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  1. 8 points
    The 2017 Newport Cup is set to kick off in just ONE WEEK, so before we forget, it's a great time to start this topic and get the discussion of matches kicked off. The teams this go 'round: East (Blue) Team Captain: @iacas @coachjimsc - Jim Morgan (1.8) @DaveP043 - Dave Panich (2.4) @NCGolfer - Dave Koster (0.7) @jsgolfer - Jerry Scott (5.2) @cipher - Nate McPherson (6.6) @bkuehn1952 - Brian Kuehn (8.3) West (Red) Team Captain: @mvmac @Golfingdad - Drew Sebilian (5.4) @phillyk - Phil Kohnken (-1.0) @Pretzel - Tyler Faye (-1.0) @DeadMan - Daniel Prieve (5.1) @mchepp - Michael C. Hepp (5.4) @kpaulhus - Kyle Paulhus (5.3) Schedule Thursday, October 19th: Morning - Foursomes at Mid-South Afternoon - Fourball at Talamore Friday, October 20th: Morning - Foursomes at Talamore Afternoon - Fourball at Mid-South Saturday, October 21st: Late Morning - Singles Matches All matches will be a Nassau format with one point on the front nine, one point on the back nine, and one point total. That's three points per match, with three matches per session and six in singles. Foursomes: 18 points available. Fourball: 18 points available. Singles: 18 points available.* * In this year's edition we're making an additional six points available during the singles matches with a special Optic Yellow Get Sum. On any hole during the singles matches, each team can challenge the opposing team to play the hole with the Yellow Ball. If the challenged team makes a NET par or better they earn a point. If they make net bogey or worse, the challenging team earns a point. Before we get started, I'd like to thank the 2017 sponsors: Talamore Golf Resort - home to spacious and comfortable villas and lodging, a weekly pig roast, and two of the finest golf courses in the golf-centric Pinehurst area. Snell Golf - makers of a golf ball that offers tour caliber performance at an affordable price, and the company shaking up the golf ball industry. FlightScope - New in 2017, a pocket-sized launch monitor called Mevo, with a pocket-sized price and BIG performance for measuring and improving YOUR game. Mission Belt - No holes belts as seen on Shark Tank, now with a great new canvas strap option! Delilah Club Covers - Custom, hand-made driver, wood, hybrid, and putter covers, along with caddie bags and more. Frogger Golf - Developed the awesome Latch-It technology for rangefinders, phones, towels, and other accessories. PitchFix - Makers of the world's finest ball mark repair tools, customized with your own logos or designs. TRUE Linkswear - #EnjoyTheWalk with some of the best golf shoes on the market. I'd like to offer, too, a special thanks to @RandallT who will again be keeping track, either in person or off-site (but not off-"site" if you know what I mean ) of the current standings in a nice leaderboard that he'll post here in this topic throughout the rounds, as well as the likes of @nevets88, @billchao, and other members of the staff who will likely be monitoring our Twitter account @the_sand_trap and posting those Tweets and updates to this topic.
  2. 4 points
    I knew this was tough, even though I got lucky in my first round after the challenge was posted. Today, I shot a better score (+3 for 75) but had three 6s, 15 pars, 3 bogeys, every one on a par-5. That would have seemed pretty solid, except I was aware of this challenge.
  3. 4 points
    Heading home tomorrow, what a slice of Heaven in the middle of Carolina. Warmed up on #1, then absolutely enjoyed 9,6, finally we loved 2, 7 & 8.
  4. 3 points
    I'm not a pro, I don't claim to be. I've come across something, that has helped me become more consistent from inside of ~150 yards. I actually have been working on this for a while. I NEVER take a "full" swing inside of about 150 yards. Though I usually can take 1-2 less clubs than what a given distance calls for. For example, if I'm 120 yards out on a given hole, I can usually with a 3/4 swing, hit a PW. Lately, I'll hit about a roughly 1/2 swing 9-iron. Why? My shot zone is tighter. The dispersion is less. If I happen to miss a green, it's always a nGIR. (That's been an outlier recently). From 100 yards or so, I hit more baby PW (about a half swing) shots, than 3/4 GW shots. I just wanted to share this thread with everyone, and get their thoughts about it.
