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#1 Audi A-Fore

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Posted 06 September 2017 - 06:51 PM

... at a member/guest tournament at the Olympic Club no less!

The round - 5 birdies, 3 bogies, 1 bad shot (topped hybrid on a par 5), 13 FIRs, 14 GIRs, guessing 26 putts, 34/35 (par 71). The setup was with shorter tees (blue) at the Olympic Club Ocean course, tournament conditions for the member guest so I had to putt everything out. As you'd expect, all aspects were on - driver, irons, putter, wedges, relaxed mentally. I missed 1 FIR, but got it on the green from a fw bunker and 2 putted for a par. No real missed opportunities other than that topped par 5 shot. My last putt was a downhill, slightly hooking 4' putt which I knew was for 69 and I put it center cup. Such an awesome feeling!

Some background - I've been hovering around 4.2-5.3 the last 2 yrs, normally have no problems with driver (~10-11 FIRs), confident with putter/wedges, but my scoring usually depends on my irons and GIRs that day. Typically I'll hit between 9-10, which seems too low. I took a series of lessons earlier this year to rebuild my swing, with the goal of improving ball striking and hopefully be able to produce a draw/fade on command. It was brutal as my coach and I were essentially looking to do the opposite on most of the major fundamentals and movements. My swing is homegrown when I started playing around my mid-20's, built for consistency and a fade back (after a traumatic "Year of Snaphooks"). I'm built like KJ Choi, so it's not like I have tons of options for long, syrupy, wide arc'd PGA swings.

I actually stated breaking 70 as a goal this year, which is funny as I don't think I've really set targets until the last 2 years, just played and looked to improve. It's a work in progress, still building the muscle memory, but my ball striking is steadily improving. It was amazing how I was able to play the entire day "in the moment", just point and shoot really with a song stuck in my head. Just don't ask what I shot the next round. hahaha

PS* - had to buy a new bag from O-club to mark the occasion! When in doubt, buy new stuff. ;)

Edited by Audi A-Fore, 06 September 2017 - 07:09 PM.


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Posted 06 September 2017 - 06:58 PM

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Posted 06 September 2017 - 06:59 PM

Congrats!
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Posted 06 September 2017 - 07:03 PM

Great Playing!
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Posted 06 September 2017 - 07:06 PM

Congrats! BUT 5 birdies and 2 bogeys equates to 3 under and 68 on par 71:)

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Posted 06 September 2017 - 07:09 PM

View PostRosco1216, on 06 September 2017 - 07:06 PM, said:

Congrats! BUT 5 birdies and 2 bogeys equates to 3 under and 68 on par 71:)

Typo!! 3 bogeys, cuz the 5 birdies was definitely right. Damn these fat fingers!!

Thanks!

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Posted 07 September 2017 - 08:55 AM

Congrats. What was the song stuck in your head?

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Posted 07 September 2017 - 09:00 AM

Well played! :good:

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Posted 07 September 2017 - 10:13 AM

Well done on a good round.
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Posted 07 September 2017 - 01:18 PM

View PostBogostick, on 07 September 2017 - 08:55 AM, said:

Congrats. What was the song stuck in your head?

I've been running the Atomic Blonde soundtrack on Spotify: https://open.spotify...IohkarnV1HcHY0P

I putt the best when I'm making a read and just in my routine (line up, 2 practice strokes, look at hole and fire) with a song in my head. No mechanics whatsoever. On the other hand, my irons get more methodical and I'm thinking of something mechanical (release or takeaway). That day, I was just pointing and shooting, with the song stuck in my head. Basically, just getting out of my own way.


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Posted 07 September 2017 - 01:52 PM

View PostAudi A-Fore, on 07 September 2017 - 01:18 PM, said:

View PostBogostick, on 07 September 2017 - 08:55 AM, said:

Congrats. What was the song stuck in your head?

I've been running the Atomic Blonde soundtrack on Spotify: https://open.spotify...IohkarnV1HcHY0P

I putt the best when I'm making a read and just in my routine (line up, 2 practice strokes, look at hole and fire) with a song in my head. No mechanics whatsoever. On the other hand, my irons get more methodical and I'm thinking of something mechanical (release or takeaway). That day, I was just pointing and shooting, with the song stuck in my head. Basically, just getting out of my own way.

I'll have to check them out when I get home. This past weekend I was singing rave on in my head. And sometimes out loud haha. It does make you a little more relaxed I found.


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Posted 07 September 2017 - 03:27 PM

TC!!!!!!!  I'm letting Nolz know so he doesn't have to give you strokes anymore;)

Edited by 4rheel, 07 September 2017 - 03:36 PM.


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Posted 08 September 2017 - 11:41 PM

View Post4rheel, on 07 September 2017 - 03:27 PM, said:

TC!!!!!!!  I'm letting Nolz know so he doesn't have to give you strokes anymore;)

Thanks homes! Should've known you were still on here!!

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Posted 09 September 2017 - 12:03 AM

That's awesome, congrats

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Posted 12 September 2017 - 11:37 AM

Great round! Congrats!

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 09:42 AM

Awesome round! I haven't broke 70 this year!

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Posted 17 September 2017 - 04:45 PM

That's a milestone set at a reputable golf course in a tournament .

I hope you had a drink or to afterward to celebrate, congratulation !

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Posted 21 September 2017 - 07:42 PM

View Postwkuo3, on 17 September 2017 - 04:45 PM, said:

That's a milestone set at a reputable golf course in a tournament .

I hope you had a drink or to afterward to celebrate, congratulation !

Yah, it was fantastic. Definitely had a toast with my friend who is the member there to celebrate. We have had good battles but unfortunately, he had a slightly injured knee that day.

The ball and card are saved and going with my hole in 1 ball!

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Posted Yesterday, 10:21 PM

congratulations!
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Posted Yesterday, 10:31 PM

Great job!  That's been a goal of mine this year, too.


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Posted Yesterday, 10:57 PM

Someone has to say it.........Sandbagger!!

Just kidding. Congratulations.   Great round. At a top course ina tournament makes it even better.
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Posted Yesterday, 11:42 PM

Congratulations!
I'm quitting at 6.022 x 10^23 posts.
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