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  1. I actually enjoy watching the LPGA. I like their swings and some of them are pretty hot.
  2. I was fitted for my wedges. My primary course has very tight lies and needed a completely different grind. Can you do this on your own? Maybe. But my club fitter is Vokey trained and put together a great 3 wedge set for me. I’d repeat.
  3. I've thought about this a lot since I first posted. I read Mark Brodie's paper and sorted through all sorts of websites to get a good idea of leading indicator stats that would not just track my game, but help me understand if my strategy is working. Brodie made two important contributions. First, he said, forget GIR. Yes, it is THE ONE metric worth tracking but ... greens aren't consistent in size and they vary course to course. Second, he said what separates amateurs from professionals (other than distance) is consistency. (Hank Haney said something similar.) So ... here's what I'm going to start tracking ... Median FRL (Fractional Remaining Length) ... the % proximity to the hole from the approach shot. 1st Putt Distance ... I have to record this anyway, but I average 18.1 feet from the hole and my goal is to always be within 30. If I am, I will two putt. Number of Awful Shots ... Brodie wrote that reducing this has the greatest impact on higher handicap players. Haney said the same ... eliminate 3-putts (which I will from 30 ft), 2 chips, and penalty shots. No need to track all the variations ... just the number is fine. So that's the system ... Record the Approach Shot Distance, Third Shot (which should be the first putt) Distance, and the Number of Awful Shots. This will provide a way to objectively measures ball-striking and consistency. Thoughts? (PS - once FRL is < 6% ... Brodie suggested that is when you focus on length off the tee.)
  4. There’s no shortage of stats to use evaluate one’s game. The traditional stats of FWs, GIRs, and putts is not as popular as it used to be. In my own game, I track GIRs, first putt distance, and Scrambling %. What’s the simplest metrics you track to give you an idea of your game?
  5. Too late to do anything about it now. I always try to NOT work on swing changes until after tournament season. Regardless, this is where I would say, good instruction matters more than ever.
  6. No. They require it. So there’s no extra charge. The problem is they don’t have enough carts.
  7. Nope. It’s not a typo. I think instruction is an essential part of the game. I finally found one that understands my game and was pretty blunt about what it would take to fix it. He has helped me win my flight at the club and we’re working to win another. That’s great instruction and I wish I had taken that approach 30 years ago. I’m not a fan of simply buying bandaids. That’s my point.
  8. I’ve spent thousands on lessons. First, I’d be interested in how an Instructor is going to help me reach my goals. Paying an hourly rate on bandaids isn’t customer oriented. That’s instructor oriented. Second, I want testimonials. What were your goals, what was the process, how did you guys collaborate and what results did you produce? I live near Atlanta. My instructor is 12 hrs away. Twice a year we do a 3 day school. We start with stats ... what % FW do you hit, % GIR, etc? And we build a plan. I don’t want to see an instructor that charges by the hour and isn’t committed to helping me achieve my goals. In 30 plus years of taking lessons, I’ve met ...one.
  9. Golf instruction “in general” is a scam. “Uh huh”, “I see ..” The goal for many is to sell instruction hours rather than results. Before you hire an instructor, you should learn, HOW to hire an instructor.
  10. I feel your pain. But, the question will be ... what will you do about it? Me? I scheduled time with an instructor and changed how I approach the game. Last year, I played and won my flight. I vow to surprise people with my best golf. Have a beer, reflect and start your plan ... tomorrow.
  11. I suppose it depends on your definition of success. The ranges are full of people teaching themselves.
  12. I’m reminded by Teddy Roosevelt ... "It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."
  13. My club publishes a dress code and provides a yearly reminder. At a resort course near my home, golfers dress as if they just finished changing a tire.
  14. Golf commentary is dead. CBS ... you may as well listen to paint dry.
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