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  1. I figured I'd post an update.....Through 5/22/16 I've been able to play 36 rounds in 2016. The weather this year has been awful and it's still that way. Saturday was a complete wash out and yesterday I had to play in the rain. Doubtful that I'll get to 100 rounds this year. Handicap is at 3.8 officially and trending the same. I've been and am still a bit frustrated. I know that I'm better than what I am scoring and I don't want to make any excuses but I have to think that among other things, the weather has been so awful lately that it has not helped things. Fortunately I think
  2. Thanks for the kind words k-troop.....I live and work in Rockville. Used to live in Gaithersburg (that's where I went to high school). I never made it to club golf. I ended up getting a membership to Olney Golf Park which is where I hit balls during the week. In the winter time I'm sure that club golf would be better but then again, there are only a limited number of spaces and I'm sure everyone and their brother is in there in the winter time. I've heard good things about it, but I don't like to wait as sometimes I have only a short period of time so I needed something where I was not go
  3. The first month plus of the season has been up and down. The weather has been very inconsistent and as a result I've had a very hard time nailing down consistent yardages with my clubs. Add to that the fact that I am gaining distance and club selection has been difficult. The greens at my club have become very hard which has also given me some trouble, despite that I have a high ball flight. The good news is that they are being punched this week. More good news is that the cold weather is hopefully gone for good. I've said that before though, so I hope that this is really it. As a r
  4. So the handicap season starts tomorrow. We've been lucky to have some pretty warm weather the last two weeks or so where I live and while the scores did not count, it was almost identical to playing early season golf. My handicap is officially at 3.1 to start the year and I've never been better going into the start of a golf season. The most shocking thing for me is how well my short game has held up over the winter despite a lack of practice in that area and the distance gains that I got over the winter by working on my core and my swing mechanics. The biggest swing change that I made
  5. Thankfully, no. I've been working so hard on keeping my left foot on the ground and not letting any of it come off the ground during my backswing. I still have a ways to go but that stopped the reverse pivot. I'll see if I can get a friend to video a current swing of mine and attach it.
  6. Well, haven't posted all winter and figured I'd give an update. It's been an incredibly frustrating winter. The first few months were fine as the weather was playable which was all I could ask for. The last month and a half or so has been terrible. There was the blizzard that dropped 30+ inches of snow where I live which made playing golf lately very difficult. I was able to make sure that I did not go two weekends in a row without playing. I've played the last three weekends which was good because last weekend I finally felt back into somewhat of a rhythm again. Of course what happens
  7. So the handicap season is done already. Hard to believe that it went by so fast. On March 15, the start of the handicap season, I was at 5.3. Now I am at 2.3. So I lowered my handicap by 3 shots which I am pleased with. I struggled at the beginning of the year to come up with a goal. I never really came up with anything official other than that I thought it would be a success if I was under 3.0 at the end of the year. Towards the end of the season I ran into some issues as I was going long on my approach shots. Thus I guess I am still gaining distance. Also, the weather is colder
  8. Has anyone else tried these yet? I have not seen much written about them so I figured that I would start this thread for some feedback about these wedges.....I've had 3 of them in my bag now for almost 3 months or so. My PW is part of my iron set and it's at 45 degrees loft, so I decided to go with a 50 degree gap wedge, 54 sand wedge, and 60 lob wedge. The 50 has 9 degrees of bounce (ATV sole was not available at this loft). The 54 and 60 have ATV soles. Yes they are very expensive as they retail in stores and most places online for $160 per wedge. I was able to buy each wedge brand new
  9. As of the 10/1/15 handicap revision, my handicap is now currently at 2.0 officially. I'm really amazed at the progress that I have made, especially the last two months. The 2015 season has been odd in that the first few months I felt like I was better than what my scores were, and then from around late July or early August to present, my handicap has really dropped dramatically. I was just over 4 in late July and then in a two week span (1 revision), I dropped quite a bit. In the process, I completely bypassed the 3's completely! I went from just over 4 to being in the 2's. Looking back
  10. I just realized that I had not posted anything in almost two months and the last time I did, which was in early August, my handicap 3.9 and trending to 3.5L. I guess a lot happens in almost two months because my handicap is now officially 2.4 and trending to 2.0L. This past weekend, I shot an even par 72 on Saturday and broke par for the first time on Sunday! I shot a one under, 71 on Sunday. It must have been shortly after I posted last when I started a streak where I shot a lot of low rounds. I shot several 73s, and several 74s as well. So I've been playing very well lately. I'm
  11. now I'm even more confused..... https://www.bostonglobe.com/ideas/2014/02/09/the-hot-hand-might-real-after-all/N8V34bGLWhPqk0Sx9yoHWI/story.html
  12. in the end there is basically one formula that reigns above all others: more practice =/correlated to: better golf/lower scores/etc. watching his tv show alone does nothing if you do not practice/play
  13. I'm not sure what thread this should be in, so I put it in golf talk - forgive me if that is incorrect. Some of you may be familiar with the so called, "hot-hand fallacy" that applies to gambling and apparently some sports like basketball. I'm wondering if it applies to golf, specifically if it applies to putting? It took me a while to understand how this hot-hand fallacy applies to basketball. I can understand it applying to gambling, but I struggled with the fact that since a basketball player's percentage of field goals or free throws is dictated by the skill of the player p
  14. Glad to hear he's okay. I heard this driving to the course early Sunday morning when not a lot of info was known and feared that he would die. He's the type of guy when you take into account his past (alcohol/etc.) where I would not be surprised to hear that sort of thing. How is the injury to a finger related to ribs/collapsed lung though?
  15. As someone mentioned above, I also liked the back and forth between Feherty and McCord/Faldo. Gonna be a shame to see that go. I can't stand NBC or FOX's coverage.
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