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About Teamanglerx

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  1. I use a pushcart 90% of the time. The only time I ride is if I am on certain courses or it is a best ball / social round. I have a Clicgear 3.0 which I bought a couple of years ago and I love it. It has a cooler bag which straps easily on and I also have the gps holder as well. I like the cart because it holds a lot of stuff and I get good exercise when I play. More importantly, I have saved a ton of money in cart fees. My Clicgear paided for itself in a 1/2 a year.
  2. As a golfer who struggles with getting to 99 I have found that consistent play is the key. What is hurting me this year is I will have three great holes in row, have something bad happen, then watch the wheels fall off for six more holes. I then repeat it on the back nine. What kills me is that I have been in position to make birdie / par / bogey many times then I will botch something easy (three putt is my theme this year). In 10 rounds this year I have two birdies already (had three all of last year) but the best I have done is a 108. The key to all of this is getting the mind right. The biggest breakthrough I have had in golf was after reading "Zen Golf" by Dr. Joe Parent. It made me realize how important the mind game was. After that I read "Golf is not a Game of Perfect" by Dr. Bob Rotella. This book is a MUST. By getting your mental game right you will be astonished at what you can accomplish on the golf course.
  3. If I know I am going to play a course I haven't played before I do a couple of things: 1 - Google Earth the course and get a general layout of each hole. Sometimes I even use the yardage tool to get some distances. I make notes about holes that look like they might give me trouble and refer to that notebook during my round. 2 - Get to the course early and hit the driving range. By warming up and getting a good swing tempo established helps boost my confidence. 3 - When in doubt, I play the smart, confident play. A lot of times when people play an unknown course they try to make shots they are unsure of. Taking a par or bogey after a lay-up shot is better than taking a triple because you hit into trouble.
  4. I saw my buddy this morning who is a manager at one of the local country clubs here in Iowa. He said that they would love to open up in the next couple of weeks if the weather keeps getting better but he is concerned about his course due to the frost line going down to 48" this year. He already knows that he will have irrigation issues for sure but wants to make the sure the ground has some recovery time as well.
  5. Wow, a weekend with Natalie Gublis! And you get to play golf too!
  6. 4 courses in the last 20 rounds. I have a regular Sunday game at my home course and I played league at another
  7. I have been looking at the new Nike VR X3X wedges and was curious about the grinds. What is the difference between the dual wide grind and the toe sweep grind?
  8. Seeing how I have four of the Rotella's books I say he is a good one. However, one of the first books I read on the mental game and approach was Dr. Joe Parent "Zen Golf." I have found myself going back to this book every year because I like the Zen warrior approach to golf.
  9. I do a lot of wedge practice in my back yard using trees and birdfeeder posts as a the pins / targets.
  10. I think if the O.P. and his buddies attempted to pull this it wouldn't be the spectators or Tiger that would stop them. It would be this man....
  11. If that's her "hiking" outfit I wonder what she works out in?
  12. As a high scorer myself I have found several things that have really improved my game over the last two years. 1 - Read either (or both) "Golf is Not a Game of Perfect" by Dr. Bob Rotella and "Zen Golf" by Dr. Joe Parent. These two books really improved my game by showing me how important the mental game is and ways to help keep my head in the game. 2 - Short game - It is amazing how many strokes you can cut off by being able to get it on the green and two putting. 3 - Break down a hole to make it playable to the club you can hit with confidence - Example, I hit 6I well enough to get me into striking distance (150 yards). On a 395 yard par 4 hole that would be two 6 irons shots, a comfortable distance short iron shot (see tip above), and a two putt. That is a bogey. If you score 9 "5"s in 9 holes that is a score of 45. This thinking even gives you a cushion of 4 strokes to still hit 49. Double the score for 18 holes and you get a score of 90-98. 4 - Sometimes a hybrid or 3 wood is better off the tee - Sometimes I find that when I am having driver issues I go to my super hybrid off the tee. In most cases I am only losing 30-50 yards distance but I know I can hit it in play and have a good lie for a 2nd shot. This year I plan to add a 3 wood to my bag for this purpose as well. I am no expert but these things have made a huge difference in my game, especially number 1 and number 4.
  13. I keep my club selection for chipping fairly simple. I primarily use a SW for most situation, however if I have a tough lie that needs to pop up a little higher I use a LW.
  14. This year I wanted to experiment with a regular 4 and 5 iron compared to the 4 and 5 hybrid I had in my set. I bought the two irons from Gigagolf and used them half of the year. These two clubs became my go to clubs in a lot of situations and cost wise each club was only $20 so for a total of $40 I was able to test what I needed without having to spend a ton of money. For beginners and people on a budget clone clubs are a good option as long as they understand what they are getting into. As a player improves then the investment can be made for better clubs.
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