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  1. Just beginning to plan a trip for me and my wife to go to Traverse City next July (travelling from Missouri). Traverse City will be the home base, but will plan on playing Arcadia Bluffs and South Course, but looking to add a few others. (fwiw, this is not specifically a golf trip, but will play a few rounds as a single, wife doesn't play). But if I were going to spend another day away from Traverse City, should I head north and play Bay Harbor and Belvedere, or head southeast and play Forest Dunes and Loop? Just wondering what you guys would choose. On an additional note, how
  2. Washington National is a nice course in Hartford and a short drive from Milwaukee. Also, The Bog in Saukville. Both could probably be had for under $100 with cart. As others have said, The Bull at Pinehurst Farms in Sheboygan Falls is one of my favs in the area. Also, if you are just looking for inexpensive, try Quit Qui Oc over in Elkhart Lake. They have a decent 27 holes.
  3. Don't know that i can answer all of your questions, but if you attempt to keep the club in front of you during the backswing, you likely will force your swing to be more vertical that it is naturally. In many cases, I could see your shoulder turn being more limited in this vertical plane than it would be if your swing were more around you.
  4. Many, many teachers do not fall in these methodology structures, but there are several schools of teaching that have followers.....just off the top of my head, I would say Stack and Tilt-Bennett/Plummer TGM (the golfing machine) Single Plane/Two plane-Jim Hardy Swing the Clubhead-Ernest Jones/Manuel de la Torre another camp would be that type of swing taught by Jimmy Ballard, but not sure it has a catchy name. If I've offended anyone by either not including your particular type of swing or have matched up two types that don't belong together, I"m sor
  5. playing Erin Hills on July 6th. Hoping the course is in great shape as always.
  6. FYI, played Hickory Ridge two weeks ago. had a good time, but just wanted to say conditions were not the best. It was not terrible, but they seem to be struggling a bit with a lack of play and the effects of that. We went on a warm Saturday morning (9:36am tee time). We had noone for 30 minutes tee off in front of us and no one behind us for almost 30 minutes. there were only about 6 cars in the parking lot when we got there. The fairways seemed to be fine and much of the greens were fine, but the two things i noticed were both early in the round. Hole #1 had a pretty big bare spot on t
  7. Have you ever met someone who seemed to be intentionally eccentric? We had a strange dude that used to frequent our club who we nicknamed "Tall Paul", obviously his name was paul and he was tall. Anyway, this dude carried around a copy of The Golf Swing book by David Ledbetter. This was the first Ledbetter book with drawings of David Frost performing the swing moves. Anyway, he 'accidentally' left his book in our pro shop one day and we thumbed thru it. He had written his own swing ideas in the margins. This in and of itself is not that weird, but in one of the scribbles, he had written
  8. May thru October, I usually play 9 holes 2x week, either Tue/Thurs or Tue/Fri. Then I will play a minimum of 18 holes on the weekend and a maximum of 36 on the weekend. This past week is very typical for me...I played 9 holes tuesday evening, 9 holes thursday evening. Played 18 Saturday and played a late 9 on sunday. I rarely/never practice. I am 54, no kids at home and a wife that doesn't mind me playing, but wants me to be home some as well.
  9. I am playing Hickory Ridge this Saturday. We usually make it over about 2x each summer (I live in southeast missouri).
  10. I am 54 with a 34" waist and I own a white belt. The ONLY time I will wear it is with white shorts so it blends in.
  11. So, the title says it all. Played in a club qualifier this weekend and completely lost my game. Little back story to explain the situation. Every October there are 14 clubs in southeast Missouri that get together for what is called the SEMO Cup (South East MissOuri). In the event 12 members from your club play against all the other clubs in a 27 hole all day event. Like most, our club has qualifiers throughout the year to be one of the 12 members to represent our club. I have qualified every year for the team, usually with no problems....often finishing 2nd, 3rd, 4th is scoring avg out o
  12. Agree about the cheese curds! We always make a point of stopping into Horse and Plow on our first night in town to get some.
  13. Two really good pizza places in town...il Ritrovo is authentic Neopolitian pizza and it is fantastic. Also Fay's Pizza is just a normal pizza joint, but the pizza is really good (plus there is a signed tshirt, signed by Bubba Watson and Ricky Fowler). Also, there is a cool little pub upstairs at Whistling Straits. Good food there too.
