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  1. There really should be no pain or discomfort from a good grip so I only asked all those questions because I did not know what you were doing to cause the issue. The interlocking grip is just as acceptable as the typical Vardon grip (or overlapping,) and lots of younger players use it. It is a common bromide that smaller hands tend to work well with the interlocking grip. I still think most golfers prefer the overlap just to unify the hands closer together. Which ever grip you use, favor having the fingers more angled down at address. This causes a slight and natural arching of the wrist w
  2. It is impossible to discuss your grip because we don't know what the adjustment you made is. Can you describe you lefthand grip in more detail, or better yet a picture. Pointing the V formed by the index finger and thumb to your right shoulder is typically a stronger grip position, but your grip depends on many things. A strong versus neutral grip has little to do with actual strength or how your ultimate ball flight will turn out. Where is the heel pad of your left hand? How much into the fingers is your grip? Do your have a gap between your index finger and your thumb or is it squeezed
  3. Welcome Texas Golfers... Glad ot have you.
  4. Arnold Palmer, because he was gracious and friendly when I asked for his autograph. Did not expect him to stop and sign, but he did with a smile.
  5. The advantages of a private club are many: rounds under 4 hours, generally better conditions on the course, especially the greens -- people seem to care for their course because they will be playing there a lot, and sometimes there are especially good pros. The disadvantages are higher expense (typically.) Some private clubs tend to cater to single digit handicaps, some to members who demonstrate a love and knowledge of the game, and some just because you live within a development, and yes there are some who appear to have a level of snobbery -- but I have not really encounter that in a few
  6. Four hours per round... That is an unhurried pace that most should be able to adapt too. On tour, penalty shots and fines ensue and during public play, marshalls escort the players off the course if not playing to a four hour pace -- after one warning. Taking longer than that is due to an ingrained habit of not paying attention to playing along using common sense and courtesies toward other golfers. It is really not hard to play in four hours, no matter the slope and degree of difficulty. Move up a tee and pick up your ball if you cannot play out in at least triple or quadruple bogey. I'
  7. Byron Nelson was the game's ultimate gentleman and a personal hero of mine. It was at this tournament before his death that he was kind enough to pose for a picture with me. I still have it and treasure the time talking with him. He was like talking to a member of the family he was so interested and genuine. I am always happy to watch his tournament. I enjoyed Ben Crenshaw's tribute to Nelson on the golf channel as well. Few people know all the kind things Byron Nelson did, and I surely do not but I know of some of his contributions and he was truly a special man. Plus, tonight the Rang
  8. 9.5 if its a 911, but 7 if a Boxster, only 5 for a Cayenne. Add half a point to any of them if you pronounce it with an "uh" at the end of the name (rather than the one syllable version)
  9. Six under 66 on a tour course from the pro tees, i.e., the tips.
  10. Pretty much the same workout every time, been doing these for years, specifically for golf. 1. 10 minute treadmill warm-up to get heart rate up. Never stretch before heart rate is up. Something to do with synovial fluid in tendon sheaths I am told. 2. Immediately take BP and heart rate, then weigh on scales -- today I was 111 over 75 after treadmill warm-up. Heart rate gets to about 125 or so. 3. Lay on back, rope on ball and toes of foot, pull upright to stretch hamstring and calf -- both sides -- one minute each. 4 Sideways push-ups of hips while laying sideways on el
