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  1. Yeah, AND I drop my right foot back a bit as well as flare. Helps this old guy. Best, -Marv
  2. As an old man, I know each of us is running out of time. Turning to or returning to or staying the course to spiritual aspects of life is a necessity, Golf is a natural in this, as it is IMHO the most spiritual of all games. It just can't help but show a way to acceptance, gratitude and peace. Ask Alice Cooper. Best to all on the journey, -Marv aka Shivas Irons
  3. I understand this. We have had high temps and high dew points (high humidity) lately. About 4 weeks ago, we played early in the morning and even then, I was out of gas for the last 6 and suffered heat exhaustion. We had a little respite yesterday, but it still was too hot the last few holes and took awhile to cool down. Like you, I love golf. But I'm pretty old now and have recent physical issues. Golf has been kind to remind me of this and to slow down. It said, "Hey, old man, we can play 9, you know, when you're ready!" Golf, being the most spiritual of all games, can help me remember such t
  4. I applaud your humility. And your candor. Yes, it is a legitimate score. If you think it necessary to explain it, that's fine too. All are within the best of golf tradition, IMO. For example, I played the red/white tees yesterday (5600 yards). That is what the "play it forward" program says is appropriate for my drive distances. I shot a high score, but if I had broken 90, I would be proud. You are my kind of guy. Best wishes, -Marv
  5. I'm an old guy with too many physical limitations to list. I played golf a long time, fell away for a time and then picked it up again. Yet, I easily understand what you say. Very uplifting! Golf is hard, frustrating, lovely and spiritual, all at the same time. Stay excited! Best, -Marv
  6. You will love those clubs. Best wishes, -Marv
  7. I haven't even been able to be a weekend warrior with all this heat. Hopefully I will pick it up each weekend again soon. Best, -Marv
  8. Well spoken @Patch . I remember shooting those high scores when starting out. I remember being intimidated. I remember feeling like people were laughing at me. I think what happens is that golf teaches us that most everyone doesn't care about us at all. They're more worried about how they look in their new golf outfit. I hope you will go ahead and just keep playing. You'll soon learn that each good shot will come and eat good shot will build confidence. Best wishes and best of luck, -Marv
  9. I would get fitted if I was buying NEW clubs. My clubs right now were used when bought. But I researched and tested them heavily beforehand. I have a old professional fitter friend who makes sure the shafts, lies, etc are right for me; we have changed shafts for better ones in clubs I otherwise liked. Good topic. Best, -Marv
  10. Eat for what you have DONE, not what you are going TO DO. Good breakfast, medium lunch and small dinner. Add fruit. Best wishes, -Marv
  11. Absolutely! I was mesmerized watching Hall march on and grind it out. Hers is a fantastic golf story too. Best, -Marv
  12. Of course! Sorry to be dense. I have some New Balance higher top (not high top) walking shoes I wear sometimes in practice for comfort. I have noticed some help. Thanks much! Best, -Marv
  13. I tend to agree for the most part. I have belonged to two private clubs - The first was as described; the second was great fun all because of the people. That club is gone now. My golf buddies and I now enjoy setting up and scheduling and playing at numerous different courses. I might add that alternatives to private clubs in our area include the memberships at privately owned courses that have member structures. That might be great for golf, but if a family wanted more (restaurant/dining room, tennis, swimming), I don't think it works. Best to all, -Marv
  14. All the replies have been helpful to the max. But Patch how will high tops help? Thanks, -Marv
  15. I'm old(er) and have lost strength generally especially in my legs. I have difficulty staying in good balance in my golf swing, Any tips for exercises that will help? Thanks, -Marv
  16. I'm of the same mind but I would take a 4 hybrid (in my case, a DIR). If I had to take only two, they would be PW and 7 iron. I use these for a quick warm up at the course and feel for how I am swinging that day. Interesting topic. Best, -Marv
  17. Just read this whole thread. For a guy who hates shopping, you sure are doing a lot of shopping! But you know I think you've made a great decision and I think your way of going about it is also very instructive. The MP 53's are beautiful and should suit you well for a long time. Best, -Marv
  18. Way to go! That's what keeps us going isn't it? The fact it's 9 holes does not take away...You now know what you can do. I remind myself that I know how to break 90 and (years ago) 85. Self-belief is so important and an UPLIFTING topic. Best, -Marv
  19. Good topic. In my younger, "player" days over swinging always caused trouble, bringing me out of the shot. Over the last couple of years, as I returned to golf, RA and rotator cuff problems have solved this for me. My recurring problem has been under swinging to avoid pain. Now, my "key feel" is to glance at my right shoulder in setup, giving me an alignment target for the swing plane or a feel for where my shoulder is in the swing, if that makes sense. The result is a pretty compact swing. If my heel lifts, so be it. Best, -Marv
  20. Yeah, the answer, for my poor eyesight, is asking my playing partners to watch and to help find. I invariably lose the shot in the sky but have an idea of direction. This is one of the GREAT talents we all should develop. Kudos! -Best, -Marv
  21. I was curious so I tried it. I do get "handsy" with the finger down the shaft. The only way it seems to work is when "popping" the putt a short distance. All is much better for me with a grip that encourages rocking the shoulders, taking the hands out. Thanks for the do not accelerate article. Best wishes to all, -Marv
  22. @RFKFREAK, these are all good comments, indicating the individuality of practice and improvement. I suggest you purchase, read and put in practice Lowest Score Wins (LSW). Also spend a lot of time in the Instruction thread. Best to you, -Marv
  23. With RA in my hands and rotator cuff problems limiting a full swing, I have practiced my approach shots more and have a fair idea of distance averages.I also know that many variables mean I may not hit to that distance. I use a watch and select a club for the indicated back of the green distance. That way, my average miss will make it and a pured shot won't be far off. Interesting topic! Best, -Marv
  24. I actually like him. He is an elite golfer. BUT he lives in his head with intensity. He is totally wrapped up in his immediate situation. I think he was in shock and he simply walked off. Looked self-centered, arrogant or pouty. This does NOT excuse his behavior; it was immature and unsportsmanlike. He must overcome this. Spieth is also a lesser head case IMO and he conducts himself with grace. I hope BDC grows to do the same. Best, -Marv
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