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  1. The year in golf in 2021 hasn't gone the way I planned. I started the year with high hopes of good rounds on the course and that came to a screeching halt around June. Scores for nine holes went from high 40's to low 50's to struggling to break 60. I went through a round patch where I really began to question if that was just going to be the new normal for me. Now that the year is coming to a close, I'm beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. After months of working on my swing and adjusting my focus on the course, I'm beginning to see better results. The swing is still a work in progress, but there are flashes of potential starting to pop up and it's encouraging. Thanks to the lesson I received from the pro at @Tom the Golf Nut's course I'm starting to hit the ball better more often. The Power Up wedge that @cksurfdude has also been a major aid in keeping my weight properly distributed in the backswing. Plus, all the encouragement here on the forum has kept me motivated. I want to thank all of you for the support. The mental game is also starting to shift. My last round I decided to relax more and just trust that I can hit the ball. I just had fun on the course and shot lower than I have in a long time. I also moved up a set of tees as a mental exercise and to work on rebuilding confidence that has been eroding most of the year. I had the wife tag along on more rounds this year, which I love. Put that together with two rounds with Tom and I couldn't ask for better companions on the course. I'm fortunate to be able to play most of the year and I'm excited to see what the rest of 2021 brings.
    10 points
  2. Did my last day of practice/driver testing before I shut it down for a month to let the shoulder heal... been battling a torn labrum in the right shoulder. Anyways, worked on standing closer to the ball (noticed in a MLM video I was starting to reach at address). So I basically stand uncomfortablly close (Furyk close) to make sure I'm rotating my lower half to clear my body through the ball and come inside to the ball. I was able to get a really good feel with my irons and had some good drives with the Sub 70 and SIM 2. Very happy with the swing right now... just wish I could get out a play a few times to capitalize on it!
    8 points
  3. Took the day and played at home. Temps started in the mid 50s, but the sun came out and I ditched the pullover with upper 60s on the back. I shot 38-40 no birdies and only 2 leaf balls. Played the Kirklands, it's a solid ball.
    8 points
  4. Hey guys, It is a MGS Christmas giveaway!!!! Just not the giveaway you probably came here looking for….Christmas is right around the corner and everyone likes to receive gifts around the holidays whether it's a fresh pair of socks or a new car?! Either way it’s the season of giving and receiving. I was thinking of a way to do something special for someone and had an idea. If anyone follows @acaseofthegolf1 (Monday Q info) on twitter, Ryan has had some great opportunities to gather donations through his followers and PGA tour players and send to high school/middle school golf teams that are in need. I have a couple items, a never used Cobra Radspeed 3 wood that was sent to me by mistake (Cobra doesn’t want it back) and a new Cobra bag (never got to use since the CC5 never quite got started) that I want to donate to someone/a golf team in need! I want to know if there are any connections out there where a school might not have the funds to help their players or the players are playing with some really old equipment. I know it is not much, but still want to give these items away. Maybe by posting this early enough, I can find someone to donate this to and get it to them by Christmas. I don’t know if this has been done before, but if anyone else has some equipment lying around that they would consider donating, let me know! I’d love to try to gather up any donations and send them to someone/a group in need. At the very least they are getting a new 3 wood and bag. I’m open to any suggestions, but thought I’d start here with a post. I know I could donate to a local golf store/my local club, but I wanted to reach out to the forum first. **Disclaimer, I know the 3 wood might not be to a person’s spec, but at least someone could give it a try at the very least.
    7 points
  5. Not as well as I would have liked but better than it should have been. My HDCP ballooned to 16.8 right after I had my first in 10+ years lessons which was a cause of frustration and disappointment. Then came the realisation that these things happen after getting lessons so I persevered and finished the season at a 14.4.
    7 points
  6. fozcycle

    How'd you play?

    Played 9 hole shootout Wednesday afternoon….shot 44, played lousy. Today I shot 49/45:94….too many chunks on approach shots or skull on close up chips. Other than that I played great! still gaming my backup bag, Triton/Powerbilt 3H 4H & 5W, Hogan Ptx irons, Hogan Tkt 15 Wedges(49/53/57) and Tommy Armour Impact #3 putter.
    6 points
  7. tony@CIC

    How'd you play?

