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  1. 12 hours ago, RandallT said:

    Calling @Fairway_CY- aren't you just a bit north of Columbia?

    I'm not horribly far from there.  Probably about 75 minutes or so.  

    If you're up for a bit of a drive, about an hour north is a course called Edgewater in Lancaster, SC.  It's a Fuzzy Zoeller design that's always in pretty good shape (except for the driving range) and is pretty affordable.  

    I've heard really good things about Cobblestone from some friends, but I haven't played it myself.  


  2. 2 hours ago, Golfingdad said:

    Putt breaks are affected by nearby geographical features.  This one is perpetuated on nearly every telecast practically every week.  Putts don't break towards oceans or creeks or away from mountains or anything else in the vicinity.  They break down the hill.  They are affected by gravity and gravity alone.

    I know I'm a 14+ handicap and I'm probably just looking for an excuse as to why I putt so poorly, but... I joined a club in September that has the absolute grainiest greens in the history of the game.  You can place a level on the green to find a flat putt and the grain (which grows towards the water and away from hills more often than not) will absolutely influence the putt by a ball, sometimes two or more.  

    I watch it every single time I'm out on that course.  It gets me... it gets players worse than me... it gets players better than me.  It's a real thing.  

    I'd say just my opinion... but, it's not an opinion.  It's a real thing.


  3. 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.  


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  4. 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.


  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.



  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.


  7. 40 minutes ago, 14ledo81 said:

    I am not certain what you are disagreeing with here.  I would assume @Fairway_CY also does not put Angel Cabrera at the level of greatness.  He did state that (along with the multiple majors) you would have to have a proven track record of winning.

    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.  


  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.  


  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.


  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.


  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.



  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.


  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!


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  14. 5 minutes ago, Big C said:

    In fact, for those that play semi-competitive golf, I think that scoring well when you don't have your best-looking game becomes a skill unto itself. Some might call it "grinding." Being able to grind out a good score actually becomes something that competitive golfers take pride in.

    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.


  15. Just now, Lihu said:

    Ah, I get what you're saying, now. I wasn't talking about consistency or anything. I was more wondering if you are happier with a lucky round that clearly doesn't represent your scoring ability, or a run of the mill rund that defines your handicap.

    That's a tougher question.  I mean... if I shot a crazy good number for me (79 or something)... I'd want to be able to say I shot the 79.  I don't know if I'd go into details about how I bounced a drive on a par 5 off the cart path to leave me 150 in or anything, but... I'd be happier to say I shot a 79 after a few good breaks than I would to say I shot an 88 where I played to my ability.  


  16. 2 minutes ago, parman said:

    I don't understand the point of playing a game and not keep score. The better you play the better you will score. W/O scoring how can a person tell if they are improving? It is part of the game, period. 

    I'd even go so far as to say it IS the game, period.  To me... if you're not playing for a score, you're practicing.  Nothing more.  Nothing less.  

    The 19th hole is full of 'I would have shot a 77 if it wasn't for the triple on 9, and the doubles on 12, 16 and 17' type of stories.  You didn't ALMOST shoot a 77.  You shot an 86.  

    Hell... I've shot 72 every time I've ever played 18 holes.  I just haven't stopped there.  


  17. Just now, Lihu said:

    Half the time. . .

    True enough... but I'd rather post a bunch of 11.3 differentials and a few 9.4 differentials than post a bunch of 17.8 differentials and a handful of 12.6 differentials.  

    Consistency is what's going to ultimately drive my scores down.  That's what's changed in my game so drastically in the last year is being consistent with keeping the ball out of trouble.  Early last year, I was averaging 4-5 penalties for 7-10 strokes each round.  Right now, I average 1-2 penalties for 2-3 strokes per round which is a BIG difference in my game and my scoring.  


  18. Truthfully... score is the ONLY thing important to me when it comes to how I measure a round as a success or a failure.  

    How I'm striking the ball... how I'm chipping... how I'm putting... it all leads to the score.  Whether I'm playing a money match, a fun match with some friends or a tournament... my ultimate goal is to post the lowest score I can.  

    If I have to 'trick' myself into thinking about holes in relation to net par so that I'm not getting discouraged by a string of bogeys... I'll do it.  But at the end... the number of total strokes I took is what matters to me.  

    I don't have my low net rounds listed in my signature.  They're my best overall scores.  The little number beneath my location that says index is and indicator of my ability to score as compared to others.  The lower that gets, the better I am.  The only way to get THAT number lower is to score lower.  

    I hit a couple shots yesterday that I can look at as examples.  On one hole, I hit a thin 8 iron approach.  It ended up 3 feet from the hole.  Was I happy with the strike?  No.  Did that discourage me from writing down the 4 and circling it as a birdie?  Hell no! 

