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  1. I used to play a lot more and before having to scale back due to moving and working, ended as a 7 handicap. I had (still have) Mizuno MP-69s and think they are the best clubs I ever owned. I still cannot play and practice like I used to and was having a number of issues, so I got a set of TaylorMade MP5s and really like them, They generally fly straighter than the Mizunos, and have a lot more forgiveness in them, however are not as clunky feeling as the MP6s, which appear to be SGI clubs. For what I am playing and practicing now, they give me the ball shape that I want (my standard
  2. Heck no, I wouldn't tip. I like the rangers at my course, but I assume the people that they choose not to tell to speed up are tipping them something, because some people get treated like royalty and the rest of us get griped at.
  3. I used to play a lot of solo rounds because of my mother-in-law situation, she would be around at odd times and I had Wednesday mornings off, which were generally deserted at my old course. It definitely kept my handicap higher because half of my rounds of golf (I played 3-4 times per week then) were solo and hence I was more in the groove when playing rounds I posted and had so much more playing experience than my handicap showed. Before the rule change, I would post most of the rounds I payed solo. Sometimes I would deliberately play extra balls and different formats that precluded
  4. I happen to agree with that. Generally I feel like the USGA has taken extreme steps to protect par, and while making a course hard is really something the pros should complain about....when you basically set the stage for things to go screwy that is crossing a line. A good example is Shinnicock when they had to water the greens in between groups. I feel like these episodes are few and far between, so there shouldn't be the level of complaints are there seem to be out there.
  5. Years ago I read in golf magazine that you should tee up on the "side of danger" so that you imagine you are aiming away from something dangerous. The key word is imagine. I will do this sometimes and generally it's all a mental helper.
  6. I don't think it's a race to outrage. He made a stupid statement that was in a lot of peoples' opinion, ignorant. It's the doubling down and refusing to see that it was hurtful, ignorant or doing harm to the sport or more specifically women's golf. There are a number of people who are in the spotlight who do something wrong, mostly because they didn't initially think it was wrong. but the ones who don't get grief are the ones who think and at least acknowledge that there is cause that people could have been offended. I am more disappointed in him that he couldn't have the grace t
  7. For me, it all depends on the culture of the club. I belonged to a private club for several years and it was a struggle to enjoy it for long stretches almost entirely due to the membership. Looking back and talking with several people who also left, largely their complaints might be about other things (food, course setup, conditions, etc) but ultimately there was a large percentage of the membership who felt overly entitled to being treated a certain way and it wasn't justifiable almost anywhere. Beautiful course, but a large number of people who were very high on themselves and loved to
  8. I have 5 wedges, although I don't even consider my PW as a "wedge" anymore because it's just another iron as fas as I am concerned. I also rarely hit a full wedge, just my 50 degree mainly. It's so versatile, I'd rather hit a 3/4 50 than a full 56. Generally I find that there are enough circumstances with the shots that I can hit, where a 60 and a 64 degree wedge are very useful. If you don't hit the shots where you either have a distance gap by not having one, or you just score the way you want with less lofted clubs then you probably don't need one. Do you find yourself going
  9. I find it hard to like a golfer if they have a bad attitude or personality. For me, Tiger did years ago. The Tiger I see now seems very genuine and and positive. I'm glad he's winning again. I can appreciate his golfing skills, which is what he should ultimately be judged on, but I am much more of a fan of him today than 10 years ago
  10. I'd prefer to walk, but my home course is very hilly and spread out thru a housing complex. So there are no quick walks from hole to hole and 11 of the 18 holes have decent upgrades on them to get to the green. So I only walk on the 10% of times I play elsewhere, if it's a walkable course.
  11. 105 with a 50 degree Gap Wedge. Smooth and usually a slight fade.
  12. I let the length of the shot, the terrain and the amount of green I have to work with define the club I pick. I prefer minimum loft to get the ball rolling as I feel that over time that gets me closer to the hole in average. I don’t feel I can lob it high, and hence less roll, from longer distances as that leads to being shorter than I like for my putt. I also try and use the same swing effort (length taken back and firmness) where possible so the main work in deciding is how far effectively does this ball need to roll. That includes distance, slope and grain. I do prefer a wed
  13. 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.
  14. 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?
  15. 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.
  16. 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
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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".
  20. 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.
  21. 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!
  22. I'd throw out my wife before I threw out those clubs.
  23. 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.
  24. 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
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