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  1. <rant> About 6 weeks ago... I was playing some of the best golf I had ever played in my life. Drives were finding the fairway. Approach shots were on or near the green. I was able to get up & down if I missed. Putts were dropping. Scores were (for me) low. Golf was FUN. About 5 weeks ago... life got a little busy. I made a change with what I do for work. The kids went back to school. My oldest entered his freshman year at Clemson. There just wasn't enough time to make golf a focal point. I played 2 rounds in 5 days about 3 weeks ago. The first was with a golf buddy. It started out bad and just got worse. On one of the later holes (15 or 16)... I hit my 6 iron VERY fat to the point where I really hurt my hand. It didn't really impact my score because I had been playing so poorly anyway. The second was with my wife at a nice resort course on a late Tuesday afternoon. We had a great time... but the golf was pretty bad. In both cases, I shot 7-8 strokes worse than my average for the year. I then put the clubs down because, as I said... life got busy. I realized that, during that off time, my right hand didn't hurt as much. On that fat 6 iron... I began to feel a strong pain on the ring finger of my right hand. Taking some time off... the pain kinda went away. Anyway... this weekend, I finally got back out to the course. I played in a 2 day event to kind of get myself golf-ready for the end run to my season. Saturday was the first time I had touched clubs at all in 2 weeks and the first time I had been on a course in nearly 3 weeks. It kinda showed. I didn't play awful golf early on... but as the round went on, I played worse. I shot a 93 going 43 - 50 and struggling with my driver the entire round. I was 17 strokes behind the leader after the first round. Late in the round... the pain in my hand returned. I went home that night, soaked my hand in hot water for awhile and took a few acetaminophen before going to sleep. I woke up the next morning and seriously contemplated not driving the 90 minutes to the course because I was still sore and I was so far out of it. Ultimately, seeing as how I'd decided to play to prepare and didn't expect to compete anyway... I decided to go and play the round. On the range, I was talking to a pair of guys and we were talking about our rounds the day before. I'd mentioned the pain I was feeling in my right hand. Well, the guy I was riding with (who is an ill-tempered habitual complainer and all-around bad guy to play golf with) started in about every pain he's ever felt in his life. This carried on for almost 5 hours. His finger... his toe... his neck... his back... his foot... his knees... his eyes. It was non-stop. Every shot had a different excuse. After the round, we were inside watching Tiger finish off his 80th win and the announcers were commenting on the pain Tiger had been in over the last few years and this guy started in AGAIN. It got to the point where I got up and walked away while he was sharing his tales of agony with whoever would listen. We all have bad days on the course and... yes, I've had a shot here and there that was a direct result of some pain I felt, but... when EVERY swing brings you back to the cart complaining about something... either suck it up and move on or stop playing the game! </rant> Sorry... I needed to get that out of my system. I'm likely to see this guy again in a few weeks so, I need to let it go or I may explode on him. CY
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    Played An Almost Perfect (for me) Nine Last Night

    I'd venture to say you're right. I know it's not actually SBST... there's still a bit of an arc to it, but it's far less of an arc than I'd ever had before. The feel of it is more like I'm pushing it outside on the way back (which I'm not, it just feels that way right now because it's new to me) with a shut face and then trying to hold it off a little after impact. It's been helpful in getting the ball started on my intended line, which has resulted in a lot more putts dropping and my lag putts being much closer to the hole. Good idea on taking video. I never really think to do it on the practice green. I do it frequently on the range and at the short game area just to see if the things I'm working on are actually being put into practice. I'll have to do it next week at some point. CY
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    Played An Almost Perfect (for me) Nine Last Night

