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  1. Witcha on this dude. I loathe Golf Pride grips. They are unfortunately stock on a lot of OTR clubs, but the first thing I do with new clubs is rip them off (or, preferably, just specify different ones if I'm ordering a custom set). And I have never been able feel comfortable with TM or Cally. Clubs are intensely personal, and I certainly have friends that love them, but they don't fit my eye. They just don't feel good to me. And I don't like gimmicks (looking down at a white driver? Seriously?) I'm old school. Titleist D and FWs. Mizzy forged irons. Miura wedges. Scotty putter. Boring, but my kit works for me.
  2. I got two for the week, at a discount. One of the perks of being a Patron level member of the USGA. Second highest level ... $1.5K a year. Considering, however, that the current price on the secondary market for weekly tickets is already about $1.7K, seems like a good deal. (Actually, that level includes a 20% discount on two weekly grounds ticket packages to the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open, U.S. Senior Open and U.S. Amateur.) What can I say, I'm old, have a bit of disposable income, and (other than Cuban cigars and the occasional vodka) no real vices other than golf.
  3. Agree with choices - slightly different order though: Putter Wedges Driver. Probably 60% - 65% of all shots on a scorecard will be from 100 yards in. Putter and wedges. If you don't have a short game, you don't have a game. Driver consistency is also critical. I'll sacrifice 20 yards in distance if my second shot on an average par four is from the fairway. I'm too old to be a bomb-and-gouger. My entire course management is to get to within 100. From there, I'm two or three shots from par. I'd only add that in practicing putting, I'll commonly practice 15 feet, 10 feet, and five feet. Practice five footers obsessively (it is amazing how - even at the level of the pros - entire tournaments can be won or lost due to a short putt). Doesn't seem like much use to practice anything longer than 15 feet - it is extremely rare to have a 20 or 30+ foot putt that has no breaks. Long distance ones often have double breaks. So anything longer than 10 or 15 (and sometimes less) I'm usually mentally seeing two or three different putts in a single stroke.
  4. You're probably correct. Lived there 2004/2005, not exactly Crockett and Tubbs but still almost two decades ago. I imagine things are different ... drug dealers are nothing if not perpetually adaptable (One of the things my company offered for a while was anti-money laundering consulting to banks - in fact, I had an ACAMS certification, pretty certain you know what that is.)
  5. Ha! But if you're in Miami, it means they'll fit right in. No one there can drive. Florida highways are a laugh a minute. Caravans of drug couriers driving really fast in the right lane (in case they need to do a quick off-ramp due to LEO concerns), and 85 year olds inexplicably driving really slowly in the far left lane, with their turn signals seemingly permanently on. (Not certain why this is, probably mostly just a Florida tradition hahahahaha.) The Québecois actually fit right in.
  6. I have, on more than one occasion over the years, seen someone get hit with a golf ball. Have narrowly missed the experience myself. Saw one guy get hit in the cheekbone - gushing blood, ball barely missed his eye, an ambulance-on-the-golf-course level of seriousness. Golf balls are small, hard, and capable of causing extremely serious injuries. I'd never permit myself to be pressured. If there is even the remotest of chances I might reach a foursome in front of me, I wait. I am all for keeping a round moving. Do not like slow play. But at the end of the day, pace-of-play comes in a far distant second to the safety of other golfers on the course. If you have even the slightest bit of nervousness about whether you might come close, just don't hit. Don't be that guy.
  7. Keeping score all the time means you are "one dimensional"? Seriously? I've played a lot of sports, and they all have means of practice, and then the sport itself. With tennis, I have friends I'll just go out and volley with sometimes. With basketball you can shoot hoops even alone. With golf, its the practice range. But if I'm actually playing a tennis match, or BB game, or a round of golf, I always keep score. Wouldn't be nearly as fun (to me) if I didn't. Most of your thesis seems to be based on what, to me, is a false assumption. That simply because someone is keeping score it means they wouldn't try anything other than safe shots - wouldn't improve because they wouldn't risk anything new. Balderdash. I do play relatively conservative if I'm in an actual tournament with something on the line - be it a charity tourney or even a friendly foursome playing for a bit of money (or sometimes, just bragging rights). But "relatively conservative" isn't that conservative, it just means after decades of golf, I know the limits of my game. The risk/reward ratio of any particular shot. (Solid course management is one of the many "dimensions" of the game.) If making a shot gives me a great chance at a birdie, but there's an 85% chance I'll wind up in the water, I'll just lay up. And going for that high risk shot wouldn't make my game any better down the road. During regular rounds I always keep score, but never add that score up until the end, and the fact of keeping score is simply completely unrelated to whether I'd try a particular shot or not. I'm always willing to take risks, if the risk/reward justifies it. But whether keeping score or not I'd never take a stupid risk. But every golfer thinks about the game differently. Apparently, when you keep score, you won't try anything new or even slightly risky. That is definitely not the case with me.
