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post #1336 of 1954
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Originally Posted by whiteslashasian View Post

I've been eyeing down a new putter as my next purchase. Looking at blades with plumber neck as those are my most comfortable styles. Scotty Cameron Newport and Never Compromise Dinero and Gambler models are topping my list right now.
Any other suggestions?

No love for Odyssey putters? Don't like the insert feel?
post #1337 of 1954
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Originally Posted by Schwazer View Post

No love for Odyssey putters? Don't like the insert feel?

I don't mind certain inserts, however I've yet to hit an Odyssey I agreed with.
post #1338 of 1954
Broke 90 for the first time this year icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif Next step break 80 for the first time in a decade, doable if I can get in more than a few more rounds this Summer/Autumn.
post #1339 of 1954
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Originally Posted by Fang66 View Post

Broke 90 for the first time this year icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif Next step break 80 for the first time in a decade, doable if I can get in more than a few more rounds this Summer/Autumn.

Congratulations.

Just keep practicing your short game, short game, short game...
post #1340 of 1954
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Originally Posted by Schwazer View Post

Congratulations.
Just keep practicing your short game, short game, short game...

Yep. When I only play a couple of times a year I can still hit all the full shots pretty much the same as always, and my pitch shots are still not so bad(could be better), but the rest of the short game goes to pot without practice. Need to get more chips within 1 putt/gimme range and sink a few more 10/15 footers. Did sink a 40 footer to save bogey so that was nice.
post #1341 of 1954
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Originally Posted by Fang66 View Post

Yep. When I only play a couple of times a year I can still hit all the full shots pretty much the same as always, and my pitch shots are still not so bad(could be better), but the rest of the short game goes to pot without practice. Need to get more chips within 1 putt/gimme range and sink a few more 10/15 footers. Did sink a 40 footer to save bogey so that was nice.

Awesome.

A solid mid to short game will almost always make up for a mediocre long one. I was on the course yesterday and my driver was not my best effort (I was also hungover). However I was on fire with my 7i and everything under. I stuck approach shots to within 5 feet of the pin at least half a dozen times; three of them were within a foot of the cup. I also sunk a 30 ft putt for a par on a par 4; saving a poor drive that only went 200 yards and wide left behind trees (had to punch out to the fairway).

Ended up with an 86, after losing 3 balls too; two of them were in the rough but just could not be found for whatever reason.

*edit*
I have to say that pace of play was a HUGE problem yesterday. We had a lot of rain on Saturday, forcing everyone to play on Sunday. Was stuck behind a foursome of "members" who took almost 25 minutes to finish up a 415 yard Par 4. Ended up skipping the 6th hole to get around them as we had asked to play through and they were not amenable. Came back to the 6th after we finished the 18th as no one else was on at that point. Came up behind a group of 5 other "members" who gummed up 16-18 but at that point skipping playing through was would have been pointless. One foursome of SLOW middle aged men let us play through when they realized there were some open holes in front of them. Nice guys.
Edited by whiteslashasian - 7/30/12 at 8:18am
post #1342 of 1954
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Originally Posted by whiteslashasian View Post

Awesome.
A solid mid to short game will almost always make up for a mediocre long one. I was on the course yesterday and my driver was not my best effort (I was also hungover). However I was on fire with my 7i and everything under. I stuck approach shots to within 5 feet of the pin at least half a dozen times; three of them were within a foot of the cup. I also sunk a 30 ft putt for a par on a par 4; saving a poor drive that only went 200 yards and wide left behind trees (had to punch out to the fairway).

Gotta love sinking those long putts, apart from a monster straight drive that probably puts a bigger smile on my face than any other shot.

On the courses I play though you must must must be straight off the tee, first cut is sometimes ankle deep, and on the majority of holes there is OB where the second cut would be on Australian courses.

Another thing that goes for me without practice is mid/short iron distance control, flew a few 7/8 irons straight at the pin only come up short or long. I think that's partly due to using new irons with different shafts to what I've been using over the last 5 or 6 years, but mainly due to rust in my swing.
post #1343 of 1954
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Originally Posted by Fang66 View Post

Gotta love sinking those long putts, apart from a monster straight drive that probably puts a bigger smile on my face than any other shot.
On the courses I play though you must must must be straight off the tee, first cut is sometimes ankle deep, and on the majority of holes there is OB where the second cut would be on Australian courses.
Another thing that goes for me without practice is mid/short iron distance control, flew a few 7/8 irons straight at the pin only come up short or long. I think that's partly due to using new irons with different shafts to what I've been using over the last 5 or 6 years, but mainly due to rust in my swing.

Straight (or a cut/draw on cue) monster GPS verified drives are satisfying, but I hit them fairly regularly; therefore the 25+ ft putts feel better for me. The look on my brothers face as he realized it was gonna go in during the last few feet was pretty awesome.

Another fun hole was 17, which they changed the tee box to make it far more difficult, a relatively short (340 yard par 4) ~30* gradual right. My brother tee's off first and hits a beautiful cut drive, center of the fairway just about 250-252 yards down (the carts have GPS, have double checked using my phone) . I blast a cut that lands center of fairway another 30 yards past his (the recent rain made roll out virtually non-existent). My brother was not happy I bested him on that drive.

