Golf Club Reviews and Discussions
So I played Friday with my Dad and a couple guys I didn't know. The courses here are still in rough shape. WinterKill was bad this year and some course may lose some holes or parts of them. My course had to re-sod the driving range tee area it was so bad.
But the swing was coming together. Its getting closer. Shot 40/40 and could have been much better, but 3putted from the fringe 4 times on the front and a couple more on the back. So with any luck there, it could have been 76 or so
Abosultely nuked an 8I on one par 3. Best most solid iron shot all day, could not hit it any better. Only problem was apparently I need to have hit a 9I. Was an uphill shot to a blind green and I would up off the back of the green. Chipped past the cup about 8 ft and missed the par put. But damn that 8i was solid.
So the round had it's ups and downs. We'll see how this week goes.
Golf is a game that can only be played...
I've been playing mostly vintage this spring. Today was an opportunity to get a round in with my modern clubs in preparation for a tournament this weekend. Shot 45/45 with 34 putts, it was a pretty decent round for me mixing in 6 pars and limiting the disasters to two triples. All in all, I was well pleased with how I limited the damage and recovered well from poor shots/holes.
I've been scuffling with my longer clubs this year. It became evident to me today that I have developed a bit of a draw now and my misses are tending to be of the left/left variety. Once I started to set-up for a draw things got better, however my hybrids are pretty much a lost cause. I play down to a 3 iron in my vintage clubs and I've been hitting them pretty well so I'm considering ordering both the 4 and 5 iron for my i25's and eliminating the hybrids altogether. Another option is to add a 9 wood, but they are tough to come by in the right specs and I'm not interested in ordering a new one. I can order two new irons for the price of a single fairway (or hybrid for that matter), so that seems like the best option. I also need to get my wedges into the shop to get the lie angles adjusted to match up with my irons.
definitely haven't played as much this spring...but did play 2x over Memorial Day weekend. Sunday we played our links style course which was in pretty good shape since we had finally gotten a few inches of rain. Shot a 90, blew a couple of holes and missed several putts by an inch or a lip out. My irons are still shaky, which is irritating. I can shoot darts with a wedge, but start to shake once I go over 8i. And of course when I went to the range I could hit them OK. May be time for a lesson, new pro took over at the range where the original pro had passed away over the winter, Michael took a couple of lessons with him and he seems OK.
It's not how...it's how many
Right there with ya. My last round I shot like 81 or so but I was 5 over on the Par 3s. 2 doubles and 1 bogey. Now admittedly one was my fault because I thought I had a 9I but really had an 8I and flew the green and into trouble. But still. The yanks and hooks that I had with my mid-irons have plagued me for a few weeks now. I might hit one mid-iron solid a round. Have had back pull-hooks each round the last 3 rounds. So I'm trying to focus on alignment and some imple swing thoughts for the next round and try to really focus on the Par 3s. We'll see how it goes.
Company tournament Saturday....would like to play well
Good round today. Not a tough course, one that doesn't overly penalize a wayward shot, but the greens where slow from a night of rain.
Went out with hopes of really focusing on my swing keys and hitting some good iron shots. A big issue for me lately has been alignment. So I was working on that today. Overall did good, but did completely yank one 6I approach shot and then just goofed on lining up my 9I tee shot on a par 3. But I chipped in on that hole for birdie so I can't complain too much.
Shot 36/40 for 76. One of the better rounds. Could have been better as I didn't putt very well on the SLOW greens. I sorta limped in with bogey, par, bogey, bogey on the last 3 holes but in reality I hit some realy really good shots. My iron shots on those holes were some of the best all day. Probably was I flushed them so well, that tended to fly about 5 yrds further than I planned. and I didn't hit very good chips/putts after that. But I was pleased I had 3 solid solid shots.
Lost in a scorecard playoff today in our company Captain's choice event. 14 under and I think they just started at hole 1 on the playoff and went down the line, instead of starting at the hardest handicapped hole, then the next, etc. I think we would have won that way...Oh well, we played well. Maybe next year!
It's hot here..whew. 90s and humid....
Got another round in today, the first since the tournament, playing again with my lady friend. We've been doing fairly well at getting out this spring having played three times now. Today she booked us into a local course that she typically doesn't care for due to its length. Well let me say, I don't think either of us were too thrilled with how long this course was playing due to the wet/soft conditions and extremely stiff winds we encountered on the back nine. It's fairly open and there aren't a lot of hazards, but man did it seem llloooonnnggg playing ~6000 yds. from the whites and 5400 yds. from the reds. I'm sure the only GIR's either of us had today were on the par 3's.
