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  1. I use my range time as 1-hour exercise, 2-3 times a week. It stretches my muscles and refreshes my mind and body. The "practice" consists of repeating my setup and alignment routine and hitting to specific targets at specific distances, sometimes with different clubs than normal. I hit 8-10 balls in this way, then sit to think for a minute about what I'm doing. This is the only way I can ingrain doing the same setup, alignment and target routine on the course. It doesn't always happen, but repetition strengthens and confirms. -Marv
  2. On Sunday, March 11, 2007, I hit a pretty little draw toward a downhill green. I turned away, knowing it was good and on the green. I heard, "It's going in the hole!" I turned back to see...Nothing! Not only that, but the club had a hole-in-one pot. Had I put up my measly bucks, I could have gone home with about $900! The best part was that I only had to buy drinks for a few folks, it being late on Sunday afternoon. But I do still have the old Titleist I had found the day before. -Marv
  3. I hope this makes sense. I would like to find a teacher who, first, really focuses on what the student is actually physically capable of doing, and, two, respects the physical changes and limitations of the old golfer. Last year, at 70, and after two years of taking golf seriously, again, I knew that I had fallen into bad ways of doing things. I paid an instructor (he has all the credentials) $600 for two series of lessons over the summer. He helped me a lot, BUT we hit a wall. He insisted that the only way was to hit with big muscles, never with arms, and with substantial side bend, like a baseball swing. Plus his ability o communicate to me was limited. I am in fair shape for an old guy and was able to incorporate some of this, of course. However, I will be finding another person. -Marv
  4. YAY! Best post ever!
  5. Yeah, at 71, I work out as I can. But that won't make me look as good as those guys! Truthfully, athletic or slim fit golf clothes are not for most middle-aged or older people. BUT technology in materials has made a huge difference. -Marv
  6. "Well, 85 MPH with a 6 iron,........i would not call slow swing..........." EEK! Absolutely right! I was studying my swing speed chart that we did when I "fitted" my existing clubs and misspoke. Driver was 85 (kept the existing shaft there). For 5 and 6 iron, it was about 77. The lighter soft-stepped shafts really helped. Thanks, -Marv
  7. Exactly my story, different brand. Currently, though, I find I hit my Cleveland 4 Hybrid more consistently and nearly as far as the 5w. -Marv
  8. This may sound silly, but when I am on the golf course, I remind myself I am not there to practice or to have a bunch of swing thoughts. I turn my mind to managing my play on that course for the lowest score. Right now, as an old man returning to golf, my goal is break 90 consistently. I use the same setup/address routine. I target all shots. I drive the ball reasonably well toward or to my target. Then I consider the distance required to put me on the green or at the next target. If too much, or if it would require a hard-to-hit club or involves undesirable risk, I hit a more lofted club to the spot that will set me up for the next shot or give me a scoring shot to center of green. For a guy like me, I requires a lot more discipline and patience than I imagined. But not much time and dividends are paid more often, like yesterday. -Marv
  9. I like Goodwill when I shop for golf (or other "work") pants. Often find new or nearly new pants that fit really well and that I could wear to the office or church as well as to the golf course. In addition, I usually get pleated pants for comfort. But there really is an issue in the golf apparel industry...The golf brands are making pants for the likes of Jordan and Rory and shirts for Henrik (who I think stretches into a boy's size large), not for guys shaped like I am or even the normal physique. -Marv
  10. Cannot remember the year or the hole, but Nicklaus was teeing of with a 3 wood at Colonial when a drunk spectator belched loudly. Nicklaus hit a 100 yard worm burner. He turned slightly, stared impassively at the guy for a second like he didn't even see him and went on to par the hole. The positive aspect? I was impressed with his emotional control, as if the incident was the most usual thing in the world! -Marv
  11. My old heavy Ray Cook Nugget putter helps me regain a sense of rhythm and speed when I'm "off". I tend to have a bit longer "follow-through" with a lighter putter and hit the ball well past the hole. -Marv
  12. CUSP I'm the old guy who came back to golf a couple or more years ago, got serious, took lessons, practice 2-3 times a week and play on Saturdays. So, before back surgery shot two tournament rounds in the high 80's; otherwise high 90's low 100's. After resting up from back surgery for two+ months, I am at it again. We have had great weather in North Texas so I'm on the same practice, lessons and play routine (all for healthy exercise of course ). I do think I am on track this year to start shooting in the 90's consistently and my goal is to have at least 3 rounds in the 80's before the end of summer. I somehow knew that in today's round with the BombSquad. HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL. -Marv
  13. PROBLEM: Golf refuses to be put into little pigeon holes no matter how hard we might want it to. -Marv
  14. Agree...Don't over think it. Golf is the most spiritual of all games. I can hit a shot perfectly that impossibly bounces right! Right in a trap! Or I can mishit a shot that hits a tree and rolls on the green. Golf thus teaches me both the humble lesson that I am not in control and the joyful lesson of gratitude for good things that come my way unnannounced and unexpected. In your case, joyful gratitude is called for, not worry about whether you deserved it, don't you think? -Marv
  15. Passionate. Phil once tried a risky shot that ALMOST made it but went into the water. He was asked why he didn't lay up. He said something like, "If I can't have fun in this game, I'll quit!" Passionate. For the enjoyment of the game. -Marv