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  1. Do you think it's time we start talking about 5 majors?
  2. Why not bombers? Because that's always been the case! Tight fairways and heavy rough have been a feature on Tour for a long time. And they are not leaving putting alone! Getting the greens to 13 or 14 on the Stimp by starving them of water when the Tour is in town is commonplace! They put the greens on life support!
  3. All of my damage came from other sports. Football and basketball basically.
  4. Consider how your HI is arrived at. From the courses you routinely play. And even though Peyton Manning is a member of Augusta National, I don't know how often he gets to play it. The thing about the handicap "index" is, I thought it could be adjusted upward or downward depending on the difficulty of the course you are playing that day. But I wonder. Like at the Pebble Beach pro-am they routinely announce some obscure entertainers handicap as " a 5.2 at his home course, Dead Mules CC in Loose Gravel, Iowa." Also, many years ago I read an article about the Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Fla. Before opening the course for play, Greg Norman invited a bunch of buds, including Jack Nicklaus, to play it and provide feedback. After the round, when asked about his assessment of the course, he said that the fairways were far too tight, the forced carries over water and swamp were far too long, and the rough way too penal for a resort course! And one thing Nicklaus said was so vivid that it kind of burned itself into my brain. He said that he was a highly skilled long iron player, but he still had problems getting a ball to hold on the hood of a car! Greg wound up with more work to do!
  5. Some courses around here are putting plexiglass dividers in the carts so two at a time can ride.
  6. I think that a lot of the bitching comes from people who have been brought up to believe that life should be fair!
  7. Or the US Invitational. Read an article in the paper yesterday about this. I never realized what a Herculean task qualifying was for the USGA to pull off! It is a huge job! It would have been impossible to pull off under the current situation. The Open itself seems small by comparison.
  8. Know more about what? Don't you get it man? All the courses in the old country are far superior to those here in the new world! Even though some of them were designed by men from the old country. It seems that once they set foot on our soil, they lost their touch and they became poor designers!
  9. This is why I have thought for years that the old "players blades" could teach you to be a better player! Yes, some of those blades were tiny! But, if you could get all that mass to the back of the ball....Oh! how it would fly! Exactly! The GI irons moved the weight of the clubhead all around the perimeter to eliminate twisting on off center strikes! But, if you hit it in the center, it won't go as far because there's not as much mass there. What can we do about this? We can crank down the lofts and lengthen the clubs! We have been sold such a bill of goods!
  10. 😁 This reminds me of shooting hoops with the daughter of the owners of the company in their driveway. I was in my early to mid-40's at the time, and the girl was about 10 I guess. I'd try to teach her about the game. I once over heard her her tell her Mom, "If Gary would practice, he could be really good!" I just had to chuckle. Back in the day, I could play me some Bball! I could dunk a volleyball at 5'9". I could run the length of a regulation college court in 3.4 seconds. This was verified by the YSU coach at the time, Dom Rosselli. Eventually, I explained to the young lady that I "used to be" good. At around 10 years old, she had no idea about "used to be"!
  11. I work every puzzle in the paper to try to keep this 67 year old brain semi-functional. What I've discovered is that, every so often, I can solve one of the bronze (easy) level sudokus! I try to be systematic, but it seem to come down to pure happenstance. No time to watch tonight, but I will watch this, as maybe it will clue me in to a flaw in my methodology. The one puzzle that I have really fallen in love with is the "Cryptoquip", which is a substitution cipher. Once I solved my first one I was hooked!
  12. When I was that age, I walked and carried all the time. Well, there was some wind and nobody murdered the course! I had heard that comment earlier in the week leading up to the event. If the wind didn't blow, someone could go out there and shoot 60! That's why I tuned in. I wanted to see Seminole. Looked pretty awesome to me. Also, it did remind me of Pinehurst #2 a little bit, after they restored it to its original condition. Well, other than the palm trees! And they still had trouble holding shots on the greens! I'm a Donald Ross fan. We have a handful of his courses in my area, and I've played most of them. If you learn about him, and keep an eye out, you can usually spot his design.
  13. That's the thing about TV views, you can't trust them! My buddy likes to do this when we're scrambling. He'll walk up on a green and announce "you're away". I'll walk behind the hole and look at the relative positions of the golf balls to the hole. When it suits my purpose, I'll tell him to come look at it from my perspective when he's wrong. Pisses him off to no end! Which is part of my design! He makes bad decisions when he's pissed off!
  14. Played in a league with a guy who could play pretty well. He went through clubs like I went through underwear! He always lamented selling off his Ping Eye 2's!
