Golf Club Reviews and Discussions
Terrific shooting, Aimee!
Back to reality...shot 91 on thursday...lost 4 balls during the round (probably more than I lost in the last 2 months total...3 in the water, one lost in plain sight - one of those strange cases where I hit a moon ball pop up and lost it in the sky so I didn't see where it landed, it was a hole with a very narrow fairway so it probably settled into the rough somewhere. Only 2 one putts. I guess if I take the lost balls out of the equation it would have not been an "awful" round...but it was super hot and frankly my concentration was just not there anyhow.
It's not how...it's how many
Played 18 Friday...little challenging course near me that you have to hit good golf shots but the course conditions are not always great. So you never know what you might hit off of but a new management group has taken them over and they're bringing it around. Most of the lies were OK. Started off OK, but I was hitting multiple approach shots because it was crowded. So wasn't an official round. Wanted to work on the driver issues I've had, thinking I might know why I go haywire and top a few right now.
Overall played well early on, hit some great 3w shots and OK irons. Had a few chances for birides but didn't make any until #9, Par 5 that I can almost reach in 2. But got around to #15, another Par 5 with a challenging tee shots..3 elevation changes and a creek to carry. Even though I had just hit one drive solid, I did whatever my miss is and topped it. teed up another blocked it right. teed up another and hooked it left. two holes later, hit an OK that drew..was a solid stroke but that drew into trees/OB. Should have played further right. Last hole pulled my tee shot into trees. So very inconsistent round..when the wheels come off I've not quite learned what I'm doing wrong.
Golf is a game that can only be played...
Played 18 today after work. Actually a pretty good day overall. Had some trouble off the tee but managed to save par 3 out of 4 times. Shot 37 and 41 for a 78. Used the new rule of golf, dropping in the fairway with a 2 stroke penalty insteads of going back to the tee box when I hit a ball OB. Wound up 1 putting for bogey so that was OK. Unlikely I would have made a better score re-teeing. Putted pretty well but the bent grass greens were very slow given the heat wave we're having. Rolled good just slow as molasses. Pulled a few wedges but chipped in once for birdie. So all and all can't complain. Really hit the 3w well today and several times used that off the tee to give me a full swing next shot. Two other times I used 4h off the tee and both times I screwed those shots up.
Might hit the range tomorrow and continue to work on the tee shots.
I've been able to get a regular game in weekly this season which is a big improvement over last season where I didn't really play at all. I'm only good for nine holes at a time, but that's okay, at least i'm getting out there.
My ball striking has been getting more consistent with each passing week provide that i'm feeling good. If I'm a bit tight that seems to affect my iron play the most as I have difficulty maintaining posture. I'm much better with woods because I can play them more upright.
I've struggled the most around the green and on the green. The part of the game that requires feel has been the last thing to return. I tried a chipper for a while, but that didn't yield much in the way of results. I've also decided to bench the longer counterblanced putter in favour of a more traditional model to see if i can get a better feel for weight with my putting.
All in all, I'm happy to be back playing even though the scores of not worth reporting. Although I tend to be ready to quit at the end of nine I have noticed that the post round recovery is getting better with each outing. I'm hopeful that my disc injury has finally healed and now I'm just dealing with slight muscle strains from that one overswing a round that seems to visit me.
We're moving in a week, so that has been front of mind for quite a while and will be the main focus going forward until we are fully settled. Hopefully by fall I will have more time to play a bit more frequently.
Nice you're getting out again Sco. And that the clubs are doing well.
