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Fairway_CY last won the day on February 4 2016

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  1. I had 3 contenders today... all on consecutive holes. 1) 10th hole. I had hit a solid 4 iron off the tee and found a fairly flat (slightly downhill compared to the rest of the hole) lie. I had 141 to the stick... and it play downhill about a club. I played my 9 iron to drift off to the right because of the downhill lie... and it did perfectly. The ball landed 2 feet behind the flag, bounced once and spun back to about 3 feet. Unfortunately, I didn't make the super-quick, slippery downhill birdie putt and had to settle for par. I tried the putt 2 more times before giving up. 2) 11th hole. My drive was a bit off the heel of the driver and low. It ran out but left me 202 yards to the flag. The ball was a little below my feet. The only club I was comfortable with hitting from that position was my 4 iron, which is usually a club I will draw. I played the ball back in my stance just a bit, aimed a little left of center on the green and hit a perfect, low fade that landed on the front of the green and released. A solid two-putt led to another par. 3) 12th hole. This is a par 3 that was playing 188 yards. There's trouble right, long and left. I hit a decent 5 iron that bounced off a mound and finished behind the left bunker, pin-high. I was extremely short-sided. The pin was on the left side by about 4 steps, leaving me no room to work with. I opened my 58 degree wedge and played a pitch over the bunker that landed about a step on and dribbled out. I was left with 3 feet. I made that for par. The rest of the round was really unremarkable... but those shots felt good to pull off. CY
  2. http://www.gamegolf.com/player/cyoung2ty/round/1605174 I decided to drop back to the back tees at the club today to prepare for a tournament on Tuesday where we'll be playing from further back than I'm used to. The back tees (Blue - 72.2 / 134) at my course are just over 6600 yards... which is nearly 500 yards more than the tees I typically play (White - 69.8 / 129). I jumped onto the first tee right out of the car. I hadn't touched a club since Sunday... and it showed. I opened quad - bogey - triple before settling into a pattern of bogies with some pars mixed in. Things on the back were much better... but I ended with an ugly triple. 49 - 43 = 92 CY
  3. I carry 4 wedges right now... PW - 122 Yards (Max) 115 Yards (90%) AW - 107 Yards (Max) 100 Yards (90%) 54° - 95 Yards (Max) 85 Yards (90%) 58° - 80 Yards (Max) 75 Yards (90%) Inside of 100 yards... it really depends a lot on my lie and where the flag is located. I like to play a lower flight with my 54° when a pin is back... but I prefer a higher shot with my 58° when a pin is up front. I'm inconsistent (at best) when I get inside 70 yards. I've tried the 'clock' system with my arms, but I find that if I pay too much attention to my arms, I forget to move my lower body and that leads to some really, really bad results. CY
  4. http://www.gamegolf.com/player/cyoung2ty/round/1587244 I truthfully wanted to go back to the 1st tee and start over after I played that hole. I just kind of chopped it around that one. The rest of the round wasn't horrible, but it wasn't all that good either. I had a tough chip on the 16th after missing long. I'm still not sure how the ball ended up there. Outside of that, the back side was pretty good. I'll be playing another round tomorrow with my buddy who is my member - guest partner this weekend. He's playing pretty well and I'm playing average so... I feel like if I can keep my swing together, we may have a pretty good shot at making some noise in our flight. CY
  5. Wow... it's almost crazy to read this. I can't imagine playing from distances like that. I typically play 6200 - 6400 yards. I've been moved up a flight in the group I play with which means moving further back. In 2 weeks, we're playing from 6700 yards and I'm honestly worried I won't break 100. There are 4 (at least) par 4's that I will have either a 4 iron or hybrid into the greens and a par 3 that I may very well play a choked-down driver on. My average drive (with roll) is only 235. My average carry is probably in the 215 range. I play with a lot of guys that are between 3.0 and 7.0 indexes that drive the ball about 15 yards further than me. Average drives of about 250 and carries of about 230. They're all pretty good golfers but I don't think many of them would break 100 on a course like the one shown above. Myself? A 'perfect' round would be a 99. I'd be lucky to break 110 on an average day there. I agree that distance isn't everything but it's certainly a big factor. CY
  6. My home course from the white tees (middle) is 69.8 / 129 and just about 6200 yards. I'll typically score 82 - 86 there. This past Saturday, we played a course from a set of mixed tees that was 71.1 / 141 and played about just shy of 6500 yards. In the middle part of my round, I completely lost my driver swing. For 6 holes (not including a par 3)... I was in the woods or in trouble and punching out after my tee shot. This is the 4th time I've played this course from varying sets of tees (69.6 / 135 or 71.1 / 141). I've shot 102, 94, 93 and 95 there. I don't typically pay too much attention to the rating and slope of a course until after I've struggled, but I can tell you that once the slope gets above about 132... I really begin to struggle and my scores will go from the 82 - 86 range to the 92 - 97 range. CY
  7. It depends on the circumstances. Alone at my home course... I prefer to walk. Playing with other walkers at my home course... I will walk. Playing with 'riders' at my home course... I will ride. Any other course... I ride. I enjoy walking... but because I'm lazy... I prefer to ride. CY
  8. I don't know how to feel about these rounds in the mid-80's anymore. I used to come home smiling and excited about scoring below 90. Now I feel a little disappointed when I don't post something below 85. Today's 43 - 43 = 86 had some positives (iron play, primarily) and some negatives (putting, as usual). I missed a 6 footer for birdie on the 5th hole and then a 3 footer for birdie on the 12th hole. I just wish I could figure out the putter. Anyway... the link is below. http://www.gamegolf.com/player/cyoung2ty/round/1571640 CY
