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  1. No "full" shots inside ~150 yards

    How would you "define" it then? I mean 2 clubs extra are easily 20-30 yards. Flighting the shot "a little" will hardly take 30 yards off your carry distance or will it?
  2. So I played a tough course (CR 71 on a par 71), that is mostly lined with trees and water for the whole 18. Didn't break 100 but posted a 101. I have played several 9 hole rounds with scores from 45-49 though. As on these 18 I shot 49 out and 52 in. And that was me basically spending my whole summer working on my whole swing. Pretty much 0 putting and short game. The hinge and hold worked well enough for me as the terrain was really wet and even a slight mishit with a pitching motion would dig a deep carpet from the turf instead of gliding over. Putting was decent but with a bit more practice I could've shaved 5 putts of it, 3 of them with practice, 2 of them with concentration (for example on a par 3 I was near the green, chipped to 4 feet and as I was standing over my putt my partners started to talk how one shot 3 when he shot 4, so I basically corrected him mid stroke instead of stepping back and my putt lipped out).
  3. Forum Profile Handicap Indices....

    From 36 to 31.
  4. Strokes Gained (Table 5-2)

    So if I understand this correctly the pros are expected to play par on each par 3 under 160 yards and are happy (theoretically) with a par on any par 3 over 160. The same goes for par 4s under 400 and over 400 yards and they expect to at least par every par 5, whatever the length is? And another conclusion would be that if you get up and down from any distance from the green every second time you are almost pro tour good?
  5. Matsuyama's got nothing on this guy

    All jokes aside. I recently found out that a short pause, or maybe the pause itself is more a feel than it actually is a pause in reality, helps me immensely on my backswing posture as it mentally breaks down the back and downswing for me. Before that I was concentrating so bad on shallowing the downswing that my backswing was way too shallow too. I got nothing on that guy though
  6. Marker Size

    I ordered a scorecard holder from aliexpress for about $12. It also holds a pencil, 4 tees, a pitch mark repair tool with a magnetic marker and a hat clamp with a magnetic marker. I use the hat clip marker all the time. It's always there because I'm sick of searching for the coins in my pocket.
  7. My Swing (Killa)

    I had a bit of a breakthrough this week when I was able to practice twice. I still can't do it at full speed but at 50% (feel) speed my swing is starting to resemble a good swing. I also followed advice to hit in a net. That takes a lot of pressure away regarding ball flight but still leaves the pressure of good contact. A shank is a shank regardless where you hit the ball. So my corrections were a narrower stance (had success doing that in the past), since that inhibits my back movement that leads to a massive head move, and breaking down the swing into two pieces. The backswing and the downswing with the follow through. That helps me focus on two separate parts and what it mostly does is that I retain my posture during my backswing where with my 100% speed I concentrate on shallowing out the downswing so much that I automatically shallow out the backswing with it. So these are the two videos I took and I am pretty happy with them. Key #1 is looking pretty close to where I want it to be and if I can transfer it to my full speed swing, then #1 is sliding way down on my list of priorities. Key #2 is also pretty good as is #3. Also the shallowing is much much better. I could take this swing to the course at 50% and probably only loose 10% distance. What do you think @RandallT and @boogielicious?
  8. My Swing (Killa)

    Sorry for the bad quality but nowadays it's the only time I can hit the range and I'm just catching the last rays of sunlight. I feel like I made progress in the shallowing out the downswing and steepening the backswing. What I don't like is key 1. While I get back to the approximately same position at impact my head goes way down during the backswing and a bit back. I do like my shoulder turn and keys 2 and 3. It also seems to me that my takeaway starts out from the target line. Is that something to worry about?
  9. Anyone Ever try AliExpress

    They are not supposed to sell them under the brand name so it's blacked out IMO. You get buyer protection - the seller doesn't get the money until 60 days pass or until you confirm goods received. If it doesn't come in 50-55 days you open a dispute and get your money back. You might need to pay customs and import charges on top of the price though. I saw that driver but it's a bit risky as it could be a fake. I did order a superstroke grip that was 100% authentic for under $10.
  10. What a rough day :(

    Well if you want to get kicked off the course that's a good way to do it... I mean you can get cheap used balls for like 10c a ball. Just buy a couple hundred and keep them for holes where a lost ball is likely, if they are so scared of that.
  11. My Swing (Killa)

