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  1. If you want to improve, lessons would be the best bang for your buck. New clubs aren't going to help you if you don't know how to swing.

    Originally Posted by 3putt3134

    Bare with me here...I've been playing for a while, but this summer I've really gotten much more into my golf game, and practice/play usually at least 5 times a week now.  I currently have Cleveland CG4 irons that I got used about 3 years ago, they're older irons but have treated me well.  My game is pretty inconsistent, and I have shot anywhere from a 78-94 this summer (a terrible discrepancy I know).  I have a Burner Superfast 9.5 degree driver stiff, which I don't even use because I have no confidence in it.  I tee off with a 3 wood or iron on every hole other than par 5's.  My question to more experienced players would be:  To take my game to the next level, should I look for irons that will give me more consistent distances/trajectories, a new driver, or even bite the bullet and take those expensive golf lessons? I'm only 22 years old so money plays a factor, but I am willing to save up if I can improve my game.  I've grown to love this game very quickly, and want to enjoy it as much as possible!! Thanks for any input, and sorry for being long-winded.



  2. Dude, what are you smoking? Malkin is an awesome hockey player. Easily one of the top centers in the league. Actually, I would put him as the second best center in the East behind Crosby. Staal is no slouch either. Great defensively and starting to find his way on offense.

    Originally Posted by TitleistWI

    You hope.  Without Sid the Pens are first round playoff losers at best.  Malkin and Staal arent good enough to carry the Pens against the other top teams in the east.




  3. The only way to know is for you to go hit them both. 250 down the middle, why change?

    Originally Posted by mrdjc99

    need help picking a driver, currently I'm using a smaller titleist head for a driver. I found these 2 for around $90. Need help picking, i hit around 250 yards, most fairways but an occasional right or left now and then, would like to hit a bit farther and straighter so any words of advice?

    much graditude!

    ~Joe



  4. Except for those feed are generally crappy on a laptop let alone a big screen tv.  That is assuming you are talking about justin.tv, ustream, and the like.

    Originally Posted by uttexas

    Yes, the internet will eventually kill cable, just as it did Blockbuster. If you search hard enough, there are websites that stream HBO,showtime, live sports, etc. This past weekend, the UT vs Rice football game was only on the Longhorn Network (my cable company doesn't have a contract with LHN). However, I was able to find a live broadcast of the game on the internet. The ability to HDMI or VGA your computer to a large screen/projector/television enables family/group viewing. Cable/satellite TV is nearing the end.



  5. I guess I don't see that as a significant issue. The average fan most likely not DVR'ing golf.

    Originally Posted by uttexas

    More and more people are watching TV via DVR. It's a great machine; you can record a show while running errands, spending time with the family, or playing golf then return home and watch the televised event fastforwarding through the commercials.

    I love golf and try to record every PGA tour event, but I fail in doing so. With most TV shows, you can just find it once and press record twice to record the entire series in perpetuity. With golf, because the program title starts with the sponsor name, you can't just press record twice and record the entire series. More often than not, you have to laboriously record the Golf rounds individually for each day, every week. The first two rounds are usually on TGC, so those regularly record if I forget to set up the DVR. But the final two rounds, I must record individually more times than not. To add to the confusion, some of the majors and other events are shown on different channels.

    If I, a golf fanatic, has trouble keeping up with and recording, then watching televised golf, I'm sure the average fan does.





  6. Originally Posted by Royal

    every monday morning I am greeted at work with a co-worker who critiques the tournament by viewership.....not great shots.....not meltdowns....not play-offs with great play.......viewership. FML. I immediately strike up.....what a 6 iron...how about that putt on 17.......but to no avail. Its always about viewership and the tour is broken without Tiger.