  5. 3 points
    I have been a professional club builder, fitter, and equipment tech for over 18 years and have worked with many players of all abilities. In this situation, I would start by asking yourself a couple of questions: What am I trying to accomplish? This may seem obvious, but really stop and think about it, because the more specific you are about what your goals are, the more helpful it will be to determine which direction to take. Do I love the X-14 heads? If you really like the way your heads look and feel, and if you have confidence in them, then I would encourage you to consider keeping them and getting them optimized. On the other hand, if you could take-them or leave-them and have no attachment to them, then I wouldn't recommend spending the money to dial them in. Remember...if you spend $300-400 to update them, they will not be worth more than they are now. Is the main issue swing related or club related? If you have a weakness in your iron game that you don't have with your driver or other long clubs, will a new set of irons or re-shafting your current set resolve the issue? Getting the swing issue resolved might eliminate the need for new irons. One thing that is easier said than done is to leave the ego at home when you play. Who cares if you are hitting longer clubs into the green than your buddies? The only number that matters is the score at the end of the day, and yours is way lower than theirs. It doesn't matter how you get it done...believe me, no one is going to make fun of a player who hits 2 more clubs into the green than them when they get beat by 15 shots! Hope this helps.
  6. 3 points
    Played our semi-final match yesterday for our season long fourball match. We won so onto finals but I also had a no sixes round. 5 5 5 3 5 3 5 4 4 - 39 4 3 4 4 4 5 4 4 4 - 36 75 (+4) 5 bogeys and 1 birdie
  7. 2 points
    I definitely advise going used. You're going to get a much better value out of used Mizunos than a boxed set.
  8. 2 points
    The reason it's hard to get an objective assessment on golf balls is this...most players aren't sure what to look for when testing different models, plus there is a lot of misinformation that is posted online or well-meaning advice that is simply incorrect, which makes it very confusing. The truth of the matter is what ball works best for me, or the ball that my buddy likes, may not be a good ball for you at all. There are so many variables, not to mention personal preference, that the ball you chose should be based off of your swing/launch conditions, not someone else. I have conducted thousands of golf ball fittings for players of all types and skill levels, and I can tell you a few things based on my experience: The golf ball will make a bigger difference for a mid to high handicapper than it will for a Tour pro. I know...this is the opposite of what everybody thinks and what "conventional wisdom" is, but it's true. How can this be? The reason is due to our "tendencies". All players have tendencies...for example, my tendency is to hit the ball a little low and under-spin it, which reduces my carry distance. Some players have a tendency to hit a slice. Whatever it might be, we all have them. The difference between amateurs and Tour pros is their tendencies are much smaller and occur less often. Because they are more consistent, and have the ability to control their spin and trajectory, the differences in golf balls for them is measured in fractions. Since their trajectory is very efficient already, the difference between models is like splitting hairs. This is what a pro's numbers might look like: On the other hand, there can be a significant difference for amateurs. When a player is using the opposite type of ball they need, it's not unusual to see 20+ yards of difference when they hit a ball that fits them correctly. Going back to my personal example of having a tendency to hit the ball low with not enough backspin, if I chose a ball that was designed to launch low with low spin (like the Bridgestone e7 for example) it would exaggerate my tendency and cause my shots to fly even lower and spin even less. A ball that will reduce our tendencies will produce noticeably better results. Here is a typical amateur's numbers: Higher spin doesn't save players as many shots as they think. In fact, high spin ball cost many amateurs more shots than it saves them. Spin can be your friend or your enemy. The trick is to have the correct amount...not too much and not too little. The more your shots spin, the more everything gets exaggerated. If you hit a fade, more spin will turn it into a slice. In windy conditions, a higher spin ball gets pushed around more. On miss hits, a