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About mihi4

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  1. No. Since it's no club, it doesn't count as one... greetings michi
  2. which would be a breach of the rules To the OP, you buddy is right. Even more so, he's not allowed to do it, he MUST do it, according to the rules! see 25-3b: 25-3 . Wrong Putting Green a . Interference Interference by a wrong putting green occurs when a ball is on the wrong putting green . Interference to a player’s stance or the area of his intended swing is not, of itself, interference under this Rule. b . Relief If a player’s ball lies on a wrong putting green , he must not play the ball as it lies. He must take relief, without penalty, as follows: The player must lift the ball and drop it within one club-length of and not nearer the hole than the nearest point of relief . The nearest point of relief must not be in a hazard or on a putting green . When dropping the ball within one club-length of the nearest point of relief , the ball must first strike a part of the course at a spot that avoids interference by the wrong putting green and is not in a hazard and not on a putting green . The ball may be cleaned when lifted under this Rule. PENALTY FOR BREACH OF RULE: Match play – Loss of hole; Stroke play – Two strokes. Edit: looks I was too late :) greetings michi
  3. That's why the USGA and R&A; are testing the COR in the lab and not with a player. The same could be done with a swing robot and a trackman. You wouldn't even have to leave the lab for this, the robot hitting into a net with a standardize club using trackman like in fitting centers would be enough. That would be standardized and repeatable - just what is needed for an scientific experiment.
  4. IIRC, tennis had that same problem some years ago. Too much service speed, unreturnable. They didn't try to change the rackets - as a lot of people say, the industry would go havoc - but they changed the size of the balls! Bigger ball - slower speed. Now, it's really fun again to watch the best players in the world, although rackets and athleticism of the players have improved! Still, good servers get their advantage! I think, the best way to get old courses back into a seaons rotation would be to limit the balls for the pros. Today, every company makes pro-only equipment and the rest of the golfers get the standard things. Why not also for the balls? Just define something like the COR in drivers for the ball, where a standardized robot hits the ball, and trackman tells the ballspeed and distance - balls are not allowed to go farther then XXX yds (say, 280/290). Since all ball manufacturers already produce balls for different handicap groups, it wouldn't make much difference - a lot of amateurs would still want to buy the pro's balls (just like they buy proV1s now, without fitting their game), so there would also be a market for those limited balls. greetings michi
  5. My wife and I started golf together (she then was my girlfriend). Since then we nearly played together most of the time, it was a chance spending time together and having fun (outside the bedroom ;)). We often played matchplay against each other, and more than once I lost fair and square. Our newborn is now 8 weeks old, and my wife gave up her club membership for this year, since she won't be able to golf much. Since I plan to spend much time with my girls, I won't golf that much either, but more than her. Hopefully we can get our daughter into golf, too, if she likes it. Would make a nice day on the course. greetings michi
  6. My wife and I will sometimes play a round, where you have to tell you playing partner before every shot, what you are up to, and what you are thinking. i.e. "It's 64yds to the pin with a lot of green to work with, the wind is blowing right to left. The ball doesn't lie perfectly, so I'll rather chip it up with a i7 than trying to fly it with the LW, risking a thin shot over the green. I want the ball to travel just about 10-12 yds and then roll up to the green and the hole. My landing point is this browned out piece of grass there in front of us. Although the wind is blowing quite strong, the low chip will not be affected by it. I want to keep the pressure point on my right index finger in place throughout the whole chip" One time we did this, I played one of my best rounds on our short homecourse only with my 3 wedges and the putter, because I was so focused. greetings michi
  7. I keep the following stats on my scorecard (using free columns): total shots (of course) fairway hit: - "x" when hit and at least 80% of my regular distance - L/R for miss left/right, o if completely OOB number of penalty shots shortgame shots (if inside 50yds): - "c" for chip - "p" for pitch shot - "b" for bunker shot putting: - number of putts - initial putting length - if missed, where and how - length "S"hort or "Long", 0 if perfect length - side L/R and if it's above or below the hole sounds much, but is quite easy to handle, once you get used to it. a typical hole stat could look like this (excluding the putting stats, which I don't do every time): "4 x c 1" which means, I hit the fw, missed my approach and made the up&down; with a chip and a putt. a perfect hole would look like: "3 x 1" fairway hit, one putt for birdie and my disaster holes sometimes look like this (thankfully not very often): "9 oL 2 bbc 1" first drive ob, next one missed the fw left, also a 2nd penalty shot because one of the transport/approach shots went into water, approach shot found a bunker, didn't get out of the bunker with the first try, didn't find the green with the second try, chipped and 1-putted for a spectacular 9 on a par5. Using this method, I found out, that 55% of my shots took place inside 50yds, including putting. More than enough I 2- or even 3-putted after an initial shortgame shot (chip/pitch/bunker). so my focus on my training sessions went to the shortgame and putting (without ignoring the long game), let's see, what the upoming season will bring. greetings michi
  8. aaaand it makes a great headcover holder :) (at 1:55) I use them too, and it's true, it really helps :D greetings michi
  9. Thx Eric, great post! My range sessions usually go this way (TGM terms used): I spend at least 30-40 minutes doing only Basic and Aquired Motion, concentrating on the impact zone. That's also some sort of warmup to me. After that 15-20 minutes go into release variations (horizontal, angled, vertical), still doing it on Basic and Aquired Motion swings. After some rest, and according how things worked out before, I'm concentrating on longer swings (still no full swings) and my position in the follow through. If the things before weren't that good, I try to stay there, just integrate one or two longer swings in between (you do want to see the ball fly long, don't you? *G*) Since I have some background in sports-science and as trainer in other sports, I'm always using the same basic principle: Go from the easy to the complex motion. If the easy motion is to move the club only 2feet back/2feet through, so be it. When I'm watching others on our ranges around, the lack of this principle when they are practicing by themselves is obvious. greetings michi
