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  1. Great writeup and welcome to TST! Sounds like you have had some great experiences with it. I dont think that comment was necessary, there are people of all different ages on this site who are in varying financial situations but still enjoy golf. If other members of the tour share a similar attitude like that, considering people who play municipal courses to be "poor people", then I'm definitely not interested.
  2. The 4 groups that were DQ'd were the first four groups that played the hole. If they had just moved the tee markers up, everyone else would have played the same course. I know nothing about tournament golf. Are there technical reasons for not simply moving up the markers?
  3. There is NOTHING that beats playing golf with your kids. I've pretty much given up on my game the past few years to focus on theirs. I'm 100% fine with that. I'm so very glad to see your post, I'm laid up right now with injury so seeing someone else playing how we like to play brings a big ol grin to my face. I'm glad you both enjoyed that format, I'm convinced it's the way to go with kids. I always hit last so they never have any pressure. It's up to me to carry the team when they struggle. My middle son is going to be very good with the caveat that he doesn't get too gangly once he hits his growth spurt. He's beat me straight up once (at The Old Course to boot). He had the round of his life and he was hitting 3w closer than I was hitting my 9i. My oldest boy is good for a couple great shots a round but he probably has more fun than the rest of us. He knows he's a hacker and embraces it. What area of the country are you in? I'd love to bring my guys and play a round with you and your son. Don't know the best way to make it fair, but we could haggle about that on the tee. Sounds like a great way to spend a morning or afternoon!:) Enjiy your time with him sir! Once upon a time I was a very good golfer. Nowhere near Tour worthy but par was always in grasp. My entire focus is on THEIR game now. Before that i played and generally didn't have much fun. I enjoy the heck out of it now and am at least 8-10 strokes behind my best. It's all about them now and it seems you have the right perspective.
  4. One other recommendation that's not hard to get to from Golden is The Dunes Course at Riverdale in Brighton. Probably about 1/2 hour drive, give or take. Pete/Perry Dye design, good course.
  5. I'll go ahead and second the Walnut Creek recommendation. I haven't played since they changed the name recently, but played it a lot when it was Heritage at Westmoor and it's a fun course. It's pretty long though, so get ready to have some lengthy approaches! Commonground is the best interpretation of a links golf course I've seen in a state so far away from any significant body of water. It's a bit pricier, but definitely a nice course. Arrowhead is beautiful, but like @DeadMan mentioned it's usually $100+ per round if you play on the weekend, though weekdays are more reasonable. Looking at it, I'm actually really tempted to go there tomorrow afternoon since they've got a 4:30 tee time available for $40 and I need to leave work early anyways to avoid going over 40 hours this week...
  6. Don't waste your time at Applewood. That course has a special place in my heart because it's where I learned to play, but it's not a course I would sent anybody to from out town. Here are some suggestions on the west side: Fox Hollow (my home course) is really good, but the pace of play is pretty slow. Best two nines, in my opinion, are Canyon-Links, but Meadow is really good too. The Meadows is really good. West Woods has 27 holes as well. Probably less unique to Colorado than the other courses on this list, but it's pretty good. I would go Sleeping Indian-Silo, personally. Homestead is really good, but it's a par 62 if you care about that. I would avoid Foothills or Willis Case, personally. They're pretty standard parkland courses. They're not bad at all, but I would recommend playing courses that are different from what you'd find outside of Colorado. If you are okay with driving a bit, here are some other courses to think about: Walnut Creek (great, great course. About a 30 minute drive from Golden.) Commonground (Doak course. Wide fairways, tough greens. About 20-30 minutes from Golden, but don't go there during rush hour) Arrowhead (never played there, but it's supposed to be spectacular and really unique to Colorado. It's $$$. Probably a 30 minute drive from Golden) You might also like Fossil Trace enough to play again there. It's not my favorite course, but it's definitely a very unique Colorado experience. Right near the foothills, pretty hilly, but also a pretty open course. If you restaurant/activity advice, I actually live in Golden. Shoot me a PM if you want.
