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#916 Weetbix

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Posted 04 April 2017 - 09:58 PM

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Posted 12 April 2017 - 01:04 PM

EDIT - Sorry guys, this has ended up quite long! Thought I'd do a full intro and well, it's just gone on and on and on ... :blush:

 

TL:DR - I'm a hack and am getting new clubs ATM :rolleyes:

 

I've been lurking around here for a while. Registered a week or so back and have been reading, learning and trying to convince myself my crazy ideas are founded in some sort of logic.

 

As my username suggests, I'm a hack golfer.

 

Started playing years ago (mid 80's) when I was in high school because we were not allowed to go surfing for sport during Winter. Surfing was and still is my #1 passion and the first thing to fill up the day, but, once it's onshore (usually 10am onwards), well look out golf course!

 

I have never had any natural sporting talent and that has well and truly carried over into my golf swing.

 

In the early 90's I started playing with a few blokes from where I worked. Hired a set for a few rounds but then I ended up buying a 'package' golf set, a Brosnan set IIRC. Played most weekends with them, and started the 'habit' of having a few beers during each round. Bad, bad idea when you have no talent ...

 

Then, in the early 2000's, I thought it best to avoid injury to others and get some lessons. It didn't take long to know I needed better clubs. So, under the advice and guidance of the pro giving me lessons, I ended up with a set of RAC OS II 3-PW with stiff shaft 1" longer than standard. Over a few months, again with the pro's input, I ended up with a V-Steel 3 wood and a couple of RAC Wegdes (56 and 60). All of these clubs worked for me ...

 

I, on the other hand, decided a 580XD worked for me because I had hit 10 shots into a net at Golfworld during their US Masters sale in 2005. I of course bought it and have never been able to hit it straight on course or range despite a lot of effort and frustration. But, geez I can spray it all over the place!

 

So, with some lessons under my belt and a growing collection of golfing mates, a membership at a course was needed and with it, a handicap. At the time, as a busy professional, working crazy hours, and mates all the same, we wanted to play a less 'busy' course, and so ended up with memberships at the Greg Norman designed Pelican Waters.

 

Handicap hovered around 27 and the old 'drink a few beers' while playing had well and truly slipped into the game. It was not uncommon to have to get picked up from the club after Wednesday and Saturday comps. Not good for the health or the golf. That was just over 10 years ago ...

 

Life took over, (young family) and other interests (Surfing) and golf became a 'play a few rounds with mates once in a while' and the odd charity or pro-am day type of thing ... until, more recently when the trusty old sticks have been dusted off and used to fill in the poor surf days and onshore afternoons. All driven by a mate and his new interest in golf plus a few back to back charity days and work type functions.

 

After now several rounds of frustration, I decided a new set of bats would fix the issues. Well, not quite. I stopped all alcohol on the course and revisited my old lesson notes and spent some time at the range. Working on the swing has helped, but I could feel this weird difference between irons, driver / fairway wood etc. and started to look into the whole shaft flex impact (i.e. lurking here and other forums). A also sensed something with the irons - a lack of "consistency" with approach shots, that initially I put down to not knowing distances of clubs and the different course I play, so of course, a rangefinder was acquired. More practice, dial in the shots and yep, crazy idea #1 proven - same shot, but widely varying results. Hmmm, time to talk to someone.

 

So, I toddled off to a club fitter and well, yep, shafts of all clubs do not suit my swing. Not by a long shot. So, that's crazy idea #2 proven and well, that can only mean one thing - Time for new clubs!

 

So, as I sit here typing this, I am eagerly waiting for some new irons and wedges to arrive. I'm like an excited kid at Christmas. :D

 

OK, so the other stuff:

 

Name: On the golf course - Hack ... In the surf - Wingnut.
Height: 186cm
Weight: usually even across both feet at address, after that, not where it should be!

Location: Tweed Coast, Northern NSW.
Years Playing: On and off since the mid 80's
Righty or Lefty?: Same as I surf, left foot forward
Home Course: Don't have one. Thinking maybe Howling to get a handicap.
What’s in the Bag?: Being rebuilt ATM. 4-GW 716 AP1's and 3 x SM6 Vokey wedges (52, 56 & 60) on order

Highest / lowest / current handicaps: 27 (12 years ago when I was a member at Pelican Waters). Play a "social" handicap of 18 these days.
Handicap Goal for 2017: Official 18 or lower, perhaps chase a single digit ... not sure yet.
Strengths: Short game - saves my arse from the wayward drive and mishit approach shots
Weaknesses: It varies between wayward drive and mishit approach shots.
Your Typical Pre-Round Routine: Avoid rushing and allow time for warm up hits on the range or at least into nets and a few putts.
Your Golf Attire (usually): Long pants and polo
Your Usual Ballflight: Hmmm, previously NASA would be proud, but let's come back to this after I dial in the new clubs
Have You Played Competitively?: Between mates - hell yeah. Otherwise, pffft, nope, no chance. I'm a hack!

