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  1. I've played Louisville golf woods, modern persimmons and when I was younger persimmon woods when metal woods were common. It's a lot of fun. And it's nice to see people still playing with older equipment. I can still remember some of my persimmon 4w shots 25 years later. And I'm only 42. Fun stuff!
  2. That's pretty neat. I'm in IT and I wrote a handicap tracker in python. It keeps track of the courses and slope/rating and will take the last 20 in the data file that I write and calculate the handicap. It's great for keeping track since I cannot put in rounds where I am single anymore. I have plans to expand it to a stats tracker where I can say whether I hit the fairway, or went out of play. Or hit the green and give percentages on what the tougher shots seem to be, but that'll probably be down the road. Useful if you add club information because then you can pull accuracy stats for each club and overall numbers for each hole. I don't know much about databases (I support DBAs, but am only an end user of DBs) so this is completely different to how I would approach it. Good luck!
  3. Also not trickery, and has nothing to do with the match at hand, but helps the guy… what… get a lower vanity handicap? Why? Actually I don't quite understand the situation here. Unless it's a stroke play match or tournament that doesn't restrict to ESC, then why does this matter? The weekly Saturday game at my place caps the money game to ESC, so if someone is going to make a 10 and their ESC is 7 then they can pick up after the 7 and it affects nothing. They post the 7 in the handicap system. If you are playing match play and you are at this point it doesn't affect the match. By saying carded score, is the assumption that it's either bragging rights "I shot a 85 today!", when the extra shots would have made it a 90 or something? Or that the non-ESC score is used for some type of winnings? The former is that person being boorish, the latter should have never allowed him to take ESC to begin with and the rules for what you are playing in should make that clear. Also the most common one I have seen at my place is people grounding their club in a hazard of bunker, but only if you aren't near them. I've played with them enough to not see them do it, but if you walk closer while they are addressing, or look through a range finder from 100 yards away, it's pretty obvious.
  4. 1 - I witnessed someone know that a competitor was hitting the wrong ball, watched him swing and before the ball hit the ground informed him of a 2 shot penalty. 2 - I am not making this up. In a caddy match someone hit a white ball into the woods, claimed he found it and hit an orange ball out.
  5. My club had to do this for a qualifying scramble for a larger tournament where the winning foresome from your club goes to the finals elsewhere with the winners from other clubs. Someone had to go with every foursome because of cheating. That is always the day you cannot find anyone at the club because they are monitoring the members on the course.
  6. My strategy doesn't change in matches. If I am sure they are going to make it, I concede. I did have someone, last year, who had two putts to tie the last hole when he was 1-up from 6 feet on a flat part of the green and I conceded the putt. No way he was going to take more that 2 putts, but he did look a little surprised.
  7. I think it was a number of things. 1 - I play on a ridiculously hard course. I used to lose 6-12 balls per round and it forces you to try and be better or avoid problems and big numbers. 2 - Lessons. I had a lot of movement in my swing. My head, feet and hands moved too much which means that my rhythm for the day would dictate how well I did. By keeping my head and feet still I eliminated most of the movement. I had a big break at the top of my swing with my hands and if I couldn't square them the ball would go all over. Now they are passive and I generally square the club, even on mishits. That really helps keep me in play. 3 - I got used to shooting lower scores, thanks to the lessons. Like a lot of people getting down to a lower level of scoring was a rarity at first, but then it became more commonplace to shoot lower so that I didn't get nervous about it. It helped me get into the high 70s and low 80s for a lot of rounds. My bad days are now much lower than they used to be. 4 - watching other golfers, particularly on the greens. I don't think that watching another player on a full swing helps a lot because everyone is different. You can't try and emulate someone else's swing, which as a caddy is how I learned the game. I do think that putting and seeing how other people read greens and the variety of shots around the green does help. I watch how a lot of people play different chip and pitch shots. One thing I notice is that people tend to play one type of shot regardless of what the shot calls for. It's great to have a go-to shot, but you can't chip with an 8-iron and expect to stop it when you've got no green to work with. 5 - playing a lot helped because the swing changes felt natural after a while. I used to be able to play 2-3 times per week and hit balls 2 times per week. I can't now, but that swing was "grooved" to where now when I pick up a club that is how it should feel. I expect to drop off a little bit, but so far I am still shooting roughly what I did before the schedule change 6 - this one is kind of specific to me, but I have a generalized form of social anxiety disorder. I haven't been treated well by a lot of people close to me in life, so uncomfortable social situations can be very hard for me. It really helps to play with people that you are comfortable with. There are a lot of difficult people where I am a member and my scores around people who bother me are a lot higher. When I am with people that I am comfortable with I do well. I've seen enough stories about people bugging people and you need to have that filter to tune them out. 7 - visualize every shot. for every shot I try and visualize what should happen so that my execution should match that. it doesn't mean I will hit a good shot, but it helps me make a good swing. Getting up and hitting the ball without that when there is not optimal shot conditions can really hurt. By taking the time and taking practice swings I feel comfortable hitting off the side of a hill where the ball is a foot above my feet for example. 8 - recognize that any shot played is done and over and you can't make it up, or live off it for the rest of the round. too many times I've tried to force a shot and it makes a bad shot worse, or compounds the error. On a hole I am in trouble, it's best to take my medicine and accept the bogey or DB. Once I'm off a bad hole you have to reset and not let it put pressure on you.
