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  1. Don't know why you're hating on the golf sidekick by calling him hot garbage. He's not really teaching anything, but he advocates for stress free golf, which is what I would love to play. I can tell you who is garbage. All those instructors trying to teach a specific golfer's swing instead of working with the swing the player already has. so from the 1st video, the pro saved the 20 handicapper 5.5 shots. with the 2nd video, the +6 and +17 comparison, that's an 11 shot difference. Even as a one time experiment, it seems pretty evident that short game is more important than long game. I think that is why we even have the saying "Drive for show and putt for dough" in the first place. I've seen more books on putting and chipping than I do for driving. Then again, I also see more books on the mental game as well. If I was to chose to have either Tiger's long game or short game, I'll take his short game. Putts wins tournaments. I seen plenty of videos of Tiger doing just that.
  2. found this video where the guy experimented by taking a 20 handicapper and a pro and have them do the following: 1. phase 1: pro hits the drives, 20 handicapper plays the ball in from there. 2. phase 2: 20 handicapper hits to 100 yards, pro plays it from there. The final results are at the end of phase 2 video. Phase 1: pro saved 6 strokes Phase 2: pro saved 17 strokes It's not explicitly driver vs. putter, but more like long game versus short game.
  3. read Ben Hogan's "5 Lessons". There's a whole chapter on the grip.
  4. Anything is possible. If a golfer becomes a pro at age 18 and has been playing since the age of 3, then that's 15 years to go pro. Starting at 22, it's possible to become pro at age 37. I wouldn't mind being a golf pro at age 37. It takes real learning in your practice though. Not just banging out balls at the range. Or you can do what Moe Norman did and just knock out 1000 balls a day for 12 years.
  5. How so? I stated that I believe that every aspect of the game (approach, putting, driving, chipping) are all nearly equally important.
  6. And no, I don't think 7 footers are made 80% of the time. I believe 6 footers are close to the 50% mark with the pros. I'm not saying that driving is not critical. Just like I'm sure you wouldn't say that putting isn't critical. I just don't think that driving is as critical as putting could be. And again, we can argue till the cows come home. But here are some reason I work on putting more: Bad driving can be more detrimental than poor putting on paper, given that you can drive it into hazard and all. Though with putting, you don't have wind, hazards, water, sand, etc., to really factor in your shot as much, but you do need to know which way the break goes. If you hit every green in regulation and 2 putted, that would be 36 putts. On a Par 72, that is 50% of your score. Using these numbers, I would say you are more likely to knock strokes off of putting than anything else. Having confidence in your putter can also relieve the pressure from the rest of your game. I would rather face an opponent who lost confidence in his putter rather than his driver. I have Dave Pelz's Putting Bible. I don't think he makes a Driving Bible. Tiger Woods made more putts at 10 feet to stay with the leaders and missed fairways on a regular basis. Tiger lead in putting during his 2003-2008 season. Putting is also the easiest aspect to improve upon. If you can eliminate all 3 putts, you can save on average about 3-4 strokes per round. I am more likely to drive into a hazard more times than I am making 3 putts. This tells me that my putting practice is much better than driving. Because I do not practice my driving at all. I mainly practice putting and wedge shots. If you are playing a guy for money, would you be more afraid of a guy who drives it long, or sinks all his 5 foot putts? Would you rather miss every fairway or miss every line in your putt? If you were to choose which of the shots to re-hit, would it be a drive or a putt? And keep in mind with putts, that would include getting a re-hit with your 2nd putt. If it were my choice, I would rather re-hit every putt I made than every drive I made. I know that many of the questions may not be fairly comparable. And to be honest, I believe that every aspect of the game (approach, putting, driving, chipping) are all nearly equally important. I just think that some might just edge out the other when it comes to lowering scores the quickest and easiest way.
  7. Watch what Ernie Els do. It works.
  8. I used to think that too. So I worked on my chipping. Then I realized during scrambles, we never chipped because someone always hit the green. Then I noticed that most of our birdies came from sinking short to mid range putts. Drives were unimportant. I would rank the 4 skills as such: approach putting chipping driving Out of all these skills, putting is the most convenient and easiest to practice. Bobby Locke was dangerous because of his putting. Again, all of this is debatable and not set in stone. These are just my priorities now, from experience.
