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DeadMan last won the day on November 4

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  1. Bunker Sand - Firm or Soft?

    I prefer soft greenside bunker sand, and firm fairway bunker sand. Since that's not an option on the poll, I'll go with firm sand because I tend to be in fairway bunkers more than greenside bunkers. Most of the courses I play have okay sand, but there's normally not enough of it.
  2. That putting stroke could give me nightmares. Yikes.
  3. How long is your golf commute?

    Home course is about a 15 minute drive. There's a course that's about a 10 minute drive, which is where I end up practicing most of the time.
  4. European Tour Pros Try to Hit 2 Yard-Wide Fairway

    You might be surprised at how pitched desert roads are. Not sure about the Arabian Desert, but there is regular flash flooding in the Southwest Desert in the US, which means the roads are fairly sloped. I would imagine this is pretty highly edited and there were a lot more swings that weren't put in. But I have no way to know that for sure.
  5. European Tour continuing to do stellar work on social media video: Spoiler in case you want to be in suspense as to what happens:
  6. My Swing (kpaulhus)

    Are you back on evovlr? I would defer to any instructor or whatever your evovlr instructor tells you. But one thing that jumps out at me is that you don't seem to be turning your hips much in the backswing. I feel like that would help you be able to shallow out the downswing better, which should help with the contact.
  7. Faster Greens = Slower Play

    This is an interesting thought. What if it's not the speed of the green that slows up play, but changes in the speed of the green from day to day? In other words, if you keep the greens always at a 10, will going to a 9 or an 11 one day slow down play? Or is it only getting faster that makes it slower? I personally prefer faster greens to slower greens, so I admit I'm trying to find a way to debunk this study, ha.
  8. Faster Greens = Slower Play

    The piece I want to see from this - how significant is this in comparison to other factors that play into pace of play. I get that faster greens means slower play, but how much of an effect is it on overall pace of play? For example, what's the delay associated with higher rough, more hazards, tighter tee times, etc.? If an inch of rough adds 15 minutes per round, it makes more sense to address that than the green speed.
  9. My Swing (DeadMan)

    Yeah, since I record everything myself, I can track almost any stat I want. Putts per GIR is a useful one for me. I would like that to be 2 or just under 2, so need to work on my lag putting more. Fringe I count as any shot where I use the putter next with a reasonable look at getting a par. So if I'm a foot off the green and have a 20 foot putt, it's a fringe shot. But if I have to putt through 6 feet of fringe or have a really long putt still, I won't count it as fringe. Basically, fringe plus GIR% are the ones where I feel like I should expect to make par.
  10. This whole built like a linebacker thing.

    Gary Woodland is a large man. Ernie Els is also pretty big. Neither are really built like linebackers, but they're pretty large in comparison to other PGA Tour players.
  11. My Swing (DeadMan)

    So, my season is ending now. I won't play a full 18 until March probably. Going to be mostly range sesssions from now, which is totally fine. Just wanted to post a couple of interesting things from my year and stats and where I'm going from here. I felt like I improved as a golfer this year, but my handicap at the beginning of the year was 5.9, and I'm going to finish as a 6.4. What happened is that I found a real hot streak from May-July and then leveled out at the end of the year. Unfortunately, I thought my swing was fine and didn't work on it enough. Then I videoed it and saw that I had messed up what I was working on. That said, I got an person lesson on my pitching technique specifically and that completely changed that technique. I went from being a mediocre pitcher of the ball to a good one. I've been making some ridiculous up and downs due to that. But I still have issues. Anyways, I have a stats spreadsheet that I keep with pretty intense stats. It's interesting: My GIR% is virtually the same from last year to this year: 43.4% (2016) vs. 43.0% (2017). Adding in the fringe to that is also virtually the same: 50.6% vs. 50.0 nGIR% + GIR% is virtually the same (81.7% vs. 82.1%) Putts per hole (1.87 vs. 1.85) and per GIR (2.08 vs. 2.06) virtually the same Scrambling % is virtually the same 24.8% vs. 25.7% Stroke average on par 4 and par 5 virtually the same, but I dropped .1 of a stroke on average on the par 3s. Looking at all that, did I really improve? Yes, but not much. The courses I played this year were harder (average slope last year was 127.3; this year 131.4). My handicap is higher because my low scores this year came off my handicap earlier because I played a bit more golfer than last year. Where do I go from here? I think I actually have some easy places that I could gain strokes. I got fitted for a driver shaft, which should help my consistency. My old shaft was just the standard shaft. This one is shorter and more appropriate for my swing. I think I might save a stroke or two a round, on average, just with this shaft. That's a big deal to me. At that fitting, I found that I have a negative attack angle with my driver. It was between -4 and -2 degrees. I was still launching it high enough (12 degree launch angle) to be okay, but if I can make that even 0 degrees, I'll probably gain some really valuable yards. Need to still work on my swing. I'm too steep in the downswing. I had this really good earlier in the year, just need to focus more. I also need to work on rotating my hips more in the downswing. Again, something I can do. After that, I might need to work on my clubface control, because my clubface is closed to the target at impact. But that's getting ahead of myself, and I need to focus on the shallowing first. Putting speed. I am a bad lag putter, because I have terrible speed control. And that's because I accelerate through the ball. I have tried working on that in the past, with no success. I need to find a feel that helps me out here. I actually am a good putter from 10 feet and in. It's all about fixing that stroke. I also won a FlightScope Mevo from the Newport Cup. I'm looking forward to using that to dial in my partial wedge distances. I tend to default to full swings with my wedges because I'm not confident in my distances with partial wedges. If I can dial that in better, I can give myself shorter putts. It was a really fun season. I won two net events, and I came close to winning a gross event. I played in my first statewide event and didn't embarrass myself. The Newport Cup was awesome. I'm looking forward to being able to knuckle down and work on my swing this off season and I'm looking forward to another fun year next year. Hopefully I improve appreciably more next year.
  12. When is it too cold to golf?

