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About RetiredOldMan

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  1. Well, resting up helped a lot. I shot a 48 from the whites but only played 9 holes. Getting ready to go back out again this evening and try again. I did run the weed eater and worked in the yard for a couple of hours but then came in and took a bath and a 2 1/2 nap. Feeling well rested now. Retired Old Man P.S.> Watching 2000 PGA Tournament with Tiger and Fritz ( I think). 663 par 5. Both of them are on the green in two. Tiger hit his driver and the rest of his 240 yards with his 6 iron. (Wow, in my dreams!)
  2. I agree. Unfortunately my golfing partner has a day job and can't get away until after work. I do play Tuesday mornings Senior and sometimes Thursday's Senior Open. However, a lot more play time in late afternoon. Today, I have laid off of the yard work and have intentionally laid around the house so I can play better this evening. I noticed the wind has picked up, Southwest at 14 mph. More of an annoyance than a factor because in Kansas the wind blows all the time. Well, will let everyone know how it goes tomorrow. Retired Old Man
  3. What started all of this was hole #10 at my course. We started on the back 9 yesterday because the back 9 was totally open. I hit a beautiful drive, (a little over 230 yards) right down the middle and stopped just short of the water. The next 3 balls were in the water for my 2nd shot. Finally, the 4th ball skipped across the water, hit a rock and rolled into the fairway. So 1, for the drive, 2 into the water, 3 out of the water penalty, 4 into the water, 5 into the water, 6 skipped on the water, hit a rock and bounced into the fairway, 7 was short edge of the green, 8 chipped on the green, and 2 putts for a 10. I know I could double bogey and picked up using the new rules but I am a stubborn fellow and refuse to change. (At least right now) Anyway, I think I had 1 par and no birdies for the rest of the round. We then went and played the front nine. I held my own (bogey, bogey, bogey, par, par, bogey, and then got to the 7th hole and were behind a group of ladies who were playing super slow. It was late, we quit, and went to Wendy's for supper. Today, I am resting up in hopes I can recuperate enough to play a decent game this afternoon. I will let you know. Don't worry about me. I play for fun and am fortunate I play as well as I do. (This to shall pass) Just thought I would let you fellow golfers know how I felt. 😄 Retired Old Man
  4. As most of you know, I am 73 years old. I have a huge place with a yard that covers 1/2 of a block. So, I mow in the morning, trim trees, work in the garden, and then try and quit by noon. Eat lunch and then take a nap. Usually head to the course and play at least 18 holes and sometimes 24 to 27 holes. My problem? I am so tired I have trouble controlling my driver. So, I get mis-hits, slices, pulls, and a bunch of other maladies. I have yet to shoot the low 80's this year. So, today, I am resting up and doing nothing to see if I can shoot a low eighty score before the season goes away. I just need some sympathy, coaching, and understanding. I wonder how many of us "everyday golfer's" understand just how good a shape these Professional Golfers are in? Most of you Golfers, just don't understand how tough it is being retired. 😉 Retired Old Man P.S.> Seriously, I need to work less and play more. 😀
  5. RetiredOldMan

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    I use a 60* Pure spin I got from EBay for a total of $37. I love it. The thing I found out I must do was follow through and not be afraid of going over the green. When I first got it, I could only hit it about 35 yards. Now, I am able to close the face and can reach a good 50 to 75 yards with the wedge. For my pitching wedge I use a Pure Spin 52* wedge. It is good for up to 95 yards with my swing. It takes some getting used to the 60*, but I really enjoy using mine. Retired Old Man
  6. Yes, my handicap is current and accurate. (It should stay that way until the next round, 😁 ) This is the 2nd year I have kept track of my handicap. I quit playing golf in 1975 and then took it up again 3 years ago. The first year after taking it up again, 2018, I played a small 9 hole course with sand greens. I got to where I could shoot par on that course. I still play it some but mainly stay away from sand greens. My boss, at my part time job, started taking me to Hays, Kansas where it is a very well kept course. From there I expanded out to other courses with grass greens, updated my clubs, and started getting serious about shooting better golf scores. However, in playing tournaments, it seems it is always a scramble or scratch golf. In 2 years I have yet to use my handicap for play placement or anything else other than to know what my handicap is. I have been wondering if I could get to a 10 handicap at 73 years old. I have been as low as 17 and it seems like that I may be stuck around that for awhile. So, I mainly keep it for personal reference and a little bragging rights. I still mainly play the white tees as the person I play with just turned 60. When I do play the red or senior tees, I find the course to be a little more easy to play. (Especially when getting on the green in regulation) I love the game, and I really don't play to much for competition except to beat and improve my score. I mainly try and play "Bogey" golf. I am not sure I will renew my GHIN next year. Retired Old Man