  9. It is quite possible for things to get worse before they get better. But things don't get better until you make a change out of your comfort zone. When you are out of your comfort zone, then you know things are changing. I also figured out that the most important part of your game is your strategy. Even an awful swing can break 80. You just have to stop going for every green on a par 5, hitting at every pin tucked behind a bunker or near water, or pulling out driver on a narrow fairway on a short par 4.
  10. I think the most fair way to compete with handicaps is using 80% instead of 100%. It allows the low handicappers a better chance (more advantage) to win since it's the low handicappers that put the effort in to get better. Not these 30+ handicappers that play once a month.
  11. You drive for show, but putt for dough I think it's true. Though, approach shots I believe are more important. That is what determines if you have a birdie opportunity or not. But, if you can't make a 3 foot putt, then you'll never shoot your best. I would take bad drives (not in a hazard) over missing a 3 foot putts any day. Though most bogeys can be blamed on any shot, it's more likely blamed on a putt than a drive. Think about all those people that 4 putt. Or even 3 putt. Eliminate all the 3 putts and you'll save strokes.
  12. Your eyes will dictate where the club comes down to take that divot. I used to look at the ball in general. I would hit fat and thin shots. Then I looked at the back of the ball (where the club impacts). Then I would hit fat shots. Next, I tried looking ahead of the ball, about half an inch. Now I hit square. Misses are thin shots (preferable than fat shots). I would recommend keeping the ball in the middle of your stance for short and mid irons, more foreward for long irons and woods, and at lead heel for driver. And just change where you look at the ball.
  13. I would advise not to listen to anything that Paul Wilson teaches. I lost respect for his teachings when he claimed to drive the ball 320 (which looked like it was 300 at most) without using a launch monitor and saying that a strong grip is wrong. You can google those videos. He has a lot of doubters. And when you have to start your comments with "For all you doubters...", that's bad. And for everyone that benefits from his teaching, all I can say is that doing anything different from what you do now always has a chance to improve. What matters is consistency and longevity. I would rather watch teachings from the PGA players than the club pros. If there's anyone online I would listen to, it would be Clay Ballard.
  14. Looking forward to: Death Stranding Last of Us 2 Cyberpunk 2077
  15. I thought I'd post this as where I work, when I go to do my morning thing in the restroom. I can hear individuals walk in, use the facilities, then just leave. So please, wash your hands. I don't know of any argument where you don't wash your hands, just like there's no argument why you shouldn't wear seat belts. So this goes out to all of you who don't wash your hands. Let's point out why you should: Every flush throws up matter in the air. That matter rests on anything nearby. You touch it, then carry it with you wherever you go. If you don't believe me, try going without washing your hands and rub your eyes. Let's see how long it takes for you to get pink eye. Toilets and urinals have back splash. That back splash can go anywhere. Those wet spots on the floor, that is not necessarily water. People step on that and track it everywhere. This is also why you don't touch the floor. And this is why you shouldn't let your kids play in the mall playground with their shoes on. Everything is transferred via touch. Take a sample off your keyboard and see how much bathroom matter is on it. People shake hands all the time. I would rather fist bump knowing someone didn't wash their hands. That door handle on the way out is only dirty because of people not washing their hands. Most cleaners will use a mop to clean the floor. They would also use the same mop to clean off the toilet seat. This is why I use the protectors. The toilet may look clean, but you wouldn't want to touch it after knowing they use the same mop that cleaned up an overflowing toilet the other day. Someone needs to invent a system that can detect this and throw out a warning or set off an alarm that says "Didn't Wash Hands" outside the door.
  16. There is, but I'm not really asking what you currently play. I'm more interested in which of these tees would produce the best advantage, as if one is definitely better than the other. Yes, I'm thinking I need to ask our league to mandate specific tees people should play from. We have 3 flights which are all based on handicaps. I've played the 6000 tees before and I feel more at ease. When I play the back tees I always feel I have to give it extra. I think that affects how I play throughout the round.
