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freshmanUTA last won the day on May 5 2018

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About freshmanUTA

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    Crappy Tournament Golfer
  • Birthday 04/24/1998

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    Illinois

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    14
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    Righty

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  1. Still working. My misses are getting better, though I've been developing a new issue. I have extremely inconsistent distances. Some days I can hit my 7 iron 180 consistently when needed, and others i struggle to get 160 out of it. The same goes for the driver. Some days I hit it 240 and others I jump back up to my expected 290 or so. Its a weird issue that I'm working on fixing. The issue seems to be that I consistently let the clubhead "release" too early. I don't have any actual physical control since it happens so quickly at such a late point in the swing but I've really been working on emphasizing the feeling of lagging the club. I will try to upload a video of my caddy view swing to show what I mean. My goal is to get to a 5 handicap this year. I'll update more as the year progresses.
  2. It’s been a while. I’ve still been working on my swing but I noticed that I was starting to get a little too obsessed with watching instruction videos and I was starting to self diagnose. I found an instructor and have been working on my swing a lot. I consistently strike the ball now, and rarely lose balls out of bounds(my largest goal). Today I made a commitment to myself and improvement, I went and got custom fit for a driver, and a replacement for my favorite hybrid. I was fit for a Ping G410 9° with a Tinsei Orange shaft. I knew immediately after switching to the Tinsei Orange and Ping G410 combo was the one. I made what felt like a mediocre swing and got the best result of the day both on simulator and watching the ball itself. I proceeded to hit about 10 more with the exact same pattern, starting a tiny bit left and fading about 5 yards right of where I aim. The last shot was the one that completely sold me because I made a swing that felt about as bad as i could possibly hit it and it went the same distance as my average distance and only went slightly more to the right. I got fit for a G410 19° Hybrid and that has a Tinsei Blue shaft. I was hitting about 60% of the greens from 240 away and that’s the exact distance I bought the original hybrid to cover. I still don’t have video so I hate to tease you, but this year is going to be different. I already shot one of the lowest scores of my life on a D1 collegiate course in the blistering cold wind. I am confident with my swing now. I’m learning my yardages better and learning to control the trajectory at will. It’s becoming just as fun to practice as it is to ply. Now that I don’t fill my mind with swing tips I know what to work on and have gotten to a point where on my best days I hit the ball with a little fade and on my worst days I pull the ball straight about 4-5 yards. Even when I’m not swinging well i’m able to find a common swing pattern unlike before. Just wanted to update 🙂
  3. If it works for you, that’s all that matters. If you can get the same distance and accuracy or better with a club you feel more confident playing then make the switch.
  4. Some professionals won’t replace their 3 woods until they break or become unusable for another reason.
  5. Over the past few years I’ve seen countless reviews for Tour Edge clubs saying they’re “just as good, with better pricing.” Last summer I started gaming a hybrid iron instead of my 4 iron and my accuracy went up and my scores went down surprisingly a lot, since I was able to hit some recovery shots I wouldn’t have been able to otherwise. Naturally I started looking at the newer hybrids and started seeing reviews for the new Tour Edge clubs so I figured, if they’re good why not give them a try? Except, their newest products are selling for $249.99, the exact same price as the other brands. What happened? I thought they were always the brand that was cheaper but the same quality.
  6. In my opinion, this is all completely blown out of the water. I’ve caddied for low tier profiessionals on a few occassions. I was happy to walk away with ~$400 for a weekends work. I’d have been just as happy if Kuchar asked me to hold his bag for $3000 for 4 days. I’m not his caddy, I didn’t travel with him the entire season sometimes forfeiting profit for missed cuts, etc. At the end of the day the guy carried his clubs. It’s not a million dollar job.
  7. A 20 hitting it 300 yards average is unlikely, but it’s definitely easier to hit a ball off the tee than off the ground. It’s possible the person only practices driving and thus has a hard time hitting off the ground. I wouldn’t say that it’s impossible and unheard of to be a 20 and hit it that far. Some people don’t practice they just try to swing as fast as possible every single time.
