- Dec 9, 2011
- Reaction score
- Pittsburgh, PA
Adams Fast 12 3W Testing
Lindenwood Golf Club
Alright, so I actually WALKED nine holes the past two evenings and it was really nice. I don't typically walk at all but I enjoyed it and will definitely do it more often in the future. I played yesterday evening and managed to get nine holes in at a whopping 1:21. Really quick. The blue nine at Lindenwood isn't particularly long but it's an EXCELLENT layout and requires some precision shots. I ended up shooting a 41 yesterday and I was really happy with that - I battled the darkness and won. It was 8:23 PM when I finished. Fortunately, it was a really clear, beautiful evening. I didn't post a double bogey - I went 5 (bogey), 4 (par), 3 (par), 5 (bogey), 6 (bogey), 4 (par), 5 (bogey), 3 (par), and 6 (bogey). The Fast 12 received a decent workout and I had some luck with it.
This short par 4 is just a no-brainer 3W off of the tee. It's a tight, uphill 270 yard tee shot that doglegs to the right. It's a fun little hole and blasting a 3W into the fairway will leave you in excellent shape. And I did exactly that. I hit a nice mid-draw 3W to the center of the fairway and left myself with 45 yards. I can honestly say that the ball pretty much went exactly where I wanted it to go - I ended up pulling my second shot just a bit and two-putted for a par.
This might be the prettiest hole on the blue nine - it's a 560 yard par 5 that can be an birdie hole if it's played well. I made a mess of it but it had nothing to do with the Fast 12, haha. The hole doglegs big time to the right but you can cut the corner with your drive and leave yourself with just over 200 yards to the green. I tried to cut the corner but pulled it - my drive still ended up in the fairway but I was 300+ yards away. So, Fast 12 time. I definitely did not hit it flush this time and it hooked a bit on me - fortunately, it still caught the fairway and ran out a good bit. It just was a bad swing by me and I felt it right away. I was pleased with the end result of my miss though. I was left with right around 120 yards to the green - still in good shape - but I made a mess of it from there, haha. Pulled my third shot to the left of the green and was left with an awful angle on my fourth. Didn't have much green to work with. Ended up carding a bogey.
Another hole that rewards accuracy more than distance - I went with the Fast 12 off of the tee on this 305 yard par 4. I just really feel comfortable using the Fast 12 off of the tee and it usually rewards me - I striped one down the left side of the fairway and was left with just around 75 yards. It was a nice mid ball flight that drew back just a bit. Just the type of shot shape I see with this club when I'm hitting it well. And this was another good one. I'm hit or miss with the Fast 12 off of the deck but I honestly feel like it's MONEY off of the tee. I ended up hitting the green with my second shot and then two putted for another par.
Alright, so those were my results yesterday evening with the Fast 12 - big time success off of the tee, mediocre results from the deck. That's been a bit consistent with what I've typically seen because I'm still just struggling to hit my woods and long irons at the moment. It's a complete hit or miss thing for me right now.
Lindenwood Golf Club
So, I was right back at it this evening and walked another nine holes - the conditions were a bit more harsh. It was extremely windy, cloudy, chilly, and spitting rain at times. But it was still not too bad. Weather would clear up and then the harsh stuff would emerge again - the rain was never more than a drizzle though so I was willing to go at it. I felt really encouraged from my round yesterday and wanted to get back at it again. The gold nine at Lindenwood is more difficult than the blue - a couple holes here can be really difficult (especially in this weather). I ended up posting a 4 (par), 7 (double bogey), 4 (par), 4 (bogey), 4 (par), 5 (bogey), 5 (bogey), 5 (par), 3 (par) for a 41. Just another really encouraging nine holes for me this evening in some ugly conditions. I just feel like I had it all going.
Alright, so this was a 495 yard par 5 from an elevated tee box. My tee shot was STRAIGHT into the wind. I hit it well but it just died on me and I was left with a ton to the hole. I just barely made it beyond the fairway. I pulled out the Fast 12 and was left with a ton. I gave it a good poke but, likewise, it died in the wind as well. Just died. It did go a little higher than I would've liked in this situation (and actually a little higher than I typically hit it) but it was off of a bit of an uphill position. And I was still left with a solid 160 to the green. I hit what I thought would be a good third shot but I caught a greenside bunker. And I flubbed my bunker shot. Ended up scrambling just to save a double bogey, my only real blemish this round.
This is a 350 yard par 4 from a slightly elevated tee box - tons of room to the right, danger to the left. I went with the Fast 12 on this hole from the tee as it's another that definitely rewards accuracy. Like I said, I just feel comfortable that I'll place my tee shot where I hope when I use the Fast 12. The wind was behind me and I caught it really well - again, it was a nice mid draw that left my with 110 to the green. I cranked it but that was definitely a wind assisted shot. It ended up just in the left rough. I ended up plunking my second shot in a greenside bunker and scrambled for a bogey. Another good tee shot with the 3W though.
445 yard par 5, very uphill! It's a tough tee shot but if you place it well then you should be in good shape. I hit an absolute BLAST of a drive - I was left with just under 200 yards to the green and was sitting in the center of the fairway. That drive was definitely the best hit of the day for me (it was with my driver - not the Fast 12). The second shot was, as I said, just under 200 yards - it was uphill and into a slight wind. I felt like I could make it on in two so I decided to go for it. Pulled out the 3W. I hit a little low screamer that ran just short of the green. It wasn't the greatest shot in the world but it ran to a good position. Definitely not exactly what I was looking for though. Still, I chipped up, missed my birdie putt, and carded a par. Wasn't my greatest strike with the Fast 12 but it still left me in a good enough spot.
Alright, so that basically sums up my last two evenings. It was really nice to get out and play some golf again. I'm striking the ball really well and it's showing - I'm not usually this good, haha. I've just been driving the ball with some consistent success and that's typically my biggest weakness.
I'm still not connecting consistently with my woods from the deck and that's something that I need to work on. I didn't hurt myself off of the deck with the Fast 12 but I can't say I hit any shots that wowed me either. However, it continues to be a money club off of the tee for me.