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  1. How Much Do You Pay Per Shot?

    I don't often pay for my golf, but adding up various tournament fees from the last year for me and dividing by the total golf I play you could say that my average cost per stroke is $0.33 apiece. In a single round? That would be one of my tournaments where the cost per stroke was $3.205 each Since most of the golf I've played is free (course employee) it would be $0 a shot, but if we're saying you have to have paid something for the golf then my record low would be when I was a junior and played for $5 while shooting more than 60 for the round, so ~$0.08 a shot.
  2. Ratings (out of 5):Polos Quality: 5Value: 4Comfort: 5Aesthetic Appeal: 5 Pants and Shorts Quality: 4Value: 5Comfort: 5Aesthetic Appeal: 5 Hat Quality: 5Value: 4Comfort: 3Aesthetic Appeal: 3 My Review: Starting out with the polos, I feel the need to preface my review by saying that my previous favorite golf shirts have all been PING branded. These shirts I've had and worn with frequency (both for work and for golf, probably an average of just under once a week for each of the three PING shirts I previously had) for the past five years and only this last summer, after hundreds of wearings and washings, did I start to stop wearing them due to wear or fading (one was white, one was red, one was black). I really liked the designs of each of those shirts, as well as the feel of the material, and I was a bit sad when the black faded and the white stained enough to warrant their retirement from my wardrobe. The polos we received for the Newport Cup have the same feeling fabric as my older polos, and I would confirm that they were identical if the tags on my old ones with any identifying information hadn't worn off long ago. That said, from wearing and feeling them they appear to be the same so I have good expectations for how long they will last. The three polos were all different styles, and if I had to guess which ones they were I'd assume they are the Newman and the Karsten II, with the third shirt being a style not listed on their website in the Men's Apparel polos section. The Newman and the Karsten II polos are made of the same silky fabric as my older shirts, while the unidentified shirt is more of a traditional feeling breathable material. I do prefer the Newman and Karsten II as a result, simply because they are much softer and smoother. As far as complaints go, there was only one thing that I think several of us at the Newport Cup noticed. the Newman polo does have a bit of a seam across the chest where the two fabrics of slightly different textures meet. There were a couple people who weren't fans of how that felt, but I personally was unable to feel it while wearing the shirt so it didn't bother me. The value aspect loses a small piece for the PING shirts, simply because they are towards the expensive side in general, but to me I feel the quality is well worth it due to the durability and comfort of the shirts. With the pants, I was initially very surprised by the little rubber inserts mentioned in several other reviews. It honestly felt kind of strange at first to have it in your glove pocket, but after getting used to it I appreciated the little touch that actually did hold the glove more securely in your pocket. The rubber that lines your waist also meant that I could've worn either of the pairs of slacks and the shorts without a belt and not have them move on my waist all day, though I still do prefer to wear a belt. The one thing that concerned me a bit with the pants was the durability. This is certainly my fault, as I'm the one who hit the ball off into the weeds in the first place, but when I went on an expedition to find my golf ball I found that my pants snagged quite easily on most small little sticks or twigs rather than just allowing different things to slide off them. This is likely a function of the very soft and comfortable material used in the pants, but it does give me a bit of concern as to their durability since my pair of pants does have several snags in the fabric that I don't dare cut out in case it starts to unravel at all. To clarify, I wasn't stomping around looking for things to catch my legs on, this was just my usual search a little ways off the beaten path. What specifically got me was a light brush against a bush when I was leaning down to identify the ball and my leg swung out slightly behind me, catching my pantleg on the bush. I'll have to see how the damaged fabric handled repeated wear and washing in the future. For the hat, I don't have too much to say since I'm personally not a fan of unshaped hats. To me the aesthetic appeal isn't there as a result of that, but I do like that both the logo and the back strap of the hat are made of leather. It gives the hat a quality construction feel moreso than other unshaped hats that I've worn. If this style of hat is your thing, I would highly recommend you take a look at the PING offering.
  3. I don't know whether your terminology is more common or if mine is, if I'm being honest. I've just heard it mostly referred to in the way I described it, but I've also heard it described in the way you use it as well, so I don't think either of us is really wrong or odd in that terminology there.
  4. By 3/4 wedge do you mean 3/4's of your shortest wedge, or 3/4's of any wedge in your bag, because there's a big difference there. Usually when people say some has only a 3/4 wedge in they're referring to, in my experience, someone with less than a hundred yards into the green where they have to hit some sort of partial wedge (whether it be a 60* with only a little taken off, or a 56* hit with a "true" 3/4 swing) because it's too short for any full swing wedge shot. Having 108, 105, 137, 124, and 148 in would not count, under a definition like that for a majority of golfers, as having 3/4 wedges into a green. It would count as having a wedge or short iron (depending on your exact yardages) in your hand, which is something I'd expect from an appropriate length golf course on around 1/4 to 1/2 of the par 4's. I'd expect maybe 1-2 par 4's to be a true 3/4 wedge, and then the rest might be mid or long iron approach shots. At least that's what I've found as kind of a general average for me on nice and long championship style golf courses, your mileage may vary.
  5. Are Rangefinders contributing to slow play?

