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Old 08-10-2018, 07:55 PM
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Also the courses Im playing are pretty wooded and technical mostly. Very few holes over 400, but lots under 300 on crazy lines through MN brush. Wouldnt say they are difficult, but they arent the avg pitch n putt city parks. Lakewood Hills, Kaposia and Acorn Park are my home courses if anyone knows them for reference.


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A few years ago I shot 83 (+2) on the 27 hole long layout at Kaposia for the first round at MN Ams. All Par 3s. That was good for solo second in Advanced and rated 978. (Don't ask about round 2.) Point being, maybe let's not use Kaposia as our benchmark.

I wish i had some advice to offer. Sidewinder's book recommendation is a good one.
Maybe get to where your head isn't the thing getting in your way. Dial back, play for par, and change your mental approach to putting.

Also, realize that after a health thing like that, you need to rebuild all of that muscle memory again. It takes time. Forgive yourself your mistakes and try to learn from each one.
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Old 08-10-2018, 08:53 PM
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That's good distance, and woods golf makes it way harder to be consistent. Easy to get an unfortunate kick and getting a 4 is then hard. It sounds like you're putting in a lot of work and practice, so don't overdo the expectations on yourself. It's likely mostly a head thing, and everyone gets bad kicks. I have heard several times in pro round commentary that after a player gets a fortunate break, like a tree kick that still puts them in the circle, they have to use that as an opportunity and cash in the birdie rather than thinking they didn't deserve the good break and not focusing on the putt as much. Breaks go both ways, the mental side of it is tricky and you have to realize nearly everyone else is going to have a good and bad kick in the round if you're playing somewhere very wooded. It's how you deal with it that affects a few more strokes.
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Old 08-10-2018, 09:46 PM
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Also, realize that after a health thing like that, you need to rebuild all of that muscle memory again. It takes time. Forgive yourself your mistakes and try to learn from each one.
This has been pretty hard for me. I try not to make excuses for myself, but I suppose at a certain point an excuse can be legitimate. My form and everything is now completely different then it was 5 years ago, so makes sense it would take time to get it settled down and the kinks worked out.

Ive also heard so many times you get worse before you get better but Im not really sure how much worse is something I should be concerned about.




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I totally get what your saying with the trees. I feel like if I make it a couple holes clean I stay pretty clean the whole round. Or at least when I get a bad kick its easier to handle. But when I start knocking wood early, I start focusing on that and it compounds. Trying to work out a way to clear my head. Easier said than done for me hahaha


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....But when I start knocking wood early, I start focusing on that and it compounds. Trying to work out a way to clear my head. Easier said than done for me hahaha
I'd play Rec... see where you fit in. You are only playing against yourself anyway... don't worry about those other guys doing the same thing.

The mental side of the game can be tough to keep reigned in when stuff goes wrong... sometimes less pressure in a lower division helps. I just got through a tournament, I played masters not open since I'm not as good as I have been and it helped. I had a rough start, the guy I was playing with was cool, LHBH like me, was a local and kicking my ass.. But I kept lumping it out chanting the usual things:
"Theres nothing wrong with par"
"One shot at a time"
"Throw for the gap not the basket"
"Oh well lots of holes left"
"It's not a bad shot just a chance for a sweet second shot"

I also like it when someone else keeps the scorecard then I don't think about if I'm ahead or behind and recognize when a safe par is the right choice. I played a reasonable round thought I could have been better... won masters and tied the open score for tourney best. Probably wouldn't have happened if I was playing open...

I was also missing putts at the start, I pack two identical weight putters and if stuff is missing I switch, I know it is purely psychological but it helps me.

Playing in the woods? You gotta have a Comet... if stuff isn't clicking on my short game I will use it in place of a putter for slower settling or a driver and take less distance over accuracy. It's a great training disc... for more info consult any thread here haha. A decent selection of 3 midranges will help depending on putter overlap.

Also a go to 150g driver of some sort is money for restricted footing/ movement or when you aren't throwing as hard as usual. Also a reliable fairway driver or three.. and a wind driver (fairway or distance) and a utility distance driver that's fairly straight. A well balanced bag is crucial, but making it too heavy will wear you down.

Tourneys are won by guys who are better supplied.. Towels, sammiches, water, I pack a chalk / birdie bag, mini bottle of sunscreen, a bucket hat I can fold and stow... and always slug a litre of water pretourney.

Keep competing, play with people who are better than you for tips and motivation, play with some noobs or kids for nine holes with only a putter and they will think you are awesome. Especially play doubles... if there's a regular dubs league get in on it. Talk your partner up, talk yourself up, hell talk the competition up... when that negative energy gets going it snowballs and sucks everyone in.

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