Posts Tagged ‘motivation’

collage_20140514192447713_20140514192553797_20140514192710052On Wednesday, most of the northern San Diego area was hit with multiple wildfires as temperatures soared to a dry and blistering 100 degrees with sustained winds up to 40mph.  My part of town was relatively safe, so I decided to get out of the house and go play a round to get my mind off the news.  I headed to the Vineyard and of course it was petty wide open as most people in the area were more concerned with the news than golf.  I didn’t keep my score as I just listened to my iPod and played 2-3 different balls on each hole just practicing different shots all day long.  We have our work tournament coming up here on Monday the 19th, so it was good to get in a lot of real course practice.  I hit the ball alright, not as great as I would like to right now or have been lately, but I’m still feeling good going into Monday in my ability to help my team score low.  I’m20140514_175824 going to have to drive the ball well and have solid iron play to give us makeable birdie chances.  Most of the work will fall on me if we want to shoot low, so I’m hoping to have some solid range sessions this next few days and hopefully be able to play at least one more time before Monday.

Going back to Monday this week, found some posted tee times on GolfNow from a private club in my local area.  I guess StoneRidge golf club only posts times on Monday afternoons on GolfNow, so it was a nice treat to be able to snag one of them.  I had played here a few times before many  years ago growing up as one of my friends dads was a member and took me along a few times.  If I’m being honest, the conditions were quite disappointing…the chipping areas around the greens and the greens themselves were in excellent conditions, but the fairways and rough were terrible.  The tee boxes were uneven and patchy, not something you typically see from a private club.  I’m sure this recent drought we are having is making it difficult for their maintenance, but I see public courses like Vineyard or Woods Valley which are in excellent condition and cheap and it makes you wonder.

StoneRidge is still a nice and challenging track however with a lot of elevation and dog-legged holes.  Since my course experience here was so long ago, it felt like I was playing the course for the first time and gauging distances on dog leg holes with no course experience is a difficult challenge.  It cost me on more than a few holes as I was left with absolutely terrible angles into greens.  Factor in the 20mph wind gusts and this made for a challenging driving day, in which I failed miserably…only hitting 3 out of the 13 FW’s on this Par 71 track.  I stuck it within 15 ft on every Par 3 however, hitting nice cut shots into each, but only walked away with 1 birdie.  I did avoid any big numbers however and finished the round at a solid 78 (+7).

20140515_11283320140515_115937StoneRidge Country Club Par 71 71.3/130 6,418 Yards

Score: 78 (+7) FW: 3/13 GIR: 9/18 Putts: 32 Up/Down: 1/7 Sand Save: 0/0 Penalties: 0

 

fotolia_2005754_XS3060513204404The Vineyard Escondido Par 70 71.0/126 6,531 Yards

Score: 75 (+5) FW: 7/14 GIR: 11/18 Putts: 32 Up/Down: 4/7 Sand Save: 0/0 Penalties: 2

 

 

20130808_204719Carmel Mountain Ranch Par 73 Tees: Black 73.2/133 6599 Yards

Score: 78 (+5) FW: 9/14 GIR: 11/18 Putts: 36 Up/Down: 2/6 Sand Save: 0/1 Penalties: 1

 

 

Total Stats for Week of 5/5/14-5/13/14: (Red = Below PGA Tour Avg, Green = Above PGA Tour Avg)

Rounds: 2 (Regulation: 2)

FW: 16/28 57% GIR: 22/36: 61% Up/Down%: 6/13 46% Sand Saves: 0/1 0% Total Putts/18: 34

Overall Stats, Weeks: 6

Total Rounds: 11 (Regulation: 9/Executive: 2)

FW: 64/139: 46% GIR: 112/198: 56.5% Up/Down%: 29/68 42.6% Sand Saves: 2/9 22% Total Putts/18: 32.45

Current PGA Tour Averages – FW: 61.11% GIR: 65.10% Up/Down: 57.61%

carmel-mountain-ranch-golf-00973 friends and I headed out to the very difficult Carmel Mountain Ranch golf course today and played a game of 2 vs 2 match play.  We had a blast, a fun and close match, my friend and I ended up winning the match 2&1 after a back and forth battle.  The team we played against actually works at a golf shop and do some teaching as well, so it feels good to compete against and beat some experienced players.