higher spin ball will curve more, lose more distance, and have an overall larger loss in performance. One thing I hear a lot is players wanting a high spin ball so they can "throw it at the hole" and make it stop for a short putt. If you're good enough to wedge it close and make the ball check for an easy up-and-down, then you're good enough to pick another 4 1/4" target on the green about 10' short of the hole and play a lower spinning model. I'm not saying spin isn't important, because it is, but the majority of players can't control how much spin they put on the ball, and the majority of players spin the ball more than they ideally should. I'm not going to tell you which ball to play, because I don't know. Telling you which ball I play won't help because you might not swing like I do. I know choosing a ball is confusing...there are dozens of models on the market, and they all are at least a little different. I did this for a living full-time, and it was a challenge for me to keep up with everything, so it's almost impossible for the average consumer to know how all the different models stack up with each other. I encourage you to do your initial testing with a launch monitor, and ideally with the help of an experienced ball fitting tech who can analyze and explain the data. A launch monitor will save a lot of time and guesswork. Two different models that go the same distance doesn't mean there isn't a difference. One ball might have carried 230 yds and rolled out 20 yds, and the other might have carried 180 and rolled out 70. This is a bit exaggerated of course, but my point is even though they went the same distance, one of them is much more efficient than the other and day-in and day-out perform better. If you have to carry a bunker at the corner of a dogleg 200 yds out, one of those balls does it easily, the other doesn't. When you have it narrowed down to one or two choices, follow up with some on-course testing. Remember...most expensive doesn't necessarily = best, and more spin doesn't necessarily = lower scores. When you're dialed in, that's your ball...don't switch around and use whatever ball you happen to grab. Playing the correct ball all the time will create more consistency. That is all. As you were!
  9. 2 points
    To be pedantic, they played in the same tournament plenty times, and Tiger smoked Jack. Tiger was also like 30 years younger at the time, but hey, I said "to be pedantic."
  10. 2 points
    Hands down, if you want to play your best you're better off going with a competent builder and a component brand. Reason being that the money gets to the equipment and the fitting more than it gets back to tour pros. Buying off the rack clubs doesn't help anyone except retailers because you'll keep buying and buying and buying whenever the newest comes out.
  11. 2 points
    We have all seen the dirt plug left from a badly repaired pitch mark. At times,when I am excavating an old, poorly repaired mark, I wonder if I am going beyond "repair" and breaching the Rules. Up to this point I have not worried about it and just dig out the dirt plug, tug the turf together and move on. Education is the key here. The more golfers that understand the proper technique, the better the results. Keep spreading the word!
  12. 2 points
    Guess I'm not a self respecting man. I'll play from whatever tees my playing partners want to play from whether that is from the tips or from the most forward set of tees (playing from our red tees can be a lot of fun as I can drive 3 par 4s that I normally wouldn't be able too and eagle putts are always fun even on really short par 5s). I never understood the stigma behind what set of tees you play. The only reason I could see getting onto someone for playing a certain tee is if they are clearly pushing themselves too far (slowing down the rest of the course due to playing too far back), otherwise play any set you want. As for the OPs issue, that is definitely a problem especially if there is a large gap between the forward most tees and the other sets. Mixing tees is probably the best bet in the short term, but it also might be worth bringing up to some of the people running the course as a possible change to make in the future.
  13. 2 points
    Don't call them the ladies tees, they are the red tees or forward tees. My Dad picked up golf at 66, and he didn't want to play the red tees (ladies tees) either. And my wife finally got him to move up to the reds last year and this year I got him to move to the greens and he loves it. He's reaching more holes in regulation or at least being much closer and he has never had more fun playing. So he will probably play the forward tees from now on.
