I took a lesson before the round where we started at the range and then chipped and putted. On the range we worked on an 80 yard swing. I hit the ball really well; we also focused on alignment.
On chipping and putting: chipping we focused on making a smaller swing and leading with the toe of the club.
Putting was tough and I definitely got in my own head. The emphasis for putting was alignment and also striking the ball instead of pushing or jabbing at the ball. I tried to work on looking back and swinging immediately. As the round went on, this got away from me.
I think we also tried to focus on too many things in the lesson: full-swing alignment, and chipping, and playing from the sand, and putting. Don’t stab at the ball but don’t whack it. Etc etc etc.
However, i did articulate goals going into the lesson:
Goals for this lesson:
- Improve Chipping in order to get a short/m/long shot (5, 10, 15, 20)
- Figure out a 70 yard shot
- Continue swing improvements
- Play well immediately afterward
My last two rounds I have died to the short game. Round 1 I had an 85 at EI and had 41 putts and 51 total putter strokes: yikes!
EI round: I was in my head on putting and I’ve definitely gotten out of thinking about the backswing distance.
Round 2 at Welk Oaks course, i had 31 putts and 42 total strokes with the putter, which was better.
My issue was chipping: I made terrible contact on 11 chip shots on 9 holes: I was unable to hit the green and when I did hit the green, I was far away.
The other issue was that there were lots of awkward tee shot distances but I was also trying to figure out my gap wedge. I’m getting closer but need to talk it through/test with an expert.
Hole 1 I hit a 9 iron at the center of the green. My new clubs have added 10 yards so a 9 iron got me front of the green for a front pin position. It was an easy 2 putt that I did a good job with of looking at the hole and then immediately putting. As the round went on, I realize I got away from that good habit.
Oh we were playing best ball against Jimmy. We tied on hole 1; this also influenced some of the plays I made; I was being extremely aggressive.
GIR 1 and Par 1
I hit a 6 iron off the tee on hole 2 and hooked it. Ball went into the sand trap left of the green. I blasted the ball out of the trap and it rolled long of the green. I had an excellent chip putt from the fringe to 1 foot for par.
Jimmy drove the green and birdied.
Up and down 1 and par 2
Hole 3 is one where I made a mental error: I hit a choked up smooth 7 iron to ensure I reached the green backstop at the 150 yards. Except that I compressed the 7 iron and the ball ended up flying the green by 30 yards.
I then tried to hit a high shot, failed, and the ball went into the water. So that was a bad shot followed by a stupid shot.
Then I hit uphill onto the green and 3 putted from 28 feet. Not sure what happened here. I know it was a long putt that I missed. I think I also said I would 3 putt which was a bad call 😦
Jimmy birdied this hole. Our best was a 6.
Hole 4 I hit 9 iron thin but it ran up the hill through the green. I putt chipped on to 7 feet on a tough downhill putt and the 2 putted to make bogey. That was disappointing. I was definitely trying to make the par to try Jimmy.
I did not. He made the par.
Hole 5 I hit a good but short tee shot. I stopped short of the green but the chip shot was what I had practiced in the lesson. Missed my spot short but then drained the 10 foot putt for a par.
Par 3 and up and down 2
Hole 6 I hit my 9 iron a little thin. It ran over the green and left me a good chipping distance from the green. A great SW chip to 5 feet which I made for another par.
Par 4 and up and down 3.
Tied Jimmy on back-to-back holes.
Hole 7 I hit my 5 iron off the tree and pulled it. The ball bounced, ran down the hill and into the hazard. I then chunked my pitch shot to the front of the green.
Then I made a long 8 iron chip to 9 feet. I then proceeded to 3 putt for another 7.
Jimmy hit his into the hazard but got up and down for a bogey.
Great tee shot on 8 to the left ridge of the green, exactly where I was aiming. Ball rolled backward leading to a 30-foot uphill putt that I promptly 3 putted. I was trying for birdie which is why I missed the lag putt (which I did do well). Then I missed the 4-footer, which ran away to 4 feet, and made the other 4 footer.
GIR 2 and 3-putt number 3
Jimmy missed his par putt by about a half-inch low and about 10 feet long. Then he cleaned up the 10-footer for a bogey. “Golf is stupid” he said.
Hole 9 I hit a 9 iron uphill and got backspin down to the 23 feet high of the pin. I missed the downhill put by an inch right and long. Going for birdie which is why I missed.
