Golf Club Reviews and Discussions
played Mercer Oaks East, our third was a guy around 30 who could hit the ball a long way, he played white tees with Michael to be polite, but he also said he wasn’t accurate enough to play blue...which was only partially a factor. He was nice and the round was quick. I didn’t play that well, shot 92, screwed up my first 2 holes and its hard to shake that off. Had a couple of pars on front 9, one par on back, 34 putts. Had a lot of problems with greenside bunkers, so several shots dropped due to over swinging and flying over. If I could just find a practice facility nearby with a decent bunker I could work on that, it is a big weak spot in my game.
It's not how...it's how many
Hey Folks. I've been traveling...first to Vegas for a billiards tournament...and then to Pittsburgh for some baseball. Finally getting back. Only to find it's going to rain almost all week so..likely not much time to golf for me. Maybe this weekend.
Golf is a game that can only be played...
Played 18 yesterday. Was warm and with all the rain we've had i thought the course might be real wet but it wasn't. Seems fine, though didn't get a lot of roll on drives. Shot 42/39 for an 81. 11 bogeys, 2 birdies. Irons were mostly OK. Trying top hit th 3w off the deck twice didn't work out. Need to work on that shot at the range. I used to be able to do it. Right now it's iffy at best. Driver was OK at the range but a little errant on the course. so heading to the range those. I have about 3 weeks before I go to the beach for golf
Hot day...low 90's, I walked Mercer Oaks West with an umbrella clamped on the cart. At least there was a little breeze at times and it was OK in the shade. Shot 89 with a ball lost in the pond on #9 and a few other mess ups. Putted OK, had two 3 putts, I believe (going from one end of the green to the other, just too much ground to cover). One birdie, 3 or 4 pars. Didn't feel like I played all that well, but I suspect that was due to being just worn out from the heat. My handicap has gone down to 14.7.
nice Aimee. I hear you on the heat. 90's here this week too. but it's better than the 114 I had in Vegas last week!
If you get Gofl Magazine, my course remodel is in there in an article about Day trip and Robert Trent Jones., Tanglewood Championship. The course remodel is well underway. a lot of the greens are showing the bermuda coming through and theyve completely redone the bunkers and a bunch of the fringe around the greens. SHould be nice when they're done.
Took the day off work today to get some errands done and got done earliy enough to get a round of golf in. Overall VERY happy with the round. Didn't score well but could see the progress from some of my recent work come through.
Shot 41/40 with NO birdies (Sad!). The 9 over was 2 doubles, one of which was from hitting a really really good approach shot to a blind downhill green and flying it and hot having and easy chip/putt situation. Shouldn't have been double but man did I hit that approach shot solid. The other was a double due to a poor tee shot and then 3 putting. Those two holes were my only poor putting holes of the day so that was good.
Driver wise, I made progress today. Had 9 times I used the driver...3 were ok to good, 3 were bad and 3 were nutted. Those last three where distances of 280, 285 and 310 off generally moist fairways from recent rain we've had. So I'm pleased.
Irons were mostly OK, but I had a few where I came around on them and was all arms and not a well timed downswing with the body and arms. But I know that now.
So overall even though I didn't score well I felt good about the shots I made.
Scott, sounds like progress and some positive things to build on.
Yes...but it's funny..one of the guys I played with came in and sat down at the office today and said "so what's been going wrong with your game, I saw you hit some crazy shots you don't normally see.." I looked at him and said "I thought that was a good round for me..I was very positive from the take-aways. I hit 6 out of 9 good or great drives. Yes 3 were bad but 6 weren't. and I screwed up a few iron shots but I nailed some others, and I putted well and almost chipped in once or twice." I told him .. the swing changes, the weight loss and balance changes from that...and I think actually now that I've given it some more thought..the way I was swinging and the speed I was swinging when I had an extra 30 lbs on me, I can't swing quite that way or with that much intertia. I think that might also be causing some balance issues. So Anyway, it's just interesting on the perspectives people have. I was very positive with the take-aways...he was just the opposite. but i don't care...I think I'm headed to where I need to get too to be much more consistent.
first round of the staycation was on Monday, since the weather was lousy over the weekend. We played a course we have played before, Charleston Springs North, which is in the Monmouth County Park system. It is pretty expensive if you are not a county resident, so we only go there on weekdays. They had a special for August which was $50 pp after 12:00 including green fee, cart, and range token. The course was in really good shape except fairway bunkers had a lot of rocks in them, and the greens had marks in them not holes like aeration, but little short lines all over, very odd. I played one tee box further back which was longer than my usual, it is amazing how much difference 500 yards makes. I did make a couple of pars, on a par 5 and a par 3, IIRC, but didn’t play particularly well. At least I didn’t lose any balls, I shot 96. I can see that the longer yardage added a couple of shots, mostly on par 4’s. If I had played better overall, and the putts that just missed had gone in, I probably would have shot 88-90 realistically. I blew some shots that were unforced errors.
