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  1. So, that's my "Whoo!" face, haha. It took me 30+ years, but I finally broke 80. Okay….SMASHED 80! That’s a 76! If you can see the scorecard, you can see it was a rough (or normal, for me) start. In fact, I pretty much topped my opening 3w off the tee. Then on the 4th tee I took a practice swing where I let the clubhead release properly and it hit me like a bolt of lightning. From there, was picking really specific targets off the tee and it seemed like I hit virtually every one. Yeah, only 1 birdie (my putting was 'meh'...and see more about hole 17 below...grr!), but no doubles
    19 points
  2. There are several things which take almost no talent to do correctly, and if you can do them, you can become a better golfer and stay a better golfer. These things should be touchstones of a sort, things you check on constantly, but again which take no (or at least not much) actual skill to achieve. These are things even beginners can do. These lists are off the top of my head. Tier 1: No Real Talent Grip the club properly - in the base of the fingers, with the right number of knuckles showing for your swing. Set up properly - weight over the right part of your feet, arms
    18 points
  3. I’m not 100% I did this correctly, but this was my first crack at a swing with the feelings you described.
    16 points
  4. Sure I'll give it a shot. This is one of my drills from CHQ.. We will call it A3.5. Couldn't grab exact A4..
    15 points
  5. Here is my attempt. What I notice the most is my A6 position has my hands further in my right thigh, so a bit more lag.
    14 points
  6. Yeah, Matt, you maybe could have started coasting a little earlier, maybe. Like given! (per the rules, folks!) Here's my attempt. I'm pretty happy with this. Good here: And good here, IMO: This is a good drill for just about everyone.
    13 points
  7. Welcome to The Sand Trap. I don’t think it’s bad. I thinks it helps the game get publicity, but I don’t think everyone will be running out to get same length clubs and bulk up to play. He finally won a major at 27. Morikawa won the PGA on his first try this year and is a different kind of golfer. My issue is the announcers more than BD. They were talking Nobel prize for a guy with 3 years of college physics at an average school for the sciences. Does he like to tinker? Absolutely. Should he be asked to replace Hawking as the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge? No. Th
    13 points
  8. Some good lessons in here. To each of us is different with the time we're given. I lost my cousin last night who is a few years younger than me to a very short battle with cancer. Maybe I'm a bit too introspective at the moment, but time is the most valuable thing we have as it relates to our family, friends and our passions. Spend it well.
    12 points
  9. The Definition I think there's a misconception out there that "staying connected" means that you keep your arms (or your elbows) very close to you throughout the swing. This often manifests in a golf swing where the trail elbow stays very close to the ribs, pulls "around" the body toward or past the shirt seam, and the lead arm has a good bit of adduction, resulting in a narrow angle between the collarbones and the arm. This is not a bad literal interpretation of "staying connected." What could be more "connected" than keeping your trail elbow almost attached to your rib cage and you
    12 points
  10. It takes no talent to be a nice person. You maybe paired up with someone you have never meet or is new to your Club. They don't know anyone and that person is taking a huge step out of their comfort zone to meet new people by playing golf. By being nice to that person for 1 round of golf can make such a tremendous positive impact in their life. Remember: Life is hard, golf is hard, being nice is easy
    12 points
  11. Didn’t get around to doing this on Christmas when it was in the 50’s out, so naturally it was in the 30’s when I got around to it today.
    11 points
  12. Here is mine: How bad is the trail arm breakdown? The finished is very crouched as I am afraid to break (my wife's, LOL) club on the floor joists above. A4 position:
    11 points
  13. An occasional student (a few lessons a year, great guy, retired, LOVES golf) messaged me today, and I'm going to share the conversation (with his permission), and then try to wrap some things up at the end. The conversation occurs between the horizontal rules: Student: Erik, need some advice. First off I’ve taken a lot of lessons from many different people and even went to the Pinehurst Golf Academy. The lessons I’ve done with you seem to have helped me the best but I am still very inconsistent. One day I think I have a good feel and then the next I can’t find it. My though
    10 points
  14. Just an FYI, mate.... I have been around this forum for quite a few years and have been involved in my fair share of debates. I have (or had) the habit of looking for controversial subjects to post about because they're the ones that are interesting to me. This is one such thread. I avoid ones like "Tiger or Jack for GOAT". I have been on the receiving end of critique and censure from moderators and owner alike many times but you know what? I never took it personally and I will tell you that people here have VERY thick skins and are extremely accommodating and forgiving. I have been
