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Aimee
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Monday

played Mountain View, the longest of our county courses. I may have broken 90 here once, it is 500 yards longer from red tees than Mercer Oaks, and being a 50's era design, has tiny greens...so long holes, many of them with severely sloped fairways, hitting in to tiny greens. Wound up playing with 2 guys we had played with before at this course. It was hot, I was seeking out shade the whole time. Played kind of slow, we wound up waiting on the 4some in front of us many times, took about 4:30 to play. I shot 92 (47/45) with 33 putts. Couple of pars. Really should have been a 90, but at least I didn't lose a ball. My irons are coming around, I actually hit a 5i off the tee on a par 3 and made the green (and the par).

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Aimee
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new course

Played a new course, Charleston Springs/South. This is part of the Monmouth County golf system, not cheap for out of county people (not very cheap for in-county either, we are spoiled by our county rates). We had played the North course last year, which is more of a links style. South is called parkland style but it is really more of a hilly links with trees, if that makes sense. Lots of fescue. Very attractive and well maintained. Several holes had blind or obscured fairway shots due to elevation change, always a challenge if playing an unfamiliar course, not really knowing where the target is. We played with a guy who played there fairly often so he could give some guidance. They had aerated greens 2 weeks ago and they were mostly healed, rolling pretty fast. I shot an 89, 44/45 (missed par putt on #18 for the bookend). Lost one ball into the fescue. Had one approach shot (PW) hit the stick (the guy we played with had stuck one really close, like 18", and I said to myself, let's play closest to the hole...I got closest, but unfortunately it ricocheted off 36"). Enjoyable round and even more fun now that I feel like I can hit my irons again.

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Scott Rushing
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Well, I'm headinng to Myrtle

Well, I'm headinng to Myrtle beacj next Tuesday for 3 days of beach golf!  Hope the swing holds up.  Haven't played since a tournament Friday and tweaked the back late Friday so have been trying to babysit it.   Hoped to hit the range today but that didn't happen.  Maybe Thursday.

 

It's perfect weather here, just no chance to play.

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Aimee
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Saturday

played our links style course on the last full official day of summer. The day started out foggy and the sun didn't really come out until the back 9 so we had pretty damp fairways. Then on the 14th hole the greenside sprinklers kicked on and we had to deal with that for 2 holes until they shut off. Shot 87 (45/42) with 28 putts, 4 pars, one birdie, 2 GIR. Putting very well these days by really focusing on keeping my head down the entire time. Shout out to SCOTT for his suggestion that my bunker woes were likely due to ball position, I took his suggestion and moved the ball up in my stance and got out of the sand very nicely my last 2 rounds. In fact this last round I had one where I even put some good back spin on the ball so it stopped 3 feet from the hole.

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Scott Rushing
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Played today, was great

Played today, was great weather.  Haven't played in about a week.  Overall did pretty well.  Played a course I like, that 's challenging, requires you to hit golf shots and not just driver/short iron every hole.  Misses off the tee usually mean lost balls.   Shot 39-40 for 79, with 3 birdies.  Had a string of poor holes on the back where my tee shots went bad.  One was a Par 3 where I hit a mid iron well left ... almost like I came over the top and hit a pull draw.  Then lost ball off a tee shot where I need to hit a fade but tried to setup for a slight draw and then hit it WAY right ..  augh....Came back with 2 birdies after that to help turn it around a bit. 

Overall hit OK.  hit my 5I well all day...which I had to use on several holes because you have to position yourself on certain holes.  Then nailed a 5W uphill 230 to setup a birdie putt, which I made.  Should have been an eagle except I had to take a drop because my tee shot went in the trees. 

 

Heading to the beach Tuesday.  Looking forward to some resort manicurred courses!

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Scott Rushing
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2 rounds done ...  1 more to

2 rounds done ...  1 more to go...First was a disaster ..  shot 93 and didn't lose a ball NOR take a penalty stroke NOR hit any balls in bunkers.  Not sure how I shot that bad without doing some of those.  but it was bad tee shots that I could find...and terrible chipping and putting.  Whew.  Today was better, shot 83 and should have/could have been better.  Had 1 biride.  But the greens down here are tough...fast and hard to ready.  Has taken me a bit to adjust to the speeds.  But overall, nice courses and a good time, even if I'm playing badly.

 

I wanted 1 round sub-80 and only have tomorrow to get it...we'll see....

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Well the third and final

Well the third and final round at the beach was a bit water logged.  Had periods of rain and 15 MPH winds.  Was hoping to meet my goal of shooting a sub-80 round and came close.  Bogeyed #18 to shoot 80.  Overall didn't play great.  Driver again killed me.  Putted better today and that saved me, but I have to get the driver under control.  I'm fine until something makes me think about "how" I swing the driver.  And I get either too flat or something  So I am going to do some video work on my swing.

