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LarryLong

  1. I'm a golfing ignoramus!

    Reading the 'ground game' thread and a bunch of other threads here and elsewhere got me thinking about how little notice I take of the golf course while I'm playing golf. Am I the only one?

    One thing that I'm constantly amazed by is how people can remember holes on a course and discuss them individually. I can play an 18 hole round at a very interesting course and be completely unable to describe any of the holes that I just played by the time I get into the clubhouse. The best ...
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  2. Life under the new handicap system, and how practice can actually make you worse.

    May June and July were busy months for me in a golfing sense, but not much time was actually spent on the golf course. I started out with my short game in tatters and a challenging (for me) handicap of 21 to play to. It's interesting to look at how the new system shapes up for a newly-handicapped golfer who doesn't play much - it is entirely possible that your first few months will be spent trying to play to a handicap that is determined solely by your best round over that period. That puts your ...
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  3. Third handicap card - thank God for the new handicap system

    Third and final handicap card today, and I put in a shocker. 106 off the stick. The only consolation is that thanks to the new handicap system, this round will just sit in my rolling 20 and mock me whilst having no effect on my handicap.

    I hit rock bottom today in a golfing sense. In the space of three bad rounds I've got to the point where I'm just spraying it everywhere, and not making consistent contact with the ball on full shots, something I usually don't have a problem with. ...
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  4. Queensland golf trip, or how to enjoy yourself while sucking at golf

    Late last week I flew into Brisbane for an overnight golf trip with some mates from Uni. We're pretty far flung nowadays (one lives in London) and we are lucky to get the foursome together once a year, so it's a big deal for us and we try to make a big event of it - nice courses, grudge-match atmosphere and constant sledging over 2 rounds. It's the highlight of my golfing year.

    Our first round was at Brookwater, and I was very impressed. What a lovely course. That said, I pity the ...
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  5. Second Handicap Round

    Today's lesson: Always show up early and warm up.

    Clattered out of the house with seconds to spare for a hit on Friday morning with the club's vice president. Murphy's law was in full effect as I found myself stuck behind a guy with a kayak on his roof who sat on 60k-80km/h all the way - even in the 100 zones.

    Late by five minutes, so I forewent the usual warm-up swings and confirmation of my woeful short game on the practice green and went straight to the first tee and ...
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