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  1. This is just a nice story about what's happened to me after more strength training the last 2.5 months. I'm in my mid 40's, in good shape, but not at all a fitness junkie or gymrat. I typically walk, but the last 2.5 mos I've been playing all my rounds w/ my dad, who is currently in chemo, and we've been riding together. During this time, I also started a much more rigorous strength training regimen (again inspired by my dad's challenges), and have made decent progress. My cardio regimen didn't change. I've never felt tired walking 18, or so I thought. Yesterday, I walked 18 for the first time in the last few months, and I was surprised at how light the bag felt (I carry). Although there's a good chance i'm biased in my memory, it felt like my shoulders were lighter, I had a lighter step, and that energy made it easier to be a little more stable in my golf swing. Previously, walking was never a big effort, but there was an effort. But yesterday's round felt effortless. I felt I could have played another sport like tennis or basketball w/ no problem, right off the 18th green. So yea, feeling fantastic and I recommend it! (I did consider putting this in the fitness thread, but thought it kinda fit more here. mods feel free to move it)
  2. I get it! and this isn't even my first time asking a stupid question in TST. I write things and hit the "post" button a little too quickly. Another reminder I need to stop doing this isn't a bad thing. So after reading rule 12, I understand there is no penalty. If there's anything elsewhere, or if I ever need complete certainty, I will assuredly give it a thorough read myself. Related and genesis of my question: I just played in a big church tourney. It was at a private country club, and they made it part of the "tournament rules" to rake bunkers, fill seed mixture into divots, and fix all ball marks. I didn't ask the organizers if these "rules" were officially deemed as the tournament's "Code of Conduct" (which I just read/learned about now) but if so, I now understand that the "committee" could penalize or DQ people. At the time, i didn't know if this was standard or unusual practice, or something the church organizer did for whatever reason. Either way I felt like it wasn't it in the official rulebook, and was seeking confirmation cuz I was too lazy to find it myself. I'll def read the latest rulebook before I post the likes again!
  3. @iacas I've searched for "rake" and "raking" and didn't see any relevant hits. So it looks like there isn't a rule, but is there another term I should be searching for? If you're suggesting I just read the whole thing top to bottom, I kinda didn't want to, that's why I posted the question 🙂
  4. @iacas I confess I didn't do a great deal of sleuthing, but I didn't find anything after a few google searches that covered it. I must be missing something...
  5. or is it only bad etiquette? If you can point me to an older post that'd be great too, as I tried looking.
  6. I'm terrible at this game. As in i shot "terror" today.
  7. Same! I consider myself in decent shape amongst my 40's-friends, but I'm surprised how much harder the same tracks are to walk compared to my early 30's. And I used to walk 36 easily whenever I had time. AND I was a social & golf smoker back then! Father time can suck it.
  8. I texted my buddy something similar last weekend. And this thread is a byproduct of that chat thread.
  9. @FlyingAce I can't say what's best for you physical well being. However, know that as a lady who is passionate about golf, you are an inspiration to many of us and a beacon of hope for many men who want to golf with their wives. Keep at it!!
  10. We've all gone through good and bad fitness times, but overall when did you get too old to ______ I think I admitted to myself this year that I can't walk 36 w/o the 2nd round being noticeably worse from fatigue. Even if I did it every weekend, I think it would take awhile before it felt comfortable.
  11. Never seen LPGA irl, but I've played with many NCAA women's golfers and elite high school players. I personally found it very exciting to see them hit, regardless if it was 200 yards or 250. Thats probably because I'm just excited to see their swing form. But I understand how some golfers who are far better than me are only impressed with drivers who crush it and find their drivers dull. I saw a video of Annika Sorenstam at some fitness event. She squatted 5 reps of 250lbs like it was nothing. I wouldn't be suprised if her 1rm is well over 300lbs. I weigh more than her and squat FAR less than her. At my level I honestly feel her (and other LPGA) swing is better for me to watch (if I'm only talking about driving distance) for me than DJ or Rory, even though I can hit it as long as her (on rare occasion??!!).
