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Quest to Break 80 - McLeod Cup

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Probably not the ideal place to try and break 80, but I need to do this where ever I am playing.

Went to the range after work today. Concentrated on some of the Gerry Hogan stuff (God tell time) and my own 'soft arms' theory. Was hitting em better than when I played the Wynnum Cup. So I am looking forward to the weekend.

Spent a fair amount of time hitting just the 7 iron, to different targets and from different lies. Seems to be working nicely.

Spent some time putting and am happy that the putts are rolling where I aim them now. 20 straight in from 3-4' so pretty happy with that. Roll on Saturday!
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  1. Marto65's Avatar
    The Favourite !!
  2. Talart's Avatar
    Best of luck on Saturday.
  3. PeteyD's Avatar
    Score was ugly - 99. But looking back on it there were some positives to take out of the day.

    First the ugarly: I had an 8 on a par 3, not pretty, particluarly on the 2nd hole. Mainly due to a knifed wedge into a hazard. On 2 holes, I took the fairway wood for safety and proceeded to hit the ball OOB or Unplayable. Both ended as triples (bogey with the second tee shot). The greens were hard to putt on, the ball would stop fairly quickly once it started to slow down. I left quite a few putts just short that looked as if they would make it.

    round Breakdown:
    1 - Bogey. Drive up left side, not too bad considering it was in front of the peanut gallery. Mishit 7 iron short of the green, chip on and 2 putt bogey.
    2 - Quin. Badly hooked tee shot trying to hit a hybrid softly. Knifed wedge into hazard. Next shot over hazard, short of green and lucky it didn't roll back in. Poor chip, finally on and 2 putt. Need to have head in a better place before playing the next shot after a crap one.
    3 - Bogey. Tee shot wet. @nd out off thick grass to 130m, on and 2 putts.
    4- Triple - Heeled 4W into the protective fence on the left, it shot under and ended up almost against the boundary fence. Took unplayable and reteed, nicely up the right side. Pushed iron shot and the mounds puched it right of the green. Pitch over bunker slightly strong, putt on tap in.
    5- Bogey. Pushed tee shot into trees. punched hybrid out. Iron short, wedge to a couple of feet 1 putt.
    6 - Bogey. tee shot left, bounced off tree and short of green. Wedge on, 2 putt.
    7 - Bogey. Hybrid to fairway. 4W to right rough, lie with the ball well above my feet. Hooked iron across fairway to edge of hazard. (I need to find somewhere to practice shots with the ball well above my feet). Had to drop as it was unplayable. Punch just through the green, putter from off goes straight in.
    8 - Double. Hit a great drive to right side, exactly as I wanted. Hit a poor 7 iron (again) short left. Wedge mishit into bunker, nasty lie. On and 2 putt.
    9 - Double. Drive RHS. Fat 4W dribbled up the fairway. Hybrid to center about 80 m short. Mishit wedge (on an uphill slope, wedge digs in hard and contact poor. I did this a couple of times, need to practice this as well). Chip on and 2 putt.
    10 - Par (finally!) pushed drive over trees onto 13th fairway. Hybrid low into trees. Best shot of day, 6 iron out of rough, between trees and over bunker to about 15'. Putt stops just short. tap in par.
    11- Triple. Take 4W for safety into someones pool off a tree way right. 4W off tee to middle of fairway (why is second shot always such a nice one?). Wedge short again. Chip on and 2 putt.
    12 - Bogey. Hybrid to front. 3 putts to back.
    13 - Bogey. Pulled drive onto 10th fairway, since I missed it last time. 8 iron over trees back to fairway. Another wedge digs in and drops short, and I hurt my left upper arm (it is killing me today). chip on 1 putt.
    14 - Bogey. Sore shoulder seems to make me push drive (from now on) trees right. Punch out, PW on 2 putt.
    15 - double. Push drive. Another lie well above my feet, another hook into a hazard. Wedge on 2 putt.
    16 - double. snap hooked tee shot hits tree and bounces back on line. Wedge short, wedge over, putter on, putt.
    17 - Par (Yah!) Drive pushed into trees right. Punch out. Iron to heart of green. Dropped my only long putt to go in for par.
    18 - Bogey. 4W to front, 3 putt bogey as I sneaked up on the hole.

    Ugly round, was hard to get the concetration back after the 2nd, in the rain. Hopefull the shoulder will be better by next weekend and I can do alright at the Redland Bay Easter Cup.

    anyone have advice for hitting of a steep slope with the ball above your feet?
  4. Ferrins's Avatar
    "If the ball is higher than your feet, simply shorten your grip on the shaft. Balance is your main problem with this shot, so take your stance slightly further from the ball than usual and keep your weight on the balls of your feet. If you do this you will not fall away from the shot as you swing. On the occasions when you are confronted with these various lies, think only of the variations you must make to meet the altered conditions. These are the position of the feet, where to grip the club, and what club to use. But never alter the rhythm or timing of your swing." Sam Snead on Golf 1961
  5. Talart's Avatar
    With an 8 on the 2nd hole you r 99 is not that bad of a score. Ugly sure yet you can still be satisfied coming back and carrying the shoulder does take some focus out of being able to play as you can. It has taken me a month to get my game back on track after various shoulder and back injuries in golf seasons.
  6. AndyP's Avatar
    Reads like a real slog, Petey.
    With those conservative fairway woods you stuffed up off the tee, perahps Dr Bob's advice would help: "Conservative strategy, confident swing."
  7. PeteyD's Avatar
    The shoulder has come back, just some minor muscular pain.

    Cocky Swing - yes, that was the second shot in each case! Confidence is hard to maintain sometimes.

    Did some work this evening at the range with Daves, Lucastro and timah! Bit of adjustment to the line of the shoulders and some work with the 'running stance' marty stuff seems to have reaped some rewards. Weather pending, I have 2 or 3 rounds this weekend. Easter Cup at Redland Bay. Looking forward to it!
  8. wuyi's Avatar
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