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  1. For those who don't know, for my actual "job," I am a professional photographer. I recently picked up a few putters from a now out-of-business company called PLOP, and they are just gorgeous putters, so I had to photograph them and I wanted to share. I was looking for a center shafted putter, as it was what I was fit into. Unfortunately I can't stand the look of center shafted putters so every one I've ever tried was just not an option. That is, until I found an old (what would be original version) of a putter my grandfather had in his bag called a PLOP. I looked up this particular brand and found that it was no longer in business, but best of all, the owner/inventor of the putter made what he calls a CSH putter, that is Center shafted hosel, but the hosel is "floated" through the heel end of the putter, still welded and attached to the center. Even better, he was selling the rest of what he had milled on Ebay, including a few special putters. So I get to look down at what is a blade style, while still having my center shafted putter. It was a downright bargain for a milled putter, too. I have in photography what we call GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome), and sadly it translates to golf, too. I ended up buying 3 putters. One is a very wonderful black PVD finish, and the other is a nickel PVD finish that was tour-stamped, both very limited editions. I will do my best to photograph these and upload at some point, too. In any case, I wanted to share a few of the images here. Unfortunately I can't upload the full size quality files but hopefully everyone enjoys a few of these. On a side note, golf clubs are actually extremely fun photographic subjects. (Wasn't sure if this would fall under "clubs," but I thought it was more of a golf story/tidbit with the pictures. When I find the time to sit down and create a blog, I can put them there.) Feedback welcome, of course. -Andrew.
  2. First, if you have questions as to which scores you are required to post, you can refer to the USGA Handicap Manual: http://www.usga.org/Handicapping/handicap-manual.html#!rule-14379 Simply put, post all scores that are played with another person, and are played in accordance with the rules of golf. If you play at least 7 holes, post a 9 hole score, if you play 13 or more, post an 18 hole score. There are some more details, but that's the main points, As to why allow internet posting, I believe (my opinion here, not verified fact) that the USGA has made a decision to make posting of scores as easy as possible, with the goal being to capture as many postable scores as possible. As @iacas mentioned earlier, we're probably going to be seeing more changes to our handicap system in the next couple of years, so don't get too accustomed to the current set-up. Just do your best to follow the rules as they are.
  3. Ohh, you sandbagging son-in-law of a sandbagger!! lol! Nice round. I guess took him all these years to realize that his daughter didn't make a bad choice after all.. Speaking of sandbagging, last two blitzes at my club I cleaned out house with 28 and 30 points against quota of 22 built up by poor scores earlier this summer. Expecting a big correction in the quota at the next blitz.. ha ha!
  4. The bloke who took his bag from the cart is a petulant child, and needs a good wack around the back of the head with a cheap putter
  5. Only if you can get a perfect swing only by reading a book. Because we think the secret to a better swing is hidden in a book or a video when it's actually "hidden" in a thousand range balls hit with intentional, deliberate practice. Because what we think we are doing with our body is usually not what we are actually doing. You can understand all the physical processes and know the physics behind an ideal club path and ball flight, etc., but you still have to swing the club with your arms, keep your head steady, get your weight forward, etc., etc. I'm not trying to argue that there isn't a mental aspect of the game and of learning the game. As you said, when a person hits a bad shot they either pound the ground or ask "what happened there" and the latter person is going to make more/faster progress than the guy who mindlessly hits balls hoping for a good shot. However, to simply say "learning the swing is mental" is ignoring all the physical requirements of the game.
  6. 1 point
    There have been 2 or 3 threads lately of guys that are getting burnt out on golf, or don't know why they are still playing. I cant say I am at that point, as I still average over 120 rounds a year. I guess with my hype of getting ready for the US Mid Am and my Club Championship this year, I've been so focused on the goal. Well, now that those have past, I am simply playing to play. Have some fun. You never know what "winter" will be like in Arkansas. Last year we had 1 day where there was a very light snow that melted the next day, so golf improvements over the winter were pretty possible. The year before last we had 4 or 5 days were the area shut down since there are no snow plows to clear the 4-5 inches we got. It was damn cold for a long time. Ill continue to keep up with evlovr monthly hoping to come out in the spring ready to fire some great scores. The good news is, the best time of year is starting. Cooler temps & thinner rough are fast approaching. No more helping people search for balls in the rough on every hole, and literally grip it and rip it without much worry of missing the fairway. Fall golf is great. Setting my sights on 2017 and overall improvement. Very proud of the 2016 season, but ready to turn the page on this chapter in golf.
  7. 1 point
    Doesn't seem to matter whether I end a season, month, or even the last round on a high note or low, what follows is the possibility of something better.
