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  • Birthday 11/12/1949

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  1. Day 470 Work on shots up to 100 yards this morning. Same focuses. Aim, intermediate target, club face aim, stance, posture, set up, one piece take away, and just putting a good swing on the ball. Goal was to land the ball on, or near my target, with what ever club I was using. Going play 18 holes a little later. In this weather, it can't be helped.
  2. 41/41 for an 82. 29 putts. A little windy at times, but decent weather none the less. Just played pretty steady golf. Nothing real bad, and nothing real good. I did luck in a 20 footer (+/-) for a par. Played with a couple of tourist visiting from Germany. Good conversation with them. Kind of fun to know what the Europeans think of America.
  3. Day 469 Went to the other nearby course for some putting practice. I am not that familiar with their practice greens. Focuses were on reads, set up, and rolling the ball on my chosen line. Used one ball as I rotated through the 6 pins. Had a couple of three putts due to too much ball speed. Greens were slow due to yesterday's rain. Goal was two putts or less on the 6 practice pins. All first putts were atleast 10' feet or more.
  4. The better the playing condition, the better I will play. I lose a few strokes in windy conditions. I have had several putts be blown off line due to the wind. This, even though I tried to allow for those ground winds. As for tee, fairway, and other approach shots in windy conditions, I just take what wind gives me. I lose yardage on some holes, while gaining yardage on others. I will be more focused on club selection, and will be hoping my knock down, punch shots are working well for me. As for wet conditions, I will lose some strokes. Maybe 2-4 depending on just how wet the conditions are. I will use fewer irons, preferring to go more with my metal woods. The metal woods won't dig in to the softer, wet turf like an iron can do. With the metal woods, I just choke down, and/or use an abbreviated back swing to get the yardages I need.
  5. My wrists hurt after reading that. However, if explained a little more fully, some of it actually makes sense.
  6. Another option might be to go the component route. Not sure how much prices have gone up, but 10 (?) years ago I was fitted, had a club built based on that fitting for around $135.00 iirc. I know it was well below $150.00. The shaft was the expensive component at around $80.00.+/- Added a low profile 460 driver head, and a grip for another $50.00+/-. Never looked back. Still using that same driver today.
  7. Dday 468 I see day 467 was waitinting for me this morning. I thought it posted up yesterday. Guess not. I submitted it again. For today, it was chip/putt practice. Same routine as always. Using one ball, from various areas around the green, I chip the ball to diffetent practice pins. The goal is to chip the ball in, or leave it close enough for a one putt. Also when chipping to an upper tiered pin, to leave the ball on that tier. Depending on the roll involved, I used either my SW, or PW. Rolls included straight, up/down hill chips, and side hill chips for pins on upper, and lower tiers. Almost all the chips had some break to them. Focuses were on green reads, landing areas, set up, and using my (Paul Runyon) putting stroke to chip the ball. A second read was needed on the chips that missed, unless they were shorter tap ins. Looks like I beat the forecasted thunderstorms.
  8. Day 467 Got an early start this morning. I was able to claim the long part of the short game area Practiced hitting shots up to 80 yards, as tbere was a flag 80 yards away. All the shorter shots had to do was land on, or near the ball line to the far flag. Focuses have not changed. Club selection, set up, ball position, intermediate target, club face aim, and putting my "dollar bills" swing on the ball. Goal was to land the balls on /near my chosen target line. That target line, on the longer shots was a little more left of the flag. Left of the flag was a pretty steep up slope. That slope offered up a larger landing area, that would bounce/roll the ball down to the ball line to the flag. The down side was a ball hit too far left, wound up in a drainage ditch. i was able to use my own, semi retired e7 balls for this session. They are alot more trust worthy than range balls. Probably going to walk on later to play 18 holes. Weather is great for golf today.
  9. 86 for me today. (40/46) finished up the round in a 2 club wind. Way too many 5 stroke holes, and very few pars. Missed some putts due to ground winds blowing the ball off line. Had 33 putts. The wind is bringing in tomorrow's thunder storms I guess.. Had a great time anyways.
  10. My first guess is "no one". Then again, I don't follow the various pro golf tours that closely.
  11. Golf instructors are a lot like supervisors. They teach others.to do the work, and are able to share in the glory of how well those they supervised did that work. A big part of their supetvision is just being a second set of eyes to identify both positive, and negative issues the player cant see in their own swing. Of course the big difference is instructors are the employees of the players they teach. Not the other way around like in the regular business world.
  12. Day 467 Got an early start this morning. I was able to claim the long part of the short game area Practiced hitting shots up to 80 yards, as tbere was a flag 80 yards away. All the shorter shots had to do was land on, or near the ball line to the far flag. Focuses have not changed. Club selection, set up, ball position, intermediate target, club face aim, and putting my "dollar bills" swing on the ball. Goal was to land the balls on /near my chosen target line. That target line, on the longer shots was a little more left of the flag. Left of the flag was a pretty steep up slope. That slope offered up a larger landing area, that would bounce/roll the ball down to the ball line to the flag. The down side was a ball hit too far left, wound up in a drainage ditch. i was able to use my own, semi retired e7 balls for this session. They are alot more trust worthy than range balls. Probably going to walk on later to play 18 holes. Weather is great for golf today.
  13. I guess I will cruise on down to the racebook and cash my ticket in. Thanks Woody....
  14. As @dennyjones posted, donate them. First Tee, and Highscool teams could use them. Quite a while back I donated several thousands of balls to our local course's teaching pro. He also managed the driving range. Some went for range use, others went to other local golf groups. He comped me a few rounds, and range time for the donation. On another note, there use to be a company in Phoenix AZ who would buy used balls. They only dealt with sellers with huge quanties of balls. (golf courses) They would clean, and bag them up to sell to various outlets, who in turn sold them to the public. I am just not sure if they are still in business. I had previously contracted with a developer to clean up a few golf courses that had been closed down in the area. That's where the balls I donated came from.
  15. Day 466 Range work this morning, while using just my longer clubs. (Driver-7W) (2 & 3 ironwoods) Great weather is a good thing. This was a distance practice for me. The idea being too swing a little faster than I normally do. Also to keep my balance during those faster swings. I am looking to see if I am capable of gaining a few extra yards off tee'd up balls. All balls hit today were tee'd up. The goal is hopefully save a stroke or two every so often. Focuses were on set up, club face aim, and a balanced, faster club head speed. I also paid attention to my grip strength to help with a good release .
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