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Joe Jetson

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  1. Golfer LLoyd Christmas: What are the chances of hitting these concrete columns, ricocheting back and forth a couple times, and then screaming straight back at us and hitting the camera? Cameraman Mary Swanson: Not good. Lloyd Christmas: Not good like one in a hundred? Mary Swanson: I'd say more like one in a million. Lloyd Christmas: So you're telling me there's a chance?
  2. My favorite food on the course is large Pretzel Rods, the ones that look like a big cigar. I load them into a Pringles tube so they don't get broken and pull one out when I get a little hungry. You can actually swing the club with them in your mouth to keep you relaxed from biting down too hard. I saw a tip from Martin Hall where he said to put a cookie in your mouth to keep you from getting too tensed up. If you bite through the cookie during your swing, you're not relaxed. Same thing with the pretzel rod. Of course, if you're eating salty pretzels, don't forget some water.
  3. Welcome to The Sand Trap. I am also new and also from Wisconsin.

  4. I'm new to TST, and read in the "Rules" about "no politics". Then I started reading this thread, and it took until Page 3 to get to the first "pro-Trump" comment. Thank you, got a good laugh. You're 100% correct.
  5. I just got an email notification from Two Oaks North in Wautoma, WI. They will open for play Friday and Saturday (weather permitting), 3/22 & 3/23. We played there in February in 2018 and there were a few holes closed, some wet and muddy areas, but overall if you kept it in (or near) the fairway, it wasn't too bad. I expect about the same this weekend. Forecast is 42* and sunny Friday, and 51* and sunny on Saturday. You can check their website for details and contact info. I'd call ahead just to be sure.
  6. I had a couple of old drivers gathering dust, so as a retired guy, I started experimenting with them. I shortened one and found it much easier to control accuracy. Then switched one to a ladies' flex. I found that added some distance, about 10 to 15 yards. I had found some shaft pulls on Ebay dirt cheap, so it didn't cost much, mostly just the time pulling the old shaft and prepping the ladies for installation. I didn't really know much about club building, so it was fun learning. I finally re-shafted the Callaway Diablo I like, and now have a better driver for a small cash outlay.
  7. I'm kind of new here, so I'm not sure how to do a "link", but if you Search "Biggest Secret Hip Slide" at the top of the page, it should be the top result. I think it's an older thread, but there's a lot of posts and some logical descriptions about "how's and why's".
  8. Has anyone tried the "Nintendo Wii My Personal Golf Trainer With IMG Academies And David Leadbetter"? It's supposed to be a Training App more than a "Video Game". It supposedly analyzes your swing, balance, etc. and then gives you drills to improve. It's on the "Wii" platform, so it's not something you just play with the controller. You take your stance on the "Wii Balance Board" and swing the controller as if it's a golf grip. It then analyzes your swing and gives you some feedback. I'd try it myself, but I've read it is for Right Handed golfers only, and I'm a lefty. Is the "RH Only" limitation true? However, if it's worthwhile, I might get it for my wife, she right-handed. I've seen it on Ebay for about $40, which isn't too bad if it's legit.
  9. March 5th, and will not reach 30's until this weekend in central Wisconsin. I've been reading a separate topic here about "Hip Slide" to start downswing. It makes a lot of sense and could possibly explain some recurring problems with casting. Can't wait for it to warm up so I can incorporate some of this information. Until then, I'll have to settle for watching the pros on TV.
  10. If the weather ever warms up (March 5th in Wisconsin), I'm very curious to try the "Hip Slide" to start my downswing. After seeing several posts here explaining that "casting" can be the result of not sliding the hips, it helps to explain a recurring problem with my swing path.
  11. Below zero this morning (March 5th) again in Central WI. We've had record cold for March so far, after having record snowfall for the month of February. The "funny" thing is that we had almost no snow on the ground up to the middle of January, and I was optimistic about having an early start for golf season here. Normally, courses open up around the week of the Masters, but we'll have to have a lot of warm days in a row for that to happen this year.
