Golf Club Reviews and Discussions
Ha, that's neat Sco. Funny how that is. Maybe knowing they were not going to help you it made you swing smoother and steadier. Either way, nicely done
Golf is a game that can only be played...
Walked 9 holes Sunday at my course, getting ready for my 5-cub tournamet this weekend. Still working on trying to the wrist in the right place on my driver swings. Overall was successful. out of 7 fairways, I hit 5 fairways, with most of those being B- or better swings and 3 or so of those being really well. I didn't score great mainly wasn't so focused on the game plan for next weekend, figuring out which clubs to bring, how to hit bunker shots with a gap wedge, etc. Hit some good iron shots and some poor ones. Going to take a little while to get used to the new wrist stuff.
I played the blades and laminates again on Monday. I doubt my success the day before had anything to do with a psychological ploy. I didn't hit them as well Monday, but I was still playing from the short grass.
If I had to hazard a guess I would say that the biggest problem with modern club design theory is weight and length related. The modern constructs allow for faster swing speeds and greater distances all things being equal. But, with a human operator all things aren't going to be created equal. Heavier and shorter results in a more consistent swing resulting a in higher percentage of good contact. Better contact yields better results. That is why pro clubs are generally shorter and have heavier shafts than the OTR versions that the public is sold.
Played a tough course today, which was also wet from the recent hurricane Irma. Did OK..shot 80..43/37. Had hoped for better on the front 9. But a few hiccups on the new swing and just some unfortunate luck. The range was closed due to the wetness so it didn't help to start COLD on a very tough course. But overall had a really fun time with guys from work. Getting ready for the beach trip we have for golf in oct...Gotta stay on the driver swing though..hit some good ones but then some OK ones where I know the contact wasn't solid even though it was in the fairway. Had 1 birdie and missed a few others.
5 club tournament coming up Saturday..Going with 3W 5I 7I GW and putter...we'll see how it goes.
unfortunately I did not have time to get to the range after my lesson on Sunday, so Saturday's round was first time swinging after that. I think the reason I play poorly after a lesson is that I actually think about my swing mechanics. I was too aware of my club position and in a couple of instances it really messed up my swing. I can't say that I saw a huge improvement, but some incremental for sure. I didn't really block my driver right, which had been an issue before. My irons were coming up almost a club short, but I'm guessing that would be because of not hinging my wrist (going back to the drill from my lesson, which was essentially just hitting pitch shots). It wasn't awful, and frankly with no practice time I can't expect more. I shot a 91 with 4 pars and actually had a pretty poor putting day, so maybe if I hadn't 3-putted a couple of times I could have broken 90 and felt better in retrospect. I did get out of greenside bunker the two times I went in, focusing on swinging like a flop shot (shorter backswing, longer follow thru) works better for me. I did also get hit by a golf ball (for I believe) the 2nd time in my life...by my husband. Apparently standing laterally is not even safe. He hit me with a poorly struck 3w (thankfully poorly struck and weak) in my calf. Nice welt/bruise.
It's not how...it's how many
Sorry to hear about you getting hit, Aimee. That happened to my wife when our oldest son hit her in the calf with a shanked wedge shot 15 years ago or more. She ended up with an achilles problem as a result that lasted most of the summer ending her slow pitch season and ultimately career. Just goes to show that you can never be too careful.
OUCH! I've had that happen Aimee...hit in the shoulder blade ..hurts like hell...
I'm with you Aimee, I think too much about club position and mechanics after a lesson..takes me a while to "just swing".
I gave away a golf tournament at my club this past weekend. I played like crap..felt nervous like I was too worried about how I would play. First time playing in this format, 5 clubs, and I just swung poorly. And I lost by 5 strokes. And let me tell you I can look back and see an easy 8 or so strokes that were "stupid" "where did that come from" shots. Frustrating. Well maybe next year, playing in more events I'll be able to focus better on making good swings..
Michael and I took a day off Fri. and played a course we like that is a little further away, Heron Glen, in Ringoes NJ. It is an Audubon cerified course, there are waste areas that are protected and this time of year very attractive with native grasses and wildflowers in bloom. We were paired with two retired gents who were pretty bad but nice guys and play moved along at a good clip. I play the gold tees at 5262 as that is closer to my usual yardage, red is a bit short. Got off to a rough start, lost 3 balls in the waste areas on the front 9 (IIRC, I usually have this happen here) and had a 48...pulled it together on the back 9 with a 41. Had a total of 7 pars, 5 GIR, 32 putts. Swing not sorted out, but some improvement.
