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About Fairway_CY

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  • Birthday 01/22/1979

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  1. For casual rounds (typically played alone)... I'm usually slamming the trunk, stepping on to the first tee, taking one or two swings at nothing with my driver to loosen up and then heading out. Unless I happen to get there early or something, in which case I'll hit a few wedges at the range. For rounds where I'm playing for something... I'll show up 20 minutes early to hit a few balls. In that case... it'll be a few 9 irons, a few 6 irons and if I have time, a few drivers. If I still have 5 minutes or so, I like to hit a couple 10 footers on the practice green. For competitive, tournament rounds (pre-COVID)... I show up 90 minutes early. I like to get my pockets set up (tees, ball marker and club cleaning tool in my right pocket, sunscreen chapstick in my left pocket and my ball mark repair tool in my back, right pocket). I'll typically hit balls on the range for 30-45 minutes, working from wedges up to my driver. I'll then take a few minutes to relax in the shade (or in the clubhouse). I'll head back out and putt for 20 minutes, starting with 10 footers to get the pace right and then moving to 6 footers to get some confidence. If there is a chipping area, I like to spend about 10 minutes there before heading to the staging area and socializing for 5-10 minutes before we head out. With COVID... I try to keep it as close to the same routine as possible... just shorter. We're only supposed to show up 30 minutes prior to tee time which really condenses things. I hit balls for 15 minutes, putt for 5-10 minutes and then head off to the first tee. CY
  2. 1.3 2.2 3.3 4.2 Just because of the layout of the course I play at most frequently, I yell more often than if I'd play elsewhere. A lot of parallel holes early and late in the round. Early... people haven't warmed up and are figuring out their swing (plus the second green is reachable from the tee and is directly next to the third tee). Late... people are tired (or not as sober as when they'd started). I hit someone about two weeks after joining this club. He was walking out of the trees down the left side... I hit a quick hook... I yelled... he tried to jump over the ball and it caught him in the shin. Two days later, I almost hit someone else on another hole. It's made me very vigilant and a little 'quick on the draw' when it comes to yelling fore! CY
  3. I've recently had a desire to play the front tees from time to time when I'm out alone and just looking to do something different. I typically play from 6418 yards (69.5/130) but the forward tees are just 5223 yards (63.7/107). My goal is to shoot even par from those tees... then (if I ever achieve that) move back another set and see how close I can get to par. I've only played 2 full rounds from those tees and my scores have been 82 (+11) and 78 (+7) in those rounds. For the most part... it just makes the course shorter where I play. There are a few holes where I need to hit less than I'd hit from my tees just to avoid hazards, but... that only comes in to play on maybe 4 of the holes. It gives me a lot of practice with my wedges, which helps my overall game as well, so... I look at it as a sort of drill. CY
  4. Played nine holes of 'glow golf' on Saturday night and it really messed me up. I played a tournament on Monday where I was just off all the way around and I shot a 51 - 45 = 96. Yesterday... I escaped for nine holes at my home course and the poor play continued. I topped four tee shots and a number of other shots throughout the round en route to a 49. I decided it was time to hit the range following there and I got my swing under control. Today... I took my daughters (13 & 14) out for nine holes. Although it wasn't anywhere near what I need to be, I was able to knock the ball around some. I finally birdied the sixth hole which clears the front side for me. I still need birdies on 10, 13, 14, 16, 17 & 18 to get 'em all this year... but I'll keep plugging away. Anyway... posted a 43 today. That's about two strokes higher than I need to be but I attribute it to a poor short game today. Might take tomorrow off before playing Friday in the rain. CY
  5. It took a few Jameson's too take the sting out of it, but... it's more of a funny story than anything, so... I just hoped they'd win the event. The next year, my wife and I went out with a group from the club for dinner one evening and he and his wife were there. I got to relive the pain once more, but... this time, he was buying the whiskey! CY
