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TheOther1

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  • Birthday 09/29/1964

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  • Location
    Buford, GA

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  • Age
    50-59
  • Swing Speed
    91-100 mph
  • Frequency of Play/Practice
    Weekly
  • Player Type
    Casual
  • Biggest Strength
    Short Game
  • Biggest Weakness
    Driver/Off the Tee
  • Fitted for Clubs
    No

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  1. Agreed. I'm investing primarily in lessons and practice rounds/driving range.
  2. I do play weekly in a league, I practice chipping and pitching in my yard almost daily, and there is a par 3 course near my house that I have discovered. No starters, no crowds, fantastic for real practice. You can spend all day there for $20. I'm trying to work in a 1/2 day there each week. Today I went and hit 2 balls from each tee. I took the score from the best ball on each hole. Ended up with a 40! For me, that is amazingly good! I have a tripod and have started recording my swing.
  3. Lol! We might be golf twins! I subscribed to Clay Ballard's Top Speed Golf. I'm working my way through drills and practices. I have a small tripod with a phone holder and I've used it a few times. I forgot about watching my own swing! I'll do that next time at the range. I do have a Ripcoil RP6 tempo trainer. I took it out of my bag and haven't used it in a while. I think I can go to the PGA Tour Superstore and have them help me with picking the right used driver for me. I'm going to hold off on clubs for a while until I get more lessons under my belt.
  4. Thanks for all the input folks! I've taken a few lessons, but almost a year ago and didn't play through winter. Hey GaDawg! It's a Wilson Profile XD 10.5, regular flex. They are like $45 on eBay. My brother in law gave it to me when he got a new driver 2 years ago. My shots, both driver and irons, are either pretty good or absolutely terrible. More than likely terrible. Slice, top the ball, miss completely, etc. I try to go hit at least a bucket of balls during the week and play Spark Golf on Thursdays. It seems I start off pretty good and get rattled and it all falls apart. I need to remember the only shot that matters is the next one. I'm going to start with more lessons. I'm holding off on equipment until I get the pro to look at my driver. He's the one who sold me the cobra irons ($100), but I'll have him check them out, as well. He had a buy-5-for-the-price-of-4 lessons thing. That seemed like a pretty good deal last time. I think I'll hit up the local PGA Tour Superstore and try some used gear after I get some recommendations from my pro. I'll certainly look at Maltby. I like the not breaking the bank idea! I don't have the cash to do an indoor golf simulator properly anyway. I have a Cobra 3/F Baffler Rail F 15.5° and it plays pretty well. I may get a 5 hybrid to replace the Nitro 5 I have.
  5. So let's not pretend I'm even close to good. I suck at golf, but I like it. I think the best I've ever scored is 63 on 9 holes. I've got old Cobra bio cell red irons and an old Wilson driver. If I had ~$600 to invest in my game, which of these would be the best purchase? A "good" set of irons fitted to me. A "good" driver and a couple of hybrids or wedges fit to me. A Garmin R-10 so I can work on my swings and have some fun hitting indoors. Lessons. A combo of some of the above items. Thanks for the input!
  6. I played another 9 on Thursday in Spark Golf league. I got my very first birdie! And on the very first hole, I was so happy I forgot to stash my birdie ball and hit it right into the water in the next hole. The rest of the round was downhill after that, not even a par. Did I mention I got my first birdie?! I'm headed to the Mitsubishi Electric Classic today for a few hours, then to Chateau Elan for 9 holes on their par 3 course. Good luck out there, everyone!
  7. Thursday, I lost 2 on the front 9. I also made my first birdie ever! Then immediately hit my birdie ball into a water hazard. Should have stuck that one back in my bag.
  8. I've recently started taking 25 foam balls out in the front yard and hit my 60°, PW, or 9 across my yard to where I stuck a little utility locator flag. I try to do this twice a day to get up from my desk and move, get some fresh air, and maybe improve my game. It's at least not starting into monitors all day.
  9. Played my second Spark Golf round. Played with 2 really nice guys who were very supportive. I played better than my first round, but still > 60, so I have a lot of work to do. Hit a bucket nice and easy before the round and was feeling good about it. 1st drive on opening hole, hard hook over the cart path, down a hill, onto white tee box of next hole. I could have just teed off from there for the next. It took a couple of holes to regain my composure. I did hit GIR in 1 on a par 3 but 3 putted. I had 2 bogeys but all others were double or higher. Unfortunately, that was the highlight of my round.
  10. I found a skytrak I will hopefully take possession of on Monday. Can't wait to start building my simulator in the basement. I have a 50" TV to start but hope to move to a protector shortly after my birthday (hint, hint to my loving wife). Any advice from skytrak users? Scratch all that. It turned out to be just someone trying to scam people on Craigslist.
  11. I picked up a Ripcoil RP6 for $19.99 on Amazon back in February. I have not even swung more than 20 times. You can hit with it, but they caution not to swing full power. They also say 70% of practice should be spent just swinging it. It's very flexible and lots of lag. I found a training video here.
  12. I played my first round of Spark Golf on Thursday. It's been months since my first and only game. I was really bad and double bogeyed almost every hole, so mostly just picked up and went to next hole. The guys I played with were great and put up with my slowness and terrible play. I'm going again next Thursday and hope to do better. At least I've been on the front 9 of this course once.
  13. And free shipping if you buy 2!
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