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About AspiringGolfPro

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  1. Hello, everyone! I feel like I am forced to start this thread although I have had no desire to do so at all. There are two reasons for this. First, I would like to warn everyone that the way halpennygolf (Ireland) do their business is extremely unfair and you should refrain from having any business with them. Secondly, I would like to kindly ask for your advice on what to do next. Here is the story in brief: On April 4th 2014 I have ordered a set of irons from their internet store. The irons were a present for a friend of mine who lives in Ireland. I paid everything including the shipping costs in full. The result was that they haven't delivered the clubs, but even worse they haven't returned the money back to me (which is almost USD 1000). I have sent them e-mails and have given them multiple calls without any result. They quite simply didn't reply to the e-mails and when I gave them calls they were asking for my phone number but never called back. I am really shocked to find out that there are scammers in the well-developed countries like Ireland as well. I would appreciate any advice but first and foremost, please, don't have any business with those guys as this can be really dangerous to your wallet and mental health.
  2. Hi, Groomyd! I am a very frequent visitor to Turkey and particularly to the Belek area. It is the major golfing destination for the Russian golfers. There is about a dozen courses there and some of the turkish pros are my good golfing friends. Let me know what exactly you want to know about the place and I will try to help you out. PS: I have to disappoint you but The Gloria courses are far from the best in the area both conditioning and design wise. TAT is also a somewhat "lesser" place. There is no course called Catalya. But there is Carya ( which is what you meant I believe) - it's a nice resort style layout, very playable to the general public and pleasant for your eye. A must plays in the area are the Lykia Links, the Montgomerie, Cornelia Faldo, Sultan Course at the Antalya Golf Club and of course, the oldest club - the National Golf club - which has the most formidable collection of the tee-shots imaginable.
  3. As a Russian golf pro, I feel like I may chime in. In no particular order the reasons are: - no history of game, no traditions and a bad perception of golf in the masses. As others have said, golf was considered a bourgeois sport during the USSR and this hasn't changed yet. - very few golf courses (around 10 in the whole country now) which are also very upscale and expensive, actually closed to public - as a result very few people play golf, especially youngsters, who prefer more aggressive and dynamic sports in general - climate is also part of the reason, but it ain't too bad here, as you may think, our golf season is somewhat similar to PA, OH etc So, all in all, the masses don't play golf and in fact they dont' even want to. Even if they wanted, they would have almost no opportunities. As an Olympic sport, golf has more financial support now, and you can see our best golfers playing and practicing in Orlando, FL. Check foretheplayersgolf.com and hjgt.org to see the results.
  4. The latest update re: my improvement. This past week was spent in Russia where I couldn't refrain from playing golf. I have played 9 holes on my local GC with a CR of 70 and SR of 128 and shot 37 (+1). By far the best round of my life - 100% fairway hit, 70% GIR and decent short game and putting. THE conclusion: go to the Golf Evolution Academy, spend some time and money and get better, way better. Period.
  5. When it is correct it feels like crap, while when it is crap it feels very smooth and beautiful! -))
  6. So, dear ladies and gentlemen, here comes the stuff to prove what was said above. Of course, I do realize that I am not close to perfect or even good by any means, but who is!? My point is that in 10 days I changed my swing from craptastic to nice and now I need to further improve it and then groove it/make consistent and learn how to apply it on the course. There is a lot of work to be done yet but I feel like like I am on the right track. 1. How did I look like on the first day? Down the line: http://www.flickr.com/photos/47116379@N02/4598813981/ Face on: http://www.flickr.com/photos/47116379@N02/4599453640/ 2. Doing some drills: http://www.flickr.com/photos/47116379@N02/4598784191/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/47116379@N02/4599453642/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/47116379@N02/4598784205/ 3. The outcome: http://www.flickr.com/photos/47116379@N02/4599467120/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/47116379@N02/4599467128/ As you can see I just can't do bad things with Dave, because otherwise he's gonna hit me with this stick which quite honestly hurts! PS: sorry for posting just the links to the videos but there is no way I can embed them from my flickr.com account. Later I'll try to upload'em to vimeo or youtube.
  7. 4 iron? Why not? OOPs, sorry didn't notice the right answer.
  8. Today seems like no wind it all, am I right?
  9. Many good answers here but what really draws my attention is how your shaft look like at impact - isn't it way too soft for you?
  10. I finally realized that the most important thing for me to work on - is hitting the ball from in to out. I believe 99% of guys who can't break 90 on a moderately difficult golf course are those who swing over the top. Let's be honest it is soooo difficult to compensate the out-to-in path!
  11. Not yet, of course, you can't drop it down to 4 in like 10 days. But I'm sooooo close! Seriously, though, I am improving greatly and will soon kick my own ass. Remember, golf is a sport where you need to fight with yourself all the time.
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