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Discussion in 'Health, Sports and Fitness' started by PACKER, Mar 4, 2016.

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    Taken this AM on my walk...one of the 3 courses is closed till Sept while new greens grow in...[​IMG][​IMG]
     
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    I live an hour from pinehurst...lots of good courses here in NC... I had to practice or play every day to be able to compete with scratch golfers...they fall out of bed and make birdie..lol
     
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    Its verified and actually happening, Wynn Golf Course will close on December 17th.. I don't think it's out to the public yet..
    I will make it a point to get there before closing. Is been a good, fun ride. Thank you wynn CC..
     
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    I was considering playing Shadow for the first time on my December trip.
    However i am currently undergoing a swing change.
    Any opinions on if it would still be worthwhile?
     
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    Play it. Always worthwhile. I'm a pretty serious golfer but it isn't all about your score or how your swing is on any given day. Shadow is about the grounds, flowers, trees, locker room, driving range, service, food (great for what it is and where you are), making that turn into the driveway observing the beauty and finally the unbelievably manicured Fairways and greens. Take in every minute and take pics so you can remember. Dolphin graves, i don't know what to say about that. But yes OP go. Who cares how you play.
    Still 500 bucks by the way unless you get it comped. per pphold from last week.
    All of that being said, it's no pebble (different) but well worth the jaunt..
     
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    For you golfers, Sadly i was right. Wynn golf closing December 17. Adios rolling out of bed of stumbling on to the golf course..
     
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    Maybe he will build one across the street
     
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    Anybody taking any trips to play golf this summer?
     
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    I live in (and on) 54 hole private development so golf is usually not on my vacation schedule - I need to maximize slot time :)
     
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    I will be playing Cypress Ridge Friday. It’s a Peter Jacobson track on the central coast of California. Will probably play a little executive 12 hole par 3 at Monarch Dunes Saturday before heading home.
     
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    Give me a shout if ever in Raleigh area
     
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    Searched for this topic, glad to see this thread. Never golfed as a kid, and my first time on a course was a graduation gift from my boss in college. He had a lifetime membership to a course from when they went from a 9 hole course to an 18. That was kind of an interesting story. At the time annual dues were just over $200. They wanted capital to fund the expansion so they did a one time offering of lifetime membership for $6000. Only two people took them up on it. It was prorated for $300 per year for 20 years if you opted out. Anyway everyone said he was crazy, but he figured he could always golf. Less than 10 years later the annual dues were approaching $1000 and then everyone said he was genius to take advantage of the offer back then. I had fun so I ended up buying a set of clubs then and went regularly for a few years, then it sort of fell by the wayside.

    So in a couple of weeks my 30yr HS reunion is coming up, and there is going to be a golf outing. We had a lot of fun on the 10 year, I missed the 20 year, so I decided to pull the clubs out of the shed where they were sitting undisturbed for at least 5 years and check out the range. I went a few times and surprisingly I was hitting more consistently than I had previously. This is most likely a side effect of my recent weight loss, much smaller belly to try to swing around!

    I also decided to look at some new clubs. I was going to get a new complete starter set, and even went to the store to hit them a couple of times. When I asked about trade in value, in case I really enjoy it again and wanted to upgrade again, they said there basically is none on the starter sets. So I decided I was just going to go with a new driver and use my old clubs for a bit. The salesman then got out the clubs for sizing and with new technology irons, with the proper length shafts I was hitting the ball much farther and much more consistently (for me). So I ended up ordering a new set of Taylormade M4 combo irons, which is a 3 and 4 hybrid and 5-PW. Per their measurements I got 1.5in longer shafts on the irons and 3/4in longer on the hybrids, and the clubs heads are several degrees more vertical. I haven't heard from the salesman so they should be in next week. I also chose a M2 driver and when I hit that true it is easily 40 yards further than my old driver. 25 years of technology is a lot.

    I looked around and from what I can find the standard length of a 9iron should be from 35.5in to 36in. My current clubs were marked as longer shafts when I bought them but when I measured them the other day, the 9iron was just a touch over 35in. So I dont know if standard lengths have increased, but I wouldn't be surprised. I am really looking forward to getting clubs that are fit to me. I went to a different range last night that has actual grass you can hit off of. I was much less consistent than I was on the mats, but I did manage to hit several good shots and finished on a great shot.

    I am going out with some coworkers this afternoon for my first actual round in years. I am sure that I will be the worst of the group, but it is fine with me. I am not good, but I can hit every golf shot, my problem is that I cannot string them all together for very long. Hit a great drive then chili dip the approach, or dribble the drive up to the front tees then smash a 3 wood straight and long. But all it takes to make it an enjoyable round for me are a good hole or two, or even a few really good shots. In fact I am pretty sure that if I were to ever get very consistent then it would likely become less enjoyable because I would start to focus on the bad shots instead of the good ones.

    Anyhow, I am really excited about getting back out on the course, and hope to do so consistently again. As the saying goes, golf is like sex, you dont have to be good at it to enjoy it.
     
