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BamaWade last won the day on September 28 2016

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About BamaWade

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    Verboser than most. VERBOSER THAN MOST!!
  • Birthday 10/30/1975

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    Tuscaloosa, AL

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  1. @cooke119, your description of the symptoms (and lack of pain swinging the club, etc.) sound a lot like my issue: an impingement of the shoulder (mine is right-side as well). Not so much an injury as a condition that develops over time. Mine doesn't affect my golf so much (unless there's a little subconscious restriction in my back swing), but does give me problems elsewhere. Anyway, there are physical therapy exercises that can potentially resolve the issue without surgery (few end up needing that). Not trying to make an internet diagnosis, here...just sounds very similar, and that condition is both common and treatable. I'd highly recommend you go see a doc or physical therapist to help with a proper diagnosis and treatment. Good luck!
  2. Good video. I think most adults (or at least those who've played the game a long time) are either pace-of-play-conscious--and do most or all these things--or they don't care or consider POP, and will never change. But--I think videos like this (and POP-focused instruction) should be a foundational part of any instructional or team program for youth (First Tee, "Junior tours", middle & high school teams, etc). Make it part of coaching certification (if it isn't already), and taught to younger players as a golf fundamental. Maybe it's already that way...or supposed to be...don't know. But I mean emphasize it. Make it foundational. Then we'll see positive change for the future of golf.
  3. Can't add much more than what's already been said, other than to share a mantra I use when I've put myself in a situation where I can't get the GIR; I tell myself: "Putt for a par...easy bogey." I.e., get on the green with a reasonable putt to save the par, and if I miss it, leave a tap-in bogey. As a mid-capper (15.5 ATM), if I execute that, I'm walking off the green with a smile.
  4. BamaWade

