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    • I voted 6/7. I’m going to hit most greens with a 6 or 7. My percentage drops once I have a 5 in hand. Most courses I play I’m long enough that I’m not hitting many long irons. I do play back tees at some courses just so I set myself up with more long irons for practice and I have hit a lot more greens with a 4 iron than I thought I would..... but I still don’t like the shot. 
    • 10 Golfing Goals For 2021 1) Enjoy yourself – Golf shouldn’t be taken too seriously unless your living relies upon you playing well. Enjoy your golf with Down to Earth Golf, your playing partners’ company and the fresh air and surroundings in 2021, it is your hobby after all! 2) Birdie every hole on your course – A fun goal for this year could be to birdie every hole at your home club (if you’re a member of a club). It sounds very doable but you’d be surprised just how long it may take. It will also add an element of pressure to your game when you only have one or two holes left to birdie. 3) Play in an Open – Opens are great because they offer competitive golf on different courses and are also great ways to play nice places for less than the standard green fee, usually with 36 holes and/or food included. You’ll get to test your skills under competition on a new course and meet new people. 4) Go on a golf break – If you already go on a golf break each year then great, but many golfers don’t manage to take the clubs away with them. They can be a pain to organise but set yourself a date and, with four or more of you, you’ll be able to find some great deals both home and abroad. 5) Play a top 100 course – Playing Turnberry, Royal County Down or Sunningdale might be expensive, but if you give yourself time to save up it will be worth it. Besides, those three are right up the top of our rankings and there are plenty of other great courses further down that can be more affordable to play than you might think. 6) Improve your short game and putting –  Pretty much every golfer in the world, barring the world’s top 50, needs to improve their short games. Make time to practise your short game and putting this year, whether that be some great chipping drill. This really is the area that can make such a difference to your scores and will be the catalyst for lowering your handicap. 7) Improve your golf fitness – A common new year’s resolution is to get fitter and improving your golf fitness, things like flexibility and power, will help your game and keep energy levels up 😎 Have some lessons – Even if it’s just two or three, some lessons with the right person should improve your golf this year. Swing changes are tough but rewarding once you’ve made it out the other side. 9) Learn some new shots – Do you struggle to play the draw? Can’t quite hit the punch? Only ever play a bump and run around the greens? Expand your arsenal in 2019 by learning some new shots. The best golfers out there can hit pretty much every shot under the sun, whilst many amateurs are reduced to their stock fade and chip and run. Perhaps learn how to play that high, floating lob shot, or the penetrating low draw? 10) Play more golf – Playing more golf doesn’t necessarily mean playing more 18 hole rounds because that does take a lot of time. But perhaps playing more golf could mean the odd nine holes after work, some more driving range sessions or heading down to the club during your lunch break for some short game practise.  
    • My wife's family is all still in the very rural County where she grew up. It is largely deny-ers going about things like normal.  When we came back from FL in April, there were no cases; now there are 500.  They only test symptomatic, so who knows the actual number, but the positivity rate is 20%.   We know of 5 who have died, and since a lot of people are related, I have been doing research to see where they are in her family.  The County has a nice website, but it is only showing 2 deaths, up from 1 two days ago, so that speaks to the credibility of the site. Pillars of the community are infected, but take no precautions.  The owner of the hardware store has it, does not allow the store to have a mask mandate, and scoffs at anyone wearing one. Personal Choice is not an effective way to fight a pandemic.
    • I had posted a recap on the goal thread so this may be repeated some. I didn’t post goals this year so I don’t have anything to compare my year to but I did actually accomplish a lot in my game this season.  1. Putting Improvement- I switched to a claw. All offseason I kept my putter in the bedroom and daily I would take a grip and stroke the putter across the wood floor keeping the putter online using the wood as a guide. Didn’t hit balls but I made thousands of putting strokes in the bedroom. I also switched from my Anser to a Craz-e. Really like the way the ball jumps off the face. Let’s me use a shorter stroke easier to keep online. I’ve made more birdies this year and at least part of that is due to my putting. It’s also due to hitting more GIR.  2. hit more GIR. I accomplished this by doing 2 things. I dialed in my wedge game. I was very good from 100 yards in this year. Just hitting the green was never enough. I was putting wedge shots into the correct quadrant of the green. Closer proximity means shorter putts and more birdies. I also was more creative with my approach shots. I was very accurate from 180 in this year. I used more 3/4 shots and flighted the ball down at times when in the wind or simply because the 3/4 punch gave me a better yardage to the stick than a full shot would. I really focused on my distances this year and added 3/4 shots with virtually every club to my stock yardages along with full shots. All in all I rarely failed to hit 50% GIR in a round. Most rounds I hit 12-14.  Had some hi lights this year to speak of. Multiple times I made double digit runs of bogey free holes. One day I started +5 through 3 then made pars from 4-16. Couple times made 8/9 pars or better on a side this year. 
    • That's what I wrote, yeah. If it's in two areas, the general area is last (i.e. if it's in the general area and any other area, it's treated as in the other area). The rest, @Darkfrog, follow the order: penalty area, bunker, putting green. So a ball in the penalty area and a bunker is treated as being in the penalty area, not the bunker. Beach bunkers that feed down into water can be one situation, and putting greens with PA lines on them or which just fall off into a bunker (pretty rare, sure) would be another. The Rules just establish the order, though, they don't say whether those situations exist. 🙂 I typed up my notes for Rule 3 yesterday but didn't copy them over here. I'll do that and Rule 4 today.
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