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    Update this thread so that it doesn't wither on the vine. Since I updated last I got my new irons, played a few rounds with them and at first I wasn't hitting them any better than my old clubs. More range time and a few more rounds and I am starting to hit them much better. I added a gap wedge and sand wedge in the same M4's that match the set I got. I have also added a M2 3W. I only went with the new irons because it was actually going to be cheaper to get new ones that could be custom fit at no extra charge vs. last year's models on sale then pay to get longer shafts and new grips.

    I am still playing mostly ~$40 municipal courses but for the first time in my life I shot under 100 on Saturday, including a 45 on the back 9. On that nine I had 3 pars, 2 bogeys and 4 doubles. It is an older course so not particularly long and a par 70, but I was playing the same as the pros in that it was a driver then short to mid iron second shot. They just hit all of their clubs 30-50% further than I do. I am making longer putts more consistently now as well.

    I have also added a hitting mat and net so I have my own driving range in my garage. I am saving $14 every day that I use it, so it will have paid for itself soon. At this time I am just concentrating on making consistent good contact with the ball. I will likely go to the actual range occasionally in the future to verify yardages on my clubs. If we decide to move in the next couple of years as we have discussed then our next house I will build an indoor simulator, but that idea has been shot down for our current house.

    Still looking around at all reasonably priced courses that are in decent shape to play as many different places as I can. I will likely get a membership in the next few years if we stay in this area. Next year I will get the 'member' cards to the two main management companies so I can get discounts when I do play. Loving the game again, and this is actually exercise that is fun to do. I played last Monday and Saturday and on those two days I had just under 20k steps and 16k steps respectively. Much more than the ~3000 average I get on days I dont go for a walk or go to the gym.
     
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    All good stuff. New clubs will help after you get acclimated to them. You will notice a big difference. May i suggest going to Golftec? Really helps to visually see what you are doing right or wrong.
    Under 100, cool! Next step is 95.. Good job on the at home driving range. I should do that too. I go from the car to the 1st tee with no practice at all. That's why i suck. I totally lack consistency which drives me crazy!
    20,000 steps.. On the golf course i avg 15,250 to 16,500.. But i have a few less shots a round than you. My goal these days is no lost balls. Just shot a 78 today but usually avg 84.
    What was your shoulda, coulda woulda score? You know, missed 1-6 footers and such..
    Thanks for keeping this thread alive.
     
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    I shot a 97. I had 4 penalties for hitting in the water (2 on one hole, and the second was a brand new, hit once ball), and 3 short puts that should have been made, so basically a 90, but that is pretty much 20 strokes better than I have typically shot. But then again I made a great sand save, a couple of very good long lag putts, and I did one putt several greens.

    I will look into Golftec sometime. Come to think of it I have a camcorder and tripod so I could video my swings and help to identify/confirm obvious issues. I have never had a formal lesson and am in the process now of 'unlearning' some of the stuff that I had originally been told by people I have golfed with. If I were to pay for lessons I would need to make sure that I found a good coach who works with what is there, rather than try to teach you his swing.

    I have been watching a lot of youtube videos and there is one channel I really like how the guy explains a concept and covers it in a 10min video. There are a ton of others and I have watched several. If I see the same advice by multiple people then I guess that it is solid advice. And it is nice to have a resource to check when I am doing something wrong consistently. I used to be a 100% slice when I would miss-hit the ball. Then I started to pull everything and have for the most part corrected that.

    The mat and net have been a great addition. Very relaxing to go smash a few dozen shots without having to drag the clubs out somewhere. Plus it is building the muscle memory so that I can make good contact consistently. That alone on Saturday probably shaved off 10 strokes. When I did top the ball or hit it too thick it still went straightish, and I usually made a decent shot the next time.

    Part of the problem that I have is that I am golfing alone on the weekends. I thought of something the other day and wonder why courses dont have a tee time every couple of hours reserved for orphan golfers. Most courses dont take reservations for 1, but it would be nice to know that you have a time reserved, so you can go and practice chipping, putting, or hit a bucket before your round. But then again most of the time when I have gone to the course to try to get on as a single they ask if I am ready to go, as there is a short group headed to the tees now. I seem to golf better with strangers as well, probably because I dont care what they think. So what if I only hit x club xxx yards. I just want someone there to point me in the direction I hit it if I lose sight off the tee.

    I go out with coworkers during the week, but that is basically done for the season now, due to daylight. Over the summer a group goes out about every other week. Easy to work a full day and get 3pm tee times and still have time to get in a full round. I still have the weekends though, you can golf year round here in the Seattle area, you just have to know which courses stay too wet when it rains consistently. By next summer I should be comfortable/consistent enough to play the occasional nicer course.
     
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    If you're looking to keep improving, which it obviously sounds like you are, the quickest way to turn that 100 into a 95 or that 100 into 90 or even the 80's is to practice practice practice your chipping and putting. I know its fun to pound drivers on the range but devoting 80% of your practice time to your short game (and I'd include your wedges and shots from 100 yards and in) and the remaining 20% to your "long" game will give you the quickest path to lowering your scores.
     
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    Sadly I'm going out on Friday for only my second round of the year! Both scrambles too, haven't even played a regular round.
     
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