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  1. 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, you can run it through a narrow gap and onto the green. The gold tees are about 130, but considerably right of the whites, which means you just about have to hit it over the front bunker.

    No. 9: Par 5, 445 from whites, 380 from golds. There’s a huge bunker at the corner of the dogleg left that takes about 230 to carry from the whites, which I can only do with my top drives (average goes between  225 and 240 total). I can probably carry it from the golds. 

    No. 18: A daunting all-carry par three over a lake. Almost 160 from the whites, which is usually between a 5- and 7-iron for me. Those aren’t my best clubs either, which makes it more challenging. Moving to the golds makes the hole a mere 100 yards, a wedge. I’m much more confident with a wedge than a mid iron.

    A solid round for me from the whites is about 90. If I moved up to the golds, I think I might drop to like 88, but that’s about it. I’ll try it soon and report back to this topic.

  2. 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 butter), leaving myself with a difficult downhill chip shot, which I cozied to within a foot for a tap-in.

    No. 7: My tee shot was on the green, but about 45 feet out and the putt was tough to read. Two-putted that one after a really nice lag to within two feet.

    No. 8: Skied my approach from fluffy rough and came up well short, but I hit a solid chip to about five feet (would’ve been closer if it wasn’t for some leaves), then made that for par.

    No. 9: On the green in three, but left my birdie putt about two feet short, a distance I’ve been missing from lately. But I rolled that one in for par.

    Putting, which has been failing me recently, was on today. Three single putts, the rest two putts, and a couple of the two-putts were from long range as a result of good lag putts. But the best part about today, I think, is that I didn’t really throw any strokes away. The bogeys I made were good bogeys, as in I didn’t three-putt or miss a short one for par after a good chip. Probably the most satisfying nine holes I’ve ever played.

  3. 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.

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  4. 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 me has a huge yardage gap between the blues and whites. The blues are 6400 on the dot (71.3/135), and the whites are 5755 (68.3/124). I don’t wanna play 6400 on a course I’ve never played unless I have to, but my dad doesn’t want me playing from 5800 yards, although we often do in high school matches. But the kicker is that there is no blue/white combo tee, which kinda sucks.

  5. 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 44. Total putts: 21 (41 total putts 😒)

    The last par I had, on the seventeenth, was disappointing. It’s a short par 5 (485 per the card), but I think it’s closer to 460. It’s all uphill. I hit what was easily my best drive of the day and ended up just outside the 200-yard marker. I went for the green and found it, but 35 feet out and with a putt that had probably ten feet of break. I thought the break was closer to six feet and hit a terrible putt, leaving it ten feet out. Missed that too. 

    Total score was 92, which was only a shot over the score I predicted last night. My brother also played the blue tees, and he managed to claw out a round of 56-56 for 112. Only three over what he predicted. We have a rule that to win the bet, your margin for error is five strokes on the high side, no limit on the low side. So we both were comfortably inside that margin. My grandpa played the front but rode the back, and he shot 53. To match his prediction, he would’ve needed a 52, but 57 max.

    Definitely a fun day of golf! The coach said that we’re taking a team trip to Pinehurst the first weekend in December, and that starting that first Wednesday, we should start playing with each other on the afternoons of the asynchronous learning days. So I’ll be posting here a good deal more come December! 

  6. 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 the par-3 seventh, I hit a choke-down 8I (a shot I’ve gotten quite good at) to twelve feet out. A legitimate chance to make it three in a row. Unfortunately, I misjudged it, and it cost me a three-putt bogey. Finished double-par, meaning I had shot 41. One of my best nine-hole rounds in a long time. Five bogeys, a double, a par and two birdies. I’d say that’s a really solid round!

    Ballstriking was definitely better than yesterday. Putting, not quite. Three triple putts, three single putts. 

    On Saturday, I’m playing a course that’s more penal than my home course. There, I’ve posted a good score (90) and an okay score (100), so hopefully I can post a solid number there come Saturday!

  7. 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 to 60 yards out, shanked wedge😡, chip on, two putt for bogey.

    No. 5: Pure 3W through fairway again, second short from weird lie, solid shot onto green, three-putt for double.

    No. 6: Perfect 3W to center of fairway, GW to two feet, birdie!

    No. 7: 9I just short and right, mediocre chip, two-putt for bogey.

    No. 8: Solid hybrid to center of fairway, nuked 8I over green and down hill (a bad spot to be because of where the pin was), poor chip, another chip, two-putt for double.

    No. 9: 3W to right of fairway, went for it in two and put myself in solid position, but two chunked pitches followed, then a chip on and two-putt for double.

