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post #253 of 258
Originally Posted by Pretzel View Post


That course is a nightmare. An absolute nightmare. I played it from their "Championship" tees where they held the 2011 US Open qualifiers in a two day tournament over the summer. At 7450 yards, it was certainly the longest course I've ever played and that rough can be punishing. The greens were nice though, but that water hazard on number 7 was killer off the tee on the first day. My entire group went into it because we didn't realize there was that sharp slope right in the landing area short of it that kicks your ball into it.


It is brutal, that and it's sister course Legacy Ridge are the toughest public courses I've ever played. If you want to torture yourself, I'm sure you've been there since you're up north, play Colorado National from the 7676 tees. If they set that up like they do the rinky-dink Coyote Creek with 6" rough it be a killer. Though CC mowed recently and it was shorter than usual, still can't see the ball it's so deep. If not for the wind and dust storms I played well enough that I'm fairly certain I could have shot a person best and trended back under 10 last night. I'm going back today hoping for no wind.


post #254 of 258

I've never actually played Colorado National, but they do have a very nice practice facility there. The range usually has really nice grass at least, with mowed greens to hit to. I have played at Fox Hill, which is a country club owned by the same guy who owns Colorado National. Apparently the membership at Fox Hill transfers to all of that guys other courses, but I'm not a member of Fox Hill to begin with. I just play there when they have the city tournament and, for a day, they let us "plebeians" play on the course. :-P

Legacy Ridge was another course I had a tournament at this summer, and that one wasn't a picnic either even though they didn't have us play from all the way back.

post #255 of 258

When i first started 


My swing was  fast after allot of lessons i learned how to control, 

After that by playing i started to improve long and short shots, after that my coach told me the right clubs for my game shafts and personalizing the clubs for me.

Constantly practicing on course and in the range my game started improving by the day, warm up,  play go back to the range try to fix the struggles, and next day again.

Always keeping your mind focused specially on the parts u have difficulty and have fun...


eventually you will get there

post #256 of 258
This thread peeked my interest because this is a goal of mine. Something that only occured to me was that the USGA handicap system is different from the CONGU one we use in the UK.

We have SSS standard scratch score for a pro so no slope ratings and the like. From doing some research though a single digit handicapper really has to score somewhere between 78-84 on a regular basis.
My last round was 86 and my last 3 cards according to the handicap calculator bring me out to a 16 handicap. My handicap tracker says I'm a 21.5.

So I believe this is a possible goal more than ever. Without getting any better at actual striking of the ball a few putts going in and some increased touch on the short game and you are there.

Of course I'm only entertaining this idea because as has been said practice is the key. You need to have a well rounded game that has been honed by being a diligent gold student and putting the time in to get there.

Its certainly not out of reach but does take some commitment to do
post #257 of 258

Just last week I was able to make it to a single digit (just barely), descending from a 20 to a 16 to a 13, and now 9.9.  Here's what I now know:


* I'm not sure my drives are better, but I've eliminated (usually) the OB's, hitting into hazard, etc.  Some days I'm often in the fairway, but other days I'm in the rough.  Essentially I've gotten my drives "good enough" for a single digit.


* I've worked had to round out my game:  distance wedges, sand, chipping, punch shots, etc.  Again, I don't think I'm great in any one of these areas, but pretty much good enough.


* One thing that has made the difference is mastering the six foot putt (or at least making most of them). You've got to be able to get down in two putts on nearly all of the greens.  For me that was making sure I made nearly all the six footers and less, and getting up and down with less than perfect chips. I still bogey more often than not when in a greenside bunker, but at least I'm eliminating doubles.


* Perhaps most important is that even though my irons have gotten better, I've gotten much more conservative when aiming at the greens.  I almost always go for the middle of the green on shots greater than 100 yards.   For distance wedges from 100 to 50 yards I might favor one side a little more.  However, I never shoot directly at a pin unless that pin is also in the middle of my "safe area" in the green.  Get it on the green, two putt, next hole. If I birdie, probably because I hit a good putt, not an aggressive approach shot.


* Finally, I've become a believer in "boring golf."  The first hole at my course is a Par 5.  I could hit a driver, and maybe hit a FW wood that might be on the green that might allow an eagle putt, that ....you get the idea. Instead, I hit a three iron the the safe area before the bunker, then a 4 iron then a short iron to the middle, then two putt.  Keep it boring. 


Obviously I have a lot of room for improvement, but at least can now claim single-digit status. 

Good luck.

post #258 of 258
I got down to a 9 about three years ago. The problem was that I was very inconsistent and wanted to get to that next level. Some friends of mine talked me into changing pros and went with a more analytical mechanical type of instructor. He has corrected a lot of my swing flaws but I still struggle with the mental game and tend to turn into a complete hack once I step onto the course. To be honest, I have not played good golf since I changed pros. Things that work for me he tends to nitpick and wants to change. I know he is only trying to get my swing to be able to play well on a consistent basis but I have gotten very frustrated going to the course and not playing to what I feel my abilities are.

I am a range rat which I have learned hurts my game so I am going to spend more time just playing and not practicing so much. It's expensive to try and play 3-4 times a week which for someone with my ability needs to do to ever get into the single digits plus work gets in the way. Some of the best players I know just have great hand eye coordination which I have never had. One friend was a great baseball player, plays golf maybe once every three months, and can shoot low to mid 70's every time.

I play my best when I am very conservative on the tee box. I suck with my driver but my pro has me using it now to get over the mental hurdle I have with it. I constantly hit block shots because my timing is always off and it turns all of my game into a mess (chipping, putting, etc). I can go to the course with no thoughts in my head and after two holes of bad drives I lose all feel for my game and next you know I am posting a 90+ score. I am a legit 13 just because of my better short game but putting needs a lot of work.

I did not start the game until my late 20's and play with mostly folks who have played since they were kids. To me, I have years of catching up to do compared to them. All I can say is God Bless those of you with natural ability or have been able to conquer the mid handicap stage and become a permanent legit single digit player.
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