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  1. Never rake back a putt that hasn't been given with a solid verbal confirmation. Far too many golfers are loose with this, it's too bad this girl had to learn it the hard way. You can bet she won't forget again though.
  2. Blaming Strategy? Or Execution?

    Maybe I'm just an outlier but I hardly ever golf with people that blame their strategy/mental game, quite the opposite. On the other hand, I play with plenty of guys who blame their shot execution all day long. 1) They'll try and hit a 30 yard hook around a dogleg on a 350 yard hole where Driver is absolutely NOT needed and they think they should be able to pull off that shot on command. 2) They'll try and hit a 3 wood from the rough when there's a tree starting them right in the face that not even a tour player could hit a 3 wood over. 3) Hitting a 6 iron from knee high fescue when clearly the lie screams "WEDGE!" all day long. 4) Player's stock shot is a pull-fade but like most who hit that shot, has been known to hit straight pulls too. Pin is cut on the left or center of the green. Water hazard or OB is guarding the green tightly on the left. Player aims at left edge of the green to play their fade. Player promptly hits a slight pull which goes into the hazard/OB. Player should have been aiming no further left than the pin given the hole location and their shot tendencies. These players think they have some sort of deficiency in their shot execution when in fact they're making horrible course management decisions.
  3. Wind, weather, and handicaps..

    I have played the Prairie Club. I can't imagine how you could get 100 yards knocked off your drives there or anywhere. The most important thing into the wind is to respect the wind and take the proper amount of club. It sounds like you did that well for the most part. I played a 550 yard par 5 in similar conditions just last weekend and it was Driver, hybrid, short iron, on in 3. On a non-windy day it would have been Driver, wood of some sort and probably a wedge. Where your putt blew off the green, that was unfair for sure and all because of the conditions, not something that would normally happen.
  4. Conspiracy theories you believe in?

    I'm convinced that golf balls are conspiring against me!
  5. PGA Championship Moving to May

    I see the idea behind moving the PGA Championship to May, it makes sense. On a personal level, I'm opposed to it for selfish reasons, because moving it to May means MN and WI are much less likely to hold a PGA Championship again. But then maybe that means that the US Open will come to Hazeltine and Whistling Straits instead?
  6. 2017 U.S. Open Discussion Topic

    I'll be there on Thursday. Really looking forward to walking the course.
  7. Out to in or not? I can't decide?

    It looks like you're one of those rare slicers who hits the ball with a square path and an open face. Your clubface appears open at the top and appears to be quite open at impact.
  8. Swing slower for more accuracy?

    Nothing more than a "feel".
  9. Ball Flight Laws post

    Missed this earlier. Think about just how hard it would be to hit a hook with an outside-in path. To hit a hook, the path has to be right of the clubface. If the path is left of target(outside-in), let's say just ONE degree, you'd have to have the clubface 6 degrees or more left of that to hit what I would call a "hook". The face would be pointing 7 degrees left, that's HUGE. That ball would start so far left it would be quite ridiculous. Like that's one of the shots that makes us golfers go, "What was that!". I've hit that shot that starts ridiculously far left and goes further left, not saying I haven't, but it's rare. Almost no golfer hits that shot very often.
  10. Ball Flight Laws post

    Most people's hooks start fairly straight and then hook. Just like most people's slices start fairly straight and then slice.
  11. Ball Flight Laws post

    Common misconception among golfers.
  12. Ball Flight Laws post

    People who hook the ball alot have large face to path differentials, 4 degrees isn't causing a big hook unless you toe the ball. Having a person with a large differential(6+ degrees) open the face is just going to lead to misses turning into pushes and push fades. But I agree, if the person is swinging 4 degrees inside-out, just get the face 2 degrees left of the path(2 degrees right of target).