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Someone flipped on the winter switch here in my part of Wisconsin and it is snowing outside. The good news is that I’ve been able to make some additions and adjustments to the clubs in my bag. Fun to play around with different options in the winter months, sort and swap out options, sell or trade off old or not needed clubs and replace them with something else. I’m looking forward to hitting the range again and figuring out my new distances with these clubs currently in the bag.

Taylormade M2 driver @ 9.5*+2

TM M6 D-type 3wood 16*, 
TM M2 Rescue 3H@19* and 4H@22* ,
TM RocketBladez irons 5-9,PW,AW, SW(23*,26.5*,30.5*,35*,40*,45*,50*,55*),
TM Hi-Toe 60* wedge,
Ping Karsten 1959 Craz-E, or a Scotty
Bushnell Tour V3 rangefinder

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For the past several months (60 rounds) I have been playing pretty good golf. Pretty good for me anyways. 

Like others, who keep a registered handicap, I enter my scores, course, and slope ratings into my home course's data base, who in turn, keeps my handicap updated. This being the handicap I would use when playing in their sanctioned tournaments. 

I signed up the other day to play in an upcoming tournament. While at the course this morning I looked up the schedule for my starting time, and if I knew the guy I would be sharing the cart with. 9am, hole #7. I did not recognize my partener's name. 

What really stood out was that my handicap had dropped considerably. So much in fact, I thought there was a mistake. I went to the guy in chatge of such things, to find out what was up. 

We spent about 20 minutes going over the data I had been entering from the different courses I had been playing.  He said everything looked good, and that my handicap was correct.  I took his word for it. 

I don't profess to know how all the different data plays out. Playing tougher, or easier courses I know has a lot to do with changes.  I also know the formula, but I have always just let the folks in charge of the math figure it out.  

I am quite pleased with my current game. I have been playing well, which in part, is because I have stayed injury free, and other wise healthy. 

The fact that a single digit handicap is "sort of, kind of maybe"  in reach is more than just a surprise.

However, I not going to do much of anything different. Just going to continue to play and practice as usual while letting my swing do it's thing. 

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42 minutes ago, Patch said:

For the past several months (60 rounds) I have been playing pretty good golf. Pretty good for me anyways. 

Like others, who keep a registered handicap, I enter my scores, course, and slope ratings into my home course's data base, who in turn, keeps my handicap updated. This being the handicap I would use when playing in their sanctioned tournaments. 

I signed up the other day to play in an upcoming tournament. While at the course this morning I looked up the schedule for my starting time, and if I knew the guy I would be sharing the cart with. 9am, hole #7. I did not recognize my partener's name. 

What really stood out was that my handicap had dropped considerably. So much in fact, I thought there was a mistake. I went to the guy in chatge of such things, to find out what was up. 

We spent about 20 minutes going over the data I had been entering from the different courses I had been playing.  He said everything looked good, and that my handicap was correct.  I took his word for it. 

I don't profess to know how all the different data plays out. Playing tougher, or easier courses I know has a lot to do with changes.  I also know the formula, but I have always just let the folks in charge of the math figure it out.  

I am quite pleased with my current game. I have been playing well, which in part, is because I have stayed injury free, and other wise healthy. 

The fact that a single digit handicap is "sort of, kind of maybe"  in reach is more than just a surprise.

However, I not going to do much of anything different. Just going to continue to play and practice as usual while letting my swing do it's thing. 

Congratulations on your decreasing handicap!  It sounds like "business as usual" is working for you.  Sometimes good things happen when we're not specifically trying to achieve them.

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19 hours ago, Patch said:

For the past several months (60 rounds) I have been playing pretty good golf. Pretty good for me anyways. 

Like others, who keep a registered handicap, I enter my scores, course, and slope ratings into my home course's data base, who in turn, keeps my handicap updated. This being the handicap I would use when playing in their sanctioned tournaments. 

I signed up the other day to play in an upcoming tournament. While at the course this morning I looked up the schedule for my starting time, and if I knew the guy I would be sharing the cart with. 9am, hole #7. I did not recognize my partener's name. 

What really stood out was that my handicap had dropped considerably. So much in fact, I thought there was a mistake. I went to the guy in chatge of such things, to find out what was up. 

We spent about 20 minutes going over the data I had been entering from the different courses I had been playing.  He said everything looked good, and that my handicap was correct.  I took his word for it. 

I don't profess to know how all the different data plays out. Playing tougher, or easier courses I know has a lot to do with changes.  I also know the formula, but I have always just let the folks in charge of the math figure it out.  

