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  1. Received mine yesterday and it was as easy as they claim to put on. hardest part was finding a small pair of scissors to cut out the individual pieces. 4 leaf clovers look good! Thanks again!
  2. I'll add another thought- It should depend on what you want to do. Get down to a scratch or better, go on the tour, Champions Tour maybe? Then instructors and coaches should be working to get you to make a repeatable, technically sound swing. But if you're looking just to keep a few more drives in the fairway and maybe take a few bucks from your buddies on a weekend, then the instructor should be able to work with YOUR swing WITHOUT major changes. He should know that you don't have 6 hours a day to practice the gain the muscle memories. It might just be a slight change in address, swing plane or something similar. Something that is easy to remember and repeat without thinking about every lesson. You can see the people who take "Lessons"- they stand out in the middle of the fairway making 14 practice swings while checking their foot placement, arm angle, hinge point, etc... drives us nuts. You need to be honest with him/her and be realistic in your goals. Odds are you don't have the time to become a scratch by the end of the summer, but taking 5-6 shots off to nab that nassau off that guy you've been subsidizing for 5 years is something more realistic to achieve.
  3. What golfer in their right minds would want to MAXIMIZE their score? "hmmm, I could make a 4, but I'll go for a 6 instead..." :-D I know what you meant, but that just sounded a bit odd when I read it.
  4. The OP's idea isn't an original idea (no offense). It was actually mentioned a LONG time ago in one of the Golf Magazines, maybe 20 years or something. It was almost exactly what he described. 3 6 irons to a par 5 will usually yield better results for the golfer looking to break 90 or something. Of course, forced carries and the like can mess that up. And the idea was based in course management and to NOT try and impress your buddies with that booming drive that 9 times out of 10 will find a fairway other than the one you're on. Many low handicappers will throttle back on shorter holes to get that good distance for using a full swing with a particular club. 350 par 4 would be a 220 3w leaving a nice smooth 9 Iron for example. Instead of trying to work a half chip/wedge from 60 to 70 yds out if they used a driver.
  5. Sheesh, NOW you tell me... ;-) If he had said that, I would have no problem getting that taken care of...
  6. The BBGPS app does work on Blackberries. It is a basic yardage app with few bells and whistles. BUT, the advantage is you can got to the website and modify the GPS info for your course by adding waypoints. If it IS a dogleg that doesn't have the distance to the corner, you can add that in so the next time you play you will have that info.
  7. I was fortunate to be "a natural". I picked up a 7 iron when I was 12 at the range with my Dad. A few basic tips from him (probably the worst one to give them, but the basics are the basics), and hit my first shot about 135 straight down the middle. Then repeated it a few times. I was kind of hooked. Dad kept me at the range for that year going through all the clubs until I was reasonably proficient to go out with him the following year. Only lessons were a set of Junior Clinics at the local Muni. An hour of instruction and practice, then a few holes with an adult 'instructor' in the group to teach rules and etiquette.I beat him that first time out on a full course and he never did beat me after that. Never shot over 100 either, so I guess I was spoiled there too- my first goal was breaking 90. Did that the next year. Even with the Northwestern "Chi-Chi Rodriquez" forged starter set, my game steadily improved using the same swing with little tweaks learned from those Illustrated Jack Nicklaus paperback books. My swing was like a combo of Fred Couples and Ernie Els; relaxed and loose. That served me well for quite a long time until I took advantage of a promotion for a free 1/2 hr "touch up" with an instructor at a local range. I had a SLIGHT issue of pulling the shorter irons from the 6 iron in- not a lot, but enough to be a bother if the pin was on the left side. It wasn't all the time, so I figured it was an alignment or swing path issue and was looking for a second opinion on what I was thinking. I CLEARLY explained I was happy with my existing game (by now I was maybe a 6 or 7 hdcp), and was just having that one issue. I didn't need a rebuild or overhaul. He said fine, and proceeded to put a bucket of balls down and made me hit a 5 iron... hit it straight and true to 185, several times in a row. "I don't see a problem" well, duh... it's the 6 iron and in that 's the issue. I hit a few 8 irons and sure enough there was a slight pull- about 10-15 yds left of the 140 target. He adjusted my grip and said hit 20-30 with it and he'll be right back. I did and felt very uncomfortable, but I kept at it. By the last few they WERE going a bit straighter but shorter. I figured okay maybe it will just take a few rounds getting the memory in my hands to kick in and the distance will return... I'm STILL waiting for that to happen- that was over 10 years ago. Totally farked up the REST of my game for years. Somewhere in there I completely lost that "natural" swing feel I was gifted with because I was thinking about it. Drives rarely went as long or as straight with the slight draw I had developed. 2 yrs later I was back to a 13 and STILL pulling the short irons. While every once in a while, the old me shows up for a round or two, I'll say something like- "okay, now I think I've got it...", and poof it's gone. Maybe I had developed bad habits compared to the technical, perfect swing they teach today, but they were MY bad habits and they worked for me. They seemed to have been jealous that I would even consider a second opinion and decided to run away and hide. Every so often they tease me me by showing up and then just hide again. I would now like to publicly apologize to my bad habits and ask that they come back so we can have some fun together. I promise to never doubt them again.
