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  1. I dunno. Even Koepka says fairways are overrated. In 2018 there were over 50 players averaging 300 yards. For pros, I don’t think 300 yards is such a big deal. As for shorter hitters... if they can’t hit the fairways, maybe they need to re-evaluate if their game can compete. Short and crooked isn’t a good recipe for success. Not sure where the name Zac Blair came from, but Zach Johnson has both length and age going against him. But I have to give him props as he has probably maximized his results. John
  2. I do feel that there is not enough penalty for missing the fairway, and not just by a few yards. I’m always amazed at how pros can hit the green, stop the ball, in 2 on a par five after getting relief from, say, a cart path. Length is all reward and very little risk. Golf is one of the few sports, the only one I can think of, where you can completely miss the target and be better off than than if you hit the target but are shorter. John
  3. Actually the media vs. the true historians. The “Chasing 82 Ad Nauseam” media coverage pretty much dismisses any notion that some of Snead’s victories would not qualify today... regardless of history. John
  4. I think 83 will come and it I think should be bigger. That said, since Snead has been caught, the PGA really should re-evaluate some of his wins. I can see them not wanting to reduce the number prior to being caught, but now it seems like the right thing to do. John
  5. Then again... Tiger’s great bunker shot on 18 would have won it even if Matsuyama had holed out from the bunker. John
  6. Tiger looks like he is just hanging on. Is Tiger hurting a bit? Has to be a bit of a toll after yesterday. John
  7. Birdie on 13 would go a long way. John ... missed an easy one.
  8. Really pulling for Tiger to close this one out. He is playing so well. Even on the west coast, a late night for me, can’t imagine how you east coast guys stayed up. Great tactical move by Tiger. This is exactly the type of tournament he needs to play to pick off a win. Well rested, weaker field, and set up for his game. John
  9. I played Top Flite D2+ Feel for quite some time and liked them. On a whim I bought some used Srixon Soft Feel cheap off of eBay. I like the Srixons more than the D2+ Feel, so I gave the Top Flites to our sons. John
  10. My wife has played a lot of tennis, (definitely not competitively), and defensively. She will play golf occasionally, but goes with me to the range quite often (both of us are retired). She hits straight enough, but has no power. When we play it is at a short pitch and putt. if your wife plays an offensive power style of tennis, I would think she should progress fairly quickly. If she has the length, and a good instructor, the swing will come along. John
  11. I’ve ridden enough bikes, including mountain bikes, but I wouldn’t do it. I don’t know what the electric golf bike weighs, but I’m guessing 40lbs or so. The video for the electric cycle said it only weighed 70lbs so you can take it anywhere. 70lbs??? Really... take it anywhere. That is the real issue. Unless you are going to roll down your driveway and bike to the course, you’ll need some sort of bike rack or have to lift it into a truck or van. What a hassle. For a 40lb+ e-bike, you might want a hitch mounted rack. Depending on the model, you probably want to put your clubs in the trunk first, then put the rack into the receiver, lift the 40lb bike, and lock it so it won’t get stolen. Now you’re ready to drive to the course. When you get there, just reverse the process. Be aware that the rack might be in the way and make it tougher to get the clubs out of the trunk. John
  12. You should play the tees that allow you reach the green in regulation. You can also mix and match. I personally don’t see a lot of pride and masculinity in needing 3 shots to reach the green on a par 4. Although hitting a green with driver and fairway is rewarding... on those rare occasions I pull it off. There is also little triumph in beating a poor player. Seems pretty hollow to me. Only thing missing is an Old Guys Rule t-shirt. John
  13. Over the years I’ve become partial to Cleveland wedges, specifically the CG14. It is getting harder to find good ones, but they are pretty cheap. I use a 60* with 12* of bounce. I really don’t have to open up the face and it has enough bounce. Just hit it fat, as has already been suggested. John
  14. It is really tough for me even now. I have to plant my left heel completely before I start my downswing. I “feel” that I make a definitive pause while I plant my heel. It feels really odd. If I don’t, I rush my transition and start down too soon and the results suffer. John
  15. Decades ago I lifted my left heel without issues. When I got back playing again I fought against lifting my left heel. And if I did I would end up not shifting weight on the downswing or end up with too much weight on m right side. I am trying to setup with my hands a tad higher, which seems to give me a bit more room. But the biggest improvement is starting my downswing with my left heel. I could never do this in years past. But if I plant and then rotate the lower body, it really seems to help. It does smooth things out a lot. At 67 I’m trying to get a bit more (keep) distance and keep too much stress off my back. John
  16. Well I am certainly pleased this thread is going in the right direction... It started out with hitting straight 160 yard shots and went on for 5 pages. It is now hit 200+ yard straight shots. After another half-a-dozen pages it will be hit a straight 260 yard drive and a short iron into the green... lol! John
  17. Not being a good golfer, I hesitate to offer an opinion. Of course by this time things may have already worked out for you. In the past couple of months I have been working on a trigger and sequencing of my downswing. I’ve done this in the past, but I’ll get away from a specific move. Then my sequencing and tempo goes awry and my swing turns to real garbage and I struggle to find it. This time I’m really concentrating on a move to start my downswing and and the next sequence. After I get the swing started correctly things fall more or less into place, or I can make slight tweaks. If I start off wrong there is no recovery. I can’t say this will help you, but your coach may be help you find that trigger. John
  18. You might want to check out a Cobra F-Max 5 wood with a lite shaft. It is pretty much a no-brainer to hit. It is available with an offset, which can be helpful or problematic if are already hooking the ball. John
  19. Golf is really no different than being a musician. You can’t achieve any level of competency without practice. And you can’t really practice proper techniques working the others. You can get instruction or pointers but no one can play the notes for you or hit a golf ball for you. It takes focus and concentration; and hours of practice. Golf is one of those sports where you are alone even in a crowd. When you stand over the ball, you are not reacting to an opponent, or accepting a pass, or in the middle of a bang-bang play; it is just you and the ball. John
  20. I really like Hovland. IIRC, it’s his Sundays that really separates him from the other rookies, at least for me. He always seems to shoot well on Sunday. John
  21. Having played tennis for years, (no way is tennis more difficult), my only thought is that a tennis swing might promote too much shoulder turn. The last thing you want to do is crank a forehand winner with your driver. John
  22. Good idea. Right now all I care about is adding distance, and of course I still want to hit it where I want it to go... within reason. John
  23. The key really is to take lessons. Find someone you would be comfortable with that can teach you a correct grip and a basic swing. Decades ago a rite of passage was going from a Par 3 course to full 18 hole course. Sadly, a lot of those short muni’s are gone. But it is still the best place for a beginner to learn the game and have success. Heck, as kids some of our best results were from tee shots that rolled to the green. There is still an environment of having to chip and make that putt to score. The reality of playing golf on a full size course is being able to swing hard enough under control to get the ball down the fairway. Our daughter-in-law doesn’t play golf but has a natural ability to swing hard. When we go to the range and she actually connects with it, the ball flies. I’ve encouraged her to take lessons to transform that power into a golf swing. An instructor can tell you what to work on, but more importantly what you can expect from your game as you move forward. John
  24. Congrats on getting your irons setup for you. I think it is great to be able to play those old Wilson irons well. The good news is Wilson has really stepped up over the past 10 years or so, so if you want to stay with Wilson they do make some nice clubs. Their FG series might be a modern equivalent. For now keep hitting what you’ve got, John
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