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DrMJG

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  1. Day 317: Solid warm-up before the round. Excellent distances and loft, especially with driver and 3h and 4h, though tending to play a bit more left that I felt comfortable playing. Wedge warm-up us very comfortable. Off to the course (67.20/110, 57350 from tees played) and it was a not too bad round. 91, 4 Parr, 9 Bogies, 5 double bogies with all double bogies being the result of penalties: 3 OB and 2 swimmers off the tee. 32 Putts, 6 GIR. Misses on the Fairways were hit left. Ended up with more than a few playing tighter shots if I hit more fairways. Weather was calm, under 80º for most of the round.
  2. Day 316: Arrived at the range with no real plan in mind; so a plan revealed itself to me. After my usual physical warm-ups, I took the 50º to see if I were able to readily fix my wild drift left. Between adjusting my aim and making sure body and weapon ended up in line with the target, I was able to get closer to my targets, be they 85 yards to 120 yards. Loft has never really been a problem with my wedges. So, to get the yardage and alignment I was shooting at it was a success. I then decided to play the two clubs I would consider in situations where the 50º may be an option. The 8i and 9i both responded very well within the situations I was playing out. Both hit where I was aiming and at the distances I was planning to hit. Again, far better than yesterday's mediocre range work. Perhaps it was because I was not going in a round on the course, I was simply more relaxed. Because I did things well I decided to hit a a bunch with my driver, which I did not use yesterday at all. I did have a bit of a draw, though not the usual amount off-line. Distance was better than normal for me average 105 ball speed and 205 yards before landing. The distance was not adjusted for the range balls. I had some time left over, so, I asked the management to set up a Ping 410 plus, set to draw and an Aldus CB red 55 SR flex to try out. I easily added 20 yards to the drive with great correction of line. For some reason, the times I try this club, the easier my swing seems to be. So this is the club I will get soon. Only question will be if I get a 12º (same as my current G5) or if I will get the 10.5º which I could adjust to be a 12º. Only 30% saved for; not planned for with no hesitation.
  3. At the range, no. I accept we are all there to practice and we all will hit a few less than brilliant shots. If people want to watch me hit bad, good, or maybe even great shots, that is their time. Back to the topic, I don't even voice anything out when I hit a miserable smack. Perhaps this is because, I stated out 2 years back attempting to golf again after a forced hiatus and an injury I will have to always have as a factor. Add to that as an older player, I am not trying to make it to the senior tour. Golf is, when all is said and done, a sport and a game. I golf primarily to stay in shape and have fun, what others think is their problem. Heck, I don't care what people think at the first hole tee box on a course. While I accept some will worry or feel self-conscious, if you can do your best to put it out of mind, your skill set returns rapidly. To those who feel it is their joy to make fun of me for my mishits at the range or course, I proudly give you a one finger salute!
  4. Day 315: Interesting pre-round warm up. I only want to discuss the bucket of balls I hit prior to a play at an executive course. It was, simply put, not great at all. Normally, I feel ready after 25 or so hits. But for some reason today I took their medium tub of ~50. It took me around 15 smacks with my 6i to feel I had a good swing to the club. (This was after my normal physical warm-ups and 10 or so swings with the Orange Monster. I felt nice and loose after those items.) In terms of what felt off about the 6i, it was everything from a good stance to hand position to weight shift. Not off by a lot, but enough to feel uncomfortable. I was able to end up with 3 or maybe even 4 more than good enough hits. I then took 5 or so with my 50º and 56º wedges. Except for the typical "you hit it left" I almost always have with my wedges. Today they were more left than usual; nothing I did seemed to make any true difference. I always take time to do some wedge work with these two, as the come into play a lot on this course. Time for my 7i and it was, at first, even a tad more unpredictable and uncomfortable than the 6i. Again, after about 10 shots, I finally made needed adjustments, but it was frustrating to me that it took so many hits to feel somewhat comfortable. Biggest problems were the pulls to the left. They were long but would have clearly been OB on about 4 of the upcoming holes. For the longer par 4s here, I usually use my GX-7. While the wind was not as much of an issue as the other day, when I got a nice higher loft, all bets were off, Above a certain level, the wind must have been swirling a bit. The shot started off well, but all bets were off as to a draw or fade and how much of one there would be. To correct the tee needs, I switched a bit to a 5h and was happier with the accuracy, as this club is easier to keep down. Both the driver and the GX-7 were relegated to the trunk of the car! I felt this morning as if some older, very bad, habits were sneaking back. I foresaw a very mediocre to awful round. Just not comfortable and making too many mistakes with some really basic things in the warm-up. A shock was that the round itself went quite well, only 5 over. Perhaps it was the very large coffee I took with me on the course that was the real improvement maker.
