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Alf. S

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  1. The mind is a powerful thing. If you can stop concentrating on swing or ball alignment marks or .... and let your brain do what comes naturally you'll be amazed at the results. I always tried to think about hitting the right pace on a putt, I now look at the line pick my spot have a look at the lay of the land wrt to the spot take a few feely swings align the putter and swing. My brain works out the pace 95% of the time pretty good, if I get distracted in my final prep with "get it to the hole" or "this is fast be careful" I inevitably misjudge the pace.
  2. Putting is so unique to an individual and you need to find something that works. Look at the Pros and the myriad of clubs, swings and grips. I think I'm back and thru, as soon as I try to arc the swing I push everything. I'm rock my shoulders, very little wrist. I'm a spot putter and if I'm concentrating on the stroke the pace goes. Swing thought tend to be focus on spot, ball, spot, swing.
  3. Don't know if we are further north than you because Ontario is pretty big we are North of Ottawa, Scotland's weather is pretty temperate and off the Atlantic so Autumn and Winter tend to be rainy and windy. Our competition season for most courses end in October and we move into Winter golf. The links course tend to stay open but some will make you play off fairway mats, the conditions on links are OK, the greens tend to be slower than the summer but you can still get a decent round at discounted prices. For the inland parkland courses it tends to be a bit different. Our course take off the low lying holes and these are replaced by a Winter course the par drops from 71 to 64 and yardage 6200 to 4800 yds. I drop from playing at least 4 times a week to twice. The Winter course for me is too short with only a couple of holes requiring anything more than a 9i for an approach. My long game is normally in tatters by the end of Winter. I'm complaining by at least most weeks I get out with 4 or 5 layers of clothes on. Most years we will go away late Autumn and early Spring to warmer European climates Turkey, Portugal, The Canary Island for 2 weeks, this gives a respite from the Scottish Winter which is always welcome. This was before Covid so this year it is stay at home.
  4. BTW you can rent the Lighthouse from Mr Trump including Butler for £5,000 a night!
  5. The reviews of it in Scotland is that the changes have been for the better I've only played it since the changes and the removal of the dead space around the lighthouse. The 9th is now a spectacular hole across the bay, championship tee is 230 yd par 3 across the bay. Still think there are a couple of meh holes on the course 3rd and the 12th but on the hole I would rate it highly. But the uniqueness of Trump International in Aberdeen surpasses it. They have just been given planning permission to build a 2nd course their. One other which is getting rave reviews at the moment is Dunbarnie in Fife which justed open this year again links and right next to Lundin Links. For me living in Scotland I'm a bit spoilt for choice but for pure history you can't beat the Old Course St Andrews. You guys have probably played more of the marquee course than me, having really good affordable courses for £30 to £50 we only play them on special occasions or by invitation. £312 for Kingsbarns is never a consideration.
  6. Thanks I'll try and capture what I think I've changed. The chipping has definitely improve my up and down rates, my swing has changed considerably over the last 6 months. I've moved to more shoulder turn in my swing and a strong left hand grip this improved my consistency. I then carried this on into the rest of my game which has improved my consistency off the tee and with my longer clubs 5i, 4h, 3h, 3w. I have a really destructive cut with the longer clubs and this may not have cured it, but it is more a controllable fade now. One thing I've started to do is use the acronym GAS at setup. G = Grip, Take my strong left hand grip A= Address/Aim, Set my shoulder pointing at my target and hands in neutral position S= Swing/Shoulder turn, usual have a practice takeaway moving shoulders only, ensuring weight transfer The only swing thought I have when I swing is to start the downswing with my shoulders It doesn't look pretty but it works. I always describe my golf game as a bit like a clown car, you fix the left hand doro and the right door falls off.
  7. Last medal has been cancelled so the season is finished at the club. End of the season/target summary. Retired 28th June 2019 h/c 7.8, target to reach 5c (5.4) before 5th Jan 2021 Took lessons, bought new kit, used Arccos to help "improve" game. Dumped new kit and Arccos at the beginning Oct 19 h/c 8.8 Immediately hit a net -5 and cut back to 7.8 end 2019 season on 7.9 Covid hits, course closed, 1st competition 20th June 2020 Chipping and pitching practise during lockdown has help my short game. Very consistent season with no medal wins but a couple of 2nd place finishes Won the over 50s match play trophy and was cut to 5.6 Sitting on 5.7 on Saturday and needed a -2 round. Finished on -1 to get to 5.5 and miss the target by 0.1 Learnt today I came 8th in the Scratch cumulative season comp (best 3 rounds) and I won the best Net cumulative comp. WHS comes in on the 1st Nov and if my calculations are right I will go up to 5.8. Slope rating for the home course is 126. Missed my career target by 0.1 but still fit and healthy so hopefully 2021 will get me there. So instead of before I'm 60 the target will be when I'm 60.
