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post #31 of 58
IdrJax:

unreal a RED Benz????

LMAO !!! Obviously The official made the Right call.

Your shot was WIND ASSISTED !!
post #32 of 58
WD,

Thanks for the comments. The squirrel story was classic, because it was at a work outing where I was the event arranger for all the very high ups in my company and a bunch of VIP customers. It got me noticed with some people who I didn't have much contact with daily, and helped my career. Poor squirrels, wrong place wrong time!

By the way, nickname is because I lived very much up to it in college and my real name is Paul Buzzard!
post #33 of 58
Buz... what a great post... I'm going to take a clue from you this weekend and see what kind of "ass-istance" I can be when my buddies are hitting their tee shots on par threes...
post #34 of 58

Don't get me started.....

Have been trying to resist the temptation to get involved with this thread as golf is my summer passion, but just have to jump in!

Not a golf shot exactly.....
Freshly minted college graduate, first "real" job working for a major corporation (we're talking a major entry-level job here), my wife is volunteering for a local charity and signs me up to play in their golf outing fundraiser at my 'regular' course. Arrive to play, look at the pairings to see who I will be playing with, don't know one guy, but the other two names are vaguely familiar. Show up at the first hole and realize that my familiar names belong to the CEO and CFO of the Corporation. Never have I been so nervous hitting that first drive nor more thankful for at least putting that first ball in play!

Grew up learning the game from my Mom who was a gifted athlete and a championship golfer. I was about 12 years old and feeling that my game had definitely moved up another level, I asked my Mom to come play with me so I could show her just how well I was playing. Back in those politically incorrect days, and as was the custom for course designed back then, there was one tee box with three sets of tee markers on each hole; the forward set was the Ladies tee, the middle set was the Men's tee and the back set the Pro tee. The course was laid out so the tee for the first hole was only a few steps outside and off the right corner of the clubhouse/pro shop with the 9th green being a few yards away to the left and slight downhill. So, Mom and I head for the first tee. Again, I was out to show Mom that I could really crush that golf ball, so in my most Daly-esque fashion, I wrapped that driver back and practically jumped out my sneakers, I swung so hard and, of course, bladed this screamer an inch off the ground that hit the forward tee marker (one of those large red plastic ball types), ripped it out of the ground and cracked it in two. My ball went flying backwards, over my head, to land on the roof of the clubhouse. A couple of bounces on the roof, hits the sidewalk, take a big hop and follows the downhill pitch, rolls onto the 9th green and comes to rest about a foot from the cup. My Mom, doing her motherly best not to burst out laughing, while I'm dying of embaressment, just says "Would you like to take a mulligan?" Needless to say, my game that day never quite recovered from that beginning. Didn't help matters that the Pro came flying out to see what idiot was hitting his building with a golf ball and gave me a bit of a talking to about breaking course equipment.

As for holes-in-one, I've never had one nor come closer than a couple of feet. My Mom, who was a great golfer, never had one either. My Dad, who never broke 100 in all the years that he played, had two. Go figure.
post #35 of 58

Okay, tried some of what you said. Really having a hard time with the grip. Wrists are very small and have a hard time keeping my hands together.
Putting game is improving a bit, and I've gotten some good feedback on a female pro who has done wonders for some of the women on the local leagues. Got to call her today. I can hardly wait to take lessons.
Thanks Mike!
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Originally Posted by mikewil
Check with your local course(s) to see if they offer lesson clinics. Groups lessons work quite well for newer golfers although I do quite a few beginner privates.

80% of what goes wrong will happen before you ever swing the club. Sometimes we use an acyronym-GAP or PGA, whichever you like- it stands for Grip, Alignment and Posture.

Grip-learn to keep the club in your fingers not your palms and on a scale of 1 to 10 pressure should be a 3 or 4. I played today with one of our outside service staff who is trying to pass his Playing Ability Test to start his PGA career. You could see the whites of his knuckles he was gripping the club so hard. I made him hold the club out in front of him at waist level and simply started slapping the head back and forth with my finger tips making him reduce pressure until it was easily going back and forth like a pendelum.

Posture-stand fairly erect with your weight centered over your arches-stick out your caboose (not "lady" like but too many people tuck their butts under and really screw up their swings) and bend forward from the hip joint so your upper arms hang vertically-this allows the arms to work around and under the torso.

Alignment-draw an imaginary line through your ball to the target-Always have a specific target. Pick out something just in front of the ball on the target line and square your clubface to that object. Then square up your feet, hips and shoulders on a parallel line remembering that line will actually run a bit left of the target line like two parallel railroad tracks.



