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About NJpatbee

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  • Birthday 11/12/1951

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    Sussex County, NJ

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  1. How Often Do You Hit The Sweet Spot?

    As a higher handicap I would be guessing at shots off the sweet spot. There usually 3-4 shots per round that I know I had a real good swing for my level. The majority are usually within my typical range for the club and are decent. There are about 5 - 10 bad swings (including pitches and chips) that can cost me 10-12 shots. I normally hit my driver 210 - 220 (carry and roll) on a good swing, but every 2 or 3 rounds I just nut one 240+. Maybe the sweet spot, maybe better mechanics, I am not sure.
  2. How much time do you need to maintain...

    As someone who started playing golf at age 40 I need a 45 minute range session during the week, a small bag of balls just before playing, and 1 one/week to stay in the mid-80's to mid-90's and maintain my 17ish handicap. I suffer from golf muscle amnesia and have to hit some balls to get my swing back (such that it is). I envy those that have played since their early years and can just pick up a club after a long layoff and swing away. I am a basket case each April getting started again and it takes me a about 5 range sessions before I will play a round of golf.
  3. I would explain to him that good equipment, lessons from a pro, and lots of range time are a prerequisite to getting out on a full length 18 hole golf course. Go with him to a par 3, 9 hole course a couple of times as he progresses (hopefully). Then buy him a boat and some fishing gear.
  4. What is Your Punch-Out Club?

    I use a 4i and it is the only reason the 4i is in my bag.
  5. The USGA and R&A have responsibility for defining and regulating the rules and equipment of the game and I believe that today's limits are reasonable while also allowing for the advances in equipment over the last 30 years. Many of the courses that hosted tournaments in the past still have the length or have made minor modifications to allow for the increased distances. A few of them are way too short to host a PGA Tournament and so be it. I live not too far from a course that hosted the Eastern Open 3 times in the 1920's and is 6237 yards from the tips - no chance for another Tour event but it can still give the majority of golfers fits!. Courses that are incented to host a tournament can do what they want to accommodate 340 yard drives, or do nothing at all. There are plenty of courses available to handle today's pro length and tournaments, some of them classics, so why should we be alarmed? The PGA Tour can do whatever they want with the ball but I doubt that they want the distance rolled back. I do not think there is a need to given the current equipment limitations nor do I believe pro or am golfers, golf ball manufacturers, or PGA Tour sponsors see it as in their best interest. For myself, I will stick to USGA conforming balls and hope there is no bifurcation of the balls, or any other equipment. I enjoy playing by the same rules as all other golfers which for me is part of the attraction and history of the game.
  6. which club is more difficult for you?

    I gave up the clubs I could not hit over the last few years which include the 3w, and 2i thru 6i, all replaced with hybrids which i can hit fairly well. I will vote the SW when not in the sand - A full swing can be 40 - 75 yards (user error of course).
  7. What is more likely to happen?

    I went with a PGA Club Pro winning the PGA Championship. I understand that most club pros are tied up with lessons, outings, and keeping their members happy. However, there are some that compete quite often and put up some impressive numbers. In the New York Metro area (NY, NJ, and CT) we have the Metropolitan Golf Association (MGA) that has a series of championships and some of these guys are good. Who knows, maybe they don't have the consistency, nerves, or desire to play on one of the tours but they could have a good 4 days. In addition, although the PGA Championship does have the toughest field of golfers but some of the US Open layouts and course conditions seem to have borderline ridiculous difficulty making it less likely that an amateur could win. I know, pure speculation. That being said, I would have chosen "neither" if it was a choice.
  8. 40 Putts per Round, Average of 96 (Dave Pelz)?

    Tough to answer since I gave up my 2i thru 6i for hybrids and the only wood I still carry is my driver. I will count the hybrids as a wood and keep in mind this my best recollection for my most recent full round on my home course. 96 score...vs 91 40 Putts...vs 37 19 wedges...vs 15 (most less than 20 yards, includes short pitches and chipping around the green) 14 irons...vs 7 (again, I only carry the 7i thru 9i) 21 drivers or woods...vs 32 (I use one of my hybrids on all par 3's and 5's, and most 4's.) 2 random shots...vs a good scotch and cigar when I get home I need work on every part of my game but lose most of my strokes due to poor pitches and chips, fat hybrids, and the occasional drive that slices into oblivion.
  9. 40 Putts per Round, Average of 96 (Dave Pelz)?

