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  1. I do not much like scrambles but you have to realize what they normally are for or about. Typically there is some charity involved or maybe even to support a team or school golf program. So I will play a couple a year but otherwise, I prefer to play another course the day of scrambles. But when it is something like Meals on Wheels or the Heart Association, etc., you know you are not there just to play golf.
  2. Haas has a great move, but Adam Scott is the prototypical Harmon swing that I prefer. Els, Mahon, Louie O., Rory and a host of guys today have very modern and at the same time classic swings. The lower body is more braced today and swing arcs are more optimized than the great swings of the past, but almost everyone on tour has a great swing. Perhaps a stranger topic would be who has the weirdest swings on tour and still gets results -- Jim F. is not the only outlier. We could all name a few swings that maybe only the owner of that swing could make it work for them. Try naming the Orville
  3. La Quinta, PGA West, Indian Wells... multiple courses, all good. Don't know your price range but there is something for everyone. I think I once counted something like 70 golf course in the valley. My favorite is the Vintage but you have to know someone to play there.
  4. I wondered the same thing, but when I looked up the Decisions, they were correct (at that time.) Relief was only for your normal address and swing. Your fan story is alarming since some did and some did not take relief so one group was obviously in violation of the rules. Maybe there was a local rule? I've played a lot of places where circulation fans were near the green and I know one place the understanding was a local rule allowing relief. But I would not count on that. There are guys on this forum that are far more qualified to answer rules questions...
  5. This rule has changed over time. There was a time when the player could elect to play left handed (if he were right handed) and upon deciding his swing was impeded, and a drop was allowed, he could take a drop and then switch back to his normal right handed swing. At our state amateur I had this come up one year and was advised that the rule for relief was only available if it was your normal swing that was impeded, however, I was free to swing away left-handed, just with no relief. You always can swing from either side, of course, but you can only take relief from your normal swing impairm
  6. Your waist high finish just reminded me of an surefire 20 handicapper who easily hit many drives well over 300 yards. He was just retired from the majors as a centerfielder who had several 30 plus homerun seasons. Flat swing, abbreviated finish, ball might go anywhere, but when he connected... wow. I think some of his divots might have needed a front loader to fill.
  7. Finger pointing could be directed in many directions in this general topic. Course designs should have appropriate tee boxes for those that do not want 600 yard par 5s and 500 yard par 4s -- most do, but the golfers in many cases select the wrong tees for their length and skill level. Murfield is in the British Open rota and I just read where members there consider it dishonorable to take longer than 2 hours and 45 minutes to play 18 holes. That may be over-stated and extreme, but I do wish no round of golf ever took more than 4 hours and if a group was holding up play for whatever re
  8. I recently enjoyed reading about Muirfield, the host of this year's British Open. Slow play is considered dishonorable there -- and they play fast as a matter of tradition. At one of my old clubs, the expected rule was every round had to be completed in or under 4 hours.... it was great. Slow play was simply not permitted. Golf teams were not allowed access to the course. Indeed now at a different course, the slowest players we encounter is when we are playing behind high school golf teams -- truly dishonorable pace of play. At least where I play most of the time today the marshals will
  9. Byron Nelson -- the game's ultimate gentleman and the geneses of the modern swing. Even the great Hogan studied Lord Byron's swing.
  10. Welcome to the group. You will enjoy the people here. I hope you progress toward your goal with success.
  11. If I use my most lofted wedge (either a 58 or 60, depending) for full shots, that is the most inconsistent club.
  12. For me it has got to be the soft high pitch or flop when short-sided, and instead, I hit it thin or even blade it. Arg!!!!! I use the flop a lot and usually pretty well, but when it.s thin, it is typically a big number to follow..
