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post #46 of 1954
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Originally Posted by edinatlanta View Post
...couldn't get it up 15% of the time...

I sometimes have difficulty performing in public, too.
post #47 of 1954
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post
Very windy here today and made it hard to concentrate. Some very nice shots but I tend to get thin towards the end of the bucket. Two days running this happened. Need to think about that.

I felt that I became better once I went to small buckets and being more deliberate about each shot, no matter how many I had left to go. Larger buckets feel more like corporal punishment. I really only want to make about 36 full swings while I'm on the golf course, so banging out 90+ in the space of an hour started to seem pointless and more of a chore.

Also, picking a target at the range is great, but nothing quite makes you pay attention as knowing you're going to have to chase your ball afterwards.
post #48 of 1954
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post
Very windy here today and made it hard to concentrate. Some very nice shots but I tend to get thin towards the end of the bucket. Two days running this happened. Need to think about that.

People generally think that you can be in crappy shape and play golf (and will always point to John Daly to prove this point) but the fact is that being in better shape in every way, meaning more muscle strength, more endurance, etc, can really help your game a lot. I used to be a very mediocre player. After I started lifting weights and getting back into running, I became much closer to being only "regular" mediocre.
post #49 of 1954
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Originally Posted by Thomas View Post
I felt that I became better once I went to small buckets and being more deliberate about each shot, no matter how many I had left to go. Larger buckets feel more like corporal punishment. I really only want to make about 36 full swings while I'm on the golf course, so banging out 90+ in the space of an hour started to seem pointless and more of a chore.

Also, picking a target at the range is great, but nothing quite makes you pay attention as knowing you're going to have to chase your ball afterwards.

Exactly.

I've also noticed something really odd about myself. Normally, when you warm up on the range before the round, one can gauge how well they will do that day. If you are hitting the ball well, it translates to the course and vice-versa. Well, the inverse is true for me. I don't understand it. My best rounds so far were prefaced by an atrocious pre-round range session. When I mean atrocious, I'm talking about creating a divot 6 inches behind the ball with dirt flying about as far as the ball, hitting balls really thin, and hitting the ball all over the place. I'll pick up the driver, tee it up, and proceed to hit a slice that goes over the netting to the right out of the range. Not one good shot. Get on the first hole, tee it up and then drive it right down the middle perfectly, next shot is right on the green, etc.

If I have a good range warmup, I get to the first hole, tee it up, and then proceed to try to figure out if my ball landed in the fairway to the right or got caught up in the trees. 10 driver shots on the range were perfect, first tee shot was a horrible slice. WTF. And this is how the round continues.

I can't explain it. It doesn't make any sense. But if I get on the range and can't hit a decent shot to save my life, it will be a good day.
post #50 of 1954
^^ I'm with you in a way. My best rounds are when I am running late and don't have time to hit a few balls. Just walk up and let er rip. I think if i hit some balls, good or bad, beforehand, i start thinking about the good or bad hits more and i'm done for
post #51 of 1954
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Originally Posted by edinatlanta View Post
Thread inspired me to hit the range today after work. First time I had done that or played in at least three years. Probably more.

I was...consistent. Sliced the ball really really badly about 80% of the time, couldn't get it up 15% of the time, and the rest were great! Distance wasn't too bad but considering I wasn't very good when I left off, I don't mind.

Going back out tomorrow!

Glad you got back out there.

Reading the rest of you guys, glad to see my hunch about over shooting at the range can mess you up. My instructor seems to have known what he was doing when he told us to split a medium bucket between the two of us.
post #52 of 1954
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Putters and drivers guys.

I have my iron choices down to between Adams a7OS and Ping G15. What type of putter do you all favour, style wise? Mallet, etc?

Also, looks like the big money is in your driver choice? Looking at both the Ping and Adam 460cc driver for duffers. Sound about right?
post #53 of 1954
I think you've gotta go hit them and get what feels good in your hands. Goes for irons and woods. Honestly, I just bought the driver from last season that was on sale. It's a Taylor Made, it looks good to me at address (I was skeptical to go to these huge monstrosities because I was used to a much smaller head), and so far, I hit it long and straight.
post #54 of 1954
I like ping and scotty cameron putters. I HATE insert putters like odyssey. make the putt feel too soft, but to each their own. I can't get a good feel on miss hits or if i hit too firm or soft since it's very hard to feel the ball hit the putter head. I use a scotty cameron sante fe. I don't think they make it anymore. I love my ping G5 driver. won it at an outing a couple years ago. I've hit the new G15 and it's very nice as well.
post #55 of 1954
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post
Putters and drivers guys.

