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  1. 70sSanO

    Par 3 Eagle

    Front 9 was a disaster. About as bad as I can play. Pulled it together a little better on the back. Then on a short, even shorter with the tees up, Par 3 I hit it a little thin and it released and rolled up the green a bit an dropped into the hole. First one I've ever had. One of our sons was visiting from Arizona and it was nice to share it with him. John
  2. Bottom line is Muirfield can do what it wants. But the "OPEN" Championship is just that, open. The R&A feels a responsibility to be inclusive, to grow golf, and to attract golf fans. Murfield may be nice, but I am sure there are other great venues in the birthplace of golf that would love to have the chance to host an open. I'm also quite sure that they would make changes to the course, clubhouse and kitchen to get that honor.
  3. Also after that 1990 PGA Championship controversy, the PGA Tour moved the Pebble Beach Pro-Am from Cypress Point (no black members) and the Western Open from Butler National (no women members). Cypress Point now has black members, but the course is too small for modern professional golf; Butler National still refuses to admit women members, so they are still blacklisted even though the course is a worthy challenge. Shoal Creek eventually integrated its membership; as a result, it hosted the Tradition, a major on the Champions Tour, for many years prior to 2016.
  4. Club Secretary Stewart McEwen called the recent vote "a blow to the club, the local community and Scotland." My guess is that the membership at Muirfield joined because of 1) the course's history; 2) the people who are members. I would estimate the cost of membership to about the equivalent of $30,000/yr - source pulling a number out of thin air and using estimates from Augusta National as a baseline. There is no symbol font so I couldn't use British Pound - it would be about 20,000. But it wasn't that long ago when this situation reared its ugly head based upon race in Alabama at the PGA Championship in 1990. This was even with unwritten rules about not accepting black members. They just didn't allow any. When this news broke, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference threatened to protest the event and sponsors pulled advertising from the event. The PGA considered moving the tournament away from Shoal Creek, but in the end reached a compromise with the club: local insurance executive Louis J. Willie was invited by the mayor of Birmingham to become an honorary member with full membership to come after the waiting-list period of any membership application. Willie was also the first black member of the Kiwanis Club of Birmingham, The Downtown Club and The Club, all civic and social clubs. This incident forced everyone associated with golf — clubs, the PGA, and the USGA — to look at minority access in the sport. The PGA and USGA changed rules regarding course selection, requiring clubs that hosted events to meet inclusive membership requirements. Following this decision in 1990, Augusta National invited and accepted its first African-American member, Ron Townsend. I wonder why. Note that the same "the country club is our home and we pick and choose who we want" argument was used here. They allowed black members and the sky didn't fall. I'm sure some members thought it would. The bottom line is that discrimination is ugly.
  5. DaveP043

    Par 3 Eagle

    Congratulations! Make sure to claim your Hole in One Award here:
  6. Looks like a strong field: http://www.pgatour.com/inside-the-field/2016/05/24/DEAN-and-DELUCA-invitational.html I will continue my predictions based on nothing more than a mood ring (that is also a lollipop... when its gone, I'm sad) and whatever funny commercials I come across. Actually, though, Matt Kuchar has been working his way up the leaderboard lately, so that's my predicted winner.
  7. I just feel like I should note that as members of a golf forum, none of us should really be able to accuse other sports of being slow, boring, or nap-inducing. (That said, baseball makes for great background TV. )
  8. Not all expensive putters are "gimmicky" and not all cheap putters are just as good as an expensive putter. @NCGolfer is down that way and I'm tempted to try to come down this summer and play some golf, and could bring the fitting kit. As you likely know, Edels are fit for aim and distance, and there's more measurable things that they can do for you than boost your confidence.
  9. And here's something I just read about Oakmont that is of a similar vein: And while this type of thing might very well be exclusive to just the US Open, it's the kind of hassle I could do without. (You know, in the fantasy world of me belonging to an ultra-exclusive country club. ;))
  10. And you know I'm just giving you a hard time cuz I can. Honestly, I've probably done that for a long time, subconciously. I don't really think I've changed my process, but maybe I've become more aware of it since I've learned a tiny bit about Aimpoint.