    Thanks everyone! It felt great being out there. My scores have been dropping pretty consistently, but... last night was just a different type of round. Straight as in down the line. I almost always had a small arc (like the orbit you mentioned). It wasn't major... but it led to a lot of pushes and pulls at times. With the straight back - straight through swing... those pushes and pulls have been significantly reduced and I'm starting the ball on my lines more consistently. I've been using it for about three weeks now and the results (especially from inside 10 feet) have been night and day. No more terror sweats over 4 footers. Haha! Yeah... I got called "Mr. Two" last night because of all the two point holes I had in the stableford format. I've certainly been called worse! CY
  4. So... things have been coming together for me with my golf game recently. Something clicked with my full swing about 2-3 months ago and then it got even better when I slowed down a bit. My tempo has never been better and I'm really starting to strike the ball well. Even better, though, is the fact that I've begun putting much better. My daughters were talking to one of the assistants at our club after a junior clinic about 3 weeks ago. They've struggled with putting... so, they asked about some help with putting. The assistant took them inside the pro shop and set them up on the carpet, which has a pattern with lines in it. He was trying to get them to putt about 15 feet straight down the lines. One of the things he showed them just made sense to me. I had always had kind of an arc when putting. I don't know why... it just felt natural that way. He was having them try to keep their putters straight back and straight through. I started using that motion in practice sessions and, although it felt foreign at first, I started to see MUCH more consistency when it came to distances and lines. Last night, I made a last minute decision to play in our weekly dogfight. It's a nine hole stableford competition. I posted 8 pars and a single bogey. The bogey was the result of a poor tee shot forcing me to hit a punch hook 5 iron out of the trees. It ended up pin high next to the green... but because I was short-sided, I decelerated on the chip and left it in the rough. Next chip got to 6 feet and I made that for bogey. I hit 8 of 9 greens and posted a 37 (+1) for a stableford score of +4. My blind-draw partner posted a +1 so we won handily. It felt really nice to play a round that way. It's certainly not something I'm used to. The frustrating part was having to stop after just nine holes. I'd have loved to keep going and see what I could have posted overall, but... darkness (and the 19th hole) meant I had to stop. Oh well. Just had to type it out. CY
  5. I started playing in 1993. I think the first time I broke 100 was in 1996 or 1997. It took FOREVER for me to crack the 90 mark. That finally happened in 2010... and then I didn't crack the 80 mark until this year (and I've managed it 3 times in the last 2 months and added a trio of 80's to that as well). So... it took me some time for each of those achievements. None of it came easy and, unfortunately, other than a short game lesson last year... I've done it without the watchful eye of a coach. I believe I'd have crossed them all off my list FAR quicker if I had been able to afford lessons. CY
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    It was a rough winter. Scores are starting to come back.

    Wow... you haven't won this one yet??? I'll be ready tomorrow. I'm feeling good. Just gotta keep myself focused. I'm 0 for 13 in majors at this point. Something's gotta give! CY
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    It was a rough winter. Scores are starting to come back.

