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  1. Been reading this site for years mostly to help guide my son as he rises through the junior golf ranks. Thought I'd finally share something 14-year old Quin Polin - Hole In One - 2019/01/09. A thing of beauty - two little bounces and straight in the hole! Brand new Adidas shoes (thanks Adidas Golf) and a new Titleist Vokey sand wedge (thanks GOLFTEC) probably had a hand in it! Fresh off a record setting 63 at the ACC Southeastern Fall Classic at N.C. State University, he shoots his second ever hole in one. This time his dad (me!) was there there to film it from the green at Knight's Play Golf Center, Apex, N.C.
  2. Well here's the problem. It's not an opinion. An opinion is something like "I like red cars better than blue cars" or "I like pizza better than hamburgers" or even "Adam Sandler is a terrible actor." Those are opinions because there is no way to disprove them using actual facts and data. Your "opinion" about putting being so important in overall score can be disproven using actual data; so its not an opinion, it's a falsehood, a fallacy, an incorrect statement, a fabrication if you will. And just because your friend who played on the European Tour says its so, gives it no more merit what so ever. Professional golfers are just as likely to be clueless about their game as anyone else. That's why so many of them hire coaches to help them. Your friend is WRONG. You are WRONG. The data PROVES that.
  3. I hope that we are being trolled here. because if the goal here was for me to stand up in my office and look like an idiot trying to do this, said goal has been achieved.
  4. Love to walk - most rounds are with a short set and Mackenzie Walker bag. Unfortunately my arthritis doesn’t always share my enthusiasm for walking and on those days I’m stuck either riding or using my push cart.
  5. Show 'em R1.3b(2) Accepting Player’s “Reasonable Judgment” in Determining a Location When Applying the Rules. :)
  6. Problem with this time of year on freeze/thaw greens is that you see every foot print at the end of the day. We wouldn't have had enough time to fix every spike mark. I fixed a few bigger holes from spikes, but it was casual enough that we didn't care too much. I don't think it will be that extreme. I think there may be one or two extra marks max that can now be fixed. There aren't usually too many marks along the line of putt. If people try to fix everything up to a foot wide of their line, then we might be waiting a while.
  7. I consider distance and direction to be factors in great ballstriking, and I think you're in the minority there if you don't include them. I could hit a 7-iron absolutely dead flush just about every time if I only hit it 10 feet at a time. And who cares how flush you hit a shot if it's 30 yards OB. That's not "good ballstriking" IMO. Yeah, that was another bad (IMO) comment, for reasons I'm not going to get into again here. Your opinion on what "ballstriking" is can be an opinion. Your opinion on what "leads to scoring" or whatever isn't really an opinion. It's something we have a boatload of data to consider. And most people consider distance/direction a part of ballstriking, so maybe there's a disconnect there. You then also said that your buddy defined his best ballstriking round as the time he hit all 18 greens and all 14 fairways… which requires distance and direction, too. You don't seem to understand that it's just one guy. Outliers and small sample sizes, and what some former Euro Tour guy says is not gospel. It's not "the truth." It's not "fact." It's just one dude's opinion, and Tour players have been wrong before, and they'll be wrong in the future, too. And they'll have bad opinions based on bad foundations. IF you're being viewed as a troll, it's because: you ramble on you don't seem to actually read or understand what others are saying because you rarely seem to respond directly to it you continue to repeat small sample size/outlier type stuff you don't address the data you conflict yourself from time to time etc. I don't do that, and I didn't do that with my earlier response today. That too. Fact: Ballstriking and handicap or scoring ability are closely and directly linked. Fact: Within a peer group, you'll have a bit of variety - some will be better ball strikers than others. Opinion (my definition): Great ball strikers: Hit the ball solidly, consistently. Hit the ball the direction they want. Hit the ball the distance they want. Both: PGA Tour players are all great ball strikers.
  8. I think most folks on this site are referring to path into the ball when talking in-to-out or visa versa.
  9. I own 3 Scotty Cameron putters, all purchased new from licensed dealers, and have never received any kind of “certificate”...
  10. Just what I need. An unconventional putting technique from a bogey golfer who admits to being a dreadful putter! Sign me up!
