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  1. I hit my 170yd club.............170. LOL
  2. I recall a few people calling Stevie out as a thug and a facetime addicted douchenozzle - for years - which was seen by some as an attack at Team Tiger by Tiger haters. No, it was pretty much aimed directly at Stevie and it was right on the money. Tiger's looking like a better guy every time Stevie opens up his big yapper. I may actually end up pulling for the guy.
  3. About a week ago I heard about Golf Magazine's recently released book "The Best Putting Instruction Book Ever!", so I ordered a copy through Amazon last Tuesday for $20. With a bold title like that, I figured that the book would likely just be all hyperbole, but maybe there would be a little nugget or two inside. However, after receiving it on Thursday and reading it cover to cover that night, I have to say it is the real deal - the title is right! Basically, the book is a collection of ten articles from the reigning putting wizards and gurus today, and the sections dovetail together nicely. The production values on the book are outstanding - it is printed on heavy glossy paper stock, and is full of pictures illustrating every point made. The book also comes with a bonus DVD with 10 fixes for putting ills. The book starts with an article by David Edel of Edel putter, and while it is sort of an advertisement for Edel putters and their fitting system, it really is full of detailed advice and explanation about how the eye perceives different shapes and angles in the putter. Edel's detailed descriptions how different shapes are perceived as open or closed are really eye opening (no pun intended) - one that really surprised me was how just the hosel shape makes the eye interpret things differently, and viewing the pictures in the book one can see exactly what Edel is trying to point out. Although the book only cost me $20, I have a feeling it is really going to cost me $520 as I'm really inclined to look up my closest Edel fitter now! The next chapter is by David Wright on building a stance. His "niche" is finding the right fit with grip size and stance, focusing on "angles of symmetry" in the body. Some of it sounds a little far fetched, but in checking my own stance in the mirror and comparing it to what he advocates I see what he's saying. I've worked fairly hard to achieve a comfortable stance, and it looks like what I've come up with matches his suggestions very closely - I probably could have saved a lot of trial and error if I had just read his stuff first. Mike Adams has a chapter on how to calibrate your stroke, focused on finding your internal rhythm and tempo. I tried his methods of finding my tempo, and I already have a metronome app on my iPhone so I'm playing with what Adams indicates should be my proper stroke tempo. It feels really good, and now I'm trying his drills to help lock that tempo in. Adams also nicely describes the different setups for a pendulum stroke or an arc stroke, again with nice clear pictures to illustrate. As a big believer in balance, rhythm, and tempo in the swing, I think this chapter is probably very valuable in building a repeatable stroke. Stan Utley contributes a chapter on mastering the arc stroke. For those familiar with Utley's teachings there isn't any new info here, but the large color pictures really help show his tactics better than in his books. I like Utley's simplicity and find that his arc stroke works well for me, so I'm already a fan and do much of what he says. The next chapter is Maggie Will, and she presents a "brush stroke" method which is very different than Utley. Her focus is to eliminate arc in the stroke and "brush" the ball towards the hole. It is interesting see her method and Utley's methods presented back to back, and although the conflict between the methods might seem odd in a book that is trying to teach you how to putt better, the two chapters really present a nice option to the reader to try very opposing styles and see what works best for them. Since I'm already an arc putter I'm not going to try her ideas - I'm afraid it would just screw me up - but I enjoy the intellectual exercise of understanding her points. The next chapter is by Mark Sweeney, the AimPoint wizard, and he does a very nice explanation of what AimPoint is all about and how it works. Having followed the AimPoint discussions here in TST I've bee a little confused at times what it was really about, but after reading Sweeney's chapter it is crystal clear. And I think my $20 book that went up to $520 after an Edel putter will now go up to about $920 after a couple AimPoint clinics. Mike Shannon has a chapter on how to aim at the right spot, focusing on the difference between analytical (linear) putters and feel (nonlinear) putters. I recall an article by him in Golf Magazine about a year ago and thought his approach made a lot of sense, and in this book he amplifies considerable on that article with some excellent pictures demonstrating what he means. I feel there is some really good advice here in how to aim. Next up is an article by Scott Munroe on the long putter. I frankly have not read this as I'm very comfortable with my current normal length putter, so I can't comment on validity of what Munroe discusses. Craig Farnsworth, the "Putt Doctor", contributes the next chapter on how to practice for improvement. Having just read his book "The Putting Prescription", I really like his stuff and his research into how our mind interprets the visual cues and ingrains in a stroke with practice. Farnsworth has some solid drills and mental tips - again, really good stuff. The final chapter is by Marius Filmalter, one of the latest to suddenly start seeing top exposure in the golf publications. Filmalter has a life of research in the putting stroke, and is the inventor of the TOMI and SAM putting lab equipment, and the simple thing is this guy knows his stuff. Filmalter has extensive research into the yips, and what he has learned is applicable not just to those afflicted with that dreaded syndrome but to anyone who wants to putt consistently, and presumably those who never want to get the yips. Filmalter's advice is truly golden in my opinion, based in science and research in a way that goes beyond what Pelz has studied. For those who have bothered to read this far, I hope you'll find this helpful. In my opinion this is really the defining publication available on all aspects of putting. As you can see from the chapter descriptions, the book guides you through getting the right putter, getting the right stance and tempo, figuring you what stroke is best for you, teaches you how to read greens more effectively and then aim properly to the line you've determined, and add add in some drills to help ingrain all this and some fixes for when things go awry. This is truly an outstanding publication. A final footnote. I've only had the book a few days, but I played twice over the weekend and tried to incorporate some of the teachings on green reading and aiming during my rounds. Going into this weekend I've been a fairly poor putter, usually with several 3-putts each round and rarely knocking in anything longer that 4-5 feet. But in two rounds on courses with tricky greens, I didn't have a single 3 putt. Today I played Torrey Pines South and although my ball striking was quite poor , I shot 78 by sinking putts from everywhere to save par and make a few birdies. Torrey's greens are notoriously hard to read, but using the AimPoint techniques (even without charts - just followed the basics such as finding the zero line) I didn't have a single misread. That book that cost me $920 ($20 for the book + $500 for an Edel + $400 for a couple AimPoint clinics) is going to make me money as I start lightening the wallets of my playing partners!
