Friday, June 7, 2013

Golf - Greensboro National - 6/1/13

Greensboro National may be one of my favorite courses in Greensboro. It has such a great layout. There were some problems there in the past few years but under new ownership for the last year it's coming back into its own as a great place to play. Man the course is in great shape right now!

My previous best on this course was a 97 shot earlier this year so I was excited to take another crack at it. The weather was perfect for the round. I tee'd it up with Chris and Ryan and one of Chris's co workers Brian. A bunch of cool guys that just make you have a great time while you're out there. 

I felt good after warming up on the range and the round started well. I hit a bump in the road on 4 and 5, but turned it around by playing smart on the par 5, 6th hole where my 3rd was just off the green. I chipped that in for Birdie and par'd the next hole. 8 and 9 got the best of me with back to back doubles. Still a 46 over 9 isn't a terrible score for me and I was excited to see what the back nine held.

After a good drive and great iron into the green I had about 20 feet left and the birdie putt rolled right into the bottom of the cup. Other than the 15th hole(lost concentration on the tee and hooked it straight left into the woods and couldn't recover(  I wasn't unhappy with my play and I managed to par the 18th which I've never done. Driver, 5i, PW to just off the green. I shot a 42 on the back which I'm really happy with considering I had a double and a triple back there.

My driving wasn't very long but it was very consistant. I only missed 2 fairways and both of those were the driver getting two quick, straight left, and penalties. Other wise 12/14 was 85.7% fairways for the day.

Scored an 88 which ties my best since I started golfing again last year. I shot an 87 way back when in like 05 or 06 so that's the best I've done. My handicap for the year is below 18 which is great and where it needed to be by end of July for the Morgan Cup and over the past 5 rounds my handicap would actually be closer to 16.

I couldn't be more pleased to see my work with lessons and practice paying off with more consistent play. The lesson I had on Thursday really carried over into this round. Ball striking was good, I'd like to see a few more putts falling but I'm sure with continued practice that can happen. One other thing I was really happy with today was my bunker play. I ended up in two bunkers and had great shots out of both. A tip I saw a week ago about accelerating through the sand and how most people just stop as they hit into the sand made a huge difference.


Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Golf - Practice Recap - Week of - 5/28

Monday - 5/27/13
Put in an hour at the range before running errands for the wife.
Driver Distance
Different Grip

Large Bucket of balls. Hitting very solid by the end. Ready to try again

Tuesday - 5/28/13
I've been swinging the club much better as of late. 
Then tonight what did I do? I started messing with things, experimenting. 

Experiment = Fail

Will get back to basics and get it back Thursday. Also have a lesson Thursday. Looking forward to that. 

The one thing that did make sense is a tip Freddie gave me today on starting to groove a good driver swing, not sure why I didn't let that carry into the other clubs. Tomorrow is a new day.

Wednesday - 5/29/13
Today was a busy day with both jobs. No golf practice. Looking forward to a lesson tomorrow.

Thursday - 5/30/13
Lesson Day. I am lucky to have a flexible job where I can go in early and take an extended lunch break to get in a lesson. Joey and I made some awesome progress with ball striking and mental / course management talk. We talked through my last couple of rounds to start with and then dug into a few of the problems. I've got a great set of pre-swing thoughts now and I'm really starting to trust the swing. We used different clubs and changed the flag we were aimed and firing at quite often. I've probably never hit so many solid balls during a lesson.
1. Weight Back
2. 1/2 a back swing (my 1/2 swing is probably closer to a 3/4 swing but the 1/2 thought keeps me controlled)
3. Swing to first

I was going to go to the range Thursday evening but ended up playing softball with a friend. That was a fun change of pace after dealing with car troubles over the past two days.

Friday - 5/31/13
Worked the day job for 1/2 day and went to the range where I started with chipping and pitching before moving into full swings. Everything felt really good again but if I don't swing on the right plane I will loose the ball to the right. That being said, ever club up to driver I hit awesome. Still working on the right driver swing.

Saturday - 6/1/13
 Best round in months for me. I tied my low round since I started golfing again last year. Shot an 88 at Greensboro National. There will be more info on that round in tomorrow's blog post. I can say that although I didn't hit driver long I hit it well. 85% of fairways. 12/14

Sunday - 6/2/13
No practice. To exhausted from golf and job #2 Saturday. Had to work Sunday night.