# jimnm

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1. ## Progress since taking lessons

Yes, mine is nearly auto calculating. When I add a new round, I just copy and paste all the existing data one row lower. Then I write over the top row of data with the score for each hole of my latest round (hidden in my snapshot I posted) along with the course slope and rating. I also keep track of the date and course names. It's quick and serves it's purpose. Sum up the Out/In/Total (I just realized my labeling for In/Out is backwards). I have a simple equation in the differential column. And I basically use a sliding window of the last 20 differentials to calculate my index history. =AVERAGE(SMALL(AG8:AG27,1),SMALL(AG8:AG27,2),SMALL(AG8:AG27,3),SMALL(AG8:AG27,4),SMALL(AG8:AG27,5),SMALL(AG8:AG27,6),SMALL(AG8:AG27,7),SMALL(AG8:AG27,8),SMALL(AG8:AG27,9),SMALL(AG8:AG27,10))*0.96 Where "AG8:AG27" are the differentials for the previous 20 rounds of interest. And then I just have a scatter plot of date vs. index for an easy visual.
2. ## Torrey Pines Local Rule

Completely agree with everything you said. I've dropped in the rough, just to end up advancing my ball 20 yards into the rough in front of me and having to take another lost ball drop.
3. ## Progress since taking lessons

I like Castle Creek and the Vineyard. I think I have played Eagle Crest a few years back. We are lucky to have a lot of good options here in the San Diego area. That and the golfing is year round! Yeah, I don't belong to any club to get an official GHIN. But it's easy enough to calculate using Excel. GameGolf is great for tracking all of the stats too. My GG Index shows 18.3. But I use my Excel workbook as my metric. As I only count my 18 hole rounds. My GG has a few rounds of exec courses where I was practicing and playing more than 1 ball on any given hole.
4. ## Progress since taking lessons

An update on my progress. I broke through to the teens! I'm now a 19.4. The GolfTec lessons are still paying off. My lesson plan and access to their facilities is good until March 2019. I'm still continuing to see improvements and it is showing in my overall scores. The main focus is still the full swing. Currently focusing on club path. But I do occasionally get lessons in both putting/short game. I hope to sign up for another lesson plan once my current plan runs out. I'll just have to wait and see if it's in the budget... Cheers!
5. ## Post Your GAME Golf Rounds

Shot 86 at Goose Creek in So Cal. A personal best for me. I have never played there before, but it was a fun course. That and I played with my 2 brothers and an old high school friend, which made it memorable. Highlight of the round was driving very close to the green on the 14th. I had a new shaft put in to both my driver and 3W and they were working! Also had much improved play with chipping and less than full swings. I have been working on this with my golf coach. https://www.gamegolf.com/player/jimnm/round/2459697
6. ## Torrey Pines Local Rule

Yes. They do this every year around December/January. The rough is VERY thick and VERY tall during this time of year. Very punishing. It seems as though they let it grow more than tournament tall rough, then cut it down right before the tournament. I say this because I played there last Jan and noticed how tall it was. I lost like 4 or 5 balls that day on shots that would be very findable otherwise. Fortunately no penalty. When I went to the Farmers and standing near the ropes, I noticed that the rough was still tall, but not as tall when I played it earlier that month. From Feb to Nov, the rough is not nearly as bad. I plan to play there later this month. If I remember, I will take a picture of the rough both when I play and during the Farmers. To see if my memory serves me correctly... I'm curious to know if other courses prep for PGA events this same way?
7. ## Do You "Slow Drop" the Flagstick?

I usually place the bottom of the flagstick on the ground then lower the top end of it and let it go once my hand is about knee high.
8. ## GPS Watches… Any Recommendations?

Yeah you will definitely be able to get at least 2 rounds out of it. I make it a habit to always charge the night before playing so I'm never in any risk of running out of battery.
9. ## GPS Watches… Any Recommendations?

I recently bought the Garmin S20 and I really like it. Only used it a few times. It's lightweight and seems to be accurate when I compare yardages with my Bushnell range finder. Battery seems good too. I suspect it would last 2 rounds with some battery life to spare. I'm not a fan of the proprietary charging cable. But a replacement cable can be found on ebay/amazon for \$6 or so...
10. ## Draw vs Fade: Which is Cooler & Reliable

Equally reliable. I voted that a draw was cooler because for several years I had only been able to hit a fade/slice. And I was always envious of golfers who hit draws. After taking lessons, my stock shot (for now) is a draw.
11. ## Initiative Q - Sign Up for the New Currency Today

I signed up too.
12. ## What are Your 2019 Golf Goals?

