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  1. Just got back from Streamsong. Very nice place, very pricey, it's in the middle of nowhere but I'm glad I went and played the three courses. I doubt I would come back anytime soon, it's not awesome enough to be an every year destination for me, although it seems like I'm in the minority on this one. By the time I was done, I spent over $3,000 for 3 nights and 5 rounds of golf, that isn't what I'd call a value, courses weren't that awesome. None of the guys I went with said they would come back anytime soon. We're going to go to Whistling Straights for our guys trip next year. The Lodge Was very nice, room was huge, but pretty much wasted, by the time I was done golfing and eating, I only went there to sleep and take showers. But it was cool looking out the window and seeing an alligator swimming around in the marsh most mornings. Food was good, didn't make it to the Italian Restaurant but everyone who went said it was good. Loved the top of the roof bar. Great place to watch a sunset and have an after round drink and cigar. Didn't make it to the pool or the outside fire pits. As for the question about drinks, I stopped and bought beer and some alcohol and kept it in my fridge, I walked around with a beer and no one said anything to me. Alligator From Room Courses I walked and used a pushcart every morning round (You have to walk in the mornings, no carts), but took a caddie on the last day. I found it pretty easy to push a cart, I even thought about just carrying my bag, but the pushcart worked fine. When we played in the afternoon we took carts. The price for a caddie is pretty high, I was the only one who walked and pushed a cart, everyone else took a caddie for every round. $90 + tip, was a little too pricey for me. We did have to take fore caddies when we rode and that ran $40-$50. Oh and make sure you bring cash if you're getting a caddie or use the ATM, you can't charge that to your room. If you want a good caddie, ask for Manny or Del. Del used to be a pro in Pittsburgh and Manny plays in some mini-tour events in the Florida area. both were excellent caddies. The golf was good, but the greens, imo, were almost unfair at times. I've never seen so many three and 4 putts in groups ever. Red Course This was the first course I played, 38-43-81 Combo Tees, I played horrible on the back 9, I 3-putted 7 greens total. I couldn't figure out the speed of the greens to save my life, I don't think I've ever had so many 6-8 foot comeback putts. If you get on the wrong side of the hole you're pretty much screwed. Red Number 1 Red Number 16 (loved this hole, 76 yard long green) The second time we played, we decided to play the black tees all day, 6600 Yards with the back 9 at 3,500 Yds and was playing into a good breeze most of the day. So 40-43-83 for me on this day. Again, putting killed me. Just could never get the ball close to the hole to have an easy putt. I had 3 - 3 putts on three of the first four holes. And I had several more after that. Putting and hitting fat wedges killed me most of the weekend. This round I was definitely tired towards the end, played the last 4 holes 6 over. Blue Course This was the second course we played and it was my worst round out of all of them. 42-43-85, it was hot and I think I even putted worse on this course. Just never had an easy putt all day, couldn't seem to get the ball close to the hole to have a reasonable chance at birdie or an easy two putt. I chunked a bunch of wedges as well, which didn't help. Drove the ball great all day, in fact I drove the ball great all weekend, just couldn't score. The second time we played this course was on Sunday, our final round, Decided to take the caddie, started the round with three putts on the first two holes. Threw in two more and finished with a smooth 40 making the turn. Doubled 10 & 11 and figured here I go again. Finally parred the 12th hole with an easy two putt, but lipped my birdie and then managed to birdie the next three holes. I had a crazy putt on 17 for birdie and made bogey (another 3 putt, again on the wrong level), so I ended up playing the last 7 holes 2 under. 40-38-78 View From Blue Tee #1 Black Course - We played this for our second round on Friday and Saturday, although i only played it once, was too tired on Saturday to play another round) This was probably my favorite layout of the three, but the greens were a little hokey in places (11 acres of greens total). 40-40-80 (played 17 in almost dark and didn't finish 18 as it was do dark), plus the damn mosquitoes came out and there are so many they could almost take you away ; The crater hole was interesting, made par on that one. Just had some crazy long putts over mounds and hills and the only thing missing at times was a clowns mouth at times. Unfortunately I didn't take any pictures of the Black course, must've been too tired. I did however do the putting course at the Black while the other guys were playing the Black and that was pretty fun. The Food Each course had great food. The food out on the courses themselves were great, Tacos on the blue, BBQ on the red and the lobster/shrimp roll on the black were very tasty. The burgers at the Black course were fantastic, as well as the brisket sandwich I had at the Red/Blue was outstanding. The steak restaurant at the Blue/Red course was also very good. Even the cajun mac and cheese I had at the lodge restaurant was very good. All in all a great trip, plus the guys I went with were all cool, so it was a lot of fun. Lots of betting games, ended up losing $28 for the 4 days, which was good, with as bad as I shot the first three days.
