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  1. Not to belittle the device, since I've seen several different videos on it from several different online instructors and it appears it might be useful, but personally, I'm done with gizmos. I've got the Impact Snap, the Medicus, an impact bag and I've bought and returned for refund two or three others which at the time I bought them, were touted to be the latest and greatest training aid known to man. I know what to do. I know what the golf swing is supposed to feel like, but unless I can translate the golf swing from gizmo assisted to the golf course which takes, at least for me, lots and lots of repetitive practice, no piece of apparatus is going to help. YMMV.
  2. A lot of people forget this basic fact: A handicap is designed to reflect a golfer's potential and not necessarily what they actually are. It does this by disregarding a player's higher scores until the number of those higher scores become a preponderance of the past twenty rounds and creep into their list of the best 10 rounds which are averaged, and then reduced by 4%. I'm a statistics keeper for my local nine-hole golf league and often have to explain this to people who complain about their handicap not going up after they've had a particularly abysmal round. Most have a hard time getting it and walk away muttering to themselves. There are folks who want to cheat and post their lousy rounds into the GHIN system while excluding their good ones so that their handicaps are artificially inflated. Those are the people you want to avoid if you're playing a money game. Then there are guys who want their egos inflated (and not their scores) and so post the good scores and forget about the bad ones. Then they can look themselves up online and get a charge out of seeing their 7.2 or whatever next to their name. Bottom line, the system isn't perfect but it's pretty good and hopefully will get better with the new World Handicap System coming in 2020. So don't get hung up on what your or anyone else's handicap is. Just play the game and have fun.
  3. I was talking with our local golf course manager the other day about the lack of sand and maintenance of bunkers on our course and he told me that the cost per square foot to maintain a bunker is now almost the same cost to maintain a green. They have to be edged and raked, bunker faces need to be packed and sand needs to be added because it gets washed away over time through normal erosion. Furthermore, unless you're playing at a high end country club where dues can simply go up and the membership has to pay (and can afford to) in order to maintain conditions to the highest standard possible, declining conditions of bunkers is going to become more prevalent at most golf courses. He cited an example where a particular deep bunker on our course had new sand added to a depth of 4", the faces were packed and the edges were trimmed. It took 4 men all day plus the cost of the sand which isn't the everyday stuff that you can get at any local quarry. That night there was a thunderstorm and downpour and the next morning that very same bunker was completely washed out, wasting the 32 man-hours that could have been used to maintain other areas of the golf course. The summation of the conversation is as follows: Golf courses around the country have had their maintenance budgets cut, from an average of 50% of their gross profit to 30%. Most of their budget is spent on labor so there are fewer on staff to do the work and so they are focusing on higher priority areas of the golf course. On our course we have all pretty much adapted the lift, rake and replace procedure for those balls that are in bunkers that are in poor condition.
  4. My basic question is this: Should a handicap system for a league where individual stroke play is in effect differ from the GHIN system or the pending World Handicap System? As the statistician/record keeper for our local 9-hole weekly after work golf league I hear a lot of griping from various individuals complaining about their handicap. IE: “I’ve been playing lousy the last few weeks so why isn’t my handicap going up?” We use the current USGA formula for deriving them so I try to explain that a handicap is supposed to represent your potential, not what your average score is and one or two bad rounds aren't going to have much effect. Some people are then OK with it while some aren’t. Others offer suggestions like “Why don’t you just take the most recent 10 scores, throw out the two worst and the two best and average the rest?” To my way of thinking that sort of method leaves the system open to sandbagging which is something that definitely needs to be avoided but regardless, has started me thinking about alternative systems. Prior to my “volunteering” to do this our golf club did the handicapping using some sort of commercial golf league software package and when I asked what formula was used all I got was a shrug of the shoulders and the non-explanation that it was “whatever the computer said it was.” For that and other reasons we took it over ourselves. Now with a change to the entire world handicapping system targeted for next year I’m wondering what effect the formula change would have. From what I can tell, averaging the best 8 of the most recent 20 differentials (score-course index X 113/slope) rather than the best 10 X .96 will make one’s handicap more resistant to upward movement and less resistant to downward movement which means the bitching about it is only going to get worse. My inclination is to just average the best 10 of the most recent 20 rounds and eliminate the .96 multiplier since that part of the formula has always been a difficult thing to explain but I’m open to suggestions. Again, this is just for our league. Scores outside of league play are not considered in any of our calculations.
  5. Just thinking about rolling the arms/hands over and trying to time it at impact is giving me the willies. I'm playing golf tomorrow morning and between now and then I'm going to have to try to forget all this.
