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  1. IF the driver stays in play! and again, ASSUMING the driver stays in play! That's always the trick! To the left are some trees, and another fairway. It's kind of luck whether you have a shot from there, or not, maybe 50-50. Driver brings a fairway bunker on the right into play. There's also one on the left, but it's not really in play, even with 5 wood (which i adjusted strong). My reasoning is that almost any five wood gives me a wedge of some flavor in, which is usually a pretty reasonable shot. I'm getting better at the 60 yard type shot, but right now I am almost more comfortable at 90-100. And the 5 wood isn't going into the parking lot. Even if the driver only goes there one in ten times, it's a double, at least, on the first hole, and fighting back (to my current goal of bogey golf) before I'm out of the gate. As it is I almost never have more than bogey, and a fair number of pars. I do expect that I will start hitting driver more on that hole (I do when the tees are near the back of the box), as I get more confident that it is staying in play. The goal here is to shoot 90, which means don't get doubles! If I was aiming at 80 (next year) my strategy might change, as well. Since if I am after 80, I think I need to turn that into a birdie opportunity on a more regular basis. It is possible that my thinking isn't optimal, which makes this kind of thread useful. But right now, it's how I play to get better than 90.
  2. I break 90 now and then, and I think I am starting to notice the commonalities. 1. Don't go OB. Just don't. If it's a reasonable likelihood, think about club choice. I often play a 310 yard hole with OB all the way down the right, and it's the first hole. It's also a little downhill. A bad 5 wood gets me within a 9 iron or less, a good one a sand wedge, or even lob wedge. I don't need driver on that hole. Without the OB, I think I'd play driver, but first tee, there's just no real benefit. 2. When driver is the club, hit it. Closer is better. But see #1. 3. Get out of the sand in one. To anywhere. Green is better, out is critical. 4. If I'm within 10 feet of the green, I need to be thinking up and down. Won't always happen, but those are important shots. And where I get a lot of my pars, "almost" GIRs. 5. I agree with not trying the hero shot, but not wimping out, either. Know what you can do, and go for it. 6. Three putts are bad, but don't beat yourself up over a three putt from 50 feet. (Actually don't beat yourself up over anything, let it go, and move on.) 7. I have found in my best rounds, I block out a lot of the noise. Take a breath before each shot. Focus. Not every second, but in the time around the shots. 8. If something feels wrong, back off. The grass grabs on the backswing, stop! It should not happen a lot, but once your head is unhappy, bad things are in store. 9. Be aggressive, but not stupid. If you can carry 220 on your best shot, and you need 210, don't do it. I think you need to have a 80 or maybe even 90 percent probability of success. The two shots that failure is likely to cause eat into your margin pretty quickly.
  3. I was thinking of learning to live on his own (or closer to it), plan his day without someone doing it for him, learn when to practice, and when to lay off. There are college players as good or better than he is, on any given day. His stats (in a previous post) show that he still has plenty to learn. I'm a bit concerned that going all in at 17 could be asking for burnout at 20. The other thing that I was thinking is that a lot of golf is confidence, and between the ears. What happens if he can't make a cut? Can't get into tournaments? It would seem that every week the confidence goes down, just making it harder to move forward. All my skepticism aside, I wish him well.
  4. I would like to see him make it, and perhaps he will, but I don't think he is really ready. It seems to me that the really young players who come out playing well beat everyone at their level and beat a lot of players at the next level, more or less playing out of their league. Tiger certainly did that, and he still went to college. Speith, again, incredibly talented, went to college. Rahm, college. There are always exceptions, but I don't see his resume as suggesting that he is better than those guys. I think what he would have learned in college for a year or two, about golf, life, and himself, would have been a great benefit to him. I think the jumped the gun, perhaps got bad advice, who knows? It will be interesting to see.
  5. The problem with not having to sign the correct card, as I see it... Not every competition has the players being observed, and the scores being counted, by multiple people, and then entered into a computer that can check for accuracy. Not every competition even has the scores in a computer with a chance to prompt for a check. Not every opponent/marker is always paying attention to everything the other player is doing. If they are off in the trees on opposite sides of the course, our pace of play sensibilities are going to kick in, right? All of that said, there is an opportunity to make a double check. Before you sign, you think to yourself, "I'm getting ready to sign my card, I should double check it." From what I have heard, it's a mistake that is rarely made a second time.
  6. Never. I'm not good, but I don't cheat. When the rules allow, of course, "abnormal course conditions". But I hit off of desert, rocks, cart paths (if the drop would be worse that the original spot). If it's too bad, it's a stroke for unplayable, since it's, well, unplayable. I've hit a few really good chips off cart paths, it makes you focus on ball first, for sure! I used to carry a "desert club" for that sort of thing. Now I usually use my oldest wedge, I know I'll replace it if I hurt it too badly, but scraping the cart path on a chip really isn't hurting it.
  7. I don't often get a picture, but I've seen javalina, a wild turkey, rattlesnakes, jackrabbits, coyotes, a bobcat, roadrunners, red tail hawks, hummingbirds, and of course lots of other birds (my favorite being the vermillion flycatcher), and of course squirrels and plain little bunnies. My son rolled a ball into a jackrabbit in the middle of a fairway, it didn't really react. And the only time he's ever stopped me mid backswing was for the bobcat crossing the fairway. One course I play has some more domesticated wildlife over a fence, a loud rooster, goats, pigs, and other "urban farm" animals.
