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post #1651 of 1933
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Originally Posted by salisboss View Post

Read an article about keeping the ball one club head inside the left heel for all iron shots while moving the right foot in as the iron gets shorter. Helped my cut/fade/push/slice nonsense a bit but still lacking distance. Still need to practice the forward hip slide.

Getting tired of my 30 year old hand me down irons. No head mass and worn down grooves make it feel like I am hitting rocks with a hammer.

Looking at either TaylorMade rocketballz or burner 2.0 irons. They are the 2011 and 2012 models so they are greatly reduced. I hit both and the store and they feel great.

30 yr old irons! Eeek!
post #1652 of 1933
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Originally Posted by Schwazer View Post

30 yr old irons! Eeek!

Played some of the best golf of my life with my mothers early 70s Slazenger irons and a persimmon 2 wood. And if I was striking the ball better I'd be hitting the 1980s blades that I have in the shed, rather than my two year old "players" cavity backs. Bad tradesman blames his tools.

Actually once the ribs heal I might pull the blades out and start practising with them, it really does help improve ball striking, feedback is a bitch on miss hits.
post #1653 of 1933
I played immensely better golf today. Par'd the final 6 holes which included holing a great pin high greenside bunker sand shot.

I hit the pin with an approach shot from 40 yards out which bounced off really poorly and into a bunker, prevented me from a birdie attempt/easy par on the 12th. Though I wish I had two sand saves!

I drove over a creek that crossed the 5th hole. It was probably 275 from the tips and the old guy we were set up with said he'd never seen someone drive over it in his 30 years playing there. Kind of hard to believe because it doesn't require an extraordinary drive. I did end up 30 yards past it though with an easy 80 yard approach.

The weather was something special and I think my play reflected that. Weirdly I didn't even hit the range between my disastrous season opener and today. It just clicked. I was playing with a buddy who I played with last week. He really didn't do well today... He's also the type who doesn't take advice or constructive criticism well. Just gotta wait till he asks me for help.
Edited by whiteslashasian - 4/27/13 at 8:08pm
post #1654 of 1933
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Originally Posted by whiteslashasian View Post

I played immensely better golf today. Par'd the final 6 holes which included holing a great pin high greenside bunker sand shot.

I hit the pin with an approach shot from 40 yards out which bounced off really poorly and into a bunker, prevented me from a birdie attempt/easy par on the 12th. Though I wish I had two sand saves!

I drove over a creek that crossed the 5th hole. It was probably 275 from the tips and the old guy we were set up with said he'd never seen someone drive over it in his 30 years playing there. Kind of hard to believe because it doesn't require an extraordinary drive. I did end up 30 yards past it though with an easy 80 yard approach.

The weather was something special and I think my play reflected that. Weirdly I didn't even hit the range between my disastrous season opener and today. It just clicked. I was playing with a buddy who I played with last week. He really didn't do well today... He's also the type who doesn't take advice or constructive criticism well. Just gotta wait till he asks me for help.

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post #1655 of 1933
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Originally Posted by whiteslashasian View Post

I drove over a creek that crossed the 5th hole. It was probably 275 from the tips and the old guy we were set up with said he'd never seen someone drive over it in his 30 years playing there. Kind of hard to believe because it doesn't require an extraordinary drive. I did end up 30 yards past it though with an easy 80 yard approach.

Were you aware of this creek from the tee? Did you plan on having to fly the ball 275 yds (with a 1-stroke penalty upon failure)? Doesn't seem like its worth the risk to go from 130 yds out to 80 yds out.

80+30+275 = 385. How long is the hole on the card?

If it "doesn't require an extraordinary drive", it probably didn't go 275 in the air.
Signed,
Mythbusters
post #1656 of 1933
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Originally Posted by archetypal_yuppie View Post

Were you aware of this creek from the tee? Did you plan on having to fly the ball 275 yds (with a 1-stroke penalty upon failure)? Doesn't seem like its worth the risk to go from 130 yds out to 80 yds out.

80+30+275 = 385. How long is the hole on the card?

If it "doesn't require an extraordinary drive", it probably didn't go 275 in the air.
Signed,
Mythbusters

First time playing the course. I saw the creek but didn't know the exact yardage, based on my first two drives of the day I felt confident that I could carry it. The creek itself was about 2 yards wide with another 2 or 3 yards of trouble on either side.

I just checked the distances on google maps, based on the tee position at the back of the box and it reads at 266 yards to the middle of the creek. I was off a little bit with my internal GPS. Based on where I ended up (again on g maps) it was a 292-294 yard total drive. The card lists the hole at 372. Flag was white (mid green) so the estimated 80 yard approach was fairly accurate.

Not sure why you're trying to "prove" I'm bullshitting everyone on a golf threak. I'm not a scratch golfer, nor do I claim to be. I hit fairly long, if not consistently accurate, but I'm trying to improve my game. I understand that flying the creek probably wasn't the SMARTEST decision from an objective POV, but I felt really strong with my driver and it paid off confused.gif

If what you're saying is that "as a player looking to improve his game, he should take the least risk possible" then I get it. The back 9 I played very conservatively, which had the expected result on the scorecard. It's not as "exciting" but the scores are the scores. I'll keep it in mind on my next round to play as if I have money on the line. Save the bombs for the driving range.
post #1657 of 1933
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Originally Posted by whiteslashasian View Post


First time playing the course. I saw the creek but didn't know the exact yardage, based on my first two drives of the day I felt confident that I could carry it. The creek itself was about 2 yards wide with another 2 or 3 yards of trouble on either side.

