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Let it Fly

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  1. Let it Fly

    What are Your 2018 Golf Goals?

    My goal this year is purely mental: Never give up on a round, no matter how poorly it may be going at any given time. To accomplish this goal, I'll need to improve my focus, commit myself to the "next shot" mentality, and try to take/create positives from poor shots, stretches, etc. I'll also need to develop a "go-to" shot type that I can rely on when my A-game isn't there. Over my first couple rounds so far, I've found that a choked down, 3/4 swing with more club produces a low & tight draw that helps regain the feel of hitting it solid...will continue experimenting with this.
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    Driving Range Etiquette

    The only driving range encounter that legitimately pissed me off was having a guy next to me ask for some of my range balls after his were gone. A polite or courteous ask wouldn't have bothered me, but that wasn't the case. As I was working on a drill (with earbuds in listening to music), I heard this guy going "Hey Jimmy...Johnny? Steve? Mike!?" getting progressively louder with each name trying to get my attention by guessing my name I suppose. I finally gave him a "What's up?" nod, and he asks if he can have one of my balls to "end on a good one." Rude? Yes. Big deal? Not really, so I chip one over to him...naturally he flubs it. Then he turns right back around and says "Hey buddy let me try another one." No chance, dude...I just mockingly laughed, telling him the previous ball is well within walking distance and to go get that one if he needs another swing. On the way home (in a true George Costanza moment) I wished I would have just silently walked to that flubbed ball and chipped it back to him haha. Swing advice, noise, etc doesn't bother me on the range, however I never have time for blatantly rude people.
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    What type of golfer are you?

    This x 100...we'd get along pretty well. Playing a few weeks ago with my group, we're at a point on the course where two tee boxes are right next to each other to the point where we can easily hear the other group near us. One of their players lets one rip with his driver followed immediately by a loud "CRACK!" and an even louder "F@&K!"...only to be perfectly summed up by his buddy who chimed in: "That'll play nicely..." Man, we were in stitches laughing at that one. The guy who hit the shot didn't acknowledge us, but the comic did with a big smile and thumbs up haha.
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    Who is your golf nemesis?

    Welp, another year and another Paskin Challenge in the books with a 3rd straight victory for your truly! We included our other 2 buddies this time, so we changed it from 36-hole match play to 36-hole net stroke play. The Giraffe of Shame was actually decided after the first 18 as the best player of the four of us had a tough first round and decided to go home rather than go around again...so he's getting some extra shame with an official "DNF" haha. With 4 of us now playing, we decided to order a championship belt for the overall winner to take home. Can't wait to sport that thing during our next round as my entire game just clicked over the weekend and I blew the doors off those guys for the first time all year! I'll post a picture when it comes in . P.S. - didn't want to start a new thread for this but apologize for bumping an old one here.
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    Is your Summer slipping away?

    Know the feeling! Went off at 6:00 yesterday morning and we all hit provisional balls as a "just in case" since we couldn't see anything once the ball left the tee...this was my first Summer-slipping-away feeling.
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    2017 Dell Technologies Championship

    First time in 3 years I won't be attending, but will certainly catch the tv coverage. Love going back and forth between 17 fairway/green to watch the down-hill approaches, then heading over to 18-tee to see the bombers take it over the center-fairway traps...fun course to walk around (perhaps a little biased as it's the only PGA tour event I've been to). Can't remember if this was last year or the year before, but we were hanging out just off the 8th green as Spieth was evaluating a putt just a few yards away from us. My girlfriend (bless her heart) blurted out "Wow, he looks way cuter with a hat on." He didn't turn around so I couldn't see his face, but he definitely had a little "hitch" as though he started to turn and look but stopped himself haha. Meanwhile, I was already like:
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    My Swing (Let it Fly)

    It's been a couple months since I updated this thread, so figured I'd get my thoughts down (though no video to share today). I've been working hard on the suggestions made by @mchepp above, and have finally started to see some small, but positive, results. Outside of the occasional straight block/push left (usually when my tempo is a bit rushed), I've been able to eliminate the devastating misses left. This is good progress for me, especially at my home course where all the OB is located down the left side on many holes. My solid shots have become towering draws, with the misses being hooked or pull-hooked to the right. I'm still toiling in the upper 80's which has ticked my handicap upward, but it's better than the string of 90's I had going. Over the next 6-8 weeks, I plan on taking a break from full-swing work at the range. I've been going hard at it since January, and feel kind of mentally beat-up from it. I want to take this time to work more on my short game & wedge play, and try to find some feeling of comfort with the swing I have right now leading up to my annual 45-hole tournament at the end of September...i.e. just playing golf rather than playing "golf swing." It's been a mental struggle recently to separate the two. After the tournament, I'm pretty much sold on signing up with Evolvr to continue working on swing mechanics through the Fall/Winter months.
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    Non golfers understanding of the game of golf

    To be fair, she has a point. I suppose it also applies well to golf.
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    Non golfers understanding of the game of golf

    Haha...we're gonna go fast and turn left sometimes. Back in college, my (now ex) girlfriend's mother came to one of my baseball games. My first at-bat, I hit just a regular ol' foul ball, and she stood up loudly cheering for it. Afterwards, I asked my gf what the heck happened: "Mom, why are you cheering? It's a foul ball..." "Well he still hit it...could have swung and missed!" **face palm**
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    Non golfers understanding of the game of golf

    Haha this gave me a good laugh!
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    Forum Profile Handicap Indices....

    Jumped up to 12.5 this time around as I've been stuck in the high 80's for a little while now. Working hard to ingrain some tough swing improvements, but have struggled to "just play" when I'm out on the course...recent rounds feel like a constant grind from the first tee shot. My misses have changed from off-the-Earth slices to hooks/straight blocks, which tells me I'm getting a little closer but still not there yet.
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    POLL: Is Jordan Spieth a Whiny Baby?

    I think he's just intense. It's fun to watch and his desire to win will (most likely) never be questioned. How many debates have there been on Golf Channel regarding a player's "killer instinct" or lack thereof? DJ is probably a good example before he went on his tear as I remember a lot of chatter that he was too laid back...didn't have that burning desire to win. Now that he's won a bunch, and is the same person (at least on the course), that laid back demeanor is viewed as "cool under pressure." As cliche as it is, winning cures all.
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    Best Shot of the Week

    Holed a wedge for eagle from 115 yds on the 2nd hole (par 5) of a scramble this past Saturday for eagle. Actually caught it a little thin and sent it past the flag, but when it hit the green it zipped back down the slope and happened to drop in...high fives all-around!
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    What keeps you from playing more golf?

    That's a cool idea...imagine there's a good sized niche out there for it. I'll check it out! Certainly a good idea, tried it a couple years ago but didn't really stick. Figured out that I enjoy learning tennis more than she enjoyed trying to pick-up golf, so wound up going that direction and it's worked out pretty well. It has been a while now though, so maybe I can get her to try it out again.

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