I would like to break 85. I will continue to take lessons, focus most of my efforts on my full swing and hope to resolve my glaring short game struggles.
13. ## Golf Rangefinder Recommendation

I have the Bushnell Pro X2. It was a bit pricey but it's seriously built like a tank. Metal case and water proof. So long as it's well taken care of, I imagine it will last for several years. They are well worth the investment.
14. ## Excel Formula for handicaps

This looks right to me. When I compare to my spreadsheet with the same inputs, we get the same exact Handicap Index. 👍
15. ## Favorite TV Show(s)

I agree. The TV series has been good so far. Only 2 episodes left.

No, not that I know of. Occasionally it can get windy at Torrey. But the weather is very mild around here. People that move here from other states will often talk about how San Diego doesn't have any seasons. Which I guess is true.

I'm thankful that golf (and all outdoor activities/sports for that matter) is a year round thing in my area. 79 and sunny today 🙂
18. ## Clubs You're Most Likely to Replace Before Next Season?

My Driver and 3W might be on the chopping block. If I can find something with newer technology that can outperform them I will probably replace them. Looking for improvements on both distance and left/right dispersion. All my other clubs are less than a year old.
19. ## WITB Photo Edition!

I actually really like my Nike driver/3 wood. Cost has nothing to do with it. I tried testing M3/M4 and new Ping drivers and they were on par with my Nike. I was never fitted for the Nike, but maybe I got lucky and it just suits my swing. Until I can find something that outperforms what I have, I'll stick with what I have... I actually have a free fitting for TS2/3 with Titleist tomorrow. The money for the PXG's were about the going rate of new Mizuno's or any of the other big manufacturers. Since they are gen 1. Not as expensive as most would think...
20. ## WITB Photo Edition!

Thanks! I really like the covers. I plan to add to my collection over time. I got the white one on eBay. The others are from the Scotty Cameron gallery. I REALLY like the PXG's. I just got them a couple of weeks ago and only have 1 round on them. And a lot of range practice as well. They feel nice and soft on good strikes. The MSRP was out of my price range, but PXG had a 50% off sale on the gen 1 irons. I was about to buy some new Mizuno's but once I found out about the PXG sale, I had to test them with my fitter and fell in love with them. I highly recommend! I believe the sale is still on until they get rid of all their Gen 1 inventory.
21. ## WITB Photo Edition!

Driver: Nike Covert 2.0 (Tour Issue, OHT Serial, 2 dots), 9.5* Neutral, Mitsubishi Kuro Kage 50 Stiff 3 Wood: Nike VR Pro STR8-FIT, Project X 6.0 3 Iron: PXG 0311 X Gen1, TT DG X100 4-6 Irons: PXG 0311 XF Gen 1, TT DG X100 7-W Irons: PXG 0311 Gen 1, TT DG X100 Wedges: PXG 0311 Gen 1 52/56/60, TT DG X100 Putter: Titleist 2016 Scotty Cameron Newport Irons and Wedges have been FLO’d. Irons have been MOI’d. Putter covers are on a rotation. Scotty Cameron gallery is close to where I live, so I pop in every once in a while.
22. ## Share Your Personal Course Pictures

Coronado Golf Course. The picture doesn't do it justice. This course has great views of San Diego.
23. ## Post Your GAME Golf Rounds

Shot a 94 at Coronado Golf Course. My first time playing there. I loved it. Very beautiful course. I need to go there more often. \$25 for a Friday morning (greens were punched). Played with my GolfTec coach. He now knows I have a glaring issue with pitching/chipping near the greens. And with putting speed. Also, first time playing my new irons and wedges. I REALLY like them. Still working on understanding my yardages and if any adjustments need to be made for better gapping. Highlight was a birdie on 16 despite a poor worm burner drive. I hit a nice baby draw 5 iron and drained a 10ft putt. http://www.gamegolf.com/player/jimnm/round/2416579
24. ## Ball Striking Is Improving, but Scores Are Not

Have you read Lowest Score Wins (LSW)? The section on game planning is very good. Without getting into too much detail, it talks about shot zones and how to incorporate them into your game plan in order to help avoid penalty(s) and other spots that will result in more strokes. The GIR and nGIR that @DeadMan is referring to is also in LSW. You beat me to it!
25. ## Filling out My Bag of Clubs?

I'm not familiar with the lesser known brands. But I have purchased used clubs (if you are okay with used) through the globalgolf.com and have been pleased. I would recommend getting fitted, but if you already know your specs you can try global golf. Sometimes they offer like new or open box clubs at a great price. Although you may need to buy a tool (if club is adjustable) and head cover separately. They offer both at reasonable prices too.
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