Golf Club Reviews and Discussions
Warm weather sounds good...I may go to Austin, TX in the end of Feb., should be around 20 degrees warmer than at home.
It's not how...it's how many
Well had a great time in florida. Had an absolutely beautiful day Friday...played golf in shorts and a golf shirt. Played a course locals recommended...Thought about Saw Grass but it was $225. Too steep for me right now. Drove the ball really really well. They've had lots of rain lately and greens where slow, and fairways wet. So it was a all-carry day. Got no roll. But greens putter like a 7 or 8 so I didn't make anything. Literally had like 36 putts on the day. MAde a lot of Pars...but doubled 2 Par 3s which pushed my score to an 80. I missed the green on those but my next chips where bad. neither lie was great and it was soft and so I tried to pick them clean but didn't...Otherwise it was a good day. Hit some great irons and like I said hit the driver well.
Golf is a game that can only be played...
Winter storm coming to the Carolina's this weekend...so covering the new greens on our course starting Friday, Could be several inches of snow to some snow and ice. Guess no golfing for me for a couple weeks. have to move my 6ft putting green inside and at least i can work with that a little
8-12" of snow heading our way in the morning...not much golf in my forecast this next week
12-20 inches of snow came in .. gonna be a while before we can even see the greens. at least I didn't lose power...
Played 2 9 holes rounds over the last couple days. Should 41 and 39. Had 2 birdies today, back to back actually. hit good approach shots and then made putts. Overall, the driver has been pretty good. Course has played long because of so much rain. So it's all carry and little or no roll. Several 'rust' areas of my game from not playing or practicing much..Irons have been generally consistent but I have missed a few right. Chipping hasn't been great with a couple bladed chips across the green. Have been practicing on my bunker game. The bunkers in our new redone course are awesome. The way they are draining in all this rain is impressive. A problem I've had this year was my bunker shots going too far. So I've been practicing with how to hit shorter bunker shots...getting better but need to be able to hit the shots that still bite a little and stop out of the bunker. So that's a goal for this year.
Wet...it was warm in NJ on New Year's Day but so wet from heavy rain the day before, plus very windy, we had a tee time but cancelled it. We didn't even go to the range. Unfortunately it rains so much that when we have these over 50 degree days it is unplayable anyhow.
Played 9 today.. 65 degrees and sunny. Still really wet from all the rain but like Spring outside. Didn't play very well. This 9 holes only has a couple places to use driver and that was probably good. Out of the 4 tee shots, 2 were really not good and the other two were good. Didn't hit irons particularly well either. A lot of two hits and then chunked a short wedge on soft turf, and followed that with thinning another one and had to take a drop. Didn't putt well either, making really only a couple putts. hit too many off the toe. So not much good to say about the 9 holes but it was nice to get out and play and get the exercise.
Might try to play Tuesday too when it again reaches mid 60s
First game of the year and first game for about 4 weeks. Was due to be a frosty start but was only about 4 deg C so fine. Hasnt rained of any note here for about 3-4 weeks. Started with bad luck and ended up against a tree off the 1st tee , bad shot choice ended up 7 on par 4. Next hole par 3 and went 2 yd OOB but par with 2nd ball =5. Double on the next for 6 and a lot of luck on the 4th , all of it bad for another 7 on a par 4. So after 4 holes had 2 points so 6 down on handicap. Par the next, birdie and nearest the pin winner on the next and this game is easy again. fairly steady couple of pars and mostly bogies from then on till the 16th. On the 16th tee I said 3 bogies here and it will be 31 pts OK. Ended up Par Par Par for 34 points and 3rd place. 16th made the green, good 2 put. 17th about 10ft birdie putt , left it inches short. Good up and down on 18th for Par. Overall happy as the bad start was a bit of bad luck. now down to 15.4 for next game in a few weeks time. CAC.
cac handed Geordie.
Nice Finish CAC, Par-Par-Par. very nice.
