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phan52 last won the day on November 25 2017

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  1. phan52

    Failure To Include an Unknown Penalty

    My biggest pet peeve at my club is players participating in competition and not knowing the rules. I am constantly correcting the players in my group but I also know that no one is policing a lot of the groups in the competition. In the vast majority of cases they are certainly not trying to gain an advantage but that is beside the point. I play by the rules and so should they. When I was Golf Chairman I would direct the pro staff to make sure that someone in each foursome had a a rudimentary knowledge of the rules because they know the serious players from the causal golfers and they should never put four casual golfers together in a competition. That isn't done anymore and all I can do is shake my head when I scan the tee times and see four knuckleheads in a foursome.
  2. I hear ya. We'll see how it goes. I even have the habit of taking out the pin on the putting green when I am practicing because it reflects the conditions when I play. Maybe that will change for me with the new rule.
  3. I'll deal with my way, you deal with it yours. I doubt it will make much difference. If i hit a good putt it will go in. If I make a bad stroke it won't. The vast majority of putts that we all miss either hit edges or don't hit the hole at all and the pin would have zero effect. But I can just hear you now, when your putt hits smack in the middle of the pin and goes in. "See, what'd I tell you!"
  4. . Well, the concept of the new rule leaving the pin in has nothing to do with making or missing putts. It's only about faster play. I will react accordingly. Rather than wait until someone gets to the pin to remove it on my longer putts, I'll putt away. But when I am close and lining up a putt I will do as I always have and remove the pin.
  5. phan52

    Is pace of play (or slow play) a real problem?

    I can agree with that. The familiarity I have with my course makes me feel that four hours is too long, but there is not much I can do about it when the course is busy and they are playing at the accepted pace. It just feels a bit tedious. Example, we played last week and waited to hit on most fairways and on every par 3 tee box, but we still played in 4:05.
  6. phan52

    Favorite Thing About Golf

    On the days when my swing is right and I am making consistent solid contact, there isn't much better. It may be a rare thing for me, but is is sweet thing.
  7. phan52

    Is pace of play (or slow play) a real problem?

    You and I are going to have to agree to disagree, particularly playing through a group. I have done it and it alway adds a lot of time ot a round. If I can get around them, that's the better option. And I understand that 4 hours is an accepted time. I pointed out at 4;08 is the accepted time at our course. That doesn't mean it isn't slow. When the course isn't busy, any group I am in never play in more than 3:30, and usually less. We play when ready. Get to ball, hit the ball. Why should I wait to hit my ball if the guy who is away hasn't got to his ball yet? Like I said, JMO. Hit when ready.
  8. phan52

    Johnny Miller's Legacy

    I remember Miller as a player and saw him play live many times and I even caddied in a group with him for two rounds on the Tour back in the 70's (I had Jerry McGee's bag). But his broadcasting career is what I will remember most because I think he was the best.
  9. I have hit the pin many times from off the green and my experience is that it is totally random whether it goes in the hole or not. I know i will remove the pin when I putt.
  10. phan52

    Is pace of play (or slow play) a real problem?

    We don't have tee times, it is first come. first served, and those groups were already on the course when we got to the tee box. And I totally disagree about playing through TWO groups, as that would have added at least a half hour to our round. I was perfectly happy to start on 3 and play the first two holes at the end. We often have people who start on the back nine and the rule of thumb is to rotate in with any groups that may be on the first tee. It is an accepted policy and never an issue. And sorry, 4:08 is slow. JMO.
  11. phan52

    What'd You Shoot Today?

    A tale of two nines. 40-47-87. And the 40 could have been better as I three putted twice.
  12. phan52

    The Match: Tiger vs. Phil Showdown for $9M

    I would be interested if they were putting up their own money. Otherwise . . . meh . . .
  13. phan52

    Is pace of play (or slow play) a real problem?

    Yesterday there was a group on one and a group on two that the starter told us were both a bit slow and he recommended that we just go out to three and get ahead of them. We did that and finished 18 holes in 3 hours and 25 minutes, had a drink at the grill and left before those two groups even finished. Golf should not take four hours to play but that is the accepted time at our club, actually 4:08.
  14. phan52

    What'd You Shoot Today?

    Bad 87. Two balls OB and only 3 fairways hit. I can't drive the ball in play anymore.
  15. phan52

    2018 Tour Championship - FedExCup Finale

    I thought Rory getting into the final group would be to his advantage but it didn't turn out that way. Both he and Rose had difficulty finding the fairway all day on a course with the most penal rough I have seen this side of a US Open. Tiger hit it straight and was methodical. Welcome back!

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