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  1. Interesting thread. These caddies are around the tour and the pro's all the time, used to all of the pressure ...but...carrying for Tiger must be a whole different ball game...the press...20 times the fans...distractions because its Tiger. Then having to read the golf situation of a legend...whoa!
  2. Try not to lose that enjoyment. A guy I occasionally golf with shoots low/mid 70's and thought he'd try his hand at Monday qualifiers for Mackenzie tour spots. Managed to get a corporate sponsor for travel etc. Played four Mondays, never broke par.72-74 The number ten guy was always -4. He just wanted to see what that world was all about. He is now playing with his buds, drinking a few beers and shooting low 70's and having fun.
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    Just found this thread-fascinating. No idea what is driving this ...seems to have history...I love the topic of Belief. "Belief is the state of mind in which a person thinks something to be the case regardless of empirical evidence to prove that something is the case with factual certainty. Truth is a term used to indicate various forms of accord with fact or reality, or fidelity to an original or to a standard or ideal. Fact: something that is known to have happened or to exist, especially something for which proof exists, or about which there is information Proof; evidence or argument establishing or helping to establish a fact or the truth of a statement" I'm starting to "Believe" most of us take a position based on "our" interpretation of the "facts" and the "source" and then rationalize our "belief". I recently met a younger women who lives her life debating other peoples positions even during social encounters, if they differ from her beliefs; which she is quick to point out are based in fact. She will never change her position. I grew up learning basic math through memorization: one plus one equals two. I did that until I went to school where I was taught more complicated memory exercises. I've used math in the workplace for 45 years. I believe it to be true because I seem to get the same results as others around me. But I don't "Know" or have "proof" it is true. I just "believe " it is true. It seems Golfers (and instructors for that matter) are of two camps...the video game generation and the pre video game generation. (I believe I first heard that from Debbie Donigar) I'm of the pre V generation-If I speak to an instructor who spouts "data" from trackman I tend to tune out. Its not that I don't believe the data, the facts are are important or "true", just that I can't relate. I don't care about "why". Just tell me how to swing differently, and its ok to physically touch me to show me what you are trying to get me to achieve. My son, a V generation, loves the data (possibly because he "believes" it is "Fact" and can change ball flight by talking to him about where you want spin to reduce to or angle of attack. "You can't reason someone out of a position they didn't reason themselves into." Interesting statement...but...at some point, the reasoning of the position comes down to an aha moment, final "belief"... Whew, got that crap out of my head...now I;ll go make a shopping list
  4. Good on ya-One of the munis I play, we see coyotes daily-just sunning on the cart paths-marshall told us they had a cull and found one bedding area in thick bush, included 30 -40 dog collars. We are seeing a lot of Prairie hares in the neighbourhood the past couple of years, coyotes will be next.
  5. I've got the #7 Heavenwood-love it Got a cobra king 7 Nine equivalent. Love them both Took the hybrids and 5 iron out of the bag. I've decided I want to enjoy the round, not slave over constant improvement, so just use clubs I can hit consistently.
  6. I'm a lefty. When I first started, I was hitting balls at a range with an acquaintance who was a righty and he stood at the next stall. I found his explanations easy to understand as I mimicked him. He didn't use words like right and left, just words like back swing, front foot, back foot. It eliminated the lefty righty thang. I'm a visual guy so it was like being in a mirror. Might not work for everybody especially if you are not a visual learner. Might be good for your son.
  7. The wife and I play as we get closer to season opening. Its fun. We rarely finish 18 as she likes to take "do overs" and we always use a 10 foot gimme. The one thing I do like is that it makes me think about my next shot. A little mental practice
  8. Poor club selection. I gotta stop picking the club I can hit the next farthest and pick smarter , starting with the tee box. Approach shots are often to far out. If I play for par +1, I believe I would shoot lower scores.
  9. This. I buy the wilson duo, on sale, 36 for $50. Two thing I have learned in my short time. 1. A $5.00 ball sinks as quickly as a $0.50 ball. 2. If it's not my ball in the water, I leave it there.
