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  1. It's very simple: You take the cosine of the decent angle of the club you intend to hit. Divide that by the Oblate Spheroid angle on the ball being struck, which is easily calculated by the coefficient of compression times the club head speed divided by the static loft or 0.8732 multiplied by the dynamic loft. You take that result and multiply it by the distance you would normally hit the club. Then add that to the original figure, subtracting 1/5th value of the wind speed squared, divided by the barometric pressure. Then you multiply the coefficient of the up current or 1/3 the coefficient of the down current depending on if you are right or left-handed. Your use the Pythagorean theorem to determine the overall length of the ball flight. Which is really just a simplified version of the longest leg of the right triangle. Of course that number needs to be adjusted to account for the arch involved in the flight. To factor that in all you need to do is calculate the circumference of the Earth at the exact point at which you are standing and divide the original distance times 2π times the tangent of the height of your left wrist from the ground and the shaft length of the club. We’ll ignore the actual sole thickness of the club because while it has a factor in the calculation for our purposes it won’t affect the ball flight enough for us to include it. Once you have that result you simply multiply the coefficient of slippage which can be looked up off any chart based on weather conditions and temperature. You determine the derivative of the angle of attack at address and then simply add in the number of calories you normally burn each day divided by what time of day it is and then put factor in to select your club. So, as you can see. It’s really very simple. When in double you can always just have Bryson DeChambeau calculate it for you.
  2. Goal was to finish top 20. Check! Junior Boys' & Girls' Championship Event Portal :: Tournament Results
  3. I've been fighting the driver big time lately and had my worst round of the year yesterday 75 (+3). Came out today and after a couple poor drives I finally found something and played really well. Shot 67 (-5). Bogeyed the last two holes though dang it! Just lost concentration.
  4. I golf because it is one of the few things I am physically cleared to do by my cardiology team. August 22nd, 2018 I had a stroke on duty. During the subsequent hospital stay, I was diagnosed with an incurable heart condition. A year later and following my retirement I began my journey in this sport. I golf for several reasons now - To get exercise - To spend quality time with 13 year old daughter, who undoubtedly will be busting my ass on the course by next year - To spend quality time with my mom who also just started playing this year - To help eliminate daily stress and serve as a release for my PTS - I enjoy the tranquility of the outdoors, the silence, the smells, the fresh air, the sheer beauty - Seeing progress in my game, albeit slower than I would like - The camaraderie with those I am playing with and meet new people with similar interests - To find the answer to the question in my head, "How can a game that is so maddening be so much fun?" Finally, I have used golf to rekindle friendships that I unfortunately let slip because of being focused too much on my profession. I have used the time together to express my sincere apology for allowing a stupid job to become more important than their friendship. Thankfully, it has been well received. Oh yeah, and I truly love the sport and have become quite addicted to it.
  5. I don't think we go anywhere with the debate. It's ONE (very unique) guy doing something that I would wager the rest of the PGA Tour have absolutely ZERO interest in doing/maintaining. Who else is going to work as hard as Bryson has in the gym? Who else is going to force feed themselves 6-8 times a day to hit the high caloric intake needed to maintain the amount of mass he's put on? Who else has the IQ to even do what he's doing? I'm just not buying into this whole "BrYsOn iS cHaNgInG" how golf will be played thing. I'm in the camp of thinking that Bryson will go down in golf history as being a very unique and determined individual who played the game how he wanted. I also think the debate of modified equipment is dumb. What are they going to do, make a golf ball for all the 280-300 guys to still let them hit that distance and then make a different golf ball for increments of 10/20 yards for the rest so that they are tuned back down to 280-300? Then make "SuPeR" special balls for guys like Rory, Champ, Wolff, etc? Then on top of that are they going to make a "SuPeR dUpEr" special ball for the Kraken Slaying God of a Man himself AKA BRYSON "THE HOUSE" DeCHAMBEAU??? Give me a break...
