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About Hoganman1

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  1. The key here is making solid contact with the center of the club face. I tore my right rotator cuff two years ago and the mis-hits started coming. I've found that if I practice with my feet together and focus on slowly swinging the club to the inside on my take-away my contact improved. That should help eliminate both "toe shanks" and regular shanks as described here.
  2. I don't know about a subscription, but I remember Warrior Golf. I had a friend that was sucked into that a few years ago. I'm assuming the Calcutta balls are legit. Like I said, I'm just curious. However, not curious enough to give them my credit card. Most reputable companies will cover the freight when offering a "freebie". Lamkin had a free grip offer a few months ago and they mailed me my grip totally at their expense. I'm guessing this is maybe a "start up" company following the lead of Snell, Vice and Cut.
  3. Has anyone tried this new ball? I saw an ad for a free sleeve. I started the process, but pulled up when they asked for my credit card to pay for shipping. Although it was only $1.00, I'm skeptical of "free offers" that require one to pay for shipping. There are so many scams out there now. I never volunteer my credit card info unless I know the seller. Anyway the ad has all the usual claims that the Calcutta is the longest, greatest ball ever. While I doubt these claims I am curious. I tried the Snell ball and it was pretty good. Also, I've read great reviews of the Kirkland ball from Costco and the Vice ball. I've been a Pro-V-1 player for years, but I'm always open to change.
  4. Some very interesting posts here. It's true that most private club members have a lot of disposable income. However, there are several types of rich people. My club has members that are from "old money" meaning they came from wealthy families and inherited at least some portion of their wealth. Others have achieved financial success totally on their own. One thing I've noticed from both groups is that money and class don't always intersect. I prefer to judge people by how they treat others. Fortunately, my club has more "class actors" than rich jerks. Whether playing private, semi-private, or pubic courses I found that over the years most of the people I've met were good people. Of late, golf has begun to attract people of questionable character. Usually those people don't stick around once everyone knows them.
  5. I agree with David In Fla. I've been a member of a private club for nearly 40 years. The reasons are convenience, easy access, good course conditions, pace of play, and the availability of a good practice facility and teaching pros. I actually dropped out for three years (2000 until 2003) and it was miserable. Although there are good public courses here, finding games and tee times was really difficult. It's true that most private clubs are expensive and one should not try to justify membership by a doing a cost per round analysis. My advice is to talk with members of the club you are considering if possible. They should be open to telling you all the positives and negatives of their club. I'm betting that if you're an avid golfer and play once or twice weekly, you won't regret it.
  6. I stretch and do some PT exercises every morning as I have a torn right rotator cuff. I also pop three Aleve tablets and sometimes use Icey Hot type patches before I play. Clearly, I do better when the temperature is warm or hot. Cold weather seems to affect me more and more as I approach my 70th birthday. "Getting old ain't for sissies".
  7. It's true that lofts have gotten stronger over the years. I have a set of circa 1982 Ping Eye 2 irons and the lofts are about one club stronger than the Mizuno JPX 850 forged I've been playing for four years. In fact the Taylormade M2s I just got are nearly one club stronger than the Mizunos. One quick question: can you now replace steel shafts with graphite in iron sets? I remember years ago that was discouraged because of club weight and balance.
  8. Unfortunately, I've had way too many to count or rate as the worst. This past Winter it seemed like every shot I miss-hit ended up in an unplayable lie. In fact Phil or even Seve (RIP) couldn't recover from some of the places my poor shots landed. Thankfully that has gotten better. One thing I've learned to do is to immediately put them out of your mind.
  9. Not trying to be a jerk, but please have the moderators remove the apostrophe from your title. You're obviously a fan of this major and I'm sure it wasn't intentional. The MASTERS deserves to be treated with reverence by all of us.
  10. I don't know why I don't pull for DJ. I'm originally from SC as is he and he's obviously a wonderful player. It's the same with Bill Haas. Like I said, I just catch myself pulling against them.
  11. Here are my top five favorite and least favorite players currently on the PGA Tour. Favorites------------Jason Day, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler and Francesco Molinari Least Favorites----Dustin Johnson, Bill Haas, Billy Horshel, Rory Sabbatini and Hunter Mahan I don't really dislike the last five as much as I just catch myself pulling against them when they are in contention. (Also, I realize Haas and Mahan are not in the top 125 right now). Who are your favorites and least favorites?
  12. Zinger does seem a little bland so far, but maybe he'll get better. Nobody ever mentions Gary "Better Than Most" Koch. He doesn't have the resume' of tour wins and hasn't won a major, but he has a great voice and really knows the game inside and out. While I'm sure a lot of casual golf fans have no idea who he is, I think he would do well in the booth with Dan Hicks.
  13. I started playing in 1966 at age sixteen when a nine hole course opened in my small hometown in SC. I'm guessing I've played somewhere between 3500 and 4000 rounds most of which have been in the last thirty years.
  14. Speaking of The Pit, I just read that Pinehurst purchased the land several years ago. Apparently, they've had Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore look at building a course (Pinehurst #10) on that old site. They own some additional acreage adjacent to The Pit's footprint. The article said that since they have completed the re-building of #4 , this might be their next project. Here's hoping if they do it, they'll finish before I'm too old the break an egg.
  15. I'm not a mudder either. Especially in the Winter months when the fairways are dormant. Our club doesn't overseed even though we play year round. This year our course has been wet since October. It's just not much fun playing on thin soaking wet Bermuda. While our greens drain pretty well there are some low areas in our fairways that will have to be re-sodded when Spring arrives.
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