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Sidehatch

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About Sidehatch

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  • Birthday 11/04/1979

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  1. Sidehatch

    Video Game Thread

    Been playing Madden exclusively since I got PS4 Pro. Downloaded the latest rosters and have been running Denver Broncos franchise for the 4-WR pass heavy playbooks. Did fantasy draft and went with Deshaun Watson, Delanie Walker, and lightning fast WRs like John Ross. That 3-4 defense is great if you go with beastly linemen like JJ Watt, Kawann Short, and high play recognition LBs. Tried MLB the Show, beautiful game with great mechanics, but it seems to really make my thumb go into carpal tunnel land. Madden isn’t quite so hard on the hands
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    What'd You Shoot Today?

    Shot an 87 at Hansen Dam while walking in the tough heat. We all got gassed at the same time, then all recovered around the same time. Hybrid long clubs were off (pushing them right), but I made up for it with short game. Best shot of the day was a par 3, into the bunker. Second shot hit the lip and rolled into my footprint. Hit that out onto the fringe, asked them to pull the stick, and made about a 30 foot putt with about a 6 foot right to left break into the center cup. I’m happy with that score on a day where I was almost never GIR, but giving myself a chance at pars still.
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    What are Your 2018 Golf Goals?

    Goal: Break 80 again. Did it last year, now it's time to repeat and beat the 79 I shot last year. Improve my iron play. This has been much better the last two rounds in June, so I'm happy to be on the right path with this one. Make more birdie putts. I was 0-5 last round, and cost me a sub-80 round. That's it! Good luck and hit 'em straight!
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    2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills

    Reason why I was disappointed is he started off one shot back on the day, then it looked like the run was on with holes 9, 10, 11. Then on Hole 12 approach he hooked his approach into the sand, which torpedoed his chances. Then that got into his head a little and he hit another bad shot, bogeying 12. It was disappointing because it killed the run, and pretty much took him out of the competition. By the time 18 rolled around, he was ready to get off the course. I am pretty sure he'll put it all together one of these majors though. He's been playing pretty well this year, and now has notched strong appearances in both majors and a few other tourneys. Finau will be back!
  5. Sidehatch

    Music on the Course - When did this become a thing?

    IDK when it became a thing, but the most memorable music moments for me are: Playing the last few holes of a nice country club with the mansion up above playing Sinatra full blast every Sunday. Not a big Frank fan, but it's a pretty cool vibe. Playing at a public course next to a Jewish festival with lots of Israeli hardcore techno. Most people didn't seem to mind, found it funny. It probably cost all of us a few shots though. Playing at another muni across from a big event, with DJ Cash Mooooooney on the mike. He was so bad it was hilarious. I can't imagine he gets many gigs.
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    2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills

    I was disappointed in Finau. I had a few bucks on him at 74-1. It's not so much that he didn't win (can't be holding your breath on 74-1 guys to win), but how he went about falling out of the competition on Sunday. I think he wins a major someday. What do you guys think?
  7. Sidehatch

    Need Advice to Learn Golf

    The reason why I did that is I was implementing 3-5 New swing tips after each lesson. After one lesson, I hit 200 shanks the next two times at the range before finally learning that new skill. For me it worked, for others it might not.
  8. Sidehatch

    Need Advice to Learn Golf

    Go to your local municipal course and ask who teaches. I played poorly for about a decade before signing up for a lesson 6-pack that cost about $180. Take one lesson every 3-4 weeks and go to the driving range at least twice a week, minimum 45 minutes each time. And go play a round at least 1-2 times a month, preferably on weekday afternoons when it’s empty so there is nobody rushing you. If you decide you like the game, you can get all spendy with new clubs. But I would go with used clubs at the start just in case you don’t like it. Regardless of what clubs you buy, I highly recommend getting new grips for them. You want the same exact style of grip on every club (except putter can be different). This will simplify the learning process.
  9. Best thing about an injury is just focus on putting for 2 months. It can vastly improve your game.
  10. Sidehatch

    Best Course In Or Around Los Angeles

    Rustic Canyon and Moorpark CC are the two best public courses, both cater to all kinds of players and are in excellent condition. Both have players who take the game seriously and the management is top notch. River Ridge in Oxnard might be the best public muni course I have played, and they have two 18 hole courses there with Victoria Lakes ranging from easy to very hard depending on the time of day (windy in the afternoon). It is the only public course I have played with a true “amen corner.” Hansen Dam near Pacoima is a public course that is one of my favorites too, because the greens can range from extremely easy to very difficult.
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    Driving Range Etiquette Question

    Only time I have done it is when a guy insisted on playing with our group and increased our round time by 2:00-plus hours, while talking the entire time. When we got through Hole #17 and the guy was acting like a know it all and was confused by his swing flaw, I politely mentioned it. My friends and I were so mad at his horrible behavior that we didn’t play golf again for a month. But when on the range, I’ll keep it to myself. Yes, may have been working on something.
  12. Sidehatch

    What'd You Shoot Today?

    Shot a 94 today first time playing Rancho in downtown LA, with some solid holes and some terrible ones. On the bad ones, I was usually trying to get too cute with a draw or my aim or something. Then again, I got an easy par on the same Par 5 that the plaque says the late great Arnold Palmer had a 12 on in 1961, so I at least I left on a high note. If if I could do an inkling of what Palmer did for kids’ charities and other people, I’ll take that in a heartbeat. The stories about Arnie’s generosity are amazing.
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    Recap Your 2017 Golf Goals

    My goal was to break 80 for 2016 and 2017, and maybe even 2015. I finally did it this summer a month or so before my first kid was born. Since then, I've had some rounds as low as 81-82, and frankly left a few putts on the table. I've had a few terrible rounds too, but I got over the mental block, and now don't get so worn down about a bad round. I think my next best round is going to be a 77 or a 76. It's nice to have things looking up!
  14. Sidehatch

    Concentration tips

    Thanks for all the answers, fellow forum members! To answer your question, what I mean is: I destroyed the ball with my hybrids on the range the day before and day of the round. Day of the round, on the two par threes where I have to hit my hybrids, I duffed them and lost 3 balls. Of the 13 shots I hit that day with the 2 or 3 hybrid, I hit 7 of them well. For me, that 54% success rate is a poor percentage. It's usually a success rate closer to 75%-90%. The type of miss was pulling my head I think, and possibly swinging too hard. Normally I don't think about the game too much, but I did get a little amped up for each of those par 3s, and it screwed me up. Anyways, it was apparent to me after the round that I was mentally different in the tee box on those two holes. What's funny is that the rest of the round, I was pretty damn good, and gave myself very good chances at like 5+ birdies. I did have two birdies on very difficult holes. I'm not sure why my concentration slipped, other than possibly overthinking or getting a little too amped up.
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