Jump to content

betarhoalphadelta

Advanced Members
  • Posts

    1,031
  • Joined

  • Last visited

Everything posted by betarhoalphadelta

  1. Played yesterday again at Oso Creek. As mentioned, it's 3670 yards, par 60, rating is 58.2, slope of 99. No driving range, so no warmup other than putting. Weather was cool and overcast until the 17th hole when the sun started breaking through. Which was good, as I'd gotten a little too much sun the day before so I appreciated the respite. I haven't practiced much since my last round. Went to the range last weekend with my son, but he hit about 80% of the bucket as I wanted to focus on him getting practice and giving him some tips. Then I had some other issues: car trouble with my daily driver, a new coffee table that arrived broken which has been sitting in my son's room where the putting mat is located, busy at work, etc. So I really haven't been putting the work into my game that I'd like. Hole 1, 285 yard par 4, HDCP 11: Straight hole with little trouble. Creek crossing the fairway short and shouldn't be in play. Left-side fairway bunker and green protected in front right by a bunker. Tees are back so no real chance of reaching. I take driver and hit a sweeping hook that starts straight down the middle and ends up landing on the other side of the creek splitting holes 1 and 9, probably 220 yards. From there I'm in some deeper rough (didn't really see the ball until I was right on top of it), and try to hit my 56. I don't make great contact and it stops about 10 yards short of the green. I pitch and flub it, and then finally pitch and get on the green, leaving myself about 18 feet for bogey. I putt to tap-in distance, and make it. Double, +2. One wasted shot for the flubbed chip. Hole 2, 171 yard par 3, HDCP 9: Straight downhill par 3 with no trouble short, but a bunker right and a bunker behind the green, which slopes back to front. Tees back so it's playing about 175 to a center pin. I take 6i and blade a line drive 25y short of the green. Have a simple pitch to the green with the 56, and I don't know WHAT the hell I did wrong but it goes right on a 30 degree angle and dribbles into the sand trap. The trap is horrible wet sand with a downhill lie. I try to get out with the 60 and blast it 20y over the green. I pitch back to the green and finally make a good swing, but run it 20 feet past the hole. Two putt. Triple, +5. Two wasted shots. The bad chip and then the bad sand shot. What a crap way to start a round. +5 after two holes. Pretty sure this one is going to get ugly. Hole 3, 146 yard par 3, HDCP 15: Slightly uphill, with a bunker short left and long right. It's playing about 135 to a center pin. I take PW (my 140 club) and I think I teed it up a little too high and caught it high on the face, as I had a great line and I thought good contact, but it launched REALLY high and dropped on the front fringe. Given my lack of chipping skill, I decide to putt, and hit with pretty good speed control but it finishes 4 feet left of the cup. I've been focusing on lining up these short putts and really giving them full attention, and I drain it. Par, +5. Okay, recovery. Hole 4, 266 yard par 4, HDCP 13: This hole has trees all down the right side, and the fairway slopes pretty strongly right-to-left. The trees can catch errant balls to the right, dropping them on the slope where they often roll right to the middle. There's a fairway bunker to the left and the only protection for the green is a bunker behind and a pond to the FAR left. Tees are back a bit. I take driver, and hit a lower trajectory shot than I normally do, but hit it DEAD straight at the green. The ball runs up to about 5-6 yards short of the green in the fairway. Again given my chipping/pitching woes, and the fact that the fairway is pretty smooth up to the green, I decide to putt, which ends up about 10 feet right of the cup. From there I see some right->left break, but I don't read enough, and the putt turns down leaving me about 3-4 feet below the hole, needing it to save par. I drain that putt. Par, +5. Hole 5, 168 yard par 3, HDCP 5: This is an uphill hole, plays long to a blind green. Bunker to the left and anything farther left is a steep slope down to the creek. This hole can be my nemesis if I turn it left and send it down that slope. It should be playing about 175 up the hill and I take 6i... I blade it, hitting maybe 100 yards, but at least into the middle of the fairway. It's a front pin, so I pitch with my 60, and tug it a little bit and think it's low, but it hops and stops and finishes just past pin high on the left edge of the green, about 12-13 feet from the pin. This is a TRICKY putt, heavy break and downhill, so I barely tap it well left of the hole and it rolls down to tap-in. Bogey, +6. Hole 6, 296 yard par 4, HDCP 7: Elevated tee, creek across the hole that shouldn't be in play, which continues up the left side and becomes a greenside pond. Fairway bunker down the right side about 200 yds and the green is protected on the right by a bunker and the left by the pond. Pull driver, aiming right of the green assuming some draw, and I hit a shot dead straight on my aiming line, this one with good high launch and contact. It easily carries the fairway bunker and I don't see where it stops. I get down to the ball and find it in the right side rough, just left of the cart path, with a clear pitch ~50y to a center pin. I pitch with the 56, and hit a good pitch to pin high about 15 feet right of the pin. Tricky right->left breaking birdie putt, and I miss it but leave myself a tap-in. Par, +6. Hole 7, 148 yard par 3, HDCP 17: Straight hole, protected right and behind by bunkers. Back pin and it's playing about 147. I take 9i and hit a high draw that drops on the left side of the green. I've got about 25 feet uphill, and misjudge it and hit it about 6 feet past the hole. Oof. But... I drain that putt. Par, +6. Hole 8, 174 yard par 3, HDCP 3: Tough hole, always seems to play longer than its distance. Narrow, long green, protected right and left by bunkers, and a creek across the "fairway" that shouldn't be in play. Back tees and front pin, so it's playing a full 175. I take 6i and hit a nice strike, that draws and lands just on the front left fringe. I putt because I'm not going to try to chip, and put it about 4-5 feet past the hole. And I drain that. Par, +6. Hey, start +5 through 2 and I'm +6 through 8. This round doesn't actually suck [so far]! Hole 9, 317 yard par 4, HDCP 1: There's a creek running along the left side and then crossing the fairway right at the 220-230 mark, particularly when the tees are back like they are today. The hole has a big valley leading to that creek in the middle, so laying up forces a VERY short layup to keep from running all the way down into the water. The green is then elevated from the fairway and protected front right by a bunker. Thankfully now that I've learned to hit driver, I