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  1. Ooohhh, you are like the light at the end of the tunnel for a bunch of us LOL. Great post. My distances are a smidge longer than yours, but we're in the same area, age and distancewise.
  2. The best practice for tournament golf is to play tournaments. I suggest if you want to compete don’t miss a tournament in your town or area. That way you get used to it until you feel at home and you start to focus on scoring. You’ll figure out how to play a round with whichever game you have for that day, which is the ultimate goal of amateur competition. Don’t feel you don’t belong, club and net comps are nothing to do with tv golf, it’s the “real golf for real golfers” thing.
  3. Some years ago on a trip to the States I got to a PGASS and the first Epic was THE club. I went to the drivers aisle and I asked one assistant around to try out one or two drivers on trackman. The guy picked up the latest versions and went on to tell me how great these clubs were. After his speech I told him I was searching for a past model because I didn’t mean to spend 500 bucks on a driver. His attitude changed on the spot and the guy treated me with that disdain you mentioned above. Never bought anything and I was finally recommended a small shop where the owner sold me th
  4. The more you play and the better you get, the more consistent your distances are. When there's a big distance gap from day to day it's usually some mechanical issue that should be corrected. This distance discrepancy is the rule until a player's swing becomes more steady.
  5. Same here. Autumn golf on Saturday and bbq and US Open final for Father's Day.
  6. great description. Imagine these guys with normal clothes down the street. You'd think thin. They have the magic of natural speed and they are strong and elastic. I think the body type has changed with the modern swing. Until the 80's strong players used to have thick forearms and big hands and you found thin guys like Tom Watson, stocky like Lee Trevino, lanky like Byron Nelson or beer bellied like Craig Stadler.
  7. There have been loads of Wilson Staff Duos around at my course and when power hitters use them they'll crack in a few holes. There's only a crack in the ball, no pieces missing. Are you supposed to replace it as they do or do you have to finish the hole? I've always thought it was a broken ball, but I don't know now. The old balatas would get seriously wounded from a bunker but you were not allowed to replace it if I'm not mistaken.
  8. You must ask the person to move as many times as necessary. They'll eventually notice it. I've played match play for ages and sometimes there are players who like a cough or two during a backswing, but I don't know if there are so many. You must have come across a bunch larger than average out of bad luck; or you may check on yourself too. It's not anusual the player that, as the match gets going, gets edgy or a bit oversensitive to little noises mostly out of the building pressure of the game.
  9. Get patient and carry one big towel hanging and at least one more in your big pocket. Big towels are key assuming you have some good rain gear for you and your bag. you could place the towel on your clubs under the bag cover to keep it dry. Rainy golf takes time and it tests your nerves so take it easy. And finding a big tree to hang in there for a while is a little trick to consider LOL.
  10. Great you want to get more serious. In case you don't have a coach, go get one because that's the most serious you can get. And don't put aside the game thing, it's also a skill a player needs to develop as they get better.
  11. Oh my, that classic holier than thou attitude for only one guy. Probably the Committee should humbly ask for experienced help.
  12. Flaring does help through the ball to a finish on left heel. Especially when you get older. I had never flared but I’ve been doing it for a while now and it helps me both ways: to not going to far back and through the ball without any hindrance to the finish.
  13. Anger is always around the corner in golf, it’s one of the natural feelings of this game. How each player handles it makes the real difference. The European Tour vid on anger management is a beauty, because most anger episodes, unless they involve an argument, are always recalled as memorable anecdotes.
  14. Contemporary Jimmy Ballard together with Annika. The kind of swing that takes you really far.
  15. Same as @BIG STU I quit golf for two years in my late 20's to do triathlon. I can't even remember how I went back to golf but I never missed triathlon. Golf, well, it's been around all my life so I often think in my case the game chases me.
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