  2. It's true. High toe is often best. Low spin, high launch, toe going a little faster than the heel or the center of the face.
  3. In august, i bought a Datrek Super Lite Stand Bag on line from Global Golf. Sunday, while playing, The strap on the golf cart came loose and the bag and clubs fell off. One of the stand legs snapped off. Monday, I contacted Dynamic Brands, which is the parent company of Datrek. They also own Bag Boy, Burton, and a couple other makers of bags, carts, etc., to see if they had replacement parts available. The lady asked what happened, and how old the bag was, and said they would handle it under warranty. She sent me an e mail with the required information- proof of purchase, serial # and pictures of the bag., and said it would take a couple of days to process.. i sent them the required info, and at about 4:30 PM, i received another email saying that they were sending me a warranty replacement. No questions asked. I was impressed with the promptness and courtesy with which his situation was handled, since i may get my new bag in time to use it in the club championship this weekend. No muss, No fuss.
  4. @Slim_Pivot, You are getting a lot of information in this thread. It can be overwhelming. I would seriously listen to @iacas and recommend either getting on-line video lessons via Evolvr, or if you can, go to Erie and visit Golf Evolution. Many of us on The Sand Trap use Evolvr with great success. If I was in Pittsburgh, I would make the trek to Erie for at least the start. Erik is an outstanding teacher. The best way to improve is to work with a qualified instructor who identifies your priority piece for improving. It may take a while to get it down. Then when you've changed that, move onto the next item. Reacting to a bunch of random advice or reading/viewing golf tips can only delay improvement. We've all gone down that path. It will just frustrate you. Some posters mean well, but they do not have the experience to identify what you need to work on and how to get there. If you are really committed to improving, take this advice.
  5. Snell apparently being Red Sox fans are selling the MTB Red for $139 for 6 dozen. $23.17/dozen That's a bargain and a half. Just bought 6 dozen. "Some are going to hate it, and some are going to love it but over here at the Snell Golf HQ we are BIG Red Sox fans. In celebration of the World Series and our RED Sox we are offering discounted prices on all RED items!! For this week only (10/23- 10/28) get your MTB Red Golf Balls, Hats, Visors and VALUE PACKS at a discounted rate." - No Codes Needed - PRICES AUTOMATICALLY CHANGED ON WEBSITE.
  6. Cool glad to see you got some feedback. Now the hard part...figuring out what to do with that information lol! Pretty good cluster...and yeah some are higher on the face than you would like. Toy around on the range with different tee heights and ball position like ya said to see if it helps your AoA any. You may not adopt anything for your normal swing, but you may learn what it takes to make the ball do certain things which is valuable information.
  7. @HJJ003 - a while back you had mentioned the possibility that hitting off-center on the driver face might be a reason for my weak drives. It's been bugging me since then and I finally had a chance to check it out yesterday. In lieu of impact tape, I used some postage labels and hit a few drives. The first shot is the one highest on the face. Maybe I just have hands of stone, but it didn't feel like terrible impact as is the case when I hit off the toe or heel. So this could be happening on the course and I'd be unaware of it. Next, I had to figure out how to fix it. I'm thinking it's a negative angle of attack but I'm pretty ignorant about that stuff. Still, I tried to get my low point back a few inches thinking it result in a positive angle. But I was still hitting pretty high on the face. I finally combined getting the low point back along with a shallower angle (if that's the right term), and I hit a couple down closer to the center. Unfortunately, the ball flight was a bit lower than I think it should be. But again, what the heck do I know? I'm wondering if I shouldn't tee the ball up just a bit higher, and combine that with playing the ball up a bit more in my stance. I'm currently using 2 3/4" tees and keep them fairly high. More than likely, the lack of distance is as simple as less club head speed. Still, now and then I'll get that 220 - 230 carry. It would be nice have that happening a lot more often. Anyway, thanks for the advice and I'll keep working on this.
