All the above and I would also include:. Get out on a course. Even a par 3 executive course. Don't just go to range, start there, get a lesson or two but then get out there. I found I had a hell of a lot more fun trying to play than just whacking balls from same spot. It is what got me hooked and now I'm stuck in this lovely, miserable hell hole bipolar relationship called golf. Enjoy it (buahahahaha)
Ha! Great catch. It did feel awkward to play from there, but I couldn't pinpoint why.
If I were to say I had a home course, this would be it. I've played it (and the sister course on the same plot of land) maybe 30 times over the past few years, so this hole maybe 15 times. I've hit in the water maybe 2 or 3 times, and usually every group is good for 1 splash or so. So that's a lot of balls in the water there, and I've never seen anyone use the drop zone. We just re-tee. I didn't even know the drop zone existed until this round!
This round, I played with some slow players who worked at the facility, and there was a group breathing down our neck by this point. Two of the guys hit the water before me, and they said they were gonna play from the drop zone. I didn't think much of that comment, other than "ha, I won't need a drop zone! Wonder where that is, anyway." Then proceeded to get wet, of course.
In the pic, you'll notice it's around behind a little building of some sort, and I always walk well to the right of that.
Anyway, great catch. Thanks for ruining my *asterisk bogey! I actually got a nice bounce on my pitch shot, and sunk a nice mid-range putt. It felt like a cheap bogey, but I'll be a skunk and leave it be. But honestly, I do want to learn the rules inside and out this year, and this is a nice addition to my knowledge-base. Always good when you can relate a rule to a personal experience.
Good idea. That should work pretty well.
In the Approach the Green area shown below, that dummy shot still might show up in the yardage range that the shot was from the hole, and then (in this case) show a wacky wide left approach- but at least you'll see the dummy club if you hover over the data point. I like the idea, and might try and give that a go. Helps you remember the round a little better to see where the tee shot actually went.
Hey, I wonder what "Lie" it would use for that dummy shot from the lake! The choices for Lie below are Tee Box, Fairway, Bunker, Rough/Other. No choice for "Middle of a Lake." I suppose "Other" would work.
I love my 5h. Recently I don't do well with my 6 iron in the fairway (smack it off the tee just fine most times) and choke down on my 5h. For me it is my go too club. Under low tree canopy: 5h low. Thread the needle: 5h. Punch shot with roll out 5h. You get the idea. I just find it very easy to hit and ironically when I don't try and clobber it I seem to really smack the ball long. So odd. Keep in mind I shoot well over a 100 per round still so....might want to listen to the other guys more but from the mouth of a hacker: I hit my 5h easier than my 6i.
So I broke my shaft today. Figured I would simply get the same shaft to replace it but wondered if I should change anything. I have. Nike Dynmo 2 driver with an Aldila NV 65 R shaft. I've had the club for 8 years (fitted) and hit it well (straight, but not particularly long). My question is, can I get any more distance with a different shaft? I know that might be hard to discern via forum message, but I will try to give as much info as possible. I am 42, 6' & 350#, play a pretty good game (in short courses - don't like par 4s much over 350) mostly because my drives aren't much over 225 (on a good day). I have a rather slow swing speed. Guess I really wanted to know if going with a senior flex might help my distance at all. Again, I hit the driver consistently straight, just no distance.