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Monthly Motivation: August - Late Summer Run

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MyherobobhopeMyherobobhope hey there, blimpy boy. Flying through the sky so fancy free.Members  3324WRX Points: 892Handicap: 6Posts: 3,324 Titanium Tees
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Golf season is in it's peak here in KY... my boys on the Chasing Scratch podcast have committed to six weeks of hardcore golfing, and I'm going to do the same.

My goals over the next six weeks:

Play well in the Member Member over the weekend. Starts tomorrow. Only major issue is I'm bringing an unknown wedge into it and I tend to hit a lot of wedges on my home course... My 54 is in Idaho waiting to be shipped to me (dumb mistake on my part)... I have a 50 and 58, but relied on the 54 for most shots into greens... I'm not sure exactly what my plan is, but I have a $30 ping wedge in my bag as of right now. Should be interesting.

Get in more rounds of golf: The Chasing Scratch guys want to play 20 rounds and completely reset their handicaps... I'm not working, and hopefully the girls are going back to school in 3 weeks, so this might be doable for me...

Commit to a stretching routine: Really need to do this more often... I just need to make a habit and do it every morning when I get out of bed...

Recommit to healthy living: Need to get back into the gym and eating better...

I was going to do a 10 week thing on Reddit, but I think I'm just going to try to commit to getting healthier by my birthday (I turn 39 at end of September) with the goal of being in the best shape of my life by 40...

LET'S GO, LET'S GO!

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As of 6/5/20
9.5 Cobra LTD Pro with Aldila Silver 110 X
13 Degree Adams Speedline with Aldila Alpha X
18 Degree Adams A12 with Proforce X
6-PW Adams CMB with Project X 6.0
5 iron Sub70 639 CB with S400
4 iron / utility Sub 70 699 with Proforce 85 gram X
50, 54, 60 Vokeys
Tank Counter Balance #7
Driver and Putter are set for now. Wedges are safe for time being.

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  • Warrior42111Warrior42111 FloridaMembers  536WRX Points: 320Handicap: 19Posts: 536 Golden Tee
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    @Myherobobhope How did the member member go?

    I like the stretching idea. I actually started stretching with the team to show them form as a way to get a few extra minutes in.

    Only played once last week and it was a two man scramble with my group. Hard to judge the full swing game when I'm either going for broke or hitting a safe lay up. Short game was great through. Holed out from 30 yards with a chip and run. Also had a good chip the next hole, was well below the hole and the green ran away from me., luckily the pin was also on the far side. Was able to get it within 6 ft and the partner hit the putt to push the hole.

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    Titleist 818 H1 20.5| Fujikura Atmos Blue 8X
    Callaway Apex 19 5-PW | Nippon Modus Tour 3 120 X
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  • dmecca2dmecca2 Scranton, PAMembers  384WRX Points: 338Handicap: +3Posts: 384 Greens
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    Well my weekend was HORRIBLE. Worst golf I have played in a long time and I have no one to blame but my fiance. Jk... myself. I was on vacation and only played one time in 2 weeks, and I expected to show up to this little 9 hole course and play well. Day 1 went ok. I shot +2 and I struggled with hitting greens due to the difficulty of the course (and by difficulty I mean for a 150 yard shot, your best bet was to land the ball at 120 and it would bounce its way onto the green and then you just needed to pray it didn't go long). So let's just say I didn't adapt well. But even so, it should not have been that hard for me. So after that round I went and played 18 holes again at my old home course from the blacks which is rated as a 73.5ish for a par 71 and shot even par with a lot of missed putts. So my game is still around for full length courses.

    The second round went worse. Before the round even started I was bit by a spider and that must have been a bad omen for the day. I hit 5 greens and shot +7 to fall from 3rd place to tied for 6th, which is outside of the top 5 that I needed to make their club team for another event. Everyone was shocked. They expected me to win the event, let alone make their team, which was the only reason I was invited. So unless 2 people drop out from the team, I will have to apply to play in this tournament as an individual under past champion status and pay my own entry fee. YIKES.

