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  1. cooke119

    3 Wood the Hardest Club to Find?

    I have a fairly old Cobra S3 3W which is my favorite club in the bag. I just hope it never breaks, I actually thought of searching Ebay for one just in case. I also have the S3 5W which I hit just as good. I can hit the Cobras off the fairway, tee, up hill lies, down hill lies, you name it. I remember years ago the guy at Golfsmith recommending them, I hit them at the store and fell in love.
  2. I second that. I try never to think about or try to correct a bad swing on the course. If I start thinking, especially during my backswing, I'm dead. I guy once told me "you dance with the girl you brought to the party"
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    I gotta bad case of the slices!!!

    Well results are in from my round yesterday. Wedges great, irons great, 3W good but I did push a few to the right but no slice. Driver only so/so, didn't get that weight transfer feeling and weight was not on my left side when I finished the stroke. I need to go to the range again, (tomorrow), and work on it, hopefully it will come. I can't understand how it can work on everything else except the driver? I'm not looking for more distance from the driver, (then what I normally get), I'm not trying to kill it, why the difference, I don't know. I guess it will just take more work with the driver.
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    I gotta bad case of the slices!!!

    I went to the Pro today for a lesson, Carly Peters, she was great. Anyway I explained my problem, she watched me take a couple of swings with the driver. Her insight right away, grip good, on plane, tempo good, good contact. My problem, not getting my weight transferred to my left side, (I'm right handed). She asked me to hit a wedge and hold the finish, then asked me how my weight felt on my feet, i.e., how much (%) on the left and right. I told her it was about 50/50. She wanted 90% on the left 10% or less on the right. Her drill was to put away the driver, take a wedge, grip normally with the left hand but just put my right hand flat down the back of the grip/shaft, then hit some shots concentrating on ending with my weight on my left foot. It worked, she could tell from the limited ball flight that things were straighter. I then went to the driver and concentrated on the same feeling (full grip), end with 90% on my left foot and hold the pose. Drive straightened right out. Did the same with my three wood, same result. Now, I don't think I am totally cured but I now know what to feel in my swing, I just have to remember to do it. We also practiced with the 9 iron, same result, straight. I asked her to not say "fire with the hips first," I hate that saying because I can never do it. She laughed and said she didn't like that saying either, that with feeling of the weight movement to the left the body turn would happen naturally. For me it worked, I'll know how good it works tomorrow since I'm playing a round.
  5. cooke119

    I gotta bad case of the slices!!!

    I give up, going back to a Pro. Played yesterday and I think I hit two fairways out of 18! I put the driver away and was using my 3W and still pushed/faded/sliced to the right. I even hit my long irons to the right. I definitely need some professional help.
  6. cooke119

    Worst golf tip you ever received

    Put a string around you neck attached to fishhooks on your testicles to keep your head down! I got the point.
  7. cooke119

    You're Down to 4 Clubs in Your Bag...What Are They???

    Same but I would use a PW instead.
  8. cooke119

    How Hot Is Too Hot to Play?

    I changed my mind, I played 18 yesterday, heat index was 103 degrees. I think I'll pass next time. I was soaked by the time we finished. I play in a league so of course our tee time was 11am, just in time for the real heat and bright sun, (high humidity). Drank three bottles of cold water, still didn't help, past right through me with all the sweat. I was done around the 14th hole, just wanted to game to end. Needless to say we didn't come in the money, we all suffered.
  9. cooke119

    How Hot Is Too Hot to Play?

    It has been on the 90's here on Long Island, NY for the past couple of days but I would still play. Given our age, etc. we ride so it is not bad. Playing tomorrow but it is only forecasted to be in the 80's so no problem. Riding, I think my limit would be 95 to 100 degree with high humidity (which we get a lot). On the Island it also depends on where the course is located. We have a lot of courses on the bay (south shore) so we always get an on-shore breeze in the afternoon. Mid Island, like Bethpage, it can get very hot and humid, no wind, it all depends.
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    Removing the brain helps me

    Yeah, I understand what you are saying about different approaches. I cannot shape a shot and since all my shot are straight, (I do fade my driver), I think I have less to think about, (regards my swing). Of course I'm evaluating the hole location, obstacles like trees, where I want the ball to land, etc. But I rarely think about my swing on the course, at least I try not to. All my shots are the same, I just pick different clubs based on length of the shot.
  11. cooke119

    Would You Play A Tough Course?

    I'm a disabled veteran so here in New York I can play state courses for free including the Black at Bethpage, (which I consider a tough course). I have never played it because you have to walk the course, no carts. I've had three back surgeries and walking eighteen is out of the question. Perhaps if I could ride I would attempt it, but I don't think my game is good enough anymore, you need to hit long straight drives to play that course. And talk about roughs.....
  12. I'm with you, unless I have to go over a bunker I use my 8 iron, (while I work on getting my chipping down), even out of the rough. I use a putting stroke and bump and run it. If I have to go over a bunker I have found I have to use a 52* gap wedge. If I use a SW or LW I usually end up in the bunker. I am good with a SW out of a trap as long as I follow through with my stroke. I'm very inconsistent with a wedge off a tight lie but I'm working at it.
  13. cooke119

    Removing the brain helps me

    All I know is that if I have a thought go through my head during the backswing on a drive or iron shot I'm dead. I do all my thinking at a driving range but if I start thinking about all the "stuff" I'm suppose to do during a stroke on the course I'm guaranteed to screw something up. Same with putting, I line my putt up accounting for any breaks, judge the speed, then clear my head and stroke the putt. IMHO thinking to much about your stroke on the course is a killer. I was once told "you dance with the girl you brought to the party".
  14. Yeah I know, you're right, I just think the guy wanted everyone to look at his wife and think what a lucky bastard HE was.
  15. Not sure it was "look at me" but one day my buddy and I were put with another twosome, and man and his wife. The wife was gorgeous and wore a VERY low cut top, her breasts were sticking out the top, (she was not fat either). When she set up to the ball her tits would squeeze between her arms and flop back and forth when she hit the ball. The guy appeared to enjoy everyone looking at his wife, which was very difficult not to do. Needless to say I didn't play well that day, my mind was elsewhere 🙂

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