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  1. 4 points
    Just an update as the golf season has past for this year. It turned out to be a great year of golf and I was able to fulfill one of my wishes from years ago which was to play in the Newport Cup. I was not as competitive as I had hoped, but I am honestly thankful to have been given the opportunity to play in that tournament. I actually found that I can enjoy playing competitively even if I don't play well at times. I mostly enjoyed meeting many of the people I had not had a chance to meet until now. My decision to have the surgery has turned out to be a good one. I don't feel it hinders me a ton even with a little less mobility in it. I played a lot of golf down in NC and I am very please with how the wrist held up to all of that. As I reflect on the season I feel a renewed but cautious desire to work on improving my game. Maybe not at the same level I once did but the desire remains, and that is good. I am looking forward to next season. Oh and @bkuehn1952, i'll get that driver straightened out for next time.
  2. Instead of just posting high speed swings I wanted to share a bit of "real time" practice. Something I've been doing the past several months is alternating between mechanics rehearsals/swings and "play" swings. The mechanics practice is when I take it all the way to 4 and rehearse the feel to 5 or so. It's more deliberate, more focused on changing the picture. The play swings are where I'm going through my on-course routine and just trying to hit a shot at a target. Every once in while I throw in a flighted swing, which I think is one of the dtl swings. For me it's an effective way to practice because I can get too caught up in mechanics mode. The super deliberate type of mechanics swings I mostly do at home or during my workouts. I'm trying to avoid swinging too "slow" when I actually hitting balls. Updated index, trending in the right direction but I don't want it getting too low haha, gotta play against all those sandbaggers in team, member/guest events.
  3. Ratings (out of 5): Lodging Quality: 3Value: 5Location: 5 Talamore Golf Course Quality: 4Value: 4Conditioning: 5Layout: 4Setting: 5 Mid South Golf Course Quality: 5Value: 4Conditioning: 5Layout: 5Setting: 5 My Review: Lodging The Red Team was in a 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom villa at the Talamore resort. For a golfing weekend with the boys, so to speak, it was great. It housed the 6 of us comfortably. Having 3 bathrooms was key for that – no issues getting ready or showering after a long day of golf. Each bedroom had its own TV, in case you wanted some time to yourself to watch whatever you wanted. Although we didn’t use it, the villa had a full kitchen with all of the trappings if you wanted to make food instead of going out to eat. The fridge worked just fine to keep our beers cold. It also had a full dining room and dining room table, which was wasted on us. The living room was great for hanging out after a long day of golf, watching sports and relaxing on the couch. The only negative was that our villa was a bit worn. I noticed some scuff marks on the walls, and some of the furniture had seen better days. But these are minor complaints for a villa that comfortably slept 6 people and was within walking distance to the Talamore course. Another positive was the pig roast Talamore had on Thursday night – you could get basically as much BBQ as you wanted, and it was pretty good. We had breakfast included with our stay, and it was a good continental breakfast during the week and added hot dishes on the weekend. Exactly what I wanted before playing 36 holes of golf. The location was also great for staying in Pinehurst. There had to be at least 15 courses with 15 minutes. The Pinehurst resort itself was about 10 minutes away. Bottom line, I would absolutely come back and stay here with a group of golfers again. Talamore Course I really liked this course, and it looks like the redesign was a really good idea and smartly done. The course weaved through the Pinehurst sandhills and among the trees. The setting was great. Conditioning was also great. I know a few people had some problems with the sand in the bunkers, but it didn't bother me at all. I normally am not a huge fan of tree-lined courses (my ball has a way of ending up in the trees far too often), but the fairways were wide enough on the course that I didn’t spend too much time in the trees. The trees were also sparse enough that you could generally recover from them with a shot towards the green pretty easily. Before I go through and highlight a few holes from the course that I really liked, there are a few negatives on the course, which was ultimately why I enjoyed Mid-South more. First, a lot of the holes called for a specific shape off the tee. On a few holes, if you didn’t have that specific shape, it seemed like a better decision to hit less than driver and just try to place your tee ball at the start of the dog leg. A