  10. I'll even take a stinky, questionable major or tour win,lol
  11. If its majors Jack Nicklaus, 20 combined wins in pro and amateur majors. Tiger Woods, 17. Bobby Jones, 13. Walter Hagen, 11. John Ball, 9. Ben Hogan, 9. Gary Player, 9. Arnold Palmer, 8. If its wins Billy Casper. PGA Tour wins: 51. Most wins in a year: 6 (1968) ... Byron Nelson. PGA Tour wins: 52. Most wins in a year: 18 (1945) ... Arnold Palmer. PGA Tour wins: 62. Most wins in a year: 8 (1960) ... Ben Hogan. PGA Tour wins: 64. ... Jack Nicklaus. PGA Tour wins: 73. ... Tiger Woods. PGA Tour wins: 80. ... Sam Snead. PGA Tour wins: 82. Nicklaus, Tiger, Hogan, Snead/Jones and I don't want to discount the women-just not as up on the greats: Kathy Whitworth 88 and 6 majors Mickey Wright 82 and 13 Annika Sorenstam 72 and 10 Louise Suggs 61 and 11 Wikipedia can't be wrong and they have all done so much for golf
  12. My wife retired last year and previously would never play alone. She ended up joining two ladies leagues, with strangers. She met a bunch of nice folks and took 5 strokes off her handicap (23 to 18). She's gonna be club treasurer at one of them this year. Besides improving, she really learned about the rules of golf. Enjoy the journey
  13. My wife and I play a local muni weekly. We see the same three single women who we are occasionally started with. They are all over 60, as are we, all walk with a push cart and all take it very seriously. Do I wonder why they are golfing alone? Probably cuz they want to go golfing, maybe have no significant other who golfs. Just a guess, but considering the amount of testosterone that is floating around many courses, many ladies who are single prefer to stay away. They want to golf, not fend off dating attention.
  14. Of course Pelz believes the short game is the most important piece of the game and remember what forum you are posting in...but...yes...It has some great information. Basic focus is on 100 yards and in. Short game. No full swing focus at all. I read it, plus a few others every winter. A fairly long read. As well as a little mental game and course management, his theory revolves around understanding/dialing in partial swing distance for short game. Regardless of Whether you buy in to how much time should be devoted to short game, it gives you a program to nail down your wedge distances. You still have to execute. There is no substitute
  15. Pelt's short game bible and the Recluse series-book 10
  16. 1. Keep walking the course (I do use a cart)-Maintain a regular walking program-currently walking 45 minutes 3 to 4 times a week. 2. Maintain my once a week practice (Time is always a problem)-three clubs max-90 balls max (get to tired) and really concentrate on target practice-wedge iron and wood. Last year that added a few yards to every club when hit solid and built my confidence on distance 3. Add a once a week a week practice on the putting green-probably a one ball routine 4. Practice not thinking about the last bad shot
  17. That baby boomer cohort was a lot of people. Like us or hate us, we are gonna die. The millennial are they next pig in the python. They won't take up the golf slack for another 20 years. If they ever do. Derek and Madison are driving spending right now. If you live in an area where a lot of golf courses were built in the 80's based on a residential home builders greed, Your gonna be able to get a cheaper rate and faster rounds, until they close for good. Hourly indoor simulators are gonna be one of the golf waves of the future. An hour at virtual Pebble, with beers with the boys.
  18. Iacus-I hear ya..its an indoor tent dome...just trying to drop a ball at a specific place-I try to imagine a tree in front of me I have to stay under or trying to drop a ball after a bunker. I don't flag hunt...the last year I have tried to direct my approach shot toward the opening to the green, if there is one, more of a bump and run.
  19. Started my winter golf reading this week. Always start with TLRB. Man it has some great tidbits and reminders: -Take dead aim-gotta always remember that-once again, gonna spend winter practice reinforcing that. The last two winters have used every iron and wedge in my bag shooting at 35 and 60 yard targets, just for the feel. -Take one aspirin, not the whole bottle-a little change make a big difference. Someone else added: and make only one change at a time and if its for you practice it until it becomes the new normal.
  20. Had only 5 months of decent golf this year. Can usually count on 7 months. April didn't open cuz of late snow. Lost Oct due to early snow. Sept. was damn cold. Its the start of winter. Shovelling. Cold walks in the neighbourhood. Occasional snow blower activity. Already into my 4th week at the indoor dome
  21. Last year I tried to use +1 as my par on every hole. It changed my 2nd shot and approach shot distances. Making them more reasonable for me...instead of grabbing the club I could hit the longest.
  22. It was to bring the handicap below 20. Started and finished at 23... But feel I am way more consistent this year. Need a little more length
  23. Golf is a funny sport. I have also curled, played tennis, mixed slow pitch-and sucked. Yet it was fun. I have to remind myself that regardless of the score I want or think I can hit, I'm a 20 handicap and that means I only shoot 90 a small portion of the time, below 90 even less and closer to a hundred a lot more. Like every activity/sport, golf requires an improving skill set to reduce scores, not just wanting to. Had to ask myself, why is the score so important? Tournament play? moving to a mini tour or higher? Playing for money? Nope. Beating the wife and holding my own with a few strangers or work mates/clients? Yup. Good enough. I'm starting to enjoy picking up a club and hitting the ball. Finding it and hitting it again. Oh, and looking at golf courses and their architecture.
  24. What ever you decide to do, Keep walking, you'll keep walking. Throw away the scorecard.
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