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Hardspoon

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  1. I find this thread interesting. Now that tending/replacing the flag isn't a thing anymore, I tend to putt out and walk off the green (usually to my push-cart, since I try to walk whenever possible)...I try to watch the remaining players putt out, but not actually wait for them on the green. It always feels odd, and I always wonder if they find it rude. Many times, I'm the only walker in my group, and the "head start" helps me get moving towards the next tee to match the pace of those in carts. But, it still feels weird and I tend to make sure I'm looking back while they putt. (EDIT: this is all in casual play)
  2. Driver. It's not even a question, right? 1.) Strokes gained. Driver vs. putter on any shot from 50 yards or more is a no-brainer. The 100+ yard difference off the tee is worth a stroke a hole, if not more. On the green, the driver might cost you half a stroke at most. 2.) Forced carries. I've played courses, regularly, where you could give me 20 shots with a putter and I couldn't advance the ball towards the green. Any shot that's possible with a putter is possible with a driver...but not vice versa. 3.) There is no #3.
  3. I wouldn't say it was "eternal"...I mean, you stopped bitching long enough to hit each shot. :) (Just kidding...it was fun...we've all been in that mood when playing badly!)
  4. My top-five local courses (that I've played) - not in order: Quicksilver Golf Club Birdsfoot St. Clair Country Club Lindenwood Golf Club (Blue/Red) Cranberry Highlands All public except #3.
  5. I think all the talk of "educational opportunities" and "student athletes" makes it sound more complex than it is. Simple fact: the NCAA sells a product...for a s**tton of money...and that product is created by kids who can't get paid at all, in any way, shape, or form, for creating it. That's not right. You can argue about how much money is too much...and certainly, that they can't just be paid market-rate (which would net some of them millions)...but I don't see how you can argue that NOTHING is the right amount. Relevant: NCAA President Mark Emmert credited with $2.7 million in total pay for 2018 calendar year NCAA President Mark Emmert was credited with just over $2.7 million in total compensation during the 2018 calendar year, according to the
  6. Great day (weekend) of golf. Thanks to @iacas for setting this up. If only I could make 4' putts, I'd have another $60 to spend on golf instruction! Even short-handed, Group #4 (@RFKFREAK, @DrizZzY) cleaned UP - quota game winner and (8) skins...
  7. Did you post this before or after getting my "Uh...I'm at the golf course, where are you?" text? Fun day today - great instruction, great to see everyone. Looking forward to tomorrow and hoping the weather cooperates.
  8. FYI - I have plans in Pittsburgh Saturday night, so I won’t be at dinner. Looking forward to the rest of the weekend, though!
  9. FWIW, I'd prefer to play the whites, but would go along with whatever is decided.
  10. Good round yesterday: had three birdies in a round for the second time ever...including back-to-back on 9 and 10.
  11. I’ve seen a mixture around here. Some courses are charging extra for “riding solo”, although I haven’t seen one yet that is actually doubling the cart fee. One local course asks for an extra $10 to ride alone. For me...charge what you can get. If people are willing to pay a fee, it’s not too high.
  12. I use GolfPride CP2’s on my irons, and there is no way those tags are coming out. You almost need a tool to even thread them in all the way. @billchao- I have a full set of extra tags I’m never gonna use. PM me and I’ll send you whichever ones you want.
  13. Birdies on 3 and 8 yesterday...two in a round is unusual for me. Both “new”.
  14. More of the same, in terms of golf game, over the last couple weeks. Driver has been really good. Other areas, not so much. This graphic pretty much says it all: Performance with driver before my May visit to Erie...222 yard typical drive, 35% right (my "bad" miss). Since that visit...241-yard typical drive, with 47% missing left (not nearly as bad a miss, for me). Pretty neat to see the swing change make that significant a difference. The fairway % is a little misleading, because the range of misses themselves have not been nearly as bad since I have much less curve on the ball. As far as the swing itself, the backswing piece is getting more and more ingrained, so I'm working more and more on the "swing out, miss the noodle" part. I haven't been to the practice range at all, but I've been playing twice a week recently.
  15. Surprised he had time to write this AND run the Gates Foundation. (I'm going to try to check it out on my Kindle when available).
  16. 2nd shot on #7: a perfect 4-wood out of light rough, with a slight draw to it...setting up a relatively easy par. I've been struggling lately with my fairway wood and hybrid, so it felt especially good.
  17. Not really swing-related, but I just booked a trip to Pebble Beach. We'll be playing Spanish Bay, Spyglass Hill, and Pebble. Can't f'ing wait.
  18. View this round on GAME GOLF Nice round today with @iacas at Cranberry Highlands. Score isn't really accurate* - played a couple lost balls in the fescue as "hazards" - but I still played pretty well. Only 5-over* on the back 9. I'm enjoying my newfound distance with the driver. No more weak fade/slices. Putting continues to be a problem...mostly due to mental lapses where I simply don't make a good stroke at the ball.
  19. Only played once this week...my best shot was this drive on #16: I aimed right over the bunkers...and hit it perfectly, with a little draw (!)...261 slightly uphill, and it had to carry at least 230 to get there clean. I've been working on shallowing my swing lately so when I hit a shot like that with the driver it gives me some good vibes.
  20. Per the chart, I should play courses about 6,275. I voted “I play shorter tees”, because I usually try to play courses right around 6,000 yards. Some of that is because of the folks I play with. I guessed 50% for the number who play tees too long...based on my “wild ass guess” observing people I’m paired up with when I play alone.
  21. Pete Dye Golf Course in WV was built on the site of old coal mines. At one point, between holes, you take a ride through an old mine tunnel. That course...is probably one of the worst golf courses I’ve ever played. FWIW, here is how I played #9: 🙂 Just blow it by the tree in that 10-yard window...easy breezy. Fun fact: the only time I’ve ever been stung by a bee on a golf course was at Flying B. In the parking lot, of all places.
  22. This was a good one from Sunday's round. The course had a windstorm during the week that broke off hundreds (!) of trees. You can see the flag left-center of the photo. I went for it...why the heck not. Tried to punch a 5-iron through the "window"...ended up catching one of the overhanging limbs and dropping down about 10' later. Fortunately clear of the trouble, so I was able to hit onto the green with my next shot.
  23. I still haven't been able to practice much, but I've been playing more. I've been practicing the grip and backswing piece at home, so I think those have "stuck" pretty well...but I'm not doing as well at the "swing outward" part on the course. At the same time, the changes have led to promising results. I now miss the driver both directions, but I've eliminated my worst miss (weak push slice). My "big miss" now is actually the over-the-top pull...but it isn't any more offline than the old miss, and it goes about 40 yards further. Today's round with driver: Most solid drives are creeping up into the 240 range. Similar story with irons. No more weak slices...my miss is a pull when I swing over the top. Basically, I'm getting the clubface to square or closed because of the grip change...and just need to keep working on pairing that with an outward swing path. I've actually seen the biggest gains in my short wedges (100-50 yards). The new takeaway and focus on "swinging out" has vastly improved my contact. I've significantly reduced the chunked or thinned wedges.
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