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  1. Crazy as this might sound, BJ's sells pants branded OneDayAway for about $20. They work really well when the temperature drops into the 40's and 50's and the wind picks up (20-30 mph) here in the mid-Atlantic. They are not lined and more comfortable to walk in than rain pants, which, as others have mentioned, are another good option. Under Armor ColdGear mock turtlenecks are indispensible in wind when temps go below 50.
  2. I can relate to the OP. My handicap has typically ranged between 4-6. As a kid who played almost daily, putting was a strength. As a working adult, weekend warrior who played an average of 50 times per year, my putting gradually became a real weakness. I could putt just fine (normal) on the practice green, but never really "worked" on my putting. So in matches, my poor putting usually showed up. Even though I knew my mis-hits were out on the toe, that's where I would hit most of my putts during a match. I moved to a golf course community 10 months ago and started really working on my putting. Multiple nights per week, I hit the practice green for sometimes as much as 2 hours. I found working on 4-10 footers that break left to right or right to left, was the most efficient practice for me. It forced me to get the line and the speed just right, and that means stroking the ball in a consistent manner. I'll always do a bunch of difficult lag putts as well. And I work on my chipping, trying to keep my lead arm staight and producing a similar tempo to my putting. Only through all this "work", have I seen my short game improve. Its almost as if I've re-wired my brain. As others have said, it is about confidence, trusting your stroke, and having a consistent process. I've read all the "confidence" books, but nothing has worked as well for me as disciplined practice. Before a round, I do a condensed version of my short game practice, usually for 15-20 minutes. Sometimes that means I'm only hitting 10-20 full warmup shots. Do I still freak out about 2-5 footers? At times, for sure. I can freeze. Still a lot of scar tissue. But I'm making most of them now. On 8-20 footers, I now feel like I have a decent chance to make them instead of worrying about not 3 putting. Results have led to more 1 putts (and birdies) and fewer 3 putts. The results have encouraged me to think I can do even better.
  3. I think I'm a true size 10. Sometimes I need 10.5s. My Ecco shoes are all 43. My Sqairz are 10s. When I first put them on, I thought they might be a tad small. After walking a couple of rounds, I think they fit perfect. My feet (and legs) are happy. As to the weight, I think they "look" heavy, but when compared to my high end Eccos, they seem about the same. I can tell you they don't feel heavy walking 18 holes. I'm pretty sure the average golfer will not see distance improvement, but the grip is real. Check out the soles. They are perhaps the best waterproof shoe I've worn. Love the non slip laces as well. Downside - goose s*** will need to be rinsed from the soles after every use. Not sure air guns will do the trick!
  4. I've played golf for over 40 years. Caddied for 10 years at an old US Open course north of Boston. I still walk when I play (300 rounds in last 2 years), so comfort is important. Until a few years ago, I was a brand loyalist to Footjoy. The FJ SL Pro was the most disappointing shoe purchase of my life. I gutted out maybe 10 rounds, having to remove the shoes at times to give my feet a break. That led me to try ECCOs. Have 4 pairs currently. Love the ECCOs. Was curious more than skeptical on the Sqairz. NH based company (not too far from where I grew up), interesting claims, different looking shoe. I now have a Grey/Blue pair of 20/20s. Love them. Totally waterproof. Very comfortable. Great traction. At almost 63, I don't find them to be to heavy. I've only played a few rounds with them, but these Sqairz seem extremely well built (like old school golf shoes), clean up easily, and my guess is they will last a long time with proper care. Will likely buy another pair later this year or next to replace one of the ECCO pairs - assuming the 20/20s hold up as well as I expect them to. I too appreciate @BobWtaking the time to jump on this forum.
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