  11. Funny thing is, IMO, it would be a big hassle and mess to have a championship tournament of that caliber at my home course. The damage from the crowds and structures would take some time to heal. If I was a member, I'd vote for the women and against the Open.
  12. Exactly, it's also great for napping to.
  13. Re: putting. I can only analyze against the data the Broadie released for PGA players, so Game Golf is cool the way it is building up its database of various skill levels. So I'm not sure I can ever say how you stack up against a 15-handicapper, but read on for what I can tell you. Here is how you're stacking up against pros for the last 27 holes I see on Game Golf (spoiler: I think their system is decent and they're likely correct in identifying putting as area for improvement, if these 27 holes are representative): Ignore the "Par" row, but the "Strokes Gained/Lost" row of the scorecard gives you a feel about how you gain or lose partial strokes for each hole. Three putts are typically the most damaging, but it's also surprising how a missed 9-footer, for example, can hurt. See your #2 at Gross National. By missing that 9-foot putt (we all do, a lot!), you lose 0.44 strokes. Pros are pretty good in that range. So while I don't know how 15-handicappers stack up exactly, I will say that for 30 or so rounds that we analyzed vs pros similarly for 90s/100s players here on TST last season, the overall average for us was 5 strokes lost per round putting. In the above 27 holes I transcribed for you from Game Golf, I have you losing about 6 or 7 strokes to pros. So that's 1 or 2 worse than folks like rkim, billchao, rfkfreak, fairwayCY, among others (who were part of those 30 rounds analyzed last year). It could be that these two rounds I picked above were bad putting rounds for you, and you might average out to 5 strokes per round vs. pros like many others (or even better than that). In fact, I did see quite a bit of variation in our putting strokes gained/lost from round to round. Some days we have it, others we don't. I write that because you had written that your first putt is usually "10 feet or so"- so maybe these rounds were longer than your typical round? These holes, the initial putts looked often outside that, just from skimming the "First Shot" row. Unless "10 feet or so" includes anything less than 20 But as I see it right now by this small sample set and my own putting, Game Golf is likely pretty on target with recognizing our poor putting, and you and I could get our putting better. Overall, I think the Game Golf folks have a solid system that they are honing constantly (particularly as they improve the initial distances of putts and pin locations), and I'd tend to believe them in this case- unless I see other evidence to strongly contradict it. The bright side is that putting is easier for us to improve than the full swing. I feel sorry for the guys who are gaining strokes for putting on 15-handicappers, because they don't have any low-hanging fruit to improve!! On a different topic, cool use of the progress feature, @No Mulligans. Nice improvement!
  14. kevin2

    How to break 70

    haven't read all the replys, but sticking to "one shot at a time" is likely the only way you'll do it. There is a million and one ways to do it, but it all comes back to one shot at a time & enjoying the hunt.
  15. I'll do some digging around to see if I can note any brilliant insights in the differences in our games, but for now, I'll say this for your comment above: Erik and I spoke with Game Golf, and they confirmed that penalty strokes that you mark down for your tee shot will reflect in your strokes gained. For example, on my 4th hole today: That was 2 strokes lost right there, plus whatever the 225yd drive to the fairway was worth against their standard 15-handicapper. I had one round after a major swing change, where I think I put 7 tee shots OB or in a hazard like that. So my "Career" stats will need some time to absorb that awful day. I think that mostly answers why my length might be longer, but the strokes gained worse. I'll ponder some of your other points and snoop around. It's fun to compare people of similar scores but different game styles like this. Lots of ways to arrive at the same score! ("more than one way to make a par")
  16. Bottom line is that if you're about 100 yds from the hole. You see the flagstick had blown over and you hit your shot. It goes on the green and hits the flagstick. Stops or channeled into the hole. It could be in a position where it kept your ball from going in, or put it in an even worse position. So no penalty. After all, no one in the interest of pace of play is going to walk 100 yds up to the hole, insert the flag, then walk back to their ball and hit. If you're on the fringe of the green or pin high in the rough and the flagstick was blown over earlier or left on the surface of the putting green, put the flag stick in the hole. I'd say draw the line at about 25 yds. or if you have to traverse the green to get to your ball. I'd probably want the flag put in correctly because of an OCD thing.
