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  1. I think its time to get fit for a putter. I mentioned Irons in my last post, but honestly I think a good putter will last me a hell of a lot longer than a set of irons so it would be a more worthwhile investment. I also want to get the FlightScope Mevo because I have a hard time keeping track of my iron distances. As I've become more and more confident with my swing I'm hitting the ball further and further. For example, 155 used to be my go to stock 8 iron distance, but now I'm sending my 8 iron well past the hole when I hit it from 155.
  2. +9 79 today. A Triple, 2 doubles and a grouping of holes where i went birdie-bogey-bogey twice. The putter failed me today, I only hit 11/18 of the greens. 5 of the 7 times I missed a green, I made bogey or worse. Twice I was on the green from 30+ feet and 3 putted for bogey. I had 5 or 6 good looks at bird, all inside 15 feet, 2 were shorter than 10 feet and I sank both for birdie. Missed more fairways than I hit, but thats misleading since the fairways tend to swerve left and right so a good shot can still land in the rough. I was hitting my start line with driver, and fading it a little bit. Im pleased with the score considering how bad I truly played in terms of GIR and putts.
  3. Got off work early so I gave this a try... I really underestimated how hard it would be after 9 feet. I got to 12 with 4 balls and missed 3 and made it to 15 with one ball and the pressure of having one ball got to me and i pushed the putt like 5 inches right of the hole. Definitely a good drill.
  4. When I start playing bad I just remind myself that even touring professionals shoot in the 80’s because this game is stupidly hard. Granted they’re playing courses that are a lot tougher than what I play, but knowing even the best of the best golfers struggle helps me relax. Once I calm down I usually forget about the bad holes and play better.
  5. I used to, then my pro told me this quote: “The master has failed more times than the student has even tried” and reminded me of how many horrible shots players like tiger woods had to hit in able to fine tune his swing. Besides, the range is for practice yes but it’s also about having fun. If you’re not having fun, you’re going about it the wrong way. Try some shots you’ve always wanted to master. Try stinging the ball 5 feet off the ground but it flies like 160 in the air. Try hitting massive hooks and slices but also hitting high and low ones as well. Just have fun man, soon enough you’ll forget anyone else is even around.
  6. Technically yesterday but a 45-41 86. I played bad, no excuse. Poor shot execution. Even topped a couple balls, one on a par 5 to leave myself 155 in, one off the tee on a par 4 which left me 315 out, and one with a wedge from 87 yards because i got into my own head thinking about swing thoughts instead of just swinging and thinking about the number. The topped balls were only on the front 9, so it didn’t get in my head too much.
  7. I absolutely despise hitting my wedges out of digits. My distance control is messy with my wedges as it is, but put me in a divot and it’s over. Another trouble spot is really short bunker shots.. I always flub them and land on the lip or hit them way too far. Putts in the 12-20 foot range, i always tend to roll 5 or more feet past and put pressure on myself to make a return putt. Driving holes where you can’t miss to either side, a decent percent of the time I end up trying to take a shorter club to keep the ball in play then just hitting a terrible shot out of play either direction anyway. The 80-100 yard range with my wedges sucks.
  8. I agree, however if your driver isn’t just “missing the fairway” and is ending up in the woods or in hazards/OB, then teeing off with an iron is a smarter play. I personally think the PGA tour stat is misleading for high handicap golfers. Missing a fairway is one thing but costing penalty strokes before even getting off the tee is another.
  9. 43-37 for an 80. Another round where I ruin my scorecard in the first 3 holes. Went 8 over through 3. It was bad.. Hole 1 I striped my driver but aimed too far to the right since my typical shot is a pull draw. Proceeded to bode the wedge over the green, hit a tree, then get stuck behind another, chipped to the side to give myself an angle, bladed the chip across the green then chipped to about 6 feet and missed the putt for a 7. Hope 2 I drove it into the water because to be fair I gunned the hazard and my range finger said 315 and I thought I didn’t have a chance of hitting it but upon reaching the hazard I shot back to the golfer behind me and it said 265 so I’m not sure what I actually gunned. Re-Teed into the rough, left myself 165 out into the wind I hit a 7 iron and smoked it by the green, hit the cart path and went in the water behind the green. dropped behind the green shot to about 4 feet and sank the putt for a 9. I then made 4 pars, a bogey and a birdie. +8 front. Made the turn and immediately bogeyed, made 6 pars in a row, then birdied the 17th and double bogeyed to finish. +2 back. +10 80.
