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About Fairway_CY

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  • Birthday 01/22/1979

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  1. Do They Really Mind???

    I've never really met anybody who minds what others shoot providing they keep a good pace. If you shoot mid 90's but you spend 5 minutes looking for balls on half the holes or something... they're gonna be ticked. Beyond that... most will be happy to share a round with a golfer of any skill providing they keep it moving. CY
  2. Why the hurry?

    I had a group of friends out to my course yesterday to play. We had some pretty heavy rains the night before, so it was cart path only throughout our round. In our group, our indexes ranged from around 12 to as high as 18. We've not horrible golfers, but we're not "point and shoot" golfers either. On the 7th hole, we had one of the guys from our pro shop pull up on us and ask us to move a little faster. Admittedly, we were about half a stroke behind the group in front of us, so we said we'd pick up the pace. When we finished the 9th hole, we realized we had played that side in just under 2 hours. A pretty good pace on a pretty cold day where it's cart path only. We had to wait at the turn for about 10 minutes while our group and the group in front of us grabbed some drinks and whatnot and kept up with the group in front of us with no issues, but on the 13th hole, the same guy drove up on us and again asked us to pick it up. I was a little frustrated with him because we were on the group ahead of us and then the group behind us was nowhere in sight. We finished in 4 hours and 10 minutes with a 10 minute delay at the turn. I fail to see how that's to be considered even remotely slow. I've been a member here for about 15 months and the average round is about 4 hours and 15 minutes... often approaching 4 hours and 30 minutes. To play as quickly as we did on a cart path only day was more than sufficient in my opinion, especially since we hit our approaches to 18 shortly after the group ahead walked off. I had to apologize to my guests for being pushed. I'm gonna have to speak to the guys at the course when I'm there next, but... I'm pretty certain that the group behind us called in to the clubhouse on us. They were on top of us all the way through the 7th hole... then they started to fall back a bit. Still... I don't see how a 4 hour round constitutes being slow. I feel like that's a good pace and allows me to enjoy the company and the course while not feeling like I'm out of breath or rushing myself to putt out. I know guys who love to play fast and I know guys who are definitely on the slow side. I like a 4:30 pace, personally... but I'm fine with 4 hours. I get annoyed when it gets beyond 5 hours... but during tournaments, I regularly see 6 hours. To each his or her own, I suppose. As long as you're within the 4:00 - 4:30 range, I don't think anybody should be complaining. CY
  3. What are Your 2018 Golf Goals?

    This is always one of my favorite threads each year. It gives me a chance to get really specific with my goals and then I get to look back on them at the end of the year. Anyway... my 2018 goals are below. 1. Reduce penalties to fewer than 1 per round. Last season was my best in this category, but I still averaged 1.39 penalties per round (for almost 2 strokes per round). I'd like to reduce those numbers to less than 1 penalty and less than 1.5 strokes per round. A large number of my penalties last year came on the approach shot of the 10th hole of my home course. The lie is almost always downhill... plus there's a hazard fronting the green and OB very tight to the right side of the green. I need to work on that shot so that it's no longer in my head. 2. Increase GIR percentage to greater than 40%. My ball striking was better last year than ever before, but I still battled some pretty bad misses with clubs longer than my 8 iron. I finished 2017 hitting 36.28% of my greens in regulation. To get there, I'm going to have to spend some time with my 5 iron, 6 iron and 7 iron. A majority of the par 3 holes that I play require the use of those clubs. Although I don't have a number in my spreadsheet for par 3 GIR percentage, I'd be willing to bet it's lower than what my overall number is. If I can fix that... I can score better. 3. Hit greater than 50% of fairways. I came pretty close last year, hitting 46.64% but I'd like to eclipse the 50% mark this year. Achieving this goal will make achieving the one above much easier as well. I've been enamored with increasing my distance, but it hasn't really happened. I've been right around 235 yards off the tee for the last 3 years. I need to stop worrying about hitting it further and start worrying more about hitting it where I need to. 4. Putt better. This is not a specific target. It's very broad, but it's a part of my game that confidence is very fleeting. The average distance of all putts I made last year was only 2.96 feet. I also had an extremely high number of three-putts. Finally, I averaged over 35 putts per round. I would like to get that number below 34 putts per round this season. It's going to take me spending some time on the practice green at my course, but I'm determined to make this a stronger part of my game in 2018. 5. Get back to the tournament winner's circle. In 2016, out of 19 tournaments I played in, I won 2 and placed in the top 4 another 5 times. In 2017, I played in 15 tournaments overall. The first 4 were in C Flight where I finished T-10th, 2nd, 1st and 3rd... but then got moved into a more competitive flight due to my index dropping. In the higher flight, I played 11 tournaments and failed to place in the top 4 in any of them. I came close a few times but couldn't crack the barrier. I'd like to get back into the money spots in 2018, so... this is the goal I want to reach the most. That's it. They're all there. Tomorrow begins my 2018 season. Time to get cracking on reaching at least a few of these. CY
  4. How do you cut your toast?