  10. Greens In Regulation (GIR) 28,0% Putts per Round 34,0 Fairwayhits 52,3% Putts per Round 34,0 BIRDIES Par 3 Par 4 Par 5 All Par Scrambles 18,4% Chances 28 42 23 93 Sand Saves 8,3% Birdies 1 5 4 10 Birdie Conversions 10,8% Quote 4% 12% 17% 11% ParDifference 3 4 5 Grand Total ParDiff. Anz. ParDiff. Anz. ParDiff. Anz. ParDiff. Anz. 2011 +1,01 97 +1,02 171 +0,98 64 +1,01 332 Actual HCP is 17.3 Played only 19 18-hole rounds this year. Will concentrate on short game and putting over the winter, actually 61% of my strokes happen inside 50yds including putting. greetings michi
  11. Full ACK! I also think, you have to distiguish between US-handicaps and European handicaps. According to Iville's posted table, with my hcp of 17.3 I would be within the best 67% in the US. Here in Austria, I'm inside the top 13.000 of 100.000 golfers, which would be 13%. That's a huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuge difference... greetings michi
  12. ATTENTION: LONG POST! I was thinking quite some time about posting something to this thread, but now I decided to do it. Short Version: @Travis: GO FOR IT! If you have the financial means to give it a try, and don't bring other people (i.e. a family) into trouble, do it!!! Don't listen to the nay-sayers, because they cannot understand, how something is possible, that they didn't manage to do. Long Version: Some background story first. During my childhood (35 years ago) I grew up like a regular boy, doing all kinds of sports, most of it, playing a lot of football (soccer, for the u.s.). Since it's most common to play in junior leagues, my parents let me play there, and I got used to do things competitively. At age 14, I tried Volleyball for the first time, and was hooked. 1 or 2 years later, my dream was to play internationally, have a jersey with my name on it and make it to Austria's national team. Let me tell you, that at this time I was about 165cm in height, so these weren't the perfect athletic abilities, to say the least. So I concentrated a lot on technique and strategy. Of course I worked out in the gym to maximise my jumping strength, to be able to compete. At age 17 I already played in my hometown's men's team in Austria's 2nd league. When I turned 20, a club of the first league wanted to trade me to them, and our team's manager at that time asked me, "Don't you overestimate your potential, my friend?" (sounds familiar, Travis?) I grabbed the chance and never looked back. I played semi-professional (more wasn't possible at that time in Austria) Volleyball for the next 15 years - I didn't grow higher than 180cm BTW, but I managed to jump 90cm in my best times (reaching 2m24cm while standing, and 3m14cm with a jump). Even after university, when I got a job, I managed to attend training 5 times a week and play the matches at the weekends. Now, I have a jersey with my name on it on a wall at my house, I played at a EuropeanClubChampionships (CEV-Cup) tournament in Spain and even got a call for the national team for one time. Yes, I trained _a_lot_. And yes, I think I had some phyiscal abilities that helped me to get to that jumping strength I had. But this was only to compensate for my low height. What really kept me inside our country's top players were my technique and strategy - and that's something not given or you're born with it. That are things you can learn. But it is even as important to get mentally involved in what you are doing. I didn't just listened what my trainers told me - I watched videos of the best volleyball setters to see, what they were doing different than me and try to adapt. Think about, what were my best tactical options in different situations, and so on. Read as many books and articles I could find and pick out the things that were valuable to me. I ate, drank and dreamed Volleyball as long as I can remember. I always wanted to understand, _HOW_ something is working, and _WHY_. And I think, that's what is meant, when I read about "deliberate practise". It's not only the amount of time put into something, but the mental intensity you're doing it. I think 30 minutes of deliberate practice (understanding _what_ , _why_ and _how_ you are doing something) are much more effective than being on the range for 2 hours, without even thinking what you are doing. What I had, was determination. I didn't go out long the night before a game, never drank too much and tried to stay healthy. My friends would always tease me, "Come on, 4 or 5 beers more can't be that bad", or "You are going home _NOW_? It's just starting to get funny!" and so on. I read paper tiger last year and after some pages, to me it was clear, he wouldn't make it. There's one situation, where he comes to Florida and sees all those players at the range and the first thing that comes to his mind is something like "I wish I would be as good as them" and he's freezing with respect. That's not the attitude to get good at something, least getting to beat someone. If you don't think, you can win, you won't - and that was where his fate was determined IMHO. I think, most of the guys, not making it on tour don't have worse golfing abilities than the others, technical wise. To me, it looks like the difference is the competitiveness of the better guys. Nobody fell out of the sky being an expert in something. Once again, Travis - go for it and keep us updated, how it goes!! I won't say, you will make it, and I won't say you won't make it. All I can say is, get involved in the things you have to do to reach your goals and give everything you have - this way you will know, that you did your best! greetings michi
  13. Quote: 1.) Get fitted for my new KZG clubs ASAP 2.) Play at least 5-6 tournaments through the year 3.) According to "2.", improve my hcp
  14. Get better in the scoring scone. In the my rounds of 90 I used to have about 50 shots inside 50 meters. So: 1. I will focus in putting and shortgame during the winter. 2. I hope, this will help me break 80 during next season. greetings michi
  15. Thx for the tips about the stores. I forgot to add "European" to online store.. (tristan, Austria != Australia *G*). Buying from the US would be too expensive considering shipping and customs... greetings michi
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