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  1. So, that's my "Whoo!" face, haha. It took me 30+ years, but I finally broke 80. Okay….SMASHED 80! That’s a 76! If you can see the scorecard, you can see it was a rough (or normal, for me) start. In fact, I pretty much topped my opening 3w off the tee. Then on the 4th tee I took a practice swing where I let the clubhead release properly and it hit me like a bolt of lightning. From there, was picking really specific targets off the tee and it seemed like I hit virtually every one. Yeah, only 1 birdie (my putting was 'meh'...and see more about hole 17 below...grr!), but no doubles
    16 points
  2. As many here know, I coach a college golf team. We're a DIII team, one of the Penn State schools, and we won our conference championship and the Automatic Qualifier. This is the fourth time the last five times the National Championship has been played that we've been there since I started coaching six years ago, and the eighth time in the last nine times it's been played. Let's bear in mind throughout this that this is the National Championship. The winner will get a big-ass trophy, the same as the DI winners you see on Golf Channel in a few weeks. Tuesday is our first day. We're off
    5 points
  3. I finally broke 80! http://www.gamegolf.com/player/billchao/round/3039116
    5 points
  4. Added myself to the list of going! I can make it work 🙂 Updated list @cipher @iacas @DeadMan @GolfLug @DaveP043 @Slim_Pivot @Hardspoon @billchao @criley4way @saevel25 open open Rat Scoundrels We Might Let Back In if they Change Their Minds Again: @mvmac @TN94z @jsgolfer @klineka @ChetlovesMer
    5 points
  5. I always enjoy a nice ‘slower’ controlled swing that results in a beautiful click off the hosel and the ball just majestically curves like a mallard flying over a mirror finished pond. Ohhhh the serenity.
    5 points
  6. My men's golf team won the AMCC Championship this past weekend with a two-day score of 637 (keeping the best four out of five scores). That works out to 79.625 on a fairly difficult layout at Avalon Lakes Golf & Country Club. ALGCC is a Pete Dye course that, like many Pete Dye courses, is very target-golf oriented. Dye seems to love to use visual trickery to goad players into going for more than they can handle. Sure, it rewards the long drive into the very narrow alley way between water and bunkers, but it punishes a slight miss more heavily than the reward of being 20 yards closer t
    5 points
  7. This was in the news and I'm surprised nobody posted about it. So, here goes… ‘Thank you for ending our careers': Heavy rain leads to NCAA controversy After three days of rain prevented an NCAA Division I Women's regional tournament from commencing, the event was canceled Wednesday. NCAA cancels Baton Rouge women’s golf regional due to rain despite admitting course “playable” Baton Rouge has been hammered by rain this week, with seven inches falling on the University Club golf course, one of the NCAA Women’s Golf Regional sites. Th
    4 points
  8. Recent Rory McIlroy quote:
    4 points
  9. No, Steve. Just... no.
    4 points
  10. Played in US Open qualifying yesterday at Gamble Sands, a links-like course. Open, wide fairways with rolling greens that can help feed the ball or destroy any chance of being close. Practice round went well but I should’ve mapped out a few more slopes, I think I couldve played differently on one or two holes. Morning of I was trying to find a feel for A swing, but it kept pushing. So I went to B swing which was a piped cut, not quite as far as I can hit but good enough. Tee to green, I had 16/18 greens in regulation. The two misses were short sided bunkers, one I saved for par, one I bog
    4 points
  11. I (very unexpectedly) broke 80 about two weeks ago!
    4 points
  12. Our Asst. Pro - Larkin Gross just finished 4th in the PGA Professional Championship and will be teeing it up here, as one of the PGA Team of 20.
    4 points
  13. Best shot of the week for my was my dad finally getting his second Pfizer vaccination.😉
    4 points
  14. Yours is a common complaint, and its even more common among low-handicappers. Be part of the solution, volunteer to be on your club's handicap committee. Do the hard work of making sure all appropriate scores are posted, check that the correct scores are posted for tournaments.
    4 points
  15. Today’s swings. Focused on set up again. The backswing looks a bit flat to me, but it may just be shorter. I strengthened my grip a bit too, which seems to have helped Key 3 a bit. Yesterday’s weather and this swing below are a direct result of what happens when a certain Doctor from the Orlando area ventures out off his state and goes to the northern part of our country. I thinks we need to keep tabs on @Vinsk to keep this from happening again.
    4 points
  16. I have finally completed my golf simulator. The total cost for the simulator with hardware, software is around $5.5k. Skytrak + Game Improvement Package + TGC2019 Desktop + 50" TV Fiberbuilt Mat Supertex 9'x9' screen Landing turf 8'x10' Benq th671st projector I have been able to practice daily and it helped my short game immensely , chipping/pitching from 10 yards to 75 yards. I have not seen a big improvement in the full swing yet.
