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  1. All my very best rounds are solo so it would currently be about 3 points difference (11.5 vs 14.5). With mates I find I play 12 holes really well but cough up more shots on the other holes than I would by myself. Largely its adjusting to the differences, helping mates look for balls, tending flags etc and then having to hurry your own shots a bit. It's improving though.
  2. I've got a combo set of MP-25s (PW to 5) and MP-H5s (4-3) and love them. I haven't been through dozens of the newer sets to compare but during fitting I tried a few others in the Mizuno range and the AP1s and couple of Callaways. A combination of being properly fitted and having a nice looking soft iron set as well made as the Mizunos has done the trick for me. The feel is great, the softer feel of the scoring irons progressing to the more solid feel of the longer irons works really well I think and the H5s at the bottom keep that going smoothly. When I first got them I had a distance gap between my 7 iron and my 6 that felt too large but I think that was a swing issue mainly and now its more normal.
  3. Dropped 1.6 as a result of the last round.
  4. My favourite is probably a sawn off lower 52, but might use a 56 or a PW depending on slope, wind and landing spot/roll conditions.
  5. Broke 80 for the first time at the weekend and had no doubles. I can definitely play more holes better than I did but the most surprising part of it for me was no doubles. Even on my bad holes I managed to recover and 2 putt even from 45 ft or so a few times. So I'd say no DB is harder, even on a good round me and most I imagine usually have a few loose holes that cost more than a stroke.
  6. After a hot round I sometimes feel a different pressure when starting the next round, as if I'm suddenly aiming to par/birdie each hole, when for me a great round results from mitigating my bad shots, making good decisions, getting solid contact, missing in the right spot. Particularly notice I'll aim for the flag more when being short on a tricky uphill green is the safer play etc and then curse myself when facing a 35ft downhill putt.
  7. Used it for two rounds now. I keep my putting distances manually so I can adjust the flag position better. I find the stokes gained stats more useful than the ones I get from golfshake, particularly FIR, GIR etc. GG takes into account how much you miss by so you just miss a fairway, it can still show up in your strokes gained, as opposed to just being a miss. Really handy to know where your misses are at the approach distances as well. Find it a breeze to use and enjoy the output.
  8. After a fair bit of practice since January and a bunch of 88s lately, I hit an 82 yesterday. Driving was a big influence, straight and a fair few long ones by hitting the right spots in the sloping fairways. Putting is okay at 31 PPR, although didn't hole anything except a 35 ft monster. Chipping from the greenside rough is costing me from going really low, so hopefully a few nights in the grass this week and weekend can tidy that up! Hcap down to 13.7 now, single figures by end of Sept is still the target but hopefully I can give that a real crack.
  9. Surely you just wait? Hitting into the vicinity of people isn't cool. When you're chipping from around the green or putting and you hear a shot from the fairway coming your way everyone angrily stops until either all that group has finished hitting or you know that they've seen you and no-one else is hitting in.
  10. And it explains the tie-up between Aimpoint and Blast Golf - putting tempo measurement.
  11. I went to the new Aimpoint speed control sessions the other day. Has helped me immensely in what was occasionally a costly weakness for me. Three putted once in my two rounds since and has given me more confidence in my putting generally.
  12. In all honesty the best tip I've ever had was "keep your head down", from dozens of well-meaning people when I started out. A short trial and error and a bit of proper research showed me how wrong most "tips" are for one individual. It was then that I decided to listen to more helpful people, otherwise I'd still be trying to improve -tip of the month-style.
  13. lack of grass driving ranges (in the UK).
  14. Played with two pros last week. What was most noticeable was (i) the speed at which they played, straight over the ball and gone (ii) distance wise they weren't amazing but hitting fairways and into greens, chipping close etc seemed second nature. One was more aggressive in terms of tactics, one was completely risk averse.
  15. Is there also an element of amateurs being able to put a band aid on certain issues to minimise the damage until we improve our swing (e.g. short left thumb, grip or stance alignment etc.); whereas a top tour pro wants to regain his best swing and so is more inclined to battle through until he finds it again than apply a quick fix. When I play and I lose my usual shot shape I want to commit and keep playing it and trying to fix the cause, when perhaps from a scoring point of view I should shut down the big miss and battle with what I have. I should add that Jordan did actually club down and was battling a two-way miss at times so even toning it down wasn't working supremely well.