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Posts posted by phillyk

  1. 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.

  2. 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.  It took me a while to master my mind into working each hole, making sure I work for my good shots.  I'm still an aggressive player, but I've learned how to be aggressive.  When you have a tricky hole, take your most trusted wood and use it, doesn't need to be the driver, and be aggressive with the shot.  Tell your ball what you want it to do, don't expect it to know what you want it to do.  For me, before any round, I like to be loose, but also I don't want to be calm.  I want to be ready for action, get the blood pumping, and the mind working.  From there, tell your ball what to do through work, and you'll get those 70's again.

  3. 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 might say 330 for the hole, but it would more likely be 290 or 300 to go straight for it.

    In terms of making yardage books, I do like using them for my bigger tournaments I participate in. Usually, I'm only recording distances of the tee to certain objects, like to carry water, stop short of water, carry trees or sand traps, or stop short of them.  And for the greens I'll calculate the exact distances from 150 out to green-side traps or other objects.  I don't like putting overall yardages as they are unnecessary for my game at least.

  4. Originally Posted by Lofty Lefty

    On PGA Tour III (SEGA Mega Drive) in 1993 or 1994 it was called an "Albatross". Not sure whether it's a European thing to call it an Albatross or not. It's always been Albatross in Australia at least. I think it makes sense to go birdie/eagle/albatross. But maybe it makes more sense to go double bogey/bogey/par/birdie/double birdie/triple birdie etc?

    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.

  5. Originally Posted by shortstop20

    I'm not a Johnny fan, but I'd have to agree with him. This method can work good. It just depends on the person. I sometimes hit fades this way. To me, I feel like I'm pushing, out to the right with my left hand and pulling my right hand down the target line.

    To me, it's a complex explanation of holding the face open.

    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.

  6. Originally Posted by Brunogolf

    I don't get it, are you trying to be sarcastic?  I actually did accomplish that feat this summer.

    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 worst part was that I missed the 6 footer for eagle, and walked with a birdie.  But, a tap-in birdie is always a great birdie.  To save myself criticism on that putt, that green is the hardest and most sloped green on the course, so it was a tough putt.

  7. 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 is always in a position that is easily accessible to keep play moving.  In the end, its all a matter of whether you're out there to play golf for the fun of the game and have a good time or to play golf traditionally and enjoy the game.

  8. 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!

  9. 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 know how to swing away for power.  It is very inspiring to see such devoted golfers as they are and see them do so well!

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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, then 80, and to near par is to practice, practice, practice just like anything.  A tip to break 90, practice the short game the most.  Meaning everything within 100 yards of the green.  If you can get up and down nearly every time from within 100 yards, you can break 90 no problem.  Watching the pros, within 100 yards, they put the ball within 15ft of the hole most of the time giving them a great chance for birdie or par.

  13. 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 anything too fancy so it's all good with that.

  14. 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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