  13. That is strange... I could not find the Nitro LD history on Google either. However, Nitro was a golf ball, touted for distance and I know they hosted LD contests becasue I went to one in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. Maybe someone else can fill in some history here. Maybe it was just a local Nitro rep who hosted the event. My guess is the time frame was about the mid or late 1980s. It was about the time Adams golf (and Barney Adams) located to the Richardson area (north Dallas.) I remember that because Barney called me to to hit some new club designs and ideas he had. Barney was very innov
  14. RC

    Sun flower seed hulls

    Interesting sign Fourputt... I agree with it, but I am not that against those that chew sun flower seeds and spit in cups or well out of the way of traffic. I do not understand the mentality of those that say, "What's the big deal? I'll split hulls where-ever I chose." This is a societal issue of courtesy to your fellow golfers and the more we dismiss and permit boorish behavior, the worse it gets. That does not take a genius to figure out. To those who never encounter seed hulls on your greens, I am happy for you. We seem to have plenty of spitters where I like to play and t
  15. I have complained before about sun flower seed hulls spit on greens. The recent resurgence of the tobacco chewing thread compels me to remind sun flower seed chewers that they too need to refrain from spitting hulls on the green. Invariably (I guess because we all putt often from five feet and in) the area around the hole is a mine field of sun flower seed hulls and I have no desire to pick up what others have spit out. Tobacco juice in the hole or on the green is disgusting, but so are sun flower seed hulls.
  16. Normally I think great designs allow two choices with a reward for the more challenging selection. However, some holes are designed so that one particular shot is the main defense of the hole and, if you sort of understand the designer's idea, it is fun to play these holes. It could be the drive or the approach but the challenge is set before you and you are asked to execute the shot. Great designs normally do not do this for shots requiring exceptional length but more shot shape control. I do not like greens that slope away from you, for example, but there are holes that have this charact
  17. That is a great unflolding of your experiences and you should be proud of your performance if your handicap is still as stated. There are many very good golfers who have not done as well as you have. You surely know what I mean about going after pins... you might get away with it a few times but like a rattlesnake coiled to bite, some of those pin placements can send your ball off into some of the most difficult recoveries I have ever seen. I was advised of a tradition among some members there that you should not take unplayable lies, but rather just hack it out. Trust me, that does not wo
  18. That you could shave 10 shots is pretty stellar, I sure could not. I've played many excellent and difficult tracks and I always intended to shoot around par and hopefully not above 74 or 75. Pine Valley was the only big time track where that was just impossible for me. I thought I needed to attack a few more pin positions to get the score down from an opening 78, That did not work, the score went up due to a triple and a couple of doubles (which are not infrequent there.) So then I thought, OK, you know the perils, play it safe. The greens ate my lunch, and my score was the highest that
  19. One course continues to pop up as the hardest when rated by major publications and groups as the hardest and has, for the most part, preserved its reputation for years, even as equipment and golf balls have changed the game. The course deserves its rating, it is amazing. Probably your best score will be the first time around it because once you see all the trouble it becomes paralyzing: The course is Pine Valley, NJ.
  20. Palm Springs has so many great golf course you cannot go wrong there -- it is my pick of the best golfing destinations in the USA, but maybe not in the hottest months of summer. North of San Diego (Carlsbad) is Aviara which is a really fine track worth the trip, and my pick of the San Diego area courses.
  21. Many, many times, and each and one was joyful. I know I am lucky so let's leave it at that. I never thought, growing up and learning the game, I would ever get the chance, but dreams do come true in the most unlikely of ways. Chilli Dipper is very insightful about the difficulty of tee shots where you have questions or doubt about the the way to play the upcoming shot. Number 11 and number 14 sit before you and ask you to hit a certain shot without of a lot of leeway. You cannot (or at least I cannot) put the possibility of not pulling off the required shot out of your mind and that
  22. Number 11 was always the hardest for me... you have to hit it really, really hard and favor the right side which is very elevated -- the hole plays longer than 10 if you have a predictable draw. Surprisingly number 14 is challenging since it is easy to hang one right and the slope takes you hard right. So sometimes you get a little pull going and then you are dead trying to get over some really big trees to what might be the hardest green to control your location. Now number 5 is much harder as it was in Hogan's day, the moved trap makes it tougher and the green only has one landing area
  23. Howdy right back at you. It is a good forum, you will enjoy it.
  24. This brings up an interesting question about a swing. I started out playing left-handed and switched to right handed in my teens. To this day, I can hit a pretty decent shot left handed so I can use a 2 or 3 iron turned backwards and hit a low bounding shot pretty far, or I can turn something like a 9 iron upside down and actually hit an air-borne shot. So, being a foot or so from an OB fence just means I might choose to make a golf stroke but left-handed. This is not impractical for me and it is a normal choice I make a lot. There was a time when I actually considered carrying a left-han
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