    By comparison, I pulled a tee shot out of bounds later in the round.  I then hit a decent follow-up drive, a solid second shot and a pretty good approach and I two-putted for a 'second ball par' which went down on my scorecard as a double bogey.  Was I happy with the fact that I avoided the triple after the initial tee shot?  Yes.  Did that make my scorecard 2 strokes lower than it actually was?  Not at all.  

    I can TAKE positives and negatives from each round... each hole... each individual hole but at the end of the round, the measuring stick is how many total strokes I took.  

    I still enjoy my time on the course even when I shoot a 98.  I will always have a handful of shots I can go to bed thinking about that will give me hope for the next round.  I just enjoy my time more when I shoot an 85 and I have MORE shots I can go to bed thinking about.  

    If I go out and play with a scratch golfer and he shoots 72 while I shoot 84... his score is lower than mine.  He beat me.  He's the better golfer and I want to get to his level some day.  That's the goal, anyway.  

    I guess the short answer to the question is... I'd rather post an 86 like I did yesterday with 2 really poor holes that hurt my scorecard than post a 94 where I hit the ball solidly but just couldn't get the ball in the hole.


  19. I had one today.  On the par 5 15th hole, I hit my drive to the left side of the fairway, which is absolutely the wrong side to be on.  It's a very slight dogleg to the left and the right side is guarded by a big, ugly tree.  I seem to find myself there pretty often, so... I've become REALLY good at the low, slinging hook shot.   Today, though... I played the shot nearly to perfection.  The ball never got more than hip high and then ran nearly to the front of the green.  

    The pin was in the back left, so all I needed to do was pitch the ball about 30 yards and I'd have a reasonable birdie putt.  I flubbed it and left it 40 feet short.  I managed to make par, but... it still ticked me off. 

    Later, we went back to play the par 5 7th hole because we had skipped it to get around a slow moving group.  I hit a great drive into the wind and then pounded a 4 iron to about 50 yards shy of the hole.  Again... a halfway decent pitch shot would have given me a birdie attempt.  I hit that one only about 20 yards.  My follow-up shot never checked and left me 33 feet for par, which I missed low and settled for a bogey.  

    So... essentially the same situation... twice... in the same round... and I wasted both.  



  20. 1 hour ago, RandallT said:

    Pretty damn good score, CY. More to come I hope.

    Thanks bud!  Something has clicked and I'm getting the ball near my targets more frequently.  I used to be good for a few heavy shots and a few block-slices per round.  Anymore, if I have even one of those, it's something I'm able to know exactly why I did it and how to stop it.  

    I guess the 'big miss' is absent from my game at the moment and it's resulting in more scoring opportunities.  I'd like to use the My Swing thread to get even better, obviously, but... I'm having more fun playing golf now than I ever have in my life.  

    If I could get a little better around the greens and convert some opportunities, I'd finally be able to crack the 80 barrier!


  21. I went out this morning with a group of older guys at my home club.  I was invited to their game and figured it couldn't hurt to take them up on it.  

    It turned out to be a beautiful day.  I was a little rushed because of a conference call for work, but... I made it to the course on time with a few minutes to spare to hit a few balls.  

    The front nine was not the greatest.  6 bogeys, a double, a par and a birdie for a +7 score of 43.  Even the birdie was kind of lucky.  I hit a not-so-great drive... a decent 4 iron... and then an 8 iron that was a little thinner than I wanted but finished 3 feet from the hole.  I'll never NOT take a birdie, but that wasn't one of my best.  The score got away from me on the 9th hole when I topped my 3 wood from the tee and it bounced up the left side into a hazard.  It left me 280+ to the hole.  I hit a good shot from the fairway with a pitching wedge to 13 feet to try and save bogey, but I missed the putt for a double.  

    The back side was a little better in terms of my play.  A few loose holes hurt me.  I made 5 pars, 2 bogeys, a double and a triple on that side for another +7 score of 43.  The double came on the 13th hole after I got quick with my driver and yanked the ball out of bounds.  I managed a 'second ball par' for the double, but... it still hurt.  The triple was on the 17th hole.  A short par 3 that was at 147 yards today with a stiff breeze into our faces.  I hit a choked-down 7 iron that looked really good... until it flew the green entirely and kicked off the mound and into the weeds.  I should have taken it out of the hazard, but I tried to play it and it led to an ugly hole.  

    Overall... the 43 - 43 = 86 wasn't the worse score I could have posted.  I just wish my driver was a little better today.  I only hit 2 drives I would classify as solid out of 9 swings with that club.  The rest were either flat-out bad or ugly but serviceable.  

    I'll probably miss the next 2 days with work, but... I hope to play Friday afternoon in the men's money game at the club.  


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