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Buckeye, both you and DrMJG need to get crafty.  Years ago I'd play with a local Professor Emeritus of Political Science.  He was old, had one leg shorter than the other and listened to Mariner games on a radio attached to his rolling cart.  Everyone was warned not to play with the guy... turns out he did not suffer fools gladly.  Over the course of a few years we'd play nIne holes twilight... he was charming and quite pleasant.  I got to know that side of him. Perhaps our politics meshed... I don't know.  Long story medium short, he was crafty.  Always down the middle, never hitting a green in regulation, but he was always close on his next shot... and he could putt!  He was always around 40-41.

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21 minutes ago, Double Mocha Man said:

Buckeye, both you and DrMJG need to get crafty.  Years ago I'd play with a local Professor Emeritus of Political Science.  He was old, had one leg shorter than the other and listened to Mariner games on a radio attached to his rolling cart.  Everyone was warned not to play with the guy... turns out he did not suffer fools gladly.  Over the course of a few years we'd play nIne holes twilight... he was charming and quite pleasant.  I got to know that side of him. Perhaps our politics meshed... I don't know.  Long story medium short, he was crafty.  Always down the middle, never hitting a green in regulation, but he was always close on his next shot... and he could putt!  He was always around 40-41.

OK. but what set of tees did you play?!

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I’m a “scratchy” 3-5 capper. 

Im a great driver of the ball, chip and putt well.

My biggest downfall is pushing hard on holes where danger lurks or take a an approach shot that “easy”.( Inside a 110 yards).

As I progressively got better you get cocky at times. You risk certain holes knowing you can get up and down.

Recently in a monthly medal I shot 83 ( par 72 Slope 133). I hit 2 approaches that bounced at right angles and I ended up in the rough. ( trees scrub and Bush).

I have to take a lot more conservative approach as my skills are above average doesn’t mean that old man par will bite you on the @$$.

 

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It is the thought that there is a "secret to the golf swing" that I have yet to discover. It is my eternal Holy Grail , my personal crusade. 

 

I know I am conning myself. It does not exist, but I keep trying.

 

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27 minutes ago, Kingkat1954 said:

It is the thought that there is a "secret to the golf swing" that I have yet to discover. It is my eternal Holy Grail , my personal crusade. 

I know I am conning myself. It does not exist, but I keep trying.

I used to think, that after trying over a thousand swing keys, if I could only combine the correct three, I'd be there.  Like winning the powerball lottery...

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I’ve been saying my short game is good (possibly even mentioned it once or twice on this forum), but now that I look at it really closely, it’s not as good as I’ve been saying. Give me a 20-yard chip, and I’ll probably get it within a yard or so three, maybe four, out of ten attempts. To be honest, my putting isn't all that great either. I don’t often get lag putts to tap-in distance, and then I miss probably half of the 3-5 footers. I really need to work on short game more. Our first match is in just under two months. If I can get better with the wedges and putter, I believe that they can turn my 92s and 93s into 88s and 89s. 

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7 minutes ago, dagolfer18 said:

I’ve been saying my short game is good (possibly even mentioned it once or twice on this forum), but now that I look at it really closely, it’s not as good as I’ve been saying. Give me a 20-yard chip, and I’ll probably get it within a yard or so three, maybe four, out of ten attempts. To be honest, my putting isn't all that great either. I don’t often get lag putts to tap-in distance, and then I miss probably half of the 3-5 footers. I really need to work on short game more. Our first match is in just under two months. If I can get better with the wedges and putter, I believe that they can turn my 92s and 93s into 88s and 89s. 

When I was an early teenager I went from shooting in the very low 100s to the low 80s, in one fell swoop.  Never looked back.  It was a combo of hitting my irons more consistent and a gaining of confidence.

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5 hours ago, Double Mocha Man said:

When I was an early teenager I went from shooting in the very low 100s to the low 80s, in one fell swoop.  Never looked back.  It was a combo of hitting my irons more consistent and a gaining of confidence.

I’ve gained confidence, just like you said you did. The other day, I played 15 holes at +9, which is excellent for me. Yesterday when I played, I carded nothing over a double. Never done that! I feel that by the beginning of my junior year in August, I’ll be shooting mid-low 80s. I’m so close to shattering the 90 barrier! Most of my rounds lately have been one good nine (bogey golf or lower) and one not-so-good nine (more than two strokes above bogey golf) For example, my past two rounds:

1) Front: 44 (+8); Back: 49 (+13)

2) Front: 48 (+13); Back: 44 (+8)

Once I get everything on track (physically and mentally), hopefully in the next two or three months or so, I’m going to the next level, from just an average, 90s-shooting golfer, to an above average, 80-to-85-shooting golfer. 

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Recently, a very good golfer, (consistently in the 70's) and I played a few rounds together. His idea was that golf sets were wrong, and a golfer needed only a few clubs for his game to improve. He said yardages of: 75, then 100, then 125, then 150 were all a golfer needs. That makes four clubs. Yardages over the 150 distances needed to be something you could hit straight, a fairway or hybrids club. He said from 175 then closer to 200. That makes six. A driver that you can hit consistently and straight, around 200 yards and a good putter. Total clubs eight. It seemed to make sense. BTW, he had a brand new  full set of Taylor Made clubs. 

 

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My self-con:

My driver stroke is a net benefit. I get about 275 off the tee on a decent strike.  But I still have big direction control issues.  I have been telling myself that I will come out the better player if I just learn to control what I already have.  It has been over a year of practice though. Lately I have been losing faith.  I wonder if it makes more sense for me to just remove some of the dynamics and settle for a weaker drive that I can control better.

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2 minutes ago, Cantankerish said:

My self-con:

My driver stroke is a net benefit. I get about 275 off the tee on a decent strike.  But I still have big direction control issues.  I have been telling myself that I will come out the better player if I just learn to control what I already have.  It has been over a year of practice though. Lately I have been losing faith.  I wonder if it makes more sense for me to just remove some of the dynamics and settle for a weaker drive that I can control better.

It's not necessarily an either / or situation.

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Yeah, you are right.  I am talking about the net though.  Yesterday, for example, I got 51 on the front, losing 6 strokes on 3 OB tee strokes into houses.  On the back 9 I was hitting straight and I got 42.  I should not be throwing away 6 strokes a round.

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