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About BamaWade

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  • Birthday 10/30/1975

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  1. What are you doing for the total solar eclipse?

    Great synopsis, and well put. Our drive up to East TN was well worth it in every way. It's really hard to put into words how amazing it is to see it in full totality...absolutely incomparable to even 99% coverage. Me, the wife and both kids were all beyond amazed. Really one of the coolest things one can witness. Funny you mentioned the ancients. The fam and I had a rolling discussion of what would've been going through their minds as it darkened more and more for no apparent reason (it was completely clear skies where we were and the sun still looked normal), then, poof--bye bye sun! I'm sure they would've ranged from "something doesn't seem right", to "uhh...what the hell is happening", to "m*@$ G#d! we're all gonna die!!!"
  2. What are you doing for the total solar eclipse?

    Seeing a solar eclipse in totality is a pretty cool thing, and chances don't come often for most. So the wife, kids & I are making a ~3 hour drive to just a little north of Chattanooga, TN to catch it. Staying Sunday night in Chattanooga, as it's a cool little city to visit. Though we went there just a couple of years ago, we may check out Rock City again or do a little hiking on Lookout Mountain. Neat place.
  3. What Podcasts Do You Listen To?

    S-Town...ha, where do I begin? I live in Tuscaloosa, AL, but grew up just a few miles from Woodstock, AL. However, most of my dad's side of the family are in and around that town, so I've spent a lot of time there (grew up going to church there), and still do on occasion. I know some of the characters in it, and one of them (a pretty central female character) is a close cousin whom I've known very well my whole life (she's a great lady!). I finally talked to her about it a month or so back--last time I saw her. So that podcast is kinda surreal for me. Such a tiny little place to be known so globally, now. While I do have some more backstory and interesting stuff not in the podcast, the people I've talked to tend a little uncomfortable towards much of it, so I haven't asked about some things, and thus not privy to any major secrets.
  4. customize golf shoes..

    Change the blue to crimson, and...Roll Tide! Haha.
  5. What have you changed?

    Swing changes: Complete rebuild (maybe better to call it a "build"). My entire life, I pretty much just tried to athletically "hit" the ball. Sure, I'd try to be aware of my swing path, posture, etc., in general, but I never built a swing around anything or had any fundamental checkpoints. My goal was to just hit the ball solidly at my target. This year, in large part due to reading instruction and discussion from right here at TST, I began building a fundamental swing from the ground up--using drills and checkpoints as a large part of my practice regimen, instead of just mindlessly banging balls until I found something that hopefully worked through a round. Part of this has also been a focus on killing the flip(!)--a ~30 year fixture of my swing (so it will be a continual challenge). Can't cover every change here, but I'm applying 5SK, so that's my foundation. The results have been positive. Now when I revert to the flip, or something else breaks down, I can much more easily identify and fix it on-course--whereas in the past, I had no clue what was wrong and losing it resulted in it staying lost the whole round. My HI hasn't dropped much, yet--mostly because I've played almost all solo rounds since the spring, and still I tend to get a little swing-analytical and mechanical on-course, instead of leaving that for practice and just playing. But my good shots are getting really good, and there are a whole lot more of them. I've more than doubled my birdie count from last year, already here in early-August. Decision making: Not too much change, here. I've always considered myself a smart player--the strength of my game, probably. I did recently buy LSW, and am working my way through the first read, now. While I've always been a nGIR believer, I do expect I'll adopt some of the decision-mapping strategies, etc. And I will also apply the practice strategies in the book. Equipment: Bought a laser rangefinder (great decision!) Otherwise, no major changes. I'm considering working my 4 iron back into my bag, as currently I go from a 4H to 5i, and don't love the ~15-18y gap. Last round, I dropped my 2H for the 4i, as I found I really only use the 2H for low punch-recovery shots, and maybe once every round or two on full swings. We'll see. Nice topic, @DaveP043!
  6. Best Shot of the Week

    Tempo was on-point last night, so I hit a bunch that I really liked. But our hole #9 is friggin' hard, so I'm proud of this one. Tees at 182 but pin up, giving 171 uphill (laser adjusted to 178), against a good breeze quartering in a little from the left. My 4H is way too much here, so went with a 5i needing a near-perfect strike. Got it! High draw that hit just short of and right of the pin (by about 18 inches. Looked like it had a chance to roll in, but straightened out leaving me with a 3.5' footer and easy birdie. In the pic, the tees are on that ridge bisected by the pin. I'm okay with bogey on this hole--and dance away with pars--so quite giddy to finish my evening 9 with a bird on it! Had just grazed the edge on a big-breaking 10-footer on #8 to miss a birdie there, else woulda been a birdie-birdie finish. Post round beer seemed colder and more refreshing than normal.
  7. Worst Outing EVER!

    A few observations: You seem like you're probably a really competitive dude. Nothing wrong with that. But group scrambles aren't always conducive to that personality type getting satisfaction. Handicaps are typically poorly reported/used; the director typically cares less about the validity of the competition and more about the success (fundraising, fun, etc.); the list goes on.... I think you'll probably find it best to temper expectations for those events to being fun & meeting folks. Then, get into leagues, shootouts, and more formal type competitions to scratch that competitive itch. Although..."285 consistently with a slight fade" (btw you may catch some narrowed e-glances at that) lends itself well to scrambles, especially with a 25+ index, as you can do the bashing and let the A & B players do there thing to get you close for birdies. Did the director give any explanation for doing that?! Total d*ck move on his part, unless he suspected some major funny-business, and properly communicated that to all. If I'm an event director, I'm probably gonna not screw over a former boxer . An introduction with your best "firm" handshake and a mention at your former sport may've encouraged him towards different behavior! Welcome to golf and TST.
  8. How long should the second cut be?

