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  1. How to Play Through Another Group

    I'm all for "assuming the sale" but couldn't you have accomplished the same thing by asking them to play through?
  2. I was fortunate enough to play Pebble for a work trip last September. And although my company covered the expense, I was responsible for the logistics, so I got pretty familiar with the current requirements to book. To book an advance foursome at Pebble, the current requirement is actually Two rooms/Two nights at one of the Pebble properties. The verbiage in the link that @Wally Fairway provided is a bit confusing because implies that a single 2 night stay will allow you to book a reservation for Pebble. While that is true, it only allows you to book for the two golfers who will be staying in the room. To reserve a foursome, my company had to pony up for two rooms/two nights. And since the baseline rooms at the Lodge or the Inn start at $800/night plus tax, you are going to be looking at close to $3,500 all in before you account for meals and golf. Long story short, there is no way a foursome is getting onto Pebble for less than $6,000. Furthermore, based on the link above, it sounds like Pebble might have started requiring a 3 night stay for weekend play during certain high season times. Unreal. And you would be exactly right! Despite the exorbitant cost I outlined above, when I called in June to reserve rooms and make a tee time, I was given 3 tee time options to choose from. 7:20am, 10am and 2pm. Almost three months in advance and everything else was booked solid. I snapped up the 10am time without a second thought. That said, my understanding is that there are a lot of 2-some bookings at Pebble. So if you want to avoid the minimum stay requirement and you don't mind rolling the dice, you can always show up on the morning of and put yourself on the list. If you arrive early as a single, you are fairly likely to get paired into a group. And as a 2-some, you still have a decent chance. To the original question, I would say the Pebble experience is definitely worth the $600. The ocean contours make every hole so unique and memorable that it's one of the few courses that I can recall almost every shot I made several months later. Watching the AT&T this year was so much more fun and every hole looked just it did in my memory (probably the only course I can say that about).
  3. Are Golfers Better on Faster or Slower Greens?

    Given the choice between two extremes, I'd take the faster putting surface. That said, there are definitely challenges that are unique to fast greens. And particularly if you happen to be playing a course with a lot of slopes or ridges, they can make putting nightmarish on any given day. I would say that some of my worst putting rounds have come on very fast greens, but so have some of my better putting rounds. On the other hand, when I play slow green, I feel like my putting is consistently poor. Ideally, I would love to play all my golf in that middle "sweet spot," with stimps of 9-11.
  4. Football category dumbfounds Jeopardy contestants

    In fairness, while the questions seemed really easy to anyone with a passing interest in football, they did require at least a baseline understanding of game. The only question I'm really surprised that no one got was the Tom Landry question. I see Tom Landry and Vince Lombardi as iconic figures that transcend into the "general knowledge & pop culture arena." The fact that none of them had any idea who Landry was is pretty surprising.
  5. Golf's Mental Game Aspect

    Yes, I agree. Dustin Johnson, again, could be drunk, stoned, pissed off, and distracted as heck and he'd still kick the asses of almost everyone on this site… because his physical skills are so far above and beyond. You don't get to ignore or take for granted the physical. That comes with you. I don't think anyone posting here would disagree with these comments, so it seems like you are arguing against a point that nobody is trying to make. Of course a golfers skillset and physical abilities are by the far the most important factor, hands down no question. A guy with a scoring range of 76-85 (me) will never beat a guy with a range of 60-72 (DJ or comparable tour pro) no matter how "dialed in" I am on that day. Again, I don't think you will get any argument here. What is interesting to me, and how I define mental game is on what side of my scoring range will my most important rounds (tournaments, big matches, etc) tend to fall. To the extent that they finish on the lower end of my possible range, it means I am playing to the best of my capabilities and handling pressure well. Good mental game. To the extent to that they finish on the higher end of that range on a consistent basis, my mental game needs work. Especially if some of those higher scores are caused by "throwaway" shots (yipped 3 foot putts, bladed chips, etc. that rarely occur in my casual rounds. And again, there are now 3 posters on here (two scratch included) who are supposedly outliers because of some high pressure lapses. I really think it is more common than you are giving it credit for and those that haven't battled it at some time or another are far more rare than those who have.
  6. Golf's Mental Game Aspect

    Right, my use of the 50% was my admittedly lazy way of saying that the mental game is a huge difference maker among elite golfers (guys who already have PGA tour caliber swings). In terms of contribution to the overall score, I think the 5% assessment is fairly accurate. But to my mind, that is a pretty big deal! Take someone like me, with a typical scoring range of 76-85. With a lousy mental game, and a few "chokes" in a pressure round, I'm likely to have most of my tournament rounds in the low-mid 80's, the higher end of that range. Take the same golfer with a better mental game, and those tournament rounds start to trend to the high 70's most of the time. And to me, that's the most important distinction of a good mental game. It's not positive thinking will magically put Bobby Jones' mechanics in my body somehow. But rather, that I (or anyone) will shoot more closely to the lower end of their range of scores when the round matters the most. Most of us on this site have worked on our games for years, and know the excruciating difficulty of improving our skills to the point that we drop 1 stroke, let alone 3-4. If we can agree that 3-4 strokes is the difference between someone who performs well under pressure and someone who doesn't (given identical physical abilities), then I assume there be a consensus that the mental game is pretty darn important. There is probably some truth to this, and I am really hoping that you are right. Time to work on my short game a bit more.
  7. Golf's Mental Game Aspect

