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  • rich srich s  802Members Posts: 802
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    Trying a new bag set-up. I am a good driver of the golf ball but our course has some very tight holes. By tight I mean in the middle of the fairway you are blocked out by huge trees so you have to hit it into a tiny landing area. I am not a big fan of 3 woods and so I thought I would swap mine out for a mini driver. I have a hybrid I can hit 240 off the ground and am very comfortable with it so I figure I can use the mini driver for off the tee only on these tighter holes.

    Hit the range last night and have a few shafts for it. Ended up on my Accra FX2.0 shaft and it was just a laser. I took it out on the course to test. On the second hole (par 5) I hit the perfect spot. It hit on a downhill slope and was the best tee shot I have ever hit on that hole. I was not sold though. The 5th hole is threading the needle off the tee and I also had a group watching me as I played through. Perfect drive...I was starting to like this. Hole 6 has OB left and water right. You have a 20 yard wide area to land or you are in trouble. Normally I lay back to the fat part but I said what the heck and piped one right down the middle. Hole 7 is a par 5 and into the wind and again, very tight. The fairway slopes to the right and there is a huge willow tree that sticks out and you ball will collect under it leaving you with almost nothing. I tried hugging the left side and the wind held it up and did not clear the bunkers. Now I know my regular driver would have with that strike. This lead to a bogey.

    I have 2 matches tonight and its in the bag. I feel like I can flight this easier than my regular driver and hit it into tighter areas. I also have a few doglegs where driver can go through the fairway if I pound it so this might be perfect. This will be a good test tonight.

    If you have been following, you know I played with a + handicap last week and he gave me some pointers. Been working on my transition while putting and on a better chipping technique. Putting has gotten noticeably better. I spent a hour on the course practicing chipping with my 60. Its starting to click. Nick noticed I pull the club to the inside and I also do that on my full swing. Already seeing some improvement after he pointed that out. My game is really in a good place right now as well as some progress in my mental game. Focus in this weeks events will be my routines and my mental focus. Not worried about the score. Wish me luck :)

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  • rich srich s  802Members Posts: 802
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    Got a call this morning from some friends that wanted me to join them for nine holes at a local course. Work is slow so I joined them. Shot 3 under. Got myself into trouble twice and played to NOT take a double and ended up making long putts to save par. The rest of the holes were magical. Got two 9 hole league matches tonight. Going to not have any expectations going in and stay in the moment. Love playing golf this way!

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  • rich srich s  802Members Posts: 802
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    League last night. It rained just before it started so no warm up but I had played yesterday morning. The guy I was up against is a friend and a fellow member so we skipped ahead of the slow groups. Unfortunately I picked hole #3 which is a 200 yard uphill par three with no warm up lol. I pushed my 6i right into the sand and took a bogey. Best part, my mind was in a perfect place.

    Short par 4 I usually take driver but I have to hit a 15-20 yd fairway that deep. I had pondered this hole the last few days and chose 4i instead. Par

    The next two holes are the worst. Just brutal. Hooked my drive 5' from being OB, then pushed a 5i into the land of no return. Mind was great and I just was focused on not taking a double. I hit a great shot out of some thigh high grass but still ended up with a double. Did not even phase me.

    I think this next tee shot is the hardest of any course I have ever played. Very elevated box, OB left, water right and less than 20yd fairway that slopes towards the water, and its windy. I practiced a stinger hybrid all winter just for this tee shot. A bit right and just off the fairway. Pulled a 8i from 170 into the bunker. Bogey. At this point I had pretty much won the match even with my crap play but I was mentally in the zone. I knew I was just off and just focused on the shot at hand.

    I will skip to the end, I was 6 over with two to play. Kept my head in the game and went par birdie to shoot a 41. Great score for playing aweful and it only happened because of my mental game. I gave myself an a+ for the round. Now I had to play another guy since he could not be there next week. So we jumped right to the 1st hole.

    It was similar only my irons were on, putting was on but tee shots sucked as well as my short game. I am sticking with this new chipping swing and using my 60 around the greens. Its hurting me in the short term but I know this will pay off once I get it down. I had quite a few good birdie chances and just barely missed each of them. Just not my day but mental game was again strong and shot a 40 an won that match as well.

    Overall it was a great day for me. Main focus is mental and I kept it together in the morning to shoot 3 under and when I played bad in the afternoon to shoot 81. Crap weather, rain all day today. Tournament tomorrow. I need to get there early and get my tee shots ironed out as well as some short game practice. Overall I could not be happier as I know I am on the right track.