    1. If you are concerned about viewership and ratings......you my friend are not a core fan.

    2. I "watched" & played before Eldrick and will watch & play after he is gone. (hope he gets his game back....if not.....thanks for building the TIGER army of young kids because they are fun to watch)

    3. Stop wanting golf to be mainstream entertainment. Nothing wrong with only "players" watching the best duel on the biggest stages. (consider it free lessons that you can apply to your own game)

    Sorry for the rant......but I have to spend 20 minutes a week listening to this un-interesting dribble from a 30 handicap.....



    What does his 30 handicap have to do with it? Is he less qualified to voice his opinion than you because you have a better handicap?

    Viewership IS important. The Tour doesn't need to worry about the core because they will always be there.  They need to worry about the casual fan. And there is something wrong with only "players"(whatever that is) watching. The casual fans are needed to keep healthy tv coverage.

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  7. I've never heard the term tee-up money. What is tee-up money?

    Originally Posted by iacas

    Then it's a good thing I didn't propose such a system. Again, there's tee-up money, plus $5k isn't bad for a WEEK of work. And if you're finishing DFL (but not MCing) each week, you ain't a "bonafide PGA Tour player" anyway.

    How about you just answer the question for yourself and we leave it at that? Okay. Good.



  8. To be fair, his fundamentals are getting better. They will continue to get better under Andy Reid. For the first time in his career/life, he is working hard at improving rather than just relying on his athletic ability. Sure, sometimes he will fall into old habits as we all do, but he is becoming a better QB.

    Originally Posted by RyderJ

    While I do slightly agree with you...Manning and Brady do not rely their athleticism as Vick does...Vick's fundamentals are atrocious at best while Manning and Brady could hit a fly on **** at thirty yards (exaggeration of course). As Vick ages, which is inevitable,  his athleticism will diminish as well...resulting in a 15 mil/yr QB that has the fundamentals of a 5th grader.





  9. Originally Posted by RyderJ

    Why do so many people feel they can receive advice on their swing on this site, hit the range or, as I said before and again, even worse, course and become a scratch golfer? What happened to practice? Just saying....thanks for your time...have a nice freakin' day...



    Perhaps they do it because they want to. When did hitting balls on the range start not counting as practice? Why are you so worried about people spending their hard earned money the way they want to?

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  10. I am willing to bet that are only a few out there that have the experiences that you have. Different type of course? You said you play on public courses and I play on public courses. How are they different?

    Different country yes, however I don't believe Brits are as rude and failing at etiquette as you make them out to be, while American golfers are angels.

    We are both playing on public courses, so we are playing in similar environments.  And I doubt that British golfers have "drastically" different dispositions than American golfers.

    You have encountered a disproportionate amount issues on the golf course.  More than any other person I have ever seen. At some point is has to be a you problem.

    I am not presuming.  I am basing my observations on playing golf on public courses(mostly as a single) for the past 26 years.

    Defensive much?

    Originally Posted by MiniBlueDragon

    Mmmm the sweet smell of arrogance; my favourite!

    How can you presume that because you yourself haven't experienced these things (playing on a different type of course in a different country in a clearly different golf environment and with people who have drastically different dispositions I might add!) that I won't have and then swiftly follow it up with a belittling comment about them being "silly things"?

    Don't presume that just because you're "laid back" about etiquette and how people act on a golf course that everyone else is.



  11. Guess the golfer! Jim Herman?

    Originally Posted by Lefty-Golfer

    i have gotten to know one tour golfer just a litttle bit. it is stupid how well hits a ball, i don't know what his index would be if he posted 20 rounds on a typical CC but he is much better then our club champ...who floats between 0 and plus 2.

    he has played 18 events this year, averages a 71 and is not close to keeping his tour card.



  12. Nice stats. However, they are kind of irrelevant. None of those players you listed are likely to retain their card, as only the top 80 on the money list keep their cards.
    Beating the bottom 20% won't get the scratch player back on the tour the next year.

    I also believe that there would be a too much pressure on the male scratch for them to do well making them play even worse.

