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  1. Patch

    Driver Swing Speed Increase?

    If you can, strengthen your legs more, to gain more balance. With more balance, you can gain more "controlled" swing speeds. You can only swing as fast as your leg balance will let you. I am getting close to aging into another decade myself. I find that my 80% swing today, is actually 70%-80%, of my original 80% I had just a few short decades ago.
  2. What Vinsk posted. Never buy befote you try, and get a putter fitting. I might also add that unless you are totally locked into buying a SC Fastback, do your self a favor and try another brand of club. You just might find another brand that suits your needs, and save several green fees $$$$ in the process. A higher priced club is not always the best option to save strokes for the golfer.
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    Shorts On Tour

    I don't have a problem with the relaxed rule. As long as no one decides to wear a "Speedo".
  4. Day 413 Indoor carpet stuff this morning. Putting and and a few chips. No big deal. Just something everyday with a golf club. Had a dusting of snow overnight. I am staying inside, warm this am. We desert rats don't do snow. Dusting, or other wise. Perhaps later I will venture out to the course later. .
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    How Do I Sell Iron Set

    Maybe consider donating them to charity and write them off on your taxes. The write off could be more than what you sell them for. Ebay sells clubs if you want to register there This website, (I think) has a selling forum. Want adds? Nifty Nickle?
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    USGA Looking Into Lucy Li Apple Watch Ad

    I have been waiting for the final verdict in this issue. In my unbiased opinion, the first time warning was a good call on the USGA's part. There was absolutely no need to change this youngster's future by taking away her amateur status. It seems the USGA did a fair investigation of the issue. She learned a lesson, and is now able to carry on with what ever her amateur status brings forth for her. A possible scholarship for a free education is a pretty good deal for any youngster.. Yes, I know. Rules are rules, breaking rules of any kind have consequences. I know in my own past, ( probably my future too) I have broken rules of one kind or another. I doubt there is anyone on this forum who hasn't broke a rule of some kind, some where in their past or future. It's because I am not perfect human being that I think in this case, the USGA made the right decision with a first time warning.
  7. Obviously they have never heard of Father Guido Sarduuci........😀
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    Plastic Practice Ball Use

    I am incline to believe that fake balls are best for practicing swing mechanics. That one should not rely on the flight of these plastic/foam balls for swing results. Especially when used with longer swings. I have a box of Taylor Made foam balls I sometimes use. They are quite safe to use indoors. Outdoors they work ok, as long as there is no wind. However, my favorite practice "fake" balls are those "Birdie Balls". The ones that look like a short piece of pvc pipe. (they are NOT made out of pvc). They seem to mimic ball flights better than the plastic/foam balls, while still being extremely range limited. I also believe these birdie balls are more suited for outdoor use. Obviously a draw back is you can't putt with them.
  9. Day 412 Nice easy morning on the driving range, just hitting balls again. 1/4-1/2-3/4 and full swings using various clubs, and targeted landing areas. The routine was simple. I would pick a club at random. Pick the back swing I wanted to use. Match the swing yardage up with that club. Then pick a target. Using my abbreviated preshot routine, I would step into my stance, and hit the ball. After that I would clean my club, put it back in my bag, and pull another one . "Easy Peasy", as the young caddy said.
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    What'd You Shoot Today?