  12. Alright, I know next to nothing on this topic, but had a random thought. My understanding that “muscle memory” is a lot about neural pathways. And this muscle memory allows a practiced golfer to fire his/her muscles in the right way to swing a golf club. Say in X years in the future, biotech evolves in such a way that electrodes (or w/e tech) can stimulate muscles very precisely. In this future, could you take any fully abled body off the street, wire him/her up, and have them hit a perfect golf swing? I know they do muscle electrode stimuli for certain rehabs already. And with amazing advancements in biotech in recent years, nothing seems as absurd as it used to. I can think of a bunch of derivative thoughts/concepts on golf that this would impact.
  13. well then... that ends that thought!!! XD
  14. he played pretty well. He was very accurate with his driver, ~200 yards w/ roll and playing what I would guess is like a 20-30 yard slice, but very consistent. Bogey golfer. Not sure he is a good example to prove any argument about the swing. For one I'm not good at analyzing swings, so maybe it wasn't even the Venetos swing, it just looked like it to me (very little shoulder & hip rotation, weight dramatically forward). I just thought that maybe the swing might be useful for those w/ a buncha fused vertebrae or something, as it seemed to work for him.
  15. I think I played with someone today that did this swing, as best as I can understand it. No idea if it was specifically the "Venetos" swing, or just something he arrived at some other way. (I remembered this thread, but didn't remember Jim's name, or I would have asked) He was in his late 50's and said he had spinal issues that limited his rotation severely. He said his swing (he called it "pure arms", but ofc there is some rotation as well) is the best way he could make contact after his back problems. I'm not making a position on some of the debates herein, but it made me think of this thread.
  16. Perhaps people experiences with this are correlated to where and when they play. The majority of my time on the course the last 5 years is spent on twilight rounds after cutting out of work early. And I've lived in San Diego, LA and Northern California all where school golf programs are abundant and competitive. I run into HS and college players regularly, and at better schools, the entire team can drive 200+. Even Jr. HS girls are often driving almost 200 yds. And I don't know if women's softball is big thing in California or something, but I've run into many softball players who can smash it. One I mentioned in a previous post was an ex D1 softball player now in her early 40s, and she carried a few drives 260. But driver was like the only club she could hit.
  17. I can only tell you what I've seen in my ~500 rounds of play in my lifetime. When I lived in LA there were a ton of women groups and pairs that played. Scanning the memory banks I would guess 90% of the women I've seen drove it less than 200 yards. 5% were amateurs that have developed great swings and were 200-220yards. And the last 5% were ex or current college players, HS players, or (I've met a bunch for some reason) softball players, who could smash it. I think I've only personally been paired with one women who can carry 260 yards.
  18. @FlyingAce Thanks so much for sharing. I hope and pray that my wife gets hooked as much as you did! @iSank Its funny, but your story really hit a note somehow. I think that my wife meeting another golfer who has the whole package (game & attire) is something that she would really get into. That said, if you can think of any other ideas or experiences on how to keep her motivated, I'd love to hear them. I know many other ladies who did get into it here and there, but never stuck with it. Much of that is out of my control, but I hope some of it is. Earlier in our marriage I was the infamous "instructor husband" when it came to sports, but boy did I learn my lesson. No unsolicited tips anymore and any asked-for-advice I keep super short. Other than that, I'm not sure what else I can do to make it enjoyable as possible for her.
  19. My wife might finally get into golf. I deserve zero credit, as after years of trying the only thing that got her to start playing is her best friend is getting into it. I've heard that women generally improve faster than men, as they're more focused on form than trying to smash the ball. Everyone being different and all.... What would be fair general expectations for score after a year of lessons (say 2-3 a month), a round a week, and (hopefully) a range session a week? She keeps asking me this, and I refuse to give her an answer, but I'm curious what others think. My wife is a competitive tennis player (for people in their 40s), and her friend is basically completely new to sports.