  8. I think shouting "Get in the Hole!" at Tiger seems a bit over board. After all, "Getting it in the hole" got him to trouble in the first place. Might have well been shouting "Get a hooker!"
  9. I go to Florida for a week around mid-March. Play 3-4 rds and I'm set for the season. But seriously, after playing for 35+ years, I don't "lose-it" over the winter much anyway. I may play the last round in November (NY/LI) and pick it back up in March or April without losing much of my game. Drives my playing buddies nuts. I might use the putting mat once in awhile to keep the stroke, but don't usually go to the range unless it's really warm enough to enjoy it. When I do go to FL after 3 or 4 months of no golf, It just seems to come back after 1/2 a bucket at the range before I go. I guess I'm lucky and blessed with good muscle memory.
  10. After you get the yardages on your clubs you will then be a bit more experienced and be able to use different clubs for the same yardage or even the same club for different yardages. Based on different winds, pin positions, etc... Knowing the yardage can be good if the pin is stuck right in the middle of the green with no trouble close by. But you need to know CARRY distance and ROLLOUT distance if, for example, the pin is tucked in behind a bunker front right. IF the pin was in the middle of the green 150yds away, a 7 might be the right club. But if it's tucked behind that bunker at 145yds it might still be a 7 iron with a bit of a cut. takes a few yards off but hopefully it will get closer. Same if the pin is in the back left with trouble on the left. Pin might be 155yds, so a 7 with a bit of a draw might get there with some roll. All the while aiming at the middle of the green. Even if you don't get that cut or draw, the yardage will usually be safe if you hit it straight.
  11. [URL=http://thesandtrap.com/image/id/165191/width/1000/height/800][IMG]http://thesandtrap.com/image/id/165191/width/1000/height/500[/IMG][/URL] Because I'm Irish and I could use all the luck I can get...
  12. Believe me, at least give it a try. At 15 shooting in the 80's, you will probably be better than most kids your age. I STILL kick myself 30 years after graduating HS for not going out for the team. It turned out I would have probably been amongst the top players on the team. I was probably shooting around 81 average with the odd 76 or 84. Especially in Senior year I started to pay attention to the scores being shot. Usually 9 hole matches (stroke) after school for normal matches vs. another school, with 18 hole matches (also stroke) for the larger multiple school tourny's. 9 hole scores for the winners were 42 or 43, with the odd 39 tossed in. 18 hole scores would be in the 82-85 range. Easily within my range to at least help the team score some points. Unfortunately, that was before the era of Tiger and Parents getting their kids out there at 3 years old. There are probably quite a few 14 yo in the country who can shoot under par, but their probably not enjoying it if they are told they need to play better if they want to 'get on tour'. Do yourself a favor and talk to the Coach before the tryouts and ask what they are looking for. If you are sincere and want to give the effort you could make an impression on him. But the advantage to trying out and possibly making the team, is that if you make it, you will get practice time and play with others who WAN'T you to get better. Along with some coaching that could be invaluable. And it's probably a bit cheaper than paying for lessons!