  5. @klineka Not sure where I explained, except in passing, that my politics is a consideration, just that it was. Not sure what the "rule" I borderline broke here. It was asked if I would play the course, not if would I tell others not to play the course because of my politics. I never said or I'mplied that. I agree that the main consideration for playing a course should be the course itself. Accept that the way this question was asked, in no small part, brings out the points you do not care for. Here the personality of ownership may bring comments such as mine. And this is not the place for me to explicitly and strongly vent my political views, other than to say they do come into play in this instance. So be cautious of how you interpret my intentions. And accept that ownership, in THIS case, for more than a handful, is a consideration.
  6. Day 314: Day got tightly scheduled at the last minute so I was limited greatly in what I could accomplish. As with most days, I spent time working on weight shifting. I then got out of the shower, I added foot movement and hip turn. This work is SO automatic, I hesitate to include it in my 5 minutes, lest there is a complaint about a cut and paste. When dressed and at the range. I finished my warm-up procedure with a few knee bends and 20 swings with the ever available Orange Whip®. I had time for about 25 swings at a round object with my driver. In short, it felt good. Range ball distance showed about 190. However, eyeball showed it landing and rolling to a green that is listed as 220. Accuracy towards the target was only OK. There was a lot less wind interference than yesterday. Still, I need to work a bit more on the draw. Most of the time I like the draw, a few times it is a mild annoyance and a few times it is quite bothersome. Usually, it is between 5º-10º offline. But the 6th wack today was such a pull, one might consider it an un-signaled left turn. (OK, it was more like 15º off and well out of my imagined fairway. One a few courses I play it would have been OB) While I do have a tendency to draw, only the driver is the one that gives me the most grief. This will be the subject with my coach on Friday.
  7. Perhaps I should have said it reappeared. ( I have only been on this site for just under 2 years. So my comment reflects my perception.) Hard to keep ownership out of consideration. I would think the same thing about a few others courses I know, where I have loved the course but won't play for ownership issues. The fact that Trump was named in the question makes it hard to avoid, no matter how you envision the owner in terms of your likes or dislikes. If it gets it too political, rather than chastising the responders, ask the management of the site to consider eliminating this topic.
  8. In my misspent youth, I had a chance to play Doral as a guest. However, rain caused a cancellation. Hard to play in a thunderstorm! I knew it would be a very challenging course. For that reason, alone,I would consider playing it again. Hard for me to dismiss the political consideration for a replay. And, it was interesting that this topic appeared right after AG Barr issues his interpretation of the report. I will leave this comment stand on its own. A different time from today (plus, perhaps, a new owner) would renew my strong desire to play this course next time I am down Florida way. Cost might be a factor. The other fact, that I am 40 years older that that first fateful attempt, would mean others on the course might be frustrated with my lack of fantastic play.
  9. Day 313: I was planning on a day just to work on accuracy for the wedges, but the strong winds today shifted the lesson plan. The day was favorable to work on a real problematic situation. The wind was blowing hard right to left, as I encountered it. When combined with the strong draw/pull I normally have, it was a bit of a challenge. The goal for me, with my irons and hybrids, was to minimize the loft so that the ball would not end up too wildly off line. I remember someone, Greg Norman, if my fading memory serves me today, said something along the lines of "in a breeze, swing with ease". So I backed off about 10 or so percent on my speed (ball speed). This was done with a combination of not trying to use my usual power fully and even using a 3/4 swing with some clubs. Next I choked up a bit on the clubs and went down a club to try to eliminate as much spin as possible. Also, I was putting the ball a little bit back in my stance. For shots off the tee, I used my GX-7 and gave the driver the day off. Even took a few off the tee with my 7i/w and 4h. I lowered the tee a tad. Results were more than ok in therms of fighting the wind, but none of the clubs fully left me saying "do this as your first option". Finally, I adjusted my target to allow for the wind. All in all, I lost 25% or so of my normal loft. Yes, I lost yardage, but those 15-20 mph wind gusts did a lot less damage in terms of accuracy. My ball ended up as "straight" as I could make it. And even though more than a few strikes ended up less than ideal, the balls mostly landed in my imaginary fairway. Ended up a bit more confident on how to deal with the conditions of today.
