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billchao last won the day on July 20

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  1. billchao

    Played My Original Ball after Stepping on It

    Isn't this basically what happened to Jon Rahm at the PGA Championship? If you don't know where your ball is and you accidentally kick it or step on it, it's assumed that it's been moved.
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    Another Penalty for Lexi Thompson

    Reading local rules is hard, just ask Dustin Johnson
  3. Just be happy that @GolfLug picked real dates this time to organize an outing
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    My Swing (billchao)

    I don't see a point to that. I can count on one hand the number of lies that perfectly match the lie I have in front of my net and that has a far greater effect on the shot than what shoes I'm wearing. I rarely even use the same set of clubs I play when I practice.
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    My Swing (billchao)

    No, no, and probably. They have plenty of traction on a door mat, though.
  6. I can't do that. You'd have to do a fitting and compare for yourself if they can improve your game. There's more to it than today's 8 iron goes farther than yesterday's because they took a 7 iron and stamped an 8 on it, though. Plus, if I knew how to convince wives of anything, I wouldn't be sitting around writing about golf clubs on the internet Guess they're going the TaylorMade route: if one speedslot is good, let's put four on the club.
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    Main clubs you use during round.

    I use as many as I need depending on the course I'm playing and where I end up hitting the ball. I average about 12 but once in a while I'll use all 14.
  8. Poll added. I swap my irons about every 2 or 3 years, but I like irons a little too much. Some people like to upgrade their drivers all the time, I like to get new irons. That's not why modern clubs have lower lofts and the lofts alone are not why they go farther than older clubs.
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    Sub Par Round?

    @Carl3, I'm gonna buck the trend and go with no. Yes it's technically 1-under, but if you go around telling people you've shot a 1-under 9-hole round, everyone is going to assume 34 or 35 on a standard course. There are about 8 more swings you'd have to execute to break par and that makes it much harder to accomplish. Still great playing, though, so plenty to be proud of.
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    Putting Tips

    Unless the putt is pretty flat, 8-10' is too far to be playing from inside the hole with the proper speed. You can always putt it through the break but then you'll risk the follow-up putt being too far if you miss the hole.
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    My Swing (billchao)

    Back to practice. Still working on a flatter transition and not overswinging. For the shallowing part I'm changing my focus a bit - instead of thinking about what my body is doing to shallow the shaft, I'm focusing on where the clubhead has to be when the shaft shallows and letting my body work it there on its own. It's basically the "heavy clubhead" thing where I let it drop back behind me. Added some reverse-rev for some Key #5 stuff I remembered from a lesson with @iacas some time ago that I feel still applies. Plus, I think the left wrist flextion at A4 gives me something of a downswing trigger so I don't get too long at the top. Here's some practice footage to demonstrate what I'm doing and how I'm doing it: I probably could have worked on a more fluid transition instead of pausing at A4 since I'm working on a transition move, but I also wanted to break it down so I could nail the separate feels figuring they'd link up when I put it all together. Full swings from towards the end of the session: I almost wasn't going to upload the FO video because I didn't notice my phone was tilted, but it is what it is. I hit it a bit thin there, too. I think that high left shoulder at A7 is giving me issues with the height of the arc and the occasional block. I believe it's a late shallowing move and I'm hoping once I get more shallow earlier in the swing, I'll be able to rotate my shoulders through more around instead of up. Something for down the road.
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    Putting Tips

    Putting is all about read, bead, and speed. From mid-range, I'd say read and bead become much more important, especially when the putts are makeable. I think a lot of people have issues because they can't aim their putter where they think they do and end up compensating for it or they under-read the break. It can be hard to isolate the exact fault on the course. You can roll putts off of a yardstick or under a string to check if your start line is good and if you're hitting your lines, then it becomes a question of, "Are you picking the correct line?" That should at least give you a starting point.
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    Golf Ball ...Help

    As a new player I don't think you'll be able to get the most out of any specific ball, so I'd say just buy whatever is cheap, go out, and have fun.
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    How to become successful in golf at 17

    Start small. Join your HS golf team.
  15. billchao

    How to become successful in golf at 17

    Are you looking to turn pro, or just want to be able to enjoy the game for the rest of your life? You're well behind on the former but well on your way on the latter.

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