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  1. I managed to hole out a 60* wedge from 83 yards for an eagle on the last hole yesterday. A nice finish to an otherwise unremarkable day.
  2. This is as good a place as any to post this. I was so proud of my group today. a guy took a practise swing on the first hole and the ball fell off the tee. nobody said "thats one".....first time ever i'm sure.
  3. I say bust their 350-yard driving, endorsement-peddling heads in. Golf balls, blood, brains and bits of skull all over the greater Mamaronek area!
  4. I formerly considered myself competent from the sand but a few years ago I got in a funk and have struggled a bit. Naturally, on the 9th hole yesterday I found a bunker. I had a good lie but was almost 30 yards to the hole, not a common bunker shot for me and certainly my expectations were not great. I tried to have the clubhead enter the sand as close to the ball as possible and darned if I didn't pull the shot off. Flew to the green, rolled out another 15 feet to tap in range. The blind squirrel once again found an acorn. 😉
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    The point of the backswing is to turn your body and to slightly bend your trail elbow, to elevate your trail elbow (to varying degrees), and to hinge your wrists (to varying degrees). The first bit — what's commonly called "turning your shoulders" — is the most important. Getting the club to parallel is not even on the list.
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    This somewhat continues a blog posting from 2016. If anyone is interested (Anyone?... Anyone?... Bueller), here is a link: https://thesandtrap.com/blogs/entry/91-the-end-to-sand-bagging/ Fast forward 4+ years and I now occupy the highly sought-after position of Handicap Chairman. We modified the Knuth Tournament Point System for our club. Members accumulate points over the course of the season but, rather than roll the points over to the next year, we start fresh. One of the biggest drawbacks with a “rolling 2-year” computation was the recordkeeping involved. We also moved to a “Competition Only” handicap for our members. We develop a handicap index based solely on “C” (formerly “T”) scores. Players continue to post all their scores to GHIN to maintain their GHIN index. We pull the “C” scores out and calculate an index using the WHS calculation but with just their “C” scores. An excel spreadsheet makes this process fairly easy. The move to a “Competition Only” index has largely solved the issue of sandbagging. Over the course of a season, few members are successful enough to “earn” a Knuth handicap reduction. After 9 tournaments in 2020, three members currently have reductions of 2-3 strokes. Most of our member’s GHIN indexes closely mirror their “C-only” indexes we use in our tournaments. Only one member has won their Flight more than a single time. The exception, surprisingly, has won 3 times in 5 tournaments. That success has earned him 9 Knuth points and a 3-stroke reduction going forward. When I gave him the news, he was not pleased. Here is an excerpt from his response: “… In using this system, it is not making (our tournaments) fair or equitable. It is like anybody who plays should get a ribbon because they participated, make all feel good, nobody loses, SOCIALISM.” I tied to talk to him at the next tournament but he did not want to discuss his situation. If he had stopped a moment, he might have realized the entire system of handicapping is a bit of “socialism”. He clearly would not fare too well even-up with his 10-handicap game against our scratch members. The handicap system is designed to make it possible for everyone to have a chance at getting a ribbon, as he put it, but it does not guarantee a ribbon. Still, he does somewhat have a point about our club’s efforts at leveling the playing field. By using a “Competition Only” index, eventually even the worst choker will see his index rise sufficiently to make him competitive. Why practice and try to become better when eventually poor play will result in a competitive index? For example, “Rob” is a tall, strong individual. He has a good swing and is capable of hitting the ball a long way, relatively straight. Still, he seems to be a bit of a vanity handicapper. A couple years ago he was playing in our “A” Flight (unsuccessfully). While his current GHIN index is 7.1, his scores from his last 8 tournaments are: 89, 83, 88, 87, 93, 100, 92, 92. The 83 resulted in a differential of 10.2 so the balance of the differentials are higher. His “C-Only” index is 11.8. Currently “Rob” is playing in our C Flight with guys sporting indexes of 11.0-15.0. It is just a matter of time before “Rob” gets his “ribbon.” In our efforts to weed out potential sandbaggers, we have promoted the also ran’s into contenders. I am not going to lose any sleep over this situation. After the season’s end, the Board can decide whether any changes are warranted. I somewhat like the idea of using the lower of the GHIN and “C-Only” indexes. If someone wants to have a low GHIN index, let him compete with it.
