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  1. 2 hours ago, TigerIsNumeroUNO said:

    The bigger issue isn't  this  particular situation, it is the totalitarian instinct  of most people calling Haney out.  It is what Jonathan Haidt calls "call out culture", where everyone tries to one up each other in being offended. And the most aggrieved hold the most power. This woman thinks Haney shouldn't even be allowed to make a living anywhere in golf!!! Think how divorced from reality that is. 



    Hank Haney's racist, sexist, xenophobic behavior was on display for anyone who listens to him on PGA Tour Radio. If he is not fired, golf's leadership is saying it condones his remarks.


    I can see how his comment would offend someone sensibilities. But the reaction is way out of proportion to the content.  I hope Haney continues to punch back.   You can't show weakness to terrorists.  

    And it is interesting how quickly so many top golfers are quick to mess with someone's livelihood. Tom Watson getting McCord off the air. Jack and Arnie with Casey Martin. Tiger with Fuzzy Zoeller and now this.  

    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 to keep his mouth shut with both the win and to criticize Woods, when Woods was asked a question.  To my knowledge, the only people that can question Woods' moral authority on his life are his friends and family who he has relationships with.   he never broke any laws or did anything without someone else's consent.


  2. 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 put other people down.


    I play now at a semi-private place and it's a much better experience.   While there were nice people in both clubs, there is a much higher percentage of good people to enjoy the game with.   The situation could easily be reversed and the private club could have been the better one, but ultimately that was my experience.


    Try and find out what the culture of the place is before joining anywhere.   The people who worked at that private club hated a lot of the members and it really showed!


  3. 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, a lot, "If only I could have hit that higher I could have saved a shot"?   if yes, then you might consider it, if not then save the effort.

    I have a 50,56,60 and 64 set.    I rarely need to hit the 64 anywhere near full, I do it maybe 4-5 times a year.   But I do use it a lot when I have little green to work with.   It is notice-ably hit and stop, which helps a lot.  60 degree might be the same for you.   There is such a different between my 56 and 60.   When I choose wrong, I frequently feel like I lost a shot because I didn't use enough loft and it ran away.

  4. 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


  5. 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.


  6. 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 wedge, 50 and higher, from green side rough.  

  7. 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?


  8. 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.


  9. 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.

  10. 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".


  11. 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.


  12. On 1/4/2018 at 9:56 PM, billchao said:

    I didn't expect to have played any of the courses on the list, but I was pleasantly surprised. I've played Hollywood GC in Deal, NJ (#15 on the list) with @SavvySwede.

    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!

  13. 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.


  14. 5 hours ago, Foot Wedge said:

    I have not played this course, but I thank you sir for painting such a vivid verbal picture of what must have been a Twilight Zone of a golf course.  As I read your post I found myself not only laughing, but actively wanting to play this course.  Maybe my sense of humor is darker than I realize but I can't help but feel a need to experience that moment when I say to myself "is this for real?" which this course seems to provide at a near constant pace.  Hats off to you.

    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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.


  17. On 10/13/2018 at 11:36 AM, billchao said:

    Crystal Springs has a couple of spectacular holes but a lot of the experience for me was ruined by the mounds and OB being on half the holes being so close due to houses.

    Yea I'll have to go back for Ballyowen one day.

    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

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