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  1. I live on the East Coast of the UK, and we have had 45% of our annual rainfall in the last two weeks. Guess what, the course is closed
  2. Thanks for the advice. It amazes me though how somebody can wright an entire book on putting
  3. Where I live 15mph is a gentle breeze
  4. My club has a pick and place policy from October through to April. We can place the ball 6 inches either side or backwards on fairways only, and this includes competitions. When things are really bad we allow it in the rough as well. Preferred lies during the winter is the norm in the UK
  5. Having started this thread, and receiving some stick, I thought it may interest some of you how things have progressed. If you remember I had developed a technique where I putt from the shoulders (not the arms) and place the ball back in the stance. It's not uncommon for golfers to putt from the shoulders, however it is uncommon to putt with the ball behind centre of stance. This worked for a little while, but like so many golfing techniques it all went wrong, so back to the drawing board. I am not a natural putter, and have always struggled. I spent loads of time on the putting green, and believe I have now found something that works, albeit nothing ground breaking. When hitting normal golf shots I use an overlapping grip, but was advised when I took up the sport to use a baseball grip when putting, so this is something I have always done, albeit unsuccessfully. As well as watching several YouTube videos I changed my putting to grip to the same grip I use for all my other shots, but I place both thumbs down the centre of my Superstroke putter grip. Head over the ball, ball centre of stance, and elbow tucked into ribs, whilst still putting from the shoulders. My putting has now become consistent, although I still find it hard to judge distance. I suspect this may never change.
  6. As it's nearly Halloween ( a festival I particularly dislike) I thought it would be good if we could share some spooky or very coincidental stories. I have two Monday just gone I played with the seniors. who meet up every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The seniors handicap is 33% of club handicap. I played off of 11 and scored 31 stableford points. I was 15 out and 16 back. I was only beaten by one person who also had 31 points, but he had 18 on the back 9, thus beating me on count back. I played again today, and coincidentally I scored 31 points, 15 out and 16 back. Guess what, I was beaten by someone else who also scored 31 points and got 18 on the back 9. In it's self that is quite strange, but this is even stranger, both of them are called Dave Stevenson Some years ago a friend of mine went on a golfing trip to Spain. A chap he was playing with on the first day miss hit a ball, and it ended up perched on the top of a 20 foot tree. The next day the same player miss hit another ball which ended up perched on the top of the same tree next to ball he previously put up there the day before I am sure you have your own, so let's hear them.
  7. Apologise if this one has already been told, but I am not going back 18 pages to find out. A man and wife are playing together, when the wife gets hit with a ball. She hits the ground like a sack of potatoes. The man rings for an ambulance, and tells the person on the other end what has happened. receptionist askes, where has she been hit. Man replies, between the first and second hole. Receptionist says, we are never going to be able to get plaster on that, are we ?
  8. There are many golf jokes, but I am going to tell you my present favourite. I also have a very funny one I would like to share, but I suspect being an American site carries a great deal of political corectness, so I won't. Anyway. Paddy moves to a new area and decides to pop into his local golf club in order he can find a new playing partner. Whilst talking to the pro, he was approached by an American who offered to play with him. Paddy told him that he would meet him at 9am the next morning, but he may be 30 minutes late. As agreed paddy was there at 9am. Indeed Paddy was a great player and gave his new partner a good spanking. The American wanted revenge, so he asked Paddy if he would accept the challenge. Paddy told him that he would meet him the next morning, but he may be 30 minutes late. The next day Paddy turned up at 9am, but this time had left handed clubs. Once again he beet the American quite easily. The American asked Paddy how he made the choice to play left or right handed. Paddy replied, when I wake up in the morning if my wife is laying on her right side I use my right handed clubs, and if she is laying on her left side I use my left handed clubs. The American asked what he did if she was lying on her back, and Paddy replied, I MAY BE THIRTY MINUTES LATE
  9. And I suppose total strokes per round aren't either
  10. At a club I used to play at there was a woman who often played on her own. She was very attractive, albeit a little overweight. I often wondered if she had done all her housework before coming out ?
  11. I played 18 holes this morning and achieved a putting average of 1.83 (33 putts). A month ago that would have been nearer 2.5. I totally agree with that what works is right
  12. After being on the other end of a great deal of abuse, I thought I would give you all an update regarding my putting. I was having a pretty decent degree of success by placing the ball slightly back of centre (towards my rear foot). I felt it had straightened my putting and stopped me dragging the ball to the left. I was informed by more than one member this was simply putting a plaster on the problem. I took this to heart and spent a few weeks attempting to putt with the ball placed forward of centre. Well, my putting reached an all time low, so I reverted back to plan "A". Whilst my putting improved a little, I couldn't emulate the success I previously had, so I decided to spend some time on the practice green. As previously mentioned, I have a friend who putts one handed, and very rarely 3 putts. I attempted this for myself, and whilst I don't feel confident enough to use this technique as the norm, it was easier and better than I thought. This lead me to try something else. I now putt with the ball slightly back of centre, but only use my left hand to secure the putter, rather than to use it for directional purposes. In brief, my right hand does 90% of the work, and my left hand is there for moral support only. My putting is more consistent than it ever has been now, but I openly admit I will never be the best putter in the world
  13. Lessons are one of the most controversial subjects amongst golfers. Firstly, to everyone one good teacher there are probably half a dozen poor ones. I have had lessons from three different pro's, and two of them were hopeless. I am nearly 62 years old, and not very flexible, and the last pro to give me a lesson got frustrated because I couldn't swing like a 20 year old. Another pro thought it was a good idea to let me get on with what ever I did and just give me encouragement. The first pro to give me a lesson was brilliant. He gave me enough information to allow me to develop, but not to much to confuse me. You also have to consider your age and where you are in your golfing life. To be honest I don't care if I don't get better, but I would like to stay as good or as bad as I am at present. The only way I am going to be able to do this is to make what I do work. Of course, all the time I am looking for little changes in my swing or my putting technique etc to keep my shots down. Lessons can be a great thing, but they have to be for the right person, and given by the right pro
  14. No, I have a few friends who always make the ball buzz regardless of the ball they his. None of the players in question are low handicappers, and don't have the ability to make the ball spin at will. There is one answer, and one answer only, SPEED
  15. I think your site name probably says it all
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