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  1. This thread typically gets started one way or another, so I may as well start it here. When you play a round of golf, pop open this thread and add a comment. Tell us your score, tell us how you played, and so on. I'll kick it off... Today I shot what would have been about a 78 or a 79 at my home course. Tough to say since I didn't putt (I gave myself two putts on all but three holes where I'd stuffed it within 5 feet - any missed I'd have made there I figure would have been balanced out by the five putts I had from 5-10 feet). Temporary greens, you see. A week ago we had a foot or two of snow. Today it was 40-45 degrees and the ground was soggy, but very little snow existed. I was one of about ten golfers out there. The lack of much wind was nice - 45 degree weather plays about a club shorter. I'll write more later. Gonna post a picture or two from my camera phone. Note: this thread should contain only posts about your score. No replies, please!
  2. Hi All, Thought Id start a thread so people can discuss strategies they have adopted to help break 90 consistently for those of an ability at around this level. Accepting that making par on some, if not most, holes is just not realistic given my skill set. So I add a +1 to the par of these holes and aim for that. I also adjust club selection accordingly. Such as hitting shorter clubs off some par 4 and par 6 tees to reduce the chance of going off the course, such as favouring my hybrids over my driver, that I have specifically in my bag for this. I can generally hit them straighter and my 3 hybrid goes only 30m less than my driver. Favouring a putting, chip and run chipping style to reduce the chance of duffing or blading my chips wherever possible. Putting strategy: dedicating much more time practicing my putting, specifically putts 5 foot to the cup. Ive been hammering the circle drill. With my chips and lag putting I aim to get within 5 feet, then if I keep working on these 5 foot and less putts my chances of two putting will hopefully improve. Putting my ego away when I go off the course. Accepting I need to chip out rather than trying the hail mary out of the bushes. Practicing: Deliberately dedicating more time practicing putting and chipping. Aiming for targets on the range. What strategies do you guys have that help?
  3. 82 82 A good post by a former member here (I believe): 15 can be bigger than 18. 15 hundred dollar bills is much more than 18 twenty dollar bills. Wherever we land on this, I think it's reasonable to say that Tiger's 82 tour wins is mind boggling. It's more than DJ (20), Rory (18), Day (12), Spieth (11), Thomas (11) and Koepka (7) combined. Looking at the all-time tournament wins list, Tiger and Phil are the only guys in the top ten who are younger than Jack (who will be 80 in a couple of months I think). Among players born since 1950, there are 2 in the top 10, 3 in the top 29 and you have to get down to 34th to find someone younger than Tiger (DJ with 20). The top 50 has 12 people born since 1950. Those are: Tiger, Phil, Vijay, Davis Love III, DJ, Greg Norman, Crenshaw, Ernie, Rory, Nick Price, Jim Furyk and Curtis Strange. Sliding back to 1940, you can add Jack, Tom Watson, Johnny Miller, Ray Floyd, Lanny Wadkins, Hale Irwin, Hubert Green and Tom Kite. So 20 of the top 50 were born in 1940 or later. The remaining 30 were all born before that. Seems to me like winning lots of tournaments was easier back in the past. Counts by decade of birth in the same list (top 50) 1980s - 2 1970s - 3 1960s - 3 1950s - 4 1940s - 8 1930s - 5 1920s - 4 1910s - 8 1900s - 8 1890s - 7 1880s - 1 There are 53 here because 4 people are tied for 50th on the list (17 wins apiece). The 1880s and before didn't really have much to play for and the 1980s are potentially not yet done getting onto this list (Adam Scott has the most of those in the 1980s, but not in the top 50 with 13 wins, so he needs 4 more to break into the top 50). 1970s are potentially not done too. Zach Johnson and Bubba Watson have 12 wins apiece, so 5 more to break into the top 50. From the 1990s, Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas are highest with 11 each. Allowing for all this, there certainly does appear to be a pretty solid trend. Tournament wins have been getting harder and harder to come by as time has gone by and the game has grown in popularity and global reach. Where else have we seen this? Oh right yes - with majors too.
