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  1. This is very useful and comprehensive information, thank you! Off course I miss the read sometimes, but rarely from within 4 feet. Most of the time, when I miss a 3 or 4-footer, the ball will stop less than 1 foot past the hole (I use my own shoes for measuring, and they are just under 1 foot, very small, I know) I'm not very good with inches and stuff, but I think 6 inch is 1/2 foot, right? That is the approximate distance most of my balls will stop whenever I miss the hole from 3-6 feet. Off course, the farther I shoot from, the bigger the chance that the ball passes
  2. You could have a point there. I do indeed have a tendency of over-thinking things. However, I still believe I am not playing those bounce-outs too fast. If you still think the same after watching the video, I'll believe you, but until that moment, excuse me for keeping on to my opinion!
  3. iHack, you misunderstood what I wrote. I'm definitely not comparing my shots with the pros! I just said that, When I watch other players, both in real life and on tv (PGA tournaments), putt the ball in the center of the hole (like I did, unless my sight is much worse than I think it is), at the same speed or even faster than I do, I don't see these balls bounce back out. I also said, it doesn't happen at every hole, but at certain holes at my local course (numbers 5 and 6).
  4. Thank you for your understanding Shorty. This is the kind of constructional reaction I expect from more experienced golfers. 1 everyone else's put doesn't hit the back of the cup, that's why they fall! Please check out the video I'll soon post and let me know what you think after watching the images! 2 trees don't stop me from making birdies off course, but maybe you're right on this point. Maybe I think too much in the sense of : it should have, it could have,... it's just that, after the first bounce, the ball was still going straight for the green entrance (and the pin
  5. I'm not sure what's actually happening, that's what I'm trying to find out. All I know is that, at several occasions, the ball reached the hole in the center (or as good as) and bounced back out. As mentioned before, I'll try to post a video of it soon, so you can see it for yourself. After studying the video, maybe you guys will be able to tell me what's really happening here.
  6. 1 yes, I have a high handicap, I never said anything else. 2 "not agreeing with something" and "not taking advice" or 2 completely different things. I've taken lots of advice from this site, but I don't always agree with what is said, and I believe to have that right! 3 no, I'm not getting robbed and don't think I could be on tour, just trying to find out why a perfectly straight putt bounces back out (not talking about lipping out here). Soon I'll post a video so you can judge me by what you see, not by what you "think". 4 at certain holes (not all) at my loca
  7. "As for the original topic - do you seriously think that you are seeing the laws of gravity and physics don't apply to you? It's just getting beyond absurd." What happens happens, and I'm not delusional. Even the people I play with and saw it happen don't understand it. " As for the original topic - do you seriously think that you are seeing the laws of gravity and physics don't apply to you? It's just getting beyond absurd." Read the post of "FOURPUTT" on this page. Once can be stupid bad luck, but when it happens 4-5 times in a short period of times
  8. OK, I understand. Since the ball is really bouncing out and does not loop around the hole to come out, it might be that the insert has not been set correctly (or that I really hit it too fast). I will try to check it out and post a picture of the hole, maybe even a video of me playing the putt and the ball bouncing out (if it happens again off course). I know it happened at holes number 5 and 6, so it shouldn't be too difficult to reproduce those putts.
  9. Got it, I missed the hole
  10. OK, so what you're saying is that, if my ball bounces back out on that edge, it means I played the ball too fast, right? I really want to believe that, it's just that I see many golfers putting those same kind of shots at the same speed or even faster than I do (real life and watching the PGA tournaments on tv), and those balls don't jump back out. I'm talking about straight shots here, where the ball hits the hole in the center or as good as.
  11. I think you missed the place where I said that the diameter of the cup is a fraction smaller as the one of the plastic ring, making the edge of the cup stick out (inward the hole) from under the plastic ring, which has a depth of only 1.5 inch. I believe it is this edge, not the ring, which make the ball bounce out. It happened on 2 consecutive holes today, and in both holes I noticed the same phenomenon: the cup-edge sticking out from under the plastic ring. It's only about 2 mm, but I think it's enough to cause the bouncing-out.
  12. Good idea, I'll do that, but it might take a few days.
  13. It happened to me twice today and 2 or 3 times before. Both shots from 3-4 feet and normal (slow) ball speed. I think it's not the plastic ring that bounces it back, but the edge of the cup under it, because it sticks out. Imagine putting 2 rings on top of each-other, but the bottom ring is a little smaller than the one on top. The only way to avoid a bounce-out is to play the ball so slow that it doesn't hit the back of the hole, but then you risk the ball stopping short or being pulled away by the break.
  14. Oh, by the way, I think I just discovered why my ball sometimes bounces back out of the hole. Inside the hole, there is a cup and a plastic ring on top of the cup. However, the diameter of the plastic ring is a fraction bigger than that of the cup, leaving a metal edge about 1.5 inch deep inside the hole. I believe this metal edge will sometimes cause the ball to bounce out (not lip out!), when it hits the back of the hole, and thus the metal edge. Has anyone else seen or experienced this before? .
