawsuit against Dixon and others, and of course he new nothing about it. I wonder how long his job will last.

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Felt like I played better today than yesterday but had the same score.  Hit my driver and 3 wood much better and have been working on an 8 iron chip shot around the greens that saved me a heap of shots today including a birdie on #15 that I chipped about 4 ft onto the green and it duly ran up the slope while taking the right to left break and fell into the middle of the cup.  Earned me a brand new Titleist which of course makes you want to come out and do it all again.  I've got to learn the old adage not to be so greedy when a bogey is better than a double and so on and hitting a 4 iron down the fairway is better than hitting a 3 wood into the bush, greedy, greedy, greedy :lol:

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Six and a half hours is crazy Jmike.  Kudos for your patience.  Think I would have walked off after 5 hours.  Good round though and as you say probably should have been a 73...

Had a long weekend with work issues so I needed some time to relax and Bethpage is a great place to spend an afternoon. Having my iPad with me was a plus.

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Inter club tournament match play, had to give the guy 9 stokes, I lost 4&3. It's very difficult to give that many strokes. I will say though, he was the best 14.8 hcp player I have ever seen. He missed 1 fairway the entire day. Don't know truly if he was a sandbagger, but his scoring range for the year was 87-95. With most scores being in 90 range. I looked at his ghin numbers again this morning, and there is magically a score of an 80 that wasn't there yesterday. He also shot 84 in the round.

My round, shot 39 on the front and was down 3 holes, I felt like I had to press on the back 9, so it got out of hand quickly, shot 44 on the back. 83, not bad but could have been much better, I learned some good lessons for tourney golf that I will be able to take with me for next time.

Still a bit frustrated.

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Inter club tournament match play, had to give the guy 9 stokes, I lost 4&3. It's very difficult to give that many strokes. I will say though, he was the best 14.8 hcp player I have ever seen. He missed 1 fairway the entire day. Don't know truly if he was a sandbagger, but his scoring range for the year was 87-95. With most scores being in 90 range. I looked at his ghin numbers again this morning, and there is magically a score of an 80 that wasn't there yesterday. He also shot 84 in the round.

My round, shot 39 on the front and was down 3 holes, I felt like I had to press on the back 9, so it got out of hand quickly, shot 44 on the back. 83, not bad but could have been much better, I learned some good lessons for tourney golf that I will be able to take with me for next time.

Still a bit frustrated.

That's definitely frustrating. Hard to say if he's sandbagging or not since he's not from your club. The 13 fairways, the 80, and even the 84 against you definitely throw up red flags. If it looks like a duck...

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Well 82 yesterday. Was happy to be striking the ball better with the irons and a little better with the driver but here are greens are not very nice for this time of year. Lots of 2-3 putts. The ball bounces to the hole and loses it's line. Sucks big time but I was just happy to be striking pretty good.

 

Supposed to rain here all week so will have to wait 'til Friday to go play

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Played my first round in over 6 weeks today (maybe 8)- have hit about seventy five balls during those six weeks to practice. Boy was I rusty... Didn't help that my buddy told me we were to tee off at 3, when I got there at 2:15 he said lets go now. Okay. Cool

 

Started off with a cool Justin Rose shank in the pond right, followed by a half shank heel blade, I'm thinking oh dear this is going to be a long day... Front nine- 3 doubles, 2 bogeys 2 birdies 2 pars- 42, but I started to figure something out in the last three holes and was striking the ball very well. We tee off on ten and here comes the storm- Forty five minute hail and thunderstorm delay. The back nine was totally different as I continued figuring something out and started with three straight birdies- back nine total- 5 birdies, two pars, two bogeys- 33. Total round I had three doubles, four pars, four bogeys, and seven birdies for a smoke n mirrors 75.

 

Thankfully I'm a good scrambler (putting and chipping) because when you suck, but can chip & putt you can turn pars into birdies and bogeys into pars very easily!

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46/38 how's that for consistency.  A very bloody ordinary front nine again that went bogey, bogey, bogey, double, par, bogey, triple, bogey, par.  When I made the par I thought ahhh good I'm off the train only to find that it was waiting for me at the next stop.  Two over on the back nine with two birdies on par threes that earned me two brand new Titleists improved my sense of humour immensely as did a nice juicy par on the 18th that is rated index 6 so it's no push over and is always a good one to par. It wasn't enough to stop me losing a dollar to my buddy but I did get to remind him I picked up $14 worth of balls :lol:  Oh yeah and sitting down in front of the TV this evening and I was watching the "Haney Project" with Michael Phelps and there was a scene where Lee Trevino was giving him (Phelps) a tip on the range that I had an experiment with outside and it felt really good in my swing - maybe it's the "secret" of golf maybe I'm saved at last.  More to follow...

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42/43 today at the local links style course. If you are off the fairway on any hole you will never find your ball and the greens were super fast due to the temps hitting mid 90's the last few days so I'm pretty happy with my score. 