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    So...I went through a weekly skills camp late spring, and signed up for rec league. 3 games in as of last night. The first one moved a little quick for me, but the 2nd was better; then last night I played pretty well. Playing first-line C, scored my first goal of the season on shift #1 just about 30 seconds in. Got a good shot that was padded over and recovered by my RW who shot, and his rebound popped out to me. It was a bouncer, but I had been working on that some in my practice and got solid contact to pot it firmly in the empty half. Felt nice. Should've had #2 in the 2nd--got a good backhander off from about 15' right in the slot with the goalie recovering and just his stick to get over...but didn't get the elevation I needed (which sucks, because I work on that a lot). But anyway, the game is really starting to slow down for me, so I'm hopeful. It's frickin' fun, even though our team needs work...lots of work, haha. Re: minor leagues: Our SPHL Bulls are playing for the championship this weekend...against in-state Huntsville, to boot. Pretty cool, because Birmingham was dead last last season, and have a chance to win it all this year. The first rendition of the SPHL years ago was awful, but I've been to a few this year and the quality of the hockey is actually pretty good for low-level minors. If only our ticket prices weren't highest in the league! ($22 sides; $30 down low). Hoping to go to game one Friday night, though. Hope they can pull it off.
  5. Man of mystery. I'll respect that. But if the fates ever put us in a round together, consider granting a tiny peek. I'll swear to secrecy. Even if it's a severed head of someone who once yelled GO BRUINS in your backswing.
  6. Okay...I gotta know--what kinda things do you take to a golf course that you won't admit to? 🤨 We talkin' just sneaking a few beers in the bag? A lil somethin' (err, "non-tobacco") to smoke? Cat-o-9 whip for a cart girl you discovered has a naughty side? ... I used to have a little baggie with band-aids, some ibuprofen, and a lens cloth for my glasses. But I'm able to wear contacts to play again...and generally working on being less-weird (unsuccessfully...merely a different-weird now), so I've ditched it all. I read an article once on how to be a good golf partner--it said to carry a flask of whiskey to share. I did that once, and whipped it out after we all doubled+ a hole (to laughs...but, oh yes, all partook). But these days I'm pretty minimalist/boring...even keep the ball and tee count down to cut weight. and so I don't stab my hand with 20+ broken tees when I'm digging for my pitch-mark tool. Ya know, if I had stuff I didn't want my wife to find, my golf bag would be the place. That's the one place I don't think she's ever touched. Through the years...new drivers, new putters...all in plain sight, and unless someday I wrap it in flashing LEDs, I think she'll continue the trend of being 100% oblivious to its existence.
  7. Longest for me was ~20 years or so ago in a charity scramble I played in somewhere on the Gulf Coast (can't remember if it was in AL or FL). It was ~255y par 3 from the tees we played--which weren't the tips (it was an older resort type course that probably tipped out under 7000y). It was a flat hole with a little sand around the green, but pretty open with a generous run-up area. I had to hit driver. Actually drove it onto the front third. Seems like we still had a ~40' putt...can't remember if we made the putt or parred it. There are several holes on courses I play in AL that are in the 225y range from my tees. Normally, that's too much par 3 for me, but most of these are severely down hill--one plays to an adjusted ~170y!. The longest at my home club from my tees normally plays between 175y and 200y (marked at 186 to center). It's uphill and falls sharply off in front, left, and back, with a tough green, and a deep front bunker. That hole lives rent-free in my head. I've birdied it a couple of times (and smacked the flagstick last year for a near ace...that rolled 50y back down the hill, lol), but even when I par it, I give myself some mental high-fives.
  8. I have a club brush; it's somewhere in my bag, not on it, I think. And I have alignment sticks that occasionally stay in my bag for a round or two post-practice, and though I "play in" the occasional competition, saying I "play competitively" is a stretch.
  9. Nice little Italian place in Frankfort, IL I visit when I go to our IL office -- Francesca's -- has one on their menu; it was the the first I tried, and I really like it. They bring the pizza piping out of the brick-oven to your table, then crack the egg over it table-side, and the high-temp of the pizza cooks the egg a bit. Our local Pyro's has a pizza on their menu called "Denver style", with an egg broken and cooked on top. I get that one sometimes, too.
  10. So, we're playing pretty much every weekend that the weather allows, now. I had been a tad bummed that I didn't seem to be getting much better, but last Sunday we made 2 rounds at the most difficult of our 3 local courses (in dense woods with lots of elevation change). We both made our first birdies! A total of 7 between us, in fact. My first was actually ~100'-125' around a little group of trees; it was a really nice throw, but I had no thought of making it...was just trying to make a good throw and setup for an easy par. Overall, I can really see I'm getting both more power and control. A big indicator is that my drives are turning over and don't fade much anymore...and one 9-speed driver I had found (no number to return it) had been super-difficult to throw due to no flip and a huge fade tendency--I can now get it out there a long ways with just a tiny fade at the end. But also, a key was moving up to more friendly tees (hmm...that point sounds familiar). We ignorantly had just been walking to the first tee pads we came too--i.e., the "tips". Bad practice in ball golf...equally bad in disc golf. But I'd say we're officially hooked. My son just landed a position at NASA (Redstone/Hunstville, AL...first job!...woohoo!) and one of our first thoughts was to look up the local courses! So far I've found about 7-8 discs with numbers, and spend a few minutes every weekend texting folks that I found 'em and where I left 'em. Imagine if we started putting our cell numbers on our golf balls. Ha.
