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  1. thanks guys for all the comments and post mortem. I especially agree with IACAS about taking yourself out of your own game. The more I've thought about it. this is my problem, not his, and how I react to it, is up to me case closed. wait until next year!
  2. Is there a rule of thumb on how often you should clean the grooves on wedges during a round? I sometimes use a pocket knife, does this ruin the grooves? Does excessive use of a knife or sharp object ruin wedges? Should I just stick with a steel brush? Lastly, I heard some players like to leave their wedges out to rust to improve grip and spin, does this work?
  3. On further reflection, I am changing my statement about my opponent being "unsportmanlike". This is a game afterall, and I guess I wanted to badly win and it got under my skin and now I'm looking for excuses. In the end, I was responsible for the outcome and lost. I want to learn how to better equip myself for these situations, again any replies are greatly appreciated.
  4. You are right Dave. I'm sure many a match play have been much worse. and yes, he didn't do anything wrong as it relates to rules and as I said, is indeed a friendly person. I suppose since I've never experienced this before, I wasn't equipped mentally to deal with it. It's interesting because, a frieindly round with the guys has A LOT of banter and trash talk which is what makes golf fun, but in a competitive match situation, it is anything but welcome. From what I've seen on TV, Is appears that no one talks at all during a match. The next time, I play with someone like this,
  5. Hello everyone. Last week, my match play opponent was quite a bit older and has a lower handicap of 3 strokes, consequently, he gave me strokes on a few holes. There was a lot riding on this match. The winner makes it to the semi-finals. From there your name makes it on a plaque for everyone to see. Before my match, one of our pros said to me "Oh, you're playing Warren, good luck, he's very crafty and a tough opponnentt" Well, now I know. This guy actually said, as I was taking practice swings on the tee box "god, I wish I had a swing like you" Or if it hit close on the
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  7. hatchman, I can't say I really have a thought, save for just trying to remind myself to slow down. BTW, I mischaracterized the missed shot as a pull fade, I meant to say a pull draw. the majority of miss hits are pulled left of the green or as i mentioned are thin and straight. Perhaps I am lucky but fades and slices are not part of my repertoire. rainmaker, are you suggesting that perhaps my right arm (which is obviously stronger) is sort of leading the way and overpowering the need for the left to lead the way?
  8. Hi All, Does anyone have any good practice tips on how to slow down the quickness I've developed at the top of my backswing? My PGA instructor has told me so often "stop going after it" but I just cannot consistently stop it. As a result, I don't get weight transfer to the left side properly and/or often pull irons as i am coming across the swing plan due to the very excessive club speed at the top. A typical miss-hit is a pull fade that goes off target about ten yards past the green. Other times, its thin (due to the improper weight transfer) When (less than 25%) of the time, I ha
  9. Aside from Phile Mcgleno churlish comments, thanks for your responses. The criticism of the driving range in and of itself is not really an issue. The issue is, it seemed the segregated area for non members signaled an attitude they have toward their guests. It's as if they are saying, "we really don't want non member guests here, but we like the money, so we'll deal with it." Driving up to the starter and waiting 10 minutes past your tee time while simultaneously watching the group ahead of the group you're waiting for take approach shots onto the 1st green is not accidental, I say- I
  10. wow, I'm surprised by the responses, as if I should expect to be treated poorly just because it was a TPC course. If you are guest at my club, you are treated with the same courtesy and respect as any full dues paying member. We would never stack up a bunch of guests just because we could. It would reflect poorly on the club. It's not even in the realm of possibility. If they are creating a dual class at the TPC, they shouldn't even bother letting non members play. We asked for a refund, because 1) they wasted our time, and 2) I wasn't going to let them get away with it. I wrote
  11. Hi all, I was at the San Antonio TPC last week and had a very poor experience. Let me explain. We arrived one hour early for a late morning tee time. At the pro shop we paid $640 for two greens fees which included a cart and range balls. The first thing to rub me the wrong way was that they segregated the driving range. Non members were asked to hit from an area wholly separate and honestly, so far away from the member's range, it felt insulting. Two, we get to the starter 3 minutes before our tee time which happened to be the same time as another foursome. It turns out, the
  12. you bring up a good point. yes, when I grip too tightly, I hook drives like everyone else. So other than that, I'm not so sure changing to an interlock will help my game. I am under the impression though that it might be the best grip for having small hands. Having an erratic game, yet a near flawless swing. (according to our club pro and teaching pro) has convinced me something must change. On the course or on the range, my outcomes are very consistent, it is mostly good shots interspersed with really bad ones. it makes no sense. I can go to the range and hit ball after bal
  13. we were kids at the time, this what 30 years ago!
  14. The two most dominant players in either the PGA and LPGA (Rory McIlroy Michelle Wei) use the Interlocking grip. The two most dominant golfers of the past 50 years (Nicklaus and Woods) also use the interlocking grip. As a junior golfer, I used to use it, but if I recall, the other golfers at the time dismissed it as a beginner grip. So as a victim of peer pressure, I dropped it and have used a Vardon grip ever since. Being of shortish stature and not very big (5'9" 165) I probably could benefit from a grip that provided more control without having to add pressure. The question is, h
  15. OK, I was a bit unnerved and rude and I apologise- but I find it completely absurd that a 13 handicapper averages 31 putts a round. I've been around awhile and I have never seen anyone but the best golfers average considerably less than 2 putts per hole. I will stand by this. As for the original premise of the thread, the poster wishes to get to single digits and wants to know how to get there with a reasonable amount of effort. I submit that decent golfers (low bogey players like myself) can be more effective shaving strokes practicing putting versus practicing on the range. If
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