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About BC-to-MI

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  • Birthday 05/16/1994

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    Grand Rapids, MI

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    8.9
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    Righty

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  1. I'd rather No. 1 90% of the time. I'm a lot more encouraged by swinging well than scoring well. The exception would be during league or if I have any kind of real money on the line, then it's just win with whatever game you have that day.
  2. One of the biggest differences, if not the biggest difference, is the fact that you are hitting every single shot from a perfect lie with flat feet no matter where your ball actually is on the screen. Rather than needing to adjust to the lie and potentially getting bad contact out of the sand/rough, you generally just need to take a little extra club to account for the "lie penalty" that a lot of simulators will give you. The alignment help, as mentioned above, is a really good point, as well. As for putting, in my experience, it is pretty hit or miss, depending on the simulator. I've played on some that are pretty solid once you get the hang of it, and I've played on some where we just set it to like 12 foot gimmes because it's impossible to putt.
  3. For the most part, I agree with you. But this summer I was walking 18 holes twice per week and 9 holes three or four times, and at that point, it definitely made a difference when I switched to better, lighter shoes.
  4. Posted this in the goal thread, but thought I would copy it here, as well, so that I can easily reference it and be held accountable. Goals: Keep a single-digit handicap. I got down to a 9.1 last year (8.9 now with the handicap system change) from an 18.4 at the beginning of the year, but a stretch during the summer where I played or went to the range pretty much daily is bringing that down. I'm probably between a 9-12 or somewhere in there, so I want to improve to the point where I can stay in the single digits. Break 80 over 18 holes and break par on 9 holes. I've shot an 81 for a full round and even par on 9 holes, but never broken either benchmark. Win at least one half of our men's league. We break the league into two seasons and then the winners face off, so I want to win one of the seasons to have a chance to play for the overall title. Fix my attitude on the course. I am a super perfectionist and I get way too upset over bad shots, which often leads to another bad shot. I also know it can be frustrating to play with people who are overly negative, so I want to improve my on-course demeanor. How: Get lessons for the first time. I have never taken lessons, so I plan on starting that as the Michigan golf season gets closer. I hope to get one every month or two, depending on finances/time. Practice better. I have a tendency to just bang balls at the range, so I need to focus my time better and remember to take video. The lessons will hopefully give some guidance on what to practice, as should being more diligent in posting video to my swing thread here. Eliminate the blow up holes. Hopefully the lessons will help with this, too, as a lot of my big numbers come from driving the ball into terrible positions/OB, but I also have a tendency to play the hero shot or not focus enough when I am taking my medicine, which leads to more issues. Eliminate the three putts. I am pretty good at reading the break of greens, but I am dreadful at speed control. I leave a huge number of putts short, and often put myself in situations where I leave myself a 5-10 footer after my first putt. Track my stats. I plan on tracking my FIR, GIR, and stuff like that so that I have a better idea of where I need to improve. I keep track during the round, but never end up doing anything with the data afterward. Read Lowest Score Wins. I got the book for Christmas, so I need to carve out some time to dig in.
  5. Goals: Keep a single-digit handicap. I got down to a 9.1 last year (8.9 now with the handicap system change) from an 18.4 at the beginning of the year, but a stretch during the summer where I played or went to the range pretty much daily is bringing that down. I'm probably between a 9-12 or somewhere in there, so I want to improve to the point where I can stay in the single digits. Break 80 over 18 holes and break par on 9 holes. I've shot an 81 for a full round and even par on 9 holes, but never broken either benchmark. Win at least one half of our men's league. We break the league into two seasons and then the winners face off, so I want to win one of the seasons to have a chance to play for the overall title. Fix my attitude on the course. I am a super perfectionist and I get way too upset over bad shots, which often leads to another bad shot. I also know it can be frustrating to play with people who are overly negative, so I want to improve my on-course demeanor. How: Get lessons for the first time. I have never taken lessons, so I plan on starting that as the Michigan golf season gets closer. I hope to get one every month or two, depending on finances/time. Practice better. I have a tendency to just bang balls at the range, so I need to focus my time better and remember to take video. The lessons will hopefully give some guidance on what to practice, as should being more diligent in posting video to my swing thread here. Eliminate the blow up holes. Hopefully the lessons will help with this, too, as a lot of my big numbers come from driving the ball into terrible positions/OB, but I also have a tendency to play the hero shot or not focus enough when I am taking my medicine, which leads to more issues. Eliminate the three putts. I am pretty good at reading the break of greens, but I am dreadful at speed control. I leave a huge number of putts short, and often put myself in situations where I leave myself a 5-10 footer after my first putt. Track my stats. I plan on tracking my FIR, GIR, and stuff like that so that I have a better idea of where I need to improve. I keep track during the round, but never end up doing anything with the data afterward. Read Lowest Score Wins. I got the book for Christmas, so I need to carve out some time to dig in.
  6. Just signed up. We generally rotate between two courses relatively evenly, but I picked the one where I play in the men's league since that is technically my home course. Unfortunately, West Michigan dictates that it will likely be a while before I can start checking anything off the list. I did pitch this idea to my buddies though, so we are all going to track it across the two main courses we play and throw a little wager on it to make it more interesting.
  7. For me, it has to be hitting a rare perfect drive that leaves me with a partial wedge into the green, then either hitting my divot farther than the ball or cutting the ball in half and putting it the same distance from the hole, just on the other side of the green. Either that or the stubbed/skulled chip from the fringe when you should have a relatively straight forward up and down. Unfortunately, my attraction to blow up holes leads to these happening in succession all too often.
  8. The four main courses that I play are all about 25-35 minutes away, but my buddies and I have driven around an hour to play a couple really nice courses, and up to three hours to play a few special ones.
  9. Checked this morning and mine went from 9.1 to 8.9. If only it were always that easy to lower it.
  10. Looking at my GHIN account, 16 of my last 20 rounds have been combined rounds, so I would say I am safely in the "usually play 9" category. I've found it much easier to sneak in 9 holes around work and school than try to carve out enough time to play 18. I also prefer to walk, and the summer months can make walking 18 a bit more of a grind than I am looking for on a regular basis if you can't grab one of the first few tee times on the weekend.
  11. Grad school starting up again means I haven't been able to get out much in the last few weeks, and when I have, I spend the first few holes trying to get my feel back. Fortunately, my irons have felt much better the last couple times out after a stretch of just miserable golf for a couple weeks. Unfortunately, that has come at the same time as my driver completely abandoning me. Haven't had a ton of issue keeping it in play, but my home course loves to line the fairways with trees, and I have been spending most of my holes punching out. Hopefully I can correct that down the stretch of golf season here.
  12. I've found my lob wedge to be a lot more effective now that I use it less. When I first got it, I fell into the trap that I still see a lot of people I play with fall into, which is using it for every single shot around the green. Now I use it for getting over obstacles around the green and for partial shots that fit my set 1/2, 3/4 swing yardages, but tend to stick with a lower loft for more standard pitch and chip shots around the green. As mentioned above, "time and place" is key in my mind.
  13. I'll make sure to get both videos next time. I just ran out over lunch last week, so I only grabbed a few videos, but yes, I was hitting a decent amount of balls fat here.
  14. Hopefully I did a better job of setting this drill up the second time around. Unfortunately, I didn't realize that my buddy was standing a bit off to the side when he took the videos until too late, so it isn't the best angle for what I'm trying to see here.
  15. I can't speak to all of the shafts, but in regard to CPO, I have fantastic experiences with the quality of their clubs every time I have ordered from them. I would say everything I have bought from the site has arrived in better condition than I would have expected. They also have really good customer service if you are not satisfied with what you receive.
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