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  1. Sounds like you need to build your own private golf course. When it's done, lmk and I'll join you for a round!
  2. Agree with @Chanceman, @puttnforthe8 you'd really miss out if you didn't stop here. I can't think of a more pure place to play a round on that route you show. For that matter, not many this side of the pond. Safe travels, hopefully you'll see what we do!
  3. Motorized golf carts should be banned from use in all but the most extreme medical situations. Push carts aren't as pure as walking, but hats off to the golfer who brings one because they're annoyingly cumbersome and take up a gigantic amount of space in the car. I'd bet this person was a traditional walker in the past but realized the push cart is so much better for saving energy in the later parts of the round and carrying various sundries of items to help make the round more enjoyable. Clubs (private / public / etc.) shouldn't rely on making $ on cart fees. Sadly American golfers are just as lazy in this pursuit as they are in general life. Does anyone know of clubs that don't own electric / power golf buggies? Think about the last time you walked the course? Didn't you talk to your playing partners more and for longer periods than when riding? My guess is you got in a good flow and played better as well.
  4. Not very many. I'm a normal paced player on the course, but on the range it takes me forever to get situated and lined up, then I need to change my glove or something else, after this usually I've seen a friend (or competitor) on the tee and decide to say hello.... 20 min later I've hit 5 balls in total. It's an area where I should implement a process, but sometimes hitting balls is just a relaxing escape from life and it is what it is!
  5. I don't blame you and I bet you're not the only one. How could anyone not notice there's increasing flow towards the practice area? I'd feel horrible having someone waiting behind me knowing they're about to tee off in just a few minutes and haven't hit any yet. Some people are either in their own little bubble and haven't a clue what's going on around them, or worse, they know, but just don't care. I doubt this person has many regular playing companions, my guess is the courtesy (or lack of) shown to fellow golfers doesn't change much when he decides to finally leave his spot there.
  6. The first thing that comes to me when I read your post (hats off for your efforts to stay stylish on the course!) is ... are you going to bring a pair of back up shoes in the event an unexpected storm comes up during your round? Worse comes to worse, you just play barefoot in the rain, but I'm sure you've already thought this through. Thanks for sharing!
  7. I agree - age doesn't imply anything about the practice range's size or if you can / can't hit for a longer time. Sorry if it read that way. I think the consensus seems to be "read the situation"...which is what I thought it would be (and what it should be) but was hoping maybe some other readers would have wondered about this too and might share how they went about discretely deciding what to do. I probably should have also included in the OP that I was referring to ranges where balls are already provided (i.e. resort courses / private clubs / higher end public courses)... for example: (not the only time I've come across such a situation, but the most recent) I played at Arcadia Bluffs in Michigan this past week. It's a destination course and has a high price point worthy of one. The practice range and short game area are both well thought out and thorough. They're included with each player's round, as they should be. Hypothetically (we're barely able to make a tee time much less have any time to practice before a round) could I arrive 2 hours before my round and have a practice session, then go play? The range is large and hasn't ever been busy any of my visits. Further, could I play my round, then go hit balls afterwards for an hour? Hopefully this provides a little more color on my original question.
  8. This is what I would do: It seems you weren't in a place where it would matter if you made a total scene. I would declare in a loud enough voice so the entire range could hear very clearly "Excuse me ladies and gentleman, would you please refrain from your practice for a short few minutes, I have mistakenly committed what could be considered one of golf's true etiquette faults by hitting this gentleman's 5 seemingly abandoned balls into our common range area, he (pointing to him) has returned to rightfully claim his property after his 3 martini lunch. As you can see clearly, he's quite upset and confused.... That stated, if it's ok, I'd like to retrieve just 5 balls for him to alleviate his angst." Of course, you'd have to make such a declaration in your best satirical voice for full effect. And be ready for a real fight. But I bet he'd walk away tail between his legs and never bother you or anyone else at the range again.
  9. I'm very interested to hear what others think about a specific question I've been thinking about as I've visited lots of different practice tees recently. Growing up this never really crossed my mind as I assumed it was alright to spend a long time on any range no matter how big or small (likely youthful ignorance mixed with a type-A personality) After playing in several different regions of the country, it seems that many older courses have smaller driving ranges (or no range at all) which are often shorter in distance with only a handful of slots for players to hit. It seems pretty obvious that someone shouldn't set up for a 2 hour range session at one of these - they're assumed to be for a quick warm up for players about to head out. As the practice tee space increases though it might be alright to hang around for awhile or even come there to just hit balls, but I'm guessing protocol differs from course to course / club to club since everywhere has its own little unspoken rules. Any comments / thoughts / experiences on how to discretely discern when you can hit away for hours or when to hold off would be good to hear. I don't have a specific club where I'm questioning "can I or can't I" hit, I'm just curious to hear what's out there.