    Snowed on Monday, but it was gone by Tuesday afternoon mostly.
  13. When is it too cold to golf?

    Played in about 36 degrees yesterday for about 5 holes. Then the Sun came out, and it was fine. Those first couple of holes were pretty chilly though.
  14. Reviews - TRUE Linkswear Elements Pro

    Ratings (out of 5):Quality: 4 Value: 4 Comfort: 5 Aesthetic Appeal: 3 My Review: I had always read great things about TRUE Linkswear shoes, but I never took a dive into getting any. I’m a little persnickety about my shoes. I also hate to buy new golf shoes because they tend to give me blisters for a couple of rounds. I prefer to walk when I golf, so I really do not look forward to having to break in a new pair of shoes. Another reason I haven’t taken the dive on TRUE Linkswear shoes is that a lot of them are spikeless, and I’m not a huge fan of spikeless shoes. But these shoes have spikes, which is why I was very pumped to get them. After wearing them for over 5 rounds of golf, the TRUE Linkswear Elements Pro are great golf shoes, and I’m happy to have a pair in my wardrobe now. (A close up view of the shoes) I wore these shoes for 5 rounds of golf at the Newport Cup, and never had any issues with blisters or any discomfort. I wear a FitBit to count my steps, and I walked about as much as I walk for 3 rounds of golf. No problems. No blisters. The shoes were super comfortable, even as I was breaking them in. They also fit perfectly right from the beginning. I don’t have unusual feet—I’m a standard size 10.5—so I wasn’t all that surprised by the fit. But they still felt great right away and I had no issues breaking them in at all. (Wearing my TRUE Linkswear Elements Pro) The shoes look great, too. I am a fan of the white shoes – my previous two pairs of golf shoes were white like these, although these shoes are white to the extreme. That said, I will admit I was a little bit jealous of the Blue Team’s blue shoes. The shoes aren’t as super formal as some golf shoes, if that’s your thing, but they’re more than passable anywhere. The one negative is that they got dirty pretty quick, but that also means I have been wearing them a lot. You can see how dirty these shoes get in @phillyk’s picture above. Relatedly, they are not easy to clean. I took warm water, some dish shop, and a washcloth to the shoes, and it barely made a difference. (Before/After cleaning; apologies for the mediocre before/after quality) In comparison, here are my old pair of shoes. These are much easier to clean, in my opinion. This was about a year of gunk on them. Judge for yourself: (Before/After cleaning, old shoes) I realize that shoes require some care to look good. But these are golf shoes, which are going to get dirty. These shoes should be easier to get clean. I even tried a sneaker cleaning foam that I have. No dice: (Shoes after cleaning with a sneaker care kit) It’s the only bummer I have with these shoes. Is it a dealbreaker? Not for me. I mostly tried to clean them to show off how good the all-white looked in this review. I did notice they got dirty quickly, but as you can see with my other shoes, dirty golf shoes don’t bother me that much. For what it’s worth, TRUE Linkswear does offer shoe cleaning kits and wipes on its website. That’s something I might get when the shoes get really dirty. These shoes aren’t cheap, though, and having to buy a $20 kit to clean them on top of that is not ideal. That problem aside, functionally, the shoes are a solid A. They are very stable, and the spikes are strong enough to keep you firmly rooted to the ground. The shoes themselves are firm on the outside, so once you get a grip into the ground, you aren’t moving anywhere. This is an issue I sometimes have with other shoes (just watch my Newport Cup application video!). But I had no problems at all here. In addition, I never noticed my spikes leaving significant spike marks on the green. Good all around. A reason I’m particular about my shoes is that I can sometimes have some minor foot issues. I tend to wear through the inserts in my shoes relatively quickly, and certain types of shoes can be uncomfortable on the soles of my feet. I was dealing with a little bit of plantar fasciitis at the Newport Cup itself. Despite playing 5 rounds on these shoes, and wearing them for the first time, I had absolutely no pain or issues with my plantar fasciitis. The shoes didn’t aggravate it in the least. They gave me more support than I usually have in golf shoes, and my feet were thankful. The inserts seem solid, and I think they’ll last a while. I had no sole pain with these shoes, which is great for me. The shoes are advertised to be 100% waterproof. Fortunately, I haven’t had to test that yet in the “field.” When I was cleaning them, though, I noticed that absolutely no water got through the shoes. I imagine that my feet will be nice and dry if I ever need the waterproofing. Overall, I was very impressed with these shoes. Despite the problems I had cleaning them, these shoes are still great quality, good looking, functional, and comfortable. I will be wearing them often. (Wearing them at the driving range)
  15. Reviews - Snell My Tour Ball

