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  1. I do. It seems like golf is one of the rare sports where it is perfectly fine to do so. Actually, sometimes I prefer to go by myself. I'm usually out with my best buddy, and sometimes that makes me take it less seriously (beers, cigar etc...). I think I probably go out and play 9 once a week on my own.
  2. I just bought a new set yesterday... Unfortunately, I have to wait 2 weeks before I receive them.
  3. I started playing golf about 13 months ago. When I started, I purchased a used set of old forged MacGregor's (M565's) for $50, and have played with them this entire first year. A few weeks ago, I went and purchased a barely used set of Nike Vapour's. I was so excited, but when I got them to the range, as easy as they were to hit, I really disliked the 'feel' coming off the club, and I was losing considerable distance. The place I purchased them from allows you to test the clubs for up to 30 days. I ended up returning those for some Calloway X-22's. I liked those much better, however, when I looked down at the long irons at address...it just felt like I wasn't going to be able to hit them, and consequently, I rarely ever did. I returned those also, and decided to get fitted for new clubs (I'd previously never been fitted, and at 6'4", that was always something that was in my head). I spent the weekend hitting balls at Golfsmith. I probably put in close to 3 hours there over 3 days. After 3 days of hitting balls, the ones I hit the most consistently were the Mizuno JPX 850 Forged. Unfortunately, they were a lot of money! I did buy them. I don't get them for 2 weeks though. I feel like a kid the night before Christmas! I was very surprised to see there was a significant difference b/w different clubs. I tried a bunch out on Friday, and made note of the ones I liked. I went back Sat and Sunday, and again got a bunch of 6 irons out, and hit them without knowing what brand I was hitting. The same ones worked best for me all 3 days (aside: I also hit the G30's and the Titleist AP 1's well; I hit these Mizuno's significantly better, and wanted forged since that's what I've played thus far). I still have a higher handicap (never actually figured it out), but, it's my short game that is responsible for my higher scores (over the last 2 months I'm shooting b/w 84 and 87 on my home par 70 course. I never spend money on myself (always on my wife and kids), and the money wasn't an issue. It's the first nice thing I've bought for myself in probably 20+ years. The only downside is, I'm forgetful as heck, and have been known to leave my clubs on the previous green from time to time. Not overly stressful leaving a 50 cent iron on the 7th green. But, losing a nice new iron would really ruin a golf outing!
  4. By the way, that is some good golf you're playing!
  5. I agree with the person above. Unexplained significant weight loss, with the known presence of a growth in your femur requires immediate medical attention. Not sure how long you've been aware of the presence of the growth and/or been experiencing the weight loss, but that is something that requires a definitive diagnosis ASAP. Blessings to you!
  6. Clubs fault. His swing was perfect, but the clubs kept screwing things up.
  7. That sounds horrific; I'd give up golf, or lose my mind one day and beat the tar out of someone. I was just looking into joining a local country club. I never considered the possible downside. I'm a relative newcomer to the game, but I'm always blown away by how nice everyone is, and how easy it is to make friends. I've yet to be paired up with someone who wasn't fun to golf with. Some really good players, some horrible ones, and the rest somewhere in the middle. All of them fun to hang with for a 4 hours.
  8. At the beginning of each round, amongst the 4 of you, choose two scorers who have to verify each score before teeing off at the next hole. If you single him out, you are definitely going to negatively affect your relationship with your father. Not worth it. I'd suggest before you start your next round, someone lightheartedly say ''let's play for a $/hole ($o.25 or whatever)." Then when it's agreed upon, just say "we need to make sure the scoring is super accurate' and appoint two people to keep score that have to agree on each holes final score before teeing off at the next hole Before the game starts, balls are marked, it is laid out to everyone score will be kept accurately, and your father hasn't been singled out. What an awkward position to be in with your own dad! There are a million ways to cheat though. If you're committed to cheating, you can still find a way.
  9. Been shooting consistently in the high 80's lately, which I'm really happy with for now... Today, I shot a 53/53=106. It was ugly all the way around. Nothing was working for me. My putting stunk, driver stunk, chipping... I've had 2 rounds of golf this first year that I'm totally embarrassed by; both on the same course (which isn't particularly hard). I survived. I just don't understand how this was possible.
  10. I think the best golf outings are when you are striking the ball well, and your buddies are also playing well too. You can have a great round, but if you know your buddies are really struggling, and frustrated, it kind of ruins it a bit.
  11. I played nine this am at a new course. The most difficult course I've played thus far. I finished +9. Very happy with my score. 2 penalty strokes. One was because I didn't know the course well, and the other a horrible tee shot that I pushed out of bounds. Tierra Rejada in So Cal. A really beautiful course, that I really enjoyed playing. We were the first ones out there, and there was no one in front of, or behind us. Something about playing golf first thing in the am, when it's so quiet...Almost the same feeling you get when you can manage to go really deep into a meditation.
  12. Playing the best 18 of my life; 12th hole, I hit my driver 75 yards out. Approach shot leaves me 50 feet from the pin... It took me 6 shots to finish from 50 feet out! I finish with a quadruple bogie after sitting 50 feet from the pin in 2 shots. Instead of a best ever 85 or 86, I finish with an 89.
  13. My ball striking and putting have really improved recently, but not necessarily reflected in my score yet. Normally, I kind of play up or down to the level of the guys Im playing with. Since Im coming up to a year, I decided to really focus today, and play for score, so I could see where my game's at. I shot an 89 (43 front 9 and 46 on the back). I've shot a better score a handful of times, but today was the best golf I've ever played (but not the best score). I had a quadruple bogie that screwed up my score, but every part of my game was really consistent today. Hit a great drive and approach shot on my +4 hole; took me 6 shots from 50 feet from the pin. Horrific. But, I drove two 300+ yard greens today. 33 putts which is a personal best. Chipping was on (bought a 60 degree wedge a couple days ago that I absolutely love. Part of my problem is that Tuesday is a day off and I have a few cold beers and smoke a stogie. By the time I get to the back 9, I'm not as steady. But, In 8o+ degree weather, I love my cold beers while hanging with my buddies. On 11 and 12 I was feeling it. 12 was where I hit the quad.
  14. I finally started to understand what the terms 'inside-out' and 'outside-in' refer to (I heard the terms often but had not a clue what they really meant)... I started going to the range to work on hitting the ball from the inside. Not only did the slice disappear, but it also added 30, 40+ yards to my drives. I still have to work on it as it's a new swing for me, but after trying just about everything else, including getting lessons, it is so nice to not have to fear my driver being in the other fairway off every tee. On a 345 yard par 4, a hole I normally layup (if I hit it nice) about 210 yards down (there is a large lake after that point), I decided to go for it and try and clear the lake. I hit my driver absolutely perfectly, cleared the lake and rolled up 50 yards short of the green. I've waited the better part of a year to be able to do that, and it was an amazing feeling.
  15. Clearly, for you, and your needs/schedule, this is a great deal. Jump on it. I also like the idea of paying via a CC, just in case.
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