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Random Friday Thoughts

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bkuehn1952

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Disappointment – For me the most disappointing result in golf is when I hit a green in regulation and then 3-putt.  Yes, a “5” on a par 4 is a bogey no matter how one achieved that result.  Still, having a GIR and then throwing it away with my putter stings a bit more.  I am going to make a fair amount of mistakes and poor shots during a round and they often lead to bogey (or worse!).  When I manage to put together a decent drive and a well struck approach shot, I really need to make par (or better).

Peer Pressure – Our tournaments are flighted and generally I am the shittiest player in the “A” flight. I have noticed that I tend to get a bit anxious at times, probably because subconsciously I feel the need to show the other “A” players that I actually belong in the “A” flight.  I don’t really care what everyone else is doing during a round and I suspect the same is true for the other “A” flighters.  Still, the anxiety is there.

Provisionals – I hit quite a few provisionals in the tournaments I play.  Few are ever needed but if I can’t see the ball or know almost exactly where it stopped, I am not reluctant to hit a provisional.  Early in my tournament experience, I had to make the walk (or drive) of shame a couple times.  Knock on wood but it has been a long time since I had to make that trip.

Sand - Ever notice how from similar lengths, a bunker shot that has to clear a lot of sand seems more difficult than one that has a shorter distance in which to clear the bunker?  I suspect I hit similar quality of shots but the ones that go shorter than desired are much worse when they remain in the bunker.  One can get a fortunate bounce if the ball gets on to the grass.

Hole Outs – I make my share of chip-ins and even holed out two shots from over 100 yards in the same round this year.  The one thing that I seem to never do is hole out sand shots.  I can only recall doing it twice in the past 20 years.  I make sand saves about 25% of the time so it is not as if I am completely incompetent from the sand.

Retirement - My wife, sister and younger brother all recently retired.  I am the last one in our family working.  That sucks!  ;)  Maybe I will fix that situation next year.  I already play over 100 times a year even though I often don’t touch my clubs for 90-100 days in winter.  It is hard to imagine I will play more often but it will be fun to try.

Golf in the Rain – We played a round recently with a steady light rain for most of the round.  It was warm enough (70’s) and not windy so being wet was not uncomfortable.  I did not wear my rain suit and just relied upon the cart roof, rain hat & umbrella.  It was fun having the course to ourselves.  My rain gloves once again proved to be indispensable.

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Are you considering hitting fewer provisionals?

Really, you're only supposed to hit them if you fear it may be lost or OB. Just because you can't see it and don't know exactly where it is doesn't mean you get to hit a provisional.

Still, better to err on the side of "too many" than "too few."

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Have to agree with the "Disappointment" thought.

Scoring a bogey after a GIR is so much more demoralizing than a bogey after a poor tee or approach shot - even though both are exactly the same on the scorecard.

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53 minutes ago, iacas said:

Are you considering hitting fewer provisionals?

Really, you're only supposed to hit them if you fear it may be lost or OB. Just because you can't see it and don't know exactly where it is doesn't mean you get to hit a provisional.

Still, better to err on the side of "too many" than "too few."

I understand I shouldn't hit a provisional just because it rolled over a hill.  I am talking more about a ball that goes over a hill and while likely stopped short of the tree line, could have rolled into trouble with a hard bounce.  I'll hit a provisional rather than assume the best.  Many of my fellow competitors wear rose colored glasses and make the trip back way too often.

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