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  1. I've watch the interaction between Spieth and Greller over the past several tournaments.  When the camera is on them after a shot, Jordan is talking and Greller doesn't say a word; not looking at him, not shaking his head, nothing.  Jordan just keeps talking.  

    Other than Greller doing his caddie duties, I don't see much discussion between them; it's all one way conversation.

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  2. 7 hours ago, GolfSpy MPR said:

    So in asking this question, I know there are about a million variables that can change the answer (which should make it an interesting discussion).

    This past week, I got a chance to play two different courses, which is unusual for me, as I play nearly all my golf at my home course. As I've noted in other threads, our course is short: it barely cracks 6,000 yards from the back tees. It's a par 71; my scores cluster pretty tightly around 90. My best round has been a 77.

    The first course I played this week is 6,297 yards from the back tees. The second course, SentryWorld, offered a mixed tee option that I expected to suit my game; the blue/white tee comes in at 6,401 yards. With those extra yards, I shot a 92 (+20) at Trout Lake and then a 91 (+19) at SentryWorld; that is, pretty much exactly what I shoot at 6,000 yards.

    In fact, over my last 8 rounds at my home course, I've been averaging closer to 21.6 over. So there's a strong argument that I played better with an additional 300–400 yards to navigate.

    This is an interesting question for me, because I normally play such a short course, and want to have a decent understanding, objectively, where my game stands.

    So in your opinion, how much do you expect that adding yardage changes your expected scoring?

    What types of hazards do you have at your course, and are they typically in play off the tee?  At longer courses are the hazards not really in play?

    I've found this is the case for me.  I play tees at my course that are borderline too long for my swing speed; about 6100y.  However, the next tee up is too short.  When there is wind, there are some par 4's and 5's that I can't reach in regulation.  If I play a longer course, hazards usually don't really come into play at all.  I can aim at a fairway bunker knowing that I can't get there.  I can play slightly longer courses, but it's not fun to do it all the time.  On holes I can't reach, I have to rely on my short game to make par with no chances at birdies.  I do this often at home, and when my short game is on, I can still manage a good score.  On unfamiliar courses that doesn't happen very often; not because I get into trouble, but because of unfamiliar grass and speed/contours of the greens.  Getting up and down is more difficult.  So, I can usually count on 5-10 shots higher than normal on courses up to 6500y.  

    Curiously, when I play the senior tees at my course at 5400y, my scores are rarely different than when I play at 6100y, because there are only 5 holes where the distance advantage of the senior tees makes much of a difference in play of the hole. On those holes I usually end up with the same score anyway.


  3. 7 hours ago, CarlH said:

    Guys and Dolls scramble (seniors and ladies).  We didn't win, but I got KP with a perfectly executed 8 iron from 137 yds using a Snell MTB Red for this shot....64575494_10216641533622103_5378285037349240832_n.jpg?_nc_cat=104&_nc_oc=AQlj-5o-VosR7vEyyY1AXEHYHWv3yCRhVsnSo3Yzdx8c06MRMbzZJq4bIMsNlnNjEH8&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=d6589fbca55903c46defb84f02672c29&oe=5D9C2B35

    A big congrats!!  You can buy my beer in September!!!!!

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  4. 7 minutes ago, edteergolf said:

    Great technique takes less time to get the feel back than bad technique.  Life is easier with function technique unless you have tons of time to practice.  

    Most of us don't have great technique, I would venture to say.  Particularly those of us that started playing golf late in life.  Now that I'm retired, I have more time to practice both technique and feel, but you are right... it's hard to get a feel for short game shots with poor, inconsistent technique.

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  5. 2 minutes ago, PING Apologist #9 said:

    Good stuff Kenny!

    Wow! 101 already??! Way too early for that sh**!

    Cooled off to 91 today.  Headed to the course at 10:30am to practice a little; my wife and I usually play after 5pm on Fridays.  I don't think we will be able to get on the course until after 6pm;, there is a shotgun tournament going off at 1pm and the range and putting green were already full.  

