Great golf groupon today – $89 for 10 rounds of golf at Cherry Oaks in Cheney.
Just noticed my last practice session was on Easter. No wonder I’m struggling to get the ball in the hole.
Course: Auburn Hills Golf Course
This is the third of eight weeks of the Wichita Adult Golf League. Each week, teams of two play 9 holes of four ball. My teammate this year is my daughter again. We finished in 2nd place overall in the 2011 league. For 2012, there are 32 teams signed up.
Weather was pretty good for this round with light winds and wet conditions due to morning rains.
#1 – Par 4 with OB left and water right. Hit a hybrid that found the right side of the fairway. 130 to the hole, I bladed my GW and it hit a cart path and went OB. Dropped and hit next shot to 15 feet. Left the bogey putt just and made double. +2
#2 – Par 4 with a wide fairway. Hit 3W to right side of fairway. Only had 75 yards left with a good angle, but hit it too far and had a 40 footer for birdie. Easy 2 putt for par. +2
Course: LW Clapp Golf Course
This is the second of eight weeks of the Wichita Adult Golf League. Each week, teams of two play 9 holes of four ball. My teammate this year is my daughter again. We finished in 2nd place overall in the 2011 league. For 2012, there are 32 teams signed up.
Weather was pretty good for this round, though the wind was blowing 20-30mph from the north. Clapp is a very protected course, but its also tiny – with a creek winding through most holes, out-of-bounds in play and loads of trees just off the fairways.
#1 – Par 4 straight down wind with trees left and right. Hit 3w off the tee and didn’t hit it great, but got it in the fairway. 135 left to the green and hit a full SW that just made it onto the front of the green. Left the 20 foot birdie short by about 2 feet, made the par putt. E
#2 – Par 4 with wind from the right. Another 3w off the tee as the out-of-bounds comes in close on the right if you push a driver. Like always, I pushed it towards that OB, but it ended up fine. Hit a terrible pitch that trickled onto the green about 30 feet away. Again, short with the birdie putt and cleaned up for par. E
Course: MacDonald Golf Course
This is the first of eight weeks of the Wichita Adult Golf League. Each week, teams of two play 9 holes of four ball. My teammate this year is my daughter again. We finished in 2nd place overall in the 2011 league. For 2012, there are 32 teams signed up.
Weather was bad for this round. We had tornado’s the day before and the wind was 30-40mph all day. Our opponents didn’t show up on time, so we went off on our own. I assumed their either would not show up at all or would be DQ’d for the day for missing their tee time so decided to play more aggressively than I normally would.
#1 – Par 5 straight down wind with trees left and right. Felt very uncomfortable (normally I hit 3w off this tee), but made a good swing with a driver and hit the fairway. Had 190 to the hole and hit an 8 iron to 15 feet. Putt was straight up the hill, and I made it for eagle. -2
#2 – Longish par 3 straight back into the wind – I hit 5 iron, which wasn’t enough club and ended up in the front right bunker. Because of the rains, the bunkers all had water in the bottom, and the remaining sand was very compacted. My SW bounced into the ball and it went long of the green. A decent flop shot to 10 feet, and missed the putt. E
Hit balls today. It has been a couple weeks since I’ve hit anything but wedges so didn’t know what to expect.
Todays focus was on getting aligned correctly (I tend to get shut with my feet and open with my shoulders if I don’t monitor it), making sure I have sufficient spine tilt at address, and turning my right shoulder towards the ball on the downswing.
Ended up hitting the ball really well. First 10 or so shots with a SW were right at flag and the correct distance.
Switched to a PW towards a 140 flag and hit several shots just short of the hole.
Next hit some 6 irons at the 190 flag. Wind was slightly down breeze today and I was able to hit my 7 iron the same distance as the 6. That could be the wind, or it could be something else. I should get the loft and lies checked on these irons.
Next target was the 210 flag. I should have been able to hit a 4 or 5 iron to this target but struggled to get the proper distance. Ended up needing my 3 hybrid to reach the flag.
Moved on to some 3 woods and drivers – hit them well. Misses were primarily straight pulls. Did hit a couple that missed right, but I think they were an effect of trying to avoid the pull.
Pull seemed to be caused by hurrying from the top and trying to lay on the speed. Straightened it out by focusing on posture thru impact with right shoulder going towards ball in downswing.
Came back to 210 flag for the last few balls and hit two 4 irons in a row next to hole so perhaps distance issue earlier was due to a swing flaw.
So I picked up How to Break 90 in the hopes that I could find a few nuggets that I might be able to use to help Taylor improve. Instead, what I found was the most useless golf instruction/strategy book I could imagine.
The ball flight laws (how to hit a draw/fade) were incorrect. Aiming your clubface at the target and making your swing path go to the right will not result in a draw to the target – it’ll result in a ball that starts basically at the hole and hooks from there.
There wasn’t a single thing in this book that I didn’t already know that would be worth passing on to Taylor. Glad I bought it used.
Geek Press has the video.
Interesting justification for macing someone.
Course: Prairie Trails
Nice weather for this round, though the wind did start blowing 15-20 after the first few holes. The course was packed and play was very slow – 2:45 for the front 9. The nines had been flipped from the last time I played and it really works better with this routing, even though it emphasizes the blind tee shots.
#1 – Blind driver to a downhill Par 4. Hit my worst shot of the day off this tee, weak and right. Hit perfect 8-iron to green but it was long. Good flop shot to 8 feet. Made the putt for par. E
#2 – Blind tee shot for this dog leg left Par 5. Hit a perfect draw into middle of fairway. After 10+ minute wait, hit a cut 6 iron that didnt cut and ended up just left of the green. Hit decent flop shot (most greens are elevated here) to 8 feet. Misread break, made par. E