  17. Back tees with a 12 handicap (7078 yds, 72.1/134) or Front tees with a 8 handicap (5434 yds, 68.8/121) Tournament round in a field of 80 individual stroke play skins (gross birdies and net birdies) closest to the pins on par 3's Playing in a handicapped tournament, I was wondering what tees would have the best advantage. Which tees do you think would result in the better score? My opinion, I think playing the front tees would reward with better chances for skins and closest to the pins. It would allow me to go for all the par 5's as well. Overall scoring might be at a disadvantage because you only score as good as your scoring clubs. So I would favor the front tees. I've always played the back tees, but would play the middle tees with others for company on the box. But I was wondering if anyone has ever played the front tees and found themselves able to bring their handicap down significantly because of that.
  18. I'm interested in the awards. This is what I've done so far: Par Breaker Hole in one Tournament Winner Eagle I think you should add the following achievements: Major Tournament Winner Club Champion 300+ Driver 350+ Driver U.S. Open Player Course Record Holder
  19. Goals: Shoot under par 4 times. Increase swing speed by 5MPH Win 1 tournament Have a committed routine for all 18 holes I shot even par twice 2 years ago. I shot under par twice last year. This year I hope to double it. Problem is, my home course closed down so I will have a significant amount of less rounds this year to play. So, I'll be happy if I can shoot under par at least once this year. My current swing speed, last I checked, was 105MPH for the driver. I purchased the Superspeed golf training sticks and we'll see how much I improve with that. I'm playing in less tournaments this year, so I hope to win at least one in the league I'm in. Problem is that they use handicaps and it's very difficult to win when these new players come in with a high handicap and constantly win. But, I'm in this league mainly for the cheaper outings and they are during the weekday. So a day at the course always beats a day in the office. My problem with my game is mainly based on performing my routine. When I don't perform my routine properly, I might as well have not done any routine and hit the ball. I started a goal to nail my routine down and I find it very difficult to maintain that over the course of 18 holes. I seem to be able to manage it up to 9 holes so far. So I'm pretty optimistic about nailing it down for the full 18 for this year.
  20. I chip to the start of the green and let it run out. Depending on the ratio between air time and ground time, that determines what club I use. I never chip with my 56 or 60, that turns into a pitch shot. ratios (air:ground): 1:<1 = AW 1:1 = PW 1:2 = 9 iron 1:3 = 8 iron 1:4 = 7 iron 1:5 = 6 iron depending on how fast or slow the greens are, I go up or down a club. To answer the question, I don't allow for any "checking" up on the ball. That makes for inconsistent chips.
  21. I'm 46. In all my life of active sports, I have stretched before and have not. Nothing seems to make a difference on whether I get injured or not. If you push yourself hard enough, no amount of stretching will prevent the injury. Just like some of the recent posts, it looks more like warm ups rather than stretching. Warming up is what I do. Just get those muscles moving gradually.
  22. I thought I would add this about "stretching" Quite a Stretch: Stretching Hype Debunked Stretching science shows that it doesn't do most of what people hope it does. Detailed article.
  23. I don't bother stretching. My research on stretching seems to confirm that it doesn't help. The act of stretching can cause tears in the muscle. That's pretty much the same as working out, which is why you don't stretch after working out. You'll just further damage the muscles. Instead of stretching, I just warm up the muscles with small movement, then I increase the range of motion gradually. If you need flexibility, you need to stretch to the point you feel the pain, then that pain is the signal your brain gives you that says you need to stop, but you may realize that you can actually go further (but it just hurts more). So to increase flexibility, you stretch to that painful feeling, then you flex that muscle. After a good few seconds of flexing, you relax then stretch again and you'll see you can go further than before. It's a common practice that coaches use for their students. But again, I don't really stretch for golf because I'm only rotating my back about 90 degrees and I don't want to go much further than that or I'll be over-swinging. Just getting the muscles moving enough to be pumped up is good enough. As far as treating the aches and pains, I drink plenty of protein shakes. I mostly get soreness in the legs. Sometimes a little in the back. But that's from using those muscles so much as if I had a good workout in the gym. As an example, I walked a course that was not meant for walking. Then I had a tournament the following day. When I was done, I was so sore. I drank 2-3 protein shakes a day for the next 3 days. The soreness went away pretty quickly.
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