110 to the flag, the ball was resting against the first cut. Weight forward with the PW, pulled it a little but I caught the bank and the ball rolled to within 2 feet of the hole. Made a birdie!
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Struggled all last season with getting distance from the the tee box and the fairway. Didn't matter where, i just could not get great distance. Driving average had dropped to around 240-250. 150 club had went to a 7 iron. Used to be a soft 8 or a nuked 9 iron. I blame it on the fact of hitting forty, and trying to correct my swing flaws and over thinking my swing.
First nine holes played exactly average for my new yardages. Stepped up to the number 10 tee box and ripped the best drive I have hit in over a year. 304 yard. (Confirmed with both range finder and GPS within 3 yard of each other. I have been getting around 270 on this hole recently.) Granted it was downhill, around 25 feet in elevation drop from the tee box to the landing area before a creek. But still 304. Definitely not expecting this to be the new norm, but I will take it.
Does it count if it was unintentional? Today, on a short dogleg left par 4, I hit a high draw off the tee with a 5i. I was trying to hit a straight shot to mid-to-right fairway that would set up maybe a 7i to the pin. The ball just cleared some trees in the inside left elbow, veering left and setting up a short approach shot from left fairway.
What did Lee Westwood say about the high draw? Me, I may never hit one like that again!
About 200 yards out from the green, I played my second shot to a Par 5 with a 4i into a strong headwind. The shot was the perfect trajectory and right at the pin. When I arrived at the green to assess my eagle putt, one of two thoughts crossed my mind.
1. I came up a little shorter than I expected.
2. HOW is my pitch mark in front of my ball, I hit a 4i from 200 for christs sake!
Anyone checked up a 4i on a flat green before!?
on 18, a long par 4 and my nemesis at the home course, pounded a drive down the left side and was left 190 to the pin, 175 to the front, normally a 5 iron. Unfortunately I was practicing with my 5-iron the day before and forgot to put it back in the bag. I decided to play it safe and hit the 6, OK with coming up a little short. Well, I hit it about damn near perfect, even with a really easy free swing. Ball mark was 3 ft short in line with the pin. Ball stuck on the second bounce and came back a couple of feet to finish about 6 feet from the pin. Missed the birdie, but my first par there in a few weeks.
I was driving for show and NOT putting for dough !!!
Hole #5, Fox Chapel Golf Club. I was training caddies on Sunday when I hit my second shot near the face of the bunker. This is the same hole that Greg Norman made a 7 in the Senior Players Championship when he found himself bunkered last summer. With compacted sand from the tough winter, and the face of the bunker taller than I am (6'3"), I figured that I would give it one swing, and then throw the ball onto the green. Well, my one swing was about as good as it gets without going into the hole. The shot lipped out and left me an 8" putt for par (which I made).
I hit a perfect shot today, but it didn't count!!!! LOL........damn!
I had 137yds into a stiff breeze quartering in from the right. I decided to cut an 8-iron......(I'm a lefty). Of course....the ball drifted too far in the wind and I missed the green on the left. I dropped a 2nd ball and decided to choke-down and punch a low draw at the pin with the same club. The wind held up the ball beautifully so it only drew about 2ft...the ball landed softly about 5ft short of the pin and it rolled into the cup like a putt! LOL..........OH WELL..... it was still fun watching the ball drop in the hole.
Fortunately...I did get up and down to save my par with my first ball because I would have been really pissssed if I made bogey with all things considered. LOL
There were several good shots this week. But I would have to say there was a great sequence of shots on #12 that all should rate as the best shots.
Here is the scenario:
A short par 4 (normally plays 325), but the tees were playing all the way up (roughly 300 yards on this day). For me the hole normally calls for a 200 yard shot (4H or 4I) off the tee and it leaves me a full PW in (sometimes I play a 3 or 5 wood but run the risk of it running out of fairway).
I was driving the ball amazing, so I pulled it out of the bag. It's a slight dogleg right and calls for a fade. With driver in hand, I hit it 257 w/the fade (have the Garmin S3 watch tracking the distance) and it just ran out of the fairway too long. Not that it mattered. The rough hasn't grown in NY and it was like being in the 1st cut. I had 75 to the back where the pin was tucked and had to pitch it over the bunker. I pulled my gap wedge since the wind was blowing and needed to keep it down. I made perfect contact and thought I might have sent it a little too far. I have no idea what happened, but it must have checked up because it was 7 feet beyond the pin (elevated green blocked my view). I made the putt for birdie after that.
I never played a hole so perfectly in my life!!!!
I had a hole-in-one-in-two.
Practice nine in the evening on my own. Seventh hole, par 3, hit first shot pin high and 20 feet right. Cut a bit, which I don't like, so I teed up another ball, which also cut. But this one I managed to pull, too, and it went straight in the hole on the second bounce.
Counts for nothing. Worth nothing. But fun to see it happen.