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  1. I agree with most everyone else. I wouldn't try to bend them. It doesn't really matter what the loft of your seven iron is as long as you know the yardage it travels.
  2. We bet and for some reason at our course the handicap system doesn't work well when we play from separate tees.
  3. I guess I play tees that are too long based on the chart. My average drive is 190 to 200 total yards, but my irons and fairways are longer than the chart. My group plays tees that are 6250. While I'm often the shortest off the tee, I'm usually in the fairway. Also, I'm pretty accurate and chip and putt really well. Although my buddies are longer, I often out score them over 18 holes. I just turned 70 in January. As I age, I will probably move up to tees that are 5800 to 6000 yds. Hopefully my group will move or I can find a new group.
  4. Our course went to hybrid tees a few years ago and we were able to get slopes and ratings for all of them. For some reason we recently changed the colors at our course. No one with whom I've spoken knows why we did this, but our tips are green at 7124, black is next at 6605, Silver is 6250, gold is 5778 and white is 5263. The hybrids basically split the distances between the different sets of tees. I'm a senior and fairly short off the tee, but my short game is good enough for me to play silver (6250) and still score in the 80s. However, I struggled some this past Winter when it was cold and wet so I'll probably move up to the silver/gold hybrid next Winter.
  5. This may have been covered before, but I've posted scores all through the COVID-19 course modifications. My rule is if I play, I post the score. I know some people who haven't done this. I'm not sure how much the shallow holes (or raised cups) affect one's scoring. I do think bunkers that have not been raked properly have made a minor difference for me. Also, walking and carrying affected my performance early on. I was so tired around hole #15 or #16, I didn't finish my rounds very well. After six weeks I've gotten in better shape and have actually parred 18, which is our most difficult hole, a couple of times. Carts are now being allowed, but I'm going to keep walking until it gets really hot. Anyway, I try to keep my index up to date on this site and the five others on which I post.
  6. Yes, these have been around for many years. I once played in a church outing with a guy who had one. The round took forever as he had to adjust his club for every shot. I don't remember what his score was, but I'm sure he didn't break 100. It would be interesting to see how a really skilled player fares using one of these.
  7. Here's another vote for Ping. Any of the G series would work. My advice is ti find a used G20 or G25 you can demo or several rounds. It might be easier to find a used G400 and they're good too.
  8. This is a recurring problem with fittings. Even the online fittings steer players to the current models. I always stay one or two generations back when buying new clubs. My advice is to try to find a set you can demo. Obviously, that is harder to do with irons than drivers and fairways. There are some preowned sites that let you try before you buy. While getting fit is important, most amateurs do not swing the same every time they play. I once got fit for a driver by a reputable OEM in November. When Spring rolled around the club did not perform very well at all. For me, the best way to test a set of clubs is to play several rounds with them. I know others will disagree, but standing in an indoor hitting bay with a Trackman just doesn't feel the same to me as playing shots on a course.
  9. Well, I saw I posted on this discussion two years ago. I'm sad to see it's still happening. I used to play a lot in the Myrtle Beach area. I didn't realize all the courses listed by RickK , many of which I've played, were gone. I worry that what we're experiencing now with the pandemic will only make things worse. Golf is very expensive and it any dip (or dive) in the economy adversely affects the game. I've been told by people in the business that the only growth is (or was) in Asia. In fact, I cannot think of even one new course here in NC. except for the nine hole short course in Pinehurst called The Cradle built a couple of years ago.
  10. Thanks for the encouraging words. You're right, of course. I know people my age who can no longer play at all. There are several senior groups at our club. One group most of whom are 70 to 75 play our gold tees which are 5800 yards. I'm thinking about joining that group as they really seem to be having a lot of fun. We also have a hybrid set of tees that is 6000 yards. It may just be time to swallow my ego and give those tees a try. Anyway back to the OPs original request. My goal is to break 80 at least once or twice in 2020.
  11. Well, I guess my goal for 2020 is what I will call acceptance. I was a single digit (7 to 9) handicapper for nearly three decades. Now at 70 years old with bad knees and a torn right rotator cuff, I can only seem to shoot in the mid to high 80s. I've moved up from 6600 yards to 6200, but that hasn't helped much. I no longer play in tournaments as playing two days in a row is sometimes a problem. I will keep playing because I truly love the game. It's just really hard to grasp that scoring in the 70s is possibly over for me. I guess I should be happy to still be on this side of the grass. I just cannot stop remembering making birdies and beating my buddies.
  12. My wife and I both are big fans of Midsomer Murders. We recently subscribed to Britbox as they took it off Netflix several months ago. I also loved Justified that was originally on FX. We streamed it on Prime last summer.
  13. Donald Ross was one of the most prolific golf course architects in history. He is credited with hundreds of courses here in the US . Ross was born in Scotland, but moved to the US in 1899. A year later he moved to Pinehurst, NC which became his home base for the rest of his life. Ross passed away in 1948. Over the last seventy two years the game as evolved to the extent that most, if not all; of Ross's courses have required changes to remain relevant. Many of today's architects have studied the design concepts used by Ross and bill themselves as "official" restorers of his courses. Unfortunately, only a few actually succeed in that goal. The course I play was actually a redesign by Ross in 1945 of a course initially built by A. W. Tillinghast. Since becoming a member there in 1983, I have lived through four renovations by four different designers. Although all were supposed to be "restorations", I'm certain Mr, Ross would not recognize the tract were he still able to visit. My guess is this is probably the case all over the country. While there are some notable exceptions such as Pinehurst #2 by Crenshaw and Coore , very few restorations of his courses reflect what Donald Ross originally had in mind.
  14. Well, it's now April and my love affair with the TM M6 12* is over. I'm actually now playing a seven year old Ping G25 10.5*. It's not that long, but it's in the fairway 90% of the time. Hopefully, once Dick's re-opens I can trade in the M6 for store credit. I'll probably keep the 10.5* Rogue for when the G25 needs to go into time-out.
  15. I think The Road Hole would be my second favorite. I actually had the opportunity to place there back in the late 90s.
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