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TEE TIME: How well do you know your game?

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Tee Time

By Dennis George

Figures lie.

Liars figure.

That’s an old saying that I’ve used many times when people have spouted out numbers that I wasn’t sure that I could agree with.

And just as many professional and collegiate teams use statistics to plot which player to foul in certain situations or ask, is now the time for a hit and run, golfers too should be able check out their numbers.

Most of us do not have any idea of our vitals.

We should.

Ask a golfer what his strong suit is, and chances are that he’ll say driving or wedge play or putting.

But is it?

It’s probably a good idea to chart your round for each shot that you hit.

On each hole, you mark if you hit the fairway or not. Did you hit the green in regulation? How many putts did you take (more on this later)? Did you get it up and down out of a bunker? How close were your chips?

I did that last year, and it was eye-opening.

In several rounds, I did not drive the ball into the fairway very often, but I was able to hit enough greens in regulation to score well. That told me that I was hitting the ball crooked but in a position to get it on the green. It may work for a while, but it’s trouble on a tree-lined course.

If you’re not hitting many greens in regulation, then perhaps your practice time should include more iron shots.

How good are you out of the bunker? Do you get it on the green on the first try? Maybe that’s a weakness.

Keeping an eye on putting stats can be deceiving.

I’ll never forget a round in which our group decided that we’d pay the player with the fewest number of putts one dollar for the difference in our putts.

I hit the first green in regulation and two-putted for a par. A pal missed the green but one-putted for a par. I lost a dollar.

I hit the second green in regulation and two putted for a par. The same guy missed the green but one putted for a par. I lost another dollar.

I hit the third green in regulation and two putted for a par. The same guy missed the green but chipped in for a birdie. I lost two dollars and my temper!

Try charting your round for a month or so. You might learn more about your game. And if you are real conscious like my friend Tom Roby over at the Bardstown Police Department, you would also keep up with the playing conditions (rain or wind or warm or cold) as well as the type of ball used.

 

We’re hoping to have a weekly tip for you, and this week’s tip goes along with my thoughts. It’s from Bob Gates, golf professional at Maywood.

“Most players I see come out to hit balls don’t use their practice time effectively. They purchase a large bucket of balls and proceed to hit 80 to 90 drivers in a row, leave with a sore back and wondering why their games aren’t improving. On most traditional golf courses, no matter if you’re a scratch golfer or striving to break 100, the most times you would ever use a driver in a round is 14.

“Let’s say your average score is 100, then strokes with a driver make up only 14 percent of your game. Your practice time dedicated to a driver should reflect that. The short game makes up 50 percent of most strokes for most rounds, so I suggest spending at least half your time practicing on your putter and wedges.”

If you have questions on your game, contact Bob at 348-6600.

 

Maywood is celebrating its 20th anniversary this weekend with activities on Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. There will be fun things for the family to do, and specials in the pro shop. And if you’re interesting in trying out some equipment, it’s Demo Day on Saturday with representatives from Titleist and Callaway there to let you hit their new models.

 

LEAGUE RESULTS

Boone’s Butcher Shop Morning League

First place: Wally Bowling/Bobby Lewis and Joe Judson/Byron Corbett (tied with 13 points)

Third: Danny Hayden/Larry Ball (11.5)

Low gross: Joe Judson (1-under par 34)

Low net: Joe Judson (32)

Closest to the hole: Bill Osbourne (#2) and Joe Judson (#7)

 

Boone’s Butcher Shop Afternoon League

First place: Bard Wise/Jamie Dugan (14 points)

Second: Alan Cecil/Wally Bowling (13.5)

Third: Jack Brey/Bill Osbourne (13)

Low gross: Richie Parkerson (36)

Low net: Luke Porteus (30)

Closest to the hole: Ron Shagool (#2) and Richie Parkerson (#7)

 

Dennis George is a contributing writer for The Kentucky Standard and can be reached at dmg11854@gmail.com.