Too bad only 10 of 14 drives hit the fairway.
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I hit my final shot on the range today. I'd been hitting it poorly all day but struggling through it, and haven't been sharp with my ballstriking in over a week. I knew my posture and my transition were the culprits but nothing got the ball to curve left properly all day, and I was trying to draw 90% of the shots. I hit maybe a dozen good shots but they were all completely forced, not effortless and efficient.
I set up to just make solid contact with a smooth 7 iron, hitting my standard draw. I always like to hit a good confident shot for the last one. I bladed it and sent it right like so many others, and caused my back to go from slight nagging pain from trying to force my swing to work, to an aggravated condition that decisively ended the full swing practice before I made it worse. I stretched, practiced short game for a while longer without aggravating the pain, stretched again and rested. It's no longer bothering me at this point and I'm continuing to rest it for a few days since the weather is so bad. Nothing serious but you simply don't try to play on a bad back, especially if you're 23.
It was a terrible shot but it told me unmistakably that I was going backwards. Normally I'd grind through the bad shots and hit another 4 buckets until I found the needed adjustments and results materialized, but actual pain isn't normal outside of fatigue. So it saved me from a lot more trouble. A shot that bad did me a favor because I was fully committed to hitting it and failed completely. Most of my good shots teach me nothing; this one wasn't pretty and it wasn't fun and I wanted to charge after the ball screaming obscenities and set it on fire, but it definitely taught me something.
I'm making a bit of a swing change as a result. In fact I'm going for a more consistent method that resembles some of my better swings, which will also place less strain on the lower back and more on the legs and upper back. The main change is my posture, which was suffering as I tried to make the club reach the ball from a too-upright torso position. I'm pointing my left shoulder lower at the top, staying more centered with my turn in an attempt to swing more in to in. I'm also trying to clear my right side since it felt to be getting in the way lately on the way to impact (I'd straighten up and lose my spine angle from address, but my right hip bumped towards the ball and left no room for my hands to get to impact even though my weight was shifted, I had to come over the top or play the ball far from my body and step through the shot to reach it). I could turn farther back the old way, with my hands deeper, but it made me keep the club too flat at the top and prevented everything else from moving as freely or in sequence. I had to do crazy things to hit anything decent, and had a hard time with partial swings.
Practice swings with the two styles were like flipping the pain switch on and off, respectively. A lot less conscious hand manipulation with the new way and I could feel the club better since it was in a more upright position at the top and I was better connected. Not exactly sure what will happen with the driver or on hard shots, but I'm fairly certain I'm getting enough power to hit my usual distances with no trouble.
Yesterday, I faded my tee shot just into the woods that lined the hole. Had a small opening between two pine trees. 176 to the center. I had a clean lie but it was on pine needles. Hit a beautiful 5 iron through the gap and it faded toward the green like it had eyes. Landed on the green about 20 feet from the pin. Two putt par. Couldn't have been happier.
Never had a hole in one, and just another close call here. About a 120 yard par 3, but downhill and wind at my back, so I hit a gap wedge. Landed about four feet past the hole and checks back to about a foot. Must've rolled right past the hole. As it was spinning back I was begging it to go in, lol.
1st hole tonight. Pushed my drive right, ended up just in the trees. Had to punch out backwards, as it was my only path. Ended up in sand. Duffed the sand shot to about 110 from the pin.
Then, I hit my pitching wedge nice and easy with a little right to left movement and it rolls just past the hole, settling to within 1 foot. Best bogey of my life. I was thinking a double or even triple after duffing the sand shot.
On the 9th hole of the Blue Course at Eisenhower Park, I teed off with my TaylorMade RBZ 3HL (basically a 17 degree 4 wood) and hit a straight ball down the left side of the fairway 278 yards. I actually knew the second it left the club it was a home run I yelled BOO YA KASHA from watching Ninja Turtles with my daughter. I marked it off with my GPS watch.
The next ball I hit a knock down wedge too strong to a back pin and had to chip and save par, which I did. I should never complain about any pars!
406 yard par 4, sent my drive into the first cut on the right. The lie looked safe from the tee, but as I approached the ball I notice that it is 6 feet back of a giant spruce tree with about 4 feet of clearance under the lower limbs...Theres no way to fade it around the tree, so I pull out my 5 iron and punch it under the tree 160 yards and it rolls up to 6 feet from the pin.
Best shot of the week. It wasn't me, but my co-worker. We were playing in a 4 man scramble company tournament on Saturday, at Hyland Hills Golf Course.
We're playing from the white tees, so the holes were playing short for us. We normally play blues at this course.
So we arrive at the 9th hole Par 4 330yd, very tight driving hole, tree lined fairways. I used my 3WD and put it center fairway about 240. So now that we're safe, my co-worker, who is and really long, he lets loose. What a monster he hit.
We knew it was good, but didn't know for sure how close to the green. We pull up in our carts, and there is his ball, sittin on the green!
We 2 putted for birdie.
We ended up shooting 1 under 71 which was good for 6th place out of 29 teams.
What a great day.