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Ding-Dong, the witch is dead

buddha33

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I needed to shoot par on 535 yd par 5 18th. My attempt to not put pressure on myself was futile. The best I could do was play conservative and see what happened. I played a safe 190 yard 3 iron that faded to the right side of the fairway. Used the 3 iron again (I need a 2 iron badly) to get within 160. I hit my 6 iron approach flush, but pulled it slightly to leave myself on the back left fringe.

'Don't overthink, just pick out the target and get it close.' As soon as I hit the first putt I knew I left it short...a good 7 feet short. Alright, this is it. This is my best shot to kill her. I lined her up, looked at the hole one last time and whamo! Had I hit it one revolution less she would have been short. But instead that puppy hit the bottom of the cup.

Take that b----! I'm throwing a 99 on my card. The 100 witch is dead!

<<Happy Farting Buddha Smilie>>
 

DaveE

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Hallelujah! :xxrotflma Think of all the energy you'll save having to only write 2 digits on your score card now. Now that you've done it, more rounds in the 90s will follow, just don't get discouraged on the days it doesn't happen.

I've been playing pretty mediocre lately so it's nice to here a success story.
 
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buddha33

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bdcrowe said:
Kudos, prince. Congrats, and many more to come.

Thanks, fellas.

Dave, I hear ya. I'm completely realistic and am sure I'm fully capable of shooting a 110 this weekend. One dude made a crack that I can "tell people you shoot in the 90's." Hardly.

It was bittersweet though. My future father-in-law, who usually shoots in the high 80's, shot a 105. Not only did I break 100, but I beat him for the first time. I felt bad. :repuke:
 

bdcrowe

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buddha33 said:
Thanks, fellas.

Dave, I hear ya. I'm completely realistic and am sure I'm fully capable of shooting a 110 this weekend. One dude made a crack that I can "tell people you shoot in the 90's." Hardly.

It was bittersweet though. My future father-in-law, who usually shoots in the high 80's, shot a 105. Not only did I break 100, but I beat him for the first time. I felt bad. :repuke:
So, now you're screwing him, and his daughter. You should be ashamed of yourself.
 
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buddha33

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bdcrowe said:
So, now you're screwing him, and his daughter. You should be ashamed of yourself.

Yes, but I only force him to witness the one.
 

jc@bg

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Kudos

And to think you had to make the dramatic 7-footer to post the big one! Congrats. I hate 7 footers. Kudos on your course management, too. I have a par 5 on my home course that plays essentially the same way, which I also hate. Trouble is that I can play two great shots to the middle of the fairway and still end up with a double-bogey, since the third shot is a minimum of 150 yards and has to carry two lakes--one pinching in on the short-right side of the fairway and one pinching in on the long-left line. Yikes. You must have nerves of steel, B-man.
 
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jc@bg said:
You must have nerves of steel, B-man.

Thanks, JC. I wouldn't say I had nerves of steel, but I knew what I had to do and made sure I was confident with each shot. I was sweating that last putt since it felt short off the putter face. I was surprised to see it slowly roll in.

My worst fears came when I walked back to the cart and thought I had added the scores incorrectly. I triple counted to make sure it was 50-49.
 

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99, hey?

How'd the back nine go? :D

Right on man, that's great. You know, if you hit your 3 iron that well, why not hit it on every par 4? Sounds like the big sticks are getting you into trouble.

180 3iron + 180 3iron + 150 yard 7iron is just about as long as every par 4 out there. Even if you two putt for a 5, you're still playing bogey golf. Simple, eh?

I see a 90 in your future. Big time.

Congrats on kicking the shyte out of triple digits! :yellow:

R35
 
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Thanks, yo.

Actually, I only pulled out the driver on one hole. The rest were 3 irons (between 190 - 205). Most of the par 4's were 350-390, so a 3 iron drive and 7 iron approach were not a problem. I was pulling everything all day so I spent most of the day chipping up from the left side. I played bogey, double bogey golf with an occasional par or triple bogey mixed in.

That brings me to a good question. I was hitting the ball long and straight, but pulled (no draw) everything between 10-15 yards to the left. What was causing this?
 

