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  1. I voted it doesn't bother me. I'm rather pleased to see someone else taking up for their own safety and not relying on another person to take care of it for them... besides, some of the golf courses we play aren't exactly centered in town and police response could take a while. Having said what I voted, I'm all for people exercising their rights. Freedom of speech. While I may not like what comes out of their mouth, I realize they're allowed to open it and voice their opinion... same thing as their freedom of religion, and the right to bear arms. If a person feels a need to conceal a revolver in their golf bag and I notice it for whatever reason, I don't care. I'm not going to worry over it. If I deem the person mentally unbalanced or is not a pleasure to golf with, I'll take my leave. It won't be because there's a gun in his bag.
  2. Is it something that just started happening or has it been happening for a while? Have you tried de-lofting the club by keeping your hands further ahead of the ball at address and seeing whether you get your typical distance back? Is there a chance the grooves on your short irons/wedges are worn out and not imparting spin on the ball? Did you change anything around the time you noticed this happening? That's all I've got. I'm not an expert.
  3. I'd go for one of the Callaway sets personally. I'm seeing good things with their customer service in responding to issues with clubs (defective manufacturing like cracked or stoved in club faces on drivers)... Let her look at the clubs and see what set she likes the looks of... barring that, try to get her to somewhere she can swing some clubs and see how different sets react for her when she's striking balls.
  4. Try searching on bing for "wonder center" golf balls. I found 2 sleeves on Etsy for $37, trademark information for Shakespeare registering WonderCenter and 2 sleeves for $9.95 on bonanza. Oh, and the trademark ran from 1963 to 1984... so anytime during that time frame... check the packaging for a possible date to better isolate when the balls were made.
  5. OP, those irons look like they're copies of original Callaway Big Bertha's. I say original because Callaway has reused the name Big Bertha in clubs this season and I believe last season. I can't tell you what they're worth but their value is probably pretty low. There's nothing wrong with standing on the other side (correct side) of the ball. Being left-handed is uncommon. Being a left-handed girl is quite uncommon. Hope she enjoys the clubs
  6. Mine is in the cart... or my bag... or my back pocket. I'm not really bothered by expected background noise (like airplanes or traffic and this includes cell phones ringing)
  7. Welcome Ron. You'll find that there is good and bad in every forum you go to . It's all perspective. One person's good post is another person's offensive post. There's good info here for golf. You'll see that. There's less discussion on concealed carry permits and carrying on golf courses and in public, and you've seen that as well. And that's as it should be. It's a golf related forum. If you're looking for advice on drivers, loft angle, lie angle, swing analysis, which ball is better, and whether your irons fit you or not (and more) then this is the place. If you've got a firearm question, you'll have to hit a different forum for that...
  8. My previous set of irons I picked up in 1992. They were replaced last year. I plan on trying to replace them every 4 years or so as technology improves the clubs.
  9. I don't think Augusta needs to do anything other than host the Masters for the PGA. If the LPGA wants to have a Masters, they need to find their own exclusive course.
  10. Years ago, when the "featherweight" eyeglass lenses were released at Pearle Vision Express, I picked up a set made in my prescription. I'll admit that the lenses were the lightest ones I had ever worn at the time (especially due to my bad eyes) but I had to take them back after a few days. There was a blueish tint that was on everything that I couldn't stand and found very distraction. The lenses were remade but I still couldn't tolerate them. So I went with polycarbonate and have ever since. Maybe, if you're having issues with the grind on the curver Oakley lenses, get the G30 tint on a standard pair of lenses and wear contact lenses. That is unless you aren't able to wear contacts... then I'd suggest you try to find an Oakley lens that has less of a curvature and might be a better fit for you. There are other makers that offer a similar tint to Oakley's G30 but cannot call it G30 due to copyright and trademark laws.
  11. I've never broken 100 and I've been playing off and on since 1992. I play for fun. I don't practice because I just don't have time. I played a lot more this spring and summer than I ever did previously and my game improved. I'm hitting my driver more straight, irons more reliably, and lose the most strokes because of my short game and putting. One day I'll take lessons but right now I just can't.
