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  1. Highest Price You've Paid For Green Fees

    Fortunately, I didn't have to pay at Sawgrass- otherwise I would not have dropped almost $500 to play. But my own ACTUAL money? I paid $125 at Pebble Beach... in 1986. And in 1993 or 1994 I paid about that to play at Royal County Down while staying at the hotel next door. I will occasionally drop $100 to play various places, but I'm perfectly happy playing for $25 at a muni wherever I happen to be.
  2. driving help

    Similar situation here. The older clubs had a smaller head that "felt" heavier. It was easy to track where the head was during the swing. The newer, lighter heads on longer shafts are MUCH harder to keep track of and consistency is much more difficult. As mentioned, a bit of practice with some general lessons to get rid of those bad habits will certainly help.
  3. The sounds already ARE mixed into separate channels for those multichannel surround sound systems. Even your basic TV uses this info to tweak the audio. For example, many TV's allow you to fiddle with the mid range to bring out speech portion of the signal. I don't think there is one that will let you ENTIRELY get rid of it, but if you had the right surround sound system with the right controls available, you should be able to eliminate the commentary without losing the birds tweeting or other ambient noise.
  4. All due respect to the "golf physics prove that..." crowd, BUT- As a younger golfer, reading Nicklaus, I wasn't interested or concerned about that stuff. I absorbed the information and practiced. The most important thing that took time to remember every time was to grip the club aligned to my feet, not the club face. If "golf physics prove that he's wrong", then I won't argue with it. I will however, continue to do it that way and consistently (mostly) get around obstacles and/or shape my shots using The Nicklaus Method I learned in the 70's. So there... nyah...
  5. If you had one of those illustrated Nicklaus golf books (paperback) in the 70's, He used illustrations to explain this exact scenario. It's how I learned to shape shots in various directions. Lose a bit of distance on a fade, gain a bit on a draw. It's why I have 3 yardages for an iron- depending on where the pin might be on a green. I don't involve myself with "the physics" of impact angle, swing arc, face angle, angle dangle, testicle width, etc... Once I learned how to do it, I don't care. I can walk up, make my adjustments and hit it. It's sound, simple advice that generally works if you have a decent swing to start. Just like anything in the game- If you have a bad swing with little consistency, this isn't for you. And that $500 driver won't help you hit more fairways, either.
  6. Started playing at age 12. Didn't take it seriously until I had a drivers license at 18. Broke 80 shortly thereafter, but getting to par took until I was about 21/21. Broke par only once on a Par 71 track a few years later. Shot 2 under with the help of a slam dunk eagle from the fairway and a RIDICULOUSLY long Eagle putt of about 80 feet or something on a par 5.
  7. Well, answers that... This Week- 2017 M2's down to $299 at Rockbottomgolf. Give a few weeks and that will likely drop a bit more. And I expect another "flash" sale at Golf Galaxy or Dick's in the next few weeks. Just need to be vigilant and read the email promotions
  8. Now for the important question- When do the M1's and M2's get discounted to a reasonable level?
  9. As I was working on my pull/snap hook, the new Pro came down the range to chat and introduce himself. We chatted a bit about what I was working on and gave me a little drill to work on. Take a normal grip with the right hand, then put your left hand FLAT on the grip in about the normal position with the back of the hand facing the aiming point. Then take some practice swings trying to bring the back of the hand square to the impact. Short swings at first just to get the feel. work your way up as you get comfortable with it. You can use a video camera to see where the hand is facing at impact. Easier to spot with the palm flat When you take a proper grip, think about PULLING the left hand through to square from the inside instead of pushing with the right. Helped me a bit anyways. no more real bad snap/duck hooks. (unless I really screw up and forget everything)
  10. Myrtle Beach?

    We've always traveled (in general) just before or after "peak" season in MB. Mid September to October, and late April (After any Easter holidays) into May. Never endured a 4.5-5 hr round. Summer months can be crowded, but only for the morning times. If you're willing to put up with a bit of heat, make a later time in Summer. Same with the peak seasons- You can take a chance and go out a bit later and hope to finish before sundown- courses are less crowded and there can be price breaks. We've also gone when there are those big festival weeks (couple of Biker weeks, Grad week, etc...), and had NO issues with long rounds. Bikers fill up the downtown rooms leaving less space for golfers- courses are less crowded. However, the trade off can be traffic getting to and from courses. If you are north, avoid the southern courses and vice-versa. The bypasses and stuff helped getting to the courses along the 501 corridor, but the the area around the speedway can be a zoo during biker weeks.
  11. Beware of the sick Golfer

    This would happen to me, back in my better days... I suffer from back and neck issues since cracking a vertebrae as a 12 yo. I would show up to play with my friends and mention that I'm having a lot of pain and does anyone have some painkillers. they might as well have just handed over their money. My swing was smoother with better contact and would wax them handily. We would generally play match play w/handicaps, as well as skins and a few other side bets.
  12. I guess they might frown upon some guy who stinks after sitting around for three days without showering and looking like a homeless guy.
  13. I would think that that choice isn't up to them with it's popularity. They would want a full sheet as much as possible, just like courses here, correct? Fortunately, I was lucky enough to play 30 years ago when it was relatively easy to walk up and get on.
  14. Wearing a Wedding Ring while Playing

    On the other hand, (no pun intended) I have no problems with my wedding band. And maybe that's why. It's a "band", fairly thin with a low profile. If you have a big, clunky ring with lots of stuff on it, then yes, you might have issues.
  15. If you're out and about doing some sightseeing, just bring the clubs and a course will find you. It may not be the country club or classic type on the "top ten" lists, but it is golf. I've been several times and have ALWAYS found a corker of a course that isn't on anyone's radar or "must play" lists. Except these are the "must plays" I seek out. It isn't always about the golf, either. As I mentioned in the "quirky" thread, small, local little places can have the most amazing scenery. Meeting the people is a big plus as well. Enjoy the trip and keep an open mind!

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