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  1. I am pretty sure, while at the driving range, we have all seen the older gentleman sitting on the bench. The guy with no clubs, just sitting there watching others hit balls. Some of us might try to guess what's going through his head. Maybe what kind of golfer he was in his prime. Maybe wishing we knew what he knows, or has forgotten about this game. Others' might not even pay him any attention. I was at the range earlier today. I did what I came to do. Afterwards, instead of heading to the 19th, or to my truck to leave, I took a seat on one of those benches. Not so much to watch other g
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  2. Some insight from Tiger Woods on Amen Corner
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  3. What is Tiger Woods's profession? Answer: he is an entertainer. That's how he makes his living. The entertainment he provides is playing golf, very well. Somehow, society has determined that playing golf well deserves better financial rewards and a higher media profile, than, say, being an expert fencer. Or an expert crown green bowler. Or an expert billiards player. That is neither here nor there: if there are any financial rewards to be found in playing sport professionally, they stem from entertaining other people, who attend the matches or tune in to watch. A professional sportsman is just
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  4. I just thought of another way to think about this. Consider a 400-yard par four. A PGA Tour pro will average 3.99 on such a hole. Standing on the tee, he'll average 3.99 to play that hole. So let's play it with him. As this is not a long hole, the PGA Tour player chooses to hit a 3-wood from the tee. He catches it a tad in the neck and it gets out there into the right-center of the fairway at 245 yards or so, leaving about 160 to the hole. From 160, he hits the ball to about 33'. From 33', he putts up to 2'10", and makes the tap-in. These numbers are all straight
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  5. The first time I was called "sir" I laughed to myself because it was true. When a young waitress called me "hon" I realized I was harmless!
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  6. For those of you not participating in the "5 Minutes Daily" challenge might not know this. I have completed 365 consecutive days of "5 minutes Daily" practice for me.
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  7. Great to hear. Just want to clarify that lessening flex in the trail leg doesn't mean you don't "load" into your trail side. Now you may feel like you stay on your left side, that's personal to you and all good. I'm talking about what is really happening. Take a look at Bubba as well, his lead heel comes off the ground but he loses a good amount of flex in the trail leg (same thing with a lot of the old school players). If anything, the pressure increasing under your trail foot helps you "push" upward to "stretch" the trail side which keeps the golfer rotating on an inclined angle.
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  8. Reminds me of something I read in a David Feherty essay. A reader had written in and asked about the kinds of courses to avoid. One of his categories was "Anything designed by Arthur Hills". He said that if Adolf and Eva were trapped in one of his bunkers, they'd have committed suicide long before they actually did!
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  9. They have a saying in Texas that fits Rickie. "He's got a big hat, but no cattle."
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  10. This post is old, but it was the primary inspiration for my little weekend project.
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  11. 4/12/89 I was playing alone and started on the back 9 cause the front was busy. When I came to the first hole to play the front, Geno and Tommy joined me. We made it to the par 3 9th and as I tallied my score, a par would net me an 81. I hit a crisp 155yd 7 iron to the green over a pond. The green was eye level and as it passed the pin it appeared to disappear abruptly....no way...couldn't be...yup, in the hole. I had witnesses, broke 80 and there were only a handful of guys in the bar so it didn't cost me much!
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  12. I played Lake Forest Golf Club (Ann Arbor, MI) on Friday. It was cold (35 degrees), breezy and cloudy. The course was saturated and I struggled with my swing. The course played long without the aid of some bounce and roll on tee shots. At any rate, I came to the 8th hole, a 125 yard par 3, after having carded triple, bogey, triple on the previous 3 holes. 8 over par at that point and going nowhere. Finally a solid strike on the ball was made with my 9 iron. The ball landed on the front edge and released a bit, rolling a bit behind the front hole position. I was just happy to have h
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  13. Thanks! Not easy to get a good camera angle as a spectator.
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  14. Perfect position to shoot the video from @Shorty. Thanks. I love seeing where their feet are aimed.
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  15. Have gone through like 5 indoor antennas. Recently got this one, a Clearstream, for forty something on Amazon. It doesn't require a power source and gets better reception than the others I had before. Nonetheless, if one station is not LoS from your room, you're still not going to get it. It has an outdoor mount in the photo but it can be used indoors, you can hang it. That said, antennas are a depends on the situation thing and sometimes that cheap antenna that looks like garbage will do just fine.
