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Official Golf Thread

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Piobaire, May 22, 2010.

  1. whiteslashasian

    whiteslashasian Senior member

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    I hit the course for the first time this season over the weekend. What a shit show. It had rained hard the night before, it was gusty, and the greens were aerated a few weeks back, so less than ideal conditions. However it was cheap and I was with friends.

    I shot the best round but it was still a dismal 98.

    Driver was inconsistent from BRILLIANT 290 down the fairway to push block right into the woods.

    Irons were actually not bad.

    Short game was atrocious which is to be expected. I haven't done any putting or chipping since last season. I had three 3-putts and a few skulled chips that few the green...

    I know what to work on over the coming weeks to get back down into the mid to low 80's and then hopefully FINALLY breaking into the 70's.

    *sigh*
     
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  2. archetypal_yuppie

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    You shot a 98, but usually shoot in the mid to low 80's? ("back down into..") That is an enormous variance.

    If you're skulling chips over the green, then you're lofting the ball (and also messing up the shot). Sometimes this is necessary (bunker between you and green), but if it isn't, learn to use a 6-9 iron to chip the ball low, and plan on catching the ball slightly thin.

    If you catch it fatter than planned, then you catch it just right. If you catch it thinner than planned, you thinned it, but the mix of lower launch angle, less backspin, and lack of sweet spot results in the roughly the same distance. And this strategy takes hitting the ground before the ball out of play (the ball dribling 3 feet and you have the same shot again).

    This strategy will take a lot of the variance out of your chipping.

    If by chip you meant 30 yds+ from the green, then yeah, just practice your SW shots. I use the word "chip" to describe iron shots very close to the green, not sure if that's what you meant.

    To break into the 70's, you have to keep it in play off the tee. Play the appropriate tees and see if you can keep it on line with a 3-wood.

    Also - before you play, always chip and putt a bit on the practice green, if possible. Way more valuable than hitting the range.
     
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  3. whiteslashasian

    whiteslashasian Senior member

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    I know, it's a huge variance and pissed me off. I was also getting tired/fatigued due to slow pace of play and lack of sleep the night before. There was no time to hit the practice green or even range beforehand either. All leading up to one of the worst rounds I've had in a LONG time.

    Sorry, I should have said on my 30 yards and in approaches. My ACTUAL chipping (5 yards or so from the green) was one of the few parts of my game that was on point.

    My tee shots were generally in play, except for 3 holes that blew me up. I just need more reps at the range and on course to get my big stick back into it.

    Golf is a relatively new game to me, I've only been playing it with any sort of regularity since 3 years ago so my consistency is not going to be where I want it when coming out of a long, golf-less winter.
     
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  4. archetypal_yuppie

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    Don't worry, getting better will be easy. Just hit 20,000 balls.
     
  5. whiteslashasian

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    I wish I had time or money to get swings in. It gets expensive quickly.

    I did use my 3 wood on a hole that I normally drive with a cut because I wasn't confident I could get it to work for me. Nice layup that resulted in one of my few pars of the day.

    Playing smarter does work better than playing LONGER.
     
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  6. Betelgeuse

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    Finally had the chance to play at least one round again, I miss to play a lot. I fought all the round, some poor shots here and there, but hitting the range once a week have helped a lot. Shot +1.
     
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  9. Betelgeuse

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    Thanks guys. I really miss playing everyday... [​IMG]
     
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    Read an article about keeping the ball one club head inside the left heel for all iron shots while moving the right foot in as the iron gets shorter. Helped my cut/fade/push/slice nonsense a bit but still lacking distance. Still need to practice the forward hip slide.

    Getting tired of my 30 year old hand me down irons. No head mass and worn down grooves make it feel like I am hitting rocks with a hammer.

    Looking at either TaylorMade rocketballz or burner 2.0 irons. They are the 2011 and 2012 models so they are greatly reduced. I hit both and the store and they feel great.
     