The front went fairly well, but I was left with a lot of awkward putts due to over shooting my pitches/chips. Got off the tee okay for the most part, but my iron play was terrible! In fact my iron play has been pretty spotty at best since I began playing a fair bit of vintage. I've come to the conclusion that the graphite shafted irons are just too light causing me to come OTT.
The back nine was another story with all three par 5's becoming mini marathons of whack, whack, whack, accompanied by an epidemic of three putting. Yuck! Carding a nine really kinda destoys a score card particularly when you're trying to grind a round out with less than your best stuff. The good news was that I got an opportunity to use the new (to me) hybrid and it performed great with two GIR's on par 3's and a pretty approach from the deep rough on a par 4. At the end of it all I carded 48/51 for a 99 with 38 putts. Not too bad all things considered.
Shot of the day was a holed flop shot from a downhill lie over a group of 20' pines with the green running away from me. That came on the ninth hole right up by the clubhouse with a bunch of spectators. It's a good job they weren't following me around or else they would have realized I was just lucky instead of skilled!
We all have that love/hate relationship with Golf don't we? Sounds like the wedge on #9 was well timed, right in front of the crowd! Sweet! I usually flub those when there's a crowd around.
I could see longer courses giving the vintage irons challenges. You really can't miss or you lose more distance and thats just compounding the problem. Well at least you had your lady friend with you for the afternoon.
Jeez, that was a confusing post on my part! I can see how you thought I was playing vintage irons.
The old clubs haven't been out on the course for about three weeks now. I had a tournament in early June and have been playing the modern bag exclusively since before that time, so my iron striking struggles have actually been with my Pings rather than the vintage irons.
I had a pretty good idea what I was doing wrong, swing wise, but it's not the sort of thing you can do much to correct within round. I need some solid range time which has been lacking for the past month now. Hence the reference to graphite shafts being too light (in the moderns) versus a full weight steel shaft in the vintage.
Played one of my local courses Monday..Golfnow had a 50% off deal for the day and so I got to play for $7.50. Yeah, $7.50 for 18 holes with a cart. Hard to beat. Anyway, am hitting the irons better, had 3 or 4 flushed shots this round. One lead to a bogey since I hit over the green but that's ok. I'll take it. could have shot 75 but 3 poor shots (2 drives and 1 fairway hybrid shot) cost me 4 strokes. Just over swinging. No birdies this round but a lot of ho-hum pars so that's good. but it's been near 100 here this week so havent' been to the range...trying to stay cool...maybe Friday. When it's only 92.
Michael and I took the day off on Friday to play (it was his birthday this past week) and made the call that morning as to where to play. Found a time on GolfNow for Suneagles, a course that had previously been military (on the grounds of Ft. Monmouth, which recently got shut down). Tillinghast design, which means flat fairways, but very challenging greens. The course was not well maintained, it appeared they hadn't mowed the tee boxes for a couple of days - I put a long tee into the ground of the 1st tee box and the ball was just barely above the grass!
Got rained on around the 8-9th holes, parked the cart under a tree to wait for it to pass (nobody behind us, so it didn't matter), started up again then heard a rumble of thunder...so we bailed. Not that great of a course and not worth risking a lightening strike. At least I didn't lose any balls. I think I had a 48 thru 9 holes.
Saturday Michael played without me, a golf friend had made a tee time but I saw the dark and overcast skies, forecast 50% chance of thunderstorms, and I wasn't in the mood for running for my life. Turned out it never materialized except for a few sprinkles, oh well.
played at 3pm yesterday with Michael and one of his friends from work. His friend actually hadn't played since last year but got better as he loosened up on the back 9. Or it was the 6 beers he drank.
Anyhow...shot a 89 with a much better round than the score shows. Had around 4 pars and a sort of birdie (more on that later), but also blew up and had a couple of 7's. Lack of playing time is showing. The sort of birdie was on the 18th hole, par 5. Hit a good tee shot, appeared to be straight (sort of blind shot because it goes over a rise and down into a little swale, so I can't see the landing area from my tee). Could not find my ball. Couldn't conceive of the ball not being in the fairway, but it wasn't. The rough was very lush (we've gotten a fair amount of rain recently) so the ball must have just rolled off and into some thick stuff. Took a drop in the area where I thought it would be, hit a good 2nd shot, and got on the green, pretty close to the hole, in 3. One putt for sort of birdie.
It works for me Aimee, just call it local rules in the interest of pace of play!
Don't ya hate those? You don't care so much about the ball, you just want to know where it is! That happens some here now because of the opppsite issue, it's been so dry here tha tthe ball just rolls and rolls.
Havent' played this week, too much work and stuff with the kids. Hopefully next week I'll get some swings in..