  14. 2 points
    You're not really thinking logically about this. It makes zero sense for the top players of today to pick up and practice with vintage gear. It would be like if an R&D engineer decided that for 3 weeks out of the year he was going to only design and prototype using steam power. It's not only unproductive, but is in fact counterproductive. You have to remember, golf is still a job for these folks, even though to us it's a game. You're also forgetting that many professional golfers are pretty darn superstitious, or otherwise worried about "messing up their game". It's the reason that pros like Bubba Watson played the same irons for 4-5 generations (he liked the s59's) and refuse to switch for so long. Other pros, like Dufner (played the '09 ProV1 until 2015 I believe) are the same way about a golf ball. Do you really think you can convince all of those guys to just give up the equipment they're so accustomed to and play with what is, unquestioningly, crap when compared to what they're used to? I highly doubt you'll convince them to make a change like that, only to switch back to their equipment again later just because so many pros are very particular about their equipment and don't like to swap. It would not be a pride thing because the pride comes from winning "real" tournaments played with modern equipment. Not sure what your age is, but speaking as someone who is of a similar age to many of the guys on tour the old clubs and balls are not much more than a novelty to hit on the range or for a couple of holes once or twice. It holds no nostalgic sway for most golfers under the age of 30.
  15. 2 points
    I agree with @colin007...some launch data would help. But I can tell you this...don't be afraid to try a higher loft. Almost everyone launches the ball too low. I'll repeat that...almost everyone launches the ball too low. And for all you guys who are thinking "that's bullcrap...I hit my driver as high as my friend's hit their 9 iron!"...you guys are very likely launching the ball too low as well. You're over-spinning it though which makes it climb really high and balloon. There is a difference between hitting the ball too high and over-spinning the ball. This chart shows what I mean: Most guys will benefit from a higher launch. It promotes more carry distance and overall a more efficient trajectory. I play a 12* driver, and I don't hit it too high. Think about it...even with a 3* positive angle of attack (meaning you're hitting "up" on the ball 3*) that would result in a launch angle of approx. 13.5*. If you're swinging 110 mph or more, this might be considered too high, but if your swing speed is less than that you'll be in good shape.
  16. 2 points
    This is a situation that hits close to home for me. This is becoming a big issue in golf retail...the demise of the professional salesperson and club techs. There used to be a time when golf stores employed knowledgeable, experienced, professional salespeople who were well trained and had been in the golf business for a long time. A prime example is Edwin Watts...it wasn't uncommon to walk into any of their locations and find employees who had been with the company for 20-25 years or more. But things started to change as golf became more popular the internet grew. In the late '90s and early 2000 it seemed like everyone wanted to work in the golf business. The big-box stores had people lining up around the block hoping for a job. They decided it was no longer worth it to pay someone who had been with the company for a long time $50k/yr when they had people beating down their door willing to work for $9.00/hr. Sure, they didn't have the experience or knowledge of the professional salespeople, but who cares...everyone can get whatever info they need online now. That's their theory. No one has to consult the guy at the golf shop anymore, so why pay top-dollar for someone knowledgeable and experienced? And if the $9/hr guy gets frustrated because he's working too many hours, or not enough hours, or every weekend...tough shit...there are a dozen others who will take their place tomorrow. This attitude lead to high employee turn-over, so management figured what's the point in training employees or educating them on new product releases if they won't be here 6 months from now? They don't want to invest time or money to make the staff knowledgeable for a bunch of short-timers. So when Jon goes to his local shop and needs some guidance regarding shortening his driver, this is what happens. Rather than talking with someone who can explain the process, what's involved, and offer some suggestions, he had to deal with someone who knew less than he did! I get frustrated with the situation, but unfortunately I don't see it changing any time soon.
  17. 2 points
    For rechroming, check out this Service and Repair node in the The GolfWorks site. It costs $6 to remove the head from the shaft, and then $20 to $60 a head depending on what you want done to it. Get them rechromed, and find a persimmon headed Wilson Staff driver and 3W with a period bag, and you'd have a nice time-capsule display set. I did this with my McGregor MTs from the 1970s.