  6. Some comments from a GOLF.COM article after Bryson's win: John Wood, PGA Tour caddie for Matt Kuchar (@Johnwould😞 Bryson seems to have broken the code for Bryson. And I think he has transferred what has been done at the long driving competitions for a while now to highly competitive golf. I couldn’t be more impressed. I was watching today and thought how economical this type of game is to practice. You practice drivers, wedges, chips and putting. He won’t often have to hit mid-irons, ever. Maybe a couple a day to par-5s. But for the most part, playing the game like he is playing it, and how courses are allowing him to play it through setup, why would you spend the time on fairway woods and hybrids and long/mid-irons when they will be used so seldom. Sean Zak, senior editor (@Sean_Zak😞 I like what John said. Bryson found Bryson’s template — bomb it a mile, hit easier clubs into greens and if you putt well you’ll win. The difference between his template and other players’ is that his template works better at 80 percent of courses on Tour. That’s the bottom line. It makes it hard to imagine him missing the cut at a cookie-cutter Tour course. Does it work in Scotland? It’s hard to say right now, but across parkland America, he’s going to be dominating if he putts well. Here is an interesting graphic (from Geoff Shackelford blog post); illustrates the difference between Bryson and the rest of the field at Detroit Golf Club and hole #1 Also from a Geoff Shackleford blog post: A few stats of note: First player in the 16 years of ShotLink and “Strokes Gained” to lead a field in both driving and putting. Averaged 350.6 on the eight measuring holes, compared to a field average of 301.5. He averaged 329.8 on all drives at tree-lined Detroit Golf Club, compared to the field’s 297.6 average. DeChambeau reached 23-under-par to win by three strokes over Matthew Wolff, who started the day three ahead. Wolff hit five more fairways for the week, if that means anything (38/56 to Bryson’s 33/56). According to CBS’s Jim Nantz, DeChambeau’s drives Sunday ended up 423 yards longer than playing partner Troy Merritt’s. And 143 yards longer than Wolff’s tee shots on the non-par-3s. There are, of course, issues that come with all of this madness. In no particular order: I get more questions asking if there is drug testing instead of equipment or COVID-19 testing. Half of most social media posts regarding DeChambeau descend into unfair character assassination about the naturalness of the weight and strength gain without any evidence this is something other than just hard work and an excessive diet. There are undoubtedly kids and parents watching and sending junior to the gym instead of our to play or practice golf. This has always been a risk of allowing golf to become a long drive contest, and now we have an extreme example to inspire a movement. Even with CBS having their best production yet, highlighted by some excellent storytelling around the DeChambeau dominance, the sight of driver-wedge golf and 8-irons into par-5s lacks any significant give-and-take between player and course. I’m not saying it’s boring, but there is less satisfaction in watching a course unable to call on a variety of skills. The obvious question of such a dominant and shocking performance: where do we go from here on the distance debate?
  7. The irony here is that complaining about your "brand" does more to hurt your "brand." Grow up Bryson; everyone expects players to react after a poor shot. They follow other golfers after bad shots. The camera follows MLB pitchers into the dugout after a bad inning. They follow quarterbacks off the field after an interception. You're well-compensated for the extra scrutiny. This guy has a history of petulance when things don't go his way: complaining when his goofy putter was ruled illegal, pushing back on the criticism over his 6 minute putt, etc.
  8. My interpretation is that it's similar to cracking a whip. With pros, their hips start the transition/downswing with a rapid acceleration followed by a rapid deceleration. So the speed or "work" you're putting into the club is the results of the torso, arms, legs accelerating and decelerating. There is kind of a chain reaction from one body segment to the other, so you need the deceleration to provide the sequential transfer of energy. Basically I "brake" or stabilize very well and will never be able to override it. I need more juice on the acceleration side. Honestly, I most likely should have started playing lefty, it's my faster side and I throw lefty. This also makes sense for because I hit it the straightest when I feel like I'm swinging hard/fast. I get in trouble when I try to guide shots and then I can hit it all over the place.
