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Patch last won the day on October 16 2019

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  • Birthday 11/12/1949

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  1. Winter time out here in the desert is great practice weather. Never too hot, and never too cold....most of the time. I will continue to practice various shots when ever possible. By that I mean shots I encounter when playing. A lot of my practice time will be devoted to 100 yards, and closer to greens. Probably 80%-90%, which would also include putting. Part of my putting, and chipping practice would also involve green reading. I won't neglect my tee, and fairway game, but those two aspects of my game are as good as they are going to get. Just no need to spend much practice time on them. In my golf reality, a lot of my practice time, in addition to various shots/conditions, is mainly geared to just staying in golf playing shape. For me,doing battle with "father time" is fun. It's a losing battle, but being able to slow it down a little is a significant win for me.
  2. The 19th Hole is your favorite Sports Bar. You just got to be around golf as much as possible.
  3. I'd probably go with the representation of a golfers skill level, and how much quality practice time they have invested in their game.
  4. 78s-81s are good scores, and are not to uncommon for me. I owe my consistent, lower scores to my various practice routines. I voted for low/mid 80s
  5. A par 5 eagle came first. Next was a hole in one. Then a bunker hole out. Bunker hole outs are at the bottom of my list on hole outs. I tend to stay out of green side bunkers.
  6. I carry 14 clubs every time I play. Distance gaps are not problem for me. I'm not very precise with my distances, but I'm consistent with my misses.. Thing is, even though I carry 14 clubs, other than my putter, I never use all of the of the other 13 clubs in one round. I usually only need to use 7-8 of them, in different mixes. Just depends on how I'm playing that day, and what the course has to offer. .
  7. I put in an hour (+/-) of practice (most) every day that I am not playing. It usually involves more than one aspect of my game. I very seldom spend the whole hour (+/-) on just one aspect of my game. Some days it will be d-range work with my longer clubs, hitting various shots, from different lies if possible. I use my own diy fairway to land balls in. Other days it will be short game stuff, like flops, pitches, chips, and putts. Sometimes I will combine putting with the other three shots for a practice score. Some days I might use both the d-range, and the short game areas. For a change, I will hit balls from trouble spots. Spots like uneven lies, bunkers, 2nd cut rough, unmowed rough, over trees, from under trees, bare/thin lies. Anything I can think of, that I might encounter when playing. I don't spend any particular amount of percentage time on any one aspect of my game. Just what ever I think I need, or want to work on that day.
  8. Part of the problem is a few issues. First there's arrogance. Quite a few golfers feel special that they only slice the ball 10 yards less than the other guy. (I'm being a little facetious here) Next when we see the pros play, we only see the end results of all the hard work, and training they had to go through to get where they are. We do not see all they had to do to get, and stay at their highest level of play. What we see is the pga professional making the game look easy. Being delusional is a good word, but being "gullable" adds to their delusion. They believe everything they hear about building a better game. Last, I don't think a lot of golfers take responsibility for their own poor play. They don't own what they did, and will find false rxcuses for their poor play. The blame it on the guy scenario. Pretty sure in my beginnings in this game, I did all of the above. Not so much for a long time now.
  9. Yeah my bad. I don't follow the news media much anymore. Sports, or other wise. Didn't read the date on the article. 2021 it is.
  10. It's just a putt. Don't take it to seriously, and don't pay any attention to those folks around you. Don't let anyone intimidate you. Strengthen your mental game. Think positive at all times. I tell a lot golfers that every golfer, regardless of their talent, hdcp level have all made the the same mistakes. Everyone hits bad shots, and everyone misses putts. Even the the easier ones. Just play, and think your way through your own game. Let the pga pros worry about missing that 2 footer that might cost them $500k or more..
  11. Did R&A really cancell the Ooen Championship? Too bad if they did, but not really surprising.
  12. I have no problems playing my newest set of clubs. I'm getting what I expected out of them. However, they won't keep me from playing my ancient set of Ironwoods every so often. Always nice to revisit past memories.
  13. Many years ago I carded a 32 on the front 9 at the Casablanca GC in Mesquite, NV. It was a short lived accomplishment, as I followed that up with a 40 on the back 9. Probably one of the better chances I ever had to break par on a legit 18 hole golf course.
  14. I moved on from game improvement. Irons recently. This after several decades. My score were not improving. Switched to TE CBX irons. Saw a little extra length, and workability in my play. Dispersion is a little worse, but not enough to worry about. Switching from my old clubs was not something I planned on ever doing. But, circumstances changed my thinking, and I made the switch. No real, final verdict yet, but so far I am seeing some scoring improvement. Already broke 80 with them. So imo, once your game improvement clubs are no longer showing any improvement, perhaps a change might be in order. You never know until you try.
  15. I take a longer club, choke down on the grip a little more, and use my regular swing. Just keeping it simple.
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