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  1. I think it helps to have a (some what) decent swing before going all out for a set of clubs. I also believe that "all out" doesn't need to be that expensive. (Under $400 easily) There's alot of club sets being sold today, that as the new golfer's swing improves, their clubs are not easily adjusted to fit their swing improvements as needed. They can be adjusted, but sometimes they need to be sent back to the manufacturer. A new golfer could find themselves buying a second set of clubs, rather quickly, as their swing improves due to this scenario. Another example might be this. I was back in Texas visiting my brother. My nephew wanted to go play some golf, but I was with out my own clubs. He took me to a store "Sports Academy" (?) where I purchsed a $99 set of women's clubs. Cheapest set I could find. Added a $20 putter, and was out the door. My dececent swing made those clubs work. When I left, I gave the set to my nephew's daughter.
  2. Down to a 6.9 after a very solid 75 last weekend. My game has made a ton of progress this year between visiting Erik up in Erie, a couple months of Evolvr coaching, and now a couple month of some in person coaching. I'm really happy with how my game has evolved this season.
  3. Down yet again, this time to 18.5.
  4. A Plan... Monday.. LPGA and PGA official practice round. (More practice? previous week) Tuesday.. LPGA 1st round. Wednesday.. LPGA 2nd round. Thursday.. PGA 1st round Friday .. PGA 2nd round CUT for 36 holes on LPGA and PGA Morning tee times for LPGA, afternoon tee times for PGA Saturday.. 3rd round LPGA/PGA Sunday .. 4th round LPGA/PGA. Problems I see.. The course will be overwhelmed on monday. There´s no wednesday pro-am event. B Plan.. Find a complex with 2 golf courses and split fields.. 50% on each course of PGA tour players and 50% LPGA tour players. Each player plays 18 holes on each course and after the cut, all of them plays on saturday on course A and on Sunday on course B.
  5. 1. Hitting balls into water. 2. Hitting balls into trees. 3. Hitting balls OB. 4. Playing courses that have lots of water, trees and OB.
  6. I have the sticks in my shop, and the pro shop worker and myself were messing around to see what we can get to with the green. I started the day at 119mph and I wasn't really trying to swing fast, just what my normal swing is. Then we went for it and I got to 139mph while he got to 146mph. I wanted to get to 140 but I got tired. It pumped me up a little bit because I hadn't been swinging fast for a while, and I think I found out why as I started getting into the upper 130's. Need to feel the hands "release" more (I don't like that term but its hard to explain). Felt like the arms were trying to do too much and the hands nothing.
  7. In 2017, I was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in my right hand. For several years, the VA had been telling me it was an "Essiential Tremor" from the result of aging. I was at my regular Doctor one morning going over some test results related to my Thyroid. He said, "Why don't we look into the tremor in your right hand. It's probably nothing serious but let's just be sure." Six months later, a Neurologist confirmed it was indeed Parkinson's and with some other medical issues, suspect that it was the result of Agent Orange from my tour of Vietnam. The Neurologist said to start working out on a "Recumbent Bike." I did for awhile until my left knee started hurting and so I started playing golf. Playing golf, with medication, has done wonders for my tremor in that I can hold my hand steady when I address the ball and during hitting. I can still fly my airplane, writing is difficult after writing a large amount. Other than that, the tremor is not noticeable unless you see my hand shaking while waiting to tee off. I have lost some strength in my upper body and arms but with diet and exercise it is gradually returning. I started playing on "Sand Greens" and then joined a Golf Club in Hays, Kansas where I now play 2 to 3 times a week. (Grass Greens) My goal was to break a 100. (I did earlier this summer) My goal was to break 95. ( I did this summer) My goal was to break 90. ( I did a few weeks ago and seem to be able to maintain that. 82 & 84 & 88, and I usually play from the whites unless we are all Seniors and we still play mostly from the whites but do play Senior tees occasionally.) My next goal, probably next year will be to break 80. That may take awhile but there will come a day where everything will fall into place and it will happen. I am 72 and never paid for a lesson. My Dad was an excellent golfer and always got me pointed in the right direction. Retired Old Man
  8. For the past two or three weeks, I have been in a scoring slump. I normally shoot around 43-47 for nine holes. I had about a two week period where I shot 52 or 54. I just recently broke out of that slump with a 43!
  9. This morning, I sent in a request to GHIN (and my club) to deactivate and delete my account. I will no longer be posting scores for a handicap. I came to the realization this past weekend that scores and handicaps were ruining my enjoyment of the game. I never compete, nor play for money - so my handicap was useless anyway. I also deleted my Golfshot app. Going to go back to the old school method of writing my scores in pencil on a scorecard, then throwing it in the trash after the round. I hope that this will allow me to find joy in the game, as I would like to be able to continue playing. I have grown tired of being upset with myself almost every time I play. If I cannot figure out how to have fun regardless of the outcome - I'm going to start searching for a new hobby next year...
  10. I have always been one to not let anything bother me when golfing. Bad/good shots, slower/ faster players, weather, noises, and anything else you might think of. i just hit the ball. Go find it, and hit it again. Well, today I was happily taken out of my golfing wheel house. Had a good round going. I was heeding my caddie's advice. Had a 4 shot lead on the rest of group. The few bucks that were at stake, were almost in my pocket. Things were just going good. My phone starts vibrating, which I ignored at first. After the third call, I answered. It was my Granddaughter. She wanted to know when we would be returning home. I told her I was not sure, and asked why. She told me we had to go shopping for a set of golf clubs. (??????) Huh? She then told me she joined her (freshman) highschool golf team. First day of school, and she's on the golf team. This was a total surprise for me to hear. A total shocker Since I was on a golf course myself, we cut our phone call short, to be continued in about 6 holes. For the next 6 holes my game went to crap. It dropped so bad, my caddy even noticed my play deteriorating. He finally asked "bad news?" I explained what was going on, and that I was one happy Grandpa. He smiled, patted me on the back, and said lets finish this. As it turned out, on the last green, my bag man gave me a good read, which helped preserve a one stroke win for us. As for my Granddaughter, she had been doing tryouts, on the sly, with a set of my previously owned clubs. Her parents knew about it, but she wanted to wait and see if she made the team before telling me. Today after school, there was a golf meeting, and she was told she was one of 3 freshman girls on their team. Although I had introduced all 6 of our Grandkids to golf, none really showed much interest to continue on with the game. Like I said, this was a shocker. Even Grandma was cought by surprise. Fortunately, there is no rush to get home to go club shopping. Their practices don't start for a while, and their league play a month or so after that. She told me she needs everything but a putter. That, she likes the putter she is using. This was funny, because a while back she told me "that for a $300 putter, this thing does not make many putts". To top it off, last month she tried out, and won a spot with the freshman cheerleading squad. She will have a full plate, with classes, and sports. Yeah, I am a happy Grandpa.
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