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Scott Rushing
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Got in 18 yesretday ...  My

Got in 18 yesretday ...  My girlfriend's birthday and we hit the course early and then headed to Durham to see Steve Martin and Martin Short in a stand up show.  Was very good.

Golf however...ehhh...The highlight was my girlfriend almost getting a Hole in 1 on a Par 3.  Tough hole acutally water left, bunkers left and right.  She hit her driver pretty well, it bounced off the slope of the bunker about a yard short of the green and kicked toward the hole and stopped about 1 ft from the hole.  She made the birdie at least!

Slowing down my swing to remain in control more, my drives were pretty good most of the day.  2 holes I struggle on and focused and hit good drives on so that was good.  Had a few holes where I just really didn't hit a single good shot.  Shot 40/42 for a 12 over 82.  Still finding struggles hitting my approach shots well.  if it's a wedge into the green that's usually OK.  But mid irons are too inconsistent.  So going to keep working on that.  Putted really well.

Playing today at the NC Coast...we'll see how that goes.

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Played golf Friday at the

Played golf Friday at the beach with a buddy and his neighbor.  Turned what could have been a good round into a bad on with my frustrtation building on the back 9 due to how slow (and bad) his friend was.  Don't get me wrong, I've played with bad golfers...but at least they were reasonably quick.  I'm not sure what was going on..we tried to play ready golf but he didn't seem to get it.  Would try to let everyone finish putting out while he was still outside on the fringe or chipping.   I had to - countless times - tell him to play his shot.  So we had people on us, etc.  I shot 40 / 42 and attribute a chunk of that 42 to the speed issue and having to keep him moving. 

I think my buddy said he shot 129 but there's no way he shot that good..

 

Anyway, birght spots where...driving was on most of the day.  Still focusing on swinging slow and in control and am hitting the ball in the center a lot.  Had a couple pure iron/approach shots but chunked a couple trying to make sure I stayed down and didn't think them.  So ehhhh sort of score on the irons.  Putted well.   It's raining raining raining here for the next few days so probably will be the end of the week before I get out again.  May get to the range to work on irons a bit.

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Aimee
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Sunday round

Nice day, got up to the mid-60's by the end of the round. Played the links style course, it is starting to grow in but the greens still show punch marks. Had a hot front nine, 4 GIR, 3 pars, 2 birdies and 15 putts. Honestly a lot of good luck for those holes. Back nine 3 pars, 18 putts, 3 GIR. Wound up with 86. Drove the ball well but not feeling good with my irons yet. Getting rain here this week also, not sure about practice time.

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cac
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Scott im having a little

Scott im having a little laugh thinking about that player having 129 shots, good value for his green fee ha ha.

Aimee great round , 2 birdies in a 9 hole great.

I havnt played for 3 weeks now but looking forward to a game on saturday with last 2 rounds really good. Can see a sub 80 on the cards LOL.

Can you folks name the golf course you are playing and I can look it up on the net, Cheers CAC.

cac handed Geordie.

Aimee
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golf courses

CAC, the courses we typically play on the weekends are part of our county's park system.

Mercer Oaks East (links style) and Mercer Oaks West (parkland style) in W. Windsor, NJ

the other one that is part of the rotation is Mountainview (parkland style) in W. Trenton, NJ

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Scott Rushing
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Cac, it sounds funny but when

Cac, it sounds funny but when you live it, IT'S HELL!!!!   I mean every hole was a struggle ....  just wears on you

My standard round now is at the course I joined..Tanglewood Park, a park run by our County.  Now it has a storied past...Hosted the 74 PGA championship won by Lee Trevino.  it hosted the Vantage Senior event which was renamed the Crobsy (remember Bing's family???) after RJR Reynolds had the Tobacco settlement which limited thier advertising ability at sports.  Saw Arnie there several times.

http://golf.tanglewoodpark.org/

Has 2 courses...the Championship course which is the one Lee won on.  Getting a bunker redo this year..something like 120+ bunkers on the course.  Going to remove some, reshape some, re-sand them.  But also has a sister course (East course) to which Lee once said "You want to play a tough course?  Go play the East course!"   Sister course has less bunkers, but is far tighter and you have to shape shots. 