  4. Well, when you are at set up you should be as far away from the ball as you can extend your arms straight. Now that doesn't mean reaching for the ball but you shouldn't have you arms bent at set up. It looks like your arms are pretty straight at set up, but if you pause your swing at impact its almost like you are dipping down when you hit the ball. Your brain in turn tells your arms to bend a bit so you don't hit the ground. Look up Adam Scott's swing on you tube from the front. You will see that at impact his left leg is straight. If you pause yours at impact you will see that your left leg is bent. That leg should be pretty much straight at impact. If you can do that your arms should become extended and you should find some more consistency. I would say that this is where some of your consistency problems lie. It is impossible to bend your leg the same exact way everytime, which in turn makes you bend and straighten your arms different each time in order to hit the ball. This makes for inconsistency. If you keep that left leg straight, and extend your arms through the ball, you should see a big improvement in your shots.
  5. I think a lot just depends on the type of course you're playing and the weather conditions.. When I play on coastal courses that have predominant winds, my high loft clubs can give me fits at times.. Sometimes, if not most you want a low trajectory when you have winds to deal with.. But then there are times I play courses that high loft gives me an advantage because I'm able to carry hazards or go over obstacles like trees with no issues.. Do you play target golf or rollerball? It's all relative..
  6. Nice free swinging. I agree you've got some good movement in your lower body, but maybe get a little more athletic of a stance for those drives.
  7. Good lower body action, you get your legs and hips driving forward well from the top. Agree with Wallstreet on the arm/swing plane issues.
  8. Two things i would say (from what I see in the vid's) You're a little too much inside at the takeaway. Do you slice the ball at all? Another thing, which might contribute to the last part....your left arm needs to be straight. You break your left arm as you take it back and too the top. Keep that arm straight. If you can go frame by frame on your new camera or on a program on the computer...you will see that at impact both your arms are still a little bent too which can lead to inconsistency. You want to extend fully at impact. But it looks like you are hitting the ball flush!
  9. With this store credit to TGW burning a hole in my pocket I think I've decided to order a 13* Tour Edge Exotic XCG-4 3 wood. They have them on sale and if for some reason I don't like it I think I should be able to most of my money back out of it. Like with every club there are mixed reviews but I'm finding more good things about this club than negative. The titanium head along with the claim of more distance makes me thing it's worth a try. What have I got to loose? It's just money right? And I have lost plenty of that over the last 2 weeks in the stock market , what's another $100.
  10. I actually started hitting it further. I think the weight loss helped me turn more and as a result the ball goes further now. I was 14 stone I'm now 12.
  11. i would use it in a tournament. being beaten by a guy with a hello kitty putter has got to be demoralizing.
  12. Then I think you should be giving some of your money to me, just because. According to the US census, only the top 5% of all HOUSEHOLDS in the US made over 167K. If you dont think one person making over 150K is a lot, then you watch too much Fox News.
  13. If the girl is getting paid by the club for selling water, then at $2.35 a bottle they should be making enough profit to pay her properly. If she is buying in the water herself and selling it with the permission of the club, again she is making enough profit already. Caddys working for tips alone are a different kettle of fish, and if i am ever in the right job where i can afford to play these country club type courses, and they have caddy service then obviously, you need to be paying these guys wages yourself ... $15 dollars an hour seems fair to me .... more if they are good and you can afford it! As a European the one thing we hate about going to the US is this automatic tipping rubbish .... employers should be paying people the correct wage, and we should not have to make up the difference! As for the guys that wash your clubs etc. (I find this hilarious by the way).... if you want your clubs cleaned by them, you pay up ... if you dont you dont! Just like the guys working in bathrooms in bars in Dublin, I'd rather wash and dry my own hands thanks, and i certainly aint gonna feel guilty for not tipping them. Not when I'm paying €5 a pint. At the end of the day you guys are paying a hell of a lot of money to play these type of places, and any additional services should either be paid by the club, or the customer, but not both!
  14. At first, I agreed with you--$.30?!?! But then, after considering that your friend just paid $4.70 for 24oz of WATER, I have second thoughts. I think your friend was probably assuming (rightfully) that a couple of waters would be $1.50 - 2.00 each. Leaving the cart girl with a just-fine tip of $1.00. $4.70 is cart path robbery.
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