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  1. I say this mostly tongue in cheek....but No. Just No. Back away from them in the store and just run the other way....
  2. Before joining this site and following more golf news outside of my game I generally gave TM drivers and woods first look. I really liked the TiBubble 2 and the Firesole drivers. I kept the Firesole for many years. Several years ago, in a vacuum, I just felt that they were always coming out with something "revolutionary" and it just couldn't be true. I do believe that their technology used to be really good. The missteps listed here are news to me, but strikes me as trying to keep pumping the numbers up. I honestly think that a company with the resources and global scope that TM has can support both multiple product lines and yearly release cycles. I never got a sense if any of their products were tiered for players of differing abilities or if there was a certain need any club was trying to fill. Or even a lower/middle/high end pricing schema. It seemed like they were throwing clubs at golfers every few months. I also went to Titleist woods and have been very happy. Price does not equate to quality, however usually higher priced items command those prices for a reason. I am able to buy my woods from ebay (irons and wedges need to be adjusted for length and lie) and the Titleist clubs command high prices 2-3 years after release for what I see.
  3. Twitter has it's uses, but it's a terrible platform because it allows people to be anonymous. It just encourages miserable or hateful people to troll. A golf writer is a member at my club and he feels the same way. When someone is anonymous they just are hateful. If someone disagrees with him he gets horrible things thrown his way.
  4. So I am back to being a broken record. I had the chance to get an extra round in yesterday and grabbed a free time at 8:30am. I didn't see anyone I knew so I got my stuff together and headed to the tee. There was a twosome in front of me, and a twosome in front of them. I play the first 3 holes w/o issue. 4th hole for some reason one of the people in front of me walked 40 yards back from being well out of range to somewhere where a good crack could hit them. Then they just started being so stupid slow. With someone behind them they both seemed to go to both balls and talk before swinging. Couple of times one of them would miss a putt and they would pull it back and do it again. They would take one club from their cart and walk to their ball...and then go back and get a different club (it was cart path only). Generally nothing over the top but a lot of things that made them slow. They didn't wait on a shot until 9. They are a twosome with generally no waiting and I am taking my time and I waited at least 5 minutes per swing. So at the turn I've just had enough and decided to bag it if there wasn't any other slot. There really wasn't so I go "Please just refund me for 9 holes. Anything is better than being behind those morons." I didn't realize that there were other members on the other side of the pro shop because I heard laughing. I told them what those two were like and they agreed they just were kind of a-holes or clueless dimwits. Anyway, my thing is either wave me up to play. Or through. Or (regardless of whether I am a single or a foursome) don't do stupid things that cause delays. It's just rude to not be considerate of the people behind you. Like I said, it wasn't like they had a slow hole. They were just doing a number of things that would hold people up.
  5. I'd laugh if it was something like The Insane Clown Posse. Or Lawrence Welk! Equally funny....
  6. Reminds me of Lewis Black remarking that the Pledge of Allegiance is coffee for kids. It wakes you up in the morning. Very often these things are started and decades later no one understands how they got started. Nothing wrong with it either way.
  7. I have no problem with any group, course or organization adopting something that changes the OB rule as part of me would love for it to not be as penal. However to me the point of OB being a more severe penalty is that you are off the golf course, hence you are in a different situation than many hazards where you could potentially play the ball. I've played places where hitting OB is as easy as hitting into a hazard. However the OB is where you are not allowed to play from. That means if you have a hazard on one side of the hole and OB on the other, your miss is the hazard and having tiered penalty based on shot result is appropriate within the game of golf. I'd prefer to not have anyone take a drop from OB stake, but for pace of play and deciding to play that way it's fine if all agree and don't post the score for handicap purposes.
  8. Don't say that in Princeton....
  9. I think Kostis makes good points, and I agree with him on all points. I agree that HD evidence that would show an infraction but it was not assessed is a disaster. However it was a disaster at both the men's and women's US Opens for varying reasons. And when more enhanced resolutions and camera angles get even better it's going to cause more argument and concern. Unfortunately these issues come up because there are too many people who abuse the rules and it affects other competitors who are honest. There are people at every club who won't play in many tournaments because of rampant cheating. I played with someone who stated that on Monday. In response rules are made that punish the innocent (singles).
  10. Where I caddied as a kid there was a greens keeper who was in the process of spraying something on the greens. It required watering or the greens would get badly burnt. He thought it was going to rain the night after they sprayed five greens late in the afternoon. It didn't rain and he also became unemployed for the damage done to the greens.
  11. I'd say that it's more than someone got around to having a class like that. Every generation has had people who are nothing but overgrown children. I just don't understand the hate that some people have for participation trophies. Why not give them out, especially if the kid is not the best at the sport or activity, but stuck with it and didn't quit. It doesn't mean as much as winning, nor should it. For some people putting in the effort, not giving up, or even doing moderately well at something that they aren't attuned to is worth something. For people who disagree with it, just explain to your children why you feel that way and give your opinion. I can see why some people don't like them, but I hardly think they are for ridicule. I think it also comes from the theory that positive re-enforcement for doing something right is preferred to more negative approaches. aka, praise someone when they do something right instead of highlighting a negative (you didn't win so it's nothing worth anything).