  11. In my round yesterday with other club pros, they started with wanting pin out. After putting with it in once or twice, they started making a few. Could have been better alignment too, I don't know, but the entire back 9, we left pin in on putts outside of 15ft.
  12. I'll second the statement above by @chspeed regarding Orlando area golf, with the exception of Orange County National, which has three really good courses. I also agree that Streamsong would be a good addition, and would keep you busy for a few days. There are several very well done reviews elsewhere on this site of Streamsong, and if it comes down to it, Streamsong over OCN, IMO.
  13. I would like to be able to get an ideal turn. I can do it on really slow swings but speed it up and put a ball there, I don't have a chance. I have that weird, kinda backwards move (A4 to A5) with my hands that sets the club down from coming in steep.
  14. My S3 died in October - so I upgraded to a Moto g6 play (unlocked). It was $200 out the door, plus $45 on Amazon for a new case & screen protectors. Amazing battery life, although the camera is fine as far as quality there is a slight pause/hesitation when it takes the first photo. Super happy for the price (vs $750-$1,000+ for newest Samsung, Apple, etc) @dennyjones my carrier is Verizon, but you can bring any unlocked phone to their service. I went to Best Buy, because everything directly from Verizon is way over priced.
  15. I did my swings yesterday and it was in the mid 20s outside and I surprisingly managed to tie my my PR on the step through with the green club at 133mph, and break a PR on the step through with my red club at 120mph Only thing I noticed about the cold was my hand that didnt have a glove on got pretty cold but other than that I didnt seem to notice any decrease in speed or timing.
  16. You should take a look at the instructional threads which @mvmac and @iacas have posted. As an example, look at the progress Mike has worked on through the years. If nothing more, here is a great visual of a real solid swing.
  17. Here in the US, we refer to them as a "Red Neck" collector.
  18. They often get random stuff thrown in them if you leave them unattended such as matresses, chairs and..... (good old One foot in the Grave, classic brit sitcom)
  19. Huh? So what is manipulating them? I think you may need to brush up on your neurology. There are many tests showing the muscle groups used in a golf swing. They don’t just fire on their own. I can tell myself several swing thoughts and perform them (as a feel, they may be wrong but I’m doing something.) We’re not saying we’re generating manipulations during the swing. Not a whole string of them. But thoughts (feels) like ‘high hands’, ‘back to target’, can all be done in the process of swinging. Doing them correctly is the hard part. It’s not a matter of the brain not being able to process them.
  20. So essentially its the putting equivalent to Trevor and Simons "Swing your pants" dance then?
  21. What are people whining so much about this? Just drop it from knee height and move on. No one is asking them to stand on one foot and rub their head while they drop.
  22. Welcome to TST. Check this out: TST Instructional content
  23. I would love to just be able to say, "Record" so I don't have to push a button.
  24. @Righty to Lefty, Please take this the right way. Your posts are just rambling on and sighting one-off examples. We're are talking about overall for the entire population of golfers for all their rounds. PGA Tour Players (and Euro, Asia etc.) are by far the best ball strikers. Minor league players (Web.com etc) are the next tier. They are not quite as good at it. Top AMs are next. But they can't make it on the Web.com because they are not as good at ball striking. It keeps going on. There is no way by any stretch that a 5 handicap player (who wasn't a former Tour Pro and only lost distance due to age) could ever be as good a ball striker as a scratch golfer, Top AM, Web.com or PGA Tour player. They are just not as good at striking the ball and controlling how far and what direction it goes with the correct amount of spin. A couple of US Opens ago, Justin Thomas hit a 3W 290 yards with enough spin to stop it on a very fast elevated green where the pin was 5 paces on the green. THAT is great ball striking. A 5 HC can only do that on a video game. You can keep sighting great putting days or whatever, but you are just not correct with this assertion.
  25. A question arose on the Aimpoint Facebook page: New rule: 10.2 You or your caddie must not set an object down anywhere on or off the putting green to show your line of play. This is not allowed even if that object is removed before your stroke is made. Do you think it includes those ball markers with a line on them to help you align the line on your ball?
