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  1. At a golf course and having no experience, nearly everyone starts as outside staff. That includes but not limited to, cleaning, parking, and gassing/hooking up carts, picking the range, cleaning bathrooms (maybe), cleaning the outside common areas, marshaling the course, and sometimes being a starter. Another option is maintenance, but that involves being at the course at 4-5am and there maybe an age requirement. If you try to apply at a country club, there may be other options.

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  2. 1 hour ago, colin007 said:

    Has anyone (who has followed social distancing and masking) found that they haven't gotten sick in a while? I almost ALWAYS get sick in October/November from my kids at school but this year nothing yet.

    I usually get a couple colds but yeah nothing in a while except for anxiety.

  3. 9 minutes ago, TourSpoon said:

     The point they were making was that these guys are really playing a different game and how tough the competition has become because golfers are more athletic than ever before. 

    This is definitely a variant of "back in my day" and I think the whole point.  The game has been and should be moving forward, not going backwards.  There is such a diverse genetic pool to choose from (physically), we should have very athletic guys who can smash it.

  4. Just now, ChetlovesMer said:

    I'm with you. I've never had a reaction to any medication or vaccination I've ever had, so I figure I'm good to go and I'll take the shots as soon as my name comes up. 

    One question, do you think the fact that the UK has been using it for a little while at least will help quell people's anxiety? 

    There has been 3, I think, more severe allergic reactions that were treated quickly. But you have to expect a spectrum of reactions. The moderna vaccine supposably has less allergens. I hope people take it but I know far too many already that said they won’t take anything (and each seem to have a different reason too).

  5. 1 hour ago, DaveP043 said:

    Wonderful.  My wife and I have each had potential exposures, and tested negative.  Even though the potential contact in each case was pretty limited, and  we felt confident that we didn't have it, it was a relief to get the test results.

    This was my 3rd or 4th time testing, but it was my least anxious one even though it was likely my closest encounter. Not sure why, just felt confident. 

  6. On 12/13/2020 at 8:24 AM, phillyk said:

    Well, my wife and I are starting isolation for a few days. Found out a family member who we last saw 7 days ago got sick Wednesday and tested positive. Cdc updated that if we test today/tomorrow and are negative or go 10 days without symptoms from last contact, we are good to go. Haven’t had any symptoms, so we are hopeful.

    Time to set up my golf net for a few days. 

    Wife and I came back negative. I can return to the course. 

  7. Well, my wife and I are starting isolation for a few days. Found out a family member who we last saw 7 days ago got sick Wednesday and tested positive. Cdc updated that if we test today/tomorrow and are negative or go 10 days without symptoms from last contact, we are good to go. Haven’t had any symptoms, so we are hopeful.

    Time to set up my golf net for a few days. 

  8. Make sure to bring your current clubs to compare against.

    I’m Srixon biased, so glad to hear it’s of interest! The new irons and driver look sweet! Can’t wait to get my set, although the blades won’t come out until around same time the following year. 

    12 minutes ago, Lugowskins said:

    Never been fitted do you think they'll charge me a lot to just try out hybrid and driver shafts? Already have the heads I want. 

    I would assume most places charge a flat fee for a fitting. I doubt they would charge more because you want to see if anything else feels or works good. 

  9. I enjoy playing in stupid wind, because honestly score doesn’t even matter anymore. The fun comes from the stupidity of playing to begin with haha! Just mess around and hit some driver off the deck tee shots and stinger 2irons. 

  10. 24 minutes ago, BigRedAl99 said:

    I play most Thursdays in a Veterans competition at my club in Sydney. Today I was booked in at the tail of the field (of about 45 starters) at 11:10am with one other member I did not know. 
    I booked in with the pro, as usual, about 10:15, paid the competition fee and went off to practice some chipping and putting.
    About 10:45 I went across to the first tee where another group of three members were teeing off, anticipating to follow them with my partner.
    When I arrived, one of the group rounded on me and verbally abused me for holding them up. They had apparently been watching me chipping and had been becoming angry that I had not joined them. By the time I got there, still 20 minutes before my appointed tee time, this fellow was livid, and shouting at me. I explained to him that I was expecting to play with another member and was still not due off for another 20 minutes. 
    It transpired that my intended playing partner had cancelled, and they had assumed I would be joining them to make a foursome. Unfortunately nobody, including the starter, had communicated any of this to me, even as they watched me practice chipping.
    It's created a lot of ill feeling, and I'm not sure what else I could have done.
    How do you think I could deal with the situation going forward in relation to the other players, particularly the angry one?

    Welcome to TST! Thank you for sharing your experience.  That’s a tough situation.  If the starter and/or shop intended for you to join the foursome, then it’s on them for not communicating that.   But, if it was the foursome, you would think they would have introduced themselves when you were chipping.

    Not sure there is a right answer for you.  Certainly, there is no simple answer for dealing with angry people other than simply ignoring them.  I guess always confirm with the starter, when available, for your grouping.