  4. Been a while since I've posted, played in A LOT of tournament lately. Stroke play, member-guests and scrambles. Mostly decent results with some bad play mixed in. One more tournament this weekend, then looking forward to having a little break and working on the swing. Some recent notes on what I'm working on: - Humerus hanging more at 1. Left arm feels more internal and soft/hanging. Should have some space between the top of tricep and pec. Check with stick on the ground drill. - Rock the body, bounce the feet to initiate upload. Left leg loses some flex. - Push off left foot, head moves up and right and stays up on takeaway. Hands stay in the same spot. Pause for a second or two. - Club swings back via rotation of core. Feels like I’m turning very level while throwing the club straight back along the target line using my core/right ribs. Check slack in arms. If arms bend, turn could be too tilted or pelvis is turning too early. - 1-2, isolate feels of toros turning while lower body doesn’t move. Feels like left knee stays in place as toros rotates to my right. - 1-2, if club gets inside the hands, hands "bank" outward, check rotation rates and feel butt of the club point more towards me longer. - For left misses and general downswing rotation and lowering. Towards the end of the backswing get the belly button pointed towards the target as soon as possible, laser pointer image. Drills: - Upload, pause for a couple seconds, coil and hit it. - Upload, elevate club above ball swing it forward as body starts to load right and sling it back (stop at 4.5 or hit it). - Elevate club well above the ball, like 6 inches, stay up on takeaway and hit it. - Mace work and imagery. Use the body to throw something heavy behind me.
  5. mcanadiens

    Pace Problem

    Not sure about the other two, but I'm not technically allowed to do that. Mind you, nobody would have caught me if I did. One of the many rules we sign off on with a City of Dayton, OH privilege pass includes not skipping holes. For better or worse, I tend to be rule follower. I suppose given the layout of the course and my being on foot, it would have been a bit awkward anyway. We make the move, they speed up and we hit the next tee at the same time.
  6. Beastie

    Pace Problem

    I find it incredible that 4h 30mins is considered acceptable for amateur golfers, and even worse recreational amateur golfers. In my view the pace of walking has only a minor impact on POP. The problem is a lack of education, etiquette and experience. If you are so slow as to take six hours to play 18, well I am not bothered as long as I get let through at the first opportunity. Failure to do so is poor etiquette, and plain rude. There should be no need to involve marshalls, just a timely offer to play through. Don't let me through and I'm putting the foot down and getting on the next tee before you have left and then I AM playing through...I have had to ask maybe 25 times(all retired guys who have no time pressure in their day) and have always been let through, even if there was some dark looks and occasionally a grumble.
  7. Here's a new thread I hope to keep going (I've made it sticky so, like "What'd you shoot today?" it shows up at the top all the time). What was your best shot of the week? Drop by here once a week, think back, and tell us about your particular mastery of one shot or another. Mine came yesterday. I was playing with my cousins and uncle (we only got six holes in before it rained), and we came to the second hole. I put one just off the fairway but a tree knocked it down. I was behind another tree. I had a partial backswing and a fairly full follow-through. 180 yards to the pin, gently downhill, ball about four inches above my feet. Pulled a 5I, put it back, hooded it a bit, and flew it about 120 in the air and rolled it the last sixty yards. Left the 20-foot birdie putt a foot short. I love shots where I have to get creative. Sometimes I even manage to pull them off! As with one or two other threads here, this one is a "post-only" thread with no responses. Feel free to quote a post and respond to it in a new thread if it warrants it.