  8. Actually, I focus my eyes on the nadir of the swing arc - the point where I want the very bottom of the swing to be, as it is actually that, not the ball, that I'm aiming my clubhead at. With the driver, that low point is a tad behind the ball - club should be moving ever so slightly upwards on contact. For FWs off the deck, the very back of the ball (I take just a small, shallow divot, or just brush the grass). For irons, a spot just a mm or so in front of the ball, clubhead should still be moving downward on contact. Out of the greenside sand, an inch or inch and a half or so behind the ball (depending on what kind of sand it is, and the type/distance of the shot I'm going for). As several have so astutely pointed out, the focus is not so much on the ball, but rather on producing a full, smooth swing - and the ball just happens to get hit in the process.
  9. I don't mess with my swing itself at all - its hard enough to build the muscle memory needed to achieve and maintain a consistent swing, I don't like fiddling with it too much. Working the ball, to me, lies entirely in setting the swing path at address. Adjusting the three basic variables: Grip, stance, and ball placement (and in the case of the driver, tee height). Then just swing normally. The identical swing, with the address variables adjusted accordingly, is enough to produce the desired results. Draw >> stronger grip, closed stance, ball moved back in the stance (relative to where it would be normally with any given club), and with the driver the ball teed up higher. Fade >> weaker grip, open stance, ball forward, tee lower. These are, of course, relative, comparative terms. It often takes very small adjustments (and sometimes adjusting only one or two of the variables), not dramatic. Stronger or weaker grip is fractional. Closed or open stance means dropping my back foot back for a draw, or sort of flaring my left foot out for a fade - but to a very minor degree. Ball forward or backward is an inch at the most. Tee height varies by a centimeter at most. The degree of adjustments in the variables is determined by the scale of the draw or fade desired. On a normal drive on a straight fairway (for instance) my normal shot is a slight draw - starts out over the right edge of the fairway, and finishes back towards the center. Exceedingly slight changes needed to do this. One the other hand, there's a couple of holes on one of my local courses that has two holes with serious doglegs right - not subtle, close to 90* (and trees prevent cutting the corner). That wants almost a severe fade, so the variables get adjusted to their max. This all just comes from years of golf, kind of working out what works for me and what doesn't. I do know that there are a variety of approaches to working the ball, none of them being universally "right" - it depends a lot on the individual golfer's swing.
  10. I see nothing at all wrong with the current tournament format. It mutually optimizes for the PGA Tour, for the players, for sponsors, and most importantly, for the spectators and TV viewers. Frankly, the idea that "coasting" is some sort of major problem on tour, that players somehow need additional incentives to try their hardest is almost laughable on its face. This is the PGA Tour - the largest and wealthiest golf tour on the planet. Thousands want to get cards for every one that does. Most of the very best in the world play it - some even move to the states (or at least lease houses) to play it. It is wickedly, brutally competitive. With very rare (usually temporary) exceptions, on players "coasts" and stays on the Tour for very long.
  11. I just went from a TSi2 to a TSi3, and find it somewhat easier to work (and really, no less forgiving).
  12. Ha! Lived in Ft. Lauderdale for a couple years. Certainly played with my share of snowbirds. Most very nice. Except that my favorite cart girl on one of the local courses swore that "Je me souviens" (the slogan on license plates from Quebec) translated to "Does not tip".
  13. You could be correct. Personally, I'll give every new WRX member, new golf player, the benefit of the doubt. Will initially take them at face value (despite the fact that there's a lot of the OP's post that is, to say the least, peculiar). If he's real, he's should be welcomed to this site, and to the game. If not? Ignore. I have a friend that says he practices 21st century Christianity. "It someone hits you once, turn the other cheek, if they hit you again, kill them" i.e., always be welcoming and supportive, but don't be a doormat hahahahahahahaha!