  17. Here's something I just looked at, how I'm trending. All rounds (56 rounds) vs. last 10 vs last 5.
  18. This is me as well. Since I started feeling the slope with my feet, I have not really been fooled by any breaks. It's as simple as feeling which foot feels higher than the other. It's really that simple. The toughest ones are still the ones that are almost flat.
  19. Interesting to see how our numbers compare/contrast (even though you've only got data for four rounds so far). GG has me at a handicap of 19.3. Here's how GG lists me against a 15 handicapper: Your irons are a bit longer than mine, which could explain the differences in our approach numbers. But your drives are also longer than mine, so I find it odd that your "off the tee" number is worse than mine. It shows both of us as needing improvement in our putting; but I still wonder if I am really that much worse than a 15 handicapper. I'm averaging 32 putts per round. I know SG also includes distance in the calculation, but my first putt is usually more than 10 feet or so and I usually make the second putt--does a 15-capper do that much better? I know that you understand the SG calculations much better than I do, so I'll be interested to see how you view the SG putting as you get more of your own rounds in the system.
  20. 70sSanO

    Par 3 Eagle

    It sure does, but I was not fortunate to surf there (no club member with access) before Nixon granted public access and Reagan made it a California State Beach. I know the club hated that. I learned to surf at Bolsa Chica (Tin Can Beach) on a 9'6" longboard, but SanO was my favorite spot. When short boards took over the 70's I would often scramble down trails and have the place all to myself... literally. Then in the 2000's our sons and I would hit the surf beach (Old Man's) at least a couple times a week. Was part of the non-list club for a number of years. Kids surfed in the club contests and usually did fairly well. SanO is a real soft spot for me and I plan to get down there during the week and catch a few waves when I retire. Not quite ready for fighting the weekend crowds. Old guys really don't rule in a SoCal lineup, even at Old Man's. John
  21. Not fixing divots and ball marks has to be at the top. BUT, this new development of playing music on the course and practice tee has to be outlawed. Is there no place on this planet that we can escape this noise?
  22. True. I think @David in FL's point was that they were not against a "male only" club. It certainly may not have been what attracted them, but if they were dead set against that sort of thing, they probably would not have joined.
  23. I support Muirfield's right to make an asinine decision (though the majority chose otherwise). I've got libertarian leanings. I wouldn't be a member of any men's only club.
  24. Not that I always succeed in preventing the blow up, but slowing down gives me a good crack at it. You know you are in trouble when it gets to the point where you start grabbing for another ball the second after your shank or you walk after the putt that wasn't even close. When you are at that point, you aren't thinking clearly about what you are doing. Do anything to break the pattern and slow down. Stop, get the water bottle out of the bag and take a drink. Re-tie your shoes. Walk over to a playing partner and ask him the time. Then give the next one your best shot.
  25. How do you know that the hole yardages aren't accurate? He didn't say whether or not the yardages he gave on his examples were from the scorecard or from that day, nor did he do the math. Meaning, he didn't say "425 yard par 4, 60 yards for second, therefore his drive was 365 yards." You're making assumptions. You should be careful before telling somebody they are wrong.
