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  1. Bring the rakes back. Most people use them where I play and the bunkers were designed with rakes in mind. I see no reason to make the game more difficult.
  2. When the season opens in NJ I will playing the Trufeel. I played the Trusoft for most of last season and it was fine.
  3. If I don't overdo the backswing my chances of a good swing increase greatly.
  4. I got the hat and also received the magazine.
  5. NJpatbee

    Love and Hate

    I love the feeling of playing a round with my grandson and making shots that I normally would not. I hate taking 5 months off from golf in the winter.
  6. 1. Yes. My wife is undergoing chemotherapy and her immune system is compromised so she stays away from crowded enclosed areas like a supermarket or movie theater. We are also canceling our annual St. Patrick's Day dinner which we host for our family. No panic but just trying to be cautious. 2. No. I am a couple of weeks away from swinging a club but I do not see it impacting playing golf.
  7. Once you have ruled out any serious medical conditions I also suggest that you give a chiropractor a try. I have had back and neck issues for over 30 years and it definitely has helped me. Good luck!
  8. As a mid-high handicapper I would say that certain types of balls fit my game better than others. I can say for certain that I do not play better with a tour ball but my score would not vary that much between a ProV1 and Velocity. At 68 years old I do get a bit of additional distance off the driver with a low compression surlyn ball and get additional roll which is welcome. Balls like the TruSoft (now TruFeel), Srixon Soft Feel, and the Gamer Soft (RIP) are my comfort zone.
  9. My point was that the PGA Tour wants there to be "exciting" and "entertaining" portions of their product and IMO it impacts the course set up.
  10. I voted "yes" with the understanding that no organization is perfect. Sure, courses need to be set up to allow for maximum roll out in the fairway and some speedy greens to make it entertaining to the casual golf watcher. The PGA Tour is in business for itself but their tournaments do raise good amounts of money for charities. I watch some of most PGA Tour tournaments and do enjoy them and agree that they do help the business of golf. Although they are often involved in controversy I do look to the USGA to maintain the integrity of the game and sponsor the US Open championships.
  11. I started playing golf at age 40 with a bad back and always preferred to ride although I would always walk an executive course near my house. Fatigue and pain are killers and my back and now my hip have 2-3 miles of walking in them before they impact my game negatively . At 68 I could walk 9 but prefer not to.
  12. I believe that there are too many PGA Tournaments which has led us to the season ending in the Fall and new tournaments starting right up. The FedEx cup is a great payday for one golfer but I could do without it and have a few autumn tournaments and then call it a season. I understand the benefit that some charities get from the less prestigious tournaments but there is some over saturation. As for the PGL is they get enough sponsors it may fly but there are too many traditional events that would suppress player participation. And would they be willing to give up their PGA Tour Cards? I doubt it.
  13. Normally water unless it is very hot when I add at least one or two Gatorade/Powerade drinks.
  14. My home course is about 20 minutes away. I would drive up to an hour to play a good different course on occasion.
  15. I have a much slower swing speed than the OP and am 68 years old. When I was 63 - 64 I switched to hybrids from my 2i thru 6i. It rejuvenated my game to the point that I am hitting distances that I was hitting in my late 50's. In my opinion the hybrids are much easier to hit but looking at your distance with a 5 iron you may not notice a big difference but will be interested to know how they work out for the OP.
  16. I was probably fly fishing for trout.
  17. I went from 16.5 to 16.9. I did sign on to the ghin website but it took several tries.
  18. I agree with fat shots which can ruin an entire round for me. Shanks are unnerving but for me they are an anomaly and go away after one good swing. Hitting 3 or 4 fat shots per round can stick with me for a couple of weeks.
  19. I do not know exactly but I would take a guess at 8-9.
  20. 2019 Goals Decide on a new home course since moving Play 40 18 hole rounds with at least 15 eligible for handicap entry Work on solid contact with the ball for additional distance Lower my 16.3 handicap index by a stroke I did join a nearby semi-private club in 2019. I played about 30 rounds but had 20 eligible for handicap. I did make decent contact but did not gain much in the way of distance. And my handicap went down a half point for a while but I ended up at 16.5 .
  21. As a 68 year old 16 Hcp I play better with a soft feeling ball that has decent performance on the green. I have played many of the premium tour level balls with no difference in final score than my surlyn softer golf balls. I agree that a more talented golfer can do things with a tour ball that most of us cannot.
  22. I drink very good scotch and have tried it neat but unless I am nursing a cold or the flu I much prefer ice. I suppose it is the way I started drinking it in my 30's and it is what I enjoy. I know, I cringe when my grandkids put ketchup on hot dogs but they like it.
  23. Excellent golfer and competitor but he always seemed a bit quiet in front of the camera. Let's see how he does.
  24. NJpatbee

    36 In A Day

    About 20 years ago when I was a youngster of 47 I would travel to the Dallas area for business once/month. I would fly to Dallas on Saturday and be on the local public course at 7AM Saturday after a light breakfast. I would finish 18 by 10:15, put my name on the list and have time for heartier breakfast and be on my second 18 by 11AM. I would finish the second 18 by 2:30, put my name on the list, and grab a sandwich. I would usually be playing my third 18 by about 3:15 and with more people on the course would finish by 7:30 and head to the local sports bar after 54 holes. Now, I could do this when there was enough light by riding a cart, and playing Sunday morning and early afternoon when most locals were busy with their church duties. Today it would be out of the question.
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