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      Visit the site flagstickrule.com to read about and sign a petition for the USGA/R&A regarding the one terrible rule in the proposed "modernized" rules for 2019.


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  1. Mixed bag of tricks. Driver PING, Fw Adams, hybrids Taylor Made. Irons Callaway, putter also Callaway. Ball Callaway Super Soft.
  2. Right now none of them are my favorite. They all betray me lately even my favorites the hybrids. Normally my favorite is my 6 hybrid but even it is acting up this month.
  3. Par five, I had a little over 110 yards for my third shot. Hit a high PW right at the pin. The ball hit just in front of the pin and stopped 6" short of the hole for a kickin bird. I used to be able to hit my irons consistently well, but the last few years not so well. This made me feel like I could do it again instead of just being lucky.
  4. -4 thru twelve holes. The last six holes I had two pars, a bogey, then a birdie to get back to -4 with two holes to go and after hitting my tee shot into a deep divot on 17 and making double I ended up with a -2 70. Three more times in the next few years I got to 10 at -3, but never improved on that and ended up with a higher score than 70. The moral of the story turned out to be, the front nine was fairly easy and the back nine could eat your lunch.
  5. Even players on the PGA Tour have hybrids in their bag. The ladies on the LPGA Tour have hybrids in their bag. If you are playing better and enjoying the game more with hybrids keep doing what is best for your game. Most players today have hybrids in the bag so why shouldn't you have some. Most mid irons today are really long irons of yesterday so keep those hybrids and don't worry about what any one says about them.
  6. I had more bogies than pars today and no birdies and also NO 3 putts.
  7. Played without one for 40 years. I've used a Sky Caddy for a while now, but I don't need one on the course I play now. I play almost exclusively at one course and I pretty much know what I need to hit unless I am way off the fairway and don't have a view of the pin. If I play a course I have never played before it comes in handy. I don't need an exact yardage just the distance to the middle of the green.
  8. This is my take on it, but I preface it with I am an old school baseball fan. Pete Rose was one the great players in the game. He was someone you could point out to the kids in the neighborhood how the game should be played. He was Charlie Hustle and hustle he did. When he got a walk he would not walk to first base he would run. He played the game with abandon and always played hard. When he was in the All Star game one year he came into home plate and hit Ray Fosse so hard he basically ruined Fosse for the rest of his career. This was the All Star game not the World Series and yet he still played to win. I loved how he played the game. Perhaps that is why I am so hard on him now. What he did to the game by betting on it was sacrilegious in baseball. If he bet on baseball while a manager he most likely did as a player as well. When they delved into his betting as a manager they also indicated they were sure he did as a player as well, but they had so much on him already they did not delve into it any further. Regardless betting on the game is no different than what the Black Sox scandal was when they took money to throw the series in 1919. Rose called other managers to get the skinny on players who were hurt to see if he could get an advantage in his bets that day. While what Pete did on the field should be in the HOF he should not be there. Yet if players like Bonds et al can get in, and I think they will some day, then Pete should get in as well. But then that is a thread for another day. When and if he ever does go in it should be after he passes not while he is still alive. I feel he has lost his right to be inducted now, only posthumously.
  9. As far as pure numbers go they are the same, the lowest score shot in a US Open period. Although Justin's was on a Saturday, ergo less pressure and Jonny's on a Sunday a little more pressure though he went out early Sunday morning and the leaders were barely on the back nine when he finished his round. Not like he was in the mix on the back nine in the last few groups. Miller was one of the best iron players on tour in his era so it was not a huge surprise when he shot his 63, but Justin Thomas is not a household name so perhaps being a somewhat unknown perhaps he had more pressure on him. I still would vote for Miller though. No one had done it before he shot 63 so that number was a first.
  10. I have had three over a 53 year period playing this game. It took me 38 years to get my first. My wife has played about 30 years and has two.
  11. My whole point is the only reason this came up is a call in. There would not be any talk about this at all. So you state your opinion and it you are open minded, yet when I state mine it is from a close minded view? I thought this was a forum where you could state an opinion without being called out and ridiculed. I guess I was wrong.
  12. My real complaint is there should not be a call in during a tournament. If an official sees an infraction during review of tv footage during the tournament fine, but to me anything else is not allowed. I thought Lexi should have been penalized for her error in marking the ball and then replacing it incorrectly. But because of a call in she is penalized twice. I will go to my grave believing there should not be outside interference in televised professional golf tournaments.
  13. This changing the rule still does not cover what I see as the real problem. Only a few players on the weekend are under TV "surveillance" so how is it fair to the field that those come under the scope of call in from people off the golf course and the rest of the players get a free pass?? How can you penalize a player after the round is complete and play has started the next day? To me that is what needs to be changed or at least considered for change.
  14. Well if you hit a fairway wood instead of the driver it won't be 30-50 yards difference. Plus if you can hit a driver that well by only being in the first cut go with the driver. I thought the point of this discussion was being wild off the tee with a driver?
  15. Yes I agree, but then I am a short knocker. I have always tried to control my tee shots even when I was longer. Even if you have a wide open course because when you play at other courses you may get in deep trouble with a wild swing. To me the best way to play the game, for those of us amateurs, is keeping the ball in the short grass off the tee. YMHO