    I played 54 holes last week. I averaged 4.46 strokes per hole, which I am quite pleased with. Just hitting, and putting the ball consistently well. I have a pretty good streak going right now, which of course could end at anytime I suppose. Although I did not card any 6s, there were a couple of 5s on two par threes. However, those were offset a little by a couple of 4s on two par 5s. I hit some good 6i approches, and I made a few long putts for par. Of course there were some not so good ball striking on my part. Luckily, my chipping, and putting saved the day more times than not. Just playing one hole, one stroke at a time.
  11. Yeah, I would also say Texas for affordable, year around access to golf. . My second choice would be the desert southwest, which is where I am .
  12. Day 411 30-40 minutes of short game stuff this am. 20-60 yard shots. Some putting. Conditions were damp, but manageable. Turf was a little long due to lack of scheduled mowing. Greens were a little slow, due to the same two reasons. I figure they will catch up with the mowing in the short game area later today. Used various clubs, and back swing lengths. Focus was on crisp, ball first contact. Used an intermediate target about 12-18 inches in front of the ball for aiming purposes for the club face. That intermediate target worked in conjunction with my targeted landing area. Also paid attention to my body posture, and alignment, which worked in conjunction with my club face, and targeted landing areas. Drier conditions should be back to normal in a day or two. Been wetter, and colder for this area, for this time of year.
  13. DeArmond playing on the Web.Com tour in Florida, carded a 17 on one hole, while trying to carry a water hazard. Finished up his round with a 91. The high score is something, but not that important. What he said afterwards is what is important in my book. When playing golf, after a true scoring disaster takes place, the golfer should not get mad, throw clubs, or quit. The golfer should just take it in stride, laugh, and have fun with the rest of the round. I like this guy.
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    Divot Or No Divot

    Taking a divot in front of the ball, also means a clean hit on the ball before the divot. In that respect a picker is doing pretty much the same thing as a divot taker, with regards to ball impact. I am not sure if the picker puts less spin on the ball, or not. Except for some wedge shots, I tend to pick the ball clean off the turf. If anything, I will give the turf in front of the ball a little trim. A big reason I pick the ball off the turf, is that alot of the courses I play in my area, are not divot friendley due to the very firm fairways. Sometimes those fairways are built on broken up conglomerates. I do use a drill that helps a golfer take a divot in front of the ball, but I have otther uses in my swing for that drill. No flipping of my grip is one. Another is to move the low point of my swing in front of the ball. I also don't have to deal much with fat shots either.
  15. Day 410 Didn't bother going to the course this am. Figured it would be still soggy after yesterday's soaker. So it was some indoor carpet stuff (putts/chips) for about 10 minutes, or so, with probably more through out the rest of today. Right now, I am going to kick back with a warm beverage, and read some of Penick's Little Red Book. Lots of good stuff in that book.
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    Only Play Half Set of Irons - Better Game?

    I have a bag of nothing but irons. 12 of them, a 4w, and a putter. I very seldom use all of the iron in week's/month's worth of play. My 3i gets more practice, than actual play. Same with my 8i. I am a big believer in creative shot making. I even practice less than normal shots. I am not a "fairways, & greens" kind of golfer. I am a firm believer that my imagination on how to advance the ball has saved me hundreds, if not thousands of strokes during my decades of playing. Half sets, rather they be odd, or even, coupled with one's imagination, promotes creative shot making. Creative shot making also promotes confidence. Confidence creates lower scores. Choking down, up, on the grip, or closing, or opening the club face can give the golfer a variety of shot making possibilities. Add in abbreviated swings ( 1/4-1/2-3/4 ) adds to that variety of shots a golfer would have in their bag. .
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    Need Putter Advice

    I might suggest you look for a used Odessey Two Ball putter. I used one for a short while in a pinch, and found to be a decent tool for putting. On the other hand, you might be better off just giving that Ping Anser putter more time in your hands. After a long layoff, you might have re-learn it's uniqueness. I always wanted to try the Anser putter, after seeing alot folks enjoying success with one. Just never got around to it. Btw, congrats on the twin. I have twin grandkids myself. A boy, and a girl. They are something.
  18. If you do decide to upgrade, check out, and see if being fitted for a component made up driver might be a viable way for you to go. You'd get the same quality, and performance, for alot less money..
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    Heckled More At Riviera: Kuchar Or Garcia

    I read it on espn's website yesterday.
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    Heckled More At Riviera: Kuchar Or Garcia