YES!!!!!

Drive for show-putt for dough. The scoring game is being good from 100 yards in. This is where the tour pros excel. 60% of your practice should be on the short game!!!!

And never forget it is just a game-have fun and leave the pressure stuff to idiots like me.

Good Luck

Mike Wilson
PGA Golf Professional
post #36 of 58
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Originally Posted by trekchick

Okay, tried some of what you said. Really having a hard time with the grip. Wrists are very small and have a hard time keeping my hands together.
Putting game is improving a bit, and I've gotten some good feedback on a female pro who has done wonders for some of the women on the local leagues. Got to call her today. I can hardly wait to take lessons.
Thanks Mike!
Putting is all feel for me. Soft hands. Quite frankly, video games like "Hot Shots Golf" have really helped with reading greens and speed.
post #37 of 58
Two more memorable golf shots

1) Spring, Sr year of college. At this point, I had never played a round of golf. I'm with my fraternity brothers at a picnic at a park with a lake. About 20 of us. My roommate, who was 6'10", center for the b-ball team, parents belonged to a country club and played a LOT of golf, decides to pull his clubs out of his truck and tee up a stolen range ball, aiming at the pond/lake in front of us. the other bank of the lake is probably 250-275 yds away. He slices one, then tries a few more times before hitting one straight and getting it close to crossing the lake. A few of the other guys tee up and balls are flying around like drunken bees. As they are about done, I ask if I can try one. I had just been laughing at everyone the whole time, since I figured I'd just whiff at it or something if I tried. But what the hell, they were done trying due to frustration. So he hands me a ball and his driver. I tee it up, take the obligatory practice swings, address the ball and proceed to knock it dead straight, landing it in the woods on the other side of the lake. I put on my : , handed him his club back and walked away for another beer. You should have seen the looks I got! Way too funny.

2) Back in 1999, I was on a business trip with my boss to Phoenix. We were there to drop off a check to a landlord at 10am for $700k. Sort of a boondoggle business trip. After we dropped off the check, we played a round of golf (it was 104 degrees!) and went to a Diamondbacks game. This was about 4 week after reconstruction of my right ACL (back leg when golfing), so I was using clubs as canes when I had to walk and being pretty easy on my swinging. Turns out I was having a good round, and ended up shooting an 84 (or within a shot or two of that). but on the 16th or 17th hole, we were looking at the score card, whcih was saying it was a 220 yd par 3. The tee was way uphill of the green, but it still looked a whole lot shorter than 220 yards. We scratched our heads for a few minutes and decided that we'd trust the scorecard, since some of the holes that day had been pretty deceiving. I teed up for an easy 5 wood, and proceeded to hit the ball over the green, over the 4 lane highway that was about 20 yards behind the green, and land the ball a good 20 yards on the other side of the road. We just sort of looked at each other, like "wow, you really crushed that one". Boss man tees up and does basically the same thing, but bounces it off the road about 10 feet in front of a car doing 40-50 mph. We scratch our heads again and figure we both just happen to slam the bejeezus out of it, so we teed up for our mulligans. This time I landed mine on the road... WTF???? So before boss man tees up, we go back to the score card. Apparently we were looking at the wrong hole because we forgot to fill in our scores on one of the holes, and this hole was actually 160 yards! DOH!!!
post #38 of 58
Thread Starter 
Fun article from USA Today recounting hole-in-one stories from hackers to PGA pros:
http://www.usatoday.com/sports/golf/...e-in-one_x.htm
If link doesn't work you should be able to view this story at www.usatoday.com home or sports page for the next couple days.
post #39 of 58
Two come to mind. I got a hole in one 4 iron into a 190 yrd par 3. I was in a men’s club scramble, lots of people saw it. I did not enjoy buying drinks for the entire club. Thank god Mario's let me carry a tab.

My first day golfing in St. Joe Missouri I was golfing with new people on a new course. On the second hole I toped my tee shot the ball did not make the fairway on a 380 yards par 4. I then stiffed a 5 wood about 210 yards’ to an elevated (Uphill) green for an Eagle. It was purdy!!

I think I ended up shooting an 84 (Average for me) but that two on two was the talk of the day.
post #40 of 58
Two other memorable shots:

Many years ago playing in a corporate outing at the Breckenridge Golf Club on Beaver 9, an absolutely beautiful downhill par 3 across a series of Beaver ponds (hence the name), one of the players in my group stone cold skips a thinned shot across the ponds, hits the front edge of a bunker, pops up on the green hits the flag stick dead center and drops in for an ace. It's not how it's how many.