  8. I generally agree with you, although on carts unless both are in trouble it should be pretty quick. However I wanted to point out something very funny that I have seen several times at my home course. I go into the woods or in a hazard area and am looking for a ball. I find a ball, say a Titleist 4 with a red dot. Look within 10 feet and find the exact same ball with the exact same mark!!! Yes, most likely someone took a mulligan (or provisional) and did the exact same bad swing.... Ouch!
  9. Mulligans are fine if you aren't posting or are not holding anyone up. And I wouldn't be bothered if someone took 30 seconds to hit another shot if they were trying to work something out and proceeded without delay. The people who are just oblividiots bother me. The original story reminds me of a match I played earlier this summer. Teamed up with 2 guys who "didn't want to play as a twosome" presumably because they didn't want to wait all the time. Boy did they make us slow and make us wait. Multiple balls on many holes that they would drop and hit! With people behind us waiting, and while my opponent and I were hitting! Other fun stuff with them was deciding to play music out of a speaker without asking me (in a match!!), they asked my opponent but never bothered with me. That didn't stick out until later in the round when I was complaining about how rude they were. They talked so much during our swings by the end that something was said to them. Completely just into their own thing and don't care if they affect others. Just like the people in the OP.
  10. only at the top of the bag will it change. I have a Driver, 4w and 3i as my longest clubs. On a course with longer, narrow par 4s I might swap in a 3w and take out the 4w. Also depending on the course I might swap a 3h for the 3i. On rare occasions I'll go Driver, 4w and then right to a 4i if I feel the need to swap in a 64 degree wedge. However usually it needs to be firm conditions since that takes away two clubs I might tee off with (3i and no hybrid to replace it)
  11. Clubs that let me down on the course don't get wiped off. They can stay dirty and think about the evil that they have done.
  12. Am through the first few chapters of "A Tight Lie" by Don Dahler. Very witty and wry writing. Lot of humor, darker humor, but he seems to write distinctive and descriptive characters. Looking forward to reading it this week. Recommended from me.
  13. I think the article overreaches, even though there are some good points. Selling clothes is different than the equipment side, however Nike pursued the same strategy that other golf companies did which is pay a lot of tour pros money to endorse and then use that to sell clubs. They didn't completely bank on Tiger, they had a number of pros over the years. Adding Rory was surely an attempt to get the "next Tiger". So they are following a business strategy that others did. Tiger was the leading face for Nike and two things happened in 2008. First there was the fire hydrant and all the fallout. Not to get into it, but that might send some segment of the population away from Nike clubs and clothes, just like any other celebrity stepping in it. Second was that the economy cratered in 2008 and that surely had an effect as well. So I don't think we can blame it all on Tiger and the decision to market him extensively. So the article collapses under it's own weight in some areas. I think the decline of Tiger had an impact on their business, but it was hardly the only reason. I never heard that about the amateur status complaints. Don't we have a lot of people who are going to turn pro soon still be amateurs and it's just a matter of time? I agree Earl had his plans out there for years probably, but how is that different from other pros who went thru this?
  14. 3i Less dispersion than my hybrid although it goes a few yards less. I generally don't have any issues hitting it off the deck. Mizuno doesn't have a 2-iron for the set. I find the clubs ok enough to hit to get one, if they had it, to play around with. The 2-iron would be good for a number of places where I choke down on my 4-wood.