    Nobody was using the pitching green with the practice bunker (which is usual), so I spent an hour hitting pitches and bunker shots.  I don't practice out of sand as much as I should; I'm usually happy just to get the ball out, which I have been doing pretty well lately.  After hitting about 20 balls, I was getting the ball fairly close to the pin.  Of course, the sand is never the same out on the course, but Hey! Practice is practice!!

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  6. I love it when the announcers say something like "He hit that into a tough spot.  That's going to be a really difficult shot."  Then the player either sticks it close or holes it.  #theseguysaregood

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  7. On 5/28/2019 at 8:34 PM, Har in the Hat said:

    Well, finally. On the weekend I had to think long and hard about whether I should hit the driving range or not. And so I did. First time hitting the club's. Felt kinda nice to hit balls but was not really excited. Someone please give me a swat alongside my head. Went out again tonight and I saw the head pro and a few others I knew and went over and it was nice to talk to them again. I enjoyed seeing them. They noticed I haven't been around.

    When I got back home, I started exercising again. I think I'm getting back into this golfing thing. What is really surprising is that I have never before been so hesitant as I am now about whether to go out or not. Geez☹️☹️

     

    How are you guys, my friends doing?

    It's nice to be missed, isn't it?  Glad to have you back online, and looking forward to meeting you next month in Spokane!!  Thanks for pulling the MGS NW golf outing together.

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  8. 27 minutes ago, edteergolf said:

    Wedge motions are just that motions.  Nothing locked down:  bad plan to 'leave the wrists' or any other part of your body out of it!  I usually find that my students begin to regain control of the their wedge shots when they improve how to interact with the ground.  First, don't get the leading edge stuck by having the handle too far forward at impact.  You want to learn to release the sole/bounce of the club into the ground.  You want to hear a thud but never take a divot - at least not inside 30 yards.  Most data shows 3-8* of forward shaft lean.  That isn't very much lean.  Once you hit the ball solid without ground interruption you can then regain distance and trajectory control.  

    How does one release the sole to the ground.  It can be done with the wrists, body or combination.  My preference is a combination. 

    1. Learn to properly use the wrists. (technique)

    2. Learn to use the body correctly. (technique)

    3. Learn to blend the two to create a solid strike. (technique)

    4. Learn to hit multiple trajectories & distances with a highly lofted wedge by moving the ball position and not changing the swing. (skill)

    5. Learn to select the correct shot and club to provide the easiest solution to each situation.  (skill, Golf IQ, & decision making)

    I'd highly suggest you rid yourself of the idea that the face should be pointing to the ground.  

    Good luck!

    It does take practice... continuous practice!  Practice with correct technique to develop the skill, then continuous practice to develop and maintain feel for each type of shot.  It's amazing how quickly feel is lost when you aren't practicing.


  9. 57 minutes ago, PING Apologist #9 said:

    I did another driver-heavy range session last evening in the 90* heat that just about wore me out. After my lousy performance last Sunday, I kept wondering why I had such an awful day driving and it dawned on me that I had yet again regressed my grip back to weak and I should-a have known better. So I worked on that and also keeping the face closed which is a struggle for me since my left wrist has limited function. Saw a new video by one of my favorites and it inspired me to give this drill a try...

    Man what a difference! Of 20 recorded shots on my ES 12, I averaged a phenomenal 242.6 calculated total distance!! Additionally the slice & "power-fades" were nowhere to be seen and that for me is a rare event for sure. If I do the right thing with my wrists, I can actually feel the club release as is passes through the ball and my arms feel as if they are being stretched. It feels really powerful and I just gotta figure out how to get that feeling to the course and keep it there.

    I like Clay Ballard.  I have been doing similar work with Monte Scheinblum, and so far I have been very happy with the results.

    Only in the 90's in Boise??  My wife and I went out at 5pm last night after she got off work to play a practice 9 holes working on a few shots.  Temp was 101º with 15-25mph wind.  At least the humidity was low.  

