Originally Posted by utztech
Course Name: Longbow Golf Club
Course Website: http://www.longbowgolf.com
Course Style: Desert, Stay on the grass or you probably will be taking an unplayable
Regular Tee Yardage / Rating / Slope: 6513 / 69.9 /125
Regular Tee Average Score: 81
Forward Tee Yardage / Rating / Slope: 5202 / 66.5 / 114
Forward Tee Predicted Score (Aggressive Round): 74
Forward Tee Predicted Score (Conservative Round): 78
I guess I signed up after the period expired, but here are my results anyway.
Aggressive Round Score: 72
Conservative Round Score: 73
Average 7-Iron Distance: 160
I was surprised at how well I scored. Granted, my 81 average is probably a little high because I have been improving lately, but the 72 was my best round ever, and the 73 tied my best round ever (which was from the 5900 yard tees at the same course. My best round from the 6500 yard tees is 75) As expected the aggressive round played to my strengths, which are driving and wedges. By far the worst part of my game is mid and long irons. I probably was a bit too aggressive in my conservative round because I hit 3 hybrid off the tee instead of long irons. I think that contributed to the score being so much lower than I expected. I felt that if I used my long irons off the tee I would be duck-hooking them etc, and that was not fair either.
a. Did you find that the aggressive or conservative round was more enjoyable?
- Aggressive since it played to my strengths. I hit nothing into a green longer than a 9 iron all round. I think I could do even better with a few more rounds at those tees. I did not know where to aim a few times and hit the ball through the fairway into the junk on dog-legs.
b. Did you discover a hidden strength or weakness in your game?
c. On which area of your game did the shorter tees put pressure?
Mid range putting. Getting on the green and two putting was not a victory anymore, I wanted birdies. I was looking at a lot of birdie putts inside 20 feet and I wanted to make more of them. Normally I have very few chances at that length during a round so it does not seem as important to work on that putting distance. Its not a distance you are going to 3 putt from really, so I normally work on long and short putts.
d. Did you have more fun than normal? Will you occasionally play shorter tees for fun?
I did because I was scoring like never before. I think it would get boring to do it all the time, but I will be moving up more often just to remind myself of the things I learned.
e. What'd you learn?
I found that with no pressure to hit it long I made smooth swing that went as far, or further, than normal with more control. Also, standing on the tee of that long par 4 (which is 370 now instead of 440) I felt no pressure, so I of course bomb it out there. That taught me something about the mental game too.
f. Did you shoot your predicted score(s), and if not, why not? If so, was it for the reasons you suspected?
Better than expected. I may have just had some good days, but I suspect I was hitting it so mush better because of the reduced pressure. I also started to think about birdies a lot more and I think that helped me score better.