  10. I don’t like to tinker with balls too much as I feel my short game severely relies on consistency. I’ve tried swapping between the ProV1 and ProV1x a few times and always come back to the X. If I’m not in a tournament I play the cheaper counterpart of the AVX to save money. If I’m playing how I should I maybe lose a ball a round and I’d likely switch because a ball gets too worn before I switch for another reason. Though, I have had a few stretches in the past year where I really start to hook the ball and lose balls like crazy. If that happens I’ll play whatever I can find on the course and/or some of the various range balls I keep in my bag just in case. I wish I were truly good enough to not worry about losing a ton of balls, but I’m human.
  11. I wonder if you might have been better off not getting them shortened, but instead just gripping down that extra distance for all shots. You may have just found a comfortable spot on the grip.
  12. You talked bad about a golfer I like now i’m going to hurl personal insults at you because my feelings are hurt!!!! No, but seriously. Even with today’s finish removed I don’t think he was ever “overrated.” But definitely “overhyped.” His WGR was fair, but too many people would talk non stop about his ballstriking and ability to work the ball but he’s a professional.. I’d hope those things are good...
  13. It’s quite possible that your body is just reacting to the weight being in a different place. I wouldn’t bet my money on it, and I’d assume it’s more of a confirmation bias/placebo effect type thing going on.
  14. I shot a 39/37 for a +6 76 and during the round i was frustrated but afterwards it felt like I shot -6. Most of my strikes were abysmal but my short game saved me and gave me quite a few chances to save par, but my putting really cost me. I had way too many 3 putts. The first couple holes i had an excuse because honestly the greens were nowhere near as slow as the practice green but after about 3 holes it was boiled down to me making bad strokes. One hole I’m proud of is a 196 yard par 3 i took a 6 iron and hit it high on the face and came up short in the water then damn near holed out my 3rd shot from the tee and walked away with bogey. Man, I can really feel my game coming together but I need to keep practicing. I HATE when i mishit the ball. I can deal with directional misses but I hate it when I don’t hit the center of the face.
  15. I worked at a cheaper public course last year and you’d be shocked at how many we had to replace because of that.. A couple times people drove straight into them....
  16. So today I shot an 83 and finally got my tournament index. I'm an 8.6 which is honestly better than I thought I'd be. This is just even more motivation to keep practicing. My driver is the best it has ever been by a mile and a half, and my wedges and general game inside 100 yards has become really good. However, I think it's time to get fit for irons since the last time I was fit was over 3 years ago and my swing is a lot different now than it was before. Other than that, the only issue I have is not creating enough speed with my wedges and blading chips/pitches across the green. The biggest issue I've had is impatience. When I start hitting bad shots I get angry and swing harder and out of tempo so the shots just get worse and worse. I've really slowed down my practice this year and I've had the best results yet. I usually take about 4-5 slow practice swings per ball I hit. It usually takes me about 1 minute to hit a ball this way. I feel like if I go any slower it just throws off my comfort level and I lose focus on what I'm working on.
  17. I plugged my 20 most recent rounds into Practical Golf. It says I'm a 2.9. I say, yeah right...... I had a few rounds of 90, 93, 90, 93, though all of them were on the same course from the back with a rating of 76.5 and a slope of 145. Other than that I'm lower than 85 with a few 79's. Most of my 20 most recent rounds are at my colleges main course which is a rating of 76.8 and a slope of 137. My highest score there is an 85 and I have 2 79's so far this year. The 85 was in a tournament, my highest score on it out of a tournament was 83. My tournament index came back after todays round of 83, and it is 8.6, so I really doubt that I am a 2.9. Their(practical golf's) calculation must be really incorrect.. Unless its me who is incorrect... Regardless, my tournament index is calculated by the people who run the tournament so thats what I'm going to go with on my profile. I'm still on my blind journey to scratch golf, but I don't know where the hell 2.9 came from.