    Short game really failed me today, more chipping and pitching than putting. I’m gonna get on the range Thursday (maybe tomorrow as well), then I’m playing Saturday. 

  8. 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.

  9. 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 putts, including a four-putt double on the 11th hole. That was the low point of the round, although I did finish with my only triple bogey of the day. It wasn’t even that hard a hole (straightforward 370-yard par 4). 

    Although a bit more penal than my home track, I loved this course, particularly the par-5 17th. This one was just over 500 yards from the blue tees, with split fairways on the second shot. The green was what I thought was the most difficult on the course. It was two-tiered, but the top tier was 18 inches above the low tier. The pin was on the lower tier, and my brother found himself on the upper tier. He three-putted, which is actually pretty fair from where he was. 

    This was a fun golf course, particularly the back nine. My favorite stretch was 15-17. I mentioned 17 above. 15 is a longish par 4 with water all down the left side. The 16th is another par 4, this one about 360 from the blue tees. The tee shot is over a huge area of gorse, making for a heck of a view, not to mention intimidating! The approach is all uphill, at least a club.

    I also played a twilight nine today. After making triple on the first hole, I played well (with the exception of a double from 90 yards on the sixth hole) on the last eight to shoot 46. My bother came along too. But when we finished the third hole, he hopped over to the sixth tee and played 6-9. He claims to have gone double-birdie-bogey-par after going +4 on the first three, meaning he shot +6 for seven holes. A really solid round from him.

    So 27 solid holes of golf in the past few days. I’m pretty happy with where my game is right now. I haven’t been scoring great, but I’m hitting the ball well. I need to work out a few bugs with putting (exactly 100 putts in my last 45 holes), but I’m playing well apart from that.

  10. 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. I hit the ball great for those five holes, some of the best I’ve had in a while! This practice session was also one of the most productive I’ve had.

  11. 20 minutes ago, Vinsk said:

    The joke's on him by Daniel Rapaport Jordan Spieth proved he's got a sense of humor after being pranked earlier this...

    I thought this was an absolutely stupid prank to play. What a dope....Anyone else?

    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...

  12. 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 team, then I’ll follow it up with a 78 or worse, which hurts.

  13. Yesterday my brother and I went out and played a course that we haven’t played since March. It’s a slightly easier course than my home course, so I was going into the round thinking I would easily shoot in the 80s. I didn’t, but I wasn’t that far off.

    I didn’t hit the ball great on the front, but was able to hang in there and shoot 46. Two highlights:

    •I chunked my tee shot on the par-5 fifth and didn’t even reach the dogleg, but I was still on the green in four. I rolled in my difficult six-footer for par. That was a confidence-builder, since I almost never play that hole well.

    •I had about 145 in on the ninth hole, off a slight downhill lie. 8I again to four feet. This may have been the best shot of the day (my approaches on 17 and 18 are also solid contenders), but I unfortunately missed the birdie putt.

    The back nine was better, and I actually walked to the seventeenth tee needing to birdie one of the last two holes to keep it under 90. Both were good opportunities, the 17th being a reachable par 5 (453 whites), the 18th a short par 4 (354 whites), but the seventeenth is the better chance.

    My drive wasn’t quite long enough to have a good shot at the green, so I laid up with a 3/4 9I (there’s a small pond about 100 yards short of the green), which left me about 135 yards into the wind. I decided to hit a knockdown 8I, and it came off perfectly and settled eight feet out, exactly pin-high. Grazed the edge with my birdie putt, which left me with a tap-in par. Although I wanted the birdie, I was satisfied, because I hit three good shots to give myself a legit birdie chance, and I hit a good putt.

    I wanted a three on the eighteenth hole, which would give me 89. My last drive found the last fairway, and I had about 140 to the pin. I went with the 8I again, full swing this time. As soon as I let it fly, I knew it was gonna be good. Twelve feet out. I knew I had another chance. However, I seemed to forget that putts from above the hole on this particular green tend to slide quite a bit if you missed it long. I had the line perfectly, but I gave it too much gas, and it rolled past and just kept on rolling until I had a longish par putt. I lined up my eight-foot par putt and missed it, so I tapped in for an ugly three-putt bogey to finish at 91. With the exception of that three-putt, I played the last two holes very well.

    For some reason during this round, and it’s not because of my fade, I had a tendency to lose my iron shots to the right, which was frustrating because that isn’t normal for me. I didn’t hit them poorly at all, I just pushed them a bit. 

    My brother played his first full eighteen in about three months, and he was doing pretty well until he pulled a muscle in his leg on the 14th tee. I still don’t know how that happened. I thought he was gonna quit right there, but he didn’t. He battled on, and managed to hang in there until the 17th. After he putted out, he told me he was done. So he sat out the last hole and watched me play it. 