  15. Didn't see a reply here, so thought I'd chime in. It doesn't really matter that you are 6'7"! I can imagine you already think I'm crazy. What matters is your "wrist to floor" measurement. In other words, how long your arms are. If you have shorter than usual arms for a man your height, you may need longer clubs. But if not, you might need standard of even shorter than standard length clubs. Quite some time ago I read a book titles In Search of the Perfect Golf Club by Tom Wishon, who was a professional club designer and fitter. He designed the last new set of clubs for Payne Stewart. In the chapter on club length, he wrote about fitting up some NBA players. These guys were anywhere from 6'6" to 6"11", and for many of them he had to build shorter than standard clubs! When someone asked why, he said because their hands were hanging down around their knees! To get a wrist to floor measurement you stand erect on a flat surface, wearing shoes with about the same sole thickness as your golf shoes, and measure from the first big crease on the inner side of your wrist just below the thumb and heel pad, to the floor. This is the number you need.
  16. I've already seen some of the effects in the OP in the past here in NE Ohio. We were severely overbuilt for golf, and when we started losing population after the steel mills closed, courses started going down! And we lost some good ones, ones I hated to see go! As far as increased walking, I've observed an increase in that for the past few years. Especially at Mill Creek Park golf course. This is a 36 hole Donald Ross track in the Mahoning County Metro Park District. Lots of people come to walk to get exercise on the hike & bike trails, so why not throw in another activity to make your walk more interesting? And I don't think it hurts that, a few years ago, they spent a ton of money on a slew of new, state of the the art, Sun Mountain push carts, and got rid of the old, depression era pull carts! I really don't expect the effects from COVID-19 to be all that significant.
  17. You answered my question. I was wondering what it cost to play Pebble back then. Yeah. You see that wristy "rap" that they give the ball, even at Augusta. Here's something that surprised me. The first time I went to Oakmont for the US Open was 1973. As you know, Oakmont greens are lightning fast. They had these odd looking, green, "turleback" walk behind greens mowers that I had never seen before. The last time I went was in 1994 when Ernie Els won. I expected to see new, state of the art mowers there but no, they had the same old green turlebacks they had 21 years earlier! I figure that they must be re-engineered and re-tooled by some genius member of Oakmont's green keeping staff. And a thought just occurred. Let's not forget the influence of new grass strains. Penn State's agronomy department has developed a slew of them!
  18. Must not have been very good turf to begin with. But, you can never really know! One year, i convinced my buddies to go out and play Windmill Lakes, near Ravenna, OH. This was not my best idea! Windmill was one of the first courses opening. It had suffered greatly under a severe Winter, and was not in the best condition to play! My buddies came away from that experience with negative ideas about the course. They said they didn't care to play it again! I begged them to reconsider, and we booked another round in high Summer! It was glorious, and my buddies absolutely loved the course! Time of year can make all the difference!
  19. Let's remember that, back in the day, pro golfers played in dress shirts and ties! I've played at courses like that, and they have their place. It's not the place I would choose to occupy! But, every place needs to know its niche. Years ago, I had a buddy who had a favorite saying, "REMEMBER WHERE YOU ARE!" If you order "Steak Diane" in a restaurant out in the boonies, you may be disappointed! If you expect a "championship experience" at some course that allows players to wear cut-off jeans, you're not liable to get it! Seems like simple common sense to me!
  20. Meh! I couldn't see what was so "fascinating" about that chart. The farther you are from the hole, the less likely you are to make the putt! Wow! What an insight! Of course they prettied it up with "official" number to make it seem more important than it really is. Hell! I figured this out when I was 15!
  21. These will work unless your group is trapped in the throes of self deception. You know, the old "I hit it just as long as I used to" that seems to afflict male golfers! My buddy suffered greatly from it, and he made me do so for a couple of years! Finally, I'd had enough, and told him that I was moving up to the Senior tees! When I started knocking Drives past him by as many yards as the Senior tees were ahead of the Whites, and I started beating him and taking his money, he realized that he didn't really hit it any farther than I did! Sometimes people need a wake up call!
  22. It wasn't just the Titleists. I've played this game for 50+ years. Used to play lots of Spalding "Dots", and "Dunlop" Maxflis. You could smile up any ball with a balata cover if you caught it thin with an iron. I really used to hate that! Nowadays, the only way I'll play a found ball is if it looks pretty new and in good condition. It's amazing how many ProV-1's I find. No doubt they sell a lot of them. Last year I found a Taylor Made TP5. Looked brand new, and holy cow what a great feeling ball! Played it the rest of that round and more, until I pounded it into the woods! My problem with some golf balls is what they cost. I liken golf balls to shoes. The ones I really like all seem to cost more than I care to spend! So, I am forced to compromise.
  23. Absolutely! Scratched my cable a long time ago! No need to search for a substitute!
  24. I'd like to see it, but with that lineup I won't. I get none of those channels since I cut the cable and decided to no longer pay for television.
  25. Look if you want to hold the bombers in check, there are any number of easy things to do. And you don't need to change the rules. For those guys who bomb it out there 330-340, narrow the fairway and grow the rough. Maybe stick a bunker or two out there. You could even resort to "cut off" fairways, but I don't really like that move. The Euros did that to us in a Ryder Cup one year, to slow down our big hitters.
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