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Everything posted by bkuehn1952

  1. Most courses only require that you have the money to pay the fees. The Old Course in St. Andrews Scotland also requires male players to have a 24 handicap or lower in order to play. Using that as a standard, one should be able to shoot in the 90's about half the time. Beyond that, I would say you should be proficient enough to not wildly drive the ball all over the place (most of the time). Also, maintain a good attitude, play promptly and pickup on holes once you hit 9 or 10 shots. Do that and you are welcome to play in my and most other's group any time.
  2. I suspect I am like many other golfers after a round. We look at the scorecard and begin to analyze our round with a pair of rose-tinted glasses. “If I would have just …” If I could have …” I should have …” It is fun imagining how making better club selections, being more conservative/aggressive and taking a bit more time over that putt would-could-should have resulted in a score several shots better. Perhaps this exercise is why we often over value the “mental game” versus the physical aspects of golf. We assign many bad results to faulty thinking. The truth of the matter is, at least for me, that the thinking and planning is often fine; it is usually the execution that is sorely lacking. A good example was from my round last Saturday. Despite a bad break earlier in the round that resulted in a double, I stood on the 15th tee at level par. I was playing extremely well when one considers that I am an 8-10 handicapper. The 15th has OB all down the left side and the fairway slopes considerably to the left. I told myself to keep it right since the right rough is not a bad place to hit from and then promptly duck hooked my tee shot OB. Naturally, my 3rd shot was long, straight and ended up in the center of the fairway. My plan was fine, I just didn’t execute. Of course, my “analysis” after the round indicated that I should have hit my tee shot on #15 like my second effort, making a 4 instead of a 6. I also missed a handful of 5-10 footers for birdie that could have gone in. Finally, but for a bad bounce on a cart path that put me into the edge of a penalty area, I would not have lost a stroke or two on #6. After all the analytics, if I would have concentrated a bit more, I could have saved several strokes here and there, and I should have shot 69 instead of 74. In truth, I played about as well as I can Saturday. Yes, a few shots escaped me, but I did so many things right. Still, in my dreams I coulda shot 69!
  3. The sound of my opponent's ball bouncing down the road on the wrong side of the OB fence on #18 with our match all square
  4. Your game with the other seniors could be considered a competition. As such every player has the responsibility to advise their fellow players when they believe a Rule may have been breached. The friend that suggested not taking a penalty for hitting the wrong ball was wrong to suggest that but I would consider his statement merely his opinion and not a breach of the Rules. Personally, I do not watch my fellow competitors like a hawk. I expect them to know the Rules and apply them to their play. If I did see something that seemed to be an issue, I would say something to the player at the appropriate time. From the USGA Rules c. Rules Issues in Stroke Play 2) Players Should Protect Other Players in the Competition. To protect the interests of all other players: If a player knows or believes that another player has breached or might have breached the Rules and that the other player does not recognize or is ignoring this, the player should tell the other player, the player’s marker, a referee or the Committee. This should be done promptly after the player becomes aware of the issue, and no later than before the other player returns his or her scorecard unless it is not possible to do so. If the player fails to do so, the Committee may disqualify the player under Rule 1.2a if it decides that this was serious misconduct contrary to the spirit of the game.
  5. Is the group using the new Rule for OB where one takes a 2 stroke penalty and moves laterally from the point the ball went OB to the fairway? If not, where does one find in the Rules of Golf "drop a ball near where it went OB to save time"?
  6. Coming off a miserable Tournament effort (88), I was curious to see if I had lost "it". Until our trip to Texas, I had been playing very well. 10 days without hitting a single ball showed when I hacked it around at our most recent tournament. I went to my old standby, Hudson Mills. I played wonderfully, carding a 74 ( par 71, 70.5/119). Something clicked about a month ago and I have seen a rebirth of my game. Exciting times for this old guy.
  7. Ultimately, discussions about fast or slow play get nowhere because we all talk about completely different situations. Walking or riding? Foursome, threesome, twosome, single? Hilly or flat? Long distances between green and tee or short? Full course or empty? Lots of forest and grassland or relatively open? Strict play by the Rules or casual? 4 hours is very acceptable for a foursome walking 18 holes on a hilly, relatively difficult (Slope 130+), forested course. All while playing individual stroke play, observing the Rules with a few exceptions (e.g. pickup after 9) AND playing a course with a mostly full tee sheet. Introduce other elements and we are back to comparing apples with pineapples. As far as "too fast play", I don't see that as a serious issue. Most people that want to zip around the course play really early or late and often play in less than a foursome.
  8. My most recent round was at Pierce Lake Golf Course. Shot 77 (69.6/131). Generally played well but had a little bit of everything: great drives, flubbed fairway woods, pin point iron shots, fat wedge into the penalty area, etc... I birdied three of the four closing holes to turn a meh round into one that made me feel pretty good.
