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post #1 of 49 (permalink) Old 01-20-2017, 05:35 PM Thread Starter
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How many golfers in the house?

Just picked up the game and I'm loving it but also HATING this game at times. I really can see why alot of people quit before they even get started.

Asked my dad and uncles (they've been playing for 13 years) how long it took before they saw any noticeable improvement...1-2 years, just about made me want to cry...

Driving, putting, chipping, woods, irons, hybrids, stance, how to swing correctl....OMG and I've always thought, how hard could it be to hit a little ball....

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I used to play 2-3 times a week. Not any more though.

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I used to play 2-3 times a week. Not any more though.
Why did you quit? Just got bored of the game?

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I used to live on a golf course and life changed so it wasn't as convenient. Plus I no longer had the time to devote to it. I was a struggling average player, but did hit a hole in one. It was all luck, obviously. It was a camel's back and the pin wasn't even visible.

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I don't know your golf background, but I recommend finding a good reputable pro (and just because they have their card isn't good enough) and get some basic lessons in you. It's easier to learn fundamentals correctly first than try to unlearn bad habits and bad muscle memory. Just my two cents worth. Good luck btw.

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I don't know your golf background, but I recommend finding a good reputable pro (and just because they have their card isn't good enough) and get some basic lessons in you. It's easier to learn fundamentals correctly first than try to unlearn bad habits and bad muscle memory. Just my two cents worth. Good luck btw.
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I used to live on a golf course and golfed a lot. Strangely, the better I got, the less I enjoyed it. If I wasn't playing well, I'd spend the entire round disgusted with myself. If I was playing well, I was getting annoyed by waiting 25 minutes between shots while my buddies were hacking around even though I kept telling them I didn't care.
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It's frustrating at first. ...Ah, what am I talking about? It's always frustrating.

As a twentysomething, I thought it was a game for those who couldn't play sports anymore. I had a buddy that played in college. He got a job where the execs played every Wednesday. He dragged my butt out to keep him company while he polished his game. Needless to say, he lost the job and I got hooked on chasing that little ball around, for life. \\

My advice...

1) Take lessons at first. (Not from your Dad and uncles )
2) Expensive clubs won't buy you a better game. (No matter what the adverts say) Clubs that fit will help.
3) Remember it's a "game". You're there to have fun.
4) Play your game. Don't worry about how long the other guy hits. (I regretfully find the fun of "Grip it and rip it" irresistible at least a few times a round )

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I'm a fellow addict...

Love, love, love the challenge of the game. First question - are you a decent athlete? Hand-eye coordination is key. For the full swing - see a pro. They love to teach the full swing. My first lesson was when I was 21, with a physicist who worked for NASA who was also a golf pro. He taught me grip, stance and posture, how to swing, and then taught me a few simple drills for the long game (driver and irons) that really showed me how to self correct and improve on my own. I'd be happy to share those if you're interested.

My recommendation for learning the game -

Learn to put the ball in the hole first - find a way to make 10 3'-0 putts in a row. Then back out and try to make 10 4'-0 putts in a row.

Then, find a 'flatter faced club' like a 7 or 8 iron, and practice the 'bump and run' chip. Back a pace or so off the green, and learn how to get the ball into that 3 or 4 foot circle so your putter can take over. Read the chips like a putt.

After you can bump and run it pretty good, then take a lofted club, like a pitching wedge or sand wedge and learn how to 'pop' the ball up and land it on a spot, and let it run toward the hole.


Basically - if you can get your short game sharp, the long game just gets you around the green so the short game can take over. The more time you spend on the short game, the better you will be.

The long game will come in HUGE chunks of improvement. You learn to hit the ball without slicing, you learn to take a proper divot with the irons etc... Your scores will drop dramatically with the long game coming around, and then the short game makes you a player.
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I'm taking lessons now. But it's tough, i've got everything down but how not to come over the top. Years of playing baseball & hockey makes it very hard to try and change my swing pattern. Once in a while i'll do it right but once I get frustrated, well here comes the slice from going over the top again. It seems drinking helps a bit, get to the point where i don't care about the hit and just wanna have fun and I start hitting better. It's a mental challenge and fixing my damn swing right now only.

Then I'll have to learn chipping, putting and approach shots.....But I'm going to stick with it.

And yes, I've heard 75% of the score is getting close to the green and then putting out. I've come close to par but my shots to the green are usually 10 to 20 feet away at times or even overshoot the green.

And I've only thrown my club once so far.

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Fellow addict.

Looks like some good advice so far.

I taught myself. Can take a LONG time that way to see results.

If you dont have the financial resources or time to takes lessons, a few tips.

1. Watch pros and try to imitate what they do. A great way to learn any sport is to try to imitate those with great form themselves.
2. Read Harvey Penick's little red book. Entertaining and informative. Great little drills and techniques to learn.
3. Learn the game from the green out. Putting, chipping, pitching first. Full shots will come easier if you have good technique here.
4. One last tip. Learn to hit multiple shots with one club. Be able to hit say a 7 iron full. But also be able to use it for a 100 yard shot. Be able to hit a low punch with it etc. Will help everything with your game.

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Had a country club membership when married to my RSXW. It was solely her own idea to get me out of the house and "to recreate" myself! Played damned near every nice day! I absolutely loved it!

Too damned bad that her idea for her very own "golfing" recreation was to travel off to other Texas venues on her alleged "business trips," to fastidiously spread her thighs apart for her covert BF's/OM from her past, and to greatly assist them in achieving that most heralded and revered lifetime dream of scoring themselves a "hole-in-one!"

Several times over, I might add!

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I'm taking lessons now. But it's tough, i've got everything down but how not to come over the top. Years of playing baseball & hockey makes it very hard to try and change my swing pattern. Once in a while i'll do it right but once I get frustrated, well here comes the slice from going over the top again. It seems drinking helps a bit, get to the point where i don't care about the hit and just wanna have fun and I start hitting better. It's a mental challenge and fixing my damn swing right now only.

Then I'll have to learn chipping, putting and approach shots.....But I'm going to stick with it.

And yes, I've heard 75% of the score is getting close to the green and then putting out. I've come close to par but my shots to the green are usually 10 to 20 feet away at times or even overshoot the green.

And I've only thrown my club once so far.

Is the over-the-top move resulting in a wicked slice or a pulled hook? Most hockey players struggle with the latter, because it relates to the slap shot - full release with the hockey stick gives you that powerful draw on the golf course.

When I picked up the game, I unwittingly was coming over the top. I then 'fixed' myself in a highly unorthadox way. I didn't even know I did this - I ended up aiming quite a bit to the right. I gripped the club so tightly it wouldn't release. When I swung, I came over the top, but because I was already aimed to the right and gripped so hard, it all ended up with the ball going down the middle of the fairway.

In short - I learned how to hit the 'pull' down the middle because I aimed so far right. And because I was young and flexible, my back was able to cope. For about a 5 year span, I killed the ball with that swing.

Then the joints started to hurt... And I wound up back at square one!
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My driving, for the most part, was excellent but I never quite managed to have nailed my drives straight on and down the middle! I usually always angled my drive from far right and it then almost always curved back to mid-fairway to far left fairway!

My long range approach shots were usually pretty decent, but my short game absolutely sucked well water! Just like my sand trap game!

However, as long as I wasn't playing really fast greens, my putting was almost always spot-on!

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It something that you really have to into to want to have the drive to get better at. Obviously golfers don't see it as simply putting a little ball in a little hole.

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