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  1. I guess it's coming along. I played Friday. Ended up shooting 84 with a double, and two 3 putts. I was upset with an 84 - I consider that progress. Driver was weird. Hit one right. Then hook one, making sure not to hit it right. Then hit one right down the middle. Left the driver in the bag on the last 6 holes and used 3W off the tee. 5 Pars and 1 Bogey (friggin' 3 putt).
  2. I've been trying to ignore my putting lately. I had 4 missed putts my last round (2 for birdie 2 to save par) that were perfectly on line and were inches from falling. I know if I thought (just hit it harder) it would have run past the hole by 5 feet.
  3. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. And a buddy of mine who IS an orthopedic surgeon would disagree. No other sports even comes close to client referrals - Crossfit was the surefire winner.
  4. My son and I mainly play in the late afternoon. This time of year, the course is usually deserted in the late afternoon. We can tee off at 4:30ish and get 18 done in under 3 hours.
  5. I've been in VA for 20+ years now. The other day a buddy asked "Doesn't this heat and humidity bother you?" I laughed and told him I grew up in SC, without air conditioning for years. I'd rather sweat any day than freeze my butt off - the Army taught me that much.
  6. Just my opinion, but golf instructors aren't any different from hitting / pitching instructors when it comes to baseball. I coached for years, and I constantly watched good, amateur players get discouraged when they went to highly recommended (or convenient) instructors and didn't improve - but got worse. Most instructors have a "philosophy" and that's what they stick with. I would imagine it's the same with golf. Many times you can't blame the instructor. Most of them learned their trade a certain way, and that's the way they teach to get their students to improve. Applying what they know, based on a different swing "philosophy", to a student's swing is hit or miss at best. I would imagine the best amateur golf instructors have much in common with the better coaches in other sports. They have enough general AND specific knowledge in all aspects (of the golf swing in this case) to first find out what might be causing issues in their new student's current swing and then go about fixing it. Like someone else mentioned - in golf it's all about impact. How each golfer gets there can differ wildly. But if they all get to impact in a good position, is one "Style" right or wrong over other? I'm no expert by any stretch of the imagination, but it seems that the big difference with golf is the amount of time that the vast majority of amateur golfers can / will spend on practice / improving their swing and how much free time that takes up versus actually playing golf. Again, just my opinion, it seems that an open and honest conversation with a potential instructor, or maybe an initial, abbreviated lesson, would head off most issues. A clear goal would also be of immense help. I was picking the brain of a friend who was essentially a scratch golfer for years. He doesn't play all that much currently because of family responsibilities. I told him of my recent changes with my swing, experimenting etc - he told me that was fine. Everyone is different and certain things will work for one golfer that won't for another - then he point-blank asked me "What's your goal with golf?" We were on the phone and I must have gotten quiet. He continued on and explained. He said finding a SPECIFIC thing about my game / swing that I wanted to improve and work on that to give me a goal / target. I joked about wanting to shoot in the 70's consistently. His immediate answer "Then ditch the driver, find a fairway wood or hybrid or iron you can consistently hit in the fairway. If possible hit tee shots that give you approach shots using the clubs you are most comfortable with. Then spend the rest of your time practicing your pitching, chipping, putting and scoring consistently from 100 yards in." That's an approach to PURELY focusing on lowering scores. So I adjusted my actual goals, and got way more specific, after that conversation. YMMV
  7. Thanks - I'm definitely not worried about what other people think about my swing, more wondering what changes in the swing keeping the club more upright at address, essentially trying to mimic impact position. As a former baseball player, lower body rotation / speed isn't an issue for me. Since I started playing again a few months ago I started using a slower back swing to "keep control" but keying in on getting my hands "in and around" I can really get the back swing going it seems and really explode through contact.
  8. I'm building one this weekend. 1.5" PVC pipes with a UV mesh tarp from Harbor Freight. Actual hitting area will be 8x8. Total cost under $100. A buddy has this setup and he hits driver and all clubs into it. He leaves it outside in the weather. It's already lasted longer than the "name brand" golf nets he's tried over the last few years. I'm going to add this: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00656BCLO/?coliid=II1D3OAQI1FVD&colid=70DKHVVEOF61&psc=1&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it To hit off off and use some indoor / outdoor carpeting to stand on while hitting.