  8. It's more likely that he won't make a cut than he will, but he certainly could. Did he get a little lucky to be 2 under? Probably, but what player ever played a good round without a little luck? The other thing is that in his Tour starts he seems to be trending upwards. Small sample, for sure, but it's all we've got. Things he has going for him: He is certainly athletic enough. He is clearly a good golfer. He has as much time as he chooses to have to work on his game, and the word is that he is doing a lot of that. I would expect he would have access to almost any instructor/coach he would like. He's probably going to get better. He has performed in front of bigger crowds than he'll ever see in golf, so each time out he should be more comfortable. Things he has going against him: He is years behind the best players in working exclusively on golf. (But to make the cut, he doesn't have to beat all of them). And, he was good at throwing an interception at the wrong time. (I couldn't help myself!) Do I think he will? No, I don't. But the folks that put up the money to hold a tournament can certainly give him an exemption, if they think the publicity pays off for them, and I expect that last week it did.
  9. I believe that in is "better" for sure. But, for me, inside of 8 feet or so (when the hole is in my field of view as I putt), I like it out. I find that my hands seem to try to hit the parts of the hole not guarded by the stick, which makes the holes two little slivers! so the issue for me isn't that the stick rejects my putt, so much as my stupid hands won't let me hit it. I'm sure I could practice my wa out of that, eventually. Also needs to be out when the shadow is on the line and the wind is making it move around.
  10. This sounds kind of familiar! I am not a good golfer, but I have been at it for years. Every now and then, out of the blue, I will feel like I am swinging at the ball with garden implement. I can't feel the club, I have no idea where it is, and just hitting the ball is a success! Fortunately, the feeling doesn't usually last more than a week or two. Though I did put anything longer than a 7 iron in the doghouse a few summer ago!
  11. jlbos83


    I've seen bobcats in town in Tucson, in more suburban neighborhoods, and on at least one golf course. I've seen pictures of a family of then on a coworker's wall around their yard. Never even occurred to me that they needed trapping! The most interesting one was when my son said "Stop!" in the middle of my backswing, and he NEVER does that! Maybe 125 yards out, there was a bobcat meandering across the fairway.
  12. As far as tour players are concerned, they are all pretty darned good putters to begin with. And some probably use the principals without saying it, they are learning something in their stalking the green before they putt. And their green books are giving them a lot of info. So I don't think their results are necessarily that important. And it's a very small sample size. On the other hand, if a "poor" putter moves up to "not quite as poor" after using it, that seems like a success, as well. I wouldn't be worried about making the putts, certainly not at first. But getting the ball significantly closer to the hole would be nice.
  13. I do not use it, but I am tempted to get the DVD. Hopefully the chemo induced neuropathy in my feet won't render the concept useless. The cons I see being mentioned see to me to apply as much or more to traditional green reading as to Aimpoint. No matter how you read, you need to have a feel for the speed, and you need to "know" the break. Then you have to put the two together, and decide where to aim, and how hard to hit. And I know that I have played courses where the surrounding topography totally destroys my ability to "see" the break. And I am sure that if I can learn to "feel" it, that will be more accurate. For me just that would be success.
  14. I would like to think that there are courses for everyone. I always wear a collared shirt, and I usually (unless, perhaps, I wasn't planning on golf) stay away from cargo shorts, though I wear shorts most of the time. We have a Thursday afternoon league in the summer, it's usually somewhere between 95 and 105. I wear lightweight trousers to work those days, and it's really not that bad. By flaw is that I don't like to tuck my shirt in. I know it would look better if I did, but shape does not let it work very well. Not huge, but a tummy! I wear XL, L would work, but usually they are not long enough. So I end up with a big of a baggy, hanging over the tummy, shirt. All of that said, if I was to play somewhere that requested tucked shirts, mine would be tucked, and it would not offend me. Though keeping it tucked might keep me busy! I kind of like the idea that we try to keep some of the principals of the old traditions alive, if modified as times have changed. In golf we try to show respect to the course, and to our fellow players, and dressing "appropriately" helps a bit. But that doesn't stop me from happily playing with folks in jeans and a tee shirt.
  15. A course I play regularly has added a large area of sizable rocks along the base of a hill next to a boundary fence, parallel to a hole. The area isn't irrigated, so here in the desert it was lightly vegetated scrub. I believe the rock was added to stop erosion from washing the "soil" under the fence, and onto the adjoining property. This would happen during a heavy monsoon storm, the water would just run off the hill. I would not call it a water course, it isn't contained, it's just runoff. The area shouldn't be in play, but, well, let's just say it can be hit! I assume it's an immovable obstruction, it's manmade, isn't a water course, and isn't movable. It's probably 30 feet wide, so the drop is back a bit to not be closer to the hole. The biggest problem is finding the ball in the light colored rocks (or down in them, in which case it's not likely) without breaking your ankle. Since it's next to OB, you are best off to play a provisional to be covered when you can't find it. You can't have any certainty about where the ball is since the are isn't visible from the tee, and is against the OB fence.
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