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Post by Shotrock on Tue 23 Jun 2015, 5:15 pm

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Post by Roller_Coaster on Mon 29 Apr 2019, 2:45 pm

beninho wrote:I know almost everyone is better then me, but I shot 83 and am pretty damn pleased. Would have been better if I hadn't stuck 2 in the pond on 18 and took an 8.

Input on to the online handicap thing and it puts me to 18, I was previously at 20'

Good work - and shooting 83 with a snowman on there pretty much guarantees you'll not be worse than everyone, here or wherever you play.

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Post by Roller_Coaster on Mon 29 Apr 2019, 2:54 pm

navyblueshorts wrote:First round since last October and with new (well, new to me) irons and driver in the bag. Not too bad and, unusually for me, driving was a real strong suit.
First round pairs KO and we won 1-up, so a good day Very Happy.
Even the experimental 'left hand low' putter style I'm determined to trial was going OK. Not sure I'll stick with it, but I guess it just feels weird at the moment. We'll see. Anyone else putt cack-handed?

Jordan Spieth?

Sorry - just being facetious. Guy I play with flits between conventional, cack, pencil and once recently armlock. He's brilliant with all of them for a few holes or up to a round then misses a few, perseveres for a few weeks then convinces himself he needs to change, again.

The odd occasion I have tried it (on the practise green only) I just can't work with it, feels awful. But I haven't ever given it any more than a few putts

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Post by Beer on Mon 29 Apr 2019, 2:55 pm

Thanks for that.

I had considered a few lessons, but I thought there might be a few obvious things to work on, like stance, grip etc.

My local club does a free 45 minute Swing Assessment, so i've signed up for that.

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Post by I'm never wrong on Mon 29 Apr 2019, 3:49 pm

Seniors Stableford competition off the back tees today. Not as good as Beninho but still a good 39 points. With a blob on one hole. Gross 86 nett 67 Not going to win it but might be in the money and a handicap reduction.

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Post by JAS on Wed 01 May 2019, 9:27 am

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navyblueshorts wrote:First round since last October and with new (well, new to me) irons and driver in the bag. Not too bad and, unusually for me, driving was a real strong suit.
First round pairs KO and we won 1-up, so a good day Very Happy.
Even the experimental 'left hand low' putter style I'm determined to trial was going OK. Not sure I'll stick with it, but I guess it just feels weird at the moment. We'll see. Anyone else putt cack-handed?

Jordan Spieth?

Sorry - just being facetious. Guy I play with flits between conventional, cack, pencil and once recently armlock. He's brilliant with all of them for a few holes or up to a round then misses a few, perseveres for a few weeks then convinces himself he needs to change, again.

The odd occasion I have tried it (on the practise green only) I just can't work with it, feels awful. But I haven't ever given it any more than a few putts
Navy I had horrendous problems with long putting last year, I’ve always been pretty decent from under 10 ft but take me beyond 20 feet and it was horrendous and it felt horrendous. Last September I tried a period of left hand low on longer putts (thought process was it couldn’t possibly be worse). I eventually twigged that part of the issue was lining up ok, then I would look at the hole, then the ball, then again, each time I look at the hole the shoulders would open slightly so by the time I went to putt I was too open shouldered for the stroke I was trying to make. Left hand low felt better, in fact it was trying left hand low that helped me identify what I was doing on conventional grip putts (going left low actually helps square up the shoulders.
Anyway that wasn’t the only problem, I went to a putting specialist over the winter, he put me on the Samm putt lab and spotted right away that I had an overactive right forearm as well. Switched to the pencil grip and boom!! Putting more confidently than I have been for years.

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Post by I'm never wrong on Fri 03 May 2019, 2:52 pm

A friendly game today, so short putts were given, but effectively went around in nett 66, 4 under par. (Including a 7 and an 8 on two of the par fives, and a 5 on a par 3). Had a run of (gross) par, bogey, par, par, birdie, par, par, par at one stage. Now I have four days away from golf and the tournament featuring the winners and runners up in the last 12 months.

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Post by I'm never wrong on Fri 07 Jun 2019, 11:11 am

Played yesterday in glorious weather and the course at its best. Went round in nett par. So I’m happy. Course was having the final touches done to it for a pro am today. Pity the teams of three that have paid £400 to play in this weather.

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Post by JAS on Thu 13 Jun 2019, 9:21 am

Pretty much on the verge of jacking the game in. Senior Champs on Tuesday, pretty bad but not impossible conditions. Got to the turn in 39, not brilliant but decent and in touch (77 won it in the end) however came back in bloody 50 even allowing for the conditions that was a pure chopfest. No 3 putts but must have had 11/12 2 inch tap ins. 3 reloads off the tee, just awful stuff. Bad round Sat will see me off 8. Considering back in April I was raring to go and had my eyes on 5, it hasn’t gone well. Made a conscious decision not to have any more lessons (as I’d gone from 4.2 to 7 with regular lessons).
Now thinking I should seek another alternative view or just go and do something else that doesn’t frustrate me as much.

