I actually became a member at the local course this year. Now I can tell my wife that I have a financial investment in me playing more. The more I play, the less each round costs.
My goal is to actually go out and play over my noon hour some some days. Yesterday I actually played 9 holes in about 50 minutes. Hopefully just being out there and having a club in my hand will help me improve in certain parts of my game.
Your noon golf post motivated me to head to the practice green these past two days! I have two putters that I've liked at different times over the past several years. So I've been trying out both of these putters to see which one I like the best right now. Also, since I haven't been playing for the past six months I'm just now trying out several different clubs to see which ones I like in different situations around the green for chipping and short pitch shots.
At present I use my 8-iron for chipping. If the situation permits, I nearly always try a chip-and-run shot as my first choice for a ball sitting within a few yards of the green. This little chip-and-run also seems to work well for me for balls sitting a ways back, but with a smooth collar of fairway leading up to the green that has a somewhat predictable roll. At different times in the past I've used a 7-iron for chipping. Also a 9-iron sometimes.
For pitch shots that I need to stop fairly quickly I have a Vokey 56 degree wedge. It has 14 degrees of bounce, so I plan on using it out of the sand as well. (I just bought this club, so admittedly I'm not sure how well I can hit it yet.)
For other shots that I can't chip with an 8-iron I have a 52 degree Vokey wedge that I like. It's useful for short chip shots where the green slopes away from me, since the ball tends not to roll quite as far. I also like this 52 Vokey for anything between about 10 yards to 70 yards from the green, assuming I have a little bit of green to work with. I've spent a fair amount of time in the past working on a little half swing shot with this 52 Vokey that flies about 45 yards in the air. The practice facility where I play is perfect for practicing this shot.
The problem is, these past couple of days around the practice green I'm only getting up and down about one-fourth to one-third of the time. And that's hitting five or six balls from about the same spot. (/facepalm) This percentage needs to get a LOT higher before I can card a decent round.
It's just like the story of the grasshopper and the octopus. All year long, the grasshopper kept burying acorns for winter, while the octopus mooched off his girlfriend and watched TV. But then winter came and the grasshopper died. And the octopus ate all his acorns. Also he got a race car. Is any of this getting through to you?
I donated for Childhood Apraxia.