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88 today at Pompano Municpal's lovely Pines course. (71.6, 124, 6612)

Short game was as good as it has ever been.  I got up and down 6 times.  Good thing too because my approach irons were way off due to my recent swing changes.

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79 (40-39) today. 1 birdie, 9 pars, 8 bogeys. Just another ho-hum round.

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72 today on Pinehurst #6. 35/37.  Sandy Par on the 1st hole. A good day for fairways and greens. Had 11 Fairways and 14 GIR’s.  2 birdies, 3 bogeys. Boggied the last hole from 122. Back pin, flew the green. Oh well!

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Played nine holes after hitting a bucket today. I shot a 42, but it should’ve been better. After parring the tough first hole, a walking twosome invited me to join them. Driver in hand on the second hole, nerves buzzing, I pounded it 240 yards down the middle of the fairway. Hit it onto the green and three-putted from about 20 feet. The rest of the nine was fairly quiet, save for the ninth hole.

After hitting a routine drive down the middle, I went boldly for the par-5 in two and pulled it left into the trees (possibly OB), but I got lucky and it kicked out. I had a hardpan lie for my third shot. Tried to bump-and-run it to the green from about 85 yards, and duffed it. Take number two on the bump-and-run came up a foot short. Rammed the putt by the hole, then missed that coming back and tapped in for a double. The twosome I was playing with continued to the back nine. I wish I could’ve played the back too, because they were fun to play with.

I’m playing again tomorrow morning, maybe Tuesday, and then Thursday, so a good number of my posts in this topic to follow in the next few days.

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I shot myself in the foot with 11 3-putts. Sadly I actually hit several GIR then failed to convert most of them.

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Yesterday’s round was no better than okay. 44 on the front with five pars, a bogey, two doubles and a triple, so not very consistent at all. Ballstriking was okay except for the hole where I had a triple. The hole I tripled was the par-3 seventh, a hole I normally play well. But I near shanked my tee shot, hit a terrible chip that ran off the back of the green, hit a bump-and-fun that came up short, then I three-putted from the fringe.

The back nine was more consistent, and I shot 47. Only two pars on the back, on the par-5 tenth and the long and tough par-4 thirteenth. But the main difference in the front and back nine today is that all three of my OB tee shots came on the back nine. I made two doubles and a triple on those holes. Putting was okay (34), and the second of my two three-putts came on the fourth hole. I was leaving putts short all day, which was making me mad, since I don’t normally leave a lot of putts short. Most of my misses are long.

Not a great round yesterday, but I’m playing again in a few hours, so I’ve got a chance to redeem myself today.

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96, 47/49. Driver gone stone cold. Tried everything to get it right then realized my swing with irons were fine. So one the last two holes just used a long chipping stroke with the driver just to get off the tee box and on the fairway.  And just like that my swing came back.  I hate/love this game.  

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Today I played at Hillandale Golf Course, which measures just over 6K from the whites (par 71). 

This round was an excellent round, and it’s one that I’ll remember for a while. It didn’t start out that way though. I parred the first hole, bogeyed the par-5 second, and tripled number three after missing the green from a chip and three-jacking from three feet. I then ripped through the last six holes on the front nine at just one over, leaving my front nine score at 40. The back nine is where it got interesting. Hole-by-hole through the fourteenth:

No. 10: Bomb down the middle, PW to green, two-putt for par.

No. 11: Iron to middle of fairway, hybrid just short, up-and-down for par.

No. 12: 5W to right side of fairway, 9I to green, two-putt for par.

No. 13: Driver to fairway, 7I short, up-and-down for par.

No. 14: Sliced drive, 6I layup, 9I to green, two-putt for par.

At this point, I was still +5 on the day, just one over on the last 11 holes. Then I pulled my tee shot on the par-3 fifteenth, tried a bump-and-run that came up short, then couldn’t make an up-and-down for bogey. Seven over. 

The 16th was better. After a tee shot that just missed the fairway, I took dead aim at the pin and hit it a tad long, still on the green. Two-putt for par.

Now to the par-3 17th, where I pulled a 7I dead left (the third time in a row I’ve done it on that hole), and made double from there. I’ll spare the details of that hole. 

On to the 480-yard par-5 18th, which was playing slightly downwind. I needed a birdie to shoot 79, and I knew it. In a golf camp once where I played from the golds here (makes the par-5 hole 430 yards), I needed a four to shoot 39 on the side and did so, making an 8-footer. I felt confident that I could do it again today.

I gave the drive all I had, and I was rewarded with a long and straight drive. When I reached my ball, I saw the 225-yard marker a few paces in front of me. The green was in play. I went for it and hit it a bit right, but still in the fairway. I knew then that a personal best was just a formality, because I would’ve needed to take eight shots to get down to not beat my record of 85. My pitch shot settled ten feet out, leaving me with a solid chance for the birdie I wanted. I took a bit longer than usual on this putt, and then sent it on it’s way. Perfect line...but it stopped a roll short of a birdie and 79. I tapped in for a par and 80. A new personal best by five shots!

