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  1. My local library has this book and I read it a year or two ago. Although I picked up a couple of useful tips from the book, I never seriously tried the LAH method. I have used it in practice and found that it does work well on what I would classify as medium length putts... six or seven feet out to 20 feet. I can't say that I tried it much on longer distances. For those that have tried this extensively, I'm curious how it works from 3 to 6 feet in a round with something important riding on the putt. If I remember correctly, that range is where I had some difficulty gaining confidence. Of course, I never worked on it very much. I do believe there is an advantage from a method where you stand facing the hole, but I've never found a way to swing the putter easily in that position.
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  3. I think all humans are programmed for success, but for some reason, we frequently find ways to limit ourselves. Reminds me of something Jack Burke Jr. wrote in his book, It's Only a Game. In 1952 he won 4 tournaments in a row on the PGA tour. He said after the 2nd win he could feel an element of doubt trying to creep in suggesting that he couldn't keep winning. He said it made him mad to think that something would limit his potential. He said you have to fight those feelings even though they are normal and come up with a way to dismiss them. He decided that his clubs didn't know how well they were playing so there was no reason his clubs couldn't keep playing well. And he won the next two tournaments. Most of us would have let those thoughts end our streak early. So I'm wondering what made Jackie Burke fight through them? Was that talent? Or was it maybe recognizing his potential?
  4. Actually, because of the layout of the course, "pairings" are starting on the 1st tee and 9th tee.
  5. Two thoughts. Filling the containers with seed mix requires labor. Carts at the club I play have the buckets on one side of the cart for sand. Quite often there will be only a little sand left because the club doesn't instruct the cart maintenance guys to fill them up. I'm speculating it's a labor cost issue more than a maintenance philosophy. A well managed crew would have time to fill sand containers, but good management has a cost associated with it also. Sounds like a cost cutting philosophy to me. I think most good players... those who hit a fair amount of greens... routinely fix ball marks, not only theirs but other ball marks they find. We all want smooth greens to putt on. I think unrepaired marks are left by players who don't hit a lot of greens and by players who don't bother looking for them. I don't have a clue how you get those players to fix ball marks. It's just not on their radar screen. All the rest of us can do is fix as many as we see on every green, and I know there are a lot of us who do that.
  6. I think talent is identified when someone is clearly better than others of their same age at some endeavor. Potential is identified when someone works hard at something and becomes really good at it. In other words, I agree with JBones, Steven, and others above who say you are born with talent. Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy have been beating everyone they played against all of their life. They are clearly talented. Only at the highest level of competition do they meet others who are near their level of competence. Almost every player on tour reached a level at some point where they were beating everyone they competed against. I would speculate that at least 75% of successful tour players won a state championship or similar competition before reaching the tour. Is that talent or potential? I think there are different levels of talent. You can't be successful at top level competition without being talented.
  7. I stumbled across this interesting article about pairings for the upcoming US Open. (And I keep wondering why we call them pairings whey they don't go off in pairs??) http://chronicle.augusta.com/content/blog-post/scott-michaux/2012-06-07/us-open-pairings?v=1339103676
  8. To add balance to this topic, I'll give my perspective on the Four Magic Moves to Winning Golf. The book describes a swing that fully sets the wrists by the time the arms are halfway back on the backswing. (This is the opposite of a swing where you extend and create a wide arc going back and set the angle at the top of the swing.) With the angle set halfway back, you just continue turning the shoulders fully and initiate the downswing by sliding and turning the hips to the left. Watch Lee Westwood or Nick Faldo swing and you'll get a good representation of the method. Nothing really unique or "magical" except for one thing I'll mention below. When the moves are executed correctly, a lot of good things happen. The clubhead will swing back exactly on plane, and when you reach the top of the backswing, the left hand and wrist will be perfectly square and perfectly in line and on plane. You will be wound into a tight athletic position. If you move into the downswing preserving that tight, wound, top of swing position, you will hit the ball with an element of power and precision that you most likely have never experienced. You won't have just an "Ah-Ha!" moment, you'll have a "By golly, I can't believe I just did that!" moment. The magic is that when you execute all the moves properly, you'll hit the most amazing, solid and powerful shot you've ever hit. I've read lots of instruction books and experimented with lots of different methods, and none give me the feeling that I get when I use this method correctly. There are pitfalls. If you exaggerate the moves you can get closed at the top and you'll hit some of the biggest hooks you can imagine. Like any method, you'll always be making adjustments to keep it tuned. But when you get it tuned and do it correctly, you'll hit shots you are really thrilled with. With respect to hinge and hold, as soon as Michelson came out with the DVD, I acquired a copy. Since I had always used an early set, his DVD meshed perfectly with what I had always done with my swing. A short game swing is certainly different from a full swing, but the hinge and hold is just a method that keeps the hands ahead of the clubhead through impact. That's very important for short shots. The backward break described in Four Magic Moves works fine with shots Phil describes. Whether Phil does it exactly that way is not important to me because the hinge for short shots is not that technical. You sometimes adjust the way you hinge to get different results. There is a website that advertises a golf "secret" or "magic moves". I assume that is what Rick mentioned with respect to Andy Brown. I stumbled on the site once and knew immediately it was based on this book. I'm always wary of sites that have a "secret" they won't reveal unless you pay. But since I have no experience with this site, I can't say if the service provided is worthwhile or not. I will say that all of the "secret" and "magical" information is available just by purchasing the book. This book had been out of print for several years, so that may have prompted this service. I once found a copy for a friend in a used book store. Then I noticed last December that it was available on Amazon again. Some portions of the book are outdated since it was written long ago, but all of the swing mechanics and discussions are spot on. There is a section on the physics of the golf swing that is very informative in explaining how the golf swing functions. Anyone interested in learning everything they can about the golf swing will like this book.