    Originally Posted by newtogolf

    Nope, I never played golf with an LPGA pro but I watch them often on television and I have played with scratch golfers.  You don't have to play with an LPGA pro to see what iron they use for a given distance and how accurate they are.  There's a number of LPGA pro's that shoot over par at least 85% of the time so while a scratch golfer might not beat the top 20% of the total LPGA field I'd give them fair odds to at least beat the bottom 20%.

    ROUNDS UNDER PAR/TOTAL ROUNDS/PERCENTAGE - 2011

    Last Updated: Sunday, August 28, 2011

    T119

    Dori Carter

    3

    20

    0.150

    T119

    Ashli Bunch

    3

    20

    0.150

    T119

    Ji Young Oh

    3

    20

    0.150

    T119

    Yoo Kyeong Kim

    3

    20

    0.150

    T123

    Jeehae Lee

    3

    21

    0.143

    T123

    Nicole Castrale

    3

    21

    0.143

    T123

    Mhairi McKay

    2

    14

    0.143

    126

    Alison Walshe

    3

    22

    0.136

    T127

    Eunjung Yi

    2

    15

    0.133

    T127

    Jean Reynolds

    2

    15

    0.133

    T127

    Leta Lindley

    4

    30

    0.133

    T130

    Jaclyn Sweeney

    2

    16

    0.125

    T130

    Sara Brown

    2

    16

    0.125

    T130

    Young-A Yang

    1

    8

    0.125

    T133

    Angela Oh

    2

    18

    0.111

    T133

    Na On Min

    3

    27

    0.111

    T133

    Jee Young Lee

    3

    27

    0.111

    136

    Paola Moreno

    2

    19

    0.105

    137

    Grace Park

    3

    29

    0.103

    138

    Jennie Lee

    2

    20

    0.100

    139

    Laura Diaz

    2

    23

    0.087

    140

    Maria Hernandez

    1

    12

    0.083

    141

    Jimin Jeong

    1

    13

    0.077

    142

    Allison Hanna

    1

    15

    0.067

    143

    Birdie Kim

    1

    17

    0.059

    144

    Christine Song

    1

    19

    0.053

    145

    Jennifer Rosales

    1

    23

    0.043

    146

    Sherri Steinhauer

    1

    24

    0.042





    Originally Posted by newtogolf

    Thought wrong - re-read Eriks first post the question he posed was;

    "...I've long believed (though not by a big margin) this: a scratch golfer who established his handicap playing on a reasonably good golf course (no wide open munis with flat, slow greens, two bunkers, and rough a half an inch higher than the fairway) could "keep his card" on the LPGA Tour.

    Now, that's not to say the guy's gonna win anything. I don't even think his name would show up on any leaderboards. Ever. But I've attended a fair number of LPGA Tour events, and I've played with a fair number of scratch golfers. It seems like most weeks on the LPGA Tour, though the leader might have shot -8 or -10 through two rounds, the cut still comes at +4 or so. I think the average scratch golfer - a well-rounded player who got there on a reasonable course, remember - would make a lot of cuts, finish in the top 50 half the time he did, and keep his LPGA card (I'm assuming that if you make 75% of the cuts you keep your card).

    ...What do you think? Now, again, I'm not even 70% convinced the scratch golfer could "keep his LPGA card" - but I definitely lean that way at least a little - 60/40 maybe. And again, no way the guy competes with the top 50 or so on the LPGA, but against the gals below that level, well... right now I think he's got a shot"

    The question was never would the scratch golfer win on the tour (I agree he can't), the question was could he compete at a level to keep his LPGA card.  Given the original question I believe my data does make the case for a scratch golfer keeping his LPGA card.  I can't believe you're even trying to compare the difficulty of getting on the PGA tour versus the LPGA, some of the players on the LPGA tour are barely full-time golfers, they make most of their money as models.



  13. Maybe it is a you problem.  I doubt it is a British thing and it certainly isn't a public course thing.  I play public courses and go out as a single nearly every time and haven't come across these things that you are describing.  Perhaps I am just way more laid back than you and don't let silly things bother me.