I hit the ball well and putted pretty good, I did have three 3-putts which is a disappointment, but every putt was either going in or burning the edges.  I missed an eagle on the 2nd hole by an inch, was dead center, but somehow it decided to stop going downhill!  No matter, I ended up getting an eagle after all on the Par 5 8th hole!  We were playing best ball style so it was hit your own ball for score and lowest score on each team counts for the match.

I’m very pleased with how I played…a solid (+5) 78 on the tough Par 73 track (#2 can be played as either a par 4 or par 5, we chose par 5 because we played from the tips).  It’s a funny thing to try and explain that I putted really well today, even though I had multiple 3 putts and 2 missed from inside 6ft, but I did.  Every single putt was tracking at the hole and the ones that missed either lipped out or burned the edges, every putt was struck solid.  If I can get my putts down from a 32 average to say 27-29 area, the way I’m hitting it right now, I’ll get that under par round.  That day is coming soon, I can feel it, and things seem to be progressing nicely in all aspects of my game.

20130808_20471920140508_113046Carmel Mountain Ranch Par 73 Tees: Black 73.2/133 6599 Yards

Score: 78 (+5) FW: 9/14 GIR: 11/18 Putts: 36 Up/Down: 2/6 Sand Save: 0/1 Penalties: 1

20140505_182004My buddy wasn’t able to make it out today, so I decided to just head out to The Vineyard by myself and play a round.  My tee time was at 3, but when I got there at 2 they told me I could just go right away since nobody was there, so I promptly drew my 1st tee shot on the tight #1 driving hole into the hazard on the right.  This 1st tee shot at the vineyard is becoming a massive problem for me, I honestly have hit it into the hazard probably 8 of the last 10 rounds I’ve played there, there is just no room for error…I think I should just hit an iron off the tee from now on…might be a good idea!  Was able to save bogey with a solid 3rd shot and 2 putt.  On the difficult 2nd, I hit my tee shot in the fairway and had 123 in to the thin green.  I hit a solid gap wedge, right at the flag stick, but the wind picked up and knocked it down so much it actually came up short in the water!  I was shocked as I had struck it really well, I obviously misjudged the strength of the wind and it cost me on this hole, double bogey 6.

After penalties on both the first 2 holes, I hit a good shot and made a 2 putt par on the 3rd.  My driving on the first 8 holes was a little suspect, I was only hitting 3 and 5 woods and I didn’t hit them bad, but I was just slightly off and as a result, I was left in very tricky spots where I had terrible angles into the greens, having to cut it around trees (not my most comfortable shot).  I was able to birdie #7 and #9 to finish off the front 9 at +4, after a 5 over after 5 start, not bad.

Hit the ball great on the back 9, hit 5 of 7 FW’s and 6 of 9 GIR; 0 birdies, 1 bogey and 8 pars for a +1 36 on the back finishing at a very solid (+5) 75 for the day.  Missed two birdies that were right in the center, but stopped 2 inches short!

I putted very well today and the adjustment I made with my shoulder alignment after last week’s terrible putting seemed to really make a difference.  All my putts were starting on the correct line and tracking like they should be.  I also moved my elbows in closer to me and to the center of my chest and it helped to keep my arms in a more rhythmic stroke and my right hand doesn’t break down as much as it was before.  This is helping me make a much better stroke and my contact was extremely better this round and as a result my lag putting was great.

So overall, I’m very pleased with this round, not so much with the first 5 holes, but I got it together and shot Even over my last 13 holes.  I feel good about what I’m doing in every area of my game right now, my driving is so much better, it cost me earlier in the round, but I still hit 50% of fairways, my iron game remains solid and my 100 yard and in wedge and putting game is improving.  I do need to start hitting it closer on my chips, I’m still not converting a lot of what I would consider “easy” up and down attempts, so that is something I’ll continue to work on.  I’ll be playing tomorrow with a few friends, so I’ll update after.

