Golf Club Reviews and Discussions
Played a new beach course (well new for me) today. Played white tees...127 slope rating..about 6400 yards. Took it easy today..just tried to stay in play and hit fairways and greens, trying still to hit fades off the tee shots. For the most part did that. Shot 80;..40 40...1 hole on each side..easy holes too, lead to double and a triple. 1 birdie. 3 putted the first couple holes trying to get used to the speed of the greens. Overall hit a lot of fairways and greens. but had to do some scrambling..didn't swing real well most of the day. A few holes I played really well but I pulled a lot of approach shots and managed to get up and down several times to save par.
So overall should have been about a 76 but .. coughed in to shoot 80.
Golf is a game that can only be played...
Played 12 holes today...planned to play only 9 but we had a good pace so we got in another 3 whihc returned us to the club house. Given things were backing up we called it a day. Up and down day but good scoring. Missed the fairway on the 1st hole but hit a wedge to 2 ft for birdie. Par'd the next 2 before bogey put me at even. A Par and 2 bogeys took me to the last 2 holes on the front, where I got to hit my new 3W off the deck. Managed to make Par on both for a 37.
On #10 I hit the Ping 3W in what i thought was a perfect shot to a downhill green, but apparently I didn't clear the top of a tree I went over. That surprised me which is why I'm a little uncertain on the distance and height of the 3W results-wise. have to keep hitting it. But the ball wound up under the tree 110 yards away. Managed to hit my SW to 2 ft but miss the birdie putt. Birdied the next Par 3, 145 yrd. with my 9i to 2 ft. Then managed Par on the next Par 4 which was our last hole. Tees were up today for a tournament they had in the morning so it didn't play as hard as usual. Greens were fantastic..hate I missed 2 short putts for birdie and a par save. Also barely missed a chip in for birdie on #9.
Playing Friday/Sat and Sunday this week so should have a better idea on the 3W results.
Played Mercer Oaks West Sunday with our usual 3rd (Larry) and our 4th was someone he knew casually from his gym, they had played together once prior, nice guy. Pretty hot day, humidity a little high in the morning but a slight breeze and it dropped the humidity so it was OK by the turn. Shot 91 with 33 putts, 2 pars, no balls lost. Sunk some long putts, messed up 2nd shot on a lot of holes, so I'm fortunate the score wasn't higher. I parred #18 again (par 5), hit driver, 4W, 5h onto the elevated green (pin was in the back, top level) and 2 putt.
Another achievement was 3 sand shots successfully executed. If I think of them as flop shots, I tend to be OK - since I hit flop shots really well. I had an interesting shot on a long par 4...I pulled my 2nd shot left off the fairway, and was a few feet behind a little bush. It was in a direct line from me to the green. But I estimated that a lofted club would get up over it, so I took my LW, played it a bit forward, and swung firmly with hands finishing high...and kept my head down. Made it onto the green.
It's not how...it's how many
Nice going Aimee. Always fun to think through those shots and execute !
played in the big heat today in the Carolina's..91+, heat index I heard was 110..I took lots of cool towels, water some sodas, etc. So i was fine. others in our group not so much. Played pretty well .. shot 38 / 40...so 8over (Par 70). Back 9 started with 5 bogeys in a row...augh. Didn't hit the driver great over that stretch..though when I did, I needed to fade it but it went straight..so punch out time..Missed a few Par save putts but all and all, a good day.
Hit a couple really good iron shots. 2 birdies on the day...greens were slow due to the heat and all the watering. For the most part driver was OK, a few poor swings. but I chipped well. Playing all weekend..Member-Guest. Need a solid showing tomorrow to not play ourselves out of it.
Well played OK today , round 1 of the member guest 2 round event. Shot 77 as a team. in 3rd in our flight. Should have been about 3-4 shots better but we're in striking distance tomorrow. greens were slow..thats trouble for me. Made 2 birdies..missed 2 other makeable ones. I shot 78 on my own ball.
hit the Ping once off the deck..did fine. 225 or so distance wise. Hit it off the tee about 4 times but 2 I hooked off bad swings...ended up OK...not great. 2 others were good swings. So it's staying in the bag. We'll see how tomorrow goes.