  8. 81. Very proud of my results today. It was a sloppy, soaking wet day and I worked in the morning so I figured I'd play. Short irons and wedges were absolutely on fire today. If I missed a green close, I was able to make the up and down more often than not. Though I had 2 doubles and a triple that ruined my score. The first double came from parking my drive behind a tree and not having a good shot back into the fairway, so i had to hit my shot backwards towards the fairway and left myself 200 yards in, missed the green and then hit a chip too hard, and two putted. The second double was from putting a par 3 tee shot into the water, then missing the green and chipping then 1 putting. The triple was just a complete lapse in gameplanning. I took driver on a hole that was admittedly way too tight, hit it OB, re-teed and put my shot behind a tree again, and then missed the green and yadda yadda. Still had a blast as I haven't hit this well in a while. I recently purchased Ping iBlades as I've been eyeing them for months and found a deal I could justify, and also bought some ping glide 2.0 wedges. My wedges are 46(12 bounce),50(12 bounce),54(12 bounce),60(8 bounce). I can not believe how much the 12 degrees of bounce has helped me with my wedges. I am lightyears better at chipping and pitching.
  9. Patrick Reed is not that bad. People keep jumping on this guy. He has fiery moments, but for the most part he likes to joke and have fun just like the rest of the younger guys on tour.
  10. The instructor was referring to not looking at the ball. He’s made it clear that the whole not looking thing is just a drill to train the swing.
  11. Above is the video I'm referencing. I challenge everyone to give this a try. Maybe not permanently, but if you're in the ruts, it's a fun drill to just relax and do for a bit. Over the summer my scores have fluctuated so drastically and I've gone from striking my irons really well to not being able to hit the club at all and once I tried this drill it helped loads with my confidence. Let me know what you guys think.
  12. I don’t mind this. If they hit a bad shot and laugh it off I don’t care. If they’re laughing as if it’s the courses fault they hit a bad shot...ehh
  13. Do you think it would be fair to assume that a 10 could make at least 1 birdie on the easier holes, and 2-3 pars? We're talking a 10 that shows up, perfectly in form and playing the best they're capable of. I always like these debates because think about a 10 with a mediocre short game. They may duff a chip and be saved by the speed of the green because if they didn't duff it, they would have blown through the green. I think with greens this fast mistakes can be saved, but they can also ruin your game. Let's start a petition to let one high handicap play every year to see if they can beat a pro. 😉
  14. I had a really busy weekend so couldn't fit range time. I'm planning on going tomorrow after work. If not, I'll try to sneak in 9 holes or so and record my swing on the course. It probably wont be as good of an angle, But I'll try my best. In regards to my game, my putting has actually become a strength. If I start the ball on its line I can hole putts. However, my wedges and long clubs have been wrecking my scores. I played a couple holes today after work but it was soggy and to be honest I think I was doing more harm to the course than normal so I stopped. Hook is still there, though not as bad. I experimented with weakening my right hand grip and that helped a bit but felt too awkward to hit well and I hit a few fat. Maybe that will help with face control? No way to tell till I record the swing though, so I'll check back when I record it.
  15. I didn't legitimately mean, "done." I just need a break. I've been putting hard work in a few days a week at the range and the range work is and has been good, in fact my swing has gotten better. I'm just having issues. I don't know if I'm swinging to hard or what but I just need a week or two to relax and get recharged. I get free golf since I work at a course now, so I'd be a fool to walk away entirely with this gift. Theres a tournament at the end of the month that I'd really like to play in so I'm gonna walk away for a week or maybe two and then get back to work. I just need some time off. I think everyone goes through this at some point. Before, I'd get pissed because I'd stop working on things and go back to back habits, now I'm pissed because my work paid off for a while and right now I'm just at an uncomfortable point in my full swing where I just don't have the clubface feel fully down. It's not a contact issue for the most part, sure sometimes I'll hit it fat and thin but, right now it's just a face control issue that I can't seem to resolve. I'm probably just thinking too much about it. It was dumb of me to phrase it the way I did. I'm not quitting, I mean I was literally winning my tournament by 3 strokes, and I truly believe I can win. Plus, with driver and 3 wood my contact is better than it's ever been. I just need to take a step back and re-evaluate everything. And when I come back I'm going to take a lesson with the guy I've been working with, and see what he thinks is next to work on. I'll go to the range in the next coming days and try to get a much better video to post here. I need to invest in a tripod and a holder for my phone to make it easier.
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