  11. Wow. I really want to like him, but there's no excuse for this crap. The bunker beatdowns are silly, but likely forgivable to many. But the greens? Altogether...awful behavior. El Niño Petulante.
  12. Yep--pretty much a requirement as a nickname of Mr. Stiff would be apropos for me.... I stretch the big muscle groups for ~5ish minutes...starting w/my silly-tight hamstrings, then work my way up--hips, back, shoulders. If I have my orange whip with me, I build my way up into long, stretching swings with it. Once fully loose, I grab my 8-iron and do a few slow swings with pausing position checks A1 through A7 . Finally, I do a few full swing "gate" drills with either a couple of tees as my gate, or a couple of bark chips from the bed just behind our mats, if they have us on the mats. The whole deal may take me 9-10 minutes. I've found it really effective. A lot of times if I'm playing at my home club--which is all of 1/2 mile from my house--I'll do this stuff at home so I can go straight to hitting balls once at the course.
  13. There's no one out there I really root against. Here's some thoughts on the most-discussed, as well as my occasional no-likes...nothing real serious (and in no order): Poulter: Certified ass, qualifies as a bit of a villain; yet, still, I somehow like his being in the sport...dunno why Horschel: I'm with @phillyk...just something about the guy's attitude I don't like Sabbatini: Also a certified ass, but should probably fall off the list these days...been a while since he's been relevant showed his bad side Bubba: Ugh. If I come close to actively rooting against anyone, he may be #1 Koepka: Kinda like Horschel -- I just don't like the guy's personality (or lack of it)...particularly the whole chip-on-the-shoulder thing stemming from him really only being, well, "him" Rory Mc: I've done a series of 180s on this guy; really liked him at times, but he strikes me as spoiled other times and has said some irksome things DeChambeau: I'm okay with quirky (I like different), though it feels way overdone, and being a slow player adds a 100x intensification factor to any little dislike Jordan: Another enigma for me; I think he's really, probably a good dude, but something about him sometimes irks me, and it peaks during the super-long caddie discussions Reed: Ass. Again, though, I like him being in the sport, and would issue a temporary love-card during Ryder Cups, though he lost me some in 2018 Pat Perez: Sometimes I wanna root for the guy--because he definitely fits the bill as interesting--but I think he's really just a rager, and done some crappy things Seve: Unpopular choice, I know. Liked watching him, and he was interesting; I hate what he went through...but didn't like the BS Allenby: Ass extraordinaire, but fallen off the relevance train Finally, ALL SNAIL-SLOW PLAYERS! (Too many to list, but some big names would be on it) Gotta run. Peace.
  14. Walk and carry as close to 100% of the time as I can, but vacations or buddy trips are mostly cart. I can handle walking int he summer here in the mornings or evenings, but I'll grab a cart sometimes if I play a mid-day round and the heat/humidity is just too much; most all courses I play here are pretty hilly (my fitbit says I average 50 'floors' climbed after 18 on my home club course) and that'll tend to zap you in the summer. Two main reasons I walk: 1.) I'm cheap, and prone to take the opportunity to save a buck, and 2.) for fitness, as it eliminates the gym--which I loathe. One of these days I may buy me a push cart to help the ol' back--but due to reason #1 above--haven't quite yet
  15. Been wanting to try this for a while. Got my son and me an Innova starter set with an Avian (putter), Shark (mid-range), and Leopard (FW-driver). We got to play our fist round on the day after Christmas. Thoughts: It's a whole lot harder than I figured it'd be right out of the gate; I've thrown a lot of frisbee in my life and wondered "how hard can this really be?" It was a pretty windy day--which made it much more challenging--but I quickly found there's much more technique involved than I figured--to achieve a good, accurate flight and make pars I love that it's very cheap to play (our 3-disc set cost $20, and all 3 courses in Tuscaloosa are park-board operated and completely free to play) I like that you can knock through a round pretty quickly relative to 18 in golf, without as much warmup--so I don't have to plan my day around a disc-round We did get better through the round (thankfully). Afterwards, I watched some vids on footwork and a consistent, level disc pull going into the throw, and my practice today was much better After that first round, I came away swearing I needed a "driver", as the Leopard is a 6/5/-2/1 (6 is speed, out of 13 I think), and my drives were maxing out at 200'-ish. After, I read here where @iacas here in this thread--and lots of experts on the web--say don't rush to the driver. So I'll keep working on form with the discs I have. 1 of the 3 local courses is in the park where I fly RC--which I do on early weekend mornings--so I took the discs today and worked on my technique...focusing on the x-step and pull. Got much better with my throws. Then I worked on my putting. Tried the popular square-facing method...improved some, but I need to work on this more. For anyone out there that's been thinking of trying it - DO IT!!! It's super-cheap, fun, and will get in some decent exercise...I think I ended up with ~6k steps (the course we played is quite long and spread out) and a well-worked right shoulder.
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