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Old 05-29-14, 12:40 PM   #1
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I've recently been talked into taking up golfing.. apparently at this stage in life everyone is golfing blah blah blah... anyways I'm going to take it up socially.. and I'd rather not go whacka whacka puff puff when I get started out on a course.. so I'm looking for your input on my plan so far. Already asked friend what clubs I need for a starter set, so I think on that front I'll be alright, but I also was thinking I'm going to need to work on my putting! Any thoughts on how to set up my own putting green? I do have a couple tractors, a scraper box, and a PTO rotavator... but wouldn't it take forever to seed my own grass doing that? I'm a plant guy but not into turfs.. or maybe how big of a space do I actually need to make myself a 1 hole "course"? I kinda have an area.. complete with water trap etc..

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just pour old motor oil on the bare dirt and smooth it out with the box. West Texas style golf course.
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If you want to make sure you don't look like an ass, make sure you can use long clubs consistently. Nothing more embarrassing than shanking a ball into a parking lot or something. It would be pretty darn difficult to grow a good turf grass, but I say go for it if you're in the hobby for the long haul.
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If you want to make sure you don't look like an ass, make sure you can use long clubs consistently. Nothing more embarrassing than shanking a ball into a parking lot or something. It would be pretty darn difficult to grow a good turf grass, but I say go for it if you're in the hobby for the long haul.
I've got a friend who's willing to help me on form.. hitting things hard with a big chunk of metal I'm pretty good at already, and I'm going to set up some netting to practice driving into for sure.
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I've got a friend who's willing to help me on form.. hitting things hard with a big chunk of metal I'm pretty good at already, and I'm going to set up some netting to practice driving into for sure.
With golf you don't want to hit things hard; you want to swing smoothly through the space the ball happens to be sitting in. In fact, you really don't even use your arms for golf. It's all in the rotation of your core.
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With golf you don't want to hit things hard; you want to swing smoothly through the space the ball happens to be sitting in. In fact, you really don't even use your arms for golf. It's all in the rotation of your core.
Especially for driving? :/ Darn I was hoping there'd be some stress relief involved with this sport besides drinking...
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Especially for driving? :/ Darn I was hoping there'd be some stress relief involved this sport besides drinking...
Yeah, the driver will take your minuscule mistakes and amplify them. In golf you have to do a million things perfectly during a few second long swing while not thinking about any of them otherwise you screw it all up. It's incredibly frustrating. Drinking helps to clear your mind of all that over thinking stuff though. I call it "aiming juice".
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Yeah, the driver will take your minuscule mistakes and amplify them. In golf you have to do a million things perfectly during a few second long swing while not thinking about any of them otherwise you screw it all up. It's incredibly frustrating. Drinking helps to clear your mind of all that over thinking stuff though. I call it "aiming juice".
You already burst my bubble about having a turf green this summer, so what do you think of this?
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http://www.amazon.com/SKLZ-Strength-...=putting+green Strength/Tempo trainer would be very good for a beginner no? I can see this hobby getting out of control like fishing or biking... is half the fun in the toys, and the other half in the drinking?
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A putting green thing like that will help your form. Every green in the real world is going to be slightly different though. Ball roll speeds vary depending on the lay of the grass and the varying inclines of the ground. It might be a good idea to get a lesson or two from a pro now before you ingrain bad swing habits into your golf swing.
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For putting you keep your arms fixed and make the putting motion from your shoulders.
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A putting green thing like that will help your form. Every green in the real world is going to be slightly different though. Ball roll speeds vary depending on the lay of the grass and the varying inclines of the ground. It might be a good idea to get a lesson or two from a pro now before you ingrain bad swing habits into your golf swing.
Sound advice! Although I'm more likely to seek out an experienced friend, they tend to only cost beer not whatever a pro's rate is these days

So putting should be safe to practice but wait until I can get more experienced input on swings?
And thank you so much, you've been most helpful thus far!
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- indoor carpet serves for putting.
- every course and almost every practice facility offers a free practice green. stick a tee in the green and putt away.
- i always used three balls when practicing on the green.
- any field or yard can serve to practice your short game. keep your head down and trust your stroke or you can hit it thin a hundred yards.
- on putting stroke, think: grandfather clock pendulum (no wrists).

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I'm no golfer, but I do hit the driving range once in a blue moon. One of the [seemingly] better pieces of advice I got....use one iron for everything except putting until you get your swing down-->solid square contact. Limit the variables even though it will affect distance. Then add a second club option and so on.
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Update: I am terrible at putting! Which surprises me I used to play a lot of mini golf! Well not that terrible.. slowly finding the sweet spot on the club head, oh and washing your golf balls helps a lot! I am slowly beginning to understand the locked up arms concept too.. so thank you guys much for getting me going in the right direction! Right now I've been using a fairly thick carpet for put put practice, would I be better off using my living room carpet, it's probably 1/4 or 1/2" rather than 3/4"-1"
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