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NoStrings

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In Topic: Golf club anarchy

23 June 2016 - 11:36 PM

what will it take for me to drive to San Mateo in commute traffic to play golf? Appearance money. That's a 90 minute drive and by the time I get there I'll be too pissed to play.

In Topic: Golf club anarchy

23 June 2016 - 07:21 PM

course management is what causes pros to leave the driver in the bag, not crappy driving. Club and ball technology has enabled them to hit the ball so bloody far that it ends up in some less than optimum locations, i.e. a sidehill or downhill lie, for their second shot. The second shot, usually at the pin is usually a high fade, because you can stop it. That is much more difficult to pull off on a slanted/tilted dance floor. A crap drive for a pro is off line by maybe 10-15 yds, you'd be thrilled with that.

 
Not to mention courses pros play on are specifically designed and set up to put the golfers into course management - risk/reward type decisions to make it more entertaining for the viewers. 
 
The notion of leaving your driver in your bag is outdated for most average golfers playing most of the courses we play. Once the idea was adopted that a driver should never ever be hit off anything other than a tee, designers were able to make it a much more forgiving club. If you have a repeatable swing and the right driver you should be as accurate with it as your 3-wood which is now really more of a strong 3 or even 2 as far as loft goes. 
 
Assuming you aren't crushing your drives 300+ amateur golf courses aren't  penalizing 225-275 yard drives on most of their holes. Sure some courses will have a fairway bunker on one side or water etc. but most don't see the pinched fairways and other features designed to make it an unattractive target that the pros routinely see. 
 
As long as you have a steady fade or draw with your driver you should be hitting it more than once or twice on most courses. If you don't have a normal driver flight you aren't playing bogey or better golf and you might as well go out have fun and try to bomb your driver because you are going to have have highlights for your round not a score to remember.
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And for the love of god, if you're an 18, you don't need to pace off your distances. You probably aren't hitting within 25 yds in distance and 30 degrees in azimuth. Just hit the damn ball and keep moving. And don't forget to tip the girl in the drink cart.

In Topic: Golf club anarchy

23 June 2016 - 04:33 PM

Unless you are a single digit handicap, hit a fairway wood off the tee, You will hit more fairways and have a lower score. Your buddy might hit it 30 yds past you but he will be playing from the right hand line of trees.

 
Good advice
yes by all means play like a 16 handicap and wonder why you aren't getting any better. Or face your deficiency, improve and become a single digit.
 
Even the pro's leave the driver in the bag, its a club that lures you into feeling far better than you are. Spend the time on your short game and putting if you are really serious about dropping your handicap.
Far more shots to be saved after the tee.
Me personally I really suck at golf, but married into a family who has made a living from the game.
All the advice they have given me over the years is 200-150yards in is where the money is made. When ever I played a round with any of them I would be lucky to see them hit a driver more than twice in 18 holes. To them is was all about setting up the next shot never about how far they could hit it.

course management is what causes pros to leave the driver in the bag, not crappy driving. Club and ball technology has enabled them to hit the ball so bloody far that it ends up in some less than optimum locations, i.e. a sidehill or downhill lie, for their second shot. The second shot, usually at the pin is usually a high fade, because you can stop it. That is much more difficult to pull off on a slanted/tilted dance floor. A crap drive for a pro is off line by maybe 10-15 yds, you'd be thrilled with that.

In Topic: Golf club anarchy

22 June 2016 - 04:03 AM

I am shocked that a Cleveland wedge would break in any way.

You can snap any clubhead in a n adjustment vice if you try to go too far.

In Topic: Golf club anarchy

21 June 2016 - 09:11 PM

Lie angle can be changed at any decent golf shop...up to a point. I've done it with a set of clubs. I've also snapped the hosel on a Cleveland wedge...oops.