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Everything posted by phillyk

  1. Chambers Bay may never host again, not because of the greens, they roll great now. It’s because it was a terrible venue for spectators. Off the fairway is dune grass that could twist your ankle if you’re not careful. Can’t walk easily in dunes or anywhere around that place. It is a massive piece of land but not built for people watching. Another PNW giant that won’t host a big pro event is Bandon. There’s nothing outside of that tiny town for an hour. Zero resources. Chambers and Bandon are both difficult and big pieces of land but not capable of hosting due to spectator and media necessities.
  2. Are we talking about a brand new person to game of golf deciding whether 18 is in their wheelhouse or whether to stick to 9 holes? Or about someone, normal golfer, paying to play 9 but upgrades or not to play another or the other 9? When I first read the topic, I assumed the first one. But most people are responding in the form of the second one. In response to the first, I’d assume some golfers do not make the leap to full length golf courses from executives (or 9 to 18 holes, either way). Could be location, price, or motivation. I’m sure the PGA has something to predict what perce
  3. During wind storms at my course, I routinely hear trees falling. It’s very scary. I was hitting balls during one wind storm and a 5ft branch landed straight up, a couple inches behind an older lady. Not sure what damage it would have done, but she left after that.
  4. Debate time - Why does the golf ball... - Ian James Poulter | Facebook Debate time - Why does the golf ball travel so far? Is there an easy fix? Let me know your thoughts... Interesting idea to potentially introduce a minimum driver loft. Haven’t heard that one before.
  5. My state association held it virtually and posted to youtube. Then has a link to take the quiz to be certified.
  6. Uh really? There is no provisional in scrambles. If a ball is lost, why on earth would you want to use a guys provisional potentially hitting 4? If I were the ruling body, I'd say that after you hit from the first guys tee shot position, that's it. If you end up finding your ball, you should've looked first, not after, tough luck.
  7. My round yesterday should've been good, but the greens crapped out on me at the end. I was at -3 going into 17 and 18. 17 par 3, I put my 8 iron to 3ft, missed as it took a left hand turn off of an aeration hole that hadn't recovered. Greens were aerified 3 weeks ago at this course, and the greens had been ok most of the day. But poa being poa, things get bumpy at the end of the day as footprints show and stay and growth occurs in different areas. 18, par 5, I was just off the edge of the green in 2. Chip was not the greatest, but had 10ft. Ball bounced right and missed, then my 2ft par put
  8. Preferably, I like to do half and half. Half on range to find priority piece and do several drills. Other half to apply to on course situations. By seeing the on course, it also helps me see where else the student may need help. Many times they say they are fine in one area, when they are not. When on course, we are typically not playing a hole with one ball. We drop about 5 balls or more at each location down the length. Doing half and half at my facility is difficult depending on time of day. So, I find other ways to apply the pieces.
  9. I had a crazy round today. Both great and terrible. 7 birdies, 5 pars, 4 bogies, a double and a triple... yeah... 7 birdies and I couldn’t break par... short game wasn’t good. The double and triple came from toe hooks with the driver. Honestly got scared at the tee and tried and failed to swing easy. I play another round tomorrow at a track I like and typically do well at. Just want to play smart and make more putts.
  10. All greens were replaced just over a year ago. The invitation of am's can be different based on where a pro works. Some pros have contracts with their course that commits them to playing with members that sign up. Another reason for higher handicaps is the team game, which is either 1G/1N or 2N, so having a high handicap do well on one or two holes can make a big difference in the team game. I don't have a commitment with my course and the max handicap I have brought is 20. It can be tough, but I keep them moving as I can. Last year, there were rules in place to keep pace, but becau
  11. The amateurs I bring could be from anywhere and it's the same price. Chambers Bay pro am and the high end clubs fill up very fast when we are filling out our sign up allocations. It's definitely a great price! My legs were sore yesterday. I don't walk when I play as much as I should. The reason for the switch to poa was because the poa will invade and take over any grass here in Western WA unless you have the money and time to spray particularly against it or pick the grass out. This was the cause for concern at the US Open. The greens were mostly fescue with many patches of poa
  12. Lake Padden pro am was in the middle of my funk and I gave up on 18. It was a rough day. Chambers Bay greens, now that they’re poa, acted like poa. We played in afternoon/evening so footprints were everywhere and it was a little bumpy. Mornings, I’d bet they’d be pure. Stimp around 10. Yes, pros can have a handicap. I’m not sure how many of them keep it legitimately. As in only tournament scores get posted, auto from golf genius. The net is nice to have but most try for gross. Just a way to pay out more people. The events range from $60-$100, depending on the type of course.
  13. Played Chambers Bay in a pro am today from the Sand tees. Shot -5, 67. 3 putted my last hole too because I knew what I needed to do to tie for the lead for pros and I babied it. Full swing, honestly, didn’t feel quite there today. I made a lot of good putts though. Driver was mediocre, irons were good, wedges were off. Definitely pleased about the score. Will work to keep it going!
  14. Been sticking to this feel and it has been working well! All clubs have been working well. Need to dial in a few things (how much specific draw I need to play for) but definitely feeling a lot more positive about the swing. Putting outside of 10ft is a different story. Not sure what to do about it yet.
  15. Today already looks tough. 15mph winds and greens look really quick and firmer. We may still see a +8 winner
  16. He's been off by such a tiny amount on fairways missed. Makes a huge difference though. Hopefully tomorrow, he gets that extra yard to hit more FW.
  17. Honestly, I think it was a pretty severe breach of etiquette. It was petty and he had given up. I do like his general personality. That stunt though was annoying.
  18. Wow, nice s***k by Wu there..... ouch... couldn't imagine that
  19. When the first thing you take out of rental car at the hotel on vacation is the golf clubs
  20. Started to create a feel for a better A4 area movement. I think I have one and this swing was from early on today. I think it got a little better as the day went on. What was interesting and nice is that if I didn’t get the proper turn around impact, I hit a hook. Forced me to make sure everything is going. I definitely hit a lot of good shots. We’ll see how it goes/grows.
  21. Work in progress. Once I feel more comfortable with my current thoughts, I’ll go back to working on A4 area. Getting it right will ideally reinforce my feels around impact.
  22. I’m rooting for JT or Xander. I’m a little curious about Bryson, I think it’s a MC if he plays his usual aggressive plan.
  23. I have no idea what came first, but I'd assume holing a bunker shot. My short game as a kid was pretty good. However, I definitely have made more eagles than hole outs, overall.
  24. How's the battery? I noticed that when the battery was low, the numbers became off.
  25. I joined in. Had a roster already set up so was able to start collecting points in the league.
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