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Date Posted: 00:10:01 08/03/15 Mon
Author: Johnny1790
Subject: Re: Should have done this before!
In reply to: Johnny1790 's message, "Re: Should have done this before!" on 19:56:39 07/26/15 Sun

So…the Pennant final is over…we lost 5-2. A beautiful day in Perth for golf, and a good day had by all.
Unfortunately, you can’t win them all, and we did come up against a very strong team on the day.

I was one of two who fortunately managed to get a win (5&4). Played very solid golf tee to green. Managed 4 or 5 pars and generally it was just a solid round.

A few more observations over this week and last.

1/ If I really go after the driver, I tend to pull them left quite noticeably, which is telling me I am “spinning out” of the swing too early and am too quick with my hands (ie flipping them over).
When I smooth it out and aim for a target at maybe 12.30, 1 o’clock (ie slightly to the right side of the fairway) I get a very nice right sided shot that curves with a slight draw to the centre. After finding fairways a couple of times, I always seem to go for the big one. A couple did come off and rolled well over the 220/230m mark, but the other couple hit trees and I had to play out. Moral being if I play within my limits and smoothly it tends to go very well, but when I try to get all macho, I can and do custard-pie myself pretty quickly. On the up side I did not slice a ball all day…not one!

2/ Consistency of ball striking is up considerably, which means any bad shots (hitting heavy, the odd pull to the left) are pretty easy to critique. The same set up means it is always some kind of swing fault (too quick tempo, bad aim etc), and I have found the feedback easy to pick up on. It was a very steep up and down course, and I did pull a couple of the uphill one’s left, purely because I did not set up properly to account for the natural pull that you get. As the round progressed I struck the ball better and better. The last 6 holes were the best of the round, for two weeks running.

Not having a 3 wood at the moment (due to arrive tomorrow) has meant that I am always hitting a 3 iron for my second shot on long holes. I love this club, and have never had a 3 iron that I have enjoyed gaming, but this one is just so consistent. I did chunk the odd one, but they still ran out fairly long and gave me a PW or less in, so no biggie.

The GW that I could not hit at all last week is actually a peach (or it was yesterday). Really starting to work well after a couple of practice sessions at the range during the week (and some very good advice from David Lake at 1-iron golf). Struck the ball very nicely, but consciously tried not to over-hit it. A half swing and a nice rhythm has me hitting around the 60m (70yd-ish) mark pretty spot on. Anything around 40-60m was like target practice. I hit most pins within 10-15ft. I will admit I was thinking about dumping the GW/LW after last week’s round if my ball striking did not improve, but this no longer seems an issue.

Only had one bunker shot all day and got out to six feet. Missed the putt and bogeyed, but still halved the hole. The longer SW I am actually finding quite easy to use, as it does force me to swing through and not get too cute. I thought I would struggle a great deal with the length of the club, but seems to be just a psychological thing, and I have actually found it much easier to use than I expected.

Had around half a dozen “pure” shots during the round which felt just lovely. Buttery, straight and lovely to watch (felt a bit like a real golfer!)

I have been very conscious of how my ball flies/ends up in relation to the opposition, and I am not noticing anything distance related at all. I just seem to be in fairway more often and playing off the short stuff with a better lie. That is by far the biggest difference across the board. I only had to play a handful of shots from awkward lies, and all came out really nicely. Confidence levels are well up and I am not fearful of playing any club in the set.

Being pretty confident about any of the clubs…it’s just become “how far is it?…that’s an XYZ iron”…pull it out of the bag, hit it…walk on…

I always used to have a favourite 7 iron…I don’t any more…they are all good, and the more games I play with them, the better I like them.

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[> [> [> [> [> [> Re: Should have done this before! -- Johnny1790, 22:32:49 08/22/15 Sat

Very please to say that I shot my equal best round ever yesterday. Tee to green was very consistent.
Putting let me down big time...had six putts from under four feet and left them all within 6" but none of them dropped. Ball striking again is just a revelation...all of my playing partners agreed this is the best I have ever hit a ball, and I have been a club member for almost 5 years.
I finish a round and just can't wait to get out again. I shot a nett 72, nothing to really write home about for anyone normally, but was the second round of the club champs, so was under a bit of pressure.
Can't' speak highly enough about these clubs...Only could wish that more people would step out of the stereotype and give these clubs a try...they are truly awesome and as the saying goes...."a game changer"!

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