  12. My decision would depend on how the course worded it and what the repercussions were. I played at a course that had something like this. If no one was in danger, we would take the shot. If people could be hit, we wouldn't. It's a fault of the course design, but in our case they only had so much land available. The pro there was a pretty mellow guy and if you were a serious player or decent person he trusted you to do the right thing. The problem is that it was a semi-private course and you can't count on the general public being smart enough to always do the right thing. Hence the restriction. Slightly off-topic, but since it's mentioned above. My home course has a lot of artificial OB for pace of play and I've played two balls when in a situation where it's clearly golf course property but OB. I post the score with the OB penalty, however my feeling is that what I really shot is the non-OB ball. It's clearly wrong to make such places as OB and I feel they are doing a disservice to players in making it such. However the course was rated based on it, so I feel I have to post the OB penalty score.
  13. Had exactly 78 yards to the pin yesterday, uphill. Hit a smooth sand wedge to 79 yards and a bit left of the pin. I doubt my gap wedge is viable for this shot unless I choke down and shorten my swing.
  14. Probably higher. But I tend to either blow up or go low when the pressure is on. Depends on the day and situation.
  15. 5 for me. I've had several with 4. But I'd say that on an average day I am in the 0-2 range.
  16. Interesting. Every once in a while when you hit a shot off the driver very cleanly I feel like the white version has a little extra zing and might be a few yards ahead of my normal spot. However I have driven the same par 4 with the Flamingo ball (it's fun to come right up behind someone with an obviously nailed shot and it's pink) and those are pretty fair cracks but I've never hit with the pink a shot like I describe with the white ball. I ordered 5 dozen each.
  17. Many of these are just going to be ticks or idiosyncrasies that people have. Counting on your fingers is more of a unnecessary learned Someone once asked me on 18, whilst holding the flagstick, "Do you know how much a flagstick weighs?" I said no, not understanding. And he goes "Yeah, you probably wouldn't because you haven't picked one up all day."
  18. Ha ha! I have a couple of poker chips that I use. They are about the size of a 50 cent NZ coin that I like to use as well. I just happen to like the look, but will put a smaller one down if I am close to someone's line for the very reason to not distract anyone putting. I used to play with someone who would shoot the pin from 40 yards and while it didn't annoy me, I thought it was silly. I suppose if you specifically go out and get a feel for those distances you want to know within a few yards at that close range. But let's just say I knew he didn't go to the range and do that.
  19. Like being an A list actor is something that the very few achieve, pro golf is really, really hard. I've heard that golf is hard around here.... Plenty of super talented actors who never get their break. Plenty of really talented golfers who for various reasons don't make a break-through, but for a couple of shots perhaps they could have been exempt for a year or two, and then built up a better career. Better to be a peasant in heaven, than a king in hell is the phrase I'm reminded of.
  20. I have two 5 year old twin girls and have taken them out for 9 holes a few times. They have plastic fisher price clubs but enjoy hitting it and get so happy when they hit one a long way. I hope to encourage them more to play as they get older and if they have an interest will get them some kids clubs. Junior golf by me starts at 6, but I don't know if they will want to do it yet.
  21. I have a pair of Lime Green, with yellow-green mirrored lenses, that I wear frequently on the golf course. I can only hope it gives me an edge in a match or nassau.
  22. Stayed at 7.6. if I go down 2/10 more I max at double on my home course. You would not believe how many people want that so that they don't risk a 7 on a par 3. Three of the six par 3s definitely can bring 7 into play. (27 hole complex)
  23. Slicing will happen with any club. Some clubs maybe a little less. I concur with everyone else on the right thing to do. The only time I blame my clubs is on the course.
  24. There must be some clunkers that didn't sell well, but I doubt it got more than something like the following phrases: "Some people might not like the deep face" "Some people might not like to chip with the higher irons" "Some people might not like the over/under sized heads"
  25. I think it cuts both ways. By requiring solo rounds posted, it allows people to cheat by putting in whatever they want. I'm sure my playing partners don't know if I shot an 85 vs an 87 when we play...but if you are playing well and they see you put in a 95 then it's more of a red flag. However I also see the other side of this, and my old caddy master told me that people did this. You can have an index that is not reflective (and higher than it should be) because you play a lot of solo rounds so your game is in better shape than your index reflects. So you could game the system by playing solo and not posting to bring it down. So they took action to prevent the unverified scores. I don't agree with it. But people will find a way to game the system no matter what. To answer the questions, I suppose the intent is that if possible you could ask whoever you played with if the score posted seems real. Or the intent could be that playing with other people is a check and you won't pull a fast one with anyone else present.
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