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Jonny_Crash

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  1. @JFish350 I have the 699 Pros in 5-AW and the 3U. I need to fill that spot where the 4 would live. I'm looking at a 4U, 4I or a 4H. Do you have any thoughts on your 4i and whether you'd like to change it to a 4U or 4H?
  2. At the Houston Open they set the tees on the 17th at 301 yards. Some players went for it and others (Matthew Wolf) teed off with a pitching wedge. It made for some good entertainment. https://golf.com/news/how-quirky-houston-open-par-4-star-teed-off-wedge/ Most of us mortals would just hit out into the fairway, so it doesn't make a great hole for this thread. But I thought I'd post it anyway.
  3. I totally agree with you. My timing has always been quick and I struggle to slow it down. I worked on some clock drills with my wedges today. I was able to get that in sync today and was hitting my targets really consistently (for me).
  4. Went to the range at lunch today and hit a bunch of balls. I shortened my backswing up a bunch, which helped with my timing. I also played with standing a little more upright in the knees. Finally, I worked on getting into the slot on the downswing. Overall it seemed to have a positive effect and I struck the ball really well. I played a round of virtual golf at Spanish Bay (the range has top tracer). For those that aren't familiar, you play as usual but anything inside about 25 yards of the pin you get a shot at holing out. This is done by taking a shot at one of the range targets (today's was a 62 yard). Depending on how close your were and your lie you are given a ring around your target (e.g within 5' is a birdie, 10' is a par and outside that is a bogey). I finished with an even par 72 from 6,700 yards. My drives were a bit wayward (but you never lose a ball haha). Approach shots were great and my 60 yard was on fire. I had 5 birdies, 3 bogeys and one double. It is obviously fake golf, but it was nice to hit the ball well. The highlight was the first two shots on hole 1. Drive was about 320 first cut left, then I hit a 6I 200 with a baby draw to about 15 feet. It was delightful. Anyway, encouraging day.
  5. Thanks @Ed Sthose are some good thoughts. I do need to put in some more short game time, it's costing me strokes for sure. Regarding the 85%, this seems to mess up my timing and things get disjointed. That of course speaks to some issues with my swing, but it is probably something I should practice. It reminds me of something I heard once. The only shot that your are really trying to hit as far as possible is the tee shot. The goal is to advance as far as safely possible. Once that shot has happened the focus shifts to distance control. A smooth easy swing with a less loft is often better than going hard with more loft. No sense in muscling a PW when a 9 iron is available.
  6. Thanks, I'll check this out for sure. I love the practical golf website.
  7. I haven't been out much lately, but did hit the range a couple times last week. I was working on getting away from the inside takeaway, but realized I was getting disconnected and causing a sway. Keeping my left arm attached to my chest in the backswing helped to keep things more in sync and the backswing shorter. One thing I've really noticed is that I try to muscle my swing too much. I get steep and quick when this happens and end up with a lot of chunks. If I take it easy and swing free I'm a lot more in sync (and generally hit much further). So, a big thought is swing easy for me. I'll try to get some video next time I'm out (tomorrow probably).
  8. I try to keep things more or less on a clock system and adjust the backswing based upon the distance. I sometimes get a bit handsy (haha) which lets to the inconsistency. My best short game is when I'm using the big muscles. I've been trying to get the ball on the ground a lot quicker (it seems more repeatable and controllable). Still a work in progress... evidently haha.
  9. There is a lot of truth to this. My playing partners are frequently amazed at how high my score is... given my swing.
  10. That sounds about right. This is definitely an area of my game I need to work on.
  11. It's definitely that I'm not chipping/pitching close enough to the hole (or leaving myself a tough putt). Some of it is just weird greens as well. Here is how today went: GIR: Really tough two tier green. 1st, left 5' back up hill. Finished 2" short on 2nd. approach from 50 yds to front of green (back pin) 40' from hole. 1st putt left short in the wet to about 10' 2nd putt to 3" Duffed a pitch from 20 yds, Second pitch from 15 yds onto the green, but left a 15' putt. 2 putt. Pitched from 50 yds to front of green. 20' two putt Really nasty two tier green (pin was on back/lower). Pitched on from about 10 yds, rolled off back. Chipped back up (off a severe uphill lie) to 5' missed the uphill putt, made comeback. Par 3, short about 30 yds. Chipped to 5' and made putt 58* from 77 yards to 8' 1st putt missed by 2" Chunked a pitch from 30 yds to rough in front of elevated green. Chipped past hole to back fringe. Tough 2 putt Par 3 (first shot ob, stuck second to 5'), one putt. I was really close to knocking down a couple of these putts, but didn't. I'm seeing two issues in writing this out. First, I don't lag putt very well on longer putts I need to leave myself better 2nd putts. Second, I'm really bad at pitching the ball. My consistency and distance control is poor. This leaves longer putts that I'm not making.
  12. Yeah, the penalty strokes always get me. I only lost one ball today, which was nice... Part of the pitch/chip shots is blading/chunking. Sometimes I simply just pitch from one side to the other (distance control issues). I have had a hard time lately getting solid contact on 50 yd shots. This used to be a great part of my game, but I've gotten really steep lately and it has resulted in a lot of chunks and leaving myself short of the green. I'd wager I lose 2-4 strokes per nine on shots left short from 100 yards and in.
  13. Played a soggy 9 this morning. Didn't hit the range at all this week, so I had some low expectations going into the round and was just hoping to hit some good ones here and there. Finished with a 55. Couple of silly mistakes here and there, but overall was pretty decent. Stats: 18 Putts 8 chip/pitch shots (3 holes with doubles). This is an area I can really cut down some strokes... just get the ball on the green with these. 4 penalty strokes was also a killer. 1 3u pushed into a lateral, 1 tee shoot into a big tree, 1 blade over a green into a hazard; and 1 pushed 9i on a par 3 (I did stick my reload to 5' though, missed the putt by 1"). Only 1 GIR and 1 FW Highlights: Stuck a 58* from 77yds to about 8' just missed the putt 2 really good 5i off the tee that ended up 220 ish Putting was pretty good on wet and slow greens. Only 3 putts were the first two holes Takeaways: If a club isn't working off the tee... keep working down until I find something that does. I was topping some balls off the tee with my 3U, which led to some long recovery shots. Should have switched to the 5i, which I was striping off the tee. I just need to pitch/chip to the middle of the green and then 2 putt. I almost always 2 putt (averaging 2.2 putts per hole over the past 24 rounds)
  14. My thought is really just "club down the line when parallel to the ground," but what you say makes sense. It does feel disconnected. I'll have to play with the balance. I do notice I get toe heavy.
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