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About easyjay39402

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  1. I’ve been playing off and on for more than 6 decades. Started as a caddy. The Assistant Pro (who later played and won on the PGA Tour) gave us free lessons and played with us before the course opened in the morning. Members donated their used clubs to the caddy shack. Those early lessons have stayed with me a long time. Shot my age for the first time last summer and decided to get serious about the game one last time. Been taking lessons at Golftec and am enjoying trying to learn the modern swing. Not certain that my body is up to the challenge ... old dog and new tricks 😎 Edit - forgot to include that I have taken four lessons at Golftec over about 10 months. I bought a package. I live about 2 hours drive away from the facility and COVID has been an obstacle. I come away from the lesson with one big rock to work on and don’t go back until video shows that I have made some progress on it.
  2. A few years ago, I compared scores between rounds that included a warmup routine and those that didn’t. I could find no correlation to my scores. The pros, however, wouldn’t be so meticulous about their preparation if it wasn’t important for scoring. On the other hand, despite their preparations, they sometimes experience a round of woe ...
  3. This sentence in the original post caught my eye. My instructor has encouraged me to allow a very substantial hip turn in order to get my shoulders to 90 degrees. I’m 76 and, despite decades of yoga, I’m just not very flexible anymore. This appears to be common advice that instructors give elderly golfers to claw back some lost distance. The challenge is getting those hips back to an open position at impact, while keeping the club on plane. The usual outcome is squared up hips with early extension (a common sight on the senior tees). When I was much younger, I didn’t rotate my hips much on the backswing, which made it easy to get them open at impact.
  4. A fellow from our club made it to the pros. We watched him grow up, and it was obvious from a very young age that he had uncommon athletic abilities. Hard work has its place, but “you can’t put in what God left out”.
  5. The club championship at my home course is typical - lots of flights, as well as gender and senior categories. Everyone gets a trophy, more or less. Which is similar to the tournaments held every other month, except that the player with the lowest total score is named club champion. I would like to see a unique event with the sole purpose of identifying the club champion. Any member could play and there would be only one trophy, given to the player with the lowest total score over n rounds played from the tips with the tournament pin placements.
  6. I’ve noticed that the college kids usually wear earbuds and listen to music on the range and putting green. On the course they play music through portable speakers, sometimes too loudly. I wear airbuds and listen to music when cycling out on the local bike trail, but never considered doing it while golfing. Might make a playlist of tunes that match up with my desired swing tempo and give it a try. Old dog, new tricks and all that ...
  7. My index is from last year. After a bit of statistical analysis, I decided, with input from a pro, that I couldn’t get any lower than 8 without a major swing rebuild. No guarantees, of course, but I am hopeful. I’ve only been playing 9 or fewer (walking) for the last few months to keep the short game in hand. I expect my HCP to shoot up when I restart next week ... but maybe not. I really like the consistent strike and distance I’m getting with the new approach.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Classic reverse pivot ... check out the right knee, compare it to Jacks’s right knee.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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 😎
  15. 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.
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