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  1. I enjoy competition, but like you, I have anxiety issues. I'd rather participate in something in which one mistake doesn't blow up my entire effort. I'd rather play match play than stroke play. I have enough seniority at work that I get to play in the early afternoon during the weekdays.
  2. You should play as well as you can. There is no reason to play down to their level. If you do that you are in fact "ruining" your round. It you want to help out you may want to offer suggestions on how to play the hole, as as you would with someone is already good at golf but doesn't know the course. Stuff like whether the green is unusually fast or slow, or has a break that is hard to read.
  3. I alternate between two swings right now. I learned to swing an iron forty years ago and bothered my back if I swung really hard. I came up with another swing for woods that is easier on my back. Right now I'm working on an arms only swing to advance the ball just one yard from the edge of a bermuda grass green. As I'm grinding it out on my own I don't have to worry if it looks ugly or wrong. It just has to work most of the time. I'm more concerned right now with pace of play than how far the ball goes.
  4. I just bought a pair of Goretex pants on ebay. The waist fits well without a belt which is the important part. The inseam is a little long but I think I can deal with that and will keep the pants.
  5. Instead of sunglasses, I bought a Michael Kors oversized women's cat eye frame and filled it with a single vision prescription at Lenscrafters. Insurance reduced the $950 list price to $300. XTRAactive, polarized, and anti-reflection coatings, Works better than my prescription sunglasses because they are big enough to stop light from leaking around the sides of the glasses. They work really well for tracking the ball in flight. They fit just a little tight so they don't move around. I can't wear them all day which is OK because I wear other glasses at the computer.
  6. https://www.hirekogolf.com/golf-clubfitting-assembled-swingweight-calculator
  7. Yes, l got a great deal on an Odyssey Indianapolis that I cut down from 35 to 32 inches. Putting may be the strongest part of my game, though the two courses I've played on both have Bermuda greens. Which is pretty unusual since they are at opposite ends of the country. 5000 miles apart!
  8. All my clubs are ladies flex clubs as my swing speed for my irons in in the low 70s. I learned to swing a 3 iron in the 1970s so irons are a strength of my game. I started off with older clubs with 55g shafts but have bought more recently made clubs with 50LL and 40LL shafts that feel just fine. I went through three driver shafts before finding one I liked--a 40 gram Helium 4 shaft. I liked the Helium shafts in an 11 wood and 5 iron so I bought another shaft. After a rough round in which I barely finished before losing all my golf balls--had to play the last 4 holes with my last ball, I found I could find the sweet spot consistently with a 44-1/2 driver into a net. My launch monitor recorded a 146 yard carry. I practiced again two days later and moved it up to 153 yards with good sequencing rather than brute strength. Today I'm taking the day off from driver practice as it rained and the ground is going to be slippery. My latest purchase is a Mavrik Max 4 iron, 22 degrees of loft, that I intend to use a a driving iron.
  9. As a stroke survivor, I have an interest in how long it takes me to learn new skills. I'd say it took about two months of twice a day practice to be able to hit the sweet spot of a 44-1/2 inch ladies flex driver. Timing is still an issue, I know I have a tendency to rush things but if I slow down I can hit some really nice shots. Which is hardly surprising I'm as rapidly learning a lot of stuff all at once while the weather is still nice in New England.
  10. Yesterday I tried driving with a 3 wood and the tee was obviously too high. I knocked the tee out from under the ball without making any contact with the ball! I find it a lot easier to swing irons than woods, though I have had success punching the ball out of bunkers with woods.
  11. I finally found a ladies flex 22 degree 4i, so I can go 4i 22, 7i 32, 9i 40, PW 44, and SW 54. With the colorful fall leaves there can be a huge advantage to rolling the ball on the ground. I just had a round that was so bad it was good! I lost five balls in five holes. The last was a 9 iron that sounded good but the ball just vanished. I played out the last four holes without losing the last ball! Talk about pressure for a newbie golfer!
  12. I found that Callaway foam balls were less stress on the body than regular golf balls when I was learning to find the sweet spot with my driver. Though I needed the more expensive Almost Golf balls to use my Mevo launch monitor. I think a few short sessions a day is better than one long one. Learn to stop before your body tells you to stop. The only club I have with a steel shaft is my putter. Everything else is ladies flex graphite.
  13. I have ladies flex irons and have swung them really hard. The ball flight is really nice. Straight and on line. I just need to play more to dial in the distances. I plan to stick with ladies flex clubs until the ball flight suggests I need something else. As I play a half set anyway, I've bought single clubs on the used market just to try them out. I would keep the old gamers so you can go back to them if the new clubs aren't for you.
  14. I'm old enough to realize that giving up twenty yards is worth being able to play whenever I want without back pain.
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