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  1. You might be comparing PGA Tour Pro stats/data with someone who might hold a high handicap. If you quoted tour pro stats, I don't disagree one bit. Closer to pin green = closer to hole on green. And tour pros understand the shot and most assuredly practice shots from that distance. My contention is it's still a pretty dicey range and shot for many higher handicap players. It's one I can hit but don't enjoy having one on every hole. It's a case of going to the well one time to many!
  2. I still assert that 50-60 yard shots are difficult to hit with consistently quality results for many players. From a tight fairway lie or off a mat at a range. As far as getting as close as you possibly can to the green, yes indeed. Agree 100%. Those who need help with that awkward half wedge shot should attempt to get better at it as you indicate. Those who simply can't manage those shots might want to avoid leaving themselves in that predicament. That's all I'm saying and it's not terrible advice, mate. Consistently poor results from that range? Develop a plan to stay away from
  3. Some personal thoughts. I love The Masters. Best broadcast in sports today. One thing I question every year: I understand the tradition of past champions, but does it make sense to have past Masters Champions who can no longer compete taking his spot in the tournament? Guys like Bernhard Langer or Fred Couples can still compete. Larry Mize and Ian Woosnam cannot. It's almost kind of embarrassing to professional golf to have guys playing who won't break 80 on days 1 and 2, miss the cut. I'm kind of torn whether its right to allow the lifelong exemption and have guys who have
  4. Agree with @Valleygolfer to stay AWAY from the 50-60 yard range whenever possible. There's a good reason tour pros don't lay up to this range: It's a really difficult shot for everybody. I used to play scrambles with guys who hit tee balls to this range on par 4 holes. They'd say, "okay Dave, stick one close!" Sheesh! How many times do you think I can hit this shot before I blade one over the green? Tough shot. If you do keep getting yourself into the 50-60 yard range, maybe learn how to pitch with lower lofted wedge or even a 9- or 8-iron using more of a putting stroke? T
  5. Since we're just moving into spring and playing season, I would suggest looking in your area for a beginner group lesson package. Some places have like a 6-lesson introduction to golf package that helps explain things that aren't obvious to golf. Beginner classes usually cover cover putting, short game, full swing classes for irons and woods. Some conclude with a 9-hole round to put into play what has been taught. Welcome to TST
  6. I live up north, NE Ohio, where everything is bent grass fairways and greens over soft dirt. Roughs are usually overseeded rye/bluegrass mixes that are very dense. That's because it freaking RAINS all the time making it grow like mad and too wet to mow. That said, I LOVE playing down south with bermuda fairways on top of a sand base. Bermuda, (or some of the newer turfs down south) greens hold shots and don't tear potholes in the greens like our soft bent grass / dirt base greens do up north. Yeah, I definitely prefer the down south courses with the hybrid, drought resistant grass
  7. Range work for me is to work on 2 things only: 1) dialing in distances for scoring clubs 7i and down through wedges; 2) hitting full shots with longer clubs for contact reasons only. Working on #1 means you have to have a range finder. My go-to range has greens with flags that can be scoped to return accurate numbers. The closest flag is usually 60-70 yards from wherever I'm hitting. They also have greens with flags at around 100, 140, 170 and one out there around 200 or so. I've gotten a lot of practice dialing in those scoring iron yardages at this facility. Working on #2 item
  8. My weeknight league starts next Thursday, April 4. The weather is looking optimistic a full week away. 42 degrees (high temp) and no rain so far. 27 is the predicted overnight low. That means we'll tee off at 40 degrees drop to lower 30s by the time we complete the round. How to dress? I wear long, thermal underwear, a pair of pants then my rain pants over the lower half. Up top, an Underarmour cold gear mock shirt, layer on a golf shirt (no idea WHY?!!!) then a cold weather quarter zip top over that zipped up to my chin. Layer on my rain suit top that is impervious to winds and I s
  9. Awesome, Patch. Thanks for sharing. At one of my local practice facilities, we have the 'old guy on the bench.' Here to find out he's been teaching the area for more than 50 years. Has quite a resume of youngsters who have gone on to play collegiate golf and maybe a professional or two. I sat next to him on his bench one time while he was reviewing a HS aged girl hit balls. Every once in awhile he'd say 'good swing,' or 'ball position,' or something to the girl. Took notice of those hands. Meat hooks, more like it. I though of Arnie after getting a good look at them. Big, fat
  10. I'm definitely not cheap when it comes to my golf game. I am kind of a cheap-a$$ when it comes to how much I'll pay to play. Just off a recent trip to St Augustine, FL with the wife. We played two very nice courses there. Total cost for both of our green fees at each place less than $80. I played Slammer and Squire at the World Golf HOF for $80. Another place I like to play is the greater Biloxi, MS area. The 3 top courses, (minus Fallen Oak) are Grand Bear, (Nicklaus design) Bridges, (Arnold Palmer design) and Shell Landing, a Davis Love III designed course. Last time there I p
  11. I have both types, soft-spike and spikeless shoes. The spikeless shoes work great for me when I'm playing on sand-based bermuda grass courses. They are lightweight and very comfortable. I have 2 pairs of the True Links shoes. Love them. However, I like up in NE Ohio where all our courses are dirt-based, soft and for the most part we play on bent grass fairways and greens. All of the courses are damp during morning hours meaning the TrueLinks spikeless shoes don't work. Also, it rains a LOT in NE Ohio making courses mushy at best to downright wet with casual water an on occasion a to
  12. If your golf Expo is similar to what we visited recently in Cleveland, Vokey SM5 wedges could be had for $99. Brand new, still wrapped in plastic. As others mentioned, if you don't like the price you see, make an offer. They might just take it because anything they sell doesn't have to be transported (cost involved) back to wherever it came from. We got incredibly good deals in Cleveland. Took a foursome with me. Only deal was anything you buy has to fit in the trunk of my BMW or you're walking home with it. We bought clothes, shoes, clubs, one bag, gloves, hats, balls, etc. Bu
  13. I use the Par Aide regularly to wash the BOGIES off my golf ball!
  14. Couple things on sunscreen: 1. Don't use the spray on kind like Coppertone 'Sport' after you've dressed for golf and apply it at the course just before teeing off. You'll ruin those nice Adidas and Nike golf shirts. I had a couple that were completely ruined by whatever chemicals are present in the product. 2. Our local news (Cleveland) did a clinical study of all the top brands available over the counter at any retailer. Some claimed to be spf 50 or 70 or whatever. The brand that clearly delivered on what its label indicated was Wal-Mart Equate brand spf 30 and 50 lotions. Bo
  15. I have and use the Pioneer cart bag. Can't compare to Sun Mountain, but as another has already said, they always get really positive reviews. Here's the good and maybe not so good about the Ping Pioneer: I like the 14-way, individual club holder. Will never go back to anything but a setup like this. Keeps shafts in good order, having each club in its own space is the way it should be. I travel with my clubs. The amount of stuff you can put inside that bag is insane. Golf shoes, extra clothing, everything that attaches to the bag, the ping driver and fairway wood heads, (I take
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