  26. Hello All, Kicking off my account with a fun story (hopefully) On my annual back-home-to-N.Ireland visit last year, my long time mate asked me to his course for a round, he knew I wasn't a golfer, but he is, big time (6-8 handicapper) I guess he wanted to see if he could get me interested in the sport. I'd only played golf 3 or 4 times in my life prior to that day, the last time being about 20 years ago, so you can imagine how painful of an experience it was for the both of us haha. It bothered me for weeks after my return to the states how bad I was, probably shot in the neighborhood of 140s, don't know for sure, stopped counting after 3 or 4 holes. Anyway, so I have a driving range very close to where I live, so it struck me to go one morning, kind of a spur of the moment thing. Cut a long story short, On May 21, 2015 I ended up leaving the range having had my first lesson 2 hours later. From there I started visiting a couple of mornings a week, when after about a month, one of the golf shop attendants recommended I buy a season pass if I was going to come so often - unlimited balls for the first 2 hours of the day and access to 3 different golf courses for $10 a round, the pass costing $360 a year - I jumped at it. Fast forward 1 year and 5 days later, Ive hit 35,000 practice balls (yes I counted), approx 60 rounds of golf and 12 lessons, almost 40 of those rounds have been since early March this year, and for the past 10 or so rounds, Ive started hovering in the low to mid 90s, and yesterday I hit my first sub 90 (89) on a par 70 (5600 yards) Well pleased with that! So here's the kicker, the mate I played with last year, he doesn't know anything about the level of time and commitment I've been putting into golf over the last year, so as far as he's concerned, the last time I picked up a golf club, it was with him last year. I've just booked my annual trip to N.I for next month. I'm hoping he'll consent to playing me again, he's in for a surprise! Thats my story
  27. bkuehn1952

    Par 3 Eagle

    Congratulations. Nice thing about golf is there are no style points, just results. As the years go by, feel free to embellish upon the accomplishment!
  28. Hosting major championships is an ego boost to membership, and nothing more. What other reason could you possibly want an outside body coming in and dictating terms to your club? Shutting it down? My brother-in-law is a chef at Oakmont, and he's been telling me about all the changes the USGA is insisting on for next month, and that's just the kitchen. I mean, there are probably a ton of golfers just on this forum who belong at a club for so many good golf oriented reasons (eg, competitions, conditions, fast play, avoiding jackasses like I ran into on the course yesterday playing in a fivesome, etc). But most of the members at a course like Oakmont (speaking from experience and intuition) love nothing more than to tell somebody they meet as soon as they can that they belong to Oakmont. Or that they are friends with the County Commissioner. Or that they own a condo in Aspen. On and on. If the members of Muirfield don't care, more power to them. I think "no women" as a hard rule is awful, as I think the members should decide for themselves. But if they want to give the R&A a big high hard middle finger and forego hosting the Open Championship, I think as a member, I'd personally be pleased.
  29. Fellow Mets fan. Born in upstate N.Y. 1968. Grew up in Denver and been in Phoenix since 1999. Still die hard Mets fan. Only team I still follow from New York.
  30. I think he means Sports Authority.
  31. This is along the lines of the tired old argument that if, say, a particular profession allows minorities to form professional associations based on gender/race/sexuality etc, then why can't people in the majority do the same? Some people might get all huffy about an LGBT lawyers' association (for example), and respond with, "Well, if gay lawyers can have an association limited to gay lawyers only, why can't straight, male lawyers form an association for straight, male lawyers only (no LGBT lawyers allowed)?" Consider this (remember we're talking about women golfers in the UK): Percentage of golf club members belonging to private golf clubs in the UK who are women (2014 data): 14%. Source: http://maurahutchinson.writersresidence.com/samples/can-the-uk-increase-women-s-participation-in-golf The gender ratio of people who are members of private golf clubs in the UK is: 86% men; 14% women. Sounds like the women's game could use encouragement and development in that regard. If women-only golf clubs are a solution to that (not that there are many, in any case, and most were founded years ago), then I have no problem with that. When women are equally represented (statistically and actually) in British golf, then it'll be time to discuss the appropriateness of all-women golf clubs (assuming any exist at that juncture). And, as a small aside, one of the oldest British women's golf clubs, Formby Ladies, appears to be far less hung up about male golfers than the Muirfield members are about women: http://www.formbyladiesgolfclub.co.uk/
  32. Even though the tips seem unbelievably hard to me, I think PGA pros would be looking at breaking 60. The toughest part of my course is keeping the ball in the fairway or rough - lots of dense woods and hitting around trees. At 6700 yards, it's shorter than they're used to so they could play hybrid or woods all day long and still reach greens with a mid iron at worse. Although some of the greens are small, they're easy for even someone like me to hold with a mid iron (when I hit them). I think they'd have birdie chances all day long. It would be more interesting to see what an LPGA or near-scratch male player would shoot from the tips.
