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RayG

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  1. I have a Bold and have used a few freebies so far. BBGPS, Swing By Swing and currently using the iGolf free version. BBGPS is a low tech yardage app. it works and is simple to enter courses on their website. (they all use a google earth type interface) Swing by Swing is a bit more detailed with hole overview, etc, but the free app lacked the distance tracker part for getting tee shot distances- or at least was difficult to find if it had it. I also had trouble with it hanging up in the middle of a round requiring a full restart of the phone. the iGolf has an interface between the two others. It offers distances to hazards or carry distance, simple distance tracker and scorecard. Pretty well rounded for a free app. paid version has a stat tracker, club suggestions, etc...
  2. I would have done the same- I knew that most of the time the team makes an offer of signed memorabilia, along with a photo-op. This was done when Mark Teixera it his 300th HR a week or so ago. Granted that was a bit less of a momentous occasion, but for Teixera it was pretty memorable. I think it would be enough to be linked with the event forever- such as Sal Durante catching Roger Maris' 61st. But, as is the case of having to take the bad with the good- Apparently the IRS will be after the young man for taxes on the gifts. They consider them 'income'. He could owe approx 13-15K in taxes.
  3. iGolf for Android will do just that. you pop a button that says "shot" and will track distance. There are also apps for iPhone, blackberry's, etc... I have it on my BB, and so far, it's the most stable. I use the free version, since I only really need the yardages. The shot tracking is included in free version- many other apps only give yardages and will not include the shot distance in their free versions.
  4. I have the follow -up show on DVR, so I'll critique when I catch it in the next few days. As for Feherty himself being 'scripted' or 'off-the cuff', I can vouch for his 'off the cuff' stuff is MUCH funnier, if a little raw- especially for broadcast TV. Through my job, I have access to the in-house feeds during various golf tournaments. They do a bit of practice on Thurs. & Fri before the weekend stuff. He is achingly funny at times, and yes, even Sir Nick has a wicked sense of humor. But Feherty's comments, jokes, etc.... are clearly the cream of the crop. When he and McCord get going, watch out.
  5. On several of the courses/developments I play in Florida, it is the opposite. The golfers are NOT responsible (well, they are responsible for the bad shot) for damages. The HOA's require that they sign a waiver stating that they realize that they live on a golf course, and as such can expect these things. Also, the HOA's will sometimes require that your insurance cover these things. Unless it was an obvious attempt at damage or injury, they can't force a golfer to pay up. On a course that has houses OFF it's property, but adjacent to fairways and such, the rules are different.
  6. I'll have various rounds that seem to follow the same MO each time. A bad start with 3-4 bogies in a row, then par in the 9, then start the back even for 3-4 holes then bogey in. Drives me nuts. But as some have suggested, don't keep checking the card. I used to (and will still do it occasionally) keep the math in my head- just track each hole individually and not write anything down. Less of a distraction. I found that playing each hole as it's own distinct experience improved my overall scores. If I found trouble on a hole, I played the smart route to minimize the 8's. No blasting through that grove of trees to try and get it close. Knock it back into play and play for the bogey- if it gets close and I make the par, great- if not, I was only one over for THAT hole. Then on the the next. It's more like playing 18 individual one hole courses.
  7. Hit plenty of sprayed shots at various courses over the years. Lot's of "THUNKS" when it hit a roof or wall, but no windows so far. BUT- I never feel too guilty about it on a course that's built with condo's lining the fairways- they bought the house and have to KNOW that a ball or two will make an appearance. Only had one bad experience over it. Owner yelling and screaming about a ball that hit his house. We reminded him that he lives on a GOLF COURSE, and what was he expecting, hockey pucks?
  8. Sorry, but if those marshalls were doing their jobs, then THEY would have told the groups ahead to let you play through.