  6. Maybe I'm just an old coot but when I hear golf commentators or media personalities talk about "The Game of Golf" it really irritates me. Why can't they just say, "golf"? When someone, and MIchael Breed is the perfect example, as much as I like the instructional stuff he's done, when he's interviewing someone or just talking about golf in general he always says the game of golf is this or the game of golf is that. It's never just "golf". He was interviewing Brad Faxon this morning on his Sirius satellite radio show and he must have said it a dozen times in 5 minutes. I had to turn it off. For those who have satellite radio listen to his show in the morning and tell me I'm wrong. Don't get me wrong. I find Breed very engaging and I like his energy and enthusiasm. It's only that one expression that annoys me. Other commentators do it too, ie: Jim Nantz says it from time to time but not as much as Breed does. I think it sounds sanctimonious, elitist and snobby. (Even more snobby than calling the gallery "patrons" at the Masters.) That bugs me too, by the way.
  7. Just a couple of suggestions. If you have a preconceived notion that you might want Callaway, I would try to locate a Callaway Performance Center. They do a good job (I'm told) and usually they'll credit a portion of the fitting cost towards the cost of a new set of clubs. The other idea is go to Wishongolf.com and navigate their website to the page where you can locate a certified Wishon clubfitter in your area. They also do an extremely thorough job and again, if you buy Wishon clubs, which you don't have to do, you'll get some or all of the cost of the fitting credited towards new clubs. This is what I did for my new irons and I'm very happy with the results. While on the website you can also read through the company propaganda and decide whether or not their philosophy works for you. If you don't buy Wishon clubs you'll still get an extremely detailed report on your swing speed, its characteristics and a recommendation on the type of club and shaft you should be looking for. Keep in mind, if you go to a Wishon or Callaway clubfitter you'll be working with a guy who will be promoting their specific brands. If you go to Golftec or Club Champion you can try various heads and shafts in what could be dozens of different combinations and the whole process could be both interesting and confusing at the same time.
  8. If I had talent I wouldn't need a friggen bag, Medicus or any other damn thing.
  9. Well, yeah, you can make all kinds of swings and hit it but I just find it helps me to have a firm left arm & wrist and keeps the wrists from releasing too soon, which is my main swing fault.
  10. Over the past year and a half I've evaluated the Impact Snap, B-1 Blue Strike, the Medicus, an impact bag and the Power Package. None of these are really "new" though. With the exception of the Medicus and the impact bag all were returned because they're useless. The Impact Snap has the right idea but because it's not a golf club you don't get an accurate feel for what it's like to actually swing one. The Power Package is just a piece of plastic junk and the B-1 B.S just didn't work mechanically - the slider thing on the shaft which is supposed to provide an audible click at impact remained stuck in its start position no matter what kind of swing I made. On the other hand an impact bag is simple, cheap and essentially accomplishes the same thing as the other gizmos...getting hands, wrists & arms into the correct impact position.. Further, I find the Medicus helps me get my backswing back to relatively normal if things get really out of whack. This is just my opinion and as they say, YMMV.
  11. I think 100 swings a day is a Hank Haney mantra...not positive about that but in any case one thing I always wondered about (I don't do it) is, is it 100 swings hitting a ball? (In other words, a bucket of balls at the range.) If it is, I get it, if it isn't, if it's just 100 swings, I would think it would need to be 100 good swings and without a ball how do you know if they are or they aren't? Without some kind of feedback how do you know if you're not just ingraining into your muscle memory some God awful fault? Just wonderin'
  12. My irons are relatively new but my driver & 3W are from 2008. Every couple of years I take my driver to a store with a hitting bay and shot tracker and hit balls with my club as well as a couple of new clubs. (Epic Flash & TM M-6 were the latest compared). If I had seen a significant difference I would have bought something new. I didn't.
  13. Tipping a ranger? For doing what??? Ridiculous. They're employees of the golf management company that runs the course. They get paid minimum wage and allowed a certain number of free rounds per week. They're not "waiting" on me like at a restaurant. And yeah, I agree with the above post that tipping in general is getting nuts. Other than at national chains like McD's or B.K., there's tipping jars at every place that serves food. Maybe, if I'm in a good mood or the cash register person doesn't have a miserable personality I'll leave some coins from the change that was made. There is a great burger/hot dog joint in a nearby town that's lower-middle class manned by mostly local high school kids. I usually leave a tip in the jar there. I'm remembering now when I was a kid (50 years ago) trying to get onto the county golf course on a weekend, the only way to not have to wait in line 4 hours was to "smear" the starter 5 bucks, which was infuriating to me considering it only cost $7.50 to play. That was a pretty big tip paid by the adults who could afford it and the starters job was given to ex-cops or other retired county employees as pay-offs for something or other.
  14. The painter's tape is a good idea but you can also place a tee flat on the mat surface adjacent to a ball with the point of the tee right in line with the back of the ball. You can can then compare the scuff mark on the surface of the mat to the location of where the ball was after you hit it. Being able to see the scuff mark depends on the age/condition of the mat. Ideally, there will be no scuff mark before the ball (to the right, if you're right handed) and there will be one to the left. For the next shot, either move the ball to a different spot on the mat or flatten out the grain in the surface.
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