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  1. 17 hours ago, james ragonnet said:

    When golfers take up the serious task of learning how to learn AND learning how to motivate themselves to learn – life’s most important skills – they’ll lower their languishing handicaps. Worn, weary and wishful golfers, who out-source their thinking and learning to so-called experts, have been spoon-fed defunct methodologies that simply don’t work. Conventional  methodologies, which stress ball-striking dictated by kinesiology and biomechanics, are antithetical to teaching and learning the swing’s systemic nature.

    To master the swing, golfers must name and tame the ingrained habits that are sabotaging their development. Accordingly, golfers must do two things. First, they must invoke systems thinking to solve and understand complex problems. Second, they must acquire a working knowledge of cognitive neuroscience to grasp the interface of mind and brain in order to recruit new neural pathways and efficient movement patterns.

    For decades golfers have embraced an inherently flawed “divide and conquer” teaching and learning approach. By definition all complex systems – including the golf swing – are indivisible. For example, when you divide a cow – a complex milk-producing system – into separate chunks of meat, you destroy its essential properties. When you divide a golf swing – a complex power-producing system – into separate components, you destroy its essential properties. What’s most important in the swing’s complex system are the interactions among its parts, not the actions of its parts taken separately.

    james ragonnet

    Uh, ... hmmm... that's a lot of big words. 

    Welcome to the forum. 

  2. 11 hours ago, Dave325 said:

    Hi group - I am a former member, just now returning to the forum after being away a long time. Life stuff, you know. Anyway, recently retired and am looking to take my game to the next level. I practice at a range nearby nearly ever day and shoot in the upper 80s/low 90s.  I would like to make my practice more focused (I believe in drills). Maybe this question has posted before, so feel free to point me in the right direction. Should I just keep working stuff myself, find a live instructor or swing analysis of some kind. I took a lesson with Eric and also Evolvr swing analysis a long time ago. Thanks for any input. 

    Welcome back. As a guy who's had to take a break from golf here and there do to life stuff, I can appreciate what you are going through. Good to have you back. 

    BTW - I'm a big fan of drills as well. 

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  3. 52 minutes ago, Vinsk said:

    Classic annoying leaderboard ....Simpson, Leishman, Matsuyama. Pure bores who always come around in Majors...then fizzle. Hopefully they’ll disappear. 

    Woah, woah, woah, Matsuyama is one of the guys I drafted in our office pool. 

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  4. 4 minutes ago, CarlSpackler said:

    I never said I was anti-vaccine.

    No offense meant. I didn't even mean to imply you are an "anti-vaccine" folks. The point of my post was more to point out that I too am skeptical about any time the government says "We're here to help you." I don't trust them. But eventually even my skepticism can be worn down in the face of overwhelming evidence. This is one of those cases where that has happened. 

    8 minutes ago, CarlSpackler said:

    I realize the tendency here is to pile on a dissenting opinion like a pack of dogs on a wounded cat.

    I'm not trying to come off as I'm piling on. Just enjoying the conversation. It's tough because my tone doesn't come across in my typed words. But believe me, I'm smiling this morning. 

    9 minutes ago, CarlSpackler said:

    I do have concerns that I will discuss with my doctor at my upcoming annual checkup. If we determine the need and the timing, I will get it from their staff.

    Always a wise move. I'm just guessing here. But your doctor probably knows more about it than I do. 

  5. 7 minutes ago, DaveP043 said:

    The first is absolutely true, most patients had minor symptoms.  But over half a million died in the US.  Many more have long-term debilitating effects.  Many more spent days or weeks in the hospital.  The vaccines severely reduce the chance that you'll get infected.  Following on that, they reduce the chance that you'll infect someone else.  And even if you DO get infected, the vaccine almost eliminates the chance that you'll be hospitalized and die from the virus.  

    This isn't to say any vaccine is risk-free.  Every choice we make in life requires us to evaluate and balance risks and benefits.  For this choice, getting the vaccine is the smartest possible choice, both for oneself and for the rest of society.

    It's a numbers game. Look, I don't trust our government, or our media for that matter. But in this case the numbers are really starting to pile up. The evidence is starting to become staggering. 

    Again, why do you want to be the last person holding on to an argument that has no basis in fact anymore? 

    I understand reluctance and mistrust and making your own choices. But, as you said, in this case, the choice seems obvious. 

