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About RandyBobbitt

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    I used to be indecisive, but now I'm not sure

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  1. Couldn't find an answer to this question in the 2019 rule book. It's always been my understanding that if you address the ball and it "oscillates," there's no penalty as long as the ball returns to its original position. But is there a difference in the ruling if the clubhead actually makes contact with the ball as opposed to just causing it to move by addressing it? Here's a situation that never happened to me in 40+ years of playing golf but has now happened twice in the last week. I'm addressing the ball on the putting green, and due to carelessness I accidentally touch the ball with the putterhead. The ball moves about one-eighth of an inch but then rolls back to the original position. Penalty or not?
  2. I was a sportswriter about 20 years ago and did a story on the behind-the-scenes details of running a pro golf tournament. I was told that various manufacturers each provided a few thousand balls so players using that ball in competition would have the same model to practice with. Every few hours the machines would collect the balls and volunteers would wash and sort them. At the end of the week the balls (marked "practice") would be donated to local junior golf. As far as I know, that's still how it's done. I'm guessing that today they would provide Pro V-1 and Pro V-1x, Taylormade TP5 and TP5x, Bridgestone B330, Srixon Z-Star, Callaway Chrome Soft and Chrome Soft x, etc. I've been a volunteer working the range at LPGA tournaments and have noticed that only Pro V-1s are available for practice. They are re-used for several tournaments and then replaced. Some players who don't like that ball bring their own to hit on the range but have no way to get them back.
  3. I've been playing for almost 50 years -- walking 99.9 percent of my rounds -- and that exercise has kept me in good physical shape compared to my peers who ride (or don't play golf at all). Regarding the pushing vs. pulling issue, I've never really thought about it. Up until about 5 years ago I used good quality carry bags, carried only 11 or 12 clubs, and kept to a minimum the amount of crap in the pockets (although a good first-aid kit is essential). I never had any back or shoulder issues as a result. Most likely, that's due to good genes and pre-round stretching. Then around 5 years ago I started with a hand cart and a larger bag -- pulling rather than pushing. Having never seen anyone pushing one, I didn't realize that was an option. I do like the hand cart because it allows me to carry 14 clubs plus more "stuff" in the pockets. In hot weather it prevents the strap stains that ruin light-colored shirts while carrying. I would be interested in hearing more about pulling vs. pushing a cart in terms of the wear and tear on the back and shoulders. I can see how pulling a cart might affect the shoulder muscles, but so far I've not had any issues. Any orthopedics, chiropractors, or physical therapists out there who want to go out on a limb (pun) on this one?
  4. I always walk -- for all the reasons already listed here. But mostly because it's better exercise and I score better (the "rhythm" thing). I understand why someone over the age of 65 might need a cart, but I'm always puzzled when I see foursomes of 20-somethings in carts. At courses where walking is allowed, they could play for half the price if they walked. When I hear kids like that complain about "how much golf costs" I want to smack them. Just my .02 worth.
  5. I did try the Callaway Chrome Soft -- white with black or pink hexagons -- but they didn't help much. Too me, white and yellow look the same in the air, and on the ground I can't tell the difference until I'm a few feet away, so when they get into the sandy areas off the fairway that doesn't help much. I really liked the new Titleist AVX, but again, only white and yellow. I'm going to stick with Callaway SuperSoft pink until I find something better. I did buy a new sleeve of pink Volvik Vibe off eBay for which the description sounds about right (like the Bridgestone 330 RXS), but I've heard it's been discontinued. And the Volvik Vivid is out of the question based on Monday's experience.
  6. Oh my gosh, I tested a horrible golf ball today. I'm getting to the age where I have trouble following white and yellow balls in the air, and my golf course has a lot of sandy areas where white balls disappear. I've been searching for a pink or orange ball. Overall the best ball I've found is the Bridgestone B330 RXS, but it's available only in white (so far). I also like the Titleist NXT Tour, but its available only in white and yellow. Today I played three holes with the pink Volvik Vivid and they were HORRIBLE. I lost 25 yards off the driver and a full club on the irons. Off the putter face they felt like marshmallows. Any recommendations for pink or orange balls (pink preferred)? I don't care what my golf buddies think. If they ever beat me, then they can make fun of my balls. So far the closest I've found is the Callaway Supersoft in pink, but it's still a bit too soft. I'm a 6-handicap and my average drive is around 235 with a 10.5 degree driver with an R shaft. Thanks for your suggestions.
