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  1. 1badbadger

    Is Joe LaCava Tiger's Best Choice of Caddie?

    The way I see it, if Joe LaCava isn't what Tiger is looking for in a caddie, he wouldn't keep him on the bag for the last 7 years. That's more than twice as long as Fluff was on the bag! LaCava is a low-key guy who does his job "under the radar". He's worked for the top players on Tour and doesn't bounce around very much. That tells me he's doing something right. 20 years with Couples and the last 7 with Tiger? That's pretty strong. Add Ken Green, Davis Love, Justin Leonard, Mike Hulbert, John Cook, and Dustin Johnson to the resume and you have a major league caddie who has been in many big-time situations. Tiger isn't the same player he was 10-15 years ago, so maybe a different type of caddie is just what is needed.
  2. They have a lot of similarities to the early MS line...
  3. Driver: 265 (I'm "sneaky short") 3W: 240 3H: 210 4H: 195 5I: 181 6I: 169 7I: 157 8I: 145 9I: 133 PW: 121 GW: 109 SW: 96 LW: I don't hit full shots with an LW
  4. Here is a few more pics. A word of caution...it can be very dangerous to cut a golf ball in half without the proper tools. I don't recommend using power tools of any kind, and always wear eye protection...
  5. 1badbadger

    Graphite Shaft Irons

    Graphite shafts are not just for women and seniors...they are a good option for other situations as well. They are great for players who suffer from arthritis, tendinitis, or back problems. One of the attributes of graphite is that it absorbs the vibration caused at impact from running up the shaft and into the hands, arms, and the rest of the body. Those with these conditions will notice less discomfort when playing and the following day. One of the benefits of graphite shafts is the reduction of weight, which as you pointed out can help players generate more clubhead speed and increase distance. However, stronger players typically like the feel of heavier shafts in their irons because it helps them sense where the club is throughout their swing. This is important, especially for iron play. With a driver, we usually try to hit it as far as we can, but irons are for specific distances. The stronger players aren't as concerned with more distance with their irons, but that they can control the distance and trajectory with their irons. Also, because of the vibration dampening qualities of graphite, some players think this dampens the feel also. Because of the additional cost, I have always told players who have asked me in the past that graphite shafts are a good choice if there is a good reason for it. Players who don't have any physical issues, and who don't have issues generating clubhead speed and things like that will not notice much of a benefit. This would just be spending extra money for no reason. In certain circumstances, it's well worth the money.
  6. This is actually a really interesting question. I always analyze my round by tallying up how many fairways I hit, how many greens I hit, looking at where I missed the greens I missed, up/downs, number of putts, etc. But for me, this is more analytical and about the numbers, not really reliving the round. There is no emotion involved. When that's done though, then I start thinking about the shots I left on the course. I think way more about the missed opportunities, bad shots, or bad breaks than I do about my good shots. I have a tendency to not think of good shots as "good shots". What I mean is, if I hit a nice drive in the part of the fairway I had intended, I don't think "wow...I hit a great drive on this hole!", my reaction is more like "I hit that shot the way I planned it, so I did my job". So unless I hit a shot better than I planned, the strokes I throw away stand out more in my mind.
  7. 1badbadger

