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  1. I'd have to say it was back in 2009.  I was playing in a county run match play event.  To set it up, everybody had to play a stroke-play qualifying event.  There were supposed to be 4 flights (A, B, C & D)... but due to a lack of interest, they cut it down to 3 flights instead.  With my course handicap at 29, I went out and shot a 91 in the qualifying round.  To that point, it was easily one of the best rounds of my life.  I had fully expected to finish dead last in qualifying.  In what was supposed to be a 16 person bracket... only 11 players got entered in to C Flight.  Like I said... I was supposed to be in D Flight, but... they had eliminated that entirely.  Of the 11 players in C Flight... I had qualified 5th, which meant I got a bye in to the second round of match play.

    In that second round, I was playing against someone with a handicap right around 18.0 or so.  My handicap at the time was 26.4 after having shot the round of my life.  As I left the house that morning, I told my wife it would probably be a pretty quick day because it was straight up match play.  No strokes.  Since it was flighted and the index range was supposed to have been 14.0 - 18.9 for C Flight... the flights all played straight up.  I figured I'd be done by the 12th or 13th hole.  Instead, it ended up being (to this point) one of the more memorable matches I've ever played.

    I jumped out to a very quick 3 up lead through 3 holes going par - bogey - par.    We halved the 4th hole with bogeys and he beat my par with a birdie on the 5th hole.  I was 2 up at that point.  I went on a run of bogeys at that point.  I won the 6th with bogey (3 up)... lost the 7th with bogey (2 up)... halved the 8th with bogey (2 up) and lost the 9th with bogey (1 up).  

    Making the turn... I knew I was going to need to continue playing fairly well to have a shot.  Unfortunately, that didn't really happen.  I conceded the 10th hole after my 8th shot (all square)... bogeyed the 11th hole (1 down) and then doubled the 12th hole (2 down).  My nerves were all over the place at that point and I was beginning to get down.

    I caught a break on the 13th when my double beat his triple to get me back to just 1 down.  I then made a great par of the 14th hole to get the match back to all square.  My bogey on the 15th put me back 1 down... and then a par on the 16th got the match back to all square again.

    The toughest hole on the course (for me) at that point was the 17th.  It was a straight hole, but the tee was tucked up against the woods on the left side and I played a big fade (slice)... so, I never really scored well on that hole.  The same held true there as I put 2 balls in to the woods off the tee (1 left and 1 right) before conceding to my opponent who had hit his tee shot dead down the center and was inside of 100 yards.  Back to 1 down with just the 18th to play.

    On the final tee, I hit my 5 iron in to the fairway and left myself about 115 yards to the hole.  My opponent cut the corner over the pond and had about 60 yards to go.  My pitching wedge was pushed right and landed in the bunker.  His approach was thin and went over the back of the green.  He was away.  His chip from the back of the green scared the hole but ran past by about 11 feet, leaving a pretty easy, uphill putt.  I had nowhere to really land the ball to get it anywhere near the hole.  I knew my best bet was to just blast it out and let it run left of the hole which would leave me an uphill putt as well.  I managed to get it out of the bunker, but it caught the rough just before the fringe and killed it.  I only had about 10 feet or so... but it was a curler from above the hole.  My opponent missed his par putt meaning I needed to make mine to continue the match.  With all the pressure on me... my ball never had a chance to miss and we went back to the 1st hole.

    From there, it was pretty quick work for me.  I hit a 3 wood in to the fairway... a 9 iron from about 120 to the right side of the green... and 2 putts gave me a par while my opponent struggled to get the ball up & down from long & right.

    The magic continued 6 days later when I beat the #1 seed (who was a 14.5 index) by a 5 & 3 final margin.  In the 36 hole final just about 2 weeks later, I held my own through 18 holes, but then fell apart.  The #2 seed beat me 6 & 4 that afternoon.  I was 2 up through 7 holes, but I gave up the lead on the 11th hole and never saw it again.

    Still... going on 12 years later, I remember the first match of that event vividly.  I've still got the scorecard (which helped in writing this post).



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  2. After dealing with COVID over the last few weeks (not fun, by the way)... I was able to get back out to the course for nine holes twice over the last week.  In both cases, I played just the front nine.  In both cases, I played awful golf.  In both cases, my highlights were at the 8th hole.  

    On Thursday, it was playing 142 from the back tee.  I hit a solid 8 iron that started just left of the green and drifted back, catching the green and leaving me about 6 feet for birdie.  Although it was a tough putt (left to right, running away)... I drained it for my first birdie of 2021.