  9. RoverRick, not sure why you want to keep disputing what I have to say about the Four Magic Moves. I have read and studied this book (and many others) for years. I have Mickelson's DVD. That doesn't make me an expert but it does mean I'm informed. There is more than one way to set the wrists early. I'm expressing my opinion on the subject just as you are. That's all we have here are opinions. I enjoy reading your contributions to the topics on this site. We obviously have a different perspective on this topic. Let's just say that we agree to disagree on the similarity of the early set in Four Magic Moves and hinge and hold.
  10. It doesn't matter to me one way or another how a website is funded. I visit websites that provide the information I'm seeking. MyGolfSpy does a good job of keeping me coming back. I don't know if that would change if the funding philosophy changed, but that really isn't my concern anyway. All I want to say is keep up the good work. I enjoy the information MyGolfSpy provides. And while I'm not a donor yet, I may be in the future.
  11. The Four Magic Moves to Winning Golf is a book that describes a swing that sets the angle of the wrists early in the backswing. The hinge and hold by Mickelson is also a method that sets the angle of the wrists early. They are complementary methods. FLV02, read the book reviews on Amazon and decide if you want to buy the book. I just contributed to this topic because I recognized that you were getting good results on the full swing by using an early wrist set. I thought you might want to read a book based on that method. The Four Magic Moves will tell you everything you need to do to hit the ball well using an early wrist set.
  12. If you want an instruction book that describes "hinge and hold" for the full swing read this: http://www.amazon.com/Four-Magic-Moves-Winning-Golf/dp/0385477767 It was written in 1962 and references players from that era and before, but the instruction is excellent. Absolutely the best instruction book in my library. This book will teach you things about the golf swing you won't learn anywhere else.
  13. Final Results http://golfweek.com/news/2012/may/21/2012-us-open-sectional-qualifying-recaps/
  14. We may have played some of the same qualifiers. I lived in SC then. I remember qualifiers at Pinehurst, Tanglewood (NC), Greenville (Chanticleer), one in Aiken, and one in Columbia SC. Seems like there were one or two others that I attempted but my memory is sketchy.
  15. I too attempted to qualify several times although it was a long time ago. There's a big difference in trying to qualify today compared to the 1970's. At that time four rounds at even par (two rounds local qualifying and two rounds in the sectionals) was often good enough to qualify. Today, you better be at least two under for each round to have a chance. But like others have said, just having a scratch or +1 handicap wasn't good enough. Tees were back as far as they could put them, greens were fast, and qualifying was always held on quality courses. One reason I tried it every year was reasonable entry fees and the courses were great. One year I played at Pinehurst #2. I never came close to qualifying, but it was a fun experience. Anyone with a handicap low enough to enter should try it just for the experience. One last note... one year when I finished, I looked at the board to see who was leading. The name was Scott Hoch. At that time I had no idea who he was. But a few years later, I began to see that same name on tour leaderboards.
