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  1. If you're watching the Players Championship, you know what I am talking about, no relief from a man-made drain around the green, resulting in a bogey. After seeing this, I am now afraid to take relief from any obvious man-made object without breaking the rules. I'd better get creative. Guess that means WE ALL better strive to be better golfers and never need relief.
  2. Just do it. Sell the FW woods and get fitted for both FW woods and Hybrids. After your fitting. The course you play dictates the clubs you use. I used to be a 7.7 handicap before life happened. I am clawing my way back by having only one FW wood and 2 Hyb and no 3 iron. Just do it, it works if you feel it's a better way to play.
  3. To answer your question, simply take either the SC200, SC300, ES12, ES14, or FlightScope Mevo to an indoor facility where you can play or hit your preferred golf balls. Here in San Antonio, TX, that's Golf Galaxy, San Pedro Driving Range, Dave & Busters, certain Dick's and/or Academy Sporting goods, etc (sadly no more XGolf). The Doppler radar systems I mentioned earlier will be able to handle your preferred golf balls indoors. Enjoy!
  4. Impressive! We're the same age. It's a no brainer that I should do that too. I doubt I could afford a personal trainer with the golf fitness knowledge that can work around my schedule. However you're inspiring me to do something, which is way better than the absolute nothing that I am doing now. Baby steps.
  5. Gentlemen Thanks for the discussion. So that rule has not been changed or relaxed. It always felt wrong to me and I always cringe when asked or if I hear someone asking someone else what club they just used. Thanks again.
  6. Good Day Golfers. I don't see a clear explanation on whether it is a penalty to ask a competitor in your group "What club did you hit?" during stroke play. Would I get a 2 stroke penalty for asking? Would he also get a 2 stroke penalty if he told me? What if I peek at his bag to see what club he just hit? Would that be a penalty? Lastly, which version of the 2019 rules clearly explain these scenarios?
  7. Like Vonbonds the fitting showed me that I am longer and more accurate with graphite shafts. I am 47yrs old. So I suggest you get fitted and go in with the mindset that whichever shaft gives you the best result with a controlled effortless 80 to 85% percent full swing, is the one you chose. Just remember to swing it that way when you get on the course or driving range.
  8. DaveP043, Weberd27 and all that are telling me I should be fine. The rules Dave and Weberd posted make me feel much better about it. So now I can save up for some new clubs for 2024 and I have no excuse. Gents, Thanks again. P.S. I checked the conforming database. My Ping i3 are non-conforming.
  9. Yes. I want to play in some Alamo City Golf tournaments this year to get some experience. Then play next year to see how I would place.
  10. Good Day Gents, My best handicap was 7.7 years ago. Now I am a 14.4 because I don't practice like I used to (time constraints and poor fitness). However I still love to play and will play in a tournament when I can. I try my best to follow all USGA rules. However, I play with Ping i3 irons. I can't find them on the conforming list. It bothers me that my clubs wouldn't be allowed in a USGA sanctioned event. Is it silly of me to think this way? Yes I see many others are also playing old non-conforming clubs but that doesn't matter to me. I just don't want to feel like I would be breaking a rule.
  11. The one I have in mind is out of your price range, but I used to buy bargain golf bags. I finally realized how much I ended up spending on the multiple bargain bags as I replaced them nearly every year (I play 50 plus rounds per year). So I bought a Bag Boy Revolver. I LOVE IT! It needs a pull cart or a golf cart but please check it out on YouTube and read web reviews before you decide it is too pricey.
  12. http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B008MAUI1Q/ref=sr_1_1_olp?ie=UTF8&qid;=1432638419&sr;=8-1&keywords;=es12+golf&condition;=used I have an ES12 portable launch monitor. Amazon.com has them at a good price. Much cheaper than a Trackman and yardage readings is within 2 yards of a trackman. It matches the yardages on the GC2 and at TopGolf perfectly (carry distances). Please YouTube the ES12. It is very portable, fits in my golf bag, and you can use it on the golf course during practice rounds. Very quick to just turn it on, toggle to which club you are hitting set it down, hit your shot, and it will show you your carry distance, or speak your distance to you if you take advantage of blue tooth. Good Luck
  13. Dear ScottCarmich, to clarify the intent of my post based on RayG's response, I wanted to show that EVEN THE PROS aren't perfect at all phases of the game, but I knew I had to show the true numbers currently on tour to make that point. I TRULY BELIEVE that golf is a game of misses. http://www.sunriver.com/golf-tips-a-game-of-accurate-misses/ Good Luck
  14. Let's see......... 1. Hit the fairway every time? Tour Avg 60.69% [60% of 14 fairways = approx 8 fairways per round] 2. Hit the green in regulation every time? Tour Avg 65.14% [65% of 18 greens = approx 11 greens per round] 3. Make par every time scrambling? (don't beat me up TST, only working with 3 of the most basic ones here). Tour Avg 58.54% [58% of 7 greens {I am trying to be cute because stat #2 only leaves 7 holes to get up on down on } = 4 pars scrambling per round] Having the skill set to achieve any of the aforementioned stats - priceless. SO If the pro's can't do all 3 all the time, how can the rest of us who earn an income doing something else do it? RayG and Jeremy Boop are both correct. Practice course strategy and don't get emotional about not hitting perfect shots. Be creative, practice a lot, play often, and think your way into a par, or saving par. Case in point. I am sick of getting my butt kick by seniors who can't hit passed 230yards on their drives and make 12 pars per round and score in the 70's 90% of the time. Watch them, get your butt kicked, and learn. They hardly ever play with the $300 plus flashy driver. They play with clubs that won't give them penalty strokes for being 300 yards deep in the crap. BTW Tour Avg drive-287 yds. Driver is used 14 times per round (potentially). Putter is used 36 times per round (potentially). Get fitted for a putter and gain strokes. How many penalties has your putter cost you for lost balls? AGAIN Seniors use a driver that keeps them in the fairway. Just sayin......