Didn't hit irons well either really.  Had several wedges into greens and either pushed or pulled them.  And any of the irons I hit well, I generally pulled them. 

So it's back to the lessons and swing work. 

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DON
9 holes Friday with the wife

My wife took off from work on Friday and we went out and played 9 holes on a nice Exec course just down the road. My main thinking for the round was to Swing Easy, and hit decent shots, eapecially with the driver and woods. And that's what I did, as I managed to hit 4 of 4 fairways on the par 4's and one par 5. I'm still not happy with my distance off the tee with the woods, but it's starting to get a little better with the range work I've but in. Now I have to hope that with cold weather coming in, I can keep the gains I've made the last month or so and not have to start over in the spring.

Don

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Scott Rushing
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Played today...

After a long week of work and two weeks of rain, I snuck out to play today. Nice weather and the course was in good shape and not too wet. But golf is a strange bird...So I went to the range to warm up...well, I was sore in my left shoulder area when I would make an upper body turn . it got a little better as I took some more swings but clearly I wasn't 100%. Then I started to develop some pain in my neck..So I went from feeling great to not knowing if I could take a full swing. Didn't hit driver well on the first few holes but was able to keep it in play. putted well and actually found something with my swing with irons and hit some nice ones. But shot even Par on the front, 2 birdies and bogeys on 1 and 9. Added 2 more birdies on the back and had 2 other chances for short birdies..I mean makeable and yet didn't come close. One dbl on the back to shoot 37, for a 73. No way i thought I'd shoot 73 given how I felt but I made some good swings and absolutely NAILED my 3w today. i was hitting it probably as far as my driver for some reason. Actually, a guy playing with us, who I know can hit the ball far, I was outdriving him with my 3W to his Driver. Not sure why but I'll take it. I think I used the driver twice on the back, just stuck with the 3w.

Going to work on the neck some this weekend, maybe hit the range sunday for some light work...see how it goes.

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DON
AStrange game isn't it?

I wondler if NOT feeling good, with neck pain and a sore left shoulder, had a Positive effect on your game. Could be due to the soreness and neck pain, you Backed Off a bit on your swing, and you were a bit more in control more consistantly?? I have noticed on More than one accasion, that when I shorten my backswing I tend to hit some really good shots. Could it be that you shortened you swing a bit due to pain and that's what helped your game? It would not surprise me if this was a least part of the case for you this last round..

Don

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Scott Rushing
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Could be Don.  I've also

Could be Don.  I've also heard people talk about how playing while 'injured' made them focus more and they played as well or better in some cases.  Could be.    Tried to swing this weekend a little and same issue, so I may have pulled something the other day at the gym....going to keep strecthing and see if I can loosen it up

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DON
 

 

Just one question for you Scott.

What's a Gym???

Don

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Scott Rushing
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Ha.  Yeah, this whole trying

Ha.  Yeah, this whole trying to get healthy really can kill ya!

 

 

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Aimee
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fall is here

played in true fall conditions Saturday, temp at tee off around 50 degrees, the forecasted high temp for the day was 57 degrees...but we had steady 20 mph winds the whole time and the sun went behind clouds the back nine, so it was blustery. Mike and I had red wind burned faces when we got home. Shot a 92 with 33 putts, 1 birdie, 2 pars. Considering the conditions, it wasn't a bad score, it probably would have been 88-90 in better weather. I had two blow up holes. Was trying to keep the drives low and roll out (fairways were firm) to avoid the wind, so I didn't really lose distance off the tee. Since we played the links style course, didn't have to deal with fallen leaves. Got out of the sand/greenside bunkers nicely a couple of times. The new sand is still very fluffy, I found a ball imbedded in the face of a bunker next to my ball on one hole.

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Scott Rushing
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We played pretty much the

We played pretty much the oppsite course and conditions Aimee.  Jamestown Park, an older established course in the area with big trees, which meant lots of leaves on the ground.  Not much wind but a little.  But good weather.  Front 9 was overcast but ok, back 9 was sunny and nice.  Have a pulled muscle in my left arm that's still bothering me.  Not so much after a few holes but enough to know it's there.

This courses defense is it's greens...very complex with lots of slopes..and quick.  One Par 3 hole, one of our players was further away after 3 shots than his first!  Shot 43-41 with 1 birdie.  Greens got me as I just didn't make anything other than that birdie putt and that was from the fringe.  