    As for the rest of the summer, I have an individual match play tournament on the 15th and 16th, and an open tournament held at my club with some solid players on the 22nd and 23rd. I'm currently in revenge golf mode so I will be practicing hard for the next 2 weeks starting today.

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  • MyherobobhopeMyherobobhope hey there, blimpy boy. Flying through the sky so fancy free. Members  3324WRX Points: 892Handicap: 6Posts: 3,324 Titanium Tees
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    Well the good news is I played with a neurologist on Saturday and he suggested I get my sciatic nerve looked at... now have pt scheduled for tomorrow...

    so yeah, that’s the good news. We finished last. I couldn’t make a full swing either day, eeked around the course with an 81 on Saturday with my short game being pretty lights out... tried to swing away the pain Sunday. It did not work. I was probably 20+ yards short off the tee and by the end of the round couldn’t get my body around so everything was going left... I think I hit 5 fairways. 95 and significant physical pain. Should not have played...


    so I’m on the disabled list this week, been stretching and feeling better... online physical therapy tomorrow, in person next week...


    my game will survive the hiatus, just need to get healthy.

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    As of 6/5/20
    9.5 Cobra LTD Pro with Aldila Silver 110 X
    13 Degree Adams Speedline with Aldila Alpha X
    18 Degree Adams A12 with Proforce X
    6-PW Adams CMB with Project X 6.0
    5 iron Sub70 639 CB with S400
    4 iron / utility Sub 70 699 with Proforce 85 gram X
    50, 54, 60 Vokeys
    Tank Counter Balance #7
    Driver and Putter are set for now. Wedges are safe for time being.

  • MyherobobhopeMyherobobhope hey there, blimpy boy. Flying through the sky so fancy free. Members  3324WRX Points: 892Handicap: 6Posts: 3,324 Titanium Tees
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    Posted:

    As of 6/5/20
    9.5 Cobra LTD Pro with Aldila Silver 110 X
    13 Degree Adams Speedline with Aldila Alpha X
    18 Degree Adams A12 with Proforce X
    6-PW Adams CMB with Project X 6.0
    5 iron Sub70 639 CB with S400
    4 iron / utility Sub 70 699 with Proforce 85 gram X
    50, 54, 60 Vokeys
    Tank Counter Balance #7
    Driver and Putter are set for now. Wedges are safe for time being.

  • dmecca2dmecca2 Scranton, PAMembers  384WRX Points: 338Handicap: +3Posts: 384 Greens
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    Whelp it looks like I did... to a degree. Had some time after work so I hit a small bucket and then went out to play. Today was league day so it’s super slow. I ended up only playing 5 holes and it absolutely killed me to stop because I shot -4. Everything seemed to click today. I tuned my driver down a degree to 8.5 and that worked, and my wedges and irons were great. Almost aced the 165 yard par 3. Made every putt except a 40 footer for eagle. Hopefully this trend continues.

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  • dmecca2dmecca2 Scranton, PAMembers  384WRX Points: 338Handicap: +3Posts: 384 Greens
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    Today went not as well as yesterday, but I'm annoyed as my putter has still not arrived. The tracking information shows the label has been created, but doesn't show the item received by the post office. I contacted the seller and he says he dropped it off and has had this problem before. I have been using a putter I do not want to game just to make sure I don't fall in love with my teryllium again, but I just found out that I need to do a qualifying round for next weekend's match play tournament this weekend. So if my putter doesn't arrive by tomorrow, I will be forced to use the Tei3.

    Anyway, my game feels solid and the driver degree change has been HUGE so far. I dont have fear of ballooning a drive and it's still going high enough. My irons and wedges are solid and trending in the right direction. I'm still in revenge golf mode, so I wanna win every match next weekend by a million.

