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  1. Scott, there are several ways to achieve playability with irons under your circumstances. My suggestion is consider vibration eliminating shafts with soft oversize grips. Soft stepping the shafts might also be an alterative. Given you want to add weight to the club head and counter with grip weight, it a fine line to tinker with. Or you could possibly try different clubs other than what you currently have. Unless you absolutely luv your setup, ditch them and start fresh.
  2. Matt, check with a local cabinet maker. The cabinets were most likely from a local supplier. Most cabinets are made of Oak or Maple or even a higher priced wood when an owner specs a specific type. Your pics look like Mahogany or Walnut. Here are other Cabinet Wood Types: Maple, Cherry, Knotty Alder, Red Oak, Hickory, Birch, Knotty Pine, Mahogany, Walnut, Clear Alder and Oak.
  3. You will just have to learn to wait for the shaft flex to unload. I have a soft tip in a 4 hybrid which took me a while to be patient and slow the swing tempo . When I try to crush it like my 3 hybrid, I push the ball badly to the right. Soft tip shafts are for lower swing tempo players, IMO.
  4. Looks like an interesting read about golf across the pond in Scotland, the UK and Ireland. More on the history side and view point by the author's perspective of the game of golf.
  5. Club Rat

    Mobile Apps

    The scoring App has been used through the summer golf season logging over 1000 rounds in our Mens Games Things have gone fairly smoothly with modifications and updates to enhance user experiences. This past weekend was our EOS annual Ryder Cup with 88 players, 44 morning matches and 44 afternoon matches. I was on the wrong side this year, but hey it is always a great time. I developed a spreadsheet to ease scoring of the event.
  6. A thought for high hdcp'rs. Punch a 9 or 8 iron into the hill and let it hop up onto the green surface.
  7. I suggest having your brother take a lesson package to teach him the basics.
  8. I mostly remove grips with air pressure now. Pure Grips has a plastic tool for air hoses which will inflate air and pressurize the grip through the butt end. Then the grip will expand and slide off the shaft. Often a slight twist helps removing them while pressurized. Also, their is a tool which inserts into the lower end of the grips and allow pouring solvent to loosen the adhesive and then pull off the grips. It takes much longer, but some people use this method.
  9. To each his own, many of us have niches for an application to suite specific needs. I've created my own which I refer to as "Player Improvement" @dennyjones and I have worked on his application. You should check out Game Golf It already will give you all the insights you are describing. It has the capabilities to make comparisons to several levels of player abilities.
  10. Not so rare when playing in the spring when the course is saturated and balls plug in the middle of the fairway Or in ruff that can not be maintained due to wetness and mowing can not be done. I'm sure others courses have this situation when the ruff will grow pretty high and a player would have to damn near step on it to find it. It's a tough call when two players have their tee shots plugged in the fairway and not visible. Other situations would occur in the fall when a fairway is covered with leaves. How can anyone control these situations with time limitations?
  11. And friend and I were playing an early morning round at 6:30 last month. We met on the range and he told me his Pre-Round routine is usually "A dump, A jump and A bucket of balls" Due to the early tee time, he could not have his usual routine ...
  12. Thanks Erik, I missed that change in 2019. I have always favored a change from closely mown areas to allow relief in other areas. Most course irrigation systems run on preset timers regardless if it's raining or after a heavy rainfall. IMO, a player should have been entitled to relief due to water saturation from rainfall or sprinkler systems in areas which were almost to the point of being casual water on the course.
  13. Embedded ball relief is when a ball is embedded in closely mown areas through the green. Areas which are closely mown are tees, fairways, first cut of green collars and the green. When a ball is embedded anywhere else on the course, your options are play it as it lies, or declare it as unplayable.
  14. I agree with @iacas 100% @sportsguy89 I might add finding or experimenting with the type of putter gripe you are using. Having the proper grip on the putter relieves tension and help promote a better stroke IMO. If you are interested, I practice with a Laser Light (just a cheapy pen light will work) Line up the light to your target with the ball centered and make your putt. Using it will give you instant visibility of the roll and target line.
  15. 👍 Jeez, these early events have sooo many unknowns !!! It's a Crap Shoot for picks ....
  16. I'd like to try these. Send PM for shipping info.
  17. Any idea of the cost for leagues?
  18. With the criteria you have, it's most likely you will need to create a custom spreadsheet / program. Granted there are a couple of applications which can help with live scoring, IE: Golf GameBook Most Golf Apps only track a single group and are not beneficial for leagues or large groups. There are a few online services which may create a custom application to suite your needs, but it may reflect a large $$ to use. I've written and used spreadsheets for our Mens Games for the past 17 years. I started mobile scoring using PDA's and then Smart Phones with Mobile Sheets. This year I had a Custom Scoring App made and use google sheets as my leaderboard. I've written scoring games for Match Play, Stroke Play, Flights, Skins, Stableford, etc. Basically all the popular formats for leagues. I suggest looking at the GameBook App. It's the only application which users can download scores to spreadsheets for various formatted games.
  19. Club Rat