    Ratings (out of 5):Overall Quality: 5 Value: 5 Short Game: 5 Long Game: 4.5 Aesthetic Appeal: 5 Durability: 5 (Note: These ratings are in comparison to other, premium urethane-covered balls.) My Review: The Snell My Tour Ball was a ball I was very intrigued by, but never actually gave a chance. I have played Titleist Pro V1xs for about 3 years, and that ball has served me well. I never took the jump on Snell balls, despite reading a lot of good things about them, because I’m a little stuck in my ways. So, I was pleased that I was going to run out of excuses to play them. After playing them, I think I will be buying more. It’s an outstanding ball, and the price makes it even better. Just quickly on the looks of the Snell MTB. It looks sharp. The Newport Cup logo is cool to have on there. The Snell script is solid. (Snell script) (MTB Arrow) (Newport Cup logo) Short Game What separates premium balls from mid-range balls is the short game performance. Specifically, half wedge shots and shots around the green. I can stop almost any ball on the green on approach shots—I played E6s for a while and never had an issue with that. But being able to stop the ball on a 50-yard shot is the province of the premium, urethane covered ball. With that in mind, the first test I gave this ball was on that type of shot. I took a couple of balls and just played a variety of shots around the chipping green. The ball reacted well. It might not spin quite as much as a Pro V1 around the green, but you won’t notice the difference unless you are really looking for it. Maybe some really good players who require a ton of green side spin might prefer something with more spin. Personally, it worked just fine for me. I had no issues stopping the ball within a reasonable distance on pitches. The following picture was on about a 30-yard pitch: Both of these balls hit right about at the flagstick and rolled out to where they are. This was on a chipping green, so it was a harder than the greens at most courses I play. As you can see, this was good spin, and good control. Land the ball about 2 yards short of the pin here, and the ball is pin high. On this same green, I get about the same rollout from a Pro V1. On the course, I got the stopping power I expected with pitches and flops. Similarly, on bunker shots, I had no problem getting spin on the ball to stop it when I wanted it. May have even been better than a Pro V1 on bunker shots. Chips rolled out nearly the exact same as other premium balls. I noticed little difference between the Snell MTB and other premium balls. I don’t try to use a ton of spin on chip shots (as opposed to pitches or bunker shots), so I might not be the best judge. But it was up to par with any other ball I’ve played. In the short game, the ball passed with flying colors. Putting felt fine. The feel of a ball when putting has never been an issue for me. It doesn’t bother me either way. That means I don’t have a lot to say here. Long Game I played a Pro V1x over other premium balls because it offers me the best combination of distance and low driver spin. This was the only reason I was hesitant to switch to a Snell MTB, because I prefer low spin on the driver. I also lose maybe 5 yards of distance on irons between a Pro V1x and other premium balls. I was really hoping the Snell MTB would be up to par (pun not intended). It turns out it is a really good long game ball, too. I was occasionally testing the distance of this ball in comparison to a Pro V1x on the course, and they were virtually the same. In fact, the Snell MTB might have edged the Pro V1x in driver and 3 wood distance. I didn’t notice any unusually spinny shots with the driver—the Snell MTB had a piercing ball flight that did not over spin. No wild fades or hooks, either. With irons and wedges, the MTB was maybe slightly shorter than the Pro V1x, but it was possibly a yard or two, on average. Roll out on approach shots was pretty much ideal. I actually got a 6 iron that ended up spinning behind the pitch mark. That was unusual, though, and to a green than was much, much lower than the fairway. I say pretty much ideal because this ball seemed to catch flyers more often than other balls. Multiple times I got an extra 5-10 yards out of the rough, and I had no stopping power on the green in that situation. I don’t think that was really the ball, but it was surprising to happen so often. Other than that, though, the ball performed ideally when approaching the green. Wedges hopped and stopped, but didn’t spin hard backwards, which can sometimes happen to me with a Pro V1. Irons hopped and rolled out only a little. Despite those flyers, I was really impressed. Durability was also excellent. I had no rash from wedge shots after 18 holes with a ball. I had one ball that got cart path rash, but other than that, these balls haven’t had a blemish on them. Sure, you could play a rock that might bit slightly more durable, but for comparable balls, these are as good as any I’ve played for durability. Conclusion That means the bottom line is that this ball performs very similar to a Pro V1x, but for ~$15 less a dozen. In other words, you’re getting top line performance for roughly the price of a Bridgestone E6. I’m not sure there’s a ball on the market that beats the performance, without figuring in the price. Once you add in the price, it’s a no-brainer. Any serious golfer should look at the Snell MTB.

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