    10 points
  15. OK, here goes. I like the feeling of width this drill provides.
    9 points
  16. This is hard. Took a lot of tries.
    9 points
  17. My father passed away Friday, after a four year battle with Alzheimer's dementia. For a long time, it was an evenly matched struggle between an insidious disease and a strong, elegant man. Unfortunately, the final inning turned into a rout, as his body functions shut down one by one. We transitioned to Hospice care, and the end came peacefully in his sleep. My efforts turn now to my mother, also a dementia sufferer, as she tries to come to terms with the loss of her companion of 67 years. Golf has not been on my mind these past few weeks. I leave in a few minutes for my first practice
    8 points
  18. Yeah, no. I’m giving you a 4/10 on the Golf Swing Guru Crackpot Scale. You lost points for: No visual aids. Like, at all. No citing a YouTube video claiming this swing shows off what you are talking about. No mystical looking 1990-style website. No avatar of some part of the body or a golf swing. You gained points for: Suggesting that you alone know the truth or facts at play here. Misusing big words you clearly don’t understand. Citing Ben Hogan. Try harder next time. You can do it!
    8 points
  19. Usually during the winter I join the Davison Athletic Club to use their 3 hitting bays but because of Covid-19, they aren't taking any new members. I had the opportunity to play Sugarbush 10/23. (Very nice and very challenging course) They are putting some big bucks into their club house, renovating the menu and adding 3 simulators. Since I didn't have a winter plan to stay active, I decided to ask about their winter membership. They have a winter membership from November 1st thru March 31st. Their winter membership cost $600 ($500 if paid by 10/31). At $30/hr it doesn'
    8 points
  20. I'm sympathetic to the idea that it would be nice if the people who could less easily afford golf could be given a discounted rate, but you should ask yourself who golf courses generally give discounted rates to, and why. The answer, from what I've experienced, are juniors and seniors. The reason for seniors is obvious: most golf course tee sheets are wider open when people are at work (morning and midday during the week), which is when seniors are more likely to be not working and out and about. The reasons for juniors are partially the same (in the summer, at least), but also
    8 points
  21. Meh, most golfers are going to shoot the same scores regardless of what ball they use.
    8 points
  22. I personally banned @HoganApexFan and @Ole Duffer last night. The site and the discussion is better without his energy. Normally, when someone is involved in the discussion, another moderator is in charge of any warnings, bans, etc. (In fact none of the points assigned to either member via warnings were given by me.) But this occurred at about 11:30pm last night, so I was the only person around, and to be honest, I didn’t want to wake up to a bunch more crap. Re: @HoganApexFan: At the end of the day, I’m a member of the site as well, and I didn’t enjoy my interactions with him, and h
    7 points
  23. Lower handicappers have earned nothing more than a place on the golf course, exactly the same as higher handicappers. And I have exactly the same tolerance for misbehavior from good players that I have for lesser players. Nobody has earned the right to act poorly on the course, no matter how well they play. And again, high handicappers should accept that their "place" is right next to me or any other lower handicapper on the course, trying our best to play well, and treating one another and the course with respect.
    7 points
  24. 7 points
  25. Dude. That’s only a few steps away from “that woman was asking for it, did you see how she was dressed?” Actually that’s basically what you just said.
    7 points
  26. https://backswing.com/interviews/erik-barzeski-golf-evolution/ I stumbled across that interview and thought I would share it.
    7 points
  27. Here are approach shots for Erik, Bill, John, and Jonny on Hole #18 John, Bill, Jonny, Erik,
    7 points
  28. When I play with people whom I have never played with before, I always tell them on the 1st tee, "I plan on posting this score for my index and I need to finish each hole. I don't give putts and I don't take them." I stared doing this because people would "ship my ball back", and wait for me to give them a putt. I really don't care what they do, they can give themselves a 50-footer if they want. If we're competing, we're playing by the rules. If were not competing, I'm playing by the rules and they can do whatever they want.
    7 points
  29. I do hope it changes golf for the better, in terms of helping put to bed many of golf's little idioms that turned out to be lies once we had access to the relevant data. I really appreciate how Bryson has fully embraced the statistics to optimize his golf game. So many players, including a lot of tour professionals, ignore the basic facts that show you're better off hitting an approach from closer to the hole even if it means using a partial swing or hitting from the rough. Conditions at courses like Winged Foot with monstrous rough are outliers, because most of the time the rough isn't t
    7 points
  30. Hey guys I can now join the hole in one club. I'm 69 yrs old usually play from senior tees. Yesterday played with 6 of us from the white for a little $ game. I holed out on a par 3, 127 yards with a 8. Pretty exciting.😉
    7 points
  31. As many here know, I coach a college golf team. We're a DIII team, one of the Penn State schools, and we won our conference championship and the Automatic Qualifier. This is the fourth time the last five times the National Championship has been played that we've been there since I started coaching six years ago, and the eighth time in the last nine times it's been played. Let's bear in mind throughout this that this is the National Championship. The winner will get a big-ass trophy, the same as the DI winners you see on Golf Channel in a few weeks. Tuesday is our first day. We're off
    6 points
  32. Lots of people seem to think that you stand "taller" for longer clubs, like the driver. The only thing that really changes much is the angle at which your arms hang - a bit farther out for driver. Note: it's not true for all, but it's true for most. Rory tends to be a bit more upright with his driver.
