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shanksalot last won the day on January 29 2017

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  1. Thank you for your service. Enjoy the golf and play well.
  2. Growing up I played lots of different sports, but not golf. As I got older I took up golf just to get out and have some exercise and some challenge. As I retired I was too old to play other sports like fast pitch softball that I really enjoyed. Forget baseball, football or even basketball. So golf was the ideal sport to play. I really got into it and the more I played the more it challenged me. The more it challenged me the harder I tried until I became fairly proficient at it. After I got to the point I no longer could reach greens on most par 4s/5s in regulation it became a challenge to make par on those holes. I love this game so much I hate it at times, but I continue to challenge it as it also challenges me every round.
  3. The most important thing I learned was game management. I hit a lot of fairways, but I no longer have the distance to hit all the greens. I learned how to managed this problem by trial and error. If I know I can't reach the green in regulation I decide where the best place is to lay up. I don't hit it as far as I can unless there is no hazards or bunkers in play. Then I try not to hit a hero shot anymore as it leads to trouble most of the time. I try to hit the green on most short shots and not try to always hit it close unless I know it is safe to do that. I rarely play aggressively and just try to get the ball on the green in the fewest shots as possible while avoided the big number. I can't hit more than 4/5 greens in regulation these days, but I still can shoot in the 80's.
  4. I have never had that problem. My first lesson was after I had retired and it was just a small adjustment to my swing. I had acreage at my house and I went out every day and hit 60-100 balls with my PW every day even the days I played. Thus the change was almost seamless. What I would suggest is just keep on doing what you are doing. Practice, practice, practice. In fact I don't know if this is allowable by golf gods, but in truth I would not post scores during this period. You are creating a false handicap. I would wait until I was back scoring as well or better than before you started. Sounds like you are upset your handicap is ballooning and it will so just don't post scores for a while. Just concentrate on getting the swing down pat.
  5. For me when it is in the mid 80s with the real feel over 90* that is too hot to start on the first hole. My wife and I go out early in the summer, but it is still too hot by the time we get done. when we were kids we would play baseball from early morning to dinner time no matter how hot it got in the summer. But at late 70's can't stand that kind of heat anymore.
  6. Still have a set of clubs from they, just the heads now. Also have a 60* Snake Eyes lob wedge I put in the bag for a while this year. When Tom there I bought a lot of equipment there. It all went to junior golf and to the local Vet for their Wounded Warriors Program.
  7. My wife and I have made 5 aces between us and none flew into the hole. They all rolled in. I believe a one hop and stop in the hole is improbable. With the pin in the way a rolling ball has a better chance of going in the hole that a ball that hops in the hole. JMHO.
  8. First club championship for me, I qualified for the Championship level with a 75. First round I had a 76 and was one shot out of the lead. Sunday I start out par birdie, but still one shot out of the lead. Hit mydriver on the par 5 3rd hole right down the middle. My second shot was a little over 200 yards and I hit my 4 wood down the right side of the hole. I usually have a slight draw so it would have been perfect except it did not draw and landed right in the middle of the OB stakes. There was a debate whether or not it was OB. Finally I called it OB and played my provisional ball. Ended up making 7 and from that point on I was a wreck. Hit the green on the next hole and proceeded to four putt. I had other holes with three putts and when I got to the ninth a drivable par 4 I tried do just that to hopefully make eagle or birdie and proceeded to hit out of bounds three times and ended up with a big fat 10. Shot 51 on the front nine and blew myself right out of the tournament. That one shot on the third hole just caused me to blow up. It was like being in a bad dream and I could not wait for it to end.
  9. 3 wood, can not hit it consistently. My 5 wood is money so I just took out the 3 wood and play the 5 wood instead. It costs me yardage assuming it could hit the 3 wood as good, but it all evens out because the bad hits cost me big time usually. If it does not work it goes in the darkest part of the garage until it agrees to be good. I'm still waiting for a response.
  10. The exec courses I have played are mostly par 3 and 4 par 4s. The par 4s are not long and either are the par 3s. I would take out my woods except the 5 wood, keep one hybrid and all my 7-sw irons.
  11. The only time I would change if it were a executive course with a lot of par 3's. Otherwise the bag stays the same.
  12. Even if that ball is as good as stated. is it USGA approved?
  13. As someone who carried their bag for many years I felt that was the way golf was meant to be played. After almost 30 years of carrying I went to a pull cart and then a push cart for most of the next 20 years. for the last 10 years I have been riding in a cart. So carrying is great, but it is also bad on your back. To me pushing is easier, but I still maintain carrying is the only way to play the game as it was meant to be played. A push cart is the best for your health. It is easier on the body and gives you more of a workout than carrying your bag. Still I loved the game so much when I was carrying my bag and I certainly miss the heck out of playing golf that way.
  14. I would talk to the pro you are going to take your lessons from first. He can look at your swing and decide if you swing is good enough to get the clubs first.
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