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  1. Another 30 mile winds today. 10 gir but an amazing 9 out of 10 up and down for a 73 (1 over) with 2 balls into the water.
  2. This weekend play 3 times at my home course (Par 72, rating 71,2). 72 (E) after been 3 under thru 10th. 10 gir, amazing putting and chipping. (20 miles winds) 73 (+1), 13 GIR (really calm day) 80 (+8) 8 gir, 30 miles winds. 300 yards drives with the wind but only 200 against it. Every Par 4 over 400 yards become a par 5. Poor ball striking all weekend, but greate putting and chipping instead.
  3. For me a Scratch player is the one who averages around 3 over the average rating of the courses he played, that will lead in average to a 0 index. In my case for example the course average rating of my last 20 rounds is 71,2. My average score is 76,15 so my average score related to course rating is 4,95 over. The average of my best 10 differential is 1,94. 1,94 * 0,96 = 1,824 -> 1,8 Index (In Argentina we have a different system, my handicap is 2) I´m 1,8 index strokes from been a scratch. So if i lower my average score related to rating from 4,95 to 3 i´m certain I´ll be around 0 index and be a scratch player.
  4. No practice here. But about to start chipping and putting after work when the weather gets warmer next weeks to prepare myself for a Mid-Amateur 3-day Tournament in Argentina on September.
  5. 76 (4 over | 71,2) on Sunday. Really Good ball striking and chipping, but 5 three-putters ruined my round.
  6. Solid round last saturday. 72 (even) on my home course (71,2 rating, wind 11 m/h, 12°C, really soft fairway´s avg distance 250 all carry). 9 par´s in the front. 6 par´s in the back, 2 birdies on 10th and 16th and a Dbogey on the 18th. Hit water with my driver, 4 iron to the side green bunker, no sand save. 8/14 FIR, 13 GIR. 4/5 up and down, 30 putts (no 3 putts). Better course management and fade/slice shots for more control from tee to green it´s paying of, drop 1 stroke in average for the last 15 rounds, from 4,5 over to 3,5 over.
  7. 71 (1 under) on saturday to win fourball match play final on my home course. 14 gir. 3 birdies. 1 ball in the hazard. 78 (6 over)on sunday. Very cold and windy day. Play good but end the round bogey.par.bogey.DBogey.
  8. After 10 years of inactivity i re-start playing this year. started with 4 index, now i´m 1. Im tunning up my game to compite on September in the Argentina Mid Amateur Championship. 3 days stroke play, my objective is to break 80 each round an finish between the best half of players. (Eg. Top 30 of 60 players.) Good luck in your tournament and post your results !
  9. 5 over at the last course of the TW 2012 (Agusta edition) 5 Straigth days rainng result in all courses closed for the weekeed. Fortunately the sun comes up again and i will play friday, saturday and sunday at my home course.
  10. On Saturday Played matchplay semifinals of my home course in pairs with handicap. We played with 3 strokes and they with 8 strokes so we gave them 3 strokes. We where 4 under in the front 9. I was playing avg golf (2 over) and my partner where in a bad day. In the back i just focus on making pars and force the other team to make pars to win the match. Amazingly in the back 9 we shoot 1 under (i shoot even par) and we won 7 hole ´s (loose one) to end up winning 2 UP on the 18th. Next Saturday is the gran finale. Shoot 74 (2 over) On Sunday played stroke play at my home course with winds of 25 miles an hour. My regular drive in winter carries in average 250 yards, that day againt the wind i only could reach 200 yards with roll ! With the wind the carry went to 290 yards. Hit an 8 Iron punch down against the wind from 80 yards to the middle of the green (tha was after hitting a normal PW from 80 yards and getting short of the of the green by 10 yards). It was crazy !! Shoot 82, with lots of 3 putts because of the wind. Rigth to left putts break rigth because of a left to right wind, same thing with uphill putts with the wind. Good ball striking with 9 GIR, no penalty´s. Wind gust´s over 30 miles an hour where difficult to handle.
  11. 2 weeks ago I bought a new set of irons, the last one where 15 years old so i didn´t know how far i would hit my 9 iron with the new ones. With the last ones i hitted 140 yards with the 9 iron. Here in Argentina I think trackman exist but if it does it´s really expensive to purchase for and hour to check distances. So i went to the course on and try to figure my distances through the round. The result was that i end up shot of my target most of the time and a few short of the green, never miss in the back. I think there is no worst feeling than hitting a really good iron rigth to the flag and ending way short because of bad club selection. Next day i open and excel and start writting down every hole, with distance intended to shot, iron selection and the result distance. well the result was not good at all. In average i hit 9 yards less than i spected. Thats exactly one club less on each hole. That would not be a problem, to solve it I just need to club up. But that´s not the case, some shot pass the hole 5 yards so if i club up there i´ll be off the green too. What worries me the most is that my deeph dispersion was 30 yards long, from -25 yards short of my target to 5 yards past my target. Im a pretty good striker, my misses regulary are rigth or left not long/short of the green. So there was something that i was missing. That´s when i realised i was not taking into account other factors than distance and wind for my club selection. After online reseach i gather more factors and add them to my excel and how they will afect the distance in yards. With that i could see cleary that my club selection was really poor. I group the factors in categories. Ball Factors: Lie (Tee, fairway, flyer, sand, rough..etc) Ground (Dry, normal, wet) Slope (Sidehill,uphill,downhill) Air factors: Wind speed and direction Temperature Height over sea