    It depends on the rangefinder what it triggers off of exactly. I'm pretty sure mine triggers a vibration if it finds a thin enough object, because it will trigger off of skinny trees for me (but not pines or thick cottonwoods). Others do the reflector though. To mitigate the problems with potentially shooting behind the target I usually shoot 3 times to make sure the number doesn't change between each measurement. If it stays the same each time I know I've generally hit the flagstick so long as my aim on all 3 wasn't terrible.
  6. Are Rangefinders contributing to slow play?

    The pocket doesn't require zipping, at least on mine (which is the most common out there, Bushnell Tour v3). There's a little elastic strap that is secure enough to hold the rangefinder (hasn't dropped it in the 2-3 years I've had it, not once) but still takes only ~0.25 seconds to flip off and open up the case. Pulling out the rangefinder itself is done before I even set the bag down in most cases, so the time that takes is moot. Assuming I set my bag down first, though, for a worst case scenario, we're looking at 1-2 seconds total to get the rangefinder ready to shoot. Once I have it up to my face it takes me maybe another 3-4 seconds to get my distance and any other distances I want to know (lip of a bunker, mound behind the green, etc.), followed by 2 more seconds to put it back and relatch it. The whole operation, even if I do it the slow way and wait until I set my bag down to get a distance, takes me no longer than 10 seconds per shot. These 10 seconds are also usually spent while waiting for one of my playing partners to play, or while waiting for the group ahead to clear the green/fairway, meaning they add no time at all to the round and leave me better prepared for the shot to come (leading to fewer shots and less time!). At least for me, it's a sub-10 second operation. Others have different routines or levels of practice with it, but it's REALLY fast once you've used it for just a bit and have learned how to most efficiently shoot the flag (aim up at the flag itself, not the middle of the stick) and you know exactly what distances you want before you get to the ball (look and see what you'll want as you walk/ride up to the ball). I specifically just have mine clipped with that little carabiner to the same loop that holds an extra towell and my pouch for tees and ball marks. It's a simple solution that is quick and secure. If I'm riding in a cart, I just put mine in the cupholder of the cart (it's a perfect fit, actually) and then there's no little strap to undo, saving me a full second or so per shot (don't have to undo or redo the latch)!
  7. Are Rangefinders contributing to slow play?

    A rangefinder is 10x faster than looking around for a yardage marker and trying to pace off your yardage from that. Rangefinders speed up play (in 99% of cases), not slow it down.
  8. Grades for Tiger's Performance

    I'll go with a solid B to B+. He played well, and even held the lead at one point in time. If he hadn't had the chipping/pitching issues he had (I counted about 4-5 flubbed or seriously overcooked shots), and Rickie hadn't played an insane round on Sunday, he could've been right up there in contention. The rest of his game was fairly solid though. I noticed it seems like his miss currently is a block or a slice out to the right, no idea if it has any relevance, just an observation. Yeah, he used to really be brutal about snapping that left knee. His current swing is nowhere near as violent as how he used to swing, and is quite gentle on the body by comparison (while still producing plenty of power).
  9. Tiger Woods Biography (May 2018 Book)

    I'll pick up a copy if only because Tiger's a bit of an interesting guy to me. I grew up watching him play, and read his previous book (golf instructional book) as a kid so many times that the binding started to fall apart, so this would be a fun read for me. The Hank Haney book didn't interest me because I had a feeling it was just a cash grab, but this one interests me enough to pick up a copy.
  10. Reviews - Frogger Golf Accessories