My game is wacky right now. Not sure what's up but for the most part the irons are OK but the driver is very hit of miss (literally) right now. One round I could be hitting it well, not really sure "why or how" and then I start doing something in the swing and it goes to hell. Played twice while in the mountains and the driver was horrible. Tops, hooks, toed shots that go low and right about 100 yards. Or, piped down the middle about 280. Not sure what happened but on a 465 yard hole I had 120 in from shooting the pin where I found my ball. Now it was piped but...and no scuffs on the ball like it hit something. Oh well at least I hit it well. But I think I'm doing the same thing swing after swing but clearly I'm not. So will start video taping myself again at the range I think this week. I maybe found that I was swing too much on the driver with the upper body and not getting my hips clieared..when I started making sure my hips cleared with 2 holes to go I hit 2 of the better tee shots . Oh well...its a love hate relationship I have with this game...
too hot to play this weekend, heat index well over 100 degrees. Michael went out at 8:30 a.m. on Friday with his friend. Looks like nice weather after Wednesday here...so I'll try to get some practice in before the weekend.
Sunday round at our links style course. Some damage visible from the extreme weather we have had the last 2 weeks, saw some newly fallen trees, too. Front nine shot 41 with 6 pars (2 doubles, 1 bogey), 18 putts. Back 9 wasn’t as good, I tweaked my shoulder and my swing became tentative. Just one par on the back, 18 putts, 46. I had felt this shoulder thing before, it never was an issue, will take an advil and stay away from weights this week.
Sorry to hear about the shoulder Aimee. hopefully it'll recover soon
Played 2 rounds - Friday and Sunday. Friday was at a course I hadn't played in a while but played the white tees with a buddy of mine so about 6200 yards. Playing those tees meant I didn't have to hit driver often and that was good. But also, I have a trip coming up where I want to try and play smart - it's a short course and I want to try and hit irons or hybrids off the tee instead of trying to drive the greens. So used Friday's round as a chance to try that. Shot 78 with the 2 times I used driver being a double bogey and a bogey. Both tee shots got me into trouble. 2 birdies and a lot of Pars.
Sunday was the first round after the lesson, and actually not the best course to choose to try out the new swing. Shot 40/44 for an 84. Not bad and had pretty good success with the new swing. Tried to work on the not-over the top. Rodney had said to think about not having your shoulder or your hands "do" anything -just swing them back and through. Was trying that on all my swings and hit some really great iron shots. Was able to hit the fade several times but really have to work on how much I fade it. had a few where I had to take penalty strokes because I hit it too far right. All and all I was happy with hte ball strking. And driver wise I didn't top any shots or hook any and generally made solid contact with it. Hope to get to the range tomorrow and keep working on it.
Played our links style course again on Sunday, the other course has damage from the heavy rain we had a couple of weeks ago combined with the extreme heat, some fairways and greens are being aerated and seeded. I started out a little slow because I was swinging tentatively due to not being sure about my shoulder. Then I realized that if I swung properly there was no pain. Shot 42/44, 7 pars, 33 putts. No balls lost.
Have been at the coast for a week for family vacation so not much golf. Did make it out to one course with my Dad one day. haven't played much with Dad this year as he's battled health issues but we got out in the heat (90's) and he made it about half the round just taking relief from the heat the other days. I didn't pay much attention to the score card when I started and played apparently the tip tees..figured that out about the 3rd hole that the tips were 7000 yards. decided to stick with those tees so I could work on the driver swing more. Wound up shooting about 86 from the tips. We didn't do any practice before hand because we got there early and there was a space open so we jumped to the tee. First few holes the driver was going a bit too far right but settled down about the 4th hole and started hitting some pretty good shots. Made a few pars on the day but did not putt well. Very undulating greens which had been sanded lately, and hard to read the break correctly.
Strange thing was ... I figured I would be hitting clubs shorter...given I was down to sea level. but several times my shots went long...not sure if I was just not accounting for wind up in the air or whether I was striking the ball better and just getting more carry. But wound up with a lot of shots from off the green that lead to bogeys. But overall goal accomplished..working on the driver and ball striking.