  9. I recently asked @mvmac, who was familiar with what Dave and I taught, to give us a report card on what advanced players are learning from advanced coaches and how he felt we stood. Mike hasn't seen us teach much in the past four or five years, and we haven't put out a lot of videos (aside from these, of course) lately, either. So some of the things he thinks we teach date back five years or more. Before I get into the list… you're going to quickly see that most of the list is "for better players." I'll make a conscious decision a lot of the time to decide which of two slightly different directions to go. For example, some people here on TST were surprised by the "flow" talk we've had the past several months here on TST. I'll admit to getting people to "create space from the wall" by learning a very centered to even slightly forward-of-center hip pivot (heck, I still give this drill to students), but these are golfers > 6 handicappers (often > 10) who sway their hips back a lot. For them, going a little extreme to this side of things is a conscious choice by me to help their ballstriking. For better players, I talk about more "flow" stuff. I let the right hip look like it moves back an inch or so. The way I talk about a lot of things is a little different. I don't teach "one swing" but I do have one general system of what I think is right, but within that, I have preferences for different types of players. The player who is an 18 who wants to become a 10 and won't really spend a lot of time practicing gets something different than the motivated 6 handicapper trying to become scratch. That all said, the list, and my reactions to it. For Most Players… … I wouldn’t change much, little reverse K setup, err with a stronger grip, Bender/Geoff Jones style pivot with some feet flare, don’t be afraid to get speedy with the arms coming down. So, this is what I talked about up above. For most players — and for us sometimes that's 90% of the people we teach — the simple, very centered, slightly less dynamic pivot stuff he's saying is still pretty good. Again, not much time spent here, so let's move on to the finer details. My text will remain in black. For Better Players… … I don’t know if I would call these changes to what you do but how I would go about teaching better players. Changes in my view from several years ago. In no particular order: Foot Flare No more than 20 degrees of foot flare, even less on trail foot. I understand the reasoning for this, and I'll still add some foot flare to the trail foot for an older good player to help increase range of motion, but I think the gains here are so small that this starts to "matter" (still only a little) to scratch golfers or better. But, maybe there's something to learn here… Hips/Pelvis Pelvis more level or even slight LPT at 1 Avoid idea or image of hip slide I think I get a check mark here. I talk with even mid-level handicap players lately about "landing" on the front foot, which includes a little "flow" back toward the target with the upper body. Even higher handicappers, while I'm emphasizing "getting forward" (great players still get their weight AND pressure forward - the images in the "hip slide" topic aren't "wrong") the hips getting forward, I talk a lot about "sending energy" forward. Hands A1-A2 Little or no depth with the hands to 2 or even feeling forearm counter rotation in takeaway for players that bank the club inward. From DL, the "curve" of the "hula hoop" is basically negligible in the direction of "depth from A1-A2, so what appears to be "straight back. A2 depends on how quickly a player hinges the club, of course, but most good players have a pretty narrow range here. I probably allow a little more hand depth than Mike would like, but often I feel that's a matter of other things being a priority. I like to see the hands go slightly inward the first half of the backswing while the latter half becomes about more "ascent," but even then a lot of that "slightly" is after 1.75 or so. As a brief aside, I think my own swing is shaping up in this regard nicely. I'd get too shallow, too low, and my wrists would react poorly at the top given what I'd done to get there. I now feel like my hands go out away from me from A1-A2.5, but of course they don't actually. As for the counter-rotation, I'll have Mike clarify perhaps, as we've taught this to even poorer players. The feeling that the right hand stays "on top" a bit longer is very helpful in not swinging the clubhead well behind the player, and in keeping the face a bit "squarer" (or at least not flopping it open) longer. "Stretching" the Trail Side Stretching the trail side without elevating the rib cage I get what he's saying, and it's something I work on myself as well. I'll "stand up" a little too much during the backswing. The feel for me is from the top of the right thigh up across my pelvis and just above my belly button, but the rib cage as Mike says doesn't stretch up. S&T teaches you to feel the stretch further up, up the whole right side, and again for higher handicappers we'll let their hips turn (trail leg extends a good bit) and they'll feel the stretch all the way up, but for lower handicappers, we don't do that quite so much this way. Lead Side Unweighting Unweighting lead side early. That could lead to a trigger move or a slight pelvis bump or a little pressure “rock” to the trail side before the club/hands move back. But doesn’t has to. I teach this, and in looking at a few videos of some of Dave's better players, he does too. Mike's right that we didn't as much seven years ago, but the pressure data we were early at looking at led to small changes here. Trail Knee Extension Avoid a lot of trail knee extension from 1-3 Ha, addressed above, before I got to this point. We don't teach a lot of this here. Unlike George Gankas. 