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Alf. S

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  • Birthday 01/05/1961

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    West Lothian, UK
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    Retired Microelectronics executive. Avid golfer, follower of football (soccer). Qualified level 4 SYFA football coach and Level 1 PGA Golf coach. Objective, liberal views and member of the Scottish National Party (SNP)

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  • Swing Speed
    91-100 mph
  • Handicap
    6
  • Frequency of Play/Practice
    Multiple times per week
  • Biggest Strength
    Short Game

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  1. As mentioned in previous post have been losing club head speed and distance since the start of the season, lying in bed I had an epiphany yesterday. At the end of last season I was a bit inconsistent with my direction control on most of my clubs, GIR was pretty bad when playing full shots into the greens. My main swing thought at the time was at to start the downswing transition with my shoulders i.e lead with my left shoulder, in the winter to try and get better control my swing thought was more on swinging thru with my right side. Yesterday thinking back to previous experience, when I get armsy I lose distance and end up with this high cut that goes nowhere, has my new swing thought caused this? Playing the bounce game yesterday I went back to trying to lead with my left shoulder and the ball seemed to have the fizz off the club face again. Didn't score well, 83, but it was blowing 30mph.
  2. This is my 1st post with the banner specially for you ( I Hope)
  3. No not yet! Where do i do it?
  4. Golf this week Turned 61 this year and have intentionally lost a lot of weight down for 213lbs to 175lbs not sure if either have contributed to me struggling with distance also had a bad case of the shanks so changed my grip on Wednesday Thursday Lost 3&2 in the Over 60s 1st Round Matchplay, played OK, no shanks but giving up 5 strokes in 6 holes on 11 to 16, with my opponent birdying his non-stroking 15th did for me, but got HIO. Friday Lost 5&4 in the Club Foursomes. Again no shanks from me but my partner off 3 did! Neither of us played well in windy squally conditions. Neither did our opponents but they did enough. Saturday Medal at club shot 78, out in 2 over. Struggled to get down on the back 9 but game improving. Enough to get a 0.2 cut to 6 dead on. Sunday playing my 1st round of Golf In Scotland Tour at Downfield near Dundee. Struggled all the way round, at 6800yds and with me struggling with distance I couldn't get anywhere near the long par 4s in regulation. Came in with 24 points, 159th out of 170. Only one shank but pretty destructive, put me in ankle length rough behind a tree for at NR at 15 Tuesday was the 1st round of Golf in Scotland over 50s Tour at Ratho Park. James Braid course that off the yellows play 5400. Was playing with a nice couple from Edinburgh and had a really good day. Scored respectfully with my driving letting me down 31 points with 2 blobs, a wayward drive at 2 for a double and a thinned wedge at 10 for a NR. Just a bounce game today, then last of this month's ties (4BB) to play tomorrow evening. Hectic week!
  5. Last couple of photos on my HIO, I promise. The view from the tee. And with my new bag tag from the club.
  6. Nope I didn't change for the photo just my usual sartorial elegance.
  7. On the clubhouse being hit, seen the roof being hit and balls ending in the car park but never seen a window hit. I've learnt over time where not to park my car.
  8. Haven't post for a while but want to share. After playing the game from the age of 13, at the age of 61 I hit my first hole in one yesterday. Playing a tie at my Home course West Lothian Golf Club https://www.westlothiangc.com/course/. 18th, right in front of the club house, 135yds par 3 down hill with wind behind. A sweet hit Approach Wedge over the protecting bunker. Pitched about 2 feet from the hole and gently rolled into the hole. Got applause from the clubhouse and the Senior League team were on the 1st tee so they all congratulated me which added to the occasion More than made up for losing the tie 3&2. What made it sweeter is that I've been having problems with my irons and had the shanks up until a little work on the range on Wednesday.
  9. I loved Dumbarnie when I played it last year. Lots of risk reward holes. Some pix attached
  10. Glad you enjoyed it and got lucky with the weather in March, shirt sleeves! Did you play anywhere else when you were here?
  11. Edinburgh is a great historic city with lots to see and do and so is St Andrews, I'm sure you'll enjoy the experience no matter where you go. Maybe not such a nice climate as Key West. Unlike the way Scotland is portrayed it doesn't always rain in the Summer but it is temperate so you can't predict the weather even a week in advance. In July you'll have really long days it will be light until 10pm so don't be put off if offered a late tee time. The one bar/bistro I would recommend is the Devil's Advocate just off the Royal Mile, great whiskeys, food is OK, building is I think an old coach house. It is touristy without being too over the top in cost. I definitely look you up if I'm over your way but like most European's the furthest we get in Florida is Orlando One last tip, in terms of golf kit and souvenirs the Pro Shop in Gullane is a lot better than Kilspindie so if you play there be sure to visit it. It is across the road from Gullane 2 and 3's club house beside the 1st tee on Gullane 1
  12. You'll enjoy either Gullane 2 and Kilspindie both links and within 5 miles of each other. The one bit of advice is check on availability of club hire and buggy. The coast there is about 20 miles of links Golf Courses from Prestonpans to Dunbar that cater to all levels of budget ranging from Winterfield to North Berwick. Some you won't get on without a member or luck i.e Muirfield, Archerfield and the Renaissance. What dates were you thinking, because the Scottish Open is on the week before The Open (7th-10th) at the Renaissance which is a joint PGA and European Tour Event (The Genesis) so it will be pretty busy around Gullane and North Berwick? If you mind is set on East Lothian another couple of alternatives are The Glen in North Berwick which is a good course and won't break the budget or Dunbar which is a little more expensive but again a great layout and pure links hugging the coast. On the other hand if you're driving the south coast of Fife is only an hour away and again is packed with good links courses. Specifically staying away from St Andrews then the pick of them are Dumbarnie which I think is the best fun I've had on a golf course and Lundin. Crail (Balcomie) and Ellie also get good reviews, I've played Crail and I was underwhelmed with it and haven't played Ellie. Lastly if on a budget Leven Links is always in good conditions and worth a play. I'm 20 minutes outside Edinburgh but my home course is parkland. If you and your wife are looking for a game I could host you and I'm pretty sure I can drum up 2 decent sets of clubs and a buggy. If you have any questions drop me a line and I'll try and help, I've played a lot of courses across Scotland.
  13. Thoughts on the Berger drop? https://www.trendsmap.com/twitter/tweet/1503486725896683525 I looked at the PGA Twitter video and it is real hard to correlate where he dropped to where he wanted to drop. There was Top Tracer on it that should have been real easy if there was an on course commentator to confirm where it crossed. Either way I think it was handle correctly by him and his playing partners, he eventually had to agree with Hovland and Daiman and take the drop further back and also post round Hovland and Berger seemed to be very level headed about it. IMO the comparison been made to Patrick Reed's is completely unwarranted.
  14. Alf. S

    Maxfli Tour

    If you can get them! Not sold in Europe never mind Eaglesham I'm afraid, might be able to get them on eBay!
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