  15. Just played 9 holes again, finished in 47 (par 36), which is OK for me. Today I forced myself not to think about the game, but about my favorite music, and it worked! Much less stress, much less mishits. Only 3 or 4 real mishits over the 9 holes, including 1 drive. Unfortunately, bad luck knocked on my door 3 times, making me need at least 5 strokes more than I should have. Hole number 3, par 4, 350 yards, dogleg to the right: with a water-stream crossing the entire FW 100 yards in front of the green, I limit my drive, since I usually can't carry it 260 yards, ofte
  16. I see what you mean. I've been having the same problem with my irons for a very long time! For my chipping, I don't do it on a mat but on some grass practice area, being very similar to the course. However, just today I changed my strategy and started practicing pitching with my 9-iron (15, 20, 30 and 40 yards) instead of always using my Sw for the short approach. I really had the feeling the 9-iron was much more consistent and easier to control than the Sw, so I'm gonna stop using the Sw for approach shots and only use it in the bunkers. I think this will make a big difference
  17. When I'm practicing my driver, and have a good shot ( carry = +200), I very often can not see the ball. Sometimes, I see it take off but when I look up it has already become invisible to me, and sometimes I can see the first part of it's flight, but then it simply disappears. When this happens a lot, is it caused by the contrast of the sky, or could it be an eye-problem? I know my depth-sight isn't super and I'm a little short-sighted, but not very much. Thanks for the information!
  18. Off course I do! The question however: why does this only happen when I play the course and not during practice? The answer imo: stress, too much expectations
  19. Hi Jordy, I'm a beginner and not a good golfer like you seem to be. You're talking about slicing your irons, right? I don't know if your problems have been solved by now, however, I have experienced some of the problems you describe. i.e.: not getting the ball in the air anymore (topping) In my case, this was caused by the fact that I would stretch-out my knees (move the body upwards) during the back-swing. the slice might be caused by hitting the ground with the toe of the club first, even if it's just a little bit and you don't even feel it, or maybe you nee
  20. I mean that, when I practice my 20-yards chip-shots for example, only 1/20 will be a real mishit, so I can say I "normally" (usually) don't miss this shot. When I want to use the same shot while playing on course, I'll mishit 50% or more. The problem with me is that, when I go out to play after a decent or good warm-up, I'm basically telling myself: Practice was good, so today I should be able to hit 90% of my shots right, and this should result in a score under 45 for 9-holes. It's not that I'm constantly counting my strokes, but you get the idea, right? So I start pl
  21. In case anyone is still following this thread, I just visited the orthopedic surgeon today, and it appears my suspicion was wrong. Somehow, when hitting into the mat at the range, I managed to cause a long but very fine fracture in the hand-bone leading to my pink. Because the fracture is so fine and doesn't cross the entire bone, there was never any real swelling and the symptoms are very similar to what I described in my earlier post. The contracting of my pink is probably caused by a cyst, of which I didn't even know I had it. All I can do for now is taking anti-inflam
  22. I got a lot of useful answers, thank you all! Maybe one of the most interesting things is that I'd stop chipping from outside 20 yards with my Sw, and better start pitching with Pw or short irons. It seems logical that this carries less risk of a mishit. Intensifying my short game practice is off course a must as well, since at this moment, the least of stress seems to seriously interfere with my routine. And last but not least, trying to find a way to lower my stress while playing. Lowering my expectations seems a good and logical step. I do indeed tend to put
  23. I also have an anger problem on the course. It usually doesn't appear at the first bad shot, but after a few. In my case, I think it comes from the frustration of knowing that I normally (during practice) don't make such bad shots (talking about really big misses here, like shanking your 7-iron ob from the middle of the fairway!). Combine that with personal expectations and goals that are being put too high, and you get uncontrollable anger after a few very bad shots. The bad shots, in return, are often being caused by the stress, resulting from the high expectations and
  24. Just to give an idea about a typical hole for me, showing how my stress (probably) messes things up. Playing a par 4, 350 yards. I drive the ball 250 yards, leaving me with 100 yards to the green. 100 yards is a standard 9-iron shot for me, which I can execute with a 90% certainty at the range, so par is clearly within reach, maybe even birdie if I'm lucky. I set-up, hit and top the ball, making it roll about 80 yards, 15 yards short of the green and about 25 yards to the pin. I set-up to chip it with my Sw, thinking I still have a little chance for par. This is a
  25. You're right, I correct: the closer to 40 yards, the more the % goes down off course! 70% is more for distances between 20 and 30 yards. 30 - 40 yards will more likely leave me with a 10 to 20 feet putt! Again: that is during practice! Never on course.
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