Aimee, I remember WAY back when, when your goal was to get into the 80s...crossing the boundary from a 90's player to an 80's player. It's so satisfying to see you talk about starting slow, shooting 48 playing poorly but still able to keep your score under 90 in the end. You've come a long way Aimee. Nice to have "seen" that...
Thanks, Scott. I know that my scores benefit from a pretty good short game, and I still don't execute properly more often than I should. Case in point, the rough at our course is super thick right now with lots of clover. I don't have the swing speed to really get the ball out well. But rather than just wedging out laterally into the fairway, I continue to think that if I buckle down I will advance the ball. I think part of the oroblem is that because I play with men, I don't think about my physical limitations enough. Perhaps it is a bit of competitiveness. I shot 92 or 93 on Saturday due to some poor shot choices and maybe not listening to my inner voice when it told me to club up, or maybe aim a little further right...golf is a game of unforced errors. My frustration comes from knowing I have the ability, I have shot 42 for 9 holes many times...in my mind, I should always be below 90. Ironically on Saturday I parred the first two holes...but at some point after that I got rattled by a couple of bad holes.
Some days you got it and some days you don't. True story...last night I worked (in my mind) through the course I was going to play today and figure out how i was going to play each hole, each shot, etc. Thought to myself - OK, this could work out well with how I was hitting at the range. No, not really. Started with 4 bogeys...2 of them 3 putts. Did hit the fairway mostly but pulled irons, missed putts etc. Shot 85, 44/41...3 3-putts on the front...plus a few stupid swings - my over the top start got me in trouble a couple times. Back 9 I had 7 pars...and 1 double and 1 triple. Those 2 holes where bad tee shot holes...and poor swings.
So...maybe next time...But did hit a few tee shots like I 'expected too' from the range work but not enough. Puting was just off most of the day too...And have re-injured my plantar fascitis is seems..heel was real sore after some awkward steps..
Well played Friday...nice weatehr...course was SLOW!!!!! not sure why but it was a slow round. Not sure we ever hit and had the chance to hit again without waiting.
Focus was on trying to not get so over the top on the start of the swing...well, pulled my first tee shot like 30 yards...so much for that! Did OK scoring wise on the front..shot even par, 2 bogeys 2 birdies. back 9 though had some trouble..usually in the form of pulled shots and then trying to hit delicate chips since I was short sided. Shot 37 / 42 for a 79. Ok score but +7 over on the back was a dissapointment.
Putted Ok but not great. Made a few long ones but 3 putted a couple times. These greens are always slow and give me fits
Heading to the beach tomorrow...for 3 days of golf...weather my be iffy .. from all the storms coming up from the Gulf. Primary goal is to have fun and to at least play in control..my plan is to not rush shots and not over react to poor shots. We'll see how it goes.
Enjoy the trip to the beach, Scott. I was away last weekend so hoping for a reset...haven't touched a club in 2 weeks come Saturday.
Well that didn't quite go as planned. Ha..played 3 rounds, had fun, but wasn't consistent. Courses were wet from all the rain from the tropical storms. So I struggled some with hitting shots fat. final day I shot 80 which was good. 2nd day I played better than I scored. missed some putts and turned par's into bogeys. one triple on #9 and shot 43 for that side. Should have been like 37 or 38. Just that kinda trip.
it was wet here in NJ on Saturday, also. Kinda misting a little during the front 9, the sun never came out, at least the temps were OK (low 70's). I hate playing in wet conditions, I kept topping the ball because I didn't want to hit into the mud. Putted pretty well, but the front 9 was terrible and I only pulled it together marginally on the back. I'm a fair weather golfer. We have a stretch of nice sunny days all this week so hopefully I can make time to go to the range.
yeah Aimee, I did that a couple times on chips when I was afraid I'd hit it fat..frustrating
Played this weekend in our annual Hatfield vs McCoy match play event at our club. Everyone is sided either a Hatfield or a McCoy. Much like Ryder cup style, each player plays the opponent in match play, factoring in handicaps. I lost both my matches with some mediocre playing. Sometimes played well, birdied first hole a very difficult par 5. Didn't get another one. Putted OK each day but I probably should have been more aggressive trying to make birdies. Made a lot of 2 putt pars to push to the next hole. Going to take some time off of actual golfing and work on the game. Need to refine the swing changes a bit and feel like it's more automatic and less mechanical. Found some things off the tee over the last week of golf but irons still frustrate me in my ability to come so over the top at times and pull shots left of the target. So that's a major focal point this off season.