  26. @Monir Since you state that have been playing blades for awhile and seem okay with them, why change? Granted, GI or SGI might save you a few strokes, but you should do what YOU feel like doing. You could always demo a set to see if they make enough difference. I started out when all that were available were blades and Persimmon/Laminated. Of course, I was forty years or so younger. I was never all that good, but I also had other priorities sometimes taking a hiatus from playing for years at a time. Recently I finally opted out of my Hogan Edge irons and went for Tour Edge EXi which are stated as being for "better" players (that is debatable). They are a little smaller than the SGI irons, but not as drastic as a true blade. Just for the heck it, I acquired a muscle back from a thrift shop and even though it is touted for scratch and plus golfers, I can hit it without a lot of additional effort, but it did take some getting used to. so, keep on having fun with your "buds" and don't worry about unsolicited advice (especially from bozos, like me).
  27. I was just looking at @phillyk's swing recently, and it's definitely a good example of someone who shallows the club very well while not having what one would call ideal turning rates. In fact, his turning rates are what one would probably classify as stalled out, and yet he shallows it beautifully. And he plays very good golf, having recently shot 67 My point though is that Erik is definitely right that shallowing the club is largely controlled by the forearms. @phillyk's swing seems to be an exception to the rule, but he proves that ideal turning rates aren't necessary for getting rid of stubborn steepness.
  28. Oh we have a dome with that here about 15 minutes southwest of Minneapolis. But it's only implemented on 10 of the bays which fill up fast. They charge $9 for 80 balls Mon-Fri and $14 for a half hour on the weekends. I'd probably go there a lot more if I didn't work 30 minutes in the opposite direction, and like others have said, the timed thing on the weekends really takes the relaxation out of it. I like to spend time after most shots thinking about it, catching my breath etc. The dome I actually go to is a lot cheaper and closer to my work. They have a punch card too, so I get a lot of my buckets for free.
  29. Of course we will soon get used to it. I'm an old timer that was around when you had to drop over your shoulder and dropping with an extended arm from shoulder height looked silly at first. That's not what makes the rule "absurd" as Bryson DeChambeau commented. It's just another case of the USGA making something way too complicated. Instead of "knee height" all they had to do is say from "no lower than knee height". That would give an out to a player who forgets until they all get used to it. In a short amount of time everyone will be dropping from knee height and that will be that. But by saying only knee height it puts rules officials in the position of looking like a bunch of anal idiots when they have to penalize someone 2 strokes for inadvertently dropping from shoulder height. Us amateurs can joke about it, but if it happens to a professional it is a real penalty for doing absolutely nothing to gain an advantage. Yes, it is absurd when it could have so easily been avoided.
  30. As was noted above, all tour pros are great ball strikers. The term great, in this sense, is only a comparison to your peers. Bubba Watson has been at one time a top 5 player in the world without being a top 50 iron player.
  31. Well, first, European wins aren’t exactly PGA wins. bubba has those two Masters victories.. Paul Casey has no majors, furyk just has the one US Open. But, this is digressing a bit. I think the general point is you can be an elite player without being a great “ball striker”. But, to do so, you better have some other exceptional skill, because you have to make up those strokes somewhere.
  32. Oh, it isn't just his full swing - he's amazingly animated on the green as well
  33. Yep - hit the range with 'em to figure out what shots they're giving you, then go have fun!
  34. Wish I could go back to walking. Old and somewhat injured body no longer makes that possible except on a pitch and putt course. My last course, before I could not walk any more, was a nice t somewhat rolling course of 7,700 yard in a beautiful area, very tree lined. I miss it and hope someday my feet will improve enough to again take, in the words of Mark Twain, another "good walk spoiled".
  35. Sidehatch, rentals for 1 or 2 rounds is definitely the way to go. I played Wailea and Kapalua late last year and rented from Jimmy’s Golf Club Rentals. Half the price of the on-course rentals, and he has some nice sets if you can book them in advance. I got a Titleist set: 716 AP2s, 917 D3 driver , 818 Hybrid and 917F3 3W. He also delivers and picks up from the course as long as you give a day or so lead time. Best deal on the island, and I didn’t have to drag my clubs through the airport or worry about the expense or potential damage from shipping them.
  36. I think the rental is a good option. I’ve used ShipSticks several times. On one ocassion they really screwed me good and offered zero compensation.
  37. Rent 'em when you're there. You can probably adjust the Taylormade driver to a draw bias. If you were a scratch handicap I'd say take your own clubs. Besides, you might find yourself falling in love with the Taylormades and buying new clubs.