    On Sunday evening, as the chill grew and the sun dropped... it was playing 152 from the back tee.  I clubbed up and hit a 7 iron that never left the stick.  It pitched about 4 feet in from of the hole and ran over the right edge of the cup... stopping 2 feet away.  This was an easy, uphill 2 footer so it was essentially a tap-in birdie.

    Neither round has been good, but I've felt some good swings in there after having not touched my clubs for nearly three weeks.

    Looking forward to seeing what this week brings!


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  3. I didn't participate in the challenge last year because I wasn't sure how much I'd play, but... I'm in this year.  I did keep track, though... and I birdied 13 of 18 (all of the missing holes were among the final 6 holes of the course, so... I guess you could say I have problems closing)!

    I've played the front nine twice so far and I've birdied the 8th hole both times.  Nothing even close outside of that.

    Looking forward to checking them off!


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  4. 3 hours ago, bkuehn1952 said:

    I had no intention of playing over the hazard, regardless of what they did.  Once they hit it into the penalty area I put the 3-wood away and hit a hybrid to the layup area, leaving my partner with a 110 yards approach.  We easily won the hole with a simple 2-putt par.

    I did something similar in Kiawah last summer.  I was tied for the lead standing on the tee of the 35th hole (8th hole at The Ocean Course) in a two-day event.  The guy I was tied with and I had both hit tee shots that came up short of the green of the par 3.  I was a little closer to the hole, so he had to play first.  We both brought a few wedges and our putters to the front of the green.  As he debated on what to do, I already knew that putting was the correct play.  I'd played the course a few times previously and I knew that a poor chip was going to come back to my feet.

    With that in mind... I took my highest lofted wedge and began going through the routine like I was going to chip the ball.  I went up on to the green and straddled an imaginary downslope.  I even slightly bent my left knee which was on the 'opposite side' of this downslope to make it appear that I was leaning a little bit.  

    He had his putter in his hand and, at the last minute, changed to his wedge because, as he audibly said... he was going to "need some spin to stop it once it reaches that crest".  Anybody who has played on those paspalum fairways knows that chipping is extremely difficult and you need to nip it just right.  He did not... and the ball barely got to the green before trickling right back to his feet.  He then blasted a chip that finished 40 feet or so from the hole.

    I put my wedge down and putted the ball on to the green.  I gave it a little extra to ensure it was going to make it up the slope in front of me, so the ball finished about 25 feet away.  He was on a very similar line to mine and he hit an aggressive putt that got about 6 feet past the hole.  Seeing the line from his putt, I drained the 25 footer for par... he missed the 6 footer for double and took a triple.  I took a 3 stroke lead to the final hole and won my first ever multi-day event.

    It was subtle... and he could have made that decision without me doing a thing... but I like to think I got in his head just enough to cause him to make a poor decision.


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  5. I'm not one for gamesmanship... but when I see it play out on someone, I can't help but smile in appreciation.  

    Unfortunately, it's worked on me a time or two.  

    One of my favorites happened a few years ago.  I was playing an early season round with some friends.  We arrived at the turn and I was playing pretty well and was thumping them pretty soundly.  As we stood on the 10th tee waiting for the fairway to clear, one of the guys who had played there with me a handful of times knew I had a bad habit of trying to cut the corner of the dogleg... and on more than one occasion, I'd blown it way right into the trees.  He saw an opportunity and took it.

    All day, I'd been hitting a nice little fade off the tee.  There's probably 120 yards from the corner of the dogleg to the out of bounds on the other side of the hole.  Just so much room it's ridiculous.  My plan was to start it at the bunker up the outside of the dogleg and let it peel back in to the fairway.  Executed properly, I'd be left with 150 yards or so to the center of the green.  

    As I put my tee in the ground on the right side of the tee box... my buddy pointed out the hawk sitting at the peak of the tree on the inside of the dogleg.  "Hey... careful now!  Looks like it may have some babies in the nest up there!"

    Up to that point, I hadn't even looked in the direction of that side of the hole.  I laughed, knowing what he was going for... and then proceeded to just about knock the hawk out of its nest!  My ball disappeared in to the hazard and I could do nothing but smile and laugh as I went to the cart to pull a new ball out of my bag to finish the hole with.

