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  1. As a 20 I agree. I'm 66 and still want to lower that number, bought the book and this winter (starting next week) am going to practice and get a few more yards on my full swing shots. My short game and putting are not going to get much better or better enough to give me 5 strokes. Maybe I have drunk the cool-aid , but I have seen that GIR is a way better place to lower my score. Th alternative is ok-play for GIR +1-and live with 91-95. Its closer to par than 102
  2. vote was yes. My guess is that the non alcoholics all voted no. Drunk driving laws are like locks...they work for honest folks. If I drink, I will probably drink and drive...so I have stopped drinking. Once I black out all bets are off.
  3. This. Seems as a matter of course, at any course, the furthest tees hit first, while us mortals always waiting behind a Tree to not get hit from that wild tips shot. One we spot that, my wife and I just hit, then wait and watch while another duffs left or right. Sub 5 golfers are excused, their GIR's make up for the wait, as long as the mortals keep up.
  4. LSW-chapter 6-#7-Not gonna think about it, just gonna do it.
  5. I'm older and not playing that long, 8 years. I have concentrated on accuracy as that seemed to me, how I could improve faster. Finally broke 20 this year. But...my accuracy has maxed out. I need to make more GIR's. I am often 20 to 50 yards short Bought LSW...read it...made no changes. End of season, read it again...gonna buy a can of Eric's foot spray...work on speeding up my back swing...and finding the sweet spot.
  6. I was fitted for a driver three winters ago-ended up with a medium golf pride grip, Accra shaft and a 12.5 degree KZG head-all in $340 which included three hours with fitter. He usually charges $125 for kzg irons and wedges.
  7. Did not buy in at first, even after reading LSW the first time...my short game improved way faster than my long game...now I'm reading it again, near the end of my season...spent most summer practice on short game and putting...still found myself short in regulation....Separation value...got it. My long game needs to get longer...It will save me more strokes. Gonna spend the winter with Eric's can of spray on my club face. and like others are saying about when I get close...depending what iron I got in the bag, using whatever I gotta use, in the air or bump and run, to get in on the green....been spending the last two winters just hitting targets at the indoor range with anything from a 60 degree to a 6 iron. I just need to convert more NGIR to GIR
  8. LOL, I get my weekly practice during actual play.
  9. I am not a long hitter (driver runs 185-210) and I was constantly playing the blues (mens tees) whenever paired with other men. This year, gave it up. Moved to the whites, wherever I play. I record my handicap every 9 and 18 I play. Been out 57 times. I may have taken 5 mullies this season. Started seeing better scores at every place I play. Not as many bunkers, even getting a few pars. My informal hcp (just something I found for the phone) has moved to low 19's instead of high 22's. My con was that my short game would make up that lack of distance off the blues. I just feel better about golf
  10. I read somewhere to find a club that works and stick with it. I have a 52, 56 and a 60. Went to a local range which has a practice bunker and hit balls out of there for 4 total hours and discovered I can hit out most of the time with all three with a little practice. Distance from the pin, location next to a steep lip, changes the club selection . Even a putter if its got no lip
  11. I'm a 19.8 (happily improved from a 24 at the beginning of the season) and I'm starting to believe us 20 caps are doomed to these swings in score. Thats why we are 20's. If we didn't have these swings we wold be lower caps with closer swings in score.
  12. There's a ton of good advice on this site. Iacas is a top 100 US teaching pro and his book, LSW has great advice. And many of the folks here are + HCP players. I've taken heed and moved from a 24 to a 19 this year. Things I've learned: -Full swing distance is very important. It's more difficult for me to increase distance than improve my short game so I spend more time on full swing. -Due to age I have to stay flexible and maintain core strength so exercise every day I do not golf. -Flag hunting kills me. I aim for the largest part of the green I can see. I can two putt 9 out of 10 times. I can successfully flag hunt 1 of 10 -I have finally learned to not follow a bad shot with a stupid shot.
  13. I voted 4 to 6. I play a relatively short par 68 with 7 par 3's, each with their own physical difficulty, (water, downhill elevation, uphill blind green) and the rest demanding a lot of iron shots. Its really improved my full swing iron play. Last couple of months been feeling much more confident with full swing 7 through 9 iron.
  14. Ditto for getting a driver built for you by a fitter. I had purchased two drivers off the rack...all kinds of adjustable knobs and screws. Did nothing for me. I'm 66, 5 foot 8. Friend of mine told me about "a Fitter guy". Ended up with a KZG head, Accra graphite shaft and golf pride grip. All I know about the specs is that the head is black But...I can now hit it straight about 195-205. Prior to that it was a 195-205 slice Two hours with the guy, and the club, cost me $325. Thats 3 years ago. I just want to golf...I'm not that tekkie guy.
