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About Hoganman1

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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?
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. I hate to hear Cabrera is a jerk. I really like him and the way he seems to just show up in the majors.
  11. Years ago a now deceased golf course designer named Mike Stranz built some courses here in NC that were unique and quirky: The Pit, Tot Hill Farms, and Tobacco Road. I only played the first two, but they were very unconventional. The Pit is no longer open. I understand from friends that Tobacco Road is different, but not as weird as the other two. Apparently, Stranz had a great imagination and people either love or hate his creations. Oop! I just learned that Stranz didn't design the Pit. Also, it wasn't weird.
  12. I think most of these guys are fairly nice. It probably depends on how they are playing as to how cordial they are when interacting with galleries. Years ago at a practice round at the Masters I was following Lee Westwood and Darren Clarke. It was early in their careers and they weren't that well known. They were waiting on the 6th tee for the green to clear with only a hand full of people outside the ropes. A woman asked her husband who they were. I told her and said she should offer Darren a cigar. He laughed walked over and shook my hand.
  13. I just saw the Golf Channel's tribute to "Gene the Machine". I was truly fortunate enough to watch him play Billy Casper in an 18 hole Monday playoff at the 1970 Masters. I was a sophomore in college and our biology professor gave a friend and me his tickets (and permission to cut his class). It was my first time to actually see an actual tournament round having only attended practice rounds while in high school. There wasn't much drama as Casper won 69 to 74. There weren't many patrons in attendance and it was a very intimate setting to watch two great players up close and personal. I don't remember much about how they played except that Casper hit a screaming hook into the trees on number 2. As a hooker myself I received some solace in seeing a touring pro do that and still make par. Also, it was the last 18 hole playoff in Masters history. The 1979 Masters ending in a tie was decided by a sudden death playoff won on #11 (the second playoff hole) by Fuzzy Zoeller over Ed Sneed and Tom Watson. Because of that experience I've always been fond of both Littler and Casper.
  14. Well I hate to gripe since it sounds like a lot of you are under several inches of snow, but NC isn't much better. Low 40s and raining has been the norm for a couple of months now. At least we're getting to play some days. I'm just tired of playing on mud. It seems like our course has been soaked since hurricane Florence came through here last Fall. I'm heading to Florida for a few days at the end of the month "so I've got that going for me".
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