  8. Two swings from PGA Tour player Daniel Summerhays. The one on the left is from a couple years ago and the one on the right is from earlier this year. Which A4 is better? While the arm positions at A4 are different, both swings are very functional and resulted in really solid golf shots. Golf is hard and some golfers (myself included at times) can get caught up in trying to "hit" certain positions because that position is perceived as being ideal. It can get really silly when golfers try to model or copy swings (Hogan, Moe Norman) in the hopes that achieving Hogan's exact alignments will be the answer to their ballstriking problems. They get caught up in the swing "style" and lose sight of the dynamics that created those positions. They play Position Golf and put t oo many constraints on what the swing "should" look like. On the other side of the spectrum is the "swing your swing" type of mentality which can be just as bad. These golfers are proud that they're "feel" players, that they've never taken a lesson, never stepped foot on a driving range and their poster boy is obviously Bubba Watson. If I hit it like Bubba I probably wouldn't take lessons either, problem is I don't and neither do 99.99% of golfers. The truth or the answer to better golf is somewhere in between. Use the best players as commonalities of what to do, focus on one priority at a time and understand that every swing is a little unique and comes with it's own tendencies. There is no perfect swing and there never will be. So what makes both of these backswings/A4's from Summerhays functional? The quick answer is that Summerhays achieved all 5 Keys with each shot. Taking a closer look we can see that the pivot was basically the same, left shoulder worked down and in under the chin, trail leg lessened in flex as the lead knee gained in flex. Commonalities you'll see with the pivots of great players . While it's not a Key, there is a common "theme" I tend to see with good players at A4, their rear elbow doesn't flex past 90 degrees and the tricep stays in front of their shirt seam. Even though the rear elbow is "flying" more in the right pic, it's not behind him and the right arm didn't over-flex. This can be important with getting the arms down and in front enough on the downswing. Also this backswing, this A4, doesn't cause any problems on the downswing, he still gets his weight forward, arms are in sequence with his pivot and the club is in a good position to deliver the club into the ball. As @iacas said in this thread, " but it's not about A6 itself, but how the club gets to A6 and where it's going to." I'm obviously an advocate for Changing the Picture but there is a difference between changing the trajectory that your lead shoulder travels in order to keep your head steady on the backswing and trying to "hit" a certain number of static positions. The point is, don't try to copy a tour players swing because he played well last week or because you like the way his swing looks, figure out your priority piece and make that better. When using tour players as examples, think of the "big picture" and avoid instruction that is preoccupied with making the swing "look" a certain way.
  9. Just my own opinion, as I have no "statistics" to back it up, but I think cheating in golf is more prevalent than poor pace of play. I joined a "national" golf league years ago, and cheating was rampant. I complained, named names, gave a thorough discription of the dirty deeds I saw.. Most of the cheating I saw was of the "foot wedge" variety. That, and some "creative" scoring. League officials investigated, and told me I was mistaken. I cancelled my membership, and moved on. To this day, decades later, I still get their emailed news letter. Once at the local pga stop, I saw a golfer address his ball. As he pushed the grass down behind the ball with his club, the ball rolled several feet further down a down slope, giving the golfer a cleaner, fairway lie.. As the golfer's caddy walked by me, I asked if that counted as a stroke. The caddy told me "no, everyone does it out here". It was of little help to the pga golfer, as he missed the cut.
  10. Thanks for the reply. This is all in competitions with money involved. For example, the player who picked up the 3 foot breaking putt ended up winning over $200 that day. Do you have any similar experience and how was it addressed? Other suggestions?
  11. I dont agree with this that Rory would be a guaranteed win if everyone was at their best. A number of guys that at their best could easily go toe to toe with and beat Rory (in no particular order) Brooks Koepka Tiger Woods Dustin Johnson Justin Thomas
  12. I recently joined a club where cheating is epidemic, even cultural. The most common example is not putting out. When I object, one response has been, "we have to do it because everyone else is doing it." I played with the club champion and watched him convince his friend to "give" him a 3 foot breaking putt which he then picked up. Another example: I played in an individual stroke play tournament with two players who continually helped each other read the greens. On the 6th green I told them this was not allowed. In response they continued to help each other the rest of the round, but whispered so I wouldn't notice (I eventually did notice on hole #16). There are many other examples. Would like to do something about it, have called it out many times already - with mixed results. But I'm new and it's cultural. The club pros are part of the problem. I have played with them and watched them go along with or even initiate rules violations, including giving putts.
  13. I answered 40's and 50's. I suffered several debilitating knee injuries in my 20's and 30's. But there was nothing to be done about them, since the surgical techniques had not yet been developed. Finally, my last right knee injury was diagnosed as an ACL tear, and I was operated on using a new procedure, the ACL Reconstruction! I have a "zipper" on the inside of my right knee about a foot and a half long since arthroscopic surgery wan not an option back them. By the time I hit my 40's, walking and carrying was too much of burden. When I got into my 50's, even walking the course would cause my knees to scream at me! Just a couple weeks ago I texted a playing partner from the day before, "When did golf begin to hurt?"
  14. I finally did it! Took some slogging on the range and lots of practice rounds this summer but got the job done at Van Cortland Park Golf course this week. Par 70, 6,100 yards from the tips. 1 double, 7 bogeys, 10 pars. Just squeaked out the 79, although I had 8 foot birdie putt on the last that I missed for a 78. Also missed two other close putts for birdie, but was striking it well with 9 GIR today. That's a personal best, and I've definitely found working on my 80-110 yard distances to be really rewarding for scoring lower.