Walked 9 today, had ice last weekend and rain coming this one so got a break in the weather and I got in 9. No warm up...just went out not for score but just swings. Have ben working on my putting at home as I have a small artificial putting green in the house. I've noticed that sometimes I toe the putts or hit them a little thin. so I've been workig with a few tools to strike putts more solidly. Overall today I did that. Didn't make many but the putts were solid strikes. So that was nice.
Might just might be figuring out my driver swing. Have corrected my ball position and my hand position at setup...and the last 5 drives were very good. And including on #9 where the last several times I've played it, I hit crappy drives. Today I nailed it. Irons were of in the beginning but I went straight to the tee so. Eventually the swing warmed up and I hit some nice irons. Going to try to remember the things I worked on today so I can practice them again next time at the range. Going to be a while before I can play again
Scott, What driver head/Shaft combo have you settled on? Assiming you have settled on ONE of course.
Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.
Haha Don. Well the head is the Ping g400 Max for sure. Can't say the shaft is settled. I have been only playing a few 9 hole rounds here and there and one day I'm swinging good and another not. So I haven't been consisent enough to worry about changing the shaft. Now that I feel like I have maybe figured out my swing, I want to start experimenting with the shaft again. If we could get some consistent weather I would really lke to spend some range time with it. Next round is going to be the Blue shaft. Right now the stock shaft is in it.
Played 9 Friday...just before more rains came in. Course was wet but it was like 45 degree and partly sunny. Didn't swing irons very well. first hole I think I chunked the first 4 iron shots. Now was car to tee so I expected to need a little warm up but jeez. So just used the course as a driving range since I had no one behind me. Hit like 5 balls into the greens etc. Driver did well 4 out of 5 holes. One hole the tee box just doesn't setup well for me visually. I get my alignment off..so that one was the one bad tee shot..where I probably was not comfortable.
Irons got a little better bit not great. Maybe I flushed one or two iron shots over the 9 holes. Others were OK but a little thin or chunky on the soft ground. Putting was good though. I have been woring on putting .. and ony had one putt that I didn't hit solid.
30 MPH winds today after 2 days of rain..and 30 as a high tomorrow..so no golf for me for a while...
No golf in sight. Single digit temp's, ice, etc. Not that things could change in a couple of weeks and we get a freak warm day, but not counting on it.
Intermittent weather here..rainy one day, then cold, then 50's. Got in 2 9 hole rounds this weekend..Now, both of these were no warm up just go to the first 2...
First 9, didn't go very well. Waling the 9, basically stopped keeping score given how poor I was playing and turned it into a practice facility. I would drop balls at different yardages and hit several shots into the green. Did hit a couple good tee shots but they were drawing a little more than I wanted. The lone britght spot was #9...a 380 yard dog leg left Par 4 uphill. Hit a pretty good tee shot, left me about 125 uphill to an elevated green. Had to choke down on the PW because the ball was above my feet - which made the PW be the right distance I thought. Hit the shot and really liked how it was flying, if it got to the green. Wasn't sure I hit enough club, but I saw it bounce on the green near the pin and thought "Yes, that should be close enough to maybe make a birdie". I can't see the bottom of the pin but as I start walking up the hill and getting closer, I can't see the ball anywhere. I knew I didn't hit enough club to go over the green so I thought, I must have knocked it in! And I did! There it was in the bottom of the cup! That was following a hole where I picked up because I hit 3 BAD irons shots. What a funny game..
Round 2 today...Tried to loosen up a bit more today and tried to focus on some swing thoughts I hoped would help my ball striking. Shot 1 over par over the 9 holes. 1 birdie , 2 bogeys. Put the Blue Graffaloy shaft in the Ping G400 Max driver for today's round. First drive went way right but playable. Led to my first bogey of the day. Wasn't hitting irons terrible, so improved over yesterday. Worked on wrist cock and staying down, and hit a lot more quality iron shots today. Short par 5 over water, I hit a 6I from about 188 and got on the green in 2. Missed the eagle today but made the birdie. Narrowly missed a birdie on #9 as well.
