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The Recreational Golfer

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The Recreational Golfer last won the day on November 24 2011

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About The Recreational Golfer

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  • Birthday 11/30/1948

Your Golf Game

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    9.5
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    Righty
  1. Haven't read it. I doubt Tom Kite has, either.
  2. Tom Kite said in his instruction book something like a better long game lowers high scores, but a better short game lowers low scores. That's my experience. I didn't go from 88-92 to the low 80s until my swing got better. From there I didn't start breaking 80 until my short game got better.
  3. Do you keep close watch on your score during a round?

    After four holes or so I'm not thinking about my score anymore. I know whether I'm playing well, mediocre, or good grief, but I don't add up my score until the round is over.
  4. Tiger Troubles - DUI Arrest

    Woods talked after his latest surgery about how much pain relief he got from it, yet he's still taking Vicodin. I've had three back surgeries, and from that point of view, something doesn't add up. I just hope the Vicodin hasn't taken hold of him.
  5. Bad back from driving range

    That's hard to say because it also depends on your age. Young discs reform faster than old ones like mine. But what you suggest is a good start, not only for your back, but for giving yourself time to think about what you're doing.
  6. Bad back from driving range

    The golf swing puts stress on the intervertabral discs. These are viscoelastic and time rate dependent. That means they deform under stress (viscoelastic) and take time to get back into proper shape (time rate dependent). If you make too many swings in a unit time, they do not have the chance to reform. Increase the time interval between each ball. After hitting ten or so, or if you feel any soreness in your back, stop and take a rest break.
  7. Short backswing, big hit

    John Rahm and Tony Finau both hit the ball a ton with a short backswing. How do they do it?
  8. How old are you? Late 60's, early 70's, it's likely that your swing speed has slowed down so much the 10.5* driver is now useless. Just my guess, don't be offended if you're 35.
  9. Share your personal course pictures.

    12th hole, Eastmoreland Golf Course, Portland, Oregon
  10. Par 3 course or longer course membership

    You might ask yourself what you want to get out of golf? An 18-hole round on a par 3 course can be every bit as satisfying as one on a longer course, no less challenging, and takes less time. The difference on the ground is 14 chances to hit a driver, which you can get by playing a long course every now and then.
  11. Wonderful World Of Golf

    In the days of WWoG, All-Star Golf, and Challenge Golf, the prize money on those shows was a considerable amount in relation to what you could earn for winning a Tour event. In 1962, for example, first prize money on Tour was in the $3,000 and $5,000 range. A pro could earn $2,000 by winning a match on a TV golf show. If you offered Touring pros an 18-hole match today that took one day to film, $500K to the winner, $250K to the loser, every one of them would say, "Sign me up!" Part of the appeal of those shows is you could see what the pros looked like because TV coverage of Tour events was so limited. Now you can see anybody you want to and that old appeal has been lost.
  12. Putting...

    Try this drill for improving your sense of speed with longer putts. Find a place on the practice green that gives you a level putt for 45 feet. Drop a ball at that distance, one at 35 feet, one at 25 feet, and one at 15 feet. Putt them in this order: 25, 45, 15, 35. This is so you don't get into a predictable groove. Hit these putts over and over until you get ALL of them within 5%. That sounds like a high standard, but if you practice, it's not. If you have a good sense at these four distances, you'll find it easy to fill in the gaps. Before you play, do this drill on the course's practice green a few times to get a sense of the speed of the greens you'll be playing on. Hopefully practice green speed = course green speed, but that's not always the case.