Ironically I'm now a PGA Professional there-not in my wildest dreams would I ever have thought that.


Two years ago playing the Keystone River Course, on my second 18 of the day, late in the round I hit a great, soft draw 6 iron from 187. My friends all thought it was in, I thought it was a bit short. Get up to the green and no ball in sight. Tip toe up to the hole and there lies my Pro V1. My first "real" ace-had one on a pitch and putt course in college during PE-aced that course too!! The best part was the bar was closed when we finally got back to the clubhouse-saved me a bundle!!!
post #41 of 58
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post
I was playing with a long time golfer and buddy who swore I would never ever beat him, it was a matter of principle, nothing personal. We ski together alot, and he knows I would never let him beat me down the hill. Not only did I break 80, I shot a 78, I beat him by 3 strokes.

Last summer, while playing Killington on #17, par 3. The card says play the shot left and it the wind will bring it back to the hole. Sure enough it did. I hit a perfect shot, left, the wind took it and rolled right on the green to two feet below the hole. The sad part was, my ball came to rest on teh previous hole placement. A week ago it would have been a hole in one.

Lately, I have been on fire with my driver. I have been hitting the ball either dead straight or with a slight draw. It has been going out about 240-250, which I am very happy with.
Its getting that time of year. I'm finding myself reading golf magazine and trying to pick up tips on my golf game before the season officially begins. The ski resorts around me have been closed for the most part(a few have opened back up for a weekend after some huge storms), which makes it necessary for my heart and mind to switch "sport gears".

So, I was looking at some of the golf threads for tips. Mike has some phenomenal tiips!!!
I found this thread and thought it was worth linking to this post^^^

I don't know that I'll ever break 80, but its a lofty goal I may have to set for myself.
post #42 of 58
MikeWil- I should come to you for a lesson! My drives all seem to be long.... and wrong!!!


This past SuperBowl Sunday, we had a company gold tournament. I ended up winning the longest putt - 55 feet! It may sound funny, but I see greens the same way I read the contours in the snow... the other guys in my 4some were blown away... I could hardly hit a fairway, but once on the green I do ok... dropped 4 other putts over 30 feet each...

Did manage to drive an iron to within about 8 inches of a hole on a Par3... yes- it amazed me too! lol

Hmmm... nothing to do tomorrow... maybe I'll go playsome golf...
post #43 of 58
Was playing with one of my brothers and his wife, Carmel, Ca, one day. Elevated tee box, my brother shanks his tee shot... Into the trees on the right. Out falls a squirrel, dead as a doorknob...

So, if a birdie is 1 under par... what is a squirrel? lol
post #44 of 58
A squirrel or squirrel(s) is a lot of embarrassment from my perspective. See post by me on page one.
post #45 of 58
After not touching a club for 5 years I just received my newly purchased clubs so I'm back into a golfing state of mind. When I was a kid my local club (IBM Country Club now Casperkill in upstate NY) used to let you play for free after 6pm. Over the summer my Dad and I would take advantage of this almost every night during the week. We would try to cram in as many holes as possible and would generally finish in complete darkness stumbling back to the car. If you were lucky there was a full moon and cloudless sky, but usually you had to try to guestimate where your shot went based on how it sounded at impact. One night we were playing the par 3 16th in the pitch black. My shot sounded good, but I wasn't sure until we walked up to the green and saw my ball sitting no more than 4 inches from the cup. We did a lot of the "be the ball Danny" bit from Caddyshack after that shot.
post #46 of 58
Probably my most memorable shot was in match play. We were playing a short par 4. Opponent and I both hit good drives just shot of a bunker gaurding the front of the green. My opponent drained his pitch for an eagle. I made mine on top for a half. Just doesn't seem right to make eagle and not win the hole.
post #47 of 58

? HH golf balls

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Originally Posted by vail snopro View Post
MikeWil- I should come to you for a lesson! My drives all seem to be long.... and wrong!!!
You must be using those special golf balls the have "HH" in place of numbers!!

Send me a PM when if you're going to be up here this summer. I'd love to go hit a few with you.

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Originally Posted by vail snopro View Post
Hmmm... nothing to do tomorrow... maybe I'll go playsome golf...
Sounds like fun-I'm heading to Denver on Friday to get in a last round before I head back to the pro shop Monday to start getting ready for the upcoming season.
post #48 of 58
This isn't as exciting as a hole in one, but.....I got my first birdie today.

I must give credit to some of the great tips I've gotten from you'z guyz, and that voice in my head that Betsie( golf pro that gave me lessons last summer).