    Originally Posted by MiniBlueDragon

    Just bad luck for me then I guess.

    I've been paired with people being impatient (complaining because I often take two back-to-back practice swings directly before my full swing) I've been grouped with people who find it neccessary to mock and joke about every shot that isn't perfect, I've been paired with people who don't like the fact that I prefer to wheel a trolley and they carry, I've been paired with people who have really bad etiquette, stand on the tee box in my peripheral view, talk to other people while I'm taking shots, walk on my putting line, give advice when none is wanted and insist on continuing to do so even when told not to etc, I've been paired with people who mock your equipment and people who disagree with whetever your handicap is, even if you come in with a rubbish Stableford score.

    I play golf to enjoy the game and unfortunately other people generally take that enjoyment away so I'd rather limit my play to those I know I enjoy playing with and just myself.

    Maybe it's a British thing or playing on public courses.

    Saying that however I did meet a very friendly guy a couple of weeks ago when checking out a potential club to join. He was friendly, happy, amicable, went out of his way to show me the facilities and said he really hopes I like it and that he'll see me on weekend roll-ups so I do know there are the odd diamonds in the rough out there.



  14. I didn't get to see that one. My coverage ended with 2 holes left to play.

    Originally Posted by Kieran123

    No, the quick one after the round had finished

    Sure, he has the right to be upset, but suck it up for two minutes and do the interview.



  15. He is only 19 so of course he has a bit of growing up to do.  Hell, at 31 I still have growing up to do!

    Was it the interview in the press room which you are referring to? That is the only one I could find.

    Originally Posted by Kieran123

    Cantlay was a little brat.

    They talked about his composure the whole time, then he lost it several times and his interview was embarrassing.

    Gotta little bit of growing up to do maybe?



  16. Sorry, you are kidding yourself if you think your 4-5 HC friend would ever finish in the top 10 of an event on the LPGA tour.

    Originally Posted by ghalfaire

    I gave this a little thought as I play pretty regularly with a 4-5 Handicap player and have some feel for his game.  He doesn't have any weaknesses in his game and is a pretty steady player.  We play a lot of munies and he often breaks par.  Assuming we are talking about this male using the same tee as the LPGA players, I think he would for sure make most of the cuts, but he would have to have an awful good four days to win.  But then I have observed that the winner of most LPGA events usually has a pretty good 4 days.  I have attended a few LPGA events and believe my buddy would be competitive for sure and maybe even garner a few top 10 finishes.



  17. Since your crystal ball obviously reaches out several months, could you tell us who the winner of the tour championship will be so we can make some extra cash?

    Originally Posted by TitleistWI

    Horrible idea.  Tiger isnt even playing very well right now so itwas pretty much a wasted pick.



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  18. Originally Posted by TitleistWI

    It helps because you know when you hit the center of the clubface and when you dont.  With a CB the shots always feel the same, so you dont know that you are missing the center of the clubface.

    I



    This is complete and utter nonsense. I can certainly feel when I haven't hit the center of the face on my current set of cb's.  Hell, I could tell when I didn't hit the center of my G5's!

  19. I think your terminology is mixed up. Topping the ball won't put a dummy mark on it. If it did, it would be on the bottom of the club and not visable.

    Originally Posted by bunkerputt

    I got a new-to-me driver for around $200.  I offered to let my buddy hit it once to feel what an extra stiff shaft feels like.  He said, "I don't want to put a dummy mark on it".  I said, just try to hit it on the face and don't top it.  I thought it would be fine since I've never seen him top a driver shot.  He then proceeds to top it.  I figured his friendship is worth more than the driver, so I said don't worry about it.  A complete stranger on the other hand?  Maybe if I had just played a few holes with him and saw his ballstriking and character...  Definitely not a complete stranger on the first hole.  Sorry for your loss.  Just live and learn.



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