Hit some good irons shots though, really flush.  So maybe I'm starting to get my swing grooved.   Hope to get out this week, sunny here and high 60's low 70s by the end of the week.

 

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scomac
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Played last Tuesday at Pelham

Played last Tuesday at Pelham Hills under very similar conditions to what Aimee experienced -- cold and windy.  This is a chanpionship parkland course that my group has played the last three years in the fall on a Redflag type deal.  It's long with lots of elevation change.  The greens are pretty benign, but well protected with bunkers.

I took my vintage kit along with a modern driver to deal with the added length.  Turns out that wasn't necessary as I had the best driving day of the year using a vintage club -- BB War bird.  Between my driving and some good fairway play, I wasn't noticing the course as playing overly long inspite of the conditions.  I found my fair share of bunkers, but that turned out to be another high light for me as I got up-and-down on consecutive holes for par and generally played out of the sand quite well.  My iron game on the other hand has been poor of late and I seemed to leave more than my fair share of shots out on the course shooting an even 100, never-the-less, we had a good albeit chilly day.  No many games left this seaon.

Scott Rushing
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Don't say it Sco...it's

Don't say it Sco...it's tooooo ealrly for the season to end! 

So what do you do Sco? Sounds like lately you've bounced back and forth between modern irons and then back to vintage.  Do you decide based on course length?  or whether money's on the line?  or just how you feel that day?

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Don't say it Sco...it's
Don't say it Sco...it's tooooo ealrly for the season to end! 

So what do you do Sco? Sounds like lately you've bounced back and forth between modern irons and then back to vintage.  Do you decide based on course length?  or whether money's on the line?  or just how you feel that day?

 

I decide pretty much based on what i'm in the mood for if it isn't simply what happens to be in the hatch of the car that day.  There's no grand plan.

Prior to the game I wrote about I would have always made sure I borught the moderns out to a longer course, but not so now.  That day proved I could do just fine without.

I suspect that switching back and forth has cost me some in terms of consistency, but I was never a model of consistency to begin with.  It's really difficult to know what my forays inot the vintage world costs my score, but I rather doubt it's all that significant.  It is supposed to be about fun anyway.

I played a couple of nine hole outings this week with the vintage kit and I suspect those games will be the last of the season for those.  I was thinking I should clean them up and put them away for the winter and hopefully get a couple of games in the next week or two, before the season is over for good.  Today was my last shift for the season at the course.  That has usually proven to be a good indicator that we're about two weeks from the end up here.

 

DON
I FORGOT how to play golf

My wife and I hit the course Friday to play 9 holes. only playing 9 holes as that's the wife's limit for walking the course. I have NO idea where my golf game has gone. I hit ZERO greens in regulation, not even on the shorter par 3 holes. I think i hit ONE fairway off the tee, and one fairway on a lwy up on the longer par 5 hole. Other than that I was Terrible all day. One the par 3 holes, I hit it FAT and I hit it THIN. Not one good hit. ONLY good shot I hit was on my second shot on a par 3, when I hit it far off the tee and had about 40 yards into the green. I hit a nice pitch shot that landed short of the flag and then STUCK like glue on the green, leaving me with a 5 foot putt for par. Other than that one good shot, I stunk up the course. I think i had like ONE par for 9 holes, on an EASY course, so it was pretty bad overall. HIt it FAT, Hit it THIN, Push it Right, Pull it left, You name it i did it, other than hit it straight. Lost TWO balls on one hole, a 135 yard par 3. First ball I hit THIN and it went into the water between the green and the tee box. Second shot I Pushed it Right and it hit a tree next to the green and Bounced back toward me and went into the water again. NOT good guys.

Don

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NiftyNiblick
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It was absolutely freezing

It was absolutely freezing and I was lucky to break 100 on a track where I'd played over my head to card a
Red Grange (77) during the summer.  I'm 69, so there might not be many if any of them left for me.

A visiting friend from Florida--whom I used to trim routinely when he lived up here--beat me like a government mule even as his teeth were chattering.  

The steaks and Bloody Marys afterward were quite good, however. 

 

 

 

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Welcome Nifty,

Welcome Nifty,

Sorry I was slow in getting your account approved.   My bad on that one.  Hope you enjoy the site.

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No problem. Thanks for having

No problem. Thanks for having me onboard.

DON
A Second Welcome to you

I'd like to Second Scott's welcome to the site. I noticed that you stated that your are 69, which makes you just a little older than me. I don't turn 60 until next April. It good to have another senior golfer on the site.

Don

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Scott Rushing
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PLayed Thursday and Today.

