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About killerduck

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  • Birthday 11/30/1984

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  1. Today I played my first round in nearly 2 weeks. In that time I spent 10 whole days without hitting a ball (hardly 'practicing every day') I put in a bit of time on the practice green before the round. Nothing major, but it did seem to help. My speed was improved on recent weeks, and I made everything inside 5 feet. Although I did end up with 31 putts, with 1x 3 putt. Naturally, ball striking was off. My driving was inconsistent and I had a hard time judging distance with my approaches. But I know this will return with a few consecutive days' practice. Here's a stat you should keep, if you don't already... Today I was 19 over for ball striking. Par for 'ball striking' is course par, less 36 (for putts). My course is par 70 at the moment, so 70-36 (putts) makes ball striking a "par 34". I had 84 strokes, 31 putts. So 84-31 = 53 field/ground strokes etc. 53-34 = +19. My handicap is 13, so I was 6 over my handicap for ball striking, assuming no one is given strokes on a green... Naturally, people will more often be over their handicap in ball striking, making up for it with putting. But this is a good indicator of how well you're hitting the ball. eg, in my previous 2 rounds I was +11 for ball striking, so it's taken me another 8 shots to reach the greens today. Back at it tomorrow.
  2. I never leave the course satisfied. Happy, maybe, but never satisfied. Happy is beating my personal best score, or beating my handicap at least. Satisfied would be finally achieving the level I am striving for. I think there is a danger area for people trying to improve if they are overly happy or satisfied with the level they are at. Gotta always expect to improve, anything less, whilst not failure, shouldn't leave you satisfied. Some people aren't out to improve and become better, so naturally, they are more easily pleased and probably will live much longer lives!
  3. Nah, I didn't take the photo. It's from Big Wheel Golf's website. The course is Barndougle Dunes in Tasmania. Ranked #1 public course in Australia I think... Pretty sure this pic was taken from one of the pro events there. Always push your cart. Not only is it better for your back, but you can see if anything falls off!!!
  4. It's called "Big Wheel Golf". A lot of pro's on the small Australian tour use them. Apparently, you should never pull your buggy behind you (always push it!) but yeah, the big wheels make a MASSIVE difference.
  5. One reason I've carried my bag for the last few years is setup and mess. I put on my shoes, and take my bag out of the car and that's it! When I had a buggy it was a pain to load it up, set it up, clean the boot of mud and dirt from the wheels. I enjoy carrying my clubs for other reasons, too. But alas this week has been torture on my back. Not from golf, but from sleeping. I haven't played in a week!! So, I'm gonna get one of these. I've used many buggies before, but these are SIMPLY THE BEST THING EVER!
  6. without reading the previous two replies, you take the club back WAY inside, which will leave it pointing more toward 1 o'clock rather than 12 o'clock at the top of the backswing, from there all you can do is slice unless you dramatically close the face at impact which = snap hook. Admittedly, I'm no expert, but that isn't helping. In pic #2, you ideally want the club pointing along the same line as the 'aim' club infront of your feet.
  7. lol - putting is actually at the forefront of my practice routine! But yeah, take out the 3 putts = 76. If only no one 3-putted!
  8. The local paper ran a story about this sort of thing a while ago. Believe it or not, driver hits are actually incredibly loud (I'm talking 100+ dbSPL - louder than a lawn mower). We can't perceive the actual loudness because the peak is so fast, all we hear is the decay. If you go down to the driving range and hit about 200 drivers you'll definitely be doing damage to your hearing. But the 12 or so per round make very little long term impact. Especially if you only play once or twice a week.
  9. Haven't played and new hybrids. Some of them look horrible at address. My brother has TM burner. Not the biggest fan of THAT one.... But dude, awesome avatar! mmmm Turkey.
  10. As soon as I started to keep my weight over the ball (forward-ish) on backswing, I immediately hit the ball better on the course. I've even bombed clean over a couple of par 3's. I don't know how much S&T; I actually do, I just borrowed the weight part of it.
  11. Wilson 8881. Conventional style, milled face. I only have 18 good putts per round (occasionally less!)
  12. Personally, I'd stick with the Bertha until the face is cracked!
  13. Like I said, TECHNICALLY (officially) 36 putts is par. You say if card says 72, then par is 72. That's right, but you play the par 4 from 400. Not from 180. Much of time we play onto the green, we play onto it from inside 10 yards. So, I don't see how you can play a par 3 from 10 yards. Every time we miss a green, the likelihood of a one putt increases... if you follow my poor explanation... lol Fair enough if you want to call 30 putts and acceptable average, but I think we're talking the same thing here. You (all golfers) need to practice with purpose, otherwise any practice will be boring. I basically use just 3 drills. (2 mostly). The most important one to master is the 3-5 foot putt. That "missable" range. I go to any cup on the practice green, preferably one on a bit of a slope about it, and put 5-7 balls around in in a circle about 3 or 4 feet from the cup. This way you'll get to practice ALL types of putts! Fade putt, draw putt, up hill/down hill, left to right etc. btw, this is the only range I use the aim line on the ball... But that's just me talking.
  14. How can people rate Nike? Every driver of theirs that I've seen/hit sounds like crap, has little to no forgiveness in trajectory, and goes about 10-20 metres short of just about any other driver (from any year). Do we just get dodgy Nike drivers here in Australia? Oh, and I think you're missing the #1 brand in golf.... 1) Titleist 2) Mizuno 3) Callaway 4) Hogan 5) THE BRAIN!!!
  15. Two days ago, after a fair bit of putting practice I went out and shot +11. A best ever 9 holes of +3 on the front, followed by a struggle over the last 4 holes (including water) left me +11 through 17 (I parred the last) Today was almost a similar story. Shot +4 on the front (with a double from a plugged bunker lie on the 9th) Started ok on the back nine. Found myself +6 with 4 holes to play. Cleared the water this time! , but went bogey, double to find myself +9 thru 17. Short of the green in 2, but a putt I thought I'd missed dropped in the right edge to save par on the last! Ended up +9 (79) but with a surprising 34 putts! Couldn't believe how many putts I'd had! But then I did have 3x 3 putts today. I should mention this round wasn't played in competition, therefore wasn't counted toward my official handicap. Neither was the 81 I shot two days ago... Practice plans for this week: Full swing/pitching session (GW-6i) bunker practice (had 2/3 sand saves today - a new best) 2x putting sessions New bests +9 for 18 +3 for 9 Recent stroke ave. 83.4
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