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  1. That's a great explanation. So, if the right shoulder comes up on the back swing, the right side has to stretch, and some of that stretch naturally comes from the right leg straightening somewhat. It's so encouraging when I learn stuff like this, but at the same time, it's aggravating that it took me 50 years to learn it.
  2. Regarding Tiger's chances of winning, as best I can tell, over his career, Tiger won about 1 out of 4 tournaments he entered, and he finished top 10 in about half of them. So, in my judgment, based on a 42 year old Tiger who is probably not quite his old self, would set the odds of Tiger winning the Masters at about 15%. I would set the odds of him finishing top-10 at about 40%. Right now, if I had to pick a player, I would put my money on Bubba Watson. If I had to pick 5 players, I would pick Tiger as one of the 5.
  3. What a coincidence! I just started doing this, too. On my back swing, I keep my head centered over the ball and even try to move it very slightly forward. The only way to do this is to straighten the right leg somewhat. In my case, it's part of an all out attempt to eliminate fat shots, and combined with some other things, it seems to work. It's definitely improved my ball striking with my irons.
  4. Okay, here's my little story. We're playing a couple of days ago, on a very familiar course, and we come to hole #6, which is a par 5 with a sharp dog leg right, sand all down the left, water all down the left beyond the sand. so if you hit the ball too far you're at least in the sand if not in the water. Three very tall pine trees are in the corner of the dog leg on the right. Most people would aim to the left of the pine trees, and try to fade it a little to the right. There's a groundskeeper working on the back of the tee box, and he shuts off his machine and waits for us to tee o
  5. A few suggestions: 1) look at video. That could tell you a lot. 2) slow down and focus on fundamentals. Be calm and analytical. Think about what is happening and why it might be happening. Take more time between shots. 3) Relax. Usually frustration leads to tension, which leads to more bad shots. 4) find a club you can hit, hit that one, and think very carefully about what is the difference in your swing with that club vs the clubs you are hitting poorly.
  6. I've done that before. It's an eye-opener, for sure, at least for me, because it's the same mixture of spectacular shots and craptacular shots that I get on the course.
  7. I'd also like to say, it's important to take time between shots on a driving range. When you're playing, you would never hit two full shots within 15 or 20 seconds of each other, much less 10 full shots within 3 or 4 minutes. And yet I see people who pound their way through 100 balls like they have a plane to catch. When you do that, your body will react differently from the way it would on the course, where you hit full shots much less frequently, and your muscles get some time to relax and recover between shots.
  8. I played 9 holes yesterday, shooting 41, which normally wouldn't be worth posting about, except that I managed to birdie both par 5s, and double-bogey both par 3s. I can't remember ever doing that. Should have played 18 holes, but when we got to the 10th tee, all of a sudden there were multiple groups in front of us, so after waiting for 15 minutes to tee off, and having more groups pile up behind us, we went back to the pro shop and got 9-hole rain checks.
  9. I never use the driving range to calibrate distances. You can't know the exact distance to the 100 yard marker unless you use one of those laser range finders, which I don't have, and even then, you're using those driving range balls. I use the driving range to try to practice hitting the ball solidly and in a direction I am aiming. Really, that's the stage I am at, shooting in the 80s. My biggest challenge is the hit the ball solidly and straight. You definitely have to aim at something. But I get my distances with various clubs from actual play with an actual nice new golf ball, n
  10. I didn't listen to the whole thing, because they were being redundant, but I tent to agree with what they were saying. I actually like Tiger more since all the stuff happened. Whores, divorce, pills, injuries. To me, it makes him more relatable and less of the robot he used to seem like. It made him seem like more of a human being. The thing that really drove me into his corner was the way all the holier than thou types wanted to stone him to death when it all happened. And even now, on this message board, when I post a similar message in another thread, someone responded with "Y
  11. If I could only pick one guy, I think I would pick Tiger, based on experience on that course, track record, recent play, etc. But if offered the chance to take "the field" then you have to take the field against one guy. Even the greatest golfers of all time don't win but a fraction of the tournaments they enter. Vegas odds are about 10% chance of Tiger winning, even though he is one of the favorites, if not the favorite. I picked "someone else in the top 15 of the OWGR." I could have just as easily picked "someone outside the top 15."
  12. I'm warming up to Bubba. I didn't used to like him, but I'm starting to appreciate his unique genius.
  13. I totally agree with you about Skechers being the most comfortable shoes ever. I bought a pair of those Skechers wide fit sneakers and I am in love with them. Incredibly comfortable. I'll check out their golf shoes, because I'm just lazy enough that being able to wear my golf shoes from home and back is appealing to me.
  14. "...Anti-Inflammatory drugs can stifle muscle gains..." But aren't steroids anti-inflammatories? And since steroids are commonly used to enhance muscle growth by reducing inflammation and thereby reducing recovery time, wouldn't that cast some doubt on the theory that anti-inflammatories inhibit muscle growth?