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  • rich srich s  802Members Posts: 802
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    Gutted, golf...just gutted. Tournament today. Perfect warm up, great couple of playing partners but very windy. Doubled the third hole then birdied 7 for a 2 over 38 on the front. Birdie 10 and I’m one over going into 14. I took a 9 on this hole last week. Perfect tee shot, perfect 2nd. Took the wrong club for the third shot but decided to hit it hard instead of getting the right club. Shanked it into the hazard. Dropped and shanked it into the hazard. Took a 10. Kept myself positive but just did not finish strong and shot 81.

    I hit 4 bad shots all day but they really cost me. Ugh this game lol.

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  • ddettsddetts Roy McAvoy Sioux Falls, SD 1783ClubWRX Posts: 1,783
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    @rich s said:
    Gutted, golf...just gutted. Tournament today. Perfect warm up, great couple of playing partners but very windy. Doubled the third hole then birdied 7 for a 2 over 38 on the front. Birdie 10 and I’m one over going into 14. I took a 9 on this hole last week. Perfect tee shot, perfect 2nd. Took the wrong club for the third shot but decided to hit it hard instead of getting the right club. Shanked it into the hazard. Dropped and shanked it into the hazard. Took a 10. Kept myself positive but just did not finish strong and shot 81.

    I hit 4 bad shots all day but they really cost me. Ugh this game lol.

    Oh man! I can so relate. Just look at the other 17 holes, sounds like you were really cruising along nicely!

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    Stats for yesterday's tournament round:
    putts-34
    GIR- 11
    2/7 got up and down
    Fairways- 9 of 14
    birdies-2
    par 72 score-81
    Recap: 80 minutes to warm up is my number, did not feel rushed and gave me enough time to shake off my work day. Had some nerves but was mentally strong, especially on the front 9. Stayed positive. Back nine I fought to stay focused but I was mentally exhausted. I think the wind had a big part of this. On the par 5 where I took a 10, it is cart path only. I had the wrong club and I knew it but did not want to hold up my playing partners to go back. Next time I take a few clubs to the ball. Being one over thru 13 is a great achievement and I will try to build off of that.

    Things to work on: Short downhill putts, this costed me a three putt each of the last two events. 120 yards into a stiff wind, I chose to flight the ball down rather than take and extra club. I am going to take the extra club and work hard over winter on flighting down my PW. Chipping, definitely improving but 2/7 needs to be better. Uphill chips I was much better than downhill so I will focus on that.

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  • SchneeSchnee SOTABM Northeast 5539ClubWRX Posts: 5,539
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    @rich s said:
    What a day!!!! Got to play a Country Club I have never played with some friends. It was rainy, cold and windy. Not a long course but tree lined and tight (Similar to my home course). Shot a 40 on the front and then it rained hard. We got some food and watched the open and then headed back out. I was 2 over going into 18 (par 3)....and I holed it! First ace ever!!! It one hopped and in. Its a par 71 so shot a 4 over 75. There was a wedding happening and a bunch of people saw the whole thing which made it even better. I love this game!! Trending at a 5.1 and playing some good golf heading into the state am qualifier. Here is a video of the moment, forgive the sarcasm at the end :)

    Congrats Rich!!! Heck of a way to get your first. I bet its a day you’ll never forget!

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  • ebrasmus21ebrasmus21 Serial Shanker CA 5772Members Posts: 5,772
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    Awesome stuff.

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  • ddettsddetts Roy McAvoy Sioux Falls, SD 1783ClubWRX Posts: 1,783
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    Congrats on your ace! Nothing like hitting a walk off to end your round.

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  • copperjeffcopperjeff  970Members Posts: 970
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    Congrats on the ace!!

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    CONGRATS awesome hole-in-one

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  • rich srich s  802Members Posts: 802
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    1st round of our match play championship. I was one down after nine and shot 32 on the back to win 2&1. Tough match against a great opponent. Finished the last hole for fun and I shot a 72. Had one shank but I recovered and stuck a lot of wedges close and made a lot of putts, even a few over 30’. What a fun night!!

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    Nicely done.

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    I know I’ve been posting a lot lately but I’m just so excited about my game. Shot a 75 in today’s tournament and am trending at a 4.4! Took 3rd gross. Zero three putts and 3 birdies. I had the chance to put up a great score but let a few opportunities slip by. The mental game keeps improving and no big numbers but did have 2 doubles.

    State am qualifier next week and we are all thinking a 79 makes it. Going to practice playing the course as long as it can be played over the weekend. I know they are setting it up long.

