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amished last won the day on August 14 2016

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  1. "Lowest Score Wins" by Barzeski and Wedzik

    I like the paper version of this as I found it easier to carry and lend to my closest golfing buddies to try to show them the light, so to speak. Unfortunately, this is resulting in them staying quite a bit better than I am but I'm getting there!
  2. @bones75 coupled with what @iacas said, the long game is also about not getting those penalties that you mention in your post. If you're getting a lot of penalty strokes, your long game isn't what it should be to score well.
  3. Marker Size

    I do like the poker chips as it allows me to mark the ball, set down my marker and see where my ball would be when I'm looking at the line as other people are hitting/putting. Just easier to see from a distance if I don't want to be in their field of view. I do have a smaller one that is attached to my ball mark repair tool if I'm close to somebody's line so as to not distract them quite as much.
  4. Not sure if either of these count, but here goes anyways (both of these "achievements" were in the same round last night, 9/13/17)! Played from the forward tees for 9 holes (only a 9 hole course) and shot a 33 which is 2 under the par 35 for 9 holes. I would assume that breaking par only counts over 18 holes? Also had my first ever Eagle (also from forward tees) on a 295ish par 4 with a 70 yard gap wedge that trickled in somehow. Got insanely lucky to be where I was on my second as I bonked a tree pretty hard with my driver trying to cut the corner of the hole but my ball decided to go extremely straight that swing...
  5. Best Shot of the Week

    Played from the forward tees on my home course for a change of pace, hole 9, dogleg left 295ish yard par 4. Hit driver, got a lucky bounce off the trees to the "right" (straight ahead at the far end of the dogleg) which left me 70 yards out in the middle of the fairway. Took a 2/3rds 52* gap wedge to try to land it on the front of the green and let it roll out to the pin as this green tends to be very firm, and slopes from front to back. Executed the shot I pictured perfectly, saw it roll slightly down the hill and behind the crest but I didn't think it would be quite enough to get to the pin as I saw the hole was in the back from when I went past the green on our hole #4. My wife and I went over to her 3rd shot and watched as she hit a nice shot to the front of the green from deep trouble. As we got up to the green, neither of us saw the ball anywhere on the green, so I looked in a sprinkler head just in case it was hiding there but as I walked up I decided to check the hole and there was my little white Callaway for my first ever Eagle! tl; dr: 70 yard partial gap wedge for first ever Eagle!
  6. What'd You Shoot Today?

    Went out last night with my wife for something to do on our anniversary, so I decided to play the forward tees with her to give myself a different view of our course and to spend more time really together. My home muni course is just a 9 hole par 35 (36 for the women, our hole #2 is long enough that it's par 6 for the ladies) that isn't extremely long, just shy of 3000 yards from the tips for 9 holes. From the forward tees, I think it comes in at around 2400 yards and I haven't worked out the slope or rating for men as it's not listed on our scorecard. Anyways, I was able to obviously get a lot closer to the green from the tee box in a lot of cases which helped my cause, and lead to many tap in pars. I was able to even get my first ever eagle from 70 yards out on our par 4 9th. This also lead to the first time I've ever shot under par for 9 holes, with a 33! I'm sure the rating would probably be close to 28 or something as it's a relatively easy course but it still requires you to hit good shots to shoot that well. Not sure how to feel about shooting under par for the first time from the forward tees, but it's something that I honestly didn't think I'd ever be able to do from any tees, so that's definitely exciting!
  7. Define The Bad Golfer

    There are golfers that shoot high scores (18+ handicap), but have fun with the activity/social aspect so they don't bother trying to improve or have the time to improve, these people are not bad golfers. There are golfers who shoot high scores, but seem to hate themselves for it and don't try to improve. These ARE bad golfers. There are golfers who shoot low scores (18 or under handicap), and if they don't live up to their own standards they take it out on others/the course. These ARE bad golfers. There are golfers who shoot low scores, enjoy themselves because they're either performing well, enjoying the activity/social aspect of it, or are enjoying improving themselves. These are not bad golfers.
  8. Blaming Strategy? Or Execution?

