Golf Club Reviews and Discussions
Played Saturday and Monday over the long weekend. After taking a lesson on Thursday it was a horror show. I could not hit my irons because I had way too many swing thoughts from the lesson. However, part of what I had worked on provided some benefit to my driver swing (probably increasing the extension) and I was hitting driver nice and straight, literally had one blocked shot to the right over 2 days, and some good distance. Wedges and putter were good. So it was all the shots in between. Time to get some practice swings in.
It's not how...it's how many
Played Sunday at our parkland style course, the greens have healed nicely after aeration a couple of weeks ago. We were paired with 2 ladies, one was pretty long off the tee, she was hitting around 200 yds. Michael asked her towards the end of the round if she had taken lessons and she said she only watched YouTube videos! She had very good technique for being self taught, the only thing she really struggled with was hitting out of bunkers. I resolved to quiet my swing thoughts in the hopes of playing better, which did seem to work. To be honest, I hardly hit irons other than wedges, so I can't say I feel any better about them. But my short game was excellent. I wound up with 89, 5 pars, sank some clutch putts.
Good to hear on the short game. Up and downs really save some strokes. Starting to plug the greens here too. PLayed 9 Sunday and walked another 9 today after work. we were trailing the Club Championship tournament Sunday and by the 4th hole is slowed to a crawl as everyone was lining up every putt..etc. Actually started Par-Par-Par but then all the waiting got to me.. Hit some really good drives..and putted well. Think I shot 40 for 9.
Today no one was out there so I walked 9 in 90 minutes. Shot 41..1 birdie. Started bogey bogey double..Trying to work on my driver a bit, to develop a fade. I can't fade the ball on command. And irons, the swing changes are still a work in progress. did hit some very solid irons. Some where a little chunky. Hoping to play Friday but we might get rain from the hurricane hitting the Gulf.
Golf is a game that can only be played...
Played a couple 9's this week. Each had 1 bad hole...Shot 41 and 39. Drove the ball well and hit some good irons shots. But chipping and bunker play was off. Our bunkers are the new fluffy white sand but with all the rain we've had they are packed down so you either have to pick it clean or come close to it. So I've struggled with those are times. Otherwise, just one bad hole that was either a double or a triple bogey. One was chunky downhill wedges...and the other a solidly hit drive .. into the lake. Oh well...weather has been great. Hope everyone is doing well and staying safe
When you were playing from the firm sand in the bunkers, were you using your Sand wedge?
We have Firm sand in the bunkers here in Colrado unlsee I get to play from a bunker that has been raked recently and NO rain or they have NOT watered the course and got the sand wet since it was last raked. For this reason when I play from the sand I use my Lob wedge as it has much less bounce than my Sand wedge. When I was practiceing a good bit from the bunker at my practice range, the sand would be real Firm when I got there and the Lob wedge worked better than a Sand wedge. But AFTER I hit some balls from the sand and I raked the sand to get it level again, the Sand was much fluffier and my Sand wedge would work okay, MUCH better than when I first got there and the sand for packed down. Your Gap wedge should have less bounce than your Sand wedge, so that might work for you if your Lob wedge comes up short of the target with the extra loft it has. Try BOTH next time you get a chance to hit some balls from firm sand in a practice session.
Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.
played Sunday, our regular foursome, at our parkland style course. There are still areas of residual damage from prior weather issues, they had some patches of sod in a couple of areas. But the greens were fine, if a bit firm due to lack of rain (and I doubt they are running the sprinklers much this time of year). Fairways were pretty firm also, so the ball would usually bounce and roll on impact. It was a but breezy, on a long par 3 that I usually hit 4w I hit easy driver and got on the green. Had 4 pars, but lost a ball in the water and blew 2 other holes. I'm still not there with the irons, it is very frustrating to just feel so uncomfortable over the ball. The hybrids/wood/driver are good, wedges also. So basically I have had to resort to choking up on my 5h if I want to make sure I get on the green on an approach shot outside wedge range. I'm torn about whether to take another lesson, considering it is likely I'll only play 6-8 times, max, before it gets too cold. I'm losing 5 strokes a round in my estimation.
Going by what your are posting, I would think that you would be better served to use the time you would spend playing golf one day and spend that time at the range working on what you worked on in your last lesson. One day of practice might do more good at this point than either playing a round of golf struggling or taking another lesson that might do more harm than good. Everyone is different as we both know, but I'm thinking a day of practice working on what your last lesson gave you would be your best road to improvement at this time. That's what I would do based on what you are reporting. But I also enjoy a good practice lesson working on getting better than I do playing a round of golf and playing poorly. As you stated, playing poorly is very frustrating to say the least, while a good practice session can be very rewarding, at least it is for me.
Don I usually use my low bounce 58degree wedge. Sort of depends on the lie and where in the bunker. our sand is very new so it's easy on dry days to leave the ball in the bunker from hitting too much sand. usually I don't have too much trouble but recently I've left a couple in there..hitting too far behind the ball trying to make sure i didn't thin it. If I'm out there next time and it's not busy I'll try some different shots. We don't have a practice bunker on the course that I can work with but I have about 90 other ones ON the course if it's not crowded.
Now that I think about it, I don't know of many golf courses that have a practice bunker to use for practice. EVERY golf course has a practice Putting Green to use, but not a bunker. That's kind of strange if you think about it. I would think that MOST golfers struggle more hitting good shots for the bunkers than they do stroking a putt. Anyone can work on their putting at home in any room that has a carpet. and not many golfers have a bunker at home to work with. You would think that it would be a smart INVESTMENT for a golf course to build a practice bunker to go with their driving range and practice green. They could sell more range balls and make a few bucks while helping their customers improve their sand game. Might speed up the time it takes to play 18 holes if more golfer got up and down more often.
What do you guys think about this idea???????
I would love a practice bunker by the practice putting green, we have played a couple of courses where they did have one and it is fantastic.
I'm going to contact the city golf people in charge, and ask them what they might be able to do about this LACK of practice bunkers. I would think they might be able to build some during the fall or winter months when things slow down on the course and have some ready for spring start-up time. Would be GREAT if they had a putting green next to the bunker, but it would NOT be required really. Any flat area with short grass would due. NOT ideal but workable for sure. NOT sure what the city will say but it can't hurt to ask and go from there.