know I can clear the creek off the tee, so I take driver... It's a little bit low and curving left, but I see it land and kick just over the creek on the left, so it's safe. From there in the rough I've got 95 up to a center pin (rangefinder says 100 with the slope), and I have a tendency to leave things short because the uphill lie adds loft, so that should be a full on 56 for me. Unfortunately I catch it very clean and a groove or two low, and I go over the green. I'm 5 yards off and in slight rough, but putt instead of chipping again. Unfortunately the rough/fringe doesn't slow me down as much as I expect and my putt rolls out 24 feet past the hole. I putt from there and leave myself 5 feet to save bogey, and miss that. Oof. Double, +8. Adding up +1 wasted shot [combined] there because I should have no problem getting down in 3 from just off the green, but it took 4. Either way, I finish the front 9 at 39 (+8), which isn't all that bad, particularly after starting +5 through 2. And even with the double on 9, I'm pretty pleased with the way I've played since those first two holes. Hole 10, 242 yard par 4, HDCP 16: Another hole that almost always screws me. It's so short and easy, that maybe I get overconfident and then end up playing it horribly. Today it's playing 225, and after hitting a beautiful 4w shot to finish the last round I figure I'll take a nice easy swing with the 4w and can probably reach. Beautiful practice swing, and then I decide to muscle it once I get into transition and downswing and top it 90 yards into the fairway. OOPS! And I felt it too... I just got into "kill the ball" mode as soon as started swinging down. But at least I'm in the middle. I've got about 135 left and take PW, and chunk it about 90 yards. OOPS! I pitch it and at least get on the green, leaving myself 20 feet, and I two-putt. Bogey, +9. Hole 11, 172-yard par 4, HDCP 6: It's slightly uphill, to a blind green. Protected in the back by a bunker but otherwise pretty straightforward. Tees are back but a front pin, so I take 6i because my distances have generally been on the low end today. I feel the strike off the toe, and it starts slightly right and bends back to the center. But with the toe contact it doesn't make it to the green, so I'm short. I try to pitch it up, and flub the pitch, but get myself to putting distance from off the green. I then putt to 5 feet, and drain that. Bogey, +10. Not assigning a wasted shot here. From where my ball was short of the hole, I can't claim any expectation of getting up and down for par. Hole 12, 118 yard par 3, HDCP 18: This is a downhill hole, protected short left by a bunker with a pretty severe back to front sloping green. Pin is center but tees are up, and with the downhill it's playing maybe 105. I take the 56 and strike it well, but pull it left, and it clears the bunker. I think I may be on the green, but it's actually on the fringe behind the bunker. I've got about 30 feet, and putt from the fringe. I hit it about 3 feet past the hole, and make that. Par, +10. Hole 13, 288 yard par 4, HDCP 8: Straight hole, with a bunker protecting the left side of the green and some boulders out on the right rough in the fairway, but overall pretty tame. Because this hole narrows as you approach the green, it doesn't set up well for driver. I take 4h and just plan to take a nice, easy, relaxed swing. I keep having trouble when I try to hit 4h for "distance" rather than strike. I make beautiful contact, the ball starts right and just BARELY clears some of the tree branches short right off the tee, and curves perfectly right back into the center of the fairway. I'll take it. I'm left about 100 out and take the 56. I strike it well and can't see it because it's a blind green, but it looks to be almost dead on line (a few feet right) and I'm just hoping the distance is good. I get up to the green, and the distance was great. I'm 5 feet from the cup and sweating because this is a perfect birdie opportunity. I hit the putt and my heart stops as it catches the lip... And circles around and in the hole! Birdie, +9. Hole 14, 163 yard par 3, HDCP 10: Another uphill par 3 to a blind green. Protected on the right by a bunker, and on the left by a severe slope down to the creek. Tees are WAY up front, so it's barely playing 135. I plan to take PW and just take a nice easy swing. I make good contact but apparently forgot to close the clubface as it starts WAY right, hits a tall tree which saves me from losing a ball OB, and drops down and kicks left of a tree on the right edge of the fairway/rough. What a complete terrible shot after a birdie lol. I'm now about 60 out and hit the 60, and pull it a little left but it lands and stops on the very left edge of the green. I've got a tricky 20-footer, but I get it close, and make the next one. Bogey, +10. Hole 15, 162 yard par 3, HDCP 12: Round back-to-front sloped green, with a bunker left and pond more left. Playing about 145 to a center pin. I hit 9i and it doesn't feel like I've got the best contact, and it starts a little right of the pin, curves back, and drops short left of the green. I putt from there, and putt it 15 feet past the hole. Oof. It's a tricky downhill breaker from there, and I don't make a good roll of it, leaving myself 4 feet. I miss that. Oof again. Double, +12. Add a wasted shot for about two terrible lag putts and then missing a 4-footer. I should have converted to bogey at least from there. Hole 16, 136 yard par 3, HDCP 14: Bunkers left and right, but a pretty easy back-to-front sloped round green to hit to. Playing about 145 today to a back pin, so I take 9i. I hit it and strike it very well, but it turns a little too far left and ends up pin high in the left bunker. I've got a tricky lie here but at least this bunker isn't wet and nasty, so I feel like I can play it like a standard bunker shot. I use the 56 and focus on taking sand, and I hit it nicely out--it lands short of the pin but rolls out 20 feet past. Which for me, getting OUT of the bunker and ONTO the green is all I want, so I don't mind. I putt and don't make the best lag of it, leaving myself about 5 feet to save bogey. But I focus, and drain it. Bogey, +13. Hole 17, 193 yard par 3, HDCP 4: Pretty straightforward hole but long for a par 3, with a bunker behind the green but not much other trouble. It's playing short today with front tees and a front pin, with the downhill my rangefinder says it's about 155 so I take 8i. I chunk it and it goes about 100 yards into the center. I flub a pitch about 15 feet, and then pitch again to 15 feet. I've got a tricky breaking 15 footer, but I see a bit of the line from a playing partner, and feel good about it--and drain it. Bogey, +14. Assigning a wasted shot here from the flubbed pitch. No excuse for that, even though I managed to recover with a good 1-putt. Hole 18, 225 yard par 3, HDCP 2: Tough hole, due to length as a par 3, and that it's a