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#1 xrman1954

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Posted 28 August 2019 - 07:08 AM

 Calling Brains Trust. What if any sensible tips do you have when playing in soggy conditions?

 

I am finding that I am getting erratic ball strikes ( deeper divots than my swing path should indicate) because the surface is so soft. Fat shots, club face deflection, eyes full of mud.

 

So far I have tried more lofted clubs than usual to get the ball up in the air, stopped using my 4 wood unless the ball is practically sitting off the ground ( preferred lie on a dandilion flower),

 

 Other ideas I had were

1)Stop playing golf in winter 

2) go north for a few months ( maybe next year?)


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Posted 28 August 2019 - 07:22 AM

Move to a better golfing climate?

Other than an odd period of wet weather every once in a while, I can't say I've ever had to play on a wet track.

The very rare times I have had to endure a sloppy patch, I find it really frustrating. If super wet and soggy, I use a 3/4 swing and a lot more club just to advance the ball. I don't know how I'd go if the whole course was like it. Probably find me at the 19th.

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Posted 28 August 2019 - 08:27 AM

I moved to SW Victoria to get away from the South Australian summer heat. It is the best place for summer, but as a trade off the winter is wet and windy. I have 3 daughters and 6 grandkids here now, so I don't think moving north would go down well with them, especially just to benefit my golf game!

 

Perhaps we should continue with the drainage plan, extending it to the few fairways we have that are still really soggy, not just wet. More fund raising needed. It is a pity that we are not in a swinging seat politically. It would be fixed pronto if that were the case.

 

I am thinking that I might try my Cobra F7 4/5 hybrid adjusted to 24.5 degrees to see if it will work to get the ball up and out without digging too deep.


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Posted 28 August 2019 - 11:30 AM

it is a winter game ,so im told,,,,,your ball will get mud on it from time to time,its part of the game,but i believe when course is unduly soggy they should put on pref/lies,so frustrating when you see the pros tapping the ground to water to rise so they get relief,they seem to get relief if there is a dew drop.....but they are playing for money,i am used to it as my practice balls are filthy most of the time

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Posted 28 August 2019 - 02:24 PM

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I keep an old set of Callaway big bertha irons for soggy parkland conditions. Wide sole and lots of bounce helps when you are hitting off soft ground. It helps if you can also flatten your swing plane a bit.

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Posted 28 August 2019 - 04:17 PM

 Calling Brains Trust. What if any sensible tips do you have when playing in soggy conditions?

 

I am finding that I am getting erratic ball strikes ( deeper divots than my swing path should indicate) because the surface is so soft. Fat shots, club face deflection, eyes full of mud.

 

So far I have tried more lofted clubs than usual to get the ball up in the air, stopped using my 4 wood unless the ball is practically sitting off the ground ( preferred lie on a dandilion flower),

 

 Other ideas I had were

1)Stop playing golf in winter 

2) go north for a few months ( maybe next year?)

Play like you would out of a fairway bunker.

 

Choke down an inch or so, play ball middle to slightly back stance.

 

Take extra club in length if needed.

 

PS dont wear light coloured clothes!


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Posted 28 August 2019 - 05:51 PM

How far SW of Melbourne are you ? Playing on any of the sand based courses down your way should be ok at this time of year ? I played Port Fairy two weeks ago and it was immaculate with enough roll around the course from tee to green. The greens had a few slight wear patches but nothing to suggest they weren't rolling really well.
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Posted 28 August 2019 - 06:12 PM

Add another 80 km west of Pt Fairy and for some geological reason our area has clay and sand areas. The golf course is on the clay section! Portland course is not full of undulations like Pt .Fairy. The soggy fairways are fairly flat and water sits on the surface. it is hard to get the  water to run off with insufficient slope.

 

I have learnt not to wear good light coloured clothing. I use dubbin on my black Golf Pride shoes to waterproof them.

 

I tried the Cobra  F7 hybrid set at 24.5 degrees and it seemed to work. The baffler rails are not as big on the F7 compared to  later years, but as suggested by others I put the ball slightly behind centre and tried using the " bounce"  of the hybrid sole and it worked pretty well. I got  few good shots about 130 m down the fairway. Then I dug the leading edge into some soft stuff! Two out of three aint bad.


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Posted 28 August 2019 - 07:45 PM

What is this “mud” you speak off? It’s midwinter and everything’s lovely and dry and, at the worst, according to Weeti, “firm and bouncy” here
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Posted 29 August 2019 - 07:55 AM

Dear Mr. Toph,

 

Please send me the directions to this mid- winter golfing Camelot.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

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Posted 29 August 2019 - 07:55 AM

What is this “mud” you speak off? It’s midwinter and everything’s lovely and dry and, at the worst, according to Weeti, “firm and bouncy” here

Did he mean the girls on the beach sunbaking in Winter?


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Posted 29 August 2019 - 09:10 AM

Did he mean the girls on the beach sunbaking in Winter?


I meant the humps and the hollows, if you know what I mean

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Posted 29 August 2019 - 11:30 AM

I meant the humps and the hollows, if you know what I mean

I think we do I think we do. Nudge nudge wink wink.
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Posted 29 August 2019 - 06:27 PM

Dear Mr. Toph,

Please send me the directions to this mid- winter golfing Camelot.

Yours sincerely,

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Send me your location and I’ll send directions to the Golf Coast.
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Posted 29 August 2019 - 06:41 PM

Send me your location and I’ll send directions to the Golf Coast.

Don't bother! I went there once: it rained! Not bikini in sight for a week. Over promised, under delivered. 

 

In fact ,I have noticed that wherever I travel, it rains. I am thinking that I could hire myself out as a drought breaker in my retirement. The trouble is here in SW Victoria it rains a lot, often year round ( most years), so we are used to 4 seasons in a day ( sometimes 8).

 

I tried to ride my Triumph Tiger800 to Queensland in May and got marooned in Broken Hill after a week of heavy rains. I have a wedding in Byron Bay next April to attend, so I will bring my clubs up for that trip. 

 

Perhaps we need a thread of " MustPlay " courses in coastal North NSW and Southern QLD. for we Mexicans'" edification".


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