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About ZANDER1994

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  • Birthday 03/22/1994

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  1. So I had to take a couple weeks off due to the gosh darn flu followed by a rainy start to June in Minnesota. When I returned to my club this past week, I was suddenly unable to get the ball in the air (an issue I haven't had since I started playing!). Everything was either a horribly toed shank or a worm burner. I finally took the afternoon today to hit the range. After 3 or 4 shots, all issues were suddenly gone. I probably hit something like 80 near perfect shots in a row. I went out on the course, shot a decent round in the high 80s and left scratching my head. I'm guessing my arms were just a little tight and perhaps I was rolling a bit. It seems like maybe once or twice a year I completely lose my swing. Usually it's when I have to take a few weeks off like in this case. When it happens, I literally have the swing of someone who couldn't break 100. It makes me feel a little embarrassed if it happens in front of strangers and I often cut the round at 9 when it does. How do you guys go about it when this happens? Are there any cases of a lost swing that just never came back?
  2. I think when most people hit the range, they tend to start with the wedges and work their way up. At least, that is how I do it. Sometimes I don’t have time to hit the range or even the putting green before the first tee after work however, and in those circumstances I’ve found it dramatically helps to take a few practice swings on the tee box with my wedge before pulling out the big stick. I tend to hit it a lot straighter and eliminate any feeling I’m going to slice just by doing this. Sometimes when the driver gets out of wack, I’ll do this on later holes as well. Any thoughts why this is or others that have noticed something similar?
  3. At 16 I played in a high school tournament the morning after getting my wisdom teeth out. There were complications with my procedure so I was on a lot of pain medication. I'll never forget walking up to the tee dizzy as a drunkard and missing the ball on my first swing... then on my second swing... and then WAP! Shanked one into the pond right over my coach's head. Needless to say I didn't finish the round. Ended up having my dad pick me up and I passed out in the passenger seat. Coach was cool about it and it made for a pretty funny story in subsequent practices.
  4. ZANDER1994