long narrow green protected left and right by bunkers, and a pond more left. There's also a creek across the fairway that shouldn't be in play. I've got a really good round going so I decide to lay up here with 5i. Unfortunately I don't hit it with ANY power and is see it land short, then over, then kick backwards, of the creek down on the right side. Luckily I get to the ball and it stayed up, so no penalty stroke, but I'm in deep rough 50 yards from the hole. I hit the 56 and it's crap, jumping about 10-15 yards closer. I pitch again, to pin high right of the hole leaving 15 feet. And I drain that putt. Bogey, +15. No wasted shot assigned here. Unlike the previous hole, I was in deep rough rather than a perfect fairway lie. Stats: Strokes from <100 yards: 32/25, or 57, average of 3.16 per hole Putts: 31, not counting putts from the fringe GIR: 4/18 Wasted shots: 6, four short game [one sand], and two from bad putting Counts to HDCP: Yes, HDCP dropped to 19.8. I'm under a 20!!! Birdies: 1 Pars: 6 Bogeys: 7 Doubles: 3 Triples+: 1 So I finished 39 (+8) / 36 (+7) for a 75 (+15). Had some positives--Was happy with my putting, overall my ballstriking was decent and my huge hook wasn't mostly evident. Brought down my number of wasted shots from 12 (last round) to 6, and surprise surprise, my total score dropped by 7 strokes between the two rounds. Amazing how much that "wasted shot" metric means to scoring at my level. Only one true "blow up" hole as a triple, although to some extent I feel like all three of my doubles were avoidable--due to wasted shots. But then I saved holes that I could easily have doubled by sinking putts too. And obviously any round which counts towards HDCP is good because it becomes one of my top 40% of rounds, but this one dropping my cap under 20 was a REALLY exciting thing to see. Negative continues to be short game. Which of course is the least-practiced part of my game. So I know what I need to do.
  2. Here's a use for leftover brisket. Grilled cheese & tomato soup, grown-up style: https://www.vindulge.com/brisket-grilled-cheese-sandwiches/ https://www.vindulge.com/smoked-tomato-bisque/ As mentioned above, I tend to keep leftover brisket vacuum-sealed in the freezer for use in dishes like this, or chili, etc. The tomatoes for the bisque can be smoked, vacuum sealed, and frozen. Often if we're out of the smoked tomatoes and I'm going to be doing ribs, I'll throw a batch of tomatoes on the smoker once it's ready to go, before I start the ribs, and then they go into the freezer for whatever day I do this. I don't typically smoke them "on demand" for this recipe.
  3. I like baby back over spares... I think I'm alone in the BBQ community on that one lol... Not a fan of beef back ribs. I LOVE some beef short ribs though. Occasionally I'll do a whole 3 bone plate, which basically becomes brisket on a stick. Otherwise if I've just got separated beef short ribs, it's still good though. For me the brisket is the top choice. The problem with brisket is that I need a crowd. It's hard to decide to cook a 15-20# brisket for my wife and my kids. I realize I have a vacuum sealer and a freezer, and I can find some great ways to use leftover brisket. But I prefer to have people over if I'm doing brisket. Likewise pork shoulder. When I do shoulder I buy 4 pork shoulders in the total weight range around 35#, smoke them all, use what I need for dinner and then break everything else down into vacuum bags. But I don't enjoy pulled pork sandwiches anywhere as much as brisket, so pork is usually one meal for sandwiches and then everything else goes into the freezer for later use on pulled pork nachos, or pulled pork salad, or anything else we decide to use it in, etc... When it's just me, my wife, and the kids, I get a 3-rack pack of baby backs from Costco. That feeds the family with leftovers for me for lunch Monday... And everyone's happy.
  4. I don't know that anyone between mid-teens and mid-twenty caps will be able to "tell the difference" between a crap ball and a premium ball. My swing is more inconsistent than the golf ball I might use. That said, I only play one model of ball. I want to know that if the ball does something I wasn't expecting, it's because my swing was crap, not that the ball was crap or that it was inconsistency between one ball and another. If you're playing used balls from ebay (that you don't know their history), or you're playing randoms that you find on the course (that you don't know their history), you could have different characteristics from one ball to the next that you can't predict. That big ball test showed an 8 yard carry difference between the longest ball and shortest ball in 8i carry distance. That's the difference between "I can clear that bunker in front of the green" and "oh crap I'm hitting out of that bunker in front of the green" lol. There was about 1500 RPM of spin between the highest spinner and the lowest spinner in that test. That will mean differences in roll-out once your ball lands. So my advice would be to get a quality urethane ball, ONE ball, and play that exclusively. It doesn't have to be $4-5/ball--I play the Snell MTB-X which runs $2.50/ball in volume. But at least I have consistency in how the ball will respond, and if something goes wrong with the flight, I know I can blame myself and not the ball.
  5. I know this all too well. I had a round with my son at the exec course, which is always a bit of a slow round. The 9th hole stacks up so when we got there we were 2 groups deep. The group before us is a threesome and they were terrible. Which is fine, but they were VERY slow at being terrible, which is not. This is a short par 4 where you lay up into a fairway and then typically have a short iron across a creek to the green. It usually takes a while for the fairway to clear, and it took even longer than usual that day, but it eventually does and I hit a nice shot right into the layup area. The players I'm with (incl my son) take several shots each to get to the layup area, so it's not like we were fast. But then I get up to the ball and the threesome hasn't cleared the green. Ok, that's fine, sometimes it takes a few minutes. But they're just on the green, and on the green, and on the green. They're on the green about 10 minutes from the time I get to the ball. I can't tell what they're doing, but it looks like they're screwing around, taking extra putts, etc. Just completely oblivious to a group of players waiting to hit in the fairway. And of course, once they finally clear the green I top a short iron right into the creek. Easy shot, but I was just seeing red by that point. The other one is when I wait to take a shot because "I can reach them from here with this club". If I swing while they're there, I'd be 100% certain to hit it pure and hit into people. So I wait until they clear, and invariably duff it badly. It's like karma is punishing me for my confidence.
