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  1. I've been Playing Golf for: 26 years My current handicap index or average score is: GHIN says 6.9, but reality is more like 10 right now My typical ball flight is: right to left The shot I hate or the "miss" I'm trying to reduce/eliminate is: Big BIG BIG miss right that is either dead straight push or a huge pull that slices nearly 90 degrees right. Videos: OK all - After lurking and posting on here for years, I have finally reached a critical point where I need some help. I am open to any suggestions and while I can see several problems, I am interested in getting better. I don't have a ton of time to devote to improving, but I do have a couple of hours a week that I can spend on the range while my daughter is at lessons. I got the good deal on the Mevo FlightScope which does videos, so there are no excuses now for me putting a video out for you guys to help me. I have fluctuated between a 5 - 9 index the last 3-4 years. Usually the 5 is because of one career day a year where I shoot near par, and them it takes a while to fall off the board. Would like to play to a consistent 5, so not unrealistic expectations for a 48 year old.
  2. Is there really any incentive to use the grips vs the sensors? As you mention, I really have not issues with my sensors, so I am not sure I would benefit at all. Also, I play mid-sized grips, so it's not an issue for me right now anyway. I love my arccos, but other than it being a really cool data point, I don't use it to improve at all.
  3. Lulu's is a fun place to hang out with the kiddos for sure. One of the best things I found this year as you could get on the wait to be seated list online which cut my 3 hour wait to 30 minutes! Glad you had a good time. We love Gulf Shores area...just enough to do without feeling overwhelmed.
  4. Second, third and fourth the Lambert's Cafe recommendation. My family (extended as well) make an annual pilgrimage to Gulf Shores every summer. We begin our trip with a stop at Lambert's for lunch of the Saturday we pull into town. Not only is it slap ya (need the correct enunciation here) momma good, there will be leftovers for the next day! We also usually arrange at least one other meal there during the week. If you are a cajun boil kind of family, Gulf Shores Seafood has a takeout meal that is really good and saves you the hassle of boiling the crab and shrimp yourself. If you want to get sucked into the "tourist trap" that is Lulu's, Tacky Jacks and The Hangout, the food is good (but so it the long wait time). If you have kids, spend a couple of hours at the Hangout, there is stuff for them. Another fun outing for the little ones would be the Track. It has go karts and small amusement type rides. As far as golf, I played Kiva Dunes my first time in GS about 6 years ago. The course just didn't do anything for me. For the last 5 years, I have been playing at The Peninsula Golf and Racket Club. This year for the first time they offered "Member for a week" and for I think $170, I was a member for the week. 5 rounds in 6 days. That was great for me. The course is usually in good condition and the people there could not be nicer. We love Gulf Shores. There is just enough to do without overwhelming you with feeling like you have to do something all the time. PS....if you venture into GS for the day, stop in at the Flipflop Deli Shop. It's a tremendously good deli, meat stacked to the ceiling on the sandwich and is owned and operated by a good old Razorback!!!! Tell him Doug from Dallas sent ya and Whoo Pig Sooie!
  5. Anyone still posting here? I will try to learn how. I may need some input on posting pics though.
  6. I agree, and usually, if I manage to not go OB off the tee on one, I am usually good for one in the swimming pool on 2.
  7. Ron, also there are several other good courses in the area. Check out Grapevine Muni. It's 27 holes of pretty reasonable priced golf. I have played Bridlewood and Fossil Creek lately and while a bit more pricey, it's not off the chart expensive. Sky Creek Ranch is also in the area and reopened not long ago after redoing its greens.
  8. Ron, I actually play Bear Creek quite often. The guys I play with are not members anywhere so we move it around quite often. I think there is a regular group at Bear Creek that plays every day. Ask at the pro shop and if you can't find one, let me know and I will ask around and see if we can find you a regular group. PS....I am actually playing at Bear Creek tomorrow.
  9. Ron - Welcome to the metroplex. Nearly mid-cites here, Trophy Club, but near enough to be neighbors. Curious about what course you are playing, because my group plays a lot around town and have yet to run into one that was not marked in some way (want to avoid it). If you want to save money and get a sense of what the course and yardages look like, I recommend Google Earth. You can use the distance measuring tool to figure out yardages, etc. I often use this when I am going to play a new course. I have both a laser and a Sky Caddie, but what both miss for me is what part of the fairway is the widest so I can have the biggest margin of error. I would think for your use, you could use Google Earth to figure out distances from landmarks and add and subtract from there.
