This Monday while playing River Forest (heavy emphasis on Forest) in Freeport, PA, I hit trees on 11 of 18 holes, and still managed to shoot an 81. Amazing! The best of my recovery shots came on #10. The hole is a dogleg left, par 4, with trees on the right and left, I tried to hit a high fade over the dogleg, and instead of a fade, I hit a draw (the Johnny Miller double-cross)
• I found myself deep in the trees with only a punch out shot, but two options, one conservative leaving an 80 yard pitch and one a little harder, but the ball had a chance to get close to the green
• I opted for the harder shot and pulled it left
• After pulling the ball left I waited to hear the ball hit a tree, but amazingly it barely missed two trees and ended up pin high with a 15 foot, left-to-right slider
While this was my best shot of the week, I wish that I could say that it was totally intentional and that I made the birdie putt, but neither one of those statements is true.
My best intentional shot of the week came one hole later on #11 at River Forest, a par 5, with trees right and left. I busted a drive down the left side of the fairway and only had about 230 to the green. I thought I could go for the green with my new Rocketballz 3 wood but pushed it to the right and into the trees.
• I found myself 110 yards to the hole and a very large tree between me and the pin with two options, a low punch under the branches or a high shot over the tree.
• Having hit a punch shot on the prior hole to 15 feet you would think that is what I did. Wrong! I elected to open up a nine iron and go over the tree.
• I hit the ball perfectly, barely missed the highest branch, and landed 12 feet short of the pin.
This time I did make the putt for a birdie, and after staring at two potential bogies, I played 10 and 11 in one under par. I love this game!