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  1. Because I can guarantee they were right behind the group in front of them while playing in that tournament. Having played in that type of atmosphere, you're almost always waiting on the group ahead of you, meaning playing through wouldn't have done much good. But yeah, if you said they shot terrible it definitely wasn't AJGA. You have to qualify to play in AJGA tournaments, meaning an 80 is considered bad with an 85 being awful.
  2. Yeah, the Mark pistols are pretty reliable. They're all semi-auto, @iacas, and since yours is slab sided it would likely be their Mark II Competition Target model. The design since then hasn't changed much, with the exception of the fantastic disassembly of the Mark IV's. The Mark III I use for the NRA bullseye that allows red dot sights: The Mark IV of mine with open sights that I got this last spring: I will say that I do greatly prefer the left grip scale from the newer Mark IV compared to the older ones. It's contoured underneath the bolt release, which lets you kind of hook your thumb around it and use your thumb to help hold the gun tight in your grip without much effort. The older grip scale with only a diagonal slanted thumbrest gives your thumb a place to sit and is more comfortable than flat scales, but doesn't necessarily give you any extra grip since your thumb still cannot pull the gun into your hand like with the newer grip. The Mark IV has an ambidextrous safety, but my hand is large enough that I couldn't take the gun off safe while holding it if it was still installed so I just removed it altogether. Both guns, however, shoot very accurately and have some nice Volquartsen triggers, hammers, and sears installed. They have a very different grip angle than a 1911 would have, since it's based off the Luger, but it's generally a better angle for shooting with your strong shoulder towards the target and I find it pretty comfortable for the one handed shooting I do.
  3. .22lr is a great caliber for practice because it's cheap, and because it has little recoil. It makes it really easy to see if you flinched (and helps to cure a flinch if you have one already), and the low cost of ammunition means you can practice a lot more. If you're looking for a decent entry-level pistol, I'd definitely go with either one of the Browning Buck Mark pistols or one of the new Ruger Mark IV's that came out this last fall. I have a Mark IV Competition that I use and it's definitely accurate (I can shoot out the X at 25 yards from a rest), but the nicest part is how easy it is to field strip it. Drop the bolt, put the safety on and press a button before lifting up on the back of the bolt. The bolt, barrel, and chamber lift straight off, letting you slide the bolt out and get everything cleaned and lubricated. The big advantage of the Browning guns, however, are the triggers. Ruger, admittedly, puts some REALLY rough sears in their guns at the factory and it makes for a gritty 5.5 lb trigger. Browning does a much better job with their triggers, but there is also a fantastic kit from Volquartsen that replaces the trigger, sear, and hammer to give you a really smooth 2 lb trigger in the Ruger pistols. I did that about two weeks after I got the pistol and it was a great upgrade since the sear is like glass and the trigger is adjustable for pre-travel and over-travel. If you want something a bit fancier than that the Hammerli Xesse is a great gun at sort of the start of the "match grade" .22lr pistols. It's ridiculously accurate and can be ordered with adjustable bullseye grips for under $1,000. Up at the high end you have some of the more expensive Hammerli's and the S&W Model 41, but those are guns that I honestly wouldn't even look at since I think the Xesse can match them at a lower price point with a better grip. Regardless of what you get, odds are that the gun can shoot better than you ever will unless you get to a really high level of competition. I know I still can't outshoot my gun. I would like to shoot IDPA as well as in some of the 3-gun competitions, but the problem is that I can't buy a pistol or the ammo required to shoot with major power factor. Pesky federal laws and all, requiring that you need to be 21 to purchase handguns or handgun ammunition... I'll stick to .22 for now and see if I still have the time once I'm 21.
  4. I'm headed to Nebraska for the 4-H Smallbore Pistol National Championship, so I was curious to see if anyone else competes in bullseye (or speed) events. I find the challenges in both golf and shooting (at least in bullseye competitions) to be very similar in my opinion, so I'm curious to see if crossover is common. I'm competing in the Slow-Fire Bullseye, Camp Perry Round, and Smallbore Hunter Pistol Silhouette events. The slow-fire bullseye event allows red dot sights and scopes for 40 shots at 25 yards one-handed, the Camp Perry is 10 slow, 15 timed, and 15 rapid at 25 yards one-handed, and the silhouette event puts targets with diameters of about 4, 6, 8, and 12 inches at distances of 40, 60, 77, and 100 yards. The silhouette round is a pretty fun challenge for a pistol, especially one of a small caliber like .22 long. We use the B-8 targets for Bullseye and Camp Perry, and so far my average scores have hovered between 92 and 95 so I'm hoping I can keep it up at the competition and have enough time to sight in for the altitude change.
