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Everything posted by phillyk

  1. I felt same way, but for $5, eh. Nothing better to do today. Coverage on TV doesn't start for 5 hours. I'll turn off my subscription after this week.
  2. He did not talk much. He did more yelling at himself than anything else. Great player, but has some emotional control/expectation management to do. Not drinking age yet, a beer or two probably would’ve helped.
  3. That was it too, he would stand on the tee and wait for for us to get there. If he had honors, he may not have even tee’d up his ball yet when we get there. Pace wasn’t going to be much affected.
  4. Going to the bag or cart within 15yds or so is fine, I get that for putting stuff away and marking things down. But walking 50+yds out of much eye sight is a bit extreme. Maybe he does peak to see if we make the putt or something, but regardless, it’s odd to me.
  5. Played last week in a men’s league at a local course, shot -3 on 9 holes. Full swing was really dialed in. Missed a couple putts, but was overall pleased. Move to the last two days in a tournament, full swing was not dialed in, at all. It was consistently inconsistent. I don’t know what it is about tournaments this year, but I can’t seem to get my game going in them. The greens at this course were nuts. Super firm and super fast. Realized that the lack on bottom grooves on my wedges would significantly hurt me, and it did. Many short game shots could not stop at the hole. I don’t have that problem at the usual tracks because their greens are soft. Because I was pissed off, I went to the range this morning to see if I could figure it out. I didn’t. No matter how I tried to change path or club face, I kept fading/pushing it. Went home, then thought about my grip. I grabbed a club, looked at my right handed, and stared. Super, super weak position. So no wonder everything I tried couldn’t get the ball to go left. Hopefully I can get it going tomorrow.
  6. I know on the PGA Tour, some pros will walk off to the next tee early, but it seems rare. They usually hang out on the edge of the green when they finish, to wait for the other guys. I played in a tournament recently, and it annoyed me a little at first, but then I sort of got used to it. The amateur that I was paired with (kid headed off to college golf), when he holes out, will immediately walk off the green and head to the next tee. Doesn’t wait for us to finish or anything. I would understand if it were a pace issue, but the rounds were played is 4.5hrs or less, which was nice. It wasn’t just him either, I saw others doing the same. I don’t know if they were pros or ams though. Is it a competition mindset thing? At first I thought it was bad sportsmanship or something, but I doubt he or any others mean it that way. I think of these competitions as something fun to go play in. Him it was all business, it seemed like. I couldn’t bring myself to do it when I finished first on a hole. Just didn’t seem right.
  7. Obviously the priority is put it on the green. Since the tendency is to get cute and stab, make sure to follow through a bit. Depending on how long the grass is, i might go for the toe down, chip like swing to give it a little pop. Probably not a flop. Don’t need to go far and if there is uncertainty in the thickness we don’t want the face closing.
  8. Ill have to collect soon!
  9. I got elected today! Started the program in May 2015. Glad to see it finally here. I love what I do and I hope to continue!
  10. WA is phase 2 and double riders with masks, where this thread started. Im playing in the state and section open in the coming weeks and they sent emails about encouraging single carts but said riding solo would mean paying the full fee, $36 per day instead of 15ish. Of course they are bringing in nearly a full fleet of carts for 2 days (total of 120 carts are at the state open with section open likely being same). So price reflects normal fee plus what it takes to bring in extra carts. If a course were to bring in extra carts for daily play, price will skyrocket.
  11. If I am limited to 20miles from my house, Bellingham courses are out. I only have Avalon and Skagit G&CC, the other local tracks are not worth playing (Gateway and Overlook), for me. One of these days I’ll play Swin. If I include Whatcom/Skagit counties as my “area,” I’d rather have Eaglemont on there but it is closed. So definitely Semiahmoo, Loomis Trail, and Bellingham G&CC. I generally like North Bellingham, so I’ll put it on there. Skagit G&CC would likely come next, but it’s closely grouped with Avalon, Sudden Valley, Shuksan and Lake Padden.
  12. Lake Padden conditions now rival that of the other Bellingham courses. Our new superintendent has done a great job! We average 200-230 rounds a day, so not bad but always want to do better. The population of whatcom isn't enough to fuel all the courses that well. The border closed has made a big impact. Padden has a great practice facility actually! Probably the best range around now. Range sales have skyrocketed this summer, been blowing past our goalposts every month so far. My picture is my “schools” view of the range. Padden also has a chipping/pitching range separate from the putting green.
