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  1. RWC

    First Game Of Season

    Watching snow and ice here in Chicago - hope to be able to start warming up on a simulator next week. Finger's crossed!!
  2. RWC

    What a Great Game

    Congratulations!! Great post - thanks for sharing. Shooting one's age would seem to be the greatest golf challenge I can imagine. I will be 67 this year and like you have played for most of my life. Over the years I've played modern clubs, then became nostalgic and moved to vintage clubs and followed that up with hickories. Now as physical ailments slow the swing speed and flexibility, I've migrated back toward more modern clubs in hopes of getting my index back in single digits.
  3. RWC

    Only Play Half Set of Irons - Better Game?

    I tend to play with 7-8 clubs (hickories, vintage or nearly modern) and like to walk The lighter bag makes it easier on my body to walk and I enjoy trying to manipulate shots as may be required. At 66, my really competitive days are over and I now am just trying to have fun. I understand some players may think this crazy but to each his/her own. I certainly think it helps provide practice in the shotmaking arena.
  4. RWC

    Golf Philosophy… Which One for You?

    As I've aged (66 yrs old) I find that I care less what tee others are playing and instead try to enjoy the round. I don't play much in competition any longer so I tend to play a combination of senior / forward tees which give me a chance to reach all the holes in regulation assuming I hit decent shots.
  5. RWC

    Putting as You Age

    As I've aged and become more of a "pitch and putt for a par/bogie" senior, I've found that my 3-putt rate has declined. Sadly don't have a lot of birdie opportunities now but with decent chipping I'm normally close enough to avoid 3 putts. So age has impacted my putting - just like its impacted every other aspect of my game :-(.
  6. RWC

    What is Holding You Back (In a Few Words)?

    The quality of my swing seems to show up most in my approach shots - thin, pulled, fat.
  7. RWC

    Do You Play with a Phone in Your Pocket?

    My phone is in my bag. I will check it at the turn for any emergency family message and then back in the bag until the round is over.
  8. RWC

    Pulling Irons

    I seem to have this problem when I let the ball creep forward combined with minimal shoulder rotation on the backswing.
  9. RWC

    Walking Golfers?

    Love to walk - most rounds are with a short set and Mackenzie Walker bag. Unfortunately my arthritis doesn’t always share my enthusiasm for walking and on those days I’m stuck either riding or using my push cart.
  10. RWC

    Hickory Golf

    Nice looking putter but if you intend to play in any events conducted under the Society of Hickory Golfers rules, Otey Chrisman putters are typically not allowed. Hickorygolfers.com details the approved clubs.
  11. RWC

    Winter Depression Thread

    Played a quick 9 holes today in Chicago. 42 degrees and light breeze - fantastic for December! Used my hickories and shot a 43 (2 pars and 7 bogeys). Sadly forecast for next 10 days - rain, snow and highs in 30's so not looking good for another 2018 round. Time now to hit Ebay for the magic club to fix my game along with re-reading my various golf books to find the hidden secret to the perfect swing. Another typical "hope over experience" winter in Chicago!
  12. RWC

    Draw vs Fade: Which is Cooler & Reliable

    Whatever is consistent is the coolest. For me its a pull draw - curtesy of an OTT move I constantly have to battle. Tried to move it toward a fade but haven't been able to do so. As long as its constant at least I know I can pretty much ignore the right side of the fairway.
  13. RWC

    Your Golf Game - The Uplifting Topic

    Winter seems to have hit Chicago - light snow yesterday and temps in the 20's this morning. Hope to get a few more rounds in before Mother Nature shuts me down. Hope to pull out my hickories and play few rounds from the the forward tees- have fun and forget to carry a scorecard!
  14. RWC

    What are Your 2019 Golf Goals?

    I started 2018 with a 16 hcp and it looks like the season will end (expecting snow this week in Chicago) with a 13 hcp. For 2019, my goal is to reduce the 13 to a 10 hcp. To do this I need to improve my short game and putting (2018 saw the improvements in driver and hybrids). I also need to get realistic about the tees I'm playing. At 66 with a 75-80 mph swing speed - I need to be playing around 5000 - 5800 yds to have reasonable expectation of being able to reach most holes in regulation - question will be whether my ego can handle this. Guess time will tell!
  15. RWC

    Strong 3 Wood

    I have a Ping G30 14.5 deg 3 wood which I have adjusted to 13.5 degrees. It has a 43 inch senior flex Ping graphite shaft. Due to my slow swing speed ~ 85 mph, I have found this a good alternative to my TM 12 deg driver on days when the fairways are soft. If the course is dry and warm weather - the driver is around 15 yards longer.

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