  9. At an outing in the mid 80's, I had $5 left in my pocket after seeming to be the one buying all the drinks. Raffle was $5 a ticket. decisions, decisions.... I bought the ticket and won a set of Hogan Edge Irons, 3-SW. I was pretty chuffed to say the least. After coming just out of the prizes in the scramble to a couple of groups with at least 2 scratcher's each with our group of ragtag hackers, this made the day. I didn't need money after that, everyone was buying ME the drinks!
  10. No offense, but why would you make a guy that can't break 100 play from the tips?
  11. And if he's "moving back" and or "working on" something just before a tourny, he's nuts. Why not stick with what got you there, and play from where you might gain confidence instead of beating yourself to a pulp. I've played with a few "Pro's from Dover" over the years. Most aren't worth the polyester pants they're wearing in July... in Florida.. at an 11am tee time. Worst example was after one saying "mind if we play from the Blacks, kid?"... I proceeded to take him by 20yds for two holes with my $20 driver out of a clearance bin. He suddenly decided that the course was too crowded and he didn't want to wait around- left me out there as a single. Upside was that I caught up with Tommy Bolt and 2 friends and they asked if I would like to join them. I knew who it was as I came up behind them. "Thank You Mr. Bolt, that would be great!" "Sure thing, son- we're playing $100 a hole..." "Have a nice day, Mr Bolt", I said. He laughed and said "C'mon, boy- don't worry about it." Among the most fun I ever had.
  12. I don't have a problem with that- IF you know it's findable. Too many folks will watch that slice scream over the trees at 100 mph and 100ft off the ground, then go look for it. Seriously? In that case, just because you have your 5 minutes, doesn't mean you have to hold up the rest of the group on that 1 in a gagillion shot. Faster to take your Provie, give a quick look around while others are taking their shots, go to your second hitting three and move on.
  13. I'll second the notion that those tips are common sense. And I applaud them for trying to get that 4hr round on a Sunday. But for the MOST part, that ain't happening on many courses these days. And no offense to the course, but it doesn't exactly strike terror into me. Looks like a nice parkland course with some "shoulders", but not the most severe course I've seen. And apparently it isn't like they're getting folks sleeping in the parking lot for a chance at a tee time. Course designers can be partially to blame by making their course either; "A Monster", "Challenging", or my favorite- "Tournament Ready". For the whatever small percentage of recreational golfers who can do it, do the rest of us need to carry 200 yds of 'environmentally sensitive" wetlands because you couldn't afford a mower? Or just because you want a nice picture for the scorecard and a 'signature hole'? And to be honest- I've played 5 hour rounds that went pretty quickly because I was enjoying the course and company. I've also played 5 hour rounds that seemed like torture. I've also played 3.5/4 hr rounds and felt rushed. A few times a year I wind up with 'rabbits', and it's extremely annoying having people moving all around while you're setting up for your shot or putt. If you want to move around- at least do it BEHIND someone so they can't see you in your peripheral vision. And DON'T do it if you have particularly squeaky shoes. Not everyone gets it, though. One of my friends can't seem to grasp this one, and is standing and/or fidgeting around in my sight lines. I have to back off and remind him to either stop or move where I can't see him.
  14. "Now on the first tee, Mr. Ricky Fowler..." "OHLIHOLIO!!!!"
  15. You might want to change that to read; "...we do not KNOWINGLY sell counterfeit clubs". Since it appears that the allotment you bought from the bank may have had some issues.
  16. where's this course where you've never come across a group that DIDN'T want you to play through? As you mentioned, a lot of people "paid the same money" to play and who cares what the group behind (and the group behind them AND the group behind THEM) think. Unfortunately, on a reasonably full public course, too many people follow this practice. Or even if they "feel the pressure", they will purposely slow down just to tick everyone off. On a Private Course, these things can be taken up with review boards, etc... Slow Pokes get publicly outed and matters are taken care of. Public courses need Rangers to nudge folks along- and NOT just tell the whole group, but the offending player to 'pick up the pace'. OR train the Beverage cart girl/guy to recognize situations, call back to the clubhouse and send someone out to fix it.