  8. I hate it when people say that about things that are not opinion, but fact…
  9. I work at an indoor facility and have always had that problem. I found that indoors to u hit at a target 15 feet in front of you so you don't accelerate because of the closeness of your target. Outside you're hitting to a target far away, ...you're trying to reach a far away place. I'm still amazed at my outside vs inside numbers.
  10. but I grew up there (Detroit and Midland) and it is, sometimes, quite an accomplishment to shoot the temperature for nine. Down here, for most of the year, beating the heat is not too impressive.
  11. When I started going to Fenway Park as a young boy in the 1950s, box seats were three dollars, bleacher seats were seventy-five cents, and the thirty-five cent hot dogs, although I ate them anyway, sucked. (Better hot dogs at Joe & Nemo's cost a dime each back then.) For tonight's game against the Dodgers, box seats are over a grand each, 350 for bleachers, and while I won't be there, the hot dogs, now probably ten bucks each instead of thirty-five cents, will most likely still suck. I always bought Italian sausage subs with peppers and onions from the street vendors outside, and I highly recommended that the young ones with their thousand dollar tickets do the same.. As for me, I'm getting a whole bunch of stuff at Taco Bell, some Guinness stout, and will be watching on TV. My man cave will be warmer than Fenway.
  12. Not true. No… Again, @RST Rebuild, though we know you're trying to help, you're just getting far too much stuff wrong. Please stop. You're not an instructor, and you should be here to learn and discuss, not to dole out advice to someone who needs to give you a shot a side for a fair match. Slim has a good plan in place, IMO, and doesn't need confusing, incorrect information. There are essentially two ways to get on the plane you want to get on, @Slim_Pivot, and we'll cover this much more in depth on Saturday. The first way, the more common way, is by maintaining left arm depth longer than you do: The second is by rolling the forearms to send the sweet spot "under" the plane quite a bit: This is a tougher thing to do. Jim Furyk does it here and Justin Thomas does it on the right. The sweet spot is moving counter-clockwise from the DL view. Again, this is tougher, but can still work. The third? You don't have to be on that plane at all: That's Jason Dufner (older ones, he's a bit lower plane now), but there are others. It's not as common, but it exists. Nicklaus was above that plane for most shots and most of his career.
  13. I’ve done a fitting session at both Club Champion and Cool Clubs. I came away unimpressed with both and did not buy clubs. I think fitting is a lot like teaching — The reputation of the company is irrelevant, it’s all about the individual who is conducting the fitting,
  14. Shortening the swing doesnt cause a slice or a pull, having an out to in swing path causes both of those ball flights and the difference is on the slice your clubface is open to that out to in path, and on a pull, your club face matches the path. Here is a good image that shows what I am talking about I've struggled with the slice before too, and I know I was swinging out to in based on the direction of my divots. There are tons of YouTube videos about how to get an in to out swing path, but one drill that helped me the most was placing another golf ball about 3 or so inches behind and to the right of the ball I want to hit. (Think like 4 or 5 o clock on a clock for the second ball, and the ball you are trying to hit is in the middle of the clock face) In order to hit just the ball thats in the middle of the clockface, you have to come either from the inside or neutral with the club path. When I started doing this I had to feel like I was bringing the club path so far from the inside, what felt like a club path that was going from 8 o clock to 2 o clock was in reality pretty neutral based on the divot patterns and video of my swing. You will likely need to over exaggerate to get the results you want. Remember, feel isnt real.
