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I broke 80 twice this month.


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#1 GMN_02

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Posted 26 August 2017 - 09:13 AM

I broke 80 for the first time this month with a 79 and then again this morning with a 76, both times from 6500 yards.  I am 24 and this is my second summer playing.  I got bit by the bug after graduating college and have become obsessed with the game since.

First, I wanted to say thank you to those of you in these forums who provide helpful insight into course management and what to work on to achieve goals like this.  It has been very helpful for me to hear varying opinions and insight into this game we play from golfers of all different levels.  Secondly, I want to return the favor.  For anyone who is looking to break this milestone, please feel free to ask any questions you might have about what I've been working on and how I improved my game to get to this point as quickly as I did.

Again, thank you all for the continued advice!

Edited by GMN_02, 26 August 2017 - 09:15 AM.


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Posted 26 August 2017 - 09:32 AM

Congrats!!!!!!

The key is to continue the trend. Whatever you are doing is working. Don't mess with it too much.

And go into the rounds almost expecting a blow-up hole or a higher score. It's OK - even the best in the game don't shoot an A game every time out.

This wonderful game sure is a lot more fun when you're dialed in, huh?

Keep it fun! And congrats again!!!
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Posted 26 August 2017 - 09:42 AM

Well played, keep it going. :good:

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Posted 28 August 2017 - 02:33 PM

Thanks!  Looking forward to trying to keep this trend up.

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Posted 28 August 2017 - 02:51 PM

Congrats!  I'm in a similar boat with scores and time in the game (25, finally breaking 80, started golfing last May) and was wondering what the biggest contributors were for you to break that 80 threshold? i.e. was it lessons, getting a certain club or part of your game to behave, a mentality thing, etc. or was it just grinding scores out?

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Posted 28 August 2017 - 04:21 PM

View PostEvanScottKing, on 28 August 2017 - 02:51 PM, said:

Congrats!  I'm in a similar boat with scores and time in the game (25, finally breaking 80, started golfing last May) and was wondering what the biggest contributors were for you to break that 80 threshold? i.e. was it lessons, getting a certain club or part of your game to behave, a mentality thing, etc. or was it just grinding scores out?

Thank you, glad to see you are finding some success as well!  What really helped me lower my scores was positioning off the tee.  For me, this means that I am only using driver 2, maybe 3 times off the tee in a given round.  I have been using my 3w or 3i off the tee much more.  I used to associate being closer to the hole with lower scores which would always cause me to pull driver no matter how short/long the par 4.  This is where my big numbers would come from.  I now hit off the tee whatever club will get me to within 150-110yds of the green.  This leaves me either a 9i, PW or GW into greens.  I am much more comfortable hitting one of those 3 clubs with a full swing into a green than a half wedge.

So to answer your question the biggest contributor was discipline or playing what most would call "smart" or "boring" golf.

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Posted 28 August 2017 - 05:06 PM

View PostGMN_02, on 28 August 2017 - 04:21 PM, said:

View PostEvanScottKing, on 28 August 2017 - 02:51 PM, said:

Congrats!  I'm in a similar boat with scores and time in the game (25, finally breaking 80, started golfing last May) and was wondering what the biggest contributors were for you to break that 80 threshold? i.e. was it lessons, getting a certain club or part of your game to behave, a mentality thing, etc. or was it just grinding scores out?

Thank you, glad to see you are finding some success as well!  What really helped me lower my scores was positioning off the tee.  For me, this means that I am only using driver 2, maybe 3 times off the tee in a given round.  I have been using my 3w or 3i off the tee much more.  I used to associate being closer to the hole with lower scores which would always cause me to pull driver no matter how short/long the par 4.  This is where my big numbers would come from.  I now hit off the tee whatever club will get me to within 150-110yds of the green.  This leaves me either a 9i, PW or GW into greens.  I am much more comfortable hitting one of those 3 clubs with a full swing into a green than a half wedge.

So to answer your question the biggest contributor was discipline or playing what most would call "smart" or "boring" golf.

Thanks for the reply! Our games actually sound pretty similar in terms of how we play as well.  For me it came as more of an ego check and I accepting that every hole wasn't a long-drive competition.  I'm much more conscious now of when and where I pull driver on the course opposed to my 4 wood or a long-iron.  The courses I typically play are tight and winding, even the links style ones put a premium on plotting your way around the course or playing "boring" golf as you put it.  I'll occasionally go out with a few friends who still play the first few holes snickering about arriving at my tee shots first when I opt for the 4 wood off the tee when they went with driver, but even even if I'm pulling a club or two more than them for my second its from the middle of the fairway instead of the cuts of the rough because they went too long.  Beyond that, working on my short game and getting good at scrambling if needed (some days far more than others) was the next biggest thing to seeing scores drop.  Still play off of an 8 index, but my games come a long way in terms of avoiding those blow-up holes that can tank an otherwise great round.

What are you working on now to keep your scores trending in the current direction?
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Posted 28 August 2017 - 05:48 PM

View PostEvanScottKing, on 28 August 2017 - 05:06 PM, said:

View PostGMN_02, on 28 August 2017 - 04:21 PM, said:

View PostEvanScottKing, on 28 August 2017 - 02:51 PM, said:

Congrats!  I'm in a similar boat with scores and time in the game (25, finally breaking 80, started golfing last May) and was wondering what the biggest contributors were for you to break that 80 threshold? i.e. was it lessons, getting a certain club or part of your game to behave, a mentality thing, etc. or was it just grinding scores out?