    59 Alert

    The Fantasy Gods are BAD, BAD, BAD !!!
  20. NO, they charge private owners an annual fee, plus get a daily cart fee from other members who ride in my personal cart. I have to maintain my cart, batteries, tires, brakes, shocks etc. The club gets a free ride and revenue from private owners at our expense and charge us more than the members annual fee.
  21. Cost for using a cart is becoming ridiculous. Some courses are charging $30 per player ... I own my own cart, pay an annual trail fee (Too much IMO) I always have other Members ride with me (Club still obtains Cart Fee from Riders) And the most ridiculous new club cart fee - Club charges Members an Annual Rate $900 (unlimited family rate) while they charge Private Cart Owners an annual Trail Fee - $1200 !!! 😡 WTF ... Rant Over
  22. Only One player needs to enter scores. Same here. There are a few drawbacks for events. A. The event must be "Pre-empted" with players, tee times, event format. B. Players must use a "Code" to authorize using the App. C. Scores must be manually entered into the field application "IF" the club does not pay for the upgrade "Live Application" D. Any last minute field/players added or changed create a nightmare for the staff. E. Annual Fee Required for using the application, pricey IMO. Success - Live features are enjoyed by players. Results can be updated in a timely manner. Many formats written to software IE: Skins, BB, Match Play, etc. Also has a great feature for printing scorecards for events with strokes indicated with dots on holes. It's a great platform, equal to other applications available. I designed my own Scoring App and had a freelance developer write the application for IOS and Droids. Our Mens Game Admin $$ will eventually pay for the application, while many member donated $$ to cover the upfront cost. So the cost is One and Done = to one years fees by other applications. My ability to write formats for any and all games along with daily handicap reports is equal to other applications. Our Members have been using Live Scoring for 3 months and for the most part only a few have hiccups understanding the simplicity. I have dealt with common user errors during the "learning curve" long before Mobile Apps were available. 15 years ago we used PDA's to record scores and upload groups to Excel Games. Due to Covid the General Manager explicitly made a ruling "No Cash Exchange" and forced my hand to implement Electronic Payments which I have been intending to orchestrate for a couple of years. Talk about Mass Confusion !!! I honestly don't know how some Men get by in this digital age... LOL
  23. Completed "Birdie - Challenge" yesterday with a great shot on the 18th hole to 2 feet for the final hole to bird. Made 4 birds yesterday and 3 again today. Decent rounds, but had a few poor swings and was able to scramble to save scores a few times.
  24. Ditto that. also wanted to mention green design in modern courses. I played a new course this past week which left me very lengthy putts when my approach shots landed in the wrong zones of the greens. It wasn't due to poor shot selection, but lack of knowledge of the greens. One was a really good shot into the middle of the green and just rolled off the hump in the other direction. Being my first time playing this course, I could not tell from the fairway these greens had these massive undulations. It made for some challenging putts which was fun. LOL
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