  17. there's 2 ways to look at the "extreme high handicapper" speed issue. If he's walking then there's a chance that he can stay within the 'normal' time frames people expect. As long as the others in the group don't always stop as a group to watch him play every shot. Hopefully, he will know that he could hold up the group with his 'style' of play and not dawdle around between shots. Quickly walk up to his ball, address the ball and take his swipe. While the others are moving up the fairway at a reasonable pace without obviously getting in his way or distracting him. If they're riding- all bets are off. It will be hit the ball, go back to cart, move 10 yds, change clubs, repeat. While his partner has to wait until they can get to HIS ball. Even when we do ride, I spend more time walking than riding- a direct result of knowing my friends tendencies- a slice into the trees? 3 or 4 swats to get it back. I'll walk to my ball with 2-4 clubs and take my shot when it won't interfere with his shot. I'll continue to walk in the rough up the opposite side of the hole until he's caught up.
  18. That might be true for many local type of courses where the 'tips' are not buried across the road and over the gully from the forward tees, adding a PW/9I distance to the hole. I've seen it happen that folks will find a course that allows them to pad the #'s, and take advantage of those tees. much to the displeasure of others, I would add. Basing a tee box on Handicaps or driver yardages is moot- people will say what they want to play where they want. As I mentioned in the earlier post, I don't care how bad you might be OR how good you THINK you are- just keep it moving! Yes, everyone has a bad hole now and then, but that tee shot that sliced into the trees at 100mph and 100ft off the ground is not gonna be found. Sure, you have your 5 minutes, but this ain't the tour. Play your provisional or mulligan and suck up that $2 and play on. If you tend to slice a lot and spend 5 minutes on every hole looking for it, you just cost the rest of us an hour waiting. I don't think I've spent more than 30 seconds looking for a ball in 30 years. I get a line on where it went, tee up a provi, take a cursory look. If I find it, great- if not, I'm hitting 3 or whatever from the provi. For one thing, I spend less time thinking about what a crappy shot I just hit and I can focus on trying to get close to save a par. Don't bother with 'honors' for the most part- let the shortest hitter go first and follow that with the next, etc. I've come upon countless groups where the last guy to go is the shortest hitter and many times the group ahead is putting out. Just because the "Pro from Dover" won the hole and can hit a drive 300 yds (downwind, on his best day, AND when he finds a fairway) doesn't mean you can't let the 'little dog' go first. And believe me pal, I don't care HOW much you paid for that Unobtanium Driver.. you aren't gonna hit them with a cannon at 400 yds. or even 300. Be realistic about how far you hit those "perfect" drives. If you play a course more than twice there should be plenty of landmarks to judge how far they're out there and you don't have to worry about 'upsetting them' or feeding your own ego. A few years ago, on a local 9 hole track. We were standing on the 1st tee waiting for the group in the fairway. The starter called out "Hey! go ahead". the group was 200 yds out ( I know that because the left bunker is 190 out) . "I don't think so..", I replied. "Go!"... so I went... right over their heads. I told the starter: YOU go out there and tell them what happened and apologize to them, then come back and apologize to me for assuming I couldn't reach them.
  19. I'll agree with the length idea- and also the more compact heads of these clubs seemed to make a difference as well. The downside is today's ball technology. they are designed for today's super clubs with thin faces, high MOI and increased club-head speeds. I've used an older metal wood that I used to drill down the middle 270-280- with today's balls and all I get is a weak 'thunk' sound and it dies out there at around 230. With the regular Driver (TM '09 Burner) it's back up to 270 with the same ball. Compression rates have plummeted in the last 15 years from 90-100 down to the current 45-60 or something, making them extremely lacking with older equipment.