few too many holes like this for my taste. There were also some odd holes. The first hole was a 600-yard par 5 where the smart play for anyone that can drive the ball over 250 yards was 3 wood off the tee, 3 wood off the deck, and then a wedge into the green. My view is that long par 5s should make you think about your layup, and this was just rote golf. Hole 16 also bugged me: it was a 400-some yard par 4, except there were two separate fairways divided by maybe 10 yards of rough. The best tee shots ended up in the rough, and the rough when we played wasn’t penal enough to make you think about whether you should just bomb it off the tee. I didn’t understand why the rough was there. (Hole #1) (Me watching @phillyk play his second shot on #1) (Hole #16, you can see that strip of rough between the two fairways) However, these are really only minor quibbles, and no golf course is perfect. There were a lot of great golf holes. The second par 5, number 4, was a short par 5 with a bunker in the middle of the fairway that was close enough to gobble up tee shots. It made you think about hitting driver, because being in that bunker meant going for the green with a long iron was going to be difficult. Miss the bunker, though, and you’re hitting a 4 iron or less into the green for your second shot. (Hole #4, the bunker was in play off the tee) The short par 3, number 5, was also a great hole. It was sort of like the postage stamp, but with a slightly bigger green. It was about a 130 yard shot both times we played it, but with a significant drop from the tee, two bunkers guarding the front of the green, and a green sloping back to front, it made you really pay attention to club selection. A good shot yielded a birdie putt, but a bad shot could easily mean a double bogey if you ended up in the bunker with a front pin. (Hole #5) The last two holes were two great holes as well. 17 was a driveable par 4 for the longer hitters, but with enough trouble, including an elevated green, to make you really think about hitting driver. If you missed the green short and left, you were going to have hit a very precise 30- to 50-yard pitch shot to have a shot at birdie. If you laid up off the tee, you had a wedge into a small green. The hole demanded your attention, even though it didn’t seem that daunting off the tee. (Hole #17) 18 was a great finishing hole. You had to hit a drive over a lake to a hole that went 90 degrees left of the tee. There were bunkers in your ideal line off the tee, so you really had to think about the route you wanted to take. Playing right, away from the bunkers, meant an approach shot in to a sloping green from over 150 yards. If you played left, over the bunkers, you could have a wedge into the green, but you could also end up in the bunkers and not be able to go for the green with your second shot. The lake itself was more of a visual intimidator than actually in play for most of us. I love holes like this that make you pay attention to your line off the tee and make you make a decision on how much to chew off the hole. (Hole #18) Overall, I thought it was a really strong course. Not perfect, but I would play it again without any hesitation. Mid-South Course This is one of my favorite courses I’ve ever played on. There was a lot of variety in the holes, some demanding a good tee shot, some demanding a good approach shot, and some demanding both. The greens were firm and fast but fair. The closing stretch of holes 15-18 were perfect. I’m honestly not sure I would want to change anything about this course, bar a couple of small things. The only negative I have about the course is that the food service at the restaurant was slow. A lot of the holes at Mid-South had a visual effect similar to Augusta. Tree lined, elevation changes, and many options for how to play holes. The trees made it so you had to think about your shot, but you could recover from them, and they generally didn’t force a particular shot shape. Conditioning was immaculate. Honestly, this course was a treat to play. I would go out of my way to play this course again. Just want to highlight a couple of holes I really liked. Hole 4 was a medium length par 5, but it you were confident in hitting the proper tee shot, you could have a shot at getting on the green in 2 without much trouble. Hugging the right side of the hole, you could have a second shot of somewhere in between 225-200 yards with a 260-yard tee shot. However, you could find yourself under a tree or in the woods if the shot faded too much. If you played towards the left, you would not be able to reach the green in 2. I really liked the risk-reward off the tee here, and the reward was substantial. (Hole #4) Hole 9 was a long par 5, but it was a good example of a long par 5. An ideal tee shot could give you a shot at the green in 2, but it required you to carry a second shot over 200 yards to avoid water and hit a green that left little margin for error. If you layed up, you still had to pay attention. There were