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  • ebrasmus21ebrasmus21 Serial Shanker CA 5772Members Posts: 5,772
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    Good work Rich. Keep it up :)

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  • rich srich s  802Members Posts: 802
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    Ella’s current swing. She has been working hard on her wrist angles at the takeaway so her clubface is not as open as it is in the video. Really trying to get her to use her legs more. Might try an alignment stick in her belt loops

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  • ddettsddetts Roy McAvoy Sioux Falls, SD 1783ClubWRX Posts: 1,783
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    Really nice centered pivot and stays behind it nicely! Swing looks great at the top too!

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  • rich srich s  802Members Posts: 802
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    At the state am qualifier. Decent warm up but not great. No nerves yet, tee off in 45. I think I’m the oldest one here (44) lol

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    Well what a day. Body felt great, had a great attitude but it just did not go my way. Was 6 over on the front and no part of my game was on but I did not do anything terrible. This course just eats you up when you make any kind of mistake. Took aggressive lines on the back and got killed. Shot 89 but had a great time. Golf is a crazy game :)

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    @rich s said:
    Ella’s current swing. She has been working hard on her wrist angles at the takeaway so her clubface is not as open as it is in the video. Really trying to get her to use her legs more. Might try an alignment stick in her belt loops

    Man she is doing a lot of things right here! I think you are right that she needs to get her lower body a bit more active though, hanging back on the R side, will likely start hitting snap hooks as a fault if she keeps that up. Still nice impact position with her hands ahead of the ball.

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    @Rohlio said:

    @rich s said:
    Ella’s current swing. She has been working hard on her wrist angles at the takeaway so her clubface is not as open as it is in the video. Really trying to get her to use her legs more. Might try an alignment stick in her belt loops

    Man she is doing a lot of things right here! I think you are right that she needs to get her lower body a bit more active though, hanging back on the R side, will likely start hitting snap hooks as a fault if she keeps that up. Still nice impact position with her hands ahead of the ball.

    I mean, come on. I’d kill for this P6

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    Ella today, not a good strike be we worked hard on starting to use the legs more.

    I got a tournament at Lawsonia links today. Hit the range early this morning. My flip has been creeping back into my swing so focusing on swinging “slower” and keeping my right wrist cupped. That produces a very accurate and long tight draw. I’ve had so many tournaments I have not had as much time to practice and old habits creep back in. Feel ready for today

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    Shot a 75. Played great, was even thru 13 then just ran out of gas for 3 over. Ended up taking 2nd. Going to work with my local pro on my short game. It’s the weak point in my game and my up and down percentage is crap. This might put my tend in the 3’s once they enter it. Currently a 4.2

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    Ella's move looks better, who cares about the contact?!?!

    She has some real potential!

    Congrats on the 75!

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    Driver: Ping G400 LST 8.5* Kuro Kage Silver TINI 70s
    FW: Ping G25 4 wood Kuro Kage Silver TINI 80s
    Utility: 20* King Forged Utility One Length C Taper Lite S
    Irons: King Forged One Length 4-PW C Taper Lite S
    Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Black Satin 50, 54, 58
    Putter: Custom Directed Force Reno 2.0 48" 80* Lie Side Saddle
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    Are you and Ella still sending vids to Carraher?

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    21* Fourteen Type 7 Driving Iron - HZRDUS Black 6.5 105g
    4 - PW Mizuno MP 18 MMC - SteelFiber FC115
    50, 54, 60 RC Dual Bite - SteelFiber i125
    Evnroll ER5
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  • rich srich s  802Members Posts: 802
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    @ebrasmus21 said:
    Are you and Ella still sending vids to Carraher?

    We are still working on the first one. I am hoping her and I can go take a in person lesson in fall then work on our swings over winter again. She has made a lot of progress and want to make sure we keep her on the right track. Just wish Dan wasn’t so far away

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    @rich s said:

    @ebrasmus21 said:
    Are you and Ella still sending vids to Carraher?

    We are still working on the first one. I am hoping her and I can go take a in person lesson in fall then work on our swings over winter again. She has made a lot of progress and want to make sure we keep her on the right track. Just wish Dan wasn’t so far away

    Understood. I’d like to take a lesson with Dan one day but it’s quite literally on the other side of the country for me.

    Summer golf looks to be fun for you and Ella. Then in the winter you can work on your swings and make some putter prototypes!

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    4 - PW Mizuno MP 18 MMC - SteelFiber FC115
    50, 54, 60 RC Dual Bite - SteelFiber i125
    Evnroll ER5
    Snell MTB Black
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  • rich srich s  802Members Posts: 802
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    Been a while since I took a vid of my swing. This was one of the first swings Today with a PW. Still a bit stiff, I’m old so it takes a few to loosen up :P 48 degree, 130 carry.

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