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  1. When Norman Bates played back in the 1960s, he brought his mother....kind of.
  2. My 1yr old plays with me on the garden when I'm practising chipping, always enjoys it and often asks my wife to take him out to play golf (golsh as he calls it) too. Going to get him his first proper club soon , probably for his 2nd bday, as he can't really do anything with my wedges!
  3. My 4 year old asked me to take him to the range this weekend so i'm looking forward to that. I find it actually helps me practice as we share a bucket of balls so i have to maximise my practice time. He's started getting to the point where i tell him what i'm working on and he tells me how i'm doing. Going to take him next time I play 9 holes to walk the course and maybe do a bit of putting so he gets used to being on a course. Little nervous as i've not been on a course since i had my aneurysm last October
  4. I don't want to diminish the disappointment these kids must feel after a pretty lousy set of circumstances led to their dis-qualification. But you could argue that - taking the long run view - this could actually benefit them in the long run. My suspicion is that each of those 12 will be diligent about reading the rules sheets for all future tournaments. And more than willing to question or think for themselves when they are given information that contradicts the rules as they understand them. The bottom line is that this sort of stuff happens all the time. I have been given bad rules information more frequently than I care to admit - usually by people that have been playing the game for far longer than I have. If this experience gives these kids the confidence to think for themselves, learn the rules and trust their own knowledge, then I suspect it will be a net positive by the end of their golfing lives.
  5. Collecting old classics was big way back when the pros still hit persimmon. Jack Nicklaus hit a beautiful 1955 Tommy Armour MacGregor driver. Craig Stadler had an old Wilson R90 Sand Wedge. Ben Crenshaw made 1964 Wilson 8802 putters famous with "Little Ben". You could find these old classics at estate sales, still can, for next to nothing. Back then though you could get $500 for a 1955 Tommy Armour driver just like Jack's if you knew the right person. $400 for a 1964 8802 putter. Now no one plays with them anymore. I knew a friend that flew to Japan three times a year back in the 80s. Classic clubs were status symbols to Japanese golfers then and they would pay double what you could get here for these clubs then. Quite a profitable business. The Japanese would pay, $2000 for a 1966 Ping Anser made in Scottsdale by Karsten Soldheim himself, the founder of Ping. This was when Karsten was hawking them on putting greens at PGA tournaments. $600-$800 for a 1966-67 Karsten Co. Ping Anser, made before Karsten patented the Anser. way before Ping became the billion dollar a year company it is now. plate $1000 for a Tommy Armour driver with 5 screws in the sole plate. Clubs had character back then, Woods were works of art. You wanted to have a beautiful cut of persimmon on your woods. You wanted the old Ping putter in your bag. Yup, you can hit today's clubs much farther, they are superior in every way but today's clubs just aren't the beautys of yesterday. Here's a few that never made it to Japan. I still have them but they won't bring much. Anyone else still have a few of the classics? 1964 Wilson 8802, You can tell a real one from a replica, a nickel is the same exact width as the face on a real one. A 1966 8813, Greg Norman used one of these. A 1941 MacGregor Tommy Armour driver, you changed the loft with a wood file, not a special tool. This one spent years in my bag, I never saw a harder piece of wood. A 1950 R90 Wilson Sand Wedge, it weighs about as much as a fire hydrant and a 1967 Karsten Co. Ping putter.
  6. And I don't miss it at all. Some of you may remember me from the year's prior as I would go hole-by-hole through each tournament round that I played because I enjoyed doing that I would do school tournaments and summer events that I played in. Then after our last event last year I was frustrated that I wasn't getting better. (Doesn't help when most people on this board know more than our coach.) So, I quit. My last round was on October 1st. I was spent grinding over trying to play well when I really had no direction on the team. The most instruction that I got was on this board over the last few years and I still got down to a 2.2. I want to go out and have fun while I play. Even summer events, I did those just for fun and not to necessarily win. Now that I am back caddying and working at Crooked Stick, I want to play more golf. Not necessarily like I used to every day but I really wouldn't mind going out an shooting an 80 if it meant having fun on the course again. I am the most competitive player I know and I want to win everything that I played in, but there comes a time where you just burn out. The moral of this rant? is that you aren't truly playing golf until you're enjoying yourself and having fun.
  7. Yeah, well, being burnt out does not mean you are permanently burnt out. I am also going to assume you just quit college golf, and not your college studies. The common cure for "burnoutitis" is to step back, and recharge one's competitive juices. How long that recharge takes is a personal issue. Playing golf for the fun of it, is a good thing for most folks. That's what I do now. I have accepted the fact I will never be a single digit capper again. However, I can still scare the hell out of 80 on ocassions. A 2.2 is not most folks. Getting down to 2.2 is a very rare accomplishment in golf. That took some hard work, and dedication on the OP's part. I would hate to see all that hard work go to waste. Yeah, a 2.2 is pretty "fraking" good in my book.