  6. Yeah... I'm sure better players get blow up holes due to risky strategies. Of course, better players consider "double" to be a blow up hole lol Guys like us just hit a couple awful shots on the same hole instead of spreading them out across a round, and we call those blow ups.
  7. So I basically had 2.5 blow ups (one I managed to "save" double). Hole 5: 168 yard par 3, uphill, danger left but otherwise no issue. There wasn't any sort of explanation for the blow up. I simply could NOT pitch the ball. Yes, I badly topped my tee shot, but it left me right in the middle of the fairway with an easy pitch up to the green. Skulled it over and behind the green, skulled the next one BACK over and down the fairway. Then chunked two pitches. Got on in 6 and one-putted. Hole 6: Hit a bad drive causing a penalty stroke. From there hit a nice wedge to the green, but just caught a little too much, went long, and ended up in a TERRIBLE downhill lie in nasty wet sand in a bunker, and skulled that over the green into a pond, for another penalty stroke. Pitched up and two-putted. It was a blow up only because of the penalties. I actually counted it wrong above, it was actually a quad not a quint. Hole 13: Chose to hit 4h because there's no reason to hit driver there (the hole narrows at the green). Shanked it. Had a bad lie in deep rough and hit 7i to advance (not going for it), and didn't hit it well, only got maybe 75-80 yards advance. Was then within I think GW territory and hit it fat. Couldn't get up and down, so ended up with a double. So I don't think any of it is course management or poor decision-making. It's just hitting bad shots. Part of it is that I just REALLY need to work on my pitching/chipping game, and playing out of the sand (although that sand shot on 6 would be difficult for anyone).
  8. https://www.snellgolf.com/policies/refund-policy Looks like 90 day return policy.
  9. Yeah, my previous clubs I was about a 10y gap in the most lofted clubs (say 8i-PW), but as I got from 7i down to 3i the gaps were larger. I think the combination of loft changes plus length changes was the reason. I thought the design of the EQ1, where the weight/CG was placed, etc was supposed to help keep bigger gaps even though there is no length (and therefore speed) difference. The EQ1 has 4* loft gaps from 4h all the way to 9i by design, and I had the PW and GW bent 1* and 2* strong to keep 4* gaps beyond that. I have decent but not stellar speed, mid-80s at my 37.5" length. It's not a launch thing--I can get good high launch from the 4h and 5i. But the gaps are only 10y. And I don't understand why. You are probably right on the wedges. Bear in mind that my EQ1 set PW is bent to 44 and GW bent to 48, and I use those clubs basically like a 10i and 11i--primarily full swings. I then went with a 52/10, 56/12, and 60/6 wedges for around the green work. The idea being that having three specialty wedges would give me more flexibility. I could certainly look at bending the PW back to 45, getting a 50* wedge to replace the 52, and dropping the set GW. But I only really need to do that if I need to make room for another club at the top.
  10. Just finally returned the double box I bought prior to swapping to the MTB-X. Had considered keeping them and dropping them in my son's bag when he runs out of balls, but I find enough lost golf balls in an average round to keep him stocked for a good long while. Maybe K4.3 will be a better ball, but after the ball test came out I determined that I just don't need a ball that spins as much as the K3.2.
  11. So I've played the EQ1 for a while now. Overall I'm happy. I still have trouble reminding myself to swing my 4h and 5i like a 9i (my length was my previous 9i length, where it's a "standard" 6i length). But I'm getting better about that. I feel like I've lost something at the top, though. My previous set of clubs was traditional loft CBs starting at 3i, which I think was a weaker loft than the 4h. But it was 40.5" and my SL set is all at 37.5". So my 3i was my 225 club, whereas my 4h is now my 200 club. I've got 10y gaps pretty well through the set, which I like. 4h=200. 5i 190, 6i 180, 7i 170, 8i 160, 9i 150, PW 140, GW 130, and then down to my wedges. But I'm missing the ability to hit shots with any club reliably over 200y. Right now my driver is 265-270ish, and my 4w is maybe 235ish. I've got driver, 4w, 8 EQ1 clubs, 3 Sub70 wedges, and a putter, so I'm at 14. But I've got a gap on the top end of the bag. The driver is old, and the 4w is ancient, so I've gotta work that. I'm wondering if I should try to go driver/3w/5w, and then drop a wedge to make room? Or should I look into perhaps extending the 4h by 1" and the 5i by 1/2" and try to pick up a little swing speed there despite the fact that they're not "one length"...
