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  1. Okay, so I think I did pretty well for this year. I achieved a good level of success in four out of my six goals: 1. I’ve shot a 39 twice in the past year, and a good number of 40s, which is good. So not quite three times, but my game is trending in the right direction. 2. I did indeed break 90 several times as y’all noticed in my posts. I also remember that the last sentence in one of my posts was, “Breaking 85 is coming.” In the next two weeks, I had shot rounds of 80 and 83, meaning I get a win with this one. 3. Nope. Not even close. My putting has improved a bit, but not whe
  2. Last weekend, I played Hillandale. The 12th hole is about 340 from the whites. After one of my best drives of the day, I had about 60 yards in. I hit a three-quarter 54 degree wedge to about eight feet. Missed the birdie putt by a hair.
  3. Assuming a well-struck drive, all the par 4s at my home course can be reached with irons or wedges except for the 13th, which is at least a driver-hybrid affair. I’m fine with hitting hybrids into par-4s, but I don’t want a lot of driver-wood holes.
  4. Ha. I’ve got several good stories about one of my friends. Whenever my brother and I play with him, he talks a lot of junk to me about how my bro is better than me, which is false. We joined up with him on the 6th hole the other day, and he said, “Hope your brother isn’t beating you too bad.” He loves to try to get into my head.
  5. Well, not my best stuff today either. I played with my brother and two teammates. My bro led me by four going into the fifth hole, but I cut his lead to three on the fifth, tied him on the sixth (I made par, he made triple) then ran away with it on the last three holes and closed out a three-stroke win. The teammate who I’m ultra competitive with led the entire time and beat me by seven. He shot 44, I shot 51 and my bro 54. Here’s our scorecards: PAR: 4-4-3-5-4-4-3-4-5—36 ME: 5-8-4-8-6-4-4-6-6—51 BRO: 5-5-4-7-7-7-5-9-5—54 Long game was solid, and irons were good, but chip
  6. Not even close to my best stuff today. My bro and I played seven holes (1-3, then skipped over to the nearby 6th tee). It was 45 degrees when we teed off, and with the wind blowing, it felt a lot colder. I started okay, going double-bogey-bogey to start. Then when we skipped over, we ran into a couple of our friends, one of which is the one that tries to get into my head. Also around that time, I started to lose feeling in my hands. I finished with a double and three triples, bringing my total to a horrendous +15 for seven holes, and my bro shot +19. I probably would’ve shot mid 50s if w
  7. What a round of golf today. I went to play Hillandale today (par 71, 6026 from whites), which is one of my favorite courses in the Durham area. I shot my lowest round (80) here back in July. I didn’t shoot another 80, but I did shoot 87. It was an interesting round, probably my most lopsided one in terms of nines, with nines of 48-39. On the front nine, I surprisingly hit the ball well, but once I got around 100 yards, I went to pieces. A triple bogey from 70 yards (laying two) on the par-5 second hole. A double from 120 on the sixth. Same on the eighth. Then I four-putted the ninth from
  8. I voted no. I carry four wedges right now: a PW, don’t know what degree, then 50/54/58. With probably half of of my chips and pitches I use the 50 or 54 (I can shut down the 50 and open up the 54), but if I’m hitting into a hill I’ll sometimes use a lower lofted club, not infrequently a 6- or 7-iron, to bump-and-run it. It’s very rare to see me pull the 58 because I’m not very good with it at all.
  9. I love this! But one question: I went on the website and saw a few dozen mats, but only one green. Is that the only green on the property?
  10. Well, my brother and I played four holes on my backyard course. I probably shot eight or nine over, which is well above what I expected on this particular stretch. But I did have a proud moment. Our third hole is a par-5 that’s kind of a double dogleg: left around the waste area, then right again around the house. I had an old five iron in my hands (we use foam balls on this course), and aimed left, anticipating getting to the second corner of the dogleg. I struck it pure, but pushed it a bit, and I watched as it sailed directly over the roof and the house in the direction of the green. U
  11. I’ve moved up in team practices (the only time I played at least nine holes was my freshman year, and I shot 46 from the red tees on the back nine), but never in my own rounds. For reference, my home course has four sets of tees, blue (~6450), white (~6050), gold (~5500) and red (~5000). I play probably 95% of my rounds from the white tees, but I will occasionally move back to the blues. Honestly, from the gold tees (a tee up from the whites), it only makes a huge difference in the shots I’m hitting on a few holes. Here are the three major differences. No. 7: 140 from the white tees,
  12. I love this site and I’ve gotten to know a good handful of the members here, and I visit the site several times a day. I love the game of golf, and I think I would be good as a moderator.
  13. Does no sixes for nine holes count? I played Sunday and went 5-5-4-5-5-4-3-4-5 for a nice little 40.
  14. My game has been solid lately. I shot 42 last week, a 92 at the Crossings (a tight driving course, more penal than my home course), and now a nice 40 today in windy conditions (10 mph, gusts at probably 20-25 mph). I actually had to back off a few shots because the wind picked up as I was standing over the ball. Four bogeys and five pars. I was three over through three holes, but then I parred the tricky fourth, bogeyed the fifth, then parred in. I had to earn those pars. No. 6: Missed the green wide left from 80 yards (disappointing because that distance is usually my bread and but
  15. I’m pretty serious about my golf. When I play well, I go home satisfied. When I play poorly, I go home a bit frustrated. On the course, I’m a bit more relaxed. If any of you ever play with me, you’ll realize that I’m a very easy person to get along with. I love to talk and joke in between shots, but once I pull a club and get over the ball, I’m all business, focusing on the shot at hand.
