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Fairway_CY last won the day on February 4 2016

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  • Birthday 01/22/1979

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  1. Thanks for the drills! I'll give 'em a shot. I'm thinking about making a putter change. I have been using an Odyssey Sabertooth XG which I find to have too much weight to it on those slick, downhill putts. I'm looking at going to something lighter and smaller like a blade. I like the new Odyssey putters and I've been looking at a Scotty as well. Just gotta pull the trigger! CY
  2. Well... looks like I should be posting in this thread instead of the Breaking 90 thread. I've been consistently at or below the 90 mark. I had a really good shot at breaking 80 on Saturday. I was +1 through my first 10 holes and then kinda struggled with a few holes coming in and ended up posting an 84. My biggest issue at the moment is my putter. I have zero confidence when standing over putts. If I find myself over a putt from 5 - 7 feet, I just can't seem to get the speed correct. I worry more about hitting it 4 feet past the hole than about just putting it in the hole. I probably won't be touching a club until Sunday but then I'll be playing 4 times in an 8 day span so I'm hoping that begins to instill some confidence in my putting stroke. CY
  3. Due to the weather and some things going on around the house, I took an unplanned week off since my last round. I then got out to play on Friday and Saturday. Friday Things started out pretty well. I struggled with my driver as I kept hooking tee shots, but they weren't so bad that they were unplayable. Other than a quad on the 3rd hole, I played pretty well and managed a 44. I was in pretty good position on the back when I reached the 15th and I was only +2 for that side. Then the wheels came off. I finished triple - double - double - double due to a combination of poor ball striking and poor putting. My 44 - 47 = 91 wasn't anything to write home about, but I wasn't all that upset about it. Saturday I played in the next tournament of the Charlotte area Golfweek Amateur Tour. I was +1 through my first 10 holes as I managed to make 3 birdies fairly early in my round. Although I struggled a bit down the stretch, I held on. My 40 - 44 = 84 was enough to win C Flight by 3 strokes. I now sit & wait to see if I'm getting bumped up to B Flight or not. If not, I almost certainly will following my next round as I'm right on the handicap threshold. All in all, it was a pretty good weekend for golf. Now I put the clubs away until next Sunday when I'm on vacation in Florida. CY
  4. I never got one when I was in high school. My family just didn't have the money. I had letters in 3 sports... but nowhere to put 'em. It never bothered me. I met my wife when she was a senior in high school. Shortly after we began dating, she received her class ring (also something I never got). When she told me the cost of it, I about died. Her parents spent almost $5000 for her class ring. It sits in a drawer of her jewelry box which is on top of one of our dressers in a closet in our bedroom. I've seen her with it on twice in 18+ years. Our son is a high school junior now. I can't fathom spending that kind of money for something he'll never wear. The 'once in awhile trip down memory lane' is something I get simply by talking to old schoolmates. That said... I didn't grow up with money. My wife and I are not 'rich' or anything close to it, but we're definitely comfortable. If our son or daughters ask for something within reason, they have good grades, they've completed chores and they've proven they're capable of taking care of other things... we do what we can to provide what they ask for. If our son asks for a jacket or a ring... well, it's his desire. He deserves it and the posts here seem to indicate there's a lot of nostalgia tied up in those types of things. Memories are priceless. I 100% agree with others who said that she'll always think of you whenever she sees it and, to me... that's worth all the money in the world. CY
  5. Unfortunately, I've played with people like this. Even worse, it has happened in tournament rounds... so there was no escape. When it's happened... I've taken the opportunity to walk around and enjoy the sights & sounds of the course... breathing slowly and doing my best to block out anything else. It's calming to me which helps to balance out the idiocy going on around me some. If it was a casual round... I'd have backed out with some excuse and then tried to explain to the proshop what was going on so that I could get back out and actually enjoy my round. Sorry you had to deal with that. CY
  6. Thanks all. Looks like I may have to take my buddy out to the course with me one late afternoon and we can take turns hitting shots and measuring them. Not too many days when the course is saturated that they allow us on it, so... plugging shots won't work. I like the idea of hitting at/towards a fairway bunker. That one could work nicely too. I appreciate the feedback! CY
  7. How does everybody figure out their carry distances? I know that my average drive is about 230 yards... but I have no idea what my carry distance is. Same with my 3 wood. Irons (especially 6 iron and under) are a little easier because, for the most part, I can see where they land on the greens... and then I can pace it off from what I measured it at with my rangefinder. Just wondering if you have access to devices (TrackMan, etc) that allow you to gauge your carry distances properly or not. I'm not thrilled about going into a place like Golf Galaxy and using their simulators because I'm not sure how accurate they are. Any suggestions? CY
