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  1. That's been an interesting point I've heard from friends and playing partners over the year. Some say that they're fine spending the first few rounds of a season getting used to that year's ball. Others say that they really wish the companies would offer "legacy" or "classic" iterations of balls so that they can keep playing the style of ball they love and are used to.
  2. I love Danny because he definitely gets me thinking outside of the box. I wouldn't say to take everything he says as gospel, but to be open to some of the drills, ideas and concepts he presents. For example, one of his big schticks that resonates with me and has helped my game is to look at other sports or motions we're familiar with. He uses soccer balls, tennis rackets, medicine balls, etc depending on the person. Those videos have definitely helped me get better with keeping my upper and lower body connected and with understanding rotation.
  3. Hey everyone! Going out of order with the answers since it flows better in my messed-up head! I'm Brian from Salt Lake City, Utah. I'm an 18 handicapper who's currently playing Cleveland CBX Launcher irons. I chose the King Forged Tec X irons over the Forged X irons because having the extra 45 grams of tungsten spread all across bottom should provide additional forgiveness and the ability to get more launch from my shots. As a higher handicapper and one who struggles launching the ball higher in the air at times, especially with my longer irons, the additional weight provides greater confidence standing over the ball. As for what I'd hope to get out of these clubs performance-wise, I'm looking for forgiveness and as consistent of performance as possible regardless where on the face I strike the ball. In the longer irons, I'd love the ability to have a higher ball flight. Furthermore, I'd love for that to not come at the expense of losing control and consistency in my shorter irons. Overall, these clubs look like they could be a wonderful fit for the needs of my game. If I'm lucky enough to receive these clubs, I'd have an absolute blast testing and reviewing them and participating in discussions on the forum about my experiences. Good luck everyone!
  4. Similar approach for me. Lock onto five or fewer single words or thoughts for to make a sequence so that you channel the focus into those words/thoughts rather than anything else. Case in point, mine are "Cowboy. Grip. Tempo." Cowboy helping to remind me of my stance, grip helping to remind me not to white-knuckle the grip, and tempo reminding me not to kill it. Once I say tempo, I just breathe through my backswing, just focusing on the breath. That process helps eliminate the self-talk and doubts for me by channeling it.
  5. Kirkland Sig V2s. I'm not a good enough golfer to justify spending more than a dollar per ball and the fact that I don't care about losing a ball takes so much pressure off of me during my swing. Plus, the best part of my game is 115 yards and in, so I like having a bit more spinny of a ball that I can work and control.
  6. I have an issue with someone who's inclined to cheat during a buddies game with a fairly small buy in. If you can't be honest with your buddies and have to cheat when you're with them just to win a few bucks, that's not necessarily a person I'd want to keep playing with.
  7. It also comes down to what you're looking to get out of the club. You say driving/utility iron. I know plenty of people who use longer/shorter clubs for their tee clubs depending on if they want a little more club speed, control, etc.
  8. I'd say aspects of my swing are intuitive and natural, especially with my wedges. That includes a fairly square stance, accelerating through my downswing, weight transition etc. It's why I use baseball swings as part of my warmups. However, there are aspects that feel so freaking awkward that I need to tell myself to remember them before my round. I think it just comes down to each person and their respective backgrounds.
  9. Hmm, depends on how well you'd handle their background check, asset check, and every other check they'd be doing.
  10. Beautiful course! More importantly, Painted Valley has their yardage card on the course's website for free. Print it out and make your plan in advance!! Get an idea of where your safe misses are, generally what area you'd like your tee shot to be in, your second shot, etc. That way, you can be confident in your plan going into each and have a reset in case a hole doesn't go great. Case in point, look at hole 1 from the whites: Downhill 548 yard par 5. Clearing the creek shouldn't be an issue for you (183 to clear it from the whites), but the tee shot should be aiming to the left given the slope flowing left to right and the bunkers and creek on the right. Even with your distance and the downhill, this is probably a three shot to the green hole. There's a nice bit of open room from about 140 in, so you should have your pick of your third shot in. Being on the left side of the fairway gives you the best angle into the green. The green is 14 yards wide and 34 yards long with both sides sloping inwards and then back to front. Bunkers on either side of the green and short right. So, short left of the green is an ok miss for most pins and gives you an uphill put. Long right is also ok, although not great. With all of that info, you get a good idea of what you're looking for. You don't have to try to overcook a driver/3wood combo because you're likely not on in 2 anyways. And the best room for a third shot in is in that 140 to 70 yard range, so you should decide what you want as your third shot in and what combo of tee club and second shot give you that. If your GW is still 125, you can see where you want your ideal third shot to be (around the 123 marker on the yardage book), and you get to decide how you want to split up your first two shots to get the 420 yards up to that point (e.g. 240 yard 3W off the tee and 180 yard 7i per your yardages from last year). Then on play day, it's as simple as having your ideal plan summarized on each page. For hole 1: 3w -> 7i -> GW, stay left, short left miss. And of course, being comfortable adapting when things don't go according to the ideal plan.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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?
  15. 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!
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. UPDATE: based on how my team is performing so far (+7 cumulatively), I apparently don't like prizes as much as I thought.
  23. 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!
  24. 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.
  25. I mean, I like prizes so I volunteer as tribute!
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