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Posted 09-03-2015 at 04:40 PM by onebuck


Days before Labor Day holiday and the forecast is for July temps in September. In central Illinois when the temps get near 90 with the humidity above 80% it can be unbearable. Our golf league has moved our start times to 10:00 a.m. That helps a bit and we are not wasting time to get a round in. Today we got nine holes in 1 hr 20 minutes for a five-some. Consolidated the teams to get in before it got to hot.

My putting has gone to the pits lately. Practice, practice and more each day. My reads have been poor. Pace has been off. Maybe it's the heat stress on the greens.

I played a local favorite course on Tuesday with a friend at WeaverRidge GC. My shots overall were good getting to the greens but my reads were poor. The greens have elevation & undulations with a lot of ridges across the green. Surfaces were great, just hard to read. Lost a lot of strokes on the green. Take a tour of WeaverRidge GC to see the course. Beautiful!

I really like to play golf again. After surgery on my back back in 1980, I had to give the game up. Recently surgeries over the last two years to remove hardware that was causing issues has allowed me to start playing again. I had too modify and train myself to use a single plane swing to prevent me from doing a rotary swing which would cause me pain. I have about 5 inches of fusion that does prevent me from torsional actions for a rotary swing. If you golf and use the rotary swing then you know about the torsion and getting big in your swing. For single plane I use my upper body with my arms to address the ball. I move my club through a wide arc and return in that same arc. Top of my swing is about 3/4 of a full swing but my ball is struck straight when club's sweet spot is returned to the ball. Keeping my head down and swing through the ball produces repeatable actions and distance. My swing is smooth but the club speed is no where near what I produced with a rotary swing in the past. But to continue playing the game, I must use a single plane with positive club speed(controlled speed).

For anyone interested, you can look at Golf is good for my exercise needs. I now play at least five rounds a week. It's great to be retired!

Thought about sharing while sitting here in the A/C and breaking from my mod duties.
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  1. Old Comment
    I live next to a golf course. I don't play. I just point and laugh.

    All seriousness aside, I understand the fascination of the game. You're not playing against an opponent--you're playing against the ball, like pool on a much larger, bumpier table.
    Posted 09-03-2015 at 10:29 PM by frankbell frankbell is offline
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    At 6 foot 7 inches. I got tired at swinging at air.
    So I took up bicycling. To toughen up the old casing on these bones.
    In 100F+ temps.
    Then hit the air conditioned pool hall during stops.

    Our local semi grassed links.

    what it looks like after you drive out of town

    So don't judge us too harshly.

    So not too bad in Illinois I bet. Especially after looking at your WeaverRidge pictures link.
    Posted 09-03-2015 at 10:57 PM by rokytnji rokytnji is offline
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    At 5 feet 8 inches, I loves me my bicycle.

    I've been through west Texas on the choo-choo several times. There's a lot of there there.

    I used to have a pool table--it was a seven-footer that probably started its life in a bar. I did enjoy it. I don't have it any more, but I still have my sticks. Ahhh, misty water-colored memories.
    Posted 09-03-2015 at 11:31 PM by frankbell frankbell is offline
    Updated 09-03-2015 at 11:33 PM by frankbell
  4. Old Comment
    I think golf is kind of like birding. The best part is being outside walking in the sunshine.
    Posted 09-04-2015 at 09:39 AM by vmccord vmccord is offline
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    I understand that a lot of courses don't allow walkers any more. The one my place overlooks does. And it is a most pleasant area for walking.

    You're not getting any exercise riding around in a golf cart drinking beer, that's for sure.
    Posted 09-04-2015 at 10:20 PM by frankbell frankbell is offline


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