    We came back to Ohio last Friday and I've been playing everyday since. Started out a bit rough (I only brought my driver and putter from Fl. - I'm using my old W/S C300s which I left here.), Every day was better then the previous day - yesterday I booked a 45 on the front and a 45 on the back. Today we had to start on the back - I was smoking with a 40. Could I possible have my best ever round? No - I was DENIED. I ended up with a 45 on the front for an 85. Still not to shabby but it could have been ....that early Christmas present.
    6 points
  8. Strange year for me since I was playing in the high 80's the beginning of the year then slowly got worse. Mid summer, I was wondering if golf was worth the time and effort as I also lost my tee shot - didn't matter whether it was a driver, 5 wood or hybrid. Nothing worked! The around September it all changed, tee shots came back, woods and irons were back and wedges were spot on. I'm going to attribute most of the issues to a pulled hamstring and even after I recovered from that injury I was hesitant about rotating in my backswing. Also lots of focus on the swing really helped. This past week, I've played 18 for 6 days in a row with little discomfort in my leg. My other issue is the putter. I'm 3 putting too often. My tendency has been a push - I just upgraded the heel weight from 8 g to 30g. Putting improved dramatically yesterday and the misses were generally on the line but either slightly short or long. So more work required on distance control. Yesterday was my best since early Spring, carding an 85, one bad drive on a par 5 and 1 on a par 3. Better yet, I knew why; I always take a practice swing with my driver and didn't on the last par 5 (too confident) and the par 3 was just a bad club selection with the ball ending up in the bunker. Still lots of work required but no reason why I can't play consistently in the mid to low 80's.
    5 points
  9. MattF

    Cooking

    Put a semi boneless leg of lamb in the Weekender yesterday. Seasoned with Naturiffic lamb rub...good eating.
    5 points
  10. I like the sound of the perpendicular line. I’m going to try that next time I get to the practice green!
    5 points
  11. My golf season wasn’t cut short this year like the last 2 years because of multiple eye surgeries. That alone makes it a good one. My handicap started just over 17 and dropped to 13.5. I also broke 80 for the first time. Bought a new driver, utility iron and putter all were good additions.
    5 points
  12. This season was back at it. After the last two years preparing for, and having, the been of our first child and COVID, I didn't play much. This year I've gotten 55 rounds - wanted 60, but there's still time. I wanted to push for scratch, and ended the year at 3.5. I started at 5.4, went up to almost 7 and lowest was 3.3. I shot my lowest round in years, firing 74 three times on my home course. I wanted to play in several tournaments, but I only completed 1. First, my handicap went up so I wasn't able to qualify for the big tournaments. Then I got sick and had to WD before even playing. A third one I had to WD on the second day due to a family health issue. At least the 1 tournament I played, I broke 80 for the first time shooting 79. I know for next year I need to drop more weight in the off season, get back to a stretching routine, and find a way to keep the swing going till March.
    5 points
  13. GolfSpy_SHARK

    Happy thread

    Its been a couple weeks of rough. Issues around the family, will leave it at that but today is veterans day (happy veterans day to all my brothers and sisters) and my uncle runs the committee and town and always does a great job anything military related. Had a great event at the library with a good turn out of folks. Was able to speak briefly. Was a good day. Daughter kept running up to the podium Couple other pictures from out to sea days. Deployment 2011 and 2012
    5 points
  14. So I have not had a chance to document that as things have been busier at work, and my wife and I just welcomed our third child into the world a couple months ago now. It was good I had some GC Quad numbers to help make some choices. I mostly called about the shaft choice as I found a good deal on the HMP irons. MMTs where the other option but it came down to a cost decision since the MMTs were $30 more per shaft than the Fuji. They felt both would be a good fit with my goal to drop some spin without dropping much else in the numbers as the ball speed and other numbers were not bad, I just tend to not deloft the club as much. I am hoping to write something up about this all soon.
    4 points
  15. Working on my putting. Probably overthinking my putting these days. Using metronome for short putts. Feel comfortable at 84 beats per minute. After a while I would count in my head. Read the putt take 2 practice strokes count 1 backstroke 2 forward stroke 3 keep head still 4 swivel my head to see the ball go into the cup
    4 points
  16. For sure. For me, when my shoulders are actually aligned parallel to the target, if im not focused, then I start pointing the clubface left of the target, and then start hitting pulls in relation to the target. It's interesting how everyone has different spatial perception. I'm sure there are others reading this thread asking, "how do you guys not know where you are aligned". When your spatial perception is different than reality, it is hard. For example, I can use alignment sticks and my feet aligned parallel to the target, my hips aligned parallel, but my shoulders closed because i perceive my shoulders to be aligned properly. So its not necessarily as easy of a change as just line up with alignment sticks or something like that.
    3 points
  17. Played two limited short game only practice 9 hole rounds recently .. ie. just one wedge and a putter .. chip/pitch onto the green when within like 40-50 yards. I'd strained my right-side middle back over the summer and also think I may have torn an intra-? inter-? -costal muscle across the ribs on the right side .. so was trying to lay off of full swings .. so no practice and very little playing time... First of those practice rounds thought I was feeling better but first 3/4 speed full-ish swing re-injured everything (yeah i know i was being a stubborn stoopit guy), so yesterday's practice round .. on probably our last mild nice day for a while .. just really took it easy. 3-putted three times in a row on the first three hole so man does that need more work!!!
    3 points
  18. THEZIPR23

