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  1. ghalfaire

    Pace Problem

    I am not against people keeping up with the group in front of them, they should. But I was implying that a player who's average with a 3 wood is 200, can probably sometimes, not often, hit is 215-220. Also, as frustrating as slow play is, if often isn't the guys in front of you that are the problem, they were waiting too. So give them a break. Don't bust a blood vessel because a player in front of you is uncomfortable with hitting a shot that MIGHT make the green while the group in front of them is putting out. In my case I got hit while walking off the green. It was a slow day and somewhere more than two groups ahead of my group was a slow group, and the ranger wasn't doing their job. Had the fellow who hit me waited 15 seconds I would have been in the cart and gone. Had he hit me in the head I probably wouldn't be here to write this. So I will repeat in case I wasn't clear the first time. It just isn't worth endangering someone so you can save a few seconds or even a few minutes on the time it takes to compete a round, regardless of circumstances. I dislike slow play as much as you do and groups that don't keep up and don't even try to, piss me off, but I am not going to ever hit a shot that I think has even a remote chance of hurting someone.
  2. ghalfaire

    Pace Problem

    Having just played a 4.5 hour round in 95 degree heat yesterday I can understand your frustration. But having been hit by a golf ball on fly ending up in the hospital with blood clots in my leg a few years back, I am not sympathetic. How about it isn't worth taking a chance on doing another golfer permanent damage so you can save 30 seconds on your round? I do share your frustration on slow play. The folks I play with usually finish a round in 10 to 20 minutes under 4 hours. Not real fast but not a bad pace either. IMO slow play is caused from a variety of factors and more complex than just "slow players", although I concur that is part of the problem. But it just isn't worth taking a chance on hurting someone to save a few second/minutes of time. BTW I belong to a private CC and slow play isn't limited to public course.
  3. A few years ago there was an article in one of the golf rags, Golf Digest or Golf, that did a study and concluded that the closer to the pin you are the more important the stroke is to your final score. At first glace one might conclude this supports the theory the short game is more important to scoring. But, if you think about this conclusion and the fact we all know 10' putts are easier than 25' putts and it is easier to hit a green with wedge as opposed to a 7 iron, maybe what this result says is that it is important to get a close to the pin as you can with each shot. That thought leads one to conclude that it is important that you have a long game and that giving yards away to the opponent makes it difficult to win. Well, I don't have a strong opinion on what part of the game is more important. It all is really. My personal experiences are that my best scores are when all the pieces are fitting together and working. I have had some of my best rounds when my tee to green game was great (for me anyway) but my putting was marginal, but I have also had work the other way (sloppy from tee to green but better than normal short game). So my conclusion is that whatever shot you're hitting you want to get it as close to the pin as you can (and keep it playable of course).
  4. When I switched to left hand low I tried different grips. I ended up with sort of upside down Vardon grip. But I suspect as several above suggested, just whatever works for you.
  5. I know you didn't ask, by my dream group would Arnie Palmer, Lee Trevino, and Phil Mickelson. I believe it would be a relaxed and fun round and that's the reason I play.
  6. I have to admit my experiences have been 99.9% good in getting teamed up with someone when I am out single. However, the few times it wasn't I just keep my mouth shut pretty much and avoid talking about controversial subject. I try to stick to playing golf with strangers and if challenged to comment by the other player on some controversial subject, I would say something like "I'll have to think about that". That usually closes the subject.
  7. I agree with much of what you said, but I doubt people who want to win are always aggressive. I believe they "choose their battles" if you will. Playing on greens that are 12 or so on the "meter" with a 2 foot downhill, but straight, putt, I'd recommend caution. There are other examples of where caution might be called for, but I think you get my point. So while I do believe the "want to win group" plays aggressive compared to the "don't want to lose group", they do also pick spots where they leave the driver in the bag, so to speak.
  8. My personal history with golf is I played for awhile but gave the game up somewhere around 40 years of age and didn't touch a club again for 15 years. I gave it because I wasn't have any fun and I would get angry at bad shots, slam clubs on the ground and in general was ass and probably not much fun to play with. When I decided to play again I vowed I'd either have fun or I'd give it up forever. Required a new attitude on my part. The book "zen golf" helped me a lot with how to handle less than good shots in a more positive way and even how to keep the game, and it is game, in perspective. I really enjoy my time on the practice tees these day, and I'm retired so I have time, and enjoy playing even more. So this time around I agree with this thread, there are no bad shots, just opportunities to learn how to do it better.
  9. I read the book "Zen Golf" a few years back and it pretty much says these 10 things. These 10 things are good advice, but #5 is, in my opinion, very important. You need to feel you've prepared as well as you can. But if you're going to be good an executing these 10 things, you have to practice them just like anything else you wish to be good at.
  10. I didn't see anyone mention this but Phil has Psoriatic Arthritis. I don't know a lot about this disease but it is an autoimmune problem. It Like a many other autoimmune issues they can be controlled but not cured. It is my suspicion that this flares up now and again and would certainly affect Phil's game. So for whatever it is worth my opinion is the arthritis is the issue with Phil. I'm sure aging doesn't help but I doubt that is the big issue with Phil.
  11. I play the round whether I am playing well or not. Why would one quite just because you don't have your A or B game?
  12. Thanks, I didn't know that.
  13. Well, like most others, I try to not hold up play and usually do whatever the rules say. So normally that is a net par that gets entered. But I admit if the ESC on the hole is 8 and am laying 6 a 150 yards out or more AND holding up the group behind me, I'll pick up and enter the ESC score (the highest for me is an 8). Yes I know that is not rules.
  14. There is a book I liked that was published years ago. It is called "the Inter Game of Golf" and was written by Tim Gallwey. Probably have trouble finding it. Mr. Gallwey was a teaching Tennis pro and decided to learn to play golf. It is about how he applied his tennis teaching techniques to his own learning to play golf and swinging the club. I found it interesting and some of his techniques helped me. But as @iacas said earlier in the thread, it, like most books on the mental side, tell you how to get out of your own way when playing. But sometime saying the same thing a different way can make more sense of it all.
  15. A lot of good suggestions on this thread. One I didn't see, probably because it isn't "manly", is use an umbrella to stay in the shade when you're not swinging the club. Could improve your game and avoid some skin cancer later in life.
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