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  1. easyjay39402

    Recap Your 2018 Goals

    I set myself two admittedly ambitious goals for 2018: 1. Handicap index down to 12 2. Shoot my age (74) I was able to follow my practice/play plan and managed a 78 in May. My focus was on the three statistically weak aspects of my game: Driver, Par 3 tee shots, Chipping. But then a serious of medical issues threw me off track. I regrouped towards the end of the season, having managed to become competent at chipping. Driver remained a HUGE obstacle to scoring well. Ended the year a 16, down from an 18.
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    Prescription Sunglasses

    I wear a pair of prescription Maui Jim Ho’Okipa rimless sunglasses with Bronze lens; they are great at suppressing glare both on the course on the road.
  3. It depends. My vision isn’t so good these days because I have Glaucoma, and I’m also getting on in years. I live by a golf course and look for balls with my granddog most weekdays. We are limited only by our patience as to how many we find. We give away premium balls to golfers we meet along the way as I lack the swing speed to compress them. When playing in a group, I seldom lose a ball, as most golfers track the balls of their partners, both out of courtesy and to speed up play. And I’m careful to aim away from problematic hazards. For these rounds I play my preferred ball, a slow speed. Playing by myself, I will lose about 6 balls per side, especially if I am walking, because I have to guess where the ball went. For these rounds, I use whatever comes out of the bag.
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    Only One Practice Divot

    I’ve been around a long time and have not noticed this method. This time of year, when the grass is slow to recover, it makes some sense. While I’m not consistent enough to leave just one divot behind, I suspect that following this technique would significantly reduce the damage that I usually leave behind. Temp will hit 60 later today, so I will give it a try.
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    Shanking My Wedge

    Progress Report We finally got a a break in the weather and I went out to the range. Tried the two ball drill and got immediate feedback, repeatedly hitting the outside ball along with the inside ball. With a bit of work I managed to just strike the inside ball and eliminate the shank. Mechanically I “felt” like I was taking the club back straighter and then hitting to the left. The resulting shots were very much left of target, so I have more work to do. Something in my setup or backswing is encouraging me to swing too much from the inside. Followed up by playing six holes and just followed klineka’s suggestion - use a different club 😀
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    Shanking My Wedge

    It’s always something. That pitch shot from 60 yards and in with the 54/8 wedge that I never had to think about, that was always there? Well last month I started shanking it. Tried fixing it on the range, it only has become more frequent. At impact, my hands are laid back with an open clubface and the hosel aimed dead on at the ball. Something is going on with my backswing/downswing that is resulting in this impact position. Any ideas, suggestions for things to try?
  7. The 300+ hitters at my home course are mostly former professional athletes, especially ex MLB pitchers and ex NFL quarterbacks. Then there are the tall, lanky college players. As for the rest of the membership, a cart path generally has to be involved at some point to get beyond 300 ... You can’t put in what God left out 😁
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    What do you do when your driver isn't working?

    My driver has really become unreliable this summer, so it only comes out of the bag on holes that I can’t reach without it. Otherwise, it is the 3 or even 5 wood.
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    A *Serious* Loss of Distance!

    Just got back from our annual fall guys golf trip, which marks the end of the season for me. We can play year round, but I dislike cold weather golf. So, like you, I have switched my focus from playing to fitness. I bike and circuit train on alternate days, six days per week. Yoga every day. As for golf, I plan to use this time to work on all aspects of the short game. I’m also going to take advantage of the mirrored walls in the Fitness Center to fiddle with my impact position.
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    Oh my aching ______! (Fill in the blank)

    My biggest pain problem regarding golf has been lower back pain. I finally understood that it was caused by sliding my hips excessively on the downswing - basically my upper and lower body get out of synch - ending in a reverse C finish. Now when I get that lower back twinge on the course I stop my round before I cause major problems, head to the range and carefully, slowly, fix the issue.
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    A *Serious* Loss of Distance!

    18Birdies has a similar GPS function. It also saves the measurements that you make by club, so you can see the various distances that you have recorded for a particular club.
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    What tee to play from?

    I play the green (5713) or white (6031) tees at my home course. Because the driver can hurt my shoulders, I often tee off with the 3 wood. There are two par 4s that I seldom reach from the whites.
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    A *Serious* Loss of Distance!

    I’m 74 and hitting my driver around 220, with a max of around 240. As far as equipment, you might consider a ball with lower compression (commonly marketed as a “soft feel” ball). As for technique, as I aged I failed to notice that my driver swing had gradually become shorter, with less shoulder turn. Yoga and video helped me with this. At 66, in the absence of a physical limitation, I think you can do better. Check in with a teaching pro and tell him/her that you want more distance with the driver. 😎
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    Hard sand in bunkers

    It has rained just about every day this summer and our traps are like wet concrete. Even my 60/8 can’t get under the ball up and out of greenside bunkers. My strategy is now avoid the bunkers at all cost. Otherwise, I am certain to make my ESC limit 😕
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    Warm Up

    Well, the pros go through a rather lengthly, systematic warmup before playing a round. I don’t believe they would be doing that if it wasn’t important. On the other hand, a thorough warmup does not seem to guarantee that they will score well on the course that day. As for me, I find that hitting balls on the range before playing has no more correlation with my scoring than skipping it. I actually tested this back in May. One thing that I must do before playing, however, is warm up my body on a rowing machine followed by a bit of targeted stretching. Skip this step and I will hit some ugly shots on the first three holes.

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