My most recent swing review came through this morning. My instructor advised to work on keeping right foot down and right knee back early in down swing. That ties in nicely with the hip rotation work I've been doing. Done properly it is a bit like the old drill of keeping a small basket ball between the knees on the down swing. It looks more stable and feels really good when I get it right.
Stableford comp off the blue tees at KH today. Southerly breeze. Course in really good condition with the greens fully recovered from the recent coring and top dressing. Bunkers firmer too, at least for the ones I went in.
Started from seven. Nice 9I pitch to about 12ft for two putt par. Drive and hybrid short on eight. Nice pitch to about 6ft for two putt bogey. Easy par on nine with 3W and P landing next to the hole and two putts from 20ft.
Birdie on ten from 20ft. Pulled 7I approach on eleven and putted up the bank because I didn't think I could pull off a lofted finesse shot. Two putts for bogey. Another birdie on twelve after two woods and a smooth 8I to 8ft.
Drove into short fairway bunker on thirteen. Fatted bunker shot into next bunker. Fatted bunker shot to fairway. Nice pitch to 15ft. Two putts for double bogey. Two reasonable woods on fourteen followed by an awful fat pulled approach shot which somehow missed the front bunker and found the green. Three putts from 50ft for bogey. Fifteen out of play. Weak tee shot on sixteen followed by hybrid to 40m and a nice pitch shot to 8ft. Two putts for bogey.
Nice drive and hybrid on seventeen. Two putts from about 50ft. Good drive on eighteen followed by 8I to a forward pin. Just failed to make putting surface. Three putts for bogey. Weak drive on one followed by pushed 3W into first bunker. Good P wedge from sand to about 20ft. Two putts for bogey.
Six iron on nineteen to about 50ft. Four putts for double bogey. Nice drive and 5I to 10ft on two. Two putts for par. Scungy drive and 9I to 15ft behind the pin on three. Before putting down the steepish slope I recalled the wisdom of the old adage to always play approaches on the sand belt under the hole. After putting 5ft short I recalled another old adage never to leave downhill putts short. Holed second putt for par.
Good but short drive on four. Pulled 7I left of green (should have hit hard 8I). Chipped to 6ft. Two putts for bogey. Shanked 4I on fifth. Hacked out. Hit nice finesse shot to 8ft. Two putted for double bogey. Another good but short drive on six followed by a beautiful faded 3W. Sadly I was lacking power by this stage and it only found the front of the green. Three putts from 60ft to finish the round.
The good news was a couple of early birdies to be even par after six holes played. The not so good news was a low blood sugar emergency which spoiled my day after the good start. All good swing feels and putting touch went right out the window. The bad news was a weak finish including two double bogeys on the par threes late in the round. I think I was just plain worn out.
Eighty four for 32 stableford points. Fitness and shot quality slowly improving. Pitching and finesse shots a little better. Putting needs some work. The vagaries of the handicap system have me back down to 7.1 despite a "played to" score of +12.
Must, must, must monitor my blood sugar levels during my rounds. Once detected and fixed a low blood sugar leaves me non compos mentus for about an hour afterwards and I hit ridiculous shots. That's what happened today on 13 and 14.
Now to see whether I can recover by Monday for the senior's comp at Eastern. I've managed to draw the first tee in the shotgun start. Just call me lucky.
Edited by Forrest Gardener, 19 January 2019 - 06:31 PM.