06051320440420140506_122207The Vineyard Escondido Par 70 71.0/126 6,531 Yards

Score: 75 (+5) FW: 7/14 GIR: 11/18 Putts: 32 Up/Down: 4/7 Sand Save: 0/0 Penalties: 2

 

 

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Woods Valley Golf Club Par 72 6,670 Yards 72.2/131

Score: (+7) FW: 9/14 GIR: 7/18 Putts: 32 Up/Down: 5/9 Sand Saves: 0/0 Penalties: 3

 

 

Total Stats for Week of 4/28/14-5/4/14: (Red = Below PGA Tour Avg, Green = Above PGA Tour Avg)

Rounds: 1 (Regulation: 1)

FW: 9/14 64% GIR: 7/18: 39% Up/Down%: 5/9 56% Sand Saves: 0/0 0% Total Putts/18: 32

Overall Stats, Weeks: 5

Total Rounds: 9 (Regulation: 7/Executive: 2)

FW: 48/111: 43% GIR: 90/162: 56% Up/Down%: 23/55 42% Sand Saves: 2/8 25% Total Putts/18: 32.111

Current PGA Tour Averages – FW: 61.11% GIR: 65.10% Up/Down: 57.61%

Unfortunately didn’t get out and play as much as I would have liked this week, but I did play well.  I hit the ball great off the tee this week, 9 of 14 FW’s and a few were barely in the rough, that is the first time I have gotten a stat for the week ABOVE a PGA Tour Average so that feels nice.  I know that driving the ball well is essential to getting down to scratch, driving it well gives you so many more opportunities to score and take advantage of holes rather than playing defensive after a poor tee shot.  I hope I can keep up the driving, been hitting it well on the range this week too,so I’m confident I can carry it into next weeks rounds.

My putting really hurt me this week and I think I’m going to test out a few different set ups and grips this next week and see if anything helps.  From looking in the mirror, I’ve noticed that I set up pretty open with my shoulders, so I’ve been experimenting with ways to square them up and get that feeling down, that might help me with a more consistent and correct stroke, so we’ll see this coming week if that helps at all with the shorter putts.

20140502_121824Woods Valley Golf Club Par 72 6,670 Yards 72.2/131

On Wednesday a couple of friends and I headed up to Woods Valley Golf Club up in Valley Center, CA to try out a new place.  None of us had ever played there before and we were pleasantly surprised to say the least!  This has become one of my new favorite places to play due to the amazing conditions and pricing.  It was only $27 to play at 12:30, the course was in excellent condition, nobody was on the course and the staff even let all 3 of us get our own cart!  So we were loving it, just cruising all day and I’d highly recommend this course if you’re in or around the San Diego area and want to play a challenging, well conditioned course for cheap…and don’t we all!

Ok now back to the round, basically here in San Diego we have been experiencing really high wind speeds this week, it was 20mph steady for most of the day as well as gusts into the 30’s so this made for a challenging day.  I actually hit the ball awesome even with the wind, was gauging my distances well and ended up starting 1 under after 3 and I missed an 8 ft straight makeable birdie on the par 3 3rd.  I drove the ball well all day, I did have 3 into hazards, 2 on par 5’s off the tee, but this course has very tight fairways and all of those penalty drives just barely skipped in, so I don’t fault my driving.  I know I hit it well off the tee especially since I hit 9/14 FW’s overall, most I’ve had in a long time.  My putting is what cost me in this round, three 3-putts and about 4 putts missed from 6ft or less, it was disheartening.  Like I said, I had started off 1 under after 3, and then on 5 I 3 putted from about 15 feet, 3 putted the 6th too from about 20ft after hitting a great shot from a fairway bunker onto the green.  Then hit the tee shot on 7 to the right, I don’t know how I couldn’t find the ball, I would have thought it would have leaked onto some fairway on the back 9 that runs adjacent, so I was stunned I couldn’t find it.  It must have gotten unlucky and got caught up in the thin strip of bush the lined the hole between the two fairways.  So I had to drop and I hit a gap wedge to about 4 ft and had a great shot to still save par, but I missed the putt!!  Ended up paring the 8th, but 3 putting the par 5 9th for bogey after basically driving it in 2, just to the left of the green.  Zero confidence in my putting stroke and I don’t know what to do, it is killing me from getting to scratch as I’m hitting the ball so well right now, I just can’t convert anything and it is seriously costing my 5-8 strokes per round.