    Another time, I was visiting a friend in Arizona.  He took me out to Quintero to play.  I was in a different world.  I'd never played desert golf before, so... playing at Quintero for my first round out there was a treat.  The second hole is a par 5 with a tee set back a bit.  As we walked back and turned around, there was a massive cactus just off the front, right side of the tee box.  It was littered with balls embedded in it.  As I teed it up and took my practice swing, my friend pointed out that cactus and asked if I thought it was in play.  

    "Nah... I hit a fade so if I hit that cactus, I made a really bad swing."

    There is now a TaylorMade TP5x with an orange, stenciled turtle embedded dead center of that cactus about 24" from the top.

    Oh well.  What can ya do?


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  6. 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.


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    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!


  8. 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.  


  9. 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.


  10. 24 minutes ago, mclaren4life said:

    Damn Fairway. That is a crucial story. How long did it take for you to get over that?

    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!


  11. 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!


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  12. 1 hour ago, Patch said:

    I carded a 74 to his 75. We shook hands, and pretty much never saw each other again. This even though I wanted to play him again. Told him so. 

    Great finish and a fun way to win a match, for sure!

    10 minutes ago, 3jacker said:

    I beat Boo Weekley once.  Does that count?

    Certainly... but I bet there's a story.


  13. 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.


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  14. 20 hours ago, Sean_D said:

    I think the thing I dislike the most is the damage power lines do to urethane covers. Each ball that hits a power line goes straight into the practice bag. 

    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.


  15. 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?


  16. ... 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.


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  17. 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.


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  18. 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.  


  19. 10 hours ago, Vinsk said:

    If you felt offended and turned the channel when Rory threw his club, or any of the dozens or hundreds of times it’s happened, you’re not in the majority of people’s responses. Bryson wasn’t fined for painstakingly making his playing partners age during the round. And Rory is a world star playing in front of thousands even millions of viewers. If I’m playing with someone on a local course and he tosses his club it means absolutely nothing to me. Rory tosses club, you chuckle and carry on...normal and easy life...you get all worked up and offended...that’s sad.

    Offended?  No.  Annoyed?  Absolutely.

    I played an event in 2015.  It was my first event with this group and I unknowingly got paired with the hothead.  You know the guy.  "I used to be a 1 index!"  Now he's unable to break 90.  

    First hole, he hits an 'awful' drive (it landed 4 feet in the rough) and complains about it all the way to the ball.  The pin is tucked in the back-right corner of the green behind a trap.  He hits a shot about 35 feet left of the flag at the center of the green.  A good, smart shot.  He proceeds to fling his 7 iron approximately 40 yards into the fairway.  

    Later in the round, he hits a second shot on a par 5 that he tugged a little bit.  He got a little unlucky and it hit the cart path and kicked it to the left.  The ball came to rest in play, but near a log that, if he moved it... the ball would move as well.  He took an unplayable, chopped the ball forward a bit with his wedge and then proceeded to use his wedge as a hatchet on the log.  About his 8th smash of the wedge, the head snapped off.  

    Par 3 later in the round, he missed a 10 footer.  He tossed his putter in the air and let it fall to the ground.  The blade of the putter buried itself in the green about 4 feet from the hole.  He attempted to repair it, but it was evident that there was damage and SOMEONE was going to have to putt through his tantrum later in the round.  

    I wasn't offended by any of his actions.  A 50 year old acting like a petulant toddler?  His problem... not mine.  I was annoyed by his antics, however.  

    I've told this story before, but... when I was a caddie back in high school at a local country club, I had a guest of a member fling his club over a fence that bordered a local hospital.  This was on the 10th hole.  He was pissed that he hit a poor shot, so he reared back and let it fly.  It cleared the fence.  I looked at him in disbelief.  He told me to climb the fence and get the club.  I put his bag down, apologized to the member and walked back to the caddie master and told him what happened.  Shortly after, the member and his guest arrived back at the caddie area where the member paid me for the full round, tipped me nicely, took my side with the caddie master and then told his guest he'd not be welcomed back any time soon.  

    Throwing clubs is not acceptable and it IS poor etiquette.  The word is literally defined as:

    "The customary code of polite behavior in society or among members of a particular profession or group."

    I don't see how throwing clubs and having a tantrum on the course can be deemed anything but IMPOLITE.  


  20. In a recent tournament I played, the guy I was stuck in the cart with (call him A) was generally disinterested in anything other than talking about himself and checking his phone.  

    Throughout the first 13 holes, there were several times where we'd have to go searching for balls that were in the rough.  It was just thick and would blanket the ball, so if you weren't on top of it... you weren't finding it.  