Getting a lot cooler here now..was 80s last week..60's now with a peak in the 70s later this week. can't play much past 630pm right now so not much chance to get in any golf after work...going to have to start using that vacation time
Played 9 holes today...trying to work on my swing changes. Trying to fix my weak grip, keep a flat wrist at the top of the backswing and working on pulling down with the left hand to start the downswing...trying to see if that keeps me from coming over the top to start the downswing. Need to video tape myself doing that. I think the wrist issue is slowly settling in. But not sure on the downswing part yet. I see the ball drawing more so the grip must be working. But I think I start swaying to early to the left side...I hit some shots thin today on the 9 holes. But I did hit some really well so that's a good sign. Just going to keep working on it through the winter...see how I can get before the spring.
iSaturday round at Mercer Oaks East, the links style course. A little sad, they cut down a lot of the fescue and such for the winter (it is said that those dry grasses become too much of a fire hazard) so the course loses some of its charm. The round was marked by some unusual wildlife, we were visited by a bald eagle (huge, even though it may have been a juvenile) and 2 foxes. One of the foxes wound up hanging out in the grass for a bit to enjoy the sunshine (unseasonably warm, mid 70’s). My round was good, ball striking could be better but I do think my range time Wed. helped. Shot 85, 7 pars, 2 GIR, 30 putts. Played the same ball all day. I think my best shot was #16, mid length par 3, I hit a great 4h to the center of the green, it flew high and landed softly, it was very satisfying.
I did seem to pull a couple of shots left, I think as a result of trying too hard to release the club on the downswing, I need to watch that.
nice Aimee. Those shots that you hit flush are always memorable.
Played 9 today...had the front 9 to ourselves since we went off about 3pm. overall played well..1 bad hole..had 4 pars, only one makeable birdie putt which fell off just before getting to the hole. The grip change and swing stuff was pretty good today. hit 6 out of 7 fairways I think. 5 out of 9 GIR. Had 3 mistakes though...2 holes I 3 putted..one was the 2nd hole and no warm up left me leaving a long long putt short. Missed the 5 footer for Par. The other was just stupid..downhiller and I hit it too firm and ran it 8ft past and missed the comebacker
The real aggrevation was the 7th hole Par 3. hit my tee shot into the bunker and ... now we have very inconcistent bunkers..all are getting replaced in the spring..but this one has nice white sand..So the pin running away from me made me try to get very cute with the shot. Left it in the bunker. Then tried again..same thing...then hit it thin over the green. So tripled that hole. All stupid stuff. it wasn't a hard bunker shot, I just tried to hit a great shot instead of just hitting it out and letting it roll out 10-15 ft past the hole.
Overall though happy with the swing today. Best shot was 9I on the 9th hole..Uphill approach shot from 132 yards to the pin .. but all uphill. Short of the green is a huge bunker. My 9I carries about 142 normally so I figured that should carry the bunkers if I hit it right. Whidch I did. had a 5 ft downhill putt for birdie..which I narrowly missed. But it was a great iron shot.
Scott, I had a similar situation to your bunker shot, I pulled 2nd shot on a par 4 left, was pin high. Ball sitting in thick wet grass, fairly muddy area and I tried to hit a flop shot to just land on the edge of the green to trickle close to the hole. Not surprisingly, hit it short, leaving it in greenside rough. Then chipped it and had it run probably 6-7 feet past the hole. So a hole that should have been a 4 or 5 turned in to a 6.
With the curling season now under way, golf has taken a back seat. We've had some really nice weather last week and I managed to get out for a game with a friend and proceeded to shoot one of my best games of the year with a 41/45=86. I had a birdie and 6 pars with the bird coming on the ninth where I drove the green on a short par 4. Could have easily been four strokes lower as I burned several putts that appeared to be tracking into the hole.
I played with the remnants of my men's league group on Monday. It started out on a positive spin with a birdie on one, but that ended up being the only plus hole of the day.