    Small/Mid Size SUV

    I have 2018 Rav 4 hybrid. Its nice 30 mpg AWD (but not great) and it fits my family of 4 and our stuff. Personally I don't know if I will buy anything other than a Toyota. This is the 5th Toyota I have owned. Currently have prius, camry and the rav, all over 100k and the only I have had to fix is tires and oil changes.
    3 points
  19. The honest answer is that unless you have them in hand and are comparing them to an authentic set you probably can’t tell from photos. Counterfeits are that good. The only way to ensure that the clubs are authentic is to buy from an authorized reseller. But, You are obviously buying second hand since you marked out the sellers name. I don’t know the platform, but if it is a golf forum or eBay, check the users reviews/feedback. The seller seems to have a box; which is a good sign. I am pretty sure mizuno puts the club info on the end of the box so you could use that as a comparison or get the serial number and contact Mizuno.
    3 points
  20. russtopherb

    GOLF SWING

    This is so important. I spent almost 2 years trying YouTube tips to fix a banana slice. One lesson with a pro was all it took, and it was a simple setup issue. Nothing related to grip or takeaway or equipment or anything else. Having an experienced set of eyes on you is invaluable.
    3 points
  21. MNUte

    GOLF SWING

    Advocating for the instructor/lesson route as well. Because there are so many possible reasons that could be causing this, without actually seeing what you're doing, nobody on here can give you a precise tip or drill that will focus on your precise issue. So spending the money to get a lesson or two will save you about a year's worth of trial and error scouring the internet, testing things out, etc. Case in point, for my slice, I looked everywhere for opinions and spent forever on my own trying to fix my backswing... ended up fixing it in less than a week because of a single tip that my stance was too narrow. Now, literally because of an extra 4-5 inches of space between my feet, I comfortably hit straight shots or baby draws. I would never have figured that out without someone's help and would have kept blindly focusing on my upper body.
    3 points
  22. I used this concept many many years ago when I started playing golf. It did help me back then. I totally forgot about it let me know how it works for you
    3 points
  23. Middler

    Small/Mid Size SUV

    I can't "make a case" for the Hyundai hybrids as hybrids are new to their SUV models (though they've had hybrid sedans since the 2011 Sonata). But after driving everything you mention, and after personal experience with 1 Subaru, 5 Hondas and 3 Toyotas - I put a deposit on a 2022 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid Limited, delivery scheduled by 11/29. The Tucson Hybrid was fun to drive with loads of tech and safety assist systems, an upscale interior for the price, and you can't beat the warranties or the value. It's a little smaller than I would have liked, but I didn't need to pony up another $2K plus for a very slightly larger Santa Fe Hybrid. I've asked every friend and neighbor with a Hyundai what they think, and every one of them has been very pleased. The new Hyundais are way more interesting IMO, they're not generic "me too" products anymore. And the online reviews, YouTube and others, are excellent. I can't wait to take delivery! I also drove a Santa Fe Hybrid and a Sorrento Plug In Hybrid and if I needed more space, I would have bought one of them...didn't need the space so why spend another $2K. YOU SHOULD GO DRIVE A HYUNDAI OR A KIA and judge for yourself. Why not? If you don't choose either, nothing lost.
    3 points
  24. MattF

    Small/Mid Size SUV

    Honestly Rob, check out Kia, Hyundai's cousin. Best warranty, 10 year/100,000 miles and now having had mine for a couple of weeks, best bang for the buck. Yes, it's not a yota, but it's very comparable.
    3 points
  25. tony@CIC

