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  1. Paderson I've got one of these in one of my clubs because a friend had one laying around his garage and I needed a shaft to "get by" until I could get a proper replacement. Conventional wisdom says this is completely the wrong flex for me - it's super stiff and it does feel very beefy. It doesn't really match the profile of any of my other graphite shafted clubs. The thing is, it doesn't really seem to matter and I hit that club really well. The shaft's been in there for most of a season and it's likely not going anywhere. Go figure.
  2. Simply untrue that walking causes rounds to be slower vs riding. And I'm not talking about any super-special traits that WRXers have.
  3. Putting for eagle... then proceeding to stub the putter into the ground on the way to striking the ball.
  4. I would posit that those trying a US Open qualifier having only a the bare-minimum circa 1.4 handicap (and not having been significantly lower for sustained periods in the past) are essentially donating their entry fees to the USGA. This would be the equivalent of "dead money" Monday qualifiers or mini-tour guys.
  5. Putting the time in to practicing these shots, and doing it relatively regularly and often, is far more important than any particular technique. Measure out targets on your practice range and spend a significant part of your "bucket budget" hitting to those targets. I can spend entire range sessions doing nothing but this. This is all about calibrating your eyes, hands and body to hit those distances. I think those who avoid these "partial distance" shots are doing a huge disservice to their games. With just a bit of practice, it's virtually certain you'll have closer proximity to the target with shorter shots than by laying up to your "favorite full club distance". That myth just needs to die. It's not a hard skill to practice - you can actually get a lot more practice in before the fatigue sets in. Hitting specific targets on the range can be really fun, especially if you're on the range with a friend and make a contest out of it.
  6. To me, putting should be more like shooting a basketball from various spots on the court, or throwing a football to a receiver at various parts of the field or, frankly, any similar "projectile" sport like tennis, hockey, etc.... In other words, let your eyes and body do their thing through feel and repetition. In none of those other sports does the training involve mechanically thinking about the "length" of the arm motion. It never happens that way, it is never taught that way. One simply throws/hits/shoots it farther if the target is farther, and shorter if the target is shorter. Some people get so locked up mentally over putting "mechanics", but it seems completely counterproductive.
  7. This is basically me, too. I'm interested in equipment, but actual changes to my bag are very rare. Clubs in my bag range from 16 to 3 years old, with a median somewhere in the 9-10 year range. My buddies are kind enough to let me hit their shiny new golf clubs. It's fun, but I prefer my clubs to be like a favorite old pair of jeans or boots. Actually, as a former ski racer, ski boots are a good analogy. Nobody who seriously races likes to change their ski boots very often. They get replaced only when they absolutely cannot do the job any longer. Grips are meticulously maintained, and replaced when needed, of course. I actually like NOT chasing the carrot. It's simpler. But I'll admit there's a bit of "reverse vanity" involved, too. Beating my buddies with my "old" gear gives a bit of perverse satisfaction. Nice new gear is, well, nice. Nothing wrong with giving yourself a present as often as you'd like. Just different strokes...
  8. This is very true. Putts per round is a terrible stat to measure putting skill. SG putting is much, much better. But... If you do choose to keep using putts per round (and it is easy and convenient), be sure you're comparing apples to apples. When I used to track putts per round, I counted every stroke where I used my putter - no matter if it was on the green or not. But it was only "useful" when comparing my own rounds with each other. Strictly speaking, all of the official putts per round stats that you see from the pro tours do not do this. With the pro stats, a stroke taken with a putter for a ball that is 1 inch on the collar of the green is not considered a putt. Even though in every other meaningful sense of the word, it is a putt. I do not consider putting a relative strength of mine at all. Yet when I count strokes in this most strict manner, the numbers are not as bad as one would think. So - how, exactly, are you counting your putts per round? Could your 35 putts per round really be closer to 32 or 33? (for comparison purposes, of course.)
