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  1. 250 yards is a respectable carry distance

    Ironically, Ive hit my 3 longest drives ever in the last 2 days, since I posted these comments - playing with someone who had a laser. Anyway, I had a 280 and 2 in the 270s... However, the ground is almost frozen solid, Ive been having huge bounce and roll 30-50 yards, but it was very nice to feel how it is to be pulling out a wedge or a 9iron for the second shot instead of a 7 iron
  2. 250 yards is a respectable carry distance

    Thats all true.. I do use a golf app GPS and seems to be pretty decent within a few yards. I know for example if I'm 385Y from where i'm standing on tee box to center of green on a straight hole and my 2nd shot is measuring 135 standing over the ball to CoG, then I know I've hit somewhere in the neighborhood of a 250 drive. I know what that distance looks like in terms of ball shape and flight and I'm always disappointed as i feel like I've truly crushed it and it should be measuring 270 but never is. Ive heard loads of golfers say they hit 250-270 regularly, but rarely do i see it.. its just my experience, anecdotal evidence if you will? well, I should have said I see 250 a fair enough amount of time but 270 is rare
  3. 250 yards is a respectable carry distance

    Played in an outing recently, 24 of us, I think I had the highest handicap of all golfers on 16. Longest drive of the day and closest to the pin on all par 3s were in play as side bets, the longest recorded drive in a field of 24 golfers of mostly single digit handicappers was 287 including roll-out... People are definitely over-estimating their drives
  4. There are too many pages on this thread to read, so apologizes if someone has already brought it up "There is a book called "The Sports Gene" and the DanPlan is one example of 100s of experiments that are discussed in the book, across all sports and including other disciplines such as chess, and playing a musical instrument. 10,000 hours however is only 1 of the elements required to be considered expert/top of the field. Physiology/genetics is another and mental approach in relation to your chosen field. Physiology/Genetics plays a bigger role in most cases than the time commitment, for example Specifically, why Kenyas win so many marathons is based in part because of genetics. All of the previous winners can be traced genetically to a tribe indigenous to some area of Kenya at altitude. Because of this their pulmonary and lung capacity is genetically predisposed to pump a higher volume of oxygen through the blood. They are also pre-deposed to having very thin lower legs, ankles and small feet - the region of the body that uses up the most energy in marathon running. So basically, as long as they put in the time and training required for long distance running, Kenyans are basically unbeatable. Olympic winning high jumpers, have 2 things in common, (a) being above a certain height and (b) having an ankle tendon that measures over a certain length, that allows for the biggest down-force and release, its that that allows them to jump so high, again 10k hours required by genetics is what puts them ahead Germany scientists, in the early 80s I think, measured every part of the body that could possible be measured, internal/external of 100s of aspiring tennis players. They then made a prediction on which boy and which girl would be the best tennis players, having not once seen any of them play. Based purely scientific reasoning, the names of the 2 kids were Stefi Graph and Boris Becker. A good example of mental approach, among many other examples, violinists who occupy the first position in a major orchestra spent more time practicing alone, and starting from a younger age. There is also a brilliant example of why grand master chess players become what they are, its all about their mental approach and memory, as well as 10k+ hours, too long to go into in detail, fascinating stuff though. The point is, most of the experiments were conducted under rigorous scientific methods. The Dan Plan wasn't, his experiment does not count, the theory is still solid, but you cant ignore the other 2 elements which dan did.
  5. Best Shot of the Week

    Have to give this one to my playing partner this morning - 212Y Par 3, a green that neither of us have ever dropped on, a few low burners that have rolled onto the green. But today he took a 6 iron (he's a very big hitter), hit a perfect draw shot, and landed 6 feet past the hole. It wasn't even the distance he gets with that club, it was the shape of the shot that was so pretty.
  6. What do you HATE the most about golf?

    When you've been on your best run of form ever, when you're constantly hitting around your lowest score on a consistent basis for 6-7 games, then one day out of the blue she gives you a nightmare card - A score above what you'd expect your worst score to be. And you haven't a clue whats going on, thats just happened to me this morning - Good thread topic, I didn't have to think about my answer lol
  7. What'd You Shoot Today?

    Hit my first 100+ in 9 or 10 games - 101 (low 90s hitter of late) Which really pissed me off because before today, I would have said the only reason I'm struggling to shoot under 90 was because of my driver getting me into jail all too often, Today was the best day I've ever had with a driver, not once in the woods, hit 11FW in regulation with an average of around 220/25, which is an absolute first for me by a mile. However 52 putts, lost count of how many triple putts I made - off the charts! In my defense I've never played on such challenging greens, also a first for me, still no excuse.
  8. My One Year Story

    I've only just started thinking about playing him again in the last few months - since I was thinking about booking my trip home. I slipped into practicing a lot not by intention but the enjoyment of feeling like I was improving most of the time. When you're constantly trying to find ways to re-arrange your schedule to fit a round in, it probably tells me everything I need to know about that? Playing him again is just a by-product, but its an interesting thought you make?
  9. My One Year Story

    Hello All, Kicking off my account with a fun story (hopefully) On my annual back-home-to-N.Ireland visit last year, my long time mate asked me to his course for a round, he knew I wasn't a golfer, but he is, big time (6-8 handicapper) I guess he wanted to see if he could get me interested in the sport. I'd only played golf 3 or 4 times in my life prior to that day, the last time being about 20 years ago, so you can imagine how painful of an experience it was for the both of us haha. It bothered me for weeks after my return to the states how bad I was, probably shot in the neighborhood of 140s, don't know for sure, stopped counting after 3 or 4 holes. Anyway, so I have a driving range very close to where I live, so it struck me to go one morning, kind of a spur of the moment thing. Cut a long story short, On May 21, 2015 I ended up leaving the range having had my first lesson 2 hours later. From there I started visiting a couple of mornings a week, when after about a month, one of the golf shop attendants recommended I buy a season pass if I was going to come so often - unlimited balls for the first 2 hours of the day and access to 3 different golf courses for $10 a round, the pass costing $360 a year - I jumped at it. Fast forward 1 year and 5 days later, Ive hit 35,000 practice balls (yes I counted), approx 60 rounds of golf and 12 lessons, almost 40 of those rounds have been since early March this year, and for the past 10 or so rounds, Ive started hovering in the low to mid 90s, and yesterday I hit my first sub 90 (89) on a par 70 (5600 yards) Well pleased with that! So here's the kicker, the mate I played with last year, he doesn't know anything about the level of time and commitment I've been putting into golf over the last year, so as far as he's concerned, the last time I picked up a golf club, it was with him last year. I've just booked my annual trip to N.I for next month. I'm hoping he'll consent to playing me again, he's in for a surprise! Thats my story

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