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  1. I really love the idea, we'll have to see how its measurements compare to GEARS, 4d motion, etc in terms of accuracy. RH
  2. I go to Tour events each year, usually during the practice round and get to see a lot of these players on the range and get on the range myself. Recently I did a study on the Ball Flight Patterns at Sanderson Farms and found that 56% of the field was hitting a fade with the driver and 44% were hitting fades. There were some that basically hit it straight and it may fade or draw for them and still find the fairway because it didn't curve enough to miss the fairway. But with the irons typically Tour players hit a draw. It's not a big draw, but noticeable nonetheless. There's generally not a lot of working the ball both ways, on purpose. One of my clients hits a low draw and we found he struggles badly on right pin locations. The plan is for him to move the handle back and straighten out the ball flight a bit instead of having so much curve. RH
  3. I've been saying consistency is a myth for about 10 years in Pro Golf Synopsis I think it all goes back to the old saying that what separates the Tour players from the rest is that their bad shots are better than other players' bad shots. I question the accuracy of that statement. Yes there is a difference in the quality of bad shots on average. But that is nowhere near as big of a difference in the frequency and quality of good/great shots by Tour players. For instance when you look at the data, in most situations a drive that travels 300-yards and finds the fairway is a 'great shot.' The average Tour player hits about 3 drives per round that travel 300+ yards and find the fairway. A 5 handicap may hit 3 drives of 300+ yards that find the fairway every 100 rounds of golf. And similar goes for hitting iron shots close, making chip-ins, putts, etc. RH
  4. Typically the strategy is wrong or you're just facing a lot of shots you don't feel comfortable with (i.e a bunch of sharp dogleg rights with trouble left). Growing up playing junior golf a friend of mine used to dominate this one course in our area and I always played it like crap. Then another course in our area he always struggled to play it well and I would play it under par, no problem. Years later, knowing what I know now, my friend and I were talking about it and he had a very conservative tee shot strategy in general while I was the one that was more willing to pull out driver. And then when I got on Google Earth (you can also try Pro Visualizer software), I started to see the big issue. The first course I mentioned simply requires a golfer to play more conservatively and lay-up off the tee. You could use driver on just about every hole, but the landing areas are just too small and there's too much trouble if you miss those landing areas. Conversely, the second course was well suited for hitting driver and you were going to lose a lot of strokes by laying-up. As for the shots that don't fit your eye, it's best to practice on working on them. I think the common mistake is to change your ball flight pattern. I think one is better off sticking with the same ball flight and just getting comfortable with the shots that the course presents. RH
  5. I agree here. Although you can do it, in part, due to a shoulder turn that is too steep. From my own personal experience I have the 'heave move' as AMG likes to call it. Basically too much left tilting and getting the arms to travel by tilting instead of turning. To get more leverage I end up raising the torso (and not flexing the left knee enough) and the head raises as a result. I would also add that having a 'reverse roll' move can cause this as well. This is where, from the golfer's perspective, the arms rotate more counter clockwise and the wrists hinge upward. The trail arm gets well above the lead arm and the trail elbow points upward instead of point downward. RH
  6. Some holes are tight. Although coming from Orange Tree, RCC is like hitting into the abyss. The opening hole you're talking about is #1 on Dogwood. Typically members call that #10 because they'll play the Redbud 9 first and then the Dogwood nine second (not many people play the Crabapple). It's a good walk, I just don't walk it. RH
  7. Ballyhack is more of a 'destination course', but it's private. Sorta like Sand Hills in Nebraska. Last I heard they have about 75 members. I think the initiation is around $80K or so. They do allow people to play there if they can get a request from their club, but it's still something like $200 to play. I've been told it's a very difficult course. It looks like a lot of these destination courses, probably cut out of an old salt mine and with wicked green contours and bunkering. RCC originally was a Tillinghast design. Then around in the 1950's they added another 9 holes to make it 27 holes. The 9 holes they did add really fit well with Tllinghast's design. It's not a torture chamber, but it's more difficult than it initially looks because you have quite a few uphill fairways, steep green contours and elevated greens. RH
