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  1. I've got to commute to another office (west to east coast) for a number of months (maybe up to 6 mos). I haven't golfed much recently, and oddly enough this could be a good chance for me to get in it as I'll have tons of free time to hit a range when i'm away. I can't have a full set w/ me, but was thinking of buying one club (maybe 2), just to hit the range with. Are there known downsides to practicing w/ only one or two club for weeks (even months)? What club(s) should I get? I was thinking 7 iron, then mbe driver.
  2. A close friend of mine is a pretty big hero. He got the bug pretty seriously about 7 years ago, i would say averages 75 rounds a year and 50 range sessions. In his 7th year he broke 100 for the first time (so after 6 years and 400+ rounds), but has only managed to repeat the performance like 2 other times in the following 30 rounds. He swings for the fences 90% of the time (not exaggerating here, and i'm really talking all out), and hits some great shots. Because of this, he has a fair amount of birdies and pars, but he always has numerous quads and higher.
  3. Anyone hear or have experience w these? $80 a dozen where I saw them, and I think that's what titleist required in the CA, FL, AZ test markets. If I had anything resembling a decent game I would have bought them just to test.
  4. Would love to participate. Have a challenging schedule w family, so prob could only do S.D. unless I happen to be up in la/oc at the time.
  5. That's awesome dude. You should be proud. One of my best mates has taken like 5 years of fairly dedicated play to get where you are now!
  6. Idk if this is one of the answers you are looking for, but I like to be the sh#$! talking golfer. Those games are my favorite. Likely because these were many of my best memories from playing w/ teammates in high school. Of course only to friends who are okay with it. When playing w/ one of my buddies and we would get paired w/ a random 2-some, we would often get comments that they really loved playing w/ us because of all the crap we gave each other (all w/ huge grins). Nothing better then getting a great line in where one can only laugh and say ouch.... except when that is followed by a stellar shot, which is then followed by minutes of self praise which the other guy has to endure. It's quite possible I like the zingers better than the actual golf.
  7. @billchao yea, I get what you're saying. I was just talking an a purely theoretical physics sense. Although it requires more torque and energy (in say joules), the same rotational velocity exhibits a higher club head speed the longer the shaft. I also agree no tour player in reality would compete in those competitions. I meant it more in a fun theory-crafting manner. How about if they had just had a 2 hours of range time to make some very simple adjustments, including getting used to a longer shaft? Even if tour players couldn't win, could they even be in competition? Would be interesting for example if Bubba could beat half the field, even if he only had an hour to try the format.
  8. @klineka and @billchao made me think about shaft length. I just looked up that Bubba usually plays with a 44.5" (DJ w/ a 45.75"?) and that long drive compettion allows for 48" (which Justin James uses). Doesn't that increase club head velocity for the same rotational velocity in a direct ratio (48/43.5)? If so then Bubba's "normal" swing speed of 123.89mph would be ~133mph w/ the longer shaft. I feel like I'm missing something in the physics/math part, but just wondering how the longer shaft length translates is all. Even with that, Bubba would still need to find ~9mph more clubhead speed by letting loose. I honestly have no idea if that would easy or near impossible.
  9. How would the longer guys on tour fare in long drive competitions like RE/MAX? Assume they didn't just go up and hit, but had range time to figure stuff out for the format. Wondering how a DJ or Bubba can hit when completely letting loose, knowing they only needed like 1 in 10(?) to actually land in the grid. Sorry if it's a topic already (I did look)
  10. That's the one! It's good to know the established term "stages of competence". Have heard coaches talk about it my whole life, but didn't know the recognized term.
  11. My wife is a classical musician, and she taught these 4 steps when it comes to learning (I dont't know if its a formalized structure by someone famous): 1. don't know how to do it, can't do it 2. know how to do it, can't do it 3. know how to do it, can do it 4. don't know how to do it, can do it When she performs a Beethoven piece for example, she learns the sheet music only to forget it later (i.e. no longer sight reading). The performance is just playing music, not remembering which notes to hit. "Learning how to forget" and it hits notes (pun intended) from iacas's stupid monkeys thread. This is aside from mental game of handling say pressure putts, and I'm not making claims on mental vs physical, but i do see corollaries to golf (as well as a lot of other things).
  12. Part of me just thinks I want this thread to hit 1k posts! I'm sure every pro also works on their mental game too, even if they haven't hired a mental coach.