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    30 yr old irons! Eeek!
     
  12. Fang66

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    Played some of the best golf of my life with my mothers early 70s Slazenger irons and a persimmon 2 wood. And if I was striking the ball better I'd be hitting the 1980s blades that I have in the shed, rather than my two year old "players" cavity backs. Bad tradesman blames his tools.

    Actually once the ribs heal I might pull the blades out and start practising with them, it really does help improve ball striking, feedback is a bitch on miss hits.
     
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  13. whiteslashasian

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    I played immensely better golf today. Par'd the final 6 holes which included holing a great pin high greenside bunker sand shot.

    I hit the pin with an approach shot from 40 yards out which bounced off really poorly and into a bunker, prevented me from a birdie attempt/easy par on the 12th. Though I wish I had two sand saves!

    I drove over a creek that crossed the 5th hole. It was probably 275 from the tips and the old guy we were set up with said he'd never seen someone drive over it in his 30 years playing there. Kind of hard to believe because it doesn't require an extraordinary drive. I did end up 30 yards past it though with an easy 80 yard approach.

    The weather was something special and I think my play reflected that. Weirdly I didn't even hit the range between my disastrous season opener and today. It just clicked. I was playing with a buddy who I played with last week. He really didn't do well today... He's also the type who doesn't take advice or constructive criticism well. Just gotta wait till he asks me for help.
     
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  15. archetypal_yuppie

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    Were you aware of this creek from the tee? Did you plan on having to fly the ball 275 yds (with a 1-stroke penalty upon failure)? Doesn't seem like its worth the risk to go from 130 yds out to 80 yds out.

    80+30+275 = 385. How long is the hole on the card?

    If it "doesn't require an extraordinary drive", it probably didn't go 275 in the air.
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  16. whiteslashasian

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    First time playing the course. I saw the creek but didn't know the exact yardage, based on my first two drives of the day I felt confident that I could carry it. The creek itself was about 2 yards wide with another 2 or 3 yards of trouble on either side.

    I just checked the distances on google maps, based on the tee position at the back of the box and it reads at 266 yards to the middle of the creek. I was off a little bit with my internal GPS. Based on where I ended up (again on g maps) it was a 292-294 yard total drive. The card lists the hole at 372. Flag was white (mid green) so the estimated 80 yard approach was fairly accurate.

    Not sure why you're trying to "prove" I'm bullshitting everyone on a golf threak. I'm not a scratch golfer, nor do I claim to be. I hit fairly long, if not consistently accurate, but I'm trying to improve my game. I understand that flying the creek probably wasn't the SMARTEST decision from an objective POV, but I felt really strong with my driver and it paid off :confused:

    If what you're saying is that "as a player looking to improve his game, he should take the least risk possible" then I get it. The back 9 I played very conservatively, which had the expected result on the scorecard. It's not as "exciting" but the scores are the scores. I'll keep it in mind on my next round to play as if I have money on the line. Save the bombs for the driving range.
     
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  17. Betelgeuse

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    Play to have fun and I guess that's what you got that day, tons of fun just by hitting nice shots. [​IMG]
     
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  18. archetypal_yuppie

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    No, just musing :) Don't take it so seriously (or I didn't intend that)...

    Just struck me that flying it 275 is actually quite difficult and uncommon, so I was wondering if the 275 was just spit-balling or informed.
     
  19. whiteslashasian

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    No worries, it just felt a little patronizing.

    275 was spit balling :laugh: but not tooooo far off. The total distance and approach was about right.
     
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  20. archetypal_yuppie

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    Got it.

    A good drive for me (maybe top 10%) will be 300+ yds, though I typically have a very low trajectory and thus almost never fly it 275. It is very rare for me to play with anyone that can hit the ball as far as or farther than me, thus the curiousity.

    The distances the pro's can hit it are astounding (330 on the regular for Michelson etc, with no roll).
     
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