  8. Myrtle Beach Spring biker week is scheduled May 13-21 in 2022. I would try to avoid those dates if possible. It may be different now with COVID, but it made for a terrible time when I lived there. Myrtle has a greater selection of courses. Also very unique in that it can provide Carolinas parkland style courses along with dunes/links golf at high quality (and Florida style designs). It's just not a destination area like Bandon Dunes and it doesn't have that one course like Pinehurst CC that has a rich history of hosting majors. I really like Mid-Pines, Pineneedles, etc. but I'd rather play Caledonia and The Dunes Club (which is separate from Grande Dunes) than Mid-Pines and Pineneedles. With the greater selection in Myrtle, there's more potential travel involved. Particularly if you're there on biker week. If you're there for 4-days and you're looking at the clubs you're looking at (higher end $$$), I'd probably suggest staying somewhere moreis towards either the North end or more south (Pawleys Island). That way you could book courses within a vicinity of each other. On the south end there's plenty of Caledonia and True Blue packages. Or you may be able to play Caledonia in the morning and True Blue in the afternoon. They are right across the street from each other. Caledonia is a must play. True Blue is very polarizing...many love it, others hate it. There's also the Heritage Club...a great course although it has a tendency for some of the slowest play in Myrtle. I think Pawleys Plantation is overrated. Nice, but overrated. It's not too far away either. You could make out well by getting a 3-day package of say Caledonia, True Blue, Tradition and Heritage. Other courses to consider within a reasonable distance are TPC Myrtle Beach, Wachesaw East, Prestwick and Willbrook. If you go to the North End, you also have the courses on the NC/SC border (although those are a bit of a drive out there). I've heard good things about the Barefoot Landing and Grande Dunes courses (never played them myself). But The Dunes Golf & Beach Club is excellent, so is Tidewater. Then there's Long Bay and you have Oyster Bay, Tigers Eye and Leopards Chase in the NC side. If you're staying at Pine Needles lodge, be prepared...their mattresses are ultra stiff. The lodge is great, but those mattresses were something else. RH
  9. It appears to be doing well financially. The upkeep of the clubhouse is excellent, they just got brand new carts that have GPS (not a big deal to me, but shows they are willing to spare no expense), and they re-did the grass on the fairways and greens. Ballyhack only has something like 70 members. I'll drive out there for fun on mornings and you might catch about 20 golfers on the course on a weekday morning. It's a well loved course, but so few golfers will ever get to play it. I was surprised how many people are both members at Blacksburg CC and Roanoke CC given the travel distance. I've never played Blacksburg, but from what I've been told from members of both they prefer playing Roanoke CC, but Blacksburg has superior practice facilities. RH
  10. A few questions: 1. When are you planning to make the trip? 2. Where are you planning on staying (North Myrtle, Central Myrtle, South (Pawleys Island, etc)? 3. What's the transportation look like (taking individual cars, getting a rental van, etc)? RH
  11. You just need to book more towards the morning or at least before 1pm. Basically the way some of the courses do these tee times is that they'll book tee times in 8-minute intervals on both #1 and #10 from say 7am to 9:32am. Then the dead time is from 9:32-Noon because the groups booked closer to 7am are making their respective turns and the course is fully booked. Then they start up against from Noon-2:32 and repeat the process. Having said that, there is the following: 1. With there being less daylight the times courses book less tee times. You might see something like 8-9:28am tee times and then Noon-1:28pm tee times 2. I don't think many courses in Myrtle Beach actually double tee anymore. It was something almost all of them did pre-9/11 because the amount of play there was ridiculous. But after 9/11 rounds of golf dropped there dramatically. The ones that may still do it will be the very popular courses like Caledonia/True Blue, Heritage, Tidewater, Grande Dunes, etc. 3. What really kills golfers and their tee times this time of year is frost delays. That sets everything back and that's why you're better off booking in the morning. 4. Some courses handle pace of play better than others. Caledonia is usually excellent, Heritage...not so much. RH
  12. Southern Dunes by a mile. They ruined Shingle Creek with the re-design. It became the punchline to 'what course you wanna play' when my club was closed for aeration. I'd also look at ChampionsGate Country Club (not the resort). I think the resort blows, too. But the CC is quite good. Having said that, I'd still take Southern Dunes over ChampionsGate CC. There's also Waldorf Astoria, but that may be too pricey. RH
