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  1. My issue with non-tech users is. Generalized here: Guy walking to his ball, can't find a sprinkler head. Has group wander around for two minutes to find one. Step off a distance, loses count, starts over. Has to pull out slide rule and notebook to calculate hypotenuse of right triangle. Finally figures out a distance, Shank it off into the swamp. Drop ball get distance, duff it into a sand trap. Take 3 shots to get out of sand trap.... All while your buddies stand and assist you....
  2. My typical warm up is as follows: Stretch and do a series of warm up, balance and tempo exercises/warm up drills. 5 balls with a 9 iron. Chip, short pitch, long pitch, full shot, 3/4 shot. I then do the same with my SW and 4 iron. (Clubs may vary a bit, for example, 8 iron, gap wedge and 6 iron.) I then hit 4 drives. Normally 100 yards, 150, full swing and 3/4 swing. I will end with hitting a few shots mimicking playing a hole or two on the course. For example, drive, 8 iron, pitch and chip. I then head to the practice green to get a feel for green speed. My main focus on the range for the warm up is to get a feel for the clubs, checking alignment and balance, and getting mentally focused on hitting to the target. For me, it's as much getting the mind ready (quit thinking about the office, etc.) as it is warming up physically.
  3. Ah the memories: the synoptic gospels, Paul Tillich, biblical hermeneutics, the "son of man"..... so many great topics. Have fun!
  4. Is knowing the distance to the target "against the spirit of the game?" I don't think so. Golfers have been figuring out the distance to the target for as long as I've been playing golf (since the 1960s). Before the advent of lasers and GPS, golfers relied on course maps, yardage markers, yardages listed on sprinkler heads and pin placement sheets. Calculating distance involved stepping off distance and some simple math. Golfers got very good at it. The pros still do it that way. I find it interesting when the broadcasts include caddy /player discussions. The TV announcer has the distance the target; the caddy and player usually come up with a yardage within a couple of yards. Is taking a laser reading and finding out the pin is 148 yards (+or- 2 yards) all that different (and against the spirit of the game) from stepping off the distance from the ball to the 150 yard maker, adding in the pin location to come up with 148 yards? The laser is just a tool that makes finding the distance faster than doing it by stepping it off. Not using a laser, the golfer calculated the pin is 148 yards. Using a laser, the player calculates the pin is 148 yards. Both players have the same information. The golfer still has to decide on the shot to hit and to execute that shot.
  5. "Thank you for your input...now I need to go play the shot." I try not to get caught up in the round, but to stay focused on the shot. Play one shot at a time, as mentioned above. I find if I start thinking about the situation, it interferes with my shot. This includes thoughts like "I can still make par," "I need a bogey to break 80," or "I can't afford another double bogey." When those thoughts creep in, I acknowledge them, and let them go. I say to myself "Thank you for your input..." I then focus on making the shot.
  6. I started the year with 16 clubs, 14 of which I use at a time. The same 16 are still in my arsenal. Albeit, I bought a used driver to try, but sold it shortly afterward. I changed balls after the MGS test came out. Gloves don't matter much to me. I switched from Callaway gloves from Costco to Kirkland gloves from Costco. Everything else remains the same, except for clothing. I had to buy all new shirts, shorts, and pants because I have gone down two sizes since the beginning of the year. I have no idea how you score that.
  7. Read Fred Shoemaker's book "Extraordinary Golf." And I mean really read it and think about the things he talks about. Ponder the questions asked. After a few months, reread it and do it again. He asks the big questions. Your answers will put golf into perspective for your life.
  8. This week is a trip down memory lane. I am visiting my son and listening to vinyl albums. I gave him my record collection, my B&O Beomaster 8000 system with Magnapan speakers. We’re in his music room going through the best of the collection. Abbey Road, Sargent Pepper’s, Van Morrison, Miles Davis Kind of Blue, etc. The system still sounds great 35+ years after I bought it. Fun times with my son.
  9. I did 100 a day up until the golf season kicked into high gear. I now do 50 a day. Doing 100 and playing golf causes my right elbow to hurt. (I injured my elbow years ago and it flares up on occasion.) It sucks to get old, but it beats the alternative. I do have good news on the diet front. I hit my goal weight of 187 pounds this week. I started at 223 the day after Christmas. I still have about 10 pounds of mayonnaise around the middle, so I don't have any plans to change my eating habits.
  10. Thanks for the reference. Our course has a set of tees for the "Senior Women" that is pretty close to the distances listed in the article. We'll try playing those next time out and see if we need to move forward from those. It's a mental adjustment for me to play with my wife. I grew up playing golf with my sister, who would play the men's regular tees--the women's tees were too short for her to be challenging.
  11. I'm looking for ideas on golf games/formats to play with my spouse. My wife is a social golfer: we play in Friday night couples two balls and in our club's, couples events on holidays. She plays in the women's league as an alternate where they usually play a best ball format. In Florida, we sometimes play a par three course, which we both enjoy. The issue is she doesn't like playing her own ball for a round. A good drive is 140 yards and she ends up hitting too many long fairway woods for it to be enjoyable. Lately we've been going out after dinner for nine holes. We play a format where we both hit drives, then switch balls and play through the green. If I miss the fairway, she gets to move my drive over to the edge of the fairway. She has a good chance of reaching the green in two on most holes and I get to play shots that I normally don't have. Does anyone have suggestions for golf games/formats for us to try?
  12. I followed the "fix it" approach for 20 plus years. I got better for a while, if I hit thousands of balls and worked really hard, but ultimately I regressed. The "fix it" approach lead primarily to frustration and exhaustion. I much prefer the learning approach advocated by coaches like Fred Shoemaker, Tim Galloway, Sam Jarman, Lynn Marriot and Pia Nilsson.
  13. From observation on the course, I know my basic distances. A couple of times a year I go out and test them. I'll set up my bag as the target (at the basic distance from observation) and hit an odd number of balls to the target. Say I hit seven balls, I note the shortest and longest balls to give me my range and then pick up the three shortest and three longest. The ball that is left is my median distance for the club.
  14. On 17, I hit my approach shot to 3 feet and made birdie. ON 18, I had 105 to the pin, caught a gap wedge thin, but it hit the flag and dropped down a foot from the hole. I tapped in for birdie. Great way to end the round.
  15. Yesterday, I played "Geriatric Golf." (That's the name the group calls our game, not a characterization from me.) It highlighted the importance of staying fit and how it impacts one's golf game ( and life overall) as we age. Five of us played an 18 hole best ball from the senior tees. We shot 9 under, not our best but a good score for our group. I'm 61, the others are 67, 68, 71 and 73. The 71 year old and I are the 'long hitters" of the group. This was driven home to me on the third hole when the other three grabbed woods for a 145 yard shot. I hit 8 iron and the 71 year old hit 7. Our group has similar back grounds and careers. All had office jobs--business owners or professionals. None of us are over weight. But, the 71 year old and I are conscious of our fitness level. While all in the group does cardio, mainly bike riding, the two of us also work out on a regular basis, with an emphasis on stretching. It's not the years, but the miles. That saying was in stark relief yesterday.
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