  7. Agreed, but I think you missed my point - one can adjust their expectation of how long something will take without changing their view on how long it ought to take. If the signs are telling you that there's going to be slow play, and you go round thinking it'll take under 4.5 hours because that's what it ought to take, then you are just setting yourself up for more frustration than is necessary.
  8. Harder and softer balls feel and sound differently off the putter. I don't think it has an effect on performance, though.
  9. That's not really accurate. Rules Officials are supposed to prevent the rules infractions that they can prevent. They alerted those they could. Just like they might point out to one player that they see taking a drop in an improper place and might not see another person doing the same thing. Scorecard yardages are irrelevant. They were instructed to hit from the blue tees. They did not. There is no "right" spot except where the committee placed them. Thus, they played from the wrong spot. That's not what you do. And if you're not sure if they're in the right spot, particularly if you're the first group, you ask a rules official. No, that's not it. The responsibility lies with the player. I coach a college team. We just played in the NCAA National championship. Guess what? On one hole the tournament scorecard and sign had a yardage that was over 60 yards off - they moved the tees up but couldn't re-print the signs OR the scorecards. The markers define where they are "supposed" to hit from. Thus, this stuff is wrong: they didn't hit from the right spot. A volunteer marshal's "job?" He seems to have made the same mistake as the players. Missy Jones in the article even stated what we're saying: the kids are ultimately at fault, and they should have challenged the people more. Is she "not understanding" or just "stubborn" too? The vast majority of the fault lies with the kids. You play the course under the rules and as marked. If you're questioning something, you play two balls or find an actual rules official. If you still don't agree, you press. Players are responsible for following the Rules of the game. No, it isn't. "Where they were supposed to be" is determined by the location of the tee markers. You're assigning way too much weight to the official scorecard. The RULES are what matter, and the location of the markers, NOT the scorecard yardage. The scorecard yardage does not define a teeing area. Because, again, the players are responsible for following the Rules. The USGA doesn't see it your way. That would not be within the Rules of Golf. A volunteer marshal, even at the NCAA National Championship, doesn't know these kinds of things. They're out there to help refill water jugs, point to balls they see in the rough or trees, etc. They're not rules experts. They're not members of the Committee. So what? Fact of the matter is… they weren't. If an actual Rules Official told them to play from those tee markers - which I doubt at this point, for a few reasons - then they have a case. I'd have still perhaps asked to play two balls, or have a recognizable rules official or member of the committee verify this.
  10. You think? I've never heard of someone looking at yardages on a score card to work out where a hole should be played from. You just go to the correctly coloured markers. Not rocket science. You do your distances from there.
  11. Well you brought it up so here is my story. I have a son that is in the process of graduating HS next week, and just finished 4 years of HS golf. It was a sad day the last tournament as he missed going to state. Really only played for the four years of HS and it has become his passion. He works at the CC and has been playing 6 days a week all summer the last three years. When we started, I got back into golf with him; after a 20 year hiatus, he was shooting 130. Now when playing for fun with the two of us he shoots very low 80's but hasn't broke 80 yet. My younger son started with us and is now turning 11 and I just had to fork out the money for a full set of irons due to him being good enough to get gaping. At 11 he can play at the 6000 yard local course at just above bogey golf. I give him a stroke a hole and he has beat me twice this year. The three of us love to get out and play. It has been one of the best things that we have ever done. My graduate just was given Valedictorian, of his graduating class and a large part of that is the time that we are able to golf together and talk and spend time together. I cannot even express how much golf means to the three of us. It is the greatest game that we all hate. I also appreciate all of the posts about your kids playing. They make me smile.
  12. Get lessons, eventually get fitted for clubs (eventually). Practice only with a purpose (make your range sessions a game, try to win), but remember the best way to improve at golf is to play a real course. Most importantly play as much as you can, be patient and observant. Try to play with better players and take mental notes of what they do and how they are successful, but form your own opinion. Golf is a hard game for most, but very rewarding. Your always improving even when you think your not.