Overall today was a much better ball striking day - though that didn't take much --over yesterday. The driver shaft change...the Blue was no longer than the stock shaft. Shot shape...seemed to be a little more draw than the stock shaft. But also could have been my setup or swing today. Will leave it in for a few rounds and see how things differ. Hoping to play tomorrow , get in another 9 holes.
Was ncie for a few days...now .. not so much. Cold and wet again. It's back to winter...booo. May squeak out 9 holes Wed when it gets near 60...but we'll see.
Played today. Took a drive toward the Carolina coast. Weather was low to mid 50s and sunny but the course was soaked. With the wind and the cooler temps, the ball didn't fly very far and then you got no roll. At one point I flushed a 9I into a breezer and netted a whooping 120 yards. Usually that would be more like 150 yards. Oh well...Shot 46-42 for an 86. The front 9 I played pretty bad. A little hungover but mostly just rust. Drove the ball OK but missed the greens and then didn't putt well. Iron shots were a bit of a challenge even lift-clean-place because the least little miss was blasting turf everywhere. Anyway, had some good shots just not enough. Playing again tomorrow so we'll see if I play better
I remember playing a par three that was 180 yards into the wind. I figured if I hit my 9 wood, (normal carry is 205) I would at least get to the front of the green. Wa I WRONG. The ball landed a good 30 yards short of the green I think I might have gotten 145 yards out ot what would normally have been a 205 yard carry shot. That was the LAST time I tried to hit a high lofted farrway wood into a strong wind. DOWN wind can be just as bad. Sometimes the wind will KNOCK the ball down and other times it will push it a long wats and do past your target. Hard to tell which it will do.
Yeah, .. I didn't realize there was that much wind. I figured I'd get more than half way there and have a wedge in. Nope..I had to hit a longer club than the first shot. Was kinda funny...not really given how i was playing but still was a head scratcher.
So played the next day...didn't score any better but hit the ball so much better. probably the best driving day I've had in many many years. Not sure why, but just hit it really well. The problem again was the short game. Made no putts. But I did strike some really good irons shots. So I was happy about that, but hated to miss the chips and putts like I did.
Played today, walked 9 holes at my course. Also really wet due to rains but the temps were upper 60s. So it was nice to be out in the warmer weather. Didn't hit the driver as well this time. So i don't really know why I hit it so well the other day. Did hit some good iron shots. Hit one ball into the water on a Par 3 that lead to a double bogey. Overall shot 40 which wasn't bad but should have been better. The ball in the water from 195 was the killer. Then I 3 putted one green. Did have a string of 4 pars in a row.
Speaking of putting, experimented with Left-hand low putting again. Given how off I was at the beach, I thought I'd give it a try. i think I'm going to go back to my old putter, the Ping CRAZ-E. Just gives me a more solid strike, even on off center shots. I still like the whole AIMPoint routine, but when you don't hit the putter in the center or square, doesn't quite matter what the read was.
mid 60's today but raining on and off all day, cool this weekend...but the 10 day forecast is trending nicely for next weekend, so fingers crossed for first round of the spring!
Got out and played 18 today. Hit a handful of balls on the range that were pretty good but that's where it ended...Another round of inconsistent play. Doubled the first hole, a fiarly easy Par 4 ... hitting a topped tee shot. Came back on #3 and nuked a 6I over water to a pin 185 yards away with water all on the left. a string of bogeys after that and then a string of Pars. Finished with 2 pars on 2 long Par 4s. Didn't really keep score since my tee shots were so on and off. hit a couple extra on some holes when things were slow
Just inconsistent play with irons and tee shots. May try to walk 9 tomorrow
Well, back from Vegas for March Madness and got out for 9 holes of golf today. All and all played better than I expected. The last time I played I was very disappointed qith my game. Nothing was really strong. i was putting poorly and very inconsistent on my full swing shots. Had worked on a couple things with left wrist hand position at the top of the swing and all and all today I hit the ball pretty well. Shortened up the backswing a bit and focused on my left wrist position and actually struck some really nice shots. Not sure if it's the things I worked on or just dumb luck. Weather should be pretty decent this week so hope to get in another 9 holes or more by the weekend.
