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  1. My usual golfing haunt has advised 2 of the 3 courses are open for play. Just pay online or via phone. Obviously restrictions are in place regarding flagsticks and rakes but other than that people are welcome to play. I would love to get some play in but not sure I will. Will stick to chipping and putting and hittng foam balls in the garden till further notice.
  2. Public Health England have said outdoor pursuits that dont involve large numbers of people are fine as being in the fresh air (providing you are feeling well and dont have covid-19) is the best place. Things like running/jogging, cycling, fishing and golf, amongst others, are fine providing you dont celebrate by "shaking hands or hugging". Never celebrated making a par with a hug before so i should be ok
  3. I hope it wont however not being able to play for a few weeks is pretty insignificant compared to staying healthy. I wont lie and say i'm not worried as I am a little. My parents are both 75 and look after my kids after school two days a week so i worry about them but they seem unflustered about it all. I have kidney disease so im slightly more at risk than a healthy person but less at risk than those with respiritory issues. They do say that in 99% of those who get it they will have a mild to moderate case of covid-19. All the deaths in the UK have been patients with serious underlying health conditions. Still not helping my anxiety much though
  4. Looking at trying the Wilson DX2 Optic in yellow or Neon green.
  5. Forget the camera phones, just strap a GoPro to your head then you can watch and film (and look like a tosser )
  6. Yep, he used to drink bottles and bottles ok Coca-Cola every day.
  7. Well I can confirm @Nett Swingis a brave man for playing golf in the north of England in October with one shoe . Heck, playing with 2 shoes in a wet October in the north takes balls of steel
  8. This is something i have been wondering about. My Srixon irons are graphite but by my 52,56 and 60 are all steel. Not sure if any advantages would outweigh the extra cost?
  9. When you get asked to do jobs around the house or do the shopping, make sure you do such a terrible job you dont get asked again. Once this is done wait until your wife/partner is about to do said job then offer to do it. After a short while you'll be told to clear off somewhere you cant cause any problems (e.g. the golf course)
  10. The course I often play had boxes on each tee filled with sand. Pro shop said they used to be a mixture of sand and seed to repair divots but they noticed alot of people using it on par 3's to tee the ball up with like "the olden days".
  11. This is great advice. One of the things the Pro recently advised me to do was this. I was over coiling causing me not only pain but crap contact. Looking at those "half swings" they really weren't. I often see guys at the range overswinging by miles.
  12. Had a read of that. Thing is if you read their 2019 ball test: https://mygolfspy.com/most-wanted-golf-ball/ They say, and i quote, "A soft ball is a slow ball; it’s that simple. If you are playing a “soft” golf ball, it’s probably costing you distance off the tee (unless you swing under 85 MPH) and spin around the green". Its hard to know who or what to believe. One person says a swing below 95mph wont be able to compress a higher conpression ball, another is saying you'll lose distance with a low compression ball. Buying golf balls has turned into a bit of a minefield lately. Looking on the Decathlon website (they sell the Inesis balls) the 3 they offer are: Distance 100 - 95 compression Soft 500 - 65 compression Tour 900 - 90 conmpression. Reviews have been positive on all 3 balls with MGS rating the Tour 900 highly, Golf Monthly saying the Distance 100 performed suprisingly well for a 2 piece distance ball and a decent online review on the 500 soft. Tempted to get a dozen soft and a dozen distance an test them tbh.
  13. Hi all, Does anyone have any experience with the Wilson DX2 range of balls? I'm looking at moving to a softer ball (in yellow, crap eyesight!) and can pick these up for about £14 a dozen. Thing is the compression is 29!! I have an average swing speed (90mph or so with driver) so not sure if these would be too soft. Other options are the Taylormade project (S) at £17 or the Inesis 500 soft at £14. At what swing speed do low compression golf balls become negative on a persons game (if at all)?
  14. Exciting times for space exploration. One thing that made me smile was when NASA announced the Orion spacecraft. Essentialy a larger, 5 crew version of Apollo (controlled by what looked like Ipads!). Back to the moon in no time. My 6 yr old was doing a project about space before christmas so I had fun going through my old space books with him.