I have my iron choices down to between Adams a7OS and Ping G15. What type of putter do you all favour, style wise? Mallet, etc?

It's all personal preference. I'd suggest testing different styles and lengths out until you find one you like and feel comfortable with. I use a mallet...Taylormade Rossa Monza Spider.

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Also, looks like the big money is in your driver choice? Looking at both the Ping and Adam 460cc driver for duffers. Sound about right?

Again, I'd ask your instructor and have him give you recs based on your swing. If you have a Roger Dunn nearby, you can go test out those clubs there. I don't know much about those drivers as I use a stiff flex Taylormade Burner.
post #56 of 1954
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post
Putters and drivers guys.

I have my iron choices down to between Adams a7OS and Ping G15. What type of putter do you all favour, style wise? Mallet, etc?

Also, looks like the big money is in your driver choice? Looking at both the Ping and Adam 460cc driver for duffers. Sound about right?

Putters, I have one of each type: the heel-shafted Wilson 8802, the center-shafted bulls-eye, the heel-toe Odyssey A70 (?), and a couple of mallets. I most often felt comfortable over my (Ray Cook) mallet, but I used to bring a few with me to practice with and see how my stroke felt at a given time.

Drivers: honestly, I'm not good enough to hit driver and keep it in the fairway consistently, so I leave it at home. For that matter, same with my three-wood. I had a persimmon 4-wood that hit like a charm off tee and turf, so I used that for a while. Otherwise I hit 2 or 3-iron off the tee, and for longer par-4 holes, I play it like a par 4.5, or a short three-shotter. This wasn't such a bad deal once I got comfortable with my wedges and was able to hit 3/4 and 1/2 shots consistently.
post #57 of 1954
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Originally Posted by BDC2823 View Post
Exactly.

I've also noticed something really odd about myself. Normally, when you warm up on the range before the round, one can gauge how well they will do that day. If you are hitting the ball well, it translates to the course and vice-versa. Well, the inverse is true for me. I don't understand it. My best rounds so far were prefaced by an atrocious pre-round range session. When I mean atrocious, I'm talking about creating a divot 6 inches behind the ball with dirt flying about as far as the ball, hitting balls really thin, and hitting the ball all over the place. I'll pick up the driver, tee it up, and proceed to hit a slice that goes over the netting to the right out of the range. Not one good shot. Get on the first hole, tee it up and then drive it right down the middle perfectly, next shot is right on the green, etc.

If I have a good range warmup, I get to the first hole, tee it up, and then proceed to try to figure out if my ball landed in the fairway to the right or got caught up in the trees. 10 driver shots on the range were perfect, first tee shot was a horrible slice. WTF. And this is how the round continues.

I can't explain it. It doesn't make any sense. But if I get on the range and can't hit a decent shot to save my life, it will be a good day.

The last time I shot 80, the first two holes on each side were double-bogeys. Strangest thing ever. I think, by the time I was 4-over on the first two holes, I stopped worrying about the score and just played golf.
post #58 of 1954
^^ this happened to me too. opened with bogey, triple, bogey. went on to shoot a 79.
post #59 of 1954
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Originally Posted by Thomas View Post
The last time I shot 80, the first two holes on each side were double-bogeys. Strangest thing ever. I think, by the time I was 4-over on the first two holes, I stopped worrying about the score and just played golf.

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Originally Posted by bdeuce22 View Post
^^ this happened to me too. opened with bogey, triple, bogey. went on to shoot a 79.

I played in my club championship about 15 years ago (when I was a member of a club). I was in the first flight (below the championship flight). It was a three round tournament. My first four holes in the first round I started: Bogey, Bogey, Quad, Double (+8 after 4). Finished with an 86 the first day and then came back with an 80 and a 74 the next two days. On a net handicap basis I actually wound up placing fourth or fifth in my flight.
post #60 of 1954
Went back out today, thought about getting the giant bucket but went with the large instead. Good call after 110 balls my thumbs are shot. No masturbation for me tonight.

My irons were not bad, about 50/50 good straight shots and terrible slices. Still need better distance but was just trying to hit it straight so not too worried.

Couldn't hit woods for shit. I think about 70 percent were awful slices, I mean the ball curved 200 degrees several times. My 3 wood went straight mostly but not as far as my 5 iron could, and basically straight up.

Had fun though.
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