    It's getting better. I used to be 90% play... 10% practice. One of my buddies practices like it's his religion. When he is preparing for a tournament, it's not unusual for him to practice 3+ hours a day. He's started to rub off on me a bit. I'd say that, so far, it's about 65% play... 35% practice for me. The difference is really that, when I'm practicing... I'm focused on something specific. When I'm hitting chips, for example... I'm not worried about how close the ball is getting to the target when I start. I'm more focused on keeping the club moving at a consistent speed and ensuring that the club is brushing the grass in a repeatable spot. It certainly helps that my practice is paying off. To finally see a couple of scores below 80 is nice. When I'm on the course, if I have a bad hole, I'm usually able to self-diagnose and get back to something fundamental. It's helped me to keep a large majority of my scores in a reasonable range. CY
  8. Hey all. I've been away from the forum for a bit. I began to get frustrated by my play since October. I struggled, a lot at times, and began to feel like I'd just completely lost my game. A few months ago, my wife decided to start coming out to the course with me now and again. We played a few couples events at the club and it really reminded me what I loved about the game. The frustrations I had started to disappear and I began loving the game again. Anyway... my unofficial handicap (all rounds) ballooned from 9.8 on September 1st of last year all the way to a 15.6 as of May 1st of this year. I found myself posting a lot of scores in the 94 - 96 range. Everything that felt right about my game in August and September went away and standing over a golf ball felt foreign to me. I still loved going out to the course and trying... but my excitement was just gone. I was just out there... often times going through the motions. Shortly after my wife started playing a bit... I realized that I was missing the point. She was happy to be out on the course just listening to music... hitting the ball... and sometimes watching nature. I let go of my frustrations and just focused on having fun. As our member - guest tournament approached... I played and practiced a bit more. In early May, I left work early one afternoon and headed to the course. No warm-up time or anything... I just stepped up to the 1st tee and played. A little over 3 hours later... I had posted my first ever sub-80 round. A tidy little 77 on my home track. I followed that with rounds of 81, 80 and 83. I then posted a 95 in a tournament on a VERY poor weather day... then went on vacation and posted a 79. My unoffcial index is now trending to 11.1 while my official GHIN index is trending to 11.7 at the moment. I'm finally feeling it again. Practice is fun... playing is fun... and overall, I'm back to having a great time on the course. I'll be looking to be more active here going forward too. Just wanted to say hi and drop a note to say what's been going on. CY
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    One Word Answer - Standing on the Tee

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    Golf Channel vs Golfweek Am tour

    I've played with the GWAT now for going on 4 years. I play on one of the more involved 'chapters', playing out of Charlotte. The $100 annual membership is not overly expensive... and events range from $85 to $110 per week... with several two-day events running about $195 or so. There are also some high end events, such as the Southern Regional at Kiawah where you play 2 courses, including the Ocean Course. It's run very well. Live scoring is a blast. Optional cash games keep things interesting. The best part is that the people who play in these events are all just like me. They're there to have fun but also be competitive. In 3+ years, I've run into maybe 3 people who I didn't enjoy playing with (club throwers, primarily). My primary group of golf friends have all come from this tour. We run our own money games each week within the tournaments and keep it fun for all. I also belong to a country club, so I'm not longing for golf... but being able to play tournaments at some nicer, private courses I otherwise wouldn't get on to is ore fun to me than playing in my club tournaments. Our tour, the prizes are crystal trophies and Visa Gift Cards ($200 for 1st place and then down the line for other places). They pay top 3 to 6 places depending on the number of flight entries. I'd say if you're on the fence... reach out to the local tour director (emails are on the site) and see if maybe you can try one out before joining. I guarantee you'll find it's run well and you'll have fun. CY
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    One of the Great Things About Golf

    I miss football and everything that went along with it. The summer two-a-days... the tackling drills... the weight room... the feeling and smell of the grass while stretching prior to a game... the sounds. The day I played my last football game, a little piece of me died. I took up golf my freshman year after my baseball coach passed away. It was a different game and I enjoyed the serenity of it. It still didn't compare to football (to me) at that time. I'd obsess over football. I'd draw up plays of my own. I'd put together the neighborhood game and then ruin it because I was trying to run it like an actual game and not a pickup game. As time went on, and as I realized football wasn't in the cards for me beyond high school... I got more into golf and the little things that made it so difficult. The fact that I could be off by only 5 degrees and it could make such a HUGE difference blew my mind. Once I graduated... I realized that I was going to turn golf into my new obsession. I think about golf way more than I am capable of playing or practicing. I'll never be as good at or knowledgeable about golf as I was football... but I love the fact that I can compete. My wife dislikes my competitive nature. Golf is my outlet and will be for as long as I'm able to swing those sticks and chase the ball around an immaculately maintained pasture. Great post. CY
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    Your Favourite Form of Punishment