    While I was waiting for her, I practice 20-30y pitches with my new Callaway 60º PM Grind.  Very happy with it.  Then I went to the range for a few full swings with a 9i and then my driver.  Directly into the wind; I was striking the ball solid.  On the course I had a couple of drives into the wind that were further than a good swing last year with no wind.  Our 550y par 5 #5 hole plays directly into the prevailing winds, and I was 2 yards off the front of the green in 3 shots (I usually don't get to that green into the wind).  Made par.  We only played 6 holes; caught up to a couple of slow groups, so decided to leave.  But I was -1.

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  10. On 6/12/2019 at 5:51 AM, Shankster said:

    Sorry I’ve been a bit absent the past few weeks fellas. I am not sure what year, time, or planet I am on.

    Any takers on Sneds winning?

    Yes.  I originally picked G-Mac in that Tier, but after he qualified last week for The Open, I thought that he wouldn't be quite as focused this week.  So, I picked Sneds.

    Maybe someone mentioned it already; I haven't checked, BUT what does you think about JDay hiring Stevie Williams on his bag?  That might be just what JDay needs to get back to winning.  Certainly can't hurt.  JDay might be flying under the radar this week like BK did before the '17 US Open win.


  11. On 6/10/2019 at 9:33 PM, Kenny B said:

    This last weekend I had rather uneventful rounds of 84 and 79.  I am still not putting very well.  The 79 came on Sunday from better ball striking, hitting more greens, but I'm still averaging about 33 putts per round; 2-3 more than normal.

    The nice round came today with my walking buddies.  One guy hasn't been playing for there for more than a month; a 76-year old Marine Col. pilot (I was informed that there are no "former" Marines.) 😉  he's a better player than I am; probably a 6 hcp, but we usually are about the same off the tee.  We only played 9 holes, and he shot +1; I shot +2, bogeying the first two holes which are the easiest on the front nine.  I was happy with that.  I outdrove him on most holes; I had a couple of 230+ yarders; no wind.  HUGE for me, but summer is about here, so fairways are firming up!!

    On the Par 4 #3 hole (#1hcp) shown here looking back to the fairway from the green:

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    water all down the left side and in front of the green and high grassy mounds all down the right side of the fairway; I hit a slight draw 230y to the center of the fairway, then a wedge to the center of the green 3 feet from the hole. Nice birdie on a hole that I make bogey 50% of the time and occasionally a double bogey or worse.

    On the 146y par 3 #4 hole I hit a 9i to 8 feet pin high; missed!  The 565y par 5 #5 was driver, 3W, wedge to 2 feet; didn't miss that one!  I also managed to par the 546y par 5 dogleg left #9 hole with a pond in front.  Here's a view from the fairway looking toward the green from over 300y out... do NOT want to go left; bad grassy hill!!

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    I don't like quoting my own posts, but I need to this time.  Remember my great play on #3 on Monday walking with the guys: nice drive, wedge to 3 feet... birdie on the #1 hcp hole?  As I said above, it's a hole that I bogey 50% of the time with the occasional double bogey or worse.  

    Well, today my wife and I played with our tax accountant.  On that hole I got an "other"... a 9; two balls in the water and a 3-putt!!  With my no warmup before Hole #1 double bogey, I was +7 after 3 holes.  My worst start in years!!  I did settle down to shoot 46/37 = 83.  Our accountant bought the beer.

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  12. Great stories!!

    In 1993 the year after In started playing golf, I was at the TPC Scottsdale course and had lunch with Tom Weiskopf... well, he was at the next table.  I didn't try to talk to him because I knew about his temper, and he scared me.  In 2012 my wife and I were in Palm Springs and attended the Humana Challenge at La Quinta.  I briefly chatted with Rocco Mediate as he was headed to the 1st tee from the putting green. Love Rocco!!  Then that night my wife and I had dinner at a steak restaurant with Rory Sabbatini and his wife... well, again they were at the next table.  He was very nice, and nothing like his on course personality which I don't care for, but maybe that was because his wife was there.