  13. yeah fatigue, when we get tired we lose focus and do weird things. Could be something as simple as standing up or maybe you moved your ball in your stance. It happens to all of us, but you can use that. If you notice for example you start hitting left, right, chunking it whatever. Stop and try to think what might have caused that and see if you can fix it. Don't just keep swinging (IMO). If you can fix it though that is going to be valuable out in a real match and could save the round. IMO, a good score is about managing misses and adapting. My goal is always to make shots, not hit golf balls on the range. So I don't just pick a club and start hitting, i try to play cuts or I try to hit a 6 iron the same distance I would a wedge. Maybe try to execute a punch shot and pretend your stuck under trees, you don't want to find out you have no idea how to play that shot while your actually forced to play that shot in a real game. Also, try to figure out everything you can do with your clubs. Yet another thing I like to do is bring a friend and play target practice. It also makes practice more fun. Point is, practice with a purpose and learn how to make shots (which it sounds like you are!) Another thing I like to do is play golf with people better than me, it pushes you and you can learn what makes them successful. Don't be afraid to video your swing too and see if you can spot flaws, things you want to work on next time. Last bit of advice I have is don't become great on the range, the range is not where your score counts. I used to do that a lot, spend like 90% of my time at the driving range, and I never saw my handicap drop or my swing change very much. A few years back I flipped it and spent 90% of my time playing as much golf as I could, getting fit for clubs and getting a few lessons. That changed everything for me. Just my 2c, GL 2 you! P.S. Hitting to the right is pretty easy to fix once you see it. Could be cupping your wrist, could be just alignment. Could be your grip, maybe an over the top move, face-to-path open. Good news is you can easily video it and check each of those things. The loss of distance will disappear once you find the sweet spot consistently. Once you figure that out, maybe you will have a push/fade/slice in your bag of tricks AND a nice baby draw, be able to work the course 🙂
  14. Muscle fatigue, mental fatigue, the general fact that golf is hard and you'll hit the ball great one day and shit the next. But really it's all "growing pains" or whatever you want to call it when you learn. Golf is hard and takes a lot of time to get consistent.
  15. @iacas They didn’t assume the markers were in the wrong spot. The markers WERE in the wrong spot. They hit from where they were supposed to hit as per the official tournament scorecard. If you want to lay some blame on the kids that’s fine but the fact is someone in charge messed up. Whether it was not moving the tees or not having the right distance on the scorecard, and they handled it terribly by punishing the kids.
  16. I usually play better courses but one, Shorecliffs in San Clemente, has mostly dirt in their sand bunkers. I have a Mizuno 60° with factory 5° of bounce. I took a file to that so it is a little less. I play that square to the ball & attack a bit more vertically & enter dirt/sand about 1/2" to 3/4" behind the ball keeping my lower hand - Palm up thru the shot. Works very nice. Hope this helps.
  17. dbuck

    Poor Lucas Glover

    This. Alcohol and other things misused can change personalities. All this media hype and sensationalism is one thing, but there are human beings here who are going through tough times, and enough has been said. I hope the tour and golf media will give the support and privacy they need.
  18. Across town to the East is a very good course I enjoyed, Buffalo Run. I give thumbs up to Fox Hollow and The Dunes Course at Riverdale I've also played Highlands Ranch, a bit of a drive south from Golden. A longer drive but worth the trip would be the course in Winter Park Ski area, Pole Creek.
  19. I wouldn't go to Wellshire right now. They either just finished or are in the middle of a renovation. Kennedy is going to be a huge pain to get to from Golden during rush hour, FYI. And I just looked up Commonground, and the rates are a lot more than I remember. You get a significant discount if you're a CGA member (i.e., have a handicap with a Colorado club), but the non-CGA rate is $65, without cart. It's a very walkable course, so you don't need a cart. It's definitely a great course, but I'm not sure it would be worth the extra ~$20 or so over Fox Hollow or the Meadows, especially including the drive. Oh, to be young and have unlimited time on my hands...
