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  1. 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.
  2. And it explains the tie-up between Aimpoint and Blast Golf - putting tempo measurement.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. lack of grass driving ranges (in the UK).
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. An example is the guys running the rule over Jordan's swing yesterday. If it was really a simple matter of getting his weight less off his heels, then I am sure he'd have tried that or focused on his form and posture on the range and seen some improvement. I have a inbuilt suspicion now of random golf advice/tips unless you have time to discuss and think about it or you know the author somewhat or can see how it applies to your swing.
  9. I'm better in that I am more capable of hitting the ball better, further and both ways with more regularity but my score has yet to really reflect the strides I have made. The endless search for improvement makes me wonder if I shouldn't just try and play from where I am at for three months and enjoy more consistency and make my HC move quicker but I know I have important things to work on. I'm probably trying to progress like a 15 year old who wants to turn pro instead of a 44 year old with limited time to play and practice.
  10. Just upgraded my irons from RBZ Tours and now have:- Callaway DBD Driver Titleist 915F 4wood Titleist 913 19 Deg Hybrid Mizuno MP-H5 3-4 irons Mizuno MP-25 5-PW Cleveland 52, 56, 60 Scotty Cameron Monterey
  11. It's probably not helped by the fact they film the leaders a lot more exclusively on the live feed. I barely saw Langer hit a ball on Sunday. I'm a bit torn between the annoying jumping around from one putt going in to another going in every 10 seconds, and the desire to see how the best players strategise a shot. TV wants the drama and pressure of Sunday at the top. If they miked up Jordan and Streller so we could get inside the deliberations it may be more interesting (or agonising if he was just faffing around). I don't notice it especially on tv and Spieth generally seems to be trying to get the right picture and making the best decision.
  12. This thread asks some good questions about what then mental game really is. Nerves over the ball to me seems just part of the actual technique/routine of playing of the shot. If I've had a good warm up and just hit 5 solid 3 woods then stepping up to the first tee is not really a particular mental challenge. We clear our minds of all unhelpful thoughts, maybe keep the one that helps us most and swing away. I sometimes struggle with a short game shot if conditions are unusual or its a tricky one. If you flub one or two it feels like a 'mental' issue (bounceback!) but for me it's just essentially just doubts over the technique I'm about to use (lack of warm up or practice is usually the cause). If the mental game is anything distinct I see it as the ability to remove from your mindset the external circumstances of your round and crucially how well you played the last few shots. These are the things that inhibit your usual technique and shot playing if you let them.
  13. I got a hard copy a couple of weeks ago and am enjoying the insights. Its amazing how the common sense isn't that common or how we don't look for it. Very interested in the shot mapping idea and will get up and running with this in the next few weeks so my decision making becomes next to second nature. My buddies aren't used to doing much more than looking for the fairway marker before playing (often into more trouble) so I need to make sure I can get full value. I think it's one of those books you need to go back to ensure you're being effective. Great guidelines for practice. I'm thinking that using game golf might be a good match for this approach.
  14. Unless I have a bad lie, big head wind or protecting a lead with money against my pals I'll go for it. I probably get in big trouble 2/10 times from there.
  15. To play a lot more outside, and to get to single figures.