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#1 xrman1954

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Posted 17 January 2019 - 04:42 PM

Today I scored 89 stroke/41 points for the first time in competition. It will be 2 years in April 2019 since I started playing regularly. Breaking 90 was my target score, so I am pretty happy with that.

 

I scored a few pars, lots of bogeys and only one double bogey today. It was a scramble, not an elegant display of skill. All that practice getting out of the trees, trying to get to 60 m out and then letting my short game do its thing worked out today.

 

I think just playing smarter I could have saved a couple of shots today.

Around 5 shots were duds, so I think maybe I should set my next goal at 85. 

It should be achievable in 6 months maybe? What say you?


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Posted 17 January 2019 - 04:50 PM

Good stuff mate, always great to achieve a goal.

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Posted 17 January 2019 - 04:59 PM

Today I scored 89 stroke/41 points for the first time in competition. It will be 2 years in April 2019 since I started playing regularly. Breaking 90 was my target score, so I am pretty happy with that.

 

I scored a few pars, lots of bogeys and only one double bogey today. It was a scramble, not an elegant display of skill. All that practice getting out of the trees, trying to get to 60 m out and then letting my short game do its thing worked out today.

 

I think just playing smarter I could have saved a couple of shots today.

Around 5 shots were duds, so I think maybe I should set my next goal at 85. 

It should be achievable in 6 months maybe? What say you?

well done xrman!

 

Focus on improving the few areas that were duds and strengthen what you did well.

 

Dont over analyse it though!


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Posted 17 January 2019 - 05:04 PM

well done xrman!
 
Focus on improving the few areas that were duds and strengthen what you did well.
 
Dont over analyse it though!


Try and hit a fade with the driver?
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Posted 17 January 2019 - 05:07 PM

Good effort for under 12 months. Try and stay out of the trees 🌲
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Posted 17 January 2019 - 05:59 PM

Thanks for the encouragement guys.

 

Fade is my natural shape so driving with a fade is what I can do. I just have to remember to get off my back foot to avoid a push fade into said trees.

 

Dud shots: I hit three shanks today. One with an iron and two with hybrids. Stance distance is an issue for me to work on. I think I need to grip down a bit on the hybrids and hit with rhythm not force.



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Posted 17 January 2019 - 06:04 PM

Improvement particularly in golf is not a straight line. I believe in managing expectations

Congrats!
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Posted 17 January 2019 - 06:04 PM

Thanks for the encouragement guys.
 
Fade is my natural shape so driving with a fade is what I can do. I just have to remember to get off my back foot to avoid a push fade into said trees.
 
Dud shots: I hit three shanks today. One with an iron and two with hybrids. Stance distance is an issue for me to work on. I think I need to grip down a bit on the hybrids and hit with rhythm not force.


Sorry mate, the fade comment was an in joke aimed at someone else. It wasn’t meant for you.

Hope you keep breaking 90.
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Posted 17 January 2019 - 07:24 PM

Ah the "in" joke.

 

Trying to break 90 consistently will be an challenge in itself. I hit a 91 six months ago and then went out to the 100's  for a while. I have been working on strike which seems to be paying dividends at last. That and trying to keep to a pre-shot routine.

 

That and ditching my Cobra F7 driver with a R flex shaft. I picked up a second hand Cobra F8 with a stiff shaft and now it seems to go sort of where I intend it to go.


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Posted 17 January 2019 - 09:42 PM

Doing awfully well, mate. Congratulations. Your best rounds will come when you’re hitting distance (driver,irons) well - your best ‘avoidance of bad scores’ will come when your short game is on song. Your best scores will come when you do both. Put at least as much time into your short game as your full swing.

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Posted 18 January 2019 - 04:58 AM

congratulations on breaking 90. One of golfs great milestones.

 

Next goal is to break 90 on a regular basis then set a new goal to break 85/


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Posted 18 January 2019 - 03:17 PM

Well done xman, hope you continue to improve. How many times per week do you play
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Posted 18 January 2019 - 06:47 PM

Well done 0n your first major achievement. My advice is simple ..... SHORT game is king . Practice, Practice and more Practice. Once you improve the holing out procedures your natural ability should hold out in the long game. But again , SHORT game is king !!.


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Posted 19 January 2019 - 12:43 PM

congratulations on breaking 90. One of golfs great milestones.

 

Next goal is to break 90 on a regular basis then set a new goal to break 85/

Good advice! I have been bumping around 90 for about 6 months. Trying to stay there will be a challenge enough.

 

I changed putter back to my old Power Bilt semi mallet  and wedge to Cobra versatile 56 degree. My chipping and putting improved a lot. Inside 150-160 m from the pin, I am confident of getting close enough in 2 shots and sometimes 1 putting pending on the chip' s  proximity to the hole.

 

I am getting familiar with the Cobra F7 single length irons and getting pretty good distance and dispersion, though when I really compress the ball well I get about 10 m more. I am working on strike/compression at present.

 

I am trying to get my tee shots into play rather than try to hit it hard. Having a little pause/float at the top of the back swing is helping a lot. I am leaving the 3 wood in the bag for second shots on par 5's and playing a 19 degree hybrid instead. 

 

Trying to avoid risky shots is helping, but doesn't it feel great when they work! 

 

In answer to the question about frequency of playing, I tend to compete once a week and have a social game  9 holes once a week. I do get out to practice about 3 times a week;  on the range, short game area and playing a few holes.


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Posted 20 January 2019 - 11:31 AM

I hit 41 strokes on the front 9 this morning in a social game. Best ever result!

 

I messed up a chip with a lob wedge on the 4th ( poor club choice) and left it short. I pulled a few iron shots left of the green, then over corrected and left one out on the right. Almost GIR possibilities, if they had been straight.

 

14 putts, only a few long ones.

 

 My handicap is now 20.7

 

I had a try of a Rife putter after the game. Very nice in comparison to my Power Bilt. My second hand Rife mallet arrives tomorrow I hope.


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