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  1. I actually hate to admit that I did this, but I learned a valuable lesson from one of my playing partners years ago that changed the way I look at golf: I was having a really bad round of golf and found myself getting incredibly angry. On the 13th hole after struggling all day, I tee'd off with an easy carry over water and duffed the ball into the pond. I lost it and threw my driver about 15 ft. towards the cart. I went over and picked it up and my buddy, who's about 65 years old asked me to see my driver. I handed it to him, and he threw it as hard as he could into the pond where it sank to the bottom. I was perplexed and mad and he simply looked at me and said "If you can't control your anger, and feel the need to throw a club, I will not play another round with you again. Obviously you didn't care about that club, and blamed it for your performance, so I got rid of it for you. Now, can we get back to playing a nice, peaceful game of golf and enjoy ourselves?" At the end of the round, he took me into the Pro Shop and bought me a new driver and told me to take care of this one. I looked at the other players in the group who were also friends of mine, and realized right then that my actions had effected the entire group negatively. I was ashamed and embarrassed and promised myself that I would never get angry at a game again. And I have stuck by that for the years since and have enjoyed myself on the course every since. Sure, I have bad days, but I always remember that I am playing a game that I enjoy, I'm not great at it and am going to have rough days, and I still have the health and financial means to play. So even those bad days aren't so bad anymore.
  2. I was fitted a few years ago for a standard grip with 3 layers of tape, and the Lamkin website suggests the same based on my hand measurements. I am regripping my clubs myself for the first time so forgive me if my questions are a bit stupid. I am very happy about the fitting process and am confident that I can do it without problems. But I am a bit confused about the 3 layers. I presume when they say 3 layers of tape they mean 3 layers of a certain thickness of tape. Is it ok to use 2 layers of masking tape and then 1 layer of double sided tape to make up the 3 layers? Would masking tape be thick enough to count as 1 layer? Or would 2 layers of masking tape equate to 1 of the 3 layers? Hope that makes sense to everyone!! Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
  3. I had to sell my trusty cart when I moved, so I came up with this... What you think? It has 4 Cup holders, Ipod speakers, and lots of storage space for anything u may need! Also folds up quite nicely!
  4. I don't dispute where it ended up. But if the only people that saw it were him and his playing partner, then nobody really saw it after 300 or so yards, so they don't really know that it "carried more than 400 yards, bounced onto the green and kept rolling until it was 65 yards past the flagstick." All they know is it went out of their sight and then ended up 65 yards past the flagstick. Who knows how it got there? It could have been carried there by that dog from the Traveler's Insurance commercials for all we know.
  5. While the deep friendships between them seem apparent now, much of that has developed as they became the old guys and not so much while they were still trying to beat each others' brains out on the course. There was a respect for each other as competitors, but the friendships emerged more with the wisdom of age. As to class throughout their careers, these guys have mostly been that way, and probably few in all of sports epitomize the meaning of the word "class" as much as Arnie. But Trevino isn't always the jocular image he projects. An acquaintance of mine was a fairly good friend with Lee for many years, and tells that Lee had a pretty hard, bitter edge to him. One day after a tournament in Lee's early Senior Tour career a kid approached Lee for an autograph after the round in the area it was accepted to do so. Lee looked at the kid's autograph book, tossed it on the ground at the kid's feet, and said "I don't do that anymore" and walked off. My friend confronted Lee about his behavior, and Lee's response was that he had to sign autographs for much of his playing career and he was sick of it and just wouldn't do it anymore. The incident ended their friendship.
  6. Hate to resurrect old threads... but... If you're a bit on budget and looking for a deal on this club, Rockbottomgolf has them today for $69.... Yes, that's SIXTY NINE dollars. Project X Octane shafts in various lofts. For that, I'll give it a try. oh, and yes, I know it's an older model. probably from 2010. But I did okay several years ago with a leftover R7 that I still use.