  8. Or - someone has to take care of the kids while he's on the golf course. And the wife is drunk.
  9. 15% is a huge jump. He was 161st at 55.06% in 2017. 70.06% would put him 7th… https://www.pgatour.com/stats/stat.102.2017.html. That's a HUGE jump. And yet… it's probably still not worth it. Rory was 3rd in 2017 with 0.878 strokes gained off the tee: https://www.pgatour.com/stats/stat.02567.2017.html. 15% ~= 20 yards? Maybe. I think it more likely favors the 20 yards versus the 15%.
  10. My oldest son in not looking at college golf at this time. He is planning on going on a church Mission this year and when he gets back will be going to study Genetic Engineering. Golf will always play a part in his life rather it be inter-mural or even college golf. It is such a game that in almost any company there are places and chances to play with important people and having the skills to be able to impress can, and probably will make a difference. The funnest part is that both boys are just scratching the surface of their ability. I love getting out with either one and take time to just get out one-on-one. We also have some great games of "Dog" between the three of us. We have all won at one point or another. Another memorable experience was when the youngest got "bean-boozled" jelly beans for a birthday gift. The loser of each hole had to eat a jelly-bean and the "dirty socks" flavor was as bad as it sounds.
  11. I must say that I don’t see a massive wave of long hitters overpowering my home course. Even when there is a college tournament at the course it holds up just fine. And, I’m mainly concerned about my own game, not the pro tour. I’m well into the back 9 of my golfing life when every yard off the tee becomes precious. Hope they don’t forget about the seniors ...
  12. rehmwa

    Poor Lucas Glover

    well,,,,, oh yeah?......but..... that's just a very reasonable hypothesis and statemnet so there
  13. I have an old set of Hogan Blades. They are brand new, never been used. I have them in a glass case, with 5, Ping Eye 2 (wooden) woods (D,2,3,4,&5). I actually gamed the Pings for a while. To this day, I still maintain that the Ping Eye 2, 2 wood was the most forgiving, easiest club to hit, that was ever made. If you ever find one, snatch it up, and you will see what I mean. I did have some Hickory clubs, but I donated them to a local charity. Probably the oldest club I have is an adjustable iron. One club, that you can adjust from a putter/ 1 iron loft to a PW loft. You just dial up what ever loft you need. I've used it a few times. Hardest club I ever found to hit. Shaft length is adjustable too. A guy offered me $500 for it at a 3 club tournament.
  14. @Harpster Great story. Thanks for sharing. I think we can all agree on this, Golf: We hate to love it and love to hate it! That's great, you have two sons to get out with and the younger sounds like he is up and coming! Is the older son looking into College golf? Nothing better than golfing with your kids. So much fun! @SmiterofPV1x Glad you had some fun at the range. I like the sound of your King game. Might have to try it. We usually play horse, similar to in basketball but with our wedges. Drop all 60 balls from the shag bag and have some fun! @RussUK Hope you are penciling that in. Sounds fun to share a bucket with him while he is giving you feedback on your shots. Like you got your own lil coach there! @Moxley Sounds like you have a lil golf buddy in the making! Get him some plastic clubs so he can smash it around the yard. Be he would love that.