  12. Played yesterday. Weather is finally coming around, with a nice cool start to the round at 8 AM, getting up into the low-mid 70s on the back nine. Perfect sun. This is great golf weather here in SoCal. The course is Oso Creek in Mission Viejo, CA. It's 3670 yards, par 60, rating is 58.2, slope of 99. Course has no driving range, so I just struck a few putts and then it was off to the first tee. Hole 1, 285 yard par 4, HDCP 11: Straight hole with little trouble. Creek crossing the fairway short and shouldn't be in play. Left-side fairway bunker and green protected in front right by a bunker. Tees up and 265 to the middle, and I decide to pull driver. I get contact a little low on the face so didn't get a great launch, but it started towards the right side of the fairway and curved back to the left, ending up on the left side of the fairway about 225 yards or so. Left with about 40 yards, I pitch with my 56* and put it up onto the green pin-high about 15 feet right of the hole. I lag it to a foot, and tap in. Par, E. Hole 2, 171 yard par 3, HDCP 9: Straight downhill par 3 with no trouble short, but a bunker right and a bunker behind the green, which slopes back to front. Playing about 160 downhill today to the pin. I take 8i and push it pin-high WELL right of the green, even beyond the right side bunker. Again I'm about 40 yards from the pin, pitch with my 56*, and it's a pretty good pitch with great distance control ending pin-high (relative to me) 15 feet right of (above) the hole. Now left with a downhill putt, which I miss but leave tap-in range again. Bogey, +1. Hole 3, 146 yard par 3, HDCP 15: Slightly uphill, with a bunker short left and long right. It's playing 150 to a back pin. I take 9i and felt like I made good contact, but it starts curving left towards the bunker. I see it hit behind the bunker, and due to the blind approach can't tell if I made the green or not. I get up to the ball and I'm on the fringe between the bunker and the green. I'm left with a very long "putt" off the fringe to the back pin, probably about 50 feet, and I lag it to 5 feet, which is a scary range for me. But I've been working on my putting mat recently, and I bang it right into the center of the cup. Par, E. Hole 4, 266 yard par 4, HDCP 13: This hole has trees all down the right side, and the fairway slopes pretty strongly right-to-left. The trees can catch errant balls to the right, dropping them on the slope where they often roll right to the middle. There's a fairway bunker to the left and the only protection for the green is a bunker behind and a pond to the FAR left. I take driver, and make beautiful contact. The ball launches high over the trees down the right and is curving back towards the pin. I see it land just short of the green and run up onto the putting surface. I drove the green on a par 4! Granted, it's a short one. I get down to the green and my buddy says "gee, did you have to get it pin high, too?" and I responded "It's all about distance control, Curtis" lol... Anyways, I'm pin high 18 feet right of the hole and I'm putting for eagle--I've never made an eagle. I know it's a significant right->left breaker but I just don't take enough line, and it turns and stops at the right distance 4 feet below the hole. A little scary to be 4 feet and concerned I might not even save birdie after driving the green, but again I bang it right into the center of the cup. Birdie, E. Even through 4! Good start! Hole 5, 168 yard par 3, HDCP 5: This is an uphill hole, plays long to a blind green. Bunker to the left and anything farther left is a steep slope down to the creek. This hole can be my nemesis if I turn it left and send it down that slope. It should be playing about 175 up the hill and I take 6i... And proceed to duff it badly, hitting maybe 80-90 yards, but at least into the middle of the fairway. I take a partial wedge (I think 56* again) from there, and skull it over the green. I find the ball beyond the green, and try to pitch it back, and skull that over the green again, and it rolls quite a ways back down the fairway due to the slope. Ugh. I flub the next pitch to the green, and one after that. I finally hit a halfway decent pitch, and actually get onto the green, leaving myself 15 feet below the hole. Of course as is common for me, I nail that putt easily because it's to save my quad. Quad, +4. Ouch. Wasted shots=4. On one hole. Ouch. Hole 6, 296 yard par 4, HDCP 7: Elevated tee, creek across the hole that shouldn't be in play, which continues up the left side and becomes a greenside pond. Fairway bunker down the right side about 200 yds and the green is protected on the right by a bunker and the left by the pond. Pull driver, and I hit a hook that I hear hit a tree somewhere over along the creek. Get down that way and someone from the 5th tee says he heard it hit and throws a yellow ball back over the creek and it lands in the rough. I figure that's as good a drop spot as any for the ball in the penalty area. Of course I look down and it's a top flite and not my Snell. But I'm 115 out and hit it anyway, hitting 3 with the drop. I try to hit a 90% 52* (that usually being my 120 club), and make great contact--into the bunker on the right/behind the green. I get into the bunker and it's a damn mess. Incredibly wet sand and a tight downhill lie. I figure my best option here is to try to not engage the sand before the ball and to use my 60* low-bounce wedge to pick it clean--and I skull it over the green and it goes into the pond. So I get over there and drop (5) and I'm hitting 6. I pitch it back up the hill onto the green to about 10 feet, and two putt. Quint, +9. Ouch again. There went this round. I only call one shot wasted here--the skull out of the sand. I struck the drive well enough and it's within my typical shot pattern, so even though it was a lost ball and penalty, it doesn't meet my "wasted" category. Hole 7, 148 yard par 3, HDCP 17: Straight hole, protected right and behind by bunkers. Middle pin and it's playing about 150. I take 9i and hit it a little past the pin right of the green, and it lands in the rough past the right-side bunker. Pitch to 10 feet from there, but can't make the putt and it's a two-putt. Bogey, +10. Okay, at least it's not a blow-up hole. Hole 8, 174 yard par 3, HDCP 3: Tough hole, always seems to play longer than its distance. Narrow, long green, protected right and left by bunkers, and a creek across the "fairway" that shouldn't be in play. Tees are back and pin is in the middle, so it should be playing about 180. I take 6i, and hit a pin-high hook that ends up WELL left over by the 9th tee. I'm now basically short-sided to the pin in the middle of a narrow green, in rough. I hit the 60* and it's a good pitch that lands short of the hole but rolls out to the fringe on the opposite edge. I "putt" from the fringe, about 30 feet, and it ends up about 5 feet above the hole. Unfortunately I miss that putt, and make double. Double, +12. I'm going to chalk up a wasted shot of 0.5 here because my lag wasn't good enough to be sure I could make a putt, and then I couldn't make a putt. Hole 9, 317 yard par 4, HDCP 1: There's a creek running along the left side and then crossing the fairway right at the 220-230 mark, particularly when the tees are back like they are today. The hole has a big valley leading to that creek in the middle, so laying up forces a VERY short layup to keep from running all the way down into the water. The green is then elevated from the fairway and protected front right by a bunker. Thankfully now that I've learned to hit driver, I know I can clear the creek off the tee, so I take driver... And snap hook / duff it left and I can't see if I'm in the left-side creek or not. I get up to the ball and find it just over the creek on some mud, and hittable as it lies without requiring a drop. But I'm still WAY out of range of the green, so I just take 7i and try to advance it. I hit the 7i fairly well for a crazy stance with the ball below my feet, and it just BARELY clears the creek across the fairway, so at least I'm safe. I'm now about 115 out in the rough and take the 52*. I feel like I make decent contact but I was playing on an uphill lie and probably added loft to the shot, and come up short right of the green (but not in the bunker). I pitch, and it's mediocre, leaving myself still 33 feet short of the hole. I do make a great lag putt and tap in. Double, +14. I'm going to call that pitch another 0.5 wasted shot, so I'm up to 6 on the front. So I've finished the front at a 45, which would sound like a decent score if par