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  1. "One day you won't be an athlete any more..." That day came for me the day I was born. I couldn't make any of the athletic teams in high school. I was too small, slow, weak, and uncoordinated. But somehow, I can play golf okay. That's the great thing about golf for me. You can actually use your mind and figure it out to a certain extent.
  2. One of my favorite movies of all time is On Demand on Xfinity, but only until tomorrow. Seven Samurai. For those of you who aren't familiar with it, it's a 3-1/2 hour epic Japanese movie with English subtitles, filmed in 1954, black and white. One of the greatest action movies of all time. It makes all the top movies of all time lists. Highly recommended. Seven Samurai Modern Trailer (not the real trailer, but it'll give you a good idea about the movie)
  3. My best shot of the week was this morning- I drove the green on a 296 yard par 4. My normal tee shot would be about 220-230. This morning, we were playing from the forward tees, and on (I think) the 3rd or 4th hole, it was a 296 yard par 4, and I drove just to the very front of the green. I had about a 15 footer for eagle, but I missed it and tapped in for birdie. For some reason, I hit some very long tee shots today. I was using a Kirkland ball for the first time, but that probably didn't have anything to do with it. I appreciate y'all letting me brag about it. For me
  4. I think it would depend on the comparative value of the $500 to you. It depends on how much money you have, what you want to spend it on, how close you are to the end of your life, etc. No one can say, "Oh, yes, it's worth $500." It might be your last $500. Or you might be a multimillionaire. No one can really answer your question, in my opinion. They can say what it's worth to them, but they can't say what it's worth to you. I actually think the more interesting question is, how could a person make such a decision logically? 1)Think about what else you might buy with
  5. I voted for sand. The worst one is heavy rough, because you can spend an inordinate amount of time looking for your ball. I hate holding people up. I'd rather my ball just goes into a lake than into heavy rough.
  6. That article you linked (August 15, 2017) says the new Kirkland ball would be 3-piece ball. The balls I bought yesterday say on the box that they are are 4-piece balls. I don't believe Costco would mislabel these balls. So either the article is in error, or I purchased some of the "old" balls yesterday. Edit: Also, the balls I bought yesterday say "Tour Performance" on the seam, which, according to the "USGA Conforming Golf Ball List" of February 7, 2018, is the 4-piece ball, and not the 3-piece ball your linked MyGolfSpy article said would be the new Kirkland ball.
  7. So they opened a new Costco near my house today, and I and the wife went down and signed up, and I saw these Kirkland balls in there for about $15 per dozen. So I bought 4 dozen. A couple of other guys were buying the limit, which was 10 dozen per shopper, and those guys swore these are great golf balls. "As good as a ProV1!!" one of them said. The box says it's a 4-piece ball with a urethane cover. I have no idea. I'm going to give them a shot.
  8. The other day we were playing, and my friend, who often putts from the fairway, had about 40 yards to the green, and I had about 30, and I jokingly said, "Putt it." And he says, let's try it both ways, putting and pitching. No one was behind us, and all we had was smooth, mowed fairway between us and the flag, and a slight rise around the green, so we both tried it both ways. His putt was slightly better than his pitch, and my pitch was slightly better than my putt. But the results were surprisingly good. So, since I had chili-dipped a couple of chip shots on earlier holes, I decided to
  9. I don't carry a 3-wood. I do carry a 5-wood, and I hit it really well both off the ground and off a tee. But lately, even when I hit it well, I find that if I could have just gotten 10 or 15 more yards, it would have been really nice. My 5-wood launches very high, so I think I'm not getting much roll. So I'm thinking of getting out my 3-wood and trying it. It's kind of strange, though, that anyone would say they can hit a 5 wood but they can't hit a 3 wood. If it's the shaft length that is making the difference, why not just choke up an inch on the 3 wood? It'd be like hitting a
  10. Now, wait a second. I looked up the average temperatures in Colleyville, TX, and compared them to the average temperatures in Long Island, NY, and it's about 20 degrees warmer in Colleyville. For example, average high in February: Colleyville 60; Long Island 40. In March, Colleyville 69; Long Island 48. Average Temps in Colleyville Average Temps in Long Island It looks like today's temp in Colleyville is 45, so I think you're just hitting a cold spell. Hang in there, you should be much better of winter-golf-wise in the long run in Colleyville.
  11. Hey, I'm glad someone else noticed that. Sometimes when I watched that shot tracer, I thought it was a horrible shot, but when the ball landed, it was a good shot.
  12. This is where leadership should step in and start a conversation with the players and lead the Tour to some sort of amelioration of this issue. Unfortunately, Jay Monahan has his head in the sand.