This was after Chason managed to putt his ball to an inch and make the par.
GIR 3 and 3 putt 4.
Hole 10: a tee great shot to 13 feet. Trusted my swing and trusted my distance and made the hard shot.
Tried for a birdie, missed it and 3 putted coming back. Jimmy had a bogey this hole and Kiv got us up-and-down for a par.
GIR 4 and 3 putt 5.
Hole 11: finally hit a good tree shot on this hole but a little long. Chipped downhill and it ran out long to 9 feet. 2 putt for a bogey train.
Hole 12 was a bad one. I faded my PW long and right into a bush. Found the ball but I should have hit a provisional off the tee. I dropped into a tight dirt lie and thinned the ball into the drainage ditch in front. Automatic Ball Return back into a bush. Dropped out and got barely onto the green, 40 feet from the hole.
Missed the 40 foot putt, missed the 7 footer and then missed the easy tap in. 8. Hooray.
3 putt number 6 (with chip putting number 8)
Hole 13: great tee shot to the green. Went for birdie and gave it too much juice. The ball ran off the green and I could never get it back on: chip was a yard too short 3 times. Walked away with a GIR, 1-putt, 4 chip 6. Chason pared the hole so I was happy to give up.
Hole 14: still thinking about hole 13 I chunked it off the tee into a tight lie. Then I blasted the ball into the trap guarding the green and then blasted it out of the trap. 18y putt chip to 6 feet and I apparently missed the 6 footer. Not sure if I actually did but that’s what Arcoss says.
3 putt number 9
Good chip though.
Hole 15: good 8 iron tee shot that was long of the green. Good 18 yard putt chip from a tough lie downhill to 9 feet. Missed 9 footer for bogey.
3 putt number 10 (well, technically not but…).
Hole 16: shanked the first ball. Top hooked the second ball: both into the hazard.
Third tee shot was good, to the green. 15 foot 2 putt for a 7- or a mulligan par.
Very nice that Kiv hit the green and made a 40 footer for birdie.
Hole 17: chunked my tee shot and then chipped on with a 9 iron that went way long. 14 foot 2 putt for bogey.
Hole 18: great tee shot to 7 feet long and good 2 putt for a par.
GIR 6 and par 5
The issue was the short game and penalties which is what happens at EI. Shot an 85 and we lost handily to Jimmy. I did contribute 4 scores and helped with 3 more so that felt good. Carried our team on the front 9.
21 tee shots, 15 were good.
2 approach shots.
39 putts, plus 5 chip putts for 44 total putter strokes.
21 tee shots
2 approach shots
This time I both played better and worse. 5 pars, 7 bogies — and no doubles. But the blow ups were bad: 3 triples, 2 quads, and a +8 for 19 strokes over double.
Longest make was 10 feet.
- Tee shot 1
- 21-foot 2 putt on 1
- 21-foot 2 putt on 1
- 30-foot up and down on 2
- 30-foot up and down on 2
- 10 foot par save on 5
- Chip to 5 feet on 6
- 5 footer on 6 for par
- 8 iron to 9 feet on 7
- Tee shot on 8
- Tee shot on 9
- Tee shot on 10
- Tee shot on 11
- Tee shot on 13
- Chip putt on 14
- Chip putt on 15
- Third tee shot on 16
- 2 putt on 16
- 2 putt on 16
- Tee shot on 18
- 2 putt on 18
- 2 putt on 18
Shots to do over:
- Tee shot on 3: 8 iron all day
- First chip on 3: at a loss of what to do.
- 3 putt on 3
- Chip putt on 4
- Approach on 7
- 3 putt on 7
- 3 putt on 8
- 3 putt on 9
- 3 putt on 10
- 3 putt on 11
- No provisional on 12
- First chip on 12
- Second chip on 12
- First putt on 13
- Tee shot on 14
- Second shot on 14
- Tee shot 1 on 16
- Tee shot 2 on 16
- Tee shot on 17
The issue on this round was blow up holes. Adding a 20 yard shot will be useful. And continued working on putting and chipping as well.
Had 7 GIR and 5 pars lol. Also got up and down 4 times (but 1 of them was I think on Hole 13).
3 up and downs, 7 GIRs … and 5 pars. Oof. I par-ed just 2 of those GIRs.
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