  7. I just added five Bandon Dunes courses to bring my total to 409 courses played. - 16 countries - 10 US Open venues - 7 British Open venues - 9 PGA Championship venues - 1 Masters venue (obviously only 1) - 45 PGA Tour venues I have been very fortunate.
  8. Drills often exaggerate things so you can feel them more/better.
  9. Unfortunately no spectators to witness the carnage. But we can see it all in slow-motion, close up, instant replay on TV.
  10. I think you’re overvaluing your mental state. Put in work on your swing.
  11. Yikes, I know I've got issues if my story/problem is so extreme/severe that some people are having a hard time even believing it! To be fair, I think there's been something of a misread of my post...I said "a lot of the time" I struggle being calm and relaxed, I didn't say "a lot of the time" I barely break 100...I said "at my worst, I can have days" I barely break 100 (same course and tees). And I scored even par just one time, and it was an outlier...before that, the best I had done was upper 70's (which I have done on many occasions). I had a super day that day (just over a week ago now), which I attributed to being able to actually achieve "calm and relaxed," and I'm not even exactly sure how, which lead to my post. Normally I shoot 80's, occasionally 70's, occasionally 90's (more 90's than 80's if I'm on a bad streak). True story though, my best score of all time (72) and my worst score of the year both happened in the past 2 months...and that high score was...wait for it...108. Both scores were extreme outliers, but still! If people have a hard time believing that range, that just tells me what a serious (presumably mental?) problem I have. ANYWAYS, that's all I want to say about that. I'm not going to respond to any rebuttals about the plausibility of my scores...if you need to, adjust the scores in your mind to what you think is plausible, then re-read it and see if anything comes to mind that might help me! 😄 I appreciate the input I've gotten. I don't know if any bells have really gone off just yet, but I'm planning to basically make this topic my full focus in golf for the remainder of the season. I'll re-read the posts in this thread carefully, and I'll try to remember to chime back in to share if an idea really produces results that stand the test of time. One thing I'm planning is seeing if more on-course playing lessons might help. I've had about 25 lessons over the past 2.5 years, and only one has been on-course (and it was forever ago). I think the only way this problem could even possibly be addressed with a lesson might be during a playing lesson. Thanks!
  12. On Saturday, the eighth hole of my morning round was the no. 1 handicap hole, a 440-yard par-4 from the blue tees where we played. I bombed a drive (on my standards) and was sitting just inside the 200 marker. I selected a 4H, normally my 190 club, because it’s better to be short than long on that hole, and I killed that one too. It took off at a lower-than-normal trajectory and ran up onto the green, stopping about ten feet from the pin. Three poor putts later I had a bogey. Would’ve been nice to make a three on that hole, but I hit two solid shots that gave me a reasonable chance, do I guess I can’t complain too much.
  13. I find controlled breathing to be a great way to relieve tension. I like to use the phrase "calm focus" instead of relaxed. For instance, after I tee my, I walk behind it and gaze at my target. I take a cleansing breath to relieve tension while I focus on my target.
  14. A shorter course does not automatically mean an easier course - at least not for me. I play ~160 rounds a season at a course that’s 5300yd@69.3/124. I have had quite a few good days in my 3 years there and the best I have ever shot was a 77, worse 90. Shot par in the front/back 9, sure, but never in a round of 18. I now play a different course that’s 5900yd@73.3/140 and my best score is 79, worse 89. When I go back to the 5300yd course, I still shoot high 70s on my best days and was never close to shooting par, eventhough the course is shorter and easier. I have moved back one tee a handful of times @6400yd 76.1/146. Did I struggle? Hell yeah - but I still broke 90. I don’t want to know what has to go really wrong for me to not break 100... A few guys I know have always refused to tee it forward because it’d be “too easy” they say. When they finally tried it out, they still cannot improve their scores drastically because they’d still run into trouble but just with different clubs. Anyway, the most challenging part about golf is between the ears. If the OP has the ability to shoot par, then his issue is not in the swing. How did you think differently on the day you shot par? Different routine? Different thought process? How was it different from the days you barely break 100? If it is simply the feeling of calm and relax, maybe a sip (or 2) of beer will do the trick!
