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  1. I think the thing you are missing is average distance (even more so when it's self reported). Average driving distance when it comes to scoring and your index over time is most important, its not the average of the 2-3 best drives of the day that is relevant. You have to look at all 14 drives of the day, including the those that are foul balls., hit limbs, etc. The closer you can get the ball to the hole on average, the better you will generally score. So when you see the distance vs handicap charts, the biggest difference is consistency vs absolute length. Better players find the middle of t
  2. I love when guys actually put their putter in the cup to measure and it ends up being well beyond the entire length of the putter lol
  3. You have the setup, use it. Online lessons are great but the remote session is even better because you can get instant feedback, def worth the extra few dollars. You need to make movement changes, I'd suggest turning off the LM when working on that. When you are starting to see the movement you want on video, then turn on the monitor.
  4. You may not wan to hear this, but I say it as someone who has had similar step backs/flaws and hit similar plateaus/regressions. You have some quirks in your swing which puts you in a pretty tough spot in the backswing and everything else from there is a compensation. On your good days you likely compensate well, under pressure (ie final day of a tournament), things might unravel quickly. Basically that last little move you do at the top really gets you out of position and GLK might be onto something that your super slow tempo could be part of the reason. You need to clean up that backswing ac
  5. I play as a single quite often and the last thing I am trying to do is join a group if there is a wide open course ahead. I get this guy was looking for some companionship, but you were not remotely in the wrong asking him to play through. And this whole religion side tangent should stop, it's not only against the forum rules, it has nothing to do with golf lol.
  6. Please re-read my post, you are completely missing my point (and his). At this point it seems like you are purposely being obtuse to keep this going. Dave and I are saying the same exact thing, just from different prospective, he even noted that, not sure why that is so hard to understand or why you are doting on semantics I shoot my lowest differentials playing back further, I for the most part don't shoot lower raw scores (and thus equal differentials) when I move up tees. In fact my PR (raw score) at my home course has occurred twice, from tees 500 yards apart, thus one differen
  7. No it's not, especially if you only read that statement and completely ignore everything else that he and I keep saying. He is saying that different golfers may perform different in certain layouts, relative to their index (and thus CH) and that their expected scores may not scale like the handicap system would suggest. In his case if the course gets too long, he might start to perform over his CH, with his use case being a heads up match he played against a longer player with the same exact index, where they played the course at a length longer than what he normally does. I am es
  8. Im with ya Dave. Im really not a different golfer when I move up a tee, my lowest differentials typically come when I am playing longer tees. Where as some of my regular playing partners shoot their best differentials playing up
  9. Then it would no longer be a heads up match, assuming both players are the same index. I say in theory yes, because the handicap system is based on a huge statistical data set, out of a large enough set of golfers, yes it will average out to a wash. In practice no, because two golfers with the same index can have different games based on their length/consistency, home course type, etc. Your index is the mean of your best scores, but not everyone is going to have the same standard deviation (of both total and counted scores). A few outliers directly competing might result in some va
  10. Theoretically yes, in practice no, especially in match play. I'm in the long but inconsistent bucket, while some of my partners with similar index's are shorter but much more consistent. At my club I play from 3 different tees depending on the group or tournament. My scores generally dont get better moving up because it just forces me to take less than driver on certain holes and doesnt dramatically change my chances of having a bad hole. Where as the short but steady guy really suffers from the back tees, essentially because he just cant reach certain holes in regulation. So in match play for
  11. I'd venture to say most amateur golfers never come close to their personal maximum performance and that theoretical max is higher than most think. If you are at a plateau, its for a reason, there is likely one big thing you need to over come, and you just have to accept that fixing that may not be an overnight thing and perhaps something you always need to work on. You also need to be diligent enough to constantly record your swing and make sure you aren't falling back into old habits (which I do all the time). The two biggest hurdles are 1) the golfers themselves (mental approach, ego, wrong
  12. 95% cosmetic difference IMHO. Check out this refinished GAPR lo .
  13. I would tend to agree with this. The type of shots pros are trying to execute where you see them make mistakes, are not really the same as what most amateurs are facing. For a standard tight lie chip, the pros are probably more likely to hole it than duff it or blade it. If you are severely short sided, facing a down hill chip, need to carry a bunker, etc, just accept that anything inside 15-20ft is OK.
  14. Kinda suspect all of them showing this level of corrosion. For some reason the script looks a little off to me as well, can't tell if it's just the pictures or a real issue
  15. 9 pages for a scenario that likely impacts <1% of golfers, based on theoretically rated courses that largely do not exist
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