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I have been reading on the site for a couple weeks and finally joined after reading 1000's of posts and enjoying this community. I wanted to say thank you for all of the information shared on this site. It is a great help and gives so many people great enjoyment. I am a former professional athlete who took up golf to fill the void of completion. I gave it up for a wife and two little ones, but moved onto a course 2 years ago and took up the game again. To say i am hooked is quite the understatement. I am in the process of improving my swing consistency and have dropped my handicap from 17 to 11.5 this year. Thanks again to everyone for all the info shared here. It ally is a gift. By the way, GOUS is a Golfer Of Unusual Size.
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