  6. 10 minutes ago, CarlSpackler said:

    Are we only allowed to make positive posts about the vaccine? If so, then the moderators can feel free to delete all of my posts.

    It's funny, cuz the whole anti-vaccination group reminds me of anti-seatbelt or pro-smoking folks. 

    I still meet a surprising number of people who refuse to wear their seatbelts. "I don't want anything tying me down anywhere." or "There was this guy who drove into the ocean and his seat-belt jammed. He would have lived if not for his seatbelt." 

    I met a woman just the other day who was pregnant and smoking. I asked her about it. She said "Smoking is only bad for your baby in the first trimester. I'm in my third." She went on to say "I don't really think cigarettes are as bad for you as they say. It's just government propaganda." 

    Wow, there are folks who in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary still hold tight to their principles... God, love em. 

    Hey folks:

    • Seat belts save lives.
    • Smoking is bad for you.
    • The Earth is not flat
    • The Vaccine helps eliminate or at least dramatically reduce the affects of COVID-19. 

    I'm not saying our government is always completely truthful with us. But the numbers are really starting to pile up. It looks like they told us the truth about at least the 4 things I mentioned above. ... Area 51 is still up for debate. 

  7. Is this it?


    MODEL : M2 REAX 75 (2017). Taylormade REAX. GRIP : TaylorMade Standard Size. FLEX : Stiff. PULLOUT IRON SHAFT.

    Or this?


    Taylormade REAX. MODEL : M2 REAX 65 (2016). GRIP : TaylorMade Standard Size. FLEX : Stiff. PULLOUT IRON SHAFT.


    Good news there are quite a few on ebay from which to choose. Not too expensive either. 

  8. 25 minutes ago, CarlSpackler said:

    Most of the people I know who contracted the actual virus over the last year had only minor symptoms. One of our people was deathly afraid of the virus over the last year and has been living like a hermit. She got the vaccine last week is now VERY sick.

    If she got VERY sick from the vaccine, she was probably wise to try to avoid the actual virus. I'm no doctor, but sounds like she doesn't have much of an immune system. 

  9. 8 hours ago, iacas said:

    I had nothing for either shot. LFG!!! 😉

    I had nothing for either shot as well. I actually played golf (yeah, 18) right after the first dose.
    I had a really good range session literally right after getting the second dose, less than an hour later. (That was Monday)

    The day after the second does (yesterday) I also had a nice long range session. Not a thing. My arm isn't even sore. I can feel around and the spot on my arm. But I wouldn't call it sore. 

  10. Easy 1, 4 and 5.

    My stupid heart condition means I don't get to drink alcohol. Boo hoo.

    I think playing with John Daly would be a stitch, playing with Tiger would also be great, but I'd rather get to play Augusta. 

    Free clubs for life would rock. I'd try out so many clubs. ... I love shiny things. 

  11. I really think I'm making progress. 

    For the last month or so at the end of each practice session. I take my last 5 balls and try to hit them as far as possible with the driver. The goal is simple.

    • Hit 5 balls with driver
    • Average over 104 mph swing speed
    • Average over 150 mph ball speed
    • Average over 250 yards of carry distance
    • All 5 balls need to hit "the fairway"... Which basically means between the two boundaries I set on the driving range. (40 yards wide, approx)

    I haven't been able to do it yet. But I'm getting close. Here are my last two tries. 



    Almost did it. I missed averaging 150 mph of ball speed by less than 1 mph. 


    Almost did it again. The numbers were all okay except that second shot. Swing speed good.... Snap hook bad.

    It would have missed my imaginary fairway.... badly missed. May have killed somebody. 

    Anyway, I'm getting closer. My speed numbers are improving. My carry distance is getting close to where my total distance was last year. I've seen it on the course so far this year. I've been really happy with how I've been hitting the driver on the course in the couple of rounds I've played so far this year. 


  12. 3 minutes ago, colin007 said:



    I'm hoping to die in my sleep at the age of 59 with all of my faculties intact


    3 minutes ago, boogielicious said:

    I’m 61! 🤪

    Wew, I guess by this definition I have 9 good years left. 

    Back to topic, Bernhard Langer is still competitive. Some guys 10 years younger than him aren't. It's hard to put an age on this thing. I say let 'em play. It's so cool if one of them gets into the hunt. If they don't make the cut they are gone by Saturday anyway. Let 'em play. 