  6. I was playing a best ball event that lasted a majority of the winter months a few years back. It wa a double elimination tournament. My partner and I had lost our opening match (in part because their 'B' player was on fire and even holed out from 191 for an eagle)... but then we worked our way through the losers bracket. Late in the tournament, the team that had beaten us also lost, so we were going to face them again for a chance to make it to the championship. It was a tightly contested match. We got to the 18th hole all square. I was our 'B' player and the 18th hole was one of the more difficult on the course. I hit a solid tee shot, leaving about 115 to the hole, cut on the bottom tier of a green with a massive ridge running across the middle. My approach hit that ridge and funneled down to the proper tier, about 20 feet left of the flag. My partner and their 'A' player both struggled. Their 'B' player was left off the tee but hit a good shot up on to the back tier of the green. Essentially, there was no way to stop the ball from rolling off the front of the green. My partner and I were excited because I was definitely going to two-putt and it was going to be a miracle for their 'B' player to make a par from up on top where he was. As he lined up his putt, I tended the flagstick (this was in 2017). He was lined about 80 degrees right of the stick. His putt was hit to the top of the ridge where it stopped. When I say stopped... I mean, it was done. His ball was not going to roll down that slope, somehow. He put his hands on his knees for about 5 seconds then began walking to mark his ball. As he got about 5 feet from the hole... the ball began to trickle. I knew immediately it was going in... and it did. He made this crazy putt where the ball had fully stopped for at least 10 seconds before resuming it's roll down the slope. I could only laugh as I puled the flag stick and watched it trickle in. My putt was now to tie. From 20 feet, it curled in from the left side and just sat on the lip. At least half of the ball was over the edge but it would NOT fall in. I tapped in for a par and we were eliminated. To say I was devastated would be a lie. It was so comical to have THAT guy come up so clutch to beat us twice. With that putt... it was a totally deserved win for them. Still... I hated to see it! CY
  7. Great finish and a fun way to win a match, for sure! Certainly... but I bet there's a story. CY
  8. Yesterday, I decided I needed to play golf to prepare for an event this weekend. I found a good deal of Golfnow and headed out. I had the first tee time in the morning in hopes that I'd be able to beat the impending rain. Once there, I realized that someone else had booked the same time slot. In a twist of fate, it happened to be someone I knew. He's a better golfer than I am by a fairly large margin. We played the front nine with both of us showing some rust. I was playing from a set of tees one further back than I should have been (approximately 460 yards longer)... but it wasn't a huge factor. As we finished the 9th hole... he asked me what a good score would be for me on the back side. I told him that, from the tees I SHOULD be playing... a 43 would have been considered a good score. He then told me that a good score for him would be 39 and challenged me to a 'beat your target' game. His target being 39 and mine being 43, even from the longer set of tees. I accepted figuring it'd be good for my game to play for something other than fun. We both played better on this side: Hole # -- My Score - His Score #10 -- Par (4) - Par (4) #11 -- Par (4) - Double (6) #12 -- Double (6) - Bogey (5) #13 -- Bogey (6) - Par (5) #14 -- Par (3) - Bogey (4) #15 -- Bogey (5) - Bogey (5) #16 -- Bogey (6) - Par (5) #17 -- Par (3) - Par (3) #18 -- Bogey (5) - Bogey (5) Total -- 42 (+6) - 42 (+6) I ended up beating my target by a stroke, but what I felt even better about was that I tied him... playing from tees further back than I'd typically play... knowing he's a much better golfer than I am. I know he was rusty... and on most days, he'd mop the floor with me on the golf course, but it certainly felt nice. Overall... I posted an 88 that included an ugly triple on the 7th hole when I topped my 3 wood into a hazard. Not the greatest score for me, but I felt like things started to click again. I've got to get some work in on my alignment. I'm finding a lot of misses are pushes. I've spent the better part of the last 7+ months battling a hook. Now that it's straightened out a bit... I need to get my alignment proper so I can start finding fairways and greens. Anyway... what's your 'beating a better player' story? I've got a few of them, but... this one felt good because it wasn't expected. CY
  9. Agree with others. I enjoy a casual round just as much as anybody else... but if there's an open tee with nobody in the fairway, I'm going. If there's a difference in opinion... we can discuss it but it won't change my mind. CY
