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  1. Like many if not most of the players on here, I have pretty good recall of every shot I hit in a round of golf. But, it's hard to glean any patterns or specific issues from just a memory of this hole or that. With that in mind, what do you guys recommend in the way of an app or other software that might be helpful for compiling statistics and determining what areas of the game are costing me the most shots? (As let's face it, they all cost me shots to some degree 🙂) This is all very new to me, so very basic advice would be great, thanks!
  2. I have been going with a standard pitching wedge from the fairway. But, I have been placing the ball pretty far back in my stance, so I am going to move it forward a bit and see if that leads to a little softer landing. Thanks for taking the time!
  3. I also had a quick question on this shot as I have been trying to weave it into my game. It has been going pretty well in terms of contact and direction. But, I am getting a ton of roll out on the shot, as much as 10 or 15 yards if it lands on the green. I know I am not posting a video of my swing, but does anyone have a thought as to why I might be generating so little spin? I really feel like I am accelerating downward through the ball, but of course I could be wrong. Thanks.
  4. I was playing the other day with a guy who was struggling off the tee. I am pretty good at not offering any advice, but I couldn't help but notice on a tee shot that I observed that, sure enough, as he got over the ball his feet and shoulders were pointed well left of center. After he pulled his drive, I somewhat carefully offered, "You know, not for nothing, but you were actually set up exactly on the line of that shot." I added in the obligatory, "I do it all the time" which is absolutely true, but also so that we could commiserate as flawed golfers.. We had a good rapport (which is
  5. Good advice all around, thanks very much to all of you for taking the time...
  6. I am filling out my bag and I still have one slot left. I am thinking I can use a good club for low punch shots. I have a tendency to hit the ball on a somewhat higher trajectory generally, so this isn't a huge strength of mine, but it does represent a fairly large hole in my game so I would like to address it. With that being said, what club do you favor for low punch shots? I'm thinking of a low iron. I have a four iron, but that is still 25 degrees or more of loft. Do I need something with even less loft?
  7. Hello all, How might one go about practicing the mental game of putting (and chipping for that matter)? One of the problems I have is that my mind when I play and when I practice are not the same at all. I am not full on "yips" or anything, but during a round, I tend to think more of the scoring implications of a putt and it does lead to some less than solid strikes, particularly on shorter putts. I go to practice putting, but sometimes I feel like it's time wasted because I can't carry it over to playing since the mental aspect creeps in and changes the dynamic. Any thoughts
  8. Winning a major by 15 shots and holding all four majors at the same time are staggering achievements, like mind blowing. I don't think we will even see them again. I'm not a big Tiger guy generally, but some of the stuff he did...just incredible. How could he be so much better than his contemporaries?? The only thing even close to me might be Wayne Gretzky (totally different in many ways, I know but still, the numbers just blow your mind). Actually, his achievements might be more accurately described as "Ruthian". Now, having said that, one of the reasons I really like
  9. All of a sudden, I find that I am having real trouble with a full swing wedge. I just seem to be missing it all kinds of ways: Blocks, fat, pulls, you name it; just can't seem to get dialed in. Not that I am crushing it with every other club, but it's pretty much as I said in the subject: It's like I am in a "one club" slump. Has anyone encountered this? I am guessing it's not uncommon, anything I can do besides hitting the range and just swinging until some confidence comes back?
  10. I totally get this. I feel as though I am easily the best I have ever been at the game, but I still have a decent sized range in terms of score and I can't seem to leave the higher end of my range behind, it's like the game gets tougher or something to keep your score where it was. I feel like I see more shots than ever where I find myself saying "I don't think I could do a whole lot better on that shot than that..." And the shot I just hit wasn't that sensational. 🙂 I agree with those that have suggested that there is a "talent level" in all of us and it is just very hard to go beyon
  11. First I thought, that's so true. Then I thought, what if I am not even REALLY keeping my arm straight! Then I just sat there...mind...blown. I think you nailed it, there has to be a reason that it hasn't made its way to the top of my swing thought list. If nothing else, it seems to clean up the clutter and gets me back to my mediocre swing when I am really struggling to get the feel...when I was younger I thought I would NEVER be happy about something like that, but many years later I am thankful for the smallest of victories... Anyway, I just kind of threw it out there won
  12. With so much good instruction available on line it becomes so easy to start tinkering with new drills and techniques trying to improve your results hitting the ball. Unfortunately, it becomes easy to get too many thoughts swimming around in your head and before you know it, the ball is going everywhere and, in the words of the great Roy McAvoy "your swing feels like an unfolded lawn chair!" Well, that was me standing on the range today...and then I cleared my head and thought "left arm straight"....Left arm straight on the take away, left arm straight on the down swing...left arm straig
  13. I'm pretty new here, but I will give it a go. I don't have a handicap. I seem to shoot in the 80s a lot, but that is on courses I know well and they aren't exactly beastly either. 1. I will never really be able to fix my problem on my first move on the downswing. Maybe it's because I don't go about fixing it in an intentional way that will produce results or maybe I am simply not athletic enough to relearn the swing despite my repeated efforts. A little more distance off the tee would likely make a modest difference in my score, but that swing has always been beyond my talents, hard
  14. I didn't realize that Mike Tyson even played golf...
  15. To be honest, I left kind of wondering if maybe I had missed the truth that fitting was usually something only sought out by very good players and that mid or high handicap players would not benefit greatly from the experience. The experience had been a tad humiliating. I was particularly interested though because I am only 5'5" and thus I had been choking all the way down on my driver. Moreover, I thought this might finally lay to rest any questions about what flex or type of shaft would be best for my swing, and perhaps what weight would be best for a club head. As I say, I had hoped
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