  33. Indeed. And if I happened to be looking for a bunch of progressive, Guardian-reading, right-on lefties, chances are I wouldn't start my search in the hierarchy of the R&A. Hence, having arrived at their decision, the members at Muirfield can reflect on the fact that even the R&A makes its decisions based on the standards of mainstream British society of 2016. At Muirfield, apparently, it is perennially 1916, maybe even earlier. Had the members of Muirfield been able to have their cake and eat it (i.e. restrict their membership to men only, and still hang on to the Open Championship), then that would, in my judgment, have been quite wrong. As it is, they get to live in their little time warp they chose for themselves, untroubled and ignored by the outside world, because the Open isn't coming back to their course. Like I said before, with Muirfield removed from the Open roster there are other courses in the UK to take its place - St. Mellion springs to mind. Those lady golfers in Scotland apparently need lessons in how to eat lunch in a golf clubhouse. Maybe some chivalrous, gallant soul in Muirfield's membership can teach the ladies how to hold a fish knife, or whatever the problem may be...
  34. Really? These are the reasons that were given in the statement issued by Muirfield: I posted this earlier in the thread. Mark Crossfield had somehow got a copy of it and posted it on Facebook. I copied it word for word. I really don't see anything legitimate in here.
  35. That would be much too short for Kostis to say. Gotta come up with TopGolf WorldGolfTour MediaHubBiz PostSwing Protracer or something. Every. Time.
  36. Augusta National is just a front for the Illuminati! I did not enter the lottery because I hate crowds. So if any of you win, you can thank me for improving your chances. :)
  37. I wish you the best of luck and hope your golf coach is right. On the off chance he's not, don't get discouraged, the goal he's set for you is a very tough one to achieve. Others have given you some good advice but ultimately listen to your golf coach as he's the one that is working with you regularly and knows your strengths and weaknesses. Keep posting here and let us know how you're progressing.
  38. Hopefully you will continue to post here, as we'd love to see how you continue to improve. Here are my humble warnings for you: It's easy to post about how well things are doing. It's monumentally more difficult to post when the improvement stops, or even backslides (and it will backslide) There are many, many, many young players who have come here only to flame out. Their arrogance gets the best of them, typically, and they get in spats with people here who may just warn them not to get overconfident. Don't be one of them. Adding distance from 230yds is not a simple matter of plugging in a new tip for adding distance that your coach gives you. It may mean changing many mechanics you are doing that are hindering you from gaining distance. Not sure if you've ever had to totally undo a bad habit, but it can lead to a backslide in your score. That may be necessary. Being a "7" is nothing to get overconfident about, frankly. I know you've had some great improvement (far better than I've seen for myself), but you're still 10 over par frequently. You'll be competing with juniors who are far better than that, so get to work. We wish you luck. My final recommendation is more broad: enjoy golf. Don't just come here and post about YOU. If you love golf, post about golf. For the sake of golf. The world doesn't revolve around you and your game. There are lots of good people here, and we'll quickly get a sense if you are here to brag, or to get tips from us without giving back anything (other than your tales of glory). Be interested in others' progress. Learn from others. You'd be amazed at the wealth of experience and knowledge here. It will only help you, and many are here to help and bond with other golfers working on their games. If you are another in a long line of "me, me, me" starry-eyed dreamers who stays self-centered and only posts about his own stuff, that'll be sniffed out, and you will not do well here on this site.
  39. Most of the courses I've seen that aren't friendly to walking don't allow you to walk at all. They just give you the cart and the cost is built into the greens fees. That being said, I don't like most courses where I can't walk and I hate courses that have OB everywhere because they are lined with houses.
