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  1. I'm 5'7 140 and carry 255. Though I'd say my average carry is probably more like 245. I've never been on a launch monitor so I don't know exact numbers, I can really only go by results on the course, usually on driveable par 4's where I land on the green and can see my ball mark, so I get a good idea of carry and roll out, which for me isn't that great because I usually have too much spin. I once bought one of those little accelerometers that you attach to your club and it I think I topped out around 100, but that was probably 8 years ago and I may have gained a few clicks. But keep in mind, swing speed alone does not = X distance, but rather a combination of launch angle, dynamic loft, spin rate, smash factor etc, which is why it's important to actually get fit for a driver and other clubs if you really want to get the most out of your swing speed. I feel like, physically speaking, most men of average height and build possess the ability to carry the ball at least 270 off the tee, and some superhuman men and women who can do it as well at shorter heights and less body mass. But yes, I agree that many people exaggerate and say they hit it so far, even though 9 times out 10, they can't even hit it at all. Not to mention I'm not sure how theyre getting their numbers, because these people are talking about the range, where if you were apparently hitting it 300, you would never know because every driving range I've been to near or in my city has a fence at 250-260. unless youre hitting the back net half way up, I doubt youre carrying the ball far enough to come anywhere close to 300. yeah, the handicap vs distance thing is.. well, weird, and whatever. I played with an older gentleman during the summer who was a member at the course and played mens league there. He probably drove the ball about 230 tops, I was routinely 20-40 yards past him, and he just bunted clubs onto the green every 2nd shot and by my count, probably shot 74-75 that day. You could tell he knew his game very well and actually often seemed disappointed by his scores on many holes. Meanwhile I was driving the ball 260-290 that day, hit most fairways, and shot 87, although I shot 40 on the back, which was pretty exciting for me. Anyways, the point is, so much in golf isn't determined by how far you drive, but what happens after that, which makes that handicap stat rather vague.
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    Happy Birthday Thread!

    thank you sir.
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    When does it make sense to quit?

    damn, a 5 handicap and can't break 100 anymore? what happened? If you hate the game, then quit. if you're asking when you should quit, it's probably because your addicted, because the frustration of golf is the best part of golf lol As for myself, it would be hard for me to continue playing if I didn't think I was somehow getting better, or at least staying the same. But If my game plateaued, I probably wouldn't play as much, or practice at all. At age 36 now, it'll be interesting to see how good I can get before my body starts to take away whatever swing speed I currently have. Don't think I can be one of those lifer golfers who are playing when theyre 80 and bunting it up the fairway 150 yards when they really get a hold of a drive. Too much of a reminder that I'm ever closer to death lol
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    Time On The Driving Range

    maybe the guys who spend a lot of time at the range don't want to play 18 as a single? I'd play 18 way more often if I didn't mind getting paired up with some random people, but for the most part I'm not very outgoing with strangers so it's more of a stressful round than fun. Also, I hate going out on the course if Im not 100% confident in how I'm striking. If im gonna spend 60 bucks on a round, I wanna go out there and feel like I can play well, but thats just my neurotic side getting the best of me lol
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    Time On The Driving Range

    Does anyone ever simulate rounds when theyre at the range? Sometimes I feel like you learn nothing by hitting 5-10+ balls with a particular club until you've got it 'grooved in' or whatever, because on the course, you never have the luxury of taking 3 mulligans before you hit a good one. I wonder if there would be greater benefits to simulating a round on a particular course by playing your tee shot, hitting an iron based on where that tee shot goes, and so forth so you get a good feel for switching between club lengths, distances, etc. I supposed it could also help you gain a greater level of focus when you practice
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    What is your driver loft?

    Mine is a 10.5 adjusted to 9.5. I'd like to get properly fitted, but from messing around with my loft, I'm pretty sure 10.5 is no good for me. seems like way too much spin when I go 10.5 though I'd be curious to see what the numbers would actually show with higher or lower lofts. Was thinking of treating myself to a driver fitting at the end of the season
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    Time On The Driving Range

