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  1. RayG

    Golf Channel Am Tour - Is It Too Expensive?

    Yes, I mentioned "government subsidies"- buy which I would figure that a locally run State or Municipal association would be getting some funding, just as a muni course receives some gov't funding as well as a money from daily fees to keep costs down. It may come out of the same "golf" budget so who gets what would vary tremendously..
  2. RayG

    Amount of practice?

    Too much of ANYTHING is bad... Practices sessions just getting worse and worse, so I bagged the clubs and will take a break for as long as it takes to get back my mojo and stop over thinking everything when a slight miss happens. Either at the range or on course. Practice without purpose is probably the worse thing you can do. Just beating balls all over the joint is no way to improve. Neither is just playing figuring you will improve by doing all the same things wrong all the time.
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    Golf Channel Am Tour - Is It Too Expensive?

    Remember that the GCAT is really just trying to produce revenue for the Golf Channel and it's owners. State and local groups aren't generally income stream driven as much since they might get subsidies from various government agencies. And if they are playing on municipal courses, that saves them money as well. You are paying for the cachet of the golf channel itself.
  4. RayG

    What is the tournament for beginners

    If you are a "beginner" beginner, start with little games between your friends. Put a little pressure on without too much stress. No more than a 50cent bet at a time on various things. Fairways hit, longest putt, etc.. Make it fun. Then you can move onto leagues and such when you improve a bit. And since these leagues will involve a little side action (usually) you will have had some experience under pressure. Granted, not a million dollar check pressure, but it will help. As with any type of competition, even if it is sponsored by the Golf channel or whatever, there will be those characters who might be a bit on the 'shady' side- be it sandbaggers, roll-over guys or flat out cheaters. Beware the blade guy with a "15" handicap. But the best advice- have fun. You have fun, you win. Beat yourself up for missing an 8 footer for bogey? don't bother.
  5. RayG

    Who has two sets of irons?

    Unless you are a complete and utter beginner that just came home with your first set, you have more than one set... the old ones may have screwed up your game, but you keep them around,,, "just in case". Right now, I have the Hogan Blacks currently gaming, the interim GigaGolf set I picked up on a whim a few years ago, Hogan Ft. Worth Edges, and lastly- my Dad's set of Taylor Made "Technician" Irons that are more of a sentimental set.
  6. Oh, well... so much for my "home range". I started going to the Alley Pond Range instead. Cheaper, no toll, better balls and it had a fan in each stall for the summer to cool off. Surprised that they went so overboard in a NYC Park. So whatever they charge, add $6 to pay the toll. When the range originally closed in May, it was posted "We'll be back in a month under new management", that turned into August. So I guess some news is news. I'll probably try it and give it a go when it first opens. Just to get a feel. But The toll, $5 just to join for the day, plus $25 an hour makes it pretty expensive just to work on things. And what I don't want is to be working on something and have a Bro-fest going on at the next tee if there is no divider. I wonder if there's a way to suggest a non-party mode section off to one side of lower level. No games, sofa's, etc.. just available to practice using the flight info or whatever at a slightly lower price point? On a side note, Does anyone have ANY info on this place? It's built over some kind of MTA facility next to the Mosholu course. It's right at the Woodlawn Subway station in the Bronx. I've googled it and nothing shows any info at all. they've been working at it for SEVERAL years now and it looks pretty close.
  7. RayG

