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  1. LocoPatrick added a post in a topic Early wrist cock in takeaway   

    For me, if I cock my wrists early, I take the club too far to the inside, and the result is always a push, push/fade, or push/slice.
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  2. LocoPatrick added a post in a topic What Relatively Common Golf Course Features Do You Dislike?   

    I don't mind one, maybe two tiered greens on a course. Any more than that is annoying. Nothing wrong with a little challenge, but reading greens is hard enough. Give us lousy novices a small chance for a par a couple of times on a course.
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  3. LocoPatrick added a post in a topic What Are Your 2014 Golf Goals? Official Thread   

    Improve my long game. It is the weakest part of my game. I have to stop hitting push/push-fades/push-slices consistently. Showing some improvement.
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  4. LocoPatrick added a post in a topic How do I keep my left arm straight?   

    I've been fighting the same issue this year. What I have found is that I have to make a conscious effort to keep my left arm straight. If I don't, I either hit thin shots, or if I pure the shot, everything is a push-fade/slice. When I focus on keeping my left arm straight throughout the backswing and during the downswing, I have seen immediate results in distance and aim. I don't make it stiff, but I do have a to keep a conscious "left arm straight!" in my head.

    It forced me to learn to make a proper shoulder turn. I was doing it all wrong and bending my left arm to compensate. I found this website to be very helpful as to how to make a proper shoulder turn: http://www.golfloopy.com/drill-backswing-making-full-shoulder-turn/. I didn't thin I was flexible enough, but I really surprised myself after trying some of these exercises.

    I don't know if this will help you, but it has been working for me. I don't have it down pat yet, but it is helping. Good luck!
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  5. LocoPatrick added a post in a topic What Relatively Common Golf Course Features Do You Dislike?   

    More of a layout/rules than shotmaking complaint. I don't like tees so far from the hole that the course uses that as an excuse to make you ride instead of walk.
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  6. LocoPatrick added a post in a topic Flat Left Wrist at the top of Backswing: Really Necessary???   

    I don't focus on my left wrist, though I do focus on my right wrist, which I try to get into a "waiter tray" position--like I'm a waiter holding a tray--this makes my left wrist flat. This helps me guarantee during the downswing that my right palm is facing down when the club gets parallel. Otherwise, I'm holding the face wide open at impact and end up with a push fade/slice.

    This is the biggest issue with my swing right now.
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  7. LocoPatrick added a post in a topic Curious - ever play a par 4/5 w/fairway w/water on both sides?   

    On a hole like that, I might just as well tee off with my putter.
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  8. LocoPatrick added a post in a topic G15 Mishap - Reshaft or replace?   

    Morton actually includes that in the price--length, lie color code, grip color code. I'm thinking that since I would like to get the 4-iron, go ahead and get both from Morton and save on shipping. I'm basically looking for a sanity check to see if there is anything I have not considered.
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  9. LocoPatrick added a topic in Clubs, Grips, Shafts, Fitting   

    G15 Mishap - Reshaft or replace?
    The shaft on my Ping G15 6-iron broke. It's the standard AWT shaft, regular flex. It was a mishap, and not a club defect that led to the breakage.

    I can get a replacement at Morton Golf Sales for $50.00 plus shipping. I've been looking at Morton, and considering adding a 4-iron to my setup since I have been hitting the 5-iron so well.

    Or I could send the pieces to PING to repair the club.

    Replace or repair? Any recommendations?

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  10. LocoPatrick added a post in a topic Odyssey Tank Cruiser #7 Initial Thoughts   

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  11. LocoPatrick added a topic in Clubs, Grips, Shafts, Fitting   

    Odyssey Tank Cruiser #7 Initial Thoughts
    Let me qualify this post with the following:
    1. If I had a handicap, I would be a high-handicap golfer
    2. I have not yet had a full practice session with this club yet, only a comparison/tryout session
    3. What works for me may not work for you

    That having been said, after trying different putters, yesterday I settled on the Odyssey Tank Cruiser #7. I was given some cash at Christmas to go buy a new putter, and now that the weather is nice was finally able to get and try some.

    I have tried different putters before on the indoor mats at different stores, but was holding off until I could spend some time at Collindale Golf Course in Fort Collins. They let you take the putters out to their large and nice practice green and try them out for real. I was able to rule some out at the stores like a couple of Taylor Mades that didn't feel right for me, so I at least had them narrowed down some.

    The main competition was a PING Scottsdale Greyhawk adjustable length putter.This is one that I had liked the feel of at Dick's, and went in expecting it to be my favorite. When I got to Collindale, it felt OK. My lagging was OK with it, but nothing special. I brought six of my golf balls with me, was getting about half of them in from six feet. Nothing to brag about. They let me use the tool to adjust the length, and that helped a lot. I have an upright putting stance, so I like a longer club. But I wasn't convinced.

    Collindale had two counter-balanced type clubs--the Odyssey ($219.99) and a couple of Scotty Camerons ($349.99). I decided to try the Odyssey. I had no idea these Tank Cruisers have only been out for a few days, and seem to be a pretty hot item. I just saw it there, so I decided to give it a try.

    First impression:
    From the feel of the very first putt, I knew I was not going to get the PING. The feel off the clubface was soft. It was great. By comparison, the PING felt harsh.

    I then proceeded to put 11 six foot putts in the hole in a row. I have never done that before in any practice session. Never. The only reason I missed 12 is because I got sloppy with my technique and hit the ground first.

    I then tried some lag putts, about 30-35 feet. My first try with six balls had four of them coming within three feet of each other, with two coming up short because I got sloppy and hit the ground. For the next round of lagging, I concentrated a bit more and had three balls out of six come within three inches of each other. The other three were within two and a half feet of each other.

    As a result, I am now the owner of an Odyssey Tank Cruiser #7 Putter.
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  12. LocoPatrick added a post in a topic possible to have good swing but not make a divot?   

    When I hit the ball well, I don't take large divots, but I do scuff the grass in front of the ball. In my very limited experience, I have found that cutting into the grass and making "pro-type" divots that send grass flying thirty feet in front of me is highly dependent on the style of club I am using. My irons are Ping G15s with a very wide sole. These tend to slide over the grass rather than cut into the grass. However, my sand wedge is a Cleveland Trusty Rusty, which has a sharp blade type leading edge, and it cuts into the grass quite easily and I get larger divots with it.
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  13. LocoPatrick added a post in a topic At least, you hit the fairway, heh, heh, heh - a companion thread to One, ha, ha, ha.   

    Whenever I pop one up from the tee, I usually say something to the effect of "Beautiful 9 iron shot."
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  14. LocoPatrick added a post in a topic Murphy's Law for bogey golfer   

    If you are shooting for even bogey going into the last hole, the last hole will explode (Happened to me yesterday).
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  15. LocoPatrick added a post in a topic To Golf Solo or Not to Golf Solo - That is the Question   

    I'll agree that if the course is busy, a single playing through another group isn't going to get you anywhere except right behind the next group in front of you. However, the rules of golf are pretty clear: A single has standing to play through. This is from the etiquette section:

    Priority on the Course
    Unless otherwise determined by the Committee, priority on the course is
    determined by a group’s pace of pla y. Any group playing a whole round is
    entitled to pass a group playing a shorter round. The term “group” includes
    a single player.

    Also see this: http://golf.about.com/od/golfetiquette/f/singlespriority.htm
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