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About LuciusWooding

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    Too busy roasting coffee to play golf
  • Birthday 11/30/1988

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  1. LuciusWooding added a post in a topic Putter scatter circle by handicap - is this infographic accurate?   

    Interesting that it notes this applies to a fitted and correctly lined up putter.
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  2. LuciusWooding added a post in a topic Does the 80% swing exist?   

    My brother swears by 83%. He might be overestimating his distances by about 17% and he's actually swinging full but I can't tell either way. The whole concept of percents as they apply to the swing is pretty subjective though.
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  3. LuciusWooding added a post in a topic I need to remove one of three clubs or add one....give me your 2 cents on which club to ditch/add   

    Well IMO one can do the job of both; pick either the 13 or 15 for your longest club off the deck. That's how I'd do it though, personally I don't find the strong 3 gains many strokes unless you're hitting greens with it. If you're out to make eagles as often as possible it can help in some cases but probably lower scoring in the long run to go with the 15. And if you don't hit the 13 off the tee much then it pretty much only gets used on long par 5s. Maybe it'll give you incentive to add yards to your drives .
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  4. LuciusWooding added a post in a topic I need to remove one of three clubs or add one....give me your 2 cents on which club to ditch/add   

    Ditch the strong 3 or bring it as a replacement for a driver. An 11 handicap shouldn't be worried about 220+ as much, having one extra club won't make you great from that distance. Hitting 15˚ from the tee should give you a good solid range and carry farther. Carry yardage is better for that part of the set and it's very rare to carry a 13˚ farther off the deck. The situations you'd need more than a 3 wood off the deck must be very rare.
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  5. LuciusWooding added a post in a topic Does anyone make a cavity back iron that has a .355 hosel?   

    I'd say get a set of maltby TE irons. They fit both .370 and .355 shafts, I use them with a .355 c taper right now and they're a fair bit more forgiving than blades despite looking pretty compact. Definitely launch the ball a bit higher and have traditional lofts. They also only cost 25$ per head and have several models available with more forgiveness as well. You'd be able to reuse the shafts you have now and it would only cost the reshaft job, which isn't too tough to do yourself.
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  6. LuciusWooding added a post in a topic "Lowest Score Wins" by Barzeski and Wedzik   

    Mine's on the way. Hopefully I can improve on the 1,000,072 I shot the other day.
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  7. LuciusWooding added a post in a topic Jack says "I would probably hit it another 20, 30, 40 yards"   

    Jack would be among the long hitters. I doubt he'd be the longest. I think people pay way too much attention to outliers in terms of launch data, it always seems like the numbers are hand picked to me. Lies, damned lies, and statistics.

    For one thing, Gary Woodland doesn't average 316 carry. Maybe if they had him hit a bunch of big drives for the monitor, but Jack's 276 is an average during competitive rounds and includes roll. Gary's 268 carry also reflects that he's probably never hit a persimmon in his life, so he won't get numbers that reflect his skill with the titanium. Gary is also not a guy who has great launch conditions; he plays either steel or extremely heavy graphite in his woods and struggles with his spin numbers so a guy like Jack definitely had better mechanics and relatively better launch conditions. Bobby Jones was known to hit drives over 300 yards at times with hickory shafts, and Rory hit one 400+ a couple weeks ago. Does this mean we can claim that titanium is 100+ yards longer overall? 30 yards is probably about right.

    This argument is really very pointless to me, it reminds me a bit of Jordan saying how he'd dunk on Lebron James if he still played. Until time travel is invented it doesn't really matter. Hopefully Jack stays out of it but I agree with his claim overall. IMO he should be thankful he played back then however, since he probably wouldn't win nearly as many majors against the fields of today.
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  8. LuciusWooding added a post in a topic What Would You Shoot if a PGA Tour Pro Drove the Ball for You?   

    Probably somewhere in the high 60s.

    Then if you added in the pro's strokes it would probably be enough to give me a chance to break 80. Personally I'd rather leave those off the card.
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  9. LuciusWooding added a post in a topic Do you REALLY have to sandblast the bunker shot?   

    Check out this thread, I also agree you shouldn't worry about bounce; borrow your buddy's wedge if you want so you don't get distracted. It's good to get properly fitted then not worry about the wedge too much, and the technique done properly will work with any wedge, even with irons in some cases.
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  10. LuciusWooding added a post in a topic Do you REALLY have to sandblast the bunker shot?   

    Yes, and I'd say it works better from bad lies as well. Tricky shot to learn but extremely useful.
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  11. LuciusWooding added a post in a topic Do you REALLY have to sandblast the bunker shot?   

    You can either take some sand or thin it out of the bunker, essentially. The problem is that hitting it thin will only work in some situations where height and spin aren't needed. So I prefer to hit the higher explosion shot out of bunkers unless it's a really easy shot to pop it out.
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  12. LuciusWooding added a post in a topic Favorite Statistic   

    I'd say proximity on approaches from 175+.
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  13. LuciusWooding added a post in a topic Breaking 85   

    You'll get near 80 if you hit some greens and keep the big numbers off the card. Hit solid irons and make pars, don't worry about getting birdies. When I break 85, it's because I hit around 7 GIR or fringes and didn't really make worse than bogey. I made a few up and downs as well, but didn't seem to make more long putts than usual or anything. Pretty boring golf for the most part. It's more fun however when I'm driving it and hitting my wedges well.
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  14. LuciusWooding added a post in a topic When To Tee It Back   

    The extra 30 yards per hole or whatever don't add much value to your round, IMO. I think it depends on the course to a large extent. My course is already pretty hard, so there's absolutely no need to play from the tips even though I certainly have the distance for it; all the reachable holes are reachable for me from any tees, and all the par 5s and long holes are really long and make you hit long approaches at times. The rest of the holes tend to be very limited in terms of a safe target, so one ends up playing a different club to the same area from different tees on those holes.

    There's no need to limit yourself to a single set of tees on every hole. It wouldn't be usable as a handicap round but it can really help on some of the more annoying holes. Sometimes they lay out the tees in a ridiculous spot so it becomes way more playable from somewhere else. I think my home course's back tees would be very challenging on a few shots just because of the angle. It would require you control your shape and start line pretty well for driver to be an option, and without a driver you'd have possibly 3 or 4 places where you need a fairway wood for your approach. It would also be impossible for someone who hits it less than 250 to hit all the par 4s in two from the back unless they got help from conditions.

    So for anyone to play my course I'd recommend they hit it at least a solid 270 with their driver or flat out stay back. Then anyone above about a 25  handicap will generally struggle to keep their shots in play so they need the shorter tees to make hitting the targets easier. Anyone without a strong long game, especially shots off the deck, will also struggle on a few holes. Ball flight or shape wouldn't matter though. I'm forming my opinion based on where I play, so ymmv.
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  15. LuciusWooding added a post in a topic Why Tiger is due for a great comeback!   

    I can understand the argument that he's bottomed out and has nowhere to go but up. However, in golf there is no rock bottom.

    I think it's foolish to assume he'll definitely play better; I think he's still talented enough to have chances at some majors, but he could also still get a lot worse, and he's got enough exemptions to play extremely badly and still play events for years.

    Personally I'd like to see him win another major but I think there are too many good players in his way for him to ever dominate again.
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