  10. this question got me thinking: are any of these "famous" YouTube golf instructors actually teaching daily similar to the way golf pro's did before all this online activity began several years ago? I know Gankas does teach off-camera, most of his video's seem to be actual lessons. The lessons and dialogue between him and the student is interesting on its own, instruction not so applicable to a lot of people I'd imagine but in theory probably right. My guess is that the YouTube instructors we've listed so far started out teaching all off camera but realized they can make a name for themselves (and more $$ of course) by spending a lot of time instructing to just the camera rather than a student. I used to watch a lot of these partly because they're catchy and I was hitting it bad and couldn't find a good instructor. They seemed like a decent way to help me deal with some perceived issues. You REALLY have to know your swing and what to apply from them though, otherwise all kinds of things can go awry. At the end of the day though, after reading Hogan's 5 Fundamentals, I've had trouble finding any drill from any YouTube instructor that didn't originate in that book. Something to be said for sticking with the classics I guess. (I finally found an instructor that's worth sticking with and made a promise on day 1 no more YouTube!)
  11. @jordan2240 How you treat your clubs is how they treat you... my guess is yours aren't so kind to the owner on most occasions. Why don't you ask them why they bother to remove and replace the headcovers at each use? See how your playing partners respond, then report back to the thread here.
  12. After reading most of these responses, it doesn't seem like there's a general consensus on any single factor that @acekun thinks he may be missing. Golf is a highly individual sport and the short game aspect even more so, so I'm not at all surprised everyone has their own way of approaching it. I don't think there's one single factor among great short gamers that you haven't yet discovered / don't understand. It could be a summation of a lot of little things adding up to just a few shots here and there. I shared my similar experience and what I came to believe below. My short game is similar to yours in that it's always been my weakest link. My observations after playing the game from an early age have been that players that are wizards on / around the greens have simply the most experience on a wide variety of courses which leads to the innate knowledge of how to play each unique shot. The only thing I can attribute this ability to is that they played on very difficult greens (difficult meaning fast, lots of undulations, elevated, small, multiple contours, etc. etc) from the first time they picked up a club. Think about it....if you played Pinehurst No. 2 daily, do you think you'd have a stronger short game than you do now? How about compared to another player who isn't so fortunate? I'm 100% convinced the reason my short game has always been my downfall and I was at best average from the areas you describe is that the course I grew up playing every day just didn't have "interesting" or remotely challenging greens. As we all know, to have a great golf course, you have to have great greens, and both require being well funded. Sad, but I feel its true that without lots of $$$, even greens which have the potential for greatness aren't uncovered or in their finest form. My advice would be to find a short game specialist. There are a lot of them it seems now, but the first that comes to mind is Stan Utley. There's a reason these instructors are known for a specific area of the game, and I think you'd find they're worth the money and can help in a differentiated way that even the best PGA Prof. can't. Good luck, I share your frustrations.
  13. @dgarland are you responsible for driving the mini-bus to matches? If so, incentivize good play with the low score on the team picking the music station for the ride back to school. My HS coach enjoyed classical music, so if we lost (which was pretty much never since we had two future PGA tour players on the team) we listened to classical music on the way home. Funny the way the world works, the one or two times I was the low score I picked one of the country stations (lots of options in the south)... but fast forward 20 years and I might actually make Coach proud and pick his favorite.
  14. I like courses that give you a lot of chances to quit, I.e. lots of little loops. Also good for singles late in the evening to play quickly on their own and not be stuck in the middle of nowhere walking in.
  15. Ditto @Shriner Champion Hill is a challenging, beautiful golf course. You can tell they barely touched the land and the vistas looking across the property from the top of the 9th & 15th tee box are among the best I've ever experienced in the game. Champion Hill pretty much sums up everything good about N. Michigan... family owned and operated, great value, I could go on. Will be interested to hear what you think about Mountain Ridge. A lot of the better known instructors in the area have made a stop at some point at the golf academy at crystal mountain, which has to be worth something. That said, remember that CM makes most of its revenue on the slopes, not the golf.
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