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  1. Hey, all. I know I've been MIA but I just wanted to check in and wish everyone a happy new year. My schedule should slow down some now that I'll be going to school part time this semester. I'm happy to report that my body transformation continues. I ended up losing 80 pounds in 2016 and got down to 196 pounds. Hoping to slim down a bit more before working on putting some muscle on. I'll be posting progress in this thread for those that are interested!
  2. Rule 20-3d tells the player how to proceed if the ball will not come to rest on the spot at which it is to be placed. d. Ball Fails to Come to Rest on Spot - If a ball when placed fails to come to rest on the spot on which it was placed, there is no penalty and the ball must be replaced. If it still fails to come to rest on that spot: (i) except in a hazard, it must be placed at the nearest spot where it can be placed at rest that is not nearer the hole and not in a hazard;
  3. Though it would be better to see your swig. If you are seeing a high spiny shot with a low spin driver with a low spin golf shaft, then you might be hitting down on the ball with the driver. What miss are you having with your current driver? Sure. 1. The stiffness of the driver. A shorter club flexes less. 2. The lie angle 3. The Swing Weight Depends. Were you fitted for the club you have now? Did you try out golf shafts that were shorter in length? Was this just a decision you made because you thought it was a good idea? Depends. Swing weight is really an archaic method of trying to fit clubs. In the end you can actually have two clubs have identical swing weights, but if the golf shafts are completely different, they can feel and swing totally different. I got fitted for wedges. I tried out KBS Tour, KBS C-Taper, and Nippon golf shafts. They were all the same weight, so same swing weight. When I tried the C-Taper, I hit everything fat. It's how the club bend and moved in the swing. If you cut 3 inches off then you chopped a lot of swing weight off the club. Nope. The R15's MOI sits right where the M1 and M2 are at. The 430 cc would effect MOI more than anything. I will say that the M1/M2 should spin a tad less than the R15 and the 915's. Forgiveness has not as much to do with how far offline you hit it, but maintaining ball speed. I have the Ping G driver. One of the highest MOI drivers out there. I can slice that thing off the course. Here is what I would do. Post a face on and DTL video of your new driver swing. I am 99% sure it's the user not the equipment. In the end, you are a 2.5 handicap. You probably swing the club fast. An R15 at X-Stiff Fujikura Tour Spec might be a bit too stout for you, but it's not out of the ordinary. If you are looking for a new club. GO GET FITTED!!! or check out Ping's, Titleist, Taylormade, or Callaway's website and check when they have an event at a course near you. Talk to the people who know more than you about golf clubs.
  4. The Jason Day tweet made me do a little bit of a rathole and I got these. Sure I'm missing a lot, if you know of any, post them. OSU Notre Dame Loretto University of Illinois
  5. I've been Playing Golf for: 2 years seriously (played only 1 or 2 times a year before that) My current handicap index or average score is: 16.3, last year got down into the 80's consistently but now am back to 90's on most days. (I hit too many balls out of play) My typical ball flight is: nothing typical really. i try to play many different shots. The shot I hate or the "miss" I'm trying to reduce/eliminate is: Any pull shot really, from time to time, this will sneak up on me. Videos: ] there are a couple of swings put together here, 3 wood, 7 iron , and 9 iron. let me know what you think. I have not taken any lessons, only watched a good amount of youtube videos. I have not tried everything i have seen, but am in a period now where i am trying to sync the body up first before i try anything else. my hips seem to get ahead of my arms a little too much and that can cause some pulls. so i am really trying to take some less than 100% swings as of now so that i can get the body sync happening before i try working on angles and such that will need fixing whenever the body sync happens. excited to start this now as i have finally realized that the sandtrap community is a great place with some great guys who know their stuff. if there is any advice you can give me orr things to look into while i am practicing, all would be appreciated. i will be posting a few videos from time to time. possibly another set from a more recent session i just had so we can go from there. thanks again guys, "Swing With a Purpose"
  6. That thread turned into a small train wreck-But it did raise the question about what a player is to do if he lays his club down, it leaves a line, and then what does he do? Leaving the line there is against the rules.-But so is wiping it away. Or is it not in the area of his stance or swing? But it has to be, so what is the penalty? What is the penalty if he leaves the line and plays the shot?-Just the one under 8-2 right? What is the penalty if he leaves a line-But wipes it all away before he plays the shot? 13-2? Is it just two strokes if he does either of those things? It is not four because penalties often do not stack like that plus he did not make a stroke in the second case with the line there. Tagging @Martyn W, @Asheville, @iacas, @Rulesman.
