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Played 9 this morning / midday with the 5yr old grandson.  He was definitely the better player today.  Not a par or better to my name.  Putting was erratic (again the greens here are difficult at best (bare spots, erratic growth grass, etc.)) and the ball had no zip off the clubs.  Score was a disappointing 51 as I was looking to be in the low 40's at worst today.  Oh well, some days are meant to be just enjoying a 5-yr old play with abandon and do well.   And hopefully there will be tomorrow where we can go again.    

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4 different courses in 4 days. Three I play regularly, the fourth which was today is one I have wanted to play for the past couple of years.  Booked the tee time and was there in plenty of time to get some time on the putting green.  That was the best decision ever as these were the best kept, quickest greens I have played all year.  They had heavy rains last night and that meant "cart path only" so this meant a lot of thinking through the shots and how to keep from having to walk too much.  So how did I do - 44 front, 47 back for a 91 with only 1 triple bogie, 2 double bogies and 3 pars.  With the course as wet as it was, I quickly realized it would be a club up kind of day.  However once in the red zone (5yds or less from the green edge, you could putt at will).  While there were only 2 GIR, I had another 5 nGIR - which made scrambling for par easier.  Total of 33 putts, an all time low for 18 holes!  Like I said these greens made putting fun.  Great round and it has been a fun week of golf.  

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I am getting very tired of these slow starts. 6-6-5-4. 6 over before  hit the 5th tee. Doesn't matter how many I hit at the range, it always seems to take me 4 holes to loosen up and settle in......

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 Had a birdie lip out on the final hole yesterday which would have given me a 67 and equal my age. But 68 is only the 2nd time I've ever shot that so pretty happy anyway. Golf is a crazy game. Last week I played 3 rounds and only had 1 birdie total. This week after 3 rounds I've had 15 birdies. Playing from the senior tees of course but this is the best golf I have played at anytime in my life and I have been at for over 50 years. Maybe it's time to retire. Ha. 

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Back to the "regular" course today - rough greens and all.  Shot 94 (45 /49).   Played the back nine first with the first three holes (all par 4's) being double bogies.   I knew this was going to be an interesting day for sure.  Good thing - no triples today.  Too many doubles though with a total of six and only one par.  These greens are tough to play as they are either real sparse on good grass or the grass is like putting on cut pile (you have to really stroke through the ball to get the roll).  It calls for one to pin hunt to keep the putter distances as short as possible.  

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Shot 85, 41/44. Lost 3 balls on two water holes but cleared one.  Overall a decent round for me.  Two 7’s on the card 😡.

Hooked up with another single and had an enjoyable day.  
Question though.  How does humidity affect distance? I find I have to club up. The ballflight looks right but when the ball lands its short.  

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Thursday I shot 85 on a course I’ve never played before while on vacation.    It moved my handicap down to its lowest since moving 4 years ago.  I had 2 years where I didn’t get to play a lot, however before that I could play 3-4 days per week with good practice sessions before.   I got down to an 8.  My index is now 13.5 which is the lowest since trying to slowly come back for the past 4 years.  
 

Being on the down trend, the guy that runs our Sunday game was nice enough to call me a Sandbagging MF…..when our team won before I left.  🙂

 

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Shot 85 from the tips at Quail Brook for an 11.1 differential. Hit 9 GIR. I’m starting to drive the ball better and it’s exposing weaknesses in other areas of my game.

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My usual dbl bogie- bogie- bogie start till the back let me swing. Settled in and was 4 over at the turn after an additional bogie nullified by a bird.  Was even on the back till we hit a log jam on the tee of 15. lost concentration and bogied in. 80. 

I would like to add, I wasn't having a particularly  good ball striking day. I could have easily shot a lot worse, but the forgiveness of the T300s and a good day with the flat stick kept me out of the mid 80s.  

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Shot 83 today, 16 GIR/nGIR, 31 putts, and 3 penalty strokes.

Considering the high GIR/nGIR amount (for me), I should have had a better score, but I had three very costly swings that I estimate cost me 4-5 strokes.

1) Approach shot OB on #2, ended up making triple bogey.

2) Tee shot on #6 into penalty area, but managed bogey with a good approach after penalty drop.

3) Easy sand shot on #14 that I picked perfectly clean instead of hitting sand, and launched about 60 yards over the green into the native junk/weeds. Ended up making double bogey after it took two more shots from knee high grass to get onto the green.

Drove the ball well today, and short game COVID-19 day 6 and 7 drills are continuing to pay off. Missed some makeable birdie putts, but no 3-putts, so overall putting was fine.