  9. I will try to keep you in mind on my next visit. We have family in San Antonio and Austin and I have played a number of rounds in TX. I would recommend getting used to joining a group rather than spend all your time on the range. You will often meet people with similar interests and develop a few golf connections.
  10. As I have aged, my ability to hit a ball high AND reach the green is a trouble spot. At this point, anything more than 150-160 yards is a struggle when I can't play a bit of a run up shot. When I have a 170+ yards with bunkers across the front of the green (or a penalty area), my shot typically will be lower and "hotter" than necessary to hold the green. If the hole is in the back, it is not such a big deal. When we have a front hole location and lots of slope, it tests my chipping/putting.
  11. I think many courses and golf associations are trying to rate all sets of tees for both men and women. I know the Golf Association of Michigan has done a decent job of convincing courses to rate most/all of their tees for both genders. With the USGA pushing "Tee It Forward" as well as attempting to make the handicap system more inclusive, it is only natural to rate tees for both genders
  12. I did not really seen anything but a few weeks ago I was preparing to tee off on a hole bordered by dense woods and vegetation. An ambulance, with its siren wailing, drove by on a road that borders the course. From the dense woodland there sounded a group of yips and howls until the ambulance was out of hearing range. Presumably a coyote family lives in the woodland and the pups were responding to the "howl" they heard.
  13. Our most recent Club Tournament saw me post a Gross 79/Net 72. My good friend who may be a better player shot Gross 79/Net 70 to push me out of the money. I need to talk to the Handicap Chairman ... wait ... that's me.
  14. I may have shot a 12 in my lifetime but I do not recall. If a hole goes seriously sideways I typically pickup after 9 or 10 and move on. Never had a Tournament round result in worse than 10, which is still awful. I did witness a 15 on the opening par 4 at the Ann Arbor Men's Championship (#10 starting on 1 and 10). My fellow competitor got the Shan ... lateral hits and kept hitting his wedge into the junk. I remember the monologue like it was yesterday. "Sh-t" "I am taking a drop" "Sh-t" "I am taking a drop" "Sh-t" "I am taking a drop" ...
  15. 29th consecutive Ann Arbor Men's Championship for me. Walked and carried my bag all three days. 83/90/83 for a tie for 45th place. Only 37 strokes behind the the winner. 😉 As Chris said, the conditions were hot and windy, especially Saturday. The firm greens, wind and need for me to hit some loooong approaches found me at the back of the green putting down some very speedy greens. 40+ of my 90 shots were putts. If my game doesn't go more downhill, I will try for 30 next year. Plus we have the Senior Championship in August.
  16. Had a Lowest Score Wins moment yesterday. My last hole (#14 Greystone Golf Course) found me 180 yards from the hole after a decent drive on the right half of the fairway. Bunkers all along the left side of the green. A steep slope to a watery penalty area on the right. Going for the front hole location required risking the water penalty area (short or right) or the sand (long or left). The best place to go was the area in front of the green rather than the green itself. I took a club that should be short of the bunkers on the left and "cheated a little left to give myself a greater margin away from the slope down to the water penalty area. Hit a perfect hybrid just a step off the front of the green. Putted the ball to 2 feet, made the par and shot 79 for the round. It would have been easy for me to just whack a shot toward the green/hole location and risk the water or sand. In the heat of the moment we tend to forget the basics.
  17. I am surprised no action was taken during the round. I would have given him three choices: stop holding up play and conduct himself properly, leave the course now or be met by some people with badges and handcuffs.
  18. Finally had a decent Tournament, despite 4-putting my first hole. 77 (6.5 differential). My handicap is almost as high as @Pretzel's, although I like to think I have earned it thru age, infirmity, and general poor play.
  19. Some mats hide imprecise strikes. Perhaps you need to practice on real grass? Or maybe it is performance anxiety; alone on a range you relax while on the course with a group you lose concentration? Others will have better advice. Keep plugging away at it and you will figure it out.
  20. Does your club accept "away" scores as long as someone signs the card? Or does every card require two member signatures? Are you using the GHIN system or a proprietary system for developing handicaps?
  21. As a follow up, still using the Hybrid 2.0. It works as well as the first time close to 2 years ago. Still two thumbs up.
  22. Yes, ultimately almost every "Tour" is going to be slower than a nice casual round. We either get used to it or stop playing organized competitive golf.
  23. @cutchemist42, thanks for reviving this thread. I don't recall ever posting it. 2+ years in, my unofficial handicap tracker has me at 9.2 and my Trend Index is 9.3. At least for me, I think I can state that solo rounds have no affect on my index. Equal opportunity choking, I guess. 😉
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