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Big_Hitter 06-21-2018 09:55 AM

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Originally Posted by jcretire77 (Post 2064896)
We could have a poll for who has the most swing thoughts before pulling the trigger.

one of my buddies used to have, and I'm not making this up, a one minute pre-shot freeze

we used to count seconds like a ref in the paint - 60 seconds just standing over the ball going through a checklist!

frayne 06-21-2018 10:15 AM

My pre-shot routine and swing thoughts.

1. Check my alignment to the target.

2. Make a slow backswing.

3. Watch the club head hit the ball.

Pretty much same for my putting. I usually shoot in the 80s. Shot an 82 on Monday of this week, wearing my wide brimmed hat and new Father's Day $200+ Footjoy golf shoes.

Music Lover 06-21-2018 10:37 AM

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Originally Posted by Big_Hitter (Post 2064918)
one of my buddies used to have, and I'm not making this up, a one minute pre-shot freeze

we used to count seconds like a ref in the paint - 60 seconds just standing over the ball going through a checklist!

Assuming most people take 20 seconds or less to pull the trigger, your buddy takes 40 seconds longer than average. In a typical round with 90 shots, that's a full hour extra he adds to your rounds :facepalm: :laugh:

On the other hand, I'm sometimes guilty of rushing...the club choice is made while walking to the ball, pull a club, set up, and swing (no practice swing). My entire routine often takes less than 10 seconds, although a few exceptions are made for funky lies or sloped fairways.

Big_Hitter 06-21-2018 10:48 AM

he doesn't take that long any more - we shamed him out of it - this was about 15 years ago

Huston55 06-21-2018 01:33 PM

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Originally Posted by Big_Hitter (Post 2064962)
he doesn't take that long any more - we shamed him out of it - this was about 15 years ago

So, that answers the question I was going to ask: Do you still play with him?

Guess the answer is “Yes, the new speedier version.”

Big_Hitter 06-21-2018 02:30 PM

yes, we play together just about every time i visit houston

pb4uski 06-21-2018 04:16 PM

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Originally Posted by jcretire77 (Post 2064896)
My brain interferes much much more. We could have a poll for who has the most swing thoughts before pulling the trigger.

I identify a spot about 6-12 in ahead of the ball in line with the target... line up my feet/shoulders perpendicular to that line at a comfortable distance from the ball, lie my club behind the ball and grip it, adjust my feet/stance if needed, slow backswing while keeping my eye on the ball.... and then just hit the sucker.

I don't worry at all about follow through, I just relax after contact and let the club come around.

I used to take practice swings but rarely do it now... perhaps for some tricky chips... that's it.

For putts, I assess break from hole to ball and then ball to hole (how come is so often looks so different?).... pick my spot and try to make an assertive but smooth stroke. I putt sidesaddle.... for 10-12' and less I look at a spot near the hole (I do not look at the ball) and for 10-25' putts I look at the ball... for longer putts I use traditional style (I can only hit it so firm sidesaddle)... no practice strokes.

Midpack 06-21-2018 05:16 PM

My full swing pre-shot routine and swing thoughts.
  • take 0-2 practice caddy swings,
  • check my alignment to the target,
  • take a slow & low backswing,
  • watch the club head hit the ball.
My overriding swing thought is to avoid trying to kill the ball, for whatever reason I’ve always battled the tendency. I hit more fairways just taking a nice pass at the ball than mashing it...

For putting,
  • read from the side, read from behind (one or both in advance where possible),
  • no practice swings,
  • pick a spot (not just a line) and line up,
  • keep my wrists still and grip relaxed,
  • take a long slow backswing and a deliberate follow through along my intended line.
For reasons I've never understood, my distance control is always better if I just trust my eye/instinct/experience vs thinking about how hard/soft to putt.

HFWR 06-21-2018 07:38 PM

I have a rigorous pre-shot routine, followed by a slice into the trees...

pb4uski 06-21-2018 10:04 PM

Is that with your tree-wood?

HFWR 06-22-2018 07:47 AM

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Originally Posted by pb4uski (Post 2065292)
Is that with your tree-wood?


In the bag next to the foot wedge.

Dawg52 06-22-2018 08:01 AM

Foot wedge is my favorite club.

pb4uski 06-23-2018 09:50 PM

I got a giggle out of Brian Harmon's sponsor... seems that a lot of us worked there.

https://www.megacorplogistics.com/wp...-1-450x338.jpg

Music Lover 06-24-2018 05:05 PM

On Friday I played in my previous employer's scramble with 3 former co-worker friends who were non-golfers...so we had to use a lot of 120 yard tee shots :laugh:

We missed almost every green but my short game was on and we got up and down on almost every hole...we shot -3 with 15 one putts. :laugh:

Dawg52 06-28-2018 10:36 AM

Had a hole in one this morning. A short 115 yard one, but hey..... it counts. Used a PW. My 5th overall and 2nd one in this hole. Played nine with a buddy, just too hot right now for 18.

Big_Hitter 06-28-2018 10:39 AM

congrats!

Huston55 06-28-2018 10:57 AM

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Originally Posted by Dawg52 (Post 2068994)
Had a hole in one this morning. A short 115 yard one, but hey..... it counts. Used a PW. My 5th overall and 2nd one in this hole. Played nine with a buddy, just too hot right now for 18.

Well done! ⛳️🏌️ :dance:

pb4uski 06-28-2018 11:43 AM

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Originally Posted by Dawg52 (Post 2068994)
Had a hole in one this morning. A short 115 yard one, but hey..... it counts. Used a PW. My 5th overall and 2nd one in this hole. Played nine with a buddy, just too hot right now for 18.

Outstanding! 5 overall... that is incredible. How much did it cost you?

Dawg52 06-28-2018 01:17 PM

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Originally Posted by pb4uski (Post 2069046)
Outstanding! 5 overall... that is incredible. How much did it cost you?

$2 powerade for my playing partner. :) Bar not even open at that time of the day. Was not playing with my normal big group.

pb4uski 06-28-2018 02:14 PM

So, you're lucky in numerous ways today! You should go buy a Powerball ticket while you're hot... if you win, I'd appreciate 10% for suggesting it.


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