  7. I was reading a thread earlier that got me to thinking about my future in playing golf. At some point, everyone's body is going to grow into an unplayable condition. Of course that unplayable condition is relative to the individual. I see older guys every day, out on the course who can still hit the ball down the fairway. Not very far, but still down the fairway. Yes, they may slow up play, but anyone who has read my TST posts on slow play know my thoughts on that topic. So when would you know that you no longer can play this game? Would your body after waking up one day, just laugh at your brain and say "no way, no more". Your brain might say "yeah you are right, lets just go back to sleep". For me, I will probably let my scores tell me when it's time. I play in the low 80s right now, with an occassional excursion into the high 70s. I think when I start playing in the high 90s, or have trouble breaking 100, my playing 9/18 hole days might be over. I can also see me, when actually playing is no longer an option, being that old guy on the practice range still hitting a few balls once or twice a week. Other folks looking at my gawd awful swing wundering wth is he doing, while having a good chuckle at my expense. At some point, my Grand Daughter, who is also my ride, will yell at me, "Grand Pa, it's time to go, and don't forget to pick up your clubs". ....."huh? What did say? What clubs?".............
  8. Being physically unable to play is something I don't want to think about for a couple reasons. Played the remaining 6 holes of a round with a very old gentleman a couple years ago. The guy still walked the course, hunched over with his pull cart. I could have played through but instead accepted his invitation to play along with him. He told me "walking the course keeps me young". The round was a tremendous learning experience and hopefully a glimpse into my own future. It was hard to get into a bad mood hanging out with this guy. One of my more pleasurable rounds of golf.
  9. The rule reads as such: A player must not, in (these areas), do (these things), unless it's an example of (these other things). It's a matter of degrees. If you "remove" some dew by walking near your ball or soling your club on the ground a foot behind the ball because that's where you grip the club, that's not really "removing dew." That's just a matter of incidental removal, not an act specifically intended to "remove" dew. There aren't really three criteria. There are two - the first defines the forbidden area, the second the forbidden actions. The third part is a list of exceptions, which have to do with severity (of either the action or the location, or both). Can you remove a little dew (maybe you want to use it to wet your towel) ten yards ahead of your ball when you have 140 yards to the flag? Probably, because it's unreasonable that you'd, what, putt the ball to get it there? Now, if you have a pitch shot, ten yards ahead might be where you intend to land the ball, and it may be a violation. It's a matter of severity (of the action and location). This topic has more to do with whether making a line to indicate the Line of Play (8-2) in the dew is illegal, I think. And on that, again, I stand by what I wrote earlier in the thread. I would most likely penalize if I felt that it was done to help align to the line of play. If the player out of force of habit put a club down, maybe I don't penalize just because this one time he happened to be in a dewy area. Likewise if the mark is small and he doesn't seem to adjust anything. It's somewhat subjective, yes.
