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Archie Bunker

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  1. If he can still make the cut, he deserves to play.
  2. The raised lettering suggests that this is a cast club, so certainly not old or collectable. Older iron clubs were all forged, with markings stamped into them.
  3. Check the trade-in value at the PGA store guide and maybe 2nd Swing. More often than not you will be disappointed, but once in awhile you can be surprised.
  4. I have quite a few vintage persimmon and laminate woods from the 60's, 70's and 80's. MacGreagor Eye-O-Matic, Titleist, Wilson Staff, Joe Powell, Toney Penna and others. Many of these have never been hit. Although you might take a set out on occasion to experience the game of days gone by, you can always appreciate the wonderful hand-made looks and craftsmanship of these classics. They don't seem to be in big demand here in the states, but I'd love to move these beauties along to the next collector at a more than reasonable price. They certainly don't deserve to head to the local Goodwill store.
  5. I've hit the Cobra SL irons at a demo day and thought they were pretty good. Now that the F9's are out, the F8's are being discounted at around half price. Time to buy a set and give them a run. One nice feature of single-length irons that nobody seems to mention: If you have graphite shafts, the necks won't get chipped up from bag chatter. Heads will be hitting heads instead of shafts. If you own a set of graphite shaft irons, you'll know what I mean.
  6. I think a lot of the "villains" today are made through all the available social media and general media exposure. There were plenty of "villains" from years ago that had it much easier. When he wasn't on camera, Lee Trevino could really make you hate him. Same goes with other guys, including Fred Couples, Tommy Bolt and Ben Hogan. Hogan was seen as pretty cold, aloof and mean. If he were playing today, he would probably be golf villain #1.
  7. Had to be the most boring final day event of the year. Slower than slow. NBC must have been disappointed to see what the final pairings were today. I would guess viewership was way down in the USA. Probably did well in Denmark, though.😉
  8. John Daly tried to reach that green several years ago at the Palmer tournament. Took an 18 on that hole.
  9. Long, long ago, when I was a kid, my buddies and I each had a hole or two with flagsticks in our back yards, Then we would play to each other's yards for a little competition. One hole required you to clear a neighbor's yard who wasn't in the game whatsoever. Maybe a 100 yard shot to carry the fence. Crazy but interesting. The videos posted above are pretty amazing!
  10. If you can do it - spend winter in Florida and become a Florida resident. No state taxes.Golf up north at your "second" home during the Summer. You can get some pretty good deals in Florida, even in the winter, due to the number of courses. There are 666 holes in The Villages (1 hour north of Orlando) and you can play the executives for "free" if you don't mind all the old folks playing them for "free". Not bad, and usually in pretty decent shape. The championship courses are ok, but somewhat boringly similar. Bring your own golf cart and play these for $50 during the winter. I prefer to go "off campus" and play more interesting layouts, which are usually much less expensive. If you can stand the summer heat, Florida courses are a real bargain.
  11. 😉How about just one big hole for the front nine? Par 20, 3600 yards long. Imagine this on your home course. You tee off on #1, and keep going until you get to putt for the first time on the 9th green. No cutting over fairways; you have to follow the layout of the existing 9. Crazy idea, but something to think about over the winter. It sure would be a lot cheaper to maintain. Without 8 greens of putting, play should move along pretty quickly. (Sorry to get a bit off topic, but I didn't want to start a new one)😉
  12. If you wear glasses or sunglasses on the course, you may prefer the LaserLink rangefinder. You don't need to put your eye up against the eyepiece, Hold it several inches away, aim the red dot and release the trigger. Works for me.
  13. Getting old adds mystery to the game. I'm 67, yet when looking at a video of my swing, it looks pretty much the same as when I was in my 20's. I find it hard to accept that my drives just aren't going as far these days. With the amount of rain we've been getting lately, roll is non-existant and it gets frustrating. I hate to move up to forward tees to compensate, but that's probably what lies in my future. One suggestion I could give you is to look into a tricked-up driver. I demoed the XXIO Gold driver (Cleveland/Srixon) some time ago and was quite impressed. Pricey, but designed for seniors. Lightweight, with a whippy low-kickpoint shaft. You might miss a few more fairways with something like this, but you will hit it farther.
  14. It sure is. Mother nature can make any golf course that isn't maintained go "wild" in a years' time. Expensive to keep a golf course looking like a golf course.
  15. Many years ago, I played a course called Cutter Sound outside of Stuart, Florida that was designed by Gary Player. Loved the design, but the developer eventually went bankrupt and the course was abandoned for a couple of years. Another developer took over and had Chi Chi Rodriguez come in and re-design the course. Chi Chi took the back nine and reversed most of the holes. That's right - you teed off where the greens used to be and you played to a green where the tees were. No modification to the land, so it was very, very weird to play this familiar course "backwards". But a lot of fun! Imagine your home course if you had to play it "backwards". Kind of interesting!
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