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  1. What I have noticed when I "accelerate" through my putts is that I pull them! And the reason that I accelerate is because I haven't taken a deep enough backstroke. Your body panics, since it instinctively "knows" what you didn't do and seeks to make up for it. I read this thread for the first time last year, and have been working on it ever since. I'm 66 and putt better now than I did in my 20's! I'm putting 30-40 footers within inches of the cup! This method is a Godsend. Study it, practice it, employ it! My golf buddy's are constantly commenting about how well I putt now.
  2. In a couple of words, not really! But, at 66 years old, I figure maintenance is the real target! I may see some improvement in certain aspects of my game now and then, for instance I'm putting like a wizard right now! But to strive for a significant, overall reduction in handicap seems like a fools errand!
  3. Once you have relocated to Cleveland, if you haven't already, when near a bookstore look for a book called the "Cleveland Golfer's Bible", by John H Tidyman. He has produced any number of editions of these books as the golfing landscape has changed. Whatever is going on, he will clue you in. A couple more ideas I came up with since my last post. Try playing Boulder Creek near Streetsboro, or The Quarry in East Canton. Neither are that far from Cleveland. For a place for kids near Cleveland there may be "Little Met", or another course owned by Cleveland Metroparks that I believe is called "Washington". Just check out Cleveland Metroparks Golf.
  4. In my opinion, there is no difference! If the dude coughing up all the advice isn't self aware enough to recognize what he's doing, he's an idiot! One time I had a horrible problem with less than full pitches. I would routinely shank them! After yet one more failed pitch, my buddy said, "I see what you're doing wrong, and if you want me to, I'll tell you." After a millisecond's consideration I said, "YES! Tell me what I'm doing wrong!" He explained it to me and I have almost never shanked a partial chip since. I appreciate the fact that he asked me if I wanted his advice, rather than just diving in and offering it. I've played this game a long time, and can recognize obvious swing faults with my bare eyes, but will NEVER offer unsolicited advice! As a local golf author wrote, "Unsolicited advice is a headache looking for a forehead to run into!"
  5. I live in NE Ohio, which is now "overbuilt" for golf! So, over time, quite a few golf courses have gone out of business. When a course gets in financial difficulty the first things to go are the bunkers! They are expensive to construct and maintain. Mill Creek GC (36 holes) just spent close to $400K over the past 2 years to refurbish all their bunkers! Good point! Last year we went out to play a course that for whatever reason had the nines reversed that day! So we head out to #10 tee and wait, and wait, and wait some more while two foursomes of absolute fossils teed off in front of us! I don't mean to be unkind, but these guys were seriously old. To the point where it could be questioned whether they should even be on a golf course! After the first foursome hit toward the green, the second foursome teed off, drove out to their balls, and dropped anchor! They might have hit their drives 125 and had 150 to the green, but they held their fire until the prior group cleared. And the prior group took their damn sweet time on the green! After 20+ minutes I was seriously pissed and told the group to follow me back to the starter. I told him that I was not about to take 6 or 7 hours to play a round of golf behind the tortoises we would be behind on the back nine! If we couldn't get out on the front, I was going to the desk for a rain check! He checked his sheet and, whattaya know, there was a gap before the outing, or whatever it was, was due to tee off. The starter said, "If you can get out there right now, you can go." I said, "We're outta here! Thank you!" And we actually caught up to the second group of tortoises on 17 and 18! They took 4+ hours to play nine holes!
  6. You're not alone. Sam Snead couldn't watch Ben Hogan swing either!
  7. Overthinking it much?! Heh, heh, heh! 😉 Glad to see you included the time parameter!
  8. My buddy picked up on a hole he was hacking the crap out of the other day. At the end of the hole I asked him what score he wanted to put down. He said he shot, "infinity"! So, I put down the little sideways 8 symbol for that. He wanted to quit, but I told him to hang in there. He settled down and shot a 44 on the back. At the conclusion of the round I told him that I had shot 83, and he shot an 86-infinity.