So even with all those short game errors and 3 penalties, I still shot a 79 (+7) at a very challenging course from the very back black tees in 20-30 mph winds.  Not sure I’ll be able to play again either Saturday or Sunday, so I’ll hit up the practice putting green over the next few days and try to get some confidence back in the short stick going into next week’s rounds.

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fotolia_2005754_XS3060513204404The Vineyard Escondido Par 70 71.0/126 6,531 Yards

Score: 82 (+12) FW: 7/14 GIR: 7/18 Putts: 31 Up/Down: 1/5 Sand Save: 0/1 Penalties: 4

 

 

20140420_145346Oaks North Executive Par 60 East/South 56.4/89 3,527 Yards

Score: 59 (-1) FW: 3/6 GIR: 11/18 Putts: 29 Up/Down: 3/7 Sand Saves: 0/0 Penalties: 0

 

 

061513152655Carmel Highlands Golf Resort Par 72 71.4/129 6,428 Yards

Score: (+3) FW: 7/15 GIR: 12/18 Putts: 33 Up/Down: 1/7 Sand Saves: 0/0 Penalties: 0

 

 

Total Stats for Week of 4/21/14-4/27/14: (Red = Below PGA Tour Avg, Green = Above PGA Tour Avg)

Rounds: 3 (Regulation: 2 / Executive: 1)

FW: 17/35 49% GIR: 30/54: 56% Up/Down%: 5/19 26% Sand Saves: 0/1 0% Total Putts/18: 31

Overall Stats, Weeks: 4

Total Rounds: 8 (Regulation: 6/Executive: 2)

FW: 39/97: 40% GIR: 83/144: 58% Up/Down%: 18/46 39% Sand Saves: 2/8 25% Total Putts/18: 32.125

Current PGA Tour Averages – FW: 61.11% GIR: 65.10% Up/Down: 57.61%

What a difference a day makes huh?!?  Following my disappointing( +12) round, the next day I went over to my local executive course Oaks North and shot a (-1) 59!  Followed that up yesterday with a solid (+3) 75 at Carmel Highlands.   I’m proud of myself over these past few days and how I kept a positive attitude and belief in myself even after my previous rounds were so disappointing.  It would have been so easy for the old me to slump into a negative fog, get discouraged and question myself and my abilities.  Like I had said in the last post, I knew that I had hit the ball fairly well on Wednesday, despite the (+12) score and that I knew I was getting better and moving in the right direction.  I could see it on the range, I can feel myself improving in all aspects of my game and that is an exciting feeling, so it is nice to finally see the hard work pay off in terms of score.

So Tuesday I headed out to Oaks North by myself to get in a quick executive round and work on my mid iron/short game.  My iron, wedge and putting game were on fire, hitting it close with all variety of shots; cuts, draws, low, high, shot a career low of (-4) on the front 9!  Hit the prettiest 5-wood shot of my life on the 242yard Par 4 6th to about 10 ft.  Missed the eagle putt of course, but still made a solid birdie.  I hit the ball well on the back 9 too, but wasn’t able to take advantage of some birdie opportunities and shot +3.  Just wasn’t able to get up and down on the back, 3 bogeys, 2 of which should have been fairly routine saves, but didn’t chip it as close as I should have.  So overall, I finished the day (-1) and recorded my 2nd ever under par round of golf!!  Albeit they both have come on the Par 60 Oaks North Executive course, so I’m still chasing the regulation under par score, but negative anywhere is still an accomplishment.