Saturday round at MercerOaks West, it was hot but not oppresive, that course is tree lined so I stayed in the shade when possible. Our friend was tied up so we were paired with another couple, played pretty quickly so it was fine. They were in a cart, we were walking. I shot 91 with 3 pars, no balls lost. Had easily 6 putts 1-2" from going in, it was kind of crazy. Couple of dropped shots were leaving one in greenside bunker (wet sand and I didn't use the right kind of swing), a chunked chip from near a green, hit the wrong club into a green when I kind of thought I needed one more club but ignored my inner voice. Hit my husband's Callaway XR16 a couple of times, think it went about 10 yds further than my driver. Shaft seems to be pretty "soft" for a regular flex, it is Mitsubishi Bassara E, series 42. I was able to hit the ball straight and could even get a draw...which I couldn't do with a stiffer flex. I am going to keep an eye out for one of these in Senior flex.
Aimee, check out this link to that club on Globalgolf.
They have a senior flex in both very good and value condition, actually a new one too. This club qualifies for their 40% off sale for used clubs, so instead of being $259 it's $143 till the end of July. It's a good company, I've always been happy with my purchases there. They have a couple lofts available as well.
Glad you're hitting it well...good way to get to test one. You should get your Husband to buy some more stuff you can try :)
Another poor driving day today (like yesterday). Draw came back...haven't been to the range in a few weeks and some how have lost my fade tee shot. Which is bad when you setup for a fade aiming left and then hit it further left. Had 3 dbls yestedat and 3 more today. Mostly due to missing the tee shots. Did manage to hit a great one on 18 today ... Worked on my finish and that seemed to help. But I'll try and get to the range and work on it. Not that I hate the draw but I need the fade more often.
Hit Irons OK today...some really good ones and a few headscratchers. Shot 81...should have been better but a couple poor swings and feeling rushed because we were going slow and people were behind us. That usually makes me struggle...and it did today
Putted better with the weighted putter..made a couple long ones...did better at making solid putts..hitting the sweet spot.
Sunday at Mercer Oaks East, great weather. Played with our friend and kept the threesome. Unfortunately Michael had a melt down, he is kind of fragile and when his swing starts to go bad, it gets worse, he completely loses focus and confidence. We had taken Monday off to play but after the round cancelled the tee time because it would likely have been $60 for him to sit in the cart all day. I played pretty well aside from some stupid mistakes, I think playing once a week just doesn't allow you to maintain the same focus. Shot 89 with 32 putts, 3 GIR, 6 pars. Hit some really good drives, a nice solid 7i into a green, couple of chips in close. I actually had 6 one putts (one for a sandy) but also had 2 three putts.
Played a couple times recently...really not good consistent golf though. One day, swinging not well but playing a course that was pretty open, I shot78. But then shot 45 for 9 holes at my course and shot 85 for 18 at my course. Just inconsistent ball striking all the way around. Did some video taping at the range (see other thread) which showed a lot. Not going to get a chance to play this week so I'll get in a few short range sessions.
Saturday played a bit later since we had some torrential thunderstorms at 4am so we wanted to give it some time to dry out, 12:20pm start on Mercer Oaks East (also played this links style course because it drains better after rain). Had a nice man put in our group, he had never played the course before so we helped him work his way around. Played kind of "meh", wound up with a 91, couple of chunked shots due to the wet conditions. I think I had 4 pars. At the start I was a bit out of synch since I was feeling a little jittery, forgot to eat something (not usually a problem when we play earlier, but starting 2 hours later I guess my blood sugar was sort of dropping). Had a couple of "pin seeking" wedges that were pretty cool, flew over the top of the flag or landed/rolled past.
Well this could have been a disaster, Michael and I were without our usual third and the person who had the open slot failed to show...just as we decided to tee off, they sent a woman out in a cart. She introduced herself and let us know that this was her third round. EVER. As it turned out, she played ice hockey so she actually could hit the ball. She had a hodgepodge of clubs, and had no idea how far she hit anything. As it turned out, she was hitting her irons about 10 yds less than me, so I coached her on strategy (where to hit) and club selection. She was super excited to get a par on a par 3, I gave her my 4h to hit and she nailed it onto the green, it was her first par. I wrote the name of my instructor on a piece of paper and told her to get to him for lessons, she will be a good golfer. I found that probably the fact that I was helping her work her way around the course kept me focused, ironically, and I wound up shooting an 83. 29 putts, 4 GIR, 6 pars, one birdie. No balls lost, and didn't hit into a bunker all day. I only had one bad hole because of getting caught up in the thick rough, with all of the rain we have had, it is dense and balls were just sitting down. Played the new driver and I am not sure yet, I had to buy a 13.5 degree head and I dropped it to 12.5 but I feel like I may be losing a little bit of roll out. Callaway Preowned has a 30 day playability thing, so if I want to treturn it I can look for a 10.5 degree one (which can be set to 11.5).
