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  1. Gary Player 3 Masters, 1 U.S. Open, and 2 PGAs Tony Jacklin 1970 U.S. Open Tommy Armour 1927 U.S. Open?
  2. Are you talking about 2018 and 2002? The strength of field argument is a better one than the whole scoring, Tiger-proofing, technology argument. IMHO Tiger would have kicked the shit out of everyone in his prime, if everyone was required to use wooden woods and balata golf balls. Or even if he would've happened to stick to persimmon woods longer. There goes the technology argument. Tiger-proofing is Technology Proofing, null, Scoring, nice take, no, scoring hasn't changed that much. The greens were a helluva a lot slower is Nicklaus's prime, and I mean turf-management was trash back in the late 1960s and early '70s. Augusta always looked great because in a lot of ways they were ahead of the curve. But that isn't even the point. Jack didn't even really have "elite" level competition until the late '70s. I mean seriously you might as well call his win at the '71 PGA, the Who Are You Championship, the first "real major" I think Jack had a decent field in was the 1975 Masters, and even that was that was 20 decent players and 25 or 30 mid-level to lower-level pros who made the cut. Tiger won his first Masters over basically has-beens and who's this guy (if you look at the top-ten) Tom Kite finished 2nd and everyone else I'd never even heard of on TV before the '97 Masters. Hell, all four majors of the Tiger Slam, had better fields than all 18 of Jack's majors combined. Yes, the OWGR didn't make it's debut until 1986 so it is hard to say what the fields were like with statistical evidence, unless well we can try to do it retroactively, but I don't know how we'd be able to do that. Needless to say. Let x= Average Strength Of Field of Jack Nicklaus's major championships Let y= Average Strength Of Field of Tiger's major championships 15y > 18x everyday of the week. If 15y > 18x, then 15/81 > 18/73 Tiger is the GOAT... based on the facts given.
  3. Hello again, I haven't written one of these blogs in a long while. I haven't really been on the site for a long while. I had been practicing and posting every day for 405 days, That streak came to an end on May 10, 2018, when I went into the hospital. The last 11 months I have been going through things outside of golf, that are more important for my growth as a human being. Golf is my getaway, my therapy, my distraction, and my hobby. I love the game, it sometimes doesn't love me back when I'm playing it. Whether I'm hitting a 9-iron at the second that checks up too soon or I lip out that 4-footer on 18 for a 71, Golf is hard (R). I've decided that I really don't care that it's hard, I've decided that I just want to go out and relax and have fun playing the game. In the city championship last Labor Day weekend, I made the flight finals for the first time. I've played in that tournament every year since 2010, I lost 7 & 5 (ironically I played the same guy in the finals this year as I did in my first ever match), 2011 4 & 3, 2012 I was really sick Sunday and had to W/D, 2013, I lost 1 up, 2014 I lost 2 & 1 2015 I finally won a match 3 & 2 (It helped that I was out-driving my opponent by 70 yards), then lost 7 and 5, 2016 I lost 1 up, 2017 I made the semis and lost 3 and 2, Last year I hilariously won the 12th hole of my first match with a triple-bogey 8, to go 1 up in the match. Whilst laughing about it on the way to the 13th. I proceeded to play the next three holes, par, par, birdie to win 4 & 3. In the semifinals, I was 1 down after 6, (I started terribly was something like 4 over through 6 medal), I chipped in for birdie at 7, made par at 8, made birdie at 9 after hitting a terrible drive (I knocked the third shot to 4 feet), made bogey at 10, nearly made 1 at 11 (ended up making 3 I missed a 5 footer that was already conceded), and birdied 12. I went from 1 down, to 5 up in 6 holes, I put the match away with a par on 13 and won 6 & 5. (yes I won 10 with a bogey, my opponent had trouble with the right side trees, the only reason I made 6 was I took 3 to get down from 5 feet off the front of the green) I played the last 7 holes in 2-under and didn't even know I was playing that well until someone told me after my match ended. I was playing well but got tanked in the final 7 & 6. I did not play badly. I won just 2 holes, the 2nd and the 11th, however, that being said, I was losing holes to pars and birdies, I made only one double-bogey and that was on the 7th which is a par-3 (It was a good 5 too, I pushed a 7-iron into Fall Creek which is Oscar Bravo, and made 3 with the second ball, nearly holing a 15-footer to halve the hole. I think he shot 1 or 2 over, I shot 8 or 9 over and