Got it! Mound is steep so shoulders may have been close to parallel but probably not. And I didn't open the clubface more than a smidgen. And my strength factor sure wasn't enough. I will remember the tip. Thanks, -Marv
That's deep, even for Texas. Since it's downhill, you can have some loft - might try sand or lob wedge - a pro taught me a shot that can work. You've got to line yourself up so your shoulders are parallel to the hill. Take a normal grip and then open the face completely by turning your wrists clockwise. Swing steeply and downwards with force to cut through the grass - the face will close back to square- should pop it up. Haven't tried it on a downhill lie - but the ball is going to come out lower from that lie and with that rough, which is why I'd try it with a 58-60 first. It's a tough shot with the ball being held up in the grass - that's one I'd have to practice if I played that course.
Hahah! Yeah, the rough is there intentionally. The course is Split Rail in Aledo, TX, a nice course. The hole is very short dogleg left. A bomber could probably drive it. The drive is across a deep creek through about a 50-76 yard narrow chute of very tall trees where it opens to a narrow fairway. Left are trees and the meandering creek. Right is open but front and right are bunkers. Steep, 12-15' mounds intentionally guard the right and the back of the green. These have the deep grass to trap the wayward ball (mine). Anyway, quite a hole. This is the second time I've had the problem. I may have done well to pop it in the trap, I guess! -Marv
Neither am I, but I'm learning to face reality.
Your post reminds me of my Mom. When she was in he 70's she'd tell us how she'd get charging around doing housework and would end up out of breath. She said, "I know I'm over 70 in my head, but in my heart I'm still 19!"