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  1. He is when he's tipping caddies!!!!! Thanks, I'll be here all week!
  2. World Golf Hall of Fame changes minimum age, paving way for Tiger Woods induction in 2021 - Golf Digest Officials with the World Golf Hall of Fame announced a lower age requirement for induction from 50 to 45 and streamlined the entry categories
  3. So I gotta ask. Is choking up 1/4" (or even 1") somehow less effective than cutting the thing? This sounds like a bunch of hooey to me.
  4. You’re overthinking it. You’re still a beginner; those bad habits aren’t really baked in, yet. I’d practice what some others have suggested. Start slow, make short swings and make sure you’re hitting the ball first. Make the longest swing you can while still ensuring ball first contact and gradually speed up from there. While mats do hide contact issues, they also make the game more accessible. A lot of courses and ranges can’t afford to maintain grass hitting areas. Learning to play while hitting off a mat is the reality for most of us. Just food for thought: let’s say you did start the game on a grass range. There’s no guarantee that you would have figured out the right way to hit the ball from the start. If your natural inclination is to swing a little behind the ball, you’d chunk and top your way through your first range session. Frustrating, right? Maybe you never take interest in the game that way...
  5. I didn’t even know that golf balls killed coyotes....
  6. I wonder if they taught clickbait 101 wherever he went to uni.... For someone who does journalism for a living, he is below the grade that I normally read. Like I said, interesting story just written poorly.
  7. https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=flightscope+mevo&_trksid=m5467.l1311&_osacat=0&_odkw=flightscope+mevo
  8. Yea that surprised me, too. The hole runs downhill and I had a blind shot from where I was. All I knew was I wanted to keep it left of the tree and I hit a low draw that must have run quite a bit. You must’ve hit your ‘tour’ 6i.
  9. At least none of us hit the silo 😃
  10. I’m going to assume you meant your skill level is close to @Hackasaurus Rex, since the OP is a 5 handicap. Anyway, it really depends on what clubs you currently play and how old they are, as well as your skill level. What exactly is it about them that you (and others) feel is holding you back? If you feel like you should get an upgrade as a high handicap player, most people would point you towards previous model year clubs. They will perform similarly to the latest releases, but they’re cheaper. Depending on your skill level, you might not need a tour-style fitting, as a lot of that has to do with finding the exact combination of shaft and heads to fine tune performance. A properly fitted club can only do so much if your ballstriking isn’t very consistent.
  11. If I’m working on a specific piece, do I really need to have the radar data? Half the time I’m not even hitting full shots. I always looked at that information more as something to check once in a while, like at the start of the season I need to work on X, then midway through I can check my numbers again and see how I progressed, etc. There’s the very real possibility I’ll be looking at numbers every time I practice and start trying to do too much, losing sight of what I should be focusing on. Oh, and it costs $2,000 😃
  12. Here is a guide - https://www.hirekogolf.com/golf-shaft-trimming-instructions Down load the PDF guide for specific manufactures: IE Appollo
  13. So if I preorder one now, it says availability date is Feb 24, I probably won't get one until like mid March? The videos, the 7-day protocol, even if you don't have one, have a lot of good information.
  14. Get off my lawn! Get off my lawn-like golf course!
  15. I once was a curmudgeon. I'm now a reformed curmudgeon. Retirement makes a world of difference. Do I still get upset with idiots on the golf course, ya, but I'm a little more tolerant because ... I don't know why...I just am.
  16. Yea, the only reason I don’t do it is because it’s not socially accepted, not because it can damage the greens or anything. Don’t people realize mowers have wheels and weigh a whole lot more than push carts?
  17. With fourteen years experience working at a mid-level private club, and more recently, with a year and a half working at one of the most exclusive clubs in one of the most affluent neighborhoods in the country, here's a few methods I can share to give you the best chance of playing there. 1) Most private clubs are closed on Mondays. A select few clubs stay entirely closed, even to their own membership. This gives the grounds crew an unhindered day to work on big maintenance tasks. A far more common practice of private clubs is, hosting non-member fundraising events on Mondays. It's a huge revenue driver for the club. Find out if this club of yours hosts any Monday charity. These days charity tournaments always have open spots. These events arent run by the club, so ask for the tournament director. Then find the charity selling spots for the least amount. 2) Have your pro call their pro. So long as you have a good relationship with the pro at the public course you normally play... If you dont, start building one. Whether working at a public course or a private club, you'd be hard-pressed to find a Head Pro or Directory of Golf that isn't a Class A PGA Professional. And any self-respecting Class A pro abides by an understood code of conduct. One of the precepts is to offer reciprocity by hosting players by way of reaching out with a special request. This may come with a guest fee, or just paying a cart fee or may be a full comp. 3) Reach out to the Membership Director under the pretense that you are a considering membership at their club as well as the others in the area. You'd like to set an appointment to take a tour of the club, which of course should include playing the course, to make sure it meets your needs, as a potential dues paying member. While this option may test the morals and/or values of some, here's some advice to put your mind at ease. So what if your current financial position can't afford you the means to join, who's to say that won't change down the road? Take the tour, play the round. One day you will be a member there, even if it's not the next day... I'll also say, don't abuse the process. Clubs talk amongst themselves, you don't want to be "blacklisted". Hope this helps!
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