  18. 2 points
    Welcome to the site! In a word, yes. There have been some leaps and bounds in shaft technology in the last 10-15 years. Especially in steel shafts. It used to be if you played steel shafts in your irons, you were stuck with shafts that weighed in at ~130g. Now some steel shafts are down around 85g! I wouldn't recommend a shaft that light with your clubhead speed. As for head type, I'd go with something with some more forgiveness, but you can stick with a forged head to achieve this. Clubs that fit this are: Titleist AP2, Tour Edge Exotics CBX Forged (not the new blades), Mizuno JPX-900 Tour, MP-18 MMC, and SC models. There are more, but this is not an all inclusive list. As for your lighter shaft query, I would pair one of the above heads, with the following shafts: KBS Tour 105 or C-Taper Lite, True Temper Dynamic Gold AMT or AMT Tour, or the Nippon GH series. The nice thing about the AMT is the shafts help you launch higher in the longer irons (because they are lighter), and more controlled and lower with the shorter clubs. I recommend seeing a fitter and get properly fit for the launch conditions and spin that you are looking for. Good luck and let us know how it goes.
  19. 2 points
    Jack also wasn't exactly known for his short game.
  20. 2 points
    Anything that's considered a "sand wedge" with more than a 1/2 to 2/3 swing.
  21. 2 points
    If you won the lottery and got $20 million tax-free but they told you the only stipulation was you had to quit your job, would you keep working?
  22. 2 points
    If they're lazy, they don't do the aeration at all. Since they've done it twice in a short time period, I'd guess that there's a specific issue that they're trying to address. In our area, this is prime grass-growing weather, so this is a good time to plant new seed, and a good time for greens to heal. If its me, I'd ask about it, hoping to learn something.
  23. 2 points
    Trump National Golf course. http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/354978-graham-stands-by-claim-trump-shot-a-73-in-golf-game In related news, Kim Jong-Il once shot a 38 under par 34 with 5 holes in one: https://www.thestar.com/sports/golf/2011/12/19/kim_jongil_once_carded_38under_par_at_pyongyang_golf_course.html
  24. 2 points
    7 days from today! Weather forecast... Go Blue!
  25. 1 point
    Is this real? Is he a troll? If not, GOD HELP US ALL Stop the world, I want to get off. Help me...
  26. 1 point
  27. 1 point
    @ANDY_UK Interesting argument, but neither you nor the person that wrote the article has answered my question. If the ball is lost where do you drop? Obviously you don't have any idea where your ball went so how do you equitably drop in a place that does not give you an advantage? It could have hit a tree and gone backwards, it could have taken a horrible bounce and be well right or left of the fairway or green. You don't know so how could you possibly drop anywhere but from where you originally hit your shot? For example you're playing a match, one person hits their ball up against a tree, another person hits their ball, it hits something and goes off never to be seen again. The player who found their ball has to chip out backwards back to the fairway, the player with the lost ball just gets to drop where ever and add a stroke? Technically the player with the lost ball could be in better position after dropping and they both lie 2. Thats just wrong IMHO
  28. 1 point
    Yeah, beginners clubs go through a lot of abuse. Try getting a used set of good clubs. There are quite a few places that have those as well. The thing about the Zevo clubs was their lifetime warranty. I don't know if they still have it, but as a Golfsmith product they were warranted for life. I got shafts replaces and head glued on many times for free. The name brand products like TM or Callaway required shipping back to the manufacturers and could take a couple weeks. Shop around a bit.
  29. 1 point
    @Jack Watson, I think you know as well as I that the USA Today article is garbage in terms of saying pros want to play full tournaments with hickory. In fact, one of the first quotes in the video was, "Wouldn't want to play them from the tees we play nowadays". The the most praise they got was that the person "enjoyed the hit" or that it felt soft, but the soft wasn't necessarily good considering one of the pros likened it to "a bar of soap". In other words, the old equipment is garbage (crap) by comparison. It's the same as if you compared a Ford Pinto to a modern Ford Focus: the Pinto is crap by comparison (though there are a few who have a nostalgic infatuation with the older one). My point is that what you think, "They should have enough pride to actually want to do this," has absolutely no bearing on reality. The pros have nothing to gain from playing this event, besides maybe to blow off some steam as a joke. It certainly wouldn't count towards the FedEx cup and they'd have to devote extra time to practice with equipment that, quite frankly, no longer is relevant or matters anywhere outside of a history museum. I'd be willing to bet $100 that a survey of all pros on tour would show more against such an event than in favor of it. I understand that you very much want to see the event happen, but you should also be able to understand the reasons why such an event would never happen and why a majority of the golfers would be against it.
