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Patch last won the day on February 24 2016

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  1. Mine, a decade or so ago, was a 8i over over tall pine tree, that stopped 20 feet short of the hole. I hit a slice off the tee that left me on the outside of the fairway, behind a pine tree. There were other trees/bushes in the way, which prevented me from going under the tree, to get to the green. The other trees were much taller. I had two choices. Punch out backwards towards the fair way. This would have been the correct choice. My 2nd choice was to open my club head up a little, and hit another serious slice over the tree. I chose #2, throwing caution to the wind. I figured what heck. I pulled the shot off, with the ball barely clearing the tree, while slicing towards the green. The ball landed on the apron, stopping just barely on the green. I was left with 20 ft putt, which I missed, but made the follow up 5 footer for par. Back to back slices for par will always be one of my personal golf highlights. The best recovery I ever saw in person was a guy putting his first ball in the water on a par three. Then holing out his second shot from the same place for par. Thought that was pretty cool to see.
  2. If I understand your description, I do what you do, or at least something very similar. I putt and chip with the same (Paul Runyun) stroke. I figure the fewer the moving parts, the more consistant the swing. Plus when practicing my putting stroke, I am also practicing my chipping stroke, and vice versa. Last year I started using this stroke for longer pitch shots, using various clubs, and back swing lengths for distances needed. Jury is still out, but I am seeing some decent progress.
  3. You assume correctly. But why post a high scoring, goofy round, being played just for fun, that might inflate my hdcp? Why not just post scores that are actually represententive of my true ability. If I posted all my rounds, I could play in tournaments as say a 18 capper, but then play to actual 10. Would that not make me a sand bagger? It's a mute point for me anyways, since I only play child diabetes charity events anyways. I keep my serious rounds for myself.
  4. It just depends on the situation. If I am with my regular friends, and a few beverages might be on the line, then I watch mine and theirs. Our group has invented many creative ways of scoring over the years. If I am by myself, or with folks I don't know, then not normally. I have a vague idea what my count is, but it's not important. I just hit the ball. Go find it, and hit it again. Two, sometime 3 times a month, I will play serious rounds for handicap purposes.
  5. I am in what I call the uncomfortable time of year for golf. Higher triple digits are the norm right now. Except for a occassional thunder boomie blowing through, the lows are in the high 80s, to low 90s. We have had some early tee times lately, but the high humidity is not doing us any favors. Maybe another 3-4 weeks left in our monsoon season. I don't handle the higher temps as well as I use to.
  6. I am 67, and shot 76 a few weeks ago. (made a lot of putts) So is that a 9? I suppose if I crunched the numbers, I could get it to 8.25...lol
  7. I was asked this today on the first tee. The guy I was paired with asked me what score I might shoot today. I told him an 81 would be just fine. He thought he would shoot a 90. I shot an 83, and he shot a 89. I lost. I always have a number in mind when I start a round. Usually it's an 80. If I take some time warming up on the driving range, depending how I hit the ball on the range, and/or putting green, it can be a +/- on my 80 number. So next time out, what number are you going to shoot?
  8. When with my usual group we sometimes exchange monies. Even when we probably know who is going to win. I hardly ever bet with strangers. I politely tell them no thanks. If they continue to bring up the subject, I know how to be not so polite. It doesn't come up that often. What I might do sometimes is just bet a drink, or lunch based on total score after the round, but like I said, the issue does not come up that often. The funniest bet I ever saw was when a friend and I were paired with a two out of towners.....tourist. One of them kept wanting to put some monies down while we were waiting to tee off. The guy kept saying " come on it's Vegas". My friend who is known to have more money than sense, reached in his pocket and threw down a money clip, with maybe $500 in it, and told the guy to match it, that he was right "it is Vegas". The other twosome declined his bet, and the issue was settled. . Good thing they did decline the bet, as they were better golfers than we were.
  9. I would have done the same as the OP. The "Garcia Group" were being turd heads. That said, 20-30 years ago, I might have become a turd head myself just for the fun of it. I have mellowed quite well in my old, aged ways. Now days, I just smile at things like this, and go on about my business.. Then again, now that I think about it, 20-30 years ago these types of problems didn't seem to happen as much as they seem to today.
  10. If you are happy with your long game, then perhaps those shorter punch shots would be helpful as an added shot. In my approach game I use a lot punch, and flop shots. I use the punch shot when I have a clear path to the green. The flop I use if there is something in my path way to the green. With my own "shortish" long game, those two shots I discribed, and a hot putter, I can still break 80 every so often.
  11. Probably in the mid to high 70% range. I don't swing the club that fast, preferring instead a nice easy tempo, that I can repeat more often. This, for my full swings. When I get to my finesse shots, the speed of my swing will change as needed, but still nothing over 70%. Most of the time, the length of my back swing, and follow through is what changes the most for the shot at hand. Usually, the only time I swing as fast as I can is on the driving range. I do this for my swing muscles, while not caring how far, or where the ball goes. Funny thing is I can still remember the last time I went all out during a round with a tee shot. It was probably 7 or 8 years ago at a course outside of Ft Worth. Went 290 yards.
  12. As a student wanting to get better a few decadeds ago, I was pretty picky as to who I wanted as a swing instructor. I also knew where I wanted my game to be at during the the instruction. I expected a lot for my money. After a few failed meetings, I was lucky enough to find the right guy, who could help me score better. Not only was he good for my golf swing, he was also a very qualified club builder. He knew how to tweak the clubs so his students could get the most out of their games. This was, and still is the best of both worlds when it comes to swing instruction. My swing guru had about 20 or so students who used his knowledge on a regular basis. I would see him, on average 3 times a month. Our arrangement lasted several years until his untimely passing. My point is to get the best instruction after finding an instructor, the student needs to really think about a long term partnership with that instructor. Especially if a student wants to get down to single digit or better handicap.
  13. I fixed that planet alignment problem with the fact that when golfing during daylight hours, if I can't see the planets, they can't see me. However, golf being the game it is, when you fix one thing, another thing shows up. After missing some easy putts the other day, I finally concluded, and was able to blame the possibility of Yellowstone N.P. erupting on my poor putting. Seismic activity made the ground move down here.
  14. Playing in the heat when you are not use to it, can negatively effect your game. As mentioned above, even a hint of dehydration won't allow your mental and physical golf game work properly. I play in triple digit heat quite a bit. I start my hydration process the day before my anticipated round. I continue the hydration process during my round, and afterwards. Also, if not use to it, the heat might make you play faster, or slower than you normally would, taking you out of your comfort zone. Perhaps you were just tired. Again, your mental and physical game will not be up to par due to fatigue. Even though you may not want to hear it, perhaps it was your time to just have a poor game. Happens to everyone. At any rate, after only four rounds, I wouldn't worry too much about a poor showing. It's not a big deal. As time passes, your game will get consistantly better. (consistantly better also includes poorer play) Just hang in there, and enjoy your golf journey.
  15. Sometimes the instructor can be quite good, but the student is not smart enough to understand what's being instructed. The student walks away thinking the instructor is at fault. It's a 2 way street. Now I do agree there are golf charlatans out there scamming their students, but not all instructors labled "bad" are bad instructors. Some students are just bad students. Some student can't comprehend good golf instruction.