  15. Only fighter jets have ejector seats, on these you have to unstrap and open a bulky door. Pilot has no chance unless 1000 foot altitude,
  16. yes it has, but so has high fat diets, but it is only recently through new studies and an intro to main stream media that we start to understand the science and it's popularity has grown. It was not long ago when everyone was doing low fat The same is true with Time under Tension. Most people do not understand the concept, the science and the benefits of time under tension. It is not just lowering the weight slowly but to actually set the Gage of improvement by increasing that time. As Thomas says it is much better on the joints as we age. There is a good chance we will be hearing more about this now that someone like Thomas has put it out to his many followers. Thanks for posting !
  17. I forgot Homestead, Loomis Trail and Semiahmoo. I won't play Semiahmoo any longer, with so many homes lining all the fairways it feels like I'm playing golf in someone's backyard. It was a great course when they first opened, designed by Arnold Palmer. In fact, he was there to open and play the first round at the course.
  18. Mr22putt

    Pace Problem

    1) Played them all.....I really like all the Bellingham courses....my least fav is NBGC....kinda boring but has the best winter conditions...Bellingham is a golf mecca......what??....no love for Homestead, Semiahmoo or Loomis Trail? Semiahmoo is a dark horse resort that goes under the radar.....good for corporate shindigs too. 2) I might be Canadian but I'm no gentleman....you'd remember me if we played golf....I'm a Chinese POSER.🤣
  19. Now, if they could improve on this so that the ball had GPS, too. Causing the ball to hone in on the flag... + or - 3 yards. I'll take 9 foot birdie putts every time. 😀
  20. First of all there are very few things that are new. Things that we think are new usually have been around, but may not be mainstream. As the case with me in 1985 the lifters that I was associated with did not understand this concept. That was my point . The time under tension concept as talked about by Thomas is to increase the time the muscle is under stress on both phases as opposed to increasing the reps or sets. I hope this makes it clearer.
  21. Day 489 45 minutes working on the hook from irons. Focus on everything from grip, to swing (looking at video), to foot position, to hips and followthrough. By the end, I was not hooking nearly as much as before, Tomorrow I will be double checking how much I remember! I need to be ready for a friendly trio match on Friday! Tally-Ho!!!
  22. I seached for "Golf Practice Drills" on TST, and all that came up was the 5 minute practice topic. If a thread already exists on practice drills, dumpster this one. There are numerous practice drills for the golf swing. Whether all of them have a positive value is up to the individual. Let's see if we can get a thread listing golf drills going. A one stop place to check out for drills. The drill should have a name, how the drill works, and more importantly what the drill helps to accomplish for the golfer. My favorite drill, which is an easy one, is putting (rolling) the ball over an intermediate target about a foot or so in front of the ball. For a target I use a coin, usually a dime or penny. What this helps to accomplish is hitting a straight putt, on a line, based on the golfer's read. It's an easy drill that can be done indoors or outdoors. Practice greens are a good place, since you can use the hole as an end result to the read or line of the putt.
  23. I started playing golf a few years ago and used to walk every round. My home course is on the foothills so it has elevation changes throughout. I enjoyed walking 18 every day but 36 has always been difficult, until I started getting foot/ankle pain that stopped me from playing completely. It turned out I have developed bone spurs on my heels and the doctor credited them to walking too much. So I started riding and it allowed me to play more golf. I started noticing this season that I cannot play daily anymore without getting sore/tired. Maximum is 4 days in a roll and I have to take a day or 2 off. Now that it is getting cold/rainy, I feel more pain in places that have never bothered me before... I have played close to 400 rounds of golf since I started in 2017. Maybe that was too much golf in too little time...
  24. I think it might also be a safety issue, from the standpoint of a player stepping on something that cuts or punctures his foot.
  25. Started in 40s like all one the person who voted so far. I could still walk every day but I’d think it would get really boring after a couple years of this... oh yeah, I did I still play once or twice a week, hit the range every other day and hike 3 days a week up a local mountain. Actually, just the trail up to it. We don’t hike all the way up it...
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