Well played today. Beautiful weather in the Carolina's today, after mostly rain yesterday. But it was windy as the front was moving out. Played a course I'm never played before, about 45 minutes North, near the NC/Va border. Nice course and apparently had been spared from the WinterKill problems we have. Wish I had played better. had high hopes going in because I had been hitting it pretty decent. But had trouble at the range Thursday trying to hit the driver and it carried over. After hitting it well for several weeks, my hooks were back. Somehow even though I thought I was not doing the same things I did before my lessons, I must have been. Shot bogey golf on the front for a 45, but started to get it back together on the back with a 39. Had 1 birdie and that was off a great drive and then a great wedge to 1ft.
Great greens but I didn't putt well. Front 9 I 4 putted one green and 3 putted another. Not sure if it was focus or what.
At least I did shot better on the back. Plan to hit the range tomorrow, as I have another round Tuesday. We'll see if I can get it back together before then.
OK, took a road trip today to a course about an hour away, don't ask me why, and played. built in the 1920's, Badin Inn and Golf club was quaint and had that old country club style. Kinda place you'd go to with your spouse to get a way for a night and play golf. Not a plush course by any means but nice. Lots of blind-ish shots and elevation changes. One odd thing...after you play #8, the next hole you come to is #10..you have to drive past it to get to #9, I guess because they want you to come back to the club house...but then you have to turn around and go back to #10 again!
Played better today..hit the driver well UNTIL i started thinking about why I was hitting it well and proceeded to get too analytic and hit 3 poor tee shots with. Funny how when my head gets in the way, it goes bad. But this is sort of the problem I had the other day..I'm trying to 'remember' how I swing it and when I think about it I can't swing.
It was windy but I shot 76, 38/38 on Par 71. The interesting thing about this course was, even though it was short, 6350 from the tips, the Par 3s were all stout: 210 yards, 185 yards, 196 yards and 198 yards. Par'd 2 of them abd bogied the other 2. Had one birdie, on the first hole. Had chances just left putts short. Anyway, had fun, but since the course is so far away I doubt I'll go back there unless we're booking a room and hanging out.
So I played today , threat of rain but it held off, was a perfect day for golf, and got a $13 deal off Golfnow so it was cheap too. Not sure why but no one was out. 1 slow foursome let us play through but we played in a little over 3 hrs. Sweet!
So started out, honestly with a bit of a hangover. Home last night and had a few too many margaritas but for some reason just went out and par'd almost everything and got up and down a couple times to shoot 1over on the front. That made me think "hmm, could this be the day?"...and that led me to double bogey the first 3 holes on the back ! ha! Gotta NOT think about score and think about hitting shots...managed to par most of the rest so shot 79 but man, this could have been a good round...
Played Friday, lesson Saturday, played Sunday. Sunday was a disaster, not hungover like Scott, but probably kind of wiped out from my lesson. Plus playing after a lesson is a recipe for overthinking every swing, so only the things that I didn't work on (driver and putter) were still going OK. It was hot, we've been having cool weather this spring/summer (have had hot days, but not so many on the weekend) and I was wiped out after walking 18. Actually, if I step back and look at where I really did poorly, it was the sand. Since playing a links course punishes those who don't control where their shots land, I suffered mightily. They had renovated the bunkers this year and for some reason the sand just isn't compacting so it is still like hitting out of marshmallows. I hit everything with taking too much sand and left a lot of shots in the bunkers. So if I had avoided the bunkers, might have been a slightly less bad round. Putted well...was leaving 6-12" tap ins on second putts even on really long ones. Can't really remember Friday's round, since the pain from Sunday is still fresh. But I shot a 90.
played with my Dad yesterday..$10 Golfnow round. couldn't pass that up. I guess I need to work on my green reading..I had 13 pars, 1 birdie (1ft!) 2 bogeys and 2 Dbl (1 from a bladed chip around the green and one wayward tee shot). Of the 13 Pars, I had 6 GIR and another 7 where I missed the green on the fringe. In a lot of those cases I had putts which were makeable but I usually overread the break. 3 of them were good looks at birdie, pin high but I overread each break. Maybe I'll go by the course tonight and just putt for a while.
Didn't drive the ball especially well but I was usually in the fairway, just not long as I usually am. Hit some really good iron shots though and was glad about that. Hot though, 90+ yesterday. And no real breeze , which in a way was nice because usually we have a 7-10 MPH wind to contend with.
played Saturday, it was pretty hot and sunny so wiped out at the end of walking 18, although the humidity was not high, so actually pretty comfortable. Due to the amount of rain we've had recently, the rough was still pretty brutal. I had one instance where I only saw the top of my ball, about 7/8 of it was buried in grass. I'm not good at chopping out of that stuff and I'm stubborn. If I have just gone laterally a couple of times with a wedge to get onto the fairway, I wouldn't have lost strokes. Shot a 93, just some stupid plays. The round had started aspiciously, on hole #1 (par 4) I holed a SW from 55 yds out for birdie after my approach shot went wayward. Oh well. I think the only GIR I had were on par 3's.