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Got out yesterday afternoon on my practice course for a quick nine, and I do mean a quick nine...  The temperature was 105* with no breeze.  I was the only one there.  Imagine that.

 

I spent most of my time working with the two Sonartec fairway woods that I recently bought,  Stupid easy to hit, but have to replace the shaft in the 4W.  The 7W is perfect.

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Finally starting to get some clear days and my wife's back home, so I could get on the course.  Yesterday was hot (got to 93*) and we got stuck behind an extremely slow foursome, who was following another slow group, so we hit multiple shots as a practice round.  As of yesterday, my putter woke up and started feeling like I'm able to play without over thinking every shot.

 

So far, with intermittent play, I've just been unable to keep up any consistency and my short game's been AWOL...

 

I should be able to play a round for score today, to see if I'm able to keep it up consistently through a round.

 

I did make 2 changes to my bag, that I think will help, by dropping a wedge to make room for a hybrid and switching my fairway wood for an old Krank Red Hot Chili Pepper 3 wood I had in the garage and had almost forgotten about.

 

Wish me luck - lol

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Started out par, par, par, par.....then bogey, double bogey.......ugh!...finally got it back but too late. I finished with a 45/42 87 yesterday.  Weather was gorgeous. I did win a CTP on 130 yard Par 3 #8.....greens were top dressed with sand so i 2 putted for a par. Won $15 + a free round of golf.

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Played in the men's member guest today at Fresh Meadow and had a decent round. It was a 4 man best ball net and gross combination that we finished second. Since I was just playing for gross with no strokes I played my ball out for all 18 holes and shot 74 from the back tees. Course was set up the hardest that I have seen it in my five years playing there and the greens were just fantastic.

 

Finally figured out how to hit driver in play and fixed my issue there. Iron play and putting were solid for the fourth round in a row. We ended up finishing second and I won some good pro shop credit.

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Well, I've got to admit that the club changes (fairway wood and hybrid) seem to be helpful.  I've definitely striking the Krank more consistently than the Wishon and the hybrid fills a gap between my 5i and 3h.

 

I just can't string enough consistent strokes together to score as well as (I think) I should be.  I've only scored one round under 87 this year and my new home course is a par 70!

 

Some of the higher scores are due to mis-hits, but I think most of it's due to bad course management and club selection.

 

I think I'm going to spend less time on the range and do most of my practicing on the course for now, with real targets, hazards, uneven lies, real rough, etc.  I know I can strike the ball, but it's the course layout and actual playing conditions I need to handle better.

 

Rain all day today, but it should be clear tomorrow!!

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Well, I've got to admit that the club changes (fairway wood and hybrid) seem to be helpful.  I've definitely striking the Krank more consistently than the Wishon and the hybrid fills a gap between my 5i and 3h.

 

I just can't string enough consistent strokes together to score as well as (I think) I should be.  I've only scored one round under 87 this year and my new home course is a par 70!

 

Some of the higher scores are due to mis-hits, but I think most of it's due to bad course management and club selection.

 

I think I'm going to spend less time on the range and do most of my practicing on the course for now, with real targets, hazards, uneven lies, real rough, etc.  I know I can strike the ball, but it's the course layout and actual playing conditions I need to handle better.

 

Rain all day today, but it should be clear tomorrow!!

 

Bill, glad that you are getting out more.

 

I do not spend much time on the range at all.  I only go there when I feel like I have to work out a particular swing issue.  My practice course is only a few minutes away and I go there at times when I know that not many people are on the course; usually just after lunch on weekdays or at dinner time.  If I am playing with my wife, we will play a normal round but when we hit a bad shot, we will drop another ball or two and hit until we get it right.  (If you haven't read it already, get a copy of The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle)  When I practice alone, I will head to a part of the course that I usually frequent during a round and practice certain shots.  We have one par 3 that plays either 165 or 195, and I miss the green more often than not.  So, I will spend 15-20 minutes in my usual miss areas and hit 6 balls trying to get the contact right to get the ball close.  I try different SCORs to see which one works best depending on the distance and lie.  We have one par 5 that is reachable for me only if I hit a great tee shot and fabulous second shot with a helping wind.  So I will head to my normal layup area (~40 yards) and hit my 6 balls from different lie areas again trying to see which club works best to get to certain pin positions on the slightly elevated green.  I've found that I have a higher % of shots on the green with a low punch shot with a PW than trying a high LW.  But I do both shots anyway.  This hole is also the one where I will head to where my tee shot usually ends up and hit FW shots.  I do this particularly when trying out clubs.  This week I was trying the Sonartec 4W and 7W I bought recently.  They are in my bag because they are stupid easy to hit straight with a slight draw and I am more consistent than with my RBZ FW and hybrid.

 

I like this kind of practice because it gives me more confidence when faced with these shots when playing, because I've hit hundreds of those shots rather than just a few from playing the course. 

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