  9. I've been wearing crew socks with shorts for a long time - a couple of decades at least. For me, it's because it's something I got comfortable doing being a tennis player all my life - it's a standard thing there. Same reason I generally wear my shirt untucked, too. It's just how I'm most comfortable in terms of feel and my own perception of how it looks. I'll wear socks that are just above the ankle occasionally, but mostly its crews with shorts. I never wear no shows - never liked that look at all. (And I'm not one of the young kids either. Just a personal preference I've had for a long time.)
  10. Hmmm. This is interesting as this is a different experience that what I have encountered. Sure, I've seen a bit of an increase in round times over the past year, but not by a whole lot. I play a wide range of courses from south Denver up to Ft. Collins including a number on your list. In my 40+ rounds this season so far, I've had one round over 5 hrs, a few in the 4:45 range, and the vast majority at 4:30 or less. I happen to track round time in my personal stats and my last 6 rounds have all been 4:30 or less. And since I'm still a working stiff, most of these have been on weekends, which doesn't generally help pace of play. I just played Saddle Rock in 4:14 this past weekend, for example. Maybe I'm just lucky or perhaps it's a function of when my tee-times go off. I play as a single usually, so maybe that has a factor in pace of play as I don't usually get the prime 8am-10am slots. I have no useful information about private clubs, as I only play public courses.
  11. All else equal, lower humidity means less distance, even though common lore and TV commentators often say the opposite. But the effect is quite minimal (https://projectgolfau.com/golf-balls-fly-farther-in-humidity/#:~:text=Humidity has minimal effect on,both driver and 6-iron.)
  12. I'd say most good players could shape the their driver both ways, certainly any pro can. But it's also true that many choose to not do so and will hit their favored driver shape independent of which way the hole bends (unless absolutely forced to by something like a very tight corridor of trees too high to clear). One of my local courses has good number of dogleg left holes, and as a right handed golfer, I still hit a fade off the tee on every one of those. I do this because my the dispersion of my driver fade is tighter and more predictable than when I hit a draw. Going "against the grain" is a higher percentage play. If a player has enough control of their driver to have and know their typical carry and dispersion pattern, then it's just a matter of knowing if the landing area is big enough to contain that pattern. Doesn't matter, really, which way the hole bends prior to or after that dispersion area.
  13. I play 90% of my rounds with strangers. I'm not particularly extroverted, but I really enjoy it. The number of bad experiences I've had in decades of doing this can be counted on one or two fingers, and even those were minor. I like diversity in the courses I play, and I've enjoy meeting folks from different walks of life. I play public courses only, and the mix there is pretty broad. Sure, I like playing with my buds, too, but they're mostly retired and I'm not, so our golf schedules rarely overlap. I like to think I have a decent grasp of what level of conversation most folks want. If they initiate a bit of conversation, I'll join in. But I don't butt in just to make small talk, other than the first tee pleasantries. If you think asking "so, do you play here much?" is like a job interview question, I don't really know what to say.
  14. That "study" isn't a very rigorous take on it. It actually needs to measure actual additional damage, not make it through questionable inference.
  15. You can also "paint" the clubface with a dry erase marker and the ball will leave an imprint mark. This is just an alternative to putting the dry-erase mark on the ball, and is something you can for balls already in play on the hole.
  16. I'd start with nothing more than a good thorough wipe down with a canvas cloth and some protective oil. You may decide that the hand-oiled look that somewhat penetrates the rust is a finish that grows on you. Maybe apply some wax, if you want to give it a bit of sheen that lasts longer than the oil. Even 0000 steel wool or scotchbrite will burnish the steel to some degree, and it's not easily reversible. But may be a next step if you ultimately decide you don't like the oiled/rust finish.
  17. Yup - If the player was really finding the sweet spot regularly and with speed, he's way ahead of the game. I think this is the most important "skill" to have, and the rest can be refined around that. Some folks, unfortunately, will spend years trying and never get it.
