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  1. Not holing out before teeing off next tee

    There has been a lot of good advice about the actual rules regarding the first situation, as well as the ace question. As for handicap posting, I believe that most everyone is right. An offense worthy of disqualification in a proper tournament does NOT eliminate the requirement to post the round in most cases, so it doesn't mean these rounds shouldn't be posted. I believe these rounds should be posted. I would also object to applying the various penalties to the score posted for handicap. Intentionally taking a penalty should not allow a player to increase his score for posting. In fact, intentionally taking penalties to manipulate a score should expose the player to a very detailed examination by his handicap committee. I don't think these guys are trying to manipulate their scores, I think they're trying to save a few steps. In my opinion, on holes 1 and 2 the players should post the LOWER of 1) their actual score (without the penalties discussed above) or B) par plus any handicap strokes. If a guy starts birdie-birdie even while playing shots out of order, they should post birdie-birdie. This may not be in exact accordance with the rules, but I believe this is equitable.
  2. They're all good clubs. I played Mizuno MP30s for about 7 or 8 years, and now I'm on my 4th year (I think) with Titleist AP2 714. Lots of good players use some degree of "player-improvement", so its not critical to buy a pure blade. Probably most important is to hit them all before buying, especially if you can try out the various available shafts, especially if you can do a comprehensive fitting. As for wear, you're going to cause wear when you practice and play. Its inevitable, the only way to keep your clubs new and shiny is to put them in a closet. Go ahead and play, don't worry about wear, Oh, I almost forgot, welcome to TheSandTrap!!!
  3. Mark Broadie Strokes Gained Scrambling Piece

    An important part of this, he's improved on what used to be a weakness. He may not be elite, but he's closed the gap a bit.
  4. If you could ONLY carry two wedges, which ones?

    When I started playing golf, all that anyone had were two wedges, a pitching wedge and a sand wedge. Specialty wedges seemed to become more common in the early 80s (I could be off a bit with that date), and Tom Kite eventually had four wedges, which was considered very innovative by many at the time. So if I had to return to those old days, I'd use a pitching wedge and a sand wedge. I'd have to work out the best combination of lofts and bounce and grind to minimize the gaps and fit my own game and local conditions, but I'm guessing that I'd end up with something like 50 and 56 degrees.
  5. When is it too cold to golf?

    I played yesterday, it was the annual "Superintendant's Revenge". It was just above freezing when I got to the course at 9:30, and warmed up to almost 40 by the time we were done. Luckily, there was almost no wind. Today, I'm at home, watching football and making Stracotto di Manzo (Italian-style pot roast), no need for more punishment.
  6. I know you have a Swing Thread, and you've received some specific advice, as well as some advice about practicing specifically to chance the picture. I'd guess that most golfers don't have a specific "priority piece" that they're working on, based on competent instruction, and if they do, they're not doing the type of work, slow, specific, that will allow them to make the change most efficiently. So they might think they're practicing, but there's not doing it effectively. And I think that this is true across the broad spectrum of skill levels.
  7. Golf Calendar / Golf Prints