Aimee, I've seen a few courses that cut the greens like that...not sure what it does, maybe an alternativee to punching / aerating them...not sure. Seen it in the fairways too
Played Mattawang Golf Club in Belle Mead, NJ. Online deal, total of $80 for the two of us with cart/booking fee. We had played this course 2-3 years ago, it is pretty flat for the most part, not a great course, but for the cost it was decent enough. The only issue was the night before we had a downpour for an hour and they got 3/4-1" of rain. When we got there it was transitioning from cart path only to 90 degrees, it was pretty wet. We actually contemplated going back and trading in the gas cart for pull carts after the 1st hole, but that was when they told us we could go 90 degrees...but there were some holes that were still cart path only due to wet conditions. Oh well. The greens were actually very good, they rolled true, although not fast. Due to the rain, the rough was very thick and long, Michael lost several balls that he should have found, I lost one in the rough off the tee. Shot 91, had a couple of pars and chipped/putted pretty well.
back at one of our home courses, Mercer Oaks East. Of course after putting on two different courses with completely different types of greens, my putting was awful, I had three 3-putts, 36 putts total. Shot 88, had potential for several strokes lower but once again, some stupid mistakes. For example, on a short approach from the rough just off the green, I had doubt about my shot (chip vs flop) and messed up what should have been an easy one because that doubt didn’t allow me to commit/execute. Highlights...I did hole out a SW from 60 yds for a birdie on a par 4. Had 7 GIR, 1 birdie, 4 pars. Measured a drive that I know I hit well on hole #13 and it was 176 yds, I did make par on that hole, a par 5.
back at Mercer Oaks East since the West was aerated Mon/Tues and greens still sandy. Didn’t make mistakes due to lack of commitment like the last round, just lack of execution (haha). And my inability to practice greenside bunker shots is so frustrating, it is a huge weak spot in my game. Shot 86 with 8 pars, 4 GIR, 31 putts. Pretty obvious that my score benefitted from putting today, had 5 one putts and no 3 putts.
Well good turn around Aimee...especially on the putting. Sounds like a fun Stay-cation overall despite the rain.
Played Saturday in a Texas Scramble (everyone hits tee shots, captian picks best and evceryone plays their ball in from there). Fun event. We had a great team, where everyone contributed at some point. The team is A, B, C and D players, where your A player is the best player and D the worst. Our C and D players (I was B) were great, hit some nice timely shots). We tied for 2nd so good ending.
'Overall I played well. I hit some nice putts, a few good irons. My chips were not so good, hitting several fat wedges in the softer conditions. Driver, I hit 6 times and 5 were good to really good. 1 was a pull into the trees that I could have played if I were playing my own ball.
heading to Myrtle beach Tuesday for 3 days of golf..we'll see how it goes!
Well, had great weather at the beach this week, got in 3 rounds. well, the driver worked well, excep when it didn't. Shot rounds of 88, 82, and 89...the 88 and 89's included scores of 7, 8 , and a 10 on holes. Was inconsistent off the tee, with irons, but putting was OK. Used the Aimpoint a few times and in general it worked OK. I made a couple really nice putts.
Driver and 3w wise off the tee...man I hit some good ones. But I also got into a funk at times and hit some poor ones. Had too many double bogeys because of tee shot issues. While most of my approach shots were pretty good, I did miss more GIR with wedges than I'd like. And my long irons weren't great.
On the positive side, I putted pretty well today, the last day. very well actually. I remained focused during my shots pretty well and I didn't let the mistakes derail my scores. I did that for myself!!! HAHAHA
But the drives that were good were really good. So the swing is in there, it's just getting more consistent on getting it out. it's something small I'm doing at the wrong time. So will keep working on it...have another year before the next trip like that.
