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Here's something similar to left/right -- good format for four players who don't know each other and/or play at different skill levels: First six holes two against two best ball, next six holes switch partners, last six holes switch again so you end up with a different partner for each six-hole match. For the first six holes, we usually pair the longest and shortest drives together. For the second six holes . . . I don't remember how we did that. I think it was called...
For fun events such as fund-raisers, it's hard to go wrong with a basic 4-person scramble. In most cases, teams are chosen at random. I know it's for fun and not to be taken seriously, but I prefer the old-fashioned way of doing it -- no mulligans for sale, no red tee busters, no selling pieces of string for moving the ball out of the rough, etc. And don't use handicaps.   I grew up on an Air Force golf course and the third Saturday of every month there was an event...
Welcome to The Sand Trap and congrats on getting back into the game.   If you didn't already know about it, there's a great golf facility (27 regulation holes and an 18-hole executive course) at Naval Air Station-Pensacola.
I often see bad players playing ONE set of tees longer than they should .. blue tees instead of white, etc. But this may have been the first time I've seen players TWO tees further back than where they should have been. In this incident, the players wanted to play from the black tees (the tips) when they should driven past the blacks . . . then past the blues . . . and on to the whites . . . or maybe kept going to the yellow (senior) tees.    A good rule of thumb might...
I probably didn't explain the "right toe" thing very well. It's obvious that the putter head would not be covering or obscuring the right big toe unless you had an extreme inside-out arc. What I meant was that the putter head would be even with the big toe. Since I have only a slight inside-out arc, the heel of the putter is just above or outside the right big toe. Anyway, I've been pleased with how this has worked in two sessions on the practice green. The trick will be...
After yet another poor putting performance yesterday, I went to the practice green this morning looking for a quick fix.   I'm watching another guy practicing and notice that he appears to be adjusting his stance based on the length of the putt -- on tap-ins his feet are about six inches apart, and on long putts his feet appeared to be 24 to 30 inches apart. I asked him what was behind the stance, and he said that when lining up the putt he estimates how far back the...
Funny you should mention that. Just before I got paired with these guys, I was chatting with the starter about the "play it forward" idea and he said that a major contributor to slow play on that course was players who play from the tips who, based on playing ability, should move up two sets of tees and play from the whites.
Forgot to mention the rangefinders -- on a 400-yard par-4 they had 350 yards for their second shots and measured them with rangefinders. Hit the ball another 50 yards, 300 yards to the green, pull out the rangefinders. Next shot goes another 50 yards -- 250 yards to the green, rangefinders. I'm thinking that whatever money they spent on the rangefinders could have been better spent on lessons.   The etiquette is often a bigger issue than playing skills. Many years ago I...
I'm an 80-shooter who usually plays with other 80-shooters, and most rounds I shoot . . . around 80. The problem is that about once a month I'll play a round on short notice and end up paired with 120-shooters.   Just recently I was paired with two guys who had all the latest equipment -- $400 drivers, forged muscleback irons, Cameron putters. And they wanted to play from the tips. Judging from their equipment and desire to play from the back tees, I assumed they must be...
Just played a round with a new driver yesterday. More accurate than my older driver, but a loss of distance of about 20 yards. But the weather conditions were quite different.   Old driver: September, 90 degrees with just a little humidity. New driver: November, 72 degrees with damp, muggy air.   How much of this is because of the different driver and how much can I blame on the weather? Maybe 10 yards because of the weather and 10 yards because of the club?   I know...
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