    Im probably only gonna play one more time before Saturday, which is when I’m playing my “birthday round”. I mentioned on this forum about this time last week that I was playing Lonnie Poole, but my dad went on the website last Friday, and the earliest tee time we could’ve gotten was around 2:30, meaning, because it’s typically a busy course, we probably weren’t going to get all 18 holes in. 

    So I looked on the list of courses I made just in case we couldn’t play Lonnie Poole, and the course that stuck out to me the most was UNC Finley. I remember when I was in middle school, I had a friend who played there a lot, and he said it was a great course. We were able to get a tee time there, for 11:24. I’m looking forward to it!

  14. The 80 I shot a few months ago has been knocked off my card, and my handicap currently sits at 16.3. However, my round from today (score post in a little bit) knocked the next-lowest round, 83, off as well, so it will probably skyrocket when I get my update tomorrow. Stay tuned.

  15. 1 hour ago, phillyk said:

    It took me way longer to birdie #15 at my home course than I imagined and I still only have 1 on that hole. Its a 90 degree dogleg right with no real opportunity to cut any of it off, which leaves 150+yds from the green. It’s also a weird approach, or it just got in my head that I hadn’t birdied it and I kept thinking I had to. Either way, got it and a few eagles.

    I’ve got a similar hole at my home course. It’s only 318 yards, but, because it’s almost a 90 degree dogleg to the left, you realistically can’t have less than 120 in unless you hit a gutsy shot over trees, where if you miss and hit the tree there’s a very good chance you’re re-teeing. I couldn’t seem to birdie it until a few months ago. That marked almost two years of playing the course. Over a hundred rounds played since April 2018 (when I first started playing the course), and I’ve birdied it only once. But it feels great to birdie a hole that you’ve been dying to make birdie on for a while.

  16. 2 hours ago, gjunkie57 said:

    Great comeback.  That +11 could have ruined the round but you made it up.  

    Thanks! Being one to never back down from a fight, I’ve always been good at making these sort of comebacks. At least on my home course, they always seem to start on the sixth hole, which is a short par 4, very birdieable, the perfect hole to get your game back on track.

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  17. I now have four wedges: my PW (don’t know the loft), then a 50 that I just put in the bag, then 54 and 58. The 50 and 54 are my money clubs, the 54 I already knew, but I hit some great shots with the 50 today.

    31 minutes ago, Cantankerish said:

    Question: How confident would you be to chip with something like this?


    I think I’d do well with a 76 degree wedge, although I tend to open the face just a hair with my wedges. I think if I do that with this club, the ball would hit me. Not ideal. And my coach doesn’t like 60 degree wedges, so he definitely wouldn’t approve of this. He’d probably be a bit amused though!

  18. 6 hours ago, bogeydaze said:

    You won't be disappointed. It's a gorgeous course, but you better make sure you're a good bunker player! Sand is everywhere. Pretty forgiving off the tee with wide fairways but sand traps strewn throughout nearly all of them. Out of all the courses I've played, this one probably takes the cake for being the best maintained. After all, they do have all of the college students majoring in golf course management taking care of it. 

    I’m alright out of fairway traps, but greenside bunkers give me fits. I could probably save two strokes on sand play alone, because I’m usually in at least one greenside bunker per round. Nonetheless, I’m really looking forward to playing the course! I’ve heard a lot of good things about it. I looked up the scorecard for the course, and there’s a tee box one up from the normal tips (two up from championship tees) that’s 6500 yards. I’m probably gonna play that.

  19. I ended up shooting a decent round today after yet another poor start: this time +11 with three 3-putts through five holes. On the sixth hole, I again started a comeback. A huge drive followed by a nice 54-degree wedge shot left me 15ft out. Rolled that in for birdie. I parred the next two holes, only to bogey the easy ninth for 47. 

    I started the back nine with a weird bogey: a topped tee shot, then a hybrid layup that apparently hit a tree and bounced right on top of a rock mound on the right side of the fairway. Took an unplayable, hit one short, then hit another good wedge, this time with a 50 degree Cleveland that I just put in the bag last weekend. I hit a good approach on the eleventh but four putted. Bounced back with a par on the twelfth and 5-6-4 on the most difficult stretch on the course, all par 4s.

    I made a double on the par-5 sixteenth, and a bogey on 17 that should’ve been an easy par. I hit a good 7I on 18 that left me fifty feet out but on the green. I had a weird feeling standing over the putt, like I was gonna make it. I almost did it too, and I walked it in because it was on a great line, but it swerved left at the last moment, leaving me with a tap-in par, a 45 on the back and 92 total. Even though putting cost me at least two strokes a side, it was honestly a good round. May be playing on Friday, but if not I’ll try to get out this weekend.

