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#31 Jiminy

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Posted 05 February 2016 - 02:05 PM

Not quite...but I'm working on it!



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Posted 05 February 2016 - 03:33 PM

Not quite...but I'm working on it!


Well join in for sure - I think Tal and I are still north of single figures but noone ever said life was meant to be easy!
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Posted 11 February 2016 - 10:16 PM

Can I join the challenge as well?

Go for the gold the more the merrier :)

 

The past weekend was tiring on the track, busy with work and not in the best condition at the end of the weekends two rounds. Frustration in the first day 32 points and had the game by the scruff of the neck. Made the same mistake four times hitting 100 metre shots to the green fat and short. on Saturday. Sunday the same erratic shots to the greens killed the challenge to break the handicap and finished with 31 points. 

 

Made a decision to revert to the Cobra Fly Z irons sin\mply because of the variety of wedges this set has and the results were immediate. Two days of playing six holes in the afternoon had my pars and birdie scores racking up. 

 

This afternoon headed to Kingston and played 18 holes and finished with 79 off the stick, 39 points and a net 69. Woo Hoo played to 8 hcp and slope of 7.7, what ever that means. With four three putts the room for improvement is there still. This score got me to 9.1 GA handicap. With a 10.1 dropping off on the next round will be out to consolidate the handicap this weekend.


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Posted 11 February 2016 - 10:24 PM

Single figures officially! Well done Tal!


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Posted 12 February 2016 - 06:57 PM

Nice work mate.
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Posted 13 February 2016 - 06:49 PM

Thanks all :) Today was back at Kingston and an all or nothing round with a 10 hcp round dropping off. Was highlighted with playing partner scoring an ace on the 17th hole. Struggled my way around the front nine playing cautious and hesitant too often with glimpses of perfect form. With  44 and 15 points the back nine was all or nothing and it took nothing much more to do hat was needed. Finished with 39 and 21 points for gross 83 Nett 73 and 36 points.

 

The crunch was this round had a flagged 10 hcp score dropping off and it has been replaced with one the same. With six rounds to play before another flagged round is up I am on 9.2 at least for a while.

 

The practise of past weeks has been short game and putting and has paid off. These two game facets saved par several times and are backed up with improving greens in regulation and driving stats. Fitness is still the key pushing myself is out of the question, the crest of the initial effort has been crossed. I must admit that I have established a very aggressive game compared to the one I was playing 12 months ago. Whilst the mental decision was made then it has taken some time to be physically capable in playing the game I want. It is great fun and that is without doubt the best thing about playing golf at this ability level.

 

Would like to get out again tomorrow and will make the final call mid morning. May be better off going to the gym, but would rather play golf. Thankyou for your time and attention. 


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Posted 14 February 2016 - 07:00 PM

A lengthy discussion with the voices in my head today on whether to play or not. It was a close run yes in the end and for all the right reasons. This made it three 18 hole comp stroke rounds in four days and with the Southern Ports Golf week tournament coming up in first week of March,  that was the deciding factor. 

 

Today was another success 77 off the stick (37 points) and a nett 68 to consolidate the single digit with at least 6 rounds to play and get a few more A Game scores. The work with the gym  program is still first then on the range is still dedicated to chipping and putting. With the addition of more Tee shot driving workouts.

 

Next weekend is the regional Champions Tournament all club champions play in a comp. and I am down for that on the Sunday. The game focus is on playing serious competition at the minute an pushing myself to the limit. Thankyou for your time and attention. 


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Posted 16 February 2016 - 06:01 PM

My golfing has never really been influenced by the GA handicapping system too much I believed. Until this weekend. Our course is being redeveloped and a composite course has been set up and rated. Interestingly the same layout has been rated twice one at 113 slope and the other 111 slope.

 

Playing exactly the same course the influence of the lower slope rating this weekend has a marked effect on my result. Playing off a 9 handicap I scored 37 stableford points with 77 off the stick (Nett 68) which is the course scratch rating DSR is 66, Par is 69 which results in a Played to Handicap of 11. Followed on to my Caddie Challenge score being rated at 34 Points! Which means instead of winning $30+ I lose $10 on top of the gob smacking score derived. 