20140426_112634Oaks North Executive Par 60 East/South 56.4/89 3,527 Yards

Score: 59 (-1) FW: 3/6 GIR: 11/18 Putts: 29 Up/Down: 3/7 Sand Saves: 0/0 Penalties: 0

Wednesday a few friends and I headed over to the Par 72 Carmel Highlands golf course and played a round.  Started off a bit rocky, bogeying the first 2, but ended up shooting (+1) the remaining 16 holes for a (+3) round of 75.  The first two holes, I hit tee shots where I left myself really no shot to reach the green, pulled both drives to the right and at Carmel Highland every hole is tree lined so if you are not accurate off the tee you’ll find yourself a lot of the time with no chance to get a GIR.  Made good recovery 2nd shots and solid chips, but wasn’t able to convert either par putt.  Hit a 5 iron to the 217 yard par 3 4th hole to about 10 ft, but couldn’t convert the birdie…missed another 10 ft birdie putt on the par 5 5th, but converted one on the 6th for my first birdie of the day.  Ended up making 3 birdies total on the day, missed a few makeable ones and also 3 putted the par 5 15th to make a par after hitting the green in 2. It was about a 70 ft eagle putt downhill so it wasn’t some routine 2 putt.

I drove the ball great all day and after hitting 4 balls out of bounds off the tee on Wednesday it felt nice to be in the short stuff for most of the day.  The one negative I would say about the past few days is my inability to really get up and down from what I would consider pretty routine spots.  I was 1/7 on up and down attempts on Wed even though I was leaving my misses in pretty good spots.  I’m surprised I couldn’t convert the save more often than not as that has been a strong part of my game over the past month.  This could have been that under par round if I could have been just 5 for 7 on up and downs, but  I’ll keep working on it, I was making good contact it was just either spinning or releasing more than I had anticipated so I need to grind that practice chipping green to really get a sense of distance control.

20140426_105728Carmel Highlands Golf Resort Par 72 71.4/129 6,428 Yards

Score: (+3) FW: 7/15 GIR: 12/18 Putts: 33 Up/Down: 1/7 Sand Saves: 0/0 Penalties: 0

 

 

I feel great about my game right now, I was saying that even when I shot (+9) and (+12) last week, so hopefully I can keep this level of game up in coming weeks.  I have my annual work tournament coming up here on May 19th, we shot (-10) both last year and the year before, so we want to improve and possibly win.  A lot of it is going to fall on my shoulder to hit it close and that motivates me to bring my A game on that day and to get on the grind with practice over the next coming weeks.

fotolia_2005754_XS3Was not able to play again since my last post, but I have been practicing each day.  Went putting and chipping before work for a couple hours each day and to the range at night, mostly working on driver to try and figure that out.  I am pleased with my progress and last night I hit the driver very well…my buddy and I found I was setting up with the club face slightly open at address.  I squared it up and it made a big difference, hopefully I can translate that to the course this next week, but I’m feeling better about that club now so we’ll see.

As for my putting, I’ve been practicing using a new grip, a slight split grip and really feeling like I’m lagging the putter head through impact.  I have putted great with that over these past few days and the ball is rolling off the face more like it should and as a result my distance control is much improved.  I was playing a 9 holes game with myself on the putting green where I hit 9 putts all from over 30ft and the goal was to not 3 putt.  I completed the 9 holes with no 3 putts and I actually drained one of the putts from long distance.

So those are the two areas I’ll be looking to improve this coming week; Driver and Putting (mainly lag putting).  Should be playing Monday and Wednesday next week so I’ll update after…below is the stat recap for this week 3, I guess I’ll just add in the executive course numbers into the running tally, so if the FW totals look off in comparisons to the total number of greens, that is why.

Hope everyone has a great Easter Sunday!