    https://www.golfstock.net/gallery.html?gallery=2018+Emerald+Gems+Calendar&folio=Portfolio&vimeoUserID=&vimeoAlbumID=#/0 This calendar is from a photographer who has done some amazing work in Ireland, and elsewhere. You can check out his portfolio and order prints from www.golfstock.net.
  8. First, a disclaimer. I own one of the villas at Talamore. I've been coming here for about 10 years, probably about twice a year. I'll do my best to provide an impartial review of things, but I'll also be adding some information about recent changes and improvements that most of the other guys may not be aware of. Lodging – The Villas at Talamore are individually owned, but are managed and maintained by the Talamore Resort. The oldest units are over 20 years old, and the newest are closer to 15 years old. The Blue (winning!) team was in 2111, a ground floow 3-bedroom unit. This is the first time I've ever been inside one of the 3-bedroom units, and I was impressed. Each of the 3 bedrooms had two beds, windows to the outside, and its own dedicated bathroom. The fully equipped kitchen would be nice, if we had had time to use it, but it was primarily for storage of drinks, and morning coffee (thanks to @jsgolfer for making it each morning). The unit had a nice dining area, appropriate for 6 people, a living room, and a smaller table which could have been useful for cards. Compared to staying in a hotel for a golf trip, I really like staying in a condo or apartment style lodging like this. This is one of the older buildings, and you could see a bit of wear, but the bed's comforters, pillows, and pillow-top mattress pad are all new this summer. A really nice amenity here is the pavilion. There's covered seating for something like 100 people, a central divider with gas fireplaces and big-screen televisions, and gas grills. This is a great area to get a bigger crowd together, and we took advantage of it Saturday night after the competition was decided and we were all friends again. This is also where the complimentary Thursday night pig-pickin was served, with pork barbecue, beans, slaw, and potato salad. As others have mentioned, we also had a continental breakfast on Thursday at the Talamore clubhouse, with additional hot buffet breakfast items for Friday to Sunday mornings. The breakfast isn't exceptional, but its sure nice to have something readily available before a long day of competition. Quality 4 Value 5 (I never pay directly here, but I know the golf packages are competitive) Location 5 Talamore Golf Course Talamore was opened in 1992, so its about 25 years old. In 2016, the management changed the course substantially, removing over 60 bunkers, adding a small number of deep sod-faced bunkers, improving drainage in a number of the fairways, and completely replacing the greens with Champion Bermuda. The front nine runs among housing, although for the most part its far enough away that it rarely comes into play. This is a good solid golf course, with a reasonable variety of hole lengths, doglegs both left and right, and both uphill and downhill shots to the greens. As a couple of others have noted, there were patches of rough in or crossing what could (should?) have been fairway, a design feature than I'm not crazy about. Additionally, a couple of the doglegs forced the longer players to either club down, or hit the ball over or around trees with a driver. For me, that's not an issue. Condition of the course was pretty good. As is common in this area, they had overseeded with rye recently to keep the fairways green through the winter, so they were watering a little more than usual. A few of the tees were a little shaggy with young rye. On the other hand, the greens were really true, and pretty fast. They were also pretty firm, it took a few holes to figure out that flying the ball all the way to the hole was not a smart idea. Overall, a good solid course in good to excellent shape. Blue Tees, Par 71, 6534 yards CR = 70.4 Slope = 129 Layout 4 Conditioning 4.5 Visual 4 MidSouth Golf Club MidSouth is an Arnold Palmer design, also opened in 1992, and underwent a significant renovation over the summer of 2017. Primarily, the greens were replaced with Champion Bermuda, but a few bunkers were renovated or removed. MidSouth also meanders through housing, a fact of life for most modern golf courses. This is in my top 5 or 6 courses in the Pinehurst area, a good diversity of hole shapes, uphills and downhills, and interesting green complexes. I think this course is better visually than Talamore, especially the 9th and 18th holes coming over water towards a huge double green in front of the clubhouse. Conditions were very similar to Talamore, a little soft in the fairways, but really good putting surfaces. I was really impressed with the greens, especially considering they had only been open for about a month. The greens here were a little more receptive than those at Talamore. To me, its really a good match play course. As others have said, the back 9 is really strong, and the last 4 holes offer lots of chances for drama. 17 is one of the toughest par-3 holes I've ever played, and 18 will test a player's nerves on both the drive and the second. A couple of guys have mentioned the lunch service at the MidSouth clubhouse, and they were absolutely correct. I was one of the first to order, and got my food, but a few were still waiting when it was time to start our second round on Friday.Prior to this summer, food service at MidSouth was the same as at Talamore, just a few sandwiches, so the menu we saw represents a significant expansion. The bar area at MidSouth was also installed this summer, while the course was shut down, and has only been in operation for a few weeks. In fact, I got an email last Friday that announced the “Grand Opening” to the MidSouth membership. Service here definitely needs improvement, I'm hopeful that our difficulties were simply growing pains. Blue Tees, Par 71, 6577 yards, CR = 71.5 Slope = 131 Layout 5 Conditioning 4.5 Visual 5
  9. Skins Game Question

    I think in individual matches, even foursomes and fourballs, or very small numbers of players at stroke play, handicaps work out pretty well. For larger fields, or for skins, large handicap differences become more of a problem.
  10. Reviews - Snell My Tour Ball

