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  1. My oldest daughter just finished her High School golf career, and my middle daughter is in it. Although she quit after one match last year, because she got invited into a spring volleyball league (despite shooting the lowest score on the team). Golf coach was pretty upset -volleyball coach was really happy. Anyway, their coach is a PGA pro and can teach the swing, but he has told me that there is no way to make a kid into a golfer in a group setting. There are too many parts of the game to learn and too little time. Some kids are only there for fun and hanging out with their friend
  2. Agree on putting out, most of my friends do "gimmies" and it really does not help you in any appreciable way, other than speeding up the round. Further if you are cagey and playing with a group of people who like gimmies you can give a few, and then in a critical moment - not give it. This always generates a little tension and sometimes can win you a hole. I'm a 13.0 handicap and I can easily string together 9 holes near par and follow that up with 9 holes at 15 over par to more or less stay in range of my current handicap. It is like clockwork. In a stroke play event
  3. Just finished a 2 day event and I was wondering about this. Can kids check their phones in the match? Seems like that should be a written rule. I tell my daughter to leave it in the bag because it would distract her (snapchat etc), but I can imagine it is tempting for parent's to send tips. Will report that in the 2 day event (which was a little more serious than the past few) I never really saw any parent coaching. Sometimes I saw parents try to encourage dejected kids after a bad stretch, which may be on the coaching spectrum, but telling them to keep their head up,
  4. Fishing is a great solo hobby. Or you can do it with friends. Best part is if you have the boat you can control who is on it. Same thing if you own a golf course. If you don't then your options are limited. To the OP yeah. I think that paying off a 4th spot could be a viable paid option. I.e. you and 2 buddies can pay to fill the 4th spot. A 3 some is not much different than a 4some with regard to pace of play. Just don't expect to play through. I think a golf course could make that a stated policy without too much griping. Beyond that, I think that if you show up to a
  5. I have friends who do not like to play with people they don’t know. Their golf day is as much ritual as sport. They are a group of 4 and solved this problem by making a list of alternate golfers and NEVER play without a 4 some. If they can’t find a 4 they don’t play. Fool proof solution. Just need a stable of 7 or 8 golfing buds. The trick is to find some that have flexible schedules
  6. So we went out with a digital level and tried to do some Aim Point type training. Nothing regimented or by the book. I just thought my daughter could try using her feet a little bit to help with reads and that the confidence in the shape of the putt, would help the speed and stroke as well. (Last tournament on the front she hit 8/9 greens and had 5!! three putts. She is a mathematical/system type of kid and the light bulb came on almost instantly. She loved it. At first we just had her stand on different lines and guess the slope, then check it with the level. She had f
  7. From my end of things it is just fun to watch your child compete. It is fun to talk about their round after it is over. I'm still going to tell my kid nice shot, and the kids she plays with too. We don't know if our kid is going to quit golf next week, or go on through college, but if I have the time (and she is cool with it) I am going to enjoy watching her play. I can't imagine not watching a volleyball match or basketball game. What makes golf different?
  8. 12-13 age division. I try to make sure every comment I make is within earshot of another parent. When you see a kid pulled aside having a private conversation you wonder what is going on. Then again, some kids are having really bad rounds and near meltdown and I hope the parents are calming them down and helping them. So at least they can enjoy the rest of the golf. I had to have a conversation with my mother when she came to watch her grand daughter. She was leaving at the turn and pulled daughter aside to tell her grandma stuff "I love you's, I left cookies in the car
  9. My daughter played in a WJGA tournament yesterday (good ball striking, poor putting, and a blow up hole) got 2nd. She played with another girl who's father was a former mini-tour guy. Basically lived a nomadic life for 10+ years as a sponsored mini tour player. He and I had a ball talking about golf during the round. We both had to be walking scorer's so we had to be there at each green. We had a great conversation about walking scoring and coaching. He and I both agree it would be better if the parents just had no contact at all all the way through the scoring table. Let the kids
  10. This is critical. I think worrying over ranking in 8th grade is pointless, worry over the kid loving to compete in golf tournaments for the next 4 years. The fire has to stay lit, by the kid, not forced by parents. Read the thread about college coaches salaries. I'm not sure how my daughter feels about competing, she has been playing some local tournaments and generally has fun but has not won yet (couple 2nds , and a few 3/4). Her game is not quite there yet. She loves to practice and plays a lot of golf. She is a smart kid (4.0 so far) and with her scores I can easily see her goi
  11. Thanks to all who have responded. A lot of great drills and thoughts for her. We will do some drills starting this week. We have a few weeks before her next event so lots of time to practice. I have a digital level so I might do some basic Aim Point training. I never even knew what Aim Point was called until I read this today and did some Googling. I was playing a round at Troon North and by chance was playing with a lady who was a retired golf coach. She showed me the basics of straddling the line and using your fingers to determine an aim line after I had missed a few putts with
  12. Youngest daughter continues to work on her golf game. Her ball striking everything from Driver through putter has gotten much better over the past year. Seems to be really enjoying it, and is having minor success (no medals yet but placing 2nd through 4th) in the few easy tournaments she has played. Tried her first WGJA event last weekend and it is becoming apparent that her green reading needs a lot of help. Most of her bogeys or 3 doubles were due to a really bad lag putt and those are typically mis reads. I think the next big move in her game is to make better lag putts, and the
  13. I'm a Scheffler fan today. Not just because of the big bet I have on him either (ok mostly because of that). Watched his whole round yesterday, played a pretty stress free round.
  14. Course handicap of 13, shot 85. Dead on per the HDCP gods. Had ***4*** 3 putt bogeys, and even worse missed ****4*** putts within 5' for U/D. Last week I was a putting magician, and yesterday my putter felt like I was using the wrong end. However I hit the ball really well for me, and so it felt like a good round. I only had 2 doubles.
  15. This is interesting stuff but not surprising. It also should shade your thoughts if you have a kid who wants to play D1 golf. I.e. the gatekeeper to your child's golf career is essentially a low-paid clerk (technically speaking). Coach is likely there because they love the game of golf, which is admirable and I have a lot of respect for coaches. I imagine that many of these coaches getting paid these salaries are hard workers at the end of it probably making about $20/hour if they add it all up. Again, I admire the hustle and love for the game. There are undoubtedly others coaches
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