Played 9 today. Irons were pretty crisp. 3 wood tee shots were pretty strong, in the fairway. Didn't have a warm up just went to the tee. This 9 holes I only need to hit driver on holes 5 and 6. Didn't hit etiher well, both lead to bogeys. Need to work on that club a lot more. Putted well. shot 40, mostly due to drives with the driver. Had 1 birdie, 3 bogeys and 4 Pars and one double, for a 40.. Pulled a couple wedge shots which wasn't shocking..as I sometimes get a little over the top on the start of the swing.
on the DL this weekend, I got acupuncture for my left shoulder which I injured in Feb shoveling snow...decided 6 months was long enough for it to be sore. Had him do a little treatment for my tendonitis in the forearm/elbow area for good measure, too. The treatment left me with some sore spots and he recommended I lay off golf for a week, so I am. Actually I didn’t feel like I could have played until Monday anyhow, and it was another stinkin’ humid day so we just went for a walk in the park for an hour. Will play next weekend, next “puncturing” is week after.
Aimee, how did you like the acupuncture? feel like it helped at all?
Scott, too soon to tell for this specific treatment, I had some bruises because he was going in deep on the shoulder. Have a second treatment scheduled which will probably be more impactful since he can focus more on the specific muscle area affected. I've had acupuncture before for an inflamed nerve in my back and it worked very well for me, two treatments took care of it. I think for muscle or nerve inflammation it is an effective therapy. But you need to beware of quacks, not all practitioners are equally skilled. This particular gentleman treated my Mother several years ago.
yeah, I have my skepticism radar up all the time for chiropractors and acupuncture...so i'm curious when people try it and say it works. Everything I've seen or heard, it really comes down to the person you find to do it...the chiro I went into was a racket... "oh yeah, I know you need 16 treatments and we have this package..." it was not pleasant. I left just paying my co-pay. but I trust you so I'm curious what you think about this once you've done enough to have some progress
Scott, had my 2nd treatment Wednesday and am definitely feeling marked improvement. He worked on some different spots around the shoulder area and moved to the trapezious, which was more intense. Lots of tension in there. More treatment in that area next time.
another rainy weekend, no golf, this is getting old...
Looks like we're in line to get hit from Hurrican Florence. Not sure if I'll get much in this next week or two myself. did make it to the putting green to practice..but still slow speeds there
Hello all, Ive been away ( offline ) for a while. Not playing great at the moment. Society handicap is now 15.5 which on paper should be easy. Played in an overnight comp at the weekend and came a respectable 6th out of 32 with 33 pts on day 1 and 34 points on day 2. Let it slip a bit with only 2 points from last 2 holes. Had a bad start on day 2 with 5 points in first 4 holes, just general rubbish shots. Had a mini revival with Bogie, Par, Birdie, Par for 11 pts. Overall great driving, Very good chipping and good putting. Only bad thing was irons over pitching wedge, not good. may go back to my callaway x-14s as i can hit them better just lose about 10 yd per club. Nice to be back, CAC.
cac handed Geordie.
Welcome back CAC. Nice to hear from you. Hope you've been well.
CAC, welcome back, it sounds like a better strategy to lose a bit of distance if you hit those irons more consistently. Better to know where they are going and hit a more solid shot a bit shorter.
Aimee, any more acupuncture treatment updates?
Scott, I had posted as a reply to the earlier post. I had 2nd treatment Wed. and 24 hours later I noticed a definite improvement. However, when I played on Saturday, I had some discomfort in the shoulder joint. I you are thinking of getting treatment for an area that is impacted by playing golf, you should assume that you will need to take a break to let it heal. Like in Jan/Feb. Ideally, the treatments should be a week apart, I have been doing the 2 weeks apart just due to scheduling issues. I think a week after treatment is a good amount of "off time" for healing at a minimum. Remember, the treatment I'm getting stimulates into the muscles, so the recovery may be taking longer. For example, I had a bruise that lasted 2 weeks after treatment. And to keep it on topic for the thread, I played terribly on Saturday because of the discomfort. Plus less than ideal conditions, the fairways were soft/muddy and the rough was thick/long (after effects of all the rain) so I kept pulling out of my swing out of pain avoidance. Only good shots were the irons/wedges from fairway to green due to lack of resistance/impact on the joint.
Thanks Aimee. Good to consider. Yeah, if I try it, I'll take your advice and do it in the off season. I'm trying an inversion table...which may be having a positive impact but it's a little early to tell.
No golf here for a while. Courses will be closed for days. So much water is coating the area here in the Carolina's. Record rain fall and courses at the coast are going to remain closed until further notice. I'll get some golf in Phoenix later this week but that'll be it.
Well, the crappy conditions last weekend caused me to aggravate my shoulder, so I decided to do my acupuncture this week (going after work today) and take off this weekend. Hopefully someone else out there gets to play (hubby will probably play without me, I told him to). I'd rather get this resolved and still have some time to play in the Fall. Maybe we will be rewarded for our lousy summer and have a nice mild Fall so I can play until December.