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  1. 21 hours ago, bkuehn1952 said:

    Nice narrative.  Thanks.

    While we are on the subject of late or off-season golf, have you ever tried a personal 2-ball scramble?  You play 2 balls off the tee.  Select the best.  Hit twice more from the spot of your best drive.  Proceed that way through the 9 or 18 holes, including on the green.  You might be surprised by the positive results.  I think it offers a glimpse at one's potential.

    What do you mean? We’re just starting my golf season...🤪🤪😂

    Seriously, @JonMA1, sounds like your long game is coming along really well! 7 GIR? Nice!

  2. Well, you can always blog about it!

    Just get well, you've got 3 months to heal then I think another 2 before your official season begins? That's not so bad. I took off about that long with a couple outings interspersed to start getting involved in 3 gun shooting.

    Get well, and don't re-injure yourself. That's your enemy, thinking that everything feels okay then getting hurt again. Wait it out and we'll all be "with you" for your recovery. :-)

  3. I was more just wondering where you lost strokes with statistics like those on the approaches your last round. I’m terrible at analyzing stats anyway. . .

    Yeah, I don’t adjust flag locations either. The course is usually too busy.

    BTW, you should add your link to your Avatar, and I also have other hobbies as well. My kids play and my archery club lost a lot of rights, shooting guns is too expensive to do daily 365 day’s a year. That’s why I play Golf in the fall and winter months.

    I’m glad you’re putting things in perspective, and am sure you’ll enjoy it a lot more. No expectations, enjoy!

  4. You are likely better than most golfers on the course, but that said I think your approach for the following year is a good one.

    Don't even look at your index, that just happens. Playing shots that are "interesting" is way more fun anyway. Taking only the positives, is a great idea, and I bet you'll improve and/or have more fun.

    BTW, your statistics for today of 33% greens and 100 yard approaches within 15 yards are excellent! That is far better than half of the people I play with, and most have been playing golf for a long time. They enjoy playing. Failing to break 100 is not the issue. You hit longer than usual and made a lot of greens with half being up to 200 yards! Excellent!

    BTW, where is your GG link? Just use and post your rounds with that app. It's free for use even without the belt thingy.

  5. Nope, killer hook and killer slice. The ball surprisingly went roughly the same distance?!?

    Pretty much established that I have no natural talent in this game at all, none. . .

    In any case, this was a very well timed blog indeed!

    Although I only had time to test up to 7i, my terrible hook disappeared up through 7i when I weakened my grip. I also tried opening the face about the same amount keeping my original grip with similar results. Nice! Hope it works on the course. :-)

  6. 22 minutes ago, gatsby47 said:

    So True! Yet other than Dirty Harry, who really knows their own limitations. Painful sometimes to find out the hard way aka Monsieur Woods that you cannot reverse.  But no need to look at a pro, just have regards or inquire of any group of Seniors at your club and you will hear and see the daily routines and precautions they take to continue to play.  Recognizing that while they can still enjoy the game immensely, they rarely have the desire to find a new level or achievement. That's why old farts, win cars in the closest to pin contests.  They have no expectation to win yet know that the number on the stick is unimportant... where you land and where your ball is when it stops rolling is far more important.  And you can do it with a driver if that's what it takes .  Oh yeah, and beating young men who drive the ball prodigious lengths into all manner of hazards.

    It's amazing watching some of these guys play and especially putt. One of the seniors (not really that old actually, possibly 65-ish), once told me that "The older you get, the better you were." Whereupon many of us started joking about all the possible iterations of age and how good old golfer's once were. They have fun. . .

    I also know some 70+ year old golfers who are still good and still have really nice swings. Those are the ones that I would look towards emulating (if I were into emulating swings), primarily because they don't get injured doing their swings. The seniors with good swings are really rare, and, I agree, they are quite amazing to watch on the course. Or rather, boring because they hit fairway/green/hole. . .

  7. Everything comes with a price. For golf, it's hard work and knowing your limits. I don't know anyone who plays well and doesn't virtually live on the course. Your mind and body have to both be flexible, and luck seems to have a lot to do with success.

    Not having bad luck and having a few good lucky chips and approaches helps a lot too. :-D

  8. 2 hours ago, JonMA1 said:

    The post was about why I have difficulty in changing the picture. Looking back over what I wrote yesterday, it seems pretty accurate based on my limited knowledge.

    Actually, I think you did a really good analysis of most of us on this site. It is hard. Erik even put a TM on "Golf is hard".

    Take a look at any driving range. People work really hard at golf. I bet some of the people watching you at the range are thinking "Why is he able to improve. . .while I'm not?"

    All of us have these demons. We all feel like we're not making progress because progress is so slow even if positive, and that is a big IF. All of us have trouble changing the picture, and even if we do manage to change it, the bad stuff can creep back subconsciously during any round.

    However, I love that this site is filled with information regarding theories and methods of doing that. 5 keys, 4 stages of competence, "changing the picture", how to stop slicing, center pivot swing. Plus several instructors who are willing to post solutions to your ailments.

    I would think figuring out what thing to change first is your first step? Hey, I don't even know how to become a stupid monkey either, if you could figure that out you'd have a serious advantage over me. Meanwhile, I'm more of a moronic monkey because I'm too dumb to be stupid. :-D

  9. 19 minutes ago, onthehunt526 said:

    I understand you aren't going to hit the ball perfect everytime. You won't make every twelve foot putt. You won't get every greenside shot up and down. You aren't going to hit every green. 

