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  1. I guess I'm in the minority. If we are talking a single round, such it feels great to have really great ball striking but I'm always in great mood with a low score, I go with the scoring well, particularly if we are talking round after round after round.
  2. I don't know any serious golfer who wouldn't pick shooting their best round from these choices but I could propose a twist: would you rather play the best round of your life or shoot your lowest score ever? If you ask me about my best round the round that comes to mind was not my lowest score (albeit only a stroke higher). I didn't enjoy my lowest score nearly as much as I really didn't feel like I was playing anywhere as near as good was the score.
  3. I visit that area annually and always play a round or two. Ackerman is my preferred course now - a little more fun and (less over the top challenging) than Kampen.
  4. I spent a lot of time in Indiana where Pete Dye courses are everywhere and I have played at least 12 courses that I can easily identify, including a few of the stars - Whistling Straits, TPC Sawgrass, Crooked Stick, Pete Dye Course at French Lick. Most of these I would call lots of fun, maybe in a sadistic way, a few lack the setting to be special but were still worthy challenges. There's a couple of public courses around Indianapolis that are great muni's and the two courses at Purdue University are loads of fun. The French Lick course is one of the most heavenly I've played. I especially consider him the master of the great mind trick off the tee. Your eyes guide you to the safe tee shot which is then 50 yards further from the hole than where you have to be.
  5. So much to process here. If you are truly starting out, I think lessons are a good way to go. Find an instructor with a good reputation. He/she should spend a few minutes talking to you before starting to learn about what you want top accomplish, and maybe a question about how you best learn something new. Again if you are truly new, the first lessons should start out / focus on basics like setup - hard to swing well if you set up wrong. Golf is something you need to practice to get better (unlike say tennis where there is sometimes a pro helping every time you practice). If you truly want to get better, you likely need to play or hit the range at least 1-3 times a week. You may want to favor the range more when you start and then play more as you are ready. One thing that might help is to make sure you realize that all golfers make lots of bad shots. Lots of them. When I caught the bug, and I caught it really really bad, I was determined to play golf and I was determined that I was going to be at least be "average." I am fortunate that I somehow became better than average, but the reality is that what I thought an "average" golfer was back then is far better than the reality of what an "average" golfer is.
  6. I haven't really called anything beyond a decently long putt (15') and a few short chips (but they did go in). I've had many wedge shots where the minute I hit the ball I knew it was good. Two stand very strong in my memory with one a few weeks ago. From 115 yards hit a wedge. Said out loud "that's really good" even before looking. Ball hit flag stick and ricocheted 28 yards away to a difficult chip. Did not make par. First time it happened the ricocheted was to an uneven worse spot.
  7. I just noticed that at the course I play the most that the Gold/Senior tees, which I play occasionally to prep for a senior tournament, are now rated par 68 instead of par 70 at the Back/Black tees. I assume this par relates to NDB only, because whereas one of the Par 5's is only 447 from and Gold and quite reachable, the other two are still 460 and 477 with a water hazard and bunker blocking the fronts respectively. Rarely do I get to go for those holes in two.
  8. One of the best instructional articles I have read was titled, "How to Break 80 in Six Weeks." Totally dumb title and there was low chance that even for someone on the verge of breaking 80 that this article was going to change that in six weeks. But the steps to game improvement to break 80 were quite sound and helpful over a longer term.
  9. I played about 40 rounds at this course in 2019 with 60 birdies and 2 eagles. I birdied 16 different holes, but somehow never birdied the shortest two par 3's. Imagine that!
  10. I think the simplest solution is to just not make anything over double bogey going forward, so that will be a New Year's resolution.
  11. Almost jinxed myself. Was tracking towards 69 before fading at the end. But I was playing from winter tee boxes and it wasn't the first day of the season so it wouldn't have counted anyway.
  12. Easy. The experience of having a new career low is easily worth $1000. Hell, I'd take a 69 over the money
  13. I think the hooks with a flighted wedge come from either hanging back / not shifting weight or the arms keep swinging and the body stops rotating. I try to make sure its a smooth swing with both the arms and body to make it work. Sometimes it seems to help to have a shorter backswing. I haven't found an answer to #2 yet but I also struggle going back to non-flighted wedges.
  14. That's a really good point. There was one course in NJ that was built in the 70's that was on the edge of a mountain. They decided to speed up the greens to make the course harder. A few of the holes were almost unplayable - if you got above the hole there was no way to stop a putt within 5 feet. Was once a preferred place to play but stopped going there after they made the changes.
  15. Depends on the putt. Seriously, I find medium to slow greens easier for lag putting and faster greens easier for short range putting.
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