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  1. ChetlovesMer

    Nemesis Hole

    Well, that was the story for a short while. But after that hole gave up the hole in one it was never the same. Sort of like Mike Tyson. Once Buster Douglas beat him, he was never the same.
  2. I respectfully disagree. I'm pushing 50 and have made several changes to my swing. Very dramatic changes in the last 2 years alone. Are you implying that course management will make a bigger impact on your score than learning to "hit the ball better"? Again, I respectfully disagree. I do think course management is important. I also agree with only playing shots you know how to hit. I think learning to hit better shots is more important. I love it. Posting online golf advice after drinking is a much much smarter move than calling up old girlfriends and leaving creepy voicemails after drinking.... Not that I'd know. It's just what I've heard.
  3. I am extremely talkative in my normal life and therefore in my golf life. I am loquacious, garrulous, voluble, conversational and just downright chatty. I've mentioned this here many times, but I will often talk during my own backswing. (I don't talk during other people's.) I try... I mean really REALLY try to be respectful of others. I do all I can to be courteous on the course. I've played with all kinds of folks with all kinds of quirks. I do my best to accommodate. There are some people, however, who are just not going to be social. My guess is that they hate me. ... I can live with that.
  4. ChetlovesMer

    Nemesis Hole

    Sorry, I got called away for work and was unable to post this yesterday. Okay so my Albatross hole story is a pretty good one, I think. Way back in 2006 I bought a season’s pass to Coldwater Golf Links in Ames, Iowa. https://www.coldwatergolf.com/ At the time I joined I was about a 28 handicap. I worked on my game over the next couple of years and played literally 100-150 rounds a year at Coldwater. Over that time, I kept meticulous stats. Everything was on a spreadsheet I created in excel. One day in late 2007 I got my handicap all the way down to about a 14. But I noticed that I had birdied every hole on the course at least once. Every hole, that is, except hole number 5. On that hole I was averaging nearly 2 over par and had never birdied it. Number 5 is an uphill, 160 to 195-yard par 3 to a crowned green. On the left is the concrete cart path on the right is a hazard (it’s supposed to be a water hazard, but it was nearly always just a swampy area with waist high weeds.) If you missed the green left you’d bound off the cart path and end up someplace on hole 6. If you missed right it was a lost ball or a goopy, sloppy mess. 2 very deep (links style) bunkers guard the front of the green. So, for all of 2008 every time I played the course, (which was a lot) I did my best to birdie hole 5. But couldn’t get it done. It was making me crazy. My handicap was someplace between 12 and 14 and I still had never birdied this hole. Then on July 2, 2008 I headed over to the course. I had the day off work, it was a Wednesday and I can’t remember why I was off work. I played alone that day. It didn’t seem like anything special. I went boogie, boogie, par, boogie. On hole 4 I caught up to a twosome. They said, “Why don’t you play through on the par 3?” “Oh, crap.” I thought. That’s my nemesis hole. I get to the teebox and they are waiting for me to hit first as I am playing the blue tees and they are playing the whites. That day it was 184 yards with a slight breeze at my back. 6-iron. In my head I’m thinking these guys are watching me, just don’t embarrass yourself. Hit the ball solid and hold your finish like you know what you’re doing. Sure enough, I hit my very first hole in one. It was a beautifully struck 6 iron, hit high with maybe a 2 yard draw. The 2 guys I played through signed my card and everything. I went on to shoot a 78 which at the time I think was my personal best. From that day on, that hole never seemed so difficult again. I made plenty of birdies on it. But for whatever reason I had to eagle it before I was ever able to birdie it. Even after probably playing it 500 times in my life. The scorecard and the ball hang in a plaque in my office still today. On a whim, I just went to Coldwater golf Links website. Even though I live about 650 miles from there now in Ohio. I thought it would be fun to look at the webpage. They have a couple of pictures of hole 5 on their webpage. I've probably played this course 1000 times in my life. But I haven't been there for at least 5 years. The pictures on the webpage are exactly the way I remember it. Ah... the memories.
  5. ChetlovesMer

