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  1. What @smfoley said. I used to be horrible at bunker shots because I thought you had to "pick the ball clean" bladed many a shot, and sent playing partners ducking. Once you get used to the idea of hitting behind the ball getting out of most green side bunkers is actually pretty easy.
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    Marker Size

    Why is it always us lefties that have the funniest ideas???
  3. A couple of things you might want to try: See if you can find a Facebook page for that course and post something on the timeline. State that you are looking to talk to a member that plays the course for some local knowledge. Go to trip advisor or some other review sites and see what other first timers have said about course. Can often find holes comments that might alert you to things that on a hole that trip people up. Some resort courses have yardage books that you can find on eBay that have all kinds of insider knowledge.
  4. Going to claim my broke 80 prize after shooting lowest round since my return to golf with a 79 yesterday at Ives Hill. Also a shout out to LSW.... Been using some of the strategy ideas especially on the par 5's not laying up or trying to figure perfect approach distance on 2nd shot, and firing at the middle of greens when further than 150 yards out instead of worrying about front pin or left pin etc. Think those 2 things alone helped save a few pars and prevented my usual bogey on both par 3's on the back nine.
  5. Don't know if it matters, but I agree. LSW is also the first actual book I have purchased in years. On another note, did finish book last night, and now getting ready to start developing my practice plan.
  6. Try being 54 and having memories of how far you were hitting at 38 as your last reference..... :) Was a shocker at first.
  7. Definitely. Beginning of the summer when I started playing again was at least 40 yards shorter with the driver and 10 - 15 yards on every other club. Luckily most of that distance is back again with lots of patience, and practice and better swing mechanics. May never have old distance, but it is close...... and hope springs eternal to maybe be longer than ever with all the new club and ball technology, and launch monitor technology. Have explored that some, but like @satchmodog said in another thread, wanted to make sure back could handle golf again before I start spending money on new clubs.
  8. Physical therapist gave me the attached file to get me started on the planks. It is a very slow 30 day work up to 4 minutes. Started with that 2 years ago, and now do 5 minutes every morning. See what your doc says. 30 day plank challenge.rtf
  9. I was rear ended while stopped at a light, and as a result had both compression fractures which healed just fine, and spondylolisthesis which is basically where the vertebra are forced or slip out of joint because of impact and resulting in pinched nerves. Crazy as it sounds the planks have strengthened the muscles in my back and core like no other rehab stretching or exercises ever have. The theory for my injury was the stronger the muscles are, the more they help vertebra stay in place. Obviously this is a YMMV (your mileage may vary) and just because it seems to be working for me, doesn't mean it will for you. Or will continue for me either. Have had other moments over the years where I thought back was ready to handle golf and been disappointed. This summer have been able to play and practice more than in last 13 years. Think I have played an average of 3 times a week. Initially it was play rest back for 2 or 3 days and then play again. Also interesting back does better walking with push cart than riding in a golf cart. I think because the carts bounce so much around here with all the ruts from our wet summer. I would talk to a doctor or physical therapist to get their input before starting planks. I also started where I was only doing 30 secs a day. It seemed silly to do so little, but slowly built it up.
  10. I think that is a really, really important point. For me, and I expect many people, watching on video the change starting to happen helped me stick with making the recommended changes. The results definitely lagged at the beginning. Initially on the range the results were many, many sessions of painfully thin awful shots until suddenly the results were good and now some of the more consistent striking of the ball I have ever accomplished.
  11. Welcome back to the game! Like you, I was once a low handicap golfer then had a car accident and back injury and at first could not swing a club for 2 years, and then once my back felt better just didn't play for the next 13 years. Starting back into golf this summer had quite a bit of back pain again, and learned to live on advil, ice packs, and other supplements while doing some back specific exercises. (Planks really help build strength). The result was old swing was just not there. Some balls were great and some just horrible exactly as you described. I wasted quite a bit of time on the range by myself attempting to figure out what was wrong and convincing myself I just needed more swings. Because the golf season where I now live is so short, and I just could not stand being bad at something I once had a 5 handicap at. I decided the only way to improve quickly before season was over was to get help from a pro that uses video so I could see what I was doing. I can't stress how much that helped me. I joined this group about the time I started working with a good golf pro. While I am not back to single digits yet, I have drastically dropped my handicap and feel I have a much more reliable swing. So my advice would be find a good teaching pro that videos, or get a good video and post here. Don't over practice at range because your back won't take it. I go to the range with specific things I am going to work on that day and limit range time to a medium bucket. I stretch before every range or round of golf. I do 5 - 10 minutes of planks every morning to help strengthen the muscles in my lower back. Good luck!
  12. That's a good point. I am one of those people. None of these info was talked about or available to most people 15 years ago when I was playing. I would need somebody to interpret the data for me, and how that information can be used to improve swing or equipment that I use.
  13. Well it certainly is much more budget friendly for the individual user that isn't a pro golfer. Might have to look more into it. Short of driving to a casino that has a golf dome 95 miles away have not found a Trackman I could hit off of around here.
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    Food Thread