  13. I hit my driver pretty well. It doesn't even require any practice. I play with a group of fellow seniors in North Carolina sometimes, and we play a local course that is always in great shape, and the best thing about that course is that the fairways are very wide. I can just swing at my tee shot, no worries at all, and hardly ever miss a fairway. It is so much fun to play that scenic, easy, mountain course. Down here in Jacksonville, a lot of those tee shots would be gone, into the woods or into the water. It is such great fun to play that course in NC.
  14. You made my point for me. You choose the products you buy, based on the quality. TV viewers and golf spectators make the same kind of choice. And if the PGA Tour allows players to stand in the fairway on the 18th hole, just standing there for over 4 minutes, and that's all they show for 4 minutes, I think most people would not consider that kind of TV to be a quality product. And they will switch the channel or just not watch golf at all. They will make the exact same choice you made with your doctor or the other products you buy. If it's a lousy quality TV show, they will watch somethin
  15. You cannot have a profession without CUSTOMERS. Why are you so oblivious to that FACT? Of course people outside a profession decide how that profession should be. That always has been, and always will be the case. When you were a cop you hated people telling you how to do your job? You really think the police should decide how the police should do their job? In a democratic society, where we have a constitution, the citizens decide how the police should do their job. I would NEVER allow the police to decide how they should do their job. Never ever.
  16. There's "the correct answer" and then there's "what I would do." I know the correct answer is to get the ball on the green running as soon as possible. That would mean an 8 or 9 iron, chipping or pitching it to the edge of the green and letting it run from there. What would I do? I would probably take a pitching wedge and pitch it half way to the hole and hope I don't have too much back spin. Kind of a pitch-and-hope play. I usually leave it way short. I have a friend who uses his putter from as much as 50 feet off the green, and he is amazingly accurate that way. But h
  17. I know I'm a little late, but I would like to say something about the above assertions. Every single dollar in professional golf originates from the fans. Without the fans, these guys are all playing amateur golf. If these guys ignore the fans, they will be playing for reduced purses. That is an absolute, unarguable fact. So, "spectators don’t get to dictate the pace of play" is absolutely false. That's like saying, "My customers don't get to tell me how to run my business." Oh, yes they do.
  18. The crazy thing is, based on the commissioner's comments about it, he doesn't get it either. Well, to paraphrase James Carville, "It's the ratings, stupid." That's where that million dollar purse comes from. Imagine this conversation: "Oh, look, honey, it's 7 o-clock. I'm going to switch over to the Grammy red carpet show and see what people are wearing. Oh, wait, the golf is still on." "Leave it there, sweetie. I haven't watched golf in a while. Oh, look! It's the 18th hole! This should be over shortly. Oh, look, they're all in contention! This should be good!
  19. He doesn't get it at all. He's still seemingly unaware of the damage he did to the game. I would pull him aside and tell him that the million dollar purse he was going for is mostly the result of TV money, and that is from fans watching on TV. When the last group is on the last hole, with all 3 of them still having a chance to win or get in a playoff, that is the moment of maximum drama, and it's great TV, but when he stands there for over 4 minutes, the drama is destroyed and marginal viewers are driven away from wanting to watch golf on TV. That's why what he did was selfish. He
  20. Me, too. For the life of me, I cannot figure out the physics of hitting myself in the face with mud. But I've done it several times. I've never hit myself with a golf ball though.
  21. I've seen the first two episodes of Counterpart on Starz. It's pretty good. Extremely well acted. Especially J. K. Simmons.
  22. I like giving and accepting gimmes because it speeds up play. When we play for money (or beers), no gimmes. But I don't like holding up groups behind us so, if we're not playing for money or beer, "good-good." Go to the next hole.
  23. I've struggled with OTT for years, and here is some advice from a non-expert. I'm thinking that perhaps shortening your swing and focusing on elbow angles has made your swing a little stiff. A longer swing has a lot more time to get things in the correct positions. I'm working on shortening my back swing, and one thing I found was that a shorter swing doesn't feel as relaxed as a longer swing. So, perhaps you are not relaxed. Another thing about a shorter swing- there's a tendency to yank harder in an effort to get the same dclub head speed as a longer swing. I think that's a
  24. It was the final group, on the 18th hole, all three of them still had a chance to win the tournament, it was going beyond the 7:00 hour, people who never watch golf were switching over to see the Grammy's. In short, it was what the PGA Tour prays for: drama. And JB Holmes, whose turn it was to hit his shot, stood there, and stood there, and stood there, and stood there. Any viewer tuning in at that hour saw a bearded man standing staring off into the distance for what seemed like forever. If the PGA Tour wants to expand viewership, it was an absolute disaster. As I watched it, I g
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