    Random Thread

    And how many guys do you see practicing with a 3 wood on the range? BTW, my fitter told me to take it out of the bag - he replaced it with a 5 wood dialed down to 17* - it works a lot better.
    3 points
  26. Like @Grand Stranded I had an up and down year. I started out in the spring looking forward to the 3-day clinic in LA with Monte Scheinblum. He pointed out my biggest flaw which is not making a good rotation in my backswing. So, I worked on that along with his No Turn Cast video. It got me into a better impact position, and it basically cured my sh@nks. Thank you Monte!! I managed to shoot my age... 74 and I followed that up with a sub-par 71. That was a big UP!! Now the Down... I had been working on increasing/maintaining swing speed, and I started to have shoulder and wrist problems. At 74 I expect to have aches and pains, but with each year it gets harder and harder to recover. I've played through it with mixed results. Some days I play pretty well, and other days it's like Why am I out here? I've always had swings in score from one round to another, but this year the curve has swung more to mid- to high 80's scores... fewer mid- high 70's rounds. I haven't been spending as much time on short game practice as previous years because my focus has been on improving my ball striking. Maybe that's part of the problem IDK. I guess I need to spend enough time to maintain my swing, but spend more time on pitching and putting. Moving up to the White (Senior) tees has helped with more scores in the 70's, but I can also shoot the same high 80's scores that I do from the Blue tees. I've considered taking some time off now that the weather is turning colder; even felt like quitting after a few rounds this year, but as I posted in my Signature... I can't quit, because I don't want to get old!!
    3 points
  27. Took a month off to get my neck better so today ran out to the range during my lunch break .. end up trying to work on mechanics to hit the ball wasn’t trying to hit any target just wanted to hit it straight went pretty well .. was happy about it kind of rushed bc had a meeting but it felt good to be back swinging the clubs
    3 points
  28. Didn't see a thread about Bryson's YouTube exploits and not 100% sure where to put this, so I guess here will work. So the last two videos on his channel may be of interest to those wondering about Cobra's plans in 2022. First up, a video of him hitting some prototype irons that were all 3D printed. Next, a video of him and Kyle Berkshire working together and testing the 2022 driver prototype. Interesting to see Bryson embrace this space after what was a real turnaround for him late in the year from the golfing public and interesting to see the way Cobra is using him as a willing guinea pig to test basically the outer limits of what their clubs can do.
    2 points
  29. ... I was hitting some putts at the PGA Show and Mike Johnson of Peritti putters commented on how I rock my shoulders and have such a smooth putting stroke. I told him I putt with my hands not my shoulders and he laughed and said "this is what I do 24/7 and 365 days a year. Trust me, you putt with your shoulders". ... This is the preverbal Chicken or Egg riddle and I feel like my hands rock my shoulders not the other way around. I should know since I am the one putting but as a teacher watching many students, I know what we think we are doing may be different than what we are actually doing. So maybe Mike is right and I do putt with my shoulders but it sure doesn't feel like it. In the end it is irrelevant because I am happy with my putting stroke and get complimented on it all the time, basically because I have great speed control and it is very smooth looking and is the cornerstone of my game. ... The takeaway from this should be do not concentrate on any one aspect of your putting stroke, concentrate on the whole stroke and make your main focus holing your putt. The brain will over come technique every time if you have a positive attitude toward making every putt. Just like the full swing where you should be playing golf on the course not playing golf swing ... concentrate on making putts and not the putting stroke*. * of course if you have problems like yips, very poor distance control or a lack of confidence, practicing your putting stroke while concentrating on a technical aspect is a good idea. But once you start playing, even if you are struggling, never think about your stroke, only think about making your putt.
    2 points
  30. ... This is an important fitting parameter for many golfers but especially seniors that have lost some swing speed. We keep hearing "High Launch and Low Spin" is ideal off the tee but not if you aren't generating enough speed top keep the ball in the air. I was playing the Cobra Xtreme and hit some bombs with it when my trajectory and spin were perfect, but perfect off the tee is not the average. Most of my drives were not reaching a sufficient apex and would literally fall out of the sky and for me, the Sim Max produced more spin which in turn kept my average drives in the air longer. Yes, I hit some longer drives with the Xtreme but also many shorter drives so my average length was considerably longer with the Sim Max. They did not have the Titleist available when I was fit or I might be playing one too.
    2 points
  31. Was working on some armlock putts indoor the last few days and noticed that I am pulling my putts, but almost like a hook in that they appear to start out straight towards the hole but then end up left of hole. This occasionally happens with a standard putter as well. What I realized is that although the putter face was aligned toward the target, my shoulders were pointed towards the hole rather than parallel to the target. Sort of like how some people line up to hit a draw with a wood/iron. I used the shaft of my armlock to first set my shoulders parallel to the hole and then setup and now im hitting my putts straight. I also tend to have this same type of unintended shoulder alignment on full swings as well, it has been called out to me by a teaching pro before.
    2 points
  32. As mentioned, having the box is a good sign. I would think you could get the serial number off the hosel's, make sure they all match from club to club and then check with Mizuno to see if it is a legit # and that it matches the 919 forged model and wasn't hijacked from something else.
    2 points
  33. jtgavigan