Well done Aimee! That's an excellent score and it makes it even better that you were helping out an inexperienced player in the process! More good karma coming your way!
I've been playing a hoge podge of clubs myself lately. It's fun to try different combinations of clubs out, but it does nothing for your scoring as you don't have much opportunity to get into a groove with anything. As a result my play has been pretty sad of late. I'll have a few good holes and then a few poor ones. There's no telling when they will occur. The plan will be to stick with a fixed bag for the rest of the season once my new driver arrives. I hope to have it by mid week. Maybe that will be the key to more consistent play and better scores like I was enjoying back in the spring...
Great job Aimee.. Very nice score. Strange isn't it .. when you think things are going to go one way, they sometimes go another. Sounds like she was a nice person and at least prior was an athlete...and I've found athletes tend to be OK at golf. Played with a guy from the college where I worked YEARS ago..and he didn't play much golf-wise but was intermural director. So he did basketball, softball, flag football, etc...ie, Athlete. He would go out with us sometimes to play and shot mid-80s. Just was skilled.
My last couple rounds have not been very satisfying.. Don't have the control I need to have and so I'm thinking too much during my swing about where the club is, path, etc. I know one of my big faults and I see it in my videos and watching the slo-mo's of the pro swings. So I'm working hard right now on grooving a consistent club path..all the problems seem to start on my down swing. Worked today on getting my hips cleared sooner and that seemed to help. Honestly, i don't care if I hit a draw or a fade, I just want ONE of them most of the time. But right now I don't know if I should aim left or right. Hit a couple gorgous power fades Sunday...but couldn't replicate it when I needed too. So much like you Sco, I had good holes and bad holes. And the bad ones were bad.
Got really mad though on #13...the bunker management of prior players was poor..and I got completely screwed. First ball was in someone's divot in the sand..I tried to go down and get under it but couldn't because it was hard...basically hit the ball but not enough to get it out...it just feel back in ... INTO someone's deep foot print at the top of the bunker where they climbed out. So literally I could NOT see my ball from inside the bunker it went so far down in this footprint. All I could do was knock it down again into the bunker and then get out. Oh, I was fuming...
Played today in my men's league tilt and shot a 38. It's the first sub 40 score I've posted in almost 2 months. I was very happy with my ball striking as I was far more consistent than I have been for a long time. Had a penalty stroke on a lost ball in the trees on four that surround the green otherwise no errant shots or mishits to eat up strokes.
It's funny how a club can come to life when it's on the verge of being replaced. I was crushing my R7 425 dead straight down the middle today for my best driving day in a long time. I had the longest drive I've ever hit on the first hole at something over a legit 240 yards (via GPS)!
I'm starting to experience the realities of playing in a handicapped league when you're one of the lower cap guys. That's twice now that I've been beat by a stroke net by a higher cap guy despite having the lowest gross on the day. I suppose it goes with the territory. No complaints though as it has been so long since I posted a decent card.
Ha, well Sco, at least you know you played well. I know the feeling..I play in our leage and guys who get 11 strokes usually kill me .. I get 3 for 9 holes..and essentially if we both Par, they win..They bogey and I par, we push..so I pretty much have to hope for them to blow up or I play well
yes, the travails of the bogey golfer. 83 last week, 92 this week. Only had 2 pars. Didn't lose any balls. Too much work in the rough, chunking the ball out. Flew the green twice with short approach wedge shots (skulled). My head just wasn't in it, I guess. Hit a couple of decent drives, changed the club to draw bias and it did increase the roll out. Playing a couple of times this weekend (took off Friday and possibly also taking Monday) so I should definitely decide if I'm keeping the club by the end of the weekend. I'm leaning to yes at this point, it isn't a "game changer" but it's a little better than the old one.
Funny game this golf huh?
