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  1. Played a round at a new course yesterday. Noticed something on every hole as I was removing my ball after holing out. Had to fix the turf just inside and outside the circumference of the hole ... but only about 1/3 of the hole was affected. After doing this 12 times in a row, the cause of damage dawned on me. Somebody playing in front of our group was using a PUTTER to remove the ball from the hole causing damage to every hole on the course. Please don't be THAT GUY. Lean over, extend your arm and remove the ball from the hole with your hand. PSA over and out. dave
    4 points
  2. Well, I will not be qualifying, however I had fun and it was a good learning experience. I had a few 3 putts as the greens were really slick, and two blow up holes where I could have benefited form slowing down a bit more. I hit the ball well for the most part. Even played the entire round with the same ball, despite having to hit a provisional twice. I ended up shooting 88, but the other guys in my group were both + handicaps and shot 82 & 86. The guy who finished 2nd last year, shot -4 68 today, so I think he has a good chance at qualifying. While 88 wasn't what I had hoped to shoot, I h
    3 points
  3. Apparently I didn't watch the slow motion closely enough. I pretty much did not want to see that again though. Cringe and shudder indeed. I thought that male cyclist who went straight into the curb off the road was bad. Wimbledon has fast courts. The ball bounces low and skips and skids, used to favor serve and volleyers, that's not much of a thing anymore, so it favors the power attacking player with the big serve. Roland Garros, where the French Open is played, has slow courts, ball bounces high, sits up, favors the steady defensive player. I guess a fast court is like a very dr
    2 points
  4. Par is arbitrary, especially on tour, as evidenced by the fact that members often play the same hole/course as a different par than the pros do. In that case, even though par changes, the course rating remains the same, as does any given differential. So back to my question. If the members play par 72, and the pros play at par 70, on the exact same course, who had the better round...the member who shot 6 under par 66, or the pro who shot 5 under 65? The greatest round of all time, I don't think so, and we can calculate differentials for every tournament played and argue whether som
    2 points
  5. I do two things to relax a little bit before almost every swing. The first is a mental trick that works for me, I always remind myself that "this" shot is just a regular swing, nothing special. I want to avoid the ideas like "I really need to smash this one", or even "This is a really important shot". I want every effort to be the same, same preparation, same importance, same normal swing. The second thing I do is to relax my grip just slightly. You can find a thread here that discusses what the proper grip pressure is. I absolutely believe the data, and I'm not saying you sh
    2 points
  6. I seriously dislike that. I've had at least 2 stern conversations with playing competitors over this. If you REALLY can't bend over to pick up the ball... get one of those suction cup things to attach to the handle end of the club, but don't dig the ball out with the putter! CY
    2 points
  7. We're talking about playing golf right? I don't research each individual course owner to make sure their politics is aligned with mine. I can't stand Obama but if he owned a good golf course I'd play it.
    2 points
  8. The swing to copy if you want to hit all 18 greens, take a suck of that Hogan fans!
    2 points
  9. Can be a common mistake for golfers to slide their hips back and/or not turn them enough on the backswing. The rear hip has to keep "cranking" back, helps sequence the arms with the torso turn and sets up a lot of good pieces to achieve Key#2 (weight forward at impact). To do this the lead knee has to increase in flex and rotate inwards a bit as the rear leg decreases in flex. Note that due to this "knee linkage" each player's hips are level at A1 (address) and their rear hip is higher than their lead hip at A4 (top of the backswing). You'll also notice that each p
    1 point
  10. Hey kyle, thats great that even though you didnt have the round you mightve hoped for, you still have a positive attitude about it. Looking at your recap, and im sure you already know this, looks like more of your time practicing could be spent on and around the greens. Short game and putting!! Sounds like you got off the tee pretty well. Proximity to the hole on approach shots sounds like it couldve been better, but it sounds like the majority of your bogeys came from not getting up and down and 3 putts. You have a full year before your next crack at it! I think youll be surprised
    1 point
  11. And to be a 0 course handicap… the golfer's handicap index has to be really close to 0. It's simple math. The index is incredibly relevant, because only it - and the slope - determine the course handicap. You're wrong that the same golfer can be a 3 HC and a -2. Again, simple math: you multiply the handicap index by a positive number (a fraction of slope/113). - 0.2 * 144/113 = - 0.25 +0.5 * 94/113 = 0.42 Actually a 0.1 handicap index will be a 0 on every course. In fact, at a 0.4, it takes a slope of 142 to get to a 1 course handicap (it's 0.503… which rounds
    1 point
  12. It's prime time and the have synchronized diving on. This is why I have trouble focusing on the Olympics.
    1 point
  13. My 2 cents on this is it's 100% up to the discretion of the golf course. Many golf courses don't give players the option to decline being paired and it makes sense. If you book a tee time for less than a full group, the course can do whatever they want with regard to filling the slot and recovering lost revenue because your group failed to bring a "full group". I've run into this playing "Vacation Golf" at resort courses. I've been paired with groups and overheard them asking not to be paired. The starter said they didn't have a choice in the matter.