  15. Spending most of life somewhere between highly-stressed and a full-fledged panic, calm and relaxed is really damn rare. However, I will note that my best golf have come on the very rare occasions where I am calm and relaxed.Note that still isn't particular close to par. Not sure how I'd get there. Maybe a very precise cocktail of drugs would do it. Suffice to say, it is something rarely experienced for me.
  16. Came up with an odd sort of drill for myself. I did it a little too fast and was just a little out of sequence, but these are among the first swings I recorded and they're still pretty decent. So I kinda like it. Just a trial run though, and I think the idea is sound, but it has to be done smaller, shorter, smoother. These are "okay."
  17. Some practice round swings. Woods and DeChambeau.
  18. I’m pretty old and not a really good golfer, so I use 90 for my par. I don’t golf for competition, only for relaxation and self satisfaction.
  19. Don't be so quick to judge. My best score to par is +5....the course is only 5100 yards and a par 71. There are 5 par 4s that are under 280 yards and the back nine doesnt have a place to lose a ball. If you put me at 6400+ yards on a challenging course, I'd be lucky to break 110. A 30 shot difference is more than possible from the same golfer if you put them on 2 wildly different courses. I listen to a podcast where 2 guys are trying to get to scratch. They are often in the mid 70s, and sometimes on the SAME course, they don't break 90. Some days you just don't have it. As far as the topic at hand goes, I just try to have fun during a round, and the more I do that, the better I feel and shoot. Work is saved for 9-5 and the only golf "work" you should be doing is on the range or whatever practice you do.
  20. I find myself more tense if I am paying attention to my score. On days that I casually write down my scores, I usually play well. As soon as I look at how I am doing, especially when I am playing well, I screw up immediately. I also don’t total up my score until the game is over.
  21. Just do it. Find a way. Golf is just a game. 72 or 92, your life won’t change. And very few people outside of yourself even care that day what you shoot.
  22. To help prevent the occasional "what the hell was that?" I think about my feet. I take the club back by standing on my back foot...and move the club forward by standing on my front foot. When I do that I swing better. I don't always chose the right swing, or right club, but my sequencing is less erratic. Kind of like bowling.
  23. Counterpoint: most everyone has a repeating swing.
  24. For those interested in where they plan to construct the buildings it’s on the right side as you turn off the little turn circle and drive into the clubhouse area. The tennis courts on the right will go away. Here’s a picture of the proposed location:
  25. I bought a box of the Trust Bison Soft golf balls thinking it would be fun to try out today but was disappointed in the way they worked for my swing (though it was fun trying them). I lost distance over the Srixion Soft Feel that I usually play - never a good thing. It also seemed like I had to hit them harder with the putter to make them go the same distance. The sound they made coming off the clubs and putter was very "hard" sounding. Kind of a loud click sound. And, to make matters worse, they cost 50% more than my usual ball. They probably would work well for someone else but I think I'll delegate them to my range.
  26. Damn, I’m sorry to hear that. Thoughts and prayers...
  27. You cannot make a poor choice. Your wife gave you a gift...that's plenty good right there. Pick something and feel good about it. We should all be so lucky.
  28. This is something we all can agree. Cancer sucks. Here's hoping he's able to fight it successfully.
  29. Just did some research... fascinating stuff. 85% is the chance of the cancer returning if you do nothing else. If you get 6 follow-up BCG treatments (a liquid placed in your bladder via a catheter that promotes your body to heal itself), one treatment per week, the survival rate is 95.4% over 5 years. I am sure John's doctors have discussed this immunotherapy with him if his cancer was not aggressive or invading the bladder walls. John's a better golfer than a doctor. Wishing you the best, John. BCG treatment for bladder cancer: What to know Bacillus Calmette–Guerin (BCG) treatment can help prevent cancer from returning following surgery for early-stage bladder cancer...
  30. As a bev cart girl and a bartender at a golf course I highly recommend NOT bringing your own alcohol. It puts us at a personal risk if an accident happens and it puts the course at risk of getting fined or losing our liquor license. Also it’s extremely rude and disrespectful. If you can’t afford to buy beers from us then don’t drink at the course . If we get get caught not confiscating outside liquor we won’t get scheduled so even just tipping doesn’t cut it.
  31. C'mon puma, lighten up buddy. Perhaps you should have a beer, or ten.
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