    4 points
  17. The conference championship was yesterday, and it was a fun time, especially considering we were playing for a spot in regionals (we were second before the championship, and two teams advance to regionals), and I was playing for a spot in All Conference (top ten qualify for All Conference, I was somewhere between 8th and 12th, so I was close going in). We were so far ahead of third place that advancing to regionals seemed like a formality, so I was mainly focused on All Conference, which I said was one of my golf goals for this year. I wanted it badly. I had a feeling that if I shot 85, it wou
    4 points
  18. My Penn-State Behrend men's golf team was fairly dominant in winning the 2020 AMCC Championship yesterday at Peek 'n Peak Resort's golf course. Behrend "hosted" the event this year, so I set the course up at about 6715 yards, and the conditions were a bit cold, a bit windy, but otherwise decent for early spring. We had three players in the top eight, including the individual champion Ryan Meyer (75, 74) and third-place Alex Pol (81, 77). My team shot 320 (75, 81, 81, 83) and 312 (74, 77, 79, 82) for a two-day total of 632 and the best team score each day. Ryan won by seven, and we wo
    4 points
  19. I grip down on chip shots all the time.
    4 points
  20. Have played 4 rounds so far this year using my own ball, below are some stats around those rounds. Putting has been the weakest area by far, my make rate from 6-9 feet is only 30% and 9-15 feet is only 12.5%. Spent a while on the putting green yesterday though and moved my ball position forward which was something my instructor identified I needed to do the last time he watched me putt but I kept forgetting to make the change. The results were instantly better, my start line was so much better, and I did an 8 foot putting circle where I hit ten 8 foot putts from 4 different locations and
    4 points
  21. I think it depends on how many clubs you already have in your bag, and on your budget. For myself, I carry a 5-iron that carries 180 or so, a hybrid that works to about 200 yards, 3-wood that flies about 215, and driver that goes 230 to 240 in the air. I have reasonable confidence hitting any of them, given a reasonable lie and appropriate circumstances around the target. I wouldn't want to be without that 3-wood. However, I am NEVER flagstick-hunting with any of those clubs, I'm happy to be on or near the green, or in the fairway, just about any time from those ranges.
    4 points
  22. You're not allowed to post this score for your handicap, or any score you shoot on an unrated course. However, I'd hesitate to suggest that spending 4 hours with your Dad amounts to "nothing".
    3 points
  23. I've been in a scenario similar before, except I was the player who went over the time and it was an assistant coach who found my first ball as I was addressing my provisional. Yeah, it really sucks to find the first ball after it's already been declared lost. Knowing that you could have avoided the two strokes if you'd just looked "right over there" instead, but the ball was lost and now at least you aren't out the $4 of a nice ball (assuming you pay for balls, I know many high school/college golfers don't during school tournaments). There was no discussion or arguments on the cour
    3 points
  24. So I have used the V5 for a few rounds with great success. Coming from the V2 it is a major step up. The eyepiece takes a few times to get used to as you have to hold it a little farther from your eye, but with sun glasses on it is perfect. The display is crystal clear and it hits the distances perfectly. The visual jolt is really an step up when you have a flag with competing targets behind it. The absolutely best feature is the magnet. It is very strong and doesn't move. Overall I am extremely happy with my purchase and wrote a great review for Bushnell who 2 day shipped on request with no u
    3 points
  25. Perfect! And today’s my birthday! 😃
    3 points
  26. If I was a member at Quail Hollow, my favorite club would be a ball retriever.
    3 points
  27. It is called a "basketweave" raking pattern and is by far the simplest of all raking styles to create and maintain. It also evens out the chances of lies along or against the lines. A fairer way to play. Once the bunker is smoothed out (base preparation) it only takes about 20 minutes to do, so on courses with less than 70 bunkers it makes sense to do it this way. Similar to the "chessboard" pattern which is the default style in courses outside the U.S.A. In New Zealand it is mandated that bunkers must be raked thus if a player has three strokes in a bunker because it calms them dow
    3 points
  28. Nearly drove the green on a 370 yard par 4, ended up in the left green side bunker. Downhill and cutting the dogleg both contributed, but it was still 330+.
    3 points
  29. Had my first competitive round in ~10 months over the weekend. I started off really poorly, +5 after 3 holes. But then I steadied the ship and finished the round at +10, including an even par back 9. I was very pleased. I hit a lot of good shots down the stretch, and I pured multiple shots on the back 9. I feel really close to playing good golf. I feel really good about the changes I'm making in the swing. I need to do more on my short game and putting. The hardest part will be finding time to practice and play. I'm going to the driving range about once a week for 45 minutes on my lunch
    3 points
  30. Day 67. Played in a club tournament. Shot an 83 (no birdies, nine pars). Three double bogeys: a GIR + 4 putts, plus two three-putts after missing greens (one from sand, one from a short sided pitch). I also three-putted a GIR for a bogey. Eight GIR, seven near-GIR (one of which was a collar). Oh, and I won the tournament, my first tournament win since July 2019 and qualifies me for a tournament in October I was sad to miss last year.