    Ratings (out of 5):Latch-It System Quality: 3.5Value: 3Effectiveness: 4Innovation: 5 The Gear (Towel, Brush) Quality: 4.5Value: 4Effectiveness: 5 https://www.froggergolf.com/shop/latch-it/ My Review: Latch-It System: I was initially confused by the Latch-It system since I didn't realize it had magnets, and I thought you'd have to screw the brush and towel on and off of the latch each time. Having had one of the retractable Frogger brushes in the past I didn't understand why they'd go backwards in terms of convenience, but then I figured out that it was actually magnetic. The magnetic clasp works really well, and I like it far better than their previous retractable system they had for their brushes. My old Frogger brush on a cable had the cable fray and snap after about two years of use, though the brush itself was fantastic, and the bag clip had broken after only a few months, meaning I actually had to duct tape it to my bag until the cable snapped. The magnetic Latch-It system will have no such troubles in the coming years, since there is no cable to break and if a magnet falls out I can glue it back in. The Latch-It system holds the towel and brush (the only two I use, more on that later) very securely to the bag, so you don't need to worry about it potentially falling off. Due to the depth of the latch you have to pull nearly straight out on the towel or brush to remove it from the latch. This is a good thing and a bit of an inconvenience at the same time, because while it does hold items rather securely it will take a bit of practice to be able to smoothly pull the item of choice out of the latch. With a few rounds of practice though you get used to it and it becomes a non-issue. The clamp that holds the latch is an interesting design, and I too thought that it might interfere with pulling clubs out of the bag. Since I put two of them on my bag at the Newport Cup, however, I haven't had a single issue with my grips catching or tearing on the latches. They're actually very low profile on the side that faces towards the club, though my one complaint is that they do stick out a ways to the outside of the bag (due to the depth of the latch). I caught a latch to the ribs a couple times picking up my bag until I repositioned the clip to specifically prevent that, so either place the clip low on the bag opening or on the far side of the bag opening if you carry your bag regularly. The Gear: As for the gear itself, I do have a couple of things to note. I do not use the laser rangefinder latch or the phone mount for a couple of reasons. The laser rangefinder latch I don't use because I find it more convenient to simply place the rangefinder in the cupholder of a golf cart if I'm riding, or leave it in its pouch when I'm walking. Since it's designed to mount your rangefinder to a golf cart, I find the cupholder much easier because it doesn't require me to strap the latch onto the frame of the cart and I've found that the cupholder is easier to access from a normal sitting position than the frame of the cart. It's a bit awkward to grab the rangefinder when it's on the frame of a cart and pull it directly to the side (remember, the latch is deep so you can't really pull at any kind of angle to remove it) and then stick it back on the frame when I could just grab it out of the cupholder and then toss it back in afterwords. The phone mount we originally thought was going to be a great method for latching your phone to your cart to film your swing, but I found a par of problems with that. While the mount is large enough to fit my Galaxy S8+ with a case on it securely in the provided frame, below you'll see a picture from the perspective on my camera while it's in the frame as well as a picture of the frame itself. Unfortunately, because the center of the frame is completely solid with no cutouts, there is no way to take images or video and use the phone mount in lieu of some sort of tripod. Another idea proposed among the Newport Cup attendees was to drill a hole through the back of the mount in the location of the camera to fix this issue but, unfortunately for me, the location of the camera on the S8+ ends up nearly directly below the latch on the back of the frame, rendering this solution unfeasible. I could place the phone in the mount backwards to deal with this problem, but ultimately it's easier for me to just use a simple phone tripod, which can be had for $11 including shipping on Amazon. The other advantage of a phone tripod, compared to this, would be that you can more finely adjust the angle. This isn't entirely fair on the phone mount though, because I'm not really the target consumer for the mount. I rarely ride in a cart, and when I do my phone just gets tossed in a cupholder next to my rangefinder so I don't find it convenient. If you use your phone as a GPS during your round, however, I could see this being very beneficial (and you could possible use the rangefinder strap to mount an external battery or a speaker right next to your phone to charge it or play music if you wanted to). It would hold the phone securely where you can clearly see the screen, so it would be excellent in that purpose (but redundant for me, since I use a rangefinder). The towel and brush, however, I use extensively and I love them both. I have been a fan of the Frogger brushes for a long time, and was excited when we received a brush as a gift during the Newport Cup because my old brush (as mentioned in the Latch-It system review) had definitely seen better days. The magnet is the perfect system for attaching a brush or towel to your bag, since it lets you grab it, take it where you need to brush or wipe you club or ball (I like to take my damp towel to the green with me), then just stick it right back on the bag without fiddling with any clips or such nonsense. The towel itself is that perfect golf towel material with an absorbent weave that retains water well and has a bit of texture for scrubbing clubs clean. It's just the right size so that it doesn't touch the ground when clipped onto the side of my bag, while still being large enough to dampen half of it and leave the other half dry. I like to take my towel with me when I go to putt on the green, and previously I'd cut holes in my towels to place them over my alignment sticks, which meant that sometimes my putter would get buried under the damp towel. With this system I can still just as easily take my towel off my bag and put it back on, but I don't get my nice headcovers damp from having the towel rubbing against them (and the latch is honestly quicker and easier than finding the hole in the towel and sticking my sticks through it). The brushes are what every golf brush should aspire to be. They've got a good mix of nylon and copper bristles, so that your brush doesn't immediately flatten out like an all copper brush but also is effective for getting dirt out of grooves (unlike an all nylon brush). It's got a nice groove tool, should any dirt be particularly stubborn, that folds away into the back of the tool when not in use so as to not get in the way. The handle is beefy so it doesn't feel like you're gripping a pencil when scrubbing, you actually have something substantial to hang onto. I've been a fan for years, and the Latch-It system only improves the brush further. If you were to choose only one thing to get from Frogger, definitely get the brush!
