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  1. I know a fellow pro who works at a Trump course (i think he’s still there). Was my roommate for lev 3 PGA. He waited until last possible moment to say where he worked. He didn’t want to have to answer a bunch of questions. For him, there’s obviously a market for Trump merch and the courses are generally very well maintained. Good place to grow. I don’t remember what I said before in this thread but I would play one but I’d have to hide that from my wife. She’d murder me. I just want to golf places for the golf and the fun.
  2. Ladies are hitting the 7iron "purer" than you are. Center hits produce higher ball speeds. Lag and attack angle are not directly related. Think driver, pros have lag yet are trying to have a positive attack angle. I agree with this, in that you want to retain your launch and spin, with your age. Height will be your friend as the swing slows down a bit. I would watch smash factor, as it directly relates to how contact on the face was. I also watch angle of attack and spin. Playing around with their relationship will give you optimal ball flights. The tough part is how do you play with these? What do you change to produce different numbers? Trial and error works, pros work faster and better. I also like to look at path angle vs face angle at impact. You want those two numbers to be close to one another. EDIT: at the end of it, some numbers are only good for confirming things (like smash factor, distance) while other numbers help you decide what needs to be adjusted (path angle vs face angle, angle of attack)
  3. The 100 mile qualification is one we don't fit into for sure. But we are also very unique, good conditions, and tough. Some people call us a "hidden gem" near Seattle, while others don't like it. I'd put Shuksan at a 6-6.5 with Eaglemont. Loomis, I'd say is the 7 in our area.
  4. Yeah. I'm obviously biased and would rate it higher than others would. But it might also be because there aren't a lot of good tracks within 35 miles.
  5. I'd call mine a 6.5. Usually good shape, the views are great, and the course is unique.
  6. Played a small event yesterday. I had no idea how the day would go because of trying to flatten my swing A3-A4. I have 3 feels/thoughts that I've been using: hands ahead at start and impact, bring hands across chest/below right ear, and think 3/4 backswing. The 3/4 backswing is trying to shorten the swing. At least according to mevo, the overall distance has not been affected by this. The hands across chest/below right ear is the flattening aspect, which I'm not sure how well I succeeded yesterday. The hands ahead helps with consistent ball flight. I had a few shots early on get away from me because of not doing this properly. Ended up shooting even par, 72. Driver was better on the 2nd 9, and irons were generally good. Wedges were probably the best part of my game, which is odd considering my year. But that is the point of my practice. Making those partial shots, including wedges, better. I had 12 GIR; the 6 I missed I scrambled 50%, so I had 3 birdies too. No 3 putts which is nice. 2 of the bogeys came from hitting the drive into the trees, and the other came on the short par 5 18th, when I dunked one in the water near the green. I think I tried to baby it in there, aka I got cocky. Putting was ok, I made everything inside 8ft, but outside of that, I was burning edges. Couldn't read the greens well, tbh. When I played more break, it didn't, and of course when I tried to then play less break, it broke more. Oh well. Regarding the full swing, I am pleased. Distance was up across all clubs, ball flight pattern was mostly consistent, a 5yd draw, and while I don't know how flat I really was, it definitely feels that way. I'll check today and keep working. The round felt average, really, and to have a decent score makes me feel good about where this is going.
  7. Early leg extension, the left leg should retain some flex and rotate then extend right around impact. Basically need more rotation as you move the weight forward. One way to see/understand this feel is by holding your club in your elbows with the clubhead on trail side and toe pointing up. Set up in a golf posture with a ball in a normal position. Backswing is swinging the club back so the butt end of the grip is pointing at the ball. Downswing is bringing the clubhead back to the ball. You should feel that left hip really rotating to get the clubhead back. If you early extend in this drill, the clubhead can’t get to the ball.
  8. It’s different than 2 weeks ago. Slow practice swings have actually looked good but when I try full speed with the same feel, it goes back up. Shortening my swing will help which is another move that will be tough. Hard for me to find more than 5min at a time to practice, I know it will be slow going. At the end of the swing? Yeah not sure how that started.
  9. phillyk

