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Lakeside Lodge - Lodge Course - 29/09/16

I haven't put in any cards this year for the purposes of maintaining my handicap, so as we move into autumn it's time to play a few 18 hole rounds and submit cards. After last Friday's somewhat poor performance at Rushden I thought things must look up. It started well enough with a par on the 1st, but thereafter, give or take a few flashes of brilliance, things didn't go too well. I lost count of the number of bunkers I ended up in, and I also managed quite a few excursions into trees, where on most occasions the lie was awful.

As already mentioned, I parred the 1st. In fact it was the only hole I parred. A reasonable 5-wood off the tee, two good hybrid shots, 7-iron chip and a long single putt.

Hole 1 - 29 September 2016

I pulled the hybrid tee shot on the 2nd and ended up deep in the trees, up against a tree trunk. A back-flip with the 7-iron only just got me clear of the trees. I had to restrict the next shot as it needed to go right to avoid the trees, but too far right and it would have ended up in the ditch opposite. The next hybrid put me just off the back of the green and a putt on, plus a putt in gave me a 6, just rescuing a point for a nett bogey.

The 3rd saw me in my first bunker of the day. I came out a bit too strong and was off the back of the green, needing a chip back on. Two putts for a nett bogey 5.

The 4th can be difficult, and today it was. My 5-wood off the tee ended up on a bank, but wasn't in too bad a lie. Unfortunately my hybrid shot kept too far right and ended up in rough ground just inside the tree line. My 8-iron out put me back in the trees again and then I hit a tree trying a clearance. I finally got clear for 5 but needed no more than a 7 to score. So with two shots in hand I chipped on but left myself too much to do with the putter. Two putts meant a bogey 8.

By now the wind had really got up and was gusty. Playing into the wind on the 5th I was short and landed in the bunker to the right. I attempted to pick the ball off the wet hard sand with my gap wedge but was thin, the ball coming to rest on the far side of the green. Another gap wedge and two putts for a nett bogey 5.

I tried a low ball off the 6th tee because of the now strong headwind but was high on the ball, having taken a low tee. The result was a measly 90 yards. The next hybrid was good, however, and set me up for a pitch onto the green with my 9-iron. Two putts for a nett par 5.

After a middling 5-wood off the tee on the 7th I was high on the ball with my next two 5-wood shots, neither going very far. A good hybrid got me to the right of the green, from where a chip and two putts gave me a nett bogey 7, but without the two poor fairway shots it could have been better.

The 8th started with me putting my 5-wood tee shot deep in the trees to the left. A short lateral 7-iron clearance got me out but without a direct forward shot, the lake to the right being a hazard for a longer shot. I therefore took the 7-iron again and played to the fairway. My next 5-wood again headed towards the trees landing on a bank with trees between me and the green. I attempted a lofted 8-iron which didn't clear the trees but fortunately went through and landed on the green. Probably the best shot of the day in the circumstances. Two putts and another 7 for a nett bogey.

I played my 20 degree hybrid up the 9th, the third such shot being heavy, which skewed right to land behind trees. A bold attempt at a lofted 9-iron didn't work, the ball going straight through the trees and fortunately emerging on the other side. My next 8-iron was short, so I chipped on with the gap wedge and two-putted for an 8: hole blobbed.

Front 9, 56 strokes and 10 points, which was not very impressive.

The 10th started with an appalling miss-hit 5-wood, followed by an equally unimpressive 8-iron clearance from where the tee shot had landed. A couple of good hybrids got me back into play but I then put an 8-iron past the green. I putted on and putted in for 7, a nett bogey, which wasn't bad considering the bad start to the hole.

Another poor 5-wood tee shot on the 11th was followed by two good 5-woods, the second making 183 yards (with a tail wind) sending me off the back of the green. A chip on and two putts for 6 gave me a nett par.

My 5-wood tee shots had cost me quite a few shots, so from this point I decided to use my 20 degree hybrid off the tee.

On the 12th a cracking hybrid off the tee turned out to be a bit too good, landing in the fairway bunker that I thought wouldn't be in play. I played out of the bunker with my 23 degree hybrid, a really good clearance, which would have made the green if it hadn't turned into the deep right hand bunker. I needed two shots to get out, plus a chip and a single putt for 6, a nett bogie. It could have been a par if that second shot hadn't strayed.

Three hybrid shots on the 13th got me to the right hand green side bunker - yes, another bunker. The clearance was long, needing a chip back on from the far side of the green and two putts to finish with a 7, a blob.

Two hybrid shots on the 14th got me to the right of the green, from where a 7-iron chip and two putts gave me a nett par 5.

The long 15th (523 yards) proved the usefulness of the hybrids, three shots with the 20 degree club getting me to within pitching distance, from where I put the ball on the green with my pitching wedge. It was a par chance, but I needed two putts for a 6, a nett birdie.

Hole 15 - 29 September 2016

I miss-hit my hybrid off the tee on the 16th, then put a 9-iron over the green. My gap wedge chip up to the elevated green was short, needing another 7-iron chip and two putts for 6, a blob.

On the 17th my hybrid tee shot was long but went way right. It landed in trees and I could only play sideways to get back into play, effectively wasting a shot. A cracking 160 yard hybrid from there put me in the large bunker that protects the front of this green. I hadn't expected that distance from the club when I played it. I needed two to get out, plus a chip and two putts, totalling 8, another blob.

After two hybrids on the 18th I then played well short with an 8-iron, chipping on with my 7-iron. My only 3-putt of the day gave me a 7, a blob, meaning that I had blobbed the last three holes.

So the Back 9 was 58 strokes and 9 points, which was pretty abysmal.

Golf is a terribly frustrating game. Earlier in the year I was teeing off moderately well with my driver, before it started becoming far less reliable. I changed to the 5-wood, which behaved much better, but today that club was also very wayward. I'm starting to think that I should stick to a hybrid off the tee, as I seem to be much more consistent with them. I seem to be far less likely to slice with the hybrids. My game is falling apart at the moment largely because of poor tee shots that get me into difficulties. I think I will continue to experiment, therefore, with hybrids off the tee and see how things go.

Game Golf scorecard:

Scorecard - 29 September 2016

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