  7. el shanko

    Depressed

    go to a local park and chip a couple of balls from 60 -80 yrds out that should help. i usually set up an umbrella in the yard at our house ( i have a couple of acres) and chunk 60 or so balls, tends to relax me a little. did this last night it was nice
  8. 1. There's more to golf than hitting the ball far 2. Long Drive Competitions are about maximum distance and swinging as hard as you can. They get multiple chances to hit their shot within the grid. In actual golf, you don't get any mulligans and keeping the ball in play is obviously key. 3. PGA Tour pros like Bubba Watson could compete in Long Drive contests, but they don't want to for a number of reasons. A) There's far less money there than the PGA Tour and B) They would have to alter their swings quite a bit in order to compete. Rhythm, backswing length, equipment... all those things change when you go from regular golf to long drive contests. Long drivers tend to only practice the driver, so the rest of their game suffers as a result. A lot of those guys are only scratch golfers. A PGA Tour pro is generally 7 or 8 strokes better than a scratch golfer (give or take). There are some PGA Tour Pros that could compete in long drive competitions if they really wanted to -- like Bubba, Quiros, JB Holmes -- but many can't. Hitting a ball 400+ yards is a special talent (that takes hard work to improve, but you gotta be blessed to even have a shot at it to begin with). The same thing more or less goes for a PGA pro. Getting to that point takes a special talent, but hard work is what refines that and got them to where they are (most of the time). Now, if the average long drive pro practiced the other aspects of golf, they could probably only max out in ability somewhere in the low + range. They aren't good enough to play golf at the highest level because -- like being to hit 400 yard drives in competition -- having touch on and around the greens, a sound mind, a great iron game, and a powerful but controlled long game all are tenants of a special player. Golf at the highest level is having a strong mental game when times are tough, hitting fairways and greens, controlling curve and contact, getting up and down when you miss, and sinking your fair share of putts. It's having a high GIR% and a good proximity to the hole. It's not having that loose swing off the tee every round that costs you two shots. It's turning a round that for most pros would be a 77 into a 71, and turning a 72 into a 66. It's creativity. It's so many things beyond hitting it as far as you can (though hitting far and where you are aiming is certainly an advantage, just as having a great putter or short game is also an advantage -- the more advantages you have, the better you are than the next guy). Having insane power in this game will certainly elevate a player quickly into the higher ranks of amateur golf as long as he has a decent short game and putter. But at the Tour Pro level, the rabbit hole runs much, much deeper. Don't get me wrong, it's awesome what a long drive guy can do, and I'm in awe when I watch those competitions, but Long Drive shows are not golf. And this wasn't a stupid question at all. When I first started golfing, I had no idea you were supposed to hit the ball before you hit the ground because when I watched other players hit, I would see dirt fly into the air when they made swings. So I understand coming into this game and having so many questions about what its all about.
  9. Done. "...my last article..."? GTFO. I was skeptical of your initial post when you slapped your name at the end like it is something that we should take note of, now you are calling your posts "articles?" Wow. You know you are just some guy on a golf forum, right? Anyone can post here. Articles are in publications, magazines, newspapers, websites, pamphlets, books... things people usually pay for, and to which they get paid to write. There are a few things that always jump out to me as red flags for people that I do not want to get to know or have anything to do with. You hit two of them; people that break the rules and showboat about it, and jerks that think they are more important than they actually are. You aren't that important, your "article" wasn't enlightening, and you are posting on a effing forum! You're on the internet loser, nobody cares who you are! Your dreams of being discovered as a great writer by shopping your posts on different forums are delusional. Go back to blogspot and stay there. So jackass, what did you think of this article?
  10. And then you move on, and everybody is fine. These things happen on golf course.
  11. OK, I was going to post something about how since nobody saw it, maybe it bounced off some sprinkler heads, or he mistook somebody else's ball for his, or a number of other flukey things. but then I read this part of the story and ... "Winterwood Golf Course is one of the oldest tracks in the Las Vegas Valley. It was built in 1964, and ten years later was still way out in the desert. Today it's called Desert Rose and is just another overplayed local course lost in Vegas's sprawl." You guys remember who else calls Desert Rose their home course? Hint: He may not be able to drive it 515, but he can drive it 300, and it's not unbelievable anymore. What kind of coincidence is it that one of the longer beginning golfers out there plays the same course that holds the record for the longest drive ever?
  12. The way I deal with it? Never play with them again. I can't control other people. I can only control myself. The simplest thing is to remove myself from the situation.
  13. Or u could of been politely honest and said "What the @#$% is your $%
  14. As a fellow Irishman, Edmund Burke, once said: "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing" A bit dramatic, but the sentiment holds true for Golf. If you seeing someone demonstrating poor etiquette and fail to do anything, then in my eyes, you are just as bad as the person committing the offense. It may be difficult to confront someone that is extremely frustrated, but in my experience, with the right approach, a gentle word with them will not only serve to make them aware of their wrong doing. In any instance that I have had to do it, it has actually served to calm that person down as the realization that they are acting like a child (don't say that to them :) ) will make them step back and get some control of their emotions.
  15. Women lack speed with the short game. A good short game relies on a LOT of speed - a lot more than many people think.
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