Golf Club Reviews and Discussions
Another rainy weekend forcasted, may be an outside shot of playing Sunday, but not optimistic. This spring has been terrible.
It's not how...it's how many
Got in 9 holes Thursday and Saturday afternoons. Irons are doing fine but trying to get the driver under control. Just when I think i have it, i don't have it. Am trying both my Ping and Callaway drivers at the range and keep working. On the positive side, on the last hole I needed to hit a slight fade tee shot. I really wanted to hit a solid tee shot to have a positive to walk off the course with. The hole before I tried and failed. But I did what I have read to do: tee the ball lower, setup an drop your left foot back a little to open your stance and swing on that line. And it worked. Hit a solid 5 yard fade down the fairway to setup a straigh forward shot into the green. Making par on the last hole which is a tough hole was a nice bonus but hitting that drive like that was great. So will be back to the range tomorrow and see what I can work out. Should play Wednesday night but on a course where I honestly don't need to hit driver, and can't on anything bu 2 holes.
Golf is a game that can only be played...
Good work on executing that tee shot when you really wanted to. It is important to finish with some positive energy, I think it makes you motivated to practice in a good way, not in the "digging myself out of the hole" kind of way. Which is likely to be more productive.
That was my thought Aimee. Of all the shots I hit that day, that one was the one I was most proud of because I had just missed it twice, but stuck to a plan and pulled it off. Taking the morning off today to go play golf with my Dad. He's almost 79 years old, still can play a few times a week and still hits it 220 or 230 off the tee. I hope I can do that when I'm almost 80.
For I believe the 7th consecutive weekend, there is rain in the forcast over the weekend. Of course not the kind you can resign yourself to (a full wash out day) but rather the spotty/pop up/occassional chance of rain and/or possible t-storms. So you roll the dice either way. Last weekend we had rain one day and bailed on a tee time the next day and it never rained. So tired of our lousy Spring. I am fairly slow at work I may just take off Thursday to play.
Sorry to hear it Aimee. We have finally hit a patch of dry after weeks or on and off rain.
Got in 27 holes yesterday ... 18 with my dad in the morning and 9 in league in the evening. The morning was frustrating. I hit some good shots but just managed to screw up something each hole. Shot 43/40 so I did improve on the back 9, had like 5 Pars in a row at one point. Did manage one birdie on the 3rd hole but also had 3 or 4 doubles. The problem was all over. Driver and Irons.
Now the 9 in league was different. Shot 37 with 3 bogeys and 2 birdies. Really didn't have much chance to hit driver, just 3 times and one of those I topped! too many things in the head. And I almost par'd that hole..just narrowly missed it. Putted really well. Made 2 putts of about 15-20 feet and then one from about 10ft.
Taking a few days off now, heading to the beach with the kids. So next week I'll try to hit the range.
Michael and I did sneak in a round in the afternoon. It was a mixed bag, I had 5 pars but several "blow up holes" because I wasn't focused and wound up with a 93. Unfortunately my guilt gets the best of me sneaking out during the week, even though I'm the boss! Weekend weather is up in the air again, may or may not get rain both days. Probably will roll the dice and make a decision morning of.
got a round in we checked the weather all day Friday and made the call to play before going to sleep, as it looked good for no rain in our area during the day. We were joined by two singles, they were each pretty good and we moved along briskly, played in 4 hours. My front nine wasn’t good, I could not get my putting going, had two 3 putts, shot 46. Back nine was a better overall, and no 3 putts. Wound up with an 88, 3 GIR, 34 putts, 1 birdie, 4 pars. Felt like I played alot worse, was actually surprised when I added it up.
46 and 42 on the back. Not bad.
I played 9 Sunday...didn't play great but was almost right out of the car from driving back from the beach (4hrs) and didn't hit the range before playing. Just wanted to get some swings in ... did and did finish better than I started...but the driver is still giving me fits. And it's not the driver, it's me. Did finish with 2 good hits while trying to not take the club back too far. have a tournament Saturday so really need to get where I have some trust off the tee. I think I shot 43 for the 9 holes. missed 3 decent birdie chances. But overall putted well in terms of line, just didn't get the ball all the way to the hole
Played with our friend who is our usual third, but Michael stayed home because he has a bad cold. Unfortunately it was a nearly perfect day...he missed it. We had 2 singles put in with us, starter grumbling about 5 open tee times because of no shows, unbelievable. Had a couple bad holes (dunked one in the pond on #9, sent a tee shot on #15 into the treeline) so I guess my 89 wasn’t too bad. 34 putts, 4 GIR, 5 pars. I almost birdied the par 5 18th hole, hit a good tee shot, mediocre 2nd shot left me a lttle far from the green, but the pin was in front so I had it in range with my 4h, hit it to the front edge and bounced up. Missed the birdie putt by inches, tap in par.