Played 9 today in the league.  Had a ton of rain, but all and all it was OK.  Missed 2 short putts that I should not have missed...would have shot even par if not for those misses.  Had 2 birdies, 1 dbl, and 2 bogeys.  Something like 19 pts in our modified stableford scoring system.   The 2 birdies were nice...I putted well, drove OK...but was in the sand more than I wanted. 

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Well today could have gone

Well today could have gone better.  Shot 40 - 40...but along the way I had some great shots and some not so great.  Missed  alot of birdie putts, so it could have been lower but only 1 fell.   Drove the ball ok.. but on the 2 holes where I usually screw up, I screwed up. Ha..  Oh well, next time.  hit some nice irons, a couple really good ones.  hoping to play Tuesday...handicap is trending to a 6 now...we'll see if I can get that lower this year.

 

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Aimee
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Saturday

we had a thunderstorm overnight from Friday to Saturday, a lot of rain dropped so when we teed off at 10:50 a.m. there was a fair amount of casual water and the bunkers were packed wet sand (ie, mud). No roll this week. It became pretty warm (low/mid 80's) and a bit humid. I struggled a bit with a couple of shots (chipping out of the woods, leaving shot in bunker, sending one into the pond) so I only had 2 pars all day and wound up with a 93. I did hit some good shots, but those others cost me dearly.

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cac
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Played Kent and surrey golf

Played Kent and surrey golf course this weekend and got a cheap deal ( £19 ). The course has been known to be in very bad condition in the past so a bit of a gamble but its only 30 min drive. I dicided ( wrongly ) to take my other set of iron wilson fatshaft as I normally get at least 10 yd extra on each club. Overall today I could only hit 8,9,p and sand irons. All other irons were not good. Driving was pretty good I had some go out at 230 yds witch is great for me. Greens were great but slow. Only 1 birdie went in. I was just 7 yd short of a 460yd par 5 in 2 but got par. Overall 29 pts NOT bad . If only I had taken my normal callaway X14s. Oh well there is always next week. CAC.

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Aimee
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Sunday

Brrr...we had March weather in May. Mid 50's, cloudy, and got drizzled on a couple of times. Fairway nice and green, though. I don't play well when I'm uncomfortable, find myself playing to finish. Shot 93, 36 putts, 2 pars. I actually hit some good shots, I felt like I played better than the score, must have just forgotten some flubbed shots. Did hit in to some bunkers, so that's likely where I dropped a few.

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Scott Rushing
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been windy here..makes it

been windy here..makes it tough when you're not swinging well.  Played my home course today from the tips..7100 yards...think I'm going to start playing back there..it makes me have to learn to hit shots I don't normally hit...so hopefully I'll get better..but until the game comes around my scores will be high.  Had 1 birdie..several doubles but just went to the first tee because I was in a hurry to get in some golf before a work conf call.  So I expected to be a bit off in the beginning. On the back 9 I got a bit better...tempo was a struggle on the front.  Did hit some good iron shots, which is what I'm trying for really.  To hit some flush irons.  Shot 84 ....on a Par 70...

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scomac
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Like Aimee's experience, it

Like Aimee's experience, it still seems to be March golf despite the calendar.  A high of 50° today for Men's League and windy.  At least the sun was shinning which is a first in a week or so it seems.  With all the rain we've had in the past two weeks there was standing water everywhere on the course other than the tee boxes and the greens!  Not the most pleasant of circumstances to play in.

I've been carrying and walking this year choosing to go with 8 or 9 clubs max.  Works just fine once you figure out what you need for your course and the light bag is a real refresher.  I haven't carried in years and have enjoyed getting back to that as it is so much more convenient than having to fuss with a trolley.

Today was my best effort so far this season with a stretch of 5 consecutive par holes until the wheels fell off.  I struck the ball fairly consistently for the most part and I'm starting to round into form around the greens.  Today was my best putting effort, so the indoor practice must be paying off in keeping my putts on line and paced fairly well.

Will play again Thursday in Men's league and then my wife and i will give it a go on Friday as the weather is supposed to be co-operative this week.  I have a game scheduled with a buddy on Sunday, but that's looking a bit more up in the air as the long rnage is calling for rain.

Scott Rushing
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Good Sco, making progress. 

