It was a cool day today, around 60 degrees this morning and windy. The 13th hole at Sugarloaf is a hole that is flat until around 250 yards and then starts going downill a bit until around 300 yards where it starts to significantly go downhill. It’s a 507 yard par 4 that was playing downwind. If I hit a good drive here, I’m typically about 200 yards out and hitting a 7 iron because the second shot is where the hole really starts to play downhill. Not today
After giving some lessons and hitting a couple balls, I went out to the 13th to play a few holes. We’re overseeding the range right now, so Sugarloaf is on a temporary tee box where we can’t hit drivers on the range, so I wasn’t warmed up very well. I decided to go this hole and hit my first drive of the day. Not being warmed up, I took it pretty easy, I thought, and smashed a drive. Zero effort, didn’t feel a thing and it was as straight as an arrow. Knowing I hit it well, I went to my “usual” spot in the fairway but my ball was nowhere to be found. I saw something shining down near the bottom of the hill about 100 yards away, but my eyesight’s not that great, so I couldn’t tell what it was. When I drove down to the bottom and realized it was my ball, I was STOKED! Hey, I still get excited about smashed tee shots! I found the closest sprinkler head that read 120 to the middle of the green and I was 10 yards ahead of it for a total of 397 yards off the tee! The pin was upfront to boot, so I hit a lob wedge to the hole. Not bad, driver, lob wedge to a 507 yard hole. It was downhill and downwind, but still a poke and 100 yards longer than normal for me, so I’ll take it. There might be something to this Rotary Swing 2.0 stuff. 😉 Did I mention I felt no effort?