    Erik, I've thought for awhile now that you are quite a ways off base on the importance of the mental game. In part because it's not something that's really quantifiable. And in part because it's not something that you have ever personally struggled with. And that's a great problem to have, but it kind of makes you out of touch with a good portion of the golfing population who have experienced significant confidence/mental issues at some point in their competitive career. I would argue that you are far more of an outlier that @Dean Walker is. It's funny because I was reading his post about feeling absolute terror over a basic chip shot and nodding to myself silently in my head. I had a similar feeling during my first competitive round of 2018, blading 3 basic chip shots across the green in comical fashion on a single hole. I probably hadn't bladed a single chip in the preceding 5 rounds, but the pressure got to me, I couldn't reset myself and my chipping snowballed from there. By the turn, I was basically terrified of leaving myself a short game shot and I took to putting everything I could within 10 yards of the green. I am not a great short game player, but if you watched my casual rounds or my practice, you would think I was at least adequate. But under the pressure of competition, I fell apart in a way that I never have in a casual round. I think it's telling that you are getting the most pushback on this topic from low handicap golfers who have competed frequently. To me, the term "mental game" doesn't even really exist in a casual round. Sure, there are things like course management, club selection, not compounding mistakes, etc. But those are fairly minor and I would tend to agree with you (I think) that they have little impact on your overall score. But the ability to adopt (or even just be born with) a mindset that allows you to play confident golf regardless of the stakes or the importance of the round is significant. And as you get to the upper levels of the game, I suspect that it's value becomes even more pronounced. I believe there are guys out there with PGA tour swings who will never make it that far because they cannot play their best golf when the stakes are highest. For those guys, the mental game might be as high as 50%. I think the gap in perception comes from the fact that if you haven't experienced some of the feelings outlined in earlier posts, there is really no way to understand how real they can be. For those of us who have, they almost cannot be understated.
  8. Your approach to a shot like this totally depends on the type of course you are playing. Here in Southern California, a lot of our grass is kikiyu, which is not nearly as friendly to "bump and run" type plays as the harder links style courses in Europe. The grass is softer, hairier and has a greater tendency to "grab" or kick balls off line. Most of the time, I'll play my pitches or chips to land on the green, even if I have to flight the ball a bit higher. Which of course, works better with a premium ball. That being said, I do agree with your general premise. The impact of the ball on most amateurs' final scores is minimal at best. A good ball striking day with a Pinnacle is going to be much better than a mediocre day with a Pro-V. I really don't think the ROI is there for amateur golfers to spend $40+ on a dozen golf balls, but hey, who am I to tell people how to spend their money?
  9. The (No) Sixes Challenge

    I achieved this in our men's club tournament this weekend. I had 3 birdies, all of which came on par 5's and no doubles on any other holes. Even with a relatively solid / penalty-free round, I still had to make two 5-6 footers to salvage 5's, including one on the last hole of the day. It's a tough challenge - for all of us except the super lower handicappers, we hit enough loose shots in a given round that it's relatively easy for a single hole to go off the rails. Final score on the round was a 76. 3 birdies, 7 bogeys, 8 pars.
  10. My glass ceiling is more handicap related than individual score related. I have been fortunate to shoot a 2-under par 70 once in my lifetime - and if I die with that being my all time low round, then I am perfectly content with that. But I would really love to get the consistency in my game going to the point that mid-70's rounds become an expectation rather than an aberration. Right now, I just don't have any consistency round to round, so I'd say my glass ceiling is a low single digit handicap. Earlier this year, I got as low as 5.1, but I wouldn't even sniff that right now.
  11. Palm Springs in January

    Dave, appreciate the tag and I hope you are doing well. It sounds like it may be a moot point, but I'm unavailable the week of the 13-19th. Enjoy your trip and I'll be rooting for some great weather for you guys. Are you planning to play Silver Rock again this year? I am actually playing there on January 2nd.
  12. Your Final 10 Rounds

    I drove by Fountaingrove yesterday and despite being in the midst of severe devastation, the course looked relatively unscathed. Were any holes affected or is the course still open and playable? It was a pretty amazing sight to see street after street of homes burned to the ground - And sitting right there in the middle of it all was a lush beautiful golf course that looked to be in pristine shape.
  13. El Dorado is my home course. So I'm biased, but I think it's a great track for an outing. But December is shot for me. I'll be up in Northern California on a family trip the weekend of the 9th. The following weekend will be our men's club Xmas tournament (at El Dorado, no less). Then we are traveling to Chicago for the holidays. I'm sorry I won't be around to host you guys. But if it doesn't end up happening and you want to push an El Do outing into next year, I would be glad to coordinate.
  14. I don't know. Much like the NFL has the license to decide which hits are deserving of a fine and which ones are not, I think the PGA could adopt similar discretion in the application of their fines. It's pretty black and white in the Stenson example above. In the Kokrak example, I could see him getting away with just a warning. But I think if you really want to put an end to this stuff, you have to punish the most egregious examples the moment they happen.
  15. Congrats to all the participants on another hard fought competition. I haven't been around here much lately, but I enjoyed checking back periodically to hear about the results. As someone who has been on the receiving end of the @iacas patented "reverse jinx," it was good to see him work his magic again in post #222. It was a flashback to 2015, when Erik all but conceded the Newport Cup to the red team deep into the back 9, only to see blue mount a furious comeback late comeback and rally for a tie.
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