    Highest Price You've Paid For Green Fees

    Maybe I should do a spin-off of this thread...what's the most you've ever spent in the 19th hole? Ha! I'll bet there are a lot of you who's highest bar tab was more than highest round of golf!!!
  8. I'm not an authority on Norman's courses having played only one, but holy hell did he make a mess of that place. It was called The Creeks at Beechwood. It's located next to The Texas Motor Speedway and is part of a 902-acre master-planned office and resort development. The first sentence of the course review on a popular Texas golf website when it first opened stated "The Creeks at Beechwood is tighter than a camel's rear in a sandstorm." David Feherty played it and remarked "I feel like I was led into a circular room and told to go stand in the corner." Here is a description of one of the holes from that same course review: "Blind Man's Bluff may be the most interesting hole on the course. It's 406 yards suited for Stevie Wonder's game. First you drive up and over "the bluff", aiming at the dead "hangman's tree" to a spot you can't see. You need to draw it. Then the second shot is down over another bluff. There's a small target of fairway straight ahead, but those taking a direct route to the green situated off to the left, will be clearing non-fairway rocky terrain and the creek. You basically hit from the creek bottom up to a plateaued fairway, go left, and end up back down in the creek bed. It's one of those holes where you don't have a clue the first time you play it. Even with the yardage book it is hard to imagine." I played it about 5 or 6 times (I really am not sure why), but the first time especially was brutal. When I walked off the 18th green I literally felt like I had gotten in a fight...and lost. The fun started on #1...what appeared to be a pretty straightforward par 4. I hit a solid drive down the pipe thinking I'm in perfect shape, but when I get to my ball, there is literally a huge tree right in the middle of the fairway! And I'm right behind it! It was actually bigger than this hole diagram indicates. I was too close to go over it, and it was too wide to go around it, and the branches came down lower than in the pic, so here I am trying to hit a chip/punch-out 150 yards from the dead center of the fairway. The last 2 holes coming in play in the same direction with a creek that snakes all over the place. #17 is a short par 4, about 340 from the tips. The creek cut across the fairway, but there was no way to tell how far it was to get to it, or how far to carry it. I stood on that tee box and literally had no clue where to hit the ball. Usually a hole has some definition or target to aim at. Even if it's an unfamiliar course, even a badly designed hole has features that give you an idea what is happening, right? Not this one. I swear, if you magically appeared from thin air and were not told where you were, you wouldn't be able to tell it was a golf hole. I usually don't like the aiming posts used on certain holes so you know where to aim your tee shot, because I've always felt like if an aiming post is needed, it's not a well designed hole. Well, that day I would have loved one in that fairway. Anyway, it didn't take long before Greg removed his name from the course, they brought Jay Morrish in to redesign it and soften it up, it was renamed and they tried it again. But not even Jay could fix it. It was re-done again, another name change, and it's "take 3". Other than that, it's fine. I really like Greg as a player, so I'm not sure how this one got away from him so badly.
  9. 1badbadger

    Highest Price You've Paid For Green Fees

    Well...if that's all you got, I suppose it will have to do. (It was a hell of a lot better than my puny little questions, that's for sure!)
  10. Before we know it, you'll be floating your balls in warm water and Epsom salt to find the heavy part of the wrapper!
  11. 1badbadger

    New Golf Grips

    Good idea. When someone is unsure of which grips to choose, I usually recommend regripping 1 or 2 clubs with a model they are interested in, rather than the whole set. Whichever club/clubs you like to practice with, like a 7 iron or something. If you like it, then have the rest of the clubs regripped. But if for some reason you don't like it, or maybe it gets slick when your hands sweat or in the rain or whatever, you're only out the cost of 1 grip instead of 13!
  12. 1badbadger

    PGA To Move to Frisco, TX?

    That's true. I took my daughter to the airport yesterday morning at 4:30 a.m. and it took me almost an hour. About 20 min of that was spent in a traffic jam. Who gets in a traffic jam at 4:30 a.m.?
  13. Or you can move up to the ladies tees
  14. 1badbadger

    PGA To Move to Frisco, TX?

    I don't remember exactly what year it was, but roughly 15 years ago Colonial C.C. in Ft. Worth was aggressively trying to get the PGA of America to choose them for a Ryder Cup. They spent in the neighborhood of $250k to put together a presentation for the boys on the RC Committee which included some heavy weight Tour players from the area as well as other influential members of the community like Marty Leonard (whos father built Colonial C.C. and was instrumental in bringing the 1991 Women's U.S. Open to Colonial) and politicians like the Governor and the Mayor. Because Colonial hosts a Tour event every year, they are knowledgeable about the all the details involved with running a big-time tournament, plus everything is already in place. Things like parking, shuttle buses, where to build grandstands and corporate hospitality tents, merchandise and concession areas, volunteers...none of that would have to be figured out. Plus, there is one of the biggest airports nearby so there is no issue with fans, media, players or anyone else getting here, and there are tons of hotels to support the number of people an event like this would draw. The folks at Colonial felt good about their chances. When it came time to make the announcement, the PGA of America awarded it to another venue, then at the same time named the next 5 or 6 after that, none of which were Colonial. If I remember correctly, it naming that many future venues that far in advance wasn't how they usually did it at the time, and the committee at Colonial who put together the presentation felt like it was done on purpose to lock Colonial out...at least for the next 10-12 years. Was there some personal reason by one or more of the decision-makers to intentionally prevent Colonial from hosting a Cup? I don't know. But there were some hard feelings over it.
  15. Golf balls don't typically get better with age. The modern solid-core balls used today have an excellent "shelf life" if stored in dry, moderate conditions. They will maintain their performance very well, but will give way as newer models are improved. But golf balls stored in trunks of cars or hot garages will begin to lose performance, especially models made prior to the late '90s. I think the Spalding Dot was discontinued before 1970, so not only is it antiquated, it's had probably over 50 years to deteriorate. Think about it...golf balls are basically made out of rubber. We've all seen what tires look like on a 50 year-old bike that is in the old storage shed or barn, or how dried and cracked golf grips become on a vintage set of irons. The ball can also break down just from the elements after an extended time too.

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