  13. Okay, I have some video I'm anxious to post. 

    I'll get it up here soon. 

     Since we are getting an early start to the season this year I'm pretty much going to play the swing I have now for the Lion's share of this season. Only very minor tweaks, maintenance work, swing speed and short game work from now until the seasons over. I really think my swing is in a pretty good place. It's very playable. I hit 11 of 14 fairways the last time I played (I put two others in fairway bunkers.) 

    So, this doesn't mean my swing is perfect. But don't want to get on the course thinking about a bunch of stuff. 

    Here's my plan for the rest of April: 

    The plan for the rest of April 2021:

    1. Get some more video. (I have some. I will post it.) 
    2. Continue to practice my set up. If I'm not careful I get more and more "closed" as the season goes on. 
    3. Maintain my the club face control gains I have made
    4. Maintain the path gains I have made
    5. SuperSpeed Training
    6. Spend my range time working on where not how
    7. Will need some serious practice on 50 to 110 yards. That's been ugly so far this year. ... The good news is the data shows I'm always long on these shots. So, I think I can fix that. 
    8. I keep saying I'm goin to do this. But I need to get on it. I'd like to develop a consistent pre-shot routine; I have never actually had one before. 
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  14. 1 hour ago, Billy Z said:

     A possible reason you may have hit it over the green is because maybe psychologically you thought you had to hit it firmer to compensate for the divot?

    Thank you, Billy for the faith in my game. The actual reason I hit it over the green is my distance control pretty much blows chunks right now. 😬

    Working on it though. 

    1 hour ago, saevel25 said:

    I honestly can't believe this thread is still going on. Oh well. 


    Seriously, cuz I love this thread. It's so entertaining.

    I honestly haven't thought about fairway divots at all during the close to 30 years now I've been golfing. Now, I think about them all the time. I smile every time I see one. I have this thread to thank for all those smiles. 

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  15. 18 minutes ago, boogielicious said:

    We should start a thread on how to hit out of divots and similar ground conditions. I think it would be useful. I practice these at the grass range.

    I agree. I like to practice these too. 

    I really don't have that much trouble with it. I kind of discovered that if I'm hitting the ball well, I'll hit it well out of a divot. If I'm not hitting it well.... you get the idea. 

  16. 3 minutes ago, StuM said:

    Maybe the big berthas are promoting a better swing and thus eliminate the “shockwave” that is causing the issue.

    I've head that swing weight can also make a difference on this kind of thing. From my understanding the swing weight can make a difference on how you "load" the club. 

    31 minutes ago, yanni said:

    I had major problems with tennis ellbow over the last couple of month.

    There are a number of good stretching exercises that can help with this. 

  17. Here's how my ball came to rest on the best drive I hit on my last round of golf. 


    As you can see it's in a divot. But the divot has "started" to grow back. 
    It never crossed my mind to even consider this as "bad luck" or something I should be given relief from. Actually, if not for this thread I'm sure I wouldn't have even thought about it.  Thanks to this thread I now giggle and take a picture of it with my phone. 

    Anyhoo, I didn't touch it, fluff it, move it, pick it, place it, or any of those things. I just grabbed my gap wedge and proceeded to hit it over the green... oops.  I tried to hit a cute little 85 yard gap wedge to a back pin. Instead I hit a not-so-cute 100 yard shot just over the green. I wish I could blame my distance control on the divot. But, in truth every wedge I hit that day I hit too long. This was no exception. 

  18. 12 hours ago, Darkfrog said:

    Over the past year, my index has dropped about 6 strokes from 16.5 to 10.4. Recently, the concepts and priority pieces from lessons have really started clicking, and my ball striking has improved. I never conceived that I would even get to this point, but I also feel like there is still plenty of room for growth/improvement.

    However, there is still some self doubt in the back of my mind, that this improvement is just the result of a "hot streak", or luck/coincidence and that maybe it's not sustainable. Obviously, even the best golfers will have peaks and valleys in their performance, and have skill progression/regression, and if I'm being rational, I trust that the results are due to my effort in lessons/practice, but the feeling is hard to shake sometimes (especially after a bad shot, etc.).

    I'm wondering if anyone else has felt this in their golf learning process, and at what point the self doubt went away, and how you managed to suppress it.

    Oh Darkfrog,

    You are singing my song, brother. 

    I've been playing golf since 1993. My first golf clubs were a boxed set I bought the day of my first time playing in the company I worked for's golf league. 

