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      Introducing TST "Clubs!"   08/28/2017

      No, we're not getting into the equipment business, but we do have "clubs" here on TST now. Groups. Check them out here:


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  1. Was this Poor Etiquette?

    Glad to see there's a rule on this, that I agree with. I would have done the exact same thing.
  2. Hello from North Carolina

    Welcome. I'm also in NC and we have similar tastes in putters :) I use a SC X7M. Although I could use my $15 Yes! center shaft mallet putter and probably putt JUST the same, to be honest. A good place to start is the "Breaking 100 Club" thread. It's either in the general Golf Talk section, or in the instruction section (I think It's in Golf Talk, though). There's a lot of good key pointers on what needs to really happen in order to start breaking a score of 100 without a lot of mechanical instruction. Then you move on to "Breaking 90," "Breaking 80," and so forth. They're good reads and have helped me. I'm on the cusp of breaking 80, myself. Do yourself a favor and don't worry about equipment. It doesn't contribute to SCORE nearly as much as people say it does. A bad swing needs practice work, not new equipment. Lastly, I wouldn't go with the "double-par" way of keeping pace. Go with "max # of strokes," regardless of the length of the hole - or something. Taking 10 strokes on a par 5 will drive some players behind you bananas! Keep a 2 hr 10 min pace though and you shouldn't have trouble (on average). USGA handicapping systems (for non-tournament play) don't even record holes above a certain threshold, based on your handicap index. It's called "Equitable Stroke Control," or "ESC" for short. Look it up. It's kind of weird in that for me now, I don't take anything higher than 7 strokes... so it won't even count the last stroke if I triple bogey on a par 5! (Although you do RECORD it on the score card - it just doesn't get counted against your handicap index) Good luck.
  3. You gotta be kitten me! What kind of idiot demands their putter back after chucking it in the water? If I were the head pro, I would have told him to eff off, too! Or better yet, I would have told him "go in there and find ANY other putter and I'll make sure my guy trades you for yours. Go ahead."
  4. Tee box etiquette

    I have yet to play with someone who cares enough where I stand to let me know where they want me (or not want me) to stand. I may not be a great player or anything, but it seems kind of silly to be "affected" by where someone stands on the tee box, or even on greens. Life, and nature, are full of distractions. Do you get bent out of shape when a crow calls during your putt? Someone honks their horn during your back swing (intentionally or not) on the tee box? I don't hit a "better shot" because of where people stand, or how they do/don't move. The only one I can see is a player casting a shadow over a putt line. That one has some merit, but even then if someone did it to me I really wouldn't care. That said I'm pretty non-confrontational so I always try to stand out of people's way, so I don't have a problem with anyone.
  5. Practice lag putts and virtually dismiss practice focused on getting putts on-line or green reading. I wouldn't worry about read so much. A good lag can get you close to the hole with even a sub-par read. Don't over-swing. Just make good contact. Don't care so much about distances. Practice chipping close. You're likely not going to hit a lot of greens. Practice a comfortable rescue shot. Like a knock down trap 7i to get you out of the woods under some branches and up the fairway 50-100 yards if you're lucky. Sounds like a good plan for your situation, to me! I really don't think you need to play a round. You were a 9 hc from what someone else said, so you know how to conduct a round. I'd just hit the practice area a few times. But not for too long.
  6. Best places to live with great muni golf

    I've heard that North Carolina has the highest # of golf courses per unit area than any other state. So I would have to say North Carolina :) Here in the Triad, we have PLENTY of muni course options within a 20 minute drive. I'd say at least 15 courses. Probably 20-25 if you include semi-private
  7. Rent/Buy a course

    I think it completely (but not exclusively) depends on the demographic. A course being reconditioned here in this part of NC probably wouldn't get it's investment back. Lots of courses. Not a lot of money here in the Triad, and there's several good country clubs that are pretty reasonable. If anybody ups the price even by a few bucks, people start playing elsewhere, unfortunately. My course did a good bit of reconditioning these past 2 years and I was happy to pay a little up-tick in price. But a lot of people didn't want to. Whatever, it was less crowded for me this year, then!
  8. What is your formula for playing in wind?

    It gets pretty windy here regularly, so I just get a feel for it. I've had shots into greens 4 clubs up before and that was with water behind the green! That was a really freaking windy day though. The "grass" test flew out of my hand and went straight sideways. Probably 30+ mph. I probably take 1 to 1.5 clubs per 10 mph of wind on a typical 150 yard shot.
  9. Why is America so fat?