Pick The Ball Cleanly, or Divot?: Pick it clean, otherwise, divot from about an inch behind the ball.
Blades or Cavity Backs?: Cavity
Links or Tree Lined?: Trees baby! And, no they are not 90% air.
Range Rat or Gain Experience By Playing?: Both.
What Time of Day Do You Prefer Playing? When it's onshore.
Do You Get First Tee Jitters?: Depends on the group and location.
Your Overused Golf Sayings: When using Driver - FORE! Approach shots - F%$# not again. On the green - another gynecologist assistant.
Quiet Player or Loud?: Varies. Depends upon the group, location and how I'm playing.
Walk or Golf Cart?: Both. Walk for practice / exercise but cart's for enjoyment of the game on hot days and long courses.
Favourite Golf Quotes: You don't record what club you hit, or how the ball got there ... and ... it's not cricket, highest score doesn't win ya know
Best score for 9 holes: Shot 34 stableford points on the front 9 at Pelican... once.
Best score for 18 holes: Around 18 over par (several courses like Emerald Lakes, Tweed Cooly and Royal Chinderah)
Best golfing memory: ATM - the club fitting and club selection process. Past - Hmmm, first bridie? or walking off with 5 stableford points on a par 3 at Pelican.


Edited by hack2489, 12 April 2017 - 01:11 PM.

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Posted 12 April 2017 - 01:27 PM

EDIT - Sorry guys, this has ended up quite long! Thought I'd do a full intro and well, it's just gone on and on and on ... :blush:

 

TL:DR - I'm a hack and am getting new clubs ATM :rolleyes:

 

I've been lurking around here for a while. Registered a week or so back and have been reading, learning and trying to convince myself my crazy ideas are founded in some sort of logic.

 

As my username suggests, I'm a hack golfer.

 

Started playing years ago (mid 80's) when I was in high school because we were not allowed to go surfing for sport during Winter. Surfing was and still is my #1 passion and the first thing to fill up the day, but, once it's onshore (usually 10am onwards), well look out golf course!

 

I have never had any natural sporting talent and that has well and truly carried over into my golf swing.

 

In the early 90's I started playing with a few blokes from where I worked. Hired a set for a few rounds but then I ended up buying a 'package' golf set, a Brosnan set IIRC. Played most weekends with them, and started the 'habit' of having a few beers during each round. Bad, bad idea when you have no talent ...

 

Then, in the early 2000's, I thought it best to avoid injury to others and get some lessons. It didn't take long to know I needed better clubs. So, under the advice and guidance of the pro giving me lessons, I ended up with a set of RAC OS II 3-PW with stiff shaft 1" longer than standard. Over a few months, again with the pro's input, I ended up with a V-Steel 3 wood and a couple of RAC Wegdes (56 and 60). All of these clubs worked for me ...

 

I, on the other hand, decided a 580XD worked for me because I had hit 10 shots into a net at Golfworld during their US Masters sale in 2005. I of course bought it and have never been able to hit it straight on course or range despite a lot of effort and frustration. But, geez I can spray it all over the place!

 

So, with some lessons under my belt and a growing collection of golfing mates, a membership at a course was needed and with it, a handicap. At the time, as a busy professional, working crazy hours, and mates all the same, we wanted to play a less 'busy' course, and so ended up with memberships at the Greg Norman designed Pelican Waters.

 

Handicap hovered around 27 and the old 'drink a few beers' while playing had well and truly slipped into the game. It was not uncommon to have to get picked up from the club after Wednesday and Saturday comps. Not good for the health or the golf. That was just over 10 years ago ...

 

Life took over, (young family) and other interests (Surfing) and golf became a 'play a few rounds with mates once in a while' and the odd charity or pro-am day type of thing ... until, more recently when the trusty old sticks have been dusted off and used to fill in the poor surf days and onshore afternoons. All driven by a mate and his new interest in golf plus a few back to back charity days and work type functions.

 

After now several rounds of frustration, I decided a new set of bats would fix the issues. Well, not quite. I stopped all alcohol on the course and revisited my old lesson notes and spent some time at the range. Working on the swing has helped, but I could feel this weird difference between irons, driver / fairway wood etc. and started to look into the whole shaft flex impact (i.e. lurking here and other forums). A also sensed something with the irons - a lack of "consistency" with approach shots, that initially I put down to not knowing distances of clubs and the different course I play, so of course, a rangefinder was acquired. More practice, dial in the shots and yep, crazy idea #1 proven - same shot, but widely varying results. Hmmm, time to talk to someone.