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  20. I’ve got something really exciting coming up: my birthday, a week from today! Part of my birthday this year, we agreed, will be us going to play a nice course that we’ve never played before, and he said I could pick, but if I couldn’t decide, he had a few courses in mind. I thought of a few courses that I’ve wanted to play for a while:

    1) UNC Finley GC

    2) Lonnie Poole GC

    3) Olde Liberty GC

    I did my homework on all three, and decided that option number two would be the best bet. So it’s settled, all we’ve gotta do is make the tee time. We’re either gonna play on the Sunday after my birthday (we’ve got plans that Saturday), or the weekend following that, two weeks away.

    So my question to y’all is: have you ever played Lonnie Poole? If so, how was it?

  21. 2 hours ago, StuM said:

    Would you Rather #30 – Play it safe and hope to 1 putt for a personal best or gamble it all and play a high risk shot hoping to have a 2-putt for par to secure your personal best?

    Assume you are on #18, a par 4, all you need is par to get a new personal best by 1 stroke.  You hit your drive into a dense cluster of trees @ 125 yards from the green.  You see a very narrow gap that, if you hit absolutely perfectly, you can be on the green putting for birdie or two-putt to save par and the personal best but if you have the slightest mishit you will hit a tree and ricochet to points unknown and most likely be getting bogey or worse.  Alternatively, you can play a safe shot sideways into the fairway leaving a 125 yard approach shot and hope to 1 putt for par to save the personal best.   Also, assume there is no money on the line, no club championship or league standing, only your personal satisfaction.

    That’s not a difficult choice for me. I’d play it safe. Give me fifty shots from that position, and I’d probably get only one through the gap, two if I get really lucky. On a normal day, short irons and wedges are my strength. But, because my personal best is an 80, I’d be having a heck of a round, so I’d be even better with the short irons.

    On a day like that, the worst I’d do is nail it on and two putt for bogey and 80, or, absolute worst-case scenario, double bogey and 81. I’d still be thrilled with an 80 or 81, and I’ll walk off knowing I made the smart choice.

  22. I shot a 42 on the front today despite doubles on the seventh and eighth holes, neither of which is overly difficult (seven is a shortish par 3, eight is a short par 4 but it’s a sharp dogleg left). Started the back with a par, then tripled eleven after hitting one OB off the tee. Then the fun started. 

    On twelve, I chunked my tee shot but still made bogey. On thirteen, par four, I was laying three over the green with a back pin and a green that slopes hard back to front. Never had that shot before, but got down in three for a six. Next hole, I tried to bank my chip into a slope but missed the slope, so the chip ran 25 feet past. Two putted from there. The par-4 15th really made me mad. 

    I was putting for par, eight feet from below the hole, so I was thinking a good chance for par, make five at worst. I ran that putt two feet past, meaning I now had a weird sidehill putt. Missed that too, leaving me a three-footer. Right as I took the putter back, my phone pinged. That made me flinch just a little bit, but it was enough to make me miss the putt. A four-jack from eight feet for a triple when I had a decent shot at par.

    I finished bogey-par-par, including almost holing a 25-footer for birdie on 17 and an eight-footer for par on 18 to close out. I slipped under the 90 mark by just one stroke: 42-47. The back nine was as stressful as the front was relaxing, although I feel good that I closed well and shot 89. I’ve always been pretty good at putting together a good finish on that course. Apart from the four-putt on 15, my putting was better than it’s been in a long time. 28 putts on the other 17 holes, and a lot of the two-putts were near-makes with the first putt, which was usually around 15-20 feet. The one putts were most often on three- and four-footers. Today was truly a grinder’s round.

    1 hour ago, StuM said:

    Interesting tidbit....they post the times of all rounds at the pro-shot and the club house so any members with slow pace of play get a little embarrassment.  We did our round in @ 3 hr. 50 min so our host is not up for ridicule today.  

    That is interesting...I wonder why they did that. Did you ever figure out why? The only thing I could think of is maybe to point out who was behind the ideal pace of play. I would probably do something similar: record the groups’ tee times and end times on a computer, not in the pro shop where everyone can see it. When someone goes over (they’d have to go over by a good bit), I’d call them out.


  23. 15 minutes ago, Bonvivant said:

    If PoP gets bad enough, the USGA might instate it. It seems that acceptable PoP will be 3.5 hours per 9 by 2030 if trends continue.

    I sure hope not...

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