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Pretzel last won the day on May 15 2017

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  1. The good news is that with my french fry intake I never have to worry about low sodium! 🍟 The big problem I see most people doing that makes them think they hate water or not drink enough is that they drink it room temperature. Put some ice in there! It becomes 10x more appetizing when cold.
  2. I, too, am certain he has taken drugs to help him get back to 100% - legally prescribed drugs from his orthopedic surgeon that he was recommended to take to aid in his recovery such as painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs. Generally speaking the "best" tee times for scoring aren't the tee times that Tiger plays. Almost always scoring will favor those who tee off at the crack of dawn if there are weather troubles. The number of times I've heard, "If I had only teed off a little later that wind wouldn't have been a problem for me" is precisely zero, but I can't count how many times I've heard people wish they had an earlier tee time to beat the weather. Tiger gets the "cushy" tee times with high quality playing partners because the PGA puts groups together of the top players for TV and places them at the best time for TV (not too early, not too late) so that the people watching at home can see the most of their favorite players.
  3. The problem with the show is not that they give bad advice, but that people pick up the advice and somehow think it will fix all their swing troubles regardless of what the original problem with their swing actually was. People can end up hurting their swing with the advice because they're getting the wrong feel or trying something that doesn't really even apply to them.
  4. Pretzel

    Please tell me what I’m doing wrong

    That's exactly what drew me to golf. I was pretty decent pretty quick at most sports when growing up, but golf was a lot harder. It kind of pissed me off and I kept at it while thinking, "There's no way I'm going to let this stupid game beat me" and eventually Stockholm Syndrome must have set in along the way.
  5. Fair enough, I read too far into it I suppose. But yeah, even just using lead tape it isn't hard to get whatever swingweight you want.
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    Please tell me what I’m doing wrong

    If that was the second time you've ever gone to the range, you should adjust your expectations. Golf is hard. It will take you probably at least a month before you hit even half of your drives well. That's if you're practicing 2-3 times a week. From the time it took me to get serious about golf (playing every day over the summer, taking regular lessons, etc.) it took me almost 3 years to go from shooting about 100 to shooting in the 70's regularly. That was after I had already gotten the basics. The basics will come a bit faster, and you'll likely be able to shoot around 100 after a year or a bit sooner with regular practice, but it still takes a lot of work. Sorry, but golf is hard.
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    Please tell me what I’m doing wrong

    Using an iron you want the tee barely off the ground, otherwise it'll be too high and you'll have problems. Using a driver or a wood, you want the tee to be higher. A good rule of thumb for woods and drivers is that half the ball should be above the top of the club when you set the club down next to it. Here's a couple of good examples for you. Driver: The ball is half above the top of the face, and half below. You want to do something similar usually for your 3 wood or 5 wood, in terms of how high the ball is relative to the club. Irons and woods: You can see the 3 wood is teed up so that the ball is still a bit above the face of the club. That's because you want to still hit up with a 3 wood off the tee. The iron is teed up so the ball just barely sits above the grass, because you want to be hitting down with an iron instead of up (harder to hit down if the ball is way up in the air). ------------------------------------ When you're completely new to the game, it's a good idea to tee everything up when you hit it. It doesn't matter where you are, on the range or the course, or what club you're hitting, tee it up for a little while until you're able to make more consistent contact. Once you start to get the hang of it, then you can move and try to hit off the ground with your irons. Until then though, teeing it up will help make it a bit easier for you while you're still getting the hang of it.
  8. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think all @Vinsk was trying to say is that for an 18 handicap golfer it's more likely that the golf club being 1.25" too long (he said it's .75" longer than Callaway and he gripped down .5" on a Callaway already) is a bigger problem than a golf club with a swingweight that is 1 or 2 points different than he was previously used to. I would agree that the length issue is more important than a small change in swingweight, but I'm open to hearing why the swingweight might be more important than I thought. I've swung my irons at weights ranging from D0 to D4 and not personally noticed a ton of difference (though I do prefer an overall heavier golf club, my iron shafts are 130g and my driver shaft is 85g, small changes in swingweight like that I can't notice as well personally). That said, if swingweight is a problem you could always just add some lead tape on the inside of the shaft up by the grip to shift the swingweight back to where it belonged.
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    Please tell me what I’m doing wrong

