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  1. I think they have to move it at this point, or have a promise that he won't attend. If he's absent maybe some of the issue goes away. It's a shame It's an absolutely beautiful course in a beautiful setting. It would have been fun to watch the best play there. It was fun to watch the ladies play there a few years back.
  2. I hesitate to post anything to this forum, but below is from a NY Times newletter that I thought was good - sorry their isn't a link How to manage your virus risk The most effective public health messages don’t merely tell people what not to do. They also tell people what they can do with only a small amount of risk. This sometimes feels counterintuitive, because it gives people permission to take some risks, rather than urging maximum safety all the time. In the long run, though, a more realistic approach is actu
  3. To the contrary, on several of my "wheels come off" rounds this year I haven't lost a single ball. Penalty strokes yes, but lost balls no. When I'm that off I'm typically not hitting the ball bad enough to lose one. But I tend to agree with your post match approach - there's typically 5 strokes (if not more) that were unusually over the top bad and atypical, especially around the greens. And if you adjust for those the round wouldn't have been a disaster.
  4. I've played about 80 rounds this year and have played to a 5 or lower almost all year. I've had four rounds where the wheels have come totally off - think 90 range. The commonalities are: 1) usually an unfamiliar course 2) extremely windy days 3) short game collapse - usually even when my swing is off my short game is solid enough to keep things from getting out of hand. One interesting thing is this: I've always been a more consistent golfer than most. My index has improved 1-2 shots the last two years, but as my index has improved I feel like my consistency has gotten worse. I managed
  5. So curious after two months usage what do you think about it? Looks fabulous - want to make sure it's durable and functional as well.
  6. Good article - I think the impact of point #1, awful drives, is often overlooked. Much more important to avoid par killing drives than to find the fairway at most courses. I question the range on point #4 - most amateur golfers should be focusing on 3-7 feet, not 3-10. The odds of making a 10 footer are too small but most of us can have realistic score improvements if we made more from 5-7 feet.
  7. I'm going for it no question. One of my most memorable shots was very similar to this - was trying to break 80 at my old home course the first time - I had previously shot 80 there many, many times - and had to aim OB and curve the ball around a tree to reach the green. Also, since my old home course was heavily wooded on both sides, my punch through game rocks - just takes lots of practice.
  8. I found your 4 + 2 explanation complicated so I can only think that trying to manage six shots is complicated. If there's really only two shots then you are going down the right path. I personally don't like the low and high trajectory explanations. I prefer to think of a "chip" is where there's more/equal roll than carry and a pitch where there's more carry than roll. Then you change loft (by club choice), ball position, or face (amount open vs. square) to adjust trajectory and amount of roll. I don't think it matters whether you are 10 yards or 50 yards up to about 60 yards for me, this
  9. I don't want to criticize your instructor as I'm sure he knows more about golf than I do, but that sounds crazy complicated. Especially if your profile is correct and you are a 17 handicap, I would think your priority is to eliminate mistakes that lead to DB, not get up and down close every time. I think most amateurs are good with a basic chip and a basic pitch, and then add how to make the chip low and run and how to open the club face to make the pitch a lob. I wouldn't advise more than that. As you get proficient you can add some / play around with other types of shots, but for where you s
  10. At my most regular course the back tees I play are 6013 (par 70 / 68.8/114). The next tees up (Yellow) are 5472 (70 / 66.1 / 110). I play the Yellow tees occasionally to prepare for a senior event. These tees are supposed to play 3 strokes easier - I find that I average about two strokes better. Completely agree with @bkuehn1952, bogeys magnified. Also, you would think that you should be able to play three strokes better by making fewer mistakes - some of this is doable as your approaches will be closer, but you are still going to make mistakes so in the end you also need to make more
  11. gbogey


    My observation / experience is that providing a golfer gives a putt careful attention, 2' is to amateurs what 3' is to pros - 99% make. At 3', the make % goes down a little so these should be putted out. Unfortunately this has applied to me as well.
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    Exactly. My observation from this season is that if you rush / get careless on the less than 2' putts, you will miss 1-2 per round. What shouldn't be lost on this point is that the most common way to get careless is to miss by 2' and then decide to finish but rush things because you are putting out of order. This leads you to mark from 2' much more often, which adds 15 seconds to that person's play of the hole. I mainly played with players whose handicaps ranged from 3-13, so better than average golfers. For yucks this morning I pressed start on my stopwatch: Walked 5 steps across
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    Think about it this way - if you are in a tournament and have to putt everything out, you probably have 50 putts in a foursome between 1-3 feet. If each person takes 20 seconds to look at his putt, practice stroke, putt, pick up your ball, that's 17 minutes. That doesn't include the time to mark a two footer that you would normally pick up but you're not away and you'd rather wait to putt out. May be more like 30 minutes. Putting out really slows things down.
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    I've played with two different golf groups this year. Group #1 is a competition group which putts everything out. No problems there, but it easily adds at least 20 minutes to a round for a foursome. Group #2 is a betting group with putts given. There's supposed to be a standard gimme, but it's subjective and some guys are very generous (and expect likewise). Personally I would prefer something in between, say 18 inches (or two feet) or less is good. The reality is if you take your time you aren't going to miss that many short ones and it's worth the 20 minutes saved IMO. But I don't make the r
  15. I'm usually between 74-78 at my home course, but it's a short par 70 (6013 / 68.8 / 114)
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