Good Sco, making progress.  don't ya hate it when things are going well and then the wheels come off...Did that the other day .. 1over on the front and 8 over I think on the back..stupid things...though a couple times it was me just trying to be aggressive with 1 club and coming up a little short or trying to ease a club and flushing it over the green.  

We're due to get rain here the next few days but if that changes I have a tee time Thursday.  We'll see what happens..

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cac
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Got a society on saturday.

Got a society on saturday. Temp about 16 deg so about 60 F. No rain. The secretary has said "jokingly" Ive got no chance as my last years performances were mediocre at best. He is right. I am now more determined to do well as it is the first comp of the season. 17 holes have water and the one that doesnt has a 100yd bunker in front of green. Not the longest course in the world at just under 6000yd. Water and bunkers everywhere though. Keep it straight is order of the day. Plus you still have to get the ball in the hole. So a few lucky long holed putts would be welcome. Ill let you know CAC.

cac handed Geordie.

Aimee
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none here

it is supposed to pour rain on Saturday, and we are going to my sister's place for Mother's Day Sunday, no golf this weekend. Actually Sunday weather isn't looking too good so it probably would have been no golf under any circumstances. My tendonitis in left arm is acting up for some reason, so just as well, give it a break.

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scomac
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Thursday's Men's League game

Thursday's Men's League game didn't go so well.  Essentially I played an identical round from tee to green as on Monday, but my score was 6 strokes higher based entirely on my putting.  You know when you make 12 putts on the first four holes, your score isn't going to be pretty! blush

I've always been a miserable putter.  Maybe once or twice a year some magic will strike, but the truth is I have no feel for it.  Couple that with the inability to line myself up consistently -- it's a vision thing -- and the simple task becomes rather daunting.  Yesterday I was blowing everything feet past the hole which made the comebackers even more testy.  Once it gets in your head you can come to appreciate why folks give up the game over it.  You know what's funny; before I played golf at all, I was really quite good at mini putt.  I don't know what the heck happened!

cac
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What about 1 putting lesson

What about 1 putting lesson scomac. I have friends that have said has been a godsend getting just one lesson. CAC

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scomac
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What about 1 putting lesson

What about 1 putting lesson scomac. I have friends that have said has been a godsend getting just one lesson. CAC

It's funny that you should mention that.  I remember when I was taking lesson back when I began I asked about putting and the advice I was given was to practice.  There wasn't any technique discussed.  I guess I need to find someone who specializes in short game and putting.

I have one of those practice putting greens with an electric ball return that used to be all the rage 20 years ago or so.  I pulled it out of the closet, plugged it in and set it up.  I putted on it from about 6-7 feet which is the length of the runway for about 20 minutes.  I missed one putt in those twenty minutes!  I seem to be able to practice just fine, but never take it to the green.  frown 

Aimee
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putting lesson

the guy we play with - who is a terrible putter - has a son who works as a Golf Pro at a private club. He got a new job in NY state so he was up from FL for a couple of days and gave the old man a lesson. There was a marked improvement.

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Scott Rushing
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Sco, if you think you have

Sco, if you think you have some fundamentals that are causing problems in putting, then yeah, I think a short lesson to review setup, stroke, ball position, etc is very worthwhile.   Putting is like the one thing that in golf has come natural to me.  Through the years, I've struggled with irons, and drivers, but putting was for some reason always OK.  Don't know why.  Dad could always hit the ball straight with a driver.  Always.   Funny how that is.

It may sound odd Sco but one drill I like to use when I practice putting is the Jordan Spieth "No look" putt, where he isn't looking at the ball when he putts.  I haven't seen him do this recently but there was a time he would look at the hole and putt.  I do that one and off..now trying it on SLOW greens because I always seem to hit the ball firmer and the added speed compensates for the slow greens

But I like it as a practice drill where I don't look at the hole I look at a spot along the line of the putt I want the ball to travel.  It's  a good indicator for me if I'm aligning right and getting the putter and the ball on the line I think I am. 

I think it's a good drill to see if you have ball position issues, alignment issues or are pulling / pushing putts.  If you consistently see the ball going across that spot, you know fundamentally you're making a good stroke.  The problem then is usually speed or poor green reading.

Anyway, just a thought.  i do this drill a lot when I realize I'm missing my line..helps me get back into focus on a solid stroke and not letting the ball get too far in front of me.

