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About NJpatbee

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  • Birthday 11/12/1951

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  1. NJpatbee

    Time On The Driving Range

    I used to get to the range once per week and hit a couple of large buckets. Now that I am semi-retired I go to the range 2-3 times per week and hit between 60 and 70 golf balls and get more out of it. Play a couple of times per week and my full swing is improving although my short game is holding my game back a bit.
  2. NJpatbee

    Shot Clock on the PGA Tour

    I cannot imagine myself ever taking 40 seconds to make a golf shot but the origina! Poll was regarding the Tour. I am also not suggesting that pros would take a minute for each shot. But as stated the 40 second limit would apply to every shot which does not allow for any exceptions. For example, it is Sunday at the Masters and a player in contention goes for a par 5 in two and gets in serious trouble about 20 yards from a tall tree with low hanging branches with a bunker in front of a green that slopes away from the pin. The player gets to his ball and is away (timer starts). A decision is to be made whether to go over or under the tree. The player walks the 20 yards to examine the tree and then walks another 15 yards to get a good look at the slope of the green and then walks back to his ball. He grabs his 60 degree wedge but then re-considers and takes a club to go under the branches. Taking a minute to perform the above under major tournament conditions does not seem to me to be excessive. Sure, 10 - 20 seconds for most shots is plenty of time but by setting an absolute of 40 seconds there is no allowance for the exception which is why I am opposed to it for the Tour.
  3. NJpatbee

    Would You Play A Tough Course?

    I meant yes
  4. NJpatbee

    Would You Play A Tough Course?

    No, and living in NJ I am still waiting for my invitation to Pine Valley.
  5. NJpatbee

    Shot Clock on the PGA Tour

    I said "no" because I believe that 40 seconds can be too short of a time when there are large purses involved and major championships. I would agree to 1 minute on the PGA Tour. How many times have you seen a group in front of you plumb bobbing the putt and someone says "What, do they think its Sunday at Augusta?". I hate slow play but believe that the pros could use a bit more leeway than the average amateur having a fun day playing golf.
  6. I believe that a few of the current top 10 would move down and some of the grittier, calm 11-30 ranked golfers would move up. For example, I see Rory and Jordan dropping and Kuchar rising. But would you really want to see Shinnecock conditions every week? The USGA came very close on Saturday afternoon to going over the top to where luck was as big a factor as skill.
  7. NJpatbee

    Help with ball selection

    For me the Gamer Soft plays almost identically to the e6 soft, both good balls for my swing.
  8. NJpatbee

    When does a fade/draw turn into a slice/hook?

    I am comfortably in the fairway if I hit my normal fade and I am hitting 3 on the tee if I sliced my first drive. I line up on the right side of the tee as far as allowed and do not aim left but align myself to where I want the ball to end up.
  9. NJpatbee

    What's your biggest problem in golf?

    I will also go with inconsistency. Right now I am losing a ton of strokes with my short game. A couple of weeks ago I couldn't keep a drive in the fairway. I did not take up the game until I was 40 years old and 26 years later it is still a struggle, but I enjoy every minute of it.
  10. NJpatbee

    Self-delusion, spelled G-O-L-F?

    My home course has a slope of 131 an I have shot par on all of them and birdie on 13 of the 18. But I am a 17 handicap and thrilled to shoot an 86. Most golfers know what they are capable of on each hole but understand that they cannot perform their best on every hole. I keep a handicap nowadays primarily to track my potential and to keep my expectations in check. Yet when I stand on each tee my goal is to par the hole.
  11. I would give it a try and enjoy it. You may find that you like playing in competition.
  12. NJpatbee

    Y’all ever sneak on to a course?

    Never to play golf but to fish, sleigh ride, and neck with the young ladies after dark before I could drive.
  13. NJpatbee

    Driving Range Etiquette Question

    As a higher handicap (17) golfer I have had some unsolicited advice from people I just met given to me on the course and for the most part I ignore it and it can be annoying. I have had some good friends make statements like "you are swinging a lot harder than normal" and I appreciate that type of advice since they know my game and are usually right.

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