we halved #9 with birdies, which was a funny exchange, because he chipped in from just short of the green and I holed about a 30-footer on top of him. It was very different finishing second in my flight instead of last or T-3 twice. Going into the tournament, I decided that I was going to go out and just have fun, and whatever happened so be it. Over the winter I didn't do much practicing, as a matter of fact, very little. If you've seen my signature, I have different clubs in play right now but still have my Exotics bag. Actually might actually switch to Maltby from GolfWorks for the time being. I don't necessarily need the best and greatest new clubs. Becky and I separated for 5 months between October and March and we have since reconciled. Without getting to personal, one of our goals we came up with, was to try to do a hobby together. She tried golf a couple times with me, (she actually witnessed me birdie both par-fives on the front which I seldom do), but we decided we were going to either bowl or try disc golf. Come to find out disc golf is very inexpensive to get started in. I'm still trying to figure out the rules, but I'll get it. It's fun, it takes less time than real golf and is just as tricky. I was talking to one of our regulars at the golf course about it just yesterday, we're making predictions on which one I break par in first, disc golf or traditional golf. I've played 9 holes twice this year so far. The first time out I really didn't putt so I couldn't count it, but I estimate, I shot probably 39 or 40 on the front (or white tees, Newman is 9 holes with 2 sets of tees). Yesterday I shot 38, with one of the scratch players playing skins and they we're surprised. I didn't make any birdies but my par with a half-whack on 18 was good enough for $15, and my scratch partner and I cleaned up in the side match too. for my two bogeys, I lipped out on 11 after a decent bunker shot, and I was short sided and laid-up my chip to 15 feet on 14, and singed the edge, the rest we're all pars. I covered his double on 10 and his bogey on 18 (he birdied 12, 14, and 17 to shoot 36) so we were 3-under as a best ball team. I'm playing well, I have a very simple pre-shot routine with one swing-thought, right foot, left foot. My balance is a lot better, I actually finally figured out where the "balls of the feet" are. The step-through is now gone, my balance is back, and hopefully with any luck at all, I might get down into the 4.x by the end of the season, it'll be difficult, but I think with my new approach I can do it. I'll give you guys an update this time in May on how my game is doing to see if I've improved. For those of you who are wondering, Alina shot 49 for 9 holes last week (She's 5 1/2). She went with me and I really didn't play, She did. Mike told me. "Be careful, out there" She striped he drive from the actual ladies tee on #1 over the bunker, (She carries it about 125 yards now, and she is deadly with her hybrid (She has one of those now as she outgrew her other set). I played a little (I only brought a few clubs to pitch, chip and putt with so I had my 9-iron, wedges and putter with me. She actually beat me on #7, She made par and I made bogey and I didn't let her win the hole I legitimately did make bogey. When she parred 7, I knew she had a shot to break 50. This group of ladies was behind Alina and I, and they usually would be a little snotty about a twosome in front playing slow (we weren't Alina plays nine in 1:45). Saw Alina, par the 7th. To par she was +10 through 7. (She made 9 on #1) She piped a drive and hit 2 hybrids on the green at #8 and almost made par, tapped in for bogey, She hit a perfect drive on 9 and I let Alina make this decision herself, she grabbed her driver for her second shot (She got it just short of 250 out, off a 140 yard bullet), I think she thought she needed birdie to break 50, but she only needed a 7 (I don't tell Alina her cumulative scores, I tell her at the end) She topped one down there about 50 yards just short of 200, she then hits hybrid, hybrid on the front of the green (pin was all the way back) And three-putted for double... But that was all she needed for her first sub-50 9-holes. One of the ladies behind us, came up and asked me what she'd shot, I said "49 and she started with a 9." Alina plays the par-3s well at Newman from the ladies tees mainly because, well, it's just a driver for her. I talked to a local pro recently about maybe getting her a fuller set, and he advised against it for now, as her game develops and when she gets older then we can revisit that then. Not bad for a kid that plays 3 or 4 9-hole rounds a year at this point. But asks me to go hit golf balls all the time. She stripes it and I mean stripes it.