  12. Aye, there's the rub. Not everyone is interested in Salma hotness vampire or not. Nor would everyone be willing to go meet Phil, Paula, or Rory. There are those that would be willing though. Sadly, I fear that the local golf store would not be able to draw in a big big name such as Tiger, Phil, Rory, or Michele Wie to attract the masses... But! Possibly getting with Bridgestone, Cobra, Callaway, TaylorMade, or whomever and they bringing their truck out for a free fitting day might work. Have the event catered by Hooters girls and you've got a swingin' time right there. It might be questionable for Hooters girls to attend though. Possibly you could get something from a local sports team? Such as an admission that Billy Ray Joe Bob's Golf Emporium is the one and only place that meets the needs for the Miami Dolphins or Tampa Bay Rays or something... and working out an endorsement deal with the front office. Heck, it could be the Pottstown Pea Shooters for all that it matters. Exposure is a good thing. Name recognition is even better. If you can get your store into the foreheads of everyone around, you've won a major portion of the battle. Being "that golf joint that had those Hooters girls" might seem tacky (to some people) but you're in their minds... "Bikini girl and man thong Monday's... where fitting is FUN!damental to the game. Come on in and our enthusiastic staff of cheesecake and beefcake will do their very best to ensure that your clubs are fit to your game." Sorry. I'm rambling now. I'll stop
  13. Trickyputt you've kind of got the gist of what I was saying. Using Michael Jordan as an example to pick his brain about basketballs and my game in particular is not exactly what I was thinking but it's close. If you've got a golf oriented store and you're wanting feet in the door and dollars in the till, then it stands to reason that getting some famous or semi-famous players in the door for a meet and greet could help business. That's my opinion. They don't even have to be pros that everyone knows... they can be the lesser known players. That would get them some potential fans and the customers can still get potentially good tips from a player that's on the tour. Could it be Phil? Maybe... if Callaway requests his presence there... but that would probably necessitate the store making lots of sales of Callaway merchandise. Aside from that, personally, I'd prefer it were Salma Hayak discussing my basketball game than Michael Jordan... sure, he's one of the greatest players ever but I don't play basketball and I think Salma's hot. That's just my opinion. I know in reality a lot of what I suggested wouldn't work but I think a lot of golfers, hackers, duffers, and posers would be drawn to a store that was able to have Natalie Gulbis or Rory McIlroy, or Phil Mickelson, or Davis Love 3rd, or Paula Creamer, or Patrick Reed, or whomever offering tips on chipping, putting, driving, or whatever. Is it realistic? Probably not. I don't even think the big box golf stores are able to get pros into the stores but it'd be nice if it were a mom and pop that was able to do it. But I've never really been 100% a realist.
  14. I've checked this thread out off and on since it started and I'll throw some thoughts in... First and foremost I think customer service should come in at a top priority. Example: my wife and I occasionally pass by the perfume counter in one of the department stores in our local mall. There's an independent contractor that has a circuit of stores that occasionally shows up at that store. She remembers us as customers. We might have gone 6 months or more between seeing her the last time but she remembers us, our purchase history, our kids, things we've talked about, etc. She makes us feel appreciated as customers. You need people like that working in the store. It wouldn't hurt if they knew what they were talking about either... if I was looking for a club that was draw biased to help counter act my slice, it would be nice if the employee knew what I was talking about. I think you should carry product lines that other local vendors don't have. It's not easy to find a set of Bridgestone irons to hit prior to purchase. It's impossible to find them in left hand. I'm not saying you should carry 50% stock in left handed clubs. While that would be awesome for me it would not bode well for your business as you'd have too much capital invested in product you can't sell. But carrying the lesser known brands (but as good as or better than the mainstream vendors) can invite buyers that otherwise wouldn't try the equipment... "We carry Callaway, Taylor Made, Ping, Srixon, Cleveland, and Cobra. We ALSO carry Bridgestone, Hopkins, Coates Golf, Mizuno, Wilson Staff, and Tour Edge. Since you're looking for a driver, I suggest you hit these..." and then steer them to the brands that aren't Callaway and Taylor Made... not that there's anything wrong with any maker but more choice is more better... but pricey and unsustainable to a degree. I know I'd be more prone to buy something if there's a pretty girl that very knowledgeable in her products flirting with me. Free lessons, seminars, etc would be nice too. Buy a driver, get a lesson on driving the ball further. Buy a putter, get a lesson on putting. Buy a wedge, get a lesson on chipping. Free coffee or drinks... Kind of like Golfsmith but more personal attention. Have a PGA pro come in and offer tips and autographs. Have an LPGA pro come in and offer tips and autographs. Putting competitions. Custom equipment. Some club makers only offer their wedges for lefties in 3 lofts and 2 bounce grinds while they'll offer 45 different lofts and 123 bounce grinds for right handed players. Offer to customize the clubs for the lefty as part of the sale.
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