    This can really vary by golfer. My last official round was a 91 with 37 putts, but not a single one putt. I am on GIR only 3 or 4 times and fail most times to get up and down from within 10 yards from the green because of a chip that is way too short or long. I could use some chipping and pitching practice and also just need some better full swings to get on in regulation. I do not spend more than 5-10 minutes practicing putting because it hurts my back but also because with the limited time I have to practice I need to get the full swing in some kind of reasonable shape. An excellent round for me is in the mid-80's and it can usually be attributed to better ball striking. Just for the record I have 4 putted more than once playing on a course for the first time with very fast greens.
  10. How often do you play?

    I usually play 3-4 times/month with an equal number of range sessions.
  11. Low Handicappers in NET Tournaments

    Sorry, but I slipped back to one on one matches where the lower handicapper is more likely to win.
  12. Low Handicappers in NET Tournaments

    As a high handicapper I will not play net score with a low handicapper - as I've said I usually will lose and if I win there is a good chance there will be hard feelings on the part of the better golfer. We also have low handicappers saying they prefer not to play net with a high handicapper, especially when a large group of golfers are involved. It reaffirms to me that golfers with a wide variance in their handicap should not play each other in a net match. Also, the best 10 scores used to calculate the index is the best 10 of 20. I would propose that I am more than 8 strokes over my handicap more than a scratch golfer would be. And in the last two seasons I have never been 4 strokes better than my handicap. Bottom line, I suggest playing matches only with golfers with a variance of no more than 2 or 3 strokes when playing net.
  13. Favorite Thing about This Time of Year

    The leaves, apples, pumpkins, and the empty golf courses on Sunday afternoons thanks to the NFL games. The downside is that I know my golf season will be over in several weeks.
  14. Trying to Hit the Ball Picking Cart?

    I try to avoid the cart but I am guilty in the past of trying to pop one with a short iron if it is close enough. On my home course the ball picker is not totally caged in so aiming for it is out of the question.
  15. Share your scariest experience.

    For someone else: My 4 year old daughter had what appeared to a bad sore throat but her breathing got strained and about 2AM I rushed her to the hospital. By the time we got there she was nearly unconscious and the ER determined quickly that she needed a tracheotomy and could die at any moment while we waited for the surgeon- her heart beat was at 220 and she was suffocating. My knees literally began to tremble and if I had anything in my system I would have soiled my pants. I tried to call my wife but could not talk but was able to say the name of the hospital. The surgeon came running into the ER and in about 20 minutes they had successfully performed the tracheotomy and she was coming back to normal. It turned out it was caused by hamafluous influenza, for which they now have a vaccine for. That was in 1983. For myself: My first time deer hunting in December 1973 in Hunterdon County NJ was almost my last day. I was sitting on the side of a hill with my back against a rotting tree stump wearing hunter orange before it was law. A buck with a spiked rack with one of them broken came down the hill and stopped right in my "alleyway" of trees so I got on one knee and shot. As I stood up there was an 8 point buck standing right behind me. The entire top of the hill opened up and kept shooting. Buckshot blew away parts of the stump I was hiding behind and my backpack took a direct hit from a load of buckshot and was shredded. It actually crossed my mind to fire back but I fired the 2 remaining shells in my shotgun in the air. The firing stopped and a man and his son came running and were boasting about getting their 32nd deer. Fortunately my chamber was empty and I had enough wits about me to not re-load and get into a fight. I did curse them to hell and then asked about the deer I shot. The son said I missed it. Disgusted and shaking I made my way out of the forest and across the cornfield to the car. It was 8AM and my relatives would not come out until about 4PM. At the end of the day the man that almost shot me drove by with the 8 pointer on the roof of the station wagon and the deer that I shot (It had a broken spike rack) in the back of the wagon. Now these idiots were not trying to intentionally kill me and I could only imagine what those of you that endured firefights in battle went through - you have my utmost respect and gratitude.