    Nemesis Hole

    Everyone on this forum probably knows that the term "albatross" is another name for double eagle. However, what I'm referring to here is the golf hole, maybe on your home course which has become your albatross. As in the Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner style albatross. A hole which you've goofed up so many times now it's in your head. You can also talk about how you finally concurred it, or how you hope to one day concur it. Basically this thread is an opportunity for you to talk about the golf hole that gives you the most trouble. "The word albatross is sometimes used metaphorically to mean a psychological burden that feels like a curse. It is an allusion to Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1798). ... The albatross is then literally hung around the mariner's neck by the crew to symbolize his guilt in killing the bird."
  6. Your golf "villain" can be whom ever or what ever you want it to be. When I started the thread I was of course thinking about pro-golfers that people I know don't like. But there doesn't have to be any rules in this thread. Just conversation. After all, it's just a fun little thread in a golf forum. (If you are going for a golf hole someplace, maybe I'll start another thread for that.) I do think, however, that the forum itself does have some rules against posting anything related to politics. So, as long as it's golf related, I say go for it.
  7. I have seen a 6 hour round. I even have proof. I have a really fuzzy photograph of a 6 hour round. It's really grainy but if you look closely you can kind of see the 6 hour round in a clump of trees... or was it on that grassy knoll... maybe it was near area 51, not sure. But I've definitely seen it.
  8. Unlike golf, there are no "rules" on this thread. It can be anyone you'd like it to be.
  9. Quick Zach Johnson story for you. So, way back in the 2000's I was living in Central Iowa. As you may know Zach Johnson was born in Iowa City, and went to school at Drake University (Des Moines). Sometime in 2006, maybe even 2005 the course at which I was a member booked Zach Johnson to come in for a demo-day guest speaker. They booked him for the summer of 2007. Anyway, even though I was a member at the course and lived really close to Des Moines I had no idea who Zach Johnson was. Of course, Zach went on to win the 2007 Masters in April. Now suddenly he's famous; talk shows; radio interviews; etc... We all assumed that he'd back out of his obligation to come out to our course. I mean he literally had nothing to gain by flying to central Iowa and back. But we were wrong. He showed up early, stayed late, had time for everyone's questions, he chatted with me and all my golf buddies. Seemed like a really good dude. The one thing I remember him saying was that he won the masters without ever trying to reach the green on a par 5 in two. He hit his wedges brilliantly all week. He said somebody winning The Masters that way will probably never happen again. He was quick to point out that's not because he's so much better than everyone else with his wedges, but instead it won't happen again, because everyone else's long game is getting so good that under "normal" conditions they can fly into the green in 2 as well or better than he can in 3. It was kind of interesting because he said don't copy his style of play, because his style will be disappearing in the coming years. He basically said for him to win a major the conditions have to be just right, which means terrible. The more terrible the better; it brings the field back to him. Anyway, he seemed like a really good dude. Down to Earth, didn't come off as self-important or anything like that. If you remember, (why would you?) he came up through the Hooters tour. Which is gone now, so he'll probably be the last one to do that as well. So, there's my Zach Johnson story for you. He may be a total jerk in "real life", but I met him briefly right after his Masters win and he seemed pretty cool to me. ……………… Although, he does wear a white belt a little too often for my taste...………………….
  10. I have been having this discussion with my swing coach. Do you use the same golf swing (albeit a different set up) for irons as well as the driver? (Let's just table fairway wood and hybrids for right now.) The reason I wonder this is my current swing coach as well as my last one has encouraged me to use 1 swing for both. I, however, feel very different when hitting irons than when hitting driver. Some days I hit the irons brilliantly and the driver not so much. Similarly I have had days where the driver is a machine and the irons are a mess. It seems to me that if my swing is off one day, my swing should be off for both. (Which sometimes happens, but not always.) Unless they are 2 different swings??? What do you all think. Are the driver and iron swings the same swing with different set ups? Or are they different?
  11. My 2 cents. As a student who has really improved a ton over the last 2-3 years by taking lessons. - I could NOT have improved as much as I have without taken lessons. I'm sure with hard work and trial and error I could have gotten better. But not nearly as much without the help I've received. Here's my question for those of you who believe in taking lessons to improve. Should you stick with one swing coach? Or should you switch things up either occasionally or often and use more than one swing coach? The reason I ask is it seems like in other sports more coaching = better. Example: all the players on my high school football team would go to football camp and get coached by different coaches. Then we'd come back and get coached by our coach. Nobody ever said "Oh, no you should stick with one coach." But in golf if I suggest to somebody to get a lesson from a different coach a lot of them lose their minds. "I don't want that guy screwing up what I'm working on with my guy. … etc... etc... " Are the fundamentals the fundamentals and wouldn't learning them from a different perspective help? I'm interested to hear your thoughts.
  12. Okay, so I still haven't had a chance to get out on the course yet. But I was at the range yesterday and the guys there were all saying its a gorgeous putter. So, perhaps I do have bad taste in putters? I can't wait to hit it outside on real grass.
  13. Everyone knows what the Newport was REALLY named after.
  14. Dude?!?!?! What are you doing? Don't mock the weather gods like that. They may be listening. It might not be over yet. But, you're right. Last year it snowed in May, YEAH, FREAKING MAY!!!!!!!!!!!!
  15. My wife and I were outside this weekend, hanging out in the backyard with our kids. I thought I'd give this a try... Is it too late to get a badge????? By the way, yes I know my voice sounds funny. 2 things: Firstly, I'm just getting over the flu, my head is still stuffed up. Secondly, I was pretty excited to get it on the first try.
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