  7. Should Public Golf Courses place the flag pins in difficult parts of the green when amateurs are playing the course? This last weekend, I played for the 3rd time, a particular course. It is an excellent course and well kept and I enjoy playing there. It is an hour away from me. My usual course received heavy rains and was cart path only. There are two holes on this course that are not too difficult except for the pin placement. The 1st one is a par 5, fairly long but make-able in 3 with a narrow approach through the center of the fairway between two sand traps. The problem lies with the placement of the flag pin. It is over to the left of the green, about 6' from the edge, on a slope that is so steep if you miss the putt, it will roll off of the green. The first time I played it was after a tournament and I scored a 12. Being on the green and tried to putt within 3' of the hole on my long putt, only to have it roll off the green. About a year later, the pin was in the same spot again and I scored an 8 after being on the green in three. (5 putts before getting it in the hole) Yesterday, July 4, 2020, I scored a 7 after being on in three. My putt was up hill, and stopped short and stopped, then started rolling down and off the green. (BTY, I shot a 45 for the front nine) Then the number 9 hole is very similar but is a par 4, but again, the pin placement is most difficult, and rolls off the green if the putt is missed. This is my third time to play this course and probably my last. So what is are your thoughts on this? Should Public courses have difficult holes that Professionals would be challenged to play? Retired Old Man
  8. Congratulations! I want to do this so bad but I just have a hard time getting there. Retired Old Man
  9. I have Parkinson's in my right hand that was brought on by Agent Orange in Vietnam. Diet and exercise will almost completely remove my tremor. (I also take medications) That is mainly why I golf. I also just enjoy the game. Retired Old Man
  10. Line the ball up with your target and Putt. I have enough problem keeping up with my ball marker now. It's just that simple, "You eat the food, and lose the weight." (Oops, wrong commercial) 🤪 Not for me. Not for Pro's (IMO) Retired Old Man
  11. I purchased and read and finished Lowest Score Wins. I am now going back through it a 2nd time to start putting some things together. A lot of helpful points and reasoning. So, may I have a LSW badge, icon, or avatar? Thanks, Retired Old Man
  12. Wow! I can totally relate. However, a 79 is still not too bad There is a reason some of us have different occupations. 😄 Keep at it. There will be better days for you. Retired Old Man
  13. I was using X-Out Titelist and just happened to compare one of mine to a Titleist (Black number) . My X'd-Out ball was heavier. I mean you could actually feel that my ball was heavier. So, I switched to Titleist with the Red numbers. I was then putting with one and it had a scuff mark on it. About an inch from the hole it wobbled, and I missed my putt. So now I use Titeliest with a Red letter and no scuffs marks and hit and play with them fairly well. I get them for around $25/dozen at Walmart. However, I found a box of 15, Noodle, "Long and Soft", and they played very well. $14.99 for 15 balls. So now I am still mainly playing Titleist but will play any ball for the most part, that is in good condition. Retired Old Man
  14. Hi Everyone, So, I have played 5 rounds with my new Majek Irons. I love them! I am amazed at how forgiving and how well they perform. I think I have hit every iron at least once. To get out of deep rough, I usually hit my 7 iron back to the fairway. Since they are a Senior Flex, I find if I push the iron, I usually flub the shot. However, if I slow my back swing down and stop at the top before starting my downswing, the club reacts perfectly and I get a great shot. If I am in thick grass, but shallow rough, I will use my 3 or 4 iron to pull it out of the grass. (Something I couldn't do with my conventional irons.) BTW, I have won the Men's Senior Scramble the last 3 weeks. Now to start working on my putting. Retired Old Man
  15. Bought a new set of Majek Hybrid Irons. Senior flex, 3 through PW Played with them Tuesday morning in a 3 man scramble. We shot 1 under par. Played 2nd time with them this morning and finally started feeling the difference and started swinging easier but still pretty aggressive. I had been playing an old set of MXD irons with a stiff shaft. I played them well but was losing distance due to me getting older and slower. (sigh) I also started to stand up straighter and slowed my back swing down and was very pleased with the performance of the hybrid. PW = 100 - 110 yards 9 = 110 -120 8 = 120 - 130 7 = 130 - 140 6 = 140 - 150 5 = 150 -160 4 = 170 - 180 3 = 180 - 190 5 wood, not hybrid, Callaway Epic = 150 - 160 yards 3 wood, Ladies Tour flex, 170 - 190 yards (with a little roll out to usually 200 if I really lay into it.) Hot Launch Driver = 200 - 230 yards It is definitely different and my "other" golfing buddies, who are younger than me don't seem to understand why I want to go to a hybrid. I find them easier to hit, and more forgiving. Won't play again until Tuesday morning but I am very satisfied and looking forward to our Tuesday morning scramble. One more thing, I find my distance increasing as I get more comfortable with the hybrids. I still use an "A" wedge and a 60* loft wedge. Retired Old Man
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