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  1. If you look at all my posts here (and it wouldn't take long, haven't been here long), I think the term "self flagellation" would be more appropriate than lack of humility. If you go back and look at the post I made about the fellow who was overestimating his wedge yardage by nearly 40 yards, you'll also see me describing a young, fit golfer who could rip the ball and hit a wedge a good 25 yards farther than me. But in your mind I was only comparing myself to the short knocker. Truth is in that first post I wasn't comparing myself to anybody at all. That was your angle. When you scold peop
  2. You know, Lihu, I don't know why you're getting all aggressive here . All over a guy I saw one time in an Edwin Watts for a few minutes who was, in fact, being way, way unrealistic about his abilities. It's not like I called out the guy in front of his wife and kids, mocked him to his face, or slit his car tires in the parking lot after I bought my dozen golf balls and checked out. Heck, man, I only used the guy as an illustration of being unrealistic about golf distances, and I dare say, oh call me crazy, thinking you can smoke a wedge out there 140, which is pretty close to the average fo
  3. When I hit on a monitor, which I've done a few times since I took the game up again a few months ago, it's just the danged truth that I see on the course: erratic as heck, game's a dumpster fire: one drive of 215, next time 275, slices, hooks, everything in between--and no clue what's going to happen from moment to moment. It's already happening on the course where 80% of my scores are absolute garbage, I'm used to it, nothing new. Now there's realism. Now for the ways in which I con myself: I imagine that I should be playing as well after a 20+ year layoff in my 50s as I once was in my
  4. I can hit a wedge 120, no humble brag there, and it's not even a brag, who the heck brags about hitting a club a perfectly average distance that probably 80% of all middling handicappers can hit it? I'm actually a short hitter considering I used to be a low single digit handicap, when playing people of similar handicap, I got used to others just bombing the ball by me. Am not really comparing my game to his, don't really care, don't know the guy. I am, however, comparing my realism about my game and distances to his realism--for example, I do not believe in any way that the guy had any
  5. Figures. These gurus at the golf magazines come up with the maxims of the great swing, then they turn out to be just horse puckey. I guess if any essential of the great swing doesn't include people like Eamonn Darcy, Charles Owens, and hickory era Ted Ray, then they're not essentials. I was around when dirt was invented also. Thanks for the advice!
  6. I was in one of those chain golf stores some weeks back and a florid-faced guy about my age (50s) was looking to be custom fit for a wedge. This guy did not look athletic, was a good 50 lbs overweight, and just got the feeling he couldn't break 90. The clerk, with whom I'm acquainted, was talking about wedge distance and casually mentioned that he hit a wedge "140, 145". The middle-aged guy nodded and said he hit one "135, 140". I looked over at both and said "You guys hit the ball a ton, I don't get over 120". As it turns out, I know the young clerk played D1 golf and can definitely get
  7. Going up to the big city tomorrow for the weekend, will be there for a couple days, wife's going to be hanging with an old friend the whole weekend, huge PGA Superstores there, so that's where I'm going with the kid. Tons of launch monitors. Will see what the clubhead speed and ball flight is. I see one thing I'm doing improperly, at least according to Golf Digest: leveling out those shoulders at the top of the backswing, kind of straightening up, shoulders parallel with the ground. Think that's the way I've always swung. Golf Digest says that's a hallmark of a higher handicapper. I
  8. Thanks. Chopin just kills. Going up to the big city tomorrow for the weekend, will be there for a couple days, wife's going to be hanging with an old friend the whole weekend, huge PGA Superstores there, so that's where I'm going with the kid. Tons of launch monitors. Will see what the clubhead speed and ball flight is.
  9. 230-240 carry or total, including roll? Because if it's the total, that's spot on, if it's the carry, then that's awfully high for what I'm seeing out there. But heck, what do I know? I've been scoring a million and playing in a state of shock and confusion. It's the barn. Reason I was hitting that way that time was because the sun was setting part way in our faces and my son who was recording said it was messing up the video quality, so I faced towards barn, away from setting sun. It's chickens, by the way. No cows, got rid of the pigs years ago. Not a farmer, a prof, so I don't
  10. I do a lot of things wrong. Last round, a 50(!) for 9 holes (on a championship-level course like we used to play back in high school state championships, albeit played from the 4th of 6 tees, not the tips), I drove into the trees on the first hole, a par 5, then recover, reached the green in regulation, then 3 putted for a bogey, next hole drove OB to the right, triple bogey, then went on a run of holes where I was either on the green, right on the fringe, or a short chip away in regulation every time, hitting the ball pretty well, but this run included a 4 putt after reaching the green in re
  11. Thanks very much for the kind comments. I don't know about carries that far, though. It seems like my average is more like 230-ish after rollout. Now this may be because I'm hitting the ball all over the clubface and making poor contact, probably so. My game is so bad, that theory makes sense. If I hit 10 drives, it'll go something like this for total distance including roll: 210, 210, 220, 220, 230, 230, 230, 240, 270, 270. So the average is 235 or so. Maybe the clubhead speed is more than I'm thinking and those few long ones are representing that. One thing I can say, I have no video
  12. Yep, good one. I don't think you're too far away from playing a lot better. Looked at your swing at the start of this thread years back, lots of improvement. LOTS!
  13. Sure he knows how to win them, that's the point, knowing how to win several major championships, very special and extraordinary thing. And against remarkable competition, 100 players could win it, Tom Watson, nearly old enough for social security, a nostalgic relic, came one adrenaline-aided airmailed green from winning it against many who weren't even alive when he was in his prime. Sure Watson's situation is an outlier, he is an outlier himself--as is Nicklaus. There's my point. But better be careful calling The Open "gimmicky", we have some members here from the UK, "them's fight
  14. The bottom one third of the field is pretty irrelevant for major championship consideration except in extremely unusual circumstances. e.g., Micheel, Sluman, Fleck (though that might not be fair to any of them, as none of them were truly bottom third). And the fact is somewhat misleading, because in the early years of Jack's reign at least, even though the life of the tour pro was pretty attractive, a lot of pretty good players had to be club pros in the offseason to make a living. By the 1970s, Jack's heyday, top golfers were getting quite rich on tour, so it wasn't as necessary. But in an
  15. You hit the ball a ton, farther than I ever hit it consistently. You seem to hit a nice ball as well, not spraying it all over the course. Your swing looks solid, there was one drive where you were a bit out of balance, falling forward a little at the end, but nothing terrible. So what is holding your game back? Is that a USGA handicap equivalent, the 11? Because you look like you could play scratch or within a few strokes of it with what you do to the ball. Do you feel you're managing the courses well? Making good decisions? I didn't look much up about you, how long have you been play
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