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  1. Played yesterday with a buddy at a course I haven't played in a while. It's under new management and the conditions have improved somewhat, although I could hardly imagine them getting any worse. The last outfit was an absolute disaster! Anyway, I shot 40-42=82 for the round and left the course kind of disappointed. After the 40 on the front, the way I started the back made me hopeful that I could shoot in the 30's and break 80 for the second time this season. That hasn't happened in a while! That was until I totally butchered the par 5, 17th. Hit a not so good drive in the left rough, but not far enough to reach the lake that runs down most of the left side and wraps around behind the green. Instead of taking my medicine I tried a hero shot and dunked it in the drink! I dropped and then took my medicine. This still left me only a partial wedge to the green, I had the pitch going dead at the flag, but hit it a little too hard and it went over. I was lucky it stopped about a foot from the water or it could have been much worse. I chip on and 2 putt for an 8! So I'm kicking myself pretty good after the round. This morning, sitting at the kitchen table with my coffee and sports talk on the radio, I started thinking about the round again. And I came to a different conclusion. After that yack job on 17 it would have been easy to give up. But I went to 18 tee and hit one of the better drives I've hit it in a while. According to the GPS it was 257 yards. May not sound like much to some, but I'm 67 now and have been working hard to regain some of my lost distance. I was tired of a "good drive" being 220! 93 yards to the flag and I stick a wedge 10 feet away hole high, graze the left edge of the cup with the birdie putt leaving myself a 6" tap in for par. I was able to put my blow up hole in the rear view mirror and play the next hole the way I wanted to. That's not always easy to do. My buddy's Son lets a bad hole, or even a bad shot get to him. His attitude and game go right in the crapper! Golf gives you a chance to do better 18 times a round! Not many games like that. I can't wait to get out again!
  2. What that says to me is, if you're wearing a 50 buck uncollared shirt from their pro shop, you are good to go!
  3. Good for you! It seems too many people forget to make golf fun for kids! Fun is what they're all about!
  4. That's my story. I used to gouge a hole in that little pocket between the knuckles of my index and middle finger of my left hand. I started with the interlock because that's what Nicklaus did, and if Nicklaus did it that must be the way to do it! Eventually I switched to the overlap or "Vardon" grip and have played it ever since. As an experiment, earlier this year I tried changing back to the interlock. I couldn't hit the ball worth a damn! Admittedly, I didn't spend a lot of time on that experiment. I'm 67 now, and not looking to make any huge changes in my game, and to my mind a change in your grip, other than just strengthening or weakening it a bit, is a huge change!
  5. Do they offer a payment plan? Heck! You can get a payment plant for lawnmower these days, why not golf clubs! Considering what some sets cost, it kind of makes sense.
  6. That explains it! The word you are searching for is patience, not patients! They are two different things! And your auto correct just might be!
  7. There is another thread on this forum called "Stop conning yourself!" This might be applicable here. If you can hit a half PW 105, that suggests that you can hit a full PW about 2 hundy, or at least the high hundies! Sorry, I can't buy that. Tour pros can't do that, although some of them are getting scary close! And this is not to beat you up, we all kind of do it. My buddy did it for years after I had come to the realization that, in my 60's, I didn't hit the ball nearly as far as I used to! My buddy was conning himself, thinking he was still pumping drives out there 260-270! It was more like 220-230.
  8. HUH? I've been playing this frigging game for 50+ years! Don't even try to tell me that I don't know what "feel ain't real" means! Back in the day I shot par and sub par golf, so I know what "feels" are! And I understand the "concept" of keep your trail arm straight. I tried that for a while, and it did not work for me! I understand that it tries to increase the radius of my swing, But I made inconsistent contact with the ball, and really had no idea where it was going. I grew up, and was instructed, in the "keep your right elbow close to your side", "tuck a knotted towel under your right armpit, and don't let it fall out in your backswing" era! That is how I learned to play golf. The second to last time we played, I tried a practice swing on the tee like that, and it felt pretty good! I striped my drive right down the middle. The last time we played, I employed the same swing, and shot a 78! The first time I've broken 80 in a while! My swing felt so much more "connected" and together, I started hitting the ball dead in the center of the clubface, right on line, and for good distance. I guess what I'm saying here is that old dogs find it hard to learn new tricks!
  9. My questions to you would be how old are you and what is your clubhead speed with that particular club? I was a really good golfer in my late teens and early twenties. Then life intervened, and eventually I couldn't get my 2 iron up off the ground anymore! I bought a Cleveland hybrid 2 and loved it right off. Nowadays, I don't carry an iron longer than a 6! You kind of sound like me. Irons 6 and under I'm fine with. 5 and up, I need a hybrid! Clubhead speed doesn't just mean additional distance, it means additional height, which is part of what gives the shot additional distance!