  4. I get your point. And your statistical data backs it up. I don't hit it 300 yards on average at all I usually will absolutely nut one about 320 or so once or twice a year... My 4 out of 5 times drive is 265 yards (I am longer than last season because I have a longer shafted driver and I'm hitting it closer to the center). @AltGolfer you're saying that a 6.7 Handicap Index... (I gotta update that when I grab my GHIN card next week). Can't average in effect 30 yards more than the mean for my handicap? The best players on the planet on the PGA Tour average about 290 yards on measured drives, Rory Mcllroy led the Tour last year at 319.7 yards. Explain that one too me. I get your point that 20-30 Handicaps shouldn't be boasting they average 250 or 275 yards or whatever, When they may hit 200 yards. But a 25 handicap might legitimately average say 225 yards, they may have difficulty with direction, but they can hit it 225 yards 8/10 times, It might be 40 yards offline, but the ball is 225 yards from where it originated from. I agree with you to a point, internet driving distances are greatly exaggerated. But I can tell you, there are 3 members on this forum that witnessed me hitting 7-iron second shots into 2 separate par-5s. (Yes they were both downhill). I don't even consider myself a long hitter, I'm average, I could probably hit it further, but my body won't let me.
  5. I'm mostly doing it for two reasons: 1) I'm walking more this year, so carrying the bag is easier and, 2) I wanted to test my imagination a little bit. I'm like some of the 76-82 golfers at my home course, I'm trying to find the way to eliminate 3 or 4 strokes to get down to around par. 2 of those strokes are usually topped 4W second shots on the 2 par-5s I'll try to reach in two, and the other 2 are at the long par-three 16th (I finally have a 2 clubs, I'm comfortable hitting into, it's actually a stock 5-iron, I haven't hit a 5-iron 200 yards in years (It does have the loft of my blade 3-iron from last year). Not a lot of long par-4s at Newman, just in reality the 18th which is 450 yards (I hit Driver, 7-iron in there yesterday, I hit Driver, hybrid or Driver, 4-iron most of last year) Basically I don"t need 14 clubs at my home course, I'm never in dire need of a 3-wood to reach a par-five in two, If I can't get on I just hit the 5-wood up by the green and try to make 4 with my short game. (Except on the 10th where I've stopped hitting driver of the tee all together, because even after piping one 260 or so, the darker shade of the penalty area crossing at 60 yards short of the front of the green is just too dark to hit even a 3-wood if I had it in the bag, so I hit 4-iron off the tee instead). I, at some point want to do a 3-club tournament. You're correct, @billchao 12 clubs is just a choice for me right now. As stated above I will visit adding a wedge or maybe swapping for a 54° and 58°, and adding a hybrid on the other end. I shot 38 yesterday without really struggling to make pars, I missed a couple greens on the wrong side, but made sure I had a par putt on every hole.
  6. I actually have never had a use for a 60° @billchao. I don't just "chip" with one club though. I chip with different clubs depending on lie. As for the 3-wood it's more or less, meh. I more or less play used a 4-wood when I played 14 clubs. I can crank my current 5-wood down to 4-wood loft if need be. I've always been a Driver, single fairway wood guy for the most part.
  7. I see: "The Rules allow Fourteen Clubs: so why not use all 14?" argument and it is a valid one. Golfers who play on a regular basis, who are serious about the game should probably carry and use 14 clubs. All of those have rebutted that you should always carry 14 clubs. My situation is different than what is normal. So I guess I'll have to tell this as a story. Growing up as a 10 and 11 year old starting golf, I never had 14 clubs. When I first started I had a 3, 4, 6, 8, 9 iron and a wedge (I assume it was a PW because it just said wedge) My mom paid $1.00 a piece for them at the Thrift Store. I didn't even have a putter until later on. (Because well the store didn't have one). The clubs were mismatched were heavy and I could barely get the ball off the ground. I learned how to get around the course with a 6-iron, 8-iron, 9-iron, wedge, and putter. My first driver was a Wilson Sam Snead Blue Ridge model (which was also $1.00 at Goodwill). My first matched set was a set of ladies Northwestern Pro-Bilt Plus clubs. That was the closest I got to 14 clubs as a kid. I later got a Sand wedge when I got my next "boxed set". We didn't have the kind of money, to get me custom fit clubs. My first set of 14 clubs that we're actually fit for me were my Tour Edge EXI irons and EX9 woods and hybrids. In so many words, I'm glad that greens fees were $6 or $7 for 9 holes when I was 12 or 13 years old. otherwise this now 32 year old would have never taken up the game.
  8. 24 April 2019 Day One: Did some work gathering distances for all 11 of my full swing clubs, basically took distances by hitting 20 shots with each club, took out the worst 2 and best 2, and averaged from there. I felt I needed to do this mainly because I went from blades to SGI irons this year.
