Thought the fresh air and getting around would help. Apparently I was rewarded for my suffering... kinda. I missed EVERY fairway, but it was like that commercial with the dog moving the ball. Missing every fairway and winding up with an opening on 6 of the 9. FIR: 0 GIR: 6
Another stat was I was getting 20-30 more yards on the driver, which I suppose helped get to the open parts. Final hole was a prime example of how the day went. A Par 5, around 470, 480 or something. Into the wind- 15-20 mph with gusts quartering off the left. I hit a kind of pull hook that ran through the trees onto a nice clean lie in the rough of the parallel hole (#1). I get to the ball (230 to the center) and I have a tall tree about 30 yards ahead with some hanging braces, then slightly smaller trees along the fairway that I have to get over to get back to the fairway on 9. My friend came over and asked, "you punching back out?"... I looked, checked the wind, checked the lie, looked again... and said... (kind of jokingly) "nah- I'm gonna take the 5 wd, get it under these branches, have it rise up and catch the wind so it will drift back onto the fairway just to the left of the trap (60 yards from green) and have a little punch shot in..."
"Okay- yeah right"
Lined up and checked again, took the swing a damned if it didn't do EXACTLY what I wanted. And I KNEW it as soon as I hit it. I started jogging back to the 9th fairway, and watched fall like a dead duck 65 yds out. My buddy gave me "that look", because he's seen me do similar things in the past when I constantly tell them to "Just get it back in play" and keep the 8's off the card. But once in awhile you have to go for the gusto- especially after what I had been through and was just out enjoying myself and the company. I then punched it up below the hole and just missed the bird. didn't putt the best on the day, Thus the resulting 41.