  8. I've never measured it but in winter where I regularly play in 40 -50 F I definitely feel I struggle with getting the carry that I expect in the summer which in Scotland is probably mid 50s to mid 70s. Saturday hitting 3w in 50 F, normally carry 210, with wind behind 215 or more and I embedded the shot on the full in the ditch at 205. The Pro also told me once that clothing in the winter can take 5 mph off your swing speed. So I guess we have to live with it.
  9. <<<Copy and pasted from my handicap thread>>>> It was a week of what might have been. Sitting at 5.6, I decided to play in the Wednesday 9 hole comp, didn't hit the ball well and struggled with putting so 6 over round to moves my h/c back up to 5.7. Played Saturday in 18 holer, started really badly 3 over after 2, the par 5 4th was in reach in 2 with a 205 carry over a ditch, wind behind this is easily reachable with my 3w. Shot cutting nicely onto the green and it embedded in the bank of the ditch to setup another bogey. So 4 over after 4 and looking like a cut unlikely, birdied 6 and 7, lipped out 8 for birdie and bogied 9 for +3 going out. Need level par back into get to the elusive 5.4. Putting for birdie on all the holes on back 9 except for 14th, didn't get any, 16, 17 and 18 from 10 ,9 and 6 feet respectively and bogied 11 and 14 so 5 over and cut to 5.5. I realised if I didn't play on Wednesday competition which I rarely do play in I would have made it. There is only one week to go of competition but there is a weather warning in place of heavy rain for most of Scotland for Monday and Tuesday. The course is very soft in places and I suspect they will struggle to get the summer course open all week. I will be surprised if we get to play the scheduled final rounds of the season. 16 months since I retired in June 2019 and I started driving to get to 5 it comes down to one more good round. If not WHS will take me up to ~6.2 and I start with a new goal next year. I look back on the totally depressing performance of June to Sept last year of going up 0.1 a round to a really solid season this year 8.7 to 5.5 drop I should be really happy but!!
  10. It was a week of what might have been. Sitting at 5.6, I decided to play in the Wednesday 9 hole comp, didn't hit the ball well and struggled with putting so 6 over round to moves my h/c back up to 5.7. Played Saturday in 18 holer, started really badly 3 over after 2, the par 5 4th was in reach in 2 with a 205 carry over a ditch, wind behind this is easily reachable with my 3w. Shot cutting nicely onto the green and it embedded in the bank of the ditch to setup another bogey. So 4 over after 4 and looking like a cut unlikely, birdied 6 and 7, lipped out 8 for birdie and bogied 9 for +3 going out. Need level par back into get to the elusive 5.4. Putting for birdie on all the holes on back 9 except for 14th, didn't get any, 16, 17 and 18 from 10 ,9 and 6 feet respectively and bogied 11 and 14 so 5 over and cut to 5.5. I realised if I didn't play on Wednesday competition which I rarely do play in I would have made it. There is only one week to go of competition but there is a weather warning in place of heavy rain for most of Scotland for Monday and Tuesday. The course is very soft in places and I suspect they will struggle to get the summer course open all week. I will be surprised if we get to play the scheduled final rounds of the season. 16 months since I retired in June 2019 and I started driving to get to 5 it comes down to one more good round. If not WHS will take me up to ~6.2 and I start with a new goal next year. I look back on the totally depressing performance of June to Sept last year of going up 0.1 a round to a really solid season this year 8.7 to 5.5 drop I should be really happy but!!
  11. Stole this from a facebook poster and pinched with permission. For me I prefer playing with the older balls than the 19/20. Bought a box at the beginning of the year and still have 6 in my bag.
