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post #1 of 14
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I usually try to be pretty modest, but I'm so excited about my round today that I just feel the need to share it with you guys. I've been playing my local course a lot lately, almost everyday actually, but today I was able to slip away from work a little early and decided to make the drive to a course that I haven't played yet this year which is quite a bit tougher than my home course. I only had time to get in 9 holes, but I have a tournament coming up at this course and felt that a quick practice round could do me some good. I played from the blue tees (71.6, 132) which for the front 9 comes out to 3,324 yards.

Long story short, this was the best ball striking day I've put together all season. Everything seemed effortless, and both my driver and iron play was very solid. At the end of the day I came in with a 34 (-2), hit 7 out of 9 fairways, hit all 9 GIR's, and had 16 putts. I missed a pretty easy 10 foot birdie putt on the first hole, but also made about a 20 foot birdie putt on #4 that I wouldn't expect to make often, so I consider that a wash. Aside from that, there weren't really any shots I look back on and think man, I cost myself a stroke there. That doesn't mean there wasn't room for improvement, but I just don't feel like I cost myself any shots.

I have another practice round scheduled for Saturday morning when I will be able to get in a full round, and then the next weekend starts a stretch of 3 straight tournaments, the first of which is at this course. I really hope I can take this round and build off of it going into these tournaments... I know there's not really much of a point to this post, but I just wanted to share with you guys. I'm pumped!
post #2 of 14
Way to go!

Just remember what you did the night before and the amount of sleep to prep your body and mind for another great round
post #3 of 14

Good job man.

post #4 of 14
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Originally Posted by Maddog10 View Post

I usually try to be pretty modest, but I'm so excited about my round today that I just feel the need to share it with you guys. I've been playing my local course a lot lately, almost everyday actually, but today I was able to slip away from work a little early and decided to make the drive to a course that I haven't played yet this year which is quite a bit tougher than my home course. I only had time to get in 9 holes, but I have a tournament coming up at this course and felt that a quick practice round could do me some good. I played from the blue tees (71.6, 132) which for the front 9 comes out to 3,324 yards.

Long story short, this was the best ball striking day I've put together all season. Everything seemed effortless, and both my driver and iron play was very solid. At the end of the day I came in with a 34 (-2), hit 7 out of 9 fairways, hit all 9 GIR's, and had 16 putts. I missed a pretty easy 10 foot birdie putt on the first hole, but also made about a 20 foot birdie putt on #4 that I wouldn't expect to make often, so I consider that a wash. Aside from that, there weren't really any shots I look back on and think man, I cost myself a stroke there. That doesn't mean there wasn't room for improvement, but I just don't feel like I cost myself any shots.

I have another practice round scheduled for Saturday morning when I will be able to get in a full round, and then the next weekend starts a stretch of 3 straight tournaments, the first of which is at this course. I really hope I can take this round and build off of it going into these tournaments... I know there's not really much of a point to this post, but I just wanted to share with you guys. I'm pumped!

 

You blew your load, man!  The tournament is gonna be terrible now!

 

 

Kidding.  Nice job.

post #5 of 14
Great 9!

If you can do it once, you can do it in the tournament. c2_beer.gif
post #6 of 14
Thread Starter 

Appreciate the compliments guys. I've had a few under par 9-hole rounds this season, with 34 tying my best. All of those round have come on my home course though, which is shorter and less difficult. Also, I obviously play that course much more frequently, so I was excited to be able to translate the same game that I play at home to a more difficult and less familiar course.

 

Still waiting on my first under par 18-hole round. I've been close, but just never have been able to close it out. I really think yesterday was the day if I would have had time. I think a lot of it gets credited to a higher level of focus since I was playing alone and also walking the course. I always play better when I walk because I have more time to clear my head and think about the next shot. Playing alone also helps me focus too, but I do prefer to play with friends. Just enjoy the company more than shaving a stroke or two I guess.

post #7 of 14

Great round.  Just stay relaxed and tell yourself you have the ability.

post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by Maddog10 View Post

I usually try to be pretty modest, but I'm so excited about my round today that I just feel the need to share it with you guys. I've been playing my local course a lot lately, almost everyday actually, but today I was able to slip away from work a little early and decided to make the drive to a course that I haven't played yet this year which is quite a bit tougher than my home course. I only had time to get in 9 holes, but I have a tournament coming up at this course and felt that a quick practice round could do me some good. I played from the blue tees (71.6, 132) which for the front 9 comes out to 3,324 yards.

Long story short, this was the best ball striking day I've put together all season. Everything seemed effortless, and both my driver and iron play was very solid. At the end of the day I came in with a 34 (-2), hit 7 out of 9 fairways, hit all 9 GIR's, and had 16 putts. I missed a pretty easy 10 foot birdie putt on the first hole, but also made about a 20 foot birdie putt on #4 that I wouldn't expect to make often, so I consider that a wash. Aside from that, there weren't really any shots I look back on and think man, I cost myself a stroke there. That doesn't mean there wasn't room for improvement, but I just don't feel like I cost myself any shots.

I have another practice round scheduled for Saturday morning when I will be able to get in a full round, and then the next weekend starts a stretch of 3 straight tournaments, the first of which is at this course. I really hope I can take this round and build off of it going into these tournaments... I know there's not really much of a point to this post, but I just wanted to share with you guys. I'm pumped!

 

"Everything seemed effortless"

 

Your quote says it all....don't try to kill the ball.

 

Have fun...........

post #9 of 14
Good round sir
post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by teed off View Post
 

 

"Everything seemed effortless"

 

Your quote says it all....don't try to kill the ball.

 

Have fun...........

 

+1

post #11 of 14
Thread Starter 

Went back for another round after work and followed it up with a 33 (-3)... This course really is much easier than I remember, as long as you stay out of trouble. Lots of water, OB, and waste areas that can lead to a big number on a hole, but if you keep the ball in the fairway it's quite easy. It's not unreasonable for a really good golfer to be -4 through the first 4 holes. After that though it starts a pretty tough stretch... I ended up making it through 15 holes before it got dark and was -4. Something about this course brings out the best of me I guess lol, or maybe it's just a matter of confidence when playing there.

 

In the "What would a PGA tour pro shoot at your course" thread, someone was pointing out that the pros may not do as well as we would think because of the poor putting surfaces and bad lies they would get compared to a PGA course. Well I think this holds more merit than I originally believed when participating in that thread. I thought my local course was one of the easier courses in the area, but after playing this course a couple time this week, the pros would absolutely tear it apart. The fairways are better, the greens roll better, and all of this has contributed to me being able to score "below average" rounds, despite the course rating being significantly higher. It's amazing how much better my putting and wedge play has been this week while playing this course.

 

I need a bad round to bring me back down to earth. Otherwise I'm going to keep paying to play this course instead of going back home where I'm a member.

post #12 of 14

Hopefully...it's a nine hole tourney!!  Nice playing and good luck!

post #13 of 14

Nice playing!

 

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Originally Posted by Maddog10 View Post

 I only had time to get in 9 holes... hit 7 out of 9 fairways, hit all 9 GIR's

Curious- were there no par 3s or do you consider a par 3 GIR as a fairway hit (or did you simply make a typo)?

post #14 of 14
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Curious- were there no par 3s or do you consider a par 3 GIR as a fairway hit (or did you simply make a typo)?

It was a typo. I just noticed it on the card that I kept. There are 7 potential FW's and I counted two misses. Somehow I translated that to 7/9 on the card and then typed it here. It actually should have been 5/7. Good catch.
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