    At my home club during the summer, our Bermuda rough is cut at least 1.5x balls-high, with some lush areas pushing 2x. Like @David in FL says above, the ball goes to the bottom virtually every time. Penal, indeed, and all our rough is primary--no first cut--so you'd better either learn to stay out of it, or play out of it. I'm not good enough to stay out of it. But, I've learned how to play out of it. 8i is about as low as you can go. I just hinge early and steepen, then feel like I'm turning the toe over aggressively as I thump down through the ball. The result is a knuckleball that will run, run. run--so you have to take your medicine and play to open areas. Around the green, if you're short-sided, you're hosed--there is no play to get it close; just try to leave yourself the easiest 20+-footer. Get too delicate or cute, and you'll get another try. Below is a pic I took last year. (I think this might actually be a fescue mix...not sure). However, it is a solid representative of most shots I face from the rough. This was from a GW approach to a front pin that I came up just short on--a small-miss--just over the bunker but about 5' short of the fringe. I crest the hill, and no ball! Took getting right on top of it to find it. I'm torn. I actually like the challenge--it can be fun--and knowing how to play out of it is an advantage. But mentally, it wears on you through a round, when virtually every single ball not hit onto the fairway or green results in a pained search. Twice this summer already, I've lost two balls within 5 yards of the green--nGIRs! One was a hybrid punch-fade from under some limbs I was quite proud of, and then Saturday's was a well-struck 54° that I hit just about 7-10yds. too far to a back pin (no friggin' clue how I couldn't find that one). Bummer! My vote: In the interest of pace-of-play, keep it penal (it should affect the shot), but playable for daily fee courses and regular play. For tournaments, feel free to toughen it up.
  9. What's the Hottest You'd Walk 18?

    I walk ~95% of my rounds. Most courses here in my area of Alabama have plenty of rolling hills, so during summer when the heat is up (and it's nearly always very humid), it gets tough. With typical heat/humidity levels, for me, 95F is pushing it (heat indexes would be 100+) to walk/carry, and probably my absolute max. If we get a rare dry airmass to come through, then 95F isn't all that bad, and you get much more relief in the shade. We have plenty of water on my home course, and tons of tall trees, so shade is around. But the "air you can wear", added to the constant up and down of the hills will absolutely zap you. I keep a towel in my car to spread over the seat for my drive home, as I look nearly as if I fell into a pond post-round. Even drinking a little at every water station, I go home and make my way through 4-5 large cups of ice water...takes me most, if not all, of the evening to get my hydration level back up.
  10. The "friendly wager" dilemma....

    My rules for bets w/strangers (and I've been prompted quite a few times through they years): Limited to $1 or $2 per side, a beer, or I'll play cheap snakes. About half the time they ask if I wanna play for a buck or two per side (perfect!). The other half, I just get asked if I'm interested in putting "a little" on it. Standard answer just as above: "Sure, if we limit it to a buck or two a side, cheap snakes, or a beer." So far, that answer has always been happily accepted, and never been pressed for more. If they did, it'd be a big hell no...put politely. But, honestly, it's always been a friendly thing, and never gone sour. I've never gotten hustled or had anyone be a dick. Only time I got into a weird betting situation was when an older family member invited me out to his super-posh, old-money club years ago. He told me "We're in for $5 per something or another with something or another presses, and this and that, etc., etc...I think we'll come out even or on the good side, but let me know if you're not okay with that." My betting games have always been simple (skins, nassau, etc., as I don't want to spend my limited? brain power on the golf course doing calculus). So I had no idea what in the world we were playing or what I was in for, but he'd covered my round at an exclusive place I'd otherwise never play, so I gave a nod. At the end of the round, he handed me a five-spot or two, I gave him a blank look, and he shook his head and grumbled that we should've gotten more out of 'em.
  11. Hello from Liverpool

    Welcome to TST. If you have some membership options that comfortably fit your budget, you may find that option works pretty well with your job schedule. As @dennyjones mentioned above, it'd allow you to go play some in the evenings without feeling like you've wasted money by not getting in a complete round (which would likely discourage you from even going out at all in the evenings). It works out that way w/me even on weekends; if I've had a ton to do on a Saturday/Sunday, but finish up 4/5pm-ish, I'll head over to the club and get in however many holes I can, all without that feeling of "I've got to get my money's worth". Even if you aren't getting in full rounds, you'll be playing more, which is a good thing. And, yeah, I think it'd probably give you the opportunity to make some new golf friends. Lots of clubs have plenty of organized events & tournaments through the year that are good for that, and would give you some good/fun tournament golf experience, regardless of how competitive your approach to them.
  12. Your Toughest Hole; Your Nemesis Hole

    This screws with me, too. At my club, our #3 is an otherwise reasonably-scorable par 5. But the tee-box, while parallel to the hole, is shifted to the far left so that it points right down the left-side tree line (of huge Alabama pines). My stock shot is right-to-left (sometimes left-to-left ), so you'd think 'no problem', but it just doesn't work out that way for me. The tee boxes that are actually shaped so that they are diagonal to the target line can also mess with my head a bit at address. It sure is nice to look up and have that nice, long, narrow strip of short grass pointing the way to success. Seems like it helps me feel square and aligned.
  13. What was your best start to a round ever?

    Ha -- indeed! Trust me, she heard about that extreme sacrifice...maybe more than once. I played a lot of golf back then (we lived really close to the 'humble' course and membership was cheap). So I had no leverage to try and push finishing the round. Plus, I can't remember exactly what the date was, but it was something special that we didn't get to do very often...probably had someone watching our newborn for the evening, so those opportunities were priceless, themselves. But now, it's just the first of my two 'big fish that got away' stories.