Well, a couple of weeks have passed since the new Steelhead XRs were placed carefully in my bag and, despite the usual pressures of Paddock Plants, they have been taken out of that bag a few times and pressed into use. They had a second competitive outing last Tuesday when, because of ongoing work on the greens at Chilworth, we played a team event rather than the scheduled individual Stableford. The format was a Texas Scramble, which is always fun, and Mick, Derek and I certainly enjoyed our round. Mick was in splendid form off the tee, to such a degree that Derek and I struggled to get our regulation five tee shots on the card. My irons and wedges made up for my lack of form with the 3 wood, and again I enjoyed the feel of the Steelheads. In the end the three of us combined to take a creditable third place in the competition.
Friday just past saw the annual Viking Pyke extravaganza, this time organised by Paul Sheppard and held at Skylark Country Club near Whiteley, which was a new course for me. It’s not long, but it is very pretty and with a varied selection of holes that make you think hard about your choice of weapon off the tee. I started with a perfectly judged par, but slipped away after that, though I did pull off a few good individual shots, most notably off the elevated 12th tee, thanks to a soaring 3 hybrid, and then again on the 13th, when a 240 yard 3 wood clinched the longest drive trophy. Sadly, the other trophy I brought home was the Duke Of Hazards, which I had pretty much won on the front nine thanks to various visits to assorted bunkers and ditches, with 3 points being racked up on the 9th hole alone. A good day, nonetheless.
In between the two rounds I had visited the driving range on a couple of occasions, and I have to say that the new irons have been giving all the right signs to make me think they really could be game changers in the longer term.