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  1. I’d prefer the former. That would bring my bad rounds down to 86 or 87, my good rounds down to around 80, and my great rounds in the mid-high 70s. As for my clubs of choice, I’d go with a 3W, 4H, 7I, 54 degree wedge and putter.
  2. I had to grind through today’s round. Great start/finish, but the middle twelve is where I had to grind the most. Here’s my scores: F PAR: 4-4-3-5-4-4-3-4-5—36 Score: 5-4-2-6-7-5-4-5-7—45 B PAR: 5-4-3-4-4-4-5-4-3—36—72 Score: 5-7-4-5-5-7-6-4-3—46—91 Got up and down on the second, and stuck a 9I to within ten feet on the third. I hit two poor chip shots on the fifth, three-putted the seventh, and the ninth gave me tree trouble. The back nine was quite a bit more eventful than the front. I made an up-and-down after a beautiful chip shot on ten, then hit one OB on the eleventh and had to make a 6-footer to save my triple. Nothing much happened, just three two-putt bogeys, until the fifteenth, then it gets very interesting on the last four holes. The fifteenth was eventful. After a poor tee shot, I hit my hybrid second into the sand, then nailed that over the green, with a large circle of thick stuff right in between my ball and the cup. What’s worse, I was severely shortsided, with a green running away from me, with only three inches between the y’all grass and the green. Ended up dumping my chip into that crap, then got down in three. I swear I could hear the group behind us voicing their frustration as I chunked that chip shot. The sixteenth wasn’t interesting until I hit my third shot. I had about 70 yards out of thick rough, over a trap. So I took my 54 degree wedge, and hit it inches from where I needed to. Dumped it into the sand. The lip was so low, I decided to chip it out. It landed pin-high, bounced and bit hard, finishing six feet past. My putt stopped half a roll short of dropping for a sandy par. Hole seventeen produced my favorite moment of the day. One guy I was playing with, who played the blue tees, killed a drive, leaving him just over 100 into the green. I bet the other guy I was playing with, who played the white tees with me, that I could better that shot, having never hit it close to where his ball was. I’d have to take on two fairway bunkers to do that, probably a carry of 230 yards. But I creamed mine as well, and it carried the trap by a good ten yards, stopping ten feet to the right of (and closer to the hole than) his shot. Nothing special from there: we both hit it on the green, both two-putt pars, although I did have to make a four-footer. The par-3 eighteenth, as you can see above, gave me a par. I hit a 6I left of the green, then chipped with my trusty 54 degree to 18 inches. It was definitely a grind out there today, and an enjoyable one at that!
  3. That’s always my goal when I go out and play: limit my “off” holes to doubles. In fact, my 87 this past weekend was triple-free. Six months ago, my odds of carding at least one triple in eighteen holes was quite high. Now, it’s probably closer to 50-50, and it’s usually just one triple on the card now.
  4. So, on a good, but not exceptional, day, what are you shooting? You can also give your exceptional scores if you want. For me, I’ll shoot high 80s on a good day on my home course. For example, I shot 87 on the home track on Saturday. Could’ve been better too. On an exceptional day, I can shoot mid/low 80s. When I really get dialed, I can go ultra low. In back to back rounds about two months ago, I shot 80 and 83. The 80 could’ve been a 77 or 78 if it wasn’t for a triple on the third and doubles on both par 3s on the back. Those are still my two lowest scores today.
  5. When I first started playing golf, I read that a handicap is the average of all golf scores. But as I understood golf more, I figured out that statement isn’t true. My handicap is currently 15 even. If that statement was correct, I’d be shooting 87 on average. But I’m not. Most of my scores at my home course are high 80s or low 90s. On a good day, I can shoot 85. On a poor day, it’ll be 95. That being said, I believe that handicap should be a measure of potential, rather than average score. If handicap reflected purely average score, I could turn in a string of mid-high 80s scores on my home course and have a handicap of around 14, then go out and shoot 110 on a difficult course, like I did at Pinehurst last month. That would take my handicap up several notches. But, because of the way the handicap system works, your handicap doesn’t inflate with one bad round. Several bad rounds, yes. Because of the system, I can turn in one bad round and my handicap won’t really be affected.
  6. I’ve got a new favorite club, which is my TaylorMade 54* wedge. When I first got it, I couldn’t hit it worth two cents. But I worked with it for hours on the practice green, wanting badly to make it my most solid club around the greens. And now, it is. Give me twenty tries with a 30-yard pitch shot, and I can guarantee you that I’ll put all of them within fifteen feet, and a few inside five feet. I feel that every time I have that trusty club in my hand, I’ll take no more than three shots to get down, and if I’m right next to the green, a very confident up and down.