  15. Usually a polyester golf shirt when it's warmer, and a cotton polo when it's cooler. With either polyester golf pants or shorts, depending on the weather. In the winter I usually wear a turtleneck with a fleece top and corduroy pants. At my home course or private courses, the shirt is tucked in. Otherwise I leave it untucked. It's rare to see a tucked in shirt on a public course where I live.
  16. Ah got it. Yes that's different. What would happen with what I describe is that if you started walking and then paired up with a single/threesome on cart and if you hopped on you were supposed to pay for the cart at the end. It was broken out where the cart fee, per person, was a certain amount. however I'm pretty sure I have seen this somewhere in the NJ area. Not the best IMO because usually you pay a fee for walking and then if you take a cart it's more with a cart rate. Nothing tied to the number of people in the cart.
  17. I've played at several. Usually there is a rate for walking and a cart fee if someone wants to ride. So it's say $12 per person to ride a cart. The muni courses in Mercer County, NJ used to be like that. Haven't lived there in over ten years so I don't know if it is still like that.
  18. I don't know where you live, but there are probably a couple of different options for somewhere else you can be fitted. Driving ranges with a pro might do it for a lot less, or if you are playing somewhere you might ask the golf staff if they could give you a fitting for down the road purchases. That being said, I think the fitting is a good idea. If you pay $100 for the fitting and can find clubs online based on that for $300 - $600 (guess), then you are ahead of the $1000 he/she quoted. I got a nice set of Hogan blades years ago on eBay for my specs (upright and longer). There are people who can bend the lie angle on clubs as well, making them more upright and downright. Yes, that is further cost but it might be cheaper. My club pro bent and re-shafted a 3-iron I bought on ebay to match my set since I bought 4-PW. You can probably find more recent than 5 years on ebay for something reasonable. Depending on the brand
  19. Few companies look ahead more than a year, and many divisions and employees are concerned with only the current quarter and what can be done to make, or massage, those numbers. I don't think rounds going up is going to affect Nike's decision. Golf is a small part of what they do and closing the business has minimal impact. If Taylormade can't be sold soon, Adidas might not sell if there are improvements in the golf industry. TM has bigger market share and if they do the smart thing and cut back on their product lines and keep a size-able share, they can rebound. Nike's decision is probably a smart one, business wise, although I hate seeing people lose their jobs when they were making money, just not enough money., Even at my country club, with it's OOC membership, a lot of people are not putting new equipment in their bags year after year. There are a few who always buy the latest and greatest, but most don't. With too many equipment companies it depressed the industry. There simply are not enough golfers to have so many companies with large product lines or mass produced clubs. Replacing clubs is a long cycle, even for the latest and greatest drivers. I don't think the equipment makers would be considered in a slump if there were fewer. PXG actually has the right idea in this market. Make a huge mark-up on the small segment that will pay those prices. You can't start a large equipment company right now, there are too many players. It's like getting into the PC business. FWIW, my current irons are keepers and will remain for 10+ years at least. Hopefully until I cannot hit them anymore., I am replacing the shafts, but would rather do that than get new models. To me, irons are irons. If they go far enough and have the right ball flight, I don't need to upgrade every 2-5 years. Woods are a little different. I've gotten new ones at different technology changes, when there is something that proves to be a benefit. The last upgrade was a Titleist 913 to get the fitting system with those clubs. Hope to have them for years. I'm probably not the ideal customer for a club maker.
  20. I kid you not. I caddied for someone who did that so he didn't have to hear the people he was playing with. They were obnoxious.
  21. I'm not a teaching pro either but I've heard too many people over the years say "what he told me doesn't work" and go back to their old ways. A good teacher will find what is best for you. But the student has to be willing to execute the change even if it's not comfortable in the short term.
  22. Any time I think to myself "I haven't lost a ball in a while" .... So I cut myself off from thinking it.
  23. There is a course by where I live that has a nine hole short course, as well as a pitch and putt somewhere near that. They are from years and years ago, I don't know of anywhere I've had exposure to that has built one in 30 years. Great places to grow the game, but probably an expensive upfront cost and the closer to an urban area, the land cost is prohibitive. Here in Western PA where land is cheap, it would be nice to see a couple of more of these. More fun that taking someone out on a course where they might be overwhelmed, especially at a young age.
  24. Oh no, that's right! Sad that Duel in the Sun happened there. He does rebrand everything in his image.
  25. Is anything he owns highly ranked? I'm sure they are beautiful courses, but you need more than superficial beauty. Aside from Doral, does he have any great layouts? Anything that cracks top 100?
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