  15. Cross country skiing? Now that will keep you in shape!
  16. God no. No. This isn't a highly functional swing at this point. There's a lot going on, and it starts to go awry at transition. This stuff is off topic, so…
  17. I found this via Google How to recover deleted photos
  18. Mark Twain called Golf a good walk spoiled; I call it a good walk enhanced.
  19. This is a little tricky to say which is right and why they are different. Could both be wrong or could both be right. First I will say remember that the clubs you were fitting are different and have different specs. Stock length on the 5s are longer than the 2s. Swing weights are also slightly different and static weights are different. 100g DG shaft vs a 112g PX (speaking rough cut weights) also could make differences with lie angle. All this is to say that I think you need to fit each club (ie set) on it's own after picking the shaft and head you want. Because those two things will impact the lie fitting. As a club maker I have also come to the conclusion after years that iron length need be far less rigid in it's measurements. If you feel more comfortable with longer clubs so that you are less hunched over in the short irons, then go with that. A half inch longer iron is not going to make much difference in your accuracy game and if it feels more comfortable then go with it. Just make sure you factor in the weight changes in a longer club because that is way more important than length. After all that lock down the lie angles.
  20. If the desire to play golf is really, really gone, then consider stepping away from the game for a while to see if you are truly done. Another, better reason, the one that will stop me is when you stop breathing. Higher scores/hndcps are no reason to quit.
  21. I'll never quit. Golfers, unlike wine and whisky, do not get better with age. My glory days may be behind me but I can still play better from one day to the next. It isn't a contest between my 20 year old self and my 62 year old self. I want to be the best golfer I can be today. That may be far removed from yesterday but what other choice is there? Check out Bernard Darwin on hanging up the sticks. He decided to retire from playing...but not from the game. He, like you, was much better than I have ever been.
  22. I'm 68 and I've lost distance too. I've started lifting light weights and doing stretching exercises. I also have gone to a senior flex shaft, added loft to my driver, and I play the Titliest AVX which doesn't spin as much as the Pro-v-1. I've gotten back a few yards, but it's clear Father Time is winning. I'll probably move up a set of tees (6250 to 6000) when I turn 70. I'm just happy to still be playing at this age.
  23. Many great responses; I especially like those by Vinsk. It is the only sport at which I have ever had a real desire to improve my skills. I am 60, and still make efforts to get better. Making a good strike and watching that ball fly is nirvana.
  24. Summary: Number of clubs and mode of transportation have little effect on score for average golfer. My golals for playing golf: to keep my bones from getting any weaker; to continue to play bogie into my old age; to enjoy the best life long sport. This year I decided to play from tees appropriate to my driver distance and to experiment with walking and carrying a short set of clubs, so I could avoid hurting my back moving the push cart in and out of the car. Set consisted of driver (vrarious clubs 9.5* G20 to 16* Mini) , putter and 4hyb,6i,8i, pw,sw. With this setup I walked 9,18 or 27 holes on varrous courses around Ottawa Ontario. I scored about same walking with short set as with riding with a full set. About me: 80 years old, golfed off and on for 65 years, never better than 10 handicap: never had a fitting as I am constantly working on developing a better swing; I consider myself an bogie golfer as I play about that level with 14 or 7 clubs, walking or riding on 9 or 18 hole courses.
  25. It’s always different and “new”. New challenges to work through or face each shot or day. New courses to play/experience New People to enjoy the game with New Goals as you progress. The variety and “newness” of the game is what makes it such a beautiful game IMO.
  26. Worm burner, skying the ball with the crown, shank and whiff. At least in my armamentarium of shots.
  27. Hogan, Nelson, Trevino, Crenshaw (Plus Spieth, Demaret, Judy Rankin, Babe Didrickson Zaharias, Kathy Whitworth. O'Meara, January....). Sorry, this is Texas. Will need several Rushmores. 😎 Best, -Marv
  28. Ok...so I got all of he fringe pinned down...this is preliminary not final....ill be going back and pinning what I think needs more work. I have to say..with the fringe done i think it looks even better than when i initially finished the green. I also need more time to make the holes perfect but im happy so far and with the panels as the subbase i get consistent rolls. I also got an authentic sand trap rake..(since this is the sandtrap) ;)
  29. Huh? I disagree. Full speed is way, way too easy to miss things. You miss a TON. And how is it funny?
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