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About onkey

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    No-talent A-clown

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  • Your Location SW Illinois

Your Golf Game

  • Handicap Index 7.4
  • Handedness Righty
  • GAME Golf Username Randal
  1. After mulling over this for the past year, I finally invested some time to figure out my distances.  I still haven't dialed them in as well as I would like, but they are getting close.  I can't get over just how effective this method is.  I no longer need to get the "feel" for a shot.  I get the distance, check the chart and use the appropriate swing/club.  It's so much easier to strike the ball cleanly and accurately when you are not taking a full swing.  I no longer get disappointed when I think I hit the right shot only to come up well short and long because my eyes, brain, and muscles haven't "felt" the right distance.
  2. Does Altitude Matter?

    I just played at 7000 ft and I didn't find this to be necessarily true.  It seemed that instead of how high you hit the ball, the length of time the ball spent in the air was more important.  I definitely got more of a boost with my driver/3-wood/hybrids than I did with my short irons--but some of that can also be attributed to firm playing surface. Regardless, the extra "boost" you get with altitude was obvious.  I normally try to play from ~6300 yds.  In this case I played from 7300 yds and really didn't find it to be any more challenging.  I was a bit intimidated when faced with a 498 yd par 4, but a good drive and a well struck 4-iron left me with an easy 2-putt par and gave me plenty of confidence to finish out the day.
  3. Predict Your Handicap One Year From Now

    Worse.  It's down 5 strokes from last year, but I don't feel I am any better than I was.  I'm sure I'll come back to reality at some point.
  4. My Swing (Jeremie Boop)

    I fought the flip for a long, long time.  All the mechanical stuff I worried about never really helped.  I reduced my backswing a bit and that helped, but a simple swing thought worked wonders.  The problem was that I was too preoccupied on hitting the ball where it is positioned and that's part of what leads you to release right there.  Instead, I thought about throwing the club head at the target.  If you actually throw your club at the target, your release will be right where you want it.  Maybe you should try using your normal swing to throw a club (or a similar substitute) at the target and record that.  I'd be willing to bet your release would be in a much better position.
  5. The "Stop Conning Yourself" Thread

    I con myself in a few ways: - While I know how to play smart, I rarely do. I talk about course management with my playing partners and often provide solid advice--I just don't use the same line of thinking for myself. - I am not a good student.  I receive brilliant instruction and don't do my part to make the changes that I paid good money to learn. - I am not actually as lousy at golf as I believe I am.  I think I still believe that I'm just on a hot streak and really should still carry a 20+ handicap.
  6. Range finder question

    How tall are you?
  7. From Range to Golf Course

    If you find your answer, bottle it and sell it--you'll make millions. What I do on the range rarely follows me to the course.
  8. I truly hate this trend.  Not only is it frustrating for the golfer who hits into that stuff, it can slow the pace of play dramatically for all.  The benefit to the course is saving money on gas, wages, water and upkeep of the mowers--without a huge turnaround in the state of the game, I don't see it going away anytime soon.
  9. The Definitive Pace of Play Thread

    Although I prefer a 3-hr pace, we usually take just over 3 1/2 hrs.  If I spend more than 4 hrs out there, my game suffers.
  10. They still make them, but now they are called the Project "a".  They were my ball of choice until about six months ago. Now I'd say the best bang for you buck has got to be the Snell "My Tour" ball.
  11. Opponent intentionally kicks my ball off the green

    Agreed.  This is one of the most bizarre stories I've ever heard.  Who the hell takes practice putts before they've finished the hole?
  12. Forum Profile Handicap Indices....

    8.5 to 7.9, down from 11.0 at the start of the year. Keep expecting it all to fall apart but am quietly optimistic that it might still get better.
  13. 1. Attained - my handicap has been in the single digits since the first of May and is currently at 7.9 2. So far I only endured a couple of rounds of feeling lost but was able to right the ship fairly quickly 3. My brother doesn't want to have anything to do with playing against me right now I cannot overstate the value of lessons from a the right professional.  My handicap has dropped 3 strokes this year and a total of 5 over the past two years. I am thinking less and swinging easier with more power and accuracy than I've ever had.
  14. It took me 31 years, but I probably only averaged 10 rounds per year over that span as I didn't quite have the fever I do now.
  15. Forum Profile Handicap Indices....

    That sums up my game pretty well.  I'm down to 8.7 from 12.3 from a year ago, but I don't feel like I am actually any better than I was last year.