  10. I answered this before. Just like some baseball "fans" delight in the numbers, the stats, etc., some golfers enjoy rustling around in the nuances of the Rules. Some find deeper meaning and even things they can enjoy in the Rules. If it's not your bag of nuts, just avoid reading them. Or at least commenting as negatively as you did on them. In other words, your second sentence is in opposition to the first. That's not only stupid, it's wrong. We don't ban people here except in incredibly rare cases, and those people have done a lot to deserve it. Nobody's debating that. We can read the Decisions under 8-2. Again, I'll just say this: I did not. To expand on that from before, I believe you're mostly referring to this post of mine: @GLFTPS, contrary to your repeated assertions that it's 14-3 at issue, a club along a player's toes is a breach of the rules because it's "a mark placed by the player or with his knowledge, for the purpose of indicating the line of play". That's it. The club indicates the line of play. It's not an "abnormal use" of equipment. Additionally, the mark does not have to be ON the exact line of play in order to "indicate" the line of play. In fact, placing a club perpendicular to the line of play and six inches outside of the golf ball would also be a violation of 8-2. The mark simply has to be close enough to the line of play (which includes a "reasonable distance" to both sides) and placed to indicate the direction. Between your toes and the ball counts. At the time of the post I think you've misunderstood (back on the first page), I was pointing out that the "line of play" doesn't include ONLY the line itself, but a "reasonable" distance to each side. I didn't think you thought it was illegal under 14-3 because that doesn't make much sense: the decision is under 8-2. I thought you were suggesting that only something on the exact "line" counted as being capable of indicating the Line of Play. Just as with walking ahead and leaving footprints from much earlier in the thread, the proximity matters. If I put a foot print in the dew fifteen inches in front of the ball within the general region defined as my Line of Play, I'm a lot more likely to use that foot print to indicate the line of play than one that's 30 feet ahead. Just the same as if I put a tee in the ground 15" in front, or a club along my toes.
  11. quitting playing is just like quitting cigarettes, I've done so many times. Actually, concerning the latter, I've not indulged since about 1976. I will be 75 in July
  12. @Ernest Jones if you look to the right of the roster, it will give you the deadlines for editing your Roster for each of the 4 rounds. You can set this up specific to your time zone.
  13. Happy new year folks I got myself a set of (half decent) clubs about three month ago to learn with after receiving an absolutely terrible set a couple of year ago as a gift(I know that sounds ungrateful but these hurt my poor little hands when I tried them on a range, skanky Dunlop 65i's ?). Anyway now am obsessed with learning how to play well, not great as I am well late to the game, (mid 40's so not about to give up reasonable IT career for a shot at the tour!!!!) but wanted to get a solid grasp of fundamentals to ensure if I carry on the obsession I can do so without fear of humiliation. Have taken a few lessons from pro at local course and am enjoying immensely. My question is fairly broad, where does one start? I am hitting a range up to 5 times a week and feel am getting better at recognising a decent hit of a ball and the awful shots are ever so slightly becoming fewer and fewer but this is on a range with a target as wide as a small village to go at, no trees in the way obviously. Went to a local 18 holer, all par 3 bar 1 par 4 and the difference a) on grass as opposed to mats b) with pesky things in the way was a real eye opener. Lost balls a plenty, birds disturbed in their natural habitat was the norm, virtually no decent shots at all. Is this the norm for someone coming from 12-14 weeks of learning to grip/present/swing/hit on range to jumping into where the fun is? Also, how does one decide what is a good course/club to become a member of? There are a few round my way with varying costs from £450 for a 9 hole "normal" course with another 18 hole par 3's to £900 for a course which is a full 18 hole course. What should a newbie be identifying as must haves at a potential club/course? Some have driving ranges, some don't. Some are more closed in, like the 18 hole par 3's I played for instance, not much forgiveness for someone who isn't yet the straightest hitter consistently, some are more open targets due to being built on more space. This is North Manchester, England, and it has been known to rain occasionally, some look like swimming pools when a downpour occurs, some seem to drain the wet stuff away. I'm really struggling to identify what would help me get the most pleasure/enjoyment and help develop a game that I'm, at some point, not afraid to start registering scores to understand my personal handicap and maybe even to enter a local competition in future maybe?,(Which I also had a question surrounding, at what point does a beginner golfer become confident enough to enter a local competition, how much of the rules does one need to know off by heart, what are the musts and must nots of local comp play, do you need to be a certain level to enter etc...)? Any advice is gratefully received ladies and gents. Cheers Paul.
  14. Your phone might take better high-speed footage… no? And, mind your camera angles: https://thesandtrap.com/b/playing_tips/filming_your_swing Your body contributes little to the backswing OR downswing. Look at how straight your arms are at impact, and how relatively square your body is, too.
