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dave s

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  1. Have you ever lost a ball in the fairway?

    Tee ball on #1 at Firestone South course in Akron, OH. Hit 3-wood with the usual R to L draw right into the middle of the fairway. Pick up tee, ride with group to tee shots. No ball. Anywhere. I'm thinking that ball was right down the middle of the fairway, how is it not sitting RIGHT HERE? Well, it did land just right of center fairway and rolled right, through the first cut and came to rest in 4" deep KY Bluegrass rough. Apparently, local knowledge says play the LEFT half of the fairway on #1 if you can't drive it 250 plus off #1 tee box. Balls go somewhere each and every time we hit them. It's out there somewhere, but we just can't find it on occasion. And when you can't find it, lost ball rules takes over. dave
  2. Fowler Playing With Untucked Shirt

    Shirt was much better looking than his high-top shoes and sweatpants he wore last season!
  3. Bunker Sand - Firm or Soft?

    From course to course and region to region, bunkers represent the largest inconsistency in golf conditions as I see it. Example: Many of the bunkers in and around NE Ohio public courses are, a) rarely in good condition; b) can be a sand and micro pebbly mix; playbox sand; worse. Then you go to a quality place and the bunkers are raked, in good shape and you catch a pretty good lie most of the time. That is until you take your swing and find out only the top half inch of the sand is good. Your club bounces off the rock hard base beneath the good sand and blade one over the green and into more trouble. Played a couple of RTJ golf trail courses last year. The sand was powder. More like moist talcom powder than sand. No idea how to hit from a bunker with very dense, heavy sand. Left a few in because I'd never played from that type of sand. Tour pros are fortunate that bunker conditions are consistent from week to week for them. The rest of us suffer with 'no idea' how the bunkers will behave from round to round. Remedy? Stay OUT of the bunkers at all cost. They are not fair, not in good condition and sand consistency is definitely NOT part of bunker play for most of us.
  4. Shipping clubs for a trip

    One more tip if you choose air travel with your clubs: Remove the heads from your driver and woods if you can. Those clubs can easily be broken off when using a soft-side bag. Airlines will also make you sign a waiver for clubs in anything but hard-shell cases. Last thought: Ship them via FedEx (again) in the box you can buy from them and ship nearly everything you need IN the box along with your clubs. And take the heads off your woods! dave
  5. Best places to live with great muni golf

    Agree with others that municipal golf is not a good or real representation of area golf. Cleveland has a collection of muni courses, some really nice and not so. Also many local area communities own and operate golf courses. Some operate them right into the ground because a golf course falls into the hands and management of the parks program and being able to mow weeds in a park and proper golf course maintenance is two largely different sets of responsibility. My favorite local munis fall into three categories: 1) my 'home course' is the one many other cities visit to see how things are done correctly. It's condition is on the level of Firestone CC, it's always full with leagues, high-school golf, outings and tournaments. It's a cash cow for the city; 2) another local muni owned by another city has been for sale for 5 years because the city LOSES money keeping its doors open each season. Plus, they are one of the more expensive tracks in the area muni or open to public; 3) Another wonderful muni we play claims it isn't making money and the city is trying to sell it off to developers who would build a planned community of housing and retail in a great area currently occupied by the course. When looking at what areas have the best munis it's kind of unfair. Buying, building and maintaining golf courses is not a core competency for smaller cities. They have bigger fish to fry than hiring competent PGA professionals to manage the overall quality of a golf course and run it profitably. dave
  6. The Problems With Golf

    Golf can still be enjoyable even if you completely suck. It also doesn't have to represent thousands of dollars as fee for entry into the game. Case in point. Yesterday, I played the longest 9-hole round of my life. Didn't matter, wife was at sister's pool all day and I had 4 hours to play, clean up and make our dinner plans. In front of my 3-some was 2 women. In front of them 4 guys representing the final 4-some in a golf outing that went off around noon. We caught both groups on the par-3 5th and par-5 6th holes. Trust me when I say there wasn't enough talent between the six of them to break 60 on the front nine. But you know what? Everyone hacking and stinking up the place was having fun. From the younger women ahead of us teeing up balls 'til she got one she liked to the guys in front of them hitting pop-ups and straight-right squibbers off the tee, they were having fun and enjoying themselves. We weren't going anywhere and I was in no hurry to finish so what was going on around me didn't affect me one bit. The biggest barrier to golf I experience is people who think the game is easy to be good at and drop it like a bag of dirt when they find out it's NOT easy to be anything CLOSE to mediocre within a couple rounds or a couple of seasons if they happen to be a real 'go-getter.' My wife is the best example of squeezing every ounce of enjoyment from golf. She enjoys being outside, sharing the company of others, marveling at the beauty of a golf course on a gorgeous day, drinking a few adult beverages if she feels like it. Shooting 100-120 is the least of her worries during a round of golf. Go out. Hack it around. Enjoy yourself. But don't hold up the rest of the course. That's my free advice.
  7. How many wedges

