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December 24, 2014
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gbower said
Oiler are you doing a copy & paste to the reply box or just typing in the reply?

Tried it both ways in Safari and Chrome on my iPad

 

Sadly no Leaf game for me. Not on here

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December 27, 2014
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Try this from a Windows 7 Chrome...

Sadly no Leaf game for me. Not on here . Didn't get to watch them wipe the floor with Spezza yet again . Seriously might have to use a bunch of next year's entertainment budget on Centre Ice, sick of not watching my Leafs disappoint me live. On the other hand, That meant I 'had' to watch Gremlins while eating my bbq steak, scallops, and shrimp with baked potatoes bday dinner instead .

Never having access to lessons (got 1 as Xmas present few years ago), since I started playing regularly I've been self taught. I play over 100 rounds a year for the last 6 years, and what it really comes down to is paying attention the the biggest weaknesses in my game. Then I try to work on those on the range or in round. Which on its own never really helps. But I read a lot and watch a lot of golf, which actually does. By knowing what my big misses are, I can pay attention when those are talked about. I've had at least 3 'swing-pyphanies' this way. For example, they were critiquing D Johnson's swing during the US Open a few years back (Whistling Straights?), and they were showing how far past perpendicular his shoulders were. I went out the next day and noticed my swing was all arms (20+ cap at the time). Within a week my banana was nearly gone and my cap was down at least 5 strokes!

Nowadays I'm regularly in the 70s and have been there a few years. While I would love a few lessons to help my long irons, what I'll be focusing on this year will be putting. Going from slow Madawaska greens to 10+ slopey ones at Dragonfly didn't help, but I've never been good (though my one lesson nearly eliminated 3-putts for me). I'm a really good short game player so putts per round is near meaningless as a measurement of putting, so I use a modified ft putted stat I saw once (Nov 09 Golf Digest?). Record minimum 2 ft made, max 15 (so a 40 footer doesn't skew data), and a minus 4 for 3-putts. A 'scratch' putter will make about 70 ft a round, and a 'bogey' putter around 50. I'm normally around 45, so lots of room for improvement. My problem is mid range putts. I record length of missed putts, and will normally have at least a half dozen in the 6-10 ft range. I'm lucky to make 1 a round(to steal a curling term, my weight is rarely right). So my goal for this year is to try and make it out at least an hour before rounds to use some of the great drills I have. I tried last season, but invariably went out right away when told a bunch of 4somes were going out soon. I'd love to stay after rounds, but I'm a walker and the last 4 holes at 'fly are hilly and I'm invariably ready to go home when done.

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December 30, 2014
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Rather than self instruct (or self destruct) when hitting balls at the Superdome, this winter I have joined the golf school of Gregg Foley and Joe Dubinsky and practice there three times a week.  A couple of obvious flaws in my swing have been pointed out and am working to eliminate those.  Gregg and Joe are excellent instructors whose suggestions I trust.

in the fall I learned and used the Aimpoint and Aimpoint Plus method of putting, along with applying some of the putting principles of Geoff Magnum (The Putting Zone) and saw an improvement in both distance control and aiming precision.  I putt every day at home.

Lastly, I look after my fitness with three times weekly trips to a gym, follow a stretching routine, skate three times a week and walk most every day.  While all of this may not lower the handicap, at 69 years old, if I can maintain a factor in the 1 to 3 range, I will be happy.

December 30, 2014
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Rather than self instruct (or self destruct) when hitting balls at the Superdome, this winter I have joined the golf school of Gregg Foley and Joe Dubinsky and practice there three times a week.  A couple of obvious flaws in my swing have been pointed out and am working to eliminate those.  Gregg and Joe are excellent instructors whose suggestions I trust.

in the fall I learned and used the Aimpoint and Aimpoint Plus method of putting, along with applying some of the putting principles of Geoff Magnum (The Putting Zone) and saw an improvement in both distance control and aiming precision.  I putt every day at home.

Lastly, I look after my fitness with three times weekly trips to a gym, follow a stretching routine, skate three times a week and walk most every day.  While all of this may not lower the handicap, at 69 years old, if I can maintain a factor in the 1 to 3 range, I will be happy.

Sounds like a very solid plan.  Gregg and Joe are two well informed guys.

I think the dedication you have shown to improvement over the years is a great example to others.  Your results have proven that properly applied effort does pay off.  

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