PLayed Thursday and Today..great weather...70s, not much wind and mostly sunny.  Thursday's round I had some unfortunate luck, hitting power lines TWICE!  The course was near downtown High Point and there were lots of power lines and those big power towers to avoid..didn't do it so well.  My understanding of the rule is to drop nearest to the original spot and re-hit.  In the end I came out OK on one and probably hurt on the other.  Shot 76 but it was'nt a overly difficult or long course. 

Today played with my Dad. Started at 830am up in the mountains about 30 minutes from my house.  We had the course to ourselves shockingly. We never saw anyone on the front and as we finished off 18, we saw a group  on #10.  Anyway, played well.  2 birdies on the way to a 78 (40/38).  Have been hitting irons much better the last few rounds, hit some great ones today. 

Not sure i'll get to play this week, but we'll see.
 

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So on the last hole Sunday, I

So on the last hole Sunday, I had hit my drive into a fairway bunker off the tee on a long Par 5.  I had to lay up and left myself 175 to the green.  Not bad but would have liked to have been closer.  Into the wind so I figured play it 185.  The new irons have a higher trajectory so into the wind, that's not a great combination.  I usually hit my 6i about 185yards +/- , so I grabbed it and put a good move on the ball.  Struck well and I was saying "be the club" only to see the ball fall short by about 5 yards...I looked at my Dad and said "man I hit that good, wow did the wind kill it..."  and the looked at my club and I grabbed the 8I  !!!!  Not only had I ripped the 8I, which I was happy about, but had I grabbed the 6I I would have landed at least in the bunker behind the hole if not flown that and landed on the practice putting green!

 

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DON
I dit the same thing a few times too.

I did the same thing a few times out on the course myself. I remember pulling out my 5 wood on a short par 4 hole, and hitting it just about PERFECT. only to come up way short of where I planned to hit it. And when I was putting the club away, I NOTICE that it was my 9 wood in my hand instead of my 5 wood. My Perfect swing and nice solid hit was a total Waste of effort as I came up a good 40 yards short of my intended target. I did the same thing one time on a par 3, where I needed my 6 iron to reach the flag, and i hit a GREAT shot only to come up way shot. Again as I was about to put the 6 iron away, I noticed that I had in fact pulled my 9 iron out of the bag, which explained why I came up way shot after hitting what felt like a great shot. DUMB on my part each time. NO excuse to do it with the irons for sure, as my 6 iron is on the left side of the bag and my 9 iron is the the right side of the bag. Just a dumb mistake on my part.

Don

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scomac
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Man I've done that before

Man I've done that before more times than I like to admit pulling the 6 for the 9 or vise versa!

Scott Rushing
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Yeah, given I have my clubs

Yeah, given I have my clubs organized in the bag BY CLUB, you'd think it would be hard to get the wrong one..but nooooo.  Oh well at least I know I nuked the 8 iron!!!

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fred johnson
lastest rounds

Played twice last week; almost 3 years to the day since last round.  Played a very nice 9 hole par 3 links style course right along Long Island Sound.  First time score was to riduculus to mention as I seemd to forget everything I thought I knew.  Second time was 11 stokes better, even bogey.  I intend to play again this week and decided to go back to my Carbite putter which I had regripped which is a little longer than my Nike.  I kept track of how I played each hole and was satisfied with the 4 & 7 woods.  Putting was better the second time but too many lip-outs.  My chiping and pitching needs work but I can see my mistakes.  I am generally satisfied with my irons, just have to be a bit less tenative with my swing even though contgact was good.  

scomac
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The remnants of Hurrican

The remnants of Hurrican Patricia have held off and I managed to get a bonus round in today at a local 27 hole par 72 parkland style course.  It was cold and windy with temps only about 45° and winds gusting out of the east at 20 mph plus.  I guess this was similar conditions to the Pelham Hills round I wrote about earlier.

At any rate, we moved up to the senior tees, so the course played around 5500 off the two nines we played.  Shot 44/45=89 with my modern bag.  This is the first round I've shot with these clubs in 2 months.  Wove in 6 pars with 3 doubles and one triple, no birdies although I had two excellent chances both lipping out which was the tale of the day putting wise.  The greens were pretty rough as they had been recently aerated and top dressed -- you'd see little puffs of sand dust when your ball landed on the green,  With a bit of luck I could have probably shot an 85.  Did I mention it was cold?  We played in under 3 1/2 hours.

Interesting to note for those of you who have followed my vintage golf quest; I have shot only about 1/4 of my rounds with a modern bag yet 3 of my top 5 lowest scores for the season were with them in play.  All of those good rounds occured the first time out with the modern clubs after an extended period of using vintage exclusively.  I'm not sure what that says, but may reflect a little bit higher quality of contact and more forgiveness on slight mis-hits.