This course 14th hole

I'm pretty stoked about this! Here's to many more.
post #49 of 58
Heres to many more!!!!!!

post #50 of 58
Not my shot but a friend I was golfing with.

Monday night I was golfing with a couple of my friends, when I decided to video this particular shot, because I figured it'd be funny and he'd never be able to do what he actually did with it.
He didn't know I was video'ing but now he's glad I did.



You can't see in the youtube video clearly, but the ball dropped on the green and rolled within 2 ft of the cup.:
Imagine a birdie on a par 4, when he figured he lost his first shot in the trees.
post #51 of 58
My most memorable shot is actually only a couple of months old. After a crappy drive, and an equally crappy second shot I was left with 165 yards to the green on a par 5. Pured a 7 iron - the ball bounced once and went in the cup for an eagle.
post #52 of 58
Yesterday on a par 3 with an 8 iron my husband hit his tee shot into the brush bordering a creek. About a second later the ball bounced back out of the hazard onto the green. For an instant we all thought we were going to see the ball hole out but it rolled across and stopped a few feet past the pin. It was the darnedest thing I have personally ever seen playing golf.
post #53 of 58
Holing out a 7 iron from 150 yards on a par four for eagle
Holing out a gap wedge from 110 yards on a par five for eagle
And draining a 30 foot right to left breaker on a par five for my first ever eagle are most memorable shots

Still looking for that first hole in one after 20 years of Golf BUT others looking for that first hole in one can take some solice in this fact:

Ben Hogan who is possibly the greatest ball striker of all time NEVER had a hole in one in any tourney OR practice round while my brother once played with a freind who had a hole in one his first time EVER stepping on a golf course!
post #54 of 58
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Originally Posted by nolo View Post
Yesterday on a par 3 with an 8 iron my husband hit his tee shot into the brush bordering a creek. About a second later the ball bounced back out of the hazard onto the green. For an instant we all thought we were going to see the ball hole out but it rolled across and stopped a few feet past the pin. It was the darnedest thing I have personally ever seen playing golf.
That's what I'm talking about! Unimaginable! Yet, you see it and it works out.
post #55 of 58
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Originally Posted by Treewell View Post
Holing out a 7 iron from 150 yards on a par four for eagle
Holing out a gap wedge from 110 yards on a par five for eagle
And draining a 30 foot right to left breaker on a par five for my first ever eagle are most memorable shots

Still looking for that first hole in one after 20 years of Golf BUT others looking for that first hole in one can take some solice in this fact:

Ben Hogan who is possibly the greatest ball striker of all time NEVER had a hole in one in any tourney OR practice round while my brother once played with a freind who had a hole in one his first time EVER stepping on a golf course!
No Eagles for me..yet.

My step father who is a hellava golfer (has been shooting his age for the past 10 years or so) eagled the same hole at Buck Hill three rounds in a row.
post #56 of 58
I don't golf, so my personal history of "memorable golf shots" is rather limited. However, some of my colleagues go out to a driving range on occassion. They kept inviting me to tag along since I'm tall and have long arms, and somehow that means I should be good at this.

Anyway, I joined them once. We stood at the little driving range tee area, and I figured this is like hitting a baseball. Just everything is rotated down a bit. (Baseballs come in at waist-height, golf balls are at toe-height). Not that I can hit a baseball, but I grabbed a golf club like a baseball bat and swung at the ball.

My first swing resulted in me slamming the club head into the ground just before the ball. Oooowwwwwwwwww!

After verifying that the club wasn't bent in half and that my shoulders were stil attached, my colleagues gave me some pointers, and I took another swing which resulted in me completely missing the ball. Swung right over the top. At least it didn't hurt this time!

A few more pointers, and I took another swing. And the ball just sailed straight. No hook, no slice, none of that "curve" stuff going on. It didn't go terribly far (50 yards or so?), but it went straight. My colleagues just stood there with their jaws open. Finally one of them was like "uhhh, let's see that again".

Against all my instincts telling me to just "walk away" (i.e., beginners luck at it's finest !), I did work my way through a bucket of balls. I never came close to hitting another one that far or that straight.
post #57 of 58
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Originally Posted by trekchick View Post
Imagine a birdie on a par 4, when he figured he lost his first shot in the trees.

One of the nice things about golf is the scorecard only shows "how many" not "how".
post #58 of 58
My most memorable shot was a hole in one while playing a 4 man scramble with my father, son and good friend. I didn't see it go in because my son was asking which club to use. The team ahead of us came back onto the green yelling in celebration. That cost alot of drinks in the clubhosue.:
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