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  1. The course I previously worked at had full distance srixon range balls. My current course has srixon flight limited balls. Through some messing around with mevo and both types of range ball, it came really close to 10% less carry on long clubs. Short clubs/wedges were actually pretty close, energy transfer is already low  

    We order new range balls every year.  Many people hate used looking balls. Having new ones makes the experience a lot better. 

  2. 5 minutes ago, BallCoach702 said:

    I see what your saying. Could you explain how backing away front the ball and bending more would provide a benefit?

    Second question, I’ve really tried to focus on having a better path to the ball that is more inside. With guys that you all teach that struggle coming over the top, is that a swing thought they’ll have forever or is that something they have to practice and it becomes “muscle memory” at some point?


    More bend will help with the second question. By standing tall with little lower body rotation/movement, the body is more in the way and hands will tend to go out at the top and get steep coming down.  More spine angle bend and hip turn will create more room for the hands to shallow the club.

    Swing thoughts and feels are personal. It'll depend on if you are a visual learner or feel learner. 

  3. 54 minutes ago, BallCoach702 said:

    Based on these swings these are the most pressing issues that you see?

    how would you go about getting the faces closed?

    Start in the set up. Get left hand fingers more on the grip, stand a little further from ball and feel the chest bend over a little more.
    To get the face parallel to lead arm at the top of the backswing (square to closed face), you could make grip stronger or work on bowing the wrist.  I'd say get grip a little stronger. 

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  4. I’ve had some minor anxiety this summer. I don’t remember the root of it, but my symptoms were nausea, didn’t want to eat, a little fatigue, and the nervousness got worse when I went to test for Covid just in case.  Golf has always been my escape, though (gaming was an escape too).  Good thing I work at a course.  Never had anxiety to that level before this summer.  

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  5. Yeah there's a lot of different methods now too.  This fall, we first rolled the greens, then sanded, aerified using solid tines (so basically punches the sand into the ground), then double verticut (criss cross pattern to further punch sand into the ground), then dragged a mat to fill the holes in with remaining sand on the surface.  Soil temperatures were warm, so we fully recovered in a week and a half which is fast, at least around here.

    If you are pulling cores, you would run the machine then sand and drag.  Verticutting is nice to in conjunction with aerifying but is not necessary.  Other methods include hydro aerifying and compressed aerify, basically using water or compressed air to blast the soil under the turf, which leaves minimal damage to surface.  As in, after a roll, you could play that afternoon and you would barely notice they did anything.  Those methods don't replace core aerifying, but are used on courses where the sand layer under the greens is thick (like a foot layer of sand). 

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  6. 7 minutes ago, bkuehn1952 said:

    What are the odds of a hole-in-one on a 150 yard hole?  10,000 to 1?  One might spend a lot of time hitting shots, even considering that one might get a bit dialed in on the distance after a couple swings.

    I want to try for a couple hours just to see how close I could get. This summer, I’ve destroyed two cups from landing in the hole and with liners these days, who knows what would’ve happened with normal depth. 

  7. 1 hour ago, bweiss711 said:

    If it makes you feel better, ive made my picks for every tournament and also have no shot to win.

    This tournament I only have 2 guys that look like they'll make the cut, unless something magical happens.  When no "big" names play, I tend to suck at predicting people.

  8. It took me way longer to birdie #15 at my home course than I imagined and I still only have 1 on that hole. Its a 90 degree dogleg right with no real opportunity to cut any of it off, which leaves 150+yds from the green. It’s also a weird approach, or it just got in my head that I hadn’t birdied it and I kept thinking I had to. Either way, got it and a few eagles.

  9. Asics teamed up with Srixon this year to offer a golf shoe in North America. I’ve been rocking them this summer and into fall, and I love them! I haven’t had a single issue with them yet. Waterproof, breathable, and comfortable. Need to change out my spikes, though, as they are toast. I have the boa version. They remind me of the FJ freestyle, but the asics plays better.

    Anyone else using them?



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  10. 17 minutes ago, cipher said:

    Just schedule the US Open at Erin Hills permanently.  They can make that course 9000 yards long if they want and also be able to hold a million spectators.  Let's take this thing up a notch.  😉

    It’s interesting when the fairways roll out a mile. I played a tourney this summer where I was going 2iron wedge into 450yd holes. Make the fairways super soft but still cut short, and I’d have to use driver to get a wedge in. It’s still a lot of fun either way. 

  11. Chambers Bay may never host again, not because of the greens, they roll great now. It’s because it was a terrible venue for spectators. Off the fairway is dune grass that could twist your ankle if you’re not careful. Can’t walk easily in dunes or anywhere around that place. It is a massive piece of land but not built for people watching. Another PNW giant that won’t host a big pro event is Bandon. There’s nothing outside of that tiny town for an hour. Zero resources. Chambers and Bandon are both difficult and big pieces of land but not capable of hosting due to spectator and media necessities. 

  12. Are we talking about a brand new person to game of golf deciding whether 18 is in their wheelhouse or whether to stick to 9 holes? Or about someone, normal golfer, paying to play 9 but upgrades or not to play another or the other 9?

    When I first read the topic, I assumed the first one. But most people are responding in the form of the second one. 

    In response to the first, I’d assume some golfers do not make the leap to full length golf courses from executives (or 9 to 18 holes, either way). Could be location, price, or motivation. I’m sure the PGA has something to predict what percentage of golfers move on. But idk. 

  13.  During wind storms at my course, I routinely hear trees falling. It’s very scary. I was hitting balls during one wind storm and a 5ft branch landed straight up, a couple inches behind an older lady. Not sure what damage it would have done, but she left after that. 

  14. 44 minutes ago, DaveP043 said:

    Here are a couple of sources.  The GAM page talks only about in-person seminars, but there may be online options available at this stage.  It does say that someone from each club will be required to have one person pass the certification test before June 30.




    My state association held it virtually and posted to youtube. Then has a link to take the quiz to be certified. 

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  15. 2 hours ago, Wizzard44 said:

    If your were playing in a 2 person scramble. Your partner hits his tee shot into the fairway but rather short. You hit your ball longer but towards the trees. You decide to call a provisional ball and hit your ball over because you are not sure if it is lost or not. Your second shot has a similar result. You then proceed down the fairway and both players play the first players ball which is in the fairway, still declaring provisional ball. As you proceed toward the wooded area you find your original ball you hit off the tee block. Question is- can you play the original ball? Can you both play the original ball? Do you have to play the original ball now that is has been found as in traditional golf? Thoughts?

    Uh really? There is no provisional in scrambles.  If a ball is lost, why on earth would you want to use a guys provisional potentially hitting 4?  If I were the ruling body, I'd say that after you hit from the first guys tee shot position, that's it.  If you end up finding your ball, you should've looked first, not after, tough luck.

  16. My round yesterday should've been good, but the greens crapped out on me at the end. I was at -3 going into 17 and 18.  17 par 3, I put my 8 iron to 3ft, missed as it took a left hand turn off of an aeration hole that hadn't recovered. Greens were aerified 3 weeks ago at this course, and the greens had been ok most of the day. But poa being poa, things get bumpy at the end of the day as footprints show and stay and growth occurs in different areas.  18, par 5, I was just off the edge of the green in 2. Chip was not the greatest, but had 10ft.  Ball bounced right and missed, then my 2ft par putt hit another bump and missed.  So, a disappointing finish of -2, but I feel good about the way that I hit the ball and putted. Just going to keep working.

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