  14. Interested as well. Will be in Kohler the week of July 4th and was hoping to play here.
  15. Don't get so caught up the the technical details. Here is a very quick summary of what Jim Hardy told me several years ago. A single plane swinger has his left (lead) arm pull in toward the body as he approaches impact (to square the face), while a 2 planer has the right arm move out away from the body to square the face. If you watch a swing in slow motion from down the line, it is very easy to see the difference.
  16. I am a two planer as well. I don't really follow any instructor as most tend to favor the one plane swing lately. I have seen Larry Rinker's videos, but it seems if you've seen one of his, you've seen them all. I am always on the look out for successful upright swings.....Peter Uihlein won this past weekend, might want to look at a video of his swing. Justin Thomas, Ian Poulter, Davis Love, Jason Day, Louis Oostheizen(sp?), Bubba Watson, Retief Goosen, John Senden, Woody Austin there is a cool video of DJ Trahan going thru every club in his bag (on youtube) and it is filmed from 2 angles.
  17. Feel based. I've tried many things to make my stroke more mechanical, but I never stick with it very long because it doesn't give me the ability to make any corrections, etc. So, I line up the putter face while looking at the hole. I dont use a line on the ball or on the putter, but have tried both. I don't even like looking at writing on the ball when I putt, I usually have the blank white area facing up. I have also tried things like arm lock, pencil, saw, etc but don't like how rigid that makes my stroke. It sounds like I am a terrible putter considering everything I've tried, but I a
  18. Years ago, Nick Faldo had a beautiful big coffee table size instruction book. The pictures of his swing were so nice. But that was his version of a wrist c0ck as well. Basically, the right knuckles get pulled back toward the top of the right forearm. That was it. Edit for punctuation
  19. according to the bottom right of the sheet, its says that "each tee tick mark represents 5 yd" increments. So, the different shaped boxes are the shapes of the tee box and the tick marks are 5yds each. So #1 looks to be approximately 31-32yds deep. The circles (i would assume) represent where the tee markers are for that rounds. So again on #1, the tee markers are about 10yds from the back of the tee box. The one thing I can't figure out is some holes appear to have 2 sets of markers? like 3, 4, 6, 12 and 16. 4 of those 5 are par 3's, so not sure if this is some sort of drop circle marki
  20. I've got an Odyssey White Hot #8 (8802 style putter) that I really like, but the head feels a bit light. (I like to feel the putter swing and this one needs a little help). Does anyone know the head weight of this putter head? and does anyone know the best way to add some head weight? I know lead tape would work, but I'm needing to add maybe 30-50 grams. Any ideas?
  21. Great point, back 9 of MV is as good as it gets. I few years ago, due to excessive amounts of rain, I got to play "the Championship" routing between the two BWR courses. It is the routing used at the Women's US Open. Is is 1-4 and 14-18 of The River Course as the front 9, then the back 9 of MV.
  22. I will chime in here, as I am just starting to approach that age. I am 54, will be 55 in September. I feel I am as long now as I ever was, if not longer. But that doesn't mean I am a bomber, my solid drives go about 265yds. I attribute my exercise/health as a reason I have retained my distance. I walk and carry my bag 100% of my rounds...I own a push cart, but only use it if I am sore after a few days carrying. I don't play every day, but probably get in 45 holes/week during the summer. I am not overweight (5'11"/183lbs) and I work on my flexibility constantly. If I am just sitting and
  23. I have used a caddy about 3-4 times. The only bad one I had was at Erin Hills (also had a great one at Erin Hills on another trip). As for paying the bad caddy, I gave him the expected pay and did not tip him anything extra. Then I told the caddy master exactly what I didn't like about this young man. That way, if the caddy master felt the same way I did about it, he could address the issue.
  24. FYI, if you play during twilight, you are not required to take a caddy. I usually try to get the first of second tee time at twilight and I've finished every single time.
  25. I would rate The River as 1A and Straits as 1B, Meadow Valley as 2 and The Irish as 3. In fact, I would put The Bull ahead of The Irish in my opinion. The Irish has a few holes that I like, but it is not my favorite course. Some holes are just crazy hard (I've never parred #4, in fact, not sure I've ever bogeyed it!) and others are uninteresting to me. If I had 10 rounds to play in Kohler, I would play The River-4, The Straits -3, Meadow Valley-1 and would go play The Bull-2. I would only play the Irish if I couldn't get on the other 4.
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