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  1. chet again

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    There was noone using it so I stopped and used the little putting green they have set up in a local Scheels store. It's kinda fun trying to hit the little ball into the hole and I think I'd do OK on the putts under five feet eventually if I bought clubs and practiced.

    But after about 10 minutes I could feel my lower back getting sore especially as I was walking away. I can see how Tiger Woods is having problems.
     
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    Drive for show, putt for dough!

    I don't remember the exact quote or who said it, but I've heard, "If ya wanna lower your putting strokes, then chip it closer.", so I mostly practice my chipping.
     
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    Yep. I spent a decent amount of money on a new driver and irons this past year. While it did help my overall experience since they were “fitted”. It didn’t make me an overall better golfer. A putter that fit my height and stroke did though.
     
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  4. chet again

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    But have you developed lower back problems?
     
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    Yup, that's why I have a Ping putter with a hollow back. I can catch the ball in the hole and flip it up to my other hand without ever bending over.
    I have some other putters that are better, but I'm willing to sacrifice the occasional stroke for that convenience.
     
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    Not from putting. I have pulled a muscle or three trying to drive it 400 yards though.

    Which is what got Tiger into his problems from what I’ve read.
     
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    Isn't it the actual bending over slightly while putting that gets your back? I get the same soreness from washing dishes at the sink if I do it too long (would never make it as a dishwasher).
     
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    I think a big difference is that on a practice putting green you are constantly putting in the slightly bent over position. When actually playing you don’t tend to stay in that position for an extended time on back to back putts.
     
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    When I had a back yard, my dream was to put in a fur trade-themed 3 hole mini golf course. I have no interest in real golf, but mini golf is the schnizz. (I'm not sure why it never happened--Mrs. German was totally on board with it. Probably just that I'm bone idle.)
     
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    So how do you practice?
     
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    I tend to only spend a small amount of time on the practice greens. Really more of a warmup green for me. I get my practice on the course with putting. Maybe not the best method but I get a different lie every time rather than the mostly flat practice greens.
     
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    I see a lot of used golf clubs at second hand stores. Could I get a set that way?
     
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    A chiropractor once told me your back problems are because your front's too big. Ask a pregnant woman. :)
     
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    I think you could play with about anything you wanted to. Just have to decide how much you want to put in to the sport. A good fitting does make a difference but you can play with off the shelf stuff all day long and have a good time doing it.
     
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    Chipping is the part of your game you can glean the most improvement from. I can't hit the ball very far at 76 compared to what I did at 40, the only way I can stay alive is to chip and putt and get up and down out of traps.
     
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