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  1. Playing on Saturday I picked up a birdie on hole #4, which is nice since that's definitely the hardest par 4 and I've got it finished for both the front and back 9 now. The other two birdies in my even par 34 were duplicates, but I only have holes 1 and 9 remaining for the front by now. The back nine was decidedly less nice, since I followed up my up and down front nine 34 with a horrifying 42 that contained a double, a triple, and three bogies with zero birdies to offset any of it. I was playing Wolf with those in my group and took a lot of risks off the tee on the back 9 because my part
  2. "Next up on the #1 tee, the best player for the start of the Masters to never win the tournament, Greg Norman!" If Augusta wasn't as strongly formal/traditional as it always has been that would be pretty funny, but it'll never happen for obvious reasons.
  3. The extra info is perfectly legal during a tournament, it's just that one of the screens accessed by rotating your watch bezel has a lot of stats about your round on it. Fairways, GIR, putts, strokes gained total, strokes gained driving, strokes gained approach, strokes gained scrambling, and strokes gained putting. It's also got options to review all of your clubs from the watch interface, or a history of your past rounds, but those are always easier to view and manage on your phone instead. Once you're playing a round though, I only ever use 2 of the screens - the main one where you ent
  4. I've got a Samsung Galaxy Watch 3. I'm not sure if it works on the Galaxy Watch Active models, but it's actually surprisingly slick on my watch. You can even easily add shots you missed tagging mid-round, and I have enjoyed having the GPS distances to the front/back of greens since those are difficult to precisely hit with a laser in a most cases. The app (on both phone and watch) takes a little bit of getting used to, but it really is pretty user friendly once you get past the mildly confusing interface. That's the one thing I'd fault it for, is that they have enough information availabl
  5. Got lucky draining a 30 footer today for a birdie on 5, despite the recently punched and sanded greens. That same hole for the back nine, as #14, is going to be tough so I'm glad to get it out of the way once at least. It's a 190 yard at 3 with a smaller green than I'd like, so it usually takes a very nice (or lucky) first shot to birdie.
  6. They were even 1.5-2 holes behind the 2nd to last group it seemed. That said, the closing 4 holes were pretty rough for the final group which didn't help them. They were right on pace with the group ahead of them until the penalty strokes and drops were needed.
  7. Honestly I gave up on Game Golf and just started using the Taylormade app that does the same thing since they have a plug-in for Samsung Watches. Nothing extra to charge or remember to pack, and effectively just as easy to use when playing. Better yet, there's no beep so I can mark my shots even while others are still hitting. Game Golf was nice, and it's still a great idea, but I think the execution of everything past their Live device was just awful. Their website and service troubles have just been the straw that completely breaks the camel's back for me. I can't keep using a pr
  8. One more "new" birdie in the men's club on Wednesday, had a decent round with back-to-back birdies on 7/8 for the front nine and then birdies 6 with a terrible 3-foot lip out on 7 that would've been a nice second pair of birdies otherwise.
  9. The difference between a draw and a hook is purely a matter of personal distinction, kind of like how the difference between a good round and a bad round changes from golfer to golfer. My personal opinion is a mix of "too much curve" and "whether or not you can control it" - to me a hook is just a shot that curves much further left than you intended it to. If I am trying to hit a draw and it curves much more than I wanted, I hooked the shot because it curved left much further than intended. If I am trying to hit a fade and end up drawing the ball, I hooked it because it curved much furthe
  10. The sprinkler head is an immovable obstruction, if it's in the path of your swing where you could hit it or it could otherwise cause problems with your stance or swing you get free relief. Most common case is when the ball is resting directly on the sprinkler, but if you are in very close proximity to the sprinkler (like you are there) it also applies because the club could still hit it (as you found out). When putting you are granted relief based on the intended line of your putt for immovable obstructions, such as hole plugs, but ONLY if you are on the putting surface. If you are on the
  11. Getting the distance shouldn't be taking so long as to slow down pace of play. I set my bag next to the ball, grab the rangefinder from its pouch, shoot the distance, then put it back in the pouch while using my free hand to grab my glove from my back pocket at the same time. Total extra time to get a distance, compared to when I don't use the rangefinder, is maybe 5 seconds or 10 if I'm shooting the pin multiple times to be sure or if I'm ranging multiple targets (such as front of green, carry distance for something, etc.). If you play ready golf so that you're walking up to your ball (o
  12. Added myself into the spreadsheet for my home course. It's only 9 holes, but I am counting the front and back nine separately since I'm a little curious to see if I play better on the front nine than the back, or vice versa, and to keep things comparable. An easy enough course, the par 3's with either their length (190 yards w/ small green 5th) or crazy green slopes (the 9th has two greens, and both have severe slopes to make for tricky putts and even approaches trying to stick the ball without too much spin) would be the biggest challenges most likely, if only because par 3's are always more
  13. Considering my first round of golf this year in January had an ambient temperature of only 18 degrees before any windchill, I'll take the cold every time. Plus 40 degree day down to a 35 degree windchill is only 7 mph of wind, so that's average or better out here in Colorado. Warmer and less windy than I've been playing golf in, what's not to like? 😁 But on a serious note, I much prefer being cold to being too hot. Cold is easy to fix, just add layers, but when you're hot there's only so many layers you can legally get rid of while out in public. 35 degrees for me is still warm enough
  14. I liked the graphic showing the number of balls in the water at the Bear Trap this week. Over 250 balls, far more than even #17 at TPC Sawgrass. Definitely was surprising, but I liked that they had the edge by the water all mic'ed up for the splashes.
