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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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