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I think I'm starting to cement a reputation locally. Everybody around here has some sort of reputation, at least at the Advanced-on-up level, for being good at some particular part of the game. Maybe it's like that in other areas as well. Around here Dave O'Shea has the reputation for having the best forehand. Chris Hoyle is the best player, period. Steve Lopez is the most streaky (and when he's on, he's on). Jamie Whitehead has the flashiest game, with eye-popping distance and those days where every 60 footer falls in. Jake Schuller is just consistency.

I'm starting to fall in as the best wind game player. I'm not even that great off of the tee in the wind, but banging every 25-30 footer today in 20+ mile per hour constants, plus the Columbus Ice Bowl, plus the Norwalk Tournament... I'm just more comfortable putting with sick winds than I am in calm conditions sometimes. Give me a 20MPH tailwind and I'll just throw it straight and hard as I can, knowing that if I miss it'll be low. Headwind? I'll rip a spin-heavy shot right at the lower rim. Cross in either direction? Just show the wind the top of the disc and and toss it hard, the wind will hold it down.

I really need to work on my game off of the teepad, though. I'm just not where I need to be in the wind off of the pad. I'm at the point where it seems like in heavy left-right and headwinds I pull out my Monster and huck backhand. In heavy right-left I pull out my Monster and huck forehand. And if I have a tailwind it depends on the hole at hand. But I feel like I have an over-reliance on my Monster in the wind that I probably need to break.

In other news I lost my fishbone putter in the water on 4 today, running a 60 footer we needed. I'm down to two Aviar small beads right now. I need to order some more on eBay or something. If anybody has small bead aviar putt & approaches (not the new no-bead ones) in DX plastic and they're willing to sell them or trade them, I could use some cheap. Random local stamps from your area welcome, I love unique looking stuff.

Anyway, not many posts from me lately, but I took two weeks off, my "winter break," after the Ottawa Tournament. I placed 6th out of 9 in a relatively stiff field full of 990+ guys, managed to beat a few though: Marty Peters and Tyler Horne who are both sick golfers. I shot about 958 rated golf on the day (above my rating, yes... but not up to my standards), and continued my recent habit of shooting far better during the second round with a 942-973 split. Next week is the Vienna Park Ice Bowl which I started prepping for on Friday. Field work or rounds every day this week, Vienna is my home course far more than Ottawa is.

You can always tell when someone's course is their home course when they talk about their usual rounds: I'm a 954 rated guy, but when I play Vienna Park every day I am horribly disappointed if I'm worse than a couple of strokes under par. When there are no extra holes in play for tournaments Vienna Park usually plays with a two to three under as a 1000 rated round. I had a mediocre round at the Bark at the Moon, four under with three easy extra holes, and it was 999 rated. So, needless to say, I'm excited for next Saturday.

Anyway, that was a lot of typing... time to chill.


-Chris.

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