Nicely consistent play there Aimee. Glad to hear that your having success this season.
I have only played nine holes so far this season, back in April and quickly discovered that my ailing back was not yet ready for golf. I've been feeling better of late and have begun to swing a club and hit a few balls here and there without ill effect, but nothing yet approaching what would be required to play. I'm hopeful that within a month I will be getting to the point that I might venture out again, but we will have to see.
Keep up the good work gang!
hope your back continues to make progress Sco..I know that's not easy to get over. Played in our Company Tournament Saturday...captains choice with a lot of junk. We didn't come close to winning..just didn't make any putts...if you don't make putts it's impossible to win. My play overall was decent..hit the driver well in the beginning and the end..but in the middle got a little lost. but was happy I got it back again at the end. I hit wedges really good most of the day. Irons where ehhh most of the day. Hit some nice ones, but not what I'd call a solid ball striking day.
Had an 84 Saturday. Hot temps but no wind. Didn't play very well overall. Hit mostly irons because of hot tight our open course is off the tee. But it was not a good iron day. Last few rounds I've been making pretty good contant but not yesterday. Just wasn't able to get down to the ball solidly and if I did I hit it chunky. Not sure if ti was tempo or what. May hit the range tomorrow and play again. Putted almost really well. I missed putts by inches all round. I made 2 nice par saves but man I was all around the hole, just didn't fall in. Chipping was pretty good too.
Used the driver twice and found the fairway both times but couldn't follow that up with a decent iron shot. Did make one birdie after hitting my approach shot too about 5 ft on a Par 5.
Didn’t play this weekend, had some family visiting Saturday and Michael still not over his cold, plus the weather is kind of warm/humid so he just couldn’t muster the energy. We went to the range instead. I may try to get out on Tues, weather looks good and it has been quiet at work.
I may try to get to the course for 9 tomorrow....otherwise will be Wednesday. We plan to see Jurrasic World Tuesday...if plans hold up.
So played 9 today in league and it was one of the first days I've played as consistent. I learned from the range session I needed to shorten my swing up. Did that and hit a great opening 6I right down the middle. Wound up hitting a lot of good shots. I Par'd the first 4 holes..birdied the 5th...just missed birdie on the 6th..Were not for the 7th hole I would have shot 1 under. But I went for the green in 2 on a downhill par 5 and didn't hit a good shot. In the water..twice. My fault, should have paid attention to the drop area. Wound up with a triple bogey. Then Par'd 8 and 9. So shot 38 net 33. Not bad
I hit the ball much better with the shorter swing. I'm curious what distance loss thier maybe but I'm OK with that. I picked up yardage with the new swing changes, and fitness, but I also could have been overswinging. And that was leading to the inconsistency. So I'll happily take somewhat shortened distance to hit the ball as well as I did today. Playing Saturday so we'll see how it goes. May walk 9 hole Friday and see if it works still.
Scott, glad to hear you found something with your swing. Sounds like controlling your back swing a little has enabled you to maintain the proper path, etc. I'm with you, if it means you lost a couple of yards, but you actually hit the ball where you want to, you'll get those yards back eventually as your swing flows more naturally.
We have an early (for us) 9am tee time Saturday, it is going to be a scorcher, may hit mid 90's (heat index around 100) and I will be riding an electric cart so I don't pass out from heat stroke. Wish me luck!
enjoy to moring round Aimee...we're playing at 2pm!!! hot I know but the course will hopefully empty!
