Originally Posted by Finley
Randy, how did the round go? Hopefully good!
Originally Posted by tefunk
...Randy, how was your first outing of the season?
Well, let's just say we had a fun time as a group. I've never played so badly, but still had a great time. It was fun to meet up with guys and laugh at our first round golf frustrations together.
I still need to post the score once I go back and calculate the ESC. I think it was a raw 104, with an ESC of mid 90s.
I started out fairly solid. I teed off with 4-iron until about the 15th hole. On the opening tee, I hit a 4-iron about 200 yards to the fairway. Then I hit a 6-iron the distance I wanted, just a tad right. Decent chip to a makeable putt but just missed. The front none went like that mostly- 3 pars and lots of safe bogeys. One blowup hole got me 46.
I felt pretty good about how I was swinging overall! I was feeling that I could get into an even better groove and maybe get it mid 80s. Hahaha. Then wheels came off.
Standing over the 10th tee, my posture vanished. I knew it, but I felt crouched with weight on my heels. Getting my posture forward is a big change I have been working on. Rather than obsess over it, I just tried to get around the course with whatever natural swing I could muster without thinking too much. In retrospect, I need to do a few simple reminder moves to remember my key improvements I've made recently. I can't let it vanish and not be able to know I can get the feel back.
I hit the wrong fairway over the trees with my 4-iron on 10. Chipped back through the trees to the correct fairway but was still 190 out (400+ yard uphill hole). Came up 40 yards short on my approach and stuck my pitch to a few feet so I still bogeyed. I was still thinking "ok, maybe I can get the swing going... Upper 80s is easily in reach..."
Nope, from there I lost 3 or 4 balls, and ended with 58 on the back. Ouch :) I never felt rattled actually, as we were all in good spirits fighting off some swing demons. But the results were ugly with critical shots heading OB too often. The group was supportive and relaxed so it was one of the more entertaining rounds I've had in a long time.
I'm actually encouraged because I have gotten that first round out of the way with a lot of new elements from my lessons. Things are coming together and my good shots were very good. I had one blind uphill 170-yard 5-iron that I hit exactly like I wanted and it nestled up pin-high. I pulled out the driver on the final holes, and hit those reasonably well, without having done any practice at all with that this year. Just too many flubs leading to lost balls.
Bring on the next round!