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Pikapp23 hit on some good points.  MOST of the time, people don't see the big picture when reading a putt.  The big picture (to me) is looking left and right of you a LONG way when behind a putt.  Is the 'lay of the land' sloping one way or the other?  Is what is 200-400 yards in front of you going up or downhill?  This is useful to me when I see very little break. What my eyes see in the 'big picture'' usually happens on the green.   Another idea:  On putts longer than...
Here's a thought for us bogey golfers to ponder:   Would you rather hit the ball solidly all round and not shoot a good score, or HACK your way from tee to green all day and card an 87 because you got some breaks like holing a couple of long putts, maybe skulling a chip that hits the stick and stops a foot from the cup?   I had a nice round Sunday afternoon where I hit the ball great all day but rarely made a putt, and good shots (for me, anyway) ended up in not so...
When your snag that last spot on golfnow, especially if it's an early time on a weekend, you'll almost certainly be paired up with the other 3.  Not a bad deal at all.  I did it two weekends ago.  It was only 2 of us, though.  We had a great time and neither of us had to play alone.   What my wife and I do:  She's a 6th year player and still not keen on playing with others.  We'll grab that 2-spot time on golfnow and show up an hour early and get out ahead of the other...
7400 yards are you kidding me?  HS kids?  Our HS kids in NE Ohio play courses that are below or WELL below 6400 yards as the norm.  Even the state tournaments are held at Ohio State's Scarlet and Gray course but no way from the back tees.  Many of the Ohio District Golf tournaments for juniors are held in Akron at a place that plays 6200.   If your guy hits it 210 off the tees, I can't imagine he can reach most of the par-4s in two or many of the par-5s in three on a...
From a Golf Digest Mag article, and I'll paraphrase:  The reason golf is losing favor is any one or more of the following three factors:   1.  The game is too hard 2.  It takes too much time 3.  It costs too much   dave
I'm left-handed (but play RH golf) and my brain works differently than most.  You'd look at my club layout in my bag (same config as your new bag) and probably say WTF?   That said, I've found a 'snake' pattern started from top left puts the clubs in decent order according to usage.  Club lineup in bag looks like this:   L  >>>>  R   Driver, 3-wood, 5 wood   R >>>> L   4h, 5h, 6i, 7i   L >>>> R   8, 9, PW, AW   R >>>> L   54*W, Putter, 58* W   Granted,...
Nice post.  And it does make you feel good to contribute to the team when playing a scramble!   dave
Agree on the 'degree of difficulty' some courses prefer.  I heard an interesting comment from the GM of a resort complex in north central Indiana who said he was in a constant battle with the course superintendent on course setup. Course super had US Open on his mind, GM of the resort is thinking 'resort course' setup.   The place in question was a teaching facility with 2 18 hole courses.  People come take lessons to improve their game, then go play the two courses and...
Long- and mid-range fairway to green game.  It's about 20% that I'll hit a solid shot from 200-130 range.  Inside 130 I'm usually pretty solid but give me a fairway wood, hybrid or longer iron and it's an adventure at best.  Almost every time.   dave
Picked up a new weapon for this season in the way of a TaylorMade Stage 2 5-wood HL (high loft) model.  Idea was to be able to reach longer par 4s to at least green side or chipping areas and to eat up yardage on par-5 second shots.   So far, I've taken my lumps trying to figure out setup, swing and contact to make the club a useful tool.  Last month or so, I'm really making solid contact and hitting it from tight fairway lies in the 175-190 yards range.  Consistency is...
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