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Broke 90 ... then 80


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#1 MattOrris

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 08:57 PM

I started playing again after not playing for 10 years after college. I got asked to play in a work scramble tournament a few years back and committed to practicing. I really enjoy range time after work but I don't get a chance to play a round all that often. I played maybe 8 rounds early this year and hovered around 94 then 92. I always jump around courses and I went back a few weeks ago to one I had played twice and BAM...Shot an 84.   I knew that if I could keep control of the driver I could lower my scores a lot.

The next round I played was today. A different course this time that I had played once before. I went out in 41.  I birdied 10 and thought "I've got a chance at breaking 80!"  I then double bogeyed 11 and bogeyed 12. Both on flubbed pitch shots. This game has so many facets to get right!  I quit looking at the scorecard and just went about the round

I then went par par birdie and pared the rest. I knew it was a good back 9 and looked down for a very surprising 78. This game is such a different game when things are going well!


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Posted 09 September 2017 - 05:01 AM

Well done......  Looking for that elusive round sub 80.

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Posted 09 September 2017 - 06:34 AM

View PostUnder2hours, on 09 September 2017 - 05:01 AM, said:

Well done......  Looking for that elusive round sub 80.

Agreed! And me too- nice job OP
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Posted 09 September 2017 - 08:32 AM

Ditto that.  Nice job.  What did you shoot before you stopped 10 years ago?

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Posted 09 September 2017 - 08:47 AM

It took me 20+ yrs. to break 80..Now I have three in the last 3yrs.


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Posted 09 September 2017 - 10:19 AM

We only ever played on s par 3 course when I stopped playing. I never would have broken 100 on a regulation course. I never learned to drive the golf ball. It has taken a lot of time on the range to work on a full swing. I've found that the key for me was to focus on alignment with the driver. When I was in the 90s I would always have multiple lost ball penalties. So I knew if I could work on being in the fairway the scores would fall.
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Posted 09 September 2017 - 11:53 AM

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Posted 09 September 2017 - 02:29 PM

View PostMattOrris, on 08 September 2017 - 08:57 PM, said:

I quit looking at the scorecard and just went about the round

First off, congrats. I too broke 80 for the first time this year, and have done it twice now (par 68, shorter course, but have shot 78 then a 75). I feel the part I quoted can be key. You just play for the moment, instead of getting your mind on the what if, I can do this, etc.

After I shot 78, a few weeks later, I sit on the 18th tee (par 5, definitely birdieable), look at my score and say to myself that par ties my personal best. I then proceed to hit 2 balls into the water, and shoot a quad. On my 75 round, same type of thing. I never once paid attention to my score, but knew I was hitting the ball well, and had 3 birdies, including a chip in on the last hole. After the round, I add up my scorecard, and had to check and recheck to make sure my math was right.
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Posted 09 September 2017 - 02:30 PM

awesome sauce dude! this is something to be proud of. took me 7 years to get there.
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Posted 09 September 2017 - 03:35 PM

View PostMattOrris, on 08 September 2017 - 08:57 PM, said:

I started playing again after not playing for 10 years after college. I got asked to play in a work scramble tournament a few years back and committed to practicing. I really enjoy range time after work but I don't get a chance to play a round all that often. I played maybe 8 rounds early this year and hovered around 94 then 92. I always jump around courses and I went back a few weeks ago to one I had played twice and BAM...Shot an 84.   I knew that if I could keep control of the driver I could lower my scores a lot.

The next round I played was today. A different course this time that I had played once before. I went out in 41.  I birdied 10 and thought "I've got a chance at breaking 80!"  I then double bogeyed 11 and bogeyed 12. Both on flubbed pitch shots. This game has so many facets to get right!  I quit looking at the scorecard and just went about the round

I then went par par birdie and pared the rest. I knew it was a good back 9 and looked down for a very surprising 78. This game is such a different game when things are going well!

as you wrote down your scores, what did you do to keep yourself in the moment instead of looking at the score? Maybe I should try writing scores down instead of using my watch...as I enter my scores on my watch it will flash quickly to a total + or - in relation to that point in the round.

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