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About onkey

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  1. In my mind, there should never be a time when somebody in the group is not in their shot sequence. Even if everybody is walking to the next tee or to their next shot, whoever is due to hit next should already be aware that they are up and they should be able to roll right into their process. And whoever is due to hit next should be in their pregame, ready to start their sequence as soon as their clock starts. There is nothing more frustrating than to be behind a group that has nobody in front of them, yet nobody is doing anything related to hitting a golf ball. There is plenty of time to have a conversation, mark your golf balls, send a text message, balance your checkbook, etc., when you are waiting for others to complete their shots.
  2. I would love to join the group. I'd prefer 9:15, but will try to secure a kitchen pass for either time.
  3. 1st generation kindle - I've logged thousands of hours reading that thing and it keeps chugging along (even though my kids have put some serious scars on it) Zojirushi bread maker - I will never buy a loaf of bread from a store again Vibram shoes - Years of running in agony are a thing of the past J.A. Henckel knife set - I spend a lot of time in the kitchen and good quality knives are a must Hoover Carpet Cleaner - kids and dogs!
  4. I don't know much about your game, but you could even consider getting a single lesson on the short game. While short game improvement may not yield as many strokes gained as improving your long game, it is usually the easiest facet of your game to upgrade (one lesson could make an immediate impact).
  5. A lot of my blowup holes stem from me trying to do something that is too risky. I'll have a chip from heavy rough that requires me to carry the ball 20 yards, land on a blade of grass on the fringe and then roll out 10 feet to the hole--so I chunk or blade it and end up having another difficult chip that I probably will screw up as well (and again, and again...). I find that I have the same problem getting out of jail/trees/heavy rough and often try to pull off a shot I don't have in my bag instead of taking the safe way out. However, when I am in the right mindset, I keep in mind that priority #1 is to GET THE BALL ON THE GREEN/FAIRWAY. Suddenly the target is far more achievable and the damage is controlled.
  6. As has been mentioned in many other threads, you probably should get a professional to look at your swing. The majority of the time when we "figure something out" at the range, it is not a move in the right direction. For the same price that you'd pay to play a round of golf, you can get a professional to analyze your swing and provide advice that would probably get you on the right track.
  7. Oh, don't get me started on how I keep my golf balls in check! Those jerks require extensive attention to keep them under control (verbal bashing, refusal to clean, solitary confinement in the "stupid ball" pocket, banishment to the shag bag/lake/corn field).
  8. I usually give my 3 wood one opportunity to impress me for the day. If he fails me, he stays in the bag with his head cover on, in the position of shame for the rest of the round.
  9. I've played Emerald Greens 3 times, but each was for the Boots on the Green event they have every year. We always play from non-standard tees for that and I would love to play the course from more appropriate tees. Gateway National is fun but can be pricey and hard to get a decent tee time on the weekend. A bit of an unusual choice for a beginner--did it beat you up?
  10. Each time it has been a set of 3 lessons and they have essentially flowed where I get my first lesson, work on it for 2 weeks, get the second lesson, work on it for a month, then get the 3rd lesson. After that I work and play my way through the changes until I feel I've reaped the full benefit (usually 1-2 years) and then I go looking for another instructor (I'm in the military so I've usually moved on by that point). The first set showed me that athletic ability was the only reason why I could carry an 18 handicap because my technique could not have been more flawed. It took me 6 months to make the changes I needed from that. The next set was focused on eliminating the flip and I found that I was over-swinging and had to learn what a full swing felt like (feel is never real). This set gelled pretty quickly. Unfortunately my instructor wasn't really advanced in his skills and he didn't have much more to offer. My next set was with a far more advance teacher who got my swing on a better plane and got rid of a lot of extra/useless movements in my swing. This set of lessons produced significant results in power and accuracy, but have been the hardest to implement. The only reason why I have stopped my lessons with this instructor is because he has moved away. I feel I am ready for more, but I haven't found an instructor who I feel I can work with yet.
  11. I only got down to about an 18 with my self-taught swing. My first lessons got me down to the 12-14 range, my next set of lessons got me down to about a 9 and my last set of lessons have got me to where I am now. Each set of lessons were followed by a time where I really struggled and then the benefits started to show up after a few months. Swing changes require faith (you have to trust and believe in them), work (repetition is the only way to instill new muscle memory), and time.
  12. Cutting from a 12 to a 6 is no easy feat and if you plan on doing it solely by investing more of your time into golf, you will probably come away disappointed. If you truly want to make that kind of improvement, my suggestion is to find a good instructor to help.
  13. 1) It took me 2 rounds to make it an unconscious part of my routine 2) It's very easy. The editing only takes me about 3-5 minutes on a computer that cooperates. 3) It's part of my pre-shot routine, but if I think I may have missed a tag, I will tag again after the shot. I "think" I miss far more tags than I actually do--except I almost always forget to tag from a bunker.
  14. I also concur that a 60 degree may not be the right choice. I took my 60 degree out of the bag 4 years ago and have never regretted it. You are hitting your AW and PW far enough to generate the spin you are looking for (stop/drop), what kind of ball are you using? A urethane cover may help you out with this. Also, have you might want to take a look at this thread--it helped me immeasurably with my approaches from within 120 yards: https://thesandtrap.com/forums/topic/77861-how-to-hit-partial-wedge-shots-learn-your-tweener-yardages/?page=1
  15. Short par 4s. They are usually high risk/reward and there is no guarantee that it will turn out well. They usually have difficult greens that require a precise approach to give a legitimate birdie chance. Most courses have one and they can either make the game seem easy or frustrate the heck out of you.