on the front wasn't 31. Hole 10, 242 yard par 4, HDCP 16: Another hole that almost always screws me. It's so short and easy, that maybe I get overconfident and then end up playing it horribly. Today it's playing very short, about 200 to a front pin. That's in range of my 4h, so I decide to hit the 4h, which I have trouble with. I try to REALLY just focus on taking a nice easy iron swing and not kill the ball, and end up making great contact for once. It starts well right of the hole over some trees and is curving back towards the green. I see it hit the left side of a berm a little short of the green which is a great kick, and it kicks the ball towards the green. It ends up a few inches onto the fringe, pin-high, on the right edge. Again I have a legit look at an eagle putt with this being a par 4. It's another right->left breaker of about 20 feet, and again I don't play enough break and it rolls out the correct distance but 5 feet below the hole. Again, a scary putt and I'm worried I've screwed myself out of a birdie, but I nail it into the middle of the cup. Birdie, +13! Okay, I know this is basically legit a par for a hole playing 200 yards. But the card says par 4 and I got it into the hole in 3, so I'm claiming birdie lol. Hole 11, 172-yard par 4, HDCP 6: It's slightly uphill, to a blind green. Protected in the back by a bunker but otherwise pretty straightforward. Tees are up and center pin, so I take 7i. I feel the strike off the toe, and it starts on a good line and turns left. But with the toe contact it doesn't make it to the green, so I'm short left. I choose to "putt" from about 2 yards off the green and I'm about 30 feet out. I don't give it enough because I was putting into the grain, and it stops 7 feet short. Luckily I make that putt. Par, +13. Hole 12, 118 yard par 3, HDCP 18: This is a downhill hole, protected short left by a bunker with a pretty severe back to front sloping green. Pin is back today but tees are up, it's playing maybe 120. I hit my 52* and pull it left, finishing pin-high off the green beyond the front left bunker. I pitch from there, and have a great pitch to finish 5 feet from the hole. I make the putt. Par, +13. Three holes of par or better in a row. At least I'm starting the back off well. Hole 13, 288 yard par 4, HDCP 8: Straight hole, with a bunker protecting the left side of the green and some boulders out on the right rough in the fairway, but overall pretty tame. Because this hole narrows as you approach the green, it doesn't set up well for driver. I did well enough back on 10 with the 4h, so I decide to tee off with the 4h. I duff it barely past the ladies tees to the right. I now have a sidehill lie in rough, so I just try to take 7i and advance the ball--and I hit it weak and topped and it goes maybe 50-60 more yards, and at least I'm in the fairway. I'm now at a distance I could reach--I don't recall exactly what it was but I think I was somewhere in PW/GW territory. I hit it poorly, only getting about 80% of the way. I'm now 30-35 yards out and pitch with the 52* to a front pin. I like how it looks but it stops on the fringe just short of the green. I "putt" from the fringe to gimme range, and tap in. Double, +15. Wasted shots=2. The duff off the tee is a wasted shot, and I'm going to call my second and third shots a combined additional wasted shot. I was in distance to be within 2 shots of being able to putt the ball, and it took 3. Hole 14, 163 yard par 3, HDCP 10: Another uphill par 3 to a blind green. Protected on the right by a bunker, and on the left by a severe slope down to the creek. Playing about 150 today (it rarely plays full length) so I hit 9i. I catch it well but it's a slight pull, and I see it hit the top of a berm left of the green and just hope it doesn't end up going all the way down the slope into the creek--but I think I'm safe. I get up there and I'm safe--just barely. I make a decent pitch back to the green from there, but get a little more distance than I want and it rolls out past the hole to the fringe on the other side. I "putt" it back off the fringe to gimme distance and tap in. Bogey, +16. Hole 15, 162 yard par 3, HDCP 12: Round back-to-front sloped green, with a bunker left and pond more left. Tees up and back pin, it's playing about 155 today. I take 9i because I'd rather be short than long with this pin location. I hit a decent shot but it's pushed right, gets caught up in some trees, but drops and kicks left ending up in a pretty decent location short of the green. I pitch from there, and flub it badly about 10 feet forward. I pitch again and this one goes up past the pin about 9 feet. I two putt. Double, +18. Wasted shots=1, the flubbed pitch. Just inexcusable. Hole 16, 136 yard par 3, HDCP 14: Bunkers left and right, but a pretty easy back-to-front sloped round green to hit to. Playing longer today, about 150, so I take 9i. I end up starting it on line but it's turning left, and it stops inches short of the left side bunker. Which means I'm standing in the bunker with the ball well above my feet in the rough, trying to pitch. I make a mess of it and flub it, but at least get it out to the point where I have my feet and the both both in grass. I pitch again from there, and give it too much, and it rolls out well past the pin to the opposite fringe. Now I've got a long (30+ feet) putt that I'm reading as a significant right->left break. I hit it about perfect distance--and it doesn't break basically at all, leaving me 7 feet above the hole. Thankfully I sink that putt. Double, +20. Wasted shots=1. The flubbed chip out of the awkward stance. Hole 17, 193 yard par 3, HDCP 4: Pretty straightforward hole but long for a par 3, with a bunker behind the green but not much other trouble. It's playing short today with front tees and a front pin, with the downhill my rangefinder says it's about 150 so I take 9i. I strike it well and it's starting right of the hole and curving back to the pin and I feel like I'm about to stick this one close--and it stops just short of the green and kicks left. Well, that's no good. I go to pitch from there, and again screw it up and end up going over the green to the opposite side of the green, and rolling into the rough so I have to pitch again. This one I do right, and stop it 3 feet from the hole--and miss the damn putt. Double, +22. Wasted shots=2. Pitching over the green from short, and then missing a near-gimme. Hole 18, 225 yard par 3, HDCP 2: Tough hole, due to length as a par 3, and that it's a long narrow green protected left and right by bunkers, and a pond more left. There's also a creek across the fairway that shouldn't be in play. It's to a back pin today and even with tees not all the way back it's probably a good 235. The last time I played this course I tried to hit a super easy swing with driver and it went over, riding a cart path another 50 yards and leaving me with a terrible option. My round has gone to hell at this point. Might as well take out the 4w that I haven't hit in months and just go for it, right? So I take the 4w and just try to take a nice smooth cut at it. And it's a bullet dead at the green. Not the highest trajectory, but it's got distance and line... It hits just short of the green, runs up the green, and finishes just on the back fringe. With a back pin, I think I'm within 20 feet (don't recall exact distance) and "putt" off the fringe to about three feet. I make the putt, for the first ever par I've had on this hole if I remember correctly. Par, +22. At least that was a good way to end the round. Stats: Strokes from <100 yards: 31/26, for 57 ot 3.17 per hole Putts: 27, but that's really not true because of the number of putts from the fringe GIR: 3/18 Wasted shots: 12, almost entirely short game / pitching Counts to HDCP: Yes, because differential of 23.7 aged out a 22.5, handicap increased from 20.2 to 20.4. Birdies: 2 Pars: 5 Bogeys: 3 Doubles: 6 Triples+: 2 So I finished 45 (+14) / 37 (+8) for an 82 (+22). Had some positives--I could actually putt today. Had some negatives--I couldn't pitch/chip for squat most of the time, but actually had some good scrambling others. Ballstriking / directional control was middling. The two blow-up holes were killer though. Overall I had more pars/birdies than doubles, which is the way to play bogey golf or better. But the quad and quint were the difference between playing bogey golf and not quite making it. And there was NO excuse for it on hole 5. That was just wrong in every possible way, and wasted some of the good things I did. I *really* need to devote practice time to pitching/chipping.