  15. Nice thread. I'm 64, so of course I hang around with people in their 60s a lot, and my regular golf group are all in their 60s. Personally, I think I'm playing the best golf of my life, but it's probably because I was so shitty to begin with, so there was a lot of room for improvement. But my friends, golfing friends and other friends, are starting to break down physically, some from accidents, some from just not taking care of themselves. Attrition starts to take over. Some friends have died from not taking care of themselves. Alcoholism, smoking, eating, it adds up and eventual
  16. Interesting points about foot position, and of course I yield to the expertise of others, especially @iacas. I have found that while pointing the back foot a little backwards does help a person get more turn in their back swing, it also encourages the back knee to flex backwards and in my case, it encourages me to roll my back foot and sway. Turning my right (back) foot more square encourages me to get my weight more on the inside of my foot and not roll to the outside of my foot. This seems to keep me more centered in my back swing with more firmness in my right leg. Then, tur
  17. Also, about taking your practice to the course, the easiest and best way to do that is to take one and only one thing to the course. In your case, I'd say it is the foot position. You can set your feet correctly, right foot square, left foot turned 22 degrees out, before you take the club back. Practice with your feet in the corrected alignment, then when you go to the course, just put your feet in the correct alignment. You have a lot of good elements, but you absolutely must correct those feet. Fundamentals are called fundamentals for a reason, and foot position is fundamental
  18. Just looking at that picture, I would say you need to start with one important thing, and that is, turn both feet to the left. Your right foot is pointed too far back. Turn it more square. Your left foot is also turned too far to the right. Turn it more toward the target. Do like Ben Hogan- right foot square, left foot turned out 22 degrees. Making this change will shorten your back swing and improve your consistency. You don't need a big back swing. Just look at Jon Rahm. Do it! You have a lot of good elements to build on there. Your swing is a lot better tha
  19. I got fitted and bought some new irons a couple of years ago. My opinion is, unless there is something unusual about you physically, meaning, you are far from average, unusually tall or short, then average clubs bought off the rack will be fine without fitting. I am very average, 5-9, 150, and the clubs I wound up with after fitting had very little change made to them, I think it was 1 degree of lie angle. Otherwise, it was regular graphite shafts, Ping G-series irons, which are what they would call "game-improvement" irons. In other words, I'm average size, so clubs right off the rack wo
  20. I would add, one thing that really helped me yesterday was that there was a slow group in front of us and no one behind us, so we took our time lining up our putts. I really looked very carefully at my putts from all angles. It was like the PGA tour. So my putting was pretty good. Normally, I just get up there and putt it so we can get going. Maybe I care too much about holding people up behind us. I also had some lucky shots. On more than one occasion, I thought my shot had gone off the back of the green, only to find my ball pin high, within 10 feet. On one par-5, I skied my te
  21. Today I shot 78. My best score ever, and the second time I've ever broken 80. Disclaimer: it was from the forward tees, 5500 yards. Still, some of the best golf I've ever played.
  22. I think I predicted that he would win a tournament. Based on the results so far, I'm saying he'll at least win a tournament. Maybe more than that. I think we all have to remember, last week's performance was pretty much the old Tiger. He didn't used to win every time he teed it up, but he put himself in position to win in just about every tournament. He's only missed 18 cuts in his entire career, and last week looked like the same old same old. He didn't quite get there, but damn, that was pretty close. Three or four more tournaments like that, and he'll pop through and win one.
  23. I have the same type of problem. I think it's caused by many things but one in particular I have focused on lately: tension. My driver swing is much more relaxed than my iron swing, therefore, I have a lot more lag in it, due to my hands and arms being more relaxed. I get tension in my hands and arms with irons, and wind up casting the club sometimes, which puts the bottom of the arc behind the ball. Also, the tension when I swing my irons leads to me rushing the down swing, which overtakes my forward weight shift. Tension in my hands and arms also leads to me trying to swing my arms bef
  24. I actually started liking him more since the "incident." For me, he was hard to like when he was Mr. Perfect. But when his wife attacked him with a golf club and it all came out about the numerous women, and all the holier-than-thou types went off on him, I started to sympathize with him and actually like him. This brilliant, brilliant golfer with a train wreck of a personal life actually became an interesting person and less of the robot that he had seemed to be before that.
  25. How does one figure out distances on short shots? Driving range balls are dead compared to regular golf balls. From my experience at the courses I frequent, on one course the range balls seem about 10% less lively, and on the other course, the range balls seem about 20% less lively. Of course, those are just guesses, but the fact is, I don't think range balls can be used to calibrate distances with various clubs. So how do you intend to figure out the distances with these half shots you need to execute?
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