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  13. On 6/9/2019 at 7:09 PM, MmmmmmBuddy said:

    On our 11th hole, a tight 495 us par 5,I sniped a tee shot quick left on the highway. Reload and pummel it to 204. Yip a 2 iron in the trees left, and have 78 yards under then over a tree, and a deep bunker. Stoned a 58* to 3 feet and made 6.

    I hate this game sometimes


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  14. I had originally picked Rickie to win, but since whoever I pick does poorly, I decided to pick Cantlay.  I think either could win at Pebble.

    However, I also changed my Tier 5 pick.  When I made my picks Joel Dahmen was an alternate, but he made it in the field so I think he's got a great chance to finish high.  I believe Pebble suits his game.  However, I could be all wrong, and should have stayed with Kyle Stanley who I also think has a great chance.


  15. About two months ago I bought the new 2019 Callaway PM Grind in a 54º/14 bounce.  I've been playing it out of bunkers, rough, and from tight fairway lies.  At first I wasn't sure if I liked it.  It took awhile to get used to the sole/turf interaction, as I have been playing the SCOR with the V-sole.  I had also been playing the Callaway Sure-Out wedge strictly from bunkers with great results.  This PM grind is just as good from the sand and very versatile from other lies as well.  

    Sooooooo, today I received the 2019 Callaway PM Grind in a 60º/12 bounce.  I only had time to hit a few pitches and chips, but I think I am in love... again!  I didn't hit any full shots; I rarely do anyway with either the SW or LW, but the ball really checks up!!  More so than my 7-year old SCORs.  I will need to spend some time practicing shots around the green; the ball check up so quickly, I really had to work at getting the ball to the hole on shot chips.  Whole different shot than I'm used to!!

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  16. This last weekend I had rather uneventful rounds of 84 and 79.  I am still not putting very well.  The 79 came on Sunday from better ball striking, hitting more greens, but I'm still averaging about 33 putts per round; 2-3 more than normal.

    The nice round came today with my walking buddies.  One guy hasn't been playing for there for more than a month; a 76-year old Marine Col. pilot (I was informed that there are no "former" Marines.) 😉  he's a better player than I am; probably a 6 hcp, but we usually are about the same off the tee.  We only played 9 holes, and he shot +1; I shot +2, bogeying the first two holes which are the easiest on the front nine.  I was happy with that.  I outdrove him on most holes; I had a couple of 230+ yarders; no wind.  HUGE for me, but summer is about here, so fairways are firming up!!

    On the Par 4 #3 hole (#1hcp) shown here looking back to the fairway from the green:

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    water all down the left side and in front of the green and high grassy mounds all down the right side of the fairway; I hit a slight draw 230y to the center of the fairway, then a wedge to the center of the green 3 feet from the hole. Nice birdie on a hole that I make bogey 50% of the time and occasionally a double bogey or worse.

    On the 146y par 3 #4 hole I hit a 9i to 8 feet pin high; missed!  The 565y par 5 #5 was driver, 3W, wedge to 2 feet; didn't miss that one!  I also managed to par the 546y par 5 dogleg left #9 hole with a pond in front.  Here's a view from the fairway looking toward the green from over 300y out... do NOT want to go left; bad grassy hill!!

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  17. 9 hours ago, GolfSpy Stroker said:

    absolutely!  but if you're off just a little bit ... just a small margin then you can hit the ball thin - or low on the face - and you suffer.

    But I agree with you - there's nothing wrong with it and when it's on it is GREAT...I've shot 3 of my best rounds ever so far this year doing it.... I've just got to better at understanding my miss and making corrections for it earlier in the round.

    Nothing wrong with being a sweeper like @chisag said; been that way since I started playing.  Yes, you can hit it thin and suffer, but if you are a digger and you are off just a little bit, you can hit the ball fat - and you suffer worse.

    With that being said, I have been working on increasing my AoA... trying to take more of a divot.  Not an easy thing for me to do!!

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