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Mulligans and Golf…in your late 60’s or 70’s


At no risk of upsetting the handicap system, I’ll offer some insight on the game format I’ve been working on.


FYI, on Wednesday our 3 some was joined by Rob, not pastor Rob, but Rob “Bomber”.
Nice guy, but one hole, #16, he hit his drive to the 100 yard marker…I think that was just about 300 yards from the white tees. And that was his best of the day, though he was bombing it straight from the get go.

Do you ever wish to be able to play like the Bomber?, or even the average Joe-Pro with 250+ yard drives? Anyways, if you read the attached, I’ve figured out how to do it….you just have to be: 1) flexible enough to get out of your rut and play this format; 2) stretch your imagination to indulge in this fantasy; 3) and finally be willing to know how far you drive and hit your clubs along with having basic 3rd grade math skills.

Or you can pay thousands of dollars for professional golf lessons and physical training exercise.

Btw at our age…that last idea probably won’t work, but I can guarantee my system does.

So come on out and join the fantasy some time


Golf…in your late 60’s or 70’s

 

I’ve been tinkering around with the Tee it Forward game for a while now.


 

TEE IT FORWARD

This chart is a guideline to help golfers align their average driving distance with the course length best suited to their abilities. 

Driver Distance

Recommended 18-Hole Yardages

275

6,700-6,900

250

6,200-6,400

225

5,800-6,000

200

5,200-5,400

175

4,400-4,600

150

3,500-3,700

125

2,800-3,000

100

2,100-2,300

If you remember my table a few months ago…the spec on the Boundary Oaks White tees is:

 

Boundary White

Yards 6372

Drives     250

 

 

For those of us driving 200  yards or less….

 

Average Drive to Tee Distance Matrix

Drive

Min

Max Tee Distance

Mid Point

200

5200

5400

5300

187.5

4800

5000

4900

175

4400

4600

4500

 

 

There is actually nothing quite that short.

 

 

Recently I have be working on playing back at the White or even Blue tees, and playing a game where

I extend my drive but hitting a 2nd short from the fairway, but counting that shot as just an extension to my drive.

 

This allow for sort of a fantasy play where the short driver is able to emulate the longer drive player.

 

It actually speeds up play, since by hitting shorter drives off the back tees one can tee off early since the players ahead clear faster.


And even on the 2nd extension drive shot, play is faster since you are only hitting a short positioning shot, rather than trying to hit it as far as you can….of course for your approach shot you still need to wait for the green to clear.


An added benefit is extra practice using the positioning club.

 

I also found one does not hit as many wild shots doing this.

 

Initially, I tried it using a wedge to extend my drive.

 

Lately, I’ve been trying to play positional golf on the par 4’s and 5’s.

How does this work.

1)      Look at the score card hole yardage.

2)      Determine your course objective for the round on what average green in regulation       distance you are positioning towards.

3)      For my game I use 100 yards. I’d like to be shooting to the green from on average 100 yard.

4)      So for Boundary Oaks 1st hole  – 396yds, I subtract 100 yard, it’s a par 4 so I want to be hitting my 2nd shot from 296yds.

5)      So then I estimate what drive and extension shot do I need to reach the 296yds target. For me that is 180 yard drive and 115 yard 7 iron.

6)      You can adjust this as needed for uphill or into the wind conditions.

7)      So you hit those two first shots. Obviously, shots will not be perfect, so I may endup anywhere before or past the 100 yard marker.

8)      I then play into the green, chip, putt as normal from where the ball ends up after my positioning shot.

 

This works for me on all the holes except number 8 where the down hill slope will often leave the drive near the 100 yard marker.

 

But for the other 13 par 4-5 holes, I take the extra shot.


On par 3 holes you are free to play from the tees of your choice…I still use the gold tees based on my shorter hitting game. At Boundary Oaks, the 4 gold par 3’s total about 100 yards shorter than the whites, so to adjusted course length is about 6,270 yards.


The goal is to get as close to par as you can for the round……of course you still have really hit those 13 other shots, but I don’t count them, I just pretend I am a 250-260 yard driver.

 

Call it macho golf, positional golf or fantasy golf whatever you want.

I encourage you to try it.

 

Or just play your normal game with your normal handicap.

But I found this more fun. 


And about the Mulligans….just call it hit to your happy, HTYH!

You can still do that but with this new format you might not need to.

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