  40. Other. Not repairing pitch marks and divot holes is far worse than anything on that list.
  41. 30 minutes a day to lowering your handicap. My 7 day plan. [list] [*][b]Day 1, Short Putting[/b] - Everything inside of 5 feet - I start by finding a nice straight and, preferably, level 4 to 5 foot putt. I'll stick a tee in the ground at my chosen point and grab 3 balls and proceed to stroke putt after putt. I LISTEN for the ball to fall in the hole, especially to start with. I want my head to be still and my stroke to be fluid and free of any compensations (no manipulations of the hands and/or wrists). My goal is to make at least 25 in a row and no fewer than 58 out of 60. After a while you'll find that sinking 60 in a row isn't that difficult as long as you don't lose your concentration (another great side affect of this drill). After 60 putts I move on to my next drill. As you improve, bump this number up a bit, try 90 in a row, then 120. I think that my personal best is right around 250 in a row and I didn't miss, I ran out of sunlight. - For my next drill I grab another 4 or 5 balls and circle the hole with them. I'll try to find a hole on a slope with some nice movement all around. I'll start at about 2 feet and move from ball to ball (pulling balls out every 3-4 putts) until all putts are holed. If I miss any of the putts, I put the balls back in their original spot and try again. If I make all putts, I'll do the same drill over with a slightly bigger circle. Rinse and repeat 3 or 4 times with the final circle at about 5 feet. The goal here is to hole every putt on each revolution. - For the last drill of the day, find a 4 footer with a lot of break and grab 3 balls. For the first putt, try to get the ball to just barely drop into the top edge of the cup before stopping. Hit the second putt to fall into the heart of the hole with (what you determine) is the ideal speed. Hit the last ball even harder, have it hit the back of the cup with authority. Repeat 2 or 3 times on various putts (uphill, downhill, left and right breakers). [*][b]Day 2, Short Chips[/b] - Between 7 and 15 yards from various lies - Take 3 balls at a time and a drop them in a 5' circle, drop them and play them as they lie, don't bump them or place them, drop them. Grab the club that you'd be most likely to use from this location on the course and chip all 3 balls. Rinse and repeat twice more (9 total chips) from 2 other locations in the 7 to 15 yard range. If at least 7 of the 9 are not within 3 feet and/or 1 lies outside of 6 feet, do the whole thing over. - Do the same drill but this time vary your club selection. If you think the best club from a given location is a sand wedge, try a pitching wedge instead. By varying your club selection you'll improve your feel and you'll become more creative in your shot making. - Alternate between fairway and rough lies. - Vary the hole locations from shot to shot if you can. [*][b]Day 3, Short Pitches[/b] - Between 10 and 25 yards - Like the above drill, you want to start with 3 balls in a small circle. Again, drop them and play them as they lie. Rinse and repeat twice more (9 total pitches) from 2 other locations within the 10-25 yard range. Your goal here is to get 8 of 9 within 5 feet and all 9 within 8 feet. If you don't make your goal, do it again. - Like with the chipping drill, change up your clubs a bit and do it all again. - Alternate between fairway and rough lies. - Again, vary the hole locations from shot to shot if you can. [*][b]Day 4, Lag putting[/b] - 25+ footers - I start by putting to the fringe from various locations on the green. I like to do this drill with a single golf ball and zig zag my way across the practice green, back and forth. I'll pick a spot to putt to, a dead clump of grass, a leaf or something of the like on or near the collar and stroke putts to it. My goal is to have the ball gently come to rest against the collar of the green. I'm working on my speed here, not so much my direction. - After 10 minutes or so I'll start putting to specific targets. I like to use those flagsticks that they put on the greens to simulate a hole instead of an actual hole (I never like to practice putting where I'm not holing the vast majority of my putts, by not putting to a hole, I can't hole any of them and, thus, no mental "damage" is created via practicing). If I can't find something like that, I'll putt to a few balls that I'll scatter across the green to use as targets. - For my final 10 minutes I'll do a "ladder drill." I'll start by picking a target about 30 feet away on the collar of the green and I'll putt to it. Like the first drill, I want my ball to gently come to rest against the collar. For my next putt, I want it to stop roughly 2 feet shorter than the first. The next putt, 2 feet shorter than the last and so on and so forth. I'll usually do this drill with 4 or 5 balls. [*][b]Day 5, Bunker