    1 point
  14. I know it's not what you were looking for, but this is a good building block for the future. Competition, especially the first few times on that high of a level, is very nerve racking. Your back nine score shows that you can compete, it's just a matter of getting used to the pressure.
    1 point
  15. Majors are the pinnacle sure, but I cannot imagine a more emotional moment than standing on the podium with a gold medal and the anthem of your home country playing..........I actually think there will be a few players who regret their decision to skip. Fukk the haters....I am all in on this tournament.....it means SOMETHING And......just for kicks....Thorbjorn Oleson for the gold is my prediction
    1 point
  16. I agree with that, but there are others factors in the US Open to consider compared to a normal tournament setup.
    1 point
  17. I shot a 73 playing a round of golf where I only hit driver 4 times. I would leave myself different yardages then I'm use to, and where I would club up for control.
    1 point
  18. http://www.gamegolf.com/player/saevel25/round/1102334 A much better round. I was trying hitting different clubs off the tee. I tried to club up at least two clubs more than my full iron shot and hit a 2/3 to 3/4 swings for control. I moved around to different tee boxes to try to make me think about the shot a bit more. Basically I would bounce around tee boxes and just pull a random club from 5 iron to 3-wood. I only pulled the driver 4 times. Two times I just tried to hit a pitch-y type shot for control. Outside hole 2 and 3, I struck the ball very well. A thing I tried a bit more
    1 point
  19. Good play @kpaulhus. Score doesn't sound so bad, IMO, especially if the + guys put up 80+ numbers too. I think next year you will be readier. But I am sure you will realize that you have broken the barrier to the next level.
    1 point
  20. Kyle thanks for sharing the experience with us. I know it wasn't what your were hoping for, but the first big tournament you play in rarely goes perfectly to plan. Keep improving the game and I look forward to seeing your results in other future events.
    1 point
  21. Golf is art.....high art. It absolutely is. If you google 'art' lots of definitions show up involving skill acquired through experience, observation, expression of emotions, visual beauty, etc. I think golf has lot or even most of the elements. In addition it is full of paradoxes and has this mystique of being inexplicably hard in spite of a simple looking motion. Watching some swings evoke similar feeling to looking at a painting masterpiece. And how about courses? Some of them in existence can only be best described at sheer art.
    1 point
  22. OMG, no! I'm taping it, don't tell, please!!!
    1 point
  23. It's all relative. The point is, he went out loosey-goosey, nothing to lose, no chance to win even if he shot the lowest score ever recorded. So maybe he had self-imposed pressure to break 60 on the back 9, but that's different from the pressure of being in contention at a PGA Tour event from hole 1, such as the final group faced.
    1 point
  24. Was not interested in this event whatsoever but saw some stuff on MD this morn and my interest level is beginning to increase. Will probably be a snoozer but if Stenson, Fowler, Reed, Rose and Sergio are among the leaders, I may watch more than I had anticipated.
    1 point
  25. Someone a page or three back mentioned that many of us only seem to post the good rounds. Well, I'm guilty, I admit it. Last weekend I had 75-73 in the Senior Club Championship, I posted about that in the tournaments thread. So Saturday, I went out in 37, but came in in 44, a frustrating 81. We had a rain squall blow through, and I made 3 doubles in a row, but the rest was pretty good. Then yesterday, 37-36 for another 73. I made two birdies on 6 foot putts, and had a good 6 or maybe 8 more chances from inside 15 feet. Apparently my Friday night practice sessions focusing primarily on t
    1 point
  26. There could be some freak accident, and a lifeguard is needed, small chance there is.
    1 point
  27. Thanks guys. To me it's just another way of doing a double or nothing, giving someone a chance to win their money back, or for me to win more! I wish the latter happened more often.
    1 point
  28. Yes, that's right. They scoop it out and bounce it once into their hand. Looks cool. I can do this from the ground with my 60°, but I can't control the bounce to come directly back to me, I usually have to reach for the ball or miss it altogether. Not a smooth move at all but I continue to try to be the cool kid, a never-ending endeavor.
    1 point
  29. Don't they tend to do that with a wedge, since their player is usually holding the putter at the time? I think the wedge head tends to be a bit more conforming to the hole size, but may vary.
    1 point
  30. Forget about the course for a few days . Go to the practice range , alone . Pick a quiet spot and take out a wedge . Set up and take a few easy swings . Adjust . Concentrate on the basics: grip , setup, turn the shoulders , eyes on the ball . I m sure you'll get it back . Then move on to higher irons and towards the end , hybrids and driver . Its no fun if you think you re stinking it up on the course . Forget the course and your scores for awhile . You'll get it back in no time .