🙂 At any rate, for a lower handicapper who lacks some range of motion (an older good player), we might let them get away with more trail knee extension, and to be clear the trail knee still extends measurably. Elbows Close Avoid squeezing the arms together at 1 or in the backswing. Hate this one myself. I've been saying for years that squeezing the elbows together during the backswing is almost the surest way to have them come apart during the downswing. Banking the Trail Foot Avoid trying to bank the trail foot, allow heel to come off the ground by 6 Check. I know why Mike added this - a lot of poor players, and a lot of juniors, will shoot their trail knee toward the ball early in the downswing and the heel will come off the ground VERY early. But I looked back at the lessons of my good players, and the notes, and I've not mentioned the trail foot banking in at least several years. And though admittedly I don't have many Justin Thomas type players… I do let people get away with some more of the "knee action" described above with the driver than with irons. Like JT himself. Stopping at A4 Avoid stopping or rehearsing 4. Pending more information, I don't know that I'll agree here, and I might humbly suggest that because what Mike has been working on, he's seeing this as limiting "flow" and the general athletic movement. On that I'd agree, but sometimes stopping at A4 is a good way to check on something that happened from 2-4 or something. Or if I have someone who is across the line and who dumps it under from there, and they're working on not only getting more "laid off" (feeling only) so the club can pitch out a little (paging @saevel25), it can be useful, IMO, to isolate just that piece starting from the proper spot, so you know it's the proper spot. Also, I will do a lot of "pump drill" type things when teaching something dynamic that's transition or early downswing-related. Fast Backswing Fast backswing via body is good. I might be missing something here, too, as we've talked about speeding up the backswing for awhile now. It's even in LSW, and was "old" when we put it in there. Maybe the bit I'm missing is "via body" but I don't feel that way. Two Random Bits Have concepts for the downswing/impact but train the backswing. Understand that a lot that is occurring with the club/limbs/wrist angles is being heavily influenced by the torso/pelvis motion. These are a bit more philosophical, so, I can't really comment concretely here. We work on a lot of backswings, and since the arms are attached to the shoulders, of course a lot of what they do is governed by how their being "flung." And Mike won't deny that sometimes the downswing is what needs the work. I'll make edits as needed, or comment in posts further down the stream, but I'd like to thank Mike for taking the time to comment. I think we/I graded out pretty well, and if nothing else, I think maybe I'll do more to share and talk about some more advanced player "stuff" in the coming weeks, months, years.
  10. As a dapper gentleman I had the pleasure of playing a round with once told me, "You don't seem like you have enough sense to quit."
  11. I have Parkinson's in my right hand that was brought on by Agent Orange in Vietnam. Diet and exercise will almost completely remove my tremor. (I also take medications) That is mainly why I golf. I also just enjoy the game. Retired Old Man
  12. Why I play golf, wow what a happy thought. It is a connection to my past, the good times with my Dad on a course. I can still remember 50 years ago this summer and the very first time i played. My Dad gave me a Junior Club 7 iron & Putter and off we went together. I still have both of those clubs. The joy of hitting a spectacular shot from an incredible lob wedge out of the rough last round to just hammering a Drive. To see those shots and look at a PGA player on TV and say - I can do that, while not as consistent but still to see it done and do it. I want no part of tackling Derrick Henry but i could play golf with Rory McIlroy, if he let me. The uniqueness of the architecture of each and every golf course all over the world. Are there really any two courses the same? To see how the Local 9 was laid out to some of the most exclusive Country Clubs in the country (yes i have been lucky to know some people). I find this so cool. To step up on the 1st Tee and meet someone for the first time and know already have in common - Golf and from there you build a new friendship. Golf is literally the coolest sport there is, you can hit one completely laterally and bomb the crap out of a Drive and still see the Pros do the same thing and laugh at yourself and them as well. So why i play the game - it fills me with Happy Thoughts
  13. To me, the image of having my address position be very similar to my intended impact position is a good thing. So I try to set up with a pretty straight line from my left shoulder to the ball (in-line impact). This means that I will always have a bit of forward shaft lean at address unless the ball is positioned about even with my left shoulder, and I only do that with my driver.
  14. No worries. Again, it depends on the player; some do it and some don't. Rory, DJ, ZJ, and lots of guys have forward lean at address. Although Stenson does not have it at his static address, as soon as he does that little "sit back" move he does, he leans it. I don't see it as a band-aid and certainly not a bad thing at all. Having your hands a little forward of your zipper and a bit of shaft lean is a good thing as it helps set up a good downswing intention.