  9. In short, more or less I'm trying to say, I'm playing with clubs I feel comfortable hitting 80% of the time. Could I play with 14 clubs? Absolutely. But would I feel comfortable with say a 60° wedge and a 3-wood or hybrid? Probably not. Follow-up question: Do you guys think those who are struggling to break 100 or 90 could benefit from playing with less clubs? The reason I bring this up is: it seems mid- to high-handicappers seem to have clubs in their bags that they are uncomfortable hitting. I see some of the thinking is you have to hit these uncomfortable shots to get better. (Which isn't true)
  10. It's one of those deals where the yardage doesn't effect which wedge I use. So yes you could call me an old-school feel player. For instance from 100 yards for some that might just be a smooth full-swing 56° SW right. Some players with slower speeds might hit PW, or 9i. On any given day it really would depend. I don't usually try to "force" a sand wedge. 75% of the time believe it or not I hit like an 8:30-9 PW. 20% I'll hit a GW, the other 5% could mean it's really windy. If I have nothing in front of me (i.e bunkers, penalty area, trees, etc.) I may even chip a 7 or 8 iron (actually if its rock hard I usually go that route due to the sooner I get it on the ground the better.)
  11. As a lot of you may or may not know I sometimes switch clubs a little too often. (My blades were really heavy got almost no distance like 140 yards with a 7i :P) I still have my Exotics set but I have went to something a little more user-friendly. I picked up a set made up of the following: Ping G Driver with Alta Stiff shaft 10.5 degree Ping G 5-wood with same shaft 17.5 degree (set at 18.5) Taylormade M6 irons (4-PW, AW) Cleveland CBX 56 degree wedge Odyssey Strokelab V-line 35" I am not sure if this is the right forum for this, however, I'll put it here and it can be moved if need be. My thought is I'm getting in my own head too much, especially when it comes to hitting shots around the green. Previously, when I got inside the 30-yard zone and have to hit a pitch shot, I'd be like "Oh, crap, what club do I use?" Now I feel it is more like "Okay, 56-degree to what feels like here, and accelerate to here." On the other end of the spectrum, it makes par-5s much simpler. I have one club that meets the distance gradient (5-wood) that I feel that I can always advance the ball safely with. Have I completely lost my mind? Or is simplifying my game, at least equipment-wise sound like a good idea?
  12. @MrFreeze I am assuming that you are considering the club marked "W" in your case an iron. 5 wedges is overkill in my opinion especially for a bogey golfer. Regardless of what Dave Pelz preaches. It's probably not that much of an issue, however I have heard of a D/5W, 4/5H, 6-W, GW, SW, LW, XW, Putter Set-up. If you're counting the PW as an iron I only carry 2 wedges, a 49-degree GW, and a 56-degree SW.
  13. How much money are we talking? I believe if we had a sense of what your budget was we could help you a little better. I'd say get as new of irons as your budget allows.
  14. I think it's harder to complete the career slam the first time than it would be for one who was able to do it multiple times. That's why only 5 men have done it. Nicklaus and Woods have each done it 3 times over. Which I believe may have been a little easier for them than say Phil needing a U.S. Open, Rory needing a Masters. Rory will add a green jacket to his majors to complete the career slam. He just needs the learn the patience and GamePlanning Tiger just had when he won this Masters. Others I believe will get a career slam: Jordan Spieth (I'm surprised he hasn't done it yet, he just needs the PGA) Brooks Koepka: (he'll have to learn to lower his ball flight to win the Open Championship) Justin Thomas: (the guy has too much game)
  15. So 185 yards with a 21.5° 4-iron. Trying for 220 ish without a hook... Hmmmm. If your getting 200 out of your Apex 3-hybrid. Here's my opinion. What about a strong hybrid? I'm a little biased but I played the Tour Edge CBX hybrid last year and it is a left-less hybrid. Your miss of a hook with 3w would be alleviated with a 16° or 17° hybrid that goes about 215-220. Hope that helps, another option if you can find one, is one of the older Nickent strong lofted models. Perhaps a 3DX or 4DX hybrid with 14° or 15.5° could be the ticket. If it's a driving iron you'd replace your 3-wood with, the Srixon U85 is a very good choice. If you're going to grab the 2-iron you might as well grab the match 3-iron as well. Hope this helps.
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