 

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The other thing that drill

The other thing that drill makes you do is practice your putting stroke before you putt, to get a feel for how long you want to make it.  Since you're not looking at it when you make it, you have to trust you've practiced the speed at which you want to hit the putt.

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scomac
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Thanks for all the

Thanks for all the suggestions folks.  I'm probably going to look into taking a lesson at some point this season.  I've got an idea on an instructor.  Just want to look over the fundamentals to make sure I'm not missing anything obvious.  Not really interested in a remake (of anything for that matter), but rather fine tuning.  

Played 18 this morning with a buddy that i generally play with on Sunday mornings throughou the summer months.  I was pretty sore when we started but managed to get loosened up and played OK for about 12 holes.  It got busy and then we were starting to wait a bit and I tightened back up.  Wasn't good the rest of the way as I was struggling with my approaches and wasted some very good drives.  I putted pretty well on the front, but that may have been helped by wet conditions allowing for a firmer stroke at the hole.  I wasn't nearly as good on the back, but that may have been as much about exasperation from wasted opportunites.  Shot 44/50 for 94 with 34 putts.

cac
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Played a good round on

Played a good round on saturday with 34pts off 13hcap. 2 blobs ( zero point holes ).  7 pars inc 1 birdie. Good driving today. some out at 230+yd. Greens were great if a little bit quick. Have been reading a lot on wedge bounce lately and decided to change my pitching style. I normally have the ball way back in my stance, Decided to play the ball from the middle of my stance and didnt hit a single duff today. Possiby lost a few yds as the loft will increase from forward ball. had 3 balls in the water, but 17 holes with water that wasnt too bad. Had a mini blip wher is scored only 1 point between hole 4 to 6. Stupidly decided to take drive out of rough to clear a ditch 160yd in front. It went in the ditch and blob on the 4th. went in 2 bunckers and again used my new style pitch. got out both times. 1 was an up and down on a par 3.  Overall a great day 34 pts. came about 5th or 6th. Winner got 40 PTS. Will def keep this new way to  pitch. CAC.

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Scott Rushing
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Well..for once...my ball

Well..for once...my ball striking too center stage in a positive way today.  Played 18 holes with my Dad today and actually struck my irons pretty well overall.  A few shots I'd like to have back but a few that were really good.  From a 4I from 240 out (down hill a little and I got a good bounce) that found the back of the green for eagle..to a 7I from 165 uphill that was pin high, I hit some of the best irons shots I've hit in a long time.   Shot 77...but played the back 9 even.  The 6 over on the front, most of it came from back to back double bogeys on 2 holes which I find difficult for me.  Played the Par 3's in +5 which killed me.  Double and 3 bogeys. Crap. 

Putting..these greens were slow, my other achiles.  So I decided I'd use the Spieth "no look' method and not look at the ball when I putted.  I tend to hit firmer putts.  That was a God-send.  First 2 holes I putted poorly, leaving the first short each time.  After that, almost every putt got to the hole, many past and some in!  2 birdies today, on tough holes.   best drive was 295 yards on a long hard uphill Par 4.  445 yards.  Made par.  Worst shot was a weak tee shot with a 5W on a 225 Par 3...just hate that tee shot.

Both my bad holes were due to fairway woods off the tee, so I have to work on those coming up soon.  That shouldn't be a weakness..something in the swing prep..

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I hate 490 par 4s...Ha!  

I hate 490 par 4s...Ha!   that's my second hole on the front 9...used to ba a Par 5 when the course was a Par 72...now as a Par 70 (which is what they would due during the Senior PGA events we used to host) its tough.  Usually into the wind...A good drive for me leaves me like 200-230 out depending on the wind and bounces and whether I hit the fairway or not...but the green is long and narrow like a landing strip..bunkers on all sides..So I'm starting to go with the strategy of laying up short, leaving myself a chip and putt chance for par..we'll see how it goes.  Going in those bunkers can bring double onto the score..So laying up could at least limit the damage to bogey.

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That sounds similar to the

That sounds similar to the finishing hole at the course I work at.  Now by similar, I mean the strategy for playing the hole; lay up and pitch on and get it close enough for a makable par putt.