  8. When I have a bad day on the range, I've now found the best thing to do is stop swinging. I think there is a natural tendency to go the other way and swing, curse, tee it up again, swing, curse, tee it up again, and repeat. Instead, I'll walk away for a moment, take a drink of something cold, and then get to back to basics. I don't just start swinging full again. I go slow. Like, really, really slow. Maybe for about 10 minutes, go over each part of the swing in super slow mo. Then, once I feel like all the parts are where they should be, I'll hit a ball in super slow mo. The first time i did this, I was shocked at how far I hit it swinging that slowly. Then, I'll slowly take swings getting a little faster each time until I feel my mechanics get out of whack again. Then, I treat that as my new swing speed and resume my "range session". But I don't swing in rapid fire. I'll walk around the mat after each shot and address each new ball as if I were walking up to address it on the golf course. I feel like this process really ingrained my proper swing into muscle memory and is most responsible for the improvement in my swing over the last several weeks. And now I realize, if you go to the range the way I used to, and just hit 100 balls in 40 minutes and go home, I'm not really trying to get better. Instead, that's just hoping to get better.
  9. The stomp is to mask the sound so the receiver doesn't know exactly how or even when the ball was struck. (I'm not assuming you didn't know that, @nevets88, but others might not know.)
  10. I just don't think you can play the game from a place of fear or defense, like you are walking a tight rope and focused on 'not falling off'. People will have blow up holes as long as people make bad swings. It's a game of low margin of error and high penalty for variation outside a small window. Simple as that. If bad holes bother you that much to a point where it affect entire rounds then keep a Stableford score with your normal shot score. Heck if you are in my league, some of them don't even keep score.. just points. All good holes get rewarded with points but the only penalty for a bad hole is you don't get points. Easier to swallow and will keep you focused on whatever good you ARE doing.
  11. So it is supposed to be a 4 team playoff? Is it bracketed?
  12. David in FL

    Rule 14.4

    True, but in 50 years, I've never seen more than 2 hits on the same swing. It's an easy way to remember how to assess the penalty for a double strike.
  13. Me neither. Kids (and wife's) initials are around each logo on my ball. I always get slightly perturbed when somebody that knows me asks what ball I'm playing when they're helping me look for one. "Dummy, it's the one with the giant ass letters around each logo." "Is it a Titleist 1?" "I don't know. Does it say ACES on it or not? Jesus."
  14. I have finished 2 months straight.@onthehunt526 has inspired me to keep it up!
  15. I will always believe, if fitted properly, it is the golfer's swing that makes any club work well for them. Cheap, or expensive, it does not matter. Some clubs might be of better quality than others, but that's about it. Many years ago, I took a group lesson from a pga instructor. Someone in the group ask the instructor if he was any good. He proceeded to hit balls with clubs from our different individual bags like they were custom fitted to him. He told us, that all he did was make a grip adjustment to offset any difference in our clubs's different lie angles. It did not matter what the brand name on the club was. All the balls he hit, went towards his intended target, at the correct distances. His own swing sent the ball flying. This was the only thing I took away from this lesson. The next night there was a different pga instructor, which is another story.
  16. The rule says you post them if you are not unaccompanied. It does not request bloodlines, or friendship history.
  17. That looks like a defensive paddle. The speed is on the slow side but it will help you with control and spin. Iacas summed it up correctly. After you have played for awhile, you will probably run across competitors that have their paddle custom built. It's not expensive and you can vary your game based upon the blade and rubber used. If I can give you one piece of advice when playing, "spin is king, speed is queen".
  18. I have 3 Tin Cup stencils and 4 different color extra fine Sharpies. I never have to worry about anyone with the same mark as mine. One odd thing I've noticed is the frequency with which the ball stops with the mark on the bottom. There were a half dozen times that I had to mark and lift my ball in last weekend's tournament to be sure it was mine.
  19. I have completed the August 2016 Practice Challenge. That makes 4 straight months for me. Just gotta keep it up some things are better, some still need work.
  20. No way a 1.1 shot an 89!?!?!? The blasphemy. I'm being sarcastic as I was flamed in a post about a 2 shooting an 88
  21. Duffy Waldorf has no problem identifying his ball(s).
  22. Sure it is. It's still assumed that the great majority will follow the rules and post honest scores, and the few who try to abuse the system have at least a slightly better chance of being found out. No guarantees - even when we had to return cards, cheaters found a way around it at clubs where the handicap committee was not very proactive. The handicap system isn't designed to rate players anyway. It's function is to provide a more or less level playing field for competition among players of differing abilities. If you return honestly reported qualifying scores, your handicap will still be accurate, even if the total number of qualified scores isn't as great. The only time when it will really affect anything is during periods of improvement or decline, when it will take more time for the changes to become apparent. In most of Europe, handicap eligible scores can only be returned from competitions or sanctioned rounds. Here in the US for the moment at least, we are still being trusted to return only those scores which conform to the new policies, but we can still use scores from casual play as long as we play with at least one other person.