  13. With Loomis owned by Lummi, I doubt it’d close. Homestead has to be hurting, I agree. Not sure what they’ll do. Bellingham does have quite a few courses, but skagit valley doesn’t have many now (with Eaglemont closed). So that has and will continue to help the b-ham courses. Seems a lot of Eaglemont regulars went to Sudden Valley and others went to Skagit CC. Rumors have been flying that Eaglemont will be picked up by the Stilliguamish. They’ve been negotiating but I don’t know how far they’ve gotten. I am now the Director of Instruction at Lake Padden GC. Work some in the shop for now, but I’ve been teaching quite a bit already.
  14. I've seen rider fees range from $15 to $25 per seat, making it $30-$50 for the whole cart. I assume most courses would want the full rental fee when giving out a cart to someone who doesn't want to share, not half of it.
  15. We haven't yet. Our course is very walk-able and our regulars do tend to walk more. On weekends, with more non-regulars, we have gotten close to running out, but we haven't yet. One of the local club pros has his own rental fleet. You must rent in groups of 10 carts at $50 a day per cart. Easy to do with a tournament group, but not very realistic for daily play.
  16. A cart is typically $30+ to rent. But most courses charge by the half cart fee. So giving out 4 carts for 4 players without an upcharge would lose the course potentially 50% of what they could bring in. Golf course book keeping is interesting. Obviously there are off season's where you just trying to minimize losses and then the in season where you are trying to get as many players (and revenue) as you can. It depends on what part of the country you are in, for how the off season is taken. So in season, you are not just trying to make a little, you need to make enough that covers the off season labor and other expenses. It would be similar to a restaurant budget, I think. Seasons, busy times, discounts (happy hour), etc. The transition seasons are becoming ever more important too. To keep courses as playable as possible despite weather conditions changing.
  17. Where I work at Lake Padden. I’d guess a few others in the area do it too. Grandview has a lot of problems, but yeah border closure definitely doesn’t help. I guess the way I see it is it could potentially take away from someone else later in the day if a course runs out. So as the course, they’d want to cover what they can.
  18. $16 normal and $25 to ride solo at my course. Only have 50 in the fleet so we’d be out almost every day if we let everyone be solo. Its tough, no doubt, but it is what it is.
  19. Are you blading it? Is the sand firm or soft? Tough to say without more info. Common mis-hits I see are people not following through, they tend to stop the swing at the ball or the leading edge drops in the sand too much. Could be flipping to try and help the ball get out. Imagine teeing a ball up a half inch on the range and using your sand wedge to try and hit the tee under the ball. You don't need to take a lot of sand or go deep. Just need enough to pop it up and out.
  20. As a scramble, 4 scratch golfers would shoot around -9 or so. I've set up ball buster (tip n tuck/super's revenge) at my old course that ran at 74.8 rating. We set course up longer than rated, placed pins sides of hills (couldn't stop a ball within 20ft on a few greens), and played in wind. A group or scratch/near scratch shot -7 still. So place pins in doable positions, no matter the wind, it will be very doable as a scramble. I hate the idea that somehow pga tour pros are inhuman. While scratch golfers are still several strokes from the pros, they still can play good golf.
  21. Just jotting as I go along, In the beginning, I like his quick bio, but I would have asked more about the students current goals in the swing, current ball flight, feels, etc. I'd want to know how my student thinks before I jump into it. I like that he was quick to work on something, but besides the comment of having "good player problems" he didn't say a lot of positives about the swing. I like to start with something I like, then move to where it could go. He asked how the guy felt after 1 swing on a golf ball. I don't know, I guess I'd let him hit a few before seeing how it feels. So, 14min, two things to think about, and then on to something else? A lot and fast. He didn't really ask either, to see if he is ready to move onto the next piece. My thoughts on his back swing were similar. Didn't quite finish the turn and stood up by way of the arms at the top. By feeling a bigger turn, he didn't allow his arms to prop him up. I don't know about the left leg extending on the down swing as early as he said, but I wonder if he said it to exaggerate the feel? I'm stopping at 20min for right now. The initial work with finishing the turn was lost as they transitioned into the hip rotation. No toys or training aids, just hands on and verbal. The guy obviously had trouble with the hands on approach. I'll label this a 2 for right now. I'll finish later and see if it changes. I was definitely a little confused as he was trying to hold his left knee in place as he made a backswing and telling him to rotate more. Once again, maybe it was the exaggeration to help?
  22. Find a feel and incorporate it into the pre-shot routine. When on the range, do the routine every single shot. So that translation to the course is easier. When you play, make sure you take the time to do the same routine every time. Don't think that because a few shots in a row go well, that you can forget about it. I like to think back to Justin Rose, when before almost every drive, he had this slightly exaggerated swing feel. Didn't matter if it was a practice round or final round of the tournament. Same thing, every time. First 18 sec of this video.
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  25. Tier 1 -get to the course at least 15min before the tee time (give yourself time to stretch, loosen up swing, and make sure you have appropriate supplies for the round)
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