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    • 7 degrees of loft.  That was back when the lawnmowers had four legs.
    • I play all these courses regularly.  It all depends on what you're looking for and price points. Don't do TPC.  Waste of money and course way overrated.  Both Troons are excellent as are both Boulders (South is the better of the two).  Both WeKoPa courses are excellent and the Cholla is a more desert-target style course than Saguaro.  I think the Cholla is a more beautiful, but more difficult course.  I personally find Greyhawk overrated, but they are always in nice shape and have great practice/clubhouse facilities.  Quintero is generally excellent as well, and is a lot of locals favorite course in the Valley. Quintero is a tough course as well.   Sun Ridge Canyon is a personal favorite despite it being somewhat challenging, and Eagle Mountain is close by there and it is very scenic and less difficult.  I've taken lots of out of town guests there and they have enjoyed it.   I don't know what your budget is, but if you're coming from Australia I really think you should look into working in a round at Seven Canyons in Sedona.  It is truly a special place, and absolutely unforgettable.  If I could only play one more round of golf in AZ it would be there. I have played Pebble, Spyglass, Spanish Bay, all the Bandon Courses, Torrey Pines, Kapalua Plantation, The Prince course on Kauai, and Seven Canyons is on equal footing with them as far as a phenomenal experience just due to setting alone. Talking Stick is ok, Greyhawk is better. Ak Chin southern dunes is always in great shape and more of a links style course, but it's a drive.  If you're driving that far then Quintero, Wickenburg, Seven Canyons are better IMO. Hope that helps, and let us know what you end up doing!
    • Just awesome! Thanks for making this happen Erik! Quick and simple...can’t wait to give it a go!
    • I don't agree with that. Those guys all have five things in common (or these five ), and I've yet to meet the guy who fixes his flip or works on things properly on the golf course instead of on the range, practicing properly. PGA Tour pros practice quite a bit. They don't "just play." Look at Tiger's schedule when he was winning everything. He played a bit, but he practiced A TON. Practice lets you hit more shots in twenty minutes than you do in 4 hours on the golf course. Practice is where you make changes. Play is where you test out and see the results. He kinda contradicts himself right there. You don't "fix" those things by playing - you fix them by practicing. I don't really agree with that one either. Just have one tee shot. The times you will have to hit a massive draw or cut off the tee shot because your five-yard cut or draw doesn't "fit" will be incredibly few and far between. Can I hit a big hook/slice on command? Yeah. But PGA Tour players pretty much just hit their standard tee shot almost all the time, whichever direction it goes. Here's some info on that whole thing: Yeah, we should all know by now that he was off the mark on that one. Spend a good amount of time on those shots. They're most of your Approach shots. I'm leaving that in because I like that he says "great" but then defines great as hitting it to about 30 feet. Cuz 30' is pretty great, and people have very weird expectations or standards with their wedges. They expect to hit it to 10'. 30' is great. Again, no, not so much. It's a lot easier to two-putt for par or one-putt for birdies than it is to get up and down for par or chip in for birdies. Again, conflicting information to "play play play!" Practice is where you make changes. No comment. To a point. This is a pretty weak one, though, and some people could lead themselves down some wrong roads, too, trying to do something a buddy with a different game does well.
    • Here is one more item.... I have three in total to post:   John Richardson wrote the book “Dream on” which was his one year journey from scoring 103 to even par..   Below are the things that stuck with me.   Is you are trying to get good at anything, sit down and say out loud what it is, … in this case “I want to be a scratch golfer” and within a few moments you will end up with a list of barriers/reasons you can not… and then you plan on how you can overcome them!!!   Visual Learning was key – he watched video of Jim McLean’s swing on his home computer, his cell phone, his computer at work, etc.   Established a Mastermind Team (in his case it was imaginary).  He chose Seve Ballesteros for short game, and Ben Hogan for discipline and full swing and course management.  He would “talk” to them as a sounding board and they would help coach him through issues.  In this modern era I might chose Tiger Woods.   Worked on developing a self belief that “you can do it”, “you can make this shot”, etc.   Acted as if sometimes, where he would visualize someone like Padriq Harrington playing a shot and then “step into his skin” and hit the shot.. So IF I was Paddy how would I hit the shot, ….   A golfer’s handicap is based upon his past performance AND the handicap of those who he regularly plays golf with.  So if you want to get better, play with those who have lower handicaps.  You will learn to play better by playing with better golfers!   Broke the round into 6 3-hole groupings.  He did this so he stayed focused AND if he messed up he knew he  had a chance to begin anew every three holes.   Used Dave Pelz 3 x 4 wedge system, including writing the distances on his club,…  (3X4 means there are three swings for each wedge a 7:30, 9 and 10:30 with the left arm, and there are 4 wedges in his set)   Practiced wedges with his left hand ala John Daly.  It strengthened the left hand AND also synched his swing.


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