  10. I bought my first hybrid quite a few years ago, when I could no longer get my 2 iron higher in the air than the gutters on a ranch house! I loved it right from the get go! It was a Cleveland HiBore 2 hybrid that is still in my bag! I don't carry an iron longer than a 6, my 3,4, and 5 irons being covered by TM Rescue hybrids that I bought from a buddy. He couldn't hit them, I could! They are just halfway between irons and fairway woods, with more mass farther behind the ball. This allows the club to get the ball up in the air more easily. If you can hit a 5 or 7 wood, you can hit a hybrid!
  11. Good points, but don't discount lie angle too much! As I understand it , the dot color on Ping irons is all about the lie angle. I once read a story where John Daly was being fitted for a new set of clubs at the club company's headquarters. He had worked his way down to the short irons (8,9,PW, GW), and after hitting some balls with them asked the fitter to have them bent 1/2 degree flat! Daly sat back to enjoy a diet Coke and a heater and when the fitter came back, he hit more balls. He was smiling big because the irons were perfect. He said to a reporter, "Most amateurs don't realize how much a little change in lie angle can help their game!" And isn't "direction" kind of what golf is all about?
  12. I do now! And a sunflower seed hull has to do with dress code in that slobs are slobs! And that's exactly what it is, attitude! This is why people show up at funerals in cargo shorts, wife beaters, and sandals! How about a little respect? I may not go the whole suit and tie route, like I did when we buried my Mother, but if I'm going to attend, I will wear clean, pressed dress slacks and shirt. And dress shoes.
  13. Well, this past Thursday I broke 80! Been flirting with 80 for a little while recently, and it finally happened. Been a few years since I've done that. I went back to an old "swing thought" from when I first learned the game, and suddenly found myself hitting the ball on the button! Best ball striking round I've enjoyed this year!
  14. Same here! I have never seen that in my life. There is one course where they have a set of silver tees out in front of the ladies. I don't know if they are for super seniors or for kids. My buddy mentioned the other day, "Where are the 'Senior women's' tees!" Pretty soon we're going to need about a dozen tee boxes per hole!
  15. Yep! I keep a pair of Foot Joy rain gloves in my bag just in case. The wetter they get, the better they grip! They are actually quite amazing. No slip!
  16. I don't know when this became a "thing", but I've noticed it more and more the past few years! I had a birdie putt cruising toward the hole on a perfect line when it suddenly hopped about 3"-4" in the air and died short! I walked the line and found a sunflower seed hull! Nowadays I walk my line beforehand to check for things like that. People who spit anything on the green should be tied to a whipping post!
  17. There hasn't been a post here in a month and a half, but I feel like I'm pretty close to the same. My handicap index ballooned to a 14,4 late last year into early this year. A very wet early year that gave no roll.It's now 13.4, so I guess I've improved by one stroke!
  18. Shot a 78 at Pine Lakes GC in Hubbard, OH on Thursday. Best round I've had in about 2 years! So, I'm claiming the 'Broke 80" badge.
  19. The same seems to be true of collegiate golf. This past Labor Day and the day after, I went out to watch the YSU (Youngstown, State University) Ladies Golf Invitational at Mill Creek North. I watched some of these young women play some marvelous golf! Shooting under, or near, par from the men's white tees. I also saw some ladies who couldn't really give me a game! It takes all kinds to make a world, and I'm appreciative of anyone who wants to compete.
  20. Well, it wasn't today, but yesterday, that I shot 78 at Pine Lakes GC in Hubbard, OH! I've been flirting with breaking 80 recently and it finally happened! I enjoyed the best ball striking round I've had in a while. Oddly enough, it wasn't because of anything new, but because of something old. But that's a subject for a different page. And yes, I will be applying for a "Broke 80" prize!
  21. So, please describe to us just how many "honest and respectful" slobs you know! Slobs are usually slobs because they don't even respect themselves!
  22. Anyone ever use nicotine patches to try to stop smoking? Man! You will have some weird dreams wearing those! One weird dream I recall (not on the patch) is more recent. For some reason I was in Florida (I live in Ohio, and have been to Florida 2 or 3 times) and ran into Ty Burrell, the actor who plays the character Phil Dunphy on Modern Family. He was in Florida to do some kind of live, outdoor performance and was accompanied by some shady sidekick who stole some parts off my vehicle! I needed to get home and complained to Burrell who got his sidekick to return my parts. But, he wouldn't re-install them, and I couldn't find the tools to do it myself! I knew that he had to have the tools in order to remove the parts so I would look for them. Once I found them my parts went missing again! Another intercession by Burrell got my parts back, but the tools were gone! This would go back and forth until I would bolt awake in bed. I don't remember what was frustrating me in real life at the time, but the dream was an exercise in total frustration!
  23. I'm not big on confrontation either, but I don't know that I could put up with that! I have a long fuse, but I think that it would have burned to nothing in that circumstance!
  24. Understood! My partner and I both noticed it, and we saw you asking about how it was working out for him during the round. His compensation seemed to work quite well. The larger point could be that there is no one perfect way to hit a golf ball. Well, maybe there might be, but I don't know that humans are capable of achieving it. The minor point is, you can find a way to overcome difficulties. Vishal had a pretty nice game, and hit some impressive shots!
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