    1. I don't disagree that 50% of people over here are overweight only because I live in the south where frankly... that's pretty true. I've people-watched enough to realize that it's pretty damn close to 50% or more, at least in MY town. That does not speak for other areas including the NE and such. The south is pretty terrible for it though. 2. Portions are ridiculous now. I've only scratched the surface of this thought so I'm sure it's riddled with holes, but the US could implement a law like they do about ordering pitchers of beer. Don't let people in restaurant establishments serve someone ridiculous amounts of food. 3. Yes, fast food is cheaper here. Leads to obesity. My wife is an elementary school teacher in a more impoverished area of town (all children's lunches are 100% subsidized by the state). She says it's really sad seeing her poorer children with guts because of it, and also because they aren't active enough 4. Cheap fast food leads to obesity, which leads to health problems, which UNNECESSARILY jacks up total healthcare costs. I hate it. But I'm also sympathetic to folks in poverty, because I get it. I had < $100 in my bank account for a 9-month stretch while in school at one point (while working 2 jobs) and nearly literally lived off of Taco Bell's $0.89 5-layer burrito for MONTHS. Luckily I was educated enough to know I needed to exercise and get at least vitamins and minerals in my system to not completely compromise my health. I really want education to be more mainstream and widely available. I want the rappers and athletes to go away in a sense that are causing these kids to not care about school because "I'm going to be a pro basketball player" or "I'm going to be a music artist!" You tell them the chances of that are 100,000:1 and they would say "but I can do it, I'm the best!" I feel like, at this point, the only way to fix this is to make it "easy" for people, or restrict the bad stuff. Restriction is tough with the rampant lobbying around the food industry (just like smoking, which is still a facepalm for me). It's a sad situation.
  10. Coke Zero Sugar

    It tickles me every time someone mentions the "concerns" or "safety" aspect of aspartame, still :) There's a lot of flub studies on a bunch of different things, but the scientific studies of aspartame is not one of them. It's clear cut, like iacas said. THAT said, I don't drink coke zero. Not any diet beverages. But then again I'm not drinking any sodas much nowadays (even though my fridge is full of them). I much prefer coke, though. And I can, hands down, do a blind taste test between coke and pepsi 100 times in a row and I will be correct 100 times. I'd put money on it.
  11. Buying our first "new" car

    Yea the standard interest rate was 3.7% or something for most places. I made it clear that whatever deal we go with we're wanting financing at LEAST under 1%. One thing I was shocked about was we were looking at the Honda CR-V and they offered 0% financing on all of their models EXCEPT the CR-V and one other model. That makes ZERO sense to me. The lowest they would go, with excellent credit, was 3.4%. I said thank you for your time, but I'm not going to buy a car from someone exploiting the need of a family vehicle and charging interest of $30-40 every month when MONEY IS MONEY. I feel like it's borderline discrimination - although I know it isn't. Just felt like it at the time. Mazda gave us 0% for 36 months and 0.9% for 60 so we chose the latter considering we're having a child soon anyways. That way I don't have to change any recurring deposits into our investment accounts and make more money off them than the 0.9% from the payment. Glad to be done with the new car buying process. I'll take the used car market buying process (private party) any day even though it has it's frustrations too.
  12. Buying our first "new" car

    We ended up going with the Mazda CX-5. Got it for about $2k less than the "fair purchase price," out the door including tax, title, and all fees. I don't feel like we got a stellar deal (I was exhausted from the whole process and ready to get the rest of my Saturday back) but I don't feel like we got a bad deal either. The Equinox was a close second, as was the Rogue. We're really happy with the car though, I just hate being on the car payments again! But it's for my wife and our first child so... gotta do what you gotta do. Safety first! I'll still get the satisfaction of driving my $3,700 truck around, lol.
  13. I've read only page 1 of this thread and I've determined it's been the dumbest thing I've read in quite a long time. Just... wow.
  14. Buying our first "new" car

    Thanks everyone for your help. I've read some interesting articles around both consumer reports and sites like Truecar. Most interesting is the Clark Howard article around buying a new car.
  15. Buying our first "new" car

    My wife and I are planning on buying our first "new" car (small SUV, actually) and I'm wondering what is realistically a "great deal" nowadays. We're highly value conscious, and practical people. The only reason we're buying a new car is because her's is 14 years old, she's 5 months pregnant, and I want her to be in something that is very safe and up to the latest safety standards. With the evolution of "Truecar.com" are they honestly showing you what a "good deal" is? I've heard of two instances recently where people apparently got fantastic deals. The one I can remember the details was someone bought a $33k sticker price toyota camry, 2017 model, fully loaded, brand new for $22k. That's like... 30% off! Truecar says his exact car is basically $25k... so he got it for much less than that. When my wife and I are looking at Truecar, the prices are basically matching the sticker prices we're seeing on the lot minus maybe 5%. What's the situation nowadays? We're not even picky. My wife wants a couple of options, most are take-em-or-leave-em, color isn't super important, we just want a decent car for a good value. So I feel like we have room to negotiate. 2018 models are coming soon, and dealers are telling us this is a slow time of year. So what can we reasonably expect to get off sticker, for a car they they may be trying to unload to make room for new inventory? Just a ballpark range? Is this even the right time of year to be buying? Should we wait? Are we suckers if we pay anything in dealer fees? I've already brought up to a couple dealers (we've gone to kia and hyundai so far) that we can either finance low (preferable) or buy the car outright in cash. So we can't be squeezed there. We're going to a few more dealers this week, we're looking at anything from a hyundai tuscon, mazda cx-3, honda cr-v, ford escape, kia sorento, those kinds of vehicles. sub $30k. Any insight/advice y'all have would be fantastic!