  11. I echo the Aviara recommendation. Good track.
  12. I understand and agree with the points made, but I still think first time or infrequent players are going to make miss-reads that seasoned, every day Augusta caddies would not. Everyone has the charts and knows the low point of Rae's Creek, but there are putts that simply defy and suspend your sense of sanity. Usually the read might be correct as to direction of break, but the not always, and there are a lot of miss-reads that are associated with the increase or decrease of speed as the break kicks in. We have all seen putts break late, then take off down a slope. I think no matter the rea
  13. Not too long ago, Players at the Masters used local Augusta National caddies. That meant the players would typically have a caddy that knew the putts perfectly, Then at some point, the regular tour caddies became the norm and one seldom sees a local caddy any more. They are still there of course, toting bags every normal day. I wonder about that because the local caddies work as a team under a senior caddy who knows the greens with precision. Anytime a caddy mades a questionable read, it is like a special called meeting of the UN committee on international affairs. The caddies gathe
  14. First some assumptions... Assume you are naturally long off the tee, assume you are a very good putter, and assume you have played under pressure at serious golf tournaments. Add to that a scratch or near scratch handicap on a course or courses that are serious tracks. If you have all that then how well you would play at Augusta National becomes a question of how well you can follow the exact instructions of the local caddies. They know when an extra club is needed, they know the putting lines and more importantly where you should think you are putting your ball to stop (which is not where
  15. Well, two days in and numbers 9 and 18 are the killers. The back pin on 9 makes it really tough because the angle into the green is over bunkers to a narrow area, or if the player bails out right off the tee, it means a long, long approach. 18 with soft fairways means long irons into a bear of a green, with the pin close to the right side (which is normally the easy pin location.) You go right or into the right trap and you change to playing for bogey -- forget par.
  16. Thank you for this. I had not seen it before so it was a great treat. The Byron Nelson clip was also quite a nice one.
  17. I think the great thing about the Masters is the same thing that might be an issue with the PGA -- and that is the Masters sort of does things its own way. The PGA does not control the Masters, but seems to happily co-exist. As long as the Masters is conducted with such class and with such reverence for tradition, I don't think the PGA would want a show down with Augusta National Golf Club. Plus, the Masters invites great players from around the world, the best amatuers, and has a qualifying set of conditions for everything. Some things are best left to be managed locally and the Masters i
  18. I do not know why, but the PGA has never quite resonated with me as a major on par with the other three. So I would be fine with a replacement major for the PGA that is a true world wide event hosted by different venues around the globe and a production of all the various tours -- but a bit more encompassing than the Players Championship. It might even require two weekends so that a large field could be assembled and then qualified for the final weekend. Almost sounds like an every year Olympics just for golf. No matter how hard the PGA has tried, the Players as it is, has not quite made t
  19. Some clubs are closed on Monday, but not all. Either way, as has been observed, usually play resumes the first normal day after the tourney ends. One of the shocking things you see immediately after a tournament is just how much damage is done to the turf by the gallery foot traffic, heavy equipment, and, as you might expect since pros are proficient at hitting to the desired landing areas, divots all clustered around the best places. And it is much worse if there has been wet weather during tournament week. It is almost heart breaking to see fairway crossings turned into mud pits but it h
  20. I do not find it surprising Butch would coach Tiger, taking him on at his own risk. My surprise is that Tiger left Butch.
  21. Classic swings: Tom Purtzer, Steve Elkington, Greg Norman, Tom Watson Modern swings: Rory Mcilory, Gary Woodland, Adam Scott, Kyle Standley, Nick Watney
  22. Great post WUTiger. I had not thought about mentioning the different bounce options for sand wedges but indeed I do have two sets of Cleveland sand and lob wedges just for courses with different traps which favor more or less bounce. However, as time marches on, I have sort of changed my attitude about that and make a swing adjustment for trap shots from different types of sand. So I am still firmly in the camp of 14 clubs, but do think the conditions might favor one set of choices over another. There are courses where a 5 wood might be preferrable, for example.. The idea of buying
  23. Number 12 is getting a lot of notice for good reason. The green moves away from you on the right side, so a pin on the left is a lot closer than a pin on the far right (some Nicklaus par threes have this design feature) -- except the green is very narrow so the closer left pin always gets a lot of shots just over the green. A strong draw is not the shot for this hole. The chip back is not easy and you might get close to an unplayable in the steep rough at the back of the green.. The heart breaker is a right pin when the wind knocks your ball down or balloons it up. The ball just does not
  24. Wind blowing like crazy... 3 iron stays in bag. Calm day, the hybrid takes its place. In between... the course determines the choice. Still carry fourteen clubs either way.
  25. I would agree and disagree. The talent level of golfers is higher than ever, they have optimized their swings and skills to the equipment of today. But... the golf ball and the clubs, especially the shafts, have changed the game completely. Doral a monster? Hardly, when compared ot where they were driving the ball years ago. The same thing happened in tennis when high tech tennis rackets replaced wood. Some artistry and shot making went out, but power and athletic ability went way up. We are not going to change the march of technology, but I do wish the great golf courses of tradi
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