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  1. It's December in Iowa. I played 18 last Wednesday and 18 on Thursday. Stayed inside on Friday because of the weather. Went deer hunting on Saturday, hit some balls on Sunday, and shoveled snow today. Done for the year?
  2. I play with a fairly relaxed group of guys. We will text in the morning to set up a game for the afternoon. If one of the golfers has a conflict, it's not uncommon for them to say "Go ahead and tee off at 2:00, I'll join when I can," or " I have a meeting at 4:30, so I may have to take off early." We can get very serious about our golf, but the main reason we play is for the camaraderie. It's better to play 14 holes than none.
  3. I recommend two books for you to read and study. Note, they are not your typical, technique oriented golf books. First, The Lost Art of Playing Golf. If you take it to heart, it will change the way your approach the game and practice. No more worrying about keeping your left wrist flat, are your pronating or not, etc., but focusing your attention on actually playing better. It also has a section on practice and keeping track of your results. I would recommend this book to golfers at any level. https://www.amazon.com/Lost-Art-Playing-Golf-ebook/dp/B07WF8K43B/ref=sr_1_1?gclid=CjwKCAiA5o3vBRBUEiwA9PVzat3lfbczLg20x8B0arBmbFzytiPwnhzEigS156JmHz3QRup2vZtvihoC-UYQAvD_BwE&hvadid=394318228996&hvdev=c&hvlocphy=9017776&hvnetw=g&hvpos=1t1&hvqmt=e&hvrand=7612051476004675907&hvtargid=aud-840076997981%3Akwd-828733160059&hydadcr=7465_9611852&keywords=the+lost+art+of+playing+golf&qid=1575223693&sr=8-1 Second, GLT Golf Practice--How to Practice Golf and Take Your Range Game to the Course. The book has a good, if somewhat simplified, overview of different types of practice and how each works best for what you are working on. It then has a series of games/drills to work on for game improvement and to track your results.. It has suggestions on how to do the games based on your current level, beginner, intermediate or advanced. It also has suggestions on how to incorporate the drills into circuits (where you move from one drill to the next to the next and then repeat) so as to maximize learning and skill retention. https://www.gltgolfstore.com/p/golf-books/glt-gp001.html The book is a bit expensive, but it was worth it to me. Much of the same information is available on the GLT (Game Like Training) Youtube channel. Personally I like the book as it goes into more depth and provides a better overall framework. Go to their Youtube channel and under "playlists", you can find their golf practice circuits.
  4. Guinness is good for you! https://www.thedailymeal.com/healthy-eating/guinness-healthier-your-light-beer
  5. "Atomic Habits," by James Clear. Subtitled "Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results," and "An easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad ones." I first became aware of the book "Atomic Habits" through golf websites. It was recommended by a several instructors/writers because of it's application to improvement in golf. (Google "atomic habits golf" to find the different articles.) I then started seeing references to the book on weight loss sites and fitness sites. (Google "atomic habits weight loss", "atomic habits diet", and "atomic habits fitness.") I finally downloaded and read the book. I highly recommend it. It is not a golf book, or diet book or fitness guide. It looks at habits--those things we do during the day without really thinking about them. It helped me recognize all sorts of things I was doing out of habit, what triggered the habitual response and best of all, how to change the bad habit into good. Small changes, but changes that lead to big changes. I recommend the book, for golf and for weight loss.
  6. Agreed. St. Andrews is a wonderful town. Lots of golf in the town or nearby. A great way to do a first trip.
  7. Looks like we were typing at the same time, Dave.
  8. I have done multiple trips to Ireland and Scotland. Each has advantages and disadvantages. The courses in Ireland tend to be more dramatic--bigger dunes, more separation of holes, more elevation changes. But, the courses are pretty spread out. You will spend a lot of time in a car in Ireland and frequently change hotels. (Again, these are generalizations.) The courses in Scotland tend to be flatter, but are no less of a test of golf. But, the courses are grouped together, so much less travel is involved. You can stay in the same hotel for days and only have short drives to multiple courses. Troon, Prestwick and Turnberry in one hotel, the Old, New, Jubilee and Kingsbarn from one hotel. North Berwick, Gullane and Muirfield. Both are great trips. My favorite courses are about evenly split between the two, with the nod to Ireland, particularly Northern Ireland. But if you want to relax more and travel less between rounds, then I would recommend going to Scotland first.
  9. #3. Answer the question, "Why do you play golf?" I mean really sit down, think about it, contemplate the question and answer it for yourself. The new perspective may fundamentally change the golfer''s approach.
  10. #2. Feel is not real. Many golfers use this as an excuse. Instead, they should be working on their awareness so that what they feel is real. Once a golfer can feel what is actually happening, then they can improve quickly and retain/ingrain the improvements.
  11. #1. Working toward the perfect swing is a never-ending rabbit hole of frustration. Practice to improve skills and good technique will follow.
  12. Flagless Golf is an interesting strategy game/experiment to try. Go play nine/eighteen holes without any flags on the greens. Target the center of each green for the approach shots---no peeking even on pitches and long chips. See how you score compared to your normal strategy. Note, it is best to do this literally with no flags on the greens. If possible.
  13. I have used a range finder for years. This year I added in a basic GPS that gives front, middle and back distances to the green. My home course is hilly so there can be a number of shots where one can't laser the pin. I still use the laser but not nearly as often as I used to. I've played my home course enough that I can generally pull the club for my second shot before leaving the tee. It's nice to have the distances when I get out of position, however.
  14. I had a bad case of "golfer's elbow" a couple of years ago. I found that wearing a strap like MattF recommends above helped to minimize pain while playing, but it didn't do much to solve the problem that caused the problem. If you want to play, get a strap to keep the problem from getting worse in the short run. I used a Bauerfield Sports Elbow Support. I found it better than a strap because it put pressure above and below the elbow. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01BI8T8Y6/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Note: they come in different sizes. You need to get the appropriate size. Now that you can keep playing, how do you get better? Google "Theraband Flexbar". They are great for stretching the muscles around the elbow and strengthening them. You can find Youtube videos on them. Highly recommended. The final thing I would question is what is causing the problem in the first place? In my case, I was turning my right elbow in a bit and putting pressure on it in the swing as a result of a stronger grip. I went to a more neutral grip and relaxed my elbow and the problem has not come back.
  15. 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....
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