  15. Bryson to cameraman: Don't damage my brand Bryson DeChambeau got into an exchange of words with a cameraman during Saturday's third round of the... Bryson throws a tantrum after hitting a poor shot and lashes out at the bunker, then the cameraman for following hunt afterwards. This is why @colin007 doesn’t like you, Bryson.
  16. I disagree. I’ll go on the record now and say he’s changing people’s perceptions of what the ideal golf body is (in fact I might have already said/wrote this). If nothing changes on the PGA Tour to reduce the viability of this strategy, in 10-20 years you’re going to see bigger, bulkier guys become the norm on tour, much like Tiger’s success inspired a generation of golfers to work out and hit the ball far with lean muscle. Tiger, remember, had his share of critics for approaching fitness in golf different than the norm. The media and some others commenting on this seem to make it out to be a novelty, like Bryson is a circus act because he’s quirky, but I bet there are coaches out there quietly taking notes right now.
  17. Silicone, boys. It’s not just for bathrooms and bimbos anymore.
  18. No I wouldn't say that. Each club or group of clubs has certain elements that should be "fit" to the golfer. Drivers should have the correct weight, length, loft, grip size, swing weight etc, and this can be done in doors for many golfers and get the results you need. Wedges need to have the correct lofts and lies but this is much harder to discern indoors. Grinds can be important depending on the golfer but really need to be addressed outdoors on grass.
  19. Do your usual set up....then right before you’d take your shot...stop. Set down a stick or a club, walk behind and see where your club face is pointing. There’s a good chance that if you’re aimed properly you’re taking the club out to in like a bunker shot and slightly closing your face prior to impact and pulling your shot left. This would work great in wet grass so you could see your brush mark and maybe see if you in fact changed your face from its original alignment.
  20. This is what happens when you try to outdrive Bryson...
  21. Embarrassing. Whenever I've heard a colleague or any other individual talk about their brand, it makes me want to feed their face to baboons. The world doesn't need individual people to be brands. It needs more human beings. Brands are for Coke and Disney. A brand is an image. It's not a person. Just the worst f***ing people in the world talk about their personal "brand." THE WORST
  22. Pretty crap on Bryson's part, but I am glad he is doing well since the restart. I posted yesterday how I saw Reed ripping grass out of the green (improper pitch repair), and I would argue that is worse for course maintenance than what Bryson did. The only reason they followed him that long is because he is literally the only thing that is interesting in pro golf right now. I understand both sides of it. He was running hot, and the cameraman/broadcaster wants a story.
  23. I think the biggest individual shot gain can be had by driver, but iron play makes up more of the game in general, so I think iron fittings are more important. That is to say, you may play driver 12-14 times a round, but you are probably hitting double of that in full iron shots, unless you are playing a course where you are always hitting a wedge into the green, but in that case you should be moving back a tee or two.
  24. 64 in our Red, White and Blue tournament. Won the gross division. Format is you play six holes from the blue tees, six from the whites and six from the reds, got to pick which ones you teed off from. Index right now is +2.5 and my handicap for today was +7, so gives you an idea of how short the course was....but still have to keep it in play and convert. Great thing is I don't have to post it! 👍
  25. There’s a lot to say about today’s tournament, as it was a very wild ride. First, the course. It was called Wildwood Green GC, in Raleigh, NC. About a 45-minute drive from my house. It was just under 6500 yards from the blue tees where we played, par 70. On top of the length, it was very narrow off the tee. Run your drive over the cart path and there’s a good chance it’s OB. The greens were lightning-fast. Also a very hilly course. Not very walker-friendly. Now to the round. I was paired, by luck of the draw, with one of my teammates, making the round a bit more comfortable. I struggled out of the gate, going +9 through four holes. I realized standing on the 5th tee that if I kept that up, I wasn’t likely to break 100. I was happy to walk off the long par-4 fifth with a five, then I parred the tough par-3 sixth and made a great up-and-down for bogey on the long par-5 seventh. I was slowly making my score look better: +11 through seven. A good ways from solid, but I felt that I had my game back on track. I went double-bogey to close out the front side with a 49. Not bad after the first four disastrous holes. But the back nine is where my round started to get interesting. Hole ten was nothing special. Another long par-4, I chunked my 3W just past the ladies tees, hit a 6I layup through the trees, then