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Author:  Halebopp [ Wed Apr 11, 2018 5:56 pm ]
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Not unlike DCB, I had my first outdoor range session today!

As you can see from the picture, the start of the season is nearly here! :D

Obviously they had ploughed and sanded the range so that all the snow had melted but there was a a centimeter of sand even on the few range mats they had laid out (or were purposefully left behind from last year). You also need to pick your own balls and clean them.

Needless to say, all built-up dreams of demolishing course records were quickly destroyed with the first couple of swings. After a bit of work, then losing it again and figuring things out for the second time, the swing started to be playable again.

The 850 hybrid was pure gold once again from start to finish whereas I could hit some good shots with the 650 5 wood only towards the end of the session.

The wedges were one big nightmare again though. I'd need a center-shafted model to avoid wearing out the hosel. :D

Author:  Bonobobananas [ Wed Apr 11, 2018 6:40 pm ]
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Haha I don’t know how you manage chap but it always looks beautiful :)

Author:  Halebopp [ Wed Apr 11, 2018 7:22 pm ]
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Bonobobananas wrote:

Haha I don’t know how you manage chap but it always looks beautiful :)

It has been very beautiful over here this year. I manage by rambling on about things over here and like I said, this year has been fantastic. A week ago I was still hoping to get out there to (cross country) ski, and now I'm looking forward to going to the range again. For a month now the weather forecasts have been suggesting our home course would open on the 21st for and everything is still looking good for that. Now I have a week to work on my swing on the range to be ready for the season.

Also, one key to surviving the winter is playing plenty of golf in the summer, playing maybe 80 rounds from mid-April to mid-November and with the conditions, chances to play and your swing getting worse as the autumn progresses, you kind of start to feel you've had enough of golf for a while. Once the season ends, the holidays are around the corner and it's easily February when you really start missing the game again. The second key is having some other great pastime to keep you occupied. Something you're passionate about, like skiing has been for me.this year.

Hitting the gym day in and day out  when I can't do any "winter things" doesn't give me the same mental escape. Gym doesn't offer me much beyond seeing if I can add weight to my bench press or in a couple of other exercises but 80% of it is to simply about getting stronger or better at golf whereas skiing is fun on it's own and only when I do get exhausted that I start convincing myself it'll somehow help me on the golf course in the summer.

Author:  PaulBoy [ Thu Apr 12, 2018 6:06 pm ]
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I was very disappointed not to be fit to play at the Frilford Heath Forum event organised by Chris at the weekend - My back just wouldn't have survived the drive there / 27 holes / & the drive home ...
After a gentle range session on Monday I decided I would risk playing with my new "girlie" swing on Tuesday & you all know the old adage "beware the injured golfer"! - Guildford was still very wet, but only the 17th green was out of play (& has been all winter after the greenstaff managed to kill it!) - My rollup handicap went up to 3 last time out, so my expectations were pretty low - However, I started with a good par up the 1st but then bogeyed the 2nd (which is SI 18 - doh!) but then birdied the Par 5 3rd & went one better on 4th when I drove the green & rolled the putt in for eagle! - No more heroics after that, just tapped the driver down the middle & pretty much parred my way home - 38pts which was joint winner on the day (cut to 1 next time out!)

Author:  DCB [ Sat Apr 14, 2018 5:12 pm ]
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Finally a bit of sunshine and with no Easterly breeze it was actually fairly warm. Went for 9 holes with Mrs DCB at one of our local municipal  courses. There was still some surface water evident in places and some of the tees were a bit squelchy, but, overall it was just good to get out on the course at last. I gradually loosened up, but, overall I wa quite happy with the way I hit the ball. Played just over handicap, but, after opening with an 8, I was more than happy with the way I scrambled and putted to maintain a bit of dignity ;)

I need to get out and find my swing again as it has gone awol over the winter. I can't feel where my backswing is and have no idea how long the backswing is or how  I am getting the club back down to the ball. Bit like the first time I tried after my accident. Need to get this grooved and then trust myself. 

Chipping and putting were great today, the mind seems to be able to control the body to keep the short game reasonable. Maybe I'll just putt my way round in future :)

Author:  PaulBoy [ Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:01 am ]
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My new "girlie" swing seems to be working! - Played at New Forest on Saturday off club handicap of 5 - Got off to the perfect start hitting the pin on the 1st with my pitch shot & leaving a tap in for birdie - Steady from there until Par 3 6th where I tried to hit a choke down 5 wood & snap hooked it into the boondocks! - No score there - Another nice pitch on Par 5 9th & another birdie - 18pts on front - Final birdie of the day on 12th where I drove the green & 2 putted - My only bogey on the back 9 was on 18th where I thinned my sand wedge & failed to get up & down - This was costly, as the extra point would have tied the best score (39pts) & I would have won on countback (doh!) - Still, nice not to be wading around & play in shirt sleeves for the first time this year ...

Author:  Halebopp [ Sun Apr 15, 2018 6:31 pm ]
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No golf yet but we had a rules officials' meeting yesterday. To my surprise we had a rules exam and I wasn't prepared for one as my previous exam results were good for another year. We got the results today and I did score 99/100 points, which means I gave the correct rulings (possible penalties, correct information on how the players should proceed etc.) but based one of the rulings on a wrong rule.

There were three guys who scored a perfect 100 and they've all been through the TARS training at The Royal and Ancient and have worked abroad. Maybe I should start packing my bags.:D

Author:  RobB2 [ Mon Apr 16, 2018 4:43 pm ]
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A nice 2 & 1 victory in my 4 ball better ball match v Hawkstone Park yesterday.Started by hitting it well but faded a bit towards the end and my 14 hcp partner sank a couple of important puts to get us out of trouble at times.Team won 5-1 and 18 holes up.

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