  7. I’ve gotta mention this, also from my first round on Saturday. The 13th hole was a shortish par 4 that played longer because it went steadily uphill for the entire hole. The green, which is wider than it is deep, sloped very heavily back to front. Neither me nor my dad were doing very well, and we both had about 15-footers for par. Mine was an awkward sidehiller, with probably four feet of break. My dad’s putt was slightly shorter, but he was at the back (top?) of the green, directly above the hole. If he missed it, double bogey was almost a guarantee. You can probably guess what happened. Traveling fast, his ball rammed into the flag and dropped neatly into the hole for his par save. I then two-putted for a bogey, no small achievement from where I was! This was after he hit into the trees on the twelfth hole, hit a solid punch out near the 100-yard marker, and got up and down for par. So on a stretch where he could’ve easily gone double-double, he went par-par. I’ve actually got one more, this from my afternoon round. This was on my 28th hole of the day (hole 10). Two solid shots on the par-5 left me in prime position, with 50 yards to go, and I had my trusty 54 degree wedge in my hand, which is quickly becoming my favorite club. My brother, who I mention on this forum a lot, loves seeing me use this club around the greens. The reason? I almost always stick it within ten feet, not uncommonly within five. This shot was no exception. With that loyal wedge in my hands, I started it about fifteen feet left of the flag, but due to the contours of this green, it trickled right to within a yard of the pin. I went up and dropped the putt for a birdie four. I love that club.
  8. Whoa. That is weird. Cool too.
  9. I actually did go to look in the hole after a minute or two of looking! Unfortunately, no ball.
  10. Here’s another weird moment from our round this past Saturday. The eighth hole was a long par 4 from the blue tees. My dad and I both hit solid drives, which left us with second shots just inside the 200 yard marker. The pin was near the back, probably 175 to the front. My dad, a few yards behind me, went first. He hit his 7W (a 22 degree wood), and caught it flush. We saw it land on the green, but couldn’t see where it stopped, so we assumed it was still on. Then I went. I had a 4H in my hand, and switched to the 5W, but I didn’t think that was the right club either, so I went back to the 4H, figuring my gut choice was correct. It was. It landed just short of the green, but rolled to the back-center of the green, only about ten feet from the cup. We got to the green, and we only saw one ball there, which was surprising because we thought that both of us had hit the green. So we looked around the green for several minutes, even in the creek 20 yards over the green. No ball to be found anywhere, and apart from the creek, where the water was thin enough to the point where we would see a golf ball if it was in there, there’s nowhere a ball could really be lost on that hole. It was definitely a weird scenario. My dad decided to quit that hole, and moved on to the ninth.
  11. On Saturday, the eighth hole of my morning round was the no. 1 handicap hole, a 440-yard par-4 from the blue tees where we played. I bombed a drive (on my standards) and was sitting just inside the 200 marker. I selected a 4H, normally my 190 club, because it’s better to be short than long on that hole, and I killed that one too. It took off at a lower-than-normal trajectory and ran up onto the green, stopping about ten feet from the pin. Three poor putts later I had a bogey. Would’ve been nice to make a three on that hole, but I hit two solid shots that gave me a reasonable chance, do I guess I can’t complain too much.
  12. I played 36 holes today, at two different courses. Round one was at Lake Winds Golf Course. A very short but difficult course, and my dad and I played the blue tees (par 72, 5917 yards). I step up to the first tee, driver in hand, having not hit a real golf shot in a week and a half, and bust it down the middle and par the first hole. False dawn. Mediocre golf on the rest of the front nine gave me a 48, going into the shorter but slightly tougher back nine. I shot 47 on the back, which included a four-putt and a water ball on the 16th, both doubles, total score 95. Not my best. Driving home, we were talking about the round, and my dad and I both agreed that despite my week-and-a-half layoff, I could do better than a 95. So after a very quick lunch, I was back on the road to my home course for a second round, and I stepped to the first tee a little after 3:00, less than an hour after we walked off the 18th green at Lake Winds. I shot a 45 on the front, again parring the difficult first hole. I had another par on the third hole, but doubles on five and six canceled the pars out. I missed two one-footers, meaning my score should’ve been a 43, but I wasn’t disappointed with 45. I started my back nine with a birdie after hitting a 50-yard wedge to within one yard of the pin, then I went bogey-bogey-par on the next three. Doubled the 14th after a stupid chip shot that came up short in thick rough, then two-putted from 50 feet on the fifteenth for par. I finished with three fives, which meant a double on the last hole. That gave me 42 on the back, for an 87. A very solid round with no triples or sevens on the card. Truly a day of grinding, and I feel achy all over, but it feels good.
  13. I will usually remember all my shots until a few days after the round, even if I played every day in that stretch. I played 36 holes today (score posts coming soon), and tomorrow and maybe even Monday I could recall the overwhelming majority of my shots. If somebody here asked me what a certain shot was on a certain hole, I bet I could name it.
  14. I made an eagle first, which was about two months ago. In fact, now that I think about it, I’ve never holed a bunker shot. Ever. I’ve come close countless times, but it’s never dropped. Maybe because my bunker game is hit-or-miss right now. Oh well...
