Fairway_CY

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About Fairway_CY

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  • Birthday 01/22/1979

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  1. 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
  2. I kinda disappeared for the last week due to work. I ended up way busier in Nashville than I thought I'd be... but mostly because of the after-hours events. I got home on Wednesday night and the slept off a 4 day hangover on Thursday. I did manage to get out to the range Thursday afternoon to hit some balls... but that was more just swinging the club and trying not to hurt myself than anything. I played at the club on Friday where I shot a 42 - 47 = 89 that day. Most of the day, ball striking was okay. I had a poor stretch from 9 through 11 that included a ball lost to the creek on #10 again... but my big issue was putting. It was awful. After a drink in the 19th hole, I went out and play an 'emergency nine' with a few guys. I shouldn't have. I shot a 49 where nothing was right. I was hammering drives, but then I couldn't hit approach shots... and putting was still ugly. On Saturday, I played a tournament round for the Golfweek Amateur Tour. With a shotgun start and me beginning on a 211 yard par 3 hole, things got ugly fast. I opened triple - bogey - par - triple. I settled down though and posted 42 - 45 = 87 for a 2nd place finish. On my opening holes, putting was a big factor in how poorly I played. I four-putted #15... I missed a 6 footer for par on #16... I pushed a 5 footer for birdie on #17... and then I three-putted #18. The practice green was so slow but the greens on the course were ridiculously quick. I'm going to try and play tomorrow after some practice and then I've got a club match on Wednesday afternoon. Following that, I may put the clubs away for a week or so to rest a bit before getting back into a practice routine. I'm hoping that March doesn't see me going anywhere until vacation on the 24th, so... it should be a solid month for practice and playing. CY
  3. 2/12/2017 - I spent much of the day on an airplane or at an airport. Because of that, I did a lot of re-reading of LSW. I got to the hotel and did about 10 minutes worth of the wall drill. CY
  4. 2/11/17 - Today was back to the wall drill to increase flexibility. I may be using that for the next few days while I'm holed up in a hotel. CY
  5. I posted a pretty ugly 46 - 44 = 90 yesterday afternoon. I made par on 7 holes but I also threw a pair of triples in there and a few doubles as well. My biggest struggle seemed to be my wedges. They were on line but they'd come up just short and end up rolling back off the false fronts of the greens. Now I'm on a forced break until at least Thursday. Ugh. CY
  6. I hit about 20 balls on the range this morning with my 58 degree wedge using a 3/4 swing trying to get a lower ball flight that I can reliably use from 50 yards or so. On the course, I faced that shot about 4-5 times and continually came up just short. It was frustrating, but... the good thing is that each of those shots was directly on line. They just landed into false fronts and came back down the hills on me. Shot 46 - 44 = 90 today. Not really the best round for me. I found myself pulling a lot of shots. Unfortunately, other than possibly tomorrow, I won't get my hands on a club until at least next Thursday since I'll be at a conference for work from Sunday through Wednesday. I'll have to find other ways to get some golf work in. CY
  7. Yeah... I may not have worded it clearly enough but... essentially, I'm in agreement with what @saevel25 is saying. Cabrera is one of those good players who just happened to have a pair of really good weeks at the right time. He definitely isn't one of those great players. Someone said 40+ wins and 5+ majors. I think, in an individual game, that may be setting the bar really high, but... that's kinda what defines greatness... exceeding extremely lofty expectations. There are very few 'greats' to have played the game. A ton of 'really good' players... even more 'good' players... and then there is essentially everybody else. CY
  8. There's good... there's really good... and there's great. I'd have to say that to be in that great level, you'd have to have a combination of a number of regular tour wins and a handful of majors. It's an individual sport where success is measured in victories. The largest victories will be against the most difficult fields. The majors provide exactly that. A major winner is a major winner. A multiple major winner is at another level. A multiple major winner with a proven track record of winning is at the level of greatness. For all of Tiger's success in majors... what makes it stand out even more is the fact that for years, he entered ONLY some of the toughest events and he's STILL got a 24% win percentage. In effect... he's won nearly 1 out of every 4 tournaments he's entered. That's greatness. Short answer... in my opinion, yes, majors are that important in defining a career. CY
  9. 2/9/2017 - I jumped out of the car onto the first tee today to try and get some video (unsuccessfully) and play some shots in the wind. I focused on really trying to keep the ball down today, so I played a lot of extra club on most shots. My pitching and chipping was excellent today. On my course, a lot of greens are raised which means uphill lies chipping back up. On those shots, I focused on getting my shoulders in line with the slope and the results were much better than I've had in the past. Side note... it was a sloppy 46 (+10) for 9 holes that included 4 pars, 2 bogeys, 1 double and 2 triples. CY
  10. I'm an optimist, so... my game is almost always 'on the cusp'. Truthfully, though... I'm playing as well as I ever have. I've made some minor changes over the last 18 months or so that have led to more consistency. I'd like to believe that with some professional assistance and some dedication, I can get myself much closer to where I want to be. CY