    4 wedges here and no plans to drop 1 or reconfigure the short end of the bag. PW - 45*; UW - 50*; SW 54* LW 58* Yardages are 100-110; 90-100; 80-90; 80 and under. Also, I use the 58* wedge for a lot of shots around the green. It's my 'go-to' greenside wedge. Dialing in short, or scoring irons is important to my game. Hitting it close from 120 out is the only thing keeping me in the game anymore. To me, wedges are critically important. dave
  8. Plus it only has a 6-way club divider so it's a few years old, or older. Might not be used, but it's not new. $600? No way. dave
  9. Kinda agree with David In FL. And to elaborate, maybe focus your practice efforts on your scoring clubs from 150 yards and closer. These are the 'money shots.' Get 'em on and get 'em close so you can make birdies and save pars. Ideas for you: Go to range often. Take (if you have one) a range finder and start dialing in distances from 7-iron all the way down to your lob wedge. Scoring clubs are just as much about distance control as direction. Work on establishing distance consistency for all the scoring clubs while working on direction as well. Knowing yardages on the course and being confident about which club goes that far is key to getting 'em on and close. Should result in hitting more greens, as David In FL pointed out. dave
  10. Poll on Range Finders

    Agree 100%. After understanding how to use the range finder, I spent the early season two years straight dialing in yardage distances for 7-iron down through wedges. Can't hit a green with anything longer then a 7-iron anymore so understanding distances with scoring clubs is the other main component to the range finder. Last night, I shot pins at 40, 68 and 52 yards. All 3 lob-wedge shots were inside 10 feet. This is where I see the biggest value using the tool. Again, it helps that I understand full swing with lob-wedge (58*) is 80 yards tops and can vary swing length and opening up the blade to control distance on short yardage shots. dave
  11. When Did You Sell Out?

    Probably going full-time in a riding cart. Ankles, knees, hips, feet. Walking and carrying 18 might render me bedridden to 2 days. My other summer interest is playing gigs with my hippie 60s show band. Trust me when I say 2 hours of playing on hard stages in beatle boots in the heat produces similar results. Gettin' old isn't all that fun! dave
  12. Poll on Range Finders

    I've commented before on range finder threads on where I believe the tool is most valuable. Third shot on a par-5 hole. You have a great look at the stick and you must make an important yardage decision. Pull range finder, shoot flag and confirm you are 78 yards from the pin. EXACTLY 78 yards. Smooth lob wedge goes 80 yards. Line it up and hit it close to the hole. What happens with those who DON'T use the tool is that most of the time actual distance to pin is underestimated. Any wonder why so many people leave approach shots SHORT with wedges and short irons? Lack of accurate information. Start watching your playing partners who don't use a range finder and tally up the times they come up short. I offer mine up to anyone in that 120 and in range so they can make the right club decision. Sometimes I'll ask for their estimate before shooting the flag to get accurate yardage. Nine times out of ten, they underestimate the yardage number. Great tool. Glad I have and use it. dave
  13. What do you think of Fox network coverage?

    Not a fan of FOX golf coverage either. It doesn't flow because they try to cram too much 'action' into every telecast minute. Compared to CBS and Golf Channel, I'd put FOX a distant 3rd. Joe Buck is a baseball announcer by trade--not a golf guy. The other reporters don't seem to have much of a rapport with the players, either. I guess you can't show up one week out of the season and expect to have much of a relationship with the PGA Tour in general. Lack of relationship with Tour players comes across during the telecast and in interviews. At the end of the day, (and like everything else) it's all about the money. FOX bid the most $$ for US Open broadcast rights and have it for a long time. Let's all be thankful they didn't get The Masters.
  14. I hate tailgaters

    What tailgaters don't realize is when you drive 5' from the car in front of you, your options are slim to none. Tailgater in video had absolutely no option or answer for the car in front hitting the brakes. Lucky the tailgater didn't end up in the opposite direction lanes involved in a head-on collision. dave
  15. Pace of Play Question

    Lots of good advice here already. I'd like to add a couple for your consideration: 1. Be ready to play when it's your turn. This is the biggest time-waster out on the course. When it's my turn to play, I'm walking up to the ball, setting up and hitting a shot. Doesn't matter whether it's a drive, fairway, chip, pitch or putt. I'm ready to play when it's my turn. 2. Think ahead. If you've missed the green with a shot, return the club you just swung and pull your around-the-green wedge AND your putter. You'll need them both in short order. As soon as you arrive, assess your shot, hit the wedge then take both wedge and putter onto the green. Note to self: Do NOT leave your wedge on the green. Place it on the flag stick after it comes out of the hole. 3. Have a 'go-to' club and shot from the fairway when things aren't going well. Whether that club is a 5-hyrbrid or a 7-iron, have a club that you can comfortably hit to keep advancing the ball. A lot of times, I'll see errant drives into the rough followed up with rolled 3-wood! That's not a 'go-to' shot. Hack it out of the rough with a club that moves the ball effectively forward and back into play. I learned to play this way when my Dad was around. His rules were simple: 1) keep up or you can't play; 2) keep moving the ball forward with clubs you can hit; 3) follow the rules and etiquette. Lastly, my Dad outscored me plenty of times using just a 5-iron, wedge and a putter. See item #3 above. And most definitely get out on the course and have at it! dave

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