  15. Awesome! You described it perfectly too. We hate to love it and love to hate it. We're some of the most competitive people out there. Even when playing scramble format and trying to be good teammates to each other, we always have at least a hole or two where we are all ticked off at each other, lol. Three straight terrible shots have a way of killing team unity! Other than my middle son, it's all fun and games though. He sometimes takes it too seriously and I have to have him sit out a hole or two. The flip side to that is that out of all of us he's the only one that has a chance to do something serious athletically. He just turned 13 and he's beat me head to head once. I'm not a scratch anymore, trending solidly the other way, but he's solid. Once he gains some swing speed he'll roast me almost every time. At a minimum I think he'll be a very good to great HS golfer. I understand that past that you've got to be GREAT and have the mental game to go along with it. That's what I worry about with him as he gets too upset too easily. He usually plays better a little ticked off, but that stuff won't fly when he hits competitive golf. Great thread. I love reading about kids playing golf and I love to share my experiences playing with my kids with others. Keep em coming! 🙂
  16. Xed bag (sorry I think I have a 2x post), about what I expected. Hit some good and some really awful. Funny part to that was I was trying to hit the bottom of the flag at about 85 yards into a 20+ wind. I hit a beautiful punch that hit about 6" from the base of the flag. I wasn't trying to keep the ball close I was trying to land it on the flag, and had made my intentions known. My oldest, half paying attention said " oh that was almost good but it ended up too long". Had to reiterate that I was trying to land it at the base of the flag, the hops from there were what they were. Finally got a "nice shot" out of him, lol. The real fun and games started at the short game area. We play a game called "its good to be king". Basically the king is whoever WON the previous set. Not tied the reigning king, but beat him. The King picks the shot and the only rule is that it has to be 30+ feet away. Can be from the rough, fringe, or all putting. The king hits first, giving out the line and negating some of the advantage of all ties going his way. I always start out as king. Tonight I picked an uphill 75 footer and holed it first putt, lol. Next shot was a drop in the rough from 15 off to a nasty right to left breaker, holed that one too. It was good to be king and to close out the "hole" without a fight, lol. Kept up as king for about 8 rounds then lost it on an ugly 3 putt. Won it back a hole later when my kids dared me to only putt one handed, lol. I holed every single putt under 20ft, and a few over that, one handed the rest of the way. I'm thinking I might just leave the left hand in the cart from now on! I was on point! I like when the kids start chanting "old man golf...old man golf!" 🙂
  17. That's not really accurate. Rules Officials are supposed to prevent the rules infractions that they can prevent. They alerted those they could. Just like they might point out to one player that they see taking a drop in an improper place and might not see another person doing the same thing. Scorecard yardages are irrelevant. They were instructed to hit from the blue tees. They did not. There is no "right" spot except where the committee placed them. Thus, they played from the wrong spot. That's not what you do. And if you're not sure if they're in the right spot, particularly if you're the first group, you ask a rules official. No, that's not it. The responsibility lies with the player. I coach a college team. We just played in the NCAA National championship. Guess what? On one hole the tournament scorecard and sign had a yardage that was over 60 yards off - they moved the tees up but couldn't re-print the signs OR the scorecards. The markers define where they are "supposed" to hit from. Thus, this stuff is wrong: they didn't hit from the right spot. A volunteer marshal's "job?" He seems to have made the same mistake as the players. Missy Jones in the article even stated what we're saying: the kids are ultimately at fault, and they should have challenged the people more. Is she "not understanding" or just "stubborn" too? The vast majority of the fault lies with the kids. You play the course under the rules and as marked. If you're questioning something, you play two balls or find an actual rules official. If you still don't agree, you press. Players are responsible for following the Rules of the game. No, it isn't. "Where they were supposed to be" is determined by the location of the tee markers. You're assigning way too much weight to the official scorecard. The RULES are what matter, and the location of the markers, NOT the scorecard yardage. The scorecard yardage does not define a teeing area. Because, again, the players are responsible for following the Rules. The USGA doesn't see it your way. That would not be within the Rules of Golf. A volunteer marshal, even at the NCAA National Championship, doesn't know these kinds of things. They're out there to help refill water jugs, point to balls they see in the rough or trees, etc. They're not rules experts. They're not members of the Committee. So what? Fact of the matter is… they weren't. If an actual Rules Official told them to play from those tee markers - which I doubt at this point, for a few reasons - then they have a case. I'd have still perhaps asked to play two balls, or have a recognizable rules official or member of the committee verify this.
  18. It was probably due to mother's day weekend, and hope it isn't a normal thing.
  19. Well you brought it up so here is my story. I have a son that is in the process of graduating HS next week, and just finished 4 years of HS golf. It was a sad day the last tournament as he missed going to state. Really only played for the four years of HS and it has become his passion. He works at the CC and has been playing 6 days a week all summer the last three years. When we started, I got back into golf with him; after a 20 year hiatus, he was shooting 130. Now when playing for fun with the two of us he shoots very low 80's but hasn't broke 80 yet. My younger son started with us and is now turning 11 and I just had to fork out the money for a full set of irons due to him being good enough to get gaping. At 11 he can play at the 6000 yard local course at just above bogey golf. I give him a stroke a hole and he has beat me twice this year. The three of us love to get out and play. It has been one of the best things that we have ever done. My graduate just was given Valedictorian, of his graduating class and a large part of that is the time that we are able to golf together and talk and spend time together. I cannot even express how much golf means to the three of us. It is the greatest game that we all hate. I also appreciate all of the posts about your kids playing. They make me smile.