    Best Shot in Golf

    It was between sinking a super long putt that I saw going in from the beginning and the drive. I chose the drive, but specifically a high draw that is going a mile like I want. Reason being, if my driver is doing that, then the rest of my full swing shots are also on point. It’s how my game normally goes.
  10. Hit a few balls this morning on our Mevo. Swing speed is up a little bit which is nice. Trying to shallow has a feeling of wanting to bow the left wrist at A4. From video, my hands are still above the balls of my feet from DTL, so still not quite where I want them; and my hips at impact aren't rotated enough. Although, around impact, when I have a feeling of really getting my hands ahead, the distance went up and the strikes felt really good. We'll keep working.
  11. Qualify to at least sectionals in US Open Most of the regional qualifiers I've played in, the cut has been between -2 and even; that is definitely something I can manage to do I always work on full swing, but short game needs to be more on point than in the past Continue with mental approach (basically trying to be happy and enjoy the round, don't get upset by anything) Lower handicap to +2.5 and keep it there Full swing is usually good, get 11-14GIR a round; partial wedges and putts inside 15ft need to be better Place top 5 in the pro ams I play in It's easy to lose focus in these events, just need to take the round more seriously
  12. I don't see this changing a lot, if anything. A lot of non-golfers who see the newest rules controversies in the media already think the rules are a joke. To see someone get penalized for slow play and the player then come out calling BS or whatever is bad press. Bad press usually means less revenue. I think the players know this too and will use the media to their advantage to get their way in certain situations. The PGA Tour will act like most golf courses, have someone to "marshal" but not necessarily change anything. I wonder if keeping the list private is actually better, for the exact reason of not creating bad press on both the players and Tour. A lot of people do follow the rules though. The spirit of the game and handicap relies on people playing with integrity and following the rules. To do so, the rules need to be worded in a way that reflects all situations. I don't think of the rules as a law that is broken or not. They are guides/instructions to play the game.
  13. Gotca! I definitely agree that letting weeds and crap grow in bunkers is a terrible idea. I thought you were clumping firm bunkers in there too.
  14. Yesterday. Course is typically in good shape tee to green, but bunkers are rather firm year round. They are one of the bigger courses in our area. Definitely don't want eye sores. I like what @gbogey said, doesn't have to be good sand, just has to be enough to get the club underneath. If I remember correctly, most courses think of adding sand when they are at 2in of sand left. 1in is when they really need to do something.
  15. How is it upsetting? They play courses that are in very good standing, typically. I know it's an exaggeration, but it sounds like you are saying any courses that pros don't play are bad courses and are on their way out. If I go to Pebble Beach or TPS Sawgrass or where ever, I'd expect great maintenance, but I would never expect that quality or close to at other tracks we usually play.
  16. This is exactly where I am torn. How many people can honestly say that bunkers is even a portion of the reason one plays a certain course? Wouldn't greens, fairways, tee boxes, rough, course layout all matter more? And really no two courses will have all those things be exactly the same and make bunkers the deciding factor. If anywhere, courses with high rates, like $100+ fees, would get a noticeable response from poor bunkers.
  17. I was just thinking, I don’t remember much of the waste areas/bunkers. I wonder why... jk im sure i found a few
  18. We replaced our bunker sand 2yrs ago and so far I’d say it likely was not worth the expense. Takes maybe 4-5 labor hours a day to rake each morning. And yet today, you can tell they are firming up again. Still better than our competitors, but I doubt it’s bringing us play we wouldn’t have had otherwise. The other side to this coin is what the overall vision if the course is to be. Which is the “do you want to pay a premium to play a premium course.” I doubt its the daily maintenance cost courses are worried about, it’s the massive figure it takes to replace sand when they firm up too much.
  19. phillyk

    Pace Problem

    But how many of the problem groups intend to follow the rule book to the letter? Most of them I’d guess are out to do their own thing and have fun. have we thought of switching gender roles/stereotypical roles of bev cart and marshal? Cute girl as marshal and old guy to sell booze? 😉
  20. I have been having the same problem, I have an iphone 8plus. I use imovie to trim then upload to youtube and slow motion is gone and somehow using previously cut parts of the video. I gave up and just use full speed.
  21. Ok, not quite shallow enough yet I think. I adjusted my stance a bit. I was more open, now I'm squaring it up. I was open before because I felt that it helped with lower body movement but it probably also made it hard to get shallow at 4. With the stance, I am also trying to throw my hands "flat" with the earlier start on the hips. We'll see how it goes.
  22. We were using the lightest stick, green, to hit those speeds. My normal swing speed is 118mph.
  23. I’ll work on getting a good feel/thought to get better at 4 this winter. Been focusing on hips so much, forgot to check shoulders alignment. I watch for that.
  24. Haven’t really taken a video in a while. Decided to record one while work is slow. The swing has been feeling pretty good of late. Main swing thought is getting hands and hips through earlier before impact. It’s not quite there yet but it’s definitely better. Secondary thoughts are rotating earlier in the backswing and following through towards target and “up”. Short game had been getting much better. Recent scores have all hovered at or below par. Putting is biggest factor. Some days I sink a few while other days I miss everything. Proximity to the hole is a factor, sure but some days I feel like my read is always below the hole.
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