    Number 1 is the only way toast should be cut. Any other way should be considered illegal and the toast should be thrown out. PS - I'm the same as @saevel25. I don't cut toast when I make it at home. I fold it in half and eat it that way. My wife cuts toast and that's the reason I say number 1 is the only way. That's the only way I've seen her cut it, ever. CY
  5. Definitely getting into the 70's. Actually... getting to 80 would be an accomplishment I've yet to reach. Since March of 2016, I've got 17 rounds between 81 - 83 but I can't seem to crack that barrier. One of my good golfing buddies who has a game very similar to mine has shot 79 twice this year (the first 2 times he's done it in his life). I'm convinced that I CAN do it... I just haven't been able to yet. Another friend of mine who regularly shoots 90+ shot a 78 earlier this year as well (and I believe he's got 5 or 6 sub-80 rounds under his belt in his life). I've focused on not counting my scores up until the end... but I subconsciously know when I'm at or near the 80 mark. It's gonna happen... I've just got to buckle down and focus on making better decisions. CY
  6. Buying Premium Used Golf Balls - Survey

    I'm in the 'never' camp. I play one brand and one model until I don't anymore. Also... I've played golf for almost 24 years now and I can count on 1 hand the number of times I've ever purchased golf balls at a course. Gloves? Sure. Tees? Yep. I've even purchased a few hats here and there. Very rarely have I purchased golf balls. Usually, it's an 'emergency' because I forgot to put some in my bag or something. CY
  7. When Do You Lay Up?

    Generally, I'm laying up if there's a reason I shouldn't be going for it. Using my home course par 5's as examples... #3 is too long for me to get at in 2 strokes... but there's no real trouble to prevent me from hitting my 3 wood and getting as close to the green as possible, so I almost always go driver - 3 wood at this point. #7 is very reachable... but if my drive is struck abnormally well, it may run into the cross-bunkers which will prevent me from going for it. Typically, this hole is driver - 4 iron for me and I'm either on or around the green in 2 strokes. #13 is the longest of the par 5 holes at my course and also plays slightly uphill. I've been within 3 yards of the front of the green once. Similar to #3... there's no real trouble. The only major problem would be if my drive is up the left side and then I'm blocked out by the tree over there. That requires a big, quick hook... or a low punch, so... I'll play 4 iron at that point. Otherwise... driver - 3 wood. #15 is short and I can get there providing my drive is up the right side. If I'm in the proper position... it's going to be driver - hybrid or driver - 4 iron in most cases. The only trouble is if you're way offline, so... low risk. When I'm at another course and there's a forced carry over water or some other hazard to get to the green... I won't attempt it unless the carry is 205 or less. I don't hit my 3 wood very high... so carrying it over 205 yards is difficult. No need to bring that trouble into play. I'll lay up to a safe spot and then go in from there. As far as bunkers and stuff around the greens... often times, I'll actually aim for a bunker. I don't mind being in bunkers most of the time. Lie is a definite factor. Out of the rough... I won't attempt it with my 3 wood unless it's propped up. If the ball is on a downhill slope... same thing, I'm almost guaranteed to hit it low on the face or top it. I guess just about anything can be a factor. How do I feel that day? Weather conditions. How I'm scoring at that point in my round... do I need to be aggressive to get strokes back or should I be conservative to not kill momentum? I'm a headcase. CY
  8. What is Your Punch-Out Club?