This was some of the most consistent  ballstriking I’ve ever had. I’ve definitely putted better, but I’m satisfied with how I putted (with the exception of one hole). Chipping, for the most part, was also solid. No lost balls today, unlike yesterday. 

Another thing I’m proud of, maybe this more than anything. Starting on the 11th hole, thoughts started to materialize about the fact that I could break 80 today. Before those thoughts got through my head, I was able to push them out and concentrate on the shot I had to hit right then. It wasn’t easy, but I did it. 

But, if I hadn’t three-putted on the third hole, I would’ve shot 79 or even a 78. I’m still thrilled with an 80, especially after I shot a 91 yesterday.

Edited by dagolfer18

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Really nice round today. Best driving round of my life. Was blocking the driver for weeks and I went to range and really worked on tempo and not rushing things at the top. For the last 3-4 weeks everything has gotten better and better culminating in a round today where I hit 10/11 fairways. I’m not counting the 2 holes I went for the green off the tee and missed them. I hit 12/18 GIR. Shot +3 on front and even on back. 11 pars, 2 birds and 5 bogeys. Best round of the season for me. Maybe the best ball striking round I’ve had ever. My misses were all solid except for the 3 wood I went at the 1st green in 2 with. Feeling very happy with where my game is right now.

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Had a good overall round today, 72. Hit a lot of greens and fairways. Had opportunities for birdies (defined as putts from 15 ft to 6 ft for me); but did not make any of those putts. My only birdies were a 3 ft and a chip in.

 

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83 from the back tees today. 44 on the front with 3 pars, 4 bogeys, and 2 double bogeys. Straightened it out with a 39 on the back with 2 birdies, 2 pars, and 5 bogeys.

The Bermuda rough is getting up there between 2 to 3.5 inches. It costs at least a stroke every time I'm in the rough, more if we can't find the ball.

I know, don't hit it there.

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77 today at Castle Oaks in N. California. 70.5/124/6356. A lot of back pins today so several holes played longer than listed. 12 pars, 6 bogies and several missed birdie chances. Only 4 fairways, but 10 GIR and 4 up and downs. 2, 3-putt GIR.

I broke 80 for the second consecutive time, the previous was my first. My index is down to 11 from 14.2 and this 5.6 differential replaces a 14.5 differential. I think my index is going into single digits tomorrow, which satisfies my main goal for 2020.

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An even 100 (51/49).  This time we played Harbour Pointe from the whites which is just over 6,000.   At first I thought if hole 1 was any indicator it was going to be a long day.  Had a triple on the opening par 4.  Things changed quickly as the next hole was a par 5 bogey.  I was feeling a certain sense of being in the groove after shaking the fiasco of the first hole.  Hole 3 is a par 3 and I normally hit the 4h from the whites.  So I tee up and fly the green by a good 20 yards!  If all my shots could be that good.  The rest of the day included some great drives, really good approach shots (only 2 GIR's but about 8-9 nGIRs = A VERY GOOD DAY).  The best part of the day was only one "snowman" - rare for me.  Worst moment of the day - hole 13, drive is to the right in the edge of the trees.  Stooopid me says "I can shoot the gap in those trees and be back on the fairway past the dogleg".  The golf gods were not smiling at my very poor course management decision and I was promptly rewarded with a pine tree kick back.  That was the snow man hole!.  Have to say it was a very enjoyable round that I would take any day.  Key lesson for the day - remember course management beats ego every time!  

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Went to the golf course to work today, but ended up they didn't need me. So I went out and got on as a single. Shot a nice round of 69 (-3). Short wedges were a little off, but the putter was decent and so was the short game. Driver was great.

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While struggling with the game over the last few weeks, today was a real surprise.

Started out birdie, par, par, par, par, bogey, par, par, par, for an even 36.

On the back it was bogey, par, birdie, birdie, par, bogey, par, par, par, for another even 36.

Happy with the 72, but it could have been so much better.

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Today I played a somewhat unfamiliar track (only played it once before). Front nine was awesome: six pars, two bogeys and a double for a 40. The back nine started well with a five on the tough par-4 tenth and a par on the short, but treacherous (a bit like TPC Sawgrass, with an island green and only 120 from whites) par-3 eleventh. But disaster struck to the tune of a triple bogey 8 on the next hole, mainly due to a lost ball off the tee, and a 75-yard wedge shot in the bunker. 

But on the last six holes, I bounced back. Three pars, three bogeys, and nearly holing a bunker shot, resulting in one of my pars. A 43 on the back, and an 83 total. I’m very proud of that, especially with an eight! I’ve gone from consistent low 90s to consistent 80s in just over a month. Another thing I’m proud of! Another plus was the fact that the pro shop trusted me with a golf cart (I’m getting my license Monday), so I was able to escape most of the heat.

As for my game, driving off the tee was a little shaky (only six fairways), but I canceled that out with solid irons (9/18 GIR, great for me, even better because the greens are smaller than those at my home course), a solid short game (6/14 scrambling, again, very solid for me), and a personal record of 28 putts, eight single putts and no three putts. All in all, a great day!

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