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  1. JonMA1

    Winter Depression Thread

    I think the expression “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” applies to me doing any kind of cardio workout.
  2. JonMA1

    The Golf Gods Suck

    I played better than I expected to. It’s been a long time since I’ve had that kind of control over the full swing - even it was just for 9 holes. So besides the bit of frustration, yes it was fun and I’ll likely do it again. Almost as important as the enjoyment was that I discovered some weaknesses and strengths in my game... which is never a bad thing. *Regarding the cold, I literally had the entire course to myself for almost 4 hours.
  3. JonMA1

    The Golf Gods Suck

    Of course it was. You know all but the last few lines of the entry was tongue-in-cheek, right? I feel I have a good handle on the reality of my game... if that's what you're asking. I'm happy when any part of it happens to be better than average in a given round but, at the same time, try to recognize it for what it really is. The two GIR's on the 2nd time through was at my average of four per 18.
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    The Golf Gods Suck

    I finally got around to playing 18 holes of golf with only 4 clubs this morning - something I've wanted to do since early in the season. My goal was to keep the score to within 5 of my average. The 4 hybrid and 9i were shoo-ins. The 4h because I seem to hit it well, and the 9i because I can use for a short bump-and-run all the way up to a 130 yard full swing. I then had to decide on two more. I decided to bench my gap wedge, which is the go-to club from 100 yards and in, and go with the sand wedge instead. The reason being too much roll on short sided flag locations seem to be costing me strokes. Perhaps forcing myself to use a more lofted wedge would be beneficial. Last, I decided to go with the putter and disregard @boogielicious' advice to learn to putt with a wedge instead. This would have allowed another option for the full swing. I have to admit there was little chance the putter would be left behind. It's not that I'm at all good with the putter, but it's used from off the green a lot and it's better than trying to putt with any other club. That would turn out to be far from the truth. The first 9 The first two holes were pretty typical, a couple of bogeys that resulted from less than perfect tee shots. Still, I felt pretty good about how the round was going. Then came the par 5 3rd. Two beautiful 4-hybrid shots left me with a short approach of around 90 yards. Time to test the SW on a shot I'd have used the GW for all-day-long. Good contact, high, and right at the flag, 2 putt for par. Nice, I thought. Not a bad start and everything felt good. Next up were three par 4's in a row followed by a par 5. The hybrid felt really good off the tee and whenever I needed less than a full swing, the club responded very well as did the SW and the 9i. I would hit GIR's on those next four holes. My full swing and partial swings were golden. But the golf gods giveth and they taketh. The first par 4 had a pin location to the front of a very fast downhill green and my partial hybrid approach had found the back. To be honest, I was ok with the 3-putt bogey in this situation. Besides, the way I was striking the ball, I'd make up for it with subsequent pars. The pin location on the next par 4 was uphill with my SW approach landing about 25 feet below. The lag putt can only be politely described as wimpy. It wasn't a poor read, or a bad bead, I just didn't get anywhere near the speed I knew was needed to get it close. 3-putt number 2. Despite temps in the 30's, I was starting to get warm under the collar. It was hard to enjoy one of my best ball striking rounds when I couldn't close the deal. But c'mon, that was only two holes. Surely the putting would get back on track. The next par 4 included a beautiful partial hybrid, a flighted 9 iron below the pin... and three more putts including a miss from 18". In all fairness, I shouldn't have hit the green on the next par 5. The 4h approach to the green started a bit right, but a tree branch deflected it to the green. There was no way the golf gods were going to let this bit of luck remain unpunished. Hence, a nice 4-putt and my first double of the day. https://www.gamegolf.com/player/JonMa1/round/2425607 The second 9 Instead of describing each of the next 9 holes, I'll only say that the golf gods had a hard-on for me today. Sure, they'd allowed decent putting this second time through the 9 hole course, but as if to say "you didn't think we were just going to give good putting back to you" they made sure to take away the good ball striking. The hole where I got my only par on first 9 resulted in a 10 the second time through. The comedy of errors leading to that wonderful score included playing bloody knuckles (literally) with two oak trees when I tried to punch out an errant 4 hybrid shot from between them. https://www.gamegolf.com/player/JonMa1/round/2425761 Eat $#!^ and die, golf gods! As for the four-club "challenge", it should have been more fun than it was, but that's on me. There were positives... • My goal was to keep the score within 5 of my average and I kept it to within 1. • I not only hit the ball solidly on most shots, I was able to adjust and control distance, and even shape a couple of shots. • In many situations, the SW is a better club than the GW around the green. • The 7 GIRs is the highest I've had in some time - and there were several nGIR as well. • The round didn't cause me to putt more poorly than usual, the GIRs only exposed my poor putting. High GIR = more putts unless you're good at both. This round also backed up what I believe to be true. Using a safer, shorter club off the tee doesn't guarantee a better score for everyone. I hit 71% of my fairways today, did not get any penalties, and still failed to break 95. Instead of leaving the driver at home, maybe I should become as skilled with that club as I am with the 4 hybrid.
  5. JonMA1

    Relationship Issues Messing with Game?

