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  1. I think you are being a bit dramatic. If you can't post a helpful reply....
  2. That app sounds great! I will check it out. I want to abide by the rules and post scores appropriately. I think this app will help. Thx
  3. All the conjecture is interesting. I don't believe anyone can follow the rules of golf. There are way too many decisions. It would take a jd degree to understand it all. Even then, there would be disagreement. Try this. The next time you and your playing partners get into a situation needing a rule decision let everyone write down how they would rule if they were an official. Then take the issue to your head pro and see how he would rule. I would image the variance in the ruling would be dramatic.
  4. I realized that I don't play to the rules of golf and would like to cancel my ghin membership. How do I do it?
  5. Some of the comments seem crazy. The main question I ask is how do we encourage beginners and build the game of golf? There is no question competition rules are different and result in higher scores. How do those rules encourage beginners and build the game. I love golf and I think all of you do too. How can we encourage new players and build up the game?
  6. http://money.msn.com/top-stocks/post--golf-stocks-sink-as-interest-in-the-sport-plummets Golf stocks sink as interest in the sport plummets Perhaps these new relaxed rules can help the sport. Personally, I am a 7 handicap who walks. I play for the exercise and friendship. I like to play relaxed rules. I play with other higher handicap players who hit bad shots frequently. I tell them to forget that ball and just play another one. As these rules become acceptable for standard recreational play they may help our sport grow and make it more enjoyable. I look forward to our
  7. Thanks. I am considering playing shorter tees. I noticed Straits is the 6th hardest course in the USA according to Golf Digest. I am going to buy some cheaper balls and tee it forward!
  8. I am going to the American Club to play all 4 courses. Any advice is appreciated. I am a 7 handicap and not too long off the tee (240 yards) Which tees should I play? Any course management tips are welcome!!!
  9. I quit for 25 years only to come back 2 years ago. I remember the comment my friend made on the 10th hole of a very mediocre round 25 years ago- "This is crazy, grown men hitting white balls around in fancy cow pastures". It hit me as crazy too. I picked up my golf ball in the 10th fairway and walked away. I thought I was done forever, but I came back. I guess I was taking myself too seriously. Golf is just a game. I have experienced several serious health problems in my time off from golf. I also worked in the ICU of our hospital for 9 years. What I learned is
  10. That sounds like what we are doing. I took my wife to the course with a putter and wedge. She seemed to enjoy it. I am hoping to do more and continue like you and your wife are doing.
  11. I have tried to learn the rules of golf from friends, the local pro and on the internet. I am at a loss when I read about it online. Terms and phrases are used that I don't know how to interpret. How is the best way to learn the rules of golf? It seems like the USA legal system is easier to understand!!!
  12. I am surprising my wife with a new inexpensive set of golf clubs from amazon Wilson Women's Hope complete golf set. I am hoping to take her to the course with her new clubs soon!!! Is anyone familiar with the golf clubs I ordered?
  13. I shot IDPA, 3 gun and cowboy action. It was a lot of fun, but I got tired of waiting at competitions for my turn. Typical match- 60-80 rounds of ammo in 5 hours. Sort of like golf. It took most of a day. My days practicing were 500-800 rounds per day!!! Ten years ago reloading at 9cents per round it was expensive, but affordable. Now at 30 cents per round it is not possible for me.
  14. I really like the junior tee markers close to the green. That could be great for beginners and make for a nice day for a non avid golfer.
  15. The money seems to be a common problem. I was into competitive handgun shooting sports until the price of ammo skyrocketed! Golf seems reasonably priced compared to the shooting sports, even when you lose a golf ball or two! I like the idea of promoting it as a family sport!
  16. My wife is 56 years old and reasonably athletic. She likes to try new things, in particular sports. She bikes and windsurfs too. She does know some women who play and if she took up golf they would include her. I have played a lot of golf with men. Never women. I think it would be frustrating to have a 375 yard par 4 when the longest shot you could hit would be 150. I like the idea of a par 3 pitch and putt course to start with.
  17. More golf courses are closing every day. Many golf retailers describe their business as down by a third from 5 years ago. What can be done to grow golf and make it more fun and profitable for all in the sport? I have thought about it and have a few ideas that might help: 1. Have 2 flags on every green and play to the closest one. 2. Allow the hand wedge- throwing the ball.(for beginners) 3. Mow the roughs to make play easier and speed up the game. 4. Reward fast play with a 2 shot reduction in score. Just thinking. Any thoughts?
  18. I am glad your wife has added golf to her life! I hope my wife will too. I will take her to the practice green and start there. Thanks
  19. I would encourage good course management. Don't try for the hero shot that can raise your score. Play the odds all the time. Hit the center of the green if it is a sucker pin placement. Keep thinking risk vs reward. It you hit a ball behind trees make sure it just costs you 1 shot and not more by a hero shot to salvage a par. Maybe a bogey is reasonable for the bad shot just hit. On the mental side. I start the round over after every shot. I try to stay in the moment and hit the next shot instead of thinking about the score. I have been able to shoot in the mid to high 70s doing this!!! You c
  20. Great ideas! I like the idea of playing from the women's tees with irons. Playing par 3 course is also a great idea too. I also do not want to force golf onto her or anyone. I will look into women's golf equipment now. Perhaps hybrids are the way to go for a faster learning curve. I do hope she likes it so we can play together locally and on vacations! Others thoughts and experiences are welcome and appreciated.
  21. I am new to this forum, but have been playing golf for a long time. I would like for my wife to take up the game. What do you suggest that would encourage her? She has never hit a golf ball! Also, I need to get her clubs, I guess. I dont know if she could try mine or if that would be bad. She is 5'2" tall and I am 6'3". I am open to all thoughts . Thanks
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