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Winter Vacation is almost over

Posted 04-21-2017 at 07:54 AM by onebuck

My time in Florida is almost over. Less than 9 days left in the sun & fun state. I'll miss the convenience having the golf course so close. I can jump on the # 8 tee just outside my back door. Been fun!

I play with a Tuesday men's group and we choose a course that we want to play near by. I have played Legends several times, which is a Palmer designed course. Really challenging course with beautiful greens that are protected by loads of bunkers that can challenge your sand game. Fairways have tight lies and require concentration to get that beautiful shot. Luckily, I have been able to get my points but sometimes a minor set back from a errant shot. If you do not keep your ball in play then what a challenge.

A few weeks ago we played Heritage Isle(Tampa Bay area). Beautiful and very challenging throughout. Fairways are lined with swamp & woods. If you get in there it's best to take the penalty. No way I am going in there with the snakes, alligators or whatever for a ball that can be replaced. Every water hazard we passed had alligators sunning on the bank. You can see the ball just right of the gator's tail. Sorry about the picture rotation!
My friend just had to get his ball. So he got his retrieval tool and came from the back end. When he placed the retriever into the water that's when the gator took off to the water. Then turned back to seen what's going on. Friend got that $2 ball but could have gotten his ass chomped on. Dumb & cheap!

I road with that same friend who would sling a shot into the hazard and jump in to get his ball. He would come out with at least a dozen balls but not his. Crazy & cheap skate! Balls are cheap as compared to the potential problems from that hazard.

One time another group had a guy with the same mind set. He went into a known bog area to get a ball. Well he sank to his knees and started screaming. So some guys (real friends) went in to pull him out. They were able to pull him out with out falling in but the guy lost his golf shoes and his ball. Stupid people do very dumb things!

Another beautiful course played was Sanctuary Ridge, highest point in central Florida. Sloping fairways with elevated sloping fast greens which were a lot of frustration for everyone. One hole had a 80 foot deep waste area protecting the green. Land in there, you just take a penalty and get a drop unless you can play a 140 yard Pitching wedge to get up and out. Lot of holes would have elevated tees with hazards along both sides of the fairway. You had better have repeat-ability and ball control, if not your in trouble.

Played Highland Reserve which is just down the road from our community. Fun course! You can use your long ball and short irons to get those points. Putting on fast greens can be fun & educational. Reading undulating greens and getting results is real fun but if you miss-read then bye bye points.

I wonder how my game will be with long grass on the fairways when I get home? I've been hitting on short or no grass for the last six months. Been a real challenge for the short game. Even fairway or hybrids on short/no grass can be a challenge. Central Florida is in a drought period! Even with irrigation the grass is short or non existent on some courses. Courses are under water management and control restrictions by the state.

I do love to play golf and grateful for my surgeon who has allowed me to perform. His professional attitude helped me by removing hardware from my back placed by previous surgeons. Removal of the hardware has minimized my pain and allows me to play with a modified single plane swing. Knowing my limitations and applying those limits to my swing allow me to play this great game again. Sure it's still a challenge but I can control my swing so as not to create problems. Sure, I look like what Moe Norman described as a Jehovah witness swing. But I make it work! My top swing is 3/4 with a end top also at 3/4. Some people notice this and ask why I do not follow through. My back fusions limit that! I have slow rhythmic controlled swing with a club head speed of 85-90. No where near what I had before the surgeries. My 6 iron is about 150-155 yards with a decent apex. My typical drive is in the range of 208 to 220 yards depending on swing speed. At one time I was 290 to 310 yards run-out & carry before the surgeries.

Time to get back to work on LQ!
Have fun & enjoy!
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    Glad you had a good winter in Florida. You'll be back in time for some of the lilacs still. The redbuds are past.
    Posted 04-21-2017 at 12:53 PM by vmccord vmccord is offline


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