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Friends of mine are seemingly amazed that I can not only remember every shot in a round, but the distance, club, wind direction, lie, green break, etc.  And I often can do this for multiple rounds for a month or two before they fade from memory.  Sometimes on particularly good holes or rounds, this memory lasts for years.  They think I'm some kind of weirdo savant about this, but I don't think it's uncommon for some golfers at all.

Are you like this?

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At my age, I'm lucky if i can remember all the shots i hit on any one hole!😁

Friends of mine are seemingly amazed that I not only remember every shot in a round, but the distance, club, wind direction, lie, green break, etc.  And I often can do this for multiple rounds before they fade from memory.  Sometimes on particularly good holes or rounds, this memory lasts for years.  They think I'm some kind of weirdo savant about this, but I don't think it's uncommon for some golfers at all. Are you like this?

Yup, exactly. I can easily recall every shot from my last round, and as I'm sitting here thinking, I'm pretty sure I remember all from the previous round too. It does help that they're on different courses though. I could see how it could easily blend together if I kept playing the same courses

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Friends of mine are seemingly amazed that I can not only remember every shot in a round, but the distance, club, wind direction, lie, green break, etc.  And I often can do this for multiple rounds for a month or two before they fade from memory.  Sometimes on particularly good holes or rounds, this memory lasts for years.  They think I'm some kind of weirdo savant about this, but I don't think it's uncommon for some golfers at all.

Are you like this?

Not only can I, I can't imagine how one could not.

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I remember them all as well, for most rounds I can remember where I hit the ball, what kind of lie I had, what club I hit.  I can even go back to a course I haven't played in years and can remember what I did on each hole.

I can even remember my playing partners shots after rounds as well.

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My memory sucks, but I do keep a pretty detailed log of the "best and worst" shots of each round.    Figure one day when I'm sitting in the nursing home, it will be great to look back and recall all those rounds in detail and bring back memories ...

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Yes I do (unfortunately...haha). I use a phone app to keep track of my stats during the round and afterwards I try to replay each hole in my head to see what I did well and where I could improve. My recall is better on my home course, though, since it's easier for me to visualize each hole in greater detail.
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Shortly after a round I believe that I can remember each shot but after a short while it is the exceptionally good and bad shots that stand out.  I never play 18 holes and then figure out my score and about the only evidence I have for remembering each shot is dissecting the round on the 19th hole, and many times it is a playing partner that will jog your memory about a certain shot (like the drive OB that cost the match).  I have a 9 hole executive course near my house that I often just tally my scores in my mind after a round, but do not dwell on each shot.  To be honest I have never tried not keeping score for 18 holes and then try to recreate my score recalling each shot.  But then again, I have switched cars and driven to the golf course without my clubs.

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Key shots I remember for a while, both good and bad.  And my memory works better on a familiar course.

When I'm playing a course that I don't know well, I can't really give a shot by shot description of the round.  Sometimes one or two holes will stand out, and I'll be able to recall them until the next round.  After that, I don't really care.

I guess that for me once a stroke has been made, it's done.  Time to move on to the next one.

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And my memory works better on a familiar course.

When I'm playing a course that I don't know well, I can't really give a shot by shot description of the round.

I'm kind of the opposite, and I think it's because there is no confusion.  For example, Old Works.  I played there once, and it was a good round (that certainly matters) yet it was in June of 2013, and I VIVIDLY remember several of the shots during that round.  I certainly don't remember them all, but I remember a bunch of them.  And going back and looking at the course on google maps just now allowed me to recall a few more.  I could probably play connect the dots with my shots around that course and get about 3/4 of them correct.

I suspect after I play Pebble Beach, or Spyglass or any other easily memorable course only once it will be the same.

(One shot that I will NEVER forget for obvious reasons is my drive on #12.  Big push slice into the cliff that ricocheted back into the fairway ... and I birdied the hole. :-P )

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Yes, I can replay the previous round in my mind, but only for a day or so. Good, bad, and/or indifferent I can recall all of my shots.  Since those shots are "has beens", after a day or so I don't bother with them.

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I can remember most of the shots for a round. But, I can't remember the distances - especially of the putts - unless I write them down after each hole.

If I have played or walked a course twice, I can usually remember all the holes - in sequence. This includes the hole yardage for the tees I played, or for the tournament set-up. I guess I picked this up from my days as as caddie.

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Immediately after a round , yes, but if I wait another day, no way. In fact, I can't remember anything if I wait until the evening to record it. This is why Golflogix is nice, and Game Golf could be even better.

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And my memory works better on a familiar course.

When I'm playing a course that I don't know well, I can't really give a shot by shot description of the round.

I'm kind of the opposite, and I think it's because there is no confusion.  For example, Old Works.  I played there once, and it was a good round (that certainly matters) yet it was in June of 2013, and I VIVIDLY remember several of the shots during that round.  I certainly don't remember them all, but I remember a bunch of them.  And going back and looking at the course on google maps just now allowed me to recall a few more.  I could probably play connect the dots with my shots around that course and get about 3/4 of them correct.

I suspect after I play Pebble Beach, or Spyglass or any other easily memorable course only once it will be the same.

(One shot that I will NEVER forget for obvious reasons is my drive on #12.  Big push slice into the cliff that ricocheted back into the fairway ... and I birdied the hole. )

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Just FYI, looks like Old Works is in some financial trouble.  They almost shut down last October, but are trying to limp ahead and find enough funding to keep going.  Seems to be sort of a week to week thing.  There seems to be an ongoing battle between ARCO (owned by parent BP) and the local EPA Superfund director.  If the course closes, ARCO is apparently still responsible for cleaning up the toxic waste that the course serves as a cap for.  The articles I read never mentioned any potential costs involved in that, only the money the course needs to continue operation.

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Originally Posted by Fourputt

And my memory works better on a familiar course.

When I'm playing a course that I don't know well, I can't really give a shot by shot description of the round.

I'm kind of the opposite, and I think it's because there is no confusion.  For example, Old Works.  I played there once, and it was a good round (that certainly matters) yet it was in June of 2013, and I VIVIDLY remember several of the shots during that round.  I certainly don't remember them all, but I remember a bunch of them.  And going back and looking at the course on google maps just now allowed me to recall a few more.  I could probably play connect the dots with my shots around that course and get about 3/4 of them correct.

I suspect after I play Pebble Beach, or Spyglass or any other easily memorable course only once it will be the same.

(One shot that I will NEVER forget for obvious reasons is my drive on #12.  Big push slice into the cliff that ricocheted back into the fairway ... and I birdied the hole. )

Just FYI, looks like Old Works is in some financial trouble.  They almost shut down last October, but are trying to limp ahead and find enough funding to keep going.  Seems to be sort of a week to week thing.  There seems to be an ongoing battle between ARCO (owned by parent BP) and the local EPA Superfund director.  If the course closes, ARCO is apparently still responsible for cleaning up the toxic waste that the course serves as a cap for.  The articles I read never mentioned any potential costs involved in that, only the money the course needs to continue operation.

It could cost ARCO way more to clean it up than to upkeep the golf course.

Also, why is it that I am the only person who seems to feel uneasy about playing on a toxic waste dump? :blink:

And, BTW, I do remember all my memorable shots on courses I've never played prior. Which is why they are memorable, I suppose. . .

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