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#1 Underhill83

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Posted 13 April 2018 - 01:02 PM

If you could go back to when you first started playing golf, what, if anything, would you do differently and what would you not change?


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#2 One_Putt_Blunder

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Posted 13 April 2018 - 01:24 PM

I would have taken it more seriously. I was pretty much born with a club in my hand and kinda took it for granted. For a kid who really did not give a poop about golf in high school I was pretty good in my region (top 10 with no effort). Golf was just not cool then (I'm 2 years younger than TW he was a Freshman at Stanford my Junior year of HS). When I say good I'm not talking future as a pro golfer, but good enough to compete for regional possibly state titles along with making a run at being competitive in local/state am stuff. Who knows what kind of doors that may have opened for me in my post school life in the work force and connections to play really really good private clubs etc.

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Posted 13 April 2018 - 01:38 PM

View PostOne_Putt_Blunder, on 13 April 2018 - 01:24 PM, said:

I would have taken it more seriously. I was pretty much born with a club in my hand and kinda took it for granted. For a kid who really did not give a poop about golf in high school I was pretty good in my region (top 10 with no effort). Golf was just not cool then (I'm 2 years younger than TW he was a Freshman at Stanford my Junior year of HS). When I say good I'm not talking future as a pro golfer, but good enough to compete for regional possibly state titles along with making a run at being competitive in local/state am stuff. Who knows what kind of doors that may have opened for me in my post school life in the work force and connections to play really really good private clubs etc.

Interesting.  I didn't take up the game until after college and am pretty much self taught.  I wish I had started much younger and, also, that I had received proper instruction/lessons to give me more of a solid foundation.

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Posted 14 April 2018 - 05:39 AM

When I started playing golf at age 13, my mother pretty much had full reign over my life and my Dad's.  She was no nonsense, didn't believe in frivolous things like golf, so my options were limited besides saving a few dollars to buy clubs one at a time.  By the time I was fourteen, I had purchased a 3w, 3, 5 irons, and putter in a cheap bag.  At 16, my Dad bought a half set of ancient 1920's pyratone clubs for $3 from a co worker.  I was thrilled to get them.

A few lessons, and a decent set of clubs would have helped immensely.

But, in my twenties, gainfully employed, I'd say lessons, even a community college golf class, might have taught me the basics, which took me 50 years to attain.  Like the old saying, "Give a man a fish and you feed him for the day.  Teach him to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime."

A little instruction goes a long way.

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Posted 14 April 2018 - 07:01 AM

I was young when I started....9-10.  Didn’t start taking it seriously until 16-17.  

If I could go back in time I would tell my dad to send me to a short game school for about a week.  

My scores suffered every time I learned a new shot around the greens because I wanted to keep trying it.

When I got my first 60 degree wedge I’d try a flop from the fringe when I should have been putting.  


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Posted 14 April 2018 - 10:20 AM

I didn’t start playing till I was 23 years old. I was on vacation and my uncle asked if I wanted to play. Said he had a set of lefty clubs he bought for his son but he wasn’t interested in playing. I think I played 4 rounds that week. If there’s one thing I would have done, I think it would have been to find a competent instructor and learn good fundamentals. I got myself down to a 3 index completely self taught, but I was pretty much living at the course. I was at the range 3-4 days a week and was playing 4-6 rounds every week.

What I wouldn’t change is when I first started playing, I hit the ball as hard as I could on every shot. If I was between clubs, I would take the lesser club and smash it. This came in handy later because it is much easier to back off a shot to control it than to try to add something you don’t have.

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Posted 14 April 2018 - 11:27 AM

That I didn't play more. Except for one summer when I was young and one year where I won a local golf membership at a scrabble I was a once a week golfer.
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Posted 14 April 2018 - 11:29 AM

I wish Steve Perry hadnt left

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Posted 14 April 2018 - 09:55 PM

I wouldnt have listened to my dad as much. When I was 16/17 I started really pounding my irons and my dad thought it was too far. I was working at a local country club and playing most of my casual rounds and practicing there and not with him. He spent at least a year telling me I was wild and needed to control the ball more, that it wasnt possible at these yardages. I really wasnt hitting it super long, but the wildness actually came from trying to tone it down like he was advising.  When I just hit it the ball flew straighter on tighter trajectories. When I got to college I was a club shorter than better players and decided to just let it go. I immediately hit it straighter with much more distance control and consistency.

My dad taught me how to play, and I owe him everything, but the one thing I would change would be to ignore that piece of advice and just hit it when I was 16. Maybe playing more with him at the time would have helped, he could have seen the results instead of just insisting on change based on anecdotal evidence and his own theories.

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Posted 17 April 2018 - 08:27 PM

I would have avoided golfwrx. The amount of time I've wasted here when I could have been making money or learning the game....it makes me nuts


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Posted 19 April 2018 - 09:45 PM

I would say Don't Stop Believin'!

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Posted 20 April 2018 - 09:58 AM

I was taught by my grandfather - a low handicap (2x qualify for the USGA Sr Am)...and he taught me a smooth tempo "controlled" swing.
Not that I would have been DJ, or Rory or anything like that - but I developed a short swing which at its fastest was probably never more than 100-102. As 50+ y.o. now I'm at about 96-98.

So I'm teaching my son using the "hit it as hard as you can" method - and we'll develop control later
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Posted 21 April 2018 - 01:28 PM

Different: be less critical of myself and be more systematic with practice (practice many different shot types and distances, especially with the short game).  Maybe play more often.

Same: No club ho'ing, just find something you like and stick with it until it completely rusts out or caves in.
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