  38. The videos in this topic are right on this topic of steepness: This video in the tweet (the 3rd listed in that thread) is longer than the others, whereas the first two seem to promote a purchase, so I'll leave them off. As for me, I've made strides this year, but injury has slowed the progress. I think as I come out of the winter, I'll have an improved transition that promotes more shallowing. We shall see. This thread has been pretty helpful for me to review from time to time. Different feels to try and solidify it all- come at the same problem from different angles. Plus the incredible detail of that Como/MacKenzie video to hammer home why this is so key. Good luck to anyone else working on this.
  39. Another update: Here's a summary of some of the technical things that helped me so far. You can visit my specific swing thread if you want to see how I'm doing (progress, but work to do): posture (see posture thread here on this site) grip stronger (see grip thread here on this site) keep left shoulder down on backswing (avoid standing up) right elbow in front (get rid of extra arm/hand movement when hips/shoulders stop) flat left wrist by top, think palm to sky (helps feel way more controlled, combined with right elbow) at A6, flatter shoulders, hips more open. (my tendency to stay closed to the target and tilted back by A6) Here are specific techniques that have helped me, as I've reviewed this thread (keeping what resonated, discarding what tended not to work for me): lots of reps at various drills given to me exaggerate, exaggerate, exaggerate use alignment rod on butt of club to see where it's pointing (@travisv used that to help him too) let lower body start the downswing, and as shoulders get going, think of the hand/arm movement getting a little initial burst horizontally, not vertically. I do feel my forearms rotating a bit (but not actively being manipulated). Just relax and let it happen based on hand path. Most importantly, I wanted to summarize how my overall mental picture of the swing has changed. It has been quite dramatic. In the Como video in @iacas post above, he says at 18:45 something about being "handcuffed" by an incorrect mental picture of what you need to do. That is exactly the case with me. I can't overstate that enough. That video definitely hammers home to me why this issue is important, so I won't bore you with that. Great vid. I enjoyed the technical discussion of angular forces and all that. Hopefully, that'll help me solidify the progress in the future. (@Rainmaker- props to you, as you mentioned one of the most important things is changing your mental picture. Same idea). Anyway, the main changes in my mental picture of the swing can be summarized: the hand path needs to be more horizontal than vertical from the top. don't fear OTT move by moving the hands more horizontally. I was "handcuffed" by that fear of moving the hands to the ball would get me OTT. Trust it, for all the reasons in that Como video above. get rid of other images to flatten the club- e.g., my tendency to stand up and flatten shoulders. Wrong image. Gotta keep left shoulder down! ultimately for me, I feel like I need more merry-go-round, less ferris wheel. Even though it is subtle on video, the difference in mental picture is quite significant. This video below shows my old mental picture on the left (mostly), and via my instructor I've been working on the picture on the right (mostly). I'm still working on trusting and gaining the faith the club will whip around naturally to be square at impact if I move the hands more correctly: Also, the initial flattening move is explained nicely here at 3:10: I've been doing this drill below in a mirror, making sure I don't stand up and flatten my shoulders to get the shallowing. I watch Erik's hand path here from the top, and try to put that into my swing image. As you see, the hand path is obviously not horizontal, but my feel is horizontal to get more of what I see below. Hope that helps, all. This is a bit of a consolidation/summary post, and all of the info was previously somewhere in the thread. I just wanted to loop back and describe again what is resonating with me since May of this year. In truth, it has been important to do lots of iterative things with my instructor, and I doubt I could've just read this post at the time and been like "voila! I get it now." We each likely need to go through a process. My specifics will be in my swing thread, but I'm hopeful that within a year, this can be fully ingrained with me-- likely as I move onto other pieces with my instructor, as I get to a "good enough" phase of this, and some other priority might be dominant. But based on how I progress, it is easy for me to backslide into old habits. It has been a bit of struggle, so those of you that think you can fix it in just a week or two- good luck!
  40. For most people it's to do more of this. And I don't agree with supination, per se: it's more palmar flexion and ulnar deviation. Also:
  41. You can do what I did there and look back at a mirror while making swings. It's been the best thing I've done.
  42. There's also these, another way of thinking about it.
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