  20. Didn't see one mention of 'sandbaggers' inflating handicaps by playing back. It's been going on forever. Play a few rounds from the tips right before a big club match to get those extra strokes piled on, then the day of competition the generally play from a shorter set. a 12 could be a closet 7 or 8, and giving him 4-5 shots for the day. On a course with multiple tees (as many as 5 or 6 in FL), I'll look at yardages and layout. Too far up and I'm hitting 3wds or 5wds off the tee all day, too far back and it's long irons into greens all day. Is the course wide open or a "sporty, target style" course? I try to find a happy medium so can hit a combo of Driver or 3 woods off tees leaving varied distances in. And after this past Sunday's horror show of getting caught behind a couple of groups behind a TWOSOME that was holding everyone up (one of whom shouldn't even have been playing on a busy Sunday in the first place much less one up from the tips), I can also tell you it isn't always the wrong tee box chosen. It's the 5 minutes lining up that putt for an 8 that might cost you 50 cents that is an equal or worse problem. That putt isn't worth $100,000, it's worth a quarter. Walk up, line up, putt and get off. If you are carrying a handicap then nobody is putting for an stroked 8, you can't take more than that anyway on any hole. Blow that putt for a 7 six feet past? pick it up and move on.
  21. Other than Bethpage on a weekend (weekdays aren't bad if you don't have a particular course in mind)- walking up single is usually not a problem. Trick is knowing when the lull will be and a possible opening. Many public or muni courses now have "Memberships" or whatever that have tee-times locked up on Sat. & Sun til around 10:30 or 11am. I would show up near the end of that time and invariably there would be an odd number of 'members' showing up and I would get paired up with the last group. At least one course I play fairly regularly does not allow ONLINE single reservations, but you can call the pro-shop a few days ahead and they'll find a spot. There's also that between time after the morning prime times are finishing and before the afternoon or twilight rates kick in. I've walked out alone a few times while 5 or 6 groups are waiting to save $10 for a 'twilight' rate.
  22. Recently decided to just go for it while I was on vacation. Even with only about 5 rounds so far this year split between FL in March and a couple of 9 hole rounds since. Called on 5/19 as a single and had no problem choosing a time (around 10am). I figured I'd pass on the caddie and use my pull cart as I don't remember it being THAT bad when I played there last about 20 yrs ago. The cool, damp so-called "Spring" we had certainly made the place pretty lush. Unfortunately that made the rough a bit like Brillo. Fairways were like hallways compared to the usual wide open spaces of most public courses. It also seemed to have affected the greens. They were mostly quick and true, but several seemed to be a bit fuzzy which made for a few bumpier putts. Not great when your trying to ease one close on a down-hiller- they might wander a bit. With the recent warmer weather and dryer conditions this was probably fixed for the most part. The other threesome used caddies and they offered to give any help to me if I asked, especially since there are few yardage markers out there. I did bring my phone with the GPS app, but I didn't bother with it since I don't really like to have it on my belt while playing and there was no convenient spot to attach to the cart. The caddies would offer the yardage and 'playing like yardage' to make club selection a bit easier. Started out on 1 with a nice striped drive to the corner in front of the midweek gallery of 20-25 people,so that made me feel pretty good. Played decent for the next few holes- took my lumps on 5 when I came up a yard short and fried egged into the face of the greenside bunker. right on line, though! Carded my first snowman in many years. About the 8th hole I started to feel that somehow this course got a LOT hillier that it used to be. I developed the dreaded pull hook that usually pops up when I'm tired or trying to steer the ball- I was doing both trying to avoid the brillo. Many holes turned into a drive, 5 or 7 wd out of the rough back into play, short iron approach and hopefully a putt for a par. (Fortunately my putting was en fuego and saved quite a few pars and bogeys) On those holes with drives need to cut a corner over a bunker or something, I did have those good drives to clear them handily. It was the STRAIGHT, no trouble (relatively speaking) holes that drove me nuts. By 15, I was really running out of gas and my back was starting to cramp up a bit, but I stuck at it. Again- pull hook, 7wd back to fairway, approach, 2 putt. 16- same thing. 