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  1. Hands down I would rather chip. Scarily enough, I can control distance a lot better with my PW than my putter. Of course, there are the odd days when my putter clicks, but generally the PW is better
  2. 1) Not focusing on every shot on every hole. This leads to bad shots that I don't need 2) Not fueling up with food and water when needed to prevent me making a mess of shots and holes cos I am hungry and dehydrated
  3. I don't understand how hard it is to compare the score for 18 holes with your scorecard against what you noted down. In most cases they are single digit numbers, not something with 9 or 10 digits where I could understand somebody overlooking or making a mistake of one digit in-between. If you are unable or unwilling to do that, you deserve every penalty coming your way. When you sign a scorecard, you are asserting that you read it and the details are correct.
  4. Well, I don't like beer. So, for me, there is never too early a time for whisky ✌️
  5. My favourite driver and probably club to this day is my Cleveland Hi-Bore driver which my dad is using these days. It was by far the most forgiving and accurate driver I have ever hit. The specs probably suited me. That club will stay in rotation for me once my dad stops playing.
  6. I am guessing that he has been on a fairly intense regimen and is probably due to bulk up a little and decided to use the timing to generate some hype for his name and game. A massive PR stunt. Nothing else 🤷‍♀️
  7. It all depends on the yardage gaps with your current clubs and whether the new club will help that. WRT to hybrid vs fairway wood vs long iron, it all depends on your game and swing. All might achieve similar distances but depends on how you can hit them. As suggested by @Vinskearlier, hit all the options you want and then decide. Don't look at length only. Accuracy and grouping also matters
  8. This is an exception though. It is simply because as a kid he had a 3 iron only, and had to figure out how to play all shots with it. I guess some of the modern pro's can do that, but very few indeed. Reminds me of a story I read. Seve was a young pro and was in the practice green area playing bunker shots. Think Jack or maybe Arnie was in the same tournament and practicing. He bet the guy that he could hit his 3 iron out of the bunker closer than the pro hitting his SW. He happily took the bet and hit first. A couple of feet. Was happy with the result. Seve proceeds to hit closer with the 3 iron. Then asked him if he wanted to go double or quits. I think Jack/Arnie just said hell no and paid up and never bet him on bunker shots again 😁
  9. At their talent level they could probably play 3 clubs and still break par. Reminds me of a story a friend told me. He was at some pro tournament and managed to watch them practicing at the range. Lucky to get to talk to one of them and asked him something like what his 150 yard club was (probably a PW for him). The pro pulled three clubs at random (something like 3, 6 and 9), dropped three balls and hit them to within a yard of each other. Then he turns to my friend and says, I don't look at distance. I look at the type of shot I need to hit and then pull a club accordingly 😲
  10. I got coaching when I was about 12 or so and been playing on and off ever since then. I have always had a 'flying elbow'. It seems to work for me, though I do hit quite a few fades (coming over the top). But when I get everything right, the flying elbow does not affect my accuracy or distance. Don't worry so much about it if you have the line and length down pat
  11. Depends on my day. Certain days none at all, certain days a couple. I picked 1-2 cos that would probably be the average. The funny thing is I probably lose more good and new balls than old ones 🤷‍♀️
  12. That sounds interesting. I think I have a 1-iron laying around the house. Maybe I should experiment with that club and see what happens 👍
  13. Not true. Unless somebody like JB or Ben Crane is in the 2 ball, they will probably be faster than the 3 ball. Which means you will be playing at the pace of the 3 ball in front of you rather than the 5 ball. Which will make your game quicker
  14. I used to be able to hit my 3 and 4 iron very well indeed. However, as I have aged, and my swing speed has reduced thanks to weekly golf at best, I have replaced the two irons with a 4 hybrid. Much easier for me to hit. In fact, it has become my default club off the tee where the driver is too long or too risky. Hybrids are a brilliant club, the only issue being hitting a low, stinger type shot, is very difficult. For that I am now forced to rely on my 5 iron, though I may well end up gaming the 3 or 4 iron specifically for that shot if the 5 doesn't work properly. At the end of the day, as I age, I will inevitably get more hybrids in the bag, provided vitamin M permits it.
  15. Simple. Human beings are competitive by nature and we always want to see the best rise to the top and win. Easy courses do not allow that. A not so great player can win because eagle is difficult and birdie is manageable for most. True competition is when good players win on difficult courses
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