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CR McDivot

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  1. I carry a 60, but don't use it much - pretty much a special purpose club for short sided close in. The lob wedge would leave my bag if I needed a 3 iron more than I do.
  2. Simple... Outside the ropes, or hit the grandstand, towers, or other backstops = OOB! Somebody said "These Guys are Good!" Yeah, let's see.
  3. Simple solution - don't change the ball, clubs, or otherwise bifuricate. If, like me, you think 20 under par is outrageous, groom the courses the pros play tougher, make the rough truly tough to hit from, the hazards penal (sand that sucks with tough lies and high walls, boundaries of water hazards overgrown and thick, no relief from grandstands or other temporary obstructions, OOB strictly enforced). The pros get way too many breaks for missing fairways, sand traps that are not penal, rough that is not ROUGH, and free drops for overshooting greens with temporary viewing areas or TV/comme
  4. Amen! Each hole is a new opportunity - just play one hole at a time. History is past, nothing to be done about it - the present is an opportunity - the future is full of promise!
  5. I had a steel plate in the lead forearm installed , and rotater cuff work in lead shoulder a month later. The key to regaining near normal use is a good physical therapy program which unfortunately involves a therapist that often feels more like a torturer - but they are well trained to attempt to achieve as close to normal (pre injury) motion as possible. Work on mobility, but do not overstress the injured area - follow the therapists regimen as much as possible. Near normal flexibility will result unless there is an orthopedic problem (in my case the repeated fracture of the radius for
  6. Live or Live under Par either is perhaps the absolute worst possible PGA slogan I've ever heard! The presentation is even worse! Fire the PR firm and question the sanity and judgement of the PGA team that approved this idiocy! "These Guys are Good!" said it well, and was effective in conveying that fact! (Sorry for all the exclamation points.)
  7. Thanks! God willing, I"ll now have more time on the course to improve my inadequate 15 handicap. Maybe the new driver will help my long game... assuming I learn to hit her!
  8. My doubles are nearly all 3 jacks. 75% of my first putts are for par. I am GIR approx 25% so bogey at best with a chip and 2 putts on these - one chip and one putt = par. My GIRs typically leave a 15 footer or more. I practice the longer putts to improve my lag putting so as to avoid the 3 putt!
  9. 23% GIR is not "most" - more like less than 1/4... but yes I do practice >20 footers. Concentrate mostly on under 10 footers. I am a high handicapper because my approaches are typically near misses with mid to long irons (blame it on my age and only playing 20 or so rounds a year). Scenario #1 with 36 puts and 25% GIR = +12 Make those missed GIRs one chip and one putt = even! Scenario #2 all GIR and 36 putts = even. Cut half the two putts to one = -9. Silly scenarios!
  10. As you can see I am coming from the perspective of a high handicap. Sure, hitting more GIR would help, and I am gradually improving in this area. However, bringing my putts per round to under 36 (more 1 putts than 3 jacks) has realistically had more effect on my scores than the long game. FIR average has been steady at better than 75%, GIR sadly only 23%. If my putting is off - I'm screwed!
  11. OK, we are all entitled to our own perceptions. How many 1 or less putts did our favorite Irishman have? How many from less than 50% make range? The Ror's was hot! I was happy to see it. Average putting has the potential to account for 36 strokes - Great putting could cut that in half!
  12. I agree that ball striking is huge, but in Rory's case I believe his ball striking was merely competitive with the field. His putting won it!
  13. So Rory's hot putter had nothing to do with his last win?
  14. This should help - but only a collector would pay this imho. https://www.ebay.com/itm/RH-Wilson-Staff-71-Buttonback-Remake-Irons-3-PW-Firestick-2-8-Stiff-Never-Hit/202248149637?hash=item2f16edda85:g:JvoAAOSwPAxaIFsG
  15. You will get a more accurate estimate of value if you post PICTURES of the items!
  16. Here's how it's done... Tomahawk Rescue
  17. Perhaps I have a different perspective on this but... When I swing I can "feel" whether I made good (or less than good) contact. I can observe whether I obtained the ball flight and direction I desired. As I set up I visualize the totality of my desired result, but I depend on my ingrained muscle memory to achieve this result - I do not concentrate on the technical aspects of the swing other than to make minor adjustments such as pertains to lie, draw, or fade. The swing itself is pretty much the same for all full shots. Thus, in my mind, "feel" is simply the confirmation of how
  18. I remember as a young boy living on the shore of lake Erie, all the doors (including the storm door) opened to the interior... so you could shovel out!
  19. In my limited experience, 40 putts are possible, but not common. I consider myself a fair (but not great) putter. I can miss a 3 footer as often as I make a 20 footer. The missed 3 footer seems to happen most for birdie. Averages from my last 20 rounds - Putts 35.7 Putts (average) 2 Putts per GIR 2.2 0 Putts 0 1 Putts 2.9 2 Putts 12.6 3 Putts 2.5 4 Putts 0 I think this average is more likely for high handicappers like myself. I would like to get my average down closer to 32. Obviously, I need to get rid of the 3 jacks. These usuall
  20. If branches do not obstruct, I prefer a 3I. Even punching I can get a low stinger with a hard cut to get back in the fairway (from the right, where my miss is typically) for about 150 yrds.
  21. I play Wilson forged musclebacks produced in 1984, looking to move to another Wilson tour blade with better shafts and more weight in the "muscle", kinda like the FG51 or FG62.
  22. Here's a tip or three... GIR - if you are having trouble reaching the green - play from the next tee up, you will be confronted with more controllable approach shots. Kill the penalties - if off the tee you can't keep the ball in the fairway, choose a club that you can hit more accurately. If it is questionable that you can clear a hazard, play safe. KEEP THE BALL IN PLAY! Short game counts even for the pros, moreso for you! Wedges - pitches, chips, bunker shots can make or break your round - PRACTICE these till you are confident in the results. Putting - try to give yourse
  23. Shawn does not teach throwing the club at the ball, rather that good contact with the ball is an incidental effect of throwing the club at the target. To those who are pursuing mechanical precision through positions Shawn is not your guy. To those who see the golf swing as a dynamic movement, more akin to an art or skill than a science, Shawn has a lot to offer. Different strokes for different folks!
  24. STABLEFORD! Anything over bogey scores ZERO! Pick the ball up when you have no chance to score (1pt for bogey, 2pt for par, 3pt for bird, etc). If your best chance is a double, pick the dang ball up and move on! The idiotic concept of strict stroke play for high handicappers is on it's face detrimental for pace, let alone the discouragement piled upon players who have not yet been able to play at least "Bogey" golf. Stableford is an accepted and legal scoring method!
  25. I carry a wet towel and a dry towel with which I clean clubs after each shot. Several times a season, when I do a thorough club and grip cleaning, I use a loose fitting center punch type instrument to get debris out of the grooves - typically there is not much to remove. My Dad used usually a plain old wooden tee and it seemed to do nearly as well. Neither method will remove metal, but will clear the grooves of debris. Good enough for me.
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