  13. I've been playing for 35+ years and have been through all the phases of the game. Finally got to a point that I was comfortable with my 'style' of play. Still beating the pants of my buddies, and MOST of the people I get partnered with when I go solo. But in the last few seasons, I noticed that I was losing yards on my irons. 7 irons stopped going 155-160 and started falling off to the 130-135 yd range. But I adapted as I went and just chalked it up to any excuse I could come up with OTHER than 'getting old'.:-) As the season began, I realized that even in 'getting old', I was still in decent shape and that 135 for a 7 iron was a bit weak (in MY case). I realized that I had become so comfortable in my game I was being lazy. Taking a half-hearted swing at the ball- especially with the irons. I had it in my head not to over swing as most people are instructed. But I was over doing it a bit much. I started by putting a slight forward press before the swing. Same swing, and it helped a bit. Obviously, de-lofting the club a tad gave me a few more yards. I then started by ramping up the swing to the 85-90% range. And bingo, yards came back to the 'normal' range I was so used to a few years ago. There was no "Range work" involved. I just decided to take to the course and see if I could get the old feeling back with some concentration and effort. That's what was so lacking from my game in the last few years. I fell into the "I'm good enough and don't need to think anymore" trap. Yesterday's round kind of put it all together. Taking the time to line up correctly, and making a good swing by 'going after the ball' instead of just swinging through it was a real eye opener. Hit almost all the irons crisp and on-line and pretty true to the yardages involved. Hit more GIR than I can remember in quite a while. Of course when one part of the game turns on, another goes away. Putter let me down, but I know that will come back and I'll make a few more of those next time. So it isn't always about getting those extra few yards off the tee, it's usually about the 6 inches between your ears.
  14. I went from an R7 to a TM '09 Burner and noticed that the Burner didn't seem to have that "POP" that I was getting from the R7. It almost felt like I was hitting a cayman ball or something. Distance seemed to suffer as well. I went back to the R7 and it felt normal. I might give the Burner another shot to see if it was swing related. Not likely as I was alternating drives between the two. my 2 cents...
  15. RayG

    Angry Golfers???

    Intentionally? no, I haven't broken a club that way. Only once did I bend a shaft after a particularly bad shot. I pounded the ground, not terribly hard- with the head of the club. Or at least I thought I was going to. Didn't notice the tree stump. doink... I play with a friend who has a fairly short fuse and has been known to flip clubs and have a tantrum of some kind. I kept telling him, "We're suppose to be having FUN! You're going to go too far and I'll walk back to the clubhouse and wait for you". He always laughed and that would seem to calm him down. Until one day, 2 chili dips and a thinned wedge was the ignition for the fuse. He wound up and helicoptered the club... except not where he was aiming (nothing new there, btw). It flew *just* over my head and dug into the green on the adjoining hole. Fortunately, nobody was there. I walked up to our green, picked up my ball, grabbed my clubs off the cart and started walking back to the clubhouse. Didn't say a word. I could hear the "WTF is he doing? screw him, etc... ". After a few minutes, I was at the green of the next hole and I think he had a minute or two to realize what a pr*ck he was. I think my other buddy had a word with him to say that it wasn't me that was in the wrong- HE was the problem. He finally came up behind me and apologized profusely and he didn't mean to do it, etc... I reminded him that this was exactly what I told him I would do if he got carried away- he just never thought I would follow through. I asked if he fixed the green he just damaged. He hadn't. Told him to go back and fix it and we'll pick up our round on the next tee when he got back. (without holding anyone up, I will add. fortunately there weren't many folks out) He did (my other buddy checked on it), and they came back and we went. I also told him if it happened again, he wouldn't play with me ever again. He got very lucky we were the only ones who saw what happened- If an employee of the course had been there, he would have been kicked off. He has since tempered down a LOT, although he will still flip a club and spout a tirade. Although the volume of the tirade and velocity of the flips are fairly restrained. He won't go out as a single because he knows his temper can be a bit distracting, so he's behaving himself a bit better. We are the only people he goes with so if I stop, his options are severely limited.