  10. Resurrecting an old thread here. After a few days of research and a few months of struggling with my lag putting, I pulled the trigger last night on a Rx4 model. I have found that I struggled to consistently find the sweet spot on my SC Newport 2 putter and it was primarily happening on long putts. Leaving a put 15 ft short or driving it 15 ft look was killing me. Not sure this is the answer, but I figure I have a few months of experimenting before it warms up (sorry for the guys up north, but I will be able to get out in shorts and golf shirts often over the winter!). I will keep you updated.
  11. Seriously guys, if you are wanting to find golf balls, just invest in a pair of these!!!!
  12. Ok, here goes..... 1 - Always tuck in my shirt, a) because it looks good and b) because I have a little bit of belly. 2 - Don't own cargo short, maybe there is hope for me. 3 - I have them, growing up we had a family friend that dressed this way....definite no - no for me 4 - Oakleys, no on this one 5 - Nope 6 - Does Apple watch count? 7 - Not every spring, but I will invest in a new putter every so often - NO 8 - Guilty 9 - Nope 10 - I would love to wear a Payne Stewart outfit, but not ballsy enough to pull it off I dont' think I qualify as a nerd, bucket had aside.
  13. Oh, I do already a set of iron covers (assuming that is what you mean). Now I only use them for when I travel (and I take them off in the hotel room long before anyone sees them on the clubs), but I do have them. That will be a late 2018 add to my nerd factor. Thanks for reminding me.
  14. Oh wow, what a timely topic. Confession, I have lost a towel in the last 4 weeks. Driving from the house to the golf course in the golf cart, it must have blown off my bag. I looked in the street, and it's nowhere to be found. That said, I went to local golf store and bought a nice long "golf" specific towel because I didn't want to offend my wife by stealing a bath towel (and staying happily married is high on my list of things to do). I recently went to a 14 divider bag and lay the towel over the clubs. 1/4 wet, 3/4 dry is my preferred towel setup. I have started walking, with a pushcart (holy smokes, if I add a ball retriever to go along with my bucket hat I have the nerd look down pat) so the bag and towel are never far from me on the green. My dilemma, I restocked on golf balls last week and Snell had an offer to add a towel. Without thinking, because I am a huge Dean Snell fan, I added a towel to my order. It is delivered and low and behold, it is smallish towel with a clip in the corner. The horror........ So in my round yesterday, I began to notice that the large towel sitting on top of the clubs, or snaked between them, makes it difficult to see where the club goes in the 14-way divider. So as I am walking, part of my post -shot routine has become wondering if maybe the clip towel I got from Snell might make it easier to use. Rationalization? Maybe....but these are the troubled times I live in. Guys, can I get some help. I already meet several of the nerd qualities (pushcart, bucket hat, 14 divider bag, Sketcher shoes), should I just bite the bullet and clip the towel to the side of my bag and get rid of the big towel? If the answer is yes, I am sure I will be back here in six months asking for the input on what ball retriever to add to my bag.
  15. OP I have used GG and currently use Arccos. What has been said above is my experience as well. GG for me worked just as well as Arccos. I went with Arccos because I liked not having to remember to tap anything, but when I was doing it, it was not that big an issue. Both are going to have some missed shots and/or bad GPS readings just because of nature. I actually nearly went with the Sky GOlf Game Tracker a month or two ago just to try it, but it was out of stock, so I can't speak to that one, but my guess is it's about the same. Arccos will talk about its Caddie function, which sounds really cool, but the reality is it has a long way to go. I support it, but honestly, it has a ways to go before anyone should make the decision to buy Arccos over GG for that part of the program. Bottom line, both are good at what they do. I can't find where there is much difference (right now) between the 2 on stats, so pick one and roll.
  16. I voted for pre-shot because, for me, it is more important that I get into the right mindset to assure I am mentally ready to hit the shot. However, as of lately, I have started to put more emphasis on the post shot. Recognizing the feelings and results of shots can help me later in a round. So said another way, pre-shot for me is more important across multiple round, but post shot is becoming more important during the current round.
