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  1. that's how I learned. My starter set (of blades) was 1w,3w, 3,5,7,9 and a putter. For 6 years, didn't use anything else until I was 20 and could afford a "full set". Learned all the shots, that way. And why I have (or had) 3 distances for each club. For example- 140 to middle is a 9, 135 tucked behind a bunker on right is a cut 9I, 145 back left would be a draw 9I to the back.corner.
  2. whoa... a bit pricey for my blood... I've had Frogg Toggs in the past, and they work just fine for the limited rain play I subject myself to. And a bit smaller bite on the budget... much smaller.
  3. Used to be a time, I would buy a Driver from the local golf store bargain bin for $30-$50. then it was the best driver I ever used... until it wasn't- then I would go back and get another one. that might be a week later... or two months. I didn't buy a "real" driver until I went all out on a 2 year old brand new R7 from rockbottom. I think I paid $189 for it. And that was the greatest driver ever! Until 2 years later I picked up a leftover Callaway Tour Octane from the same place. Then THAT was the greatest driver ever. Then the R11s went on a flash sale at Golf Galaxy for a ridiculous price. And THAT was the greatest driver ever. Then a few years later a leftover M1 was the greatest driver ever. I had NEVER bought a 'latest and greatest' new model driver until this spring. I had a TM fitting session when the M5/M6 came out, and since the fitting was free, why not. After 1/2 hour of getting numbers with the M1 and then numbers with the M5 (not so good and felt strange), then the M6 (8mph increase in ball speed) I dropped the coin right there. Got $120 for the M1 so it wasn't really a full cost money bomb. So, yes, you can get increase in performance with a 1 or 2 year old driver without breaking the bank. Plus the technology in the balls working WITH the newer driver face technology will also get you some help.
  4. From what I figure, that wasn't a "shank" as such. But he was trying so hard to pull across it to get it up in the air, that it clanked off the toe side, not the hosel side. In my books a shank is off the hosel, and a clank is off the toe. Still... the luckiest bastid on the tour that day...
  5. I would pay an extra $2 a round if it meant the course would have a couple of kids to go out in the morning and give a raking over all the bunkers to loosen them up a bit. Not a problem. However- the cost of designing PROPER and real sand bunkers (not the dirt filled garbage holes most munis end up with after a few months) is probably a real deterrent for most courses not rolling in the dough. In those cases, create "waste areas" with a sand that can withstand the abuse. Ground the club, etc... don't try and recreate the road bunker, spectacles or the Devils arsehole type of pot bunker. Lower lips and escape routes that can be used with lower lofted clubs for an easier escape for everyone.
  6. Nowhere on that chart does it mention anything about the driver going STRAIGHT. I can crank it out there when I want... finding it is the issue.
  7. Can I walk into your yard and use your pool? (or Bar-BQ) (or hot tub)
  8. You can burn out on Tiddlywinks if you are constantly playing it. When my Mom and Dad retired to FL in 1988- Dad never played more than 2X a week. and usually only once a week in high summer. He would go out with me when I came down so he would pass on one of his weekly games to join me, or I would get in on his weekly game (usually a group of 20-25 that went out at first light). Granted, he was lucky to break 95 for his efforts- but he always had fun. When he couldn't play anymore, he didn't moan and bitch about it. He went bowling instead. Although he was happy to ride along with me when I came down and do some chipping and putting around the greens. That was his secret weapon when he played and he didn't lose it after he stopped. He found plenty of other stuff to do with Mom until she passed, then he went on to do volunteer work in the area. Mostly for the church in their citizenship class and ESL classes.
  9. RayG

    What to Say?

    I wait for them to say something. You can tell a lot about someone by their reactions to a miss. "Hot Headed 24 who had no business going for that 200 yard carry over water" guy who says: " DAMMIT!!!... I just missed that... (a top no more than 10 feet into the water)" . I just say - "yup". "Casual fun guy who does the same and holds the pose" says "Really got a hold of that one!", I might say "so did the water". I have more fun with casual guy...
  10. Come in steep. You can't "sweep" through the stuff. The steeper you go at it, the less chance of the the hosel grab leftie...
  11. RayG

    36 In A Day

    A couple of times in Myrtle Beach and at World Woods when they would have a two-fer special.
  12. I'll play with the LEAST amount of clothing I can get away with- even with temps in 30's/40/s. Especially on my arms. I might be wearing jeans and long johns, but if the sun is out and it isn't too windy, I will be in short sleeves. I might put on a thin form fitting thermal shirt that isn't too binding if I think the sun may go away. Don't like to play in sweaters or sweatshirts, or even those wind cheater jackets. Only exception is rain gear... if it doesn't rustle or restrict in any way. But if it's that cold and rainy, I'm not gonna tee off. I'll head to the heated range
  13. Play from where you want. A lot of courses have done away with "Ladies" tees. Instead, they will have 4-5 different sets of tees. Fronts might be red, gold, yellow or whatever color they choose. They'll call them "Forward" tees, or I've even seen "Junior" as a way to describe them. (Must be under 14 or something to use them) some just haven't gotten around to the new paradigm, if only because they have thousands of scorecards already printed up with "Ladies" tee yardages.
  14. Using "Scotland" players as an excuse to not play in 12 minutes (or 3 hours or whatever the preferred number is theses days) is ridiculous. They play a LOT more different styles of games than we here in the US play. They play more match play, greensomes or alternate shot formats so essentially a 4 plays as fast as a 2 might do here. Not having to hit half the shots can certainly speed up the game. Since nobody else here seems to play these games at a public or private course, there's no point in playing them because you would always be riding up the group ahead. May as well hit it twice as many times to keep pace with everyone else. Try having a course mandate 'alternate shot' games over here to speed up the game- without lowering prices! They would be out of business in a month. 4.5/ 5 hour muni rounds are a fact of life in an area like around here in NYC. Choices are few and far between for public golf. Full tee sheets drive the business, not necessarily the speed of the round. To the OP, 5's playing together is fine with me- when it's not backing up the whole place. We recently played as a 5 while in the OBX, kept up with the 4 ahead, had a 2 go through, and stayed at least a hole ahead of the 4 that was behind them.
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