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About Kevlar10

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  1. I think it’s probably a combination. On par 5s I think I tend to overswing on all of my shots trying to minimize the distance of the next shot, if that makes sense. To the positive, my ability to recover after a bad shot has improved, lol.
  2. I was looking at my statistics over the last calendar year and I noticed that I average around a 7 on my par 5s. I average about 3.6 on my par 3s and about 4.9 on my par 4s. I’ve just gotten to the point in my game where I’m playing bogey golf overall, but I seem to struggle on par 5s. I’m not sure this is common but maybe that’s an area that I should focus on improving my course management. Thinking about my latest rounds, I think I approach the par 5s with a go for birdie mentality which seems to consistently fail. What is the best approach for a mid handicapper?
  3. I have quit on a round once. Not because of bad play but because of the players I was paired with and time constraints. I was actually playing relatively well to start but as the round went on my focus started to wain. The threesome I was paired with were playing every hole as if they had money on it, and they did. Each shot was discussed, bragged about or disputed. Waiting between every shot became painfully aggravating. Around 10 or 11, my game started falling apart. At 15, a single golfer asked if he could play through and they said no, so he just skipped the hole. I would have done the same but I was in a shared cart. Fortunately on 16, the ranger came up and told them to pick up the pace. I told him I had to leave as I had time constraints and he took me and my bag back to the clubhouse. They actually offered a rain check for the last nine after I explained how these guys were playing. In any other situation I would never walk off due to bad play. My suggestion is use the rest of the round as a range session, drop the scorecard and play the clubs that are giving you the most trouble and if you need to reload a couple, then just take an extra here or there. One or two good shots may get you back on track. You’ve paid for the round already, why not try to salvage something productive out of the round.
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  5. 20 years ago and still the best true advice I’ve ever been given. All others, meh.
  6. I feel your pain. I left 3 putts from about 10-15 feet less than a full rotation away from going in. It would have been nice to have them fall but I realize I’m getting there. If I’m outside that distance, I’m happy within 2 feet.
  7. I’m not even sure where you’re going with this. I don’t do any of these things. I do tend to swing outside in on occasion, but I’ll leave it at that.
  8. That’s very interesting, I’m cross dominant too. I was told that was why I was a very good hitter playing baseball. I guess that’s the opposite for golfers because I’m not very good (but getting better).
  9. I actually tee it lower to avoid hitting moon shots. I think it forces me to extend my swing and keep a lower ball flight. Next I’m going to work on getting my hips through before the club and shifting my weight to the front foot earlier. The hips are supposed to help close the club face quicker and the weight transfer is supposed to keep the ball flight lower. If these fixes work, I may be forced to move the ball back a little in my stance, who knows. That’s why I like this forum. It’s a great sounding board for advice.
  10. I was out this weekend as a single and one of the threesome I was with made a negative comment about the ball position in my setup when I’m on the tee. I set up with my front foot about two inches behind the ball. I hit a draw on the first hole that went just under 280 and the next par 4 (3rd hole) he brought this up. I said, “I know, I do it intentionally”. My tee shot went straight and about 270. I did hit one hook during the round. I’m not annoyed that he brought it up, I just wanted to solicit opinions. I changed a lot in my setup and swing over the last year because I was driving miserably. I was routinely hitting banana slices and was at the point where I didn’t enjoy playing. I also lacked any confidence off the tee. I now tee the ball very low, keep it in front of my front foot and start with my hands and my club in front of the centerline. It may not be the classic setup but it has worked very well for me this year. I’d like to feel that I’ve found “my swing”. If it is completely wrong, is it so wrong that I should care as long as it works? I do hit a hook once in a while but the worst on the other side is a slight fade.
  11. I’ll always consider myself a novice. I don’t play enough.
  12. I think you would want to play maximum distance for all of your shots until you are under approach distance. A full swing is more sound than a 3/4 or 1/2 swing. If I’m on a dogleg that turns at 230, why not take a full 3w instead of a driver? If I’m 185 from the pin, why not hit a 5i? Etc., etc. if I’m under 60 yds., that’s where the challenge begins. I’m not saying that you should overswing, but why not match your club selection to the distance you hit a club with a full swing?
  13. I agree about average and “a few shots per round”. I do consider that in my average. Straight I go longer, draws and fades I’m about right there and I do hit a few shots shorter, either intentionally or if I slice. I normally “try” to hit it straight, but tend to push shots right or pull left, but those shots can go +/- but right around the average. I am happy with a 250 yard drive if it’s where I intended to hit it. I am much more erratic if I try to reduce my swing speed to hit it shorter. I scatter shots all over the place if I don’t just let my natural swing happen. I’m also amazed, if not jealous of those who can shape their shots, consistently. I’ve been working on a draw, a baby fade comes easier. It’s all about trying to get better. My post is about comments that one must be exaggerating how far they hit it if they are a higher handicap. I’m not accurate, that is my struggle. But when someone says You can’t possibly hit a long distance consistently, and still be a 10-20 handicap, it’s not always true.
  14. I’d like to ask a question. Why is it so hard for some forum members to believe that a high handicapper can’t be a long hitter? I’m a 13.2 and I can hit my driver 275+. I’ve actually bombed a few drives over 300. I’m not trying to brag, it’s just that I can hit long. My irons are generally about 15-20 yards longer than the average, I.e., I can hit my 7 iron about 170 if I hit a pure shot. I’m not, by any means, close to a scratch golfer as I’m not straight all of the time and do hit shots thin and fat regularly. I’m also not consistently longer than average. Maybe I’m just overreacting to some negative comment but it seems like there are some posters that need to criticize long hitters. My swing speed is 115-125 with my driver. Is it so outrageous to some people that there are long hitters out there that are not single digit handicaps?
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