Thankfully they just mowed the grass and the 1st cut wasn't bad and 2nd was manageable with a little extra oomph. You need to get some time the on course/range, especially with new gear, to dial in your distances. I was fairly automatic yesterday on my club selection and power, only one time did I realize I should have clubbed down when I flew the green by a few yards.

I've tried using some recycled Nike One Tour-D balls as an alternative to the Bridgestone B330 I was and still am gaming. It's far more durable but launches a bit higher than the B330 so I lose some distance. The B330 and Tour D felt about the same everywhere else, with a slight edge to the B330 on chips and putting feel.
post #1344 of 1954
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Originally Posted by Fang66 View Post

Broke 90 for the first time this year icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif Next step break 80 for the first time in a decade, doable if I can get in more than a few more rounds this Summer/Autumn.

Oh damn, congrats dude!

post #1345 of 1954
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Originally Posted by Hampton View Post

Oh damn, congrats dude!
fing02[1].gif cheers
post #1346 of 1954
Hmm, maybe I wasn't clear, I have broken 90 many times, this was just the first time for this year.

Used to consistently shoot in the mid/high 70s about 20 years ago, since moving to Japan I have only been averaging about 2 or 3 rounds a year and my game deteriorated. This summer I've played 4 times, shot 89 last round after shooting 102, 94, 94. so if I can get out there a few more times I'm hoping to break 80 or at least low 80s by the end of the season.
post #1347 of 1954
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Originally Posted by Fang66 View Post

Hmm, maybe I wasn't clear, I have broken 90 many times, this was just the first time for this year.
Used to consistently shoot in the mid/high 70s about 20 years ago, since moving to Japan I have only been averaging about 2 or 3 rounds a year and my game deteriorated. This summer I've played 4 times, shot 89 last round after shooting 102, 94, 94. so if I can get out there a few more times I'm hoping to break 80 or at least low 80s by the end of the season.

Oh I see I thought it was your first time. So you play golf in Japan? That's pretty cool, what's the name of the club/course you play in?

post #1348 of 1954
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Originally Posted by whiteslashasian View Post

Straight (or a cut/draw on cue) monster GPS verified drives are satisfying, but I hit them fairly regularly; therefore the 25+ ft putts feel better for me. The look on my brothers face as he realized it was gonna go in during the last few feet was pretty awesome.
Another fun hole was 17, which they changed the tee box to make it far more difficult, a relatively short (340 yard par 4) ~30* gradual right. My brother tee's off first and hits a beautiful cut drive, center of the fairway just about 250-252 yards down (the carts have GPS, have double checked using my phone) . I blast a cut that lands center of fairway another 30 yards past his (the recent rain made roll out virtually non-existent). My brother was not happy I bested him on that drive.
Thankfully they just mowed the grass and the 1st cut wasn't bad and 2nd was manageable with a little extra oomph. You need to get some time the on course/range, especially with new gear, to dial in your distances. I was fairly automatic yesterday on my club selection and power, only one time did I realize I should have clubbed down when I flew the green by a few yards.
I've tried using some recycled Nike One Tour-D balls as an alternative to the Bridgestone B330 I was and still am gaming. It's far more durable but launches a bit higher than the B330 so I lose some distance. The B330 and Tour D felt about the same everywhere else, with a slight edge to the B330 on chips and putting feel.

Every cart I've used in Japan has GPS and the club houses look like palaces compared to the tin sheds I'm used to in Australia. Not trying to boast, but 280 with little roll out is just a nice solid hit for me. Even at my age (46) I meet very few people who consistently out drive me. In my 20s I could hit a persimmon driver 280~300.

Yes you are right about dialing in new equipment, going to hit a few buckets tomorrow and hopefully get in 2 or three rounds in August.

I've been using the newish Titleist Velocity, reasonably cheap, very long (not that that bothers me) but I find long balls also to be straight/low spin which really helps with the tight fairways here, and also pretty soft reasonable spin around the greens. I also sometimes use a Japanese brand called Kasco because they have really cool colours smile.gif I've used the B330 and a similar ball from Srixon, one of my partners games Nike One Tour-D, seems to me they are a little shorter than the others.
post #1349 of 1954
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Originally Posted by Hampton View Post

Oh I see I thought it was your first time. So you play golf in Japan? That's pretty cool, what's the name of the club/course you play in?

I play a bunch of courses (where ever we can get a deal). Mostly in a prefecture called Yamanashi. Last place was Tsuru Country Club. My favourite course is called Katsunuma G.C. it is quite short but has some interesting holes, best of all however, it's a taxi ride away from Buda-No-Oka (Grape/Wine Hill) for 10 bucks you can taste/drink) around 200 local wines.
post #1350 of 1954
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Originally Posted by Fang66 View Post


I play a bunch of courses (where ever we can get a deal). Mostly in a prefecture called Yamanashi. Last place was Tsuru Country Club. My favourite course is called Katsunuma G.C. it is quite short but has some interesting holes, best of all however, it's a taxi ride away from Buda-No-Oka (Grape/Wine Hill) for 10 bucks you can taste/drink) around 200 local wines.

Wow, will search about this tomorrow in the office so I have something to do when i'm bored :D

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