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buddha33 said:
Thanks, yo.

Actually, I only pulled out the driver on one hole. The rest were 3 irons (between 190 - 205). Most of the par 4's were 350-390, so a 3 iron drive and 7 iron approach were not a problem. I was pulling everything all day so I spent most of the day chipping up from the left side. I played bogey, double bogey golf with an occasional par or triple bogey mixed in.

That brings me to a good question. I was hitting the ball long and straight, but pulled (no draw) everything between 10-15 yards to the left. What was causing this?

Buddha, there can be more than one cause for this but a very common one, (mine by the way) is a outside/in swing path. Make sure you're getting your hips through. I know you've been taking some lessons so you might want to give your pro a call. My pro is really good about answering questions without sending a bill and at least he's seen your swing.
 
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DaveE said:
Buddha, there can be more than one cause for this but a very common one, (mine by the way) is a outside/in swing path. Make sure you're getting your hips through. I know you've been taking some lessons so you might want to give your pro a call. My pro is really good about answering questions without sending a bill and at least he's seen your swing.

Hmmm. I'll have to look into this. Thanks for the tip.
 

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Over the top

Buddha,

The name of that game (everything pulled to the left) is over the top. We do this when we accelerate too fast at the start of the downswing (or at least, that's my sensation), allowing centrifugal force to push the club outside the swing plane. Once we get outside the plane, the only place we have to go on the downswing is inside the plane at the bottom, causing a pull.

Another reason I sometimes get pulls is if the lie is bad and I am afraid to stick the club, so I skim it to the inside at the bottom instead of hitting down and through.

Hope this helps. Not very scientific. :yellow:

buddha33 said:
Thanks, yo.

Actually, I only pulled out the driver on one hole. The rest were 3 irons (between 190 - 205). Most of the par 4's were 350-390, so a 3 iron drive and 7 iron approach were not a problem. I was pulling everything all day so I spent most of the day chipping up from the left side. I played bogey, double bogey golf with an occasional par or triple bogey mixed in.

That brings me to a good question. I was hitting the ball long and straight, but pulled (no draw) everything between 10-15 yards to the left. What was causing this?
 

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Both Dave and JC are bang on.

I find when I get pulling my irons, that my hands are fast. I bring my hands through the zone faster than I should be. But, I attribute this to my hips (see: Dave's response). If i bring my hips through quick, my hands follow through necessity. This differs from Dave's response slightly, as if I rush my hips, i usually pull.

I've been working a long time getting any type of fade from my irons, and i either pull or hit a draw with my irons PW-5 iron, and hit both my 3 and 4 irons dead straight. Unless I come off it and slash one, but that doesn't happen much now. I've made it a huge commitment to finishing my long irons. I used to be so lazy and killed myself for it, but i concentrate so much on being strong through the zone and busting my hips. But it's all about timing and positioning.

A pull is an easy cure. Club up one and swing easy. You'll find you'll be cured in 4-6 balls at the range.

:golf:

Also, if you follow the lead of the graphic above it pretty much points out what you should be doing. (See: the smile on his face)

R35
 

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buddha33 said:
Thanks, yo.

Actually, I only pulled out the driver on one hole. The rest were 3 irons (between 190 - 205). Most of the par 4's were 350-390, so a 3 iron drive and 7 iron approach were not a problem. I was pulling everything all day so I spent most of the day chipping up from the left side. I played bogey, double bogey golf with an occasional par or triple bogey mixed in.

That brings me to a good question. I was hitting the ball long and straight, but pulled (no draw) everything between 10-15 yards to the left. What was causing this?

Hey Buddha
Well done dude on breaking the ton barrier. And more so, that you put yourself under pressure on the last knowing what you had to do, that's more impressive. I've played with guys before who only realise that they have shot their best score ever only after completing their round, they have actually looked surprised.

Anyway, a pull left sounds like an alignment issue. Put 2 clubs along the ground, running parallel (like railroad tracks) the next time you practice. Also get someone to stand behind your line and look down it and check alignment of your hips and shoulders. You gotta get the feet, hips and shoulders all pointing down the same target line.
 

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