  7. 52 degrees: 100 yards 56 degrees: 85 yards 60 degrees: 70 yards
  8. Those are sweet putters. And based on your photos it looks like it's in great shape. I had a similar model, the TD31, and it was one of the best putters I ever owned. Great touch for fast greens. Sadly, it was lost during a move many years ago. Been searching eBay ever since but haven't found one in good condition. My advice would be to try it for 10 or 12 rounds and if it doesn' work, see what it will fetch on eBay. You might do even better in trade at a retail golf shop. Just my .02 worth.
  9. I've been playing for 40+ years and have always had a slight forward press (only about an inch or so) just before I begin the backstroke in putting. On the advice of instructors and well-meaning playing partners, I've tried to break the habit but without success. On the positive side, I've heard that the forward press serves as a "trigger" mechanism that supposedly provides consistency. On the negative, I also know that it de-lofts the putter face (mine has about 3 degrees of loft, which I believe is standard). But looking in the mirror it appears that despite the forward press, by the time the putter face returns to the ball it has "caught up" and is no longer de-lofted. Not sure whether if that is a good thing or a bad thing. Within the past month, and not on purpose, I've began the forward press in chipping as well, usually with a 9-iron. Just as in putting, it appears that the clubhead catches up on the forward stroke so the de-lofting is not an issue. Consistency in chipping has actually improved slightly. Any additional positives and negatives that I have not thought of? If I really wanted to break the habit, how would I do it? I've tried mirror drills but they don't seem to help.
  10. Players: Bryson DeChambeau Masters: Justin Rose PGA: Tiger Woods US Open: Dustin Johnson British Open: Rory McIlroy FedEx Cup: Justin Thomas
  11. I tried simply choking down about 3 inches, making it the equivalent of a 35-inch putter, and that immediately solved the lie-angle problem. What am I concerned about now is what would happen if I shortened the club by 3 inches AND re-gripped it with a non-weighted grip. Would it feel lighter or heavier?
  12. I'm looking at a Ping putter that is 38 inches long and has a counter-balanced grip. I like the look and feel, but in its present form it's too long and a bit too upright (toe up in the air). Shortening the club by 2 to 3 inches would fix the lie angle problem, but what would it do to the weight? Would it feel too light with another counter-balance grip? Would it feel too heavy with a conventional putter grip? Thanks.
  13. You've probably got quite a bit of duplication in distance with your fairway woods, hybrids, and long irons. I stopped using fairway woods a long time ago, as I did the 3- and 4-irons. Instead I carry two hybrids -- 16 and 25 degrees, which I hit 215 and 185 yards, respectively. I will hit the 16-degree off the tee on a tight driving hole, while the 25-degree is good for a long par-3 or the second shot on a long par-4. My longest iron is the 5. I carry four wedges -- PW, gap, sand, and lob. The 60-degree lob wedge is tough for a new player to hit unless you're planning to practice a lot. In your case just a PW and SW might do. Just my .02 worth.
  14. Just came across a Golf Digest website item listing five possible Ryder Cup captains for 2020. Not sure if these were in order of probability of any other order: Fred Couples, Steve Stricker, David Duval, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods. At one time I believe there was an "unwritten rule" that RC captains had to have at least one major championship on their resume. If that's true (and it's possible that it never was), it would disqualify Stricker (although I think he would be a good choice). I have two other suggestions: Zach Johnson and Justin Leonard. Both are popular among their peers and have played in several Ryder Cups and Presidents Cups. Johnson has two majors and Leonard has a major and a Players Championship. Both are at a similar place in their careers as other recent captains -- still playing enough (or in Justin's case, doing television work) to be in touch with the tour but at a point at which they're unlikely to make the team as a player. In past years there was some discussion and controversy about the omissions of Larry Nelson and Mark O'Meara as possible RC captains; maybe it's time to revisit those possibilities? Your thoughts?
  15. For someone who shoots around 100, the white tees sounds right. Maybe senior tees if you're over 50. When I play a course for the first time, I look for two things on the scorecard: First, a total yardage of 6300 to 6500. If it's shorter than that it means too many wedges into par-4s, but longer than that might mean too many long irons or hybrids. I also look at the length of the par-3s. I like them to be between 125 and 175 yards, meaning a short or mid-iron. Some courses I play are just about right for par-4s and par-5s, but the par-3s are all over 200 yards and that means a hybrid or 3-wood. Just my .02 worth.
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