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  1. Oh, I read it that you thought it was a bummer he was turning pro. Got it.
  2. Tiger was clearly, mistakenly, operating under the old New Zealand adage of: "No one misses a slice off a cut loaf." It doesn't apply to Amanda.
  3. What's a birdie loving comrade to do? http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/19/world/asia/chinas-crackdown-on-corruption-targets-golf-a-sport-for-millionaires.html?ref=world&_r=0 "... In a flurry of recent reports, state-run news outlets have depicted the sport as yet another temptation that has led Communist Party officials astray. A top official at the Commerce Ministry is under investigation on suspicion of allowing an unidentified company to pay his golf expenses... And in the southern province of Guangdong, home to the world’s largest golf facility, the 12-course Mission Hills Golf Club , party officials have been forbidden to golf during work hours “to prevent unclean behavior and disciplinary or illegal conduct.... ...“This is Xi Jinping ’s China, and it’s clear he’s intent on making his mark,” Mr. Washburn said. “Everyone’s a potential target in this ongoing crackdown on corruption, and golf is a particularly easy and obvious one.” ... The Legal Weekly, run by the Ministry of Justice, chimed in by publishing a list of 15 party officials who have been punished in the last decade for golf-related transgressions. It included Sun Guoqing, head of the Ministry of Transportation’s planning department, who was suspected of using public funds to pay for rounds, and Han Jiang, a district official in Shenzhen, who was convicted of receiving nearly $1 million in bribes, the largest single portion of which was in the form of a membership to the Mission Hills Golf Club. “Golf, because of its high cost and unique glamour, has been called the ‘aristocrats’ game,’ ” the newspaper said. “But an awkward truth is that because of ‘rotten’ golf, some officials have been punished or even jailed.” An art dealer in Beijing, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss illicit activity, said that many insider deals were made over rounds of golf. “When we play golf, we invite officials, too,” he said. “This is not something ordinary people can afford.”...
  4. Mine was an eagle on a 310 yard par four. I hit a great drive and was about 40 yards to the pin. I grab my wedge and pitch it in. One of the best shots of my life. The funny thing was I was randomly paired with three guys visiting from Vietnam - and they only spoke Vietnamese. Well, they were very, very excited by the shot and were yelling and screaming in Vietnamese. I couldn't stop laughing at the situation and they couldn't stop talking about it.
  5. I bought the 460 about three months ago. Shaft is the graphite/steel fiber mix. I couldn't be happier. Bigger story is that I'm returning to golf after many years of not playing (quit at 18). I decided to get fitted and had the pre-conceived notion that I would never buy a driver that could be adjusted. It's not something to mess with.... Spent an hour hitting different heads, shafts and lofts and the SLDR 460 ( adjusted loft down to 8.5 not up ) was the best fit for me by far. In the shop, the radar had me hitting around 255. I've played a lot this summer and was quickly hitting 270 regularly. Yesterday, I played nine and have no idea what was going on. First few drives were 285-290. Last drive, measured in two ways (from the markers and my iphone app) had my drive at 302. I could barely go to sleep last night thinking about it. Mind you, part of this is me recognizing I could/should be swinging a bit harder than I have. But I will say the sweet spot on the driver is indeed smaller than others, once you learn to hit it - yeah!.
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