  16. I recently purchased two new Callaway C-C wedges (Jaws X-Forged) 56 and 60 and have seen a definite improvement in my short game. I took a lot of time deciding which wedges to purchase. For me, the look of the wedge is very important. It's funny, but I can't pinpoint what makes a wedge look right for me, but whatever it is, the Callaway wedges had it. I've used both Vokey's and Cleveland before. With Cleveland wedges there were times when I had difficulty getting aimed correctly, and I had distance control problems on pitches and chips with the Vokey's. I've never had a problem getting enough spin, so the C-C grooves are OK for me. Maybe the slight reduction in spin helped, but I really think it is the confidence I get from having a wedge that looks right behind the ball. I'm really comfortable knowing how the ball will rebound off the face, and distance control is automatic and very predictable. I've never been a big fan of Callaway before, but once you get a club that really works for you it changes your perspective completely.
  17. I'm doing a good job of minimizing my opportunities to move up. Today my starters were 3 over for only 26 points. My bench? Fourteen under and would have totaled 60 points. Guess I'll stick with these for one more day. I've never had any success when changing my lineup after the 1st round. Maybe things will flip-flop tomorrow.
  18. Will Par

    Old Putters...

    I played today and putted with a MacGregor Nicklaus putter I bought about 30 years ago. And I still have my Ping Anser (bought in the early 70's) and a Hogan putter I bought in 1967. Guess I'm revealing how old I am. I don't really collect old putters, I just keep the ones I used long ago and like best. I still buy a new putter occasionally, but it usually gets traded in for another. I'm more likely to be putting with an old putter than with a new one. I putt the same no matter what putter I use, so it's fun sometimes to go out with an old putter.
  19. I think it's interesting that most of us have prejudices against certain manufacturers for a variety of reasons. I once had a prejudice against Callaway because I thought they started the trend toward high dollar pricing of golf equipment. But I've gotten over it. I carry two Callaway wedges that I love. Unlike Addicted, I'm a big fan of Titleist. But my bag has clubs from at least five different manufacturers so I'll play almost any club if it looks good and performs well. This driver looks good, and I'm assuming it would perform well with the Project X shaft. No matter how well the clubs in our bags perform, usually there are other clubs out there that we think are going to be better. Hope to see a review on this driver soon.
  20. Not me. Maybe on Halloween as a joke, but otherwise no. Nothing could be further from my normal style of dress. I've always thought the total orange look is in poor taste. I know it is a trademark look, but it would look much more classy if either the shirt or slacks were white, or even black. If you are going to have a trademark look, why not make it more fashionable?
  21. I'm sure everyone agrees that we should spend more time practicing the short game. I would like to practice chipping and pitching more, but the courses I play don't have good short game practice areas. I can pitch and chip to the putting green, but I can't easily reproduce the variety of short shots that I face when I play. I know of one course in the area that has a series of three greens with slopes, bunkers, and mounds devoted to short game practice. It's the only true short game practice area I know of where you can really work on the entire short game. But this is at an elite, private club. Of all the courses I've played over the years, it's the only course that I can think of that has a quality short game practice area. Most courses just can't devote the resources for this. For most of us, the only choices are to play a lot, or practice on the course when no one else is playing. And the times when you can practice on the course without interruption are limited. I think these difficulties are why most of us either practice full shots or practice putting. And putting practice is not very popular for most golfers. You have to be really dedicated to practice the short game.
  22. If you do a little homework and research to see which players are playing well and which players play a course well, you can usually do a decent job of picking eight good players for your lineup. But the catch is this: Four of those eight choices will outplay the other four. Getting the right four in your starting lineup is the key. I'm speculating that JBones has been on a streak where he has been choosing the right guys for his starting lineup. You can also get on a streak where you seem to have the best players on the bench. I've been doing that a lot recently. Keep the streak going JBones. And how about sharing your strategy with the rest of us?
  23. I really like this driver from Callaway. I usually wait until the price declines before I buy a new driver, and I'm not likely to change that approach, but this one sure is tempting.
  24. I've found that a tee length of 2 1/8 works best of all for me. That sounds short but off the tee, I only push it into the ground enough to stabilize it and that is plenty high for a driver. Since it offers little resistance when hit, it never breaks (plastic). Longer wooden tees always break simply because I have to stick them farther into the ground. I have 20 or 30 of these shorter plastic tees, and I doubt that I'll ever use all of them. I put four in my pocket when I start a round, and still have all of them when I finish.
  25. Last year I was playing with only 13 clubs because I couldn't find a 3-hybrid that I liked. But I had a gap at that distance and either had to hit one more or one less club depending on the situation. Since then I've found the 3-hybrid I needed, and I also added a 4th wedge. To make room for the 4th wedge, I removed my 2-hybrid because I didn't use it very often after getting the 3-hybrid. I think it really depends on your game, how far you hit each club, and sometimes the course you are playing that determines how many clubs you need.
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