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Scott Rushing
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Well got in 18 today...took a

Well got in 18 today...took a cart as it was hot and my foot is acting up again...Hit the ball well on the front but didn't score.   Bogeyed hte first 3 holes.   Finished the front side with 40, could have been better.   Back 9 began with a great drive on a short Par 4..chipped to within about 4 ft and made the birdie.   Second hole I rolled in a 15 ftr for another birdie.   After that it began to slow down speed wise and I didn't score so well with a lot of waiting.  Finished with a 78 so overall I was happy with that given not having played much lately.   Wished I hadn't faded so much on the back after a good start. 

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Aimee
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Labor Day weekend

Played twice over the holiday weekend, not great either day - 2 week layoff took its toll. The courses had been closed one day due to the torrential rain from the storm on Wed night, one is only re-opening for the front nine starting tomorrow, and one that they had acquired (previously a private course) and were renovating is now closed for the rest of the season, most likely. Nothing stands out in particular about my lackluster play, I didn't hit well off the tee (nursing a sore back) and flubbed some easy shots. Although the rough on Saturday was unplayable, it hadn't been mowed and it was thick and lush. Michael lost 4 balls in plain sight. I think after a while you just get tired of being punished so severely. We played our parkland course on Saturday and links style on Monday, both had been aerated in prior weeks and at least the heavy rain got rid of all of the sand. 

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Rough again

Played our parkland course today and the rough had been cut somewhat, but it was still wet from the morning dew so the front nine was pretty frustrating, had to hit some "chunk and runs". Played much better on the back 9, had 3 pars in a row (should have been 4, but blew a putt). I swung Michael's new driver, Callaway Rogue, and hit it well. Will probably look for one preowned with a senior flex shaft. Hitting my irons much better now, the fact that I can actually use the mid-irons again helps alot. Sank a bunch of long putts, maybe 4 of them close to 10 feet.

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Hello All..Ok...Aimee.. LOL..

Hello All..Ok...Aimee.. LOL...Just back from vacation on the West coast...man what a beautful part of the country.   Anyway, walked 9 today..really trying to get my right shoulder to come down to start the down swing..I think I figured out thats part of my problem with hitting off the toe, I'm swinging a bit more around my body instead of down and through.  Anyway..shot 41 for 9 holes...should have been a little better.  I was in the sand too much.   Drove the ball "OK" but into several bunkers with a slight fade off the tee.  had chances to save Par on every hole but 1 so that was not bad given a long layoff.    Going to be raining for the next few days so not much golf here.

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Aimee
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Hi, Scott!

Weather is fantastic, looking forward to our round on Sunday. Michael and I played last week with his former Attorney, nice guy. He played at a good pace and despite being a bit of a hacker, we got around in 4:15. I love early Fall golf before the leaves drop, everything is nice and green and you don't get fried by the sun! I didn't score well, I think I shot a 94, but didn't lose any balls. Just some bad execution on bunker shots, skulled a chip, topped one drive, nothing majorly bad, but it adds up. Putting was good, had one 3-putt but sank a bunch of others.

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Hey Aimee!

Hey Aimee!

Looksl like it's down to just us now huh?    PLayed 18 today at a new course at Duke University.  I was in really nice shape.  Shot 85..probably had I known the course better could have been 80 or 81.  Drove the ball well today.  iron game is still not great. hit a couple solid ones but too many pulls.  Greens were super fast but rolled true.  but I made a few chip shots and putts that rolled WAY past the cup.  So a couple 3 putts.  only one or two bad swings, one when I was trying to reach a par 5 in 2...one bad thing was the course team was mowing and blowing and weeding..I guess getting it nice for the weekend.  Sort of distracting on a couple shots.  But I can't blame that I should have had more focus and executed better.   Hope to play this weekend, the weather is perfect.

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Saturday

Michael and I were paired with a couple of guys on Saturday morning, our friend was recovering from a medical issue (and his son probably went out super early with the other hotshots). A little cool to start, but warmed up nicely to the mid 70's. Leaves not falling yet, so that isn't an issue. However, some kind of animal was digging up a bunch of fairways, there were gouges and clumps of dirt. Many areas marked as ground under repair (or disrepair, as it were). The maintenance has been terrible this summer, wrong flag colors used on the greens, half the ball washers empty, bunkers in disrepair...I hope it's due to staffing shortages and gets better next year. The fairways that weren't torn up were nice and green. The greens were rolling extremely fast for some reason, and they had super hard pin placements. It was a terrible putting day for me. Shot a 94-95, no balls lost. I feel like I generally hit the ball better than last week (when my putting saved me), I can pick out a couple of stupidly blown shots, bad lie/bad luck shots, and say it felt more like a 90. We've got about another month before it starts winding down for the year...