  20. This thread is making me miss Denver! I moved to Florida about a year ago, and while I can't complain about the golf here I definitely miss Colorado and the extra 15 yards off the tee! Colorado also has 300 days of sun a year and I played year round, so pay no attention to @BuckeyeNut for he knows not of what he speaks. Like @DeadMan, I grew up playing Applewood but wouldn't recommend it for an out-of-towner. Fossil Trace is fun and always in great shape, but a bit gimmicky for my tastes. Arrowhead is over priced, but has amazing views and you'll see some wildlife for sure. I remember playing there as a kid when all they had for a clubhouse was a trailer. Fox Hollow is an excellent choice, and reasonably priced. Always well taken care of, fun elevation changes, and challenging without being ridiculous. Highly recommend it. West Woods is a fun course and well maintained, but as other's have mentioned it's not particularly special. My father was a member and I've played there quite a bit. Very reasonably priced. CommonGround is, in my opinion, the best tract in the Denver area. It hosts a lot of amateur events, and is really well set up. The greens are tough though! Someone else mentioned that it was expensive, but my recollection is that it was in the $60 range on the weekend which isn't that bad for what you get there. Kennedy GC, which I haven't seen mentioned so far, was my home course and go-to favorite. It's a city course, but has it's own water so it doesn't dry out during the dry summer months. Wellshire, which is nearby and also a city course, is fun but suffers during the summer heat. As a kid I killed a goose there on the 14th hole with my drive, then took out the windshield of a pink Cadillac that was driving by on the 16th - same round. I would not recommend Plum Creek as it has changed ownership several times and is not particularly well maintained. Just outside of Denver in Castle Rock you really need to play Red Hawk Ridge, The Club at Pradera, and most importantly The Ridge at Castle Pines. These three are all $100ish fees on the weekend, but top notch courses.
  21. I like the " I was fine with a half hug every time we drove off! " That's awesome! I hope your leg gets better soon. Odd the doc would say wait that long and lets see what happens but then again, they like follow up visits and another $25 co - pay.
  22. Very cool story! My little guy who's now 6 started going with me when he was 3 or so. The first year I had to hold him with one arm anytime I drove the cart 🙂, just so he wouldn't fall out (what he said anyways, I was fine with a half hug every time we drove off!) I'm hoping for the best with the injury, haven't been diagnosed yet but something in my calf popped and even though there isn't much pain (or I'm too old and dumb to feel it) it's swollen about 2x the size of my other leg. Saw the doc and he basically told me to give it a couple weeks and if not better then we'd run tests. I could probably play if I had to but I don't want to make a bad situation worse so I haven't and won't until I see him again next week.
  23. Yes to just about everything in this thread. Biggest thing is Play Ready Golf! I have played in a 3some, 18 holes as fast as 3 hrs. Have played as a 2some in 2 1/2 hrs and solo just a lil over 2 hrs so you can play pretty fast if you DO NOT try and emulate your fav Tour Pro. Sun afternoon I was behind a guy who I waited on every shot, every hole. Why? Because he was lining up 2 or 3 times per shot, 3 or 4 practice swings... sometimes more and was reading the greens like it was for the W at the Masters. I didn't really mind as I was out for some fun and fresh air. Luckily I had a couple of beers so that helped with the waiting. I also cleaned my clubs after shot to help fill the time. Accepting reality on a busy weekend, that you are not going to get done in less than 3 hours helps keep me in the zone as well as getting a couple of beers and lots of trash talk in between shots. We are still playing ready golf and right on the guys in front of us but we adjust our attitudes accordingly. A bad player can still play at an acceptable pace too. One of my new to golf friends does it pretty good. He jogs to his duffs to hit again and will pick up after triple bogey. When he is having a real tough time he sometimes drops next to us and plays along with us to get some shots in, have some fun and get more experience.
  24. All else being equal, yes, better players play faster.... less strokes, less errant shots. But as a high capper, I know the game can be played faster just by having the desire and knowledge to play ready golf. Sucking at this game is no excuse for lollygagging when the course is busy, imo.
