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  1. One of the par 3s on the Monster course in the NY Catskills. 233 yards. Uphill with a huge bunker in front of the green. The entire course is supposed to be "monster" length.
  2. It all depends on the people you play with. A horrible round can be a great experience if you are playing with the right people. While I don't have a problem with people who want to play this way, or playing with people who goof around ; Spark seems to take issue with people playing the game as intended and I have to ask why?
  3. They also finally addressed the issue of distance by requiring Pros and amateurs of 2.4 or lower to use persimmon clubs and balls made in the 1980s.
  4. Same type of ball for me. I vary between Titleist ProV1, Vice Pro and TaylorMade TP5. All feel very similar to me. That includes the V1x and Vice Pro Plus. Around the green is what is important and all of those give the same feel. Vice and ProV1 feel harder on full shots than the TaylorMade TP5 and ProV1x . For around the green, I think it helps slightly
  5. As long as I've played there has always been something that tells your rough distance. That is very meaure-able and although some people take their sweet time with their range finders, it does help speed play and that is a good call. Yeah, wind and elevation is definitely something different and I'm glad they left it out. It doesn't take much brains to figure distance, but I think it's a good skill to learn if you want to be a better player. Or at least develop the skills to be a better player.
  6. it reads to me that because of the Olympics, you cannot smoke weed and to participate in the sport you have to conform, even if you aren't going to be part of the Olympics. That's fine, but I wonder if this was the first action. 3 months in this instance seems excessive since it is legal in a lot of places in the US. I wouldn't say it's harsh if the Tour told him to stop and he didn't. But given the overall circumstances, I think it's ridiculous.
  7. I have had a number of courses tell me that they will not pair me up, nor will they take a time for a single. I'd be more than happy to be paired up, I don't expect to play by myself. I find it to be short sighted and/or lazy. if you won't book me as a single, then I probably will shy away from choosing there when playing with other people. It also smacks of laziness since all you need to do is look at the tee sheet to see if there is room and put me in. There is a big difference between "I don't see any openings right now" and a blanket "we don't book singles".
  8. Great publication. I have been slowly reading thru them because I find myself thinking about it after reading, so I like to be able to reflect and not take too much in at once. There is also a good magazine I found from down under, Caddie magazine. So far has a lot of great articles. What I like about both publications is the obvious love of golf that the people have who write for them.
  9. I have been lucky enough to play about 30 of the courses on this list. I was surprised that I had played that many. I caddied right across the street from Hollywood at Deal Golf and Country Club and went over to Hollywood to caddy once in a great while (got to play it once as well). Great course!
  10. I'd throw out my wife before I threw out those clubs.
  11. This thread reminds me of a guy I caddied for years ago. His bag had a SW, 6i and a 2i (why?), everything else minus the putter were woods. This was before hybrids came out. He had up to a 15-wood, which was equivalent to a 9-iron. He also had two five woods, for some reason.... However, he made it work. He wasn't a very good golfer, but he could score decently enough. For me personally, I go back and forth with my hybrid. I have a 19 degree and I can definitely feel where people are coming from when they say a miss is left. That's my miss with it, not any other clubs. It is however a very useful club. It covers the spread between 2i, 3i and a weaker 5-wood. I do however interchange it with a 3-iron, and when I do I take my 3-wood out and replace with a 4-wood. Choking down a little on the 4-wood and laying off a little replicates the distance of the hybrid. The reason I so this is for when I have a number of holes where the ground is dry and I want the 3-iron to roll out. For me, it doesn't go as high as the hybrid does so I get more roll. hybrids tend to hit and stick since the fly so high. Depending on the course and conditions, I can see both sides of having one or not. I hope that when I slow down later in life that I have the good sense to replace longer irons with hybrids. At some point I will not be able to generate the swing speed to effectively hit a 2 or 3 iron consistently.
  12. I remember it distinctly because it was one of those "I cannot I am not scoring well on a course like this". One of the double greens was also very close to the edge of a runway on the adjacent airport, so putting was fun when it looked like a plane was going to land on you...or potentially dump it's chemical toilet. Of course, that might have improved the course. I might do a write up on my old home course in the area. It was a very challenging course with some design decisions that made me wonder if Arnold Palmer had a secret evil streak in him. It was unlike any other course of his that I played. This exchange sums it up, it was with someone I played with a lot there: Jim: It's hilarious, when I travel I tell people that I play on a 27 hole Arnold Palmer golf course, they tell me "That must be great", and then I tell them "NO! It sucks!" Me: I agree with that.
  13. golf.com has a new article posted about how people shouldn't make JB Holmes the fall guy for slow play. Although it also did remind me that he held up the Grammies one year.... Their point is that because the Tour doesn't care, then he is just buying into the situation that they created. However what I find striking is that Holmes did not do basic common sense things, like look at your putt before it's your turn and other smart things that cut down on the time to play a shot. Part of the complaints that I recall here are that he basically watches everything else around him and then starts his pre-shot when it's his turn. I personally cannot stand the dead air and manufactured dialogue that is all too common in the few broadcasts I've seen the past few years. Or commercials all the time. I like the action on Thursday and Fridays because you get to see a lot more and there is more to cut to.