pitched just short and got up-and-down for a bogey. Same sort of thing on the eleventh. The twelfth was a 181-yard par-3 with water short, left, and long. After several minutes of waiting, I nailed a 5H onto the front of the green and two-putted from about 50 feet for a par. I was thrilled to get off that hole with three. Hole thirteen was a very reachable par-5 at 478 yards. I killed a 3W down the middle and had only 230 left to the green, within range of another well-struck 3W. I tried for it and topped it, but it still left me with only 50 yards on a downhill lie. I decided to bump-and-run an 8I through the rough short of the green, which would take some of the heat off the speed of the greens. It came off the club exactly as I wanted it to, and rolled through the rough and up onto the green exactly as I wanted it to, at which point I knew it was gonna be good. Thing is, it was really good. It rolled toward the flag, and then I saw it disappear into the hole for an eagle! My first eagle ever! Fueled by adrenaline, I pounded my drive on the fourteenth down the middle, but chunked my approach slightly and came up just short. I hit a decent chip shot to about eight feet, left my first putt two feet short, then missed that one. Double bogey. The fifteenth hole produced probably the funniest moment of the day. I was laying two in a greenside bunker. After leaving my first attempt in the sand, I skulled my second attempt low and it smacked dead into the flag and stayed on the green, albeit about 20 feet out. I’m still laughing about that stroke of luck as I’m typing it. I managed to two putt from there, saving what could’ve been a very ugly hole. I also doubled the sixteenth after three-putting from six feet, but bounced back by getting up-and-down for par on 17. On the eighteenth, I was laying two in another bunker, this one so deep I couldn’t even see the top of the flag. I hit one of my best shots of the day to about ten feet and two-putted for a bogey, a back-nine 42, and a total of 91. I’m very pleased with that score, considering the length and how tight it was. My teammate shot 86. However, despite it being one of the toughest courses I’ve played, it’s also one of my favorites. There was so much variety in the holes, so every hole was an adventure. I’ll be back to that course sometime in the very near future, maybe as soon as Monday, with some teammates for another round.
  26. You could’ve at least used paragraph breaks...🤢
  27. It's been a while, but I had my first no sixes round in quite sometime. A few years back, it was a daily occurrence, but first one in a long time. Hopefully I'm on te way back to play better. 5 5 5 3 4 5 4 5 5 - 41 4 3 4 3 5 4 5 4 4 - 36 - 77 Started on the back 9 with a 36, played last 4 holes, 4 over.
  28. I agree with all of this, and @Club Rat is definitely a good match player. To me, Match Play is just golf, so practice like you would for any other important round. When you play the match, play your own game, there are very very few times when you should deviate from your normal plan. Aim for the centers of the greens (LSW), par, and net par if yo're getting strokes, will halve or win most holes. If your opponent hits one moderately close, still hit for the center, a two-putt par will still probably tie him. If he's REAL close, like 3 feet, then you can take a bit more risk, but if he's 10 feet he's only going to make 1 of 3 or something similar. If you're in trouble, still follow the LSW concepts, make the play that is most likely to give you the best score you can. You opponent is human, don't ever assume he's going to hit a great shot, he's going to screw up some of the time.
  29. This coyote and her buddy hang out on the other end of the driving range where I work. When I practice in the mornings they sit and watch. Pretty cool really.
  30. A strong grip can be a good band-aid. It might be what you actually need (though 3-4 knuckles is a lot). It can also be a bit too much, and may make some other things tougher for you to do. The grip from your Member Swing topic looked fine. Just a little on the strong side. But perfectly normal.
  31. Match play is a great game, and my personal favorite style of golf games. A. Don't get caught up in how your opponent is playing, play your own game. B. Be prepared for a slower than usual pace, Matches seem to always slow players down. C. After any extended time when it becomes your turn to play, take a big breath and focus, then hit you shot or putt. D. Be careful with rule differences in Match Play. E. When a few bad swings happen, refocus and remember Match Play is usually never over. F. Do not beat yourself, do not give up. In Match Play, the player who plays better for the majority of holes will win most of the time.
  32. I PLAY golf for a few reasons. Competition- I love to compete it's a big part of who I am. Challenge- It's fun to have something to work at and try to improve. I get a lot of satisfaction when I play well knowing I put in a lot of work to get here. Exercise- Playing 18 holes walking at my course burns about 2000 calories. Camaraderie- Many of my friends I have made on the golf course.
