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About freshmanUTA

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  1. On the handicap system on our course website, you're allowed to post as little holes as you played for the day, as long as there are more than 6. It will automatically calculate what score you would have gotten based on the handicap of the hole and such. It told me I'd get a 6 and so my true score was an 86, but I truly don't know what I would have shot so I said 80 for 17.
  2. I just submitted the score after I attempted to add the penalty strokes, but then decided to just submit a 17 hole score. I don't know why I was even afraid to, an 80 for 17 holes is not much worse than my average, even if i did feel it was a bad day. Thanks for keeping me honest guys. Oh and, yes. I definitely saw it roll and come to a stop, and so did my dad. We were both completely at a loss for words. What I did at the time was just drop a ball short of where I know i usually hit it and play the shot with the longer club. I made par, or at least, I thought I did.
  3. Today I was playing a round that I planned on posting for my handicap, but on the 12th hole I ran into an issue that I had no idea how to resolve so I ultimately didn't post my score. I was on the tee box of the 12th hole which is fairly straightforward. It's a 387 yard par 4 that is a slight dogleg right. The green is hidden by a group of trees that requires a drive that carries at least 290(could be more), to have any chance of clearing. So, knowing a driver and 3 wood would put me through the other side of the fairway in the dogleg, I hit 4 iron which landed and rolled out to the middle of the fairway. Now, heres where it gets interesting. The tee box is a short walk through trees from the cart path, so on the cart path you can't see the fairway. When I drove up to the fairway, I could not find my ball. Anywhere. I was playing with my dad and we were the only people out so we spent some time looking for my ball, but never found it. We went from the beginning of the fairway all the way to the end, left, right, near the sand and anywhere else the ball could have been, but we couldn't find my ball. I planned on just dropping a ball about 235, which is about where my average 4 iron tee shot goes, and not penalizing myself because how could I? I know the ball was in the fairway, and the hole doesn't have any water so it didn't roll into water. I was just mind-boggled that my ball seemingly disappeared from the fairway. Anyone else have something like this happen to them?
  4. I honestly think that if you set up the course in tournament conditions, but just didn't tell the 20.1 indexer that it was in tournament conditions... They'd probably shoot around 100, and just chalk it down to a 'bad day'. But if it was in an actual tournament with the pressure, then I don't think they'd come close to a 127. For a pro, I think 127 is just complete lack of focus or effort. I mean come on, what is that... 53-55 strokes over par? That's basically triple bogey every hole. Either, you really had a crappy day striking the ball, or you mentally gave up and stopped trying. I know the whole "these guys are good" saying, but if you gave a 20.1 index a shot to play there, they'd probably play as conservative as possible because they know that they're not going to have a chance to win, and if they didn't play conservative they wouldn't even be able to get the balls to stick to the green. Of course, some 20.1 indexes are that way because they shank and top balls every hole in which case, I'd think they wouldn't break 130.
  5. Best of luck. It would be cool to see someone from TST in the US Open. Are you going to try again next year?
  6. He mentions this in the video. He says if you make contact that's a positive, because his first and second shots were not good with this drill. It's not about the strike but enforcing the feel.
  7. Considering how hilly the course is on camera, and camera doesn't even do it justice. I'd play every hole as conservative as possible. Slower swings to make sure my shots go straight, and I'd aim for dead center of the greens and hope that my putting can save my score. #1, #11 and #16 would be the biggest challenge for me. If I don't get a long drive on the par 4's my second shots will kill me. And my biggest miss is left, so on the par 3 16th... Yeah, I'll take my 6.
  8. One of my buddies who is a pro shot an 82 when I caddied for him last year. You won't hear from USGA if you're concerned they think you were too bad to play. They're only really concerned if they can tell someone has no business being there. They're used to people 'cracking under pressure' like this. And excuse that term because I don't want to jump to a conclusion of what happened. You'll be fine so long as the people in your group didn't come back and say "Yeah, ___ was a real hacker and clearly shouldn't have been here." Don't let it get under your skin, golf is hard. Not to mention, an 84 may be better than a lot of us would have shot. Hope you at least had fun!
  9. Don't forget about us when you're in the U.S. Open!!
  10. I definitely prefer once a month for the sake of money. Not to mention that the odds are, my swing changes wouldn't be made in just one week.
  11. Thanks so much guys, I worked with him on flaring his feet outward, and gave him a drill where a tee is under his left heel and he has to squash it on the downswing. Helped tremendously right away. So much so that he was finally able to get real distance out of his shots. Of course, as with any new swing change, he was shanking quite a bit, but he is sticking with it and I will post an update in a few weeks after he really works on it. May even convince the stubborn old guy to sign up for an account and post a my swing thread!
  12. Usually when I ride, my play turns into me re-teeing shots, rolling putts twice, don't look in the rulebook for violations, lift and place in the fairway etc. I don't even worry about pace of play because I usually finish 9 in an hour as a single, or an hour and a half as a double. And I definitely, don't post a round if I play alone. Although I'm not quite sure theres any rule against posting solo scores, I just feel like people would accuse me of faking my scores. I decide before basically every riding round I'm not posting the score and using it as practice. Sometimes when the course is cart path only, or other cases where I'll do a decent amount of walking between shots, then I decide to play the round officially, and make sure I assess myself the correct penalties. Now, I don't every decide to score then change my mind, or vise versa. If I pick one way it stays that way.
  13. In a way yes, he was fit. He went to golfsmith and tried a few shafts and heads, and the driver he uses now was the one that worked the best. For anyone interested, This is face on. I'll try to get him to create an account and a my swing thread.
  14. For me, when tee shots start to go errant i'm either trying to kill the ball or i'm not swinging controlled enough to use the kick of the shaft to propel the ball. Try working on tempo and making smooth clean swings on the range and translate that over to the course. Also check impact, with a decent 'draw path' or 'in to out', if you're hitting on the toe and heel that may cause hooks and push fades respectively. Sometimes it's just a matter of clearing your head of swing thought and letting your natural swing dictate how you hit the ball. Golf is hard, no need to make it harder than it is.