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Do you drive the ball better riding vs walking?


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#1 dlam

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Posted 27 June 2017 - 11:23 AM

I notice that when I'm walking on the course I can get tired and my driver swing can be "off"
My best driving round was when I was using the cart
Not completely sure why   But I do feel much better stepping out of a cart as opposed  to walking up hill to a tee box  
I'm more ready to hit my drive.

Edited by dlam, 27 June 2017 - 11:23 AM.


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Posted 27 June 2017 - 11:28 AM

How about option 3: Never driving the ball well, no matter how you get around....? :taunt:
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Posted 27 June 2017 - 11:31 AM

I don't think it affects me much if any, I enjoy the round better if I am walking, riding I seem to feel as if I am rushing...I don't feel the driver works better or worse if I am walking or riding, if I am feeling it the driver works just fine either way...
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Posted 27 June 2017 - 11:31 AM

Option 1: get in better shape.
Option 2: after putting down your bag, take a moment to catch your breath before taking your swing.
Option 3: push/pull cart.
Option 4: motorized cart.

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Posted 27 June 2017 - 11:52 AM

:D I do my best like this:

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Posted 27 June 2017 - 12:58 PM

Never really notice a difference really. Have noticed some fatigue on the back nine in the first few rounds of the year.

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Posted 28 June 2017 - 07:44 AM

I think what happens is when I sit I have a chance to gather my thoughts and just reboot   I don't like to stand still when playing  
Thinking back now. I join a course that has NO BENCHES   So if I'm walking I can only rest after walking 9.   I recall if there is a chance to sit and wait I can reboot my tee ball swing at other courses that have a bench

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Posted 28 June 2017 - 08:06 PM

I recall an article a few years ago in the New York Times golf blog about a researcher who did a fairly scientific study on golfers scores using a pull cart, driving, and carrying a bag (don't think they had using caddies) and across the board walking with a pull cart resulted in lower scores for golfers of all handicap levels over the life of the study.  I believe riding was better than carrying.

Personally, I find if I ride I lose concentration on the back 9, check my phone more often, etc.  If I walk, I might get a bit more fatigued (particularly early in the season), but my concentration and engagement remain high and I tend to play better

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Posted 28 June 2017 - 10:56 PM

i play 100% better when i'm walking

feel like when i cruise around in a cart i don't get the same focus and momentum
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Posted 28 June 2017 - 11:01 PM

I was told at 2 courses that walking was basically banned there.  It is hot here so I don't know if that is the reason or pace of play..but it's not like they're busy this time of year.

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Posted 28 June 2017 - 11:46 PM

I haven't noticed a difference for me.

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Posted 29 June 2017 - 12:08 AM

Much better when walking. I stay loose, my tempo is better, and I just am in the situation better when walking. Probably play faster to boot, for sure when it is cart path only. Now if I played in 110 degree weather, the answer could vary...
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Posted 29 June 2017 - 03:50 AM

No difference for me.
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Posted 29 June 2017 - 11:55 AM

I play better when I walk.
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Posted 29 June 2017 - 06:50 PM

Always play better when I walk.

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Posted 29 June 2017 - 06:58 PM

I always play better while walking. I tend to stay focused, keep rhythm, and have better visualization of upcoming shot. Also feel like I shake off a bad shot or hole better when walking. Golf was meant to be played while walking.
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Posted 29 June 2017 - 08:10 PM

As long as the cart doesn't hit a bump during my swing, I drive the ball better when riding.

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Posted 29 June 2017 - 09:48 PM

Play better when I walk ... better focus and shot prep/visualization.  Pace of play is also just as a good as a with a cart, and you always have the right clubs at your disposal.
Shame most modern courses are designed such that carts are the only viable option.
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Posted 03 July 2017 - 12:38 PM

Everybody in this thread is tough, and good for you... but I just had knee replacement and I play a very hilly course that winds through a neighborhood with long green-to-tee walks.  I play (and drive the ball especially) a lot better when I ride.

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Posted 05 July 2017 - 01:45 PM

I haven't ridden on a cart yet this year. I always walk. However, I've noticed I can get more fatigued during rounds that follow a training session at the gym that includes both squats and deadlifts. Squatting happens during every gym session, but the days that include deadlifts are especially tough out on the course. I think it's how I pulled my serratus anterior and/or rib cartilage during a round. Now I'm out of commission until it heals.

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Posted 05 July 2017 - 10:00 PM

When I walk, I wouldn't say 'driving' in particular but generally the last 2-3 holes I can tend to get tired, and need to be conscious of not being lazy.  Riding, I don't have those issues.

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Posted 07 July 2017 - 01:58 PM

View Post6thFairway, on 03 July 2017 - 12:38 PM, said:

Everybody in this thread is tough, and good for you... but I just had knee replacement and I play a very hilly course that winds through a neighborhood with long green-to-tee walks.  I play (and drive the ball especially) a lot better when I ride.
I don't think we are so tough. In fact, it may be the other way around, without the walking and stretching, hitting a golf ball gets harder due to getting tight. Knee replacement and a hilly course with long walks between holes? We would all be in a cart! How a person chooses a course is interesting isn't it. I play a shorter mature course (well, only short to today's standards. 6200 yards) because that is where my friends play, and it is easyish to walk. When I decide a cart is the way to play, I may move to a course that is longer with longer treks between holes as it won't matter as much thanks to a cart...
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Posted 08 July 2017 - 10:16 PM

Respectfully I disagree, of course is different for everyone. I find walking, especially alone or at twilight I drive best and tend to make best contact and a smooth swing. Be one with the course. :taunt:
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Posted 13 July 2017 - 02:13 PM

I play better in this order from best to worst:

1. Power cart
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3. Walking without pull cart
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Posted 16 July 2017 - 04:11 PM

View Postjslane57, on 07 July 2017 - 01:58 PM, said:

View Post6thFairway, on 03 July 2017 - 12:38 PM, said:

Everybody in this thread is tough, and good for you... but I just had knee replacement and I play a very hilly course that winds through a neighborhood with long green-to-tee walks.  I play (and drive the ball especially) a lot better when I ride.
I don't think we are so tough. In fact, it may be the other way around, without the walking and stretching, hitting a golf ball gets harder due to getting tight. Knee replacement and a hilly course with long walks between holes? We would all be in a cart! How a person chooses a course is interesting isn't it. I play a shorter mature course (well, only short to today's standards. 6200 yards) because that is where my friends play, and it is easyish to walk. When I decide a cart is the way to play, I may move to a course that is longer with longer treks between holes as it won't matter as much thanks to a cart...

I would love to be a member of a course that was compact and walkable.  Maybe in retirement I'll seek one out.


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Posted 17 July 2017 - 09:16 AM

I grew up walking and carrying, until i was about 25.  I still carry on occasion during good weather. But it kills my feet now, so I prefer to use a push cart.  I hardly ever have a good round out of a cart.  Most of the local courses have been path only, so I end up walking about as many miles, just w/o ever having what I need right there.
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Posted 17 July 2017 - 09:18 AM

View PostmedicoreMAgolfer, on 28 June 2017 - 08:06 PM, said:

I recall an article a few years ago in the New York Times golf blog about a researcher who did a fairly scientific study on golfers scores using a pull cart, driving, and carrying a bag (don't think they had using caddies) and across the board walking with a pull cart resulted in lower scores for golfers of all handicap levels over the life of the study.  I believe riding was better than carrying.

Personally, I find if I ride I lose concentration on the back 9, check my phone more often, etc.  If I walk, I might get a bit more fatigued (particularly early in the season), but my concentration and engagement remain high and I tend to play better
What about a push cart though
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