1st round of the Hinge Trophy qualifying at Littlestone yesterday, came 3rd with a level par round of 71, 5 birdies 5 bogeys. Struggled off the tee until middle of the back 9, iron and wedge play was solid, putted well. bogeys came from 2 penalty drops off the tee, 1 drive and 1 3 wood, 2 3 putts and 1 missed up and down.
Very happy with the round as this was my first full round of any kind in 2 months. Pencil claw grip with the putter performed admirably, rolled in some very good putts especially in the mid 5-15ft range which I normally struggle with. Holed some good swinging short putts too, find this grip actually feels like its easier to start the ball on line on breaking putts, no guiding of the ball towards the hole with the hands as it feels like my stroke is all shoulders. Had a few really good lag putts in the 40-60ft range that were all within 2 feet. The 2 3 putts I would put more down to mental error of not trusting the big downhill swinging putts to be that slow, the greens were quite slow, mentally on a links green with huge undulations I didn't let myself make a free stroke. Both times leaving myself horrible downhill 6ft sliders. Then battled back well to birdie 2 of the last 3, including a lovely 10 footer on the last.
Equipment wise I have taken the P770s out the bag, I'm not sure if its a subconscious thing to do with the heads coming off but having hit the range quite a few times in the last 2 weeks I really don't enjoy the way they interact with the ground, feel very clunky especially in the 5,6 & 7 irons. I enjoyed the slightly lower flight but just wasn't sold on them. Put my old x forged in the bag, while the flight is a little high I can't fault their performance on the range and in yesterdays round. Perhaps I should just stick with them and the grass isn't always greener?
It could be largely down to them being MOI matched and that is what makes such a big difference, I would like to find an iron/shaft to give me a slightly more penetrating flight so will probably try and find somewhere to do a fitting of multiple brands at some point over winter to see if anything really does outperform the x forged and I'm not going to buy just for the sake of having new irons, I know how un-wrx of me! Will visit my local club maker who does the MOI matching and see how close my driver is to the irons as I still hit that so well, I reckon it's probably very close, the 3 wood isn't as consistent so would be interesting to see where that is.
Milled grind wedges are also out the bag, love them for chipping but didn't like the feel on longer shots. Gone back to my old forged gap wedge to tie in with the set and put the T7 54 & 60 back in the bag. Hit several good pitches with the 60 and good full shots with the 54. I won't lie I got the taylormade wedges so the bag was full taylormade but I'm now fully in the belief I'm just going to use whats best for me. The T7s are currently working very well.
Edited by Dave D, 05 November 2018 - 05:41 AM.