 

Have been in touch with the captain and after further analysis of my past scores found another that is not flagged with a 79 off the stick with 38 points and a played to Handicap of 12.2. Not Flagged but another score of 81 = 12.2 played to handicap and my last score of 77 = played to handicap of 11.5. The lower slope rating makes it completely pointless in me playing the course when it is in place. As I have to play to 2-3 under my handicap just to match it. The real issue is why the same course is rated with two slope ratings of 111 and 113.

 

In fact the reality of my handicap is basically pointless it is either GA of 9 as it stands or if the two scores highlighted are adjusted approx GA 8.8 or less. Thankyou for your time and attention. 


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Posted 17 February 2016 - 06:37 PM

This morning a drive to Beachport for a round on the third Southern Ports course I will be playing in  the 54 hole championship in a couple of weeks. This is part of my preparation for the annual tournament. Did well enough it is my targeted course every time to do well at and not be sucker punched because it is a short 9 hole set up that tempts a golfer to an aggressive, rip it to shreds attitude.

 

Still have my first video from 4 years ago and the notes which are the poignant reminder of what happens if seduced with the temptation. The course has tricky greens a nd narrow tree lined fairways. If you stray of the flat and into or over the trees your hole is shot unless you play the 1 in 100 shot. Today i played it well until the last two holes, had a bit of a slack attack and wandered off the fairway twice each time took two shots to get back on the fairway.

 

Finished with twin double bogies and went from two over the card after 7 holes to finish 6 over the card after nine holes. Both times misjudged the trees depth and location in playing the second shot and paid the penalty. Which is the whole point of making the trip today. Nothing better to refresh the game plan than experience before playing the competition. Thankyou for your time and attention. 


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Posted 22 February 2016 - 09:16 AM

Final golfing weekend before commencing the 54 hole Southern Ports Golf Week tournament on the 29th of February. Had a specific plan for the weekend and it worked. Beginning with the Friday Nine hole chicken Run at Robe. I cruised around the course finishing with 19 points and satisfied with the game played. Ticking all the boxes of Accuracy off the tee, consistent putting and reliable shots at the green and chipping.
 
Saturday was the true test, I had decided to throw caution to the wind and play the game which is not safe secure and reliable. It cost me a good score but I had to play a competition round outside of my proven method. Hitting the maximum distance off the tee had the expected result. missing fairways and playing sots from behind trees and in the rough. Finished with -6 in a Par round. Yes dear readers I was satisfied with that result in preparation for the round that counted the next day.
 
Sunday was the regional Champions Event which was an event all the club champions for 2014/15. A superb golf day weather wise and all I had to do was turn up and play my 'A' game. Which I did. finished 12th in a field of 70 plus, scoring 81 gross for a Nett 72. Hitting the fairway and greens all day, did miss all of my birdie putts unfortunately. Yes there is room for improvement and to be 2 months into the year my game is at a peak and well prepared for the week long 54 hole championship starting on the 29th of February. GA Handicap is 8.7 at the minute. Thankyou for your time and attention.

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Posted 28 February 2016 - 09:32 PM

Four months of preparation done and dusted, tomorrow is game time with the first round of the 54 hole http://www.southernportsgolf.com/ event. Happy with the situation in better fitness and game condition that 2015. Today 18 holes and 33 points, some wayward tee shots, missed 4 birdie putts and did not lose focus on tweaking my golf game for the competition. The driver was on song by the end and putter was on target as well. 

 

Had no chance to warm up as i do usually with chipping, putting and iron, driver session. Was not a concern had faith in my game and it was good to add some mild routine change for pressure. Did struggle on a couple of holes and with three wipes, 33 points not a bad result. Charged on the last four holes as well and went close to 35 points with putts shaving the hole twice.

 

Always part of the enjoyment of the golf week is the fellowship. Catching up with golfers after a year or two if they missed a year and starting off the friendships with-out any hesitation .A week of golf, social excess and competition for a serious trophy to follow. Thankyou for your time and attention.