    1 point
  31. Nike was the new kid on the block in relation to many of the other major golf club manufacturers and never gained the respect (for lack of better word) that the others enjoyed. I noticed a lot of newbies to golf had Nike golf bags and clubs and only a small percentage stuck with them over time. They produced some good clubs, for a while it seemed everyone had a horrible sounding Sumo driver in their bag at some point. I really liked some of their Method putters but I think they were taken less seriously because of Nike's desire to cover the entire market with putters ranging in price
    1 point
  32. I've bought practice nets before and they work fine. The only problem I had with them was eventually wearing a hole in the net. Not a big deal to cinch up..... This winter I'm going to make my own out of PVC and buy my own net online somewhere. I just hit off of an old piece of carpet.
    1 point
  33. Sometimes they allow them to draft for a bit if an incident happened. I didn't see this one, but there is a fine line. Usually it is allowed when they have to navigate through support cars. But they can also get penalized if the referees think it went on too long.
    1 point
  34. Yeah, I buy that it's marginally harder on a par 72 if it has substantial Par 5's, but they're all so rare that they are all equivalent in my mind. Furyk's 58 bettered the field average by 10 while his 59 bettered the field average by 12 (similar to Al Geiberger). Some course info: https://course.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/course/course/tpcriverhighlands/tour.htm
    1 point
  35. On my final day in Myrtle on Friday, I was supposed to be paired with a twosome who no-showed. So I was sent out alone. I played through three foursomes, and finally caught a twosome on #11. They asked me if I wanted to play through, but I instead asked to join them. I hate playing alone on a course where I'm constantly asked to play through. I don't play well in those situations and I like playing with strangers. You meet the best people on the golf course, politics cast to the side. EDIT--Wild Wing Avocet, in case anyone is curious.
    1 point
  36. Hell of a round. But how is shooting 12 under on a par 70 a greater feat than shooting 59 on a par 72? Best of all time? I wouldn't go that far.
    1 point
  37. What makes you say that? The LPGA was losing sponsors for a while, but the PGA and other high level tours around the world are going strong. I see more kids trying out for their school golf teams every year and while most if not all of them aren't going to play golf professionally, bigger talent pools usually mean more talent at the top. I think people in the golf business see a downturn and point to the equipment industry and course closures as proof, but how much of that is due to golf being in decline and how much of it was due to overinvestment on the part of speculators? If you
    1 point
  38. You can pretty much call anything an art these days. The word has lost all meaning.
    1 point
  39. That's pretty spot on, yes. And I've awarded you the Stupid Monkey badge as a result. So congratulations. As for the flip… Yes, we're waiting on that a little bit. But there's one thing you can do now, and I'm going to explain why doing your current piece is so important. Right now we're working on your hips turning in place (or even slightly forward during the backswing) while your head stays back (in place). There are two big contributing factors that cause you to flip: your head goes forward, and the shaft gets steep. Flipping is a shallowing move, as well as a move that shorten
    1 point
  40. If I walked into a corner store for a soda and the owner was spouting off like Trump does, I'd walk out again. So no, I wouldn't play a Trump course.
    1 point
  41. I would not, simply because I can't afford it.
    1 point
  42. I never tee off after 8:00 AM on the weekends. Every time I do, the wife is mad when I get home.
    1 point
  43. If you have correctly proportioned clubs, and at least an average physique, I wouldn't see why it's a disadvantage. I would think he should at least be capable of average to better than average golf after a reasonable period of learning and practice. Yao may have less than average dexterity / coordination, though, because he was essentially selected for his outlier height - not exceptional athleticism. What golf requires is not necessarily what basketball requires and I would expect all exceptionally tall guys get pushed into basketball early and therefore have less comparative time to pu
    1 point
  44. Some exceptions would be if it were an ex or someone that you have a restraining order taken out on.
    1 point
  45. The importance of creating a repeatable swing vs try to kill it and control it every time. I was already hitting it 300 yds at 15 yrs old but it wasn't super accurate and the rest of my game wasn't very consistent. It took me a long time to settle down and try to create a consistent swing.
    1 point
  46. I don't see it as that big of a deal. I was never a fan of the "nice shot" comment, too many people say it far too early during the flight of the ball anyway. That's the real nuisance IMO.
    1 point
  47. I don't usually play alone or in situations where I'd get paired up but it did happen once last season. I had invited my instructor and his business partner (also a PGA certified instructor) and a friend to my home course. My friend had to cancel so the starter had a club member, who was alone, join us. The instructors played from the black tees and I teed off from them middle tees. The member that joined us claimed to be a great golfer and opted to play from the blacks as well. Turns out he wasn't a great player, actually wasn't even a good player. He spent most of his time dr
    1 point
  48. Tiger is 5'10" to 5'11".
    1 point
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