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  1. What seems to help me is having a definite trigger and sequence.

    It is still a work in progress, but for those times when I’m setting up and my mind is too cluttered, I need to think when all else fails just do this and that and swing.

    You need to figure out what one or two things you need to do to get the downswing started and the sequence.

    The result may not always be great, but as long as it is not bad, I consider it a success.


  2. 8 hours ago, BC-to-MI said:

    ...I don't find it particularly entertaining to watch tour pros repeatedly hit bailout wedges from the fairway to 35+ feet because they can't attack any pins.

    I agree.  Once Rahm was up all he needed to do was play close to par.  No one was able to really challenge him.

    Finish to Workday was so much more fun to watch.

    Except Bryson’s Kevin Costner impersonation.  It was fun to watch him stick to his guns to point of missing the cut.


  3. While this is totally tongue-in-cheek.

    Jordan hanging out with Brooks reminiscing.

    Jordan: Brooks what’s it like to win 4 majors.

    Brooks: It’s nice, and easy.

    Brooks: Jordan what’s it like to have double digit wins.

    Jordan: It’s great.

    Aah, the good old days.


  4. I’ve thought that Jordan should develop more of a Kuchar mindset when he starts to fade.

    Every player goes in wanting to win, but there comes a point in a tournament where you want to get into the top 10.

    I always felt Kuchar was one of those hang around guys who may not win a lot but doesn’t blow up a lot.  He always seems to finish pretty good.

    I was surprised to see Kuchar has more top 10’s than Dustin Johnson.

    Jordan is so far out right now, that he needs to set a number he can get to that will get into the top 20 and not worry about the leaders.

    He needs to develop positive weekends so that when he is in a position to win he has more confidence in his Sunday game.


  5. I am really too old to have an a-ha moment, but I did.  I have struggled my whole life trying to keep my downswing from going outside.  A few months ago I began in earnest on getting to my left side.  That helped putting me in a better position, but my real a-ha moment was when I started to slow down my upper body and let my hips clear.

    At first it felt like I was waiting an eternity to initiate my downswing, even though in reality it was probably just a split second.  But all of a sudden I thought, where did all that space for my downswing come from.  And why am I able to have a balanced finish.  It was a, "Wow, look at this."

    I have to keep on myself to maintain that tempo, especially on the course, when it is easy to speed things up.  But for the first time, I think I actually understand.


  6. I’m not an expert here.  I have really been working on moving to the left and the right sequence and tempo.

    What I discovered, at least for me, that the difference between a sold hit with a good follow through and much less was lag.

    If I can hold my downswing until I’ve completely moved to the left and not rush it, it pretty much just happens.  The tough part is getting the timing just right.

    I don’t know if this will help.


  7. Almost Golf is out of business.  You can still stumble upon them every now and then.  They used to go for around $1 a ball but I've seen them for as much as $3+ each.  If anyone really is looking for them and is willing to pay a bit more, I found this (but they are white not yellow)...


    The best limited flight plastic golf balls were made by Brush-T and called Qolf Balls.  They were hard plastic and heavier than Almost Golf, had a nicer feel and would go a little bit farther.  I bought a box of 60 a while back, but have been using Almost Golf around the school yard if anyone is remotely close by.  I still look for them, but they seem to be long gone.


    Edit Added:  It may seem high, but at east it isn't $500-$600 for a Clicgear cart.

  8. On 3/31/2020 at 2:22 PM, Bonvivant said:

    I think you missed what I was talking about. If people that love to golf enough, but normally ride and can't right now, still go out and walk and play they might find a new appreciation for walking. I don't think that this will be the experience for most, but I hope that some people find a new way to enjoy the game, and stick with it. Carts are a very American thing, and I think that it stems from some form of convenience that American's value more than other people.

    All this talk of putting speakers in carts is making me sick though. Do y'all actually play music while you are golfing? If so, do you think that it doesn't bug others?


    Sorry, I mis-interpreted the word permanently.


  9. It may permanently change which courses survive, but it won't "permanently" change riding or walking.  Fast forward a few years with a vaccine in place and it will go back to normal.  100 degree weather will eliminate any thought of walking.

    If people won't ride a few feet from each other, how will they ever go to a sporting event at a stadium or arena; or be part of a gallery?


  10. While I think Chamblee could have used different language, there is one positive aspect to his comments.

    In a world where professional and recreational (for the most part) golf has shut down, it does give all of the commentators, and even the PGA, something to talk about.

    Being reduced to watching past golf tournaments, (and for me previous Stanley Cup runs), and movies, there is really nothing much to talk about.


  11. On 3/11/2020 at 1:35 PM, ChetlovesMer said:

    I have this golf buddy. He's a good guy and I like playing with him. He's the kind of guy that spends the entire round telling you about the round he's playing as he's playing it. I'm sure most of us have a buddy like that... or maybe you are the buddy like that.

    So I say "Why don't you get a lesson, or sign up for multiple lessons?" He's reluctant. He wants to figure it out on his own. But finally he relents and signs up for a free lesson. (First one is free.) 

    Okay, so he's in the slot at the range working with the pro. I'm in the next slot over, half hitting shots, half trying to glean information off his lesson. 

    So, the coach gives him some "feels" to try to go for, and some drills and suddenly my buddy is hitting it way better. And I mean tons better. 

    I don't know your buddy so I can't tell you if you should talk to him.  I took excerpts out of your post that might give you an idea what to do.

    I guess if you don't mind the constant whining throughout the round, and you think it might upset him too much, then you can always pass and accept that will be your day at the course.

    I like the use of the word "relents", it does show a degree of perseverance on your part.