    Cortisone Injection

    Which is why I was told to get that shot... or else.
  8. RayG

    Cortisone Injection

    Had a shoulder issue a few years ago after slipping while shoveling snow. Thought it was just a bruise until it was still there 2 months later. Almost everything I did or position I put it in would hurt like the dickens... EXCEPT my golf swing. As long as I swung on the correct plane, there was no pain. But I don't just play golf... so I needed a cortisone shot or two. First one lasted about 4-6 months. Second one took care of it and no issues since.
  9. Well, a combination of 1 & 3. Iron's I keep. Drivers might get traded in sometimes.. or not. Some were left with my Dad in Florida to have a backup set to avoid luggage charges, etc...
  10. I didn't say it was "illegal"- but.... Rule 16 Requirements for Hole Location on the Putting Green Q.What are the requirements for establishing a hole location on the putting green? A.The USGA frequently receives requests for guidelines with respect to selection of hole locations on the putting greens, particularly during competitions. There are no rules regarding hole locations, so there is no such thing as an "illegal" hole location. The USGA believes that many factors affect selection of hole locations. The first and most important is good judgment in deciding what will give fair results. Do not be tricky in locating holes. Following are specific points: Study the design of the hole as the architect intended it to be played. Know the length of the shot to the green and how it may be affected by the probable conditions for the day - that is, wind and other weather elements, conditions of the turf from which the shot will be played, and holding quality of the green. There must be enough putting green surface between the hole and the front and the sides of the green to accommodate the required shot. For example, if the hole requires a long iron or wood shot to the green, the hole should be located deeper in the green and further from its sides than should be the case if the hole requires a short pitch shot. In any case, it is recommended that generally the hole be located at least four paces from any edge of the green. If a bunker is close to the edge, or if the ground slopes away from the edge, the distance should be greater, especially if the shot is more than a pitch. Consideration should be given to fair opportunity for recovery after a reasonably good shot that just misses the green. An area two to three feet in radius around the hole should be as nearly level as possible and of uniform grade. In no case should holes be located in tricky places, or on sharp slopes where a ball can gather speed. A player above the hole should be able to stop the ball at the hole. Consider the condition of nearby turf, especially taking care to avoid old hole plugs which have not completely healed. Holes should be cut as nearly on the vertical as possible, not plumb with the contour of the green. There should be a balanced selection of hole locations for the entire course with respect to left, right, central, front and back positions. For example, avoid too many left positions with resulting premium on drawn or hooked shots. For a competition played over several days, the course should be kept in balance daily as to degree of difficulty. In a stroke competition, the first hole of the first round is as important as the last hole of the last round, and so the course should not be set up appreciably more difficult for any round - balanced treatment is the aim. An old concept of making the course progressively harder round after round is fallacious. One form of balanced daily treatment is to select six quite difficult, six which are moderately difficult and six which are relatively easy. During practice days before a competition, locate holes in areas not to be used during the competition and which will not result in areas to be used being impaired by foot traffic. Anticipate the players' traffic patterns. Locate holes for early rounds so that good hole locations for later rounds will not be spoiled by players leaving the green. In match play, a hole location may, if necessary, be changed during a round provided the players in each match play with the hole in the same location. In stroke play, Rule 33-2b requires that all competitors in a single round play with each hole cut in the same position, but see Exception to that Rule. When 36 holes are played in one day, it is not customary for hole locations to be changed between rounds, but there is no Rule to prohibit changing them. If they are changed, all players should be informed. The greenkeeper who cuts the holes should make sure that the Rules of Golf are observed, especially the requirements that the hole not exceed 4 ¼ inches in outer diameter and that the hole-liner be sunk at least one inch below the putting green surface.
  11. NO chance that is a valid USGA location according to their criteria. But- anyway- if I'm chipping from off the green, it stays in. If I'm putting, it comes out.
  12. Maybe mount a hammer on the end of a shaft... might be easier to hit than a 2 iron...<rimshot.wav>
  13. I'll pull a new ball for each new round. But the ball(s) from previous rounds are ready in case original is lost. I don't pull a new ball on the 7th tee or something. found balls get relegated to a separate pocket that gets emptied at the range. If I make it through a round with one ball, that will get used as the backup for the next rounds new ball. So- to actually answer the OP question... I don't know, but it should be able to take at least one round worth of strikes barring any damage.
  14. the skin was, but they were either 90 or 100 compression. (But that was on a different scale than is used these days- new balls may be rated as "90", but likely compared to the old balls are probably closer to 60) They were meant to be smashed with that plastic insert in Persimmons (or early metal woods) as hard as possible to transfer as much energy from the club to the ball. The springy faces of today mean a softer ball can be used and fly as far if not further.
  15. "30 year old" drivers aren't meant to hit the soft balls of today. It might help drill a consistent stroke, but it will cost distance. The old clubs do not have the 'springiness' of the thin faced drivers of today. The balls will not react the same, and generally just fall out of the sky. At least when I tried it 2 or 3 years ago. Weight distribution is another thing. I "think" I hit better drives back then because I could FEEL where that compact head was during the swing at all times. The newer lighter heads, to me anyway, seem to get lost and I don't have the same confidence in where it is at any one time. So a difference like that might effect your "feel" during the swing.

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