Thank you, glad to see you are finding some success as well!  What really helped me lower my scores was positioning off the tee.  For me, this means that I am only using driver 2, maybe 3 times off the tee in a given round.  I have been using my 3w or 3i off the tee much more.  I used to associate being closer to the hole with lower scores which would always cause me to pull driver no matter how short/long the par 4.  This is where my big numbers would come from.  I now hit off the tee whatever club will get me to within 150-110yds of the green.  This leaves me either a 9i, PW or GW into greens.  I am much more comfortable hitting one of those 3 clubs with a full swing into a green than a half wedge.

So to answer your question the biggest contributor was discipline or playing what most would call "smart" or "boring" golf.

Thanks for the reply! Our games actually sound pretty similar in terms of how we play as well.  For me it came as more of an ego check and I accepting that every hole wasn't a long-drive competition.  I'm much more conscious now of when and where I pull driver on the course opposed to my 4 wood or a long-iron.  The courses I typically play are tight and winding, even the links style ones put a premium on plotting your way around the course or playing "boring" golf as you put it.  I'll occasionally go out with a few friends who still play the first few holes snickering about arriving at my tee shots first when I opt for the 4 wood off the tee when they went with driver, but even even if I'm pulling a club or two more than them for my second its from the middle of the fairway instead of the cuts of the rough because they went too long.  Beyond that, working on my short game and getting good at scrambling if needed (some days far more than others) was the next biggest thing to seeing scores drop.  Still play off of an 8 index, but my games come a long way in terms of avoiding those blow-up holes that can tank an otherwise great round.

What are you working on now to keep your scores trending in the current direction?


Right now I'm working on shots from shorter distances (50 yards and in) with my GW, SW and LW.  I think this will really help with up and downs knowing that I can use any of those clubs for the desired trajectory that the shot calls for.

Besides working on short game and other areas of weakness, what is your next goal?  I think now instead of trying to shoot a certain number my goal will be to play a round free of a double bogey or set a goal for a number of birdies.  These types of goals usually are followed by lower scores.

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Posted 19 September 2017 - 09:54 AM

Congrats! I just broke 80 myself this summer. Its a lot of hard work and when the game feels good its awesome to see the results! Keep on working with the short game, that's the one thing that has helped me lower scores!
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Posted 19 September 2017 - 11:40 AM

Congrats tnrts345!  Absolutely is a huge hurdle to get over.

Short game is really feeling good at the moment and it's paying dividends as the local courses start getting some teeth with the end of summer in the south SF Bay where winds start getting gusty more than just breezy.  Scrambling stats were some of my highest this season for my last round.  I'm now trying to make a more conscious effort of tracking some of those key scoring stats using the Golfshot Pro app.  I find its a convenient way to keep score and see what clubs I'm using, stats with each, etc. but doesn't totally break my groove mid-round by having to sit down and input a bunch of data.  Can just update it on my way to the next tee box.  Post round it gives you a tidy little snapshot like the one below to your email:

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Are you guys doing this as well?  What stats are you tracking and how are you doing it?

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Posted 19 September 2017 - 12:42 PM

View PostEvanScottKing, on 19 September 2017 - 11:40 AM, said:

Congrats tnrts345!  Absolutely is a huge hurdle to get over.

Short game is really feeling good at the moment and it's paying dividends as the local courses start getting some teeth with the end of summer in the south SF Bay where winds start getting gusty more than just breezy.  Scrambling stats were some of my highest this season for my last round.  I'm now trying to make a more conscious effort of tracking some of those key scoring stats using the Golfshot Pro app.  I find its a convenient way to keep score and see what clubs I'm using, stats with each, etc. but doesn't totally break my groove mid-round by having to sit down and input a bunch of data.  Can just update it on my way to the next tee box.  Post round it gives you a tidy little snapshot like the one below to your email:

Attachment Moffet Scorecard 9.4.17.JPG

Are you guys doing this as well?  What stats are you tracking and how are you doing it?
I have to say I started the season with the use of an Arccos System to find out where I struggled. Improving my putting and shots inside 100 yards were crucial for my handicap. I went from a 13 to a 7.5 this season alone adn I continue to find new ways to advance my skills. Keep on working!
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Posted 13 October 2017 - 06:50 AM

Great effort mate, that's currently my goal for this summer season too. Trying to keep the big scores off the card and scramble better. How much work work are you putting in each week between rounds?

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Posted 13 October 2017 - 06:51 AM

Great effort mate, that's currently my goal for this upcoming spring and summer season too. Trying to keep the big scores off the card and scramble better. How much work work are you putting in each week between rounds?

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Posted 17 October 2017 - 12:38 AM

Remember, great scores are never flukes, only shows your true potential. Keep going lower!
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Posted 17 October 2017 - 12:01 PM

View Postargaet, on 13 October 2017 - 06:51 AM, said:

Great effort mate, that's currently my goal for this upcoming spring and summer season too. Trying to keep the big scores off the card and scramble better. How much work work are you putting in each week between rounds?

I usually go and hit balls for 90 minutes twice a week, following by 30 minutes or so of putting.  On days I don't go to the range I am usually chipping around in my backyard for a while.


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Posted 17 October 2017 - 12:42 PM

Congratulations! I have not been able to break 80 this summer, but I did shoot an 80 two weeks ago at a 6412 yd. course. Keep it up!
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Posted Yesterday, 02:44 AM

congrats. I broke 80 for the first time a few months ago so I know the feeling.

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