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  1. Knees are bad and an E-bike provides a few hours of being outside with medium effort when going up hills. Arch
  2. Well, after all the great posts from so many of you, the time has come for me to admit that I was right all along...and so were so many of you! We moved to AZ last year in June and I began playing with a bunch of guys from ages 70-85. Great guys who played golf by the strict rules of the game. At first, I shot 101 and the next week it was down to 87 and the next into the lower 80's etc. That was from early July 2019 through early September. And then mid-October came along and my back was simply gone. I could no longer make a full turn (or even a half-turn) away from the ball. The MRI's saw a bulged and herniated discs as well as the expected arthritis that we all experience as we age. Since then, it's gotten worse. Where I could formerly hit my 6 iron over 150 yards, it now goes maybe 110 yards at most. The money I paid to play at a rather "high-end" golf club is gone (Covid19 caused both nice restaurants and Spa areas to close) and my membership will end in early fall of this year. Both courses are still open but with limited play and closing early in the late afternoons. Six people have been diagnosed with the Virus and yet, the course stays open because it is considered "essential" here in AZ. My cousin is a leading Epidemiologist out of Atlanta, GA and early indications say the Virus will come back with a vengeance this fall. I hope he is wrong! Meanwhile, I am looking into finding an electric bicycle just to get some much-needed exercise. Just sitting and watching Netflix is seriously getting old. I hope all of you stay well and realize what a Pandemic truly is--and of course, how our bodies just don't allow us to play golf as well as our minds think we ought to play. HA! Stay safe out there! Arch
  3. Yes, we have advanced. But so have viruses. Measles for example goes back to the 9th century and came back again last year. Leadership led the US out of past maladies, wars and Pandemics. We do not have a leader right now. Any nation can make a mistake once and elect a bad leader once. But if Americans choose Trump again, that will send a clear message: We are no longer a serious nation. We are as ignorant as our thoughtless, narcissistic, ignorant president. Don’t be surprised if the rest of the world takes note of that, too. And I actually am ashamed to say I voted for the guy. No more political speak from me.
  4. The 1918 Pandemic (Spanish Flu) era demonstrated that lifting restrictions too soon was catastrophic! Millions died. If history does repeat itself, as so often happens; and since this Virus is so new, erring on the side of caution is prudent.
  5. Seriously?? How the Pandemic will end depends on medical advances yet to come. It will also depend on how individual Americans behave in the interim. If we scrupulously protects ourselves and our loved ones, more will live. If we underestimate the Virus, it will find us...even on the golf courses. San Francisco had the 1918 flu under control. And then it lifted the restrictions. A cautionary tale about the dangers of reopening too soon.
  6. How the Pandemic ends depends on medical advances yet to come. It will also depend on how individual Americans behave in the interim. If we scrupulously protect ourselves and our loved ones, more of us will live. If we underestimate the Virus, it will find us...even on golf courses. "The buck stops at the top" folks--no matter your political affiliation. Arch
  7. Thx John...yes, AZ is definitely something to which one must acclimate! My wife has RA and being in Palm Springs at a condo from January through March of this year really helped her! So, we looked there and the taxes are the reason we chose AZ. Where I play golf is definitely "target golf" . You just gotta hit the green grass and not all those sand pebbles! I bought four dozen of the Costco Kirkland balls (they are actually quite good! And a lot cheaper than my TaylorMade ball of choice) After a two-week layoff, I went back to the range today to just chip and hit a few pitch shots. Getting through the ball with club-head momentum really helps and I tend not to “flip” at impact so much. There is a great teacher down here at the Superstition Golf and Country Club. His name is Mike Malaska. His Youtube videos are excellent! Attached is a photo from one of the holes at Dinosaur Mountain Course in Gold Canyon. Thx again and Happy Thanksgiving! Arch
  8. Thanks for this! I looked a few Youtube videos and it looks as though it may work for me. (I'll try anything at this point). Lately, I've been playing 6-8 holes of par to bogey golf and then it all falls apart and it's back to "overweight" really FAT shots! I stay away from golf for 1-3 days, go back and it's either feast or famine...and I have no idea why. Appreciate all the advice and counsel! I know I need to just stay away from the game for awhile, find something else to do on an 83 degree day instead of watching football and finally may have to admit I need to see a Shrink! HA! Thanks all and Happy Thanksgiving! Arch
  9. Yes. Good call RWC! With the addictive nature of the game of golf, It is so difficult to not get up and go out to the course to hit a few wedge shots or practice chipping or pitching. It's just fun but as others have pointed out, it can lead to bad habits. I had the good fortune of being able to play any sport well as a kid and young adult. And then it all caught up with me with 4 back surgeries from 1978-2014. Despite extensive PT, I really never got back to where I was. So that's where your idea of "balance" comes in. Never been able to do it! I am almost 73 and my brain still thinks I can shoot long-range jump shots in basketball and play fast-pitch softball. Nope! But golf...it has this magnetic feeling where one thinks he/she can still hit a small ball with a big stick. Where IS the balance in that? I cannot find it. I just want to be active and enjoy sunshine and golf but one day, all I do is chunk the ball and the next, hit it pure. Golf is a love-hate relationship and to find balance, as you suggested, should be my goal. Thank you! Arch
  10. Yes! Lived through winter of 1973 in Thief River Falls, MN where the temp never got above -20! We lived in MN (Minnetonka area) for 25 years! Could not have lived through spring/summer of 2019 where all it did was rain, wind, clouds and cold! Maybe there is something to the idea of SAD (Seasonal Affect Disorder)? Thanks! Arch
  11. Yes! Your description and vision you provided is excellent! The forward shaft lean has been a real struggle for me. Envisioning a chip shot with a 7-iron and progressing from there to a full shot makes a whole lot of sense! Again, thank you Iacas! Arch
  12. You are correct. Main reason for move was my wife's health issues (RA) but I was up as soon as the sun was up every morning hitting golf balls at a very nice (and shady) range with regular golf balls--not the limited flight balls. I got good, played with a bunch of great guys but then could feel myself getting bored. And then we found a prestigious facility that has two golf courses and both are beautiful! And then I got even more bored after we joined. I think I will just take the rest of November off and try to get back to it in December. Thanks for your thoughts Cantankerish! Arch
  13. Thanks for that! I will give that a try! I would formerly hit my 7 iron up to 165 yards with a good swing and a full turn. Can't do that as well anymore. Again, thank you! Arch
  14. So we moved to Arizona in June from dreary and rainy Minnesota, endured the oppressive hot weather and I played some of my best golf in my life in June, July, August and late September. Now, I am so tired of the game, cannot hit the ball solidly and have nothing good to say about the game. My ONLY life change was that I started drinking scotch again...49 days now...so it's time to stop. It is just so nice to be on the hot golf courses all day and come home to a cool home and have a drink or 2 or 3 or 4. (Oh, and I gained 15 pounds which all went to my gut) Of course, along with the scotch comes the mandatory grilled steak...and then I cannot sleep. I joined a high-end golf club here in AZ and there are two courses. Both are stunning and both are really fun to play. But when I can't hit the fairway from the forward tees, and lose dozens of the TaylorMade TP5x golf balls--well, it's time to rethink. Being retired is no fun at times. I can easily stop the scotch but am worried I will not be able to go back to good ball-striking again. Fat and thin shots are getting really old!...but so am I. The "flipping" in my impact position is impossible to correct despite all the lessons, videos and 100's of practice balls! Not looking for sympathy (that can be found between sh!t and syphilis in the dictionary. HA!). Just want to play bogey golf again...for now. Thx for any feedback!
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