Two more rounds since the last post with the first a 78 (4.8) back at Madison Green. Despite a double on the par 3 on the front (mishit another 5 iron into the water), I managed 2 birdies for a 38. On the back, I was just missing the fairways but in good spots and came into 18 with two bogeys. I hit the tee shot down the right side 2 feet off the fairway into the rough. With the ball above my feet, I didn't get all of it and the ball plugged into the bank. That's where the fun started popping it over the green and pitched on for a double bogey to finish. Overall, I hit it well and made a couple of putts. Two bad shots cost me some strokes.
Yesterday was at the Village where I used to work back in the day. We started on the back and I missed 3 up and downs to go 3 over. Into the 18th, I snapped a drive short and left into the jungle, pitched out sideways and then smoked a 3 wood down the fairway. Even the ranger commented on the shot, it was that good. The 3 wood set up an 8 to the fringe and I was able to save bogey for a 40. I played the front hitting 4 greens and getting up and down 5 times. The first two were from the fringe, the next one was the result of a flier 7 iron from the back of a green 10 yards away to 2 feet. On 8 a long par 3, I hit a poor iron and was 10 yards away in the rough. I chopped it out to 6 feet and made the save. On the finishing par 5, I hit a straight draw on the dogleg left leaving me about 250 to the pin. I hit a decent 3 wood into the front bunker which left a long blast to the pin. I nipped it over the green into the rough and then chopped a 60 to 4 feet. I steadied over the putt, took it back and let the momentum carry the putter to finish and made another putt for a 36. It was a tough 76 (4.7), with no birdies, 14 pars and 4 bogeys. The saving grace was making 9/10 putts from 10 feet and in with sandie and 6 up and downs out of 10 tries.
The most exciting thing to come out of yesterday was the return of my 3 wood. I have been struggling as of late from the fairway and I can't remember the last time I pulled it out on a par 5. I have been working on it and even pm:ed Stretch about it. He told me to move my ball position. Well I moved it back on all my clubs and the contact has been so much cleaner. Yesterday, I hit the 3 wood 3 times, one that was a baby draw crushed from the fairway, another from the tee that was solid (245 draw on dogleg left) and a baby fade from the fairway that I felt that I just missed even though the result was really good. This is the club that has the ability to set me up for at least one more birdie a round. My strategy on a par 5 is to lay up to 100 unless I can get it on or close to the green for an easy up and down birdie. If the hole is straight forward then in front, in a bunker, or anywhere where you can chip will usually pay off and now I have some confidence to get it closer on those par 5s.