    Like @jsgolfer, I had the chance to review the Snell MTB previously, and its been my choice ever since. I was really pleased to receive a dozen new balls with the Newport Cup logo at the competition, because I know how good they are. For this review, I went back to my previous writings, to see how my initial impressions might have changed. A lot of what follows is exactly as written a year ago, because the ball is still as good as anything I've ever played. When I first opened the box, I compared the MTB side-by-side with my (previously) normal ball, the Titleist Pro V1. To my eyes, the logo looks good, just slightly larger than the Titleist, definitely smaller than the Calloway logo (which I don't really like). The alignment line looks fine too, although I don't use it so don't really care as long as its not too obtrusive. Now the wait, I received the balls the day before I left for Ireland last summer. My first experience with the MTB was at Ballyliffin, Ireland. The way it worked out, I played only the Snell while in Ireland. On our first day at the golf course, I took a couple to the practice green and started by putting and chipping a few. My first reaction was positive, the balls rolled nice and consistent, with a kind of subdued click. They didn't exactly feel “soft,” but there were towards the softer end of the spectrum. Then a few chips, a kind of dead-hands chip with a lofted wedge. The balls did exactly what I'd hoped to see, a nice low flight, one bounce and then a good check. This was surprising, I hadn't expected to see the check on the very firm Irish greens. I tried a couple of ProV1's for chipping, and if anything the Snell showed a little more check than the Titleist. Then, a few swings on the range and off to the course. For those who have played Irish links courses, you know that the wind is pretty much always blowing. It may change directions or strength, but it seems to never stop. Consequently, I didn't try to compare distances with the Snell, but I did watch the trajectory closely. I was pretty pleased overall, I could hit it low into the wind without the ball ballooning too badly, and I could put the ball forward in my stance when going downwind and have enough backspin that the ball would float on the wind, rather than getting knocked down. I liked the feel of the ball on full shots as well as I liked the putting and chipping, firm but not hard, with a nice sound off the clubface. Sadly, the ball did nothing at all to correct for my truly bad swings, so I left a few of them in the tall fescue lining the rolling fairways at Ballyliffin, Carne, Ballybunion, and Lahinch. None in the Atlantic, but only because the wind was coming towards shore. The other thing the ball couldn't do was bite on full shots into the very firm greens, but no golf ball can do that. Back in the States, I could really evaluate distances and performance on my home course. In general, I'd say the Snell is a little longer than the ProV1, but not hugely so. I'm talking about 10 yards or less with the driver, maybe a half-club with most irons. I'd say the Snell launched just a couple of degrees higher with the irons too, which may explain the distance gain. Bite on the greens with full shots was very good, but not to the point where I was drawing a ball back uncontrollably. Spin on partial shots was excellent. You know, those 60 yarders where you can't take a full swing, so the ball doesn't stop as quickly as with a full shot? Well, the Snell did stop. Short game was excellent too, check on the chip shots when I wanted it, and nice feel and consistent roll on the putts. So on to the meat of the review. Any comparisons are to the Titleist ProV1, I had been playing that ball consistently since it was introduced a long time ago. Performance on the Course Distance was fine, at least as good as the ProV1, probably just a little longer. Flight was slightly higher, something I can use. Control on full shots was good, enough spin to stop shots, not too much to cause a ball to back up excessively. Short game feel was good, consistent spin results on chips and pitches. Putting feel was on the softer end of the spectrum, which suits me fine. Overall, this ball is every bit as good as the ProV1. Looks and Durability Most of the guys have posted pictures. I think the ball looks nice, classy. In hindsight, I like the font used for Snell, I like the red accent and number, and even though the logo is just slightly larger than the Titleist (the classic in my lifetime), I think its just fine. Durability is good. I occasionally keep a ball in play for 3 or 4 rounds, and I see fading or unusual damage. The only change I could see was where the logo was smudged, which is understandable since I always tee the ball so I strike the logo. Sound and Feel Sounds and feel is just right, in my opinion. Its hard to describe sound, but some balls make a kind of plastic clack sound, some a dull thud, this is just a nice solid smack on full shots. Off the putter, a muted click, it just sounds right somehow. Feel is slightly toward the soft end, which suits me fine. I know a couple of guys who found the feel a little soft for their liking, but I thought it was good. Value If you buy a dozen, these cost $32. If you buy 6 dozen, the price works out to be $26.33 per dozen, and all prices include shipping within the US. For a ball that behaves as well as the top ball on the market (at something like $48 per dozen), you can't beat it. In summary, the Snell MTB gets top marks in every possible category
  11. Food Thread

    Do you have a favorite recipe? Another of my faves is shrimp fra diavolo, spicy garlicky tomato sauce.
  12. Food Thread

    What a coincidence, I'm making carbonara for some friends tomorrow night. Interesting to float a yolk on top, though, I love the look.
  13. Hitting off wrong tee

    I suppose there are some places where the golfers prefer this kind of situation. No rules, no rulings, no penalties, just play golf any way you choose to. No expectation that the players should ever actually be involved in the planning or the operation of the events. Its not for me.
  14. Skins Game Question

    Based on some of the stats from that post, even a 15-handicap player (averaging 89 is about a 15) has about 1 birdie per 10 rounds. Your 30-handicapper may have one or two per YEAR, if he plays a lot.
  15. Hitting off wrong tee

    I think we should ask @Aussiebob43, what was the actual situation? Did the players get a scorecard showing their starting hole? Were they simply given a verbal directive? Perhaps there was some other method of indicating the starting hole. As long as there was a definitive directive, whether verbal or written, the players should be penalized in accordance with the rules. I can't think of any circumstance when I've played in a competition, even the booziest charity scramble, and didn't know which hole I was supposed to start on.

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