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  1. Thanks guys. So I will have a chat with him. Hope he takes it well. He is a good guy, despite his behavior as described. As you guys stated, worst case: I just need to make more friends.. haha.
  2. haha. Seriously. Maybe I should plan better for my retirement and just take up the hobby of money burning.
  3. Same for me. If i'm hitting well and getting lots of backspin on the greens, those are the days I can hear the buzzing from my own hits. All the way up to mid irons it makes a pronounced sound. I also think it has more do w/ spin than velocity.
  4. I think pro-shops should refund you the round if you spend more on lost balls than you do on the round. One fine day I lost over a dozen ProV1's at The Ranch in San Jose.
  5. This year I started playing regular casual rounds with this guy. We're not at all close as friends, but we get along golf-wise and our schedules match. I also am recently moved to the area, and don't know a lot of people. Our indexes/abilities are sorta similar, but he doesn't score accurately, or what some would call cheating (foot wedges, lots of free relief, hasn't taken a stroke and distance penalty since I've known him*, etc..). It's not cheating in the sense we never play for money, although he does try to be clever about it and thinks I don't know what he's doing. So there's a "serious enough" monthly, real money 4-ball tournament we both like to play (bunch of people who know each other, but not SCGA), but I don't want to play with him as a partner: (1) I feel his index is 2+ lower than it should be and (2) I don't want to be the partner of the guy who gets called out as a cheat. I'm running out of excuses avoiding playing w/ him, and he keeps asking, cuz we both play the tourney and we know each other more than we know the other guys. so keep making up creative excuses? tell him? avoid him? i'm thinking some of you have been in this situ before? *exaggerating but you get the picture
  6. Do you have to remove it, or can you play w/ your ball touching it? Like if the ball rolls and happens to get tee'd up on the tee.
  7. If you put a tee in the ground to mark where your drop area is, you drop and your ball rolls up against it, do you/must you get some sort of relief or re-drop from it? (coming in contact with your own equipment) What happens if the ball happens to land and tee itself up on the tee you marked for your drop? Can you play it?
  8. You guys make me feel like I'm the most inconsistent golfer on TST. Several times a year, I go out thinking I have a reasonable chance at 80 and ended with a 105. This usu happens on a course w/ a lotta forced carries and OB....if I pick up a some swing flaw that day, it's not unusual to see me on the teebox hitting 5 (after 2 OB's). And these same courses are often the nicer onces, with stimp running 9+, where i have many 3-putts. I'm a streaky golfer tho, taking 1-3 month breaks multiple times a year.
  9. I wonder if the 7-iron game/drill may help? Play an entire round with only ur 7-iron and putter. I'm thinking you will gain some confidence after hitting the same club over and over like the range. Just a thought... I feel for you! I routinely have rounds where my swing/game is just awful. Like shoot a 100 on a course I was trying to break 80 on. During one round, I jokingly considered to myself to aim far left on a pitch,.... cuz I had hozzled my last 2 pitches that day! I can only sympathize with your situation, but just remember that you already have the talent, just not the confidence.... I know a million golfers who need a lot more of the former, and a lot less of the latter.
  10. Your being sarcastic right? Golf is soooo ez. It's so easy that after just starting to play regularly this year, with my general goal of shooting under 80 every round, i lost 2 sleeves of ProV1's and carded a 103 today.
  11. I've been getting out after work w/ about 2 hours left of sunlight. I should be going to the range to work on some known swing issues, but I always end up going out and trying to get 9+ holes in. I'd rather play 9 than do the range, but I feel like I'm slowing progress in my game. I usually only get 2-3 months a year where work allows me to play regularly doing the week, so want to use my time efficiently to improve. Do you guys generally see ur game progress more when u find time to play a lot or when u find time to go to the range a lot? Obviously not talking about short game.
  12. I can only speak for muni's in Northern Califonia where I used to live. there are ~15 munis within 1 hour driving distance from SF. Avg course stats (from my memory only) from the tips are ~6700/71.5/120 yards/rating/slope. I think a tour player playing at a tournament level of focus (i.e. not a practice round), w/ warm-up to the green and bunker conditions, would shoot in the low 60's on average. rationale: - Par 5's - even from tips, they're (almost) all reachable and most of them would have a long-iron or less in. On more than a few dogleg 5's in the area, they could have wedges/short irons as a 2nd shot into the green (buncha 500 yard par 5's w big doglegs in my area... how often will a tour pro eagle when they have a PW as their 2nd into a par 5?). - Course not setup for tour-level club yardages - I don't think they would need to hit driver except for the par 5's. There are many, many par 4's that are reachable for pro's, some even with an iron (a lot of 300 yard par 4's w/ a 100 yard dogleg for example). - Approach shots: Greens are furry, slow and sticky as hell, i.e. not 14 on the stimp. They can pin seek almost every hole. When it rains and the greens are soft on tour events, it's a shooting gallery for them. Imagine that on a course where they have a 60 degree into most par 4's (if they didn't already drive the green). - There's less danger for many (most?) missed shots, even accounting for potentially more bad lies on munis. Most the muni's in the area have these sections where holes are lined up like sardines in a can, with nothing but rough and a few trees (and i do mean few) between them. Take that along w/ the muni-level rough vs PGA-level rough, and there's far, far less penalty for missing the fairway. For the most part: pin-seeking green conditions, par 4's that are iron/wedge at most, very reachable par 5's, and less penalties for missed shots. Low 60's easy?
  13. Maybe the USGA can mass produce a sign and send it to every course "If you are waiting on the group in front of you, and there is a group waiting behind you, you should invite them to join your group if it makes a foursome or less." I agree that different people may or may not enjoy playing by themselves, or only as a two-some. I also agree that playing solely as a twosome/single is your right if you payed your green fees... provided that you don't enjoy this privilege at the expense of costing other golfers time. Imagine at super-twilight/late afternoon if there are 2 twosomes in a row, with full groups behind them. Everyone on the course is just trying to get as many holes as they can in, so if those 2 twosomes joined and were to shave 10 minutes off of pace of play, they are potentially allowing every group behind them to play one more hole. That sounds like good etiquette to me.
  14. I adhere to this logic as well. I just wish more people abided by it and more courses encouraged/enforced it. I strongly agree w/ the USGA's campaign in recent years to increase pace of play. Net-net it gets more people golfing more often. imo even some PSA's would be helpful, for people still learning golf etiquette.
  15. @newtogolf @Patch Definitely understand both your points. But I also wonder if the positives of increased pace of play would be larger than the negatives of enforcing pairing up? Also, the afternoon two-somes I run into that don't want to pair up, much more often are decent+ golfers. USGA has clear etiquette guidelines on when you should allow a group/player to play through*, just wondering if there's one on pairing up. To me, it is clearly bad etiquette if 10 groups consisting only of singles won't join up, but is the line officially at 1 person and not at 2 people? *!etiquette - Priority on Course Section