  11. Talamore & Mid-South Golf & Lodging Ratings (out of 5): Lodging Quality: 3.5 Value: 5 Location: 5 Talamore Golf Course Quality: 4 Value: 3 Conditioning: 4 Layout: 3.5 Setting: 5 Mid-South Golf Course Quality: 5 Value: 4 Conditioning: 5 Layout: 5 Setting: 5 My Reviews: Lodging: As the others have mentioned, the condo (at least the one that the red team stayed in) had a few noticeable signs of wear. The one one that really stuck out to me (pun intended) was the chair that felt like it might have had a spring come loose that could poke you if you sat wrong, but those sorts of things are normal wear and tear items that will obviously vary from condo to condo. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed my stay there and would choose to be in the condos again in a heartbeat if I were to plan a trip in the area, it was just clear that they were older construction is all. Talamore Golf Course: Talamore Golf Course was the course immediately nearby the condos, about a three minute walk or a 30 second car ride from the front steps. It's also where we ate breakfast each morning, which was the standard continental affair you would find at most moderately priced hotels (better than a Super 8 Motel, not fancy like you might find at a Marriott). I had the biscuits and gravy each morning which I found to be buttered to just the right level of heart attack (I like butter, those who don't might want to avoid these), and the bacon, fruits, and juice were all fine as well. The day where we ate lunch there it was the standard hot dog you might get at any old golf course, so the restaurant isn't anything fancy here. I was slightly disappointed (likely by comparison to Mid-South) that the range balls were the standard issue rocks you find at most courses, but the range itself had a variety of targets to aim for and was well maintained. The course itself felt pretty familiar to a number of parkland style golf courses that can be found in Colorado, with the main difference being the type of tree that lined the fairways. I'd say the layout itself is a bit above average, but not something with a lot of strategic depth. It was mostly a matter of hitting it between the trees, then hitting it near/on the green, then putting, chipping, or hitting bunker shots until you're in the hole. For the longer hitters the course can be slightly more interesting at first, in that you can take some nice shortcuts over the pines to cut large chunks off of holes, but once you know the lines off the tee your strategy won't change much from round to round. Misses were penalized more heavily at Talamore Golf Course, with the pine trees being thicker together and the recovery shots much more difficult as a result. There still was a little wiggle room if you missed the area between the trees, but not much. Mid-South Golf Course: This course is one that I can honestly say is probably my favorite of the ones I've played, with a great layout, a spacious practice area, and a really good plot of land that it was built on. The range itself put Talamore's to shame, being nearly twice as wide and providing you with ProV1's to hit out to the targets spread around the range. My only complaint with the practice areas is that there was a pretty steep drop off from the tee area, which made it difficult to practice half wedge shots, but the rest of it was very nice. The course itself was a blast to play, and it offered multiple options on how to play a number of holes such that your strategy will likely change depending on the conditions of the day (and how confident you are that day). Hole #2, as @phillyk mentioned, is a great risk-reward hole for the longer hitters. You can risk a ball that ends up in either the water or someone's living room to attempt to go for the green, or you can play it safe down the left hand side to leave yourself with an approach shot of around 150 yards. Hole 5 required a tee shot down the right side of the hole to prevent you from being blocked from aiming at the water-guarded green, while 7 required a tee shot down the left hand side to avoid the water placed there. Hole 9 was a fun par 5, a big dogleg right that goes down a very large hill and over a lake to reach the green. I went for it all 3 rounds, but didn't end up hitting the green on any of them (2 of them got lucky and stayed dry though - one deflected backwards off a tree and the other landed in the creek just right of the green before bouncing back out). It's a very enticing shot nonetheless. On the back nine there were also a number of fun holes. Hole #12, while long and straightforward, was my favorite hole simply because it looks like it was pulled straight out of Augusta National with a slight dogleg to the left and the truly towering pines lining the fairway. The pines here at Mid-South were spaced further apart, but taller (no cutting over these trees for the most part), and left you with the opportunity to make some really great recovery shots if you could hit your line out of the trees since there weren't any low branches. I like this format, where misses are penalized but still leave the opportunity to allow for a great recovery if you hit a precise shot. Hole 15 was another par 5 that made going for it enticing, with a large slope cliff just short of the green that will feed shots that end up short down to either the front of the green or the bunker beside it. The 16th required strategic tee shot planning, letting you either risk going long into the water with the payoff of a wedge approach, or playing it shorter and safer with a mid iron into the green. The 17th was the hardest hole on the golf course, and where a number of challenge balls were played (for good reason!). A long par 3 with a devilishly tricky green, I had a putt that stopped no more than two feet short of the hole before turning around and rolling all the way back to the front of the green again. The 18th provided a great and dramatic finishing hole, with water in play both off the tee and on the approach shot. The lake borders the 18th fairway along the right-hand side before cutting between the fairway and the green at about the distance that most long hitters will land their golf ball, narrowing the fairway considerably in the process. The green itself is massive, and actually is the same green as for the 9th hole (they share one large green complex), but it holds many undulations that mean you're not necessarily in the clear just because you avoided the water. The only real knock I have against the Mid-South Course would be their restaurant in the clubhouse. They make it clear that you should pick up any food at the turn from the snack shack, and the reason is because the kitchen in the clubhouse is very slow. We all arrived and ordered our lunches about an hour to an hour and a half before our tee times one day, and at least 1 table (and maybe 2) didn't receive their food before they needed to tee off. The food itself was good, but it will be very slow if there are more than just a few people in the restaurant at one time.
  12. Bunker Sand - Firm or Soft?

