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Smalls1588

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  1. I'm also working on the mental approach when I'm at the range before a round. I try and go through a preshot routine and visualize the first hole. Funny, I always imagine a birdie or no worse than par on the first few holes ;). Now if I'm swinging exceptionally well on the range, I try and remember that feeling for the first few holes, kind of feed off the good memories from the range and putting session. Sadly, being hung over prior to the round yesterday prevented those good feelings to get to the first hole... Lol

     

    MDGolfHacker

    The best round of my life was on 3 hours of sleep and a late night with some buddies in town for my graduation party. We were up till about 4 in the morning and had a 7 am tee time at a course an hour away. I was still feeling it out on the course and got around in the red numbers on a course playing about 7,200 yards. 

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  2. I'm kind of like Rev, well as far as the extent of the routine, not the results..ha

     

    A few years back, I had a teaching pro tell me during a playing lesson, to take only 3 clubs to the range, wedge of my choice (usually my 50) 6 iron and driver.   Hit enough half wedges to get loose so full swings wont' hurt you, so maybe 10 or so working up to a 3/4 swing.   Then no more than 7 swings each with the other two.  That's 25 shots, which is more than enough for me to at least get loose.  At my level, range sessions mean nothing as to what my actual own course play will be.   I can be hitting it so pure on the range and go out and completely cold stone top the first tee shot.  Or I can have the shanks on every iron I hit on the range, then go out and stripe the opening tee shot right down the middle.  Both scenario's have actually happened in the past month..ha

    Even when I played tournaments range sessions vs. what I was doing on the course seemed to vary sometimes as well. Probably a mental thing considering a good range session could amp you up or a bad session could lower your expectations. 

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  3. In my opinion, putting stats are such a relative statistic. If there is one thing about golf, it's that the only statistic that can tell the story is your score (and that's a strong if). Think about average putts for one second, now think about how you could average over 2 putts per hole and shoot under par if you hit 18 greens and reach par 5s in 2. Or think about how you could have a really low average putts per round but not hit many greens. Average putts per round is related to proximity to the hole, GIR, etc.. What if a guy comes into the clubhouse and says man I hit 14 fairways today. Then you ask him how his round went and he says that his irons weren't hot and he couldn't putt.  

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  4. Just played 18 for the first time since September, I thought I was horrible at putting, and I'm not much of a stat man. But I averaged 1.9 putts per hole. And I'm using an old Cobra 002 Blade putter. It is the best thing since sliced bread.

     

    What's yer averages?

     

     

    - Al

    It's more about how many greens you hit. You hit 18 greens and average 1.9 putts that's a hell of a round. 

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  5. Didn't really know where to post, but was surfing the web and came across a series of videos showing various pros' warm up routines. I'm just curious as to what your warm up routines are? I normally like to head to the range first; I have a specific range routine I do. Half 56s, full 56s, PW, 8 iron, 4 iron, 3 wood, driver, then work on whatever I had been practicing on during the week. Then I like to chip and then round out with putting. But I guess I never have followed this super strictly. 

     

    Do you have a strict routine you follow? Maybe a playlist? Superstitions? Post what you do to get ready for a round!

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  6. Yeah tourney golf gets the DNAs or boosts. I tend to buy on tgw when they run a little deal of some kind and then just rotate through based on weather, practicing, etc. I buy 1-2 pair a year usually. We buy running shoes 1-2 times per year, why not golf shoes!

     

     

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    Great outlook on it! I think I'll stick with my boosts and get a second pair tbd. 

  7. I currently have a pair of adi boosts, 360s, FJ DNA, (2) lunar controls, and another pair of Nikes I rotate through...and a new pair of Callaway that I got from ShortPar4 subscription. I wear all of these lol man those adiboosts are comfy though

     

     

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    I would love to build an inventory of shoes to rotate through but I tend to pick favorites and run them into the ground. I should probably work on that. The adiboosts were a life-saver in tournament golf playing 6 hour rounds. 

  8. Hi everybody, I am a golfer who used to be off scratch but haven't played for five years, I started practicing on the range through the winter and all is going well until I was able to practice on the grass yesterday! Forgot how bad my chipping technique was, any help greatly appreciated.