  25. @SmiterofPV1x Sorry to hear you are laid up. Hopefully not too bad but I will share some stories to get you through it. We are golfing tonight so I can't wait! Is it 5 yet??? I am 100% on board with supporting my boy and growing his game during the week while also getting out on the weekend with my buddies to have some fun with them and work on my game. Best of both worlds! I am in Mass and was almost in your state during the trip to Myrtle Beach. A round with you and your boys sounds like fun. We haven't played with another father/son combo yet but are looking forward to it. I have met some new people at the course who play with their kids and will try to setup something. So here is a good one for ya that should put a smile on your face. First time out with my son was a couple of years ago. We jump in the cart and he is looking for seat belts. He says "Dad, I don't see any seat belts!" with a worried look on his face. I look over at him and say "You better hold on!" as I stomped on the gas pedal! Well, we all know how fast an electric cart goes, as he see how fast we are going he starts to laugh and puts his feet up and leans back a bit. We both say "No need for seat belts" and bust out laughing. So funny and I will always remember that. He had fun that day as I tee'd him up at 100 on the 3's, 125 on the 4's and 150 on the 5's. He did pretty good with his lil started set I got him and after wanted to play again later that week. Of course we did play again and that's how we started playing together. We will have some fun tonight and hopefully have another good story to share and put another smile on your face.
  26. http://www.golf.com/tour-news/2018/05/16/crazy-golfers-brave-erupting-volcano-hawaii-sneak-round-photos I might be looking for the next flight out on Expedia.
  27. I dropped a couple of strokes per round after starting AimPoint. Express is faster than the original or Mid-point methods and I use it all the time. Don't forget the Bead and Speed parts of putting. AimPoint gives you the read and you will feel confident you are right on this after a few rounds. And don't second guess your reads after you dial in your feet. Sometimes your eyes will tell you different. Don't trust them. Trust your feet.
  28. None of that changes my opinion. If I were to arrive on that tee, I would not hit from the white tee markers or whatever color those were, particularly if there were teeing grounds further back. I believe this is the hole in question: The tee box measuring about 172 is nearly the forward-most tee, right of the curve in the road. The back back tee measures 240 yards. The middle tee measures about 210. The middle tee is higher - at 237 feet of elevation - than the forward tee at 231 feet of elevation. I certainly would not let that have stopped me from checking. Particularly if this was actually the 13th hole I'd played that day, or really even the fourth (if they went off #10). You play the blue tees. You don't assume the markers are in the wrong spot. Really, I'd have called an official out right away, because maybe someone moved the markers, or something else was wrong.
  29. RussUK

    Poor Lucas Glover

    Problem with some (not all) WAGS is that they become acustomed to the lifestyle. They start to enjoy dining at fine restraunts, wearing Prada and driving flash cars. Problem is, for the majority of spotstars their time at the top of their game can be fleeting. When the wins start to dry up and the winners cheques stop thats when the trouble starts. However, we dont know what goes on behind closed doors. Im sure there will be more to this story than what the media know about.
  30. "It is the first bullet point on the rules sheet," Weber said.
