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Everything posted by phillyk

  1. Whenever I start hitting the ball not where I want it or not the way I to, the first thing I look at is balance throughout the swing. First check that your not leaning into the ball and leaning away from the ball. A easy, yet very effective way to check balance is swing normally with your feet together. You should be able to swing without falling over and still get plenty of distance on your shots. Next, I'd look at swing path to make sure it's what you want. If you still are hitting under it after those checks, I'd make sure your head isn't moving too much through the swing, because if yo
  2. Like they have said, be patient with it. At work, take a pencil/pen and practice the overlap grip. Get your hands used to the grip so that its automatic and you don't have to think about it. Once your grip is second nature, you can work the rest of your swing.
  3. Switching around with your grip is fine, but it probably started hurting because you were squeezing too hard. Regardless of the grip you take, you want your hands to be soft and lightly gripping the club. Too much squeezing can also lead to inconsistency from getting too wristy. So, loosen the pressure a bit, and you should be fine.
  4. I love everything about golf greatly, but it's hard to play at my present, because I still have schooling to get through... but once I'm done, it's all golf... and actual work...
  5. I thought I hit the ball far....... My longest drive is 390, I have one 380ish, and a couple 370's, but I can't even imagine 400 yard drives consistently...
  6. When I first started playing, I didn't even think about getting a yardage book. I just took the distance it gave me and said, "OK, what club will should I hit to get to 150 out?" I always did this because my club for 150 was a pitching wedge, which is usually my more accurate club. Even now, I'll mainly think about hitting to 150 to hit a full wedge if the hole is pretty straight, but I'm comfortable with all my wedges and distances to put the ball on the green every time when I use them.
  7. Aggressive nature is good to a point. I am definitely an aggressive player and I know how it feels for stuff to go badly after starting the round great! Every par 5 I will go for in two if I know my clubs can reach it. If par 4's have no immediate danger around them and are drivable, I'll go for it. BUT, this is the tricky part. You sound like you practice a lot, which is great, but once you get in a groove on and off the course, don't let yourself expect the shot to be great. Once, you start expecting that drive to be 300+ in the fairway is when it goes to the slices and hooks. I
  8. I notice that too in a lot of courses. But, I think it all depends on the course of whether it will state the distance to the hole from tee to hole or from tee following center of fairway to green. If the hole is a dogleg and you can see it from the tee, they might just give you that distance on the cards. But, I believe most courses give you the hole distances as you follow the center of the fairway to the center of the green. My home course has a lot of doglegs, albeit short doglegs, but it makes a considerable difference in yardage for whether you want to go for the green. The card migh
  9. It's not just an Australian thing or European thing, I just called it a double eagle on the headline because that's the first thing that I thought of. I use albatross as well, but I feel like in the states, at least where I'm from, most people are more familiar with the term double eagle.
  10. When I try to hit a fade, I just try to feel for a slight out to in swing path. My normal shot is a 5-10 yard draw, and when I try that control fade through outside in swing path it gets very accurate with a sacrifice of 5 yards. Reason I don't use it that often is that for me, it can easily turn into a slice. I normally use the fade on driver shots in which accuracy is necessary for a shot to the green.
  11. That's a great accomplishment! I have come very close to holing a par 4 once. Albeit, the hole was 285 dogleg right over water with a massive tree in the way of the green. But I hit my 3-wood purely with a high draw over the tree, yelled fore as I knew people were still on the green (can't see the green unless 150 yards out in the fairway), and according to them (who I knew), they said the ball landed on the front of the green and rimmed the cup before ending up 6 feet away. So, I was very pleased to see the ball so close and hearing the story of how close I came to a hole in one, but the w
  12. There's two arguments in this case I think, and it only matters which one is more important. 1) the fact that you use a push cart to play golf isn't "traditional" regardless if it's electronic, and 2) you're playing golf to enjoy the game of golf regardless of how your bag is carried. Most people would go with number 2 I think. Also, from experience of working on a course for 3 years running, people who do have electronic push carts are usually the ones keeping pace, which is awesome! Like lumpukeroo said, the cart will keep up with you and even go ahead of you a fair distance, so the bag
  13. I feel like informing everyone of the fact that they will be working on the right side could be counter-productive because of all the people who will start gambling on who can hit the first head... haha!
  14. This is interesting, because I work at a golf course during summers in Chicago, and there's a guy who has only one leg and comes out to play every once in a while at our course. I saw him hit his tee shot as I worked starter, and it was hit right down the middle probably 260-270 with his driver. It's really cool to see people come out and play so well with a physical handicap. Just from watching this guy play in his group, it seems like he's better than his friends that he was playing with. They have perfect balance, which is a key to the swing, and because they have perfect balance they k
  15. I'm just interested in how many people have actually achieved a double eagle. I got a double eagle on a par 5 when I was 15 after hitting a 330 drive and putting a 7 iron in the hole. It's my most memorable moment in golf. I have also achieved so many eagles, I can't even count. Is there some sort of statistic between handicap and eagles per year or something similar? It's also kind of weird because as I have grown in age and maturity in golf, I have got less and less eagles.
  16. I get what everyone is saying in this thread. But is it true that with lots of spin, the ball will travel further? Because I produce large amounts of spin on short irons and I easily hit the ball further with the wind. My pitching wedge is normally at 150 yards, and with even a 10mph wind I can get 155 to 160 yards out of it. Or are we talking shorter distances than that?
  17. I'd say the range is for everything: shot quality, direction, and distance. I'd first focus on shot quality and direction, because they are far more important than distance, especially like you said, there are many factors at the range that can shorten the distance in which you hit. Also, if shot quality is better to you after the practice session, then distance should come with it, because that means you're hitting more square and in the sweet spot. So, as adamgoodman said, pick out a spot you want to hit to, and go at it until you feel you've met the criteria of your practice.
  18. I started out playing with a set of Callaway ladies clubs when i was 14 to 17, then got myself a set of Cobra 3100iH's. I've been using those since I got them, and just by practicing and playing a lot, my handicap has gotten down near scratch. So, to answer your question, it might not make too much of a difference when your shooting high to buy new irons except for the feel of them. I'd suggest to new golfers to get irons that are good for feel like cavity-back irons, because going to those straight blade irons can really hurt progress of your game. But, really, the key to breaking 90, th
  19. I've tried other people's clubs when i was a kid and realized that was a mistake when I broke someone's R5 when that was popular in the day. Now that I've gotten a lot better, I never let people hit my clubs unless I know they can hit a ball straight every time. They are like my babies. You break'em, you buying me a brand new one. Especially with the woods, as they are a bit easier to break, I don't let people hit them. But, with a wedge or something, thats more ok. Anybody can use my putter though, as long as they don't break it over their knee. I mean I don't use a Scotty Cameron or anyt
  20. I think the Pebble Beach Pro-am would be a big tournament as well, because it's huge for publicity, shows how well the players practiced in the off season, and shows how prepared they are for the rest of the season in terms of their mental games.
  21. I have to go with the big hitters Dustin Johnson or Bubba Watson. Big hitters have been making a slow come back to be in contention almost every tournament. They can get out of rough lies and go for those par 5's in two which can mean a lot especially in those bigger tournaments.
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