bunkers on the left side of the fairway that you needed to avoid, but erring towards the right meant your approach shot was longer. This was a good contrast to the long par 5 first hole at Talamore – it wasn’t just mash a 3 wood as far up the fairway as possible with your second shot. (Hole #9) (Me and @Pretzel walking off the 9th green) But the closing stretch of holes stole the show. 15 was a par 5 that was getable in two. The green was at the bottom of a hill, and if you played the correct approach shot, you could run a ball down the hill onto the green, although that brought a massive green side bunker into play. That approach shot was safe enough that you could try it from almost anywhere you went with your tee shot and the only downside was being that green side bunker in 2. If you hit a really good tee shot, you had to navigate two trees that guarded the easiest approach into the green. I’m probably a little biased because I played this hole in -3 in the 2 days I played it with my own ball, but it was a really good hole. A perfect par 5 in advance of a tough closing stretch. A birdie or eagle was in play here, which you really needed for the white-knuckle finish. (Hole #15) (The massive green side bunker, also showing the slope you could use to run the ball down to the green) 16 was a medium length par 4. Both the tee shot and approach shot needed your full attention. The fairway was a peninsula, with water short, long, and right of the fairway. It looked like an intimidating shot, but the fairway was wide enough that it wasn’t as difficult as it looked. Then, the green had water short and left of it, meaning you had to really make sure you had enough club and that you erred towards the right side of the green. Played correctly, this hole is driver-wedge, and gettable. Make a mistake off the tee, though, or a leave a long approach shot, and you’re left hitting a mid-iron into green with little margin for error or trying to muscle a wedge out of the rough. (Hole #16) (Me teeing off on #16) 17 was toughest hole on the course for my money. It was a par 3 that played anywhere from 180 to 200 yards, depending on the pin placement. It was a tough, undulating green, that did not hold approach shots all that well. Short and right of the hole, there was hazard where you weren’t finding your ball. There was a bunker short of the green as well. Par is a great score on this hole. You needed to err left if you didn’t want to attack the green, and then you would have a tough pitch shot on a sloping green. This was the only hole that slightly bothered me, because I think the green was a little difficult to hold with a long iron approach. Maybe it will soften over time (the greens were just replaced when we played the course), but it was a monster par 3 when we played. But it offered enough of a bail out that I thought it was fair enough. (Hole #17) 18 was a great hole. It was a cape-style hole: water all up the right side of the hole off the tee and then your approach was almost entirely over water. It was a hole where you could play 3 wood off the tee to be the safest and have a mid or short iron into the green. Or, if you were you feeling your oats, you could hit a driver, bring more water (and trees on the left) into play, but have a wedge into the green. Then, the green was sloped enough that getting the ball close was tough. A mistake on this hole meant a double bogey, but you could be rewarded with a decent look at birdie with two great shots. It required your full attention, and with the clubhouse behind the green, it was a spectacular closing hole. (Hole #18)
  4. Another no sixes round today, getting close to no more 18 holes after work 36-38-74 5 5 5 3 3 3 4 4 4 - 36 5 3 4 4 5 5 4 4 4 - 38
  5. 1 point
    Here's a student many will tell you "lacks flexibility." He thinks it (sometimes, when I haven't seen him in awhile ), other instructors have told him he lacks flexibility, etc. His hips sway right, his torso turns about 75°, and he lifts his arms up to "finish his backswing." It's a bit better in the left photo here because he's been working on this for quite some time now, but even still you can see those trademark things: hips sway back, no secondary tilt, head rises, arms lift, turn isn't great. On the right you can see him doing the wall drill. You set up near a wall. You note how much space you have between your trail hip and the wall, and then you put your arms across your chest and make a backswing while you strive to increase that distance. Make the gap between your trail hip and the wall get bigger. Voilà! Secondary Axis Tilt, hips going forward during the backswing (yes, a bit too much, but this is a drill, exercise, or "feel"), head not going up, more torso turn. The proof, as they say, is in the pudding. As always, these are actual swings, not posed shots. 2017-09-15: Edited the title. Originally it was "Lack of Flexibility and the Wall Drill". We teach this to people who DON'T think they lack flexibility, too. Even kids.