Aimee, that reminds me a a tournament I was in...hit the ball into some waist high whipsery grasses...12 strokes later I carded a 13 but by crackie I got that ball OUT!!!
Finally! So my game after the spring lessons has improved, with 6 of the last 7 rounds being sub 80 scores. Well went out Friday afternoon, after a week of poor range sessions, and played surprisingly well.
Shot even Par on the front 9, literally 9 par's. Had chances at birdies but didn't make any but it was pretty easy (thankfully) as I kept the ball in the farway and around the green. Back 9 started with a 6 ft par saving putt after a poor approach shot. Then I had a string of 3 bogeys either from an errant tee shot or a poor iron shot. Hit to poor 8I shots back to back. But bounced back with a biride, but followed that with a stupid 3 putt bogey before going 2-under on the last 3 holes. So back 9 was 1over...for a 36/37 and a 73 overall. So close to shooting Par but I'll take it. Drove the ball really well and hit 10 GIR but 7 of the other 8 were all around the green on the fringe. So I'll take that.
From that round I see I need to work on my full swing wedges, along with tmy have wedges. those plus my mid-irons, making solid contct. But overall a really good scoring day.
good round, Scott. Know you are disappointed with parts of your back 9, but saying you had 9 easy pars on the front has to be satisfying.
Thanks Aimee. I didn't see it at the time,just tried to stay focused on making good swings. but when I thought through that first 9, there wasn't any real stress. That's nice. not used to that. Hit the driver well that day so I didn't have many recovery shots.
Now spending time on the range working on hitting solid shots with the wedges, which I've struggled with a bit with the new titleist wedges. not sure if they are smaller heads and smaller sweet spots, but I see myself hitting more open face toe shots with them than I remember with the Clevelands. Seems like I'm getting my upper body in front and the clubhead falls behind and stays open. Always something....
Excessive heat warning, stay indoors, blah blah.
We booked a round for 10:30am and rented a cart to ride. Went to the course early to hit some balls at the range, not something I usually do, but I had to erase the psychic damage from my Friday range debacle, or figure it out or something. I only hit a couple of balls, maybe 20, PW, 7i, 5h, driver. Did OK, so it settled my nerves a little. We played the links style course which wasn't all dried out since we did have some rain recently. First hole par 4 got on in 2 but 3 putted stupidly. Had one birdie and 2 pars on front 9 for 42. Had 4 pars on back nine for a 42 also. I reaaallly grinded over the long putt on number 18 (par 5, on the green in 4) because I WANTED that matching 42. Total of 18 putts, definitely missed some makeable par putts. The jury is still out on how I'm doing with reworking my iron swing, since I actually didn't wind up hitting too many other than wedges. Although I did have a 9i shot into a green on back 9 that was perfect, so I was happy with that one.
Pretty marked difference playing while riding a cart vs. my normal walking round, not at all drained and stiff.
84, nice round Aimee. Total of 18 putts? For the entire 18 holes?
oops, 18 on each 9 (gosh, if I only had 18 putts I'd hope for a better score!)
I remember hearing a few golfers talking about how BAD it was to have 36 putts for 18 holes of golf. They were saying that anything over 30 putts was Terrible. And there I was thinking that IF I hit all 18 greens in regulation and then proceded to Two putt every hole for a total of 36 putts, I'd have just shoot PAR for the entire course. I don't know about you, but I'd be very Happy to shoot Par for 18 holes in one day. So from my point of view 36 putts for 18 holes is pretty good. Good enough to shoot par if you hit all the greens. Evern IF you miss a few greens in regulation, you can shoot under 80 with 36 putts if you can chip well on those holes where you miss the green.
Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.
Don, I don't hit all the GIR or I would be happy with 36 putts. My usual putts/round is around 33. I had a couple of 3 putts so it wasn't a good putting day for me. One thing I can say about my game is that I'm a better than average putter, so I'm pretty critical.
I didn't get my shots very close to the flag so I had a lot of longer putts. Since I'm still working on parts of my game, I'm happy to just get on the green, safely, these days. Pin-hunting only happens when I'm in wedge range.
Don, I agree...in the same vain, i was chuckling this weekend, thinking about the 73 I shot saying, "hmmm, I'm 1 stroke away from being an average golfer...." Right, par is the average score we should shoot on a hole so Par of 72 means if I shoot 72, I'm average! :)