I might try and get out on Friday as the weather is supposed to be decent with ahigh in the upper 50's, but anything beyond that will simply be a bonus.
Just back from a few days in NYC...so am chompoing at the bit to get out and play...cooler weather coming here...but mayhe I can sneak out for a round Friday about mid-day...
Walked 9 yesterday, my course, from the tips. No real warm up..just headed to the first tee. Overall turned out pretty good score wise. Shot 39 (par 35). Out of that, I bogeyed the first 2 holes missing narrowly the par putts. Then the Par 3 235 yard into wind hole came up ..and I hit a great 3W to about 6 ft but missed that birdie putt. Managed to get up and down for Par on the next 2 holes and then had 2 routine Par3 on the next 2 holes for 5 pars in a row. Then Par 5, 575 yards..I'm 150 out - but in between clubs and totally top that shot thinking too much about how to not over-power that approach shot. Now I have a 75 yard bunker shot that I screwed up. So wind up double bogeying that hole before making par on #9 with a great bunker shot from 150. Overall, drove the ball well, hit a couple good iron shots and putted almost great...but mainly good.
We had great weather, mostly sunny and low 70’s, wind was a little bit of a factor as we played our links style course again, but not bad. Wildlife spotting this week was a large raptor which looked like an osprey. It was perched on top of a purple martin/swallow bird house, as if to say “where did my lunch go”. Round was a tale of two nines, I shot 42 on the front but 47 on the back, unforced errors. Several chunked wedges, I think I was trying to get cute and “finesse” too much. 5 pars total, 2 GIR, 32 putts. Same ball whole round.
Played the West course, leaves starting to fall more and becoming a factor if balls hit along treeline. First round in fall-like weather, since we’ve had rollercoaster temps and its been 70 on the weekend...it was high of 56, mostly sunny, not too windy. It only started feeling cool towards the end of the back 9 when it got cloudier. Sort of a “meh” round, shot 92 with a ball lost in the pond on #9, 2 pars. Ironically one of the, on hole 15, was a short but tricky par 5...hit a short pop up tee shot into the rough, but where I hit was short grass and I had a clean lie. Hit a good 4h into the fairway. Hit the 4h again over the 4 traps in front of me which guard the elevated green, stuck the green and 2 putt for par.
Nice come back on the Par 5 Aimee. Nice to reset your focus and pull off the shots needed...especailly that approach over bunkers.
No playing for me recently, have been in the mountains of Virginia biking the Creeper Trail. Easy to do, down hill mostly but we stay in cabins near a big stream and cook out relax, etc. So it was nice to get away. Cooler, wet weather coming so not sure when I'll play. I was hoping to hit the coast end of this week and get 2 rounds in..guess we'll see..
Not likely to play this weekend, looks like we may get a hard frost and temps in the 40's on Saturday. Sunday shows high of 51 at this point, that is marginal for play/no play depending on amount of sun and wind.
I may steal a couple days down to the coast and try to play..should be in the 60s if the rain holds off...we'll see...
Well, played twice last week ...Thursday and Friday. Thursday was a challenge due to weather. We went down to the coast knowing there was rain but got lucky in that we managed to get in 16 holes before the steady rain hit. Drenched afterwords, we were lucky that this specific course had signs saying "We are NEVER 'Cart Path Only'". And they stood true to their word. Course really drained well in the sandy soil. Took a new driver with me...PING G30...used it some but didn't have time to hit the range so I only hit it 3 or 4 times. It was going right a lot. So I'll have to work on it. But did use it on 18, a long Par 5 dog legs right. Hit a great tee shot that faded around the corner. Don't really like how loud it is..definitiely has a "ping" when you hit it.
Overall both days was disappointed in how I played. And disappointed in my course management. There were too many times when I tried to execute a shot that was ill-planned. Shot wise, had too much over the top going on. If I hit the ball in the fairway, then I'd miss the green pulling my approach. I had a couple triple bogeys just due to poor execution. Sometimes it was 3 putting...sometime it was hitting into trouble more than once on a hole. Shot like 84/85 those 2 days. On the positive side, my struggles are moving my handicap up...nearing a 7 or an 8 and earlier this year was almost a 4...
I think given how busy work is, that could be my last 18 for a while. I'll try to walk 9 here and there but think I'm going to focus on hitting the range when the weather cooperates and try to get the initial start of the downswing right.