Jump to content

If you could send a note [through time] to yourself as a beginner, what would it say?

Note: This thread is 3333 days old. We appreciate that you found this thread instead of starting a new one, but if you plan to post here please make sure it's still relevant. If not, please start a new topic. Thank you!

Recommended Posts

  • Replies 61
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

Top Posters In This Topic

Popular Posts

Dear Frustrated hacker, You'll discover the following along the way, but if you want to save years of frustration. Equipment related: - Get some proper wedges. As good as you think y

Get fitted for clubs Get lessons Video record your swing (feel isn't real)

Dear Self, Let's spend the first year working on impact by hitting 3/4 punch swings. Realize that you have a tendency to overswing so try to swing just past 3/4 for your full swing. Know that i

Dear young(er) Ghalfaire,

Start playing golf earlier.  Don't wait until your 40+ to pick up a club.  This might require different parents so you don't have to work on the family ranch and actually could know there is a game called golf.  It might also require you immigrate to Canada so you're not subject to the US Selective Service needs and that little, but nasty, problem we had in SE Asia where I now see fellow Americans going to play golf.  Lastly it might include a career change that didn't require a Bachelors degree (and beyond to really advance) so the years getting through school and resulting job/family wouldn't interfere with golf lessons and playing.

Now that I think about it I believe I don't have any significant advice for my younger self.  I love the game and would certainly like to be better than I am and if I had begun playing at a younger age maybe I would be better now.  But I like my life to date and am not disappointed in my choices and my reactions to those things that happened in my life that were not my choices. I made some mistakes but they were small ones.  So my advice to my younger self and others is try to make sure when you get old and look back you can say "I did the best I could with what I had and I accomplished a lot".   After all for most of us golf is a game that we play for the love of playing. But not nearly as important as some other things in life.


Old(er) Ghalfaire

Link to post
Share on other sites

  • 2 weeks later...

Read the pelz putting bible.

Learn how to hit wedges extremely consistent distances.

The only way to get yardage off the tee you don't have is to get stronger.  Stop buying drivers with ultralite shafts and aerodynamic heads and buy a medicine ball and exercise bands.

Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

  • 2 months later...

Dear Scott,

As you begin to take up golf, I have a few tips for you. Just some things that might have been helpful and that I've learned along the way.

1) The mental aspect is as important to the game as anything you will ever do with a club itself. You will struggle with this and need to focus on a clear head.

2) Remember this: the only shot that counts is the one you are to hit next. Forget that bad one. Allowing it to cloud your thoughts will not make the next one better. Same with the good ones. See rule #1.

3) Learn proper swing form from someone who actually knows the swing. Don't allow yourself to practice the wrong things.

4) Stop trying to kill the ball. You do not need to over swing. An efficient, fluid swing will help you hit better, more consistent, shots.

5) If you want to score better, you need to practice and become a strong short game player. A well placed pitch/chip saves you more strokes than any big drive or long iron could. Most importantly, you need to be able to putt. Even on a great day, you will putt more than any other shot. Do it well. When you do, it will give a confidence boost that will help all of other shots.

6) Be patient with yourself and learn from your mistakes.

7) After a round, remember your good shots and forget the bad ones. I still haven't figured this one out but maybe if you start thinking about it but perhaps a head start will help.

Most importantly, relax and enjoy the game. Letting your passion to play well to get in the way of having fun does not make any sense at all.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Wow good topic here. I was in my teens when I started. I had a few pros who were mostly the Bagger Vance types who would stand on the range and spout Golf Digest like tips to me and I never really progressed as fast I should have and then relied very heavily on my short game to get better. An older me would have made me better sooner.

1. The divot comes after hitting the ball, way after the ball, for pros 3-5 inches. To many that would have obvious, to me that was a lightbulb moment.

2. Hit up on the driver.

3. Watch the right elbow position of Hogan when he swings. That is the ideal right elbow position. Everything else Hogan you can probably ignore because you will never get there.

4. Pay attention to how pro's close the clubface. They do it much earlier than I originally thought.

Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

Golf appeals to the idiot in us. When I look back I can see that idiot in me - I thought to myself hey I have good hand and eye coordination, how hard can this game be ( but the mind was not coordinated - it reminds me of Bobby Jonnes quote - Golf is a game that is played on a five-inch course - the distance between your ears ).

I would stop being an idiot and take lessons.

Golf, like the measles, should be caught young, for, if postponed to riper years, the results may be serious. ~P.G. Wodehouse, A Mixed Threesome , 1922

Link to post
Share on other sites

Fun Thread!