  5. I saw this video, and I'm honestly not sure that the car was trying to run the motorcycle off the road or anything. It's too sudden of a turn to be that. What I'm pretty sure happened is the driver of the car heard the kick and turned sharply to try and look at what made the noise, and his arms went with him (kind of like how people drift into a lane when they check over their shoulder to see if it's clear a lot of the time). Then he over corrected and started the swerve back towards traffic before repeating the over correction to hit the wall. As for cyclists, I have no issues provided they follow the laws. What grinds my gears, however, is when they refuse to follow traffic laws in Boulder and then get pissed at you for honking or not magically predicting their movement and stopping to roll out the red carpet. I've had people get pissed at me when I was creeping forward through the crosswalk with my car waiting to turn right on a red (getting closer to the turn to make it easier) when they had a "do not walk" signal. I've even seen people ignore the traffic lights altogether and walk across traffic that has a green light. It's honestly really stupid in Boulder, and the bi-annual citywide events promoting "pedestrian awareness" (by which they mean, of course, making drivers aware that pedestrians will do whatever the hell they want) only make it worse.
  6. If that swing creates a high and right to left ball flight (without pulling the ball at least 10 yards left of the target to begin with), I will personally walk down to the bank, get a decent stack of $2 bills, and burn them while recording the whole thing (several mile walk, getting the money, and burning it) to post in this thread. If you take a video of yourself at a launch monitor, lined up square to the target, and you are hitting draws that start on or to the right of the target line and that peak higher than 30 yards with regularity I swear I will go do that as soon as I return from Nebraska next Friday. I'll add to that, actually. I will send you a Scotty Cameron putter if you truly do have a "high draw" ball flight without pulling the ball massively from where your feet are aligned. If you want more details on the putter you can PM me for pictures. That said, I'd be interested in you posting some course vlogs, where you record your round along with your gameplan and swing thoughts throughout. It would be interesting to see you play a full round with your swing to see how effective it may or may not be.
  7. It has to really be raining hard for courses in Colorado to close their range or their course. Usually the reason for a closure for either of those is lightning, not rain itself. In the last two years I've had only two days where we even refused to allow carts out onto the course because of rain, so it's not a very common occurrence here. I've gone to the driving range in the rain when I got new clubs to try out. The pro shop staff has just asked me if I really wanted to be out there whenever I've come while it was raining.
  8. Would my post be merged if I posted shortly afterwords with an embedded tweet, or would it stay and count as the two separate posts?
  9. Needs a bit firmer of a grip, but otherwise not too shabby.
  10. It shouldn't be a problem, most of the time driver/wood shafts are interchangeable. For example, I have a driver shaft in my 3-wood that I tipped a bit and then butt trimmed to length. My driver's shaft could be trimmed down to fit into a 3 wood if I wanted as well, it would just need to be about two inches shorter. The big difference would be if you had a shaft for a hybrid in your driver, since those are different from driver shafts, most notably in that they don't come in a length long enough for a driver. Between a shaft designated for woods and one designated for drivers it will simply be a matter of nomenclature from company to company as to what they call the shaft and it will work in either woods or drivers for about 90% of the shafts marketed in that way.
  11. On the course I played there wasn't any sort of 240 yard forced carry over water that I can think of. Looking over the course I played on google maps the longest forced carry of the day was 205 yards on the 18th hole over a ravine. Even on that hole though, you could hit a half wedge to the front of the ladies tees and need only 135 to carry it to the fairway. That said, your mileage may vary depending on what course you played.
  12. In that scenario I would prefer the weekly lessons. The cost isn't that much greater, and the ability to have much more frequent feedback generally will help you stay on the right path whereas a month between lessons can let you wander off a bit. That said, I haven't taken lessons in several years (except for the very helpful advice @iacas has given me on occasion). I've tried several instructors, but they've all just told me to not change my swing (which is the wrong answer, I know there are improvements to be made). When I was taking lessons, however, I was helped the most by frequent lessons rather than expensive ones. Price is fairly loosely related to quality, when it comes to golf instruction. I think constant check-ins to make sure your priority piece is making progress is much more useful than one long lesson where you try to cram as much information as possible into the one hour since you won't have another opportunity for a month.
  13. I, personally, see no reason why they should have waited for you to return from your expedition off the beaten path (we've all been there - myself included) to continue playing the hole. All that does is it slows down play for both your group and everyone behind you. If a group is being hypocritical about it you are under no obligation to follow "proper" etiquette and just hit your ball when you're ready. I am of the opinion that the only form of order-based etiquette that has any place on the golf course is if someone insists on using the "honors" system for who tees off first. The proper way to play is ready golf, and playing differently only leads to long 5+ hour rounds.
  14. That's a fair point.
  15. Their money does not come from tournament purses. The big few should be thanking Nike, Taylormade, Titleist, and Adidas, not FedEx. I would be willing to bet that the FedEx cup winners end up earning more from their primary sponsor in a year than they do from FedEx during that year, even after the $10,000,000 bonus purse for the whole enchilada. Sponsorships, as you mention, is where the money comes from in golf. The same applies for players, they don't rely on tournament purses to make their livings.