  20. 18 is more than 14 when all else is equal. 18 Honda Civics are worth less than 14 Ferrari's, just like 18 majors against weaker fields are worth less than 14 majors against stronger fields. You can have your 18 Honda Civics, I'll keep my 14 Ferrari's. After all 18 cars are better than 14 cars right?
  21. Nope, not that easy. Nobody would flip if strengthening the grip fixes it. A practice swing won't tell you much about a real swing.
  22. I live in Albuquerque which is right in the center of the state. The Four Corners area (Farmington) is nice, but I am not sure about the year round golf you are looking for, pretty cold up there in the winter. The golf in that area is great, Farmington has one of the best golf courses in the state, Pinon Hills, and just north in Durango you have Dalton Ranch which is also fantastic. Fly fishing is world class around that area. The San Juan is great and you have the headwaters of the Rio Grande just north of there which I have fished quite a bit, not to mention the Chama and Brazos rivers not too far away as well. Albuquerque is nice because we are warm enough to play golf year round and close enough to some really good rivers that you can make an easy day trip. I have a group of 24 guys that make a trip up there to play golf and fly fish every fall in South Fork Colorado, just northeast of Farmington.
  23. RussUK

    Poor Lucas Glover

    Problem with some (not all) WAGS is that they become acustomed to the lifestyle. They start to enjoy dining at fine restraunts, wearing Prada and driving flash cars. Problem is, for the majority of spotstars their time at the top of their game can be fleeting. When the wins start to dry up and the winners cheques stop thats when the trouble starts. However, we dont know what goes on behind closed doors. Im sure there will be more to this story than what the media know about.
  24. Each of them just learned an important life lesson about reading and following directions. Ultimately, it may very well benefit them all in the long run.
  25. Eric C

    Poor Lucas Glover

    So sad. I hope he realizes what his potential could be with a partner who was actually supportive. Her eyes in the booking photo make me think there's more to it than booze, but I'm no expert. What really struck me was the resemblance to another absolutely obnoxious person ...
  26. Start a "catch-all" thread about Webb Simpson and watch it flourish Shortest driver all week. Plays great golf. Wins. One of the most insipid and boring characters on tour. It's not about the win. Congratulations to him, but people took up golf because of Tiger and they're excited about his current play. Even when he wins, Simpson (and players like him) turn people away from the game because he makes it look like it's for old people who are not athletic. That's not his (or his bank manager's) problem. Good luck to him. It's not about who wins, it's about what excites people.
  27. just oiled up the clubs to play my first nine of the year yesterday. Over the winter I wached alot of golf on golf tv and alot of it talked about getting a lower handicap. I never had a handicap my whole life. When I sauntered into the proshop to see if I had to pay to play, i thought "I am going to ask to get a handicap and how low I can get". The snake oil salesman behind the counter told me it was going to COST over $40 to get a handicap, or maybe even more AND I had to put in scores! (I thought golf was posed to be fun NOT WORK). I thought to myself "I never had one before and never had any problems, why would I need one SO bad now". I let him finish off his sales pitch before I told him, "he buddy, how about I give you $30 and we just forget I asked about the handicap". Long story short I saved at least $10 and didn't get a handicap, so i don't have to worry about putting in scores. Love to hear if anyone on here has fellen for this trick. Decided not to play that day too, because it was pretty dark already.
  28. Not pointless for me as I more often find myself 15-20' out on the first attempt. Also, when the practice green is being used by others, it can get a bit challenging practicing lags too much longer.
  29. Canton, Ohio is a nice place for golf. Many public courses and also alot of country clubs. My ideal retirement(I'm along way away and I'm already thinking about it, haha) would me to live right here in Canton, Ohio for April-September and then have another small little house in Naples, Florida for October-March so I can go golfing all year round.
  30. I am going to suggest Bella Vista, Arkansas. On the Missouri/Ark border, north of Fayetteville. Community of 15,000 or so. Real Estate is plentiful and dirt cheap. 7 or 8 golf courses with membership if you own a lot or house. I the Ozarks, beautiful, and the golf is essentially year-round. http://www.beautifulbellavista.com/ Hope this helps
  31. You want golf paradise? Move to Alabama and play the RTJ courses. Yearly memberships are incredibly affordable and the courses are hands down, some of the best I have ever played. This is coming from a guy who was born, raised, lives, and has played a lot of golf in Texas. Yep, that's where i'm moving--Alabama.
  32. Yes but aren't most bugs in New Zealand deadly? Ideal situation is you golf in Michigan during the summer and Florida in the winter. Growing up in Tampa, I never understood why I always saw so many snow birds. After living in Michigan for five years, now I know.
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