  12. Not a good week for me with the putter. Got a good stroke going when out on Monday course was busy so only played 12 holes. I noticed I was gripping down to the end of the grip so I shorten it from 35.5 to 34.5 for Tuesday's round and it didn't work the round was a disaster, 3 putting can't hole a putt outside 2 feet. With the end of season so close with a target still to be met decided to go back to my gamer until our last medal on the 24th. Had a bounce game on Thursday with my gamer and my setup was out and again 37 putts. Worked on my setup Friday and before I went out today and back on track for the medal, although 35 putts I had a lot of long good 2 putts.
  13. Decision was to use the Floki in the medal today but fate took a hand. Power cable came down across the course and it was closed for safety reasons. It cut across the tee below. Ended up practising and went to the 15th green with the putter to try and get a feel for pace. 50 feet putt results below.
  14. I'm with Dave here. If for fun OK but anything at stake, rules is rules.
  15. Out again today, course still not fully open recovering from the rain pounding of the weekend, so only played 11 holes. The greens had just been cut so were playing a little faster than yesterday and that seem to make a difference race a few passed but started with 3 single putts from 6 feet on the first 3 greens. Had only one 3 putt but I feel I'm kidding myself on a little by excluding putting from the fringe which would have added another one. But for comparison my stats with my gamer are measured this way. Spent some time on the practise green at the end for 15 mins, one of the members did comment that the heel was off the ground at address indicating that the lie needed adjusted. It didn't seem to affect the strike but I may look and see if there is a local place that can adjust the lie for me.
  16. Without manual pacing and writing on card is anyone using any gear to capture length of putts holed?
  17. Out on the course today with the Floki for the 1st time in a practise round. I was a bit apprehensive since my more recent putters have been centre weighted and this is strongly toe-weighted But it was a pretty good start 31 putts in 4 over par round. Had a good 12 foot birdie, 1 x 3 putt which was more poor judgement by me and some good par savers from 6 feet and in. Missed 1 putt inside 6 feet with a push but I was tightening up after being level par thru 12. Seemed to be getting a good smooth roll on the ball and was getting pretty good pace and feel by the end of the round. Having putted with milled brass and steel putters and putters with metal inserts this seems to have a unique feel and sound. My first requirement of a putter is that I feel confident over putts 6 feet and in and after playing with my setup in the first few holes I was feeling pretty comfortable. The alignment line is wider than on other putters and the contrast with the black body seems to suit my eye. Hopefully 2 more bounce games with it this week before decision time, will I use it for the weekend competition?
  18. Watching the Scottish Open and caught sight of my first Pro using the Heppler. Eddie Pepperel in contention with what looks like the Floki. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  19. Got the tail end of storm Alex in Scotland. Only played 13 holes in Milngavie came off cold, wet and p!ssed off. Chilling with a beer and dark rum and coke. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  20. Another go with the putter today working on alignment after the video analysis. Little more over the ball and feels a bit better. Still using my gamer for my round today and shot 79, 32 putts 5 singles, 12 doubles and one 3 putt on the last. Nice 35 footer for birdie on 15. Plan is to take it out on my practise rounds on Monday and Tuesday next week and give it a good test drive on the greens. Coming to a crucial part of the competition season for me so a bit reluctant to move to the Heppler for the comps but we'll see after early next week. Initial impression is the roll and pace are really good, it has a real good feel straight out the box.
  21. Doing a review like this gets you doing things you wouldn't normally do. I did a slow motion video of my stroke behind the ball in the lounge , thought I was back and thru stroke. Looks to me like it I'm aligning slightly right and thru is going left.
  22. Look what just arrived? But the weather has not complied, rain all day. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  23. Getting so close I can smell it, lowest handicap of my life!
  24. Another cut gets me within striking distance of 5. I've got a final of a matchplay competition tomorrow and if I win I'm hoping the Match Secretary will cut me again. There is no set rule for this, he can't cut me to Cat 1 but he can take 1 stroke off which gets me to 5.6. Here's hoping, my game and weather holds out in October to get me there.
  25. It is funny how your perspective changes! I hit 82 on Saturday in the competition, course changes caught me out. Greens changed up by about 2 on the stint, 36 putts and chipping was tough. Come off really disappointed. A year ago I would have been happy but I’m hitting the ball so well if I don’t break 80 I’m on a downer. Bounce game today and a 78 with 2 sloppy doubles. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
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