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  1. shanksalot

    USGA/R&A release new distance report

    Very good response and the only thing I could disagree on is the fact if they are not going to do anything then they should not come out with that statement. All it does is create more bad feelings for the USGA. They talked about length of shafts and size of heads then went ahead and made their ruling. They talked about COR and made their ruling. They talked about grooves and made their ruling. They talked about putters long and belly being anchored against the body and made their ruling. Now they are talking about reducing the distance of the ball by 20% I think most people think since they are talking about it there is a good chance they will make that change. they have been complaining about great courses that have been US Open venues that are no longer viable because of the distance players hit the ball today. Sorry did not mean to rant about this. I enjoyed your post as it was one of the best I have seen on any forum about this topic.
  2. shanksalot

    USGA/R&A release new distance report

    No they are talking about making a change. I hope they don't, but it they do they had better just make it by bifurcation and enforce it against the less than 1% of the players not the 99+%. The problem they feel that they are facing is just a very small percentage of the golfing populace. It seems like they are concerned more about losing sites for their USGA tournaments than about affecting millions of golfers who already have distance problems. How much sense does it make to take 30-40 yards from many players who already have moved up a tee because of distance lost due to age. If they are trying to grow the game I think this is a step backwards. They may have good intentions, but I think what they are looking at is not in the best interests of golf. If they cut the ball back 20% I would be hitting driver into a 170 yard par three at my course. That certainly would not speed up the game of golf.
  3. shanksalot

    USGA/R&A release new distance report

    The USGA claims to be for the good of the game. It however sounds like it is the good of the USGA. They are concerned about their USGA tournaments being made a mockery of by these pros. They forget that the masses, IE the 99.97% of the playing populace is amateurs. The forget the average golfer hits the ball a little over 200 yards, the average women under 150 yards from the tee. Yet the want to curtail the ball not just for the pros but for everyone. They seem to intimate they are only looking at the elite golfers, but they won't bifurcate the rules so the masses can still be able to hit it a majestic 150 and 200 yards off the tee. They have dug in time and time again about bifurcation and I really doubt the would agree to it now. Plus the push back from the OEM's would be significant. It would or could really put a dent in their sales. They want to grow the game and yet here they are basically screwing the average golfer once again.
  4. shanksalot

    Getting Old and buying new irons....

    My credo is if it makes the game easier for me then do it. Many pros who more than likely in their early days as a golfer played blades. Today looking at the bags of guys on the PGA Tour many do not play blades anymore and some even with hybrids and driving irons. The best I ever played was when I switched from a players iron to a GI iron.
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    Consider What a 20% Ball Roll-Back Would Mean

    They need a tour ball rolled back 20%, but not for the guys like most of us who play the game for enjoyment. If they rolled back the ball they would lose a lot of the older players who can not move up any further in their play it forward suggestions. Jack may be spot on for the elite players of the game, but not for the average player it just would not work. Plus can you imagine someone just taking up the sport? I doubt they would last very long with the high cost of the game today.
  6. I buy all over the place. I bought my new irons from Callaway, my driver I bought on EBay as it was a used PING G25, My hybrids I bought new, one at a local golf shop and the other two on line. My golf bag I bought at a local Golf store and my shoes from our pro shop.
  7. shanksalot

    One of the Great Things About Golf

    I played baseball or fast pitch softball until I was in my late 40's, but when it got to the point I could no longer go into the hole and throw out the runner I decided to quit. I was playing against guys twenty years younger than me. That is why I switched full time to golf. It is a game you can play as long as you decide to play it. It doesn't matter that you can't break par any longer because you can just play for the enjoyment of the game. I still love baseball and watch games every day that they start playing and until the World Series is over. I still long to be out on the diamond playing, but I still love to watch the game. Spring training has started and the first game of the spring is next Friday.
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    Shot Timing

    I wish others would also look at the time they take to hit when it is their turn. This game can be less than 4 hours if everyone played ready golf and hit the ball when it was their turn in less the 45 seconds. It is not hard to do and I know most people try to keep up with the group in front of them, yet most weekends it takes more than four hours. I played in a senior tournament every Monday at my course and it took 5/5 1/2 hours for a round. After putting up with that for over a year I quit and moved to another course. So far every round has been under four hours.
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    Can someone short off the tee become #1 again?

    I voted no, but if for some reason a player in the bottom third somehow does it they will not, can not,stay there for long. Too many guys who hit it out of sight and have complete games as well.
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    Driving range or a round?

    Back a few years when I was playing well I liked to hit some balls at the range before going out. Not working on anything just seeing what my game was before I hit the course. Your situation is different and I think you have had some good feedback. Right now I am at the point that my game is not great, but why waste time practicing if I am not posting my scores? So I just go out to play and enjoy being out in the fresh air and getting some exercise.
  11. shanksalot

    Long Irons

    My wife and I are in our mid 70's and she still has a 4 and 5 iron in her bag. I have given up on mine since I hit a 5 hybrid on a par 3 that was elevated with a huge bunker in front. My playing partner had just bought it and said he loved it. So I tried it and I hit a beautiful high shot into the middle of the green and it stopped after rolling a few feet. I fell in love an now I have three hybrids in my bag. I would not give them up as long as I can still play this game. So easy to hit, forgiving and hit high and land soft. What more could I ask for except it hits the ball in the hole each time. LOL
  12. shanksalot

    Jack vs. Tiger: Who's the Greatest Golfer?

    You can't rewrite the record books. Snead is on record with 82 wins. We can only work with those stated wins, Major and Tour as they stand today. The other big stat for Jack is his 19 second place finishes. 37 times he finished either first or second. That is impressive. I am not a Jack Nicklaus fan yet he, in my opinion, if you consider Majors as the thing that makes a player the greatest than it has to be Jack, yet Tiger was a one time going to destroy all the records until that fatal 2009 fiasco. I will always wonder what might have happened IF!!!
  13. shanksalot

    Jack vs. Tiger: Who's the Greatest Golfer?

    The only thing I could add was for his first ten years Tiger was the most dominate player ever in Professional golf. Jack won more Majors and because of that he is considered by many as the GOAT. How can you argue against either player. Jack's career extended close to 25 years professionally and for most of that time was really not challenged by anyone during that period of time. Arnie for a half dozen years early and Watson at the end. Even with Tiger coming back now, assuming he stays healthy I doubt he will challenge Jack's 18 Major total. Ten years ago most every one thought Woods would blow past Jack's record. Tiger really killed any chance he had with his poor behavior with his marriage and his philandering ways. The injuries really hurt him the last 6-8 years. Despite all that he still managed to win 79 times only Sam Snead had more. I watched both players through both of their careers and if I had to pick one it might be Jack on another day it might be Tiger. They both were the most dominant in their era and both eras had great players as well.
  14. shanksalot

    Extending a 3 Metal Shaft

    If the 3 metal shaft is one you really like and hit the club well I would think you might be better served to just buy the brand shaft and put it in your driver. It may cost more, but in the long run I would think you have a true driver shaft and not a extended 3 metal shaft tipped too strong.
  15. What I am seeing from the responses here is when a player tries different balls IE two, three and four piece and finds one that fits their game it does not matter what it does as long as it gives them what they need to play the game.

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