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  1. North (tight) course is 5850 from the whites, is par 71, and has five par 5, seven par 4, and six par 3. South (wide open) courses are around 5500 to 5600 from the whites, are par 72, and usually have the traditional four par 5 and four par 3 layouts. As previously mentioned, the north course has significantly higher rating and slope and the distance and par are surely part of the reason for this. I could go into all the various lessons I have taken over 35 years (individual, group, golf "school", etc.) and the practice I do, etc. as you request but those are all beside the poin
  2. Thanks for asking. The crux of the problem is that (for my age) I am strong and flexible. Unfortunately, this is coupled with poor athleticism - perhaps it is poor hand-eye-muscle coordination. I don't know. I hit the ball a long way and seldom straight. I find it impossible to consistently get the club face to any given degree of squareness. Heck, I would be happy to have it always open or always closed but this is not the case. In a dozen attempts to hit the same shot, I can slice it horribly or hook it horribly. This has been my golf game for 35 years. Despite lots of practic
  3. It is not about me being competitive. As I state in my original post, I am content to "win once in a while, lose a lot, but not be an embarrassment to my team or partner." This is what happens to me on the southern courses I play. The crux of the problem is my concern for the others that have to play with me.. About 90% of the games the members play on my northern course are partnership games. I will have from 1 to 3 other partners. Then there are large group events such as a Ryder Cup format with half the participants on each team, member-member, member-guest, scrambles, etc. We even h
  4. Thanks for the response. Lessons are an option, of course. I've tried them in the past many times without success, unfortunately. You say, "The course rating and slope should compensate for the differences between courses and adjust your handicap accordingly for the course." Unfortunately, that is not the case for this combination of course types and my game. Look at the numbers I provide above. The course rating and slope put me at at least a 10 stroke disadvantage on the narrow course.
  5. I would appreciate any thoughts on how I can best handle the following situation. My apology for the length so I will offer a summary but read the details if you want to understand the full situation. SUMMARY I am a VERY directionally challenged golfer. I play a very narrow hard course all summer and easy wide courses in the winter. The soft and hard caps in the WHS prevent my course handicap from rising enough in the summer to allow me to be competitive on the hard course and I end up being a huge anchor to my teams and partners in the summer. I have stopped playing in the summe
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