I usually try and go to google earth and use the ruler function to measure the important points on the course. I would also try and use google maps to make a layout of each hole. Play the course, and make notes.
I have a VR 60, as well as a couple of vokeys (as seen in the sig), and I love them equally as much. I haven't really liked the Clevelands. My main grudge against it is the roundish leading edge, and those stupid (imo) lines on the CG15's. Does the thing really have to say laser milled 5 times? A lot of people like vokeys, and that would be my vote.
Good job, I like to see people improving. I myself is stuck in a rut (that sounded odd). It looks like it's about time to go hit the range with nothing but a six iron and a bucket of 150...
Back on topic, I shot the same 82 at a course from the tips, but they played 6100, and 120ish slope. congrats on your low score!
My friend and I developed a game to help with Ups and Downs. We call it, appropriately, the up and down game. Find a green that you can chip and putt on, and for every up and down you get, you are awarded 1 point. If you chip and two putt, you get no points. If you three putt, you get negative one points, and so on. After a while, you get good at chipping it close.