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  1. Nice to know someone else has perfected that shot as well. It seems to be one of my favorites. When I go back to a 9 iron, I seem to maintain the shaft angle and hit the right distance. Damn this is a crazy game!
  2. +/- 5 or 10 yards is certainly a normal variance for any of my clubs. If I am worried about being long then I choke up about 1/2 to 1 inch and then try and put a normal swing. Key is to swing normal and not decelerate as means of hitting shorter. Never have been able to "stand on" the shorter iron to get more distance - almost always get the pull shot or fat shot.
  3. Daily stretching exercises are key for me. Also started using a push cart if I'm playing 18 holes (still try to carry if only playing 9). Industrial strength pain meds help the arthritis as well as soaking in an epsom salt bath with a glass of vino after the round.
  4. I track a variety of stats for each round and generally try to score my best - unless I am playing by myself and then I will often ignore the score and instead hit multiple balls working on whatever aspect of my game needs some extra work.
  5. Jealous of you guys that can hit balls before you play. Course I normally play was designed back in the 20's and didn't include a practice range. I try to use a tip I heard Johnny Miller talk about: 20 consecutive swings (right handed) and then change grip and do the same 20 swings left handed. I then work on a few 30 ft putts for distance and 3 ft putts for those TV tap-ins. Not a great preparation but I am no longer surprised when my tee shot on number 1 is one of my longest 2 or 3 drives for the day.
  6. Hmm.... 3 sets of Ping, 2 sets of Hogan and then there are the hickory clubs -3 sets of those. Don't even ask how many putters!
  7. I much prefer to walk and carry a bag - at least for the first 9 holes. Second nine normally requires either a cart or my push cart with its seat (gotta deal with arthritis as best I can). Sadly so many of the new courses were built with carts in mind and you seem to have long walks between greens and the next tee box. Much prefer the older courses where green and next tee are close. At 66, walking has been good for me and helps me hit my daily exercise goal (heckuva lot more fun than treadmill)
  8. When my swing decides to head home early during a round, I try to focus on just one swing key. I tend to just lift the arms and forget to rotate the shoulders which can result in a variety of ugly shots. So when that happens, I try to focus on rotating the shoulder. That seems to help me with tempo as well as ball contact which seem to allow me to put a decent hit on the ball and survive the round. I found one key is all I can reasonably focus on and still hit a golf ball.
  9. Good luck with the transition. At 66, Mother Nature has helped me decide to shorten my swing. Working on flexibility has been a keep to trying to maintain reasonable distance with the shorter swing. Also, I fight the occasional attempt to lengthen the swing which wreaks havoc with my swing. If I focus on taking balanced in the swing I make a much more solid contact and tend to have pretty good distance
  10. At 66 yrs old, I can certainly agree with @CaddyCarl about the challenge to be honest with yourself on club distances as we age. I spent several hours hitting balls on a simulator this winter trying to get reasonable fix on my club distances - now I need to trust the distances and make the right club selection on the course. As the old saying goes, the "ball doesn't know what club was used" to hit it on the green.
  11. Haven't purchased a "New" club in many years - been playing 1930's era hickory shafted clubs for 10+ years. Last fall, I decided to put together a somewhat modern "New to Me" set of clubs (Ping G30 woods - i20 irons all with senior graphite shafts) in recognition of age making hitting 80 year old blades a little too difficult for daily play.
  12. As someone who wasn't a big Miller fan, it's nice to have a different personality with Zinger. Doubt anyone could please everyone - guess time will tell.
  13. Watching snow and ice here in Chicago - hope to be able to start warming up on a simulator next week. Finger's crossed!!
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
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