  10. Hmmm... I've never actually thought of my putting stroke in that way, but... it makes sense. I have equated my putting stroke to a video game meter. I know how far back I need to bring the putter head for a 10 foot putt, 20 foot putt, etc. The problem is, I seem to pull a lot of my putts. Perhaps I've been too focused on the 'where' of my putter head instead of the 'when' aspect. CY
  11. I was surprised at the damage it caused to the ball, to be honest. It was a new TP5x to start the round and when I picked it up after it had hit the lines, there were some noticeable marks left on the cover. I managed to play the rest of the round with it but... it was surprising. CY
  12. I played a course that I hadn't played in about 5 years on Monday. I found a great deal and figured it was worth the ride to check it out again. On the 3rd hole, there are some power lines that cut across the fairway. Having spent 3 years at a club with power lines on the driving range, I know that it's not as rare to hit those wires as you may initially think... but then I figured I was hitting my driver and they appeared to be about 180 yards or so from the tee box, so... I wasn't expecting to hit them. Well... I did. My drive was perfect. It was splitting the fairway and had a nice draw fitting the dogleg of the hole... and then I heard that sound and watched as the ball dropped from the sky. Frustratingly, it mentions right on the card that if you hit the lines... you must replay the shot. So I did. And I pulled it into the left rough. I had a similar instance happen in Jamaica at Cinnamon Hill in 2004 with similar results. Anybody else hit power lines or anything 'abnormal' that required you to replay the shot? Was it a blessing or did it hurt? CY
  13. ... on a course that's not very 'walker friendly'. He was exiting the shop as I was walking in. The woman behind the counter told me it was cart path only (to be expected with the weather leading up to yesterday) and that the guy I had just passed was going to be walking the course. She suggested I get my stuff, get to the tee and head out before him. Well... by the time I got my bag on a cart, gathered my pitch mark repair tool, ball marker, tees and balls then drove to the first tee... this guy was already up on the first green. I didn't see him again until I got to the 4th tee and he was just leaving the green (par 3). He did not hold me up at all until the 17th hole when he was in the fairway waiting for the grounds crew to finish up near the green. Some of the walks between holes at this course are near 1000 yards with no way to cheat it and walk a straight line. Riding the path between a few holes takes 45 seconds to a full minute. This guy was blistering! Managed to play the round in just over 2-1/2 hours. I would have been happy with that time, on this course in cart path only conditions if there was nobody in front of me. I was amazed at how quickly this guy moved. When I finished up, I popped into the clubhouse to see if he was around. I wanted to offer to buy him a beer but... he tossed his sticks in his trunk and off he went. Now granted... I'm not in any form of shape, but truthfully... if I had walked that course (even playing as a single)... think it would have taken me a full 4 hours. Chances are, it may have taken me longer because I'd have needed to stop and rest somewhere along the way. I was impressed by this guy. CY
  14. Fairway_CY

    That Guy

    There will almost always be 'that guy' somewhere on the course. I've been playing for 26 years and I've learned that you have to teach yourself to not be affected by people like that. It's not always easy, but... if you can learn to ignore the comments and the antics and just enjoy the surroundings and the game... you'll be better off for it. I play a lot of tournament golf. I get paired with all types of players. There are those that don't want to talk at all... then there are those that never want to stop talking. There are those that slam or throw clubs after what they perceive to be a poor shot and then there are those that laugh it off and move on. There are those that enjoy a beer or a case and then there are those that won't drink anything harder than water. At the end of the day... you're there to enjoy yourself. If you find that you're unable to do that around someone, it may be time to move away from the group. Life is too short to be uncomfortable. CY
  15. Over the last 3 weeks, I've really been striking my irons well. For that reason (and that reason alone), I chose 4-6. My driver is loose, but I'm really feeling good over my irons and they're coming out of the center of the face more and more frequently. Today alone, I can count 7 from my round... all with irons. Unfortunately, 2 of them came after punch outs due to poor tee shots, but... they were still pure. CY
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