  18. My back is fully healed and I’m back to playing and practicing. But during rounds I keep losing focus or making dumb decisions without even realizing it. In my last tournament I shot an 85 and It should have easily been a 79 or better. I missed three, four foot par or bogey putts, and I had 4 separate holes where I 3 putt when i got on the green in regulation. I also made three birdies. Im still shaky over having 3 birdies and shooting an 85. I feel like I unintentionally let myself shoot high scores without realizing it. I usually have a routine before every shot, and sometimes I feel confident enough to cut the routine short. Sometimes it works, others it doesn’t. I’d say it’s about a 50/50 between working and not. But at the same time, sometimes I’m not confident and I take longer on my routine and most of the time the shots are bad. When that happens it’s about a 70% chance I mishit, or otherwise screw up, the shot at hand. I hate golf. But, I love golf. Haha.
  19. Slow down your swing. It’s possible that with your frustration you are swinging harder and harder. Try going as slowly as possible to make solid contact. Do that the whole day until you can consistently hit the ball at that speed. Then slowly get faster and faster until you start mishitting, then slow it down.
  20. Any time you make a major swing change, any time you notice that your contact is improving but you cant control the ball anymore. Really it comes down to you making good swings and the club not doing what you expect. Just be sure you know that a good portion of ball flight flaws come from the player, not the club.
  21. I don't think they're graphite, just the black version of the c-taper.
  22. I'm frustrated for the first time in a while. My parents moved so I was helping them get some things out of their house and tweaked my back in the process. This was about 2 weeks ago. I had a tournament last sunday and I had to play through the injury. Miraculously I took 4th, but since then I cant hit my 5 or 4 irons, or my driver. I just spray them all over the place. To be honest I'm just concerned about swinging too hard and hurting my back so my swing with those clubs has gotten really wristy and flippy. It's causing inconsistent strikes on the face, and some fat shots. I think I'm just gonna stick to hitting my shorter irons and my wedges until I really feel normal again. My back doesn't hurt anymore but I still don't feel 100% right. Aside from that, my wedges up through my 6 iron have ridiculously good dispersion on the range. On the course is a similar story but I'm still trying to improve with different lies. The course I play a ton is really hilly so sometimes I get some really bad hook lies and some balls well under my feet. I'm learning, and its a blast. I'm just frustrated that I had to get hurt.
  23. Still working. My misses are getting better, though I've been developing a new issue. I have extremely inconsistent distances. Some days I can hit my 7 iron 180 consistently when needed, and others i struggle to get 160 out of it. The same goes for the driver. Some days I hit it 240 and others I jump back up to my expected 290 or so. Its a weird issue that I'm working on fixing. The issue seems to be that I consistently let the clubhead "release" too early. I don't have any actual physical control since it happens so quickly at such a late point in the swing but I've really been working on emphasizing the feeling of lagging the club. I will try to upload a video of my caddy view swing to show what I mean. My goal is to get to a 5 handicap this year. I'll update more as the year progresses.
  24. It’s been a while. I’ve still been working on my swing but I noticed that I was starting to get a little too obsessed with watching instruction videos and I was starting to self diagnose. I found an instructor and have been working on my swing a lot. I consistently strike the ball now, and rarely lose balls out of bounds(my largest goal). Today I made a commitment to myself and improvement, I went and got custom fit for a driver, and a replacement for my favorite hybrid. I was fit for a Ping G410 9° with a Tinsei Orange shaft. I knew immediately after switching to the Tinsei Orange and Ping G410 combo was the one. I made what felt like a mediocre swing and got the best result of the day both on simulator and watching the ball itself. I proceeded to hit about 10 more with the exact same pattern, starting a tiny bit left and fading about 5 yards right of where I aim. The last shot was the one that completely sold me because I made a swing that felt about as bad as i could possibly hit it and it went the same distance as my average distance and only went slightly more to the right. I got fit for a G410 19° Hybrid and that has a Tinsei Blue shaft. I was hitting about 60% of the greens from 240 away and that’s the exact distance I bought the original hybrid to cover. I still don’t have video so I hate to tease you, but this year is going to be different. I already shot one of the lowest scores of my life on a D1 collegiate course in the blistering cold wind. I am confident with my swing now. I’m learning my yardages better and learning to control the trajectory at will. It’s becoming just as fun to practice as it is to ply. Now that I don’t fill my mind with swing tips I know what to work on and have gotten to a point where on my best days I hit the ball with a little fade and on my worst days I pull the ball straight about 4-5 yards. Even when I’m not swinging well i’m able to find a common swing pattern unlike before. Just wanted to update 🙂
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