 

So, I toddled off to a club fitter and well, yep, shafts of all clubs do not suit my swing. Not by a long shot. So, that's crazy idea #2 proven and well, that can only mean one thing - Time for new clubs!

 

So, as I sit here typing this, I am eagerly waiting for some new irons and wedges to arrive. I'm like an excited kid at Christmas. :D

 

OK, so the other stuff:

 

Name: On the golf course - Hack ... In the surf - Wingnut.
Height: 186cm
Weight: usually even across both feet at address, after that, not where it should be!

Location: Tweed Coast, Northern NSW.
Years Playing: On and off since the mid 80's
Righty or Lefty?: Same as I surf, left foot forward
Home Course: Don't have one. Thinking maybe Howling to get a handicap.
What’s in the Bag?: Being rebuilt ATM. 4-GW 716 AP1's and 3 x SM6 Vokey wedges (52, 56 & 60) on order

Highest / lowest / current handicaps: 27 (12 years ago when I was a member at Pelican Waters). Play a "social" handicap of 18 these days.
Handicap Goal for 2017: Official 18 or lower, perhaps chase a single digit ... not sure yet.
Strengths: Short game - saves my arse from the wayward drive and mishit approach shots
Weaknesses: It varies between wayward drive and mishit approach shots.
Your Typical Pre-Round Routine: Avoid rushing and allow time for warm up hits on the range or at least into nets and a few putts.
Your Golf Attire (usually): Long pants and polo
Your Usual Ballflight: Hmmm, previously NASA would be proud, but let's come back to this after I dial in the new clubs
Have You Played Competitively?: Between mates - hell yeah. Otherwise, pffft, nope, no chance. I'm a hack!

Pick The Ball Cleanly, or Divot?: Pick it clean, otherwise, divot from about an inch behind the ball.
Blades or Cavity Backs?: Cavity
Links or Tree Lined?: Trees baby! And, no they are not 90% air.
Range Rat or Gain Experience By Playing?: Both.
What Time of Day Do You Prefer Playing? When it's onshore.
Do You Get First Tee Jitters?: Depends on the group and location.
Your Overused Golf Sayings: When using Driver - FORE! Approach shots - F%$# not again. On the green - another gynecologist assistant.
Quiet Player or Loud?: Varies. Depends upon the group, location and how I'm playing.
Walk or Golf Cart?: Both. Walk for practice / exercise but cart's for enjoyment of the game on hot days and long courses.
Favourite Golf Quotes: You don't record what club you hit, or how the ball got there ... and ... it's not cricket, highest score doesn't win ya know
Best score for 9 holes: Shot 34 stableford points on the front 9 at Pelican... once.
Best score for 18 holes: Around 18 over par (several courses like Emerald Lakes, Tweed Cooly and Royal Chinderah)
Best golfing memory: ATM - the club fitting and club selection process. Past - Hmmm, first bridie? or walking off with 5 stableford points on a par 3 at Pelican.

welcome to the other hacks hack.  There is A SEQ group that plays every couple months- they post in the ISG days thread keep an eye out for next event- they welcome you along for sure.



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Posted 12 April 2017 - 01:27 PM

good stuff mate, welcome along

 

keep an eye out for the SEQ golf days, we play a couple on the Gold Coast each year.

There are some boring fellas in that group who don't drink during the round, so others need to make up for it. 


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Posted 12 April 2017 - 01:50 PM

Cheers fella's ...

 

I saw the SEQ group and thought I might make a nuisance of myself at a game or two after I sort out the new bats and a handicap.

 

I 'try" to treat golf like a day at sea nowadays and only drink when safe across the bar.



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Posted 12 April 2017 - 02:05 PM

Cheers fella's ...

 

I saw the SEQ group and thought I might make a nuisance of myself at a game or two after I sort out the new bats and a handicap.

 

I 'try" to treat golf like a day at sea nowadays and only drink when safe across the bar.

fine, I will do the drinking for you 

 

our next game is at Palm Meadows on the last weekend of May, which is umm the 28th. 

The thread with details and names will be out in a few weeks, keep and eye out and you're in!


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Posted 12 April 2017 - 07:55 PM

fine, I will do the drinking for you 

 

 

 

Woo, hang on ...

 

I didn't say never ...

 

I said "try".

 

Hell, if the front nine aint good, a few bourbons can't help the final score. May as well enjoy the walk with a drink on the back nine!


Edited by hack2489, 12 April 2017 - 07:58 PM.

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