  13. I'm not good enough at golf where I feel like I need to elaborately test 5-10 balls to be "fit" for my game. But I'm also not good at golf, so taking one variable out of the equation by always playing the same ball is important to me. If I'm inconsistent, I want to know that it's because my swing was bad, not because the ball I'm playing that hole has different characteristics than the one I lost on the last hole lol. Most of the year I was on Kirkland, because it seemed to have no real downsides, was a urethane ball, and the price can't be beat. When the big ball test came out, though, I switched to the MTB-X. The Kirkland was way out on the end of the spectrum spin-wise, whereas the Snell seemed to be much more "middle of the road" and appropriate for me. And they come in Yellow. So the MTB-X is my ball 100% of the time now.
  14. The "good" news is that most of the northern hemisphere is starting to move into non-golf weather, so that might alleviate some of the demand-side issues. The better news is that I don't live somewhere that ever has non-golf weather
  15. Increments of time, in a 1/30 of a second interval. That's chosen because TV is at 30 frames per second, as is most other video like what your cellphone captures. (Movies are traditionally 24 FPS, or at least used to be.) So if you're 30:10, your swing takes 1.33 seconds, with the backswing being 30 increments or 1 second, and the downswing being 10 increments or 1/3 second.
  16. I *can* snap hook a 56, but I don't usually lol... The partials I was having a little tendency to pull them left, not to curve them left like the 5i.
  17. Hit the range today. Took 5i, 8i, and 56*. Just wanted to focus on training the movements. Overall I was happy. It got squirrely at the end because I was probably moving through too quickly. I was focusing on 3/4 length, 3/4 effort swings most of the time with the 8i. Just trying to make sure I had good sequencing and getting the left hip back on the downswing. I threw in full swings intermittently and generally my swing felt right, and the flight was good--not too many "lefts". With the 56, it was mostly partial swing target hunting at two of the 55gal drums at different distances. My direction control wasn't as nice as I'd like, but I was doing pretty well with distance control. I had a couple full swings shot at the 100y marker, and mostly felt good about both contact and direction there. The 5i was not quite as perfect. Those were basically all "full swing" shots towards the 200y marker. I was having trouble avoiding the lefts with those swings. I did try to just focus on taking a nice controlled and easy swing, and some worked out and others didn't. Need to keep drilling. Towards the end of the session, it just wasn't great. I wasn't getting good contact, so I went back to just drilling 8i on the 3/4 3/4 swings, and got back to where I needed to be. I tend to get somewhat rushed when I run off to the range in the middle of a work day--especially since I was hitting the gym for a workout on my way back to the house--so I need to work on that from the mental aspect too.
  18. I play my EQ1 set at 37.5" (traditional 6i length). I'm 6'5" with a 39.5-40" WTF, so the traditional 36.5" (8i) length is just too short for me, as that was my SW length on my previous set. I have 4h, 5i-GW in the EQ1 set, and had the PW bent to 44 and the GW bent to 48 to make room for specialty wedges. I then had my wedges (52, 56, 60) made by Sub70 and had them built to 36.75" with the same shafts (Modus 120) and grips. I didn't want to build them to 37.5" due to swing weight issues as the heads are significantly (~25g) heavier than EQ1 heads, and Sub70 was nice enough to cherry-pick the lightest heads they had to help keep the swing weight down on the build. I didn't mind having two different lengths, because the EQ1 PW and GW are primarily full swing clubs, whereas the 52/56/60 are primarily used for wedge duty, so maybe 25% or less of the swings with those clubs are full swings. The longer EQ1 works for me, but I'm also significantly taller and larger in general than most players, so I don't mind heavier swing weight.
  19. Got the kids this weekend and a busy schedule, so no rounds (even 9). Hoping to get my son out to the range but actually spend the entire bucket on his practice rather than mine...
  20. I don't think the takeaway from Monte's discussions on the whole driver / PW distance thread is that you should be hitting partial iron shots. I think the takeaway is that those scoring clubs should be hit for accuracy, not for distance. For me, a 150 yard shot is a full swing 9i. That's not a "step on it" 9i. That's not a "hit it as hard as I can" 9i. That's just a nice relaxed swing. If I try to hit a partial 8i for that shot, I don't have enough practice to know how much to take off an 8i to hit 150. Sometimes it might be close to 160, sometimes it might be 135. I think the point is that you shouldn't be trying to hit your max effort shot on every short iron. That doesn't mean that you should hit partial shots a lot, it means that you should be realistic about what distance a nice normal swing will reach and hit to that.