060513204404The Vineyard Escondido Par 70 Blue 71.0/126 6,531 Yards

Score: 79 (+9) FW: 2/14 GIR: 9/18 Putts: 34 Up/Down: 3/5 Sand Save: 0/2 Penalties: 2

 

 

20140420_145346Oaks North Executive Par 60 South/North 56.8/89 3,608 Yards

Score: 64 (+4) FW: 4/6 GIR: 13/18 Putts: 34 Up/Down: 3/6 Sand Saves: 0/0 Penalties: 0

 

 

 

Total Stats for Week of 4/14/14-4/20/14: (Red = Below PGA Tour Avg, Green = Above PGA Tour Avg)

Rounds: 2 (Regulation: 1/Executive: 1)

FW: 6/20: 30% GIR: 22/36: 61% Up/Down%: 6/11 55% Sand Saves: 0/2 0% Total Putts/18: 34

Overall Stats, Weeks: 3

Total Rounds: 5 (Regulation: 4/Executive: 1)

FW: 22/62: 35% GIR: 53/90: 58% Up/Down%: 13/27 48% Sand Saves: 2/7 29% Total Putts/18: 32.8

Current PGA Tour Averages – FW: 60.82% GIR: 65.36% Up/Down: 57.34%

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A frustrating week so far, have really been playing great lately and hitting the ball well at the range too, but this week’s scores have been disappointing.  On Monday, I shot a 79 (+9) over at the par 70 Vineyard….started off +7 over the first 8 holes!  My iron game was solid, it was just my driving and putting that cost me.  Hit the first tee shot into the hazard on the right and started with a double bogey 6.  Hit two great shots on the difficult #2 and then 3 putted from about 10 ft total for another bogey.  On the drivable par 4 7th, I hooked my tee shot out of bounds and suffered a bogey on what is usually an easy par and prime birdie opportunity hole when you can hit a solid drive over the corner.  3 putted again on the 8th hole before birding the par 5 9th hole to finish the front 9, 6-over par.  3 over par 38 on the back 9, with 6 pars and 3 bogeys and one more 3 putt for bogey on #15 a par 5.

I had an amazing range session on Saturday night, hit every club well and drove the ball great.  I had so much confidence on that first tee Monday, but my driver disowned me.  All of a sudden I could not feel comfortable with it and it was spraying everywhere.  Hooked it on #1 and # 5, sliced it on #4 and #8….golf is such a cruel and frustrating game!!  I basically abandoned the driver on #9, only using it once the last 11 holes, but I did hit a good one with it when I hit it.  A tough day for me to swallow hitting only 2 FW’s all day…I have played so consistently well these past couple weeks, never shooting above +6 total in a month, but was +7 after only the first 8 holes on Monday!

My iron game was solid however, but back to the drawing board on my driver.  I need to get that on point consistently if I ever hope to reach scratch level.

Oak-North-Golf-Club-San-DiegoYesterday, Wednesday the 16th we played a quick round over at our local executive course Oaks North.  I really enjoy that course, it certainly tests your mid iron game.  Oaks is not one of those push over tiny exec courses, no par 3 is shorter than 134 at Oaks North.  My iron game continues to be solid, I started by sticking it to about 3 ft on #1 for a tap in birdie, but 3 putted the next two to go bogey, bogey.  Hit my tee shot under a tree on the par 4 5th and had no chance to reach the green, bogey 5.  Over drew the next tee shot into the water on the par 3 6th and made a bad double bogey 5.  So 4 over after the first 6 holes with a birdie on #1….was certainly frustrated again with my game and I could feel it affecting me negatively.  I forced myself to stay positive, forget about score and just try to execute each shot individually to the best of my ability.

I ended up shooting par over the remaining 12 holes, with 10 pars, 1 bogey and 1 birdie.  I Started to stand up a bit more at address with my putter and that seemed to help me with contact as I have been 3 putting a lot lately because of poor lag putting.  Lagged it pretty well, zero 3 putts and made some testy 2-3 footers for par on a few holes.

Overall a frustrating week so far, but that is golf!  I did hit a lot of good shots, so I’ll look to take the positives out of a bad scoring week and continue to work hard to improve my game.  Hopefully I can play one more time this week and I’ll update the stats later on this week.  Hope everyone has a Happy Easter on Sunday and shoot low if you play!