    Last Saturday for week 1 of College Football. Smoked a 14.5 lb turkey timed it just right to pull off smoker at halftime of Texas game.
  15. I think that is a good idea. I have done that before in Austin where there are tons on instructors. It can be especially helpful if you get to watch/listen to the same instructor with different students. See it the instructor is teaching the same swing to each person i.e. a method coach or works with each student on their swing and flaws.
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    NFL 2017-2018

    Good grief.... I am going to be asleep before this game even starts. Somebody needs to wake me up when kickoff finally happens.
  17. Would definitely not consider the person I played with a buddy, more like an unfortunate pairing. Other than we both walk when we play we don't agree on much. I generally refer to him as "the topper" to my wife because any conversation always results in him having a better story etc. Which is why I was trying to be extra careful about where I took relief. I knew I would hear it the last 5 holes if he thought it was wrong. Which I did... Of course, he offered no help or opinion until after I played the ball. Least I know for next time.
  18. I thought about dropping where you indicated, but also thought it might be closer to the pin, so opted for the spot I indicated.
  19. Actually read this review over the weekend. Thought it was very interesting and sent the link to my wife to see if I had initial spousal approval to put one in back yard. Would be sweeeeet to win one in a contest. I am already channeling my inner Spielberg for a movie.
  20. This afternoon while playing I had a ball in a mostly water filled bunker. First photo is view from fairway toward the green. In the 2nd photo I put an X where I dropped ball and hit citing Rule 25-1. The person I was playing with today said that was not the correct rule and I should take a penalty stroke if we were playing a match. I am pretty darn sure he was wrong, since I had just looked it up using my USGA rules of golf app on my phone. What do you guys think? Was I right or wrong?
  21. That seems really high to me also. Granted where I live the green fee and membership rates are quite low, but leagues around here are in the $200-$300 range.
  22. I would love to hit some balls someplace where there is a Trackman. Other than looking on their website, or calling every range in the vicinity, can anybody tell me an easier way to locate a facility that has one? Most of the local (and I use that term loosely in this context) training facilities have horrible websites that give very little information other than location and hours of operation. Looking at the Trackman website, I don't see that information. Using the various contact forms on the Trackman site has resulted in several auto response emails from a sales representative, with no actual personal attention. I had hoped that they might eventually call or somebody might actually read the contact forms, but apparently the comment part of the form is not something they look at very often or at all. I have no doubt the Trackman can provide valuable data, but the idea of buying one for my personal use is out of the question.
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    NFL 2017-2018

    Glad you posted this. Forgot there was a game tonight to start the season. Although like you will be in bed by halftime. One of the big disadvantages to being in the Eastern time zones is not seeing the end of any football game that kicks of at 8:00 or later. Might be another sign that I am getting old.
  24. Hi and welcome to TST. My wife and I just moved from Bedford about a year ago. There are several really good instructors in the area. Dennis Sales I have heard is quite well liked in the area. From what I saw Dennis Sales is opening a new training center in Flower Mound which isn't too bad a drive from Euless. Dan Walden might be a little bit closer to you. Dan is the Head Pro at Texas Star, BTW an awesome course to play, right there in Euless. I have several friends that are students of his, and like him quite a bit.
  25. Been playing a lot of golf with somebody that has 6 hybrids in his bag. Think the only irons in his bag are 8 iron, 9 iron, PW, GW. He loves them and told me it took him a while to get used to them. Helped me make the final decision to order 5-pw on new set with a 3 and 4 hybrid. If I hate them, can always get the 3 and 4 iron later.
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