I'm going to be greedy and send three notes:

1) To myself when I was 18: Don't join the Army, stay in school and go play golf for Michigan State like some of the guy's did that you were already beating in highschool (and spend 5 hours a day on your short game).

2) To myself when I was 23: If you did join the Army, get out by 1990, stay in great physical condition, turn pro and try to jump on the "Bomb and Gouge" freight train that's coming in a few years (and spend 5 hours a day on your short game).

3) To myself when I was 9: I know you already spend at least 2 hours a day working on your short game, but you should probably be doing 5 hours a day

OK,,OK,,,if I can only send one message it's: Spend 5 hours a day on your short game!!!

Link to post
Share on other sites

I'd send myself Bobby Clampett's book.  As a self taught golfer I spent the first several years trying to hit the ball by flipping the clubhead through impact.  Took me years to unlearn.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Take the game more seriously.  Make better use of those lessons dad is offering you.  Make better use of the instruction your high school coach is giving you.  You're gonna wish you're a lot better at this 10 years from now.

I've been playing golf casually since I was 14 (I'm almost 28 now...so half my life), but I never really tried to get good at it until two years ago.  At this point, I have much less time and I have to put up my own money to get better.  I had great opportunities to improve back then, and I just didn't take advantage.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Take lessons, and actually listen and apply them to your golf game.

And then of course my 7 year old self would go off and do the exact opposite. Damn you my old 7 year old self.

Link to post
Share on other sites

To my 12 year old self:

1. Find a new game!

Just kidding. I love golf...most of the time.

In reality:
1.  Practice more, take lots of lessons, and take golf more seriously.  That way when you're 27 you'll kick ass at golf and won't have to try as hard to be any good.

Link to post
Share on other sites

1st when you had the chance to ditch your first wife, the one that kept you from golfing for 8yrs, before your dumb butt married her, ditch her.

2nd Find your seconds and current wife, the one that like to ride along when you go golfing, punch her first meatheaded husband in the face, before she marries him, then marry her.

3rd Start Golf with your wife in your 20's like you wanted to.

On the course.

1. Its about you and the course, Man VS nature, not about that knucklehead with the $500 driver swinging to the fences.

2. Its about your game and playing to its limits, not trying to keep up with the knucklehead in #1

3. Practice more, then practice more, then practice more, then practice more, and when your are done, practice more. Great teams dont get that way by figuring things out during the game, they do it in practice.

4. You are right to take the time to take care of your clubs, cleaning the dirt off them before winter storage, keeping the grooves clean ect.

5. Pay as much as you can for a comfortable pair of golf shoes. Dont be tempted buy that $20 pair at kmart.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Note: This thread is 3333 days old. We appreciate that you found this thread instead of starting a new one, but if you plan to post here please make sure it's still relevant. If not, please start a new topic. Thank you!

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Want to join this community?

    We'd love to have you!

    Sign Up
  • Support TST Affiliates

    TourStriker PlaneMate
    Golfer's Journal
    FlightScope Mevo
    Use the code "iacas" for 10% off Mevo and the code "iacasfeb21" for 10% off SuperSpeed.
  • Posts