  18. I completely agree with those points made above that warming up is definitely not practice or any sort of "skill developing" range session. Warming up is about getting the body warm - literally. On the brink of breaking a sweat. The other part of warming up is getting the mind focused on the upcoming activity. In this case playing golf. As for the swing and hitting balls during warmup - I pretty much stick to those shots that I know I can execute easily. Short wedges, full swings with short-ish irons and driver. Trying to figure out how to hit a 5i laser or 3w bomb off a tight lie is left to practice sessions completely divorced from a playing round. Hitting low percentage shots during warmup is not good for the mind. If I'm in a rush to get to the tee box, I think a better warmup than hastily hitting balls on the range is a brisk walk, short jog, or if you're not too self conscious, some jumping jacks or equivalent and maybe a couple dozen swings with a heavy club (I just grab two irons and swing those as I don't own a heavy club.) Doing anything that leads to potential frustration is the wrong thing to be doing.
  19. I'm fine with taking off your cap to shake hands. I'll do it sometimes, but not always. I don't place any association of the practice to "showing respect". It's just a golf ritual that I'll sometimes partake in and sometimes not. No more no less. One big request for those that do - stop running your shaking hand hand through your sweaty hair! That is disrespectful. If you need to straighten out your hair, do it with your other hand, please.
  20. I like the range, I like to practice, I like Top Golf. I don't really like indoor simulators - not even a little bit. If real golf magically disappeared, and all that was left was some combination of the above, I'd quit and take up disc golf. I'm 100% serious about that. The comment above about peloton bikes was spot on. I used to do a bit of road racing on bikes. I absolutely hated indoor trainer/rollers. I'd suffer through snow, rain and mud to ride outside over the indoor option.
  21. Even in a non-tournament situation, don't be so quick to come to the conclusion that "you need to move up a set of tee boxes." One course in my area is plenty fair from the blues. I can reach three of the four par 5s in 2 with a good tee shot, and most par 4s I have no more than mid iron in, usually shorter. So there is no debate that these are the correct tee boxes for my game. Yet there is one 240 yd par 3 that, depending on the wind, can play even longer. It's an anomaly on this course and very much an oddball hole. I've never figured out why this hole exists at this length. Easily the longest par 3 in the whole area. I can hit 3w or a chip driver to this hole (I recently birdied it with a driver), but some days, a layup is definitely the smart play.
  22. Walnut Creek's short game area is pretty good. The one thing it's missing that I'd like to see is a bunker from which you could hit full swing (fairway bunker) type shots. But this isn't really a knock on WC, as this is relatively rare. But it is too bad as it's a great thing to be able to practice. Sometimes I resort to simulating this at some ranges by raking piles of sand into a larger bare patches. Not perfect, by far, but better than not practicing this shot at all. Of all the things that have come with the uptick in golfer numbers, the last thing I worry about is competing for short game practice space. I can be at any number of courses where the range is packed, but the short games areas are relatively open. Not a surprise, really. While I'm a huge advocate of the benefits of having a good tee game, there's a distinctly large part of the population that simply never practices the short game at all.
  23. Pretty traditional setup: 9i 43* PW 47* 52/56/60
  24. There is no USGA requirement (club rules may differ, I guess) that rounds posted must have the score attested. The only requirement is that somebody accompany you during your round. It can be a stranger, your non-playing spouse or your child. How this makes it any more "legitimate" than a solo round is beyond me. But I didn't make the rule. The so-called logic behind this is that someone, if they wanted, could contact said accompanying parties to verify the round. Yeah - that sounds entirely realistic (heavy sarcasm). Especially for those of us who play in public golf as a single paired with strangers. So here's the scenario: some person questioning your scores somehow manages to get the club pro to call whatever course you played on such-and-such date to ask who you were paired with. And then either give you their contact information (likely against the law) or have them call those parties and ask them if they think your score is legitimate? I'd imagine most courses receiving this request would likely laugh and hang up the phone. But taking this to the logical conclusion, your former playing partners are likely to not even remember your name, and there's a 99.99% certainty they don't know your score within 10 strokes.
  25. Had a 14-way for the better part of one season. Absolutely hated it. Got rid of it by selling it to a friend. Just too fussy, too picky. More than happy with going back to 4-way dividers. Plenty good enough for me to know that a club is in its correct slot. As to where in that slot it sits matters not at all. Side note - I don't think my buddy kept that 14-way bag for very long either. He's in a 4-way now, too.
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