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I'll second that! Like one of the other posters, I only ever paid attention to loft, and never bounce. However, a couple of years ago we started playing regular rounds in Thailand (the rest of our golf is played in Germany, where we live, and the UK), and found that the grass there was very different to the conditions I was used to. The individual blades are much thicker and stronger, so the ball tends to sit up more. This was causing my wedges to slide right under the...
I don't think it's only a question of driver or no driver: finding the right driver is key. I have been through a number of drivers (TaylorMade 580, r5 and r9, Mizuno MP 600, along with a couple of Callaways - all purchased from ebay) and found them vastly different to hit. I treated myself last year to a new Titleist 913-D2 and have found I can hit it less far (230-250 yards), but consistently straighter. I am now starting to experiment with different shafts, to see if...
What about Tom Lewis smashing his 3 wood? IMHO, unworthy of pro golf. And neither commentator voiced any disapproval! That couldn't go down well with the Thai public.
Watching the True Thailand Classic live today on TV. English pro Tom Lewis hit a bad second shot on a par 5 and expressed his anger by smashing his 3 wood on the ground, breaking the shaft with such force that the head flew back between his legs and span off about 5 yards. In the same way that professional soccer or football players are supposed to be role models for younger people watching the sport, and that sport is supposed to be an environment where kids can learn to...
 Far from being either! This information (thanks for it) would have been a real comfort a few weeks ago - now I just switched to Vokey SM4's. I guess I need to read the small print next time! Might as well get used to them now, though.
This is a good point. Besides the driver question, probably alot more people are affected by wedges becoming illegal after regulations regarding grooves changed. I have a Titleist wedge in my bag which I learned only recently (on this site!) is now illegal. I am in the process of replacing it, but feel a bit put out, as it presumably will (and is supposed to) reduce my potential ability to produce backspin or at least stop the ball quickly on the green. Somewhat...
My wife and I played some very unusual golf last summer: we played on the only "clothing optional" course in Europe (the world?). We wondered what the feeling would be like and soon found out: after a couple of holes, you were simply playing golf - the nudity wasn't a big thing as you concentrated on your game. the only difference between us was that my wife actually preferred playing barefoot, because of the "connection" to the ground talked about in another post, whereas...
I hate snobism in golf - I grew up in Scotland where just about every boy plays golf (ok: soccer takes first place), and where the unemployed play golf because they have the time and public courses are so cheap.   I now live, work and play golf in Germany and I played one time with a couple where the guy looked at my shoes and asked if they were real golf shoes or not (with obvious disdain). When I showed him the soles and he saw that they were "Ecco" brand golf shoes (a...
 This is an interesting point: on my home course, 10 greens are not protected at the front by bunkers (1 of those is, however, is largely protected by a water hazard), 7 greens have at least part of the front protected by greenside bunkers, leaving a partial "channel" to approach through (though - depending on pin position - this may leave you with a very long putt), and only one is completely protected by a frontside horseshoe bunker. I am not confident enough about the...
 Far from blasting this analysis, I think it is very accurate and conveys insight based on experience. In another thread on 40-60 yard approach shots, the exact same differences in course playability came up: in the UK (and a lot of the rest of Europe - I play in Germany), the low approach into the green with a 7 iron to pitching wedge which stays on the air 50-60% of the distance and rolls the rest is a common shot. In the US, it seems that - on account of the softer...
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