  16. I’ll usually look at yardage and rating/slope. My ideal range for each of those is between 6000 to 6300 (but I’ll occasionally go in the neighborhood of 6600) and 120 to 130. For example, my home course is 6063 yards and 69.5/123 from the white tees. A course we played a few weeks ago, UNC Finley, was 6163 yards and 70.4/130 from the blue tees where we ended up playing from. My other options were the gold/blue combo (6444 and 71.6/134) or the blue/white (5886 and 68.7/127). I thought about playing the gold tees (6781 and 72.9/134), but quickly dismissed the thought. One course near m
  17. Today’s round was interesting. We played a golf course that was a little bit tougher and more penal than my home course (par 71, 6115 from blues). I hit three greens on the front and only two-putted once. Two triples on the fourth and ninth holes gave me a 48. Total putts: 20. The back nine was definitely better. I only had one really bad hole. The par-3 fifteenth is 197 from the blues, and it’s basically over water, although you can bail out to the right. I bailed a little too much and ended up with a double. The other eight holes on the side were six bogeys and two pars, meaning I shot
  18. After my crap nine holes yesterday (49), I decided to play nine again today. And I didn’t regret it. A solid start (with the exception of a three-putt bogey on the fourth hole) left me +4 after four holes, meaning I was on track for around 45. But I hit my tee shot left, then an amazing 3W punch on the fifth hole (from 170 out, had to go under branches) that hit the lip of a bunker and popped out. It finished within a foot of the cup, a kick-in birdie. Then on the sixth hole, I nailed a drive down the left side, then a gorgeous wedge to six feet. Made that for back-to-back. Then on t
  19. I shot an up-and-down 49 today. I didn’t really hit the ball poorly, but I just missed in all the wrong places, with the exception of the sixth hole. Here’s hole-by-hole: No. 1: 4H in right rough, 5H left of green, decent chip, two putt for bogey. No. 2: Solid drive, but in right rough. Second shot hit right, couldn’t find it for some reason. Fourth in virtually same spot, poor chip, another chip, two putt for quad. No. 3: 9I in thick heather right of green (I hit a provisional, but didn’t need it), solid second to fringe, two-putt for bogey. No. 4: 3W through fairway, 5W t
  20. Have any of y’all ever done a hole in one challenge? In case you aren’t familiar, you pick a shot (ideally a par 3 that’s 150 or less), and you keep hitting the shot until you make it. I personally have done a hole in one challenge, although it was in my own backyard. The shot I had was about 50 yards, but it’s a difficult shot because my green is severely undulated and very small. I made it after about 200 shots, which is about an hour of work for me. For those of you who haven’t done one, it’s a whole lot of fun.
  21. I meant to post about this round a few days ago, but here it is! We played my birthday round this past weekend at UNC Finley. I briefly thought about the gold tees (~6800 yards), but we all ended up playing the blue tees which were about 6200 yards (yes, even my brother played these tees, even against recommendations from me, my mom and my dad to play the white tees), and I shot a 95 (46-49). I’m fairly happy with my front nine, two doubles and one par with 17 putts. The back nine, however, is where my putting went sour. I had a lot of 50-footers on the huge greens, and I took 23 put
  22. My brother and I played five holes today after doing some short game work on the practice green (we also did an eighteen-hole up-and-down contest, and he beat me by five). We played holes 1, 2 and 3, then hopped over to the nearby 6th tee and played 6 and 7, then walked to the clubhouse from there. I bogeyed the first hole after making an eight-footer, then parred the next three holes, hitting all three greens. My drives on 2 and 6 were bombs, and I had 100 in on the second hole, 65 in on the sixth. I bogeyed the par-4 seventh, which was our last hole. My total was +2 for the five holes.
  23. This would be funny for the prankster, but I imagine most victims wouldn’t have taken it as well as Spieth did. I would definitely be mad if some idiot tried to pull this one on me. Imagine how it would’ve unfolded if it had been played on the likes of John Daly or Rory McIlroy...
  24. WOULD YOU RATHER #31: Assume you are playing golf for the college team of your choice. Would you rather be Mr. Erratic (i.e you have a 50-50 shot between 60s or high 70s or worse) or Mr. Consistent (you usually shoot around par, with occasional sub-70 rounds)? For me, I would rather be Mr. Consistent. If I constantly spit out scores in the low 70s, I’m a good man to have because my bad rounds would be just a couple over par, which doesn’t hurt too much. However, if I’m Mr. Erratic, I’m either a hero or a failure. I may go out and shoot 66, which puts us in or close to the leading te
  25. Exactly what I was thinking. He may hate me for it for a while, but if he’s gonna be on the team, he needs to start playing by the rules.
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