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  1. 16 different guys win. No repeats. Don't really know why. And it's not going to play out that way. A question for the crowd--has the Tour ever gone 4 full years with nobody winning a major twice?
  2. Well, I respect the Game. I play by the rules and take good care of the course. Wish I walked more. And, I take my game seriously. I practice, take lessons and so on. Wish I did more of that. Myself and my score? I don't take those two too seriously. At least I hope not. Last week I had a tee time to play with a buddy who's currently being treated for two kinds of cancer (talk about winning the lottery!). Fortunately, he is, as my late father in law used to say, in pretty good shape for the shape he's in. But, the golf would have been secondary, and I'd have cheerfully
  3. A couple of points that I don't think have been made: 1. 'Dynamic pricing' is a better way to manage tee times than one off discounts to college students (or lefties, or blondes, or socialists, or whomever). Not sure how I feel about dynamic pricing for tee times, but it appears to be a coming thing, and will probably trickle down and out from the niches where it's already been adopted (not to hijack the thread). 2. College kids can't, by and large, legally drink and are pretty notorious for not running up big tabs in the pro shop, restaurants and other income streams that a priva
  4. Can't really help you. But my son and I learned to play golf thirty years ago at the old Herman Park course, back when it played like a hardpan track in a Dan Jenkins novel, before it was redone, the nines reversed and an effort made to turn it into something upscale. A scruffy muni track patrolled, not by course marshals, but overweight Houston cops on golf carts, featuring 'ding man' who (when the cops weren't looking) tried to extort 50 bucks from passing golfers 'because your ball hit my car over there'. We loved the place. We lived about five minutes away and early on Saturday mornin
  5. Good advice by and large . . . a coupla thoughts: 1. To the first point that she has a say in all this too--that's true not only at the basic 'hands off' (unless she's eager) physical respect, act like a gentleman level, but also more generally. One, the other, or the next attractive girl you encounter may take a look at you, a couple of dates, even a test drive, and decide she's not interested. That's life. As my mother used to say to me half a century ago, 'better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all' (it's a quote from some poem). Let's see, you're an 18 handicap
  6. The money doesn't move the needle. The score does. Be a helluva way to break 80.
  7. Been away from the game for almost ten years--one abortive attempt to return five or six years ago. Retirement, the Big C, back issues, blah, blah, blah. Let's just say life got in the way. So, my goals are pretty rudimentary: 1. Return to golf at the most basic level--play and practice regularly. Obviously, if I don't attain this goal, all else is moot. 2. Join a men's association and start competing at the most elementary levels. The camaraderie will keep me going and the mild discipline of competition will keep me focused and honest, increase my practical rules knowledge, e
  8. Well, interesting question, because it's close to home. Next fall I may be spending a couple of months in the general vicinity of Freehold, NJ, with some time for golf, so I've wasted a little time on the internet seeing what's in the general vicinity, in a nutshell, a well regarded muni, a semi-private club and two private courses (Trump National and something called Due Process Stables) are all around the corner. From what I can tell, getting onto Trump National is probably doable, and Due Process Stables, probably not). Neither of them look like they're worth the trouble (and I don
  9. More on Doak's scale. Thinking it over, it's really two scales--6-10 are a way to rate the world's top courses. 1-5 is a way to rate the rest of the world. 3 is average, 1 is awful, 5 is really good, 4's would be 5's except for some drawback, and 2's are either 3's in lousy shape or 1's with some TLC. It seems to me that most of this crowd ought to be able to find an accessible 4 or 5. Depending on where you live. Two further observations--yes, the scale is subjective, but any course that the USGA uses for qualifying or regional events probably rates as a 5 (unless it's in the top ha
  10. That Doak scale is kinda fun. #s 6, 7 and 8 are the old Michelin star system for restaurants (don't miss if you're in the vicinity--one star, worth a detour--two stars, worth a special trip--three stars), and #s 9 and 10 deliver on his promise of hair splitting among the three star experiences. #s 1-5 are, sadly, an acknowledgement of the world we live in. Oh, and personally, a 5-ish, maybe a 6. For anyone who can read the techno-gibberish of so much marketing hype for new golf balls and the latest greatest iteration of some weirdly named driver without laughing, how about 5.625
  11. +1 that there are no bullies here. You've simply got a market incumbent (Acushnet) that has historically used its IP portfolio successfully to defend its market share against new entrants and a new entrant (Costco) that is significantly larger than the previous smaller potential competitors. What Acushnet has to have concluded is that the opportunity (golf balls) is so trivial in the greater scheme of Costco that an aggressive letter would deter Costco. It does not appear to have done so. If Costco has concluded that golf balls are representative of a class of opportunities which
  12. Guys-- Thanks for the feedback and the suggestions. The list of threads was a good start to resuming on this website (if I can restrain myself from pontificating about Costco golfballs), and, seriously, that post about conscious/unconscious competence/incompetence was really, really helpful (you need a strategy and sense of timing in taking lessons, as well as in practice and on the course). And, all the comments on conditioning, yeah, I think my first step in all this is to meet with the trainer about tweaking my cardio-focused gym routine to refocus a little on core body and flexi
  13. In the end, I don't think this is about corporate bullying or protecting intellectual property. None of us know much about Acushnet's IP portfoliio (other than that they use it as a powerful marketing tool), and, when you are talking about well established corporations with market capitalizations in excess of $1-billion each, they have legal budgets that can take the litigation expense. So forget the bullying claims. They may not be entirely rational actors, but they aren't kids on the elementary school playground, either. What you've got here is, basically, 'when business models colli
  14. Whoa. Let's not accuse anybody of stealing anything. Costco has filed a lawsuit (that's what a declaratory judgement is) to determine who's right here. Thieves do not file lawsuits before they steal. Acushnet is going to have to defend that lawsuit. Fine. Acushnet had a right to assert claims based on its intellectual property in the letter it sent Costco that started all this. By asserting its right it triggered litigation. Presumably it took that risk into account. If you go back and look at the Calloway Acushnet litigation over the ProV1, note that it was settled with a c
  15. What if the KSig ball violates an Acushnet patent? I have no idea what's in the Acushnet intellectual property portfolio and I'm not an IP lawyer, but a couple of observations: Marketers promote products as innovative, new technology, patented, etc. without going into much detail about what exactly the nature of the patent is. There are, for example, a whole class of patents, called process patents, which relate to how you make the product, not, say, the design of the product itself. If the manufacturing process of the Ksig ball were found to infringe on an Acushnet patent, that wo
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