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    Ryder Cup Winner patricks148's Avatar
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    how long are you set over the ball, before you hit it ?

    playing yesterday we caught a two ball( couple) on the 16th at Dornoch. they walked onto the 17th tee the which the ladies is right next to the 16th green, so waited for them to tee off before we putted out. The woman stood over the ball for an age.... i mean minuets. He topped it and put another down. as i was next to my trolley i pressed the timer as she addressed the ball.

    2 mins 11 sec.

    when we tee'd off we timed each other over the ball. I was 4 sec, Gordon 6

    PS they let us through half way down the hole
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    Re: how long are you set over the ball, before you hit it ?

    Depends how confident or how well I've been playing, sometimes I psych myself out by overthinking, then I have to stop and re-address, I've hit a few good shots in a row it's normally about 5 to 10 seconds

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    Re: how long are you set over the ball, before you hit it ?

    I would think I only take a few seconds, we do have one girl at our club who seems to take ages, she has lots of lessons and I guess she has loads of swing thoughts going through her head.
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    Re: how long are you set over the ball, before you hit it ?

    normally once im over the ball I pull the trigger almost immediately, bunker for some reason i count to 5 (:O) no idea y! currently with the driver its a little bit longer, 5/6 secs as i have no confidence in it, i am sure the longer stint over the ball doesnt help! we timed a guy infront of us a few weeks back as we thought he was slow over the ball and it it came out at 55 secs, seems he is pretty speedy in comparison!!
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    Re: how long are you set over the ball, before you hit it ?

    Quote Originally Posted by patricks148 View Post
    playing yesterday we caught a two ball( couple) on the 16th at Dornoch. they walked onto the 17th tee the which the ladies is right next to the 16th green, so waited for them to tee off before we putted out. The woman stood over the ball for an age.... i mean minuets. He topped it and put another down. as i was next to my trolley i pressed the timer as she addressed the ball.

    2 mins 11 sec.

    when we tee'd off we timed each other over the ball. I was 4 sec, Gordon 6

    PS they let us through half way down the hole
    Two guys in front of us in a comp on Sat. On the 7th hole we'd played up to the green and they were on the tee. The slow one (we'd already noticed how slow he was) positioned himself over the ball when we started walking from the 150 marker. We reached the green and were still stood there for about 10 seconds before he actually hit it!

    Fortunately it was a 2 ball and the other guy was pretty quick so we never really got stuck behind them.

    Painful to watch though.

    Suppose must be even more painful to not be able to get the club going once you are stood there.
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    Re: how long are you set over the ball, before you hit it ?

    On reflection I probably take about 3 seconds once completely set but there are people at our club that seem to fall asleep at address, one bloke literally stands there like a shop manikin, doesn't move, doesn't sway, just stands there rigid as a scaffold plank for about 2 minutes...
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    Re: how long are you set over the ball, before you hit it ?

    Never thought about it. Ten seconds, maybe? You can think a lot in ten seconds. Don't think waiting any longer makes it better after that.

    I always get itchy when I watch players who waggle the club ten times or more.
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    Re: how long are you set over the ball, before you hit it ?

    How would i know? If i start counting, then that would be distracting, and may be take longer. If i start a stop watch, ditto.

    I could ask my playing partners to time me, but they might think i am a bit weird.

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    Re: how long are you set over the ball, before you hit it ?

    I'm probably in the 5-10 second camp. Enough time to make sure I am set correctly, concentrate on a key thought and then go. Any longer and the whole swing becomes stiff, rigid and awful.

    The situation described by the OP would be purgatory to watch or be a part of.
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    Re: how long are you set over the ball, before you hit it ?

    No more than 10 sec per shot, a little shorter with my driver, the longer I take the worse my shots tend to be.
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