17- clunked a 5 iron, then hit the shot of the day from the long rough 60 yds short of the green. Full thwack at it with the Sand wedge and it landed just left of the hole, and dribbled down the hill to tap-in range for a 3. Wasn't pretty, but it was a 3. 18- back to the pull hook into the trap, 8 iron back to fairway, 9 iron to 8ft past the hole (best struck shot of the day other than back at the par 3 3rd.), then lipped out for the bogey. An 85 for the day from the whites- I thought that was pretty good with an 8 on the card and a balky back for the last 6 holes. Overall- this is a stern but fair test of golf. Later in the year when the driver groove is setup to hit a LOT more fairways, I'll give it another go. AND I will use a caddie! There were some changes visually from what I remember 20-25 yrs ago- many trees were taken down which seemed to open the place up. The fescue was not as rampant as it once was, although they bring it back for the Opens when they're played. Mostly to help speed up play for the average Joe. That stuff was impenetrable- IF you could find your ball in the first place. We found that if you went far enough off a fairway you had a better lie since that stuff was thinner and probably less watered than the first cut and primary rough areas. The bunkers are in better shape than the other courses, but they're not exactly pristine- signs of degradation with rocks starting to percolate up to the surface. And not small rocks, either. It was not exactly a speedy round, either. Just under 5 hours, which isn't too bad, I suppose. But the group ahead seemed to be a bit under gunned and over matched out there. A few holes we would have to wait, then they would speed up, then they would slow down again. Again, it could have been 4.5 hrs but that didn't make a big difference on the experience. I wish that I was in better form to be able to enjoy it more and not be wincing in pain for half the day. So, If you get the shot, play it. But do pay attention to that famous sign or you will NOT have a good time...unless you're some kind of weirdo.
  23. When learning the game I tried to emulate Jack. But I wasn't built like him so I emulated his approach to the game. I was more a Johnny Miller type of player. Over the years I've played like Couples on Irons, and Seve when in the woods. But now, after 35+ years, I play my game using cues from a long list of players. I only try to emulate Daly on the range when I could use a sprained back.
  24. I won a set of the original Edges back in the mid 80's. I loved them and had them dialed in to my game in no time. I continued to use them until sometime around 2000 or so when they were stolen out of my car. I then picked up a "mid-budget" set of Wilson's to hold me over for awhile. In 2007, I went down to play a few rounds with Dad, and lo and behold- in HIS bag is a set of Edges from 3-4 yrs prior. He had picked them up at an estate sale for $50. By the time that trip was over, I bought them off him and gave him my set. That year was pretty much his last golf that he played on a regular basis anyway and didn't really need the "good" clubs. Since then he plays at most twice a year at a small little 9-holer in a HOA get-together. I just had the Edges re-gripped and I still use them regularly- I just love the feel and the response through my fingers. A real nice combination of feel the feel of a forged blade and the forgiveness of a cavity back. Also maintains the ability to work the ball a bit better than a lot of the cast cavity backs.
  25. The "Budget Golfer" who holds on to their old tools (Drivers, anyway) can run into at least one major problem. The Balls... Balls today are constantly adapting to the latest club designs. They take advantage of the higher swing speeds/POI's, sweet spots, etc.... If you try and hit a Pro V1 with a 10 yr old driver, you will likely lose a LOT of distance. the old clubs were meant for balls with much higher compression cores. I noticed it when I took an old favorite Driver out with my Callaway Tour ix's and it just seemed like I was hitting a Cayman Ball. A dull thunk on contact, and a lazy fly ball to center. No pop at all. and on the other hand, if you happened to have a ball from 10 yrs ago (assuming it was still up to original spec) and try and hit it with a modern driver, the same thing would happen.
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