  33. I play because I can still be better than I was yesterday. My track and field career bests are behind me, and while I can still compete against people within my age group I will never be the same guy who was able to hold his own in flights and heats against world champs and olympians. I just can’t be that fast and jump that far anymore. I still believe the best Golf of my life is ahead of me. I also play because it is a game that challenges the mind and the body. It’s not physically taxing per se but the body has to be in technically sound positions to deliver the clubhead to the ball as desired repeatedly. I have to think and use my mind to accurately strategize around the course and overcome the bad times and shots. Lastly- I play for fun. Fun of friendly competition, fun of architecture and its impact on the game, fun of just playing with my Dad or a friend I haven’t seen in awhile. Some many reasons and ways to have fun playing this game.
  34. Because crack is not socially acceptable... but golf is. Both involve a small white object that completely rules your life.
  35. It was pretty standard Sunday buffet fare when I was growing up. My dad called it a battleship roast due to his time in the Navy. They were about two feet in diameter and there would be a guy, in a chef's outfit, carving off thin slices for you with a long serrated knife. Surrounding the massive joint were small, white, peeled and roasted potatoes...swimming in dark juice. That's about it.
  36. There is nothing better than playing well at golf. ... And almost nothing more frustrating than playing poorly... I've done my share of both.
  37. No politics please. Last warning.
  38. Greetings, those M1 irons are slightly aggressively lofted. If you go to the SIM Max Irons you will be getting about 2 degrees less loft per iron. I think that may actually make your problem worse. Sure, you will hit your 7 iron further... it has 2 degrees less loft. But I think your 6, 5 etc. will be even more difficult to get off the ground as they will actually be lofted lower. Second, you are young. Mid-20's. I'd hate to see you go to such aggressively lofted clubs. Sorry, brother, but those are clubs for old guys or guys who physically can't generate more swing speed. You should have plenty in the tank to get M1's or even higher lofted clubs in the air. So, in my opinion, I would not get fit for SIM max irons. If you wanted to go the other way and get fit for more traditionally lofted clubs I'd support that. Again, this is one man's opinion. I'm 50 years old, I hit my driver on average around 260 as well (total distance not carry distance). A 7 iron for me is my 160 club. So pretty similar. my 7 iron is 31 degrees. Yours is 30.5. So again pretty similar. I think your clubs are fine. But again, far be it from me to stop you from buying new stuff. New stuff is awesome. BUT don't expect it to fix anything. This AND this
  39. This is the problem here. You're not a 19 handicap because of the clubs you own; you are a 19 handicap because of your swing. If you need an adjustment on loft/lie, those changes can be done on your current clubs most likely. Sounds to me like the pro is just trying to sell you some clubs or charge you a fitting fee. I'd stick with getting quality instruction and improving my golf game and adjust my existing clubs to match the swing I'm trying to achieve. Then, if you so desire, buy clubs at a later date. For some reason, golfers are so quick to make that next big purchase with the hope that we can "buy" our way to a better game. Once that shiny newness rubs off, we see that we didn't need to spend our money on clubs and should've spent it on improving oneself.
  40. We breed our golfers tough (and liberal) in Ann Arbor!!
  41. I swear, if I had never spent a penny on golf I'd own my own private Lear jet. Same goes for never spending a cent on wine and coffee.
  42. That thing puts enough ink on the ball to throw it out of balance.
  43. I had a set of those about 10-12 years ago. Pretty strongly lofted for the time, (just about normal now) and I believe a it had a 44* pitching wedge. I paired it with 51* and 57* Solus wedges and it seemed to work ok for gapping.
  44. @JakeT1199, I moved your post into the Member Swings forum since you're asking about your swing. Please embed your videos. https://thesandtrap.com/how-to/embed-videos/
  45. I would suggest you create a swing thread on the forum. Many knowledgeable people here can guide you better. In principle getting fitted is useful. However, it is best when you have a consistent swing. I am guessing your swing is very inconsistent. If you are able to hit your driver 250 and your 7 iron 150, there is no reason you shouldn't be able to hit a 5/6 iron and a 3/4 hybrid, or even a fairway wood. Lessons are always the best way to improve and then fitted clubs are the icing on the cake.
  46. I voted that it should be illegal. It seems more like a training aid to me, helping learn to line up a putt and hit on the line, and training aids are illegal in rounds. That may not be the proper interpretation of the rules related to ball markers but it is my view.
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