Played 9 Saturday afternoon. HOT ... did I say it was Hot? One guy in our group had som trouble with the heat so we stopped at 9, which was fine. That's all we planned to do originally anyway. I started off a little putting wise but we have no putting green right now. It's closed for the course remodel of putting in the championship bermuda. Missed a small putt for Par on both #1 and #2. Then par'd the next 4 holes, missing birdie putts. Bogeyed #7 when I tried to go for the green in 2 again (Par 5 - downhill approach over water but have to draw the shot around trees) and the ball didn't draw. Splash! Didn't hit a good chip from the drop zone so made bogey. Made a nice Birdie on #8 from about 15 ft and Par'd #9 to shoot a 2 over 38.
Was working on my putting for about 30 minutes in the morning while my son had a group golf lesson at a nearby course. That helped me with some speed control I think, since most greens are slow now due to the heat. I got all my putts to the hole Saturday which was not the norm for me on that course. So I was pleased with that. Just missed 2 or 3 decent birdie chances.
Hot here again..near 95...heading to play Pinehurst #6 Tuesday with some friends. Pinehurst has a Par 3 course and a putting course which we are going to do first before teeing off. So I'll let you know how that goes. At least I feel like I'm more in control of my swing now than I have been this year. So hoping to just hit some solid shots. Don't care if I break 80, would love too, but I really just want to feel like I'm striking the ball well. That was the thing Saturday. I felt as I went to hit each shot, I was making a solid strike on the ball. I hit 6 or 7 FIR and 5 of 9 GIR but two were misses where I was just off the fringe because I judged the distance and my wedge selection a little off.
Well, it wasn’t too bad Saturday a.m., the humidity was under control and we actually could have walked rather than riding in a cart, it probably was in low 90’s when we finished. You could tell the heat affected play because when we made the turn there was NOBODY teeing off. I played poorly on the front 9, putting was horrendous I had a couple of 3 putts that blew my chance at par. I guess they were slow because they watered heavily early to prepare for the heat. Got it together better on back 9, made birdie on the two (short) par 5’s with one putts and wound up with a 42 on the back.
The heat will continue for a while, going to try to play on the fourth.
Well so much for playing well at Pinehurst...I had some good holes and actually hit the ball well .. just not familiar enough with the course to score well. Have a wedge in my hand...come up short due to wind and elevation...and then chip and 3 putt...double bogey. Or fly the green on a downhill approach after nutting a wedge...in the thick rough..short sided..double. So a lot of those "man if I could have that back..." Shot 86...45/41. either side could have been better. the greens where FAST...which usually I like but these were FAST and rolled out a lot.
Fun thing was Pinehurst Resort has added a Par 3 and a Putting Course. The putting course is part of a massive green they built at the main clubhouse. 18 holes similar to one at St. Andrews. Very comical tricky pins where you have to putt up this ridge and over that one. But very fun. The Par 3 is 9 hoels..nothing longer than 115 yards (downhill) and they have a bar mid way and pipe music around the course. So it's a lively thing..where you can be 5somes, 8some, etc. Did that twice.
The course was nice..played with 2 friends and one guys brother. Lots of fun, great course. We played #6. It was in great shape I just wished I had hit it a little more consistently. Mostly off the tee was fine, except 1 hole. Otherwise I got off the tee fine. Especially Par 3s. I think I hit 3 or 4...But the putting was a challenge for me.
It was 90 when I came off the course a bit after 2pm, with the heat index making it feel like 98. Of course, that is cooler than it has been for the past 3 days. Michael actually left after 9 holes, he couldn’t take it any more...we were walking our links style course, no shade, no real breeze. I had an umbrella clamped on my push cart for shade. We were joined by a 3rd, fairly new golfer who could hit pretty far sometimes, but not usually in the fairway, nice guy. I started out on fire, front 9 had 38, but the heat got to me on the back and I had 47 for a total of 85 with 6 pars, 1 GIR, 31 putts. Thought I might shoot sub-80 on my home course for the first time, wasn’t in the cards. The weekend is supposed to be cooler and less humid, so hopefully I can keep some momentum.
Sunday at Mercer Oaks West, nice day with low humidity and temps in low 80’s. We were put with two singles, one guy who could hit the ball a long way, he hit from blues and I think he was hitting an iron 200 yds, he didn’t hit driver on par fours. The other was pretty terrible, he lunged at the ball and swung as hard as he could, like he was hitting slap shots all day. Bit of a slow start for me on the front 9, I did make par on my nemesis hole #9, got over the pond just short of the green, chipped on and one putt. I felt it was a good turning point and did better on the back 9. Front 9 was 45 with 2 pars, back 9 was 41 with 5 pars. Total of 31 putts, 86.
