After a round on Saturday and then a round on Sunday, both at my country club, my hc is officially at 6.4 and trending at 6.4L. I shot 79 both rounds this past weekend. I also made some changes to what is in the bag. In an effort to better space out my wedges, I bought a 46 degree Cleveland 588 cb pitching wedge and a 52 degree too. I then have a 58 degree Cleveland smart sole wedge and a 42 degree one that I really don't use that much but have kept in the bag for the one or two times per round I need to use it's versatility. Those RTX wedges are awesome. The spin that they put on the ball is the best of any wedge I've seen.
I've been going back and forth between using the Bridgestone J40 irons and the Speedblades. On Sat I used the J40's and yesterday I used the Speedblades. On Saturday I did not have a birdie all day long but had 11 pars and just 7 bogeys. Sunday was a more up and down type of round but ultimately the same score. I had 1 double, 3 birdies, 8 bogeys, and 6 pars. My putter has been on fire lately and this was especially the case yesterday where I had 17 putts on the front and just 13 on the back including 5 one putts on the back nine. The putter is still the "Snedeker" putter, the Bridgestone True Balance TD-02. The first birdie I had yesterday was under one foot out from the hole due to such a great shot with that new PW. The other two birdies, on 13 and 14 were both 20 plus footers that I drained. I made several other clutch putts with the putter yesterday on #11, a par 3 where I lost a ball (we all agreed it landed clearly in bounds but could not be found). I took a penalty and hit my third shot to 15+ feet out where I drained the putt to save a bogey that could have been easily back to back double bogeys.
I don't play matches often but agreed to play a fellow club member yesterday for breakfast. I gave him 7 strokes (he's about a 13 hc and I'm a 6.4). I ended up having to buy breakfast but did not mind as he played well, shooting an 84 while I shot 79.
I continue to work on short game and it's improving but I still have a long way to go. My scrambling percentage over the last 20 rounds is only at ~30% and my up and down percentage is only marginally higher than that. I've been making more birdies which is good as that was a concern that I had not too long ago. I'm still improving, although the handicap is dropping at a much slower rate than it was before but this was somewhat expected.
I wish I could decide and stick with one set of irons instead of going back and forth like I am doing now between the J40's and the Speedblades. I will get to a point where I'm confident with the J40's and then lose confidence that I am not good enough to play them consistently and go back to the SB's, only to eventually want more accuracy and go back to the J40's. It does not seem to be affecting my scores at all so I guess that's good, but I'm sure it would be better to pick one set and just play that.
My bag now looks like this:
driver: Titleist 910 D2 - this club has been in my bag the longest and is not going anywhere anytime soon, unless it's because I buy a 913
3 wood: Taylormade SLDR S Mini Driver, 16 degree loft
Hybrid: 3 hybrid, Taylormade R11, 18 degrees
Irons: keep going back and forth between 4-9 with either Taylormade Speedblades or Bridgestone J40 combo dpc/cavity back with Project X 5.0 flighted shafts
PW: Cleveland 588 rtx cb, 46 degree
UW: Cleveland 42 degree smart sole (C)
GW: Cleveland 588 rtx cb, 52 degree
LW: Cleveland 58 degree smart sole (S)
putter: Bridgestone True Balance TD-02
ball: Bridgestone B330 RXS
bag: Silver Bridgestone Mini-Staff