    Small/Mid Size SUV

    We have been a Toyota family for years. Recently bought a 2018 Honda CRV. Love it. Gave our 2010 RAV4 to our son.
    2 points
  34. PMookie

    Small/Mid Size SUV

    Second TRANSMISSION about to be put into the Subaru Ascent I have as a company vehicle. Not good… FYI, had to replace the windshield, and the “eyes” the car uses had to be reset. INSANE what Safelite charged for that!!! No way I would ever buy a Subaru after what I’ve been through with a brand new one that now has just over 66,000 miles. Cost of upkeep is RIDICULOUS. Thank goodness the company pays for it all!!!
    2 points
  35. I cannot make the case for either of them, as we just picked up two chevy's earlier this year. The wife is loving her Equinox and I am really enjoying the Blazer. I do also get the appeal for Toyota's, they are great vehicles, and if I was to pick one it would be the highlander. Good luck with the car shopping Rob.
    2 points
  36. This thread is going to give me the yips.
    2 points
  37. I used to hit 20-25 to get loose. 5-6 wedges, 5-6 mid/long irons, 5-6 hybrids, 5-6 drivers. I've found I have better results from doing a modified speed workout with Rypstick/SuperSpeed sticks and then only hitting 8-10 balls total, four each of wedge, iron, hybrid and maybe four drivers. It may be slightly more swings due to the speed stick warmup, but it gets me a lot more loose than just hitting balls.
    2 points
  38. When you hit balls to warm up before a round, what clubs do you practice with? I take turns with a wedge(45/49/53/57), then a 7/8/9 iron, then 5W or 4Hybrid followed by my driver. Just a few balls with each. At 70 yrs old I don’t want to wear out before the first tee….Lol
    2 points
  39. ... I went through that for years with my Mottocaddy's and MGI remote carts. Nothing seemed to fit on the bottom and it was always a little wobbly going over uneven terrain. A couple times I hit a hole, sprinkler head grown over with grass or drainage ditch and the cart twisted off the cart. Very frustrating. I finally bought the MGI bag that is "designed specifically for MGI carts" and it locks into place at the base and the difference is huge. Great find and good luck with your set up!
    2 points
  40. RickyBobby_PR

    GOLF SWING

    Fix your backswing. There’s a number of reasons that cause this. Just saying you come out of the shot doesn’t mean anything. That’s a symptom and compensation for something else in the swing and is necessary for you to make contact with the ball. If you didn’t do that you would miss the ball. Find an instructor to work with to fix your swing.
    2 points
  41. MattWillGolf

    Cooking

    Greetings, I’ve bee away for a bit. I cooked a batch of white chicken chili for the first time. It exceeded expectations. Next time I’ll halve the cumin as it came on a bit strong for my wife’s taste. And finishing it with a dollop of sour cream was spot on.
    2 points
  42. I see the old age memory loss problem kicking in again Kenny. I mentioned my heritage wasn't on the Urethane side of the tracks. I am a Surlyn. But just because I was giving a motivational speech to some abused YB range balls doesn't mean I was born a range ball. Here is a little family history. When I came over to the US they mis heard my name. I said "Sir Lynn" and they wrote it down as Surlyn. So although I wreak havoc to most, almost all royalty wreaked havoc in ther kingdoms. I'm just trying to uphold the family traditions. Rule by intimidation. I believe I am doing an excellent job!
    2 points
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