  16. Right- it's all about feel and comfort at first.Find something you like the looks of and 'feels' right. Developing the stroke will take some time. Putting is probably the strongest part of my game, and have played some 'challenge' rounds against my friends. They tend to need a fighting chance against me and on the odd 9 hole outing I have to putt with a hammer. Yup, a regular Carpenters hammer. But because my putting is the strongest part of my game, I will still rarely 3 putt and take about the same number of putts as usual. So the moral is that it isn't always the tool, it's the operator.
  17. nothing wrong with no divot on a normal shot. Nicklaus in his heyday barely disturbed the grass. As long as you get clean contact and the flight is good you shouldn't worry. Other types of shots may create a divot, such as some stinger types or punch type.
  18. the simple thing is to look at the LEADING half of the ball. Don't look at where you want to hit the ball, look at the front of the ball or just ahead of that depending on your current state of 'fatness'.
  19. Which is why, the crafty veterans leave their mark behind the ball for as long as possible in windy conditions. Or will not place their ball back until the last possible moment.
  20. RayG

    "Lets GO!!!!"

    After my experiences a few weeks ago with a hacking twosome holding up the whole front nine, I think it's pretty easy to figure out what you can do. I see that in the majority of complains about slow play, there are few mentions of going to the powers that be for the course. I don't mean the 'Club Pro', because a lot of the time the offenders are all buddy, buddy with him(her) and they'll just have a laugh at your expense while playing gin rummy in the clubhouse. Do as I did and complain to the OWNERS or MANAGERS, and say that you will never return unless they clean up their act. A fairly upscale course that we played should have rangers out there and visibly working the groups along. They should also be willing to refund greens fees for those gross offenders after asking them to leave. Trying to squeeze every last drop of money from people's pockets and cramming too many groups out there doesn't help. Making unrealistic tee-off schedules to achieve this is bad management. The first group that has a slight issue with a lost ball backs up groups for the rest of the day. If the owners get enough complaints about it, and with today's social media (like this forum) complaints can't be kept "in house" and swept under a rug. People who don't return don't spend money at your course. So, if you run across some obvious slow play issues, report it- don't just complain to your buddies or on here. Private Clubs will have some kind of committee to get these things taken care of- A friend of my Father's was black balled for quite awhile for doing the Ball Hunt thing along the fairways- he might be in the middle, but he would walk along the edge in the taller grass and woods hunting. He had the longest ball retriever I've ever seen as well, so any lake was another stopping point on the migration. I saw it first hand on a trip to FL a few years ago. We were guests of his. He did his ball hunt as usual and I was TRYING to get him to pick up the pace. Finally, a Ranger came over to talk to him. He came over to us and said; "Looks like you guys have to pick up the pace a bit" :-O He was warned several times and they finally had enough.
  21. I've used a practice routine once in awhile to get myself back into good basics. I would set up in a normal stance, then move my RIGHT foot back as far as is comfortable and maintain balance. (For a right hander. Lefties would move the left foot). Basically, an extreme closed stance. You can't pull across your body and puts the muscle memory back to that inside out in path. A few swings with that, then gradually ease back to a normal stance. Hopefully, the feeling will remain and help keep that correct path.
  22. I will say that that original experience at Wailua wasn't exactly a treacherous course if you missed a fairway, so a stray drive didn't concern me. But I did keep those sprayers to a minimum by keeping my swing a bit more balanced. Even around here, I'll do it at a course I know isn't filled with snakes, etc... Usually a few of the local munis, or 9 holers that aren't overly difficult.
  23. Would you play in bare feet? I came across this on a trip to Hawaii several years ago. I noticed quite a few locals playing sans shoes. I decided, "when in Rome..." I felt it made me more aware of my balance and footwork. Similar to what happens when it's raining or a bit damp. You might throttle back a notch or two and you realize you play better. It certainly helped that day. Then you can try and bring it to your game while wearing the spikes. Since then, I will occasionally get rid of the shoes after the first hole (Starters give a bit of grief when you show up without shoes around here). Even wearing flip-flops once in a while seems to do the trick as well- they're hard enough to walk with on their own! Curious if anyone else has come across this little trick to get back to basics. Downside seems to be you don't always want to go tramping through the undergrowth looking for balls. BUT, if you are playing better, you may not need to, right?
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