  31. I have played Golf Channel AM Tour since the beginning & before, when it was called another name. $195 to join but you can call them & play once to see if you like it. The $195 gets you some swag ... shirt, hat, balls, that kind of stuff. The $195 is a wash ... break even stuff. IMHO - it is the only way I can play higher lever competition on the Pro level courses. I am West Coast but I travel a lot as an engineer. I get contracts in other states & play GCAM Tournaments in San Jose, Phoenix, Austin & Miami. Tournaments cost app. $115 - $250 for a one day tournament ... depending on course. I find I get to play otherwise 'private' courses I could never get on. Sometimes the GCAT price is LOWER than rack rate at high end courses. I play those ! They also have 2 day major tournaments at PGA level courses. I have played Innsbrook, TPC Sawgrass in Florida. PGA West Stadium in LaQuinta & Pelican Hill in California as examples. They set up the course nicely. Flags around. Tented starting holes. Announce your name, home & sometimes events you have won. The scoring area is usually nice & someplace to chill while scores are being tallied. Course is detailed ... cups painted white, red & yellow hazards marked. Pin sheets & scorecards are pro level. Greens rolled & fast. Competition is by flights ... so you play against your own age & level players. Nice trophy's - sometimes crystal. Money is ok. 1st is usually more than entry fee. Depending on # of players in a flight - they pay down 3-4 places. Cash skins game. That's the real fun. If you are a poor person ... go play a Muni. If you want to improve against serious competition at your own index level ... on the same courses the PGA, LPGA & Seniors Tour plays ... this is the tour. All my golf friends I met on this tour. I have a weekly game with the San Diego guys I met on tour. Obviously I like this tour. I play about 7-10 Tournaments a year. I am getting older. Less than $2000 a year ... I think it is a bargain to be able to play these courses ... with REAL competition on REAL courses ... set-up hard ... with people you see multiple times. Instead of playing a Muni with strangers. I get to choose which events I play ... close to home or at a major resort.
  32. Reading through the comments on one of the news pages, it looks like the blue markers were in the wrong spot. Everyone played a practice round the day before and on that particular hole they hit from 172, where the kids that got DQ'd hit from in the tournament. It goes on to say they hit from where they did because they were up on an elevated tee box and couldn't see any blue markers, the scorecard said the distance was 172, and the marshall told them that is where they should hit. So as it turns out, the ones that got DQ'd actually hit from the right spot, but since someone didn't make sure the markers were in the right spot they get screwed. Everyone in here is quick to blame the kids without knowing any of this. The fact is the people in charge screwed up and instead of owning up to it they took the cowards way out and punished the kids.
  33. Your gonna wanna post a video with a better angle. I made a similar post when I started my thread, and the initial comments were about filming from the ground as you did. It’s hard to tell much from that angle, as I am now learning. Check out this thread: https://thesandtrap.com/b/playing_tips/filming_your_swing also- I have recently been correcting a blocked shot. One drill I find that is very useful is setting up a gate to hit through about 20 feet ahead of you on your target line. Try to start your ball through the gate, and your body will make some corrections to do so. Long term, your gonna wanna “change the picture”
  34. Day 15: I practiced Aimpoint Express techniques for the first time today! I watched a video explaining it today on YouTube, and I read some articles explaining it as well so I thought I would give it a try. And the result was..... seriously a great putting practice on putts inside ten feet. Excited to practice more with this technique. All in all it was about 20-25 minutes today.
  35. NOOB (none of our business)
  36. Pain is your body's way of telling you to stop being so stupid! The problem with compensations in your swing is that they become your normal swing, and then you're really screwed. In my experience, and I've sprained each ankle, golf puts a little less strain on the rear ankle than on the forward ankle, so you'll be able to swing pretty normally comparatively quickly. Give it a couple of weeks, let it heal.
  37. LINK: The latest projection (January to August 2019 only) by Rex Hoggard
  38. I don't use my 3w every round but it stays in the bag. What it comes down to for me is, I have other clubs that can do what an extra wedge can, but I don't have anything that can substitute for my 3w when I need that shot. If you really want the extra wedge in, I'd drop either your 4H or 5I.
  39. If the TM clubs are in good shape, play them. Acuity is a Dick's Sporting Goods brand IIRC and the quality can be hit or miss.