    6 points
  33. Well that was certainly an interesting 11 minutes. They moved it because you told them you had a TST outing, right? 😉
    6 points
  34. Sometimes I think golf needs a "DELAY OF GAME: 10 YARD PENALTY" flag to be thrown. "Sorry, Bud. You're teeing off back there now."
    6 points
  35. Book your tee time for a foursome. Sounds like you're the guy with a plan. Put out an email or text to all your golf buddies letting them know the first 3 responses are in! To the other laggards, too late, I'll check with you next week. Early bird gets the tee time...
    6 points
  36. https://streamable.com/iz76hg Worth watching for a chuckle.
    6 points
  37. I'm pretty much a let it go kind of guy. A wise person once said "You aren't a good enough golfer to get upset over a bad shot."
    6 points
  38. Interesting Twitter thread from a doctor:
    6 points
  39. If you had read her response, you might have noticed that she discusses her choice of attire, the Nike skirts with shorts built in. These "skorts" are pretty common for women golfers of all ages, including my own wife. The vision of "panties" is apparently a product of Mr. Giuliani's imagination. That he needed to mention "panties" speaks to his take-away from the day. He could certainly have told the story, said that the paparazzi interest in their group was based on Wie's putting style, without going down the "panty" route.
    6 points
  40. Went up to Erie for the first lesson of 2021! Just a summary of things I worked on. Setup 1. Less upper body axis tilt 2. Less hands pushed forward 3. Weight more 50/50 Better Flow 1. Let the body shift weight to the right to start the backswing 2. Turn around that left leg, turn against the wall. 3. Body re-centers towards target as arms get to around A3-A4. Push the ball away drill (thought this one up 😊) 1. Shift the body right about 1-2" 2. Then let the club start the backswing. The ball is there as a focal point to not start the club bac
    6 points
  41. Hello and welcome to TST. I’m sorry you feel this thread has an elitist attitude. I have a lot of experience with JV and have been using his method for about two years now. First, Wolfe and Furyk still swing the club in a manner JV would claim as ‘flawed.’ They both shift their weight and rotate their shoulders on their back swings. Second, nobody here says the JV method doesn’t work. We simply have asked for proof that it can accomplish the ball striking necessary at the elite level. To this day JV has never presented any data on his nor any of his student’s actual numbers. Nor after 30
    6 points
  42. I also find it odd that someone who states they don’t play anymore is telling us how to enjoy the game.
    6 points
  43. In case anyone was thinking about building a 48 in driver, here is a video on how I went about it. Will also be follow up video where I try and hit it coming soon.
    6 points
  44. Got my new Titleist T-200 irons today with the KBS S-Taper shafts. Took them on the course this afternoon, really liked the trajectory and spin. We’ll see how it goes when I get a chance to use them during a real round, but just in the 9 holes I hit them, the ball travelled farther and turned with much less spin then my AP-2’s. Next on the list is the new Titleist driver.
    6 points
  45. Yes, that is him. According to post, he lives there. https://www.instagram.com/p/CHxr7fapstp/
    6 points
  46. There are many many things in the world that are "unfair" in just this way. If you don't have enough money, you can't have dinner at the French Laundry, you can't purchase a penthouse in Manhattan, you can't drive a Bentley. Every one of these is available to the general public, all you have to do is pony up the cash. The responsibility of a business is to make money for the owners. If the course is full of golfers at the normal rate, why would they take less money for one of those precious spots on the tee sheet? I'm not opposed to offering a discount wherever the owner or manageme
    6 points
  47. I generally follow the Lowest Score Wins strategy of aiming for the dead center of the green on everything outside of 100 yards. That is, assuming there isn't any obvious obstacle off any one side of the green. If there is, like the little run-off area you mentioned, then I just shift the "center" of the green away from that area.
    6 points
  48. With my 4.1 and 2.5 differentials added in from this past weekend my handicap dropped from 4.0 to the lowest it's ever been, 3.5.
    6 points
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