    I am a sucker for good, old fashioned course layout. My home course, although not long, is very tough. You have to be able to work the ball left-to-right, right-to-left, high, low, spinning or dead. We have a pair of par 5's that are reachable... and a pair that are only reachable for the longer hitters. We have short par 4's that dogleg severely and require either a perfect driver to get up over some trees or a shorter club that you can work around the corner without going too deep. Our closing hole is only 312 yards but it's straight uphill... with bunkers in the landing area... a two-tiered green... and a 19th hole with a floor-to-ceiling plexi-glass window only 7 yards from the back of the green. You can look at our course on a scorecard or even on Google Maps and think it looks easy... but once you get out there, it's anything but a simple walk around the park. I've played courses surrounded by sand. I've played courses where every par 3 is a force carry over water. I've played courses that are 'proud' of their US Open style rough. They've all got unique features. They're all fun in their own rights. Give me a course that uses the topography of the land it's built on to penalize the players for poorly struck shots, though. CY
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    The Nine Hole Conundrum

    I was just browsing some of the blog entries and happened upon this one. Oddly enough, I just posted a hole-by-hole recap of my latest round which details exactly this. I played the front nine in +3 but when I made the turn, things were just different. I ended up going +17 on the back nine. One of the more frustrating things for me is when I'm out to just play nine holes... as is the case in our Wednesday evening game. I seem to always play well (with a few exceptions) and it leaves me wanting more. Then I have days like yesterday and I just shake my head. In your entry, you mentioned a front and back difference in a shotgun tournament. I've done the exact same thing. I started on the 13th hole and went +6 through my first 6 holes. I made the turn and shot even par on the front side. When I got to the 10th hole, I finished double - bogey - bogey. I was +10 with all lost strokes coming on the back side. Golf is dumb. CY
  14. Today was a nice day. One of the nicest days in the last few months in terms of both temperature and lack of precipitation. Because of that, I had to find a way to get out to the course. I had played in a tournament on Saturday and a few things 'clicked' with me, so I was excited to get back out and see if I could put it together on the course rather than imagining it while taking slow motion swings in my living room. Anyway... there was a ton of promise early on. Tee shots were solid... and my misses were just left of the fairway, which was a welcome change since I had been battling a fade/slice over much of the last 2-3 weeks. Irons were, far and away, the best I've hit them since early October. Everything had a nice little draw on it. The things I had been practicing in my living room seemed to be good changes. Hole #1 - Par 4 - 355 Yards I opened with a good drive into the middle of the fairway followed by an 8 iron from about 138 yards that I pulled left of the green. Anxious to try and get it close, I flubbed my chip. I then nearly holed the next chip for par but settled for a bogey from 3 feet. Hole #2 - Par 3 - 165 Yards The pin was up front and we were into a slight breeze. Still, I hit my 7 iron from the tee which is typically a 160 yard club for me. It hit the green about 7 yards beyond the stick and finished just off the green. My putt from the fringe hit something and popped straight up, taking all the speed off of it. I still managed to jar the left-to-right putt from 16 feet for par. Hole #3 - Par 5 - 504 Yards A solid tee shot drew slightly and finished just off the fairway in the left rough. There is a big tree up the left side and I was still forever away, but I hit a low, running 3 wood that left me about 60 yards from the hole. I then all but sh--ked a lob wedge that skidded off the right side of the green. My chip didn't get close and I took 2 putts from 13 feet for bogey. Hole #4 - Par 4 - 331 Yards This was the first in a list of questionable decisions I made throughout the day. This hole should either be a 4 iron or my 18 degree hybrid. I hit 3 wood and tugged it a little left. I got lucky and it finished to the left of the fairway bunkers that dot the left side. I also had a pretty unobstructed look at the hole from about 90 yards. My sand wedge hit the green and stuck. The 14 footer for birdie was in the center of the cup but finished a roll short. Tap in for par. Hole #5 - Par 4 - 389 Yards