  13. When I was in Florida there were a limited amount of options in terms of private clubs in the Orlando area. I boiled it down to 3 clubs, Suntree CC, Orange Tree GC and Alaqua Lakes. I ruled out Alaqua Lakes as I liked the course, but they wanted $13K for initiation as that initiation included the entire family. I'm not married nor do I have children Suntree was a little pricier than Orange Tree, but Sun Tree is 36 holes and is a true country club. Orange Tree is a pure golf club and presents itself as such. So I went with Orange Tree and greatly enjoyed it. Moving to Roanoke, again, not a lot of private options. But I joined Roanoke CC as it's a 27-hole course (18 of which are a Tillinghast design) and it has the full CC options like a swimming pool, indoor/outdoor tennis courts, workout rooms, restaurant, etc. It was also more than affordable for me. The reason for joining is that I got tired of public golf and playing 5+ hour rounds. And now that I work remotely, I have more time to play, but it's periodic amounts of time off where I can just get in 6 or 9 holes during the weekday and play 18 on the weekend. I basically want to be able to zip in and zip out. I also appreciate the quality of service that both Orange Tree and Roanoke CC have provided me. I'm amazed how all of the employees make it a point to know my name even if I've only come across them once or twice. I also like to use it to entertain guests and some clients I work with. Roanoke CC is too far away from where Tour player's hang out, but Orange Tree was quite ideal to discuss with Tour client's things and just about every Tour player I've ever talked to respects Orange Tree as a golf design and place to play and practice. The course is important as well. I'm more into beauty and playability than history. I don't want something that is a torture chamber out there, but I don't want something that is boring and easy either. And I want good, quality greens and a quality practice area that is open a lot and it's not like pulling teeth to get out and practice on the range. RH
  14. You're not looking up. Golfers don't 'look up' or 'lift their head' in the downswing like the old adage goes. I can go on YouTube and find video of people hitting shanks, ground balls and even swinging and whiffing and not a single one of them are 'looking up.' Even for beginners. It's something else that is causing your problems. RH
  15. I don't believe that green books should be allowed. I think readily available empirical information should be allowed. There are some caveats, mainly when it comes to helping pick up the pace of play and enforcement. But I feel greens books don't fit into those caveats. From first hand experience, I got a green book from Golf Logix and my SG - Putting dramatically improved instantaneously. It's a Tillinghast design (well at least 18 of the 27 holes) and it was interesting to see how the greens book helped with the tricks that Tillinghast put in to not only trick your eyes, but your feet (I use AimPoint as well). In fact, we were playing in a 4-man scramble and we had this 1 putt that the green book had breaking to the right and each of us hit 4 putts right on line and then at the very last second the ball would straighten out enough that it almost looked like it broke left. I thought the green book had not captured this until a week later I looked more closely at the book and saw that it had 1 arrow pointing in the opposite direction right near the hole. That's how accurate the books are. To me, that's different than a yardage book. A yardage book is basically readily available empirical information that one could simply obtain by pacing off the yardage . The yardage book just saves player's time from getting the yardage. And if you were to get rid of the yardage book and yardage markers, all a player would need to do is find landmarks on each hole (bunker, tree, etc) and use Google Earth to get the distance and remember it for the course. And you really can't ban pacing off because it would be impossible to enforce. It's also different because a yardage doesn't tell you how the ball is going to react. My average 8-iron goes about 162 yards, but even if I have 162 yards to the hole, I have no idea if that ball will go 162 yards, even on a well struck shot. The green book tells one exactly how the ball will behave because you just can't argue against gravity. In the end, that's why I'm for legalizing rangefinders, but I'm against green books. They both provide information, but one provides a minimal amount of information based on what encompasses the shot and the other provides you far more detailed information. I do disagree with the banning of slope readers and digital bubble levels in the practice round. It's a practice round. They should be able to scout the course however they deem fit. RH
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