    I use my 4 iron more often than any other club for this situation. That said... it'll vary depending upon the lie. If it's really sitting down in something, I'll deloft a 7 iron. A typical situation, though... it'll usually be a 4 iron. CY
  9. Best Shot of the Week

    Probably not the best shot of the week for me last week, but certainly the most satisfying... 13th Hole - Par 5 - 525 Yards I've played out at this course for just over a year now. I've told most of the guys I play with that the 13th hole is out of reach for me in two. I absolutely pured a drive off this tee on Friday afternoon. It was measured at 287 yards. The pin was up front that day, so I was sitting about 220 yards from the hole. Typically, if there is no trouble... I'll pull my 3 wood anywhere up to 240 yards and just try to get it close. Average 3 wood off the deck for me goes around 220 or so. On this hole, there is a narrow opening to the green with deep traps on either side of the fairway a the front of the green. I hit one of the best 3 wood shots of my life there. It never left the pin and rolled up to within an inch of the front of the green. I was left with about 20 feet from there for eagle. I left that just a bit short but left myself a tap-in for birdie. Like I said... it probably wasn't the best shot of my week, but it felt great to execute when my partner was in his pocket on that hole. CY
  10. What type of golfer are you?

    I guess it depends. There are 2 golf versions of me. The 'everyday' me and the 'competitive' me. If I'm out with buddies and we're playing for fun or for a small amount of money or something... I'm the quiet guy who stands back and lets everybody else throw the one-liners around. I'm not as quick-witted as a lot of my friends are... but every once in awhile, I'll throw one out there. That's usually when the biggest reactions come because I'm the least likely in our group to do that. Still... that's my favorite time to golf. When it's just buddies and we're all just having fun. If I'm playing in a tournament... I like to focus. I'll still have fun and I'm never the guy who anybody would complain about playing with (at least I hope I'm not)... but, I like to keep my mind on the task at hand. I find that if I let my mind wander even a little bit, I'm likely to have a double jump up and bite me. I've been trying really hard to avoid doubles whenever possible because they're my score killer. With either version of me... noise doesn't bother me (unless someone is banging pots & pans as I'm starting my downswing or something). I also don't worry about shadows from others or if anybody steps in my line. It happens. It's never been intentional when someone has done it. I can't ever remember a putt where I looked back afterwards and said to myself... "if that guy didn't just walk on my line, it would have gone in"... so, walk where you may. I'm not gonna say anything unless it's habitual. CY
  11. My Swing (RandallT)

    No doubt, man! I'm not a patient person. People ask me why I don't play poker at the club and the answer is because of my lack of patience. My wife always says if she could change something in me, she'd either choose to make me more patient or less competitive. I think she'd elect to make me less competitive, personally... but, I know I lack patience, for sure! I even struggled to not fast forward your video to finally see you take a swing, so... yeah. The good thing is that the pro at our club works with guys like me all the time. He's told me that he already has a few things he'd like to see me work on, but he won't say anything until after my final tournament because he knows I don't want to go into it with any 'stray' thoughts bouncing around my skull. CY
  12. Practicing Golf - I Get Bored Easily

    I've taken a lot of these suggestions and put them into practice. I spent a good amount of time around the short game area on Tuesday morning. I played games to keep myself engaged and never got bored. I had to leave after about 90 minutes because I got a weird pain between my calf and my ankle of my left leg. I then went out on Wednesday morning and played nine, but I had to leave again because of the same pain. I played really, really poorly. Like... 52 poor. I felt like I couldn't swing the club through the ball because of the pain in my leg. I was completely off of work today, so... I spent the morning on the course. I played 27 holes. The first nine was tough. I struggled with a lot of my game. Off the tee, I was wild... but in play. On the greens, I really struggled. The speed of my putts was horrible. I shot a 47 there... but I started to feel more comfortable over the last 2-3 holes. The back side was totally different. I narrowly missed a par putt on the 10th hole... then three-putted the 11th for back-to-back bogeys. Then, it started to click again. I made par on 12, 13, 14 and 15. On the 16th, I hit a good chip from just in front of the green, but once the ball got near the hole, it gathered steam and finished 17 feet away, so... I settled for a bogey. A poor tee shot to the 17th resulted in a bogey before I finally got up & down for a par on the 18th to post a 40 on the back. As I was packing up my clubs, one of the members asked if I had time for 9 more, so... seeing as I had nothing to do, I went back out. I hit 6 of 9 greens and managed to get up & down on 2 of the 3 holes I missed the greens. I did three-putt the 6th hole, but... that was just mental and I rushed the par putt. An unlucky kick on the 9th after I hit the pin and it kicked 15 feet backwards instead of settling 4-5 feet away. I shot 38 there. I really didn't want to leave, but... I had to go so I could be home when my daughter got home from school. Providing the weather allows, I'm going to spend some more time in the mornings next week at the short game area of the club to see if I can get things together before the final tournament of the season in less than 2 weeks. CY
  13. Practicing Golf - I Get Bored Easily