Played a course today near the beach...weather was great. didn't play all that well, shot 42/41. Biggest issue was not knowing the course and my shots being just a little off...like I'd hit a 3W in the fairway and it would roll through the fairway into the crap. Or I'd try to play a shot par 4 smart, hitting iron off the tee only to miss the green with my approach shot. Nothing but bogeys though so I did avoid doubles. But overall not a good ball striking day off the tee.
Scott, that is the one downside of playing new courses, lack of local knowledge! I traded up on my Skycaddy to the newer version which displays a birds eye view of the hole, it will come in handy when I venture away from my "home" courses. Knowing what the carry over hazards is, or how far to the end of the fairway is so helpful. Nothing worse than a blind shot over a hill and then you realize you rolled into the "junk".
Saturday round very much up and down, lots of frustration. Played our links style course and had some bunker troubles. Although I did have one sandy. There was a tournament out earlier so the greens were pretty fast and the pins were in nasty spots. I could not sink a putt, had 20 putts on front 9, missed makeable 4 footers. Something turned around on the back 9 and I was rolling in putts from long distance, I had 5 one putts in a row from holes 12-16, hole 17 was another 3 putt, hole 18 was another one putt! Had 2 birdies on the back, 4 pars total, 88.
played another new course this week and again shot about 83...I actually hit the ball better, or so I thought. but didn't score. I really can't wait for my courses new greens to come in...the championship bermuda...because I suck at putting on them right now. mostly read the break right but missed everything. 1 birdie in 2 rounds. I had chances but missed all the putts. I did some reading and the grain means a lot on those greens. So I need to begin to factor what direction that's pointing, something that I don't worry about on our bent greens.
First day I only managed 3 GIRs .. second day I had I think 7 GIRs on the front 9 alone. But did I score a lot better, nah. 3 putts killed the momentum. And finished with a couple doubles. But overall my iron play has gradually come around. Driving needs consistency. I hit drives left, straight and right at the beach without a lot of certainty which was coming when! ha. Oh well...I do it for fun (I think..) and not for a living so....
Played 9 today..91 degrees, walking. Didn't date try 18. thought I struck the ball well with irons but didn't score well. Had 2 doubles, 3 bogeys and 4 Pars. Missed 2 makeable birdies and 2 makeable par saves so could have been a very different score. one double was due to poor chipping which on several other holes was a strength and I saved Par. Didn't drive the ball "well" today but only used the driver on 2 holes due to the layout. Think I figured it out a little but this course doesn't give me much chance to use the driver. I should probably just use the 3W each time. I do use the 3W on 3 other holes...so I could easily just use 3W on the other 2. Windy today so I had several holes where my ball missed the green due to not allowing enough wind impact. That always frustrates me. if I allow for it, nothing happens. if I don't the ball seeems to move. Had a few poor iron shots but mostly they were pretty good contact. Putted OK. Will be playing 9 again Wednesday and maybe 18 Friday.
Played 9 today..but think I was a little weak from not eating a lot today. Just had to rush to the tee due to being late but hit my first tee shot in the fairway, 5I because it's a tight hole. Only to duck hook the next one into a hazard. Was sort of that kind of 9 holes. Always doing something wrong .. one bad swing on a hole. Only had one 3 GIR so I was always playing catch up. Shot 42. Tee shots were a problem today...never in sync. Didn't lose a ball but wasn't finding the fairway either
Played Friday, took the day off, we played Mountainview, the longest and oldest of our county courses. Paired with two older gentleman who were really nice. The greens on this course are really small, most of them are elevated, so it is pretty challenging. They roll nicely but there were too many unrepaired ball marks, I spent all my time waiting to putt fixing them. I shot 45/43, 34 putts, 5 pars, 1 birdie. The course is actually par 73 from the red tees for women, since there is a long par 4 that is a par 5 for women. Left some out there due to missed putts, for example I had one that I jammed uphill into the center of the hole, but it popped out because I hit it a bit too hard. No balls lost. Hit some quality shots, my irons aren’t costing me strokes like before.