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About easyjay39402

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  1. My opinion. Any certified PGA professional will do a good job teaching a beginner the basics of the golf swing. After that you need to take stock of your physical state - your body type and flexibility. At that point, a pro with a lot of teaching experience is important. They may show you swings of tour pros whose body type is similar to yours. They may test your flexibility and suggest stretching exercises, etc And, it’s really important to sort out your personal goals so that you can communicate them to the pro. In my view, you should be careful of a pro who doesn’t start with your goals.
  2. The layout of my home course - long stretches between greens and tees - makes walking slower than riding. So I ride when playing in a group. I much prefer walking, however, so I sometimes check with the Clubhouse and can usually find a tee time that allows me to walk without causing delays to other players. I find that my solo walking pace about matches that of the typical riding foursome. In the summer I use a push cart so that I can haul plenty of water, towels, etc Otherwise, a Sunday bag does the trick.
  3. My hands are no longer steady enough for my range finder, so I use 18Birdies. The free version allows you to easily track the most important stats. If you are serious about golf, the pay version is excellent. I especially like the apps ability to determine how far I *actually* hit every club in the bag.
  4. Classic reverse pivot ... check out the right knee, compare it to Jacks’s right knee.
  5. Given my demographic (over 60 etc), I only ride alone, particularly since most golfers at my club ignore recommendations regarding COVID-19 transmission. There’s a reason why the virus is surging in the South.
  6. Like you, I am in the midst of a swing change, not just tinkering around the edges, but a major change. I try to just laugh at the awkward results and keep clearly in front of me why I am making the change. Don’t worry about the HCP, it’s supposed to adjust to reflect your scoring potential. It should go up while you are making a swing change. Instead of becoming frustrated, I try to view the process as learning new things about the golf swing. My experience in the past has been that it takes months, more like a year to fully integrate a change into your game. Once you change your ball striking, you may find it necessary to change other parts of your game. Hitting more greens? More pressure on your putting, for example. Consider how long Tiger Woods sets aside for a swing change. He basically disappears for a year.
  7. It may depend on your stage of life. Had a lesson a couple of days ago and confirmed that at 75 I have lost the flexibility to separate the hips and the shoulders. This despite three decades of Yoga 🙁 Anyways, in order to get a 90 degree shoulder turn, I need to look like a stork. Worked for Nicklaus, Miller, Watson ... no one would confuse me with those champions 😎
  8. Back in the 1960s, we all wanted to emulate Nicklaus, so I ended up with that left knee action in my swing. In my experience, it’s easy for us amateurs, who lack personal coaches and ample time for practice, to slip into the dreaded “reverse pivot” (aka “reverse spine angle”) with Jack’s left knee action.
  9. I would add to this list the traditional “feet-together” drill, first without a ball, then, when you can swing without toppling over, with a teed-up ball. Works best with something like a 9 iron. When my swing takes a holiday, this drill usually gets me back on track. It’s one you can use on the course in an emergency😎
  10. I’ve got arthritic hands and have found that wearing a glove on my left hand, and often on my right hand as well, makes a huge difference in my ability to play and enjoy the game. Not just any glove will suffice; it has to be a golf glove designed to help with arthritic finger joints. When I was younger, I often wore a glove in the summer because of sweat affecting my grip. A couple of years ago, I tried arm sleeves, based on a discussion in this forum. To my astonishment, they actually have a cooling effect when playing in the 90s/100s.
  11. My home course has done a great job of encouraging folks to play from the appropriate tees. A few years ago, you were the subject of jeers if you moved up. Now players are quick to point out when it’s time to accept your age. We do have a fun two-day event which features switching from forward tees to the tips on alternate holes.
  12. Arthritis has started limiting how many times I can strike the ball and still enjoy playing. So I go through a stretching routine that takes about 30 minutes (used to do that at the Clubhouse, which is now mostly closed); about 15 minutes of putting to see how the greens are rolling that day. I usually carry a SKLZ Gold weighted club to swing a few times on the first tee. If I’m just walking nine, I’ll just go to the first tee, swing the weighted stick a few times and go. A couple of years ago I alternated no preparation (besides stretching) and a full 60 minute routine out of curiosity. There was no correlation between between how I prepared and how I scored.
  13. I enjoy walking nine in the evening with a half bag. Usually D, 7w, 6i, 8i, PW, P. I don’t usually pack a 7w, but it works in this bag, as I usually play longer tees on my own. Odd thing is that I consistently score around par while walking with that setup. Not sure whether it is the half bag, the relaxed walk in the evening, or absence of competition. On a cart with a full kit in a group of guys - I Need some luck to score below 80. (There might be a lack of focus playing with the group.)
  14. Outdoor golf operations have remained open throughout the crisis at my home course. Indoor operations resumed recently, with restrictions. As I retired guy, I had been accustomed to being able to show up at the course during the week and just tee off. With so many people not working, the course is packed every day and tee times, if you can get them, are mandatory. Most players are not observing social distancing, including my usual group which has a lot of younger guys. It is nice to see so many golf enthusiasts enjoying the game ...
  15. I’ve been playing golf for six decades off and on. During that time my handicap has bounced around from a high of around 25 to a low of plus one, depending upon my stage of life. Anyways, I have not found that clubs or club fitting made a difference in my scoring. The times of playing good golf, for me, have been the result of weekly lessons combined with daily practice. Just like learning the guitar, you have to put in the time practicing the right things. A new Taylor guitar is pleasant to the eye and has a great sound, but it doesn’t play itself. Still, new clubs are a delight and definitely helpful for motivation. Nothing like a new set of irons to get you out on the range and the course. My driver developed a rattle a couple of months ago, so I went through the fitting process at Golftec and ended up with the Callaway Epic Flash. It’s a gorgeous club and I enjoy the feel and sound of the ball coming off the face. New clubs are a good thing; fitting probably won’t hurt your game and may even help it. If you have the spare cash, go for it. If you are frugal, I also upvote the Callaway PreOwned website. The clubs they send out are like new. But myexperience says don’t skip the lessons, time on the range and short game area, as well as playing practice rounds by yourself.
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