  6. NC and VA are both year round posting states. If conditions get REALLY bad your handicap committee can consider temporarily stopping posting, but the USGA recommends that this be done only as a last resort, for instance if there's snow cover or flooding. If your club institutes a local rule for preferred lies, you play by those rules and post your scores, and the USGA has supplied a suggested local rule for this situation. If there's no local rule, you play by the Rules of Golf, and post that score. There's an interesting dual effect of year round posting, and the use of preferred lies. In miserable conditions, you typically score worse, so lots of my friends who do play through the winter have handicaps which rise. This is perfectly legitimate, even if your handicap in March or April is a stroke or two higher than it was in October. Those spring handicaps aren't "too high", they ARE what they should be based on the scores which were required to be posted. Using preferred lies tends to make things "easier", which should lower scores somewhat, but will also get players spoiled as they play from perfect lies all the time. Come spring, and put them back to normal variable lies, and they can find it hard to adjust. The end result, pretty much whenever you play in NC, you post your score, as long as it is "acceptable" (played with someone else, play at least 13 holes, play by the rules, etc.).
  7. Really bad example: I guarantee you have a much better chance of screwing up that 5 iron into the green than the person who hit it 300 does chipping 3 times and 3 putting. LWS- An 18 handicap can shave an average 1.6 strokes per round with an extra 20 yards off the tee. I was walking to the range just the other day when I heard one of the high school coaches talking to his players about how 75% of their time should be spent on short game because it was the most important part of the game. It was all I could do to not say something. Thinking the short game is most important is a wives tale, something thats been around for so long that everyone just accepts it as truth. Well people, chewing gum doesn't stay in your body for years if you swallow it, you don't catch a cold by going outside in the cold, and approach shots and driving have a much larger affect on your scoring than short game. Join us in the 21st century!
  8. Thats me to -- I am on top of the ball. The look of a center shaft fits to a tee
  9. Okay. Jerk. Nice! Okay. Got it, okay, and congrats. Got it. No, we'd prefer not. All set!
  10. No doubt that two consecutive pitches or chips greenside cost them a stroke. I dont disagree. But had their approach shot ended up on the green, they could have saved 2 strokes (the two chips/pitches it took them to get on the green) I notice it in my own game. My lowest round this year since I've started using game golf, I had a 83% GIR, but my scrambling that day was average (33%) relative to my other rounds, and that round tied for the 2nd highest number of putts I had since using game golf (36), yet my score was the lowest I've ever had. Directly related to getting my approach shots on the green. Compare that to my most recent round played. I had the best putting round (28) and highest scrambling percentage (45%) since starting game golf, but only had 39% GIR and as a result I shot 4 strokes higher than my lowest round. So I had the best short game round I've had all season, probably the best putting day I've ever had, and still shot 4 strokes higher than my personal best because the approach shots and tee shots were average at best.
  11. A lot of companies that still make bonded drivers (non-adjustable), offer heads that are supposedly square or supposedly closed face, I'll buy that in bonded drivers. If you buy an adjustable it's a mixed bag for some settings. On the R1 for instance, the Draw setting on the dial with certain hosel combinations was sometimes actually 8 or more degrees open. Not a misprint... To answer your question @cutchemist42, usually you would just set up with it closed, if you were trying to combat a slice, as the ads lead you to believe. But remember to combat a slice, "It's not the arrow, It's the Indian"
  12. My homecourse in Sweden, Sand Golf Club. Great course and the photos are from the second and 14th hole.
  13. I am going to play golf just like I do during the summer.
  14. He threw that into a heavily wooded area, I want to know if he threw a provisional club just in case he couldn't find the original.
  15. Yeah, I hit the driver pretty well. I have in fact broken 100 and 90 a few times over the last year-and-a-half. but it's just not consistent. Right now, I have had a carpal tunnel syndrome attack for the last 30 days and I'm waiting to get some surgery that will knock it out. Of course it will knock out golf as well for a while. I wish you the best in continuing to try. It's important, I think, to remember that you are probably a better than you think.- Marv
  16. That's why you always throw your putter in the direction of the next tee box, so you don't look like dork going to get it.
  17. Then he went to get it? Lame, bro. If you're gonna chuck it, leave it.
  18. Congrats everyone! Everywhere except at the Newport Cup, where our boys in blue brought home the prize
  19. Ties all over the place! Welcome to the new site "rookies" - great to see new faces mixing it up and earning reputation.
  20. Huh? The Rules here are simple. You can repair a ball mark on the putting green at any point in time. That's pretty simple.
  21. If the grounds crew piled the pine needles up with the intent to remove them later it could also be considered ground under repair.... even if it was not marked. In that case you would be entitled to a free drop.
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