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  1. I played Pinehurst over the summer. We didn’t play #2 because most of my group are 20+ handicappers and I didn’t think it would be fun for them. We played #4 and #5, Tobacco Road, Mid Pines, CCNC and The Cradle. We had a great time, on and off the course. I know there are other great golf areas, but I’m itching to go back, hopefully soon. We go to Kiawah every year. It’s also a great golfing trip as well, but I’ve been there over a dozen times.
  2. I have to admit that I was an idiot on the course one time. My friends and I were playing at a highly regarded course in a well known resort area. We had just teed off on a par 4 after a par three which was quite a way to the right. As I got up to my tee shot, a ball landed within 5 feet of me. It didn’t startle me but I didn’t hear anyone yell fore. The tee box from the par three was at almost a 90 degree angle from where I was and a good distance away. I thought, if nobody yelled, they deserved to lose their ball. So I picked it up and continued to play. A hole or two later, one of their caddies came up to our group and asked if we had found a ball on that hole. I just looked at him and said no. He looked at me funny and walked away. I felt a bit guilty but honestly, not much.
  3. Two years ago, I was at Patriots Point in Charleston as a single and I was partnered with a threesome. First hole went pretty smoothly but the threesome was obviously playing for money. Teeing off on the 3rd hole, one guy hits his tee shot well into a water hazard. He says it’s dry, he saw it land, buddies said “just hit a provisional and take the stroke if you can’t find it”. Instead, he drives out 250 yards and starts looking. After 5 minutes, he says he’s taking a mulligan and drives back to the tee, while the next foursome is waiting to tee off. Then the other two start in with similar antics. One tosses his ball from OB, and the other starts arguing about the others not counting their strokes accurately. Their literally arguing on the green while the group behind us is waiting. I finally got fed up after the 12th hole and told them I had to leave. I skipped to the next hole, which was open and played the rest of the round as as single. I get back to the clubhouse and said something to the ranger and he said, what can he do, they paid their greens fees. Probably the worst behavior I’ve ever seen on the course.
  4. For me it’s a fat shot after you’ve hid a beautiful drive. We all miss putts, even short ones, but when you’re within 50 yards and you hit a screamer over the green, it can put you in a funk. I guess it’s kind of like the shanks. I hit one occasionally but they don’t become an epidemic. Fat shots, on the other hand do.
  5. I’m planning to play tomorrow. The forecast is 40 degrees and cloudy at my tee time. I’m hoping that there is little wind but I’ll be wearing a fleece lined wind breaker and my rain gloves. Unless we get some warmer weather in the next couple weeks, it may be my last round for the year. I hope not, though, I still have two more rounds that I need to play before the end of the year.
  6. I played in a work league for a few years but the conversation always seemed to lean towards work. I left after two years and the league fell apart the year after, for the same reason, so I was told. I then got a membership but it was mostly retirees with a few younger members but evenings and weekends were so expensive, even with a membership that I’d most often be paired with retirees or play alone. I have about 1/2 a dozen friends who always like to talk golf but never play, and I have one golf buddy now who doesn’t share my enthusiasm for the game. We both bought a golf card with a dozen rounds from local courses. I’ve wound up playing most of those as a single, waiting for my buddy to “find the time” to get out with me. Maybe it’s me.
  7. Sorry if this has already been said but for each golfer it’s different. It depends on where you lose the most strokes per hole. If you hit ob on your tee shot or duff it, that’s one or two. If you can’t get on the green from the fairway that’s one or two there. If you can’t chip, that’s one there even if you get on the green but aren’t at a reachable distance. If you can’t two putt from 15-20 feet, that’s another one or two. Right now, I’ve improved my GIR from 0% to 30-40%, next I need to improve my putting. 3 putts blow up my score more than anything right now but last year, it was my driving more than anything. I’ve always been a decent iron player.
  8. I’m a better golfer, in my opinion but my handicap is about the same. I played some really tough courses over the last few months as opposed to the local muni quality and I’ve shot some pretty high scores and I’ve been playing more back tees. I know the course slope and rating somewhat account for the difference but my scores overall have been a little bigger. That being said, even though I may shoot a round in the high eighties/low nineties, I’m really satisfied with my playing, Also, this year I’m driving the ball much better, but my putting has gone AWOL.
  9. Improving your lie? If it's not in a sand trap, you can ground your club. It's almost like TV viewers calling in to report a rules violation.
  10. I’ve had a couple and most were mostly a lot of luck. My first was a chip in from 10 feet off the green on a par 5, when I was just learning to use my 60 degree wedge. The second was when I got a kind bounce on a long 2nd shot on a par 5, it rolled to within 2 feet. Third was a holdout from the fairway from 85 yards, this was my favorite one because I knew I hit it exactly the way I envisioned it. My last one was this year on a 545 yard par 5, I pulled my tee shot a bit left and clipped a small branch overhanging the fairway which kept me on the fairway. My 2nd shot was a nice 3w that landed on the apron and rolled right past the hole. I was actually thinking albatross, lol. I get up to the green and I’m about 15 feet past the hole. My partners were trash talking, trying to make me nervous. I actually hit a bad putt but misread the green and it went in. I’ve never had a hole in one so the eagles are some of my greatest memories. Point being, for us hackers, eagles are a combination of perseverance and luck.
  11. I’m the opposite of the OP. I hit my 3w well off the deck but I do not like hitting it off the tee. I usually catch it too low off the tee even though I tee it very low. Off the deck, I aim in front of the ball, but I can’t find a good aiming point off the tee. When faced with a tee shot that’s less than 250, I default the my 2i or 3i.
  12. Golf is a self deprecating game. There isn’t a single golfer on this planet that has the game to be laughing at another. The only one laughing at you, should be you. If it’s the group you’re playing with, find another group. If it’s random golfers laughing, they are just jerks. I enjoy playing with new golfers and if they ask for tips or critiques on their swing, I try to help, but I would never intentionally embarrass them. Most golfers understand that golf as frustrating as it is a fun. My advice if it bothers you, play alone at off times when you can focus on your game, or find a good friend and learn together. If you were in my area, I’d welcome you if you wanted to play a round.
  13. I agree with the management aspect but a, I hit my 3w reasonably well, and b, I don’t have hybrids. I actually played this weekend with the intent to hit my 2nd shot to a good distance, within 60 yards to set up a better 3rd. I actually rolled 2 shots up the fairway and they stopped on the green for eagle putts. I didn’t make either but I scored better on the holes. I realize that it’s not about managing missed, but reducing them.
  14. I appreciate a lot of the responses but “far, far, away from reality”? If you see my latest post, if I play with a solid plan, there still are birdie opportunities.
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