  21. I was thinking of another metric that might be useful for a high-cap like me to track: Wasted shots. Much like the Broadie metric for "awful shots", which apparently is any shot for which the SG is -0.8 or worse, these are shots that are so bad that I've basically added a stroke to my score without improving my position relative to the hole. I think that for most high-caps like myself, if I don't waste any shots, I should be somewhere in between par and bogey on every hole. If I make GIR, a par should be my expectation. If I miss GIR, a bogey should be my expectation. Obviously I can three-putt a GIR or I can get up and down from off the green for a par save, but usually either way I should be expecting to two-putt in most situations once my ball is on the green. I could also track "great shots", but there aren't so many of those lol... So for my most recent round: Hole 2: My putt from the fringe wasn't particularly long (about 18 feet) and I left myself 5 feet or a little more to save bogey. From 18 feet I should be able to lag to tap-in, whereas I can expect to two putt from 5 feet too often. Hole 5: Flubbed pitch that left me pitching again. From that close to the green I should have gotten down in 3 for bogey, but ended up being 4 for double. Hole 9: Shanked GW that got me from 130 out to 70 out. From 70 out I managed to get down in 3 and save bogey, but from 70 I'm not anywhere near 100% to hit the green, and my expected strokes to the hole (based on my 9-hole exec course experience) is probably 3.5 or higher. Hole 10: Topped drive. I really didn't put myself in position to hit to the green on a short par 4, and had to lay up to center of the fairway. I again managed to save bogey, but that drive was wasted. Hole 12: Flubbed pitch and I missed an 18" putt, so I have two wasted strokes there. Honorable mention could be the pulled drive, but I leave that one off. It wasn't topped and it actually did get some distance, so I don't think it was completely wasted. Hole 13: Skulled sand shot and two of the three pitches back towards the green, so three wasted strokes. If I was counting "great shots" the putt here would count. Hole 14: Flubbed pitch. My drive put me in great shape for par, but I only made it halfway to the green on a 50 yard pitch. That was a wasted stroke. Hole 17: Topped/pulled drive and lag putt. The topped drive on a VERY short par 4 and being stuck in deep rough basically made it a very dicey proposition to make the green. Then I three-putted, because my lag putt went to 5 feet or a little longer. Hole 18: Shanked 4w on my second shot. It moved me from just under 200 out to 160 out. My average to get into the hole from 200 is a little over 4, and from 160 is a little under 4, so it was a wasted shot. Wasted shots: 13 Driving: 2 Irons/long game: 2 Pitching/short game: 6 Putting: 3 I scored a personal best on a regulation course of 90, largely because I wasn't wasting shots off the tee or with the long game. But looking at how much better I could have scored SIMPLY by not making a mess of my pitching is a big wakeup call. It is an area that I don't practice often enough, and it shows.
  22. That's a good point and one I didn't consider... Having other milestones can keep you engaged if you see improvement in those milestones even if it's not showing up in the final score. Of course, the counterpoint is that often some of those other milestones are closely correlated with the number on the scorecard too. Penalties off the tee, missing a lot fairways, and missing a lot of GIR, etc are a great way to score 100 Either way, the important thing is to figure out what works for you, and commit to it.
  23. If you can do this for weight loss, why can't you do this for golf? This is the mindset reset that you need. Weight loss is easy. It's only two things. Monitor/limit what you eat, and exercise. The issue for most people is commitment to doing it, not coming up with a plan. Golf is even easier, because we like it, unlike weight loss. So commitment is less of an issue. So the answer is monitor what you eat, meaning make sure that you have good instruction so you know what you need to focus on, and exercise, meaning make sure you practice what you're working on. Sure, you can make it more complex. If you exercise and all you ever work on is arms (banging driver), you are only doing a small bit of what "exercise" should be. Don't skip leg day (putting), brah! Just as you need to do arms, cardio, core, and legs, you need to practice long game, pitching, short game, and putting. But it's not rocket science. Your milestones in golf would be like trying to define weight loss and having one metric for your weight (the obvious one), another for your waist circumference, another for your bench press max, and a fourth for how many situps you can do in a row. Sure, you can measure all those things--but if you follow the process (eat right and exercise), they're all gonna improve anyway. It's simple. Follow the process and the results will come. Mentally you're there with losing weight--what mental hurdle do you need to overcome to get there with golf? This IMHO is the problem with the YouTube/GolfWRX rabbit hole of swing moves. If you're working on 7 things in your swing, you're actually working on nothing. That leads to frustration, as you found. What might be the case for you is that you have a functional swing, and your effort to simply "make good contact" in your practice regimen is to drill it to keep your swing repeatable. Don't mess with it, just make it repeatable so you have trust in making good contact. Tinkering gets in the way of doing that successfully. I've been working on my mechanics, in the sense that I had a stall/flip/EE problem that all stemmed from not having proper hip movement, and I felt like that would inhibit my repeatability no matter how much I drilled it at the range, so I took a lesson and I've been working on that one change for 7 months. It's finally paying off, but a lot of that is because I didn't let myself get distracted with 10 other swing changes in that time frame.
  24. Yep. I've certainly enjoyed some of those rounds, like a +4 on my little 9 hole exec course, and the +9 on the 18 hole short course. The latter being the first time I've notched multiple birdies (3) in a round. But being the star of your rec league softball team doesn't exactly mean you're ready for major league baseball. So it's not really the same thing. Now I need to turn it up a notch and break 90
  25. I think it was tension. I was focused too much on trying to make the green in two that I got into my own head. It probably did make me swing harder and less controlled, but it was that the 4h is a club that I almost need to remind myself every time I grab it "just swing nice and easy like any other club" and I didn't do that. The two shots with the 4h on 12 were the opposite. I was really focusing on taking a nice swing through the ball and just trusting that it'll go at least in the general direction and distance I wanted. So whether I was trying to kill it or not--I might have been--it was a mental error.
×
×
  • Create New...