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About gbogey

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  1. If you're scratch I'm going to guess that your average score is around 73. I think the ladies will average par or slightly better, so over the course of several rounds you'll get beat by several strokes. My best guess is that the 2.8 is similar to the ladies. But I'll also guess that even if they are shooting the same score, the male has more birdies and bogeys and ladies make more pars. LPGA consistency is unreal.
  2. If this is the case, we should all be playing more golf, not less.
  3. I got to think that most of these type situations are fake news from people with a slanted point of view. Not saying the reporting is perfect, but I don't think this is happening on a regular basis. Plus some of the reporting requirements are confusing, so that leads to less than perfect reporting / data. We truly live in strange times. One thing that is happening, though, if you were to go to a hospital right now for any reason, covid or not, you would be tested for Covid and a positive results makes you a case. So for crazy example, if you show no symptons and fall and break your leg, but then test positive while getting your leg set, you are now a covid statistic. There have been some similar issues with deaths in some states - a person with Covid who dies of a heart attack might be listed as a Covid death. I think the issue is that in these situations there can always be problems with the absolute accuracy of the numbers. The general macro trend, however, cannot be manipulated by such factors. The general statistical trend is going the wrong way.
  4. I've read multiple putting books and yes, most good putters will line up with their eyes directly eyes or just over the ball. I don't know what your putting aid is but most golf stores sell a putting mirror to help you line up. I use mine during conference calls when I work from home. It does help.
  5. My experience with these situations is that it has less to do with pin placements and more to do with the course using modern green speeds for a course that was built for lower speeds. This was certainly the case of a course I used to play in NJ. The course was built in the 70's on the side of a mountain. A few years ago that ramped up the greens to the point that several were unplayable. It got to the point where I stopped playing it. While I think this is more likely to happen with public courses versus private, I've seen it at a private club as well. Also, if the course is a municipal, you are more likely to less knowledgeable staff who will occasionally put pins in bad places. To answer your question, if the green speeds are right, the pins should be matched by the difficulty of the course. If it's a tough course, then there's bound to be a few tough pins.
  6. I've noticed something similar around here but at a lower level, say scratch-3.0. There were several guys in a tournament last year with that type of game but obviously play more often than they post scores. My guess is that betting is such a big part of the golf culture here that they like their stroke position in their weekly golf group and don't want to mess it up by posting more scores.
  7. Looking at the picture, if it's indicative of your swing I'm going to take back my earlier comments - you likely have a very closed club face and are likely having a back swing to the inside, so it is possible that you have the same swing with your 5i as you do with your 7i with very different results. The reason being is that the shorter club allows you to fix your impact and the longer club doesn't. Therefore if the 5i has a very closed club face it won't get off the ground, much in the manner you describe. What I can't figure out is how you hit driver that far using the same technique. But in short, seek out some instruction and new clubs aren't going to fix this issue.
  8. You are clearly doing something different with these clubs than with your 7i and below, so new equipment isn't going to help as much as lessons. Find a pro you like and ask him to help you address these specific problems (btw - posture and set up issues are places where sometimes lessons can help the most). In the meantime, try this: 1) hit several 7i's on the range and try to get the feel of a good 7i swing; 2) take your 6i, choke down 3/4's of an inch on the club more than normal, then swing the club like a 7i. If you start hitting good 6i's, you can unchoke the club and then try it with a 5i. Sounds silly, but I go through periods where I don't hit my 5i and 6i well and this is how I make a correction.
  9. I play with what is considered to be a strong grip. Nothing intentional, just started using something that felt comfortable. When I went through a period of time hooking the ball, the pro I took lessons from told me that I could either learn to use a less strong grip or learn to play with a strong one - he used Tom Lehman and Paul Azinger as players with similar grips. I practiced several times with a neutral grip and then said the heck with it, it's not comfortable. So now I use it knowing my miss is often left. I'm a better player now than I was then so I guess it's working.
  10. I'll update to "6" since that's where I've been most of the two years. Let's see how July plays out before believing that today's 4.4 isn't a fluke.
  11. So I've had 5 unusually good rounds in June and have noticed two things: Stating the obvious, since it is now best of 8 instead of 10 your handicap can move down much faster than before. My handicap is now .4 better than it was under the old system - that's the highest differential I've seen so far.
  12. Yes, I believe the ponds are connected by the creek. The course is The Links at Galloway. #7.
  13. I'll ask @DaveP043 to weigh in - you aren't really going to the far side of the hazard as much as going back in a straight line. That may be the difference.
  14. I thought that this might have gone away as part of the rules changing. If not, this is good to know. The picture doesn't do it justice. A small part of your circle is safe, but most of it slopes away from the sharply from the green. As I mentioned, the ground is hard there so the ball really runs and lies aren't pleasant. Even if it stops short of the creek, it's a tough pitch to get on the green safely since the pitch is uphill over the ridge and then the green runs towards the water pretty fast. Four is a really good score from down there. The right play is to always go for the front fat part of the green. Really not a difficult shot, probably an 9i or 8i at most. If pin is up, good birdie chance. Middle pin, should be easy two putt. Back pin is a very long two putt but taking four this way is better than chasing the back pin. I see way too may guys go after the back or middle pin - of course they think left is better than right - but there's still a lot of trouble left and often that puts five and six into play. Me, last night I just shut the club face and went long left which is one of my misses - ball hit the down slope and made the creek.
  15. The course isn't well marked for hazards - its a muni - but I'm comfortable that #1 is an option. #2 was an option under the old rules, not sure about the new rules. #3 - IDK - if you followed a straight line from the hazard along the flag you eventually get there and are further from the hole. Of course, there's always #4 - go back to the tee.
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