  14. The golf course in Moon Township, PA is one of the craziest courses I've played. I played it with my father-in-law, so that just adds to the hilarity. He has a nice slow burn until he's had it and then just collapses in a pile of pity, anger and overall pathetic-ness. Anyway, the first hole is a "short par 4" that reads 250ish on the card and I hit a 5-iron right near the green. It also is tight to a road (quite a theme on this course). So one shot in, I almost beaned someone when the starter said "go ahead, it's farther than it looks". Hint: It's not! There is a par three where you hit over a road. Not a dirt road. A paved road. With telephone and power lines running across as well, for good measure. One of us hit over an old Honda Accord IIRC. The whole course is a shooting gallery. We almost got hit several times because the fairways are narrow and about as adjacent as two people making out. And if you are looking to feel like you are playing an old. traditional course then look not further! It has several double greens that host two holes. Yes, huge greens so that you can have two physical golf holes on the same green. Which is great when you are playing with a bunch of hicks who have lousy distance control. Yes, we almost got hit on the greens as well. Finally, the last thing that I remember is that one of the holes on the back nine has a huge downhill slope to the green, but then shoot back up almost 90 degrees. The thing is, the slope is quite lot of the length of the hole, fairly steep to hit a golf ball off of, and when we played it, the grass was long. So no chance of rolling to the flat. Fortunately there was enough clover to give me a fluffy lie to a hideously elevated green. Granted it was not the Western PA course where I was mooned by the people in front of me, that one was actually a somewhat saner layout.
  15. Ballyowen is a great course. Crystal Springs, what in the world were they thinking? Not only are the mounds silly, but the grass (when I played it) was long enough that it would stay on the side of the mound. The other courses in the complex are waaaayyyyyy better
  16. Seems like a no brainer, especially since these rounds aren't televised.
  17. Bryson is the annoying teachers pet who is right enough to do better than you in class, but you know that he spends every Friday night organizing his sock drawer. My main hope for him is that he is so engrossed in his stats that he steps on a rake and it whacks him in the face.....
  18. J.B. Holmes is the guy in the left most lane, driving 30 because he is texting someone.
  19. I have twin girls, what a blessing! ebay is another good resource and there are tons of good putters there. For years I used a $10 Nicklaus blade putter from 1967. Lasted a long time and great putter.
  20. I think Kuchar is getting way more flack for this than he should. He should have paid the caddie more and I think that he was in the wrong there, but Gillis basically made it a public shaming when it should not have been. I'm also quite surprised people are not going WTF about a "50k or nothing" response from the caddy. Being booed and having people cheer when you miss putts is also just ridiculous. Most of those people probably are not discussing it to the length that people on this forum are and it's shame that it got to the level that it did before something else was done. I'll tell you why I have some measure of sympathy for Matt. I am lucky enough to make more money than both my family and my wife's family. And what did they do to me for that? They expected me to be their piggy bank and backstop for their life choices. It became an expectation that I would help them if they got into trouble and I was given a lot of crap if I didn't swoop in and pay their bills. I can't help but think that there is some measure of "well he's rich so he should ...." embedded in all of this. No one really looks good in all of this. The caddy looks the best overall, but it's a crap show. Kuchar - dude, you should know better and at the very least recognize that your bottom line doesn't change by doing something really nice for the caddie Caddie - sorry, but saying no to $15k tells me someone is in your ear about this. from what I've read, you don't speak English and probably were a lot less help than other caddies. But you did deserve better. Gillis - what an ass. I caddied for 15 years. Sometimes the guys paid well when they won. Guess what, sometimes they didn't think they had to. Did I like that? No. But I didn't expect some big bonus just because they hit the right shots to win. Again, the caddy deserved more, but man how many people complaining about this are wearing clothes made in far away sweat shops or buying off Amazon which hits Main Street businesses hard. That's basically the same thing, where you gain an advantage at the expense of someone else. A lot of people in the midst of this should not throw boulders around (just a few stones so Kuchar does the right thing though).
  21. Just Finished Fitness Junkie, a hilarious take on the NYC fitness scene and how over the top things can be.
  22. I think he'll win a PGA tour event, maybe 2. But I think he'll be 0 for 4 at the majors. I hope I'm wrong. It would be colossal if he won The Masters.
  23. I like Poulter a lot, he can be cast as a villain because he usually rises to the occasion for the Ryder Cup. He generally picks his fights well. Robert Allenby seems to have a penchant for treating people horrible and falling down. I'll go with him.
  24. I use a 64 degree occasionally, and I say occasionally because there are not many times where it is the only, or correct, club to use. It is noticeably higher than a 60 and it goes high enough to largely stop very close to where it lands. The main reason I don't use it very much is because I don't find shots that tight, not the right sand to hit from if I am in a tight bunker. I've successfully used it to get up and down from pitches where I have very little green to work with, and once you get down your distance on these pitches, it's an effective weapon. However, it gets used maybe 1-2 times over 3 rounds of golf. There are so many other ways to get the ball near the hole and it's not really a good club to launch from the fairway from 60 yards out.
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