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About sopel10

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  1. sopel10 added a post in a topic Best Shot of the Week   

    From last week. Hit a bomb, lots of roll, 285. Had about 240 to the front, lots of bunkers. Decided to layup, took too little club and hit it in a bunker. Had 75 yards to the pin, green elevated. Hit it straight at the flag, heard it land, hit the pin, it sounded as if it went in. Ended up 6 feet from the flag. Missed the putt.
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  2. sopel10 added a post in a topic Will you post 100 rounds this year?   

    71 right now, all depends how the weather holds up in the fall.
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  3. sopel10 added a post in a topic From 1 handicap to scratch or plus   

    Not from my experience, obviously, but stats say otherwise.  They hit the green a lot more often with a PW than with a 7 iron.
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  4. sopel10 added a post in a topic Considering Quitting   

    I wanted to add something about taking lessons.  I think someone mentioned it before too.

    Find a good instructor, try to find some reviews maybe even youtube videos.

    When you do find one, tell him you are not looking for a patch, you want to really build a solid swing that will allow you to shoot lower scores. I did that, and even though I feel like I should be a single by now, I am very satisfied with my progress at 11.

    Good luck. :)
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  5. sopel10 added a post in a topic Considering Quitting   

    As others have mentioned before:

    Lessons, from an instructor.
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  6. sopel10 added a post in a topic How Far Is Enough   

    I agree.

    Even though I can hit it out there, I don't like playing anything longer than 6700 or so.  250-260 drive on longer courses leaves me with a long iron or a hybrid/wood for my approach on some of the longer par 4's, and lets be realistic, at my level, that's just not fun.
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  7. sopel10 added a post in a topic How Far Is Enough   

    190 drive, so probably a 175 carry, might not get him over the forced carries.  Very little room for any errors.

    Also, would never be able to reach a green in two.

    My dad is on a short side, somewhat straight.  Sometimes he plays longer tees with me, and straight is just not enough.
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  8. sopel10 added a post in a topic How Far Is Enough   

    Were you playing the same tees?

    I'd say it all depends what tees you want to play.  If you want to play tips on courses 7k+, your 190 yard drive guy will not score well.
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  9. sopel10 added a post in a topic You Should Watch Your Partner's Putts Roll to a Stop   

    That's very very interesting.  This might change the way I read greens.
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  10. sopel10 added a post in a topic You Should Watch Your Partner's Putts Roll to a Stop   

    Always.  That last revolution usually gives away the general break.  Most useful when the ball stops close to the hole.

    I hate when I am far away for some reason, and my dad or someone I play with putts before I get to the green.
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  11. sopel10 added a post in a topic Do you know your distances. Really?   

    Play in the early spring in the Midwest and you learn your distances fairly quickly (together with using a rangefinder).

    Every shot, including a drive, either plugs, or makes divot and hops a foot forward.  (I assume nobody from the "How long is your drive" thread has ever played in these conditions. No more 270-290 carries haha).

    This has definitely helped my game, as good as a GPS is, which I use together with a rangefinder, my distances were never dialed in as good as with me using the laser.
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  12. sopel10 added a post in a topic What changed your game?   

    I am still around 11, but I am finally starting to get into 70's more often with a personal best 76 this past weekend.

    I would say hitting the ball with my body, finally starting to turn through the ball as opposed to hitting the ball with my arms/hands.
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  13. sopel10 added a post in a topic How Would You Play It? (9th at Belmont CC, Fresno, CA)   

    I don't see myself hitting a driver there.  Out of bound on both sides, long second shot if I wanted to go for the green. Even if you had 200 yards left, you will miss the green more often than not.

    Hit whatever you are comfortable off the tee, 4i/hybrid/wood.  Layup with whatever you feel like, and hit 3rd on the green hopefully.

    Not a 2 shot hole b/c of the out of bounds/water/dogleg.
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  14. sopel10 added a post in a topic 30 More Yards!   

    That is actually a great idea.  I shall do that.
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  15. sopel10 added a post in a topic 30 More Yards!   

    Original grip.  I still hit it solid, just not as far.
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