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About desertpig

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  1. desertpig added a post in a topic What's In Your Bag?   

    Recently updated my bag

    Got rid of my Callaway Great Big Bertha 10 degree and 45 inch RCH 96 regular shaft with a TaylorMade R9 422 cc 10.5 degree driver with a 44 inch Fujikura Motore Regular shaft
    Dropped my standard Voit XP blade putter and replaced it with an Odyssey Metal-X D.A.R.T 34 inch putter
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  2. desertpig added a post in a topic How many wedges do you carry?   

    I have 3 wedges
    PW - Voit XP 46
    GP - Ping M/B Black Dot 52
    SW - Callaway Forged Plus Vintage 56
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  3. desertpig added a post in a topic Callaway's Warbird clubs?? Anyone seen these?   

    They should be still available at Callaway's pre-owned golf site ( http://www.callawaygolfpreowned.com/golf/drivers,default,sc.html ).

    I got a classic WB Great Big Bertha 10 degree driver and it was so much easier to hit it over the new 460cc heads. Maybe it's a psychological thing on my part - but I find it less intimidating to swing a smaller club head over those ginormous new drivers.
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  4. desertpig added a post in a topic How many wedges do you carry?   

    Felt that creating another thread would make it a duplicate of this one; and I'm of the belief that scanning for existing discussions and joining it is better than creating a new one especially if the topics are closely related.

    As for proficiency - I only played 3 times so far (like I said earlier - I just started). I play regularly on a small course (Par 66 4,828 yardage); Wedge Proficiency is getting better: I can hit the PW at about 90 to 105 yards, my sand wedge around 50 to 60 yards; more straight and draw rather than slice.
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  5. desertpig added a post in a topic TM Rocketballz...   

    Ouch! I just bought two RBZ clubs. I guess I like pedestrian stuff. Oh well. :-S
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  6. desertpig added a post in a topic How many wedges do you carry?   

    I have only room for one more club in my bag - otherwise I violate the 14 club rule (which btw I have another question - does the 14 club count include or excludes the putter - I know its a stupid question but just making sure - me being a newbie and all)

    I have a 48 degree PW and a 56 degree SW, which club should I get, a Lob Wedge or a Gap Wedge? If I haven't mentioned it yet, I'm a newbie.
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  7. desertpig added a post in a topic Jack or Tiger: Who's the Greatest Golfer?   

    My apologies for not getting things straight. Apparently I hit a nerve on that. But my contention - even if people assert that this is "simpleminded", is we judge greatness by the the competition they join. Earlier I mentioned Michelle Kwan not having won an Olympic Gold Medal. Granted it is unfair but it is what people measure her by - because the Olympics is the pinnacle of all skating competitions.

    The same way the NBA championship is the pinnacle of a US professional basketball player's career. You may have won all the accolades and awards (i.e. Elgin Baylor for example) but because he didn't a single NBA championship, he can't be called GOAT.

    If we can't agree on anything, let's all agree that the reason why the 4 majors ( the Masters, US Open, The Open Championship and the PGA Championship) are considered majors -  is because it is considered the pinnacle of all golf competitions - just like the majors in tennis (Australian, French, Wimbledon and US Open). You may win all of the other tennis competition, but if you haven't won any of the 4 tennis majors - then you're not considered in the same bracket as the "greats". While Tiger is great - no denying that, but Jack has won more majors than Tiger. Is it an oversimplification - yes, sure. But in my humble opinion (not trying to convince anyone), it is the measurement that means a lot (at least to me).

    Addendum: here's another example of greatness - while there are several horse racing events, there is the triple crown - the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and the Belmont. Only 11 horses have won all three - they are considered great. While there might be other horses that have won more events or won more prize money, but only a rarified few have won all three of these derbies/stakes.

    From here I rest my case. I'm sure I'm going to be vilified and insulted some more by more esteemed and better golfers whose opinions matter more than mine but I will hold these as my opinion and mine alone. I believe I am still entitled to it.
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  8. desertpig added a post in a topic Shoes   

    How much did you get those for and where?
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  9. desertpig added a post in a topic Jack or Tiger: Who's the Greatest Golfer?   

