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Everything posted by phillyk

  1. All greens were replaced just over a year ago. The invitation of am's can be different based on where a pro works. Some pros have contracts with their course that commits them to playing with members that sign up. Another reason for higher handicaps is the team game, which is either 1G/1N or 2N, so having a high handicap do well on one or two holes can make a big difference in the team game. I don't have a commitment with my course and the max handicap I have brought is 20. It can be tough, but I keep them moving as I can. Last year, there were rules in place to keep pace, but because of COVID, those rules are mostly ignored this season. The pace for CB was 5.25hrs.
  2. The amateurs I bring could be from anywhere and it's the same price. Chambers Bay pro am and the high end clubs fill up very fast when we are filling out our sign up allocations. It's definitely a great price! My legs were sore yesterday. I don't walk when I play as much as I should. The reason for the switch to poa was because the poa will invade and take over any grass here in Western WA unless you have the money and time to spray particularly against it or pick the grass out. This was the cause for concern at the US Open. The greens were mostly fescue with many patches of poa growing, which causes the ball to bump around. Eventually, except for the dune grass, the fairways will be taken over by poa as well. They planted the poa greens a year ago to just get those over with. EDIT: to add, fescue grass is one of a few grass types that can be taken over very easily because of it's low density growth
  3. Lake Padden pro am was in the middle of my funk and I gave up on 18. It was a rough day. Chambers Bay greens, now that they’re poa, acted like poa. We played in afternoon/evening so footprints were everywhere and it was a little bumpy. Mornings, I’d bet they’d be pure. Stimp around 10. Yes, pros can have a handicap. I’m not sure how many of them keep it legitimately. As in only tournament scores get posted, auto from golf genius. The net is nice to have but most try for gross. Just a way to pay out more people. The events range from $60-$100, depending on the type of course. So high end public and private are $100 and on down to muni’s for $60.
  4. Played Chambers Bay in a pro am today from the Sand tees. Shot -5, 67. 3 putted my last hole too because I knew what I needed to do to tie for the lead for pros and I babied it. Full swing, honestly, didn’t feel quite there today. I made a lot of good putts though. Driver was mediocre, irons were good, wedges were off. Definitely pleased about the score. Will work to keep it going!
  5. Been sticking to this feel and it has been working well! All clubs have been working well. Need to dial in a few things (how much specific draw I need to play for) but definitely feeling a lot more positive about the swing. Putting outside of 10ft is a different story. Not sure what to do about it yet.
  6. Today already looks tough. 15mph winds and greens look really quick and firmer. We may still see a +8 winner
  7. He's been off by such a tiny amount on fairways missed. Makes a huge difference though. Hopefully tomorrow, he gets that extra yard to hit more FW.
  8. Honestly, I think it was a pretty severe breach of etiquette. It was petty and he had given up. I do like his general personality. That stunt though was annoying.
  9. Wow, nice s***k by Wu there..... ouch... couldn't imagine that
  10. When the first thing you take out of rental car at the hotel on vacation is the golf clubs
  11. Started to create a feel for a better A4 area movement. I think I have one and this swing was from early on today. I think it got a little better as the day went on. What was interesting and nice is that if I didn’t get the proper turn around impact, I hit a hook. Forced me to make sure everything is going. I definitely hit a lot of good shots. We’ll see how it goes/grows.
  12. Work in progress. Once I feel more comfortable with my current thoughts, I’ll go back to working on A4 area. Getting it right will ideally reinforce my feels around impact.
  13. I’m rooting for JT or Xander. I’m a little curious about Bryson, I think it’s a MC if he plays his usual aggressive plan.
  14. I have no idea what came first, but I'd assume holing a bunker shot. My short game as a kid was pretty good. However, I definitely have made more eagles than hole outs, overall.
  15. How's the battery? I noticed that when the battery was low, the numbers became off.
  16. I joined in. Had a roster already set up so was able to start collecting points in the league.
  17. This for sure. The tougher rated the course, the better my handicap gets. The easier rated courses worsen my handicap. Can't seem to score on easier ones, it sucks.
  18. Side by side at close to the same moment in the swing, but I can definitely see a difference in the lower body. Body also looks generally less "crunched."
  19. The slightly skinnier stance and feeling of throwing hips a little more definitely looks better! Swing is definitely feeling better. Not confident in its consistency yet but I’ll keep working on it. The position at A4 is happening on its own more now. Next event is a pro am at Chambers Bay. Goal is to not over think it. Just play golf and work on the swing objectives.
  20. From my last post, I worked in 1 and 2 today and it went really well. With irons except for 2iron, which I’ll get to later, feel was skinny stance, squared up, closed chest to promote slight in to out path, then turn hips at at impact. They went and felt great! If I tried to over power it a bit, they hooked. But I took the right side completely out of play, no misses right. 2 iron always has swung differently, so it and the driver had a slightly open stance, closed club face (or looked like it), and make sure to release. Driver felt much better today. No misses right again. Putting was slightly off today so didn’t score too great, but it was average. Was funny looking at the stats, average on par 5’s 4.25, average on par 4’s 3.9, and average on par 3’s........ 4.0..... 😩 3 putts or missing greens in the wrong spot. Oh well. At least, things started to feel better today.
  21. I’ve had my night to sleep off the pathetic performance yesterday. Irons and woods were hooking and driver slicing. I have a good idea about why and where I need to go from here. 1) I need to skinny up my stance and square it up; its too wide and promoted too much slide and being open got me coming across too much; im hoping the skinnier stance will also promote a bit more turn. 2) I want to continue with the right hand slightly stronger; i think it has helped me to not over swing. 3) Need to watch my position at A4; clubface was open/down pointing Need some range time.
  22. Unfortunately I think I am in a funk. After that last good round, I have yet to feel comfortable over a ball. The last 2 rounds have been crap. Need to get some range time in and work it out. I think I know the next steps. At least I hope so. It feels really bad right now.
  23. My course started a match play bracket. Played my match last night, and finally had a decent round here. The greens here are hard to judge. A weird mix of small and huge breaks. I usually score better away than at home, despite my home course being rated easier. My round was pretty consistent, no big misses but also no real sticky shots. The guy I played against went up early (had to give him 5 strokes, my CH is +5 and his is 0), but he lost his groove on hole 8 with a push OB. I won the next 4 holes and never looked back. Match ended on hole 15, I was -5 at the time (6 birdies and a bogey). Overall pleased, but definitely felt like I left a couple strokes out there.
  24. Are they all in-swing thoughts or are some pre-swing? Make sure to categorize the thoughts, it will help contain and simplify. Work on each of them one at a time on the range. When playing, if it gets jumbled, do you have a back up thought or swing you can use to get you through?
  25. Driver hovers around 117mph. If I try to hit one a bit harder, it can get to 120.
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