  13. I surrender only in what I see is you being obtuse to my perspective. The fact is a real market exists, it matters not whether everyone participates in it. Some people don't use coaches, doesn't mean they are worthless.
  14. Ockham's razor meets capitalism meets this thread. If people are paying for it, doesn't that mean there's value? Who buys water if they're not thirsty, and what beverage company isn't going to say their product quenches thirst?
  15. let's give some latitude. I'm certain he's not saying that. If your normal miss is caused by over-swinging, then when you remember your swing-thought to shorten your back-swing, you have a better swing and physical game. Some people give credit on a good day to the "remembering your swing thoughts" action more than just the final physical swing...? I've posted like 20 times in this thread, and I still get lost.
  16. Sir Charles can swing this way now too. .his mental game is so strong he doesn't need both hands. (sorry ... couldn't help it)
  17. I may change my recipe for bloody mary's. I mix mine using 10/70/20, but I also put in a dash of "@#$! it, i'm done w/ this round". I think bevmo sells it.
  18. C'mon @iacas, you gotta gimme something.. anything! You miss a putt you statistically make 1000/1000 times (extrapolated data) and "I didn't read the break right that time" is the simpler explanation (Ockham's razor) because that's what she called it? Da' Nile ain't just a river!
  19. We are one, but not the same. For me Ockham's razor clearly points to nerves in the IK Kim case. If you tell this to him he'll tell you you're preaching to the choir. That said, we clearly hang in different circles (skill levels) of golfers as it's not as much an exception for some of us higher indexers. I see guys working so hard to lower their index by just 1 over the course of a year, when, as @lihu stated, they could just reign in their temper and they'd instantly shave 1 stroke off every game. I totally agree with this.
  20. Because when an athlete describes what went wrong in a post round interview, it's always 100% accurate. 1. I do play w/ schmucks (myself included). 2. One of us chokes pretty consistently (one of the schmuckier schmucks we have), and for 10 years he does fine in our $2 nassaus and but only loses $$ in all our "big" games. Even when he's been playing well that year (index down), we play net, so he still loses, and even he admits he just gets the nerves. I'm glad he can be comforted knowing that mental games is a tiny portion of his overall performance. Gump says "life is like a box of chocolates". I'm allergic to chocolate so this is just wrong, literally, figuratively and in every way. (That was a whole lot of sarcasm. My mom would kill me if she saw me posting like this. I do mean it in the most fun way possible)
  21. I get what she said in post interviews, I would the same. But this is a 1 foot putt! 100% make rate statistically for the PGA. From 2 feet the PGA is still 199 out of 200 made, and that includes putts that break. I will concede it's fair, but I feel terribly misleading, to call this miss due to lack of physical ability to make that putt, no matter what one would describe it afterwards. I just know some of my friends consistently people brain fart more than others... and it costs them dollar bills. If enough golfers know what Jones is talking about, I'd say his quote is accurate too. (noting the Jones' quote is not meant to be taken literally) I echo the ! I'm just tired of agreeing with you and telling you the mental game can have a material impact (a $300k "sliver" as it may be sometimes), and not just answering the specific question in the OP (which I believe the original poster has changed to something different from what either of us are answering anyways ).
  22. Is this level 3 semantics already? I don't (and haven't?) disagree w/ a single thing you wrote! Mental won't get you there, and won't even put you in contention so you have the option to have a mental lapse. But you are implying that people don't miss by what we many of us call "nerves", and that those misses are often on the most important of shots to you. You stated the Bobby Jones quote ("... played on 5 1/2 inch course) doesn't have to be correct even if it's famous. But it's obviously famous because it resonates with golfers. LPGA players don't miss 1 foot putts very often. The PGA tour average listed on another TST thread is 100% make rate (w/ some rounding i'm sure). What are the chances that one of the few times this happens directly results in a major title loss? Sorry, but it just sounds preposterous to me that that IK Kim example exemplifies that the mental game doesn't have a material impact. A 100% made-on-average putt cost her $300k and a major for pete's sake. I have no doubt she's thrilled w/ her game that even got her to 2nd in the large run, but I feel you're really reaching...
  23. Now we go to level 2 of semantics. So are you suggesting her lesson learned was she needs to focus more on her 1-foot putting stroke? building better muscle memory / changing her putting stroke? I feel confident she qualifies that putt as nerves, and those nerves made her execute poorly.
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