  23. Yeah, I don't understand why everyone and their mother uses dots. Why not sign your initials or draw a happy face or something that isn't so easily misidentified?
  24. Take the class. You will not regret it. I played a scramble a couple of weekends ago and read all the putts for our group using express. We had 16 one putts including 6 birdies and 10 par saves. It really works. I made 4 of the 6 birdie putts too.
  25. Thomas Pieters has everything to be a future (super)star in golf. If he can avoid the occasional blow-up / horrible round such as 11th hole during The Open, 3rd day at the Olympics, ... he will get there.
  26. I tied my season best yesterday with an 82. I left a few strokes on the course with 2 3-putts and 3 doubles! My ball striking has improved this year and if I had a short game...
  27. For a player to knowingly allow another player too hit the wrong ball is simply dishonest, it shouldn't ever happen. On the other hand, exactly as @iacas says, its MY responsibility to make sure that I hit my own ball. Its not yours, its not the other guy, its me, so its my fault if I do it. A secondary issue, if I know that my ball is marked similarly to someone else in our group, I'll add more dots or change the color so that the chances of mis-identification are decreased.
  28. Some stats on the U.S. squad and potential picks: SG-Tee SG-Appr SG-ARG SG-Putt SG-Total Drive Dist Birdies Bogeys Bird/Bog Dustin Johnson 1.077 0.489 0.073 0.272 0.548 314.4 4.37 2.67 1.70 Phil Mickelson 0.085 0.703 0.244 0.786 0.471 294.5 4.06 2.48 1.68 Jordan Spieth 0.465 0.217 0.391 0.710 0.403 295.5 4.28 2.67 1.63 Brooks Koepka 0.595 0.224 -0.014 0.483 0.336 303.0 4.15 3.08 1.39 Jimmy Walker -0.127 0.561 0.305 0.253 0.272 300.1 3.79 3.19 1.22 Patrick Reed 0.246 0.229 0.436 0.195 0.261 297.0 3.78 2.61 1.50 Brandt Snedeker 0.119 0.185 0.324 0.351 0.219 292.5 3.83 2.74 1.42 Zach Johnson -0.257 0.291 0.315 0.388 0.159 280.0 3.69 2.88 1.30 AVERAGE 0.275 0.362 0.259 0.430 0.334 297.1 3.99 2.79 1.48 Rickie Fowler 0.619 0.366 0.432 0.255 0.427 301.3 3.72 2.33 1.64 Bubba Watson 0.941 0.504 -0.018 -0.177 0.420 310.2 3.80 3.09 1.28 Matt Kuchar 0.371 0.352 0.252 0.475 0.363 285.9 3.87 2.65 1.48 Gary Woodland 0.498 0.549 0.042 -0.049 0.346 307.2 3.61 2.59 1.44 Billy Horschel 0.460 0.481 -0.038 0.085 0.321 293.0 3.67 3.17 1.18 Daniel Berger 0.322 0.480 -0.082 0.253 0.305 298.8 3.83 2.79 1.39 Jason Dufner 0.305 0.557 0.097 -0.354 0.249 292.5 3.84 2.99 1.31 Brendan Steele 0.581 0.363 -0.136 -0.172 0.248 302.1 3.58 2.84 1.30 Ryan Moore -0.021 0.374 0.259 0.373 0.245 282.5 3.70 2.78 1.35 Ryan Palmer 0.631 0.192 -0.063 -0.048 0.231 304.4 3.87 3.05 1.32 Justin Thomas 0.048 0.597 -0.027 -0.223 0.196 301.0 3.72 3.14 1.22 Kevin Kisner 0.391 0.013 -0.307 0.657 0.184 289.0 3.82 3.01 1.31 Jim Furyk -0.251 0.479 0.239 0.159 0.179 281.8 3.17 2.85 1.14 I think Fowler should be a lock. His total strokes gained is above the current squad average, solid ballstriking and pop, the third best birdie/bogie ratio, and he has a balanced game that should make him easy to pair with. Bubba's still crazy strong off the tee and on approach, but his short game & putting seem to have slipped this year. Probably a stronger option for better ball / fourball or maybe with the right partner in alternate shot / foursomes. His length is likely to be an advantage at Hazeltine if he isn't put up against one of the top Euro players with better all-around games in singles. Woodland, Horschel, or Steele, might be interesting options for better ball. Kuch has a solid overall game. is very consistent, and is stronger off the tee than Zach Johnson to boot so he could add to the squad - particularly in alternate shot. I wonder with Mickelson, Walker, Snedeker, and Johnson already on board if they don't need to be more plus on the driving though.
