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About Effington

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  1. I'm in the Chicago suburbs. I can walk my local course, 9 holes for $15 or 18 for $26. $44 to ride 18, which you can find several around that price point if you look around. Some of the more expensive courses go in the $70-100 range.
  2. In Illinois here. I've read that the rule is that you can share a cart if you live together, but what I've seen in reality is that no course makes an attempt to verify it so it's essentially the decision of the players if they want separate carts or not.
  3. 1. Sport you can play your entire life 2. To be able to enjoy the outdoors and warm weather 3. One of the best social mechanisms in business (or anyone in the real world). 4. The only accepted reason (for me) to take 4+ hours away from the family to go out and play (and/or drink). 5. Sport can be played across generations (1v1 basketball vs. grandpa doesn't have quite the same touch). I wish the game wasn't so difficult and/or frustrating, but I bet that if it were easy enough that anyone could play with success, it would have a different place in society.
  4. Hey guys, dumb question here, but restrictions in place have all rakes for sand traps removed. Does this mean if we hit it into the sand, we should drop it somewhere outside the sand to hit? I'd imagine the sand traps would be in horrid shape otherwise.
  5. Hi guys, I'm a duffer myself, but recently, my 5 year old daughter has been asking to practice with me and has shown enthusiasm for the game. I have tried to show her the basics, but I don't think I'm doing her justice. In a normal time, I would get her lessons, but this is not available during COVID-19. What are my next best options?
  6. Played 9 the other day, got paired with a random. Nice guy with a pretty good swing. First hole, my shots had a wicked hook. Kept it in play, but it wasn't pretty. Playing partner gave me a tip that he thought I wasn't rotating my shoulders in the backswing. Changed my life. Shots instantly started getting better contact with a good trajectory. Made golf fun to play, and I even kept score (55). Putting was surprisingly bad, otherwise I might have been sub-50. Not too upset about that, as the solid contact on full swings made it a great day for me. Practice this week was all about that shoulder turn. Also, I noticed that practicing without shoes was a bad idea; I wasn't getting the full/hip rotation when I put my shoes on, so I now practice with them on. I also found that I was getting good contact with all my clubs, as opposed to before where I wasn't very successful with longer clubs. That being said, it looks like this had other effects, such as being across the line at the top. Since golf instruction is gone due to COVID-19 and looks like it may not be coming back anytime soon, I'm thinking about signing up for Evolvr. Can anyone share experiences there? Also, is this the kind of video they accept?
  7. Wow, that's great. I know people on this website come from a wide range of life situations, but being able to fit in 2 rounds a week when other things are going on in life is a good number.
  8. Good luck. You have a hell of a swing so hope it all works out. You at all concerned about the hole in your practice net?
  9. While I can't help you with your swing as I'm a novice myself, all I can say is good luck on your journey to improve at this crazy game. Hopefully you keep with it.
  10. Hey just curious, how are you allocating your golf time? What I mean is, how much do you practice at home/range compared to being on a course?
  11. Staying on the positive side, I have a new golfing partner this summer because their normal summer activity is off-limits.
  12. Thanks for the words of encouragement, but the challenge I find with myself now is that I'm discouraged from practice, because the result is so drastically different on the course it's almost irrelevant. So I just want to get on the course more and not hit balls into a net in my basement. Wife has agreed to at least a once/week round. Is that a reasonable plan, in your opinion?
  13. Hey guys, just thought I'd share that I got out on the course for the first time this season today, to play 9. Stunk it up big time. Grounded two off the tee on the first hole, and for the first four holes, everything was either grounded or pulled so hard to the left that it was almost off the hole. It was interesting to me because in my home practice net, I was hitting them hard, and it didn't look like they were pulled too much; I knew they were to the left, but didn't see the scale. I got a par on a short par-3 and got some confidence, and the last 3 I just played with my short irons and was getting good solid contact that actually looked like golf shots. Since I was pulling everything so hard left, the adjustment I made was to over exaggerate an open club face as much as I could, and things started going straight. I had to keep repeating to myself, feel is not real. Definitely an eye opener. The breakthrough will have to wait for another time.
  14. Thanks, that is great input! 230 rounds per year, that's a hell of a schedule. I don't really know what my retirement life looks like yet but if you can join a country club and have a rate of $32/round that includes a cart, then it sounds pretty decent on my end.
  15. Welcome to the forum! I can't give you any constructive advice about your golf swing, but can say you have a really scenic spot to hit balls. Is that an actual course or just an open field somewhere?
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