    First Time Out

    We've had a really early end to winter here in Minnesota! *knocks on wood* A couple courses have opened up and I got my first full 18 in this week. I managed to shoot a solid 91 into the wind on a somewhat higher tier course I had never played before, so I'm happy with that. Hopefully it means I'll be shooting in the mid-80s on my home courses come this summer.
  5. Yesterday I called a golf course and asked to make a reservation as a single. “Yeah sure let me see here... er, um” After listening to about five minutes of the guy on the phone clicking a computer screen I hear him whisper something to his boss and he responds ”Oh, uh, actually we do not take reservations for singles” I say “oh, alright that’s okay. So if I just show up tomorrow you think you’ll be able to get me out by pairing me up with someone? I don’t mind that at all” The response I got was “Uhhh, I mean. We will try our best”. This morning I showed up to the golf course and stated I had called, but they didn’t take reservations for singles. The guy behind the counter sort of chuckles and just tells me they are fully booked and there is no way I could get out today. So I packed my bag up and I’m about to drive somewhere else I find this incredibly annoying and it is not the first time this has happened to me. I understand golf courses need to maximize their profits by booking as many foursomes as possible, but I think this could be done a lot better. Imagine if you wanted to book a hotel, or a flight or something people commonly enjoy by themselves and were told ‘sorry, we prefer vacationing families and thus you’ll just have to take your chances without a reservation’ every time you wanted to travel somewhere alone. What are your thoughts on the policy? Has this happened to any of you before?
  6. Here is my first lesson ever (just had one at Golf Galaxy on Saturday). I was struggling with hitting a few push fades recently which is not my standard golf shot. Some adjustments to the grip fixed it right away, but I think Clint provided me a lot of other really good swing thoughts. http://www.v1sports.com/Academy/include/player.asp?academy=GGXY&accountid=2414958&swingid=4340187
  7. I've been Playing Golf for: 3 years My current handicap index or average score is: 17 My typical ball flight is: Push Draw The shot I hate or the "miss" I'm trying to reduce/eliminate is: Pull It's still several months before it warms up here in Minneapolis, so I recorded myself warming up with a driver and 7 iron before a round of virtual golf on Lifetime's TruGolf simulators. I've noticed I really cast the club (especially with the driver) and seem to hump the goat no matter what club I'm using. These are things I will be working on in 2019 to hopefully improve my accuracy. Videos: [Delete this, Embed Videos Here]
  8. Thanks for the info on So Cal! I've spent a few hours searching while this thread has been up and I've found this in Austin, Texas: Looks to be $65/month for unlimited range balls, and golf at 5 courses for $10-17 with a cart included. Austin Texas seems to check all the boxes too. Only very slightly more expensive more than Minneapolis, good jobs, very comparable housing prices.
  9. I'm curious where a guy could possibly move that has good year round golf, without super high green fees or housing costs in comparison to Minnesota. About me: - Currently living in Minneapolis - 25 years old - Working in international business (annual income in the $45k range before tax) - Spending roughly $850/month total on housing - Spending roughly $2k/yr on golf (playing 3-4 times a week 7 months out of the year) There seem to be a lot of top 10 lists out there, but from what I've seen, the metrics are moreso aimed at retirees or people without the realistic budget/concerns of a young person. Any suggestions are appreciated 🙂
  10. Oh we have a dome with that here about 15 minutes southwest of Minneapolis. But it's only implemented on 10 of the bays which fill up fast. They charge $9 for 80 balls Mon-Fri and $14 for a half hour on the weekends. I'd probably go there a lot more if I didn't work 30 minutes in the opposite direction, and like others have said, the timed thing on the weekends really takes the relaxation out of it. I like to spend time after most shots thinking about it, catching my breath etc. The dome I actually go to is a lot cheaper and closer to my work. They have a punch card too, so I get a lot of my buckets for free.
  11. Oh Minnesotans love golf!! Somewhere around 1 in 4 of them apparently. I can't really say "we" yet... my beloved Wisconsin has a different kind of love and the beer bellies to prove it 😄 Golf in Minnesota Fact Sheet : Explore Minnesota According to the National Golf Foundation, Minnesota consistently ranks at or near the top in golfer participation in the U.S. Minnesota Golf - Golf.com Quick. name the only state to have hosted every one of the 17 championships conducted by the U.S. Golf Association. Surely a warm...
  12. Interesting you ask this. I currently carry: SW, PW, 4-9 (Callaway Steelheads) SW and Putter (Maxfli Black Max) R15 3 wood and R1 Driver (Taylormade) Why the extra Maxfli SW? Because when I upgraded from my 10+ year old box set, I missed it. That club goes 20 yards shorter than the new Callaway SW, has close to no bounce (which I prefer for short chips) and is still probably my favorite club in the bag. During lunch today I went to my local 2nd Swing shop and found a Titleist Vokey SM4 62 degree for $40 (looks nearly new). I went with the 62 because I feel the only shot I struggle to produce and want to add to the bag is that straight up, quick stop chip. I'm going to experiment with this during the upcoming season.
  13. Have you actually ever found a heated bay range here? I've never seen one. The only mention online is Golf Zone and apparently they closed down this past year.
  14. Currently I only carry a pitching wedge and a 56 degree sand wedge. At my home course I've noticed there are a lot of greens that are essentially mini elevated mesas. If you are off the green even by a yard, you are often left with the green above your shoulders, making my usual bump and run method useless. I've noticed I struggle getting the 56 degree up and stopping quickly. I can do flop shots, but they are really hard for me as a 17 handicap (I started truly playing about a year and a half ago). Should I buy a lob wedge for those shots? Or should I work on just becoming a lot more accurate with my flops with the SW?
  15. I live in the Twin Cities. The population here is 3.3 million (Chicago is 2.7 for comparison). Minnesota has more golfers and golf courses per capita than any U.S. state. Last week I was visiting the folks in Wisconsin and to my utter shock, I found several driving ranges in the surrounding area with heated outdoor bays. The range was self service, with a ball dispenser charging $7 for 100 balls. Why aren't these more common? Here in the Twin Cities we have a couple domes on the outskirts of the metro, but I find them to be a lot more useful for ball striking than much else. You can't see proper ball flight or accurately measure distance in a dome. We just got a TopGolf this year, but that's not really a practice facility a person could reasonably visit a few times a week in the winter.
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