    We're definitely on the opposite ends of that spectrum. I love to be on the course. I used to love to go to the range and beat balls over and over. I enjoyed going to the practice green at a local course to putt just to get away. It was a monetary decision, though. It was cheaper to buy a large basket of balls for $12 than to go to the course and pay $45 to play 18 holes. Since I've joined a club and I have access to play whenever I want, I just find it more fun to get out and play. I've improved quickly by being in different spots and having to teach myself certain shots. I was never able to draw the ball on command before I joined there... but the course has a number of holes that require a draw, so... I had to learn it or my scores would suffer. Now, when I'm in a tournament and I need to hit a draw... I can with pretty good consistency. It may not always be pretty... but it's better than not having the shot at all. So... now that I've improved to where I am, I'm looking to pick up strokes on the other things. My stats show me that I struggle in certain areas. I tend to try and work on those areas when I DO practice, but... like my original post mentioned, I get bored easily. This is something that I do on the course pretty regularly... although in a 'playing' situation. I don't drop balls and try shots like that, but... it's something I'll likely be doing over the winter. I completely understand what you're saying. I'm just not capable of not competing. When money was tight, I played a lot of video games with friends because once I owned the $50 game... I could play it as much as I liked. It's the same reason I play tournaments now... I just want to win. I'm fueled by success and motivated by failure. Golf certainly gives me more motivation than fuel. That's what led me here to post this. I'm motivated to succeed in 3 weeks when I go play a 3 day tournament against about 200 other people all with similar handicaps to my own. I have a huge desire to get better and actually get to Hilton Head and find myself in contention. I love the input, guys. Keep it coming! CY
  14. Practicing Golf - I Get Bored Easily

    I like the ideas you mentioned above... especially the 18 holes of up & down from various, difficult lies. As for the short game, right now it's definitely hurting my scores. Prior to this weekend, I went over my last 17 scorecards and I counted 53 putts from 6 feet and in that I missed over those 17 rounds. A lot of them were 3 and 4 feet. I didn't bother going through the short game misses, but I can count at least 8 times over the 2 rounds I played this weekend where I was greenside (or close to it) and I hit especially poor shots. Overall, I converted just 1 of 15 up & down opportunities for the 2 day tournament and I finished 8 strokes behind the winner. It's been a weakness for awhile. I took a short game lesson the Friday before last that has me at least making clean contact and not hitting it fat anymore... but my tendency now is to hit it 15 - 25 feet past the hole. I'm gonna play 18 tomorrow morning and then on Wednesday morning before meetings, I'm gonna spend some time at the short game area and I'll try out what you listed. That should keep me engaged. I've got a 3 day member guest event Thursday, Friday and Saturday... so, I'll have plenty of on course time too. Thanks for the suggestions. Simple, but not something I would have thought of doing on my own. It's in my wheelhouse too because I like to keep scores and stats, so... I can do that with an up & down challenge like that. CY
  15. Practicing Golf - I Get Bored Easily

    I'm glad to know that at least I'm not alone in my boredom. @iacas - I'm certainly not content. That's the primary reason for my post. I want to practice more. I would just like to find a way to keep it interesting so I'm not looking to bail after only 30 minutes or so. My course is a 35 minute drive from my house, so... driving 35 minutes to practice for an equal amount of time and then driving back become tedious. I'd like to spend at least an hour (closer to 90 minutes) around the short game area really building confidence in the areas of my game that I'm struggling the most with. CY

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