    Get to a chipping green and get the stroke down first. Open your feet slightly, keep your wrists out of it, and accelerate through the ball. Once you have the stroke down, move the ball position around and figure out which sort of window you like the ball to come out in. Will give you confidence, help you pick your landing target, and understand how much roll out you will get. Also, don't be the guy that plays 100 different chips/pitches with 5 different clubs. Learn how to hit multiple shots with a go-to club. There is a time and place to hit a flop with a lob wedge and a bump with an 8 iron, but if you become versatile with one wedge it will increase your up-down%. 

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  9. Scrolling through the forums on a study break and came across this thread so here's what I have going on...

     

    Currently studying for 3 huge finals (Psychology, Management, Macroeconomics)

    My roommate is sick so I can't go back to my room and relax

    The weather sucks and I can't go take my usual study break on the range

    I got about 4 hours of sleep last night

    My motivation is dwindling

     

    I'm fine, everything is fine.

     

    One week left and I'm out practicing, playing, working on the course all Summer so that is pushing me through!

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  10. I own a couple pair of the Nike Explorer SL spikeless because they were cheap. I invested in a pair of Adidas Adipower Boost 3 this year, and they are so, so much more comfortable than the Nikes. I walk 90% of the time, and I'd say they're one of my best investments yet.

    Always been an Adidas guy myself, the new Nike lunar control vapors are really tempting though. I'm a sucker for a slick, white shoe. 

  11. Nike lunar control

    Footjoy DNA

    Biion (4 pair)

    Ecco Boom

    True linkswear gent wingtip

    Been wanting a pair of DNA's since the originals, seem to really tear greens up though. Might have to experiment with Ecco, hear they're super comfortable and I walk a lot of rounds. 

  12. Currently wearing either last year's Tour 360 Boost (no BOA  :mellow: ) or a pair of Nike high tops I bought on closeout.  I also have two pair of the new ECCO's -- the ECCO Cage Pro's (spineless)  and the ECCO Cool 18 GTX (cleated) - I really like those!!

     

    Never worn BOA's - but this must happen soon!

    The one negative I have on the tour 360 boost BOA's is that when you step in a puddle, the murky water gets trapped in this insert on the sides of the shoe and its impossible to clean. But boy, when you click them and spin it to tighten, everyone watches in awe. 

  13. If anything it could just be a lack of focus on the tee. Maybe look at your pre-shot routine and try to incorporate an over exaggerated swing that makes you feel like the club is doing what you want it to. I started noticing Rickie really over exaggerating his practice swings and gave it a shot. No matter what my swing thought is, I really stress it in my pre-shot. Then its just stepping up to the tee and committing. Sounds easy enough but gives you a lot of confidence and I've noticed the big miss really being eliminated for me. Hope that made sense. 

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  14. A Dream Weaver long iron that you know is perfect soon as it leaves the face. I am guilty of straying into "poser" territory; holding the finish just a bit too long on quality shots in this category.

     

     

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    If you're not holding your finish for an absurdly long time and finishing with an over-dramatized club twirl, can you even consider yourself a serious golfer? 

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  15. What's everyone wearing on their feet for this season?

     

    I'm a big sneaker head on and off the golf course and have been loving anything involving Adidas' boost. I've been wearing the tour 360 boost BOA but it is time for a change and haven't done much research on new products yet. But why spend time scrolling through company's websites and golf magazines when I can just ask you guys. What are your recommendations? My big points are comfort and style.

     

    You know what they say: look good, feel good, play good. 

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  16. In my opinion, there's nothing like striping a long iron. There is just something about stepping up to a shot you may not be feeling to confident about, and then catching that part of the club face where you can't even feel the contact with the ball. Glorious.

  17. I currently play a Taylormade Aeroburner TP 3 wood and am looking to switch it up this season. I have it slightly cut down and hit it a mile, but it is just beat up. Time for some new tech.  

     

    Some of the clubs I'm planning on testing:

    • Old and new M series- really liked the aeroburner so seems like a no brainer
    • Cobra King baffler series- have heard interesting things about the baffler technology

     

    I also am going to look more into the the Callaway and Ping options.

     

    Any suggestions, comments, first-hand accounts, etc. are appreciated!

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  18. I switched to non-dominant hand low for two reasons: it was a quick adjustment and eliminates excess wrist movement. I played left hand low the first day experimented with it on the practice green. Immediately I notice how much more confident I got inside 6 ft. Every straight you just line it up, grip, and hammer it home. Just mentally it is comforting that your hand closest to the hole is leading your stroke. 

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