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RickK last won the day on October 9 2013

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    Weston Lakes TX

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  1. RickK

    How Hot Is Too Hot to Play?

    Hottest temperature I have ever played in was 107* No idea what the heat index was that day. But, we played and it was ok. Just had to drink lots of liquids to stay hydrated. Now...ask me what is too cold to play in, I can probably come up with a number. But have yet to find what temp is actually too hot to play.
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    Time On The Driving Range

    I should put in more range time than I do but I just don't do it any more. I would much rather go out and play. If I go to the range before my round, I generally hit 5 shots each with 7iron, 4hybrid, driver, 9iron...in that order. Then I go hit 3 or 4 sand shots and chip 3 or 4 shots. And, lastly go putt a few. This is a vast difference than when I was younger. Back when I had just turned 30, I moved to Houston and began playing with my boss and some of the other guys I worked with. I could beat everyone except my boss and the difference in my game and his was like night and day. I wanted to get better so I spent 5 nights a week for 6 weeks at a driving range working on my game. It made a huge difference. I never did beat him but I sure narrowed the stroke difference margin significantly. He had held his tour card at one time. We have a few people at my club who hit probably 150 shots or more every day the range is open. One is a young high school golfer and he is quite good. The others are old buzzards like me except in the fact that they put in range time and I don't.
  3. RickK

    Your First Set of Clubs

    My first set was a Northwestern starter set...3, 5, 7, 9, putter, driver, 3wood...at least I think that was the set makeup. Played with those for couple of years and then my wife's (at the time) uncle gave me his old set. They were a full set of Wilson Staff irons (2 thru wedge), Macgregor Tourney driver and 3 wood.
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    Melt down!

    Hey, I had a similar situation yesterday. Played lights out on the front 9 for me (2 over) and got to the back 9 and never made a par. It was all me. I lost my concentration after I let someone else releasing the cart brake in the middle of my backswing bother me. Never got it back. As I said it was all me. I just need to concentrate more and be able to stop my swing if I get distracted. I used to be pretty good at doing that. But, well all have days when it just does not come together. Sometimes it is concentration, sometimes it is fatigue, sometimes it is putting to much pressure on ourselves in a competition situation...it is golf.
  5. 5 seconds or less. Once I address the ball, I need to pull the trigger and let'r fly. I have never understood how someone can stand over the ball and freeze or continue to waggle the club for 10 to 15 seconds and then try to make a shot. Any other thought processes, for me, take place before I step in the address position. I pick out my target and any thought process about the shape of the shot or whatever has to happen as I stand behind the ball getting ready to address it. And, that takes only a few seconds also. I have had people time me just so I would know and generally when it is my turn to hit...gathering yardage, pick a club, picking a spot, etc...is usually about 20-25 seconds to do all that and also hit the ball. A lot of that also has to do with the familiarity of the place I am playing. If a new course...maybe 5 seconds more but generally not.
  6. RickK

    Newbie Long Time Golf Addiction

    Glad to see another golfer from the Greater Houston area.
  7. RickK

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

    One of the quickest ways for me to tank my round is to start thinking about score. I generally know how I am playing but I try to just focus hole by hole and minimize my mistakes. And, one of the worst things I can do is add up my score before the 9 is over.
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  9. RickK

    Do They Really Mind???

    To me, it really does not matter what you shoot as long as you keep up the pace, are pleasant to be around, don't throw clubs or temper tantrums, and don't curse and raise hell about your bad shots. I have never had a problem playing golf with people who were much better than me. I tell'em about what I shoot and off we go.
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    Cold weather golf?

    Bunch of years ago, 22 degrees at tee off. After 12 holes, and temp was only 24...we gave it up. In the part of the world I live in now, that probably would never happen. Too much moisture in the air and I don't know of any courses that open in that kind of temperature.
  11. If you consider membership fees (and then not paying green fees because I have a membership), pretty close to $11,000. Green fees at courses where I am not a member would be about $5000. I actually try not to think about it.
  12. RickK

    How long is your golf commute?

    Should have been an option for "Varies". I live in a golf course community and, by cart, it takes me right at 8 minutes to get from my home to the golf course. But, I also play in 2 different tournament leagues and the MGA at a club I used to belong to. So, my commute time varies from 8 minutes up to about 1hour 30 minutes. I play roughly 100 rounds ever year at courses other than the course where I live.
  13. RickK

    Are Rangefinders contributing to slow play?

    My answer is NO, does not slow down play (unless you have no clue how to use it). I have both a GPS device and a laser rangefinder. I rarely pull the rangefinder out of my bag. I do play a lot of different golf courses during the year. If I am familiar with the course then the GPS device is probably all I need. If I am playing a course that has lots of doglegs or stuff that my GPS device does not show, then I will use the rangefinder to shoot those targets and get an idea where I need to hit the ball. I would say that 98% if the time, I rarely ever use the rangefinder to shoot the pin on a green. I have distance on the GPS to front/middle/back and if I have a general idea where the pin is located, that is really enough info to proceed. It really does not matter what device you use if you get the yardage and you are still waiting in the fairway on the group ahead of you. it can't speed you up or slow you down at that point.
  14. RickK

    When your son out drives you.

    My son has been out driving me since he took up golf again as a junior in high school. But, he has never beat me. Tied me for 9 holes but has never managed to beat me for 18 holes. I know how to get in his head. I think if he had time to play more, he would probably beat me soundly almost every time we played. But, he can kill the ball off the tee. 300+ yard tee shots are not a problem. Sometimes he can find them after he hits them. :)
  15. RickK

    What is Your Punch-Out Club?

    It used to be my 6iron but I dropped it this year for a 6hybrid. I use the 6hybrid now. Just play it back in my stance a little and hit my typical punch shot. Unfortunately, I struggle if I need to hit a low hook with the hybrid whereas with the 6iron...it was no problem at all.

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