  9. I don't want to start a long argument for or against - so basically I've adopted some facets of the swing that rhymes with "sack and kilt". Doing this with my irons immediately improved contact, distance and most importantly consistency. I struggled trying to incorporate some of these swing thoughts into the Driver until I ran across a Youtube video that really broke it down in a different way. My driver improved enough that I almost immediately picked up 6-12 strokes a round. It's funny how having a shorter shot from the fairway makes approach shots easier. But I digress. I was on the range today and was messing around with my 4 iron. I incorporated one of the things I've done in my driver swing (faster back swing) and using a bit more upright posture and essentially keeping the hands / club more upright at address and focusing on moving the hands / club / arms basically as piece "around" my body and then letting the hips and then my upper body go through on the downswing. My normal 4 iron as of late is 180-185. This one one-hopped into the 200 yard sign. So I got the rangefinder out. 200 yard sign was 215 yards. Ball flight was a pretty tight draw. Adjusted my aim point and proceeded to do it again 5-6 times in a row. Then I tried the same changes on my 8 iron. Normally my 8 iron is 140 carry. Same effort "feel" but essentially feeling more "upright" netted an 8 iron (again with a small right to left draw) that landed right at the 150 yard sign. Measured that sign and it was 158 yards. I only had a few more minutes left - so the last few were chips with the matching G30 LW I picked up cheap on Ebay. The sound of the iron strikes with this change were more "crisp" - that's the only way I can describe it...and I feel like I was maybe a 6 or 7 in effort on a scale of 1-10. Just wondering out loud mainly.
  10. If you don't want to drop a bunch of cash one - I just bought this the other day: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07RNCW7VT/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I use TheGrint - and it's yardages are spot on. I was halfheartedly looking for a rangefinder with slope to add to the bag - and also to get more reference points for bunkers etc. I had some kind Amazon credit so the $79 one I listed cost me @ $50. It's dead on tested against two different GPS apps and a Bushnell. Slope actually came in handy last round. The guy with the Bushnell was PISSED when he found out how much it cost me - so he mentioned the only downside - it's BLUE. HTH
  11. Personally I don't care what other people think about how I dress - but that's just me. When other people start paying my mortgage then I will let them have an opinion on how I dress. I wear my everyday belt with golf shorts. I normally don't tuck my golf shirts in. Shirts that fit me well are always too short to tuck in without constantly messing with it (even with the strip inside the golf shorts meant to combat this issue) and if I buy shirts that are longer - they don't fit as well. If you like it wear it - that's all that matters.
  12. Yeah - the black Sub 70s look great. I was trying to find a pair to demo, then the tester thread came up. If I defy all odds and get to be a tester great - if not I definitely want to demo their irons.
  13. Shot the best front 9 I have shot since I started playing again a few months ago. +1 37 with 2 birdies. Then screwed the pooch on the back 9 with a 50. Then realized if I am really pissed off about an 87 - I am getting better. That 87 included 3 shots that went OB on three different holes. One an errant driver, one a 6 iron that I absolutely smoked. Flag was 160ish I hit that 6 185 yards, the third a second shot into a par 5. 220 to the center of the green. I hit a “smooth” 3wood 20 yards deep.
  14. FWIW I started Keto probably 5 years ago. I didn't mess with macros etc. I also don't have high cholesterol or blood pressure. I simply did my best to eliminate carbs. The thing is - there is a carb free (or almost carb free) solution for pretty much everything now. There are multiple sweeteners to replace sugar, even in baking / cooking for example. I dropped 50lbs in about 4 months. I was injured at the time - so no working out - just Keto. I'm still with it (I do eat carbs now and again but not that often) what I noticed was with Keto my energy level went WAY up. I was sleeping less than before Keto and wasn't getting tired in the late afternoon like I was before. The thing about Keto? It naturally killed my appetite at times. I would do intermittent fasting without realizing I was doing it. I just wasn't hungry - so I wouldn't eat. I also took to heart the advice I heard from a doctor once - whenever I THOUGHT I was hungry, drink a bottle of water, and if I was still hungry - eat - if not, I wouldn't. Apparently the hunger / thirst mechanism / trigger in the brain are very similar. I've had MULTIPLE co workers and friends go Keto over the past few years. The ONLY complaint was some saying they got the Keto "flu". Which every time turned out to be that person not getting enough hyrdration / electrolytes. It happened to me too - I simply would add a bit of normal table salt to a bottle of water (normally I use those sugar free flavored "drop ins" in a bottle of water). Every one of them told me about how after the first week or so on Keto - their appetite would just plummet.
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