  30. 1 point
    Last irons Nike made for Tiger. Basically the same as his previous irons and similar to Miura muscle backs.
  31. 1 point
    I'd take that bet, as long as you give the PGA Tour player an adequate amount of time (like a year) to practice with the clubs and get adjusted. This is the flaw in your argument. You can't hand a PGA Tour player whose never played with wooden clubs their entire lives those clubs and expect them to hit them well. But give them time to adjust to them and they will stripe them, too. Today's equipment allows the players to go all out for distance because the ball won't turn as much on mis-hits, but don't think for a second if these guys' livelihoods depended on hitting the ball more accurately at the cost of distance that they can't do it. You're talking about guys who make dime-sized wear marks on their irons. A lot of them still play blades. Guys are swinging the driver in excess of 120mph and consistently off the center of the clubface. If you think the best players in the world today are not as good as the best players of yesteryear, you're either lying to yourself about how good these guys are or you're a sentimental fool.
  32. 1 point
    That part of the vid was annoying too, I would have liked to see him apply the correct technique to a bit more of a 'serious' ball mark than that little dent. - regardless, the concept still applies
  33. 1 point
    I don’t look at tee color to make a decision. I look at yardage. Besides if your keeping handicap it will be adjusted from whatever tees you choose on GHIN
  34. 1 point
    Unless the committee has assigned a marker and stipulated that he is required to keep the official scorecard, there is no rule that specifies who must keep score. If there is no such stipulation then anyone can keep score, but it's still the player's responsibility to ensure that the hole scores are correct before signing the card. For the competitions in which I play, we are required to exchange cards with one of the other members of our group, and that player serves as our marker. The only stipulation is that we may not keep our own card, but most of us do keep our scores on a separate card to check and verify before signing and returning the official card to the committee.
  35. 1 point
    Scotland....on the bucket list. Would love to do a two-week vacation over there and hit Scotland for one week and Ireland for another. Might be too much golf. Wait, did I just say that? Indeed. It's raining down here now but looks clear and beautiful the rest of the week. Should be ideal conditions. Can't wait!
  36. 1 point
    Huh? The Rules here are simple. You can repair a ball mark on the putting green at any point in time. That's pretty simple.
  37. 1 point
    Back in the day that "low riser" or airplane shot was sexy...that's the ball flight all the good, strong players had. If we only knew how inefficient it really was!
  38. 1 point
    Baseball is the greatest thing ever. Lifelong (well, since the age of 3) Yankees fan, and a few years after that discovered there were other tv channels and got into the Mets as well. So, I'm that oddball doing the unthinkable, rooting for both NY teams. My wife and I go down to spring training every year for a week. It's one of my versions of heaven. Love it love it love it.
  39. 1 point
    ditto on that. That is one tip that has benefited me most. I try not to allow the trail elbow get behind the shirt seam and keep the elbow semi-tucked early on. I get the feel of "drawing a line with my elbow". At the same time, I found that in doing so, I had to really work on allowing the elbow to separate from the torso a little (sort of let it float up somewhat). That being said, I recently went back to a more natural, non-contrived, swing, but still keeping trail side from going past the shirt seam.
  40. 1 point
    Funny stuff. My first job out of college was with global company. We were at a Holloween golf outing, complete with costumes, and I was some what of a new hire. I dressed as a doctor. In our group was a middle age lady who dressed as a nurse. Me, being the joker I was at the time jokingly ask her if she wanted to play doctor. Things became really quiet in our group. Long story short, the lady was a very senior vice president in the company who took sexual harrassment vey seriously. We played our golf and went our separate ways with out much conversation. Once back at work, my screw up became quite apparent, as I had a lengthy meeting with HR. Fortunately my golf game was not effected. I also learned one of those important business things they don't teach in college.