This hole is difficult. It's only 389 yards but for some reason, with the slight incline, it plays a LOT longer. My drive was hit well and finished sitting on the 150 yard marker on the cart path. I took my drop and was left with about 155 to the flag. My 7 iron started slightly right of the hole then drew back, finishing on the left side of the green. The 31 foot putt ran by a few feet and I was able to make the 4 footer coming back for par. Hole #6 - Par 3 - 179 Yards I believe it was playing the exact yardage today, although it was slightly downhill and into a breeze. I hit a 6 iron 170 yards on average, and I knew I didn't want to be long, so I elected that club. I hit a high, slightly drawing shot that landed on the green and didn't advance any. From 34 feet, I lipped out for birdie and tapped in for another par. Hole #7 - Par 5 - 486 Yards My tee shot into the breeze was solid and finished in a great position in the fairway. I was left with about 225 yards to the stick. I caught my 3 wood a little on the neck of the club and pulled it just a touch. I was in the bunker front and left of the green. I blasted out and nearly holed the putt, but it ran 12 feet past. Another lip-out for birdie and a tap-in par. Hole #8 - Par 4 - 397 Yards This is listed as the #1 index hole on the course, but I love it. I blasted a drive that again drew into the left rough. I was blocked from going at the green by some overhanging limbs, so I tried to hook a 9 iron. It started at the greenside trap and just stayed there. I hit a decent shot out of there to about 4 feet, but it was a tricky, curling putt that I just didn't make a good stroke on. Bogey. Hole #9 - Par 4 - 342 Yards I hit an awful tee shot here than I never saw. Nobody else did either. It didn't hit anything and it didn't find the pond up the left side... but I hit another to be safe. That one found the fairway. As we approached that one, we saw my original ball well back in the fairway. I was about 175 yards away from the hole at that point. I hit another high, drawing 5 iron that found the green. A horrid first putt from 38 feet left me 6 feet for par, but I was able to make that. So... the front nine was a resounding success. It's the best 9 holes I've had in 3 months, give or take. Take away a poor shot from 60 yards on the third hole and it had a chance to be my lowest 9 holes ever. At any rate... a 39 was great and I felt great heading to the back. Hole #10 - Par 4 - 349 Yards My tee shot with a 4 iron for position couldn't have been any better. I very likely would have just dropped it in that spot if given an option. It left me a pitching wedge from 130 yards, downhill and with the breeze. I caught it well but didn't get 'all' of it... so it hit the front of the green. As I began walking back to my bag, it began to trickle towards the false front. Ultimately, it trickled off the green and just barely into a hazard. I was able to play it from there and pitch to about 9 feet. With the hole cut where it was... no putt was easy. I proved that by needing 4 putts from just 9 feet. Triple bogey. Hole #11 - Par 4 - 401 Yards My drive faded around the tree at the corner and finished just off the fairway. The ball was a little below my feet and I made a poor swing with a 7 iron. I topped it, basically. From 65 yards, I hit a lob wedge that landed 2 feet to the right of the pin and sucked back to 12 feet. My par attempt dipped low and I tapped in for bogey. Hole #12 - Par 3 - 164 Yards Things really started to take a turn here. After watching 2 of my playing competitors put the ball in the water (a large pond runs all along the right side of this hole)... I started my ball at the hole and turned it away from the water. I turned it too much and it finished to the left of the green. I had a fairly easy pitch onto the green from that position, but I managed to push it right just a tiny bit. That was enough to feed it off the green due to the false front. I putted from the fringe but absolutely blasted the ball 10 feet past the hole which left me an ultra-fast putt downhill and down grain. I never got it started on line and took a double bogey. Hole #13 - Par 5 - 525 Yards This is where I began struggling with my driver. I started my ball left of my intended line and watched it draw well left. On this hole, left is not good... but I did have an opening to try and punch the ball up the fairway to leave myself a wedge in. I absolutely pured my shot but started it just a little right of where I wanted (maybe 2 feet off). The ball slammed into a tree and kicked left and out of bounds. My second attempt wasn't nearly as solid, but it made it through the window and into the fairway. From about 160 yards, I hit a high 7 iron