    It's hard for me to enjoy golf - much less play well - when there's excessive drama in my life. Even less so when drama follows me onto the course.
  6. JonMA1

    Winter Depression Thread

    Now you're just being cruel. I'm taking a day off at the end of the month to run a couple errands with hopes of squeezing in one more round. That's beginning to look overly optimistic. I desperately need a winter activity... I mean other than losing golf balls in the snow. I have to get back into cross country skiing or something I can only enjoy in the winter. It really makes the time go by faster.
  7. JonMA1

    Winter Depression Thread

    Ha ha. Don't kid yourselves. It's only a matter of time for those of you downstate. I'm still heading out tomorrow if they let me on the course. Might have to wait until noon when it's supposed to "warm up" to a toasty 40°.
  8. JonMA1

    Winter Depression Thread

    Current weather conditions in Northern Michigan....
  9. JonMA1

    $200 R-Motion for Driving Range

    I don’t think it’s compatible with a Mac yet. I’ve been looking at this since last winter. My wife actually found it and was going to surprise me with one. As you guys have said, not a tool to improve the swing, but it might be nice to get us through the winter.
  10. JonMA1

    Playing Golf With Fewer Clubs?

    Sounds like it would be interesting. I'm thinking 4h, 9i, the putter (because I don't think I'd putt well with the hybrid), and one of my wedges. I'm most confident with my gap wedge, but I think the sand wedge would be more versatile. I need to learn to use that club for chips and pitches anyway to better control roll on the green. I feel pretty good about getting partial distances with the both the 9i and 4h. If I play from 5100 yards, the hybrid will allow me to reach everything in regulation. (The skill needed on the other hand.... not so much.) I have no idea how this will go, but I'm challenging myself to keep the score within 5 strokes of my average. If I end up doing this on Sunday, I'll record the round with GameGolf and post it - even if it's slightly ugly. If the round turns out to be really ugly, it never happened
  11. JonMA1

    Failure To Include an Unknown Penalty

    If I were involved in golf at the level the OP is, I’d be pretty pissed off about it as well because of the bullshit it will likely bring about. It won’t affect those of us who don’t compete, but I’d imagine it will become an issue at some point for many who do.
  12. Agreed. There’s a difference between considering trouble and focusing on it. I’d go as far as saying that focusing too much on trouble might even make us over-compensate to avoid it. Happens almost every time someone is standing close to my target.
  13. JonMA1

    Winter Depression Thread

    $#% that! We have lots of golf left. Of course, denial isn't just another river in Egypt I went by my local course this afternoon to pick up a head cover I'd lost Friday (not my home course). The guy says "You're lucky, in 15 minutes we're shutting down for the season. It was like 55° out. This is the biggest reason I don't have a yearly membership at this course which is within walking distance. They open late in the spring and close early in the fall. While it may or may not make sense from a business standpoint, why on Earth would I spend my money there when I can play until the snow sticks at a course 20 minutes away? I hope this new owner succeeds because I hate to see businesses fail - especially a local golf course. But I'd be pissed if I had bought a slightly over-priced membership in May only to have them shut the gates 2 weeks early in October... when the weather is still fine for golf.
  14. JonMA1

    Playing Golf With Fewer Clubs?

    The season is coming to an end so I'm thinking of playing this weekend using 3 clubs - especially if my partner bails again. I'm curious how much worse my score would be. Maybe we should do an online challenge. Not sure if playing with fewer clubs is an advantage or disadvantage for higher cappers vs better players relative to their index. I'd assume better players would stay much closer.
  15. JonMA1

    My Swing (boogielicious)

    Regarding the slow practice, there is often immediate success when I’m applying a change at 30 to 75% effort. The difficulty lies in speeding it up. While that’s not as much of an issue when practicing, trying to apply the change to even a practice round on the course becomes nearly impossible. I can’t help but think I need to play a bunch of rounds at 50% (or whatever) so that the change I’m trying to make becomes the only thing I know. Thanks for the explanation, @boogielicious.

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