  9. Well, my "toughest" might be coming up in about a month. I'm entered in the "Greatest Golfer of the Valley" tourney again this year, and just got an e-mail that the Senior division is playing Avalon Lakes on the second day of the tournament! Wow! I've been wanting to play there for years! It's a Pete Dye design and re-design. He built the original course, but didn't really extend himself, probably due to budget. The city of Warren was building the place. Also a resort hotel, tennis center, the whole deal. When it got into financial trouble because the politicians didn't know how to run a business, a multi-billionaire stepped in and bought the whole kit and caboodle! The first thing he did was re-hire Dye to re-design the course, with no expense spared. The original course was as flat as a pancake because that's how the land was, and the budget was bargain basement! The re-design looks like Dye moved about a million yards of earth to create what he did, and the result is spectacular. The new owner wanted a track that could attract a PGA Tour event, and he got it. The last time I saw the place was quite a few years ago when the LPGA Tour played there. The ladies raved about the place! This Saturday the junior division of the Greatest Golfer tourney has their final round there. I plan to be on hand. Not just to watch the juniors, but to have a look at the course before I play it. i plan to take a notebook! I missed the cut for the final day last year because Youngstown Country Club, which I had never laid eyes on, just ate my lunch!
  10. Haw! That made a memory come up really strong! I was chipping around in the back yard when I wondered what would happen if I smacked one of those golf balls all out. I was hitting a mid-iron or mid mashie ( a 2 or 3 iron, that's all that was available to me ), and rifled a duck hook through Mr. Ross' garage window! Having been raised properly, I went an confessed my crime. Mr. Ross and my Dad huddled to determine how much work I had to do for him to pay for it. I overheard Mr. Ross say to my Dad, "It seems like the boy wants to play. Maybe we should take him out." So, I got to pull my Dad's cart and keep score. I made the classic mistake of informing my Dad that he was winning after the first 9, since his score was higher than Mr. Ross'! He told me that in golf, the lowest score wins! Where have I heard that before? Rather than deliver a lecture, my Dad just said "think about it". I did think about it, and soon realized he was right. That was the beginning of my life's odyssey in golf!
  11. Thank you. The same is true for a hard wind from the left or right. They will not only shove your ball in one direction or another, they will also scrub spin off of it and cause it to fall short as well.
  12. Wow, that's nice! Usually they just dump out of the machine into your bucket, and you get what you get! I remember reading an article many years ago where Nicklaus was presented with golf balls that had no dimples. They were made as smooth as ping pong balls. He would blast a Driver, and it would fall out of the air 175-180 yards from the tee. And God only knew where it was going! As far as "meteorologist" goes, I thank you for that. I've been watching the sky since I was a kid because my Dad did. He grew up when there was no weather forecast to tell you what was going to happen, you had to foresee the weather for yourself. He was also a stargazer, and taught me a lot about astronomy.
  13. Yup! Got to play it last year in the second round of the Greatest Golfer in the Valley tournament! The course ate me for lunch, but I still enjoyed myself. The greens were like putting on glass compared to what I usually play! First time I'd laid eyes on the place, and there are a few surprises out there. As an aside, I just got an e-mail about the course rota for this years Greatest tourney. We seniors get to play Avalon Lakes the second day! Hooo boy! I may need Preparation H after that round!
  14. There's a local upscale, daily fee course that is very nice, which also has a very nice practice range with grass tees. It opened, I think, 8-10 years ago. Unfortunately, the range balls are of the same vintage! Some of them come out of the bucket nearly as smooth as a ping pong ball! When you tee one of those up, you just know it's going to fly weird. And while a "downdraft" is doubtful as @mcanadiens problem, I will mention this anyway. I've seen guys hit shots with a following wind, wind blowing from them to the target, expecting to gain additional yardage only to wind up short. One of those things that makes you go hmmmm. If you are playing under a high pressure system it will exert a force on the atmosphere called "subsidence". The wind not only blows in a compass direction, it also blows "down". And the harder it blows in a direction, the harder it blows down. It can force balls down prematurely. Ever look at the trees when storms are moving in? You see the undersides of the leaves. That indicates that the air is lifting, which is one of the things that helps storms to form. That kind of wind from behind will help the ball go farther unless the atmosphere gets too heavy and thick to cancel that kind of effect. We kind of take the air for granted, but it's a complex thing. This isn't really worth a damn on the range, but it might be something to keep in mind when playing for a score.
  15. Good point. My legs never did sweat much. From the waist up was another story! In the 1980's?! In NE Ohio?! You have to be kidding! Besides, that doesn't address the old-timer's comment, "That sun will kill you, boy!"
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