  15. Play is already slow enough on the Tour, having to wait for two different groups to clear the fairway (including one that has to make their way back around the lake through the crowds/grandstands somehow) would definitely only serve to make things worse. Plus now you need extra spotters with radios to tell people on the 18th if it's safe to hit to the 9th, since it's a blind shot for them, and they might themselves be waiting for that fairway to clear when the 18th fairway is wide open for them to play. Even ignoring the safety aspect this ruling would make sense solely from the logistics
  16. Just to make sure I'm being clear here, all of what I've said has been my personal experience solely golfing in the U.S. and in a lot of different tournaments. I haven't played anywhere outside the U.S. or Mexico, and for the most part I've played events and my rounds of golf at public courses rather than private clubs if that makes any difference. On the weekends when casual golfers are the majority, 1-20 rounds a year golfers, then I do find that the "serious golfers" who carry a handicap at all tend to be much better with pace of play regardless of if the handicap is low or high. Those
  17. In general, I would say that my experience is different from yours at least if we're specifically talking about golfers in tournaments. That said, I'm also a pretty laid-back person in terms of what bothers me vs what doesn't. In summary, my experience is that etiquette and pace of play are not correlated with a playing partner's handicap in a tournament environment. I've got my personal experiences organized by specific topic below. Practice Swings I've definitely seen play slowed due to practice swings a lot more from low handicap golfers (low cap, LC) than high handicap golfe
  18. I can honestly say I don't, because I make my judgements based on things other than playing ability. Whether I enjoy playing with somebody or not is a matter of their pace of play, and general etiquette rather than golf-specific items, but I know the individual priority items varies from player to player. I've played in some hundreds of tournaments in the last 12 years or so since I began playing competitively, and I can honestly say there are equal numbers of high handicappers and low handicappers that I've disliked playing with. Golf etiquette is easy to teach just by mentioning it to t
  19. I have to say that this video is very reassuring, because just last Saturday I discovered an issue with the 5-iron in my set of MP-4's that my local shop was unsure would be fixable or if it would be best served by replacing the clubhead (due to overbending of the iron). That's the 5-iron on the right, 4-iron on the left. A little tricky to tell from the angle of the clubs (trying to line them up side by side), but the 5-iron actually has some substantial curvature in the hosel. I've been playing these irons for 4 years now, and unwisely ignored the advice to have your lofts a
  20. I don't believe he will win another PGA Tour event, but I'm sure he'll still be around the game in some shape or another for a while to come. Maybe for interviews or ceremony every so often, but more likely as a tournament host and through his work with the Tiger Woods Foundation and course design.
  21. That's fair, after numerous sources came out to show that Patrick's actions were fully within the rules it should've died out and probably would have without Reed's history. That's probably what turned this into such a large controversy instead of just something where public knowledge of the rules was expanded (like what happened when DJ's ball moved on the putting green, and the public learned about the rule and it sparked a change). Instead we end up with constant accusations of cheating even weeks afterwards because people are convinced Reed was cheating. I'll fully admit when I first
  22. That's very true, but I don't think it's the crux of the issue. Rory's situation was also less likely to make the headlines because he wasn't holding onto the lead when it happened, he was -7 after the end of round 3, while Reed was at -10. Patrick Reed's ruling came into the spotlight and became a point of discussion partly because of his history and partly because he was the current leader. His actions during the ruling were definitely viewed by most through a lens colored by his history. That said, the majority of people who claim he was cheating talked about him removing the ball and
  23. I think this is the heart of the issue. Lots of people think Patrick Reed removing the ball was against the rules or that it hindered the ability of the rules official to check whether a ball was embedded or not. This is because they don't know the rules behind whether or not a ball is embedded, because a ball with any portion below the surface of the ground is considered embedded. You can't observe that in the rough without remove the ball and feeling to see if there is a dip, and the rules specifically say a player may mark their ball and remove it to inspect if it was embedded or not.
  24. As far as profanity goes, I don't care at all if pros swear or otherwise vocally vent their frustration. That said, the issue here is less about profanity in general and more about the specific word used. There are definitely a lot of better words and choice phrases Justin Thomas could have used. Maybe next time do a throwback to an old classic that was much less controversial instead.
  25. I'd rather drive, just because I like putting the cart/my bag quite close to my golf ball and when others drive they usually park much further away. It's honestly good etiquette that people do this, I just like having everything right next to my ball so I can range, grab a club, and be in position already for the start of my routine without any extra walking. Usually my cart or bag is only around 3 feet away from the ball, on the right hand side. You can actually see the shadow of the golf cart in my profile picture from the Newport Cup, just barely cropped out. Here's the original showin
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