    • Edel has released new wedges (the "SMS Wedges" or "Swing Match System Wedges"), and they're being discussed here: I'll keep this topic open, as it's still got good information, but please consider posting in the new topic instead.
    • Edel: "The Swing Match System Wedges are the most exciting technology brought to the wedge category since, well, ever. Our new Swing Match Weighting Technology allows you to finally fit a wedge to your swing. With three machined out weight ports and interchangeable weights to optimize the club to your swing. In our internal studies, testers showed a 44% increase in accuracy down range in distance and lateral dispersion combined. 80% of testers saw their best spin results with the weight somewhere other than center." Wedges - Edel Golf Edel Wedges are designed & manufactured from the ground up. Proper bounce & sole design make our hand-ground wedges perform where it matters most; at impact. Edel SMS Wedges Edel wedges have been a favorite of mine since their introduction about nine years ago: Edel wedges tend to be higher-bounce wedges with grinds that provide varying amounts of heel and toe relief and, contrary to a lot of low-"faux"-bounce options from Vokey and other wedge makers, a typically narrow, higher-camber sole. Many wedge makers like wider soles with lower bounce because amateurs often mistakenly think they want a low-bounce wedge, but the wide sole acts to increase the effective bounce of the club(s). The wide sole also reduces versatility. The new SMS wedges reduce the lineup to four grinds, the C-, T-, V-, and D-Grind. C-Grind: The C-Grind is a cambered shaped grind with lower bounce and a wider sole; this grind is optimal for golfers with shallow to moderate angles of attack with a smaller divot. This is a shotmakers wedge. The extra sole width allows you extreme versatility for bunker play and green side shots in the higher lofts; while being able to work in all turf conditions in the lower lofts. T-Grind: The T-Grind is a triple sole grind with three surfaces; utilizing a high bounce leading edge, followed by a crescent shaped lower bounce surface, and extreme heel relief. This grind is optimal for golfers with a moderate to steep angle of attack with normal sized divot. These three surfaces allow you to open the face without increasing the effective bounce for better performance on tight lies. V-Grind: The V-Grind is a V-shaped grind with medium-high bounce; this grind is optimal for golfers with a moderate to steep angle of attack with a larger divot. Inspired by our most popular DVR grind, this sole is great for golfers with a steeper swing motion. A higher bounce angle closer to the leading edge allows this sole to engage with the turf quickly; resulting in minimal hesitation through sand or turf. D-Grind: The D-Grind is a dual surfaced high bounce option, optimal for golfers with a steep angle of attack and a large, deep divot. A channel in the midsole area creates a dual sole with two separate bounce surfaces. The high bounce leading edge allows the wedge to cut through the turf at impact without resistance while the high bounce on the second surface prevents any excessive digging. SMS Weights Edel ships with the fitting kit 2g, 4g, 6g, 8g, and 10g weights. They fit into each of the three weight ports in the back of the wedge. These weights can be moved, and should be moved during the fitting, to primarily affect the spin and other important launch characteristics. In fact, according to Edel: 80% of the golfers tested saw their best spin numbers with the weight somewhere other than center. Average increase in backspin was 10.04% from lowest spinning location to highest spinning location of weight Golfers averaged about 40% improvement in carry and lateral distances to the target when fit with the SMS system and the proper weight configuration for that player. Stock wedge will come with two 2g and one 8 gram weight: 2g is Titanium, 4g is 304 Stainless Steel, 6g, 8g, and 10g are Tungsten. Edel SMS wedges are: Forged from soft Japanese 1025 carbon steel Bounce and Sole precisely CNC machined to the tightest tolerances in the industry Full face coverage groove profile Micro Engraved face texture for maximum surface texture roughness CG optimized through shortened hosel length Precisely applied cream chrome finish Customized hand-stamping and paint fill The grinds are, in order from C to T to V to D, generally accepted for the firmest to the softest conditions, or the shallowest to the steepest angles of attack. The grinds, their amounts of bounce, etc. can be seen in this image. For example, the V-Grind goes from 12° bounce in the 48° wedge to 15.5° in the 54° and 30° in the 60° wedge. But… Typical bounce numbers on wedges are somewhat arbitrary. They're almost all "effective bounce" that really has no standard. Edel SMS wedges have no bounce # on the sole. The forgiveness in a wedge is in the sole design, and depends or is related to the golfer's delivery, the lie, etc. Every Edel wedge, every grind and sole, has a specific purpose. Bounce is a function of the delivery, the shaft angle, and many other factors, and no bounce angle makes you a "better wedge player," but finding the proper bounce and grind that fits your delivery can help you be more consistent with what you are doing. Fitting There are three main goals to a fitting: Optimize back spin. Optimize