  29. It's only because, at one time, I worked with a lady from a California winery who kept referring to her Son, Pawul and her husband Gee-aw-gee-ohh! I couldn't place the accent except that I knew it was eastern. I finally asked if she was originally from Cali, and she told me she grew up in Lawn Guylund! The "G" in that accent definitely leads the second word. Maybe I'm weird, but I really like accents. I think they make the world, and it's people, more interesting. Imagine how boring the world would be if everyone sounded like a network news anchor!
  30. Ultimately, you're responsible for hitting your ball. But if the other guy knew it might be his ball (because the other guy was farther to the right, or hit it farther, or whatever…) then he could have warned the other guy.
  31. The USGA standard for a scratch male golfer, who plays to a 0 handicap, only drives the ball 250. It's perfectly reasonable for an 8 to drive the ball 220 if they play the appropriate tees for their distance. The answer for anyone who is a legitimate 8-15 is probably no in that case. It has a course rating of 76.9 and a slope of 145 from the championship tees. An 8 handicap golfer has a course handicap of at least 10 when playing that course, meaning that the best 50% of their rounds would average out to approximately 87, assuming they played the course regularly enough to become familiar with it and develop this average. If it's the first time playing the course I can almost guarantee that no 8 handicap (or even a 6.5 handicapper such as yourself) would be very likely to break 90 if their handicap was an accurate representation of their ability. As I mentioned earlier, the answer for anyone who is an 8-15 is supposed to be a no, they shouldn't expect themselves to break 90 from the championship tees the first time they play that course based on the numbers. Handicap =/= number of strokes over par you can expect to shoot on any given course.
  32. Reality check: A premium after-market golf shaft can cost $300+. A golf lesson costs $60. Get a golf lesson with launch monitor before buying new shafts. Make sure it's not operator error, or mis-adjustment of clubhead.
  33. Have to say that whilst I have attempted to watch golf on TV a few times, I have now given up. As much as I am addicted to playing it, I find it one of the most boring things on the entire planet to watch. I haven't heard of most of the players on the list, and would have no idea what they look like.
  34. All things being equal it's a tough call to make. Huge changes in equipment, advances in agronomy, maintenance practices, course lengths. About the only thing in common between the 40's and now are the rules are basically the same
  35. You sound just like me. If you didn't live about 3000 miles away, I would ask you for a game LOL
  36. Those two contradict, to some extent. Golf is not more mental than physical. I'll disagree with that vehemently. A good player has superior physical skills. The mental edge accounts for a very small contribution to the score.
  37. Depends on the lie. Off the tee, it's a topped driver. From the fairway, it's a chunky 8-iron. From a greenside bunker, it's a bladed sand wedge.
  38. Played in a member-guest with my father-in-law yesterday. Didn't really expect much since I have never played all that well at his course and his game seems to be on a perpetual downward slide. But sometimes funny things happen ... After 3 bogeys in my first five holes, I expected nothing ... although my partner did pick me up on each of those holes for the team. (We were -2 net at that time.) Then I started to play well with back-to-back birdies on the next two holes. Back-to-back birdies again a couple of holes later on 9-10 and we were now -7 after 12 holes (we started on hole 17). After another team par on 12, I put myself in a good position to birdie 13, but my putt just missed. However, my partner, who has a course handicap of 28, made a legit birdie on his own ball for a net albatross ONE on the hole. I birdied the next hole, net birdied the following hole, and my partner did the same on 15. It was at this point, on the tee of 16, our last hole, that our markers (good buddies of my father in law) decided to let us know how well we were playing. We really had no idea because we weren't paying attention. But they made sure that we knew that we were sitting at 22 for the back nine with only a short par 5 to play. Just a par and we come home in 27 for a solid 58. I hit a good drive but was unfortunate that it rolled right up next to a tiny (but not staked) tree on the left side of the fairway, leaving me no swing at the green. I pitched out and then onto the green leaving myself with about 25' for birdie. Father in law hit (for him) a good drive, then a solid hybrid, and then a fantastic hybrid that rolled right up the gut and onto the green, which we thought based on trajectory might have rolled off the back. But we drove up and found him with only about 10' left for his second legitimate birdie of the day. He nuzzled his putt up close and tapped in for another rare par, which became, with his two handicap strokes, a net eagle. Over the last five holes, we were -8! Final team score was a 56. After a long wait through drinks and appetizers, dinner, raffle prizes, and the lower flights, we finally learned that we, in fact, won the A flight of the tournament! With that comes a little cash, but the best part is we get our names on the big trophy that lives in their clubhouse trophy case year round. Was a blast regardless, but winning made it even that much sweeter! (So did the cheesecake dessert as well) :) Edit: (Oh, I almost forgot ... I shot ever par! Not anything exceptional handicap/slope for that course-wise, but hey, it's still par!)
  39. Rumor mill says that Tiger will be wearing nike shoes and playing with custom fitted Warrior Golf clubs that he can return at any time if he is not satisfied...
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