    I have been working mostly on keys 1-3 and a bit on shallowing the downswing. I feel that I'm pretty good on keys 2 and 3, maybe I still move the head too much. For the downswing I don't think I'm too steep but rather too shallow on the backswing. From normal speed video my swing looks flippy but when I stop it at impact it seems like I'm pretty much in a good position or am I fooling myself? I have played a few rounds and I have been playing poorly but I have been forcing shots, using the driver where I shouldn't but then again I don't play enough and need all the on field practice with all my clubs I can get.
  12. Practice wedges and short irons

    If you let me choose what part of the game I could be good like a PGA pro I'd take driver to 7 iron any day of the week compared to 8-putter.
  13. So I'm a fairly new golfer and I'm slowly trending down on my hcp that'll hopefully drop to the 20's till the end of the season. I got an old Nike set of irons, 2 titleist wedges and a dunlop wedge and a Nike SQ driver and 3 wood. I read about all those benefits of getting fitted but I was wondering if it is even worthwhile as I am working on, and changing, my swing from month to month... ?
  14. Leave the Driver in the Bag?

    Well I have the same problem as the OP. Another thing is that the two courses I play the most are really tight and pretty short - about 5500 yards (at 68,8 and 131 from the mens tees). But some holes have fairways that are 20 yards wide and lined with trees. So a bad shot gets you into really big trouble. So for now I'm hitting pretty much only my 3 wood from the tees and I might even pull out my 4 iron on some doglegs where you have to go about 200 yards to it. But I'm working on my driver and hopefully I'll soon be able to pull it out even on tighter holes.
  15. My Swing (Killa)

    I played in another tourney today. 9 holes after job. Shot a 52 (which is about 5 more than my best score on that course). I didn't play particularly bad but I kinda thought I sucked throughout the whole 9 holes. I also had a kid (11) in my flight that is a 6.6 hcp, so I got my ass handed to me :) he shot 2 over with one OOB shot :)) And the best part about it that I didn't feel the least bit bad for him beating me. I felt bad for a guy beating me that didn't hit a single shot while we were warming up on the range but still managed to shoot better than me. I was good off the tee, I was putting good, my chipping was lukewarm my approach shots were so-so. First hole I was longest of the tee with my 3 wood. Hit it about 210-220 yards. It was a short par 4 (about 300 yards). Topped my 52 wedge nGIR, chipped on the green and 2 putted for a single. . (Good start for my handicap index but bad start for my head, really wanted that GIR from 80 out). 2nd hole is the toughest hole 163 meters par 3 over a lake. Hit my 6 iron and the ball faded into the lake (distance was spot on). Drop and a pitch from about 100 meters out left me near the green. Chip and 2 putts ended in a triple. 3rd hole is a 500 meters par 5. Hit my 3 wood about 210 meters out. 2nd shot is a layup to the lake in front of the green, about a 150 meter shot. Hit my 8 iron to be sure but pushed it into the woods right of the lake. Chipped out with my wedge to the fairway and had about 150 to the center of the green. Hit my 7 iron to the back 1/3 of the green and off the green. Chipped and 2 putted for a double. 4th hole is a 135 meter par 3. Hit my 8 iron nGIR. Failed to get up and down for par. Tap in for single. (-1 for my hcp index so far). 5th hole is a 300 meter par 4. 3 wood of the tee about 190 meters, 9 iron nGIR, again failed to get up and down for par, single. 6th is a 163 meter NARROW (woods on both sides) par 3. HIt my 6 iron into the woods and failed to see where it bounced. 3rd shot hit the 6 iron and it faded over the trees on the adjacent fairway. Distance was spot on, but the fade left me with a 30 yard uphill pitch. It hit the green but rolled just off it. Chipped on and 2 putted for a quad bogey... 7th is a 310 meter par 4. Hit my 3 wood about 220 meters, left with a 52 wedge in. Pulled it nGIR. A pathetic chip left me with another chip that ended about 1 meter from the hole. 1 putt for a single. 8th was longest drive. Naturally I shanked the first shot 10 yards and out of bounds... 3rd was again my 3 wood and it went about 200 meters. Had about 120 meters to the center of the green and topped my 9 iron over the green (lost ball). Went back and hit near the green and my 25 foot putt from the fringe for a triple that would still give me Stableford points was about 2 feet wide. 9th is a 330 meter par 4. Badly mishit my 3 wood that went 60 yards in the air and 120 yards distance. Hit my 5 iron about 180 left me with a 40 yard chip to the center. Wanted to flop it as the flag was really near the start of the green, but pulled it short. Another chip and a putt left me with a single. Looking back the round wasn't THAT bad. I had 5 singles and a double, 3 triples. Didn't actually pick up a ball once, except on the 8th where I was about 2 feet out and the score didn't mean anything anymore.