And a delicious carbonara it was! Hey I took Molly with her learners permit out past Stoneleigh this past weekend. That course is like a magnet because I found myself telling her to make the turn off Rt 7 to cruise around the side streets a bit.
Don't forget the Duck Donuts and the kid(s)! :)
I only want to quibble with one thing you said. This is a pet peeve of mine.
"Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result" is not the definition of insanity, in spite of Einstein saying it.
The concept of starting off 200 yards from the green doesn't really help a higher handicap with anything.
What makes sense is playing 200 yards from the tee box, that at least works on a reasonable approach game and short game skills as if you drive 200 yards on average. That would give you an idea how you will score once you can drive the ball 200 yards on average.
If you are playing from the correct tees, most courses for us handicap golfers will not leave you an average approach of 200 yards.
similar experiences. In the past 30 years, I think I have only bought new irons perhaps only 3 times, always going back to the pre-2000 era. I had Adams Tight Lies, Adams AEo (or something like that) which were a mix of hybrids, and SGI irons. The first change to a new set (at the time) were a set of Titleist 963 DCI Blacks. The current set is graphite shafted Hogan Edges. Prior to the Hogan's I used various Spaulding, Macgregor muscle backs. The oldest set was some 2-SW Bobby Jones with leather grips which I got at a garage sale at the time for around $40. Those were hefty, probably a swing weight of E2. Recently I have acquired modern Driver, Fairway Wood, and hybrid(s), but the Hogans suit me just fine.