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  • Birthday 11/30/1982

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  1. Hands down --- it's going to be Mizuno for me. I would love to be able to try on all those beautiful line-ups of iron sets they have. Throughout the bag? Titleist.
  2. Smaller companies can be seen investing $10M+ for their marketing campaigns, let alone Fed Ex. They are doing this bonus payout for several years now., so the benefit must be there, otherwise they would have backed out already.
  3. I guess she never could make it to any shops since they usually close down before she leave the range. Surely she is more concern about some putts missed during the round than what's new in the spring collection....
  4. I am also playing most of my rounds with my father, though we sometimes play in a different group, but we always come and go together. Similar to your story, but on the contrary --- I have aced the shot twice since I've been playing and one of those aces was made when I played with my dad. I was quite young then, but now as I am 28 years old, I am always wishing that my dad would made an ace when we step on the par-3s. He came to many close calls, but hasn't quite did it yet. I only wish to see him ace the shot one day. Because of our culture, my father and I have never played competitively against each other. Instead, we always help each other during some struggling rounds, since we knew each others' games so well over the years. Some rounds are fun and memorable, but I wouldn't trade any rounds with my father for any of them.
  5. Yani Tseng is definitely a born-and-bred champion. She was surrounded by coaches at a very young ages, and have dominated the field since she was an amateur, long before turning professional. She even beat Michelle Wie during her amateur days before all the hypes started. Her game play is unique and more attractive than other players because she has been taught to swing the club aggressively since her childhood. Her strength is a big advantage on LPGA Tour, but don't forget that she is also an extremely (if not the most) accurate player on tour. Judging by all the trophies she snatched this year alone; you can't deny that Yani is practically owning the LPGA Tour. While many ladies put a lot of effort on their long games and trying to perfect the art of using hybrids ---- Yani is hitting wedge into most par 4's and hit long irons into many par 5's. With these convincing wins, she is still being seen on the range until dark, surrounding by coaches and fine-tuning her game. This is why I honestly can't think of any particular player on LPGA tour that can take her on right now. She is on one of those streaks Tiger have had during his haydays in 2000, and will be in serious contention in every tournament she attends. Already named as the youngest player to win 5 majors in professional golf career; I'm sure she will be up for more checks, more trophies, and more success; at least for a year or two from now., assuming that she stays injury-free and keep away from any possible sex scandals. Say what you want, but I am now rooting for her to surpass Jack's majors record.
  6. "Missed 4 birdies, all inside 10-feet" ----- there's your winning trophy right there. I would have melted down worse than you if so many good approaches gained me nothing. Nonetheless, I bet you've learned a lot.
  7. Sorry about the old set being stolen. I think you made a good choice going for TaylorMade, as they seem to be doing good business for the R-11 series, judging from white drivers and fairway woods that kept popping up at my home course in the last few weeks. Haven't had a chance to hit one, though, I wouldn't go with the R-11 because of its color. Hope you have fun with the new set and good luck.
  8. Frustration will always be a big part of the game, and experienced even by top-class touring pros. Mainly, all of us spend a great deal of time frustrating at our failures to repeat what we did last week, or better yet, just yesterday. No matter how good you are, you will never be able to repeat what you did twice, let alone do it week-in and out. I always take "signing" as an example ----- no human being can repeat his/her own signature exactly the same way that was done before --- even though it requires only the smallest of movement. You can only imagine the time you need to build consistency in the golf swing, which asks for a lot of movements and good tempo/timing. However, with lot of repetitions ----- they can be a positive improvement. All top players may have different swings and techniques to strike the ball, but one thing that they do the same ---- they practice a lot, in order to memorize those movements and be able to do them under tournament pressures. Regardless of talents, I am certain that all great players achieved consistencies through practice sessions with strict routines --- until the swing become their second natures. I agreed that you need to change your perspective and start developing routines for practice sessions. With lots of experience over the years, you frustration should not be too difficult to get rid of.
  9. Agreed on stats tracking. To shave these 5 strokes off your handicap, it should be something very delicate and extremely difficult to fine-tune. I regularly play with a few buddies in this handicap range (0-7) and I think the biggest different from the 5-handicapper and a scratch golfer is the ability to save strokes on and around the greens, especially putting. This is the area that should be focused, rather than spending time on the long game. A 5-handicapper can strike the ball fairly-well and can definitely hit a few good approaches in a round. On a good putting day, breaking par is very much a possibility.
  10. Some people do feel the difference when they cut down the shaft. Some don't. Shorter shaft will definitely help with your control, providing that you have somewhat of a consistent swing.
  11. My most lofted club in the bag is my SW, which is 56 degrees. I had the 60 degrees in the bag for years but I took it out a few months back and haven't missed it since. My "go-to" chipping club would be my GW, which is 48 degrees. Stay clear from very lofted club unless you practice with it a lot.
  12. Not true at all. No matter how good, anyone's game will certainly go through ups and downs over period of time. It's the amount of practices you put in the game that determines your confidence and your overall performances during a certain period. The more you put into it, the more you will likely get out of it. There is no time frame to conclude that your best years have passed. If you stopped playing after 3 full years and came back practicing harder than ever, you will be better.
  13. For me, "Good Ball Striking" always represents consistency. It's not just hitting a bucket of balls solidly but it means consistency in all things involved when you hit a shot---- the intended ball flights, distances, spin, and so on.... As for Ben Hogan being the best ball-strikers, that's merely an opinion. Others might as well said Sam Snead or Tiger Woods is better than Ben Hogan. Not to mention the lack of advancement in equipments used in his days. Most pros today are decent ball-strikers themselves. As for Sergio's swing, despite his size, he hits the ball as far (if not farther) with many long-hitters out there on tour. His swing is special because of the tremendous amount of lag he creates during the downswing. Not to mention that he is one of the straightest drivers on tour.
  14. They are, more or less----happy, if you saw them playing during weekends.
  15. I have a good idea of what I'm doing wrong during the round, but I can rarely fix it. Number 2.
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