  11. So... I went out today to try my game in some wind. Below are a pair of swings from the day, both with 7 irons. One from a tee and one from the fairway. I believe the angle from behind is off a bit, so... I'll try to get another shot next time I'm out alone like that. The tee shot was a good shot. The shot from the fairway was flared right and got caught up in a 25 MPH wind so it finished well short, also. As always, tips and suggested drills are welcome and appreciated. CY
  12. I went out today, more than anything, to test my game some in the wind. It was about 50 degrees and blowing 20-25 MPH with gusts in the 30-35 MPH range. Save for a few holes, I played pretty well. 1 - Big slice with my driver near the second hole. Punched a 4 iron into the fairway short of the green. Pitch shot from about 40 yards hit the stick. 2 feet for par. 2 - 7 iron from the tee drew in nicely but went just a little long. Chip from just off the back of the green left me 7 feet. I made that for par. 3 - Another big slice put me in trouble. I flubbed my punch out and put me in more trouble. Another poor punch out left me about 175 to the flag. I hit a solid 4 iron but it didn't draw in for me and the wind held it up. Left me with a long (35 yards) bunker shot. I hit that fat. Chipped to 2 feet and recorded a triple. 4 - Great 4 iron from the tee left me 122 to the flag but on a downhill lie. I came in way too steep and hit it 2 inches behind the ball. 77 yards from a fairway bunker... fat. Good pitch from about 45 yards hit the green and went forever... off the back. I hit an okay chip from there but took 2 putts from only 4 feet for another triple. 5 - Weak, ugly drive that found the fairway. 147 to the flag, but easily a club and a half wind. My 7 iron was flared right. My pitch had to go over a bunker and was short-sided. No shot. I carried it too deep, it hit a downslope and ran off the other side. Chip to 5 feet and made that for bogey. 6 - I thought it was with the wind, but I guess not. I hit a decent 6 iron that went all of 135 yards. My pitch from well short of the flag (which was on the back tier) left me 15 feet. I made the curler for par. 7 - I finally hit a solid drive that left me in the center of the fairway. No shot to get there, so I was trying to leave myself about 70 yards. My 4 iron was pushed and left me in no position. I hit a clean sand wedge from well right but it nipped a branch and went in the trap. Another long bunker shot (35 yards) was fat. My chip from in front of the green ran out a bit too much. I couldn't make the 13 footer and took a double. 8 - My drive was way off the toe and faded... but the wind turned it into a big slice again. I was over by the 9th fairway and had 182 into a strong wind. My hybrid was pure but started right. Ended a little long. My only shot was to punch the ball into the mound in front of me and hope it killed it enough to keep it on the green. I executed it perfectly and when I got up to the green, it was just 2 feet away. I yipped the putt and took a bogey. 9 - Solid drive didn't draw enough and put me in the right rough. A punch with an 8 iron didn't work as I had hoped and left me short and right. My pitch from about 30 yards lipped out. I made the 3 footer for par to finish up. Overall... a 46. The wind was a big factor. I wasn't happy with the score or how I struck the ball... but I was very happy with my short game (other than the long bunker shots). Only 12 putts and I made a handful of up & downs. Back on the course for a money game tomorrow, so... hopefully I can get to the range beforehand to get my swing down. CY
  13. I agree with others. Your life is your life. Your sole responsibility in it is to LIVE it. Golf brings me joy (mostly). Vacationing brings me joy. Hanging out with friends brings me joy. I do these things because it's part of my life. I'm doing my part by living my life. As for any 'debt' to society I may have... I'm a good person. I'm not out there selling drugs, beating women or children, robbing banks or anything else negative. I help out when and how I can... I pay my taxes and keep my property clean... and above all else, I'm raising 3 kids to be upstanding members of our society as well. You don't owe a debt to society and there's CERTAINLY no reason you should feel down on yourself for being able to tell your story when someone asks if you've got a hole in one. Congrats on the shot! Enjoy it! CY
  14. 2/8/2017 - I read the blog post and drill @iacas posted about the wall drill and flexibility in 2015. That got me thinking about my own lack of flexibility, so I spent some time doing that drill. I won't get to the course tomorrow due to the wind they are forecasting, in all likelihood... but I'm gonna give that drill more time over the coming weeks to try and get a better turn. CY
  15. I certainly take some solace in being able to grind out an average score, but... I'd still prefer the great day. I shot a 93 on Saturday during a tournament round that FELT like it was going to be somewhere around 105. I just didn't have it that day. To come in and realize that it wasn't nearly as bad as I thought was a nice feeling. Still... I finished 7 strokes behind the winner and 5 strokes out of the money. I didn't have my swing OR luck that day. I had to grind it out start to finish. I would have preferred to have my tee shot on my 4th hole bounce forward off the top of the mound and not backwards into a bunker.... or have my tee shot on my 6th hole kick just a little left off the cart path instead of to the right and into a lie where all I could do was flick my wrist to advance it down into the fairway. Instead... I struggled on those holes. CY