  20. @Cantankerish I do trust your experience but maybe my body just recovers slower than yours? I'm also a slim dude. I used to be a serious long distance runner and never got past "pretty damned skinny" til my 30's and I feel my "natural" body state is skinny. So what happens to you the day of lifting may be happening to me for several more days. Your description of what happens to you on days you lift is familiar to me. But perhaps everybody just has different muscle recovery schedules? Similarly for @TN94z, perhaps Koepka just recovers faster than Cantankerish who recovers faster than me? That said, I just can't imagine any pro intentionally going into a tournament w/ doms. And I know doms hits everybody differently. I know some gym rats that squat 8 plates who still get doms hard every leg day, while I know others who have trained just as long who don't.
  21. I posted in July on this thread on how I was not seeing distance gains (and even maybe some losses) after starting weight training again in 2019. This year, I've taken 3 or 4 breaks from lifting, each 1-4 weeks long. I "think" I've figured out what's happened to me, and am curious what you guys think/have experienced. I looked at my 5 best rounds this year (primarily ball striking, not just 5 lowest scores). On all five of these rounds, I didn't lift for 4+ days prior to playing, sometimes even weeks. I then looked at my 5 most dismal rounds (where I couldnt' do anything right). Three of them were shortly after lifting for the first time after a week+ break. The other two were 2 days after lifting heavy (I still get doms, so usu don't golf day after a lift). Today was a dismal day, I worked out 2 days ago, and I just did the above analysis. I'm a lower body swinger (feels like 99% of my power comes from my legs) and I still have slight doms in my legs today. I was missing about 50 yards from my drives! So for me, it almost seems I need like multiple days to fully recover from lifting ( @GOATee's quote above). Either that, or I'm just so despondent over my round today that I'm hanging on to any crazy theory I can concoct. I know pro's all workout. But maybe they don't lift to failure or lift heavy prior to a tourney? I'm trying to gain muscle mass, so I lift heavy whenever I can.
  22. I was talking about this w/ some randoms I was playing with today. One guy said if my friend is athletic in general, he should try lefty. He said one guy he knew played lefty for 10 years as a 110+ shooter. Then he switched to righty and was a 90 shooter in a year. However, this guy was right handed to begin with (idk why he started golf lefty). Anyone heard of this? That's a fairly big commitment I feel.
  23. Imma put this on the list of things to run by him next time i see him.
  24. In the past I've posted on the struggles/frustrations of one my closest golfing buddies. He love, love, loves golf and it's wonderful. It's just that he isn't improving. His profile: - Mid 40s - Pretty damn fit - Plays or practices 50-100x a year for the last 8 years - Generally doesn't take lessons, but some years he regularly did (gone through 3-4 swing coaches) - averages 108 (got down to ~100 avg a few times, but it always goes back up). He plays from whites. - His distances improve every year. He can carry a 5 iron 200yds on his rare perfect swings (2-3 a game keeps him going). - His shot dispersion is incredibly large in all directions. He has both nasty pulls and nasty slices. - He eats up penalty shots like they're M&M's. - He gets pars, but always has at bunch of quad+'s (he plays out, but is a pace-of-play mindful golfer) - He swings 100% on all swings (I am not exaggerating. It used to be 125% every swing). - Decent/Above average short game. He tries to play "smart" even. Like on a short dogleg par 4, he doesn't try to cut the corner, clubs and aims for the widest part of the fairway. So he takes out a mid iron, then swings the ^#&*$@ out of it, and more often than not finds himself in bigger *#(&#$. As it may show, I personally thinks he swings too hard and is just losing control. Sometimes he agrees, but he just can't stop doing it (or even worse results come from swinging "easy"). Any stories of like situations? If you had a friend like this, what would you suggest (other than "get a lesson")? Is it always like a mechanical thing that helps someone out in this situation? like instruction or a swing change? Or has anybody credited anything else to helping their game out / turning a corner? I almost think he should take a year break, and start again w/ lessons. I used to think it was amusing. Now it just sucks.
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