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About rvanculin

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  1. I absolutely cannot stand unsolicited advice on the golf course. I used to regularly play a weekly 9-hole scramble at my club. I'm usually the A player, and I try to be encouraging, which usually leads to people being comfortable enough to "help" me with my swing. On the 9th hole, we were trying to drive a par 4 hitting over trees. After saying I struggle hitting the ball high, my D player suggests I could hit it higher if I got a lower lofted driver! Haha, he was dead serious.
  2. @iacas, that was a very long refute when we are 99% agreeing. I'm merely say there are very rare situations where you really should move up a tee. Ballyhack, for me, from the Big Lick tees, was that situation. There was literally a hole where I had a 4-iron that should have been a 9-iron, but I couldn't get my drive to the downslope in the fairway. That's getting into minutia, though. Also, I once played with a father and son who were both bogey golfers, and let their egos talk them into playing the 7,000 yard tees on a course we'd never seen. It was a huge mistake.
  3. I have to say that I 100% agree that slow people will be slow no matter where they are playing. I have gotten a lot of people into playing golf, and they all say "You won't want to play with me, I'm no good." I always respond "I don't care how well you play, I care how quick you play." And I've never heard someone take the blame for being slow, everyone thinks they are quick.
  4. I think it is certainly possible to get a 10-shot difference in moving only 1 set of tees. I would think it is very rare, though, and varies based on each players and his/her strengths and weaknesses. If you are going from hitting mid irons and short irons to hybrids and mid irons, especially on a course with long greenside rough, it can happen. If you will pardon my own anecdotal evidence, there are a few courses that I have played where I can see this happening. Ballyhack, Moraine CC, The Golf Club. Ballyhack, for example, I played from the tips on a pretty windy day and it was my first time seeing the course. Same situation as playing PH #2, really. It is a bucket-list course, and I knew I likely wouldn't be back. The course was playing so long, I wasn't driving the ball in areas where I could get some roll on my tee shots. Anyway, not to derail the thread again, but I could see this kind of thing happening at #2. Never played it personally, but if you're approaching the greens with a long iron or hybrid, I doubt you would hold many, and they are notorious for being very difficult to chip and putt to save those shots. PS- You can say whatever you want, but if you don't think billchao and Erik were being dismissive and condescending, then you're just being disingenuous. I don't really care, either way, though. Everyone has a different experience, and we're all experts on the internet, right?
  5. There’s a hole at Moraine that may have a tougher tee shot that the one on that list. I think it’s the 4th hole, but it’s a par 5 where the fairway goes about 40 ft straight uphill and it’s about 275 yds from the tee to get to the top. So, the guys I played with said you have to lay up at the bottom of the hill, then hit up to the top.
  6. I’ve always found that telling someone to take their 5-iron carry distance and multiply by 36 and that’s a pretty good indicator of a distance you might enjoy. 175 x 36 = 6,300 yards Literally everyone here is assuming that their own personal experiences are the gospel truth. We should all know that, but no one believes it. But, since this is already a room full of experts, I’ll show myself to the door...
  7. I played 9 holes at Piqua Country Club today with a member. I know it’s private, but I think they sometimes have public tee times during the week. I don’t know how covid is affecting that, though, but it might be worth a call. Pretty nice shape right now
  8. Has every course in the area been swamped with golfers? I’m in Troy for the weekend to visit family.
  9. Bought and am reading Lowest Score Wins!
  10. The best way method I have found for determining what tee you should play is to take your 5i carry distance and multiply it by 36. If you hit your 5 iron 165 yards: 165 x 36 = 5,940 yards. Whenever I play a course using this method to pick the tees, I almost always use every club in my bag, rather than hitting wedge or hybrid into every par 3 and 4. Also, there is no mention of 'senior' or 'ladies' tees in the USGA rules or handicapping manual. Just play the tees that allow you to reach the par 4's and 3's in regulation. I also would say if you play a course and the hazards never come into play, you are playing too short or too long.
  11. Not a huge discrepancy, but there is also a halfway house at MP. Also, hole 3, you said they tied, but gave the win to PN. Both great courses, though.
  12. I have played this hole, and I will say that the angles do matter on this particular hole. If you could see the green, it has 3 distinct areas where Andy places the pin positions. The day I played, there was a pin in the 'A' section and the 'C' section of Andy's video. If the flag is in 'C', you ideally need to leave yourself a full wedge or be past the lion's mouth bunker if going for the green. If it's in 'A', you want to be short left. If the hole is in 'B', you might just want to leave a full wedge. You never want to be right of this green. There is a podcast or video, can't remember which, where Andy was talking about playing with ZB and Andy was on the "correct" side of the fairway, and Zac on the "incorrect" as the angles go. Andy said even though Zac was in the fairway, he could not hold the green. He said he dropped ball after ball and couldn't get one to stay on the green. Also, I haven't finished Erik's book yet, but to the gui who said a Tour pro and Mid Am qualifier don't understand course strategy, I hope I can get to your level of enlightenment.
  13. Tot Hill Farm, like TR, is a course that isn't difficult if you hit the center of the fairway and the correct tier of every green. That being said, THF has more elevation change and the greens, while subdued compared to TR, have various and angles you may need to hit in order to have a reasonably makeable putt. There are angles and lines that give you an advantage, but, as mentioned, you never need to take on risk to shoot a ho-hum 72. All that being said, I hit one of the best shots of my life there that would never be advised by anyone who wrote a book about scoring. 😉 Probably about a 2% chance of success.
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