    3 points
  31. That is a light bag! Which one do you putt with?
    3 points
  32. I know he's gonna make a lot of you eyeroll, but hey, it's the TikTok era.
    3 points
  33. Bunch of things to consider below Are you dropping the 58 just to drop it, or would you plan on replacing it with a long iron/hybrid? Are you good/comfortable enough with the 54/56 to use it out of bunkers? Do the courses you typically play have a lot of bunkers? What clubs do you typically hit off the tee most of the time? Are there holes where you would want to hit something like a 2 iron or hybrid but haven't been able to because you've been carrying a 58 degree? Do you have any distance gaps in the top end of your bag, say between your 3 wood and your lowest
    3 points
  34. Resurrecting this thread for this one! Shot a smooth 100 from the Blue Tees at Oakmont Country Club, in 20mph (!) winds. https://www.gamegolf.com/player/Hardspoon/round/3035926 My wedge game was terrible...cost me a ton of strokes. But, I'm never going to complain about an 81-degree day in April on a bucket-list course. This was the most fun hole...a 4 on #10 for back-to-back pars: I hit my best drive of the day, and caught both the wind and the downhill. I had 105 yards to the center of the green, and had to hit a little 50-yard pitch shot!!! It rolled the re
    3 points
  35. I will. How often I need a golf glove is not very consistent. Maybe I left in the heat, it got wet, I tore it, lost it, etc. When I need a glove it’s hardly an inconvenience to get one. Also, and maybe they’re reliable, but with delivering, shipping there just adds another possible delay. ‘We’re sorry for the delay in shipping…’ Just seems unnecessary for…a golf glove.
    3 points
  36. Handicaps reward "Improvement" and "Having a better than average round" and do make for more fun competition. Handicaps have been used in bowling leagues, same as golf, and I never hear anybody complaining about it in league bowling. Our golf league has golfers of many different ages & skills. We have one, age 88, that could never compete on gross against some of the younger guys that simply hit it much longer than he can. Even from the forward tees he is at a disadvantage. The handicap allows him to "Compete" and have chance of winning whereas with only "Gross Score" he would never
    3 points
  37. Well it didn't rain yesterday, so I used the Red Rooster glove for a round. But let's start with some first impressions and the photos. The glove came in a typical express mail letter-size envelope, wrapped in tissue, with a handwritten note and a card with a QR code linking me to their in-house survey page, The glove itself looks pretty much like every other glove, with a couple of stylistic deviations. The dark thumb is pretty odd, but it makes sense to me that they'd ship something that will stand out, to provoke conversation. There are also three separate logos,
    3 points
  38. All too often, a student will make a comment that something feels “weird” or even “uncomfortable.” GOOD!!! Changing something you’ve done ten thousand, a hundred thousand, a million times… should be uncomfortable. Embrace the uncomfortable! Comfort likely means you’re doing the same thing. It’s familiar. It’s easy. Learning happens on the edge of uncomfortable. Exaggerate something. Swing slower. Hit massive curving shots that go the other direction from your typical shape. Shank it 10 times out of 12 if it’s because you’re doing something new. Whatever. Embrace l
    3 points
  39. Managing expectations might help you become more confident. Your handicap isn't listed but it looks like you have at least broken 90 based on your awards. The average 90 shooter 3 putts from 30 feet roughly 18% of the time. That's basically 1 out of every 5 times. Yes you were on in two on a par 5, but whether you 3 putt from 30 feet for a par on a par 5 or 3 putt for a bogey on a par 4, a 3 putt is still a 3 putt and they happen. Try not to beat yourself up over them, especially when you're 30+ feet out with your first putt. Even a scratch golfer will 3 putt roughly 1 out of 10 times fro
    3 points
  40. Keep all the memories without creating new ones for two reasons. The more serious reason is that my Grandpa got me into golf early, when I was 3, and I grew up playing the game with him. He doesn't golf anymore and I have a lot of good memories of us together, so I'd hate to lose it. The more important reason is that if I can't create any new golf memories I can guarantee I'll have forgotten about my bogies, doubles, and triples by the time I get to the next teebox. I might need those little prayer beads to keep count for scoring, or just use my shot tracking device for scoring, but
    3 points
  41. I do remember for a period of time, this forum, and many others were discussing S&T. I believe that @iacas like most smart instructors studied it, found the good pieces and continued to evolve what he teaches. Most smart people do this. I also feel that S&T was so popular on the forums because the hype at the time was very strong, but there was really only the Golf Digest article telling people about the "new" swing on the PGA Tour. With so little information we all went to forums to find out more. Then the schools started, then the book, and it has more or less reached a steady s
    3 points
  42. Shot 74 in an Elite Am Tour event last Saturday. 3 birdies, 5 bogeys. Took Low Gross and one skin in the Champions Flight (50+) 15/18 Gir, 11/14 Fw, 36 putts. Drove it very well. Irons were okay. 3 three putts all from longer distances up some severe slopes. Still missed too many putts inside of 10 feet.
    3 points
  43. Hinge the club up in the takeaway instead of back. More up, less around you in the backswing.
    3 points
  44. I mean, I kinda get what he's saying...when was the last time Charlie Wi was mentioned? Lol
    3 points
  45. 5SK’s are the prevailing principles - if you want individualized teaching/swing coaching you can always get started with starting a swing thread or getting signed up with Evolvr Welcome to Evolvr - Online Golf Instruction - Evolvr - Online Golf Instruction Golf Evolution's online golf instruction.
    3 points
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