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Post by navyblueshorts on Thu 13 Jun 2019, 12:05 pm

Sounds bad JAS. Lessons bedded in fully yet? Maybe it needs more time? The pros have the same fun and games making significant changes.

Had our Club Champs last Sunday - the one good day for weather in the last week or more, which was lucky. No expectations and came 4th (+6 and +1), so pretty pleased given time for practice etc. Second round coulda, shoulda been in red numbers as well. One swing thought - still head (yeah, Mac, I know). Hit the ball like God (well, sort of). If it hadn't been for the snowman on our par 4 3rd (bettered it by 5 shots in the second round) in round one, could have been more interesting. Gotta love those full, mid-iron hosel rockets into deep cabbage haven't you?
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Post by JAS Yesterday at 10:06 am

navyblueshorts wrote:Sounds bad JAS. Lessons bedded in fully yet? Maybe it needs more time? The pros have the same fun and games making significant changes.

Had our Club Champs last Sunday - the one good day for weather in the last week or more, which was lucky. No expectations and came 4th (+6 and +1), so pretty pleased given time for practice etc. Second round coulda, shoulda been in red numbers as well. One swing thought - still head (yeah, Mac, I know). Hit the ball like God (well, sort of). If it hadn't been for the snowman on our par 4 3rd (bettered it by 5 shots in the second round) in round one, could have been more interesting. Gotta love those full, mid-iron hosel rockets into deep cabbage haven't you?

That was a decent effort Navy, good that you never let the hosel rocket eat away at the mindset. ;-)
We’ve got our club champs Sat, I now look at my comments from after the senior champs and feel like it was way in the past and not last week. Buffered at the weekend and on Tuesday night had 13 holes, the most solid I’ve played for months, birdied 1st then 10 straight pars bogeyed the last 2 but they were “good bogeys”. So back in a better place mentally.
My conundrum for tomorrow is whether to go for more practice or go to an event at a nearby club where Dr Karl Morris is giving a workshop/presentation on the mental side of the game. I’m tempted to do the latter because it’s different. I always go flog practice in the week leading up to club champs and the results never really justify the time involved.

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Post by McLaren Yesterday at 10:25 am

I'd avoid the quack.
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Post by JAS Yesterday at 11:46 am

McLaren wrote:I'd avoid the quack.

You don’t think learning about the mental side of the game and how you can better manage it is important? Yet you’re one of the first to jump on the “Choke” bandwagon when somebody doesn’t convert a good chance to win?

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Post by Roller_Coaster Yesterday at 12:39 pm

JAS wrote:
McLaren wrote:I'd avoid the quack.

You don’t think learning about the mental side of the game and how you can better manage it is important? Yet you’re one of the first to jump on the “Choke”  bandwagon when somebody  doesn’t convert a good chance to win?

Go JAS. You can always choose to discount anything he said afterwards.

It's a bit like Mac's post. Valid perspective, tad derisory but probably intended as humour. I'll ignore it (ironically demonstrated by posting about it). I'd avoid avoiding the quack. I'd avoid too much practise in the build up to the big comp.

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Post by McLaren Yesterday at 12:59 pm

Jas

Holding it together down the stretch is vital, whether some charlatan spouting pop psychology will help you is highly debatable.
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Post by JAS Yesterday at 1:12 pm

McLaren wrote:Jas

Holding it together down the stretch is vital, whether some charlatan spouting pop psychology will help you is highly debatable.

Mac I’m going to listen to what he has to say on sports psychology not ask him to caddy for me on the back 9.


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Post by Roller_Coaster Yesterday at 2:52 pm

JAS wrote:
McLaren wrote:Jas

Holding it together down the stretch is vital, whether some charlatan spouting pop psychology will help you is highly debatable.

Mac I’m going to listen to what he has to say on sports psychology not ask him to caddy for me on the back 9.


But, if he was available...

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Post by McLaren Yesterday at 3:27 pm

If a faith healer was available after you broke your leg would you use them?
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Post by JAS Yesterday at 4:03 pm

McLaren wrote:If a faith healer was available after you broke your leg would you use them?

Of course I wouldn’t I’m a bloody aetheist Mac. So are you trying to say that the mental side of the game isn’t important and that there is nothing to be gained from striving to learn techniques to keep oneself in a positive frame of mind. This guy has incidentally mind coached 6 major champions. Are you saying they shouldn’t have bothered either?

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Post by McLaren Yesterday at 4:15 pm

I thought it was pretty clear I was saying don't bother.

I am also not dismissing the mental side of the game but saying that going to the equivalent of a motivational speaker won't help you.
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