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  1. IMO the problems are different. With the pick / tad thin shot, rarely does anything bad happen. Example from last night - 143 yds to back pin, usual 9i is 135-140 yds - hit it a tad thin and actually went 2 yards past the pin (and 20 feet left), so good result. Obviously there are situations where the pin is really tight to the back or it's a very firm green and you go off the back, but most of the time the results don't hurt you. And given that I seem to do this when I'm trying to get max distance out of an iron (that's the other common fact besides Bermuda grass), it might actually help at times. A blade/skull is a bad shot in that in addition to missing the green you usually end up in a position that makes scrambling difficult. I feel (opinion not fact) that the tad thin could be the result of either swing flaw or ball position and that usually better ball position solves the problem. A blade/skull is probably more from a bad swing.
  2. I don't think that there is a problem with picking the ball clean as opposed to taking a divot - if done correctly there should be the same result from what I know about golf ball physics. However, if you are like me and I'm a frequent picker, when I pick I am usually just a tad thin on the shot. Usually this doesn't bring much harm but the ball will roll out a little further than usual. For whatever reason, I pick a lot more on Bermuda grass than bent. I think I was told once to play the ball slightly back on Bermuda, but I frequently forget.
  3. FWIW I agree this whole thing can be hypocritical. I've had an official GHIN for about 5 years (although through a twist of fate I've only used my handicap twice). I've personally posted everyone of my scores without anyone reviewing my input. I used to have a weekly game with two guys who had official GHIN's and although we knew what each of us scored each week, everyone posted their own score into GHIN and none of us were ever checking on the other guys. So if someone wanted lower or boost their score each week by a stroke they could have although I suspect a gross cheat would have been noticed. I know that there are clubs out there with strict handicap police policies, but there's a lot of guys who are and will always be subject to honor system.
  4. I'm in agreement with a twist. Two years ago I would have said that my solo rounds were generally better rounds and I honestly thought that my handicap would go up. My handicap has instead stayed the same and recently has improved. But I think my solo round play is now worse than handicap rounds. The reason - I think now I rush my solo rounds and I can't rush the others. Still, whenever my game starts to struggle a solo practice round seems to be the best elixir.
  5. Great suggestions everyone. I love to walk but sometimes will ride if the heat index is above 100, which it will be for the next several weeks. I do a lot of these things but Saturday will bring out the umbrella and will drink even when not thirsty to see if it helps and hope to keep walking. FWIW - if you feel dizzy it is likely dehydration so stop immediately and get shelter. Has happened only once to me (knock on wood) and one of the few times I have ever walked off a course early.
  6. So any thoughts as to what to do to get your head right after a shank? Until recently my only experience with shanks have been at the range and then I know how to work through it, but yesterday was the 3rd round this year with shanks - never happened on the course before then. Have to admit yesterday it played with my mind and messed up quite a few shots after that.
  7. I get what you are saying but at a 13 you aren't what I consider a high handicapper (I did have a playing partner who could bomb like you but played to a 12-13 play due to accuracy issues). But there are very very few true golfers who are high handicaps and hit really long. By true golfers I mean people who play regularly. More likely is the kid I played with Father's Day a year ago - built like Koepka and hit the ball a mile. He hit the longest drives I have ever seen on 3 of the holes, all of which were at least 300 yards. That was when he was straight. Crooked was a total lost ball. Had no idea of distances - he hit these towering iron/wedge shots that would hold any green, it's just that he airmailed at least 4 greens on the front 9 by 20-30 yards. So yes he would be a 25 handicap, but then he only played 1-2 times per year.
  8. Mine isn't that old (just got it in April) but I bought a 2017 because I thought the new 2019's were ugly (and $50 more).
  9. Two thoughts come to mind: Try to focus course management with the goal of avoiding DB or worse. Where it is tight or there is water, take the confident safe route every time, especially if you hit a bad shot. I do this when I'm in a slump and am playing a tougher course. When you avoid DB and make a few pars (or even birdies), I'm always amazed at how the scorecard seems to add up so much better. May not be applicable, but lately when I have holes where I have a mental block I'm hitting FW off the tee. May mean a long shot in, but I have enough confidence in my mid irons / hybrids that I should have a chance at an up and down even if I miss the green. What it really allows me to do is to avoid DB. IMO DB's can maim a round but DB+'s can kill.
  10. Footjoy Pro/SL are probably the most comfortable golf shoe I have worn for walking that also has good support.
  11. I think my opinion is similar to this. Before I moved I played a 129 slope (which has since been re-rated to 132) and here I mostly play a 114 slope. I've maintained a 6-7 index at both places, but my game and the game that is required is different. At the higher sloped course I felt that recovery shots were crucial and a big part of having a good score is eliminating DB's. At the lower sloped course I feel like I need to have fewer big errors and make more birdies to have a good score. Some of this is a variant on different courses for different horses, but personally I think it's a little more than that.
  12. I don't necessarily disagree with you although my opinion would have a twist, but I've had two golfers, one very experienced and one less so, say something along the lines of "he's an X at such and such difficult course" implying that it is more difficult to be "X" at a harder course. Don't really agree but was wondering what others thought.
  13. This may sound stupid but it comes from a conversation with a co-worker yesterday. In theory, the USGA rating system levels out different differences in course difficulties, but what do you believe? Is a golfer with an equal handicap who plays a more difficult course the "better" golfer?
  14. I know that this is an old post but didn't think I should start a new one. I just bought my first pair of polarized sunglasses and I have this question - do you find you need to give your eyes time to adjust before you play? My wife (who plays tennis) feels she has to start wearing hers 30 minutes before she plays in order to adjust. I didn't notice anything the first time or two I used mine, but I think I also wore them while driving to the course. Recently I've twice run out for 9 after work, put the glasses on, and have gotten off to the most horrible of horrible starts - wondering if I was just rushing or could the sun glasses adjustment period be part of it? Stupid question, but I find us golfers ask a lot of stupid questions.
  15. My 5W is adjustable and is basically set to be a 4W. I hit it much better off the deck than a 3W - longer, higher, straighter. I think putting a longer shaft in the 5W would offset the benefits the 5W offers off the deck. The reason a 3W is harder to hit off the deck is you need a higher swing speed and my guess (although I don't know) is that is more related to shaft length than loft. BTW, I'm giving up 10-20 yards off the tee but it's worth it to me.
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