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  • MyherobobhopeMyherobobhope hey there, blimpy boy. Flying through the sky so fancy free. Members  3324WRX Points: 892Handicap: 6Posts: 3,324 Titanium Tees
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    I wouldn’t count on the post office right now... not going to get into it, but they are struggling.

    physical therapy was good, hip still hurts... I’m curious to see how things go upon my successful return. Was playing in pain for two months... hoping strength and flexibility gains translate.

    my putting is finally back from awful to mediocre, so that’s nice.

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    As of 6/5/20
    9.5 Cobra LTD Pro with Aldila Silver 110 X
    13 Degree Adams Speedline with Aldila Alpha X
    18 Degree Adams A12 with Proforce X
    6-PW Adams CMB with Project X 6.0
    5 iron Sub70 639 CB with S400
    4 iron / utility Sub 70 699 with Proforce 85 gram X
    50, 54, 60 Vokeys
    Tank Counter Balance #7
    Driver and Putter are set for now. Wedges are safe for time being.

  • dmecca2dmecca2 Scranton, PAMembers  384WRX Points: 338Handicap: +3Posts: 384 Greens
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    Whelp, right after I sent that I got the notification that it has been delivered. So that is fantastic news.

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  • MyherobobhopeMyherobobhope hey there, blimpy boy. Flying through the sky so fancy free. Members  3324WRX Points: 892Handicap: 6Posts: 3,324 Titanium Tees
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    Awesome! Glad I am wrong... had a very long delivery time with something I bought here a few months back.

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    As of 6/5/20
    9.5 Cobra LTD Pro with Aldila Silver 110 X
    13 Degree Adams Speedline with Aldila Alpha X
    18 Degree Adams A12 with Proforce X
    6-PW Adams CMB with Project X 6.0
    5 iron Sub70 639 CB with S400
    4 iron / utility Sub 70 699 with Proforce 85 gram X
    50, 54, 60 Vokeys
    Tank Counter Balance #7
    Driver and Putter are set for now. Wedges are safe for time being.

  • dmecca2dmecca2 Scranton, PAMembers  384WRX Points: 338Handicap: +3Posts: 384 Greens
    Joined:  #11

    Yesterday, I played my qualifier for next week's match play event at my club. Everyone plays the qualifier from the white tees, and the course plays easier for me from 1 tee up. I ended the front 9 with 4 straight birdies and didn't have to make a putt longer than 5 feet, so not a great test for my new putter. The back 9 I got to test it better and while I missed a couple early, I had a 3 hole stretch of birdie birdie eagle that were all longer putts. I finished on a 3 putt bogey for my lowest score at this course, a -7 64. I guess this counts as completing one of my goals from January, shooting a round better than -5.

    Idk if I'm just insane, a headcase, or just dumb, but after shooting a 64 with my new putter, I'm switching back to my old one. I wasn't a big fan of the feel or look and I really like my tei3. I may switch back and forth between the edel and the tei3.

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  • Warrior42111Warrior42111 FloridaMembers  536WRX Points: 320Handicap: 19Posts: 536 Golden Tee
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    Played Friday and Sunday. Friday was a freshly aerated course...30 putts, Sunday perfect greens....36 putts 🤯 had 8 putts at par yesterday converted 2. and 3 putted 2.

    On Friday pared 3 straight holes, then got cocky the next two. Put the drive in the FW both times and the first was a par 4 with a tucked right pin and water right. Normal miss is right so I thought aim middle and don't release as much...water. Next hole par 5 another good drive in semi go for it zone. Again it's do not miss right with water so I aimed up the left side and didn't release again...water.

    Overall to my previous goals, FIRs are getting there, 6/14 the last few rounds so I am happy with that progress. GIR holding the same, but I'm making more par saves which makes me think I'm coming closer on my approaches with easier up and down chances.

