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About MonkeyClaw

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  • Birthday 11/30/1969

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  1. MonkeyClaw

    no glove?

    I only wear a glove at the range or if it's so hot my hands are sweaty (causing the club to slip). I prefer not to wear a glove. I have some calluses on my hands from golf though. Oh well...
  2. I won't comment on your abilities, but have you played in any tournaments yet? You don't know how good you really are until you play in a tournament, with other golfers watching your every move...
  3. Some of my philosophy: It's not foolish to miss-hit the ball - it's foolish to think it will never happen. Don't get angry over a miss-hit, even the pros do it. They practice for hours and hours every day, and have been doing so for many, many years. Smile, accept it, and move on. The only shot that matters is the one you are about to hit. Forget the last shot (although it's ok to bask in the glory of a good shot for a while). If you're not concentrating on the current shot, it definitely won't be good. Remember the good shots, forget the bad shots. You're ALWAYS going to leave a few strokes on the course. Only remember these when it comes time to practice. Otherwise, remember the feel of that pure shot you hit onto the green, from the tee, out of the rough, whatever. Golf can be very frustrating. You need to set realistic expectations or you'll drive yourself crazy. Don't expect to break 80 if you rarely break 90. No matter how good my round is going, I always remind myself I'm only a few bad swings away from 100. I don't do this to discourage myself, but to keep things in perspective. I rarely score higher than 100, but it can still happen. The more I think about things other than the next shot, the more likely I am to make a bad swing. Don't forget, you're supposed to be having fun!!!
  4. My wife won't play more than 3-4 rounds per week. She lets me play as much as I want though. Hmmm, maybe that's not what you were asking...
  5. It seems everyone who is totally against this is only seeing it from one side. What about all of the golfers who tresspass onto someone's back yard to pick up their miss-hit balls (or just hit a ball there on accident and leave it there)? This is also tresspassing, but people do it all the time. Should these people also get in trouble? Charged by the cops with tresspassing or have to pay a fee to the home owners every time a ball goes there? Many of these golf courses are the ones who put the houses there in the first place, often as a source of income. It would be foolish for them to think that they could put a house there and expect no one is going to come out occasionally. I've even played at some courses that allow the neighbors to walk/jog the course for exercise and bring their dogs out to let them run (yes, while I was playing!!). In my mind, there is a degree of reciprocity between the courses and the people who live on it such that neighbors won't call the cops every time a ball lands in their yard, and the course won't call the cops every time one of the homeowners/guests plays a hole or practices chipping/putting after hours (so long as no damage is done to the course).
  6. Some clubs are also not good for taking divots. Game improvement clubs usually have a wider sole and higher bounce, along with a rounded leading edge. The clubs don't go into the ground very easily. Personally, I'm a picker but will usually take a divot with the shorter irons and wedges.
  7. If there's nobody around and you treat the course with respect, why not? I'll bet the course's "guests" trespass in her back yard all the time and nobody calls the cops and complains about them right? I would consider it more of an unwritten reciprocity agreement...
  8. If she's athletic and can swing a club, get her a men's set. Either standard or senior flex. Ladies sets should be called 'old ladies' sets because the shafts tend to be way too flexible. Get them fit properly and she'll be very happy.
  9. Doesn't it depend on where you're losing strokes though? I'm consistently in the 90's, and I often end up wasting strokes hitting out of the rough. I'm concentrating on hitting fairways right now, and my scores have been getting better. Up and down for par is great, but on a bad hole I could be hitting 4 or 5 onto the green (penalties, lost ball, not getting the ball out of the rough - I have a ton of reasons!). I can worry about getting up and down for par on maybe half of the holes. The rest of the time, I'm hoping to pull out a bogie! So my thought is that better players (such as yourself) can worry about GIR and getting up and down for par but bad players (such as myself) need to worry about getting to the green in a reasonable number of strokes first. Am I off base here?
  10. The putts-per-GIR stat is useful for those who tend to get up-and-down a lot for par, or 'chip' in from the fringe (often with a putter). This 1-putting or 0-putting for par will cause your putts-per-hole to be skewed and makes it look like you're a great putter, when actually you're a quality chipper. It also how many birdie chances you had. I'm not a great putter (or great chipper or anything else for that matter), but my stats often read 1.8 - 1.9 putts per hole. I don't keep track of putts-per-GIR yet, considering I need to get more GIR's first! As my GIR's go up, I'll be more interested in putts-per-GIR.
  11. There's also the matter of 'clubface roll'. All of the mass market drivers have a roll to the face of the driver which have a higher loft near the top of the driver than at the bottom of the face. They also have the majority of the weight near the botton of the head. If you tee it up high and hit near the top of the face, you'll get a higher trajectory and lower spin. Hit it near the bottom, you'll see a lot more spin and lose some distance. You may notice that these drives go a lot straighter though. Generally, lower swing speeds need a higher launch angle either through the face or the shaft. If you're not very consistent, a higher spin head will keep you more accurate because you'll have more backspin and less side-spin (as a ratio). More consistent hitters can sacrifice backspin and get more distance but it gets easier to get hooks or slices.
  12. I've been using my Sococaddie V300 for about a year and am very happy with them. They have a problem mapping the newest courses because they use satellite imagery but it's only been a problem with one course. With the 300, I can keep score (even putts, GIR, FIR, sand saves, and analysis at the end of the round). I can modify the hazards or put in more points as desired while on the course and it has a shot/GPS tracker for the round. It also has the hole layout, which is really handy when on a new course. I'm 100% happy with them as a company and their technology.
  13. The irons are pretty expensive for what you get. You'll be just as happy with G10's and save yourself a good bit of money. If you plan on practicing and getting better, even the I10's would be a good choice. I'm currently hitting G10's and wish I'd bought I10's.
  14. I agree - pace of play isn't always correlated with handicap. My wife (a 27) and I (a 25) will finish a round in 3:30 without rushing. I can finish a round by myself in 2:30. I know several lower cappers (
  15. Dude, I grew up in Ames, Iowa. Really. It's been a while, but at the time there were only two courses - 1 9-hole and the college course. I didn't really play back then. Do they have more now? And thanks for the info on the courses in Tucson, I'll do some research and see what works best!
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