Sunday back at our links course since the other one is still recovering. Great weather, mid 80’s and low humidity, gusty breeze. Shot 41/41 with 9 pars, 4 GIR, 29 putts. Shows how important a good short game is for scoring. No balls lost, couple of bad holes and putts that just missed, I can smell a sub-80 round! One par was a sandy on a par 5 (1 putt). I actually got out of all of the greenside bunkers today, finally figured out something with my swing (break wrists quickly on back swing). No balls lost, and happily broke my streak of having hit a 150 pole in the fairway for 3 rounds in a row.
Ha! Well at least the 150 yard poles didn't get in the way today. Nice round. I have got to work on bunker play. Long bunker shots are ok..it's the short ones I'm struggling with. Playing tomorrow...we'll see how it goes.
last day of vacation - took a staycation to play my home course. PUtted really well on the front..the greens were lightening fast from a tournament they had Sunday. Shot 36/42 for a 78. Difference on the back was my tee shots found fairway bunkers or water on 5 of the last 6 holes. And my fairway bunker shot right now sucks. Gotta work on that. Hitting it too fat. Overall drove the ball pretty well.. a couple not great but OK. Played 2 balls for the most part as I was a single and there was no where to go ... people on every hole so just played 2 balls and practiced.
Warm and humid Saturday, played the links course since the other one is still in bad shape. They are aerating this week, guy we played with said about a third of the fairways are damaged, although the greens were OK. Michael and I rode today, he really suffers with the humidity so I figured I would ride along. Found it hard to get into my stride, I really do prefer walking. After a couple of holes I settled in and played OK. Wound up with an 87, 7 pars, 6 GIR, 33 putts. One sandy that was pretty great for me, I had a long carry from a greenside bunker and hit a high shot out with spin and wound up about 3 feet from the hoke, one putt for par. The other really good shot was on a par 3, I had 120 and hit a high , soft draw with my 5h, made the par. Had several putts miss going in by coming up short by literally an inch. No balls lost.
Played 9 Sunday ... was going to play 18 but man was it packed at this "country" club we sometimes go to...and a lot of people who don't play golf often. So it was slow. At one point I stood on the tee of #9, a Par 5, and there were 4 groups on that hole counting myself. So we stopped after 9. Cold-start, meaning no range warm up. Wound up playing a couple balls most of the front 9. "Shot" about 3 over par if you will. Didn't make any putts though, and the greens were soft so the ball generally plugged where it came in. Drove the ball OK but could only hit the driver a few of those holes due to the layout.
May go for another lession Weekend .. have a tournament Saturday so won't make any big changes before then.
Played today..drove the ball well but didn't chip or putt well. Also in the heat got tired towards the end..so that didn't help. But the rough was tough and I never made a good chip or pitch from the rough. Shot 41/42 and should have been better based on my tee shots but. Putting was off too for some reason..like way off. Ehh, oh well. Playing tomorrow in a Texas Scramble so hopefully the driver will work then too
Played Saturday in our Texas Scramble event. I need to play more events..I was nervous even after a decent range session. first hole I hit bad shot after bad shot after wrose shot. Settled down after that. Our "A" man was off so we really didn't have a chance to place in the money. I sank 3 long putts for 3 of our 6 birdies.
Played 9 today, first time I've walked golf since the foot injury. We'll see how it is tomorrow. Overall did OK. 2 of my bad drives resurfaced..where I hit it off the toe. The others were pretty good to really good. Actually had some good bunker shots ...controlled the distance pretty well. Played multiple balls since we were just practicing so no real score.
Played Saturday, paired with 2 guys as our usuals were tied up. One of the guys had bad knees and rode a cart, which disrupted the rhythm of the day because he was one of those impatient guys always gunning ahead. Like when he hit from white tees, he'd race up to the red tees and then have to wait for me to get there to hit. And he was always going in front of people in the fairway. You just can't feel good about hitting when you know someone is potentially in harm's way. Messed up a couple of holes, shot 91. Did have another great sand save out of a greenside bunker for a sandy par, Michael said the ball spun and checked. It was a high lipped bunker, so I really just hit and hoped for the best. Hopefully I can remember what I'm doing right and keep up the good sand play!