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    Taylormade M6 10.5| Project X Even Flow Black X 6.5
    Taylormade M4 Tour 15 * |Mitsubishi Tensei CK White 70 X
    Ping G400 18
    | PING Alta CB 65 Stiff
    Titleist 818 H1 20.5| Fujikura Atmos Blue 8X
    Callaway Apex 19 5-PW | Nippon Modus Tour 3 120 X
    Clevelans RTX4 48
    / 54* / 60* |
    Odyssey Stroke Lab, Toulon Memphis 34"

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  • MyherobobhopeMyherobobhope hey there, blimpy boy. Flying through the sky so fancy free. Members  3324WRX Points: 892Handicap: 6Posts: 3,324 Titanium Tees
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    I’ve had a lot of success recently by making sure my misses don’t kill me... if water is right, I’ll make sure my miss will stay dry... conservative play is way less fun but significantly better for the scorecard!

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    As of 6/5/20
    9.5 Cobra LTD Pro with Aldila Silver 110 X
    13 Degree Adams Speedline with Aldila Alpha X
    18 Degree Adams A12 with Proforce X
    6-PW Adams CMB with Project X 6.0
    5 iron Sub70 639 CB with S400
    4 iron / utility Sub 70 699 with Proforce 85 gram X
    50, 54, 60 Vokeys
    Tank Counter Balance #7
    Driver and Putter are set for now. Wedges are safe for time being.

  • MattyO1984MattyO1984 Members  6360WRX Points: 1,787Handicap: 3Posts: 6,360 Titanium Tees
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    Cool to see that these threads are still going strong, through one thing and another - Covid19 lockdown and then broken ribs - I have not really had the chance to do too much of this over the course of 2020 and that it is coming close to the end of the summer already is mad. Thankfully, I seem to be back up and running over the past week to 10 days and enjoying what I am seeing.


    Stretching - Like you MHBH I have been trying to make sure that I do as much stretching as possible. Having had about 3 weeks of golf once the courses here opened up again, around a week before I broke my rib I was completely unable to play as my lower right back and right glute seemed to have just seized up completely. I have had problems with that area in the past. Going to Yoga seemed to do the trick with getting it sorted a few years ago but then, missed a week. One week became two became two years! Getting back to stretching, always once a day, sometimes twice really seems to be helping. When the Gyms are allowed to reopen here, I will be making sure that I am in for Yoga. It’s not much of a time commitment and if it means I can play more golf long term, I am definitely in for that.


    Fitness - General fitness wise, I have been able to get a few more things done as well over the past week or so. Whether it has been jumping on the indoor bike (just the indoor bike, I am not rich enough for peloton), lifting some weights or using some resistance bands whilst the golf was on during the course of last week felt good. I was still able to watch the golf and pass the time and having some DOMS the next couple of days actually felt good. Having not done much for too long, I didn’t want to do too much but I did enough that I was feeling it. I have also downloaded the Fit For Golf App and have a plan in place for next week to get after that, as much as I can, again with the gyms being shut.


    Swing - I had really been struggling getting through the ball. I don’t know if this was a mobility issue thus causing the stiff back or if the stiff back had caused the mobility issue. In any event the stretching has been helping and since coming back, I have began to flare my left foot at address. This is allowing me to transfer my weight through the ball much better. I feel like I finishing in a much better position and whilst it still seems odd looking down and seeing that left foot flared if it keeps allowing me to hit it like I have been (and hopefully better) then I will keep doing it. Oddly enough, doing that was something that I hadn’t thought much about before now. I had been thinking about and then starting reading up on it and I stumbled across an article on Francesco Molinari in which he talked about doing the same. As much as I would like to think I am not, I am built fairly similarly to Franky and with that the decision was made to use that tip and thus far it is working well. I will keep at it and I have been enjoying practice now an awful lot more now that I am not spending off of it trying to stop getting stuck, hitting the ball with a shot that starts right and cuts and finishing up with a sore back.