    Sergio I would hope. I understand that Kutcher's caddy turned down an extra $15k which makes that fiasco a non issue at this point. In reality though, I would hope the folks in attendence would just be more respectful of the game, and stay quiet. Maybe make Sergio's, gallery the smallest on the course.
  21. Day 409 Raining this AM. Just some indoor stuff. Carpet putting, while aiming at various house hold items. Toughest putt was down a hallway, where I had to stop the ball at a door way. This to have a 2nd putt to a target in another room. Woke up earlier after hearing the rain. Flipped on You Tube, and watched some of Seve's short game clips. Just not an outdoor golfing day.
  22. Day 408 Drove to the "other" course this morning. Just a couple minutes extra drive. This for putting practice on unfamiliar greens. Early morning and the place was empty. Due to another thread on TST, I did that off the toe thing for down hill, right, breaking putts. Even hit a few off the heel. Finished up off the sweet spot. The toe putts were ok on the right breaking putts, and the heel putts worked ok on left breaking putts. Just had to adjust my lines a little higher to accomdate the opening/closing putter face. Sweet spot putts worked the best, by a long shot, no matter which way the ball rolled. I even reevaluated where the sweet spot on my putter was located. This by holding club up with two fingers, then tapping the face with a ball, looking for no deflection of the club face. My "Heavy Putter" has a pretty large area with no deflection. Kind of surprised me. This can be googled for a better discription. After a few minutes of that stuff, and warming up, I played the 8 practice pins, three times. (cw, ccw, & random) This gave me a par of 48. I scored a 39, which was 9 under my putting par. Also had two, 3 putts. We are having pretty decent weather right now, which is great because I like early morning practices. Calm, peacefull, and fewer people works well for me. Have an 11 am tee time with my regular group of older dudes. Gamesmanship will be a priority.
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    Learning Left Handed

    I tried several months, maybe a year or so (?) ago to switch to a left hand swing. This for physical/medical reasons. I sought out the tuition of our local pga pro. The advice he gave me was to start out with a reverse grip change. That being a right hand low grip. A right hander's grip, only swinging from the left side. Once I could swing the club from this grip position, then switch to a left handed grip. It seemed to be working . His idea was to put extra pressure on the legs and upper body to get use to the reverse physical movements, faster. Once they were tuned in, then finalize the process with the correct grip. Unfortunately I gave up on the switch to being a lefty too soon, and went back to my natural, right handed swing. So I can't really say if his idea would work, or not. only that it seemed promising. Just an idea.
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    Insurance for Golf Clubs?

    All my toys, other than my vehicles are covered under my home owner's policy. If my clubs were lost, or stolen, even when traveling, my h.o. policy covers them. There is a second policy I have that is part of my RV coverage, that "blanket" covers all the stuff in the RV should something happen. I might suggest if you you have a h.o., or renter's policy to check with your carrier.
  25. Day 407 Third morning in a row on the range just swinging various clubs and sending the ball to various targeted landing areas. As before, some land close, some close enough, and others not so close. Not just raking the balls. After hitting a ball, I clean my club, put it back in the bag, and grab a diffetent club. I may tee the ball up, or I might decide to hit the ball off the turf. Based on which ever club I pull. I then acquire a targeted landing area that matches up with the that club's distance, and just put a swing on the ball. This is just the opposite of what I would do when playing for a score. When playing, after seeing the lie, and the distance, I would pull the appropriate club. I would say this is not a good way to practice, but for the past few days, I just wanted to "smack" the balls around for no apparent reason. If a problem (ball flight) were to show up, I would put more mental focus on my practice routine. There are no real swing thoughts going on, and my club selection decisions are as random as I can make them. There was no preconceived plan on my part to practice like this, three days in row. Part of the reason is the course has added thousands of new range balls, so the consitency of ball flights is a plus. Use those new balls now before they become thoroughly worn out. Maybe it's a mini vacation from my normal practice routines. Plan is to play 18 holes a little later today.
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