  15. Welcome to TST. You'll find this a very friendly place (even from Town fans like myself !!). Maybe start a my swing thread as there are members here who really know a thing or two about the swing who should be able to help you out. Up the Town!!!
  16. Providing he can stay healthy I reckon 2-3 wins and possibly one major. I wouldn't even mind if he won the Open for his major.
  17. I think I quit after every round. My retirement from golf usually lasts around a day or two
  18. Yeah, I can do the 18 miles in about 30 mins, British motorway traffic permitting.
  19. I really need to play more golf. Due to illness last year I played about 3 rounds of golf . I spent a lot if time practicing although I struggled with the full swing due to my condition even looking at the Jim Venetos swing, it's viable, it stopped me from experiencing pain in the kidneys but knackered my left hip. A chat with a local pro got me sorted out and so far (touch wood) I'm hitting well with no kidney pain thanks to a more efficient (and less violent, pain inducing) swing (still think JV is good for certain golfers). Its a fade rather than a draw but i'll take it. Short game is bob on and putting is good so a few more range sessions, wait for the weather to get better then i'm hoping to hit the courses hard this year. My 6 yr old son got a new set for Christmas so we'll be out together a lot too i hope.
  20. I have been looking at ways to play golf for less and realised if I book online using Golfnow I can play my usual course for at least £7 less than i would normally and a local championship course for around £20 on a weekend. Compared to booking over the phone its so much cheaper (the championship course is double the price when booking direct). As i can book up to 6 days in advance I have now so many more affordable courses I could play. The only question is how far to go for 18 holes?. For me Leeds is about 18 miles away and is do-able without taking the wholw day up. How far would you travel to play golf (just a normal everyday course for everyday players)?.
  21. I used to be too competetive. Probelm was I'm not a great golfer but still found myself trying to compete with mates who were properly good. Hitting 9 iron to that 150yd par 3? I'll hit the same, all that sort of stuff. Result? Frustration at not being able to match them. I've since learned to play my own game. If they hit 9 iron on that par 3 what does it matter if i hit a 7 as long as i get there. As I'm not a long hitter i've worked on my short game to help out when i'm short of the green and my putting is good. Now, play for the fun of it, ignore what they are doing and play my own game. I often find that i can stay with them as by not trying to compete with them really gets in their heads and messes them up. If you cant beat them....play mind games and watch them implode
  22. For me it has to be bombing a drive off the tee only to fat it 20 yards with your 2nd shot!. Normally happens after a playing partner declares your drive was "Shot of the day".
  23. Most courses have the foot golf "greens" off the fairway short of the green but the little par 3 is mainly for footgolf these days.
  24. Welcome to TST. When i started i was lucky to be loaned a set of irons (old dunlops) that got me going. Since then I always bought used clubs and there is nothing wrong with used clubs (or budget clubs) when you are starting out. Last year i had my first custom fitting and got fitted for Srixon Z155 with reg graphite shafts and absolutely love them. I got them for £279 fitted as they were overstock (but brand new) clubs. Dont spend too much to start with as there is nothing worse tthan spending hundreds of £/$ on clubs to find you dont like golf. Have a look at the package sets where you get either a half set or a full set as these are good enough to get you started but dont cost the earth. Other options are second hand but make sure you get them from a reputable seller (such as a pro shop or their ebay shop). If a deal seems too good to be true it usually is so stay clear of the year old Taylormade's for $100 . Whatever route you choose just make sure your #1 goal is enjoyment.
  25. My eldest son started getting into golf when he was 4 years old (now 6, nearly 7). I got him putter, SW,7, hybrid and driver from Sports direct (they were £6 each) in 4-5 year old sizes. He got into it and comes to the range with me whenever i go. He asked Santa for new clubs for Christmas and as luck would have it we, sorry Santa, had a friend who had some 6-8 year old Wilson clubs (PW, 7, Fairway and a putter with a matching stand bag all in really good condition) their son had grown out of. "Santa" gave them £30 for them and my son was jumping round the room when he unwrapped them. Checked on line and a set of wilson junior clubs similar are about £60-£70 new so we got a bargain.
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