    He was referring to shifting your stance a little to the right. That way the ball is "in line" with you left foot, but you're still the same distance away from it. Also, just as a heads up, don't get too frustrated if it still happens. Golf is a hard game, and it's really hard if the first club you learn to hit is a driver since that's one of the lowest lofted clubs. By all means keep trying if you enjoy trying to hit the driver, but you might see some better successes at getting the ball in the air if you tee up the ball just barely off the ground and try swinging some short irons (PW, 9, 8, 7). Just don't get down on yourself and keep practicing!
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    The Films and Movies Thread

    People like to hate TLJ, but honestly that one was a birdie for me. There were only 3 things that stood out to me that I disliked, and honestly only one of them had any bearing on the plot. I put the stuff in a spoiler box in case anyone hasn't seen it yet.
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    Denver area golf advice

    I personally like the cold more than the warm, which is why I think it's nice here. It's easy to fix being too cold by putting on more layers, but there are only so many layers it's socially (or physically) acceptable and possible to remove when it gets too hot out! I think @Fourputt hit the nail on the head. I've been golfing before here on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve in 70* weather, and I've been golfing here in May when it was 35* out and about to snow. The good news is that (with the exception of that one big blizzard a while back) the snow usually melts off enough to play by the end of the week.
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    Denver area golf advice

    I'm working 40 hour weeks, I just show up early in the morning so that I get to leave earlier (and eat lunch at my desk). If I show up at 7:30 I'm done with my 8 hours by 3:30, leaves plenty of time for golfing and my boss doesn't mind so long as I get my work done and am in the office at least between the hours of 10 and 3. I've already worked around 34-35 hours this week (just stayed until 4:30 each day instead of 3:30), and they don't want to pay me overtime, so tomorrow I'll just show up from 10-3 and then do whatever after. Didn't end up playing Arrowhead today, but I was quite tempted. Maybe next week I'll find a good deal.
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    Denver area golf advice

    I'll go ahead and second the Walnut Creek recommendation. I haven't played since they changed the name recently, but played it a lot when it was Heritage at Westmoor and it's a fun course. It's pretty long though, so get ready to have some lengthy approaches! Commonground is the best interpretation of a links golf course I've seen in a state so far away from any significant body of water. It's a bit pricier, but definitely a nice course. Arrowhead is beautiful, but like @DeadMan mentioned it's usually $100+ per round if you play on the weekend, though weekdays are more reasonable. Looking at it, I'm actually really tempted to go there tomorrow afternoon since they've got a 4:30 tee time available for $40 and I need to leave work early anyways to avoid going over 40 hours this week...
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    PING G700 Irons

    The 15+ handicapper should, but when I want to work the ball it usually isn't left to right/right to left (similar to what @freshmanUTA said). I try to control the trajectory and height of the ball on a lot of my approach shots for various reasons. On greens that slope back to front I like to hit my approach shots a little bit lower to keep them from spinning back off the front of the green. On super firm greens I'll sometimes try to hit it nice and high to make sure it holds the green (other times I'll try to hit it with a lot of spin for the same reason on firm greens, depending on how the greens react). Most of it has to do more with controlling spin as much as trajectory. I have a lot of spin on my iron shots so I manipulate the trajectory to try and make sure it doesn't do things like suck my wedges back off the green. I played a round before where I dunked 3 in a row in the water ala Sergio when I sucked a wedge back from the fairway into the creek in front of the green multiple times, controlling my trajectory helps prevent that from happening. Or if I want to hit it into the wind, being able to hit a low shot is really helpful. Or if I'm trying to go underneath or over the top of some trees that I end up in and behind far too often.
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    Jack vs. Tiger: Who's the Greatest Golfer?

    Can't say I've ever had anything to do with that side of the world.

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