    enjoyment of life is about staying motivated about things. Whether that be your pursuit of of meaningful relationship, or just finding a hobby and wanting to be the absolute best you can be at it. I go to the range far more often than I play rounds these days. I usually hit 60 balls to start, and if at the end of 60 I feel theres something specific I'm noticing at the end I want to keep working on, I'll hit another 30. I usually spend about 60 minutes or more hitting those balls, although it often seems like I'm hitting 5 balls a minute. I typically don't take a ton of practice swings unless I hit a few bad ones and I can I feel my movements getting really sloppy from fatigue or complacency, and I just need to step back and reset. Golf is such an addicting game because it can essentially never be 'solved'. Even the professionals are constantly struggling with things and theyll 'find something on the range' before a round and shoot a low score, which is the same type of tinkering a lot of amateurs do. The only difference being when a pro is off his game, you rarely even notice as opposed to the weekend warrior who misses every fairway and green and shoots 90. Anyways, for myself, and many others, it's the fun of constantly trying to improve that is so frustrating, yet so addicting and rewarding about the game. It's no different from the guy who lifts weights, but is clearly never going to be a professional body builder, or the guitar player who just plays in his house for fun, or the jogger who runs for miles but won't break a 5 minute mile. You do it cause you like it and it gets you out of bed and keeps you from shooting up a highschool or shooting up drugs. If i have the option I'll always hit a small bucket before a round just because I never start off a range session by taking a full swing with a driver, so nothing makes me more nervous than to stand up at the first tee on a par 4 withing having worked my way through the bag to know I at least have made good swing on a ball already.
  8. maybe it's just that the benefits of new equipment for higher handicap players are way overblown? or maybe people are using an expensive high spinning ball combined with massive spin numbers from driver strikes that are less than optimal. i also think the lighter shafts have a negative impact on the swings of many players. I dunno, could be a combination of things, could all be bullshit and a poor sample. All I know is, when I go to the range and see people play, nobody is hitting it very far. I can only remember a few times guys hit their driver further than me, and I really only get it out there about 250 carry. point is, there are a lot of low swing speed golfers out there.
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    2017 Yearly Member Award Winners!

    Jeez, I didn't even win the 'most improved odor' award? rigged
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    Grades for Tiger's Performance (Hero 2017)

    it was an A+ he didn't win and his chipping seemed like garbage. but I thought his putting was better than when I saw him last, and his full swing looked great. The fact that he played all 4 rounds seemingly pain free with 3 of them being under par is pretty unexpected. after the 3rd round I honestly expected him to have a bit of a crappy sunday as fatigue set in combined with no longer being in the hunt, but he came out and ripped up the course early before falling off a bit. I was really impressed with his mettle. winning the tournament, or generally looking really impressive in all areas of his game would have been a lot to ask for, so I still consider what he did to be incredibly impressive, compared to where most projected him to be. I got my masters bet in while he was still 40/1 so A++++ fun fact, a 5 dollar bet on tiger winning the hero and the 2018 masters would have won 4000$ lol
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    Rotary Swing Golf

    interesting. I ended up getting a membership simply to go through the program and give an honest review. I planned to really commit myself, at least probably more than most people end up doing, to do the reps on a daily basis so I could get through the whole program rather quickly. the posting up aspect was something I always struggled with, so the reps have really helped me with that, as well as initiating the takeaway and backswing with strictly my shoulders turning and just using my arms to support the movement of the club instead of swinging the club with my arms and using that momentum to turn my body. The results so far have been interesting. I've only been to the range a few times since I started, since the program doesn't allow you to hit balls until step 4, which was obviously the hardest thing to do for me, but I think I've done a good job of staying away from full swings for the most part. my slice used to be my miss, but now I've actually be consistently drawing the ball since starting this, and while for the most part I havent gained any distance, the occasional shot does seem to just rip through the air and make me go, 'oh shit'. My main reason for doing the program was my constant struggle with my driver and 3 wood this year. Today I was struggling with topping the ball which I never used to do, but I think this was happening because when I post up, I tend to come out of my posture, but when I was able to stay in my posture, I hit a couple of 3 woods that hit the back fence at the range on the fly, which at about 250 is a pretty mammoth hit for my 3. It will take me a while to adjust to the swing with the woods because I still have a tendency to tense up and try to kill it which essentially ruins everything but I look forward to getting to the next step in a week or so and start working on hitting more shots my thoughts on rotaryswing's sales tactics are a completely different story though. I'll probably save them for another time, but let me just summarize by stating that many aspects of the rotary swing business model comes off as a huge scam, but I believe the theres nothing fundamentally incorrect about breaking down the swing into sections and doing thousands of reps, but lets just say that when I'm done the program, I will likely unsubscribe and if I liked the results, I will have everything I need to know in my memory
  12. camillo villegas was the shortest hitter on his team when he started in college. then he started working out religiously, put on 25 pounds, and by the time he made it to the pga tour, average 300 yards off the tee. he's dropped about 10 yards since then, but my point is made. become fitter, stronger, more flexible, and combine that with learning how to swing the club correctly, and youll gain a lot of yards off the tee.
  13. at 12" can you even consider it rough at that point? I don't even think I've played from such a lie before. that course sounds like a nightmare on a serious note though, I'm unsure of the correct way to play it. I would assume...... open up the face, aim to the left, ball back in stance, swing for the fences?
  14. i dont get it. are you saying that golf lessons are more expensive in the states than wherever you are from?
  15. it just occured to me, I wonder if this is a group lesson, and thats why the rate is so good?

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