    What I meant is I'd like to have a strokes gained/lost of a net 0. Just one time. That's what I meant.

    I see.

    Remember that it's winter right now, and things always look pretty bleak. I wouldn't expect any really good rounds until summer.

  10. 12 hours ago, onthehunt526 said:

    I guess I kind of exaggerated a bit on having all four major facets perfect at the same time... I more or less meant that I'd like to have a round where I'm not "losing" strokes in the four major facets. That's more or less what I meant. 

    So I guess I didn't get what my point was across properly. What I meant more or less is I never can get to the point where I don't lose unnecessary strokes in all four. 

    How do you define "losing strokes"?

    What do you mean by "off" and I suppose "on"? Most people have a different idea what that means?

  11. Nice blog!

    I'm not really irritated by comments made on this site any more. I used to be, very much so, but I finally realized that most people just react to something based upon their own preconceived notions. It's not a personal thing at all, especially when we should consider that any post could be from a completely different part of the world, different culture or whatever.

    Now, I'm actually awed by the amount of information we can get here and feel like there is a common connection to everyone who plays golf around the world. We used to have political discussions as well, but that turned into a real mess. So, even without an insight to people's political views, it's really fascinating learning about how people deal with golf situations and their own perspectives.

    What I get from this particular blog is mostly for my own personal edification. I can learn what annoys people and try not to post comments that are annoying. I'm not going to pretend that I didn't write annoying stuff in some threads even very recently, because I obviously did.

    Blogs like this are really helpful, and explicitly complaining about things is always good. Being blunt is good as it brings issues out into the open where they can be addressed, but should probably be with enough tact that it doesn't sound like an accusation of deficiency.

    Disagreeing is good, because we all have different perspectives on things, but maybe we could do so without possibly being so absolute about it? At least, that's what I'm trying to do now. The keyword for me I think is "trying".

  12. 3 minutes ago, iacas said:

    He didn't erase anything. Single digits = < 10.

    What does a 155 sloped course have to do with anything?

    You also said:

    1. An 8 is a single digit handicapper. So is a 9. By definition.
    2. A 155 rated course is a 2.1 index differential. That means a 2.1 index golfer will only break 80 on that type of course about 20% of the time. Your math is way, way off.

    Agree with the rest that is not bold.

    Okay, I get it now. Thanks for explaining the bold part.

  13. 24 minutes ago, Golfingdad said:

    I'm not sure you realize what you're saying here.  There are very few courses out there with 155 slopes.  Even PGA West Stadium course is "only" 150 (along with a 76.1 rating).  Even using just that, if you shot 79, then that is a 2.1 differential for 1/4 of your rounds.  If you can do that, then you're going to be a heck of a lot lower than just sub 7.

    Sure, I would likely have trouble breaking 100 on such a course, but as a roughly 12 I did manage a 98 or 99 last year. I didn't track the score myself, and it seemed like there were many more strokes involved but I guess it was scored as a 98 or 99?. . .


    30 minutes ago, kpaulhus said:

    Right, but even if a 5 handicapper played a 155 course, they wouldn't break 80 often.

    I played with a scratch golfer (0.7) and he shot 82 from the tips at Bethpage Black with me. Have you played a 155 slope before? It is insanely difficult than a normal course. It really puts things into perspective when you see the pro's shooting in the 60's on a golf course that is that hard.

    I have not played one recently, but did attempt to play the tips of a very difficult course in China last year. Even with someone telling me what to use and where to hit it was unbelievably hard. I am hoping to play Mission Hills Norman sometime later this or next month with my boss's colleague.


    34 minutes ago, iacas said:


    Seriously, huh?

    This is known math. Simple math. C'mon, @Lihu. Get it together.

    Obviously, I use GHIN and Game Golf to calculated everything for me, so I'll readily admit to being wrong.

    However, I did at least attempt to do the "simple" math and got the same results as @Golfingdad

    "Handicap estimate" based upon one round for a roughly 76 CR based upon the 155 slope = [79-76]*113/155*0.96 is about 2.

  14. 33 minutes ago, RandallT said:

    On the course today, I made a point of finding an intermediate point a couple feet in front of my ball that was in line with my target. By doing that, I felt like I was aiming left all day. Maybe not by an earth shattering amount, but I clearly "felt" aligned left, but I wasn't.

    Overall, I feel like I pushed fewer to the right during the day, but that's an anecdotal feel of the round- no stats to prove it. My guess is that for mid-irons, I was previously setting up about 10 yards or so right without using this technique, more for the driver obviously. 

    It definitely gave me a sense of confidence to have an intermediate point picked out, and I'm kicking myself for thinking I had it under control before.


  15. I kind of agree with the OP, that a 9 isn't really a single digit player, unless he possessed the set of skills that a true single digit player does. My handicap is about 9.2, but that's because I combined 9 hole rounds with things like 39s on a relatively easy course with 43s on a longer course. They are, in addition to that "manipulation", my home courses. If I play any random course, I would likely shoot in the mid to high 80s. If I played a 155 slope course (e.g., 7500+ yards at sea level with Stimp 12 or higher greens), I would likely shoot in the 90s or higher.

    What I consider a true single digit player is someone with a sub 7 index, and can tackle a random 155 course with a score below 80 once in a few rounds.

    9 to 12 I would put into the mid-capper category and 13 to 22 would be in the bogey category. Unless that 9 was a really good player having a slew of bad scores, in which case that golfer would just be a single digit having a bad series of rounds and an inflated handicap.

    A true low single digit player would be someone who could pass the PAT test for a PGA certified instructor on a good day.

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