Agree Aimee. My Dad is usually that guy when we play, at 80 he isn't walking. But he always forgets to stop and let Julie hit...he'll be down the fairway, can't here us and until he turns around to see where we are and realizes he did it again, she can't hit. Nice on the sand shots. I need work there so figure it out and tell me your secret!
took off Friday afternoon so we played at 1:30, still staying on our links style course...saw the course manager after checking in and he said the other course is still a mess, the weather has been too hot for new grass to grow in and he’s hoping for a stretch of cool misty rainy days...which doesn’t look likely. I had an up and down round, no balls lost, but strokes lost when I tried for the fancy shot instead of the simple shot. Best of the day was a PW into a par 4 green that literally rattled the flagstick and dropped an inch from the hole. Runner up was 2nd shot into a par 4, hit my 5h (choked down a bit) high and soft over a greenside bunker, and landed about 6 feet from the pin. Wound up with a 90, 6 pars, a bunch of doubles, 33 putts. One issue I had was not managing my food, I should have eaten more before playing and I could feel my attention drifting, and lack of energy, due to low blood sugar. Playing in the afternoon shifts everything, normally in the morning I don’t have to eat as much.
Yeah, heat wave here is bugging me and my yard too. Bermuda grass is sneaking in the part of the yard with no shade. Our course is hanging in there OK but we have bermuda everywhere. You may have more Bent grass up there.
Played 9 Friday, and Today. Walking only 9 right now as I test the foot carefully. Overall OK. Still missing some tee shots .. bad are bad. But the good ones are really good. So just cointinuing to work on it. Irons are pretty good. Did get ticked at myself at one point, hit a great drive and then did everything I thought to setup for a good approach shot and just totally pulled it left. sigh. Oh well. Shrugged it off and kept trying. Started something like bogey bogey bogey but then made a few pars and a birdie and wound up shooting 5 over for 9 holes Friday. Today was more practice since it was slower and we hit a couple balls a hole. But Julie had 3 pars in a row at one point which was great for her!
Sunday round I spent a lot of time on the practice green before teeing off just hitting chips with my SW since I wasn’t happy with how I had hit them prior round. That was helpful, made better contact (no skulled shots) although I left a lot of them short. Putting wasn’t “on”, just kind of average, so I wound up with 31 putts (17/14 front/back, I did bear down a bit on the back 9). Shot 88 with 5 pars, only 2 GIR. Kind of an ugly round at times.
It has been a while since I lasted posted. WE moved on July 26 and since that time I have been occupied with unpacking and tying up loose ends for the closing of our previous property which happened last Friday. In the meantime there were a couple of weddings in there to attend, so golf has been pretty limited.
I'm still only getting 9 holes a week in, but I hope that will improve through the fall season once we return from our summer vacation. WE're leaving in less than 2 weeks for an Alaskan cruise. That was supposed to be my 60th birthday present, but I think it's more like a reward for all the troals and tribulations we have had to deal with these past months.
My game is no better than the last time I reported, but that doesn't seem to matter anymore. I can play probably even two days in a row if I wanted at this point as my body has finally gotten used to the motions again. I still have my issues with my back, but they are manageable. It is how life will be going forward so you just deal with it. I suppose one plus to all this is that my handicap has been slowly, but surely creeping upwards, so my scores will eventually become more competitive.
Since we have moved I'm back to doing yardwork again. I don't mind it as I can cut the grass in just a bit over a half hour including trimming. There are extensive gardens here so that takes the bulk of the time keeping them weeded and trimmed up. WE're going to get a landscaper in this fall do do some renovations as many of the trees are overgrown and beyond my abilities to cope with. I never really fancied myself as a gardener, but I'm enjoying the work.
