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My game deteriorated at bit this fall and I reluctantly entered our big money fall tournament (straight alternate shot for 36 holes). I thought that I was being unfair to my partner because it costs a lot to enter and I was concerned we wouldn't compete. Well, I pulled myself up by my golf shoe straps and played pretty well. My partner played even better and we ended up tied for first. We screwed the pooch in the playoff but the envelopes full of money that we received for second place was a nice consolation. 

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Wanted to break 90 for 2 or 3 years even, got close a few times but couldn’t. Over the winter I worked a lot with a coach, on putting and then in the spring I got my wedges dialed in for distance. I am now regularly breaking 90, usually only a hole or two will stop me from breaking 80. So my best 9 hole result is +1 for example. 
 

I will be working on my game a lot over the winter and I expect to break 80 next year. 

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I hadn't posted anything here in a while, mainly because my game had devolved into a pile of lukewarm garbage.  My contact was terrible, my distance was consistently lacking, and it had all gotten progressively worse the more I played in my league.  I've also started a new job as the Work Based Learning Coordinator in a high school, and I've been super busy, and my swing had suffered even more.

So, I finally broke down and took a lesson.  He uses Trackman, Boditrak, and slow motion video, and the results were eye opening.  My hips were too far forward, which of course was causing me to chop down on the ball.  I was also laying the club off at the top which was causing me to come over the top.  All of this resulted in the poor contact.

With a few adjustments, I went from hitting weak, low 7 irons less than 120 yards, to hitting towering shots over 150 yards.  Now, I am working on the positions that he got me into, and I can really feel the difference in the contact that I am making.  I am going to be getting a series of lessons from my super-awesome wife for Christmas, so I am really looking forward to making more improvement.

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2 hours ago, bwdial said:

I hadn't posted anything here in a while, mainly because my game had devolved into a pile of lukewarm garbage.  My contact was terrible, my distance was consistently lacking, and it had all gotten progressively worse the more I played in my league.  I've also started a new job as the Work Based Learning Coordinator in a high school, and I've been super busy, and my swing had suffered even more.

So, I finally broke down and took a lesson.  He uses Trackman, Boditrak, and slow motion video, and the results were eye opening.  My hips were too far forward, which of course was causing me to chop down on the ball.  I was also laying the club off at the top which was causing me to come over the top.  All of this resulted in the poor contact.

With a few adjustments, I went from hitting weak, low 7 irons less than 120 yards, to hitting towering shots over 150 yards.  Now, I am working on the positions that he got me into, and I can really feel the difference in the contact that I am making.  I am going to be getting a series of lessons from my super-awesome wife for Christmas, so I am really looking forward to making more improvement.

Great! Lessons with a good instructor are helpful.

Maybe now you can begin updating this again:

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My golf game is presently in mothballs until April, but I'll be ready to go.

By this season's end, I had my first complete bag overhaul since 2009.

I'm also down to a conforming fouteen clubs, which is always a plus.

I managed that with 6º gaps at th short end--42° 9-iron and 48-54-60 wedge complement.

 

 

After a near non-existent 2020 Covid-restrictions diminished season, the whole club is jabbed and everything got back close to normal this season.

It rained most of July, but by August, I was playing somethging resembling golf for the first time in a while.  GIR rate got reasonable.  Doubles minimized.  

Looking forward to next season already.

 

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13 minutes ago, trombettista_vecchio said:

but by August, I was playing something resembling golf for the first time in a while.  GIR rate got reasonable.  Doubles minimized.  

That's awesome. 

 

13 minutes ago, trombettista_vecchio said:

I'm also down to a conforming fourteen clubs, which is always a plus.

Oh my goodness! This so reminds me of my dad. I started playing golf in my 20's and ever since I can remember my dad has carried more than 14 clubs. At one point I was lugging his huge-ass-cart-bag out to the car and I counted 21 clubs, plus a ball retriever. Hell, there might have been a Golden Retriever in their that damned bag was so heavy. 😓

Anyway, there was never any point in telling my pops that 14 clubs is the legal limit. His response was always the same "Ah, that's a bullshit rule." ... Honestly, how do you argue with that? 

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1 hour ago, ChetlovesMer said:

His response was always the same "Ah, that's a bullshit rule." ... Honestly, how do you argue with that? 

Requesting permission to use your Dad's approach to the rules on penalty shots.

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19 minutes ago, Double Mocha Man said:

Requesting permission to use your Dad's approach to the rules on penalty shots.

I'm sure he'll allow you to follow "Chet's Dad's Rules" any time you like. 

He's really a good dude. I've enjoyed golfing with him over these many many years. ... Even if he doesn't "always" follow the rules. 

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5 hours ago, ChetlovesMer said:

That's awesome. 

 

Oh my goodness! This so reminds me of my dad. I started playing golf in my 20's and ever since I can remember my dad has carried more than 14 clubs. At one point I was lugging his huge-ass-cart-bag out to the car and I counted 21 clubs, plus a ball retriever. Hell, there might have been a Golden Retriever in their that damned bag was so heavy. 😓

Anyway, there was never any point in telling my pops that 14 clubs is the legal limit. His response was always the same "Ah, that's a bullshit rule." ... Honestly, how do you argue with that? 

Even the cart bag manufactures provide for fifteen clubs with fourteen individual full-length dividers pls a discrete putter well on many of them.

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2 hours ago, trombettista_vecchio said:

Even the cart bag manufactures provide for fifteen clubs with fourteen individual full-length dividers pls a discrete putter well on many of them.

You might have mistaken the umbrella tray...

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As the calendar year draws to a close thank you all for putting up with me, and allowing me into your insights.

The golf posting season is now ended but play continues on for my second winter (it is awesome!). This year has been good for me although I still have things I would like to correct. I am in awe of all of you that work diligently on your swings. If I ever find an instructor like my first, and find enough time to add practice I will join you in that quest. For now I love to play too much. Advance Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you!

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4 hours ago, KMP said:

As the calendar year draws to a close thank you all for putting up with me, and allowing me into your insights.

The golf posting season is now ended but play continues on for my second winter (it is awesome!). This year has been good for me although I still have things I would like to correct. I am in awe of all of you that work diligently on your swings. If I ever find an instructor like my first, and find enough time to add practice I will join you in that quest. For now I love to play too much. Advance Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you!

Winter is a good time to work on changes. Have you tried Evolvr? Instruction there is top notch and you work at your own pace if your time is limited.

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My brother just got great news, he will be playing Augusta National. He kind of anticipated it as an acquaintance got the invite to join a few years ago, but it doesn't take away from the thrill of actually getting invited. Two days of golf with an overnight in the cabins. I will not be filling out the group. 🤕

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52 minutes ago, phan52 said:

My brother just got great news, he will be playing Augusta National. He kind of anticipated it as an acquaintance got the invite to join a few years ago, but it doesn't take away from the thrill of actually getting invited. Two days of golf with an overnight in the cabins. I will not be filling out the group. 🤕

Go be his caddy!

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On 12/22/2021 at 4:04 PM, phan52 said:

My brother just got great news, he will be playing Augusta National. He kind of anticipated it as an acquaintance got the invite to join a few years ago, but it doesn't take away from the thrill of actually getting invited. Two days of golf with an overnight in the cabins. I will not be filling out the group. 🤕

Well, my brother got to play Augusta and he says it exceeded his expectations. They flew early into Augusta, played that afternoon, a tour and dinner in the clubhouse and a night in the cabins. Breakfast in the morning (no menus, just, what do you want?), 18 more that morning and the par three course in the afternoon. Birdied 12 and 16. He is still floating on air. 

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