Got to play today, it was below 50 degrees and a bit windy at times, but the sun was out (mostly) so probably mid 50’s at the end. Grass is dormant, the course was pretty beige. The lies off the fairway were clumpy, surprisingly the putting wasn’t bad, the greens were pretty smooth and not that slow. We played our links course since the ground is just saturated from all of the rain we’ve had, it was not squishy except for a couple of low lying areas, saw a trap with standing water but almost all of them were fine. Shot 96, not surprising for first time out and basically still winter conditions. Had 2 pars, several 3 putts. Some good shots...my short game held up pretty well over the winter. Our foursome decided to just leave the flag in all day and it did seem to save some time...the question as to what will happen when playing with a group where some want it in, some don’t, some depends on the length of the putt...that will be interesting.
But Aimee---We're playing golf!! YEAHHHHH!!!! Everything dormant here too though we did have a couple courses seed rye grass so there's something green. Hope to get out again this week..
Yep, the common refrain during the round was...I would care...if it were July and not March!
Scott-question for you, have you been leaving the pin in, or taking it out during your rounds this year? I think when I played last weekend, one of the guys who tended to putt pretty aggressively (ie, over hit a lot) benefitted from the pin being in. Since I tend to die in the cup more often, I don't think it will really make a difference for me except those fast downhillers.
Well truth be told, I tend to leave it in because it's just quicker...Now I've been playing more 9 hole practice rounds than postable rounds..and I haven't putted well enough to hit the pin and have it kick my ball away. But tomorrow I'm playing 18 holes with my Dad and those greens are slow, so I'll tend to hit them firmer than normal. But I'm also more of a "die" it into the hole so I plan to leave it in just as a conenvience.
One of the things I think I like about the new rule allowing us to leave the flag in is that it's the SAME look we have when we are on the practice green where the short flag sticks are always left in the cup. When I practice I AIM for the stick and consider it a good putt only when the ball hits the stick. If the ball goes in but doesn't hit the flag stick, I look at it as a so so putt. Now that I can leave the flag in when I'm putting on the course, I have the SAME look as I do on the practice green, I can AIM at the stick, same as when I practice. I would be surprised if the putting on tour this years doesn't improve for this one reason alone.
nice day, high 60’s, winds picked up a bit on the back nine. Played with our usual friend and his son, who recently quit a job as an assistant pro at a private club to join the world of office working stiffs. He played from the back tees, and truth be told, I know I have played with better players, he was very inconsistent. At one point when walking on the fairway with our friend, he chuckled and said to me “now you know why he quit golf”. I had a terrible front 9, stopped keeping score because it was aggravating me. Regrouped, gave myself a mental reset, thought about salvaging the round by shooting 40.... and shot 41. Had 2 birdies, 1 par, 5 bogeys, 1 double. Putted much better, 13 putts on the back. On a par 3 I ran off the green with my tee shot, putted from beyond the fringe to sink it for birdie. One advantage of dormant grass, you can use putter or hybrid from areas around the green.
PLayed 18 Friday with my Dad, who will be 80 this year. Played well, just a few mistakes, which were mostly chunked wedges. Hit my tee shots all day very well. Had some 280+ drives, was in or around the fairway all day. Shot 77 with 2 birides. Putted pretty well, ran in a couple mid range birdie putts. Still liking the putter a lot. Very soft feel but the ball jumps off the face.
Played 9 Saturday but didn't swing the club as well. Putted great. Saved Par on probably 4 holes because I was able to one putt. Even some lengthy ones. Didn't hit the driver as well or my irons. Had done a lot of yard stuff the morning before so not sure if that tightened me up or what.