  40. The guy obviously has some mental game issues. He needs to stop worrying about his mechanics and just swing his natural swing. A good caddie will do him some good, get him out of his own head. Jack Nicklaus could probably shave at least 100 strokes if he was on his bag 😜
  41. @SmiterofPV1x I was telling my son about some of your stories yesterday on the way to the course and the other formats we can play and he liked the sounds of them. It was a late tee time and I wasn't sure if we could even get 9 in so he was down with a best ball format. I explained how we would play and off we went. We took my driver and my iron on the first but he ran it up on the green with his wedge so he had a smile as he putted first and drained a 15' putt. Big smile and a high five and we were off to the second hole even so far. Put my D in the woods and he striped one down the middle and another smile. I got us up on the green and he just missed the birdie putt. He said I really like this format and I agreed as it moves us along and we just might get to play all 9. So we ended up playing all 9 holes and used some of his drives, irons and wedges. He had a blast as did I. This is a great way for us to play after work and work on our game. We were looking at the card after and going over our shots. I used red for me and blue for him with lil dots where we landed and he out drove me on 2 holes and 2 we were tied. His game is getting better already this season. He was wondering when we are playing next! Thursday looked nice so I will book a time today. Last hole was the best as his drive was better and he skied a 9i to just off the green. I ran it up to 5' and he tapped it in. So we shot a 42 and now have a marker to try and beat as we will do this when we go out for 9 and the time is short. Golf is great and when you can get out with you son for some fun, fresh air and some bonding time... nothing can beat that!
  42. @SmiterofPV1x Sounds like you have tons of great golfing memories with your boys. Looks like they were spread out enough that you had that fun for many years! Like the out of school stories. Sometimes it's worth being in the dog house with the wife for some good old fun with the boys. I am guilty of doing similar. Totally worth it!! If you ever get the chance, take them to Myrtle Beach. SO much fun!
  43. Jones, Snead, Hagen, Sarazen, Hogan nor Nicklaus could do that. See? Tiger, GOAT. Lol.
  44. I leave my clubs in the car all summer and when I was laid up they lived in a hot AF garage. In the winter they lived in a drafty old garage so I saw a temp swing the past 25 years of -10f to 105f and none of my clubs were ever affected by temperature extremes. I broke one shaft on a 25 year old graphite driver and there's no way that was weather related. If i didn't carry clubs, i'd never play. A friend or the GF may call and ask if I'm willing to go out after work and I'm ready. If I had to go all the way home, it wastes too much time. Just like my guitars and tools, golf clubs are tools and should be used. I have thousands invested in tools, thousands in clubs and tens of thousands in instruments and while I don't abuse them, they're not queens. There's nothing better than heading home from work early and hitting the range. Since my divorce, I decided to bring the clubs inside and put them in the old coat room and it isn't due to extreme weather, it's the damn mildew growth in the garage attacking the leather and the other fabrics on the golf bags, gloves, grips and towels. I had to pitch all of my bags after they sat for years when I broke my back.
  45. Swing a club everyday if possible. Set a side s few minutes every day to do something golf related. There is a thread on here about 5 minute practices every day. Read through that thread, and see what others are doing. You can do alot of swing drills at home. Search You Tube for drills you might like. Start with the basic stuff like gripping the club. Body alignment. Posture. Stance. Look up the "one piece take way" to start your back swing. You can carpet putt in your own home. Even short chips can be done at home. If you live near a course, utilize their practice areas on the days you don't actually play. I won't say golf is hard. Difficult yes, but not hard. You tell someone something is hard to do, and they may just take on something easier. Look at golf as a fun, educational journey that's never ending.
  46. I have said one thing about the ratio of range time > golf course time and Sidehatch has said something completely different. This is golf in a nutshell, you will always hear something different. I have even heard a PGA golf pro say "The back swing is not important". Personally for me, I lack discipline at the range, I set off with the best of intentions but after about 20-30 balls I start rushing, before i know it Im hitting all kinds of funky shots. I would go so far as to say the range can be damaging to my game, but I'm completely the opposite on the GC. Find whats best for you, however, and no offense to Sidehatch, Ive never heard anyone say "practice 8 times per month and play once or twice per month. You will experience a much greater variance of shot types on a GC than you will not experience at a range, especially if its an artificial surface your hitting off, there is no substitute for grass, uneven stances, downhill, uphill lies, sometimes the craziest abnormal ground conditions becomes the greatest learning moment.
  47. Find a good golf pro, get some lessons and most importantly, spend more time on a golf course than at a driving range.
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