    Over the course of my golfing life, my handicap has been anywhere from about 32 to 7. I'm not a naturally athletic person with great timing and balance. I know there are tons of people who can roll out of bed, and shoot a lower score than me the first time they walk on a golf course. That's not me. Every time I reach a new low for handicap, I have to keep working on it otherwise it will slip away. 

    In 1999 I had my handicap down to a 14... By 2002, I lost it and was back up to low 20's. 
    Got a new coach in 2002, worked hard and played most of the middle 2000's hovering around a 10. 

    2009, lost my coach (My wife and I moved away). By 2012 I was back up to 28. I could still occasionally hit good shots though. I made my second hole in one in 2012 (shot 88 that day). 

    2014, I was a mess. I got a new coach that I really liked. He and I worked me down to around a 7 handicap by 2017. Late in 2017 I was playing the best golf of my life. For what ever reason I decided to "cheat on" my coach. (Just kidding, I was just looking to take the next step.) The next step became a huge backward step. In 2020, I shot 1 over for the front nine on my course VLOG. It was a bit fluky but all good. By mid 2020, I wasn't completely sure I should ever play golf again. It all went to Hell in a hand-cart. 

    Now, I feel like I'm back. I've been working with my coach again. We've been working a very specific plan. (See my MySwing thread if you want more information). Basically, I'm evaluating my progress each month and building a specific practice plan to work on those problems each month. I'm hitting the ball really well right now. Short game is sloppy and sort of a mess, but that's pretty easy to get back under control. I'm a 14ish right now, but I can see the light at the end of the single digit tunnel again. 

    So, back to your point. I have played great golf in my life. I've also played golf like an orangutan performing brain surgery with a chainsaw. The bad news is I know if I don't work on my game it will deteriorate. I'm not a natural athlete. I good news is I know if I work on my game it will improve. I've done it many times before. 

    Sorry about the long post. But this thread really speaks to my golfing life. 

    13 hours ago, Darkfrog said:

    I'm wondering if anyone else has felt this in their golf learning process, and at what point the self doubt went away, and how you managed to suppress it.

    Yes, I've felt it. 
    For me, I find more quality practice makes more confidence. 

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  19. Just now, khalespace said:

    I have Mavrik Irons 5 to AW, and 14 year old Mizuno 52 and 56 wedges. I want to get new wedges. Mavrik GW and SW are 51 and 56. What do you think about using Mavrik 51 and 56 vs specialty wedge series such as Titleist Vokey or Callaway Jaw wedges?


    For me this is an easy answer. 
    It depends.

    It depends on how you use the wedge. For example I use my pitching wedge and my gap wedges as a 10 iron and an 11 iron. I hit mostly full shots with them. So, I like those to be more iron-like. I never ever ever hit full shots with my sand wedge or my lob wedge. So, those are specialty wedges which are designed to do the job I use them for. 

    If you use your wedge more like an iron, get a wedge that's more like an iron. 
    If you need a wedge with a high degree of versatility get a wedge with a high degree of versatility. 

    See, very easy. 🤪

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  20. 3 hours ago, ZANDER1994 said:

    I’m 27 years young but carrying my bag on a weekly basis has caused some neck pain. I refuse to give up walking so I looked into getting a nice push cart for this season. Budget was $200 and preferences were something with a cooler pouch, a handbrake, and 3-wheeled. 

    Lo and behold all of the popular clicgear and caddytek models are completely sold out everywhere I looked. It also seemed like if I wanted a  handbrake I’d have to buy one of the more expensive clicgear models. I was about to bite the bullet and pay $400 for one of the ones in stock when I decided to do a little more digging. I came across a little dealer called Sunrise and it showed they had an “EZ Tour” caddytek in stock. It has a handbrake and is $200!

    I couldn’t find anyone else selling this particular model so I called them up and the lady told me this model is new. She confirmed they had it in stock too. So I placed an order and it should be here by next Wednesday. Super pumped and thought I’d share because A. it seems like the main criticisms of caddytek have always been the footbrakes and B. this dealer must have flown under the radar with their stock somehow so if you were trying to buy one, look them up and get it now. Cheers!




    Looks good. 

    I am also a fan of the hand brake. The foot brake is no good. 
    This design really reminds me of the ClicGear. 

    Good luck, let us know how it works out once you get it. 

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