    If you decide to pursue talking to him, you have all sorts of ammo.  I mean, you were there, you saw the immediate results and were impressed.

    I probably wouldn't say anything until you guys play again.  When he starts up again during the round, I'd tell him how great he hit the ball at his lesson.  You were there and saw it.  Depending how much you want to push it, you can make it a game of attrition.

    If I had a buddy that constantly complained and then I actually saw that he could improve fairly easily, it would be tough to listen to it.  You feel bad when someone is off, but

    when that person refuses to take advice that works from an instructor, I don't know.



  12. On 3/18/2020 at 4:37 AM, boogielicious said:

    It also reminds me of the technique called "Quiet Eye". With Quiet Eye you first look where you want the ball to go. Then only looking at your ball, you hit it. The idea is your brain already knows where the target is and now only ball is important.

    This also reminds me of mountain biking... I don't want to hit the tree, but if I look at the tree, I'll hit it.  Lol!

    As far as the topic.  I've done both, but in recent times it is distance.

    Picking a spot, trying to remember that exact spot (tuft or blade of grass), or believing it, from a setup perspective sometimes got me second guessing the line.  Once I start to second guess anything it's over.

    But this thread has gotten me thinking about coming up with a way to accept (convince me) that is the correct line.


  13. Nothing is worse than just staring at the ball and your mind is so cluttered that you can't even get started.  Sooner or later, you make a forced takeaway and then nothing but bad things happen.

    Ironically I decided to break the cardinal rule, I started my takeaway with my right hand.  It was almost like my brain was at a loss of words.  I thought it would really cause problems, but the club found it way where it needed to go and it didn't change the downswing.  I don't know if it will stick, but for now it seems to have removed a lot of tension.


  14. I know pat 3 courses have been mentioned.  That is where a lot of people can learn, especially kids.  Unfortunately, so many par 3 courses have been bulldozed over.

    When one of our sons and his wife come out we go to this little par 3 that is about a half hour away.  His wife never played golf, except when they come out.  It has been completely remodeled and it is dirt cheap.

    Mid-week is $6.75 (juniors are $1.75).  The longest hole is maybe 100 yards.  The 4 of us go and have a great time.  Someone will invariably sink a long putt or roll one from tee to the green.  But it reminds me of a time gone by when I would play as a kid.

    The same city has a mini golf park.  It costs $11.50 per person to play... lol.


  15. I haven't voted yet.  I'm still kicking it around.

    If I look at a few other sports, some are spectator, some participatory, and a few are both.

    I would think American football is primarily a spectator sport in that few people go out on the weekends and play in leagues.  There is also a noticeable absence of equipment commercials during broadcasts... lol.

    Cycling is on the other spectrum.  While a major event like the Tour de France will attract many local spectators, it not a good spectator sport from a broadcast perspective.  But that probably has little impact on how many go out an buy a bike and hit their local MUP.

    Soccer is one of those unique sports that fits both a spectator and participatory sport.

    Golf is real tricky.  Golf really isn't a great spectator sport for most people, especially those who don't play golf, and they won't sit and watch; dare I say boring.  At the same time golf, and tennis for that matter, are not easy sports to play.  Golf is hard.  Most anyone can ride a bike, or kick a soccer ball around.  No one has to take lessons.  And as a kid, I could always go out and shoot hoops, or get a bat and ball and some friends and play.

    I'm pondering the original question in the context of the word "good".  To me a lot comes down to what will improve, grow, the sport of golf over the next 25-50 years and attract future generations to experience the frustration of hitting that white ball all over creation for half a day.  Sometimes I think that the sport is primarily passed down from generation to generation and it spread to friends from there.  With the exception of Tiger, I'm not sure TV has a lot to do with it.  Since most people know the PGA Tour from TV, is it really growing anything just maintaining the interest of those who are already hooked on golf?


  16. 15 hours ago, leftybutnotPM said:

    I would be very surprised if "self-belief" was an issue with any of these players.

    Actually I'd be very surprised if self belief or self confidence is not an issue with many players in most every professional sport.  Granted flaws do work their way into even the most elite player.  But there is no denying that elite players in every sport at times just feel it.  They just know they are going to make it.  It's those times when everything slows down and you just see it happening.


  17. Nothing compares with the magnitude of cheating over an entire season, including the playoffs, resulting in winning the World Series.

    I could envision someone incorporating electronics that go undetected.  Not exactly the Rodney Dangerfield putter, but some unfair advantage.

    However, if someone was able to cheat throughout the season, end up number one and win the Tour Championship/Fedex Cup there would be more than a slap on the wrist.


  18. On 2/16/2020 at 6:27 AM, rod7515 said:

    My handicap was 14.3 but with the new system I am a 12.6.

    Not to take this in a different direction, but this is something I had read about with the new handicap system.  Shorter hitters that play forward tees are penalized.  Not that you are hitting from forward tees, however if you are playing no better but your handicap dropped based on how it is now calculated, you got sc#%$ed.


  19. Since you have a Sky Trak simulator, I would hit shots and get an idea what is going on.  I’m not sure of the features, but if you can get club head path and orientation at impact, it might give you the reason why you are going left and right.

    Club head speed, launch angle, etc.  might help to determine if your distances are where they should be or there is something else that is impacting getting the most from each shot.

    This isn’t a fix for being inconsistent, but it is something you might want to discuss with a pro going into lessons.


  20. I’m not a club designer, but it would seem that the wider the sole that contacts the ground the more adverse a significant increase in bounce would be.

    For a wide sole sure-out wedge shape, that trailing edge of the sole has got to impact the height of the leading edge a whole bunch.  Apart from playing it off my back foot, I can’t imagine a shot off a tighter lie.


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