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  16. Pinehurst #9 Blue Tees 6600/138 40-39-79 2 birdies and 2 doubles (Yuck) Hit the ball pretty well except a couple of holes. A couple pictures below. Course was in pretty good shape for the time of year. No. 7 - tough Par 4, Made par out of the pine straw left, luckily had a nice opening. No. 16 - Short Par 4 with lots of trouble. A par on this one too, 4 hybrid, sand wedge and two putts.
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  17. Okay, here's my little story. We're playing a couple of days ago, on a very familiar course, and we come to hole #6, which is a par 5 with a sharp dog leg right, sand all down the left, water all down the left beyond the sand. so if you hit the ball too far you're at least in the sand if not in the water. Three very tall pine trees are in the corner of the dog leg on the right. Most people would aim to the left of the pine trees, and try to fade it a little to the right. There's a groundskeeper working on the back of the tee box, and he shuts off his machine and waits for us to tee o
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  18. If I could give you one piece of advice, (after what I posted earlier about myself, you might not want it.) LOL When playing competitively, embrace the nerves. It's normal to feel butterflies when competing. You'll find this hard at first, but like anything else, the more you play in a Tournament setting, the more comfortable you'll become. Also, remember you're not the only one feeling those nerves. In the Am Tour events, you'll be playing in flighted fields, so just trust your game. You're as good as they are skill wise, just go out and beat them!
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  20. It’s still happens. I think Poulter shanks every other shot
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  21. Have you tried just closing the clubface a little more at address? Might just be a band-aid, but it's been known to work. Also, at the local golf dome years ago I discovered something. The "turf" on the mats had subtle lines in it. When I set up square to the mat I found that I had the clubface slightly open to the target line. It wasn't much, but if was enough to cause a problem. When I squared the clubface it actually looked closed. These are the kinds of subtle things that can sneak in over time.
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  22. I don't think the "Drive for show, putt for dough" mantra is really even supporting the idea touted in the thread. My interpretation of it is really that long drives are exciting to watch and impressive to see, but there can be real pressure on putts even though they usually aren't thrilling to watch. . It's not saying that putting is more important. In any case, it is assumed that the rest of their game is in shape for a tour player to have to worry about the pressure of putting. Tour players don't have to worry too much about smothered drives, double crosses and out of bounds cuts. For
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  23. I think we should more take pride that Erik, has educated a lot of people on this site. He always has the statistic or fact ready when something like this happens. When people have an opinion on something and their opinion is not supported by fact. We aren't piling on nor cronies we just are educating the truths. No more, no less.
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  24. My tips: Use an alignment stick/club and aim at a target. Nothing worse than hitting 10 balls right of your target only to find out that's exactly where you were lined up. Little changes in setup tend to creep into your game over time so using an alignment aid helps keep you on track. Go to any PGA tour event and watch the guys on the range - everyone uses an alignment aid. Don't rake & hit balls. Reset each time and go through your routine. This will give you a little time between shots and help simulate what's going to happen on the course. Like others have said, play g
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  25. This thread has 321 pages and therefore, due to its mass, must exert a significant gravitational pull as compared to lesser threads.
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  27. @GrandStranded What you are about to see is from a member of the media, that rarely talks about golf. I will at least listen to his show every day. They very very seldom talk about golf. Unless it's the guy who moves the needle. If you could please watch it and comment on it.. Thanks. He's only talking impact, BTW.
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  28. The driving range I went to today was an indoor dome. Most of the patrons were seniors. I felt like a junior compared to them. Almost all of them brought portable chairs to sit in. Who needs a bench...
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  29. Awesome, Patch. Thanks for sharing. At one of my local practice facilities, we have the 'old guy on the bench.' Here to find out he's been teaching the area for more than 50 years. Has quite a resume of youngsters who have gone on to play collegiate golf and maybe a professional or two. I sat next to him on his bench one time while he was reviewing a HS aged girl hit balls. Every once in awhile he'd say 'good swing,' or 'ball position,' or something to the girl. Took notice of those hands. Meat hooks, more like it. I though of Arnie after getting a good look at them. Big, fat
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  30. Hi Everyone, Still going to play golf, do my daily challenge and play my once a week game. I’ll pop in every now and then. Getting too busy at work and my other activities. Thanks for all the help this last year! Loving my Flightscope Mevo! Worth every penny! Lihu
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