Similar experience Aimee, but in the other direction. My last 2 rounds had been 85/86 and not playing very well. have been hitting the range and thought I had something figured out. Played 9 holes today...and shot a 3-over 39, which could have been even par had 3 putts that ended just short of the cup fallen in. I guess I was putting OK. Overall didn't hit the driver solid. Did OK and only had 1 lost ball penalty. That was my only double. Had 1 birdie, 1 double 2 bogeys and the rest pars. irons were OK, putting was good, even on slow greens. But the driver, I have to find again. Club championship is Sat/Sunday so I need to be somewhat confident and swing it. On the range I had been OK, but today for some reason i felt like I was getting all contorted and couldn't just swing it. Hitting range tomorrow after work, then maybe play 9 thursday and then that's it till the weekend.
Well , Club Champion I am not...
Ha, not that i expected to be. Didn't play particularly well or consistent this weekend. Felt the nerves a bit of a real -play it down tournament competion. Saturday hsot 81 (41/40) . Actually felt like I should have scored better as especially on the back 9 I hit the ball pretty darn good. Had an unlucky break though..#10, narrow long Par 4 down hill...hazard pretty much the entire left of the hole..Right is more wood and if you find the ball, you're blocked out towards the green. So you have to hit a solid tee shot down the middle..than having 180 into a bunkers green. Well I hit 2 great shots..problem was the 2nd one was TOO good. going at the pin, hits the back of the green and bounces into waist high weeds/grass/junk. Can't find the ball. Back to the fairway to take stroke-and-distance penalty. Double bogey.
Sunday never got quite on track off the tee. Bogeys on 3 of the first 4 holes...just had up and down shots. Best iron shot was a 210 yard 4I uphill slight dogleg left.. Pured it ... to about 7ft...burned the edge but made Par.
No birdies in both days which is rare. Had chances just didn't putt well Day 1 and then didn't strike the ball as well Day 2 but I putted better.
Have a lesson tomorrow to focus on what I'm doing on the driver swings. Irons are coming around...
Too bad about your competition not going well, Scott. At least you competed, which a lot of people don't even try. I know that my game had become too fragile for the pressure. Michael and I took Fri and Mon off for long weekend, we had great weather. Played one of our regular courses (Mercer Oaks East) on Fri and Sun (the other course, West, had been aerated Mon), shot 88 both rounds. Played Makefield Highlands in Yardley, PA on Mon, it is a rolling farmland property in more of a links style, lots of bunkers and uneven lies. We played with 2 men who play the course pretty often so they helped with shot locations, I had some tee shots where I had no idea what lay below, hidden by moguls and such. The greens were damaged, they warned us when we booked, they had a fungus or something and one green was completely resodded and under repair. But those greens were FAST and I just kept blowing by the hole, I had 6 three putts, which was just crazy for me. The greens were also much larger, one was 43 yards deep, so I had some long distance putts too. Anyhow, had 3 birdies, 3 pars, and wound up with an 86...if I took those 6 three putts, could have been 80...pretty good for an unfamiliar course.
Very good Aimee, 3 birdies very nice. And on a course you weren't too familiar with. very nice
Took an 'emergency' lesson today after my weekend woes...and it was a great session. I specifically said I wanted help with the driver...and so that's all we looked at on video and launch monitor. So the last few range sessions I've been working on my irons and bowing my left wrist on the take away. And I hit the ball really well too doing that. Well , in the video lesson today, he pointed out that I was cupping that wrist and the way I was cocking the wrist was getting me off plane. And to boot, I apparently have a somewhat weak grip. Which, is the way Spieth plays, weak grip but bows the wrist on the backswing to compensate. Anyway. we worked on my wrist at the top of my swing, and shortening my swing a lot. I went to the range after that and I must say after a little practice, I hit some real solid tee shots. I'm playing tomorrow in a captains choice event so it'll be a good chance to try it where it doesn't really matter. but I'm optimistic ....
Played in a Captain's Choice today ... with a good friend of mine (his first round this year - so low expectations) and 2 other guys he recruited. Now one he said was supposed to be a scratch golfer...well I had my doubts. Let me say I have a new found respect for GREAT golfers. He was though..not a scratch golfer...he was in fact a +4 handicap. Meaning for a Par 72 course, he would shoot somewhere around 67-68 depending on the difficulty...and I could see why. I will say - I'm not short hitting by any means - and he flies by me.
