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      Introducing TST "Clubs!"   08/28/2017

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  1. No "full" shots inside ~150 yards

    I’ve always opted for full swing approach shot as long as I’ve played - until this year after reading LSW among other reasons **. I’m still not crazy about 1/2 swings where I have other options but I’ve been going with less than full swings from 150 yds or less some, mostly using 1-2 more clubs than the full swing choice and taking a smooth, somewhat shorter swing. The results have been good/promising, and I intend to continue to develop the shot(s). ** I’ve backed off just a little with all my clubs. It began with the driver where I’m now straighter and averaging longer. I was swinging too hard and missing more fairways, and only occasionally being “rewarded” with a 10-15 yd longer drive.
  2. What type of golfer are you?

    I guess I’m semi casual? I as brought up to be completely still and quiet when another player is hitting, to make sure I’m not casting my shadow on someone’s line, not step/walk on their line, and to stand well away perpendicular/front. I hold the flag and look down when I tend a pin, so as not to distract the player putting. Distant noises/talking/movement or shadows don’t bother me, it happens. But if other players in my group are carrying on a conversation or making noise close by (on/near a green), I won’t say anything, but I may wait until they stop before I hit. When folks cast a shadow or step on my line, I assume it’s inadvertent and just go ahead and putt. Standing in my line of sight is the one I routinely overlook. I played with several guys this summer who stood directly behind me on the tee, or while I was putting, something I wouldn’t do (except putting in a scramble). I think it’s well intended on the tee, we’re all trying to keep an eye on each other’s shots in case the hitter loses sight of it - though that’s just as easily done from perpendicular/front IMO. Fortunately they’re far enough back that I just ignore it and hit. It’s just a game...
  3. which club is more difficult for you?

    For me it’s still hybrids. I have a 3H & 4H but I have better luck with my 2i & 3i. I’ll keep trying but I’m not hopeful, so I’m probably biasing my own outcome. I’m planning on buying a new set of (fitted) irons this winter, and still not sure if I’ll buy the optional long irons or hybrids...
  4. What is Your Punch-Out Club?

    One answer? Depends on how far the trees are, how low I have to stay and how far I am trying to hit. I've used everything from a closed hard 3-iron to a partial swing 7-iron.
  5. I said no before I watched the video, only because I read this a few weeks ago. ODDS A study made for Golf Digest by Francis Scheid, Ph.D., retired Chairman of Mathematics at Boston University, using all the available statisitics for holes in one, both amateur and professional, came up with the following estimates: • Professional Tour player making an ace: 3,000 to 1 • Low-handicapper making an ace: 5,000 to 1 • Average player making an ace: 12,000 to 1 • Average player aceing a 200-yard hole: 150,000 to 1 • Two players in the same foursome aceing the same hole: 17 million to 1 • One player making two holes-in-one in the same round: 67 million to 1"
  6. The Importance of a Trouble Shot

    +1. That's what I would have done, and have many times. Right or wrong, more often than not I use a very low lofted iron and the "low screamer" through the opening that advances the ball most AND I believe I can hit to get away from lots of trees in the rough. In the OP's example, I would have just punched straight thru the red line opening, I don't have the skills to expect a reliable draw. Sometimes I can reach a green, usually not. I always move the ball forward as much as possible leaving some decent next shot, and only "chip out" when I am essentially forced to. I wish I had the skills to pull off the shot the OP did - I never have and probably never will.
  7. iPhone Getting too Big

    I'm confused. If your primary use is as a phone/texting device, small is good. If it's browsing, map directions, pictures/videos, larger is seemingly preferred. The latter seems to be the majority of users. I'm comfortable with my iPhone 6 Plus, fits in most pockets I have. Just my opinion...
  8. When ball is out of bounds.. Private Property

    That seems perfectly reasonable to me.
  9. Taking lessons poll

    Maybe I should rethink my plans to take 6 lessons next spring about 2 weeks apart. I was thinking any more frequent and I won’t have time to practice and ingrain what I’ve been taught. OTOH our golf season is 22 weeks, so if I space them out too much, it seems the benefits will come too slowly/late. Thanks for making me think about it... Somewhat related, I’d agree with this: Lee Trevino once told me, “A good golf lesson is worth 1,000 range balls.”
  10. Taking lessons poll

    Why I couldn't figure out how to vote FWIW: Year round nope Off season only nope A lesson or two to kick off the season yes, but more than one or two, at least six planned consistent with... When I'm playing poorly yes if I'm playing poorly and can't figure out why, but ...I take lessons to improve much more than because I'm playing poorly - I know a good pro will help me improve more than I ever could/have on my own
  11. Taking lessons poll

    I wasn’t sure how to vote, none of the choices seemed to fit. I hadn’t taken lessons before this year. I took 4 lessons last summer, and I will take another 6 starting next spring at about 2 week intervals. I don’t plan on off season lessons as I can’t practice much if at all here Dec thru Mar or longer.
  12. How often do you play?

    This year I got out 3 times/week. Driving range on Sat AM, 18-hole league play on Wed, and driving range or 9-hole practice round on Mondays. Occasionally I'd have a 4th day at the driving range or on the course some weeks. But golf is seasonal where I live (little if any play for 5 months or so).
  13. When ball is out of bounds.. Private Property

    As far as playing, it's OB on every course I've played. As for retrieving the ball, it depends on the situation. If it's clearly visible (no search required), and out in the open not too far in, I will retrieve the ball as long as there are no fences or landscaping, signs or other obstacles. But if it's close to a private home, or there are any people in the yard, or I don't see the ball without searching, or any kind of obstacle/sign/landscaping - I wouldn't try to retrieve the ball. I do what I'd want others to do if it was my property. It depends entirely on how close to the course the homes are, but I assume most people with homes on golf courses know there will be balls on their property at some frequency. YMMV There was a home on a course I played on with a garage side much too close off the tee to one hole. The siding was so battered, I assume the owner gave up trying to repair it. Very sad...
  14. Golf's Mental Game Aspect

    That’s persuasive...
  15. Golf's Mental Game Aspect

    Well you’ve clearly found a topic with no end. Again, mental must play a much smaller role for pros and low handicappers. But the overwhelming number of players are neither, I’m addressing this topic from the POV of the larger group. Again, I think golf is more physical than mental but the mental isn’t trivial, more than 5%. However in thinking more about it, maybe improving your game requires more mental effort than just playing at a given time - and that’s why I’ve GUESSed golf is 10-20% mental. Why else would golf instructors/writers universally say just mindlessly pounding balls on a driving range probably won’t help. I assume we all know people who put almost no thought into improving and are satisfied with a handicap that doesn’t change year after year. And I’ve watched players make the same poor choices with predictable bad outcomes while playing over and over. It takes a series of conscious physical and mental steps to develop/improve swing fundamentals and to practice deliberately. And game planning is also largely mental for most amateurs. And it’s hard to believe someone can shoot a 98 one day and a 77 the next time out without mental playing more than a 5% role. How could someone be that physically inconsistent days apart?