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9th Aug 17 9:11 PM
ozzymac
Posts 2,959
Quote:
Originally posted by Hoopie
One day you think you have the game cracked, next day you play like a complete muppet.


I'm the opposite, most days i play like a complete muppet then have 2 or 3 good holes.

Last week i had 16 stableford points after the first 5 holes and crunbled to finish wit 19 for the round
 
10th Aug 17 8:45 AM
Hoopie
Posts 165
Quote:
Originally posted by ozzymac
I'm the opposite, most days i play like a complete muppet then have 2 or 3 good holes.

Last week i had 16 stableford points after the first 5 holes and crunbled to finish wit 19 for the round


16 points from 5 holes is nuts
3 points from 13 holes is a kick in the nuts

The wheels really did fall off. But a great example that you are more than capable of playing better than your handicap. 6 shots better over the first 5 holes.

You clearly have the game, but to improve you "just" need to eradicate the errors, rather than try to hit better shots. Easier said than done.
 
10th Aug 17 9:48 AM
ozzymac
Posts 2,959
Quote:
Originally posted by Hoopie
16 points from 5 holes is nuts
3 points from 13 holes is a kick in the nuts

The wheels really did fall off. But a great example that you are more than capable of playing better than your handicap. 6 shots better over the first 5 holes.

You clearly have the game, but to improve you "just" need to eradicate the errors, rather than try to hit better shots. Easier said than done.


That's my biggest problem Hoopie, consistency.

To give you an example, in that round i was on the green for 2 on what i consider the toughest par 4 on the course. (360m dogleg left with a creek running the entire left hand side which crosses the fairway 80m out and an elevested green with deep bunkers all around,. Oh i should mention that the entire right hand side is out of bounes).

One of my playing partners said "you'll 5 putt this" and i did. From there the next 5 holes were 9, 8, 10, 10, 9

Messed with my head
 
10th Aug 17 1:10 PM
Hoopie
Posts 165
Quote:
Originally posted by ozzymac
That's my biggest problem Hoopie, consistency.

To give you an example, in that round i was on the green for 2 on what i consider the toughest par 4 on the course. (360m dogleg left with a creek running the entire left hand side which crosses the fairway 80m out and an elevested green with deep bunkers all around,. Oh i should mention that the entire right hand side is out of bounes).

One of my playing partners said "you'll 5 putt this" and i did. From there the next 5 holes were 9, 8, 10, 10, 9

Messed with my head


That hole sounds like a nightmare, certainly keep me awake at night. I would suggest a 4i off the tee to 160yds out then a 7i, all depends on wind and elevation, but a driver sounds too dangerous.

Putting is all about pace. I never buy into the saying "never up, never in" or "100% of short putts never go in". Totally wrong mind set. Yes you ideally want to make it to the hole, but those thoughts mean too many raced putts that take a couple more to get back.

I say "100% of putts that go past the hole do not go in". Bucket lid putting is a much safer bet. Just be happy 2 putting every green (especially ones you hit in regulation), just get the first putt close, you'll find a few drop in as well, but at worst your second putt is a short effort. Nothing mangles the brain like a 3, 4 or dare I say 5 putt. You lose all confidence on the greens and pace just goes out of the window. Next putt you smash 5 yards past, so sure enough the putt after is 3 yards short....arrrgghhhh.

Concentrate massively on pace, more so than direction. Get good at judging pace and you'll knock shots off your card quickly.

Big muscles are your memory muscles, they are the muscles that judge pace, not your wrists. Practice your putting where you only rock your shoulders, no wrist or leg movements.
 
14th Aug 17 5:51 PM
Hoopie
Posts 165
Competition at the weekend.

Out in 6 over, which included a triple bogey (what could go wrong did go wrong) but played the back 9 in 3 under, so finished with a 3 over 75, so played to handicap.

Had 5 birdies in total, which usually means you're on for a good score, but too many silly mistakes, still it is good to have recovered from a bad position.
 
14th Aug 17 8:49 PM
stripey
Posts 2,719
Nice work, Hoopie - always good to have the better part of the round in the second nine.
 
 
 

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