But what was impressive was the control he had. We clock a shot at 183...he stuffs an iron in 5ft. We clock it at 113 yards, stuffs a wedge in to 4 ft. Need a big drive, he's got that too. Reads putts, etc. It was just nice to watch him play. He could execute shots. I had the long drive on a hole for about 15 seconds...I hit the tee shot, maybe 290-300 yards..was about 30 yards short of the green..he puts it on the green.
We shot 51 for 18 holes..4 eagles ( I ran in a 30 ft putt for one of those ) ... Crazy. But the driver work with the lesson yesterday worked well. I hit several really good drives and no hard hooks, etc. Actually a couple I lost right which I almost never did before..So still need some more work with the change but it is looking pretty good right now.
Wow! I've never even seen a player of that calibre in the flesh, Scott, let alone played with one. They play a different game than what I play and that is a level less than what you or Aimee play! It's pretty comical when I think that in the best ball format I figure we've had a good day if we're a few shots under par versus destroying the course!
Don't get me wrong; I'm not disappointed or envious -- well maybe just a little in that it would be nice if everything came together for one round. I'm comfortable in my own skin (as a golfer). I can get around a course and not embarass myself even to the point that some folks think that I'm good. But, that is the price you pay when you pick up something later in life unless you are extremely lucky to have natural talent for it.
Hope the prizes were good and that phenomenal score didn't go to waste!
Fingers on one hand the number of great golfers I've played with (they have their own groups and play early in the a.m. to avoid the "hackers"). But I agree that was the most impressive aspect, the shot control. Couple of years ago we played with a guy practicing for the County Open and he could just shape those approach shots into the green however he wanted to. Hitting it long is one thing, being able to control precise distance/location is a whole other level of skill.
Yeah, seeing them in control of their game and to a point, the course, it was fun to watch. He had confidence he could hit the shot needed...and if he didn't, he could hit the next one.
My goals are more straight forward as well...hit the fairway, hit the green maybe make a putt. I don't mind a wayward shot here or there, I just would prefer not having them back to back to back and it be unexpected that I find the fairway or green.
we played Friday afternoon and today, same course. Friday I think I shot 91. Today I shot 92, I didn't play particularly well but my putter was "en fuego" so it enabled bogey saves several times. I think I counted 7 one-putts. That was pretty much the highlight.
Funny game huh? One day we seem to have it and another we don't. I played Satuday and Sunday. Been raining so courtse played longer Saturday so I played white tees in a small Sat morning gangsome kinda thing. Quota scoring. Overall I played well, best scoring on my team. I was supposed to get 30 points and I got 29. Everyone else on my team was worse. Overall I played well. Shot 76.
But Sunday played the same course, but did play from the blue tees since it dried out some..shot much worse..like 85. I was in liek 14 bunkers, which were still wet packed sand from all the rain. Did well getting out of them and made some par putts for important saves but the tee shot was not there. it was there a couple holes..but not consistently. Unlike Saturday. So I still need to grove that swing change. it's not the change as much as the whole swing incorporating the change. Have to be able to just execute it. I'll get it..it's defintely going in the right direction.
But back was sore today so been taking it easy..might hit the range tomorrow before more rain comes in.
Mercer Oaks West...the greens are healed from aeration, now the tee boxes have plugs. Another inconsistent round of 92, one ball lost. Highlight was getting out of greenside bunkers both times, I really focused on making my swing just like I was hitting a flop shot and that worked for me. Decided to take a lesson on Sunday (see that thread) since I toed my 7i right all 3 time I tried to hit it and was back to not feeling right about my irons. The guy who was put in our group had amazing touch around the green, he hit his wedges inside 5 feet every time and had control over his sand shots, he hit one to 6". I suspect he played HS or possibly College golf when he was younger.
I had a great fun nine hole game today playing an old set of PowerBilt Citation laminate woods and a set of Golden Ram Axial Tour Grind forged blades. My inspiration was the arrival of a couple of golfers playing hickory sticks when I was working at the course on Friday.
What caught me most by surprise today was how well I was hitting these 30-40 year old clubs that had no more in common with a modern golf club than in name only. I could really do no wrong from a ball striking perspective. I kept within myself and swung smooth and easy, just like those hickory golfers had recommended. The results were really inspiring not just for accuracy, but for distance as well. On a couple of occasions I hit my 5 iron the same distance I would typically hit my 5 hybrid despite it's considerably stronger loft and longer shaft. It was all quite surreal; a trip to the zone as some would call it.