  14. Greetings. Welcome to WRX. First comment is that if you are going to the range every other week, and playing nine holes on the alternate weeks, it will take you some time to get a whole lot better. Having clubs in your hand for a total of an hour or two a week, especially when you're first starting, isn't really enough to get decent very quickly (actually, that holds true in almost any sport, but golf in particular - I've played a lot of sports, and golf is the hardest by far. Were I to sum up the golf swing, I'd say it is "violent precision"). People that have been playing for a long time can play less frequently during phases, can be able to not play during the winter (if they live in the north and don't travel), or even take a year off, and can still get back into their game pretty fast, because a lot of the golf swing is about muscle memory. You haven't fully developed that yet, and it will be a while before you do if you play that infrequently. At the most basic of levels (as several others here have mentioned), the only way to get good at playing golf is by, um, playing golf. But the second, bigger comment is that something just seems seriously weird here. A 30-something, at least somewhat athletic guy with (presumably) no serious physical impairments, and you hit it 160 when you hit a good drive, and your 100 club is a 7i? This just seriously doesn't compute. Generally with beginners, in my experience, they first have difficulty making any sort of solid contact with the ball. Distance isn't the primary problem, even getting on the fairway, is. Problems with distance usually come from simply not hitting the ball anywhere close to the center of the clubs, or hitting it seriously fat or thin, hooking it or slicing it. As the swing improves, you strike the ball relatively correctly more and more often. But even in the first few months, on the rare occasions a beginner hits it right, the distance should still be much longer than you are hitting it, given your age and athleticism. This is what is bizarre - you're hitting the D 160 60% of the time, and the 7i 105 80% of the time. That level of consistency is much closer to that of an intermediate golfer than a beginner. But the distances are almost shockingly short. So this means you've got a bad swing, but a consistently bad swing. It means you already have a bit of muscle memory, but really wrong muscle memory. Which is strange since you actually are regularly seeing a teaching pro. Ordinarily, almost all beginners benefit greatly from starting out with a pro instead of just learning on their own. They don't get in bad habits that then have to get broken. This guy, however, apparently let you lock bad habits into place. That is almost tragic. IMO, you're probably going to need to sort of start over. Re-train your swing. Bottom line, three suggestions: 1. If you can, post a video here (as a couple people have already said). There's an entire forum just for that - people post their swings and ask for advice. Go to the main Forums page and look for "Swing Videos and Comments" (https://forums.golfwrx.com/forum/264-swing-videos-and-comments/). There's a lot of knowledgeable people here (in fact, we have some genuine teaching pros), but they can be a lot more helpful if they can watch the swing. 2. Immediately sever ties with your current pro, and find a new one. While it is fantastic for beginners to use a pro, the problem is that beginners (precisely because they are beginners) often do not know what to look for in a pro. IMO, if it is possible you should have an initial session with two or three different ones. Find someone who's methods and approach are in sync with your game (your current guy clearly isn't). In my experience, you'll generally know pretty quickly when you've found a good fit. It is peculiar how many people, when starting out, will try a half dozen different clubs before they buy a set, but will just go with the first pro they bump into. A good pro can dramatically shorten the time it takes to get from beginner to intermediate, but a bad pro can actually hurt you. 3. With the distances you state for the D and 7i, fiddling with changes around the margins to your current swing will likely do very little. You need a new swing. To get that, you'll need to accept what goes along with it. The new (hopefully much better swing if you get a better coach) will at first feel unnatural as you attempt to develop new muscle memory that will override the old. And your consistency will (temporarily, but unavoidably) take a dive. But it will likely take much less time to reach (and surpass) your current levels of consistency than it did the first time. Final note? If you stick with golf, you'll do this a number of times over the years. While almost everyone that is any good is continually making minor tweaks to their swing, once or twice a decade you usually make a major change. Even the pros do this - and when they do, even their games can tank for a season. There's several different reasons (changes in the RoG, e.g., when the new wedge rule was implemented, it required a very different approach to the short game; changes in the technology of golf clubs sometimes means changing the swing to take full advantage of the new technology, etc.). But possibly the biggest reason is that age significantly changes the body. I've been playing for over five decades now, and have probably made seven or eight major swing changes along the road. My swing - at 64 - doesn't even remotely resemble what it was when I was 20. (If I swung like some of the teenagers I play with today, I'd be at a chiropractor for a week.) True, usually the first major swing change doesn't happen after only a year and a half of golf, but it sounds quite necessary in your case. Just want to point out that while a big swing change is definitely a slightly uncomfortable experience, it is also something that is periodically absolutely necessary. On the bright side, when you go through the discomfort you need to right the ship, a 32 year old athletic enough to play soccer should easily be able to average 240 - 250 drives, and your 100 yard club should be a PW or GW. With the right attitude (and a bit more time than you are currently giving the game) I see no reason why you couldn't hit that next year.
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