  11. On 11/10/2020 at 3:05 PM, Double_AA said:




    3 hours ago, Double_AA said:

    The centered turn is eluding to me. My instructor advocated setting up putting 90% of my weight on my left leg then tilting my shoulders to the right until my weight was even. This made it hard for me to picture a centered turn with so much side tilt at address. When I do a centered pivot without the crazy tilt I can feel the weight transfer into my right foot however my pro said I am in a reverse pivot. I prefer turning back in a “centered” fashion but I’m not sure if it causes me to reverse pivot or if I even have a reverse pivot issue. 

    The swing from 11/10/20 looks to be centered with little head movement. Were you doing the 90% weight and lean there? Lower body looks centered at set up.


  12. 19 minutes ago, Double_AA said:

    Dang that sucks to hear. Thought I was past the armsy swing. Lol. I feel like I’m transferring my weight too much if anything kind of like a lunge before I even finished getting all the way back. I see what you are saying though which means I’m way off. 

    The backswing, you lean a little bit to the trail side (watch the light near your head and the panel behind your hips).  The downswing, you move back to the lead side a bit.  I like that you almost have that hold off motion in the follow through, though; it has good extension.  Imo, start with the steady head and centered turn on the back swing.

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  13. 13 hours ago, Double_AA said:

    Been working on takeaway recently since that’s about all I can do with the onset of snow 👎🏻. I think I may have stumbled on something. Look at the video from 7/4/20, this is when I was hitting the ball the best all year.  
    Next look at this video from 8/20/20. 
    It looks like the worse swing is happening when my face is too closed down at parallel. I have a few other videos that I can see this in but they aren’t in slow motion. Thoughts? Wondering if I should practice having the toe more up at first parallel  

    The thing I noticed in face on that also showed dtl is not getting a lot of weight forward and hip turn at impact. With the armsy swing, many things could get out of sequence. 

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  14. I’ve still been working on that follow through, and now it had evolved a bit into what feels like a swing with more width. Short game is really coming around and putting is a bit better. I need to keep in mind my left hand grip. 

    Last two days, I got eagles on par 5s. It’s been a long time since doing it two days in a row. One was a chip in and the other a long 50-60ft putt. One round finished at 71, and the other 68. Had spells of bogies both times.

    I should be getting my new putter grip today so I can put that on. 

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  15. When I met my wife, she quickly learned of my devotion to the game. For first couple years, she wanted it to be my thing. Recently, she has taken an interest in wanting to try it. Either way is good by me. Would be fun as a family with our kid to go golf. But, either way, I’ll have my time with the game. 

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  16. When I’m playing a non-handicapped round, I don’t follow a lot of rules. I’ll toss em around if I don’t like a lie or line, pick up once on green and/or within like 6ft, and hit several mulligans. Honestly when not keeping a handicap, play in any way that makes you happy, so long as it doesn’t effect pace of play. 

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  17. 31 minutes ago, Ole Duffer said:

    Personal Choice is not an effective way to fight a pandemic.

    My friend’s dad and step mom are covid deniers, and started to develop some symptoms a couple weeks ago. The step mom is having a tough time going through chemo so one of their daughters is having to take care of them. The daughter then started to get sick, got tested, and got a positive result for coronavirus.

    Needless to say my friend is really pissed off. They had canceled thanksgiving over whether covid was real and election results. The dad and step mom still refuse to believe they have something other than a cold and won’t go get tested. I couldn’t imagine being my friend in this situation. 

  18. On 11/25/2019 at 12:48 PM, phillyk said:
    1.  Qualify to at least sectionals in US Open
      1. 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
      2. I always work on full swing, but short game needs to be more on point than in the past
      3. Continue with mental approach (basically trying to be happy and enjoy the round, don't get upset by anything)
    2.  Lower handicap to +2.5 and keep it there
      1. Full swing is usually good, get 11-14GIR a round; partial wedges and putts inside 15ft need to be better
    3.  Place top 5 in the pro ams I play in
      1. It's easy to lose focus in these events, just need to take the round more seriously

    Well covid killed the US Open qualifiers. Not sure when I’ll next have a chance to do it again, with a new job. Handicap has hovered at +2ish for the most part, so didn’t quite get that one. Of the pro ams that did occur I placed top 5 in half of them, which again didn’t meet the goal, but the performance is better than previous years. 

  19. 18 hours ago, dsc123 said:


    If I ruled the world, or at least the USGA, this would be the entirety of Rule 1.  Simple elegance.  Every golfer taught that the First Rule of Golf is that you "play the course as you find it and play the ball as it lies."  From there, everything else flows.

    For me, it’s that you start at the tee and end at the hole, play the ball as it lies, and play with integrity. Playing the course as you find may have different meanings for people. Like whether it means playing the correct fairway for a hole or taking advantage by taking a different hole’s fairway on a dogleg or something. 

    The part of this rule most people ignore is player conduct by taking care of the course. Replace divots or fill with sand-seed and fixing ball marks. 

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