  15. I heard something on pga golf radio from one of the coach hosts: work on your worst mistake, whatever you think it is. and just work on that until you get it...then move to the next worst mistake. Apparently working on one thing at a time at a time lets you know when its fixed. and write it down in your own practice book. It seems , at times, there are so many things related to golf and the swing, we seem to get caught up with trying to fix everything at once, and then forget to fix anything. and enjoy the ride...one day you'll discover you are hitting the ball decently and want to go do it again.
  16. Last Thursday had a dream about a garbage collection person, a woman, collecting garbage in front of my house, bringing the bag to the truck , where she stored the bag in these rectangular compartments...not throwing it in...then noticed she had my putter but the grip was missing. I asked her for my putter back...she gave me another putter, not mine, but with my grip. I questioned her again and she argued with me that it was my putter. It couldn't be I told her, I putt left handed. Then I woke up.
  17. Was out with a guy and his 19 year old son yesterday. He invited me to play at his private club. It was warm and busy. Early on the back 9, twosomes were getting bunched behind us and 4somes infront of us were slowing us down. He drove himself nuts, worrying about what was going on behind us, when he could do nothing about it. There was no where to go. The club allows folks to play two's or three's. I never turn around. My job is to keep up to the folks in front of me. Your job, if you want to, is to ask me to play through, if you can. We started 5 minutes late. We finished in 4 hours 10 minutes and probably waited 2-3 minutes 5 or 6 times. It was a beautiful day, surrounded by forest and the foothills. Did I mention, I never turn around.
  18. Yup. Music is easy. Its the people that kill the joy. I got lucky. Been with the same group of old farts since 2005. We have no band drama. The bass player , practice space and sound owner, is the musical director. We all try to act as hired guns and let him do the heavy lifting...at least for band direction as he is legally blind and has a heart condition....he loves it and we like the drama free atmosphere.
  19. I'm getting older by the minute (66 and counting) and have had constant lower back aches and pains brought on by life I think. In January started doing planks, pushups and a light stretching routine. Can't get over the difference. The previous back pain from walking 18 has subsided significantly, especially looser feeling in the hips. Still play in a band and the rigours of a three set gig are much less telling on the body. I'm not running marathons but that core strength and stretching sure makes a difference.
  20. Hey man-I can relate..I'm 66 and still playing with a similar age geezer rock band. Also a golfer who wants to always improve. Managed to get that hcp below 20 this year I have a 94 year old friend, she has serious health issues, but gets out her door and walks three times a day sometimes for only 10 minutes at a time. Whenever she sees me she says "I walk like this,,,so I can continue to walk" I'm gonna keep playing with the guys until Jimi or Ronnie take that guitar out of my cold dead hands. I'm gonna keep playing golf until I meet Mr. Palmer. We gotta keep going so that we can keep going. The biggest thing that has helped my quality of life: no more drugs, alcohol or tobacco: and finding a stretching and strength regime that works for me. I gotta keep going...to keep going
  21. Does this mean I have to stop eating meat ...and...stop golfing...to save the planet? It will have to be meat
  22. Seems to me that just having your own expectations met in a relationship...any relationship...isn't a relationship.
  23. I am over 65. I fell into golf 7 years ago. We had no idea her brother and partner were golfers. Move forward 7 years. I play in a mens league once a week. I play golf with my wife once a week. She plays in two ladies leagues weekly. We plan golf trips with my BIL/partner. She also attends church 4 or more times per week. (We even plan the weekend golf around her church activities-I believe I am a druid priest) She is retired, I am not. When I really think about it, other than golf (and the other,lol) we spend only about an hour a day together. Thats often over food-i cook a fair amount. I often listen to my wife discuss the trivia/minutia of what goes on at her church. We have some of her church buddies over for suppers.We've even brought her RC priest golfing a couple of times. Winters its a bowling league for her. It could be a lot worse. We both stopped drinking and drugging. Family members have died from drinking and drugging...some haven't died from it yet. I gotta put things in perspective ...for me...
  24. Golf is a hard game for most of us. Long stick with a metal piece at the end trying to hit a small ball. The trick seems to be to get the club face back to the ball after swinging in the same place you started. Its all about physics. There are thousands of books and online options and they are mostly all different. Like many here will say...find a pro to get you started. We are all bodily different. A good teacher will give you advice for your swing type. That old Ben Hogan book-5 lessons , gives you some fundamentals. It's dated, but much applies
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