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    RIP Lee Elder

    It's hard to even fathom what it must have been like for him trying to make it as a pro golfer. As exclusive as this sport is and has been over its history, the stuff he had to deal with on and especially off the course in addition to just keeping his head in each round so that he could play his best is amazing. RIP to a true trailblazer.
  2. Late on the dump button. Bryson trying to buy another shot again, but TNT was like yeaaaaah, we're gonna go ahead and end this broadcast now.
  3. Yeah exactly. It's all good if you take a hypertechnical and scientific approach to your swing and green reading, but if you're going to say a lot of stuff out loud and then throw in "see, it's simple" knowing that you were unnecessarily trying to make it sound complicated...well, that makes you a dbag. And to miss after all of that is even worse.
  4. Is Brooks really this uninteresting? Neither are my favorite golfers, but at least Bryson appears to understand the assignment.
  5. He's not going to come back until he can compete. If anything, we all should have learned that. And his posted video makes it obvious that he's going to give coming back a real try. I have a friend that had a displaced and compound fracture of his lower leg, and he was older than Tiger and in worse shape. He was playing better than before his accident after a year. It's possible. But walking 72 will be the trick.
  6. My natural pace at my home club (it's a longish 7200yds from the tips, though I play either the 6500yd tees or the 6300yd combo tees) is about 1:10 per 9. That's if I'm playing as a solo and using a cart, with nobody in front of me. I tend to play at odd times, and before Covid I usually played in that lull on a weekday afternoon when most people weren't playing. Now there really isn't much of a lull, and it's nearly impossible to find a time when the course is empty unless it's raining or freezing cold. For me, golf is so much more fun when you can play at whatever pace is natural for you...not feeling held up if you're a little quicker or rushed if you're a little slower. This is largely unrealistic though.
  7. Sometimes, ignorance is bliss. KNOWING you have the shot and then not executing it makes it worse. The better you get, the greater your expectations from your game. So to combat that I've just decided not to get any better, haha!
  8. This is me...and I suspect the story of quite a few of us amateurs with families and a full time job. This is the genesis behind the "Chasing Scratch" podcast, where two friends try to see how good they can get all while maintaining their lives. Like you, I can get in about one round a week without pushing it too much or ignoring my family, and there is nothing like the pressure of a real round of golf to test your abilities. I've actually gone to the range LESS because I get so annoyed at striping balls during a range session and then choking like a dog in the rounds. It'd almost be better if I wasn't hitting it well on the range, so at least I wouldn't be so down on myself. Bottom line for me, it's really really really hard to improve with limited time. For me, improvement is about reps. If I could play 3x a week, real course, real conditions, I'd improve. And I could hit the range to work out the kinks and bad habits in between. Gonna have to wait til retirement to putt that off though. So I've set my expectations accordingly. Maintaining a single digit handicap index is a good goal to have for a guy with a wife that also works and school aged kids. At least for me...a guy who has never been anywhere near scratch. I like the practicing with a purpose advice. I've heard it before, but committing to doing it is my issue. I'm guessing switching clubs every shot on the range makes for more sense than hitting 10 drivers/3Ws, 10 7 irons and 10 wedges all in a row.
  9. Thanks. I thought it was a pretty good question too, haha. It came out of playing with a better golfer friend of mine and noticing how similar our games were until we missed a green. He might hit one or two more greens per round than I do, but it isn't that drastic. We are of similar length off the tee, and seem to make a similar number of putts from the same distance. Yet he's a 2 and I'm a 12...and the difference is obvious. He might tug an approach shot a little long and left of the green, and he gets up and down from there routinely. If I am in the same position, I might chunk my first chip, then overcompensate and hit the next one 20ft past the hole, then 2 putt from there. He gets par, I get double. A few of those a round, and he shoots 76 to my 85. Of course there are other differences...he's more consistent off the tee for one...but the main difference is how he turns a missed green into a par and I turn it in to a double. Hence "the one shot I don't have" nature of the post.
  10. I think they should notify people when the tee time is booked, or at the bare minimum, when you check in for the day. As far as offering a "punched green discount" I believe economics will take care of that...if they are having trouble filling the tee sheet, offering a discount to entice more people to play is a good way to earn revenue. However, at least in my area, due to the influx of play post March 2020 (Covid) courses have not offered discounts on barely anything because they are getting full price customers. For me, it gives me another thing to blame my poor play on, haha.
  11. ? Not sure I follow. This is obviously subjective. Everyone feels they need something to improve their play...and I am asking whether others think there is one shot they don't have but need, or if they feel that they have "all the shots" and their issue is just consistency. If there's a better question, you can post a thread.
  12. YES. That's exactly the shot that I need. Thanks for the video. I will try this.
  13. First and most importantly, congrats to the OP for his amazing round! It's weird how sometimes it all comes together and you're getting every good break you could possibly get. That certainly makes those days where nothing goes right fade away a little bit. A 64 as a 6 hcp index is someone playing out of his mind! To respond to the quote above, I feel you. My quest right now is to get into the single digits with my index, but I keep hovering around an 11-13. That said, I finally broke 80 (albeit on a par 70) by shooting a 78 on a day where, like the OP, everything just went right. I did that about a year ago and haven't replicated it since, though I do have a combined 9-hole score where I've done it, which of course doesn't count. I won't say it is regular, but I can break 40 for a 9 often enough to be dangerous, but can never seem to back it up with another sub-40 9 in the same round. You'll do it soon enough!
  14. Put it into play. Maybe get to the course early enough before your next round to spend 15 minutes on the practice green getting a feel, but I'd see what I can do with it under the pressure of a real round rather than grind away for hours upon hours before I hit the course. This especially would be my decision if you have another putter that you intend to use for rounds in between practicing with the new one.
  15. I understand that perspective and agree with parts of it. You have to hit better irons and wedges to hit more greens in reg, and you have to hit more fairways to have irons and wedges into greens, so you have to be decent off the tee. But I don't think I'm analyzing my game incorrectly either. My "next level" would be a mid-upper single digit, and while all aspects of my game could definitely be improved, I also know that hitting 18 greens and 14 fairways is totally unrealistic, so I'll have to miss less bad and less often. And my truly bad misses are usually around the green, where I've hit a good tee ball, a decently good approach leaving me AROUND the green, and then instead of getting up and down or at least on with a look a par, I proceed to turn it into a double. Landing your approach in your run of the mill greenside bunker or 10yds left of the green shouldn't be a double bogey...not if you want to be a single digit. So, if I could just take away two or three of those absolutely stupid doubles caused by horrible chipping, I'm gonna shave 3 or 4 strokes off of my average round, even without changing anything else. Boom, I'm an 8. That's my logic.
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