  12. Jan. 31st, in Wisconsin, it's -26 with a balmy -38 wind chill. When the breeze picks up later today, the wind chill will be in the -50's range. "I don't think the heavy stuff's going to come down for quite a while." Yesterday, I had to take the wife's hair dryer outside to thaw the ice blockage from the Air Intake pipe for the furnace. I hereby swear that I will never again complain in July that it's "too hot to play golf".
  13. Central Wisconsin golf usually ends around Halloween, and doesn't reopen until early April, usually around the date of The Masters. I'm wondering if anyone knows of a website or a listing of open golf courses. If we get a warmup in the Midwest, I would imagine some courses might open up in Central Illinios. Instead of getting on the phone and calling courses, it would be nice if there was a place listing open courses by state or region. I've looked at Golfnow.com and other Tee Time sites to see if anyone's open, but usually the courses are closed anyway, and they just forgot to remove their Tee Time Listings. It would be a nice if there was a resource to check quickly. if it warms up, I'd drive four hours to get in a winter round.
  14. I picked up a Big Bertha Diablo Draw Driver with Regular Shaft at Goodwill for $10. It always felt pretty good, but I consistently hit a fade (or slice) with it. Overall, a very nice club, though. I played with it for about a year before the shaft cracked and split halfway between the head and the grip. (You don't get much for Ten Bucks anymore.) I was surprised it cracked because I'm not a hard swinger anymore at age 63. So I had some Ladies' .335 shafts from Ebay sitting in the garage, and I thought I'd try one and see what happens. This club has a little hosel/shaft adapter, so I had to buy one from Golfworks.com It took quite a bit of prep work getting the old shaft and adapter sleeve out because the sleeve thing melted when I heated it up for removal. It took some extra time to clean out the hosel properly. But I finally got the new Ladies' shaft and sleeve in, and took it out to the course the next day. It took me a while to realize that if I swung this thing nice and easy, I was getting about 20 to 30 yards more distance than I ever hit it before. And it totally cured my fade. In fact, after years of aiming at the edge of the fairway to allow for my fade, I'm now aiming straight down the middle, maybe even setting up for a very slight draw. I play with my brothers, so they gave me a little grief about the "Ladies" shaft. But the laughing changed to "Geez" when they saw the ball disappear way down the fairway. I think this model of Big Bertha Diablo Draw woods is probably at least ten years old by now. Which is great, because I want to add the 3-wood and 5-wood to my bag, and I see they have a whole bunch of them on Ebay for under $40. I've got more Ladies' shafts to use up. And some pink grips.
  15. Your Question: "Now that it is here, I am not quite sure exactly how to address the ball. Do I set up normally and the club will naturally make the ball go into a draw pattern? Or do I still set up as if I was hitting a draw? (Club face slightly closed and shoulders pointed slightly right of the target." My Reply: I have the Diablo "Draw" Driver. The clubhead is designed to be slightly "closed" (aimed to left for RH Player) when setting on flat surface. It is balanced that way, so if you try to square it up to your target line, it will feel slightly out of balance. The closed/draw design is intended to correct, or straighten out the ball flight for a player who regularly fades or slices their shots. I have always played a consistent fade, but the sidespin created with my fade cost me some distance loss on carry and roll. The Diablo Draw Driver straightened out my fade to the point where I now set up straight down my target line. I have found that I gained about 20 to 30 yards by utilizing the built-in "Draw" feature of the Diablo Draw driver. So, regarding your question on your setup, if you were previously a "fader" you should now be able to adjust your set up to aim squarely at your target. However, if you were previously a "hooker", the Draw design will make your hook worse. Finally, if you were a straight hitter, you should see a slight draw with this club. One other thought- if you try to manually "square up" the clubface with how you grip the club, you will be working against the features designed into the club. It will change the weight balance and the loft angle of the club.
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