I just checked the distances on google maps, based on the tee position at the back of the box and it reads at 266 yards to the middle of the creek. I was off a little bit with my internal GPS. Based on where I ended up (again on g maps) it was a 292-294 yard total drive. The card lists the hole at 372. Flag was white (mid green) so the estimated 80 yard approach was fairly accurate.

Not sure why you're trying to "prove" I'm bullshitting everyone on a golf threak. I'm not a scratch golfer, nor do I claim to be. I hit fairly long, if not consistently accurate, but I'm trying to improve my game. I understand that flying the creek probably wasn't the SMARTEST decision from an objective POV, but I felt really strong with my driver and it paid off confused.gif

 

Play to have fun and I guess that's what you got that day, tons of fun just by hitting nice shots. nod[1].gif

post #1658 of 1933
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Originally Posted by whiteslashasian View Post

Not sure why you're trying to "prove" I'm bullshitting everyone on a golf threak.

No, just musing smile.gif Don't take it so seriously (or I didn't intend that)...

Just struck me that flying it 275 is actually quite difficult and uncommon, so I was wondering if the 275 was just spit-balling or informed.
post #1659 of 1933
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Originally Posted by archetypal_yuppie View Post

No, just musing smile.gif Don't take it so seriously (or I didn't intend that)...

Just struck me that flying it 275 is actually quite difficult and uncommon, so I was wondering if the 275 was just spit-balling or informed.

No worries, it just felt a little patronizing.

275 was spit balling laugh.gif but not tooooo far off. The total distance and approach was about right.
Edited by whiteslashasian - 4/29/13 at 11:11am
post #1660 of 1933
Got it.

A good drive for me (maybe top 10%) will be 300+ yds, though I typically have a very low trajectory and thus almost never fly it 275. It is very rare for me to play with anyone that can hit the ball as far as or farther than me, thus the curiousity.

The distances the pro's can hit it are astounding (330 on the regular for Michelson etc, with no roll).
post #1661 of 1933
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Originally Posted by archetypal_yuppie View Post

Got it.

A good drive for me (maybe top 10%) will be 300+ yds, though I typically have a very low trajectory and thus almost never fly it 275. It is very rare for me to play with anyone that can hit the ball as far as or farther than me, thus the curiousity.

The distances the pro's can hit it are astounding (330 on the regular for Michelson etc, with no roll).

I get almost zero roll out. I'm convinced I need to revamp my swing because my equipment is all geared to output lower trajectory and low spin; 8.5* club head, Low Launch X-Stiff shafts, super low compression balls like Pro-V X, Z-Star XV, B330 Tour etc. I don't complain when my iron shots stick or one hop and check up...but I can't help but think I'm losing a lot of distance with the lack of roll out. i get 270+ carry on the regular. Great drive will be 285+ carry but get 5 yards or maybe 10 on a DRY fairway.

Not sure if you hit at Chelsea Piers (I think you're in NYC right?) but I hit the upper 25% of the rear netting on the regular with my driver. The last time I went with a buddy, we brought in some alcoholic beverages in non-conspicuous containers, and I was just letting it rip. I came within 5 feet of hitting one out over the rear. Not an ideal shot because it's too high and not penetrating, but still... I need to get the height down.

*edit* I just remembered that I did a Bridgestone "ball fitting" near the beginning of last season and my Swing Speed came up as 124.2 +/- 0.2 over 5 swings. Launch Angle was around 13.5, too high... I think I have the print out in my bag. Obviously I don't swing 124 when tee'd up on the course...
Edited by whiteslashasian - 4/29/13 at 2:43pm
post #1662 of 1933
Yeah I had some problems hitting people/cars in New Jersey so I switched to marshmallows instead of golf balls.

Nothing wrong with a high ball flight per se, but referencing your round where you couldnt keep the driver in play, a low ball flight will make the ball hit trees before it gets deep into them. Which can save a lot of shots at some courses for some people.
post #1663 of 1933
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Originally Posted by archetypal_yuppie View Post

Yeah I had some problems hitting people/cars in New Jersey so I switched to marshmallows instead of golf balls.

Nothing wrong with a high ball flight per se, but referencing your round where you couldnt keep the driver in play, a low ball flight will make the ball hit trees before it gets deep into them. Which can save a lot of shots at some courses for some people.

This is true. My friend probably saved 3 or 4 balls with drives that got into trees but had fortune bounces out of them...

Hitting from NY into NJ lol8[1].gif
post #1664 of 1933
Finally the weather broke. Gonna hit the range this week. Gonna be ugly. I really need to work on a lower ball flight with my driver. I get zero roll. I do however still hit past most of my buddies with the exception of a few who have a much lower ball flight.
post #1665 of 1933
holy mother of golf, 275+ yard drives smile.gif are numbers I can only dream of. That's why I spend so much time on the my short game as the great equalizer during tourney golf and money games
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