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MNUte

 
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  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Salt Lake City
  • Interests
    Golfing (shocking, I know), cooking, reading, and spending time with my puppy.

Player Profile

  • Age
    29 and under
  • Swing Speed
    101-110 mph
  • Handicap
    18
  • Frequency of Play/Practice
    Weekly
  • Player Type
    Weekend Golfer
  • Biggest Strength
    Putting
  • Biggest Weakness
    Approach
  • Fitted for Clubs
    No

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  1. Hmm, great question because it gets into whether or not we care about others seeing some of our highlights. The only reason I'd want some of my playing partners to see them would be just for the fun conversation that would come afterwards. But overall, I'm personally not the type where it matters whether the highlight occurred with witnesses or not since I know what I did. That being said, if I had to choose some of the moments: My eagle this past winter. Nearly freezing day on my local muni course and it was a fairly straight forward ~ 280 yard par 4. My drive went about 240 total but bounced left of the fairway into a little trough area. So a 40 yard second shot to a green that was at about my head height. Since I wasn't caring about sinking it and instead just focusing on getting it on the green with a good shot before my hands started shaking too bad, I had a smooth easy swing that got the ball to one hop and then just plop into the hole. Didn't realize I'd made an eagle until I was walking to the next hole and tallying up my score. My 300 yard drive. When I'm hitting my driver well, I've gotten it out to about 285 total on a clear day. I was playing a day with maybe 15 to 20 mph winds and knew it would be just a fun day for sending it. So on the par 5, I teed the ball a bit higher than normal and just cranked it as hard as I could. Fortunately, it didn't duck hook and went up in the air, caught the wind, and went about 305 total on a flat course.
  2. Same for me. You can get warm a few holes in, but without a warmup I tend to struggle early. And the big issues tend to not just be physical or technique, but mental. And depending on how bad the round is going those first few holes, it can take a lot longer to dig myself out of the mental hole I dug myself into early in the round.
  3. Whoa there, we will not stand for you telling us what we can and can't do. ... ... Some of us listen to our favorite audiobooks too.
  4. I mean, I can see it. If they're only doing putting-stroke chips, doing it lefty and having that mental disconnect between your righty full swing mechanics and your lefty short, sweet and simple mechanics could be really helpful. How does the guy do in your league?
  5. This is the same for me. I tend to be a net positive after a round. And playing Kirkland Sig V2s, almost every ball I find is more "valuable" than mine!
  6. Me too. I have CBX irons and love them. Now after trying the CBX2 irons, I'm definitely keeping them in mind for future wedges. The heads did everythy I wanted, and I liked what I could do with heavier heads on partial shots.
  7. This. You're going to get a great wedge from most of the reputable companies (including Tour Edge, Sub 70, etc). It just comes down to what your course conditions tend to be, your technique, and your confidence. Case in point, I was playing with my brother in law's set last week. Had never used his CBX2 wedges before and his lofts were slightly different than mine. But after 15 minutes on the practice green figuring out how they were different than mine (heavier heads, which actually turned out to be great on partial shots), had no problem working them.
  8. I grew up putting both ways (my dad thought it would help make my motion more consistently straight), and still will putt left handed with the back of my Odyssey if a round is going poorly and I just want to smile and reset my mind.
  9. And I'm in the camp of find that one club that works for you and learn how to use it to its fullest rather than learning how to alter it to the conditions. I have an Odyssey White Hot Pro 2.0 blade putter with no weights and I love it. Then again, I've been using it for years on everything from cow patches to pro speed greens, so it could be more the comfort with the club than the club itself at this point.
  10. I am incredibly fortunate to be having a kid in a few months, so my goals for this year are definitely different than last. Rather than focusing on a particular score, I want to enjoy myself and have fun during every round I'm able to get out on. Because of my ability to practice short game and not necessarily long game, I want to be dialed in from 50 yards and in and be able to get up and down in almost any situation from those distances. And most importantly, I want to convince my wife to let me keep my birdie ball putting mat in the nursery where it currently is.
  11. I also think that there's a middle ground, or an application of smart golf that fosters and develops confident golf. If you're aware of your limits and the better misses on a course, that gives you the opportunity to know just how far you can push those limits. That in turn could give you more confidence standing over the ball because there's less fear about the unknown or the bad being bad enough to truly undermine your score.
  12. UPDATE: based on how my team is performing so far (+7 cumulatively), I apparently don't like prizes as much as I thought.
  13. As has been mentioned, you're at a bit of a crossroads as to how you approach it. The first option is to go back to what was working for you. Just work on remembering the feelings of the motions from before your lessons. How your body felt when you were swinging the club back then, how you were thinking, etc. Then commit to those feelings and just work on shaping your game around that old swing. The second option is to dive head first into the lessons you've had and potentially more. Golf is one giant kinetic change, so it's very hard to change a few things like you wanted without the entire kinetic chain being affected. So continue to practice from your lessons, focusing on the feelings and development and not the results. Again, DO NOT FOCUS PURELY ON THE RESULTS, those will come in time as you lock in the habits and behaviors. The third option is to stay as you are now and adapt your game to your current swing. Case in point, before improving his swing, Bubbie from Good Good could only hit a banana slice off the tee and his wedge game is meh. So, he always aimed way left off the tee and became incredibly good putting from off the green. As Golf Sidekick put it, "it's called golf, not golf swing." Rahm, Wolff, and plenty of other professionals have succeeded with less than traditional swings. Without more information on what you tried to change, what lessons you took, etc, it's almost impossible for us to give you tailored advice. So as it stands, the above three approaches (go back, go forward, or adapt to the present) are about as good of advice as anyone can give. All three have their pros and cons and all three will take time. It's up to you on how much time you want to commit and how you want to approach it. Good luck!
  14. As a kid, my dad put me into some lessons with friends (unfortunately forgot everything from those when I picked up the game again a few years ago). The group from my class who was ahead of us was goofing off on the green instead of moving to the next whole, so my friends and I collectively shouted "move." They proceeded to moon us. I had my ball teed up already, so I angrily hit at them and was about a meter away from hitting one of them in the head. Looking back on it, I'm grateful nobody got hurt and realize just how bad things could have been if I'd hit the idiot in the head.
  15. I mean, I like prizes so I volunteer as tribute!
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