A few rounds to catch up on in the past week and a half or so:
9/8: I made a kind of rash decision to play Lake Winds after school. Not the best round: 46-45 for 91. I didn’t hit the ball poorly at all, but the greens there completely screwed me over. I should’ve been closer to 85.
9/11: Teed off around 7:15 in the morning at The Challenge. Another less than stellar performance: this one was a 50-50 from the blues that made for my first triple digit score since early June.
9/14: Back to Umstead for this round, and I played well this time. I shot 44 on the front, which is nothing special. But then I birdied the tenth and rode that momentum to a 42 on the back for 86. Because I played the blues, this round dropped my handicap to 11.6.
9/16: I wanted to play River Ridge again, so off we went to Raleigh. My prediction? An even 42-42. I missed the front nine by two strokes after I doubled the attackable par-3 ninth. I started the back with four straight pars, then went on to shoot 40 on the back for an 84. Honestly the only thing that didn’t click was off the tee because I wasn’t hitting fairways, but even then I was hitting it well.
My index now sits at 11.3. I’ve come a long way from starting the year at an 18 handicap!
I use the shotbyshot app to calculate strokes gained and I believe he explains it that if you use a normal putting stroke, barely off the green then count it as a putt. If you are further off and deciding between chipping/pitching/putt and use a putter, that's a short game stroke. Like @iacassaid in the next post, it's a zero sum with short game and putting but that's how i think about it.