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  1. It bugs me to no end when golfers are critical of the decisions/equipment of others. Your point is spot on. I was about a 12hc when I purchased my first set of blades (33s). I caught all kinds of heat from my friends about about the decision, but it was the best thing I could've done. One becomes more cognizant of off center hits and, if dedicated to improving, will learn quickly how to avoid the sting that comes from thin (and other) off center strikes. Btw, my index never went backward after buying blades. The idea that they're 'too difficult' to hit is simply not right. I'm not saying tha
  2. Aside from the usual scoring/handicap goals: - More dynamic practice sessions. Often, I get stuck in a routine during practice: Hit x drivers, practice putting/short game y hours, etc. I need to focus more practice time on what I happen to be struggling the most with at that time. Seems obvious, but I need to be more cognizant moving forward. - Stop playing with people who impact my enjoyment of the game! Again, another obvious point, but there are guys I've been playing with for some time that can sometimes suck the pleasure out of a round. I need to, once and for all, ditch them as playing
  3. Thanks for the replies. My score from the uber windy day has been posted. I'm not sure one made one of my points clearly, to wit: - My home course is subject to very high winds quite often. The winds are unique to our course, so the entire golfing community in my area will typically play in easier conditions. - I'd like to play more tournament golf this year. As it stands, I think I'll be competing primarily in gross divisions. However, if I end up in a net division, it is very possible that my index could have been significantly affected by high wind conditions, thereby making it more like
  4. From what I've been able to see watching my mates play, it isn't the early swivel that does them in, it's the 'rise and swivel' that results in crummy shots. As for rotating early, I think that's a personal thing. Re: The poster that mentioned a rotating head while putting - I don't think you'll find many examples of good putters who aren't keeping their head still while putting, but I may be wrong.
  5. I'm a proponent of posting all scores, but I sometimes play in conditions that have a significant impact on scoring (high winds - 30+mph). It would be one thing if all of Las Vegas experienced these conditions simultaneously, but I play north at Paiute where the winds can easily be 15-20mph stronger than in town. The question is this: - At what point does the USGA recommend not posting scores? It seems like I once read something about not posting if conditions significantly altered the course rating, either by playing much easier or much harder. If there is an official USGA line on this,
  6. Even playing my very best golf, I never averaged 250+, nor did I need to in order to play decent golf. For me, it was simply my swing speed that kept me from consistently hitting it over 250, not a technical breakdown in my swing. Further, the vast majority of golfers don't average 250+ for whatever reason (except in Internet yards). With that said, I play regularly with a couple of guys that hit it long (265-285): - One of them is is in his 60's and has been playing his whole life. Played D1 golf, etc. - The other is in his forties and has only been playing 3-4 years. At 6'5", if he swings t
  7. Man, I can't believe some of the hatefulness in this thread. As BuckeyeNut (and maybe others) has said, if a player can keep up, he has the right to play from any set of tees without being forced to endure criticism from other players (online or otherwise). Criteria like driving distance or some multiple of a players 5i distance are fine, but in no way should those metrics be the final determining factor for ALL players. For example: - I play with a very good player at our club who hits driver ~250-260 and 5i ~175. He plays from the tips on all of our courses including the longest, which play
  8. 1. IMO, it isn't the set of tees a player uses that slows play, but rather a host of other factors. As I've said in previous posts, when my wife played her first round of golf, she shot 145 and we finished in 3 hours. Hopefully the OP doesn't slow things down playing back, but we've all seen the groups playing from the tips that not only hit poor shots, but they also do the little things that make their round slow. 2. This is true for so many people and they just don't realize it or they allow their ego to dictate which tees they play. I play from two sets of tees depending on the group I'm p
  9. Just getting around to reading this post, but the quote above is true for me as well. I think I'm a solid putter, and I think the reasons are because: - I'm meticulous about repeating my setup over every putt. - I gather as much information re: my read from others' ball actions, visuals as I approach the green, etc. (AimPoint, I'm sure, would also improve my green reading) - I do my best to focus 100% on every putt regardless of length - I try to disengage the 'thinking' side of my brain and just let myself stroke the ball as viscerally as possible after I've setup, a
  10. Both of these examples are fine indicators of which tee box a player should hit from. [quote name="Pablo68" url="/t/62203/at-what-hcp-did-you-make-the-jump-from-the-white-to-the-blue-tees/18#post_770504"] Good points...........................however, just because someone can hit the 250 yd drive + 170 yd 5 iron doesn't mean he shouldn't play the forward tees. Is that his AVERAGE and can he hit his target repeatedly? Playing the back tees should be based on score. Start getting under 80 regularly from the forward tees, then move back. [/quote] Yes, I made it a point to write 'average' in my
  11. I know it's now popular to use a multiplier of one's 5i distance to determine what tees to play, but I want to point out one thing: - In 1975, Medinah played about 7,000 yards for the U.S. Open (Lou Graham won with +3). - In 1980, the average driving distance for PGA tour pros was only ~260 yards. The leader in driving for that year, Dan Pohl, averaged ~ 275. Average drives were certainly shorter in '75. - Jack's 'average' 5i in those days was about 170. He could hit it further, of course, but that was his preferred distance for 5i. The point is that if a golfer can AVERAGE 250 off the te
  12. "The Guy" is absolutely a 5.x handicap based on the America handicap system. Period. If you're too lazy to do the research to determine that his is not a vanity HC, shut it.
  13. As I've said before, Dan's handicap is not a DIY. It's incredible how some folks are so quick to criticize others, yet too lazy to do any actual research before opening their mouth and spewing bullshit.
  14. Yes. I bought 100 shares in 1986 a year or so after Jordan signed with them, Now it's 1600 shares after a few splits. We got a nice bump when Tiger came onboard, and we've weathered the 'Tiger Storm' quite nicely. I'd like nothing more than for Rory to sign with Nike, and I don't think Tiger would care at all.
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