Face-to-path Dial in Directional and Distance Dispersion Most fittings will start with roughly five 60-yard shots with your current highest-lofted gamer wedge to determine and measure (roughly a 3/4 shot): Angle of Attack Swing Speed General Ability Baseline numbers for improvement If the golfer is steeper, start with the V-Grind and explore possibly using the D-Grind. If they're shallow, start at the C- and consider moving to T- or possibly V-. Hit shots with a 2-8-2 configuration to find the proper grind. Then, hit five shots each with the 8 weight in the toe, heel, and center to compare spin numbers. The necessary location will become obvious for most based on their feel, the sound and the launch monitor numbers. Fit for the shaft next by using the lowest lofted full swing wedge (most likely the 50° wedge), and optimize speed and spin. Paying attention to the transition will help determine the shaft weight and flex. Then come back to adjust for the heavy weight by using either the 4, 6, 8, or 10g weight. Photos Wedge Face at Address Full Face Grooves for More Spin All Over the Face "We know wedges are the ultimate utility club and the SMS wedges are designed to enhance the versatility you need. Our full face groove pattern gives you more groove coverage to ensure you get spin when you need it, whether you’re hitting a full shot or a laid-flat flop shot out of the deep rough. The laser engraved diamond texture increases the face texture for even more spin." C-Grind Versus my Driver Grind (all 54°) The C-Grind is a Cambered grind with lower bounce (and thus a wider sole) which favors a shallower AoA and firmer conditions. T-Grind Versus my Driver Grind (all 54°) The T-Grind is a Triple grind sole (with a high-bounce very narrow leading edge, a lower-bounce crescent-shaped middle, and relief in the back), allowing you to open the face without increasing the effective bounce. V-Grind Versus my Driver Grind (all 54°) The V-Grind is a V-shaped grind with medium-high bounce and is inspired by the DVR (driver) grind from the previous line of wedges. The high-bounce leading edge interacts with the turf quickly, while more severe heel- and toe-relief provide some versatility. D-Grind Versus my Driver Grind (all 54°) The D-Grind is a Dual-grind sole (also called a "bullet cut" sole) with a channel cut through a moderate bounce plane which provides two effective high-bounce surfaces. Edel SMS Wedge Fitting Kit T-Grind Fitting Weights Grinds and BB&F Ferrules (C-, T-, V-, and D-Grinds shown left to right) V-Grind Lots (50°, 54°, 58°) Hosel Stamping Face Texture Options Two options are available: A standard, essentially pre-built wedge (with the shaft, grip, etc. that you order), that has a standard ferrule and loft stamped with no custom stamping. The same standard wedge with custom paint fill colors, an exclusive BB&F ferrule (black and silver or the exclusive Edel red, black, and silver), and stamping for your name, initials, etc. on the back of the wedge in one of three styles (Monogram, Leaderboard, or Scattered). Many, many shafts are available, with the stock being the Nippon Modus Wedge Shaft. But all 15 options are (graphite shafts are marked as such, others are steel): KBS Hi-Rev 2.0 115 (R) KBS Hi-Rev 2.0 125 (S) KBS Wedge 110 (R) KBS Wedge 120 (S) KBS Tour-V Wedge (125g, S) KBS C-Taper 120 (S) True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 Nippon NS Pro Zelos 7 (R) Nippon NS Pro 950 GH (R) Nippon NS Pro 950 GH (S) Nippon NS Pro Modus3 Wedge 105 Nippon NS Pro Modus3 Wedge 115 Nippon NS Pro Modus3 Wedge 125 Graphite: KBS Max Graphite Iron 65 Graphite: Paterson Kinetic Ballistic KG95 A sixteenth shaft, the NS Pro Modus3 115 shaft is given in a +1" length, too. The grips will be the Golf Pride Tour Velvet grips. MSRP MAP on the standard wedges (the non-custom ones) is $199.99. MAP on the custom wedges is $225. The weights, btw, will be solidly affixed to your wedge heads. I've asked if they're still screwed in, but cemented in (with Loctite or something else semi-permanent), or what, and am awaiting word.
    • Sorry I’m late to the party…but damn….congrats! That’s awesome!
    • Thanks to everyone who let me share the moment with ya.  @David in FL, @paperclip, @measureoffsetinnm, @Shindig, @ChetlovesMer, @Zippo, @TourSpoon, @overfade, @Double Mocha Man, @Nail, and @ncates00--thanks for the comments and encouragement!   You'll definitely get there.  Maybe when ya least expect it--then...boom! Haha.  Thanks, Zippo.  My wife took a 'normal smile' pic, and, well...let's just say I'm not photogenic.  'Whoo! face' won out. Wade
    • Day 130 (16 May 21) - went back to the Day 21 drill of last year’s 30 Day Covid-19 plan, i.e. low point drill.  Too many strokes lately that were fat, especially the irons.  Took a thin towel, 8i and foam golf balls worked on the downswing to get more consistent impact of ground after the ball.  
  • Today's Birthdays

    1. abco72
      (59 years old)
    2. Bccgolfpro33
      (34 years old)
    3. BogeyDylan
      (25 years old)
    4. curtanderse
      (37 years old)
    5. Finn chou
      Finn chou
      (23 years old)

  • Create New...

Important Information

Welcome to TST! Signing up is free, and you'll see fewer ads and can talk with fellow golf enthusiasts! By using TST, you agree to our Terms of Use, our Privacy Policy, and our Guidelines.

The popup will be closed in 10 seconds...