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That's always disappointing

That's always disappointing when a course seems to be going down.  They did the big remodel on our course 3 yrs ago..now they're planning a new club hosue.  That will be nice.   Supposed to rain  here all week, we'll see...they've been wrong a lot..like today.  Supposed to rain, i could have played golf.  I'd like to get at least over to the range so I can work on my irons.  Drivers OK but still hit and miss with the irons.

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Saturday

Saturday we played our links style course, it was overcast, breezy, a bit cool...had a few rain sprinkles on us, but not even worth putting the umbrella up. The great irony...I missed the hole in one by our friend's son, I had gone into the porta-john! It was his second career HOI, this was a short par 3 that we've all gotten pretty close to at one time or another. I wound up in low 90's again, I picked up my ball on hole #9 after literally hitting into every sand trap on the hole, it is a par 4. Actually my sand shots were pretty decent on Saturday (lots of practice, unfortunately). Didn't putt all that well, had a couple of 3 putts, I just wasn't feeling focused...I putt by finding an intermediate spot on the line to the hole, and just wasn't focused on hitting my spots. Warming up this week again, so probably playing Saturday. Another cool thing was that on the back 9 we saw one of the resident bald eagles flying just over the treeline, it was the first time I had seen it in person vs webcam.

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Wow, Aimee...that is some

Wow, Aimee...that is some series of events...I've never seen one...I actully like your story better...LOL   I almost had an eagle on a par 4 this weekend.  Hit a decent drive but then hit a 9I from about 155 and was about 1 ft away from the hole when it stopped.  All and all, iron play was better.  Have something I'm working on .. hope to play 9 this week a couple times to practice.  then heading to Pinehurst for a couple rounds of golf down there.  Not playingthe Big #2 .. way too expensive this time  of year.  But should still be fun.  With my game right now I'm not looking to spend $$$$ on a round of golf.  Maybe next year

 

One thing I'll say, I've missed golfing with my Dad during Covid.  Between being careful and then a shoulder issue, it's been over a year since I played with him...probably close to 2 years.  He's 82..not sure how many more chances I'll get to play with him...so hopefully we can get out for 9 holes sometime in the Spring.  I miss it.

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Aimee
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Fall golf

The weather changed from Summer to Fall from Saturday to Sunday. We played Sunday, around 60 degrees and pretty windy. A little chilly to start, but warmed up pretty fast since we had a 10:50 tee time. Our usual guys were not able to play so we were sent out with a random single, nice guy, and we played at a good pace. I actually lost a ball on the 1st hole in the rough and/or under a leaf, it was not a crazy mis-hit shot, just a victim of conditions. Thankfully I kept the ball in view the rest of the round and that was the only casualty. Did not play well, better on back 9 than front, and putting was better than last week (had a couple of one-putts, only 1 three-putt). Probably the shot I was happiest with, because I struggled so long with bunker shots, was a short side greenside bunker shot from kind of damp sand that I landed nicely. This particular green runs downhill to a pond, so if I had hit it too firm, or skulled, it could have even gone into the water. With as little time as we have left in our season I'm resigned to playing kind of crappy and shooting in low-mid 90's. Hopefully I can carve out some time for practice next year, as playing once a week does not allow for any improvement.

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Scott Rushing
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I hear you Aimee.  I came

I hear you Aimee.  I came down to Pinehurst NC to play some golf with my golf buddies.  We were going to try and play a couple nice course but as luck would have it, they were completely booked until late afternoons which would give us no chance to finish.  So we've played some locsal munis and it's been great.   My golf game has not been up to par but for $30 and having the courses to ourselves, it's been a blast.  Driver's done fine but still struggling with ball striking on irons.  Missing greens with short irons in my hand is so frustrating.  Worked on some things during the rounds so we'll see how today goes.   Yesterday I think I shot 50 on the front which was something I haven't done in a long time.  Now, the course wasn't the easiest..the greens are turtlebacked so anything not around the hole probably doesn't stay.  And the rough is fairly high.  But still.  I chipped terrible and oh well.   Back 9 I shot 41 sand could have been better.  So maybe today will be better but clearly I need to practice my swing more than once a week.  Maybe time to dust off my previous lessons videos or go take a new one.

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Played a 3rd round in

Played a 3rd round in Pinehurst today.. perfect weather...again had the course to ourselves.  Anyway, drove th ball pretty well.   i watched a video on not pulling the ball...tried to make some adjustments and they did work when I could do them.  So lots still to work on.  Played better though..shot 41-41 and should have been a few strokes less than that but I missed several birdie putts..but great trip.  Fun to be with friends..great weather and empty golf courses.   Going now to start going to the range more and working on my swing changes.   

Oh, I kept stats today..shots into the green with irons in my hands...I hit the green only 10 out of 18 times.   A couple times I was really guessing into the wind and chose a club that would keep me short rather than long into trouble..so I'm Ok with those.  But some of the others were bladed chips and some pulls.  So gotta keep working on it.