    Short Game - Given that I had been wary about hurting my back more rather than going back straight to hitting balls I began building up my putting, chipping and then pitching. The putting green at my home course is good, the chipping green less so. That said, I have really been enjoying the time that I have spent chipping and pitching. I must admit that this is something that I have probably never been able to say before now. I tended to let the poor quality of the chipping green, the dodgy bounces and scrappy lies put me off and I used that as an excuse not to do it. Having not played for as long though and having needed to work on my chipping and pitching action which had gotten stuck between too much wrist hinge and no wrist hinge at all, concentrating on the action as opposed to the result has been a massive help. Added into all of that is that the short game has been pretty sharp. Who knew that spending time on it would have a positive impact?! I played last night after work and my playing partner who is a regular partner commented that my short game was good last night. Not something I have heard too often but in terms of positive reinforcement it was great. I will be back up at the club tonight with my wedges and practice Pro V’s if the thunder and lightening storm they are predicting manages to avoid us.


    Just realising how long winded that all became. Sorry, I am just so pumped to be back playing and seeing some positive moves forward for the first time in so long.

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    Titleist TS3 8.5 Stiff Diamana D+
    Titleist 915Fd 15 Stiff Rogue Black 
    Titleist 915Hd 17.5 Stiff Diamana S+
    Titleist T100 4-PW Stiff Project X LZ
    Titleist Vokey SM6 50.08 & 54.10
    Titlesist Vokey SM7 60.04
    Scotty Cameron Futura 5S
    ProV1x 2019
  • dmecca2dmecca2 Scranton, PAMembers  384WRX Points: 338Handicap: +3Posts: 384 Greens
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    It is confirmed... I am a headcase. Putted terrible today with the tei3, which I shouldnt have even used in the first place. stupid. Back to the edel and I have learned a lesson. When you shoot 64, dont be an idiot and switch putters.

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  • MyherobobhopeMyherobobhope hey there, blimpy boy. Flying through the sky so fancy free. Members  3324WRX Points: 892Handicap: 6Posts: 3,324 Titanium Tees
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    Glad to hear you are able to play again! I broke a rib in high school... it sucked.

    I have the fit for golf app... need to get back on it, but still having hip pain. Have physical therapy on Thursday, hopefully my hip starts feeling better.

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    As of 6/5/20
    9.5 Cobra LTD Pro with Aldila Silver 110 X
    13 Degree Adams Speedline with Aldila Alpha X
    18 Degree Adams A12 with Proforce X
    6-PW Adams CMB with Project X 6.0
    5 iron Sub70 639 CB with S400
    4 iron / utility Sub 70 699 with Proforce 85 gram X
    50, 54, 60 Vokeys
    Tank Counter Balance #7
    Driver and Putter are set for now. Wedges are safe for time being.

  • MyherobobhopeMyherobobhope hey there, blimpy boy. Flying through the sky so fancy free. Members  3324WRX Points: 892Handicap: 6Posts: 3,324 Titanium Tees
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    Ha. I look forward to you switching putters again soon.

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    As of 6/5/20
    9.5 Cobra LTD Pro with Aldila Silver 110 X
    13 Degree Adams Speedline with Aldila Alpha X
    18 Degree Adams A12 with Proforce X
    6-PW Adams CMB with Project X 6.0
    5 iron Sub70 639 CB with S400
    4 iron / utility Sub 70 699 with Proforce 85 gram X
    50, 54, 60 Vokeys
    Tank Counter Balance #7
    Driver and Putter are set for now. Wedges are safe for time being.

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  • MattyO1984MattyO1984 Members  6360WRX Points: 1,787Handicap: 3Posts: 6,360 Titanium Tees
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    That sounds like me! Got it for the promotional month at half price thought here we go and then I did my rib so I never really made the most of that promotional month. Barely had the motivation to look at it for fear of upsetting myself at the lack of golf haha.

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    Titleist TS3 8.5 Stiff Diamana D+
    Titleist 915Fd 15 Stiff Rogue Black 
    Titleist 915Hd 17.5 Stiff Diamana S+
    Titleist T100 4-PW Stiff Project X LZ
    Titleist Vokey SM6 50.08 & 54.10
    Titlesist Vokey SM7 60.04
    Scotty Cameron Futura 5S
    ProV1x 2019

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