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  1. 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.
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    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!
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    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!
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    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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    5 wood vs 3 hybrid

    For me, my 5W is much longer off the tee as compared to the 3 Hy, but from the fairway or rough, I seem to hit the hybrid much more solidly and thus have more consistency and distance. If I m playing a course where I need the 5W for tee shot on a long par 3 - then I will carry it - otherwise, I find myself going to the 3 Hy from fairway and rough.
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    A *Serious* Loss of Distance!

    Using the "shot" function on my Bushnell Ghost, I've been tracking my tee shots this season. My longest for the season 206 - my average is 187. This covers into / down wind as well as dry and damp conditions. On any given round I have recorded as much as 30 yard differences between long/short tee shots for the round. Despite my short length off the tee, my index has dropped for 16 to 13 this year - putting emphasis on better use of hybrids, short game and putting
  7. RWC

    Anyone Just Accept Their Swing?

    At 66, I've decided to try and accept my swing and concentrate instead on making bad shots a little better. I know I have some quirks in my swing that given my desire / time availability will probably not improve dramatically. What I can work on: short game, putting, course management and better fitted equipment are now my main focus. I have read LSW several times and am working to put those concepts into play. Started the season at a 16 index and have lowered it to a 13 as the season begins to wind down in Chicago. Goal is to get back to a 10 by the end of next year. As one earlier comment said, its nice to spend four hours with friends but a heck of a lot more fun to do it while you are playing good golf!
  8. RWC

    Can't Seem To Get Better...

    At 66, I've seen some of my skills and distance start to erode. I finally moved up a set of tees this summer (5800-6000 yds) and have begun to see some improvement and definitely more enjoyable golf. I have the distance to reach all the holes in regulation and now I have regained my enthusiasm for the game I've played for over 50 years. If you are stuck in a rut, consider moving up a set of tees - and see if that reignites the passion and also helps kickstart the scoring. You might find you like the new tees and decide to stay there.
  9. RWC

    Trouble With Irons

    Agree completely about a swing video. For me, good iron play seems to revolve around making a good turn. My default bad habit is to cut the turn short and just slap at the ball with my hands. I get a pretty predictable low trajectory pull shot followed by comments which I then must apologize for to my playing partners.
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    League Play: Pros and Cons?

    I joined a 9 hole league this year and have enjoyed being able to have a fixed day to play each week. As a single, it was always a challenge to get to the course and then try and slide into an open spot - knowing that I don't have that concern has been great. Most of the guys I've played with have been good chaps (hopefully they would feel the same about me). I have seen some improvement in my game this summer but I think that is do more to changing to graphite shafts in my irons and adding a few hybrids. Give the league a try - hopefully you'll enjoy it.
  11. RWC

    What Has Happened to Golf?

    Best of luck with the health issues - persimmon, forged blades and a Bullseye have been proven to cure many a malady!
  12. RWC

    What tee to play from?

    Age 65, I play tees in the 5800 - 6000 length. Driver averaging 197yd this season and my 7 iron 125 yds. I try to play to a length where I can reasonably expect to reach most holes in regulation assuming decent contact.
  13. RWC

    What'd You Shoot Today?

    Had time for a quick 9 holes this morning (1hour 50 minutes round). Shot 40 (+4) with 2 doubles from middle of the fairway - UGH! Made a switch to Ping i20 irons with graphite shafts earlier this summer and I'm starting to see the improvement plus much less arthritis pain. Now just need time to play a full 18!
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    Main clubs you use during round.

    When I play my regular course from the senior tees (6,000 yds) I typically only carry 7-8 clubs in my bag and walk. I'm not terribly long off the tee, so most par 4 are driver and 3 hybrid. Par 5s are Driver, 3 hybrid and 7 or 9 iron, Par 3s are 3 hybrid or short iron. Seeing a pattern? Add a gap, sand wedge and putter and I'm done. When I play a new course, I normally take a 14 clubs for the first round - then adjust for any future rounds.
  15. Lived in Dallas - Fort Worth area for many years and played Glen Garden many times. It was alway great fun and Texas Golf History just oozed from everywhere there - especially the bar - where you could hear some amazing stories - some of which were probably true!

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