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Aimee
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stats

That's an interesting stat, Scott. So you are saying that given a legit scoring opportunity, you're missing your target (the green) almost as much as you are hitting it. Guess that relates to the whole "proximity to the hole" stat, also. Do you miss more with mid irons, or short irons? And I agree that the stat can be skewed by hitting some deliberately short with the intent of a run up (as we need to do when our greens get firm in the Fall). There are some par 3's that because of how they layout relative to my tee box, I actually hit a low running shot because I can keep it straight and have it feed onto the green...assuming I don't overcook it and send it rolling off the back. I'll take my chances with a long putt rather than risking a tucked in pin when the greens are hard/fast.

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Yep.  I tracked what I'd call

Yep.  I tracked what I'd call makeable shots into the green.  So tee shots on Par 3s or approach shots..now if I hit a tee shot into the trees and had to punch out, then I tracked the next shot.  And yes, I missed with lots of iron options.   One time I bladed my chip over the green, when you'd have thought I had a gimmie for the stat.  nope.  then on a 185 yard Par 3, I hit the purest iron of the trip and knocked it on.   Now another Par 3 I deliberately hit an iron that if not 100% pure, I knew I'd be short.  but that was way better than being long or missing to the side.  So I'm OK with that one. 

End of the day, being ON the green is better for scoring so I'm going to try and keep up with it and see.  I know this is a weakness in my game.  maybe I'll take a lesson this winter, not sure.  I';ve spent all year trying to improve ballstriking and this and .. I'm about where I started...

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Aimee
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Fall golf

Well, I didn't get to play last weekend for various reasons, and not sure yet about this weekend. Temps will be freezing overnight and mid-50's during the day, so it would be a cold start. Not sure I'm feeling it, my ambivalence is probably due to how poorly I've been playing, it makes me less motivated. I'd probably be better off spending time at the range.

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Scott Rushing
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Well it's been great weather

Well it's been great weather the last couple days..70s and sunny...and I have NOT been able to get out and play.  Between a foot acting up again and work, it's been frustrating.  Now with darkness sitting in at 515pm, I have to leave by 3 to walk 9...and that's not been happening due to meetings.   So not sure when I'll play again.  Like you Aimee, may be time to call it and just do range time to work on the swing.

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No golf this weekend,

No golf this weekend, probably can hit the range on Sunday. It's supposed to be pretty warm Wed/Thur next week, if I could get myself to set aside a half day off, I wouldn't mind playing 9 holes while conditions are still good.

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Scott Rushing
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Had a few days of warm up

Had a few days of warm up here and was finally able to get out for 9 holes...dark so early it's hard to get out in time to finish 9.  But hadn't picked up a club in a week and hadn't played in over 2 weeks...maybe 3...  So low expectations just glad to be out of the office.  Birdied the first hole...actually had 3 birdies on the 9...Because I was a single I hit multiple shots on some holes to slow my pace and not get on peoples backs.  On the 6th hole there I was asked to play through and I did something I don't think i've ever done..I birdied a hole when I was playing through.   I hit a great drive...decent chip and then a nice putt that rolled into the hole.  

Still working on iron contact..funny, the last iron shot I hit was the only pure shot all 9 hole.  Now I had some good shots but this one was pured.  penetrating ball flight..smooth...it was awesome...can I do it again...???  I hope but...Anyway..I had 1...

Drove the ball pretty good..putted well for whatever reason.  Sand play was ehhh but that's not a shocker given the layoff.  Anyway, tomorrow is the last warm day and then 20 degree drop in highs...not sure I'll get out for a while..it's been windy when it's cold and I'm not  someone now who enjoys windy cold conditions where I willhit the ball thin and it hurts.....but we'll see..

 

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yeah, getting time to think

yeah, getting time to think about lessons.   Over the holiday I'll watch my prior ones.  Walked 9 yesterday - it was 50s and no wind and course to ourselves.  So used it for practice but that got frustrating.  hit many bad iron shots though  and kost not sure how many balls dropping one down and trying something else.  So clearly I need help! Ha.     May go to the range sometime over THanksgiving but everything is mat-only now so not really a true test

 

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Well this week should be

Well this week should be decent weather so hoping to get out some ...  and play 18 next weekend.  Walked 9 yesterday only hitting irons (ok..2 drivers all day on the long holes..) just trying to work on the iron swing.  Not pretty .. trying to fix your game on the course is tough..but it's free since I'm a member so...   I may hit the range tomorrow for a bucket.  Also going to go back and watch my video lessons.  Just trying to do too much in the swing right now and not hitting solid.  Going to spend the winter getting ball striking better.   Admittedly back was hurting and coming into play on some swings...so also trying to get that better as well.   

 

 

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Aimee
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2021

Have a tee time for the afternoon to potentially play 9 holes, literally the last possible round of the year! Since I haven't played since the end of October, this could be ugly.

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