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  1. Pilot

    Pilot Senior member

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    Played 18 yesterday. solid front 9 (37) and started well on the back 9, 3 pars in a row, missed 3 birdie putts from 15 feet, (didn't hit a single putt all day) and then just started a bogey streak. Somehow made a triple on an easier par 4. Wrapped up the day with a birdie on 18. Ended up keeping it in the 70's and shot 79.

    I think I was just getting tired out in the heat. Will probably try to play again this weekend hopefully keep it together for 18 holes with no big hiccups
     


  2. .bishop

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    I played 90 holes in 3 days down in NC. bunch of us guys go once a year for a team red vs team blue. won my best score, alternate shot, and singles match. they paired me up with a 24 handicapper for the capt choice, and it was just unbearable.

    practice round: 78 (Riverside Plantation)
    best ball: 76 (Jones Course)
    singles match 72 ( Byrd Course)

    we were at Sea Trails on th ebottom of NC.
     


  3. Mark from Plano

    Mark from Plano Lifestyle change - no homo

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    Headed out for a late afternoon round at a buddy's country club.
     


  4. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    Got t-stormed out today. Plan to hit the range or play a round all four days of my upcoming long weekend.
     


  5. Mark from Plano

    Mark from Plano Lifestyle change - no homo

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    Headed out for a late afternoon round at a buddy's country club.

    I've only gotten in a grand total of 2 rounds this year (including yesterday). That's basically my average for the past five years or so, but had hoped to play a lot more this year with no wife nagging me about the time away. So much for plans.

    Shot an 88 yesterday (42/46). Overall assessment. My short game sucks. Missed the first green in two and took 3 chips to get on the stinking green (nice triple to start). Decided to try to play middle of the fairway/middle of the green golf the rest of the way and played better on the front. Made one birdie going out. Started to get tired on the way in and was either holding on at impact or sliding through impact so everything started gong right. Was able to make a few corrections, but not before taking a couple of OB penalties. Blame most of that on poor golf conditioning. My swing is fundamentally sound. The fatigue was keeping me from releasing properly unless I specifically focused on it. If I did I hit the ball pretty well.

    I really need to find a good teacher and take a short game lesson. A few years ago I had looked into going to one of the Pelz schools when it made its way through Dallas. Maybe I should reopen that idea again. I feel like that if I could recover some semblence of a short game I could really improve my scores again.
     


  6. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    Mark, if you're shooting an 88 and only playing twice a year, I think you're doing great. I know my long term goal is to break 90.
     


  7. Pilot

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    Started to get tired on the way in and was either holding on at impact or sliding through impact so everything started gong right. Was able to make a few corrections, but not before taking a couple of OB penalties. Blame most of that on poor golf conditioning. My swing is fundamentally sound. The fatigue was keeping me from releasing properly unless I specifically focused on it. If I did I hit the ball pretty well.

    I really need to find a good teacher and take a short game lesson. A few years ago I had looked into going to one of the Pelz schools when it made its way through Dallas. Maybe I should reopen that idea again. I feel like that if I could recover some semblence of a short game I could really improve my scores again.




    The exact same thing happens to me after about 12 or 13 holes in the summer. Just get too hot and worn out. start getting way too much hip movement in my swing and loosing things right.

    When I haven't played in awhile I usually can't hit most greens to save my life. So I've gotten better at getting up and down. Really saves the scores if you can't find the putting surface in two.


    All i can say for chipping is use a lower loft club (<PW) on tighter lies and when it gets fluffy, move into the SW and 60. Shorter back swing and accelerate through the ball will help with a bit more spin and better contact.
     


  8. Pilot

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    I played 90 holes in 3 days down in NC. bunch of us guys go once a year for a team red vs team blue. won my best score, alternate shot, and singles match. they paired me up with a 24 handicapper for the capt choice, and it was just unbearable.

    practice round: 78 (Riverside Plantation)
    best ball: 76 (Jones Course)
    singles match 72 ( Byrd Course)

    we were at Sea Trails on th ebottom of NC.



    Geez that's a lot of golf. I've been telling myself forever I want to do a golf only trip. Still haven't gotten around to it.
     


  9. Mark from Plano

    Mark from Plano Lifestyle change - no homo

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    The exact same thing happens to me after about 12 or 13 holes in the summer. Just get too hot and worn out. start getting way too much hip movement in my swing and loosing things right.

    When I haven't played in awhile I usually can't hit most greens to save my life. So I've gotten better at getting up and down. Really saves the scores if you can't find the putting surface in two.


    All i can say for chipping is use a lower loft club (<PW) on tighter lies and when it gets fluffy, move into the SW and 60. Shorter back swing and accelerate through the ball will help with a bit more spin and better contact.


    I spent a couple of summers 10 years ago or so working with one of the groundling level pros at the Hank Haney Golf Ranch here in my neighborhood (now closed). It was the best money I ever spent on golf. They completely rebuilt my swing from the ground up with one that is highly repeatable and generally fixable. Tee-to-Green is generally not my biggest problem...or to the extent something creeps in I usually can figure out what and fix it.

    However, I never took any short game lessons with them and consequently I struggle with anything involving touch or feel unless I play a lot. It doesn't matter what clubs I use (my preference is to play a low-loft, near the ground short game unless forced into a high lofted club) my touch and technique around the greens sucks. Think about the famous Charles Barkley swing in those Hank Haney videos, except translate that to chipping...that's me. I need help.
     


  10. Pilot

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    However, I never took any short game lessons with them and consequently I struggle with anything involving touch or feel unless I play a lot. It doesn't matter what clubs I use (my preference is to play a low-loft, near the ground short game unless forced into a high lofted club) my touch and technique around the greens sucks. Think about the famous Charles Barkley swing in those Hank Haney videos, except translate that to chipping...that's me. I need help.



    Haha yeah that sounds like it would be difficult to work with. If it's as bad as you say it is, sounds like a couple lessons could probably knock 5-10 strokes off your game.
     


  11. Mark from Plano

    Mark from Plano Lifestyle change - no homo

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    Haha yeah that sounds like it would be difficult to work with. If it's as bad as you say it is, sounds like a couple lessons could probably knock 5-10 strokes off your game.
    Back when I played a lot, I actually had a pretty passable short game, but it relied on repetition over technique. So when I practiced alot I could get up and down pretty well, but I didn't have good technique to fall back on, so when I didn't practice it went from passable to embarrassing with no stops in between.
     


  12. bdeuce22

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    Geez that's a lot of golf. I've been telling myself forever I want to do a golf only trip. Still haven't gotten around to it.

    i've done it a couple times and while it's fun to be out there with friends and family, your game seriously falls off a cliff after day 2.

    My scores were easily 5-10 strokes higher at the end of the week than at the start. it just takes a toll on you, especially if the weather is hot and humid.
     


  13. StephenHero

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    I've been looking at getting some Ping irons. I've been fitted as a yellow dot. The guy said it should help me quite a bit because my arm length is poorly suited to the clubs I've been using. I'm excited, but also not excited because I'm not sure I should be spending money on golf clubs right now.
     


  14. bdeuce22

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    being properly fitted for clubs will do wonders.
     


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    I've been looking at getting some Ping irons. I've been fitted as a yellow dot. The guy said it should help me quite a bit because my arm length is poorly suited to the clubs I've been using. I'm excited, but also not excited because I'm not sure I should be spending money on golf clubs right now.

    I wouldn't be buying clubs right now unless I lived in a locale where I could play year round.
     


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