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Posted 01 March 2016 - 03:31 PM

First round of the 2016 Southern Ports Golf week has been played yesterday and my result was okay. Finished in 7th place and still in the reach of my target of finishing well in the Net A Grade event. The gross off the stick event is obviously out of my ability even on my best day.
 
Sharing 7th place with two other golfers on Nett 73. With one on 72, two on 71 then one golfer on 70,68 and 66 nett the leading score. With two more days of competition to go the next event is at Kingston SE.

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Posted 01 March 2016 - 05:52 PM

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Posted 03 March 2016 - 06:12 PM

Second round of the 2016 Southern Ports Golf week was been played yesterday and my result was not as good as expected. Finished in 6th place on the day and over all. Still in the reach of my target and 6th over all with 6 shots between me and first.

 

For the first time ever I can admit to getting furious on a golf course and it affecting my game. The event is women tee off in morning and men in the afternoon. With groups hitting off 1st and 10th tees. Pretty much avoids any following on or slowing up of the play. Started with 3 pars then on to our 4th hole ladies on the green! Shot my rhythm to pieces. Was Gobsmacked at a group 3 holes behind the rest of their field.

 

If I was a better golfer which I am not it would not have affected me so much. Managed to recover and finish off well enough.  Then got in the club house and let loose with the match committee. Feeling much better knowing that is was acknowledged and dealt with. Unfortunately it did nothing for my score.

 

Tomorrow back into the fray and full of beans and confidence to play myself up into contention at a course I have practised on recently. Love the challenge of playing to the limit in a competition. Social golf is fun but open competitions in graded groups are the best.


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Posted 18 March 2016 - 09:55 AM

Dear readers, Time flies when you're having fun. The third and final round of Southern Ports was a battle, after a week of accuracy off the tee it disappeared as the dodo have from the planet. The one course where all you need is to put the ball on the fairway and the game is yours, was where the extinction accuracy decided to happen. Even so my game was not too shabby and I scraped together a passable score from regions of a golf course that are less visited by humans than the moon.

 

The end result is of course all delivered at the presentation of the weeks trophies. In the over all tally finished a credible 7th place in the A grade nett score after the three rounds. the grand total of 6 strokes too many dear readers, quite simply two strokes too many on each day. There was definitely a period of reflection, mourning and analysis after coming so close once again. On the upside, there always is in golf for the second year in a row I won the Youngs Menswear trophy which is no easy task. Being a progressive nearest the pin for all three grades on one par three. Yes dear readers that was the epitome of my accuracy which was the linchpin of my game for two of the three days. It was only the absence off the tee on the third day which brought me undone.

 

Moving on has been a gradual process since the first week of March, was simply golfed out in many aspects. and the hunger and passion to play was lacking. Even so I have ambled around for a couple of mediocre rounds and gradually returned to the practise areas to hone my game.As always the cycle resumes and success with it. Yesterday was a trip to Millicent a course which in my early days playing off high 20's handicaps destroyed my golfing game. Interesting experience with the past round knowledge. The accuracy off he tee is back and yet hitting the ball so well it was often going long off the fairway into minor trouble. It was then I recalled a couple of previous rounds at the Millicent Open playing with +1 golfers who used other clubs besides drivers off the tee.

 

Golf is about a consistent routine and at times that can become a rut. Every course is different and the awareness of the difference can be buried in the myriad of other attention grabbers. It is one of the main reasons why I play other courses, it forces me to look at how I play golf in relation to a location instead of a generalised set of actions for the game. There is that moment of surprise still when i realise I can play the shots required to be a good golfer. The turning point for me was last Sunday battling around the course, that led to yesterdays success. It was with 4-5 holes to go the comment passed over my lips, "today is not so bad, hell only 3 years ago this would have been a good score for me!"

 

Yesterday playing off a 9 handicap I scored 81 gross for a nett 72 par for the course. It took good shots with every aspect of my game, off the tee, off the fairway, out of bunkers and putting. Golf, it beats the crap outa reality.


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