  15. Phil Mickelson secrets of the short game instruction. 50 yard shot. The principles are the same for a 100 yard GAP wedge shot. If you hit it too long, then choke down and dial it in. Good Luck
  16. Fellow golf fanatics, 1 month ago, I had a spill on my mountain bike that almost dislocated my left shoulder and gave me a sizeable scrape on my left forearm. Since then, I can't swing a golf club without pain (I have a bad right shoulder too). When I look at my swing now, I realize that it looks like people trying their best but not being able to get to the positions they want because their body is denying them. As I slowly heal, sometimes I feel like a disabled person when I try to get to the full backswing and full extension (very painful) and sometimes I feel like a senior (limited turn to reduce the pain). I thought I had a respect for both disabled folks and seniors (who regularly kick my butt with no penalties and an excellent short game) but now I have a much healthier respect by experiencing a little of what it can be like for both. I am in my 40s and I know how blessed I am that this is temporary compared to everyday life for them and now I look at life much differently.
  17. I've played and reviewed the Wilson Duo and the Bridgestone e7 on TST. As Savvy has stated, the Srixon in the same price range is also a good choice. Your handicap is better than mine so all I will say is that I hit a high trajectory shot into greens for chips, pitches, and approaches. The Wilson Duo has much less roll out on firm greens than the Bridgestone e7. My swing speed is 112-114 and I am happy with the 270ish yards I get with the Wilson Duo and sometimes much more than that. The duo holds the greens better than the e7 on approaches
  18. Playing in hardpan Texas had me spoiled until I played on the east coast. I quickly learned to be more of a picker because of the plush fairways and much taller trees on the east coast.
  19. Yes I am in the 2 club crowd. 56 degree and 8 iron for putt chipping. Interesting poll.
  20. On my push cart using GolfLogix. I use a bicycle mount phone carrier on my push cart. In rainy conditions it is in my pocket in my golf rain gear using GolfLogix.
  21. JP I am happy to add my opinion at this stage of the thread. So far, ALL of the replies you have received have worked for me. BTW when MVMAC speaks, you should listen. Combine MVMACs technique with the Phil Mickelson "secrets of the short game" videos (he is a Pelz student) and you are well on your way. Don't forget to choke up when in between clubs or distances as suggested previously by TEFUNK. I have been using all of these methods to keep me in the single digit handicap. The only tip I will add is from Rory McIllroy. He uses his body turn to keep from hitting his sand wedge between 90-130 yards (unpredictable yardages) . Rory has a consistent body turn speed combined with a consistent width (let's say a 3/4 swing) and now he knows within 5 yards what his sand wedge yardage is. Again, ALL of the tips in this thread before my response has helped me to dial in my short game and approach yardages and improve to a single digit handicap. Good Luck.
  22. Take the clubs you have and get lessons. Let the pro (who's years of experience will help you improve much faster than teaching yourself) help you decide on whether you need a different set of clubs now or later when your swing improves. No need to spend high dollar on new clubs because you get next to nothing in trade in value and the used clubs hit "farther, straighter, and longer". If you don't believe me, then look at the advertisements on the golf clubs that were sold 5 years ago compared to today and then look at the golf club tests from 5 years ago compared to today. Good Luck.
  23. I agree with FourPutt that the whining will reach new levels if Donald Trump (the only guy who can afford to build an artificial turf golf course) actually built one. With the exception of periodic cleaning, the water use will obviously be drastically reduced. Now we won't have to deal with the humidity from watering and from nature as the sun comes up, or will we? I think the heat return from the sun in some locations will make the faint of heart pass out. Let's hope they figure out the drainage and eliminate standing water. Obviously maintenance costs will THEORETICALLY go down after the initial install but replacing entire sections of artificial turf isn't cheap either. I've seen the way people drive golf carts and predict a big issue at the seams and where the turf butts against the cart path. Keep in mind that these are the same people who don't repair divots, pitch marks, or rake the sand, and hang around the green counting scores instead of moving on to the next tee. There would be some expensive growing pains. I've seen many run-down "Putt-Putt" courses. Can you imagine an entire course like that?
  24. Best of luck to you TGB. Maybe you will get that scholarship and eventually turn pro. As for me, I started when I was 34 years old because of an office rivalry. After being spanked, I vowed that I would beat him in a year. He laughed at me. Sure enough, I whooped him 1 year later but "the bug" had bitten me. I play once every weekend as a hobby when the weather permits. I would love to be a tour pro but my golf instructors and the " The Dan Plan - 10,000 Hours to Become a Pro Golfer (Dan McLaughlin) thread right here on this blog site shows me how the odds are stacked WAY WAY WAY against me. Keep in mind, there is a reason why my golf instructors are not tour pros. Hopefully a pro golf instructor will give you more insight.
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