    I think I see what you're saying now, just avoid hazards around the green, even if it means potentially being off the green. As long as you know your shot zone that makes sense to do as a bunker or water is more penal than rough/fringe would be for sure.
  9. Blaming Strategy? Or Execution?

    I was trying to apply your thought of "on the green isn't always the best spot" to one of the more devilish holes that's on my local muni. It's a shorter par three (155 from the tips, 135-140 from normal mens tees) that plays uphill to a narrow but longer, extremely sloped green. I'm not sure if there is an actual legal place to put the hole on that green anymore due to some of the slope in a lot of the places but I don't know enough about that to be confident. On this hole, for basically everyone that regularly plays on this hole the "common knowledge" is that if you're above the hole in any way, shape, or form then you're going to have a bad time so there are a lot of people that play to be on the front edge of the green/off the green short if the pin location is in the front because of the likelyhood of three-putting if you misread the green/mishit the putt. My last three rounds there I've been on the green in regulation, one time I 4 putt, the other two times I somehow 2 putt. What's interesting to me is the more I think about it, even if it's a basic chip I think that a putt is easier. Therefore, overall, especially as a high handicapper I would want to be putting more than anything else. I might average 2.5 putts on that green if I hit it in regulation, but unless I average 1.5 putts if I miss the green I'm losing shots on average. I know I don't chip and one putt on this hole an exceedingly high amount of time but I would be willing to bet if you track you will see a lower correlated score if you're on the green.
  10. What'd You Shoot Today?

    Semi-Finals of the match play tournament last night at my local club, shot 40/38 (par 70) to record the 2UP win to advance to the finals! Was also my best 18 hole score ever there as well as tying my best 9 hole score! All the work I've been doing in the last month on Key #2 is paying off.
  11. This year is my first year playing in my course's handicapped match play tournament and who had honor was a question that had come up that I was not sure of the answer. On hole three, he ended up winning the hole so he had honor for hole four. On hole four I had to give him a stroke, we both tee off and I end up making par and he ends up making bogey, which turns into net par when playing against me according to my understanding of the rules. He then thought that I should have the honor on hole five since I had the better natural score (par vs. bogey) and I thought that he should retain honor since the hole was halved due to handicap. We ended up playing the way that I thought (he retains honor because of the halved hole) but we weren't sure. His opinion, I believe, comes from our Men's League where it's both stroke and match play, where whomever has the better natural score goes first. I thought that rules were different in pure match play so that's where our confusion came up.
  12. Musicians who golf

    I think that a valid point has been brought up by both @b101 and @awmgolfer, one thing dedicated musicians have learned is how to practice properly. You don't play the right note if your fingering is off, so you have to play properly every time. Doesn't matter how fast you play during practice, just that you play correctly. That aligns very well with the 5 S's of practice that you see @iacas post about here: doing the proper moves properly. I think most people struggle with knowing the correct moves, and doing them slow enough. I know when I was younger and not improving I just thought that it was a ball on the ground that didn't move, how hard could it be? Just hit the darn thing as hard as you can! Reforming how I viewed my swing and what I need to focus on has helped me train myself to become a better practice-er and a better golfer. Last night my practice allowed me to beat my best score on my home course by one, with my new record of pars in a round for me. I feel that the "tempo" idea that many people think is the key to golf just allows them to swing slower and more within their own ability.
  13. Is your Summer slipping away?

    I'd volunteer but you don't want me teaching anybody....
  14. Need help with Fat/Thin shots with wedges

    What other people have said about not truly being able to diagnose your problem without seeing it is true. I will say that with *all* of my irons-wedges, I try to keep my shoulders feeling level (they aren't, but it's what works for me). The other thing that causes me to hit fat shots is not getting my weight forward enough when swinging. I notice I do this when I don't plan my backswing properly (swing too far) and I subconsciously try to hold back to not hit the ball too far. Trying to specifically keep my backswing shorter and powering through the ball has seemed to keep me from mishitting my partial swings.
  15. League Players vs Regular Players - Etiquette

    Where I play, non-league players cannot play during designated league time so I've never seen this be an issue. Pace of play can sometimes become an issue but generally if you're going to be slow, you would do that as a league or non-league player. In my limited past experience, league players stick in their order and play as fast as they deem appropriate and can be slower than "normal" pace of play.