Green Factors: Height Roll Then i set average yardage of impact on every item... for example.. in ball factors: Lie: A tee up ball on a Par 3 will make in average better contact strokes so i´ll need to hit 5 yards less, so Tee = -5. Fairway is the best lie no efect takes 0 yards. Flyer lies will add distance to a shot so a have to hit 5 yards less, so -5. Sand or rough depending on the length of grass/sand deeph i will reduce distance so i have to hit more, so you have to decide how much, from +5 to infinite. At my home course the worst rough will take 20 yards of a shot. So deep rought will be +20, light rough will be +5.. average rough will be +10. Did the same with the other factors, a mix of online research and 15 years of experience playing golf. Now a real example of that round: Hole 5, 145 yards to the hole (to the middle of the green). I was against the wind but it was a little breeze, no more than 5 yards. So what i did then ?? My 8 iron hits 150 yards so was the rigth club to hit to reach my inteded 145 yards. Hit a decent shot and i end up 15 yards shorter into the bunker. What happened? well, didn´t take into account the other factor´s. Lie was ok in the fairway (0). Slope was flat (0). As i said wind was against (+5). Height over sea, im´practically 1 to 5 meters over the sea so no effect (0) Green Heigth was at the same heigth as me (0) and the green are really soft so the ball stops right away even with a 4 iron with the wind, so no roll (0). At that point of the analisis every thing was OK, the count was +5. 145+5=150, it´s 8 iron!. But now let take into account the last 2 factors: Ball Factors - Ground: the day before rains a lot so the ground was way too soft and the club takes a lot of divot in every shot reducing club speed so the math in there told me that this will reduce my distance in 5 yards so i need to hit 5 more yards. 145 yards + 5 (wind) + 5 (wet ground) = 155 yards Air Factor - Temperature: I measured my distances in december when i started to play again and it was summer with 30 to 40 degrees Celsius ( 86 to 104 Fahrenheit) so the ball flew more. That morning after the rain it was really cold 10°C (50°F). As i read ball flying will reduce 2 yards with a drop of 10°F, so 50°F was arround 5 times that gap so 10 yards less. So temporature = +10. So the final numbers are: 145 yards + 5 (wind) + 5 (wet ground) + 10 Temperature = 165 yards to reach my intended spot in the middle of the green. Now i know why i hit it decent with my 8i (150 yards) but leave it 15 yards shorter into the bunker. Instead i yould hit a 7 iron (160 yards) o 6 iron(170 yards) to be closer to my target, maybe a soft 6 iron. The numbers that day were: Average distance related to target(ADRT): -9 yards Longer miss(LM): +5 yards Shorter miss(SM): -25 yards Deep dispersion(DD): 30 yards. Miss average Ratio(MAR): 10 yards Last weekend applyed this analisis before every shot for 2 rounds and the result where really encouraging. Here I compare the 3 rounds Item 1St 2nd 3er ADRT -9 1 -1 LM 5 15 10 SM -25 -10 -10 DD 30 25 20 MAR 10 3 4 ADRT tells me that my shots now average my intended yards, some longer and some shorter. LM/SM how far o short my worst shot was. DD is important because I norrowed my gap from 30 yards to 20. MAR is very important because my average yards from my target in deeph reduces from 10 to 3,5. Thats 6,5 yards closer to the hole in deeph in average. If i hit it right to the ping I´m going to be in average 3,5 yards away of it, thats 10 feet over the 10 yards (30 feet). If i hit it 10 yards left or rigth i´ll be (using math) 10,6 yards to the hole (31 feet) (missing 3,5deeph X 10width) witch is closer than 14 yards (42 feet) (missing 10deeph X 10width) I hit my irons good all three days´s but the result were better the last 2 day´s. In the first round I shoot a 76 with 10 GIR, in the second shoot a 72 with 12 GIR and the last one shoot 74 with 14 GIR(poor putting). All missed greens where left or right, knowing that i could miss +-10 yards away frmo my intended target i always aimed +10 from the front of the green or -10 from the back of it. My greens are 20 to 30 yards deep so i aimed to the middle of the green or 5 yards away from it if the flag were in the front or in the back. That garanteed me to hit the green at least in deeph. Left or rigth missed could happend. Hope this help you hit more greens and make better club selections.
  12. Stroke play last June 5th. Borring round 76. 14 pars, 4 bogeys. Reach front green in 3 Par 5 but chipped very short. First time playing with my brand new Irons (Titleist 716 Ap1). Really nice clubs, leave my old ping isi at home for good. This weekend played a 2 day fourball tournament at my home course too. I´d pair up with a guy i didn´t know. We shoot 144 (Even) and 138 net finishing 3rd making the cut to play quarter finals. My individual score for the 2 rounds was 146 (+2), played well.
  13. Crappy rainny weekend. No golf for me. Purchased a new set of Titleist Ap1 4-W and i´m really ansious to play with them. Just hit a bucket of 50 balls to try them out, pretty nice feel. After 15 years my old ping ISI will rest in peace.
  14. Shot 39-34 =73 ( +1 ) today. 4 over after 8th, good comback 3 under par till the end of the round.
  15. An statistical approach to the question. HomeCourse: Back Tees 6550 Yards, really open course, the wind and greens are the primary defense. Considering Tour Driving average distance of 290 yards to a Safe Spot in the fairway. Avg 1st shot on Par 3 = 170 Yards (Shots Spected= 3,02 - 3 = 0,02 ) X 4 Avg 2nd Shot on Par 4 = 90 Yards (Shots Spected= 2,78 - 3 = -0,22 ) X 10 Avg 2nd Shot on Par 5 = 230 Yards (Shots Spected= 3,39 - 4 = -0,61) X 4 Score Par 3= 0,08 + Score Par 4= -2,2 + Score Par 5 = -2,64 Average Score= -4,76 (Par 72): 67,24 So i vote for the option : 65-70. Note: they will fire in average 67,24 but some good day´s they will fire near low 60´s and not good day´s they will fire arround low 70´s.