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Fairway_CY last won the day on February 4 2016

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About Fairway_CY

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  • Birthday 01/22/1979

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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Practicing Golf - I Get Bored Easily

    For some reason, I have absolutely no problem going out on the course alone and enjoying 3 hours of hitting a shot and leisurely walking to hit the next one. I'm at peace. I'm happy. I'm focused. That said... I don't really 'practice' on the course. Each time I step on a course, I'm trying to post a score. Doesn't matter if I'm alone, playing with a friend, playing a match at the club or playing in a tournament. I want to post the best score I can. That pretty much leaves the range and practice areas to work on my game. Currently, I'm working on having more confidence on and around the green. That means hitting a ton of chip shots to try and ingrain the feel I need to be able to step over the ball and know I'm going to hit is crisply and with the right amount of spin. It means tediously putting hundreds of 6 footers so they no longer jump up and get me during competition rounds. The problem is... I get bored easily when doing that. Now, if I've got someone with me and I can make a competition out of it... I can stand there for a few hours. I did it last year in Hilton Head with 2 of my buddies. We went to one of the courses we were going to be playing... stood on the putting green and just hit putts for 2 hours while making a game of it. Then we spent another hour at the short game area playing what was essentially a game of HORSE. I've tried to make it a game when I'm by myself, but... it only lasts so long before I'm bored. I start looking at my phone... looking up at the clubhouse to see who is heading into the 19th hole... or even worse, packing up to head home. I'd love to just say that I can bring a buddy to the course with me, but... most of my practice is on weekdays when my wife is at work and I'm between meetings or visits. Most of my golf buddies are at work... and when they aren't, they just want to play. How do you guys keep your practice sessions interesting? Am I alone in my boredom? CY
  10. ... well, it was clarity for me, anyway. I've been going through a slump recently. After finally achieving a single digit index, it's been all downhill for the last 3 weeks or so. Off the tee, I developed a quick hook that I couldn't get rid of. Everywhere else, I've struggled to strike the ball solidly. On the 5th hole this morning, I was in the rough up the left hand side. I had 193 yards to the hole and the ball was kind of sunken down a bit, but the back of the ball was exposed. I took a few practice swings, and then it hit me that I needed to play this like a fairway bunker shot. I needed to make sure the contact to the back of the ball was clean and that I accelerated through the ball. I hit a low 4 iron that ran up into the green side trap. Other than the fact that I pulled it a bit (the rough closed the club face just enough), I played it exactly as I'd wanted to. 2 holes later, I had 130 to a flag in the back corner of the green. This specific green is hard and the ball always releases. Again, I was in the rough... but this one was sitting cleaner. I had that same swing thought, playing it like it was a fairway bunker shot, and I hit a great shot with a pitching wedge that landed just shy of the pin and released to about 20 feet. For the rest of the round, that was my thought standing over the ball with an iron. I've been pretty good out of fairway traps for awhile now. I don't know why it never clicked with me before today. I hit crisper irons today than I have for the last month. I scored like crap (a lot of shots were going further and I was left with tough up & down chances), but... striking the ball felt good again. Chances are that I'll forget this again in the near future, or some other 'masterful' swing thought will take over... but, for now... at least I feel like I'm headed in the right direction. CY
  11. Lost the love

    I have a buddy who seems to go through this every year about this time. Like clockwork, he makes mention of how the game is becoming a chore, it's no fun, etc. I tell him to step away for a bit. Usually, a break of a few days, weeks or months rekindles the passion. Like that old saying... "if you love someone, let them go"... if they return, blah, blah, blah. It's kinda the same here. Step away. If the love for the game returns... great. If not... there are many other things you can turn your attention to. Forcing it will result in more frustration. CY
  12. Who is "That Guy" at your club?

    At our club... 'That Guy' is the guy who is constantly unhappy, regardless of the outcome of his shots. He's a 15 who 'used to be a 2'. He's incapable of completing a swing without slamming or throwing his club in disgust. He's the reason there are putter marks on the greens. He's the guy you pray you don't get paired with when you play in events. He's the guy who will seek out the head groundskeeper to inform him of his struggles around the 16th green because his ball ended up sitting down a bit and he feels it's due to a conditioning error by the crew. He's the guy in the 19th hole who never seems to have anyone seated near him. At our club... 'That Guy' is a douchebag. CY
  13. Define The Bad Golfer

    Haha! Nope... the most political I get is when I vote for Pro Bowl players. As a starter at a public course, I'm sure you've seen some things. I used to REALLY suck at golf... now I only kinda suck at golf, so... I like to take the 'glass half full' approach with things golf related. CY
  14. Tee box etiquette

    Count me among the group that doesn't have a preference where others stand. I also seem to get a lot of apologies from others who may make a comment to someone else in the group while I'm playing a shot... but it doesn't bother me. My response is always that I've got kids at home, so I'm kind of used to tuning things out. My buddies did play with a guy about a month ago or so who seemed to have major issues with where they stood any time he was playing a shot. He was rude about it and would put his hand on his hip and stare at the 3 other guys in the group until one of them would realize that he was pissed off about something. It got so bad that one of the other guys in their group jokingly yelled to him from about 150 yards behind and well to the left (about 8 o'clock) to ask if their cart was going to be in his line of sight. Apparently, that didn't go over too well with the guy and put him on tilt... he finished 14 strokes back. If someone is in your line of sight or makes you uncomfortable... you're certainly within your rights to request that they position themselves elsewhere. I'd just suggest doing it politely. CY
  15. Define The Bad Golfer

    I laugh when someone says they suck at golf. To me, there's no such thing. It's just that there's room for improvement. I've have my rounds when I suck compared to the level I had been playing at. Yesterday, for example. I went out alone in the morning because I hadn't touched my clubs in about 5 days and I needed to get some swings in. My ball striking, while not great, wasn't horrible. Around the greens, though... I sucked. I missed 6 putts from 3 feet or less. That sucked. I had 6 holes where I needed multiple attempts to get on the green from inside 30 yards (some were greenside). That sucked. Overall, though... I don't think anybody sucks at golf. There are people who take the game more seriously than others and invest the time to improve to a level where they're happy. There are people who play the game just for fun and never really get an opportunity to practice, so they're at a level where they CAN be at that point. Suck is a harsh word. Also, @ghalfaire has it correct... if you're respectful to others and to the course (and it's components like carts, retaining walls, trees, ponds, etc)... you can play in my group any time. I don't care if you typically shoot 72 or if you typically shoot 132. CY

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