  8. I went back and read my post and I can't find where I said or implied that. Now I'm confused. If my post was interpreted that way, it's not what I meant to convey. CY
  9. I've been there. The worst for me is when they happen in back-to-back rounds just a day apart. I know that, because I don't have the time to put the necessary practice into my game, I'm going to struggle with being consistent. Unfortunately, there are times I'll go a week or so without even getting to touch a club. That makes things difficult... especially if I have a round like I had yesterday where I'm hitting the ball really well and leaving myself in pretty decent positions. If I don't touch a club after a round like that for a week... all the feelings I had from that previous round are gone and I can't seem to get it back. It's frustrating. I just know that when I DO finally have the time to practice as needed and I get some lessons, I'll need to make sure that I'm dedicated to it. I have weeks where I can get out 4-5 times to hit balls and/or play... but then I have weeks where I can't even think about golf because of other factors. Hang in there man. Struggling to an 87 is not all that bad in my eyes! CY
  10. I play frequently with a buddy who is struggling with the same type of thing. He feels that he NEEDS to hit his driver on almost every hole that isn't a par 3. I hit my average drive about 230 yards. If I smash one, it'll go 250-270, but more often than not... I'm at about 230 yards. On MOST courses I play, that's going to leave me 150 or less into the greens on a majority of the par 4's. I've come to learn that, while getting the ball as close to the green as possible is valuable to my score... so is staying out of trouble. If there is trouble (say a set of fairway bunkers) at the 230 - 250 range and I can hit something short of that and still be left with a shorter club (7 iron or less) into a green, I'll go with the smarter play. Now... it doesn't always work out because I can still hit a 4 iron off line and end up in the rough or something, but... I'd rather be in the rough than in a fairway bunker. My strategy is my strategy. I have read LSW. I believe in what it says... but I also believe that there isn't a 'one stop shop' type of book or site that is going to be perfect for EVERYBODY. Making individual tweaks to things can help greatly, in my opinion. Since I've purchased and read LSW and I've begun to practice with a purpose and I've focused my attention on the course to where I'm less likely to get into trouble... my scores have dramatically improved. It used to be a special round for me when I'd shoot 90 or better. I'm averaging 89.50 per round so far in 2017 and I am annoyed if I don't get to at least that target score of 90. Take what you're gonna take from the book. Adapt it to your game and implement small things about it at a time. I still suck at golf, but I suck less than I did before. That's something to me. CY
  11. Back at it today. I've been consistently at 90 or better for the last month. I haven't posted an 18 hole score over 90 since February 4th while posting 9 scores since that date. Today was aggravating for me, though. I struck the ball very well throughout the round but I could NOT get a putt to drop. I went off the deep end putting with a total of 41 strokes on the greens including 5 three-putts and a four-putt on the 2nd hole. 44 - 44 = 88 I did manage to squeak out 2 birdies throughout the round, but... it was really annoying being on the greens and being afraid to putt the ball. At least I know what I need to get back to work on. CY
  12. I'm not horribly far from there. Probably about 75 minutes or so. If you're up for a bit of a drive, about an hour north is a course called Edgewater in Lancaster, SC. It's a Fuzzy Zoeller design that's always in pretty good shape (except for the driving range) and is pretty affordable. I've heard really good things about Cobblestone from some friends, but I haven't played it myself. CY
  13. Wow... I had no idea Mexico City was up that high. It should be an interesting week! Looking forward to it now more that I've read this. CY
  14. I know I'm a 14+ handicap and I'm probably just looking for an excuse as to why I putt so poorly, but... I joined a club in September that has the absolute grainiest greens in the history of the game. You can place a level on the green to find a flat putt and the grain (which grows towards the water and away from hills more often than not) will absolutely influence the putt by a ball, sometimes two or more. I watch it every single time I'm out on that course. It gets me... it gets players worse than me... it gets players better than me. It's a real thing. I'd say just my opinion... but, it's not an opinion. It's a real thing. CY
  15. In late September, I played the final tournament of the Charlotte area Golfweek Am Tour season. In the final round of a 2 day tournament, I posted an 81. Not only is it tied for my best score ever... it was also a great day from around the greens. I had 3 birdies that day... 2 of which came from off the greens and I also managed a number of par saves throughout the day. By far... that was my best round of the 2016 season. CY