    While statistically, Tiger has won more, he still has to win more majors than Jack in order for him to be "GOAT". I hate to use this analogy, but it's the closest that comes to mind. Michelle Kwan - decorated figure skater in U.S. history -  The standard for greatness in her sport. She's won more World Championship gold medals than anyone except for one other US skater (Maribel Vinson) but there's that asterisk in her record - she has not won the Olympic gold medal.

    Same with Tiger; he's so good, that we put him to a higher standard - that is, winning more majors. While he's won the British Open more times than Jack, ultimately he is judged by what really matters to a lot of people - winning more majors (the Masters, US Open, The Open Championship and the PGA Championship) than Jack. That is something Jack has over him. And until he wins more, all his achievements will have that proverbial asterisk beside his name.

    Only when Tiger wins 19 majors will I concede to what the majority thinks of him in this forum. Until then, it's still Jack for me.
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  10. desertpig added a post in a topic Jack or Tiger: Who's the Greatest Golfer?   

    Yes - my bad. He did win it 2001 and 2002.
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  11. desertpig added a post in a topic Is unsolicited advice to a golfer helpful?   

    I'm a beginner so I'll take advice from anyone's who's played longer than I have, which I believe, is a lot of people on the course. But sometimes, it's not welcome especially if you know what you need to do and you're just training your body to do it.

    I played with someone who kept opening his mouth as I was about to hit the ball and I just got fed up. He's been playing a while so I was expecting him to know golf etiquette, but I guess he was trying to encourage a newbie like me. Unfortunately, it rubbed me the wrong way so, now, I don't play with him anymore.

    I've already paid hundreds of dollars on course instruction from two PGA instructors for over two months of lessons so I think I have quite a bit of stuff to work on and I don't need another "teacher" to add to my already overwhelmed brain.

    Bottomline, if I need help, I'll ask; otherwise, let me learn from my mistakes. It'll be slow but it will be at my own pace.
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  12. desertpig added a post in a topic Jack or Tiger: Who's the Greatest Golfer?   

    BTW, Tiger has never won the Masters back-to-back
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  13. desertpig added a post in a topic Jack or Tiger: Who's the Greatest Golfer?   

    1963 - won two of the major championships, US Open and PGA Championship
    1965 and 66 - won the Masters back-to-back
    1978 - achieves triple grand slam
    1980 - Wins the US Open & PGA Championship

    Notable achievement - was PGA Player of the Year back to back in 1972 & 1973 and 1975 and 76;
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  14. desertpig added a post in a topic Jack or Tiger: Who's the Greatest Golfer?   

    Ok. Now that I'm up to date and "commenting" on posts as of 2014, my point of contention still is valid and current regardless of what date post I put a comment on. You cannot refute that my earlier assertion that Jack STILL has a total of 18 majors won ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Nicklaus ) and Tiger has won 14 ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiger_Woods ) so far. To contend that my comments are non sequitur I think is just splitting hairs, just because I used old statistics to back up a current claim. Tiger still has not won a major since 2008 (the last being the US Open). So even if I comment on statistics as late as 2008 - it is still relevant.
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  15. desertpig added a post in a topic Shoes   

    typo "time to shoes that provide better grip and stability" - time for shoes...

    I took lessons for 2 months before forging on my own. The two PGA instructors did not recommend that I go out and buy shoes immediately as the course I play on regularly tends to be on the dry side (here in SoCal). But as I kept playing, I felt I needed a shoe that gave me a more stable platform to keep my swing rhythm in check - so I took the plunge and bought these.

    These were on sale at amazon.com for US$31.00 + Tax & S&H.; Don't play full price for shoes - look at several sites and hunt for discounts. These shoes btw are getting cheaper because Adidas is phasing these out and replacing them with the Tour360 ATV models. Time to get these!
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