It's birthday week!
Monday August 24, 2020 7:29pm
I'll be turning 61 on Wednesday, August 26 and as part of the celebration I try to get as many rounds in as possible around that time. This year is filling up nicely. I played Simi Hills Saturday with 2 4somes of friends, as we were doing a send off of one of the guys who is moving his business and family to Texas next week. He will be missed, but we wish him all the best!
I shot my best round of the year, a nice 81! No double bogies, which is always one of priorities and I kept the ball in play all day.
Today I played with the Simi Hills Sr. Men's Club. i shot 88 which was a bit disappointing, but I was frustrated all day as 2 of the guys in my 4some were cheating all day and seemed not to care one bit! I saw them roll a ball that was out of bounds back into play, the were giving each other gimme's from 4 feet and sometimes longer, and a myriad of other things. I tried not to let it bother me, but failed miserably. This was my 1st event with this group and I'm just not sure if I want to continue right now, although, I have to believe they are in the minority and most are playing by the rules.
Tomorrow a couple of friends are talking me to Knollwood CC for a round. I haven't played there in over 10 years and am looking forward to how it goes. finally, Wednesday I'm being treated to another round by friends as a celebration gift. Good times will be had and we are all quite competitive so i know the intensity will be up too. It's sure to be a great day.
Life is good, the golf game is coming around, and I'm surrounded by family and many great friends, it really can't get any better. I hope you all are getting out there when the temps aren't so difficult too deal with. Play well my friends!!
Wednesday August 12, 2020 9:21am
As I stated in my last entry, things are getting better. I've been working hard on my swing and slowly it's falling into place. I did take a couple of lessons which have helped with my alignment and making sure my set up is correct. Additionally, a little bit of club lean towards the target and keeping my hands from pulling inside and the results are so encouraging.
I played simi Hills last Saturday and the front 9 wassail over the place, but I managed to pull it all back together on the back and shot 41 with a triple bogey on 16, when I couldn't get out of a hard packed sand trap greenside. I spent a couple hours at the range reenforcing the lessons I've taken and was looking forward to another round yesterday ay Simi Hills. That worked out wonderfully as I shot 40/42 for my best score of the season a nifty 82.
My 2 biggest priorities right now are being more consistent off the tee which is coming along nicely although I have lost a bit of distance, and finding ways to increase my GIR %. Yesterday was my best day in terms of GIR, so once again, I'm encouraged.
this weekend I'm going to Mt. Woodson with the GK group and am looking forward to the trip. We are going down Saturday night and will relax a bit before playing Sunday morning. I have no big aspirations as to the event besides playing well, but am really looking forward to getting together with these guys and seeing some different courses. Additionally, I've gotten a few friends interested in the site and am hopeful that soon, we'll be filling up a some or two at many of the GK Plays events.
Good things are ahead!!
I think it's coming back?
Tuesday July 28, 2020 10:24am
i played 2 rounds over the weekend, one at Simi Hills (91) & the other at Los Robles Greens (87). Although I'm still giving away many shots, missing easy approaches and as always chipping is killing me, I was ok with it all. After some tweaks to my swing with the Driver, finally some distance is coming back. I hit the ball well off the tee at Simi, but struggled a bit at Los Robles. I'm not sure why the struggle but I suspect my swing thoughts were way to mechanical instead of just trusting the work I had ben doing at the range and as a result, I was almost always tweaking during the round which is never a good thing.
My other real concern right now is that as a result of the swing changes with the driver, I seem to have lost my consistency & accuracy with my irons. Again, I'm sure it's because of overthinking things and i will work at that going forward and hopefully soon everything will begin coming together. Then my concern will be the chipping.
All in all, I had a great time at both curses, played with some great friends, and was simply fortunate to be out there.
I wish you all the best and hope to hear from some of you soon!
Getting Back To It!
Monday July 20, 2020 8:31am
It's been 3 years since I've swung a club due to injuries, working too much, and a couple of other more serious issues. Well, I'm back, a bit older, a bit heavier, & a bit less strong, but excited none the less.
I've spent a full month on the range before signing up for my 1st tee time in what seemed like forever. I tried to get to the range 3 times a week, sometimes simply to putt & chip, but usually also to hit a medium bucket. It's been like riding a bike. A touch too wobbly at first, but with a few more tries things began falling into place. Getting the swing grooved again was a challenge. Dealing with some lost distance is a little challenging (mostly mentally), but wow, how I've missed the game! There is still a lot of tweaking before I can be somewhat comfortable on course again. finally, Covid has had it's impact and everything seems so different, but I'm confident things will fall back into place soon.
I can't wait to get back out there with the GK'ers. I always had great times when playing with this group and anticipate many more going forward. It looks like my first outing will be Mt. Woodson, a course I've never played, but I love a challenge so I'm really excited about getting out there.
I hope this post finds you all well! Enjoy your days and I look forward to meeting some of you soon!