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First hole in a while. We had a group waiting to start behind us and a random guy paired with us. A 427 yard par 4. Hit the driver straight for my longest ever drive of 287 yards. I guess I need an audience. 

Proceeded to hit my 8 iron on the green and naturally 3 putted for bogey 🤬

 

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I’ve got 3, all from the same round:

1) I had a really good start to my round on New Year’s Eve. After a perfect 5W to the middle of the fairway on the short par-4, I had 85 yards, downwind. Briefly thought about flying it in, but decided to hit a chippy PW and run it up to the pin. I hit it perfectly and watched it bounce once and roll pin-high to 4ft. Made the birdie putt.

2) On the tenth hole, my second shot finished in a greenside bunker, which was a shot I was dreading. Landed it about 3ft on the green and it trickled to within a foot. Was nice to make par from the sand, which I almost never pull off.

3) On the short par-5 14th, I hit a beautiful drive to the middle of the fairway. Had 210 into a shallow but wide, downwind, with two deep bunkers staring me in the face, one in the middle, one on the right. I decided to start it at the left edge of the right-hand trap, and draw it in. I hit it kind of low, but exactly how I planned. It bounced short, and rolled onto and to the back of the green. I then proceeded to three-putt for par from there 😒

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It’s funny before the 40 footer, my son-in law was commenting how he has never seen me hit the ball like I was that day. Also I have always admired Jack Nicklaus from the beginning read his books and tips and over that putt that day like Jacks mind set I  send to myself Jay you can make this, In one of his books he said  “if you think your going to drop it you proudly will.” I have always said nobody has picked up a golf club better then Jack Nicklaus.

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Back pin, i missed the green on the back shortsiding myself. The round wasn´t quit going my way so i decided to just have fun and play an agressive lob. For a 15 yard shot I made a Driver Speed swing with my 60°. The ball skies rocket and after a while went down 5 feet in front of the hole, one bounce and the second was inside the hole. Birdie. 

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36 minutes ago, JayJB said:

I have always said nobody has picked up a golf club better than Tiger Woods.

Fixed that for you. :whistle:

 

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Best shot this week was a pitch onto the green on a par 5. Hit a well struck drive, but it was pushed about 50 yards right of where I was aiming and landed on an adjacent, parallel fairway. Had about 210 to the front of the green, with some tree trouble in my target line, but with my typical draw, the tree limbs should have been mostly out of play. Hit a 4-hybrid and it didn't draw at all, but luckily it was thin contact and flew under the branches. Had about 30 yards to the pin from a downhill lie in wet rough. Hit a perfectly executed pitch (using technique I've been practicing a lot) that one hopped and stopped about 5 feet from the pin. I did roll in the birdie putt.

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It’s been three weeks. Let’s start this topic up again. I had several good shots this week, but I couldn’t decided on just one of them, so I settled for the top four (plus an honorable mention), three of which were from today’s 9-hole round.

1) On the fourth hole today, I was sitting just outside the 100-yard marker, but the pin was in the back and I was playing into the headwind on that particular hole. I pulled a 9I and stuck it pin-high, 10-12 feet to the right. Two-putt par.

2) On the ninth hole, I was sitting about 220 after my near-perfect 3W drive. Opted to try for the green in two, and hit another near-perfect shot that finished five feet short. Up-and-down for birdie to finish the day!

3) This was probably my favorite shot of the week. On the fifth hole, I hit my second into the right-hand bunker. When I got up to the green, I found out part of the bunker was filled with water. The section with water was exactly where my ball sat. Instead of taking a free drop in the (somewhat) dry part of the bunker, I decided to play it. Popped it out nicely, and it rolled to about eight feet. Made a bogey, but from that lie, it could’ve easily been a lot worse.

4) This was from yesterday’s practice. My brother and I were doing an 18-hole up-and-down contest around the practice green. I was 1up through seven holes, and it was my turn to pick the hole (we alternated picking). I picked a very short chip, straight uphill. My chip was dead on line, and it rattled the flag and dropped. The pressure shifted to my brother, who had to make it to keep his deficit at a single hole. Dead center. I went on to win the match 4&2, adding on to my 5&4 putting challenge win earlier in the day, which was also 18 holes.

4.5) After our 2-hour practice session, we did a just-for-fun 3-hole challenge where he chipped normally, and I used the grip of the club to hit. I chipped one to about four feet. Lost the challenge by two or three strokes, but neither of us really cared about the outcome there.

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Topped my drive about 80 yards on a straight par-4. The topped drive came up just short of the start of the fairway, about 260 yards to the front of the green, but luckily the ball was sitting up nicely in the rough.

I had been topping the crap out of the ball this round, which is uncharacteristic of my game (more of a fat shot miss guy), so I was a bit anxious over the ball with a 5-wood, hoping I wouldn't top two in a row.

Said a little prayer to the fairway wood gods, made a great swing, and absolutely nuked it. The ball rolled out to about 10 yards short of the green. Proceeded to chip on, but to a bad spot, and 3-putted for a double. But the 5-wood approach was by far the best shot of the day for me. The type of shot that makes you temporarily forget all the doubles, triples and quadruples from the round.

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Chipping is weakest part of my game. Playing a couples scramble yesterday and one of the ladies put her drive on a 168 yd par 3 down a steep slope near water and a lot of duck butter. Others chipped and only 1 hit the green but 25 ft from pin. I loosely gripped 57 degree and it felt good...and looked better...into the cup for the bird. Nothing dramatic except me & chipping are not compatible.

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