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Shot 89 to break 90 for the first time (I think ever?). Stumbled a bit coming in: 8 on a par 5 (horrible tee shot, shanked wood shot, punch shot into a fairway bunker), and 6 on the last par 4. Still, to do this in 55 degree weather & 15-20 mph winds - I'm still feeling good about this one!
 

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I realize this is only a partial round but Im posting it here because had I played 18 and kept this going to would have broken 90 for only the second time this year. This was from the back tees too. My club is having a scramble today called “The Toughman” and I was getting a practice round in for it. You and partner must hit from back tees and the holes are places in the slopes on the greens. Its scramble but you have to write down your combined score for the par 5’s. This will be my first time playing in it so it should be interesting to say the least. The Mavrik Max performed well for me today and the putter was not terrible either.

That’s superb! One of the best things about this thread is the positives (and the negatives) and the great thing is that everyone is finding positives in their poorer scores and elated with their better scores, which for me is the secret to success at any sport. Got to let the poor aspects slide whilst still learning from them. They’re always going to happen, just need to mitigate for them and try to make sure the poor shots are fewer and farther between and it’ll happen eventually. We are all great at being extremely harsh on ourselves.
 

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After a couple horrible rounds, I’m back under 90.
Back nine my draw got a bit loose and became a hook, causing a couple penalties that hurt bad.
Lots of 2 putts today, wish a few could’ve dropped for birdies.

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Going to try and play this week - weather will be warm but possible rain
 

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Good weather in central california this week. Low 60's with afternoon sun. Might even wear shorts out there. Had a pinched nerve in my neck the past week. Couldn't hardly turn my head in either direction. Feels like its just about gone away now. Have a round planned for tomorrow.

Might head out to the range today since I haven't been there in a couple weeks. I usually go once a week. We'll see if I still have the good mid iron game. I've been happy with it lately.

The driver has never been the issue with me. Its been one of the more consistent clubs for the past couple years. Its the long and short games that give me the most trouble. Any club from 6 and longer is an adventure. The short game has improved but its still a work in progress.
 

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I technical broke 90 with an 89 a couple months ago but it was a par 71 so I’m counting yesterday as my official entry into the club. Shot an 87 on the par 72 singing hills course in San Diego.

Every part of my game was at least good yesterday and my putter was on fire. I must have drained 5-8 1 putts all from 8+ feet. The course fit my game as I’m a long but wild driver and this course was tree lined fairways but otherwise open so didn’t need any drops. Awesome day, I love this game!
 

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Went out to the range this morning. Hit off the mats. People say hitting off the mats can affect your game on the course. I don't know about that. My local range has both mats and grass. The mats have monitors to tell you distance, launch angle, ball spin, etc. I had 6 straight sessions on the mats for a month. The last two rounds on the course have been my best. My mid irons are better than ever now. I feel like the mats are making me work harder for good contact hits. You know if the contact is not good with the mats. The ball flight might not look so bad, but you can definitely feel if its a mishit.
 

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I technical broke 90 with an 89 a couple months ago but it was a par 71 so I’m counting yesterday as my official entry into the club. Shot an 87 on the par 72 singing hills course in San Diego.

Every part of my game was at least good yesterday and my putter was on fire. I must have drained 5-8 1 putts all from 8+ feet. The course fit my game as I’m a long but wild driver and this course was tree lined fairways but otherwise open so didn’t need any drops. Awesome day, I love this game!
Nothing wrong with breaking 90 on a par 71. Breaking 90 is breaking 90. Well done.

I was battling hard trying to break 80 all season and finally managed it three weeks ago. Followed it up with a 78 today on a par 71 course, pretty cold, blowy and very soft underfoot.
 

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Went out to the range this morning. Hit off the mats. People say hitting off the mats can affect your game on the course. I don't know about that. My local range has both mats and grass. The mats have monitors to tell you distance, launch angle, ball spin, etc. I had 6 straight sessions on the mats for a month. The last two rounds on the course have been my best. My mid irons are better than ever now. I feel like the mats are making me work harder for good contact hits. You know if the contact is not good with the mats. The ball flight might not look so bad, but you can definitely feel if its a mishit.
Yeah, I can’t get the feedback I need at the range. It’s usually those horrible rubber tees over here too, we have toptracer at a few ranges, but they’re retro fitted and most of them the range is too enclosed for it to perform well. Even in the swing lab at our club, the simulator doesn’t give you correct info. There’s nothing like being on the course.
 

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Nothing wrong with breaking 90 on a par 71. Breaking 90 is breaking 90. Well done.

I was battling hard trying to break 80 all season and finally managed it three weeks ago. Followed it up with a 78 today on a par 71 course, pretty cold, blowy and very soft underfoot.
Congrats on 78! I’m already thinking of trying to break 80, gotta keep this momentum going.
 

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been a while since i sniffed 80's. came pretty close today. 47/44. made a bad triple on fairly ez par 4 369 yards. short sided myself on the approach. went in the bunker with 3rd and then 3 putted.
 

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Yeah, I can’t get the feedback I need at the range. It’s usually those horrible rubber tees over here too, we have toptracer at a few ranges, but they’re retro fitted and most of them the range is too enclosed for it to perform well. Even in the swing lab at our club, the simulator doesn’t give you correct info. There’s nothing like being on the course.
Yes, there is a big difference between the course and the range mats. My 7 iron has been around 135 off the mats. Its more like 150 on the course. Since I already know the course distance its no big deal. I just feel like I have to focus a lot more off the mats for clean hits. When you see the ball flight it doesn't look so bad but you definitely know it was mishit so you focus a little more for that good contact. I feel its made my course game a little better. Since there is grass in front of the mats I can tee up the driver without using the rubber tees.
 

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Interesting round yesterday. Only one par. But only two doubles. And the biggest thing. No triples! A very solid 91 for me. It was the steadiest I've ever played. At one point I had 9 straight bogeys. One was a 3 putt. The rest were two putts. I didn't hit many greens in regulation but I was in easy chipping range to get on the green.

The biggest problem yesterday was the putting. Missed too many in the 6 foot range. Coulda easily shot in the mid 80's. A few lags were bad too. Had 4 three putts overall. Both doubles were 3 putts.

The biggest improvement was the hybrids. I changed the swing path to be more shallow on the backswing and it make a world of difference. Only one was hit too far behind the ball and that was on a hill with an upward slope. That shot is always tough for me. Other than that they were clean contact hits.

I was extremely happy with the round. It felt so much easier to play when you're not shanking so much. My chips were mostly good. Didn't miss any greens on them and I was chipping most holes. I wasn't in one putt range often, but when that first putt is par every time I ain't complaining.

And then there is the driver. Technically I only hit 3 fairways. But the ball was in the first cut on all but one hole. Good lies on all of them. And I still made the green with a par putt on that one bad one. A very good driving day for me. A very good day overall. Lately my scores have been in the low 90's. I feel that elusive 89 is coming soon.
 

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