  9. Since the 84 I posted about above, I've had 2 more opportunities to get to that 79 mark that I let slip away with a few bad holes. The most recent was on Saturday morning. I started poorly and that meant I never had that shot, but... if I could have taken a few bad swings/decisions and a pair of bad breaks out early on... I'd have been close. I missed a 7 footer for birdie on the 1st hole. On the 3rd hole, I landed on a fallen tree branch and the ball sit on the 'v' of the split in the branch meaning there was no way to move it. My only shot was to hack down on the ball, hope I snapped the branch and advance the ball. It led to a bogey. On the 5th, I tugged my tee shot into some trees. Instead of playing to the larger opening, I tried a 'hero' shot (it was match play so I needed to try it). The ball hit a tree and went backwards. It resulted in a double bogey. I still managed to shoot a 42 on the front. On the back, my big downfalls were on back-to-back holes. On the 12th, I hit my tee shot shy of the green then put too much on my putt from there. The ball caught the grain and the slope and ran it off the back of the green. 2 chips (trying to get cute) meant a double bogey. On the next hole, my tee shot was hammered but took an awful kick and went behind a tree and finished on the base of it. I had no way to advance the ball forward, to the left or backward... so I punched it out to the right and deeper into the rough. Again, being match play, I tried to get cute towards the green and posted a double bogey. In the end, my back nine was a 41. 42 - 41 = 83 One of my better scores... but it could have and should have been better. A bunch of foolish decisions coupled with some poor luck. Live and learn. On to the next round. CY
  10. I had horrible issues with my wedges at times last year. Someone told me to take 10 practice swings without a ball and focus ONLY on turning my belt buckle to the target. I did that... put a ball back down in front of me... kept that swing thought in mind... and began hitting the ball as I envisioned it. Being able to hit my wedges inside of 100 yards with some level of consistency has cut 2-3 strokes from my index since early last year. I agree with others who have said that hitting a 'full' wedge is not the way to go. If I go 95% with my 58 degree wedge, it's about an 85 yard club for me. I don't like to hit it if I have over 70 yards. I like to go about 80% with my swing with my wedges. Same with my 54 degree wedge. A 95% swing would be about 95 yards or so. I rarely do that. I like to hit that club from about 75 - 85 yards... and I'll hit it from shorter distances if I'm into the wind or I need to fly it in a little lower. Try the belt buckle thing... and then figure out what swing speed you're comfortable going at the ball with when you have those clubs in your hands. CY
  11. Nah... my index is 13.2 at the moment (trending lower) and I probably know FAR LESS than a lot of people that are in the 18 - 22 range. If I post a question and someone replies... I take the time to read it and attempt to process it. My 'knowledge' of the golf swing is basically just "hit the thing with the other thing while trying to get the thing into the small, round thing" if I'm being honest. CY
  12. Today was slightly frustrating. I got out to play at a course I have only played a few times but I really enjoy. My buddy, who is a member there, asked me to join him and since I had nothing else to do... I figured I'd get out. I opened really well. Except for missing 2 birdie opportunities early on, I was on fire. I started with 7 straight pars before I let a flyer with a 9 iron derail me a bit. I made a double on the 8th hole but then rebounded with another 3 pars. I was sitting at +2 on the 12th tee. On the short par 5, I hit a bit of a pull and my ball found the rough (still mostly dormant) up the left side. I was left with 158 to the hole and I'd have to carry it about 155 to keep it out of the hazard. There was a tree overhanging that was preventing the straight line. I figured I'd be able to start it out to the right side of the green and draw it back in. The contact was solid but the draw didn't happen. The ball slammed into a pine just to the right of the green. I had no shot so had to take an unplayable. Even with the drop, I didn't have much of a line. I tried to hack it out onto the green but it didn't make it. The end result was an ugly triple. The next hole was a par 3 over water. Short, playing 121, but into a breeze. Typically, that would be a pitching wedge for me... but I decided to go with the 9 iron to carry the hazard. The breeze died down just as I was about to hit. Instead of being smart and either waiting or changing to the wedge, I tried to take something off. My swing was all arms and I hit it about 50 degrees to the right and into the hazard. I was deep with my 3rd shot and took a double. After getting up & down on the 14th, the rest of the round was a series of stupid mistakes. I was 30 yards from the flag after my 2nd shot on the 15th (a par 5) and I managed to somehow make a bogey. A perfect drive on the 16th was followed by a pretty good approach, but my ball caught a slope that fed it off the right side of the green leading to another bogey. My tee shot on the 17th found the green, but then I three-putted from 45 feet for yet another bogey. To top it all off... I hit a horribly ugly 3 wood off the 18th tee. I had to lay up because of the water, so I hit a perfect 7 iron to 104 yards out. My 50 degree wedge was dead on line but the wind carried it JUST too far. I closed out my round with a double. I went 38 - 46 = 84 on a day that I really should have been very close to the 80 mark. Oh well... I'll get there one of these days. CY
  13. A. Max Kellerman is about as athletic as a thong. B. Those who can, do. Those who can't, talk about it. (See Smith, Steven A.) C. I get more hyped seeing sportsmanship like what we saw Sunday (or between Reed and McIlroy at the Ryder Cup) than I do when I see something like Tiger's 9 & 8 win over Stephen Ames. CY
  14. 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
  15. 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