Adventure to Break 85 - Rebirth of the Shovels
Once upon a time there was a terrible hacker named Bortass. He thought golf was boring growing up until he played for the first time in his early 30s. Suddenly the game that looked so 'stupid' as a kid wasn't and it was he that had been stupid and overlooked the game of golf in his younger years. He eventually bought a cheap starter golf set and returned the loaner clubs to his coworker. He was having a grand ole time exploring the local woods and water features because that's where the ball went. He was amazed how fun it was regardless of how bad he was. It was surprising in a way, yet it was as it was.
Eventually, as in 6 years after starting, he decided that he didn't want to be a terrible hacker any longer but a 'true' golfer. He wanted to taste the goodness that was breaking 100 for he had read a number of times that the majority of golfers never do. It took many lessons, a few years, and mental growth to actually do it, on Father's Day no less. It was one of the sweetest moments on the course for him. It was not long afterwards that he decided that 90 was the new goal.
Surely this would be easy, he thought. But alas such was not the case. It took more lessons and almost two more years but on his 42nd birthday he shot an 89. He tried to get under 80 to no avail. His love of the game was gone, replaced by frustration. He went from being able to shoot scores in the 80s to barely being able to break 100 and so he quit playing. He had gone full circle from hacker to okay golfer back to hacker. His clubs that saw many rounds over the years collected dust in the garage. They saw the course maybe once a year thereafter, a memento of a forgotten happy time
Anyone still with me?
So there are some people on these boards that may remember me. I documented my attempt to break 100 and 90 on these forums many years ago, 2008 - 2012. I got a lot of encouragement and advice from other members, some of which are still here like @Sean2 , @Rohlio , @pappaf2 , and others. Forgive me if you posted in those threads and I didn't mention you, it's not intentional. I remember their avatars and have seen them post stuff in more recent times.
I believe my best ever 18 hole round was an 85 and best 9 was a 41. I pretty much quit playing in the 2013-14 time frame. I was extremely frustrated with my game at the time. I went from a 19.6 index to 30.2 before I stopped playing. I played 1 18 hole round in 2016, shot a 54/45 99, and 1 nine hole round in both 2017 and 18.
2019 saw me relocate to the Atlanta area. My only round of the year, so far, was a charity scramble. A number of things have changed since I last payed attention to the game, no more belly putters, singles posting, the flag can be in now, etc.
My long term goal is to see if I can regain my old form and actually crack 85. I expect this to take quite a while based on my previous endevours to crack 100 and 90. I have see flashes of my old game during my sporadic rounds and the scramble. For example, I opened my 2017 and 2018 9 hole rounds with a couple of pars each and later fell apart. So Sometimes my swing is good but it's just as likely to be bad, lol. I can lay the sod as good as ever!
I have just joined a local club, so I'm going from being able to play 6 - 7 months to year round. I don't plan to play as much as I did during my personal hey day in 2012. I need to do a better job managing my personal time and I also don't want to burn out.
I had my first range session yesterday. I just brought my 7i and SW. Overall it went very well. I hit a number of pitches and 1/2 wedges, along with full 7i, with some punches thrown in. My ball flight is still predominately a draw, though I did hit a couple push fade clunkers. I also managed to blade a few pitches and chunk a couple full shots. I call it a solid success.
I have no clue about the pro(s) at the course yet but plan to wait before I consider lessons anyhow. The pro I worked with in Maine was great for me and it won't be easy to get that kind of relationship going again IMO.
I can't use index as a guage any longer since the USGA rule change in 2016 about singles not posting scores. Most of my rounds have been solo, just the nature of things, and I'm not sure how often I'll be posting. I also have no clue what my index will even be. It last was a 30.2 but I haven't been part of GHIN in over 5 years and I think my last posted score was in 2013. I don't remember my GHIN number and need to go in and talk to the pro about what the story is. I bet they just start me new since the WHS is rolling out in 2020 and I don't have any 2019 scores to use as a baseline.
Thanks for reading if you made it this far. Have a great one.
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