that found the green. Unfortunately, it left me a very quick 17 footer which I was unable to make so I tapped in for another double bogey. Hole #14 - Par 4 - 339 Yards This is a hard dogleg to the left which requires a nice draw or a shot high enough to get over the tree guarding the corner. Another poor choice here as I tried to hit a 3 wood instead of hitting a 4 iron that I KNOW I can draw around that corner. The 3 wood was tugged and clattered around the tree before being spit out well back. I hit a wedge back to the fairway and then made my worst iron swing of the day with a 6 iron that never got close to the green. When all was said and done... I took a triple bogey. Hole #15 - Par 5 - 462 Yards Another hole where position is more important than distance. Knowing this... I STILL elected to hit driver. It was left, low and hooking... and it found the hazard. Instead of being smart and hitting a 7 iron up to the right of the fairway traps, I tried to hook a 4 iron low and under the trees. I hit it low... but it stayed right and went out of bounds. Attempt number 2 was fine... then I hit a wedge onto the green and two-putted from 20 feet for another triple bogey. I was beginning to feel a little sick about how I was playing, so I had a pep-talk with myself heading to the next tee. Hole #16 - Par 4 - 309 Yards Another big dogleg to the left that requires position... another poor decision. Typically, a good 4 iron leaves a low iron into the green. Although this hole is listed at 309 yards, it's certainly a little longer than that. I decided that I needed to get aggressive... so I hit my driver. I got lucky as it skimmed past the tree and drew around the corner. I was left with only 75 yards to a tricky green. My lob wedge is a 75 yard club... but I hit this one 95 yards. I hit a pretty good chip that just missed the cup but then trickled out to 16 feet. The par putt slipped by and I tapped in for a bogey. Hole #17 - Par 3 - 138 Yards With the breeze into our faces here, I kept going back and forth between an 8 iron and a 9 iron. I ultimately decided on the 9 iron, which was the correct club... but I left the face open and put myself in a nearly impossible position. I was on a slight downslope, below the green, with a bunker between my ball and the hole. I got the ball up onto the green but watched as it trickled down the other side and into a trap there. I blasted out to 14 feet but couldn't make that so I tapped in for another double bogey. I was now +13 over my last 6 holes. Hole #18 - Par 4 - 312 Yards Mercifully, the last hole was finally here. Uphill all the way... this 312 yard hole plays more like 375. My tee shot was blasted and dead center of the fairway... finally. I was left with 97 yards to a flag that was all the way back on the top tier. My wedge as low and scooted past the hole and into the back fringe. I was left with a slippery little putt from there that I hit beautifully and left myself a 4 footer. I made that for par to close out a horrible back side. The back nine was awful from start to finish. I did very little correctly throughout and it showed in a final total of 53 on that side. The 39 - 53 = 92 was pretty sickening to look at on the card. Although I'm sure I've probably had a larger front-to-back difference in the past... this was the worst in recent memory. I actually had to add the back nine score multiple times because I couldn't believe I was +17 on that side. It's back to indoor practice for the next few days as the weather is supposed to be pretty ugly until Friday... but I'm looking forward to getting back out to the course for some redemption. I feel like, despite the horrible back nine yesterday, my game is actually pretty close. Some tweaks here and there and I'd like to believe I may finally break that 80 barrier! Until then... CY
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    Golf apparel for girls

    My girls (11 and 12) have been struggling with this for the last year, too. They've basically just been wearing khaki colored shorts (sometimes even jean shorts) with whatever nice top they can find. Both of my girls are small for their ages and take after their mother who is 4' 11". We managed to find ONE girls polo in their size around Christmas time at a local store, but that's about all we can find. No cute golf skirts or anything for them in their size. I even asked the pro at my club if he had any ideas and reached out to the local First Tee chapter for advice. I was essentially told to stalk the racks at Marshall's and (at the time) a Golfsmith that was going out of business. I wish I had advice, but... in over a year, we've found very little. CY

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