My hole is a 195 yd. par 3.  Sounds innocent enough.  It's an uphill shot from an elevated tee to and even higher green with a forced carry over water of 165+.  You are totally exposed to the prevailing winds which blow left to right.  To make matters even more challenging the green is severely sloped from back to front as well as being teacup shaped on three sides, so it quite literally funnels balls right out the front and down the slope like a pitcher held at an angle.  Long is death.  Left or right are doable, but invite 3 putts as its very tough to get a chip or pitch to check up with the green running away from you especially if you're short sided.  The only safe spot is to be short of the green downhill on the flat landing area roughly in front of the flag.  It's a bear of a hole that I might par one attempt in ten!  It's the only hole on the course that I have never birdied.

After many years of trying to land a 3W or choked down driver on the green and routinely averaging about 4 1/2 strokes on this hole I had to find a better way.  My better way consists of hitting a knock down fairway or long iron to the landing area short of the green.  I need to be in the middle for maximum flexibility on my pitch.  I pitch up and on with a SW flying it most of the way to the hole  and into the slope.  Hopefully I'm left with a makeable par putt.  I can par twice as often this way and have eliminated the disasters (for the most part).  I'm not giving anything up either as I almost pitched in from the rough a couple of weeks ago being left with a tap in for par.  This strategy saves me a half a stroke on the hole, to bad it only took me about 7 years to figure it out!  cheeky

cac
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Scott,Id  treat that hole as

Scott,Id  treat that hole as an easy (ish ) Par 5 everytime. Give me 100 balls and I would not get on that green in regulation. If I lay up to about 120yd with 2nd I would do better. CAC.

cac handed Geordie.

scomac
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My up and down play continued

My up and down play continued this week scoring a 38 (net 26) on my Monday Men's League tilt only to be followed up by a 45 (net 34) on Thursday.  I won the weekly Nassau with my Monday score, so that was nice.  Before you get too excited, this is a short course, par 32.  Generally a net 30 takes the money in my group.  It works pretty well as everyone has an even chance with the handicapping.

I'm striking the ball pretty well.  Score seems to depend entirely upon how bad my mistakes are and how well (or poorly) I recover from them which is a direct reflection of my short game.  Putting has stabilized which is a positive.

I'm supposed to play 18 tomorrow with my buddy Dave again, but they're calling for rain so that's not looking too promising.  It's a good thing that I joined a league because if it wasn't for that I don't think I would have played more than a couple of times!  The good news is that the garden is pretty much up to snuff!  :)

Aimee
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Saturday

Saturday round the weather was not great, a little misty rain on the drive over and it was overcast and cool (our whack-a-do weather had a 30 degree swing from 90 on Wed/thur to 60 on Sat). A single player was put in our group and once again my game was thrown off by discomfort. He would walk ahead to his ball after he hit his shot, when 2 or 3 of us were still behind him. And most of the time he wasn't looking back, not even sure he was aware of his peril. He wasn't going lateral, out of harm's way, he was standing at his ball. Or if he did wait for you to hit he would stand too close to you (you know you can "sense" someone in your personal space). Too much of that. Since we had a bunch of rain and grass is growing like crazy, shots in the rough were gobbled up. I was chopping out at best. Lost too many strokes to that. One ball plunked in the pond on #9, one dribbled to the edge of the water on the dogleg around the lake on #17 (was able to retrieve that ball at least) when I hit my layup too close to the corner. I did hit some decent shots, but my head just wasn't into the game and at some points I was hitting just to finish a hole, wound up with 96. There is a range not too far from my office, I really should try to get some practice in during the week (during the day) since I work too late to practice after.

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cac
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Aimee . here in the UK we

Aimee . here in the UK we very rearly get paired up with strangers to play. It would be very off putting to have to deal with what you did. 

Pretty good round again today. 32 pts. First shot on hole #1 was OOB, great start I dont think. Driving with my older driver as its more consistant although doesnt hit as fat as my TM SLDR. Putting was pretty good today with 32 putts. no 3 putts and a couple of 15-20 footers went in.  Irons off the tee today were rubbish with only 1 green of 4 hit on par 3s. Biggest improvement in my game lately has been chipping. Trying a new thing by using the bounce on my 52DEG wedge. Hit about 20 wedges today and not 1 duff. Few log, short, left and right but all hits were clean, This is a huge asset to my game. Overall happy with this round 7/10 CAC

 

 

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