shots[/b] - Bunker shots between 5 and 20 yards - Hit bunker shots to various locations, from various lies. Hit 3 balls at a time and keep things interesting. Short side yourself, hit from plugged lies, hit shots that need to stop quick, others that need to roll out, hit them from the far side of the bunker from a downhill lie to a short sided pin, etc, etc. Really vary things up. Hit groups of 9 balls, 3 at a time. You're goal should be to have 6 of the 9 inside of 6 feet with all 9 inside of 10 feet, regardless of the location, regardless of the lie. Rinse (this time literally) and repeat... [*][b]Day 6, Short Approaches[/b] - Short wedge shots from 80 to 100 yards - Basically a repeat of day 3, only this time from a bit further out. This time you want 8 of the 9 within 10 feet and all 9 within 15 feet. - Vary your clubs, your trajectory, your spin into the green, and the hole location (if you can). - Alternate between fairway and rough lies. [*][b]Day 7, Skill Review[/b] - Repeat where you need the most work. - Repeat whichever drill gave you the biggest headache over the week. It makes much more sense to practice what you're not good at than to practice what you're already good at. Optionally, take the day off. [/list] Regardless of your success with a given drill, spend at least 30 minutes on all of them. If you finish one, start over until the 30 minutes is up. If you can't finish a drill within the 30 minutes, no big deal. Don't rush it, rushed practice is worse than no practice. If it takes longer than 30 minutes that's fine, spend 45 minutes, an hour, or however long it takes (without jeopardizing your job and/or marital status that is). Given goals are simply a suggestion, alter these to fit your game but, keep them challenging. The harder the goal, the more it forces you to focus on EVERY shot, sound familiar? Also, if you're not doing it already, start keeping your stats. You'll quickly identify the parts of your game that need work. Focus on the "low hanging fruit" and go from there. In addition to the 30 minutes a day that I suggested above, be sure to spend some time on the range working on your ball striking and shot shaping. Vary your trajectory, your spin, the shot shape, etc. Hit every ball with a purpose and a specific target in mind. Every time you are on the range, use alignment sticks. There is no excuse for having an incorrect setup or alignment. In addition to the above drills, I like to carpet putt, a LOT. I'll usually concentrate on 6 to 8 foots to a small target (usually another ball or the leg of a chair). I'll hit 2-3 balls at a time and really focus on making a smooth stroke. I try to do this a few times every day for at least a couple of minutes at a time. I'll do this during commercials while I'm watching TV or while I'm waiting for my popcorn to start popping or whenever else I might have a few minutes to spare... You get the idea. Again, make sure that you're not rushing things. One smooth stroke is better than 3 rushed ones. I keep a few putters in strategic locations throughout my house to help facilitate my carpet putting obsession. Give these drills a few weeks of dedication and I guarantee that you're handicap will drop.
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    • We just returned from road trip where I played on a dozen or so different courses. For the life of me, I can't remember seeing any gold tees. Bandon may of had some. Maybe they used another color. .  Most of the courses I played, had just blue, white, and red tee boxes. With almost all of them, there was just a few feet difference separating them. Usually I just look for the 6500+/- yardage tee colors on the score card, and go from there.  Alot of courses are not boldly colored, except for signage on a pole, listing the yardages.. Tee boxes are sometimes just marked by big rocks, all the same color. That 6500+/- yardage, is what I play at my home course.  . 
    • For eagles you can control, being able to comfortably get on par fives in two strokes is the easiest way. Ive gotten 99% of my eagles from 1 putt 3's on par fives.  Other than that, my eagles have just been dumb luck. A hole-out from an approach shot or chip in. I can count on my hands the amount of times ive done that in the tens of thousands of holes ive played over the past 20+ years. 
    • Man, my joke fell flat there.  Ya know...I was with my grandpa...?   Also, how is throwing a club not an etiquette thing?
    • Yes the Muni in Wilmington is probably the best play, but if you are willing to drive a little bit I hear Ocean Ridge Plantation and Rivers Edge are good choices. 
    • The first two events of the year are still scheduled for the Bahamas. I think that if they do move the events, we'll hear about it later in the year. It's still four months away, so they could do a lot of work in that time.

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