    I know @iacas wasn't a fan of the sand at the Newport Cup, but honestly those are my favorite of all the bunkers I've played out of. It could just be the fact that I'm used to rock hard bunkers in Colorado with dirt instead of sand most of the time, but having actual sand was fantastic. It did reduce the amount of spin that you could easily get out of the bunkers slightly, but it made it so much easier to just kind of float the ball out of the bunker with a nice cushion of sand underneath it. I prefer that type of shot to relying on the spin, though you could still get spin out of the softer bunkers if you were precise.
  13. MoviePass

    Oh, okay, that makes more sense. The cheapest movie tickets in my city, which has a participating theater, are ~$9 for the movies nobody is watching in the middle of the day, and $14 or more for popular movies. There's also a nicer theater about 15 minutes away that's $15+ and they look to also be included, so at that price I could honestly watch a movie every other month and still come out ahead.
  14. MoviePass

    It now requires a full year's payment up front? In that case I'm definitely less interested than I was previously.
  15. Bizarre Jon Rahm Camera Crew Row

    Sounds to me almost like the Tiger tantrums from when spectators took pictures in the gallery. Then again, he usually only got pissed if it went off before he hit the ball, but still. Some pros just really don't like the "distraction" of cameras. It's nothing necessarily new, but I'd be surprised if he doesn't receive a talking to if he continues to berate cameramen.

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