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Eric C

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  • Birthday 06/08/1966

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  1. I'm honestly not sure what the problem is, provided there was nobody else using the practice green when you walked up. In the past I would routinely chip half a bucket (or more if I have them) at a time, then pick them up, cycle and repeat. I have a ball pickerupperer for this very thing. If I'm by myself on that chipping green, then I'm definitely going to be chipping at different locations, trying to vary my shots & distances. As soon as someone else walks up, I immediately stop what I'm doing and clean it up for the other person, after which I'm sure we naturally relegate to our respective (and separate) targets. The other persons actual skill at the game has no dog in this hunt, unless he's chunking them at your head. It is practice, after all.
  2. It's totally a HIO. I think that @RustUK 's blow up of the picture is pretty definitive. Congratulations!
  3. I didn't have a bad experience, I haven't used eBay in probably 15 years. I understand that there is a market for buying and selling collectibles and used items at auction, but 88% of postings are "Buy it Now", and 81% of what's available for sale is new. eBay is where sellers go to flip crap they bought cheaper elsewhere.
  4. Try buying used clubs at www.globalgolf.com instead. EBay is so rife with scams and shady people anymore I'm surprised it's still in business.
  5. I'm not the most athletic, but did play SS on my high school baseball team - I was not very good. More recently I spent a bunch of years focused on skydiving before taking up golf for the second time, this was more about the people than competition for me though. My one "sporting" achievement is playing Foosball at the professional level in the early 2000's. I spent quite a bit of time traveling (and drinking) to these tournaments, and won a bit of money. I played in a national tournament twice, making the quarterfinals once in two-man, and won two state tournaments playing singles - Kentucky and Texas.
  6. "So I love the beat and the groove in this piece and it just, like, propels it forward". - said nobody ever of a classical woodwind/string piece. It's nice and all, but I'm not sure how this is the theme for new audiences loving golf .... maybe older audiences.
  7. I carry alignment sticks, which are really driveway markers I bought at the Lowes. I use the rangefinder up to 50 yards out or so. I might occasionally whisper to myself "Such a pure feeling is a well struck golf shot" when I hit a good one ...
  8. Does anyone else play Golf Star from Com2Us on their phone or tablet? It's a popular massive multiplayer online game where you develop characters and equipment, compete against each other individually or as a team. I've been playing it for several years, lots of fun.
  9. I'm a big Vince Flynn / Mitch Rapp series fan as well, great books. I also read the Pike Logan books - also really good. Give Brad Thor, and to a lesser degree Ted Bell a shot if you haven't already. Currently reading The Variant Saga series by JN Chaney. It's Sci-fi, really more futuristic post-apocalyptic. Good series with well developed characters, without the whineyness of the main characters in other somewhat similar series like The Hunger Games or the Divergent series.
  10. Polar - An adaptation of Victor Santos' graphic novel "Polar: Came From the Cold", staring nobody you probably know. The world's top assassin, Duncan Vizla, aka The Black Kaiser, is settling into retirement when his former employer marks him as a liability to the firm (aka, doesn't want to pay him his retirement money). Against his will, he finds himself back in the game going head-to-head with an army of younger, faster, ruthless killers who will stop at nothing to have him silenced. This is part Kill Bill, part John Wick ... but quirkier. I really enjoyed it, but it may not be for everyone and did not score well with Rotten Tomatoes (a plus, in my book). Also has an odd ending, as many Netflix movies seem to have. Very very violent, with several fairly graphic sex scenes - would not recommend for children, but I give it a birdie.
  11. Baywatch - That's right, I watched Baywatch. Staring Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron. I did not hold out much hope, but my wife would leave me for The Rock in a second, and like every marriage I have to make compromises to keep peace in the family. To be fair, I think he's pretty awesome too ... not sure I've ever seen a bad movie with him in it. Anyway ... it's more or less a parody of the actual Baywatch series, and it's friggin laugh-out-loud hilarious. Definitely silly, but it's meant to be. Mitch and the crew start off with tryouts for new lifeguards, and then quickly discover that a land developer is bringing drugs into the area to drive down prices in an effort to buy up land. Something like that, doesn't really matter. The developer is the infinitely hot, scantily clad and recently married Priyanka Chopra. The crew bands together to save the beach. It's a fun movie, and honestly I have to give it a tap in birdie. Nobody is more surprised than me.
  12. I'll second the statement above by @chspeed regarding Orlando area golf, with the exception of Orange County National, which has three really good courses. I also agree that Streamsong would be a good addition, and would keep you busy for a few days. There are several very well done reviews elsewhere on this site of Streamsong, and if it comes down to it, Streamsong over OCN, IMO.
  13. Watched two good movies this weekend: Hell or High Water - Amazing and uncomfortable throughout, it's a movie about a divorced father (Chris Pine) trying to do right by his sons after his mother dies and the bank is about to foreclose on the family ranch. He plans a series of bank robberies to get the money to stop the foreclosure, and partner's with his brother to pull them off. Tommy Lee Jones, who I don't normally like, brilliantly plays the Texas Ranger trying to find him. Despite the reviews, the previews and story line hadn't seemed very interesting to me, but we were bored and decided to give it a shot. It was excellent, by far the best movie I've seen in a while - tap in birdie. Then we watched Mission Impossible: Fallout. Different kind of movie, but definitely one of the best in the series. Great action scenes, and as a skydiver (Tom Cruise is also a legit skydiver, btw) I can tell you those scenes in the movie are really well done where most are not. Loved it, also an easy birdie for the genre.
  14. I have a couple of glasses of wine most nights when I get home from work, the occasional beer or two or three after a round depending on the crowd, but I haven't been drunk in years. My wife sometimes likes to make margaritas, pina coladas or bushwhackers using our awesome Ninja blender, and I can never say no to my wife, so ..... I could care less what the government says about my drinking so long as I do it responsibly. My feeling about any "vice" is everything is fine in moderation. When you start needing it is when it becomes a problem. I greatly prefer weed over alcohol, but that's rare now that I moved from Colorado to Florida.
  15. Players: Xander Schauffele (-17) Masters: Tiger Woods (-16) PGA Championship: Rickie Fowler (-18) U.S. Open: Tiger Woods (-9) British Open: John Rahm (-8) FedExCup: Tiger Woods For the tiebreaker - Bryson DeChambeau pitches a shutout for the season, doesn't win a tournament.
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