  41. 1 point
    Ok, here goes..... 1 - Always tuck in my shirt, a) because it looks good and b) because I have a little bit of belly. 2 - Don't own cargo short, maybe there is hope for me. 3 - I have them, growing up we had a family friend that dressed this way....definite no - no for me 4 - Oakleys, no on this one 5 - Nope 6 - Does Apple watch count? 7 - Not every spring, but I will invest in a new putter every so often - NO 8 - Guilty 9 - Nope 10 - I would love to wear a Payne Stewart outfit, but not ballsy enough to pull it off I dont' think I qualify as a nerd, bucket had aside.
  42. 1 point
    Pretty much all of the grass varieties used on greens in the US are "creepers." The grass will fill in those loose areas pretty quickly, since each little open area is small, leaving relatively short distances for the roots to expand into. If done the wrong way, there might be an inch or more of bare soil, and that's a long way for the roots to fill in.
  43. 1 point
    Same line, but a lower lofted iron. But that means I likely couldn't turn it as much. (perhaps it's an indication I should practice hooded shots) fun shot - getting into trouble just means the chance to try fun shots I'd also accept the following: What, too risky?
  44. 1 point
    In most handicapping systems (excluding the obvious one), scores are entered hole by hole. The system will get the totals right.
  45. 1 point
    Yup. It's also worth mentioning that only the individual scores for each hole matter. As long as they're correct, there is no breach if you write down an incorrect total, even if it's lower than your actual total score.
  46. 1 point
  47. 1 point
    I think the question was regarding this challenge. Even I can score 5 or better on all par 3 holes on my course in a round. But to avoid bogey on all par 5 holes? That’s pretty tough for me.
  48. 1 point
    Par 3's are tougher than par 5's. On some holes you have to hit a good shot of the tee to put par or better in play. If you hit a ball into a hazard you basically are taking stroke and distance if a course doesn't have a drop zone. If you hit a bad drive on a par 5, you can hit it back down the fairway (typically), and have a shot at getting it near the green. Par 5's tend to have less hazards around the green versus par 3's.
  49. 1 point
    Perhaps, but what I am seeing watching the pros is they fix their own ball marks the proper way, very quickly (with quite a bit of twisting motion to it), but when their "repair" an old mark on their line of putt, they just raise the turf above ground and tap it down, i.e. doing it wrong. It's hard to see the first part that I am talking about because a player walking to a green is seldom shown on the broadcast: it's mostly dead air that is normally replaced by either a commercial or some other player on some other hole doing something else.
  50. 1 point
    No the Q Star tour has a urethane cover as does the Z star. In a blind test I doubt you could tell any difference. I tried both and found no difference. The difference between the Q star and Z star should be noticeable on a well struck short shot spin wise. I have access to a Foresight GC2 with HMT (a good launch monitor). I wanted to fit myself to a ball so I bought lots of sleeves of quality balls. From Pro V1's to $30 balls from lots of different manufacturers. What I found is that there is no appreciable difference in distance. My ability to strike the ball consistently overrides the ball by a lot. You can change feel (hard or soft) and spin around the green. The thing people don't seem to get is that it is not that hard to make a ball hit the limit set up by the USGA. No quality ball is consistently longer than another. They can change the spin characteristics by a few hundred RPM but strike can change it by several hundred. If you are a pro and hit it the same every time that few hundred RPM can mean something. But to average joe not so much. My conclusion with ball testing was that I like the spin afforded by a urethane cover around the green and I don't like a really hard ball. I tried different brands of less expensive urethane cover balls and fell on the Z Star. Like I said $29 a dozen all year. I can afford whatever I wanted but there is no value in spending more. I am no expert but my opinion has a little science to it. Good luck!
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