  15. I haven’t really had an embarrassing moment in a while, but I had two yesterday. Playing off the blue tees, off the first tee, I topped two shots in a row. That was embarrassing, but it pales in comparison to the other one. We were on the 18th hole, which isn’t that difficult, just a 350-yard par-4 from the blues. I had turned my game around after a 48 on the front, and a par would’ve given me 92. But this seemingly easy hole continues to plague me. Skied my tee ball (with a 5W, usually one of my best clubs, but only one good shot in at least a half dozen swings), and I had 200 in. Took the 5W again, and proceeded to shank it. How, for Pete’s sake, are you supposed to shank a wood?? My nightmare continued for the rest of the hole. Nicked a tree on my escape, which made the difference between grass and a bunker. Took three to get out of there, laying six, still a difficult chip. I got up-and-down from there, but the damage was already done.
  16. Yesterday I played Croasdaile Country Club, courtesy of a former teammate who works there. He promised me a while back that we’d play there someday, and we finally did it! He also invited another former teammate who also works there, and we had a blast. We all played the blue tees there which are just over 6500 yards, and with a rating of 71.9/136, it’s the toughest course I’ve played. I’ll do a quick rundown of each hole: No. 1: Two topped shots, had to make a long putt to save bogey. No. 2: Tee shot in water, triple bogey. No. 3: Three solid shots on the long par-5, three putt for bogey. No. 4: Missed green, decent chip, two putt for bogey. No. 5: Tee shot in bunker, poor out, three putt for double. No. 6: Topped second shot into creek, on in five, two putt for double. No. 7: Topped second shot, but good comeback, two putt for bogey. No. 8: Two solid shots just right of green, up and down for par. No. 9: Solid hole, missed green, two putt for bogey. FRONT NINE SCORE: 48 No. 10: Three okay shots, up-and-down for par. No. 11: Tee shot in bunker, horrible out, triple. No. 12: Tee shot in trees, punch out, two putt for double. No. 13: Three solid shots just short of green, up and down for par. No. 14: Poor tee shot, solid chip, two putt for bogey (I hate this hole, 180-yard par-3, steeply uphill) No. 15: Tee shot in trees, second in bunker, good out, two putt for bogey. No. 16: Poor tee shot, decent second, another up and down par. No. 17: Long drive, solid shot to green, three putt for bogey. No. 18: Near-shanked second shot, somehow made a quad. BACK NINE SCORE: 48 TOTAL SCORE: 96 One of my former teammates projected an 86 for me before we teed off. I was hoping for a low-90s score at worst, but I’m not too disappointed with my 96. On one of the toughest courses in Durham, from the blue tees, on a day when I didn’t have my best stuff, I shot 96. Wasn’t too thrilled walking off 18, but when I thought about it on the drive home, I decided it wasn’t that bad. One of my former teammates shot 74. He made birdies on the third, fourth, and eighth holes and shot a one-under 35 on what we consider to be the tougher side. However, he had a birdieless back nine, making all fours on the last four holes to shoot 39. My other former teammate didn’t have his best game either, shooting 90 (his average score is around 82-84). But it was a fun day of golf.
  17. Hmm...DJ has more total wins, but Koepka has more majors. I believe that people would pay more attention to the majors tally, so Koepka it is for me.
  18. Yesterday left a bad taste in my mouth. Started well, +3 through 4, but it all went downhill from there. No. 5: Lying two in a bunker, walked off the green with seven. No. 6: Three-putt for bogey No. 7: Left myself with a virtually impossible chip off hardpan to a tight pin, skulled it over and made double. No. 8: Tee shot in trees, made double No. 9: Got no sand and all ball on a bunker shot, and made nine. That amounts to a 51. I really didn’t hit the ball badly yesterday, but I just left myself in bad spots on the last five holes. Number six was just bad.
  19. It’s definitely a thing. Phil’s one of my favorites, and I love seeing his name on top of the leaderboard! Definitely a heck of a debut!
  20. Must’ve knocked the crap outta that 3 wood!!
  21. Just remembered that I ran into a situation similar to this in my round yesterday. Like the OP, this was an elevated green, but the main difference was that I had to pitch over a bunker to a semi-tight pin, a pitch shot of probably fifty feet. I opened up my 58 a little and hit a decent shot to five feet.
  22. If I have only 15 feet to work with and I’m hitting from rough to an elevated green, I’d probably hit a 58-degree pitch shot, maybe open it up a degree or two. My wedges are rock-solid right now.
  23. Didn’t really keep score on the front (mainly because I didn’t play the entire front nine, skipping holes 4 and 5 to join my teammates), but I shot 45 on the back with a triple on 18. Grand total of five pars today. Watched my two buddies, Jake and Brycen, play a heck of a match. Jake was up three at the turn, but Brycen eagled the tenth and parred eleven to close the gap to one. Not many holes were halved, and Jake won 3&1 after going dormie and Brycen conceding the seventeenth after a horrific tee shot. Great day of golf today.
  24. Yes, yes, and YES! I have seen way too much of these three, especially the first and last points. Too often I will see someone off the cart path on a par-3, or someone parked right on the fringe of the green where I possibly will be playing my next shot. It drives me nuts.
  25. I took this one a long time ago. For me, this is almost impossible to get up-and-down. Going straight at the pin is not an option, so you’d have to putt it up the slope to the right, so it trickles off the slope, and then you hope it stops near the pin.
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