I am quite pleased with my current game. I have been playing well, which in part, is because I have stayed injury free, and other wise healthy. 

The fact that a single digit handicap is "sort of, kind of maybe"  in reach is more than just a surprise.

However, I not going to do much of anything different. Just going to continue to play and practice as usual while letting my swing do it's thing. 

Congratulations! Playing well within yourself seems to be working for me as well, but to a lesser degree than you...

 

18 hours ago, DaveP043 said:

Congratulations on your decreasing handicap!  It sounds like "business as usual" is working for you.  Sometimes good things happen when we're not specifically trying to achieve them.

Sometimes you can even see when people are trying too hard even swing by swing.

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  • 3 weeks later...

The other day I was playing, and my wife was with me . she was not playing, just driving the cart. 

I was playing with a couple of strangers, and was holding my own, score wise. My wife was watching, and keeping my score.

During our time together during this round, we talked vey little about golf. We spent the time discussing family stuff. Like any family, our family is going through some stuff, both good, and bad. Three family members, representing three generations are dealing with some serious medical issues. 

Occasionally she would tell me athat I hit a good shot. On other occassions she would look at me, and hold her nose, and laugh a little. On two shots, she was more specific calling me a "lucky shit". 

As I finished up on the 18th green, and was walking back to the cart, I noticed what appeared to be, my Special Lady wiping a  tear, or two from her eyes. 

I asked what the problem was. She told me it was nothing, that she was just remembering that just a few years ago, she and other experts believed that due to my poor physical health, that golf was not going to be a part my future.

The tears were there because she had finally seen, that I had truly beaten the odds. That my passion for the game had helped to make me healthier, beyond medical expectations. 

The fact that she had me down for a 78, and winning enough skins for a nice lunch together afterwards, was also a plus.

We all play this game for various reasons. We all have different styles of play. We all have different abilities. We all take away something different after a round of play. 

Me, I play to stay healthy, which is a "serious" enough reason for me. The fun part is just extra gravy. 

 

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  • 1 month later...

Me brag about something Ive done? Never!!!  Ok you talked me into it :-D

My best shot to date is Sep 8th at Santiam Golf Club...  13th hole, par 5 485yds.. I hit my driver 265 up hill (forgot it was set to 9.75 instead of the 7.75 I normally have it set to) It was 220 per the card to the green but the pin was set back another 5 yards. I hit my old 2007 Callaway Heavenwood 3 hybrid straight at the pin. I saw it hit the green bounce once and disappear. For a moment I thought it went off the back of the green but 225 is what I normally hit it. When I got to the green it was in the hole!! 

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This is the first winter I've gone through while doing absolutely nothing golf-related. I think the break did me a lot of good, allowing me to recharge my batteries so to speak. I was getting kind of burnt out towards the end of last season and now I'm reinvigorated and ready for the new season.

Had my first practice session yesterday which was encouraging as I didn't lose anything that I was working on, which means I'll be able to move forward instead of having to fight to get back to where I was. Feeling pretty good about that.

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Me and my golf buddy played for the first time since late December. Got paired up with two strangers, walked off with two friends with plans to play together again next week. It's what it's all about...

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24 minutes ago, tehuti said:

I got my first hole-in- one today. Par 3 first hole, Birch Hills GC.

 

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Congratulations!!!  

We want details, man! Distance, club choice, did it roll in, or one hop, how many witnesses (or how many beers did you end up buying)? Etc...

My bag is an ever-changing combination of clubs. 

A mix I am forever tinkering with. 

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It was the longest putt in history. 107 yards, 9 iron that I mishit but it rolled all the way to a back left pin placement. 4 witnesses, including my buddy who I was playing with!

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5 hours ago, tehuti said:

It was the longest putt in history. 107 yards, 9 iron that I mishit but it rolled all the way to a back left pin placement. 4 witnesses, including my buddy who I was playing with!

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On 2/9/2019 at 12:44 PM, Patch said:

We all play this game for various reasons. We all have different styles of play. We all have different abilities. We all take away something different after a round of play. 

Me, I play to stay healthy, which is a "serious" enough reason for me. The fun part is just extra gravy. 

Thanks for this. Sometimes, I get into "something must be fixed!" mode and I get defeated. PLAY golf! Best, -Marv

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I've been taking pilates and yoga classes all Winter.  Since starting again at the range a few weeks ago, I haven't felt one bit of tightness/soreness...even swinging on back-to-back days.  Fingers crossed it continues that way, but I'm pumped to physically-feel the best I have in a few years!

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