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    I started playing after 50. I soon discovered it was a race to find a decent swing before my body started to give out. I'm still trying, but I can tell with each year the goal becomes a little tougher. I've seen older folks play what I consider to be really good golf - the type I'd like to someday play. I don't have a problem playing from shorter tees... hit my driver as long as I can, make the next shot easier. Then execute the shots that don't require as much "youth". That sounds like a lot of fun to me!
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    No your post was clear. My getting beat by a girl remark, was just on me. Nothing more intended. Me personally, I am at my long game distance limits. I can carry my driver 220, with course conditions allowing for any roll afterwards. About the only thing I might have left to do is to have my wife inject some WD-40 into my stiff left side joints...lol. Probably a USGA rule against that anyways. So with a maxxed out long game, I am birdie challenged. My next best stroke saver is my short game. My own stats tell me when I chip/putt really well, those are the times I usually break 80. That, or at least scare the hell out of that number.
  17. Okay, I nominate all the Red Team to have to do that extra bit of hassle after every hole.
  18. Gonna be tough for him to do that if he's playing.
  19. Started doing this last winter and now again this winter. Eliminating my thought about ball flight (or lack of it lol) lets me concentrate on various pieces of my swing; hip turn, right heel (I'm a lefty) , strike location, overall feel.
  20. 2. 100 slow swings (no ball striking) from alignment change position to a higher hand finish position.
  21. @Strat-Pack Rick, no problem with being on a mission as long as you have fun in playing & improving . Knock yourself out, buddy . I am giving myself a temp relief from being on a mission. I think of it as recharging myself before a run at 14 HI in 2017.
  22. The deals are obviously bigger now by yes they signed exclusive equipment contracts. Sam Snead and Arnie were with Wilson, Jack and Johnny Miller were with MacGregor, Tom Watson with Ram, Greg Norman with Cobra, Payne Stewart and Craig Stafler with Top-Flite. Seve and Curtis Strange were one of the first Nike apparel guys. Titleist wasn't a big equipment player until the mid-late 90's, most of the money they spent was to players to play the ball (and still is to some degree). TaylorMade has a dozen or so guys like Lee Janzen and Mark O'Meara before they re-invented themselves in 2000 with the 300 series. Adidas and Nike getting out of the equipment business certainly changes things.
  23. Cheap Nike wedges and putters (new!) at Academy Sports, if you're keeping Nike and have gaps to fill. In the golf section I found Nike VR.X3X wedges for $20 and some Nike Method Core putters for $30. I had never been to Academy Sports & Outdoor before. It's kind of a cross between Sports Authority (RIP) and Cabela's. For golf, it's a cut-rate version of Sports Authority: A few first-line putters and wedges, and some legacy models from TM (RAC wedges and SLDR long clubs) and Callaway (X Series 416 long clubs). Assorted balls, gloves, etc. SuperFly wedges = 68°, 72° and 76°! and budget-tier Wilson long clubs Various boxed sets Academy golf bags and clothing No hitting bay! A clerk said most of their store's golf revenue comes from balls, accessories and clothing - not a whole lot of club sales.
  24. @rkim291968 I might be on a mission , haha. Thats probably good advice but I cant help it. This year is all about improvement so I can enjoy golf later in life. Good luck with your game this year and congrats on the Index bud !!!
  25. 1 point
    I had the pleasure of sharing a range with a bunch of Symetra Tour ladies last year and I came away pretty impressed by their collective distance. Many of these girls, several of whom were quite small comparatively, were hitting it just as far (or farther) as me with seemingly little effort. Those girls are good.
  26. I would say they're consciously competent if their goal is to be a good golfer, but they may be unconsciously incompetent if their goal is to be unconsciously competent. As in, they don't know what they don't know. They may know how to be a good golfer, but not how to be a truly great (i.e. unconsciously competent) golfer. This would be different than a Tour player, who knows how to get to unconscious competence - they are consciously competent at being unconscious competent. (I'm also fully willing to admit this makes no sense.)
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