  17. Laid back golfer here. A lot of my rounds are played with my 3-year-old in the cart with me, so if I can withstand "Daddy look at this bug" in the middle of my backswing, I promise there is not much you are going to be able to do to worry me. Walk on my line, who cares, honestly, your footprint has a good a chance of knocking it online and into the hole as it does knocking it out. Walking while I am hitting, good, get to your ball so we don't hold up play. The only thing that probably bothers me is playing behind a group who sits beside the 18th green and puts everything away. Had this happen last week and up until this, I had never gotten upset on the golf course (except at my moron decisions). Seriously, the group said about 15 yards from the 18th green while they added up the score, cleaned their clubs and then up everything in their pockets away. That was the longest 5 minutes of my life.
  18. And I have never heard anyone say that a golfer who hits it 300 yards could always beat one who hit it 200 yards. I think the real answer is, in golfers with equal physical ability, mental matters. Where the physical ability is different, the mental is much less important. For ME, mental matters because I am exactly the same physical golfer as I am where I think or not. So for me to maximize my potential, I have to be mentally smart.
  19. The Dustin Johnson / Jordan Speith argument would make sense to me if the object was to hit the ball the longest, as in Dustin Johnson is a shoe-in to win a long drive contest against Jordan Speith. However, in a golf tournament, the objective is to get the ball in the ball in the hole in the fewest number of strokes. Its still physical ability, but who can hit the ball the longest in that contest, does not matter.
  20. What is the rough you are talking about, we only hit fairways here! I kid, of course. The advice I would give is that all rough is created differently. Depending on the grass, some is not horrible, and some is miserable. Assuming you are playing out of the miserable stuff, most times I find the grass wraps around the hosel and pulls my ball left. Also, if the ball is sitting down, you won't get much spin, so it's going to roll for days. Welcome to the site and more importantly, welcome to a great game. You will find alot of good stuff here.
  21. How about approaching this from a slightly different perspective, can a pool mental game offset or lesson the effectiveness of a very good golfer? At the tour level, how much of the difference between #1 and $500 on the official world rankings would you attribute to being mentally better vs physically? Several here have played with elite level golfers who for one reason or another can't make it. Is the difference at that level mental?
  22. My advice, be the last one in. It never fails that every scramble I have ever played in, it seems the last group in wins more times than not.....usually by a single stroke, so I guess grinding over that last putt is worth it.
  23. I disagree with this one. I do think the mental game takes practice, or at least for me it does. However, you are correct in that it does change (changing your word from sorts itself) as you get better. I think it primarily changes because of the ability to do what you plan to do changes. The mental game of a 20 handicap player should be different, and is different, from that of a tour pro. Can a 20 handicap be better mentally than a touring pro, I don't know, but I doubt it would look like it because even if the 20 was thinking better, the likelihood that the shot would come out as planned is smaller. I do agree that it is not something that should be built independently, but rather something that should be improved in conjunction with improvement in physical ability. No doubt that the better the swing, the better the result. Upon reflection, I guess the better answer to the poll is that physical. A better physical player will nearly always beat a less skilled player. But with 2 players of nearly equal ability, I think the stronger mental player would win more often if they played often. So when I say mental being more important, I am thinking about my game. For me, I am physically what I am, so for ME, its more important now to focus on mental game. See, there you have it, someone changed an opinion based on reading a forum!
  24. For me (and again, I speak for exactly one person, ME!), exactly what you describe is mental and not physical. Because you have not practiced it, because you do not at that specific point in time possess the skill set necessary to pull off the shot, you made a mental error. Yes, you are correct in that if you had tapped out from under the tree into an open area on the fairway, you would have lost a shot, but you would have only lost a single shot, not the potential shot, plus stroke plus distance had you not had someone find your ball for you. The scenario you describe is exactly what I consider mental. I often try shots that I am not comfortable with physically. Why, because it is impossible to be 100% confident over a shot that I have never had nor practiced because I never dreamed up a scenario on the range. Happens on the PGA tour some I have to believe. But by taking a stronger mental approach, I can minimize the damage and lose fewer stokes. I can see how some would consider that physical because it involves a shot, I happen to call it mental.
  25. You sir have just found the secret to uniting our country!!!
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