With daylight savings gone until spring it is much tougher to finish a round in the afternoon. I am still trying to shoot my age before my next birthday. Been close several times but just can't seem to get over the hump. The little practice I have been able to get in during my lunch breaks this week has been productive. Seem to be rolling my new O-Works #9 putter really well. Have a 12:08 tee time today and looking forward to the round. I am even so far. Let's see where I am after I finish. Weather is cooperating. Course is still in very good condition out here in Albuquerque. All I need is for my short game to show up and my putts have that 4" downward break at the end.
@jimm9fa7 @KennyC @RobertD492f @X20 OK. Well, today wasn't the day I shot my age. Pretty good day for RealOldLefty, though. 75 from the whites. Rated 69.5 with slope 128 so with my 7.6 index it is definitely a counter and a couple of more like that and I'm back down to 7.0. 12 fairways, 12 GIR, 1 for 1 sandies, 32 putts. Although I am loving my new O-Works #9 putter, I haven't had enough practice time with it yet to take advantage of the great immediate roll It produces. Holed a 60' putt for bird on 18 for only bird of the day. Other than that one it was a roll over the edge day putting instead of roll in. 2nd longest putt was 6'. Sandie putt rolled by the hole 1'. I can certainly live with my play today.
@jimm9fa7 You'll get there. I'm a big Hogan guy. I work through my 'Five Lessons, The Modern Fundamentals of Golf' by Ben Hogan at least twice a year. Best instruction ever put on paper, in my humble opinion. I know PGA pros still teaching out of it 70 years later. I'm also a big Phil Mickelson 'Hinge and Hold' guy for shots around the green. He put out 'Secrets of the Short Game' a while back, a 2 DVD set that covers all of the shots you need around the green and in the bunker. With this information and some practice I'm sure you'll be shooting in the 70's soon. 75% of your practice time should be chipping/pitching/bunkers and putting. Most amateurs spend WAY too much time pounding balls. Around the green is where strokes are saved.