  10. Unfortunately, we are currently in an apartment. Good sized for living but no place to set up a net or I would.
  11. Played another round today with making a mental note to change my club selection to reflect longer distances based on what I have been hitting. And, for the most part, it worked well. Using my 7i, for example, where I would have used a 6i in the past, resulted in much better distance planning without any real change in my swing. I still have to fully note this and keep a better record of distances for each club. Thanks all for your feedback. It seems that the solution was obvious to most of you; I needed to make sure I was on the right track, as life does not allow for me to bounce thoughts off too many people.
  12. Course is 6,100 yards, 69.4/130 I did not have all my clubs in my bag for today's game. I used 50º, 60º, 6i, 7i, 9i, 3h, 5h, GX-7 (as 3w) and my driver. Of course I had a putter as well. Score was an 89. Bit higher than last time due to mediocre (38) putting and a few solidly mis-played wedges. The absence of the 56º was noticeable as I hit a few 50º both off line and a bit too hard. Only 3 penalties, unfortunately all off the tee, 2 OB, 1 splasher. All three were to the left. On the longer 4s and the 5s, I was getting, for me, good drives of about 230+ plus whatever the roll was. On the shorter 4s and one long three, the GX-7 came through as expected at 185-95 before roll. The 6i and 7i gave expected results though I tended to be left on quite a few shots. Same for the hybrids. Even the better shots were more than a simple draw. Accuracy was more of a problem than distance. I have started to think 1 club different in my new concept of what a club should do. I will generally think of 10 yards longer in my range work/club and practices when I use range balls. I will be playing a course at week's end that demands my bag to be fairly full of options. I will add the 56º, 8i, 4h, and 7i/w. Again to work on club selection and to note yardage on the results. I have a few competitive "friendlies" in my near future and hope to increase my ability to plan out a round a lot better.
  13. Day 312: Took a good long early AM warm-up prior to a run around a course. I felt I was striking the ball solidly and getting fairly good response in terms of loft and accuracy. The main objectives were not only to do my best to score well, but, to take note of my distances for the clubs I used. I have been noticing that I have been playing long on most of my hits lately, so I needed to find accurate distances given club and ball as opposed to what I had been hitting at the range. Course is 6,100 yards, 69.4/130 I did not have all my clubs in my bag for today's game. I used 50º, 60º, 6i, 7i, 9i, 3h, 5h, GX-7 (as 3w) and my driver. Of course I had a putter as well. I chose these clubs as they were the clubs I used the last time I played this course. Score was an 89. Bit higher than last time due to mediocre putting and a few mis-played wedges. The absence of the 56º was noticeable as I hit a few 50º both off line and a bit too hard. Only 3 penalties, unfortunately off the tee, 2 OB, 1 splasher. All three were to the left. 37 puts, but 6 of those were from about 6'. On the longer 4s and the 5s, I was getting good drives of about 230+ what ever the roll was. On the shorter 4s and one long three, the GX-7 came through as expected at 185-90 before roll. The 6i and 7i gave expected results though I tended to be left on quite a few shots. Same for the hybrids. Accuracy was more of a problem than distance. I have started to think about 1 club different in my new thinking on what a club may do. I will generally think of 10 yards longer in my range work/club and practices. I will be playing a course at week's end that demands my bag to be fairly full of options. I will add the 56º, 8i, 4h, and 7i/w. Again to work on club selection and to note yardage on the results. I have a few competitive "friendlies" in my near future and hope to increase my ability to plan out a round a lot better.
  14. So better then, I guess, to change club selection? The reason I asked is because this was most obvious in just the last few rounds where I have been overshooting targets on with hybrids and irons, especially my 6i and 7i.
  15. The last two rounds I have been consistently over hitting my targets by 5-15 yards or so. I have been hitting my clubs well lately and I do not feel I have done anything such as trying to power a shot more or play for more ball speed. When I went back to the range for a lesson and my pro said the "added distance" may simply be the result of hitting range balls and then playing a much better ball for my rounds. My range uses a Srixon range ball and I use Bridgestone 12e soft on the course. Question is simple; in my club planning, do I just add 10-15 yards to my thought process? My swing has become consistent and so has the result. Not sure I want to change anything physical.
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