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post #226 of 1865
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Originally Posted by iammatt View Post
If you are shooting in the 90s, and you hit your PW 150, can we assume that you just skull it every time?

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Originally Posted by imschatz View Post
Shooting in the 80's would be perfect. I hope to get there sometime this season. Good enough that if you go out with guys from work you don't embarass yourself, and not so good to require constant practice. My problem is I can't seem to string together 18 holes. Last time I was out, I was 10 over after 15. Finished with a tripple-tripple-tripple. Seriously .. wtf is that!?!
Nah .. I hit the ball fairly well. Just not consistent enough to score well. And my chipping (inside 50 yards) can be attrocious. Some rounds .. I'd have better odds hitting the green with a 3 iron from 200+ then a chip from inside 20.
post #227 of 1865
^ Sounds like you're uncomfortable with less-than-full swings. Practice hitting half shots, rather than crushing the ball.
post #228 of 1865
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Originally Posted by imschatz View Post
If the only "wedge" you have in your bag is a PW .. I envy you. I have 4 wedges. PW, and a 50, 54, 58. I can hit my PW 150ish, and like the 3 other wedges to fill out the space between 50 to 150 yards. Don't use the 58 much though, mainly because my home course is pretty easy with little requirment to play flop or bunker shots.

Nah - I have three wedges: a 48 PW, a Cleveland 588 56 wide-flanged sand wedge, and a cheapie 60 with very little bounce. Between those I either grip down or take a shorter backswing if I have to dial it back. The 588 gets me through fluffy lies and the 60 covers me on hardpan and the occasional flop. These cover me from 120 and in from the fairway.
post #229 of 1865
One of my favorite things to do in high school after a match/practice would be to squeeze in another 9 with just a 3-wood, 7-iron, and sand wedge. I'm still pretty good at putting with my SW. We'd basically have to jog to get 9 in before the sun went down.

It's fun, and it can teach you a lot. Its also fun to brag about shooting even par for 9 holes once with those clubs.
post #230 of 1865
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Originally Posted by archetypal_yuppie View Post
^ Sounds like you're uncomfortable with less-than-full swings. Practice hitting half shots, rather than crushing the ball.
Eh .. I'm not sure what it is. I can have really great practice swings at less then full swing. But as soon as I go to hit the ball the swing becomes sloppy and awkward. I should probably spend more time on the range and less time on the course.
post #231 of 1865
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You guys are still all my heros.

Hope I break 100 on Saturday. On the par 3 nine holes I plan to do.
post #232 of 1865
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Originally Posted by imschatz View Post
Eh .. I'm not sure what it is. I can have really great practice swings at less then full swing. But as soon as I go to hit the ball the swing becomes sloppy and awkward. I should probably spend more time on the range and less time on the course.

A lot of people lose confidence in how hard to hit it on half-shots, and decelerate into the ball, or catch it thin/fat.

A good trick for avoiding this is to keep your backswing as short as possible. If you do this, you have no choice but to accelerate through the ball.

Also, on short shots most golfers leave the ball short of the pin, because they look at the front edge of the green instead of at the hole. Concentrate on getting the ball to the hole.
post #233 of 1865
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Originally Posted by archetypal_yuppie View Post
A lot of people lose confidence in how hard to hit it on half-shots, and decelerate into the ball, or catch it thin/fat.

A good trick for avoiding this is to keep your backswing as short as possible. If you do this, you have no choice but to accelerate through the ball.

Also, on short shots most golfers leave the ball short of the pin, because they look at the front edge of the green instead of at the hole. Concentrate on getting the ball to the hole.
Interesting thought .. probably also explains how I was chipping very well my first 3-4 rounds while I was still playing around with the Golf Channel stuff I "learned" over the winter. Had one bad round a few weeks back chipping, and I'm back to where I was last season. Ditching work a little early to go out this afternoon. I'll give this a try.
post #234 of 1865
whoever can hit a drive 280 uphill but cant hole the ball from 20 yards in AT MOST three shots is definately spending his time at the wrong practice site. Leave the range and start working those par 3 holes.. Besides, thinking one would need 5 wedges is a bit much in my book.. Most guys I know prefer to get comfortable with 3 or at most 4 wedges, with a couple of them that carry only two..

the 3 clubs 9 holes thing reminded me of a "drill" my old pro gave me a long time ago. He basically confiscated my clubs and left me the 7 iron and a putter, and the message that I could get the rest back when I broke 82 in a club tournament. He did the same thing a half year later with the 4 iron instead, which is a bitch to get out of greenside bunkers . the main thing that it taught me was to be VERY creative with my irons, to this day i can vary the length, height and curvature of a shot because I needed those shots then(and a sort of flop shot with the 4 iron, which isnt very usefull except for training some "feel" for shots).

iammatt's remark about the driver holds true for me as well, a normal drive for me is 230m carry, 240, 250m total depending on conditions. Which is more then enough to play most courses in these parts.
post #235 of 1865
i agree whole heartedly on practicing half and 3/4 shots. i have a 48, 52, and 56 degree wedges, but really the 48 only comes out of the bag. use the 52 for chipping and the 56 for sand or flop shots. from 140 and in, it is all PW. i change my grip, the position of the ball in my stance, and my backswing depending how far i am.
post #236 of 1865
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Originally Posted by nootje View Post
whoever can hit a drive 280 uphill but cant hole the ball from 20 yards in AT MOST three shots is definately spending his time at the wrong practice site. Leave the range and start working those par 3 holes.. Besides, thinking one would need 5 wedges is a bit much in my book.. Most guys I know prefer to get comfortable with 3 or at most 4 wedges, with a couple of them that carry only two..
I'd say .. at most 4 shots. On and 3 putts, or on in 2 and 2 putts. Either of these are absolute worst case scenario. Takes a really bad chip not to hit the green from 20 yards (I do it fairly consistently), or takes a really bad putt to 3 putt.

Plus .. I don't think I've ever hit my driver at a driving range, and can consistently drive the ball 290+. I have a good driver, play good balls, and have the mechanics for a good drive. So, just because someone can hit the ball 280 .. doesn't mean they practice that.
post #237 of 1865
Ahhh, at long last, this threak is starting to turn into a StyleForum threak.
post #238 of 1865
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Originally Posted by imschatz View Post
I'd say .. at most 4 shots. On and 3 putts, or on in 2 and 2 putts. Either of these are absolute worst case scenario. Takes a really bad chip not to hit the green from 20 yards (I do it fairly consistently), or takes a really bad putt to 3 putt.

Plus .. I don't think I've ever hit my driver at a driving range, and can consistently drive the ball 290+. I have a good driver, play good balls, and have the mechanics for a good drive. So, just because someone can hit the ball 280 .. doesn't mean they practice that.
The point is that almost nobody hits the ball 280 or 290 consistently... hell even ever without a good bounce. People who have played some golf see that and assume it is BS until proven otherwise. Post a swing or something... How is that, Douglas?
post #239 of 1865
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Originally Posted by iammatt View Post
The point is that almost nobody hits the ball 280 or 290 consistently... hell even ever without a good bounce. People who have played some golf see that and assume it is BS until proven otherwise. Post a swing or something...

(...) How is that, Douglas?

Yeah, I was about to talk about the good old days of drives in the 280-330 range (a handful at best), until I remember what it was like to get really cozy with the OB markers, and sacrificing a few balls to traffic, and finally I remembered that there's a reason I leave my woods at the house.
post #240 of 1865
Oh, and if you're 20 yards off the green and can't chip on, bang it with your putter.
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