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Weird day. My short game was killing me and then I got it in high gear. Parred the last 6 holes. 

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A strange round of golf yesterday. I played from the red tees (plays just 5350 yards). 

My ballstriking is not very crisp these days, but hopefully I can sort that out soon. It was a round of two halves, as usual.

Front 9: 

Could not hit fairways or greens at all on the front, 2/9 greens and 2/6 fairways, but still shot +2 on the front. That includes 2 shots in the bunker on hole 4, a horrible misshit that lead to a double on hole 7, topped my driver 80 yards twice and the only 2 fairways I hit were with short irons in hand. 11 putts on the front 9 says a lot about that tretch of holes.  Birdie on both par 5s on the front is allways nice.  37 shots, par 35

Back 9: 

A little better ballstriking even though I hit 2 shots OB, leading to a tripple and a double, 4/7 fairway and 4/9 greens. The short game was more off here and I left a couple of chips a bit short. 17 putts is not as good as I'd like it to be. 1 threeputt, but I think I would threeputt from there more often than not, as it was a 60 foot downhill putt with a lot of break where I gave it a little to much speed. Birdie on hole 15 (short par 3) and on hole 17 was nice, and I missed a short birdieputt on, the tough par 3, 11. Had 165 yards in after a decent drive on the par 5 18, but managed the top the approach and miss the green from 90 yards after that and walk off with a bogey after also missing the 5 foot par save. 44 shots, par 37. 

81 shots is not bad, but I make to many misstakes from tee, making golf a lot harder than it needs to be. I hit driver on 8 holes: 1 fairway hit (265 yards), 1 OB, hit short and low slices mostly except from the two topped 80 yard ones, avg. 240 yards today. My drives are usually 270-320 yards depending on wind and course, so my driving is not where it should be. My short game is not perfect, but it's certainly better than my hcp right now. 

Playing a round at an away course today. There is a curse hanging over that course that needs to be lifted. Good luck me 😉

 

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Another 75 today. I've been playing my best golf ever my last 4 rounds I've gone +3, +4, +3, +3. It has been a consistent flow of the rounds though. I get off to a bad first 3-4 holes and wind up a few over par, get super hot make a bunch of birdies and fight back to even par or better, then the last few holes I fall apart. Just need to clean some stuff up, hit more fairways, make a few more par saving putts and I'm right there. One of my goals for the year was to have an under par round I think it's just a matter of time I need to just keep pushing. The putting work I've been doing recently has definitely helped a ton not that long ago my career high was 3 birdies but the last 4 rounds I've had 5 in two, 4 in another, and 2 in the last so that is confidence inspiring. 

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Yesterday I carded a 74 on Pinehurst #5. 37 a side, 2 birdies, 4 bogeys.  White tees, not long at 6178 yards.  What felt good about the round was using my newly acquired TS2 17* hybrid with one of my favorite shafts a Fujikura Atmos TS 8 Stiff, Blue.  It felt great!

Today I couldn’t wait to again put the Hybrid into play on Pinehurst #2!  It played well again today especially into Par5’s.  Played them -2 (2 pars, 2 birdies!).  It was a good day again, played White tees at 6307 yards, shot 39/37.  12 Fairways, 10 GIR’s and only 27 putts.

Today was round 142 for the year. (don’t hate me) 😀

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Four rounds to catch up on:

7/20: Finally got my bro out to Croasdaile to play. I shot 51-44 from the blues that included a nine on the 9th hole. Didn’t putt well: a four putt and four three putts. My bro shot 59 on the front, which isn’t bad at all for him since the front is the tougher side out there, but he played awful on the back.

7/23: Back to the home course for the next three rounds. This one was a nice little 87 where I made a quad on the par-3 third and a triple on 14, but played well apart from that, including back to back birdies on 9 and 10.

7/30: I played the day after we got back from vacation and shot a pretty poor 96. Made a nine on the second hole and it just went downhill from there: 49-47 were the final numbers.

8/1: The best round of the four: shot 40 on the front with no doubles, then a 44 on the back which included a triple on 13 and a double on 17. Total is 84, which I’m super happy with. Also dropped my handicap from 13.8 to 13.5.

I’m probably gonna play tomorrow as well, so looking forward to that!

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78 (7.7 differential) today in our tournament at Stony Creek.  With my bloated  11.2 index that got me enough handicap strokes to tie for first.  At the beginning of our tournament season in May, my goal was to just participate and not embarrass myself, keep it under 90.  It felt good today.  

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