Take care and have a good holiday weekend!
welcome back, Sco. You will enjoy that cruise, I’ve known several people who have gone and not one had a bad thing to say. My parents went last year, in fact. Getting back in to the swing of things golf-wise...you’ll have some time for nice fall golf. Paying landscapers ensures that!
Nice to hear from you Sco. I enjoy working in the yard but it is a trade off..As busy as I've been at work, I can see why people pay someone for things like that and mowing and grocery delivery. but enjoy the cruise...sounds fun!
Played 18 today..scored OK , shot about 80...I Say about because we were behind a full course so I generally would drop a ball somewhere and hit a 2nd or 3rd shot. Putted well. Had 3 birdies but still struggling with the swing change. My "bad" swing happened to come out while I had my girlfriend tape my swing. So I was able to see it's because of my big fault..the "lunge" at the start of the downswing that gets my club way off plane and coming way inside. So the toe hits the ball and it goes nowhere right. So good to actually see it's that fault. I just can't seem to stop that lunge at the start of the downswing. Trying but changing old habits is hard. Started to improve when I just though about where I needed to get my hands too. Dry all week so hopefully I'll get at least some range time in if not 9 holes
Sunday round, we continue to play Mercer Oaks East (links style) since the West course is still a mess. This coming week should be good for grass growth, if it is going to happen. Played with our friend and his son, got off a few minutes early, and played without waiting, hit and go. Lost one ball in plain sight on the 15th hole, my tee shot went right, thought it went into the crabgrass/rough...but couldn’t find it. Either it went further right (into the tall fescue) or was just sitting down in the clumps. Setting aside that hole, I shot 81 (so I guess if I took the correct penalty it would be +2 strokes for 83). On the front 9, I had pars on holes 4-8, should have had pars on #1 and #3, had GIR but 3 putted stupidly. At the end of the day, 9 pars, 32 putts, 6 GIR. My driving was really solid, other than that one that took a right turn, I was keeping it straight all day.
PLayed 9 holes Saturday and Sunday. Saturday...everything seemed to go my way. Not much warm up but knocked the first tee shot down the middle. The first tee doesn't setup well for me..the tee box is angled one way and the fairway another. I usually wind up going right. But made Pars on the first 4 holes, followed by a bomb of a birdie putt on #5. #6 I was almost in some trouble off the tee but wound up with a wedge into the green that finished up 3 inches from the cup for another birdie. 2 more Pars on 7 and 8 and I come into #9 2 under par!!!! Decent drive on a tough uphill Par 4.. I knock it on the green but WAY away from the hole with a tough downhill breaking putt to a pin near the fringe. So not wanting to putt it off the green I wound up leaving it short and missing the par putt for my first Bogey. But still shot -1 for 9 saturday. Was tempted to play the other 9 but it was backed up on #10 and we decided with it 90 degrees we'd call it a day. that's not the lowest I've been to par after 9 but it's been a long time since I was under par after 9.
Played today...didn't play as well but managed to be hit some good shots. Had a double bogey on #4...when I actually shanked a wedge. Was 1 under on the next 4 before another bogey on #9. So 3 over today on the same 9 holes.
Best shot was probably a long bunker shot I hit on #6..125 yards and knocked it to about 5 or 6 ft. Missed the birdie though...lipped out.
Saturday...still playing the same course because the are apparently resodding and reseeding the West course with the same type of grass as the East, which is more resistant to harsh conditions. Not as lush, but I’d rather have grass, period. Probably won’t play the West until next year. Anyhow...Michael and I were paired with two guys who played from the blues, pretty good players who were playing friendly match play (no smack talk). I played terribly, stopped keeping score on the back 9. Couple of issues which threw my tempo off, the guys were nice but they had a tendency to stand way too close to me when I was hitting, and not behind me. So I always felt rushed. Plus the two guys were very fast...I play fast, I often don’t even take practice swings, these guys were motoring. Oh well, sometimes you have a bad day, I have to get myself straightened out this week.