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About Moppy

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  1. I use the markers when I am close to one, but I like the range finder, it was a Father's Day gift, because it is so much faster than a GPS, and within 100 yards, I start having a tricky time selecting the right club without it. It gives me a number and I can just use it an not overtthink. I tend to use a best case distance because I want to play the stroke as if I were going to hit it properly, so even if I have a bit of the fatsies, or whatever, I like to assume I am going to get a solid strike. I hate like poison taking yards off of the club because of how I am hitting them that day, and then putting one in the brush behind the green on a well struck shot that should have paid off. I would rather just take my punishment on hitting it short, if that is what is to be.
  2. I actually like Donald Trump, but I can't resist this one... When I first saw it, I was looking for a handicapped flag. I have seen that on the green. https://giphy.com/embed/UHGqqrpibVyJG
  3. I have never had a putting lesson, it might help. It's just a low priority for me right now, not what is costing me major strokes. What I have actually settled on is focusing six inches in front of the ball, as suggested up thread, and that has helped me put some long putts really close and to sink some six to eight footers.
  4. Ha! Sergio putted the whole Masters with his eyes shut! Line yourself up, decide on your stroke, and try to put unconsciously.
  5. I play pretty much the same 9 holes alone walking a few times a week. When I do play with others, they basically suck and cheat, which I don't care, I don't play for money. I don't pull the flag when I am alone, a lot of times when I am alone, my eyes being what they are -- major floaters, I lose balls in flight with minimal chance of finding them. I hate taking a stroke off my score due to vision problems, even though I guess I should. It's just not something I will ever be able to improve. I know I am getting better. I am not surprised at a bogie or shocked at a par anymore. But I just don't see the point in keeping a handicap, as it would require me to play a different game than I play. Also, I am simply not competitive, which has actually hurt my game, and I am trying to put more pressure on myself in other ways.
  6. That sounds like a book I am ready to read. Thanks. That's exactly what I am trying to do is take the thinking out, of the stroke, anyway.
  7. I have a putting mat in the back room and hit a few putts whenever I can and I was trying it when it was kind of dark there, I could see the ball and the hole, but not the head of the putter very well, since it is black. I tried anyway and after missing the first two wildly, I started making putt after putt without seeing how the club head was aligned. So I started trying it with my eyes closed and that worked too, and looking at the hole and not the ball. Admittedly these are close range, 5ft putts which I rarely miss on a mat anyway, but is this a thing? I sometimes feel like visually lining up the putter head is distracting and leads me to make in-swing adjustments.
  8. I feel like my execution errors are dropping a little bit, and my strategic errors are not yet. But I think that my game is in flux right now, but discipline can save strokes. For instance, I have begun to try to make one good practice. swing before every shot; two if I am in some difficult or uneven lie. I still forget on some shots, but this has lowered my score. I have begun doing a countdown from 5 before my drive, to sort of go through stuff mentally, this has cut strokes since I usually slice when I fail to concentrate on a hole. I rarely slice when I go through my routine. The slice happens at address, if you ask me. Figuring out which club to use based on wind conditions is another place where I make mistakes, but I feel like they will drop over time as experience grows. I suppose if I was playing at the same level for years and said this, I can see how people would roll their eyes. I make mistakes sometimes because as I improve ball-striking I get longer. Yesterday I hit the same six iron I always did on a certain par three, when there was no wind, and overdrove it by 15 yards. Next time it will be a seven iron, and if I come up short, I know it is an execution error, but yesterday, it was a strategic error. So I think the answer depends on where the golfer is on their journey. I have spend many hours and a few lessons working on execution, guided by pros, but strategy is something that I feel like I am on my own, and I have to learn by trial and error. Do I think that if I hit the perfect club each time and aimed at the correct line I would break 80? No. If the player isn't improving every month, leaving the "strategy' excuse behind in a year or two after he acquires some skill, then I agree. Not taking lessons is a strategic decision...
  9. A single with a cart, unless the course is on the empty side, is always going to be disruptive. The guy should be prepared to wait, chip balls, practice putting, or whatever. I Always let them play through, even if there is not an empty hole in front of me, because, frankly, who needs it, and it probably won't slow me down anyway by more than a minute or two. Another single walking or even a twosome? I will join up. It's more fun.
  10. I can't find the thread here, and this has been posted before, but watch the beginning of this video, the second time he drops the basketball off the dam. Same applies to curve balls, sinkers, tennis shots, those curvey soccer shots, field goals, etc. http://mentalfloss.com/article/81275/surprising-science-dropping-basketballs-dam
  11. This entirely depends on where you play. I play courses that usually have three groups and a couple of singles out per side, and I would say no, but then I get to an urban course, like Long. Island, or South Florida, and it's anger management time. I like to watch my friends's shots, and compliment their successes, I take a couple practice swings if I am in an uneven lie, or whatever, but I am not going to spend time searching for extra balls while walking between shots, or sit and BS at the tee before shooting. For some reason I am always ready to hit first, honors or no, and I just don't get why people take so long there. As long as I can do the things I enjoy, like watching my shots and my friends shots, and take due care taking my shots and putting, I don't feel rushed, but three hours for a foursome means you have four serious golfers. My golfing is more social so that is unlikely to happen. I play with one guy who takes pace seriously, and we do fine. If we want to pick up the pace of a group, we play best ball. Maybe the conversations on the tee are because that's where everybody gathers together for the next hole and people like to talk. I like to play golf.
  12. But I could man!
  13. I'm glad you got it under control, slices suck. I think the reason they are so difficult is that the cause seems different with just about every guy.
  14. Former banana slicer here who still hits one once in a while if I don't concentrate. What I have found helps me is to aim my shoulders slightly to the right of the target, when my feet are set up aimed at the target, this promotes an in to out swing. If I overdo it, though, or do it with a hybrid, I end up with a hook. A little goes a long way, is what I am saying.
  15. This little change turned my game around. I don't lock the knee into a position for the full swing, but I keep my right knee forward of my right foot, is one way to say it, on my backswing, as kind of a brace. It's not so bad to sway a little forward during your downswing, and most people with good swings do it. I also stole something from Ian Poulter, and when I am putting or chipping, I flex both knees inward, to freeze my lower body in place, bracing on both sides. At least I think that is what he is doing. If I maintained flex in both knees during the swing, I know I am simply not athletic enough to hit the ball with all of the unpredictable movement going on.