    Any time it was not his ball that was being searched for... he'd sit in the cart by his ball and check his phone.  It got to the point that the other 3 of us (myself, B and C) were getting annoyed.  

    On our 14th hole, "A" hit a shot that flared out right and landed on a hillside in the rough.  He slammed his club into the ground, then tossed it into the rough in front of the tee box... then he kicked it for good measure.  I rolled my eyes.  As we approached the area where his ball landed, he got out of the cart and began searching.  

    While he searched, "B" and I helped while "C" stayed back at his cart.  When "A" looked back, he asked "C" why he wasn't assisting.  "C" responded that "A" hadn't helped search for a ball all day, so he was keeping the time on his phone so that when 3 minutes was up, he could let "A" know it as time to go back to the tee.  

    He ended up doing just that.  

    As "A" took the drive back to the tee... I stayed up near the landing area and laughed to myself.  

    The level of pettiness (and utter lack of etiquette) was hilarious, but I'd be lying if I didn't admit I had considered it throughout the round.


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  21. 14 minutes ago, NM Golf said:

    How was the ball striking? I know we love to blame the putter but if you had 40+ feet for birdie multiple times then it may not be your putter's fault. 

    I once played with a guy who spent a couple years on TOUR. I was bitching about being the worst putter on the planet when he corrected me and said, "Your putting is fine, Brad Faxon (it was a few years ago) would have had a hard two putting from where you hit it. You want to putt better? Try hitting it in the same area code as the hole."

    Harsh, but good advice.

    It wasn't bad... but it wasn't great.  For the year, I average 27' from the hole on greens hit in regulation.  Yesterday, I was at 37' from the hole on average.  

    Typically... 40' or so is two-putt range unless I've left myself in a difficult spot.  The course we played didn't have crazy greens and I didn't leave myself in bad spots... I just had no feel for the speed on the greens.  

    Very true on the advice though.  My game has been an all-around mess for the majority of this year.  I've had a few flashes of my old game pop up here and there where I've posted 80 (+8) and 74 (+10) but... I'm averaging just shy of 93 for the year.  My expectations are based on my game from this time last year instead of the game I've currently got.  

    The good thing is the kids are headed back to school next Monday so... I'll be able to get out of my home office more often to practice.  Hopefully I can fix my issues sooner rather than later.


  22. 18 minutes ago, ShawnSum said:

    Do you have any idea what caused it? 

    It was just a bad day.  I haven't played or practiced much recently.  I went into the day focusing on my irons and it helped get me back on track after my previous round.  I hit a bunch of greens.  I just had no touch on the greens.  

    On one hole, I had 55 feet for birdie.  I just wanted to get the ball within 3-4 feet.  I blasted it 15 feet past and it resulted in a four-putt when I hit the collar of the green with my putter coming back.  

    On another, I had 33 feet for birdie and I left it 12 feet short.  It was uphill and I just didn't hit the putt.  

    I've been keeping stats since 2004 on a spreadsheet.  That was the worst putting round for me since I've been keeping stats.  

    It just helps to type it out so I can look back on it and laugh later.


  23. Yep.  That happened yesterday.  In a tournament.  

    I hit nine greens in regulation yesterday.  

    Bogey - Par - Par - Double - Bogey - Par - Par - Double - Bogey

    The longest putt I made all day was two feet.  Not a single hole where I had just one putt.  

    Yes... those doubles were a pair of four-putts.  

    The putter almost found the bottom of a lake yesterday.


  24. On our honeymoon, my wife suggested I bring my clubs and play a course out in Jamaica so she could tag along (I knew then that I won the lottery).  I chose to play Cinnamon Hill two days after we were married.  

    One of the holes (I can't remember which since it's been over 15 years now) has a power line that crosses in front of the tee about 100 yards out or so.  It's a downhill hole, so you're up pretty high and the power line crosses at a height where most people would go right over it.  I jokingly asked my caddie what happened if my ball hit the power line and he said I'd replay the shot... but he had never seen anyone hit the power line because it was so low.  

    Well... I was his first... and second.  I teed up my first ball and hit a low screamer that, sure enough, blasted into the power line and dropped straight down into some tall, nasty weeds.  The caddie and my wife busted out laughing.  I was not as amused, but... I teed up a second and caught it low on the face again.  That one hit the top of the line and popped up in the air, dropping to the ground about 75 yards in front of the first.  

    My third shot was much better... cleared the line by a wide margin and found the fairway.  The first ball stayed in Jamaica.


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