With the days getting longer I have had a chance to get out and hit a few balls lately. The cul-de-sac I live on is bordered by three holes so I am fortunate that I can play two or three holes by walking across the street, through the neighbor’s yard and on to the #6 tee. It may not be a full round but I’d much prefer to hit balls on 2-3 holes than at a driving range. There usually isn’t anyone on the course late in the day either so it isn’t like I am cutting in on anyone either.
Saturday evening I actually had enough time to get in more than 2-3 holes so I went down and teed off #1 hoping to get in as many as I could. I was by myself so I played two balls (I called them A & B) and started out well, bogie with my A ball and par with my B ball. I got off the tee well with both which was encouraging.
I had played two weeks ago with some co-workers and about halfway through the round reailized that I had lapsed into a weak grip again which was causing me to slice. I really have to concentrate on gripping the club with a strong grip or that slice comes back. Once I corrected that problem, I finished that round pretty well.
Back to my Saturday night 9 hole round – I continued to play well on #2 and #3 (I always have problems with #3). By the time I got to #5 I was +3 with my A ball and 0 with my B ball. Yikes! Of course that had to come to and end and #5, a long up hill par 5 which isn’t that hard, got me. So-so drives followed by awful fairway shots left me in the woods with both my A and B balls. After some more hacking I finished with and 7 and an 8. Bleh. Played ok on #6, hit an awesome second shot on #7 but missed the birdie put, and had a par with one ball on #8.
By the time I got to #9 it was pretty dark and a storm was rolling in but I was determined to finish. One good and one so-so tee shot, followed by one awful and one so-so fairway shot left me with a couple tough shots. I hit an awesome 5 iron which I couldn’t see but it ended up 3 feet from the flag with my B ball but my A ball was up in the pine straw. Hitting out of pine straw is tricky and I have learned the hard way that my 54 degree wedge is not the club to use. So I chipped it with my gap wedge and got it to within 15 feet and two putted it for a 7.
This was the first time I really concentrated on playing two separate balls. A lot of times I will tee off one ball and only hit a second if my first one wasn’t very good or I will drop a second one from the fairway or up near the green. I ended up eith a 47 for my A ball and a 43 for my B ball. I was happy because I was keeping the ball in the fairway for the most part and hit my irons well. In a couple cases, hitting them farther than I normally do.
I am headed to Charlotte to see the Wachovia on Thursday and may play at Pine Needles on Friday. I went to Pine Needles for the Women’s Open last year, it is a nice course and should be a challenge. Hopefully I will keep the ball in the fairway!