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About Sidehatch

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  1. Sidehatch

    New to Shipping Clubs

    Well, I paid $75 for the "premium rentals" and rented the Callaway Rogues I've been interested in and played in some 30-40 mph winds. I found a putter that I really enjoyed and made some big putts with. Had some problems with distance control, but as the low-handicappers I played with said, it's not worth bringing your clubs on the plane if you are only playing one round. If you're playing multiple rounds, then bring 'em. Those low handicappers said they only cost about $25 to bring them on the airline, and that you can even buy a metal tube around the top of your travel bag on some golf sites to protect your clubs. And on the problems with distance control, I hit a hybrid 230+, which is pretty rare for me. I think I usually max out at about 210-220 yards. But the wind was so strong it was definitely a factor, one of the low handicappers just gave up on a hole after a 4-putt, so that definitely threw a wrench into our games. The thing I was most worried about - driver - wasn't the club's fault, it was more some swing errors on my part. So I was pleased with the new driver's control. All in all, great advice everyone! Mahalo!
  2. Sidehatch

    New to Shipping Clubs

    Good point, I think I'm going to be on the market for some new ones in 2019. And I'm a 14 handicap, and I agree, it's usually more my fault than the clubs' fault.
  3. Sidehatch

    New to Shipping Clubs

    Thanks guys, rental clubs sounds like pretty good advice. Only thing is I am used to hitting a draw driver, draw hybrids, and my 58. While those clubs are key to my game, it’s also not worth the risk of breaking those either. Why not just avoid the hassle and do some rentals then!
  4. Sidehatch

    New to Shipping Clubs

    I'm headed to Kaipulua Maui, and want to play the Old Blue course because it's close to the hotel. I'd love to ship my own clubs. I don't own a travel bag, but am considering buying a cheap one. Unfortunately, bringing the clubs as checked baggage on the airplane doesn't work due to kid's luggage requirements. What service do you recommend? Should I buy a travel bag? How long before should I make arrangements?
  5. Sidehatch

    Video Game Thread

    Been playing Madden exclusively since I got PS4 Pro. Downloaded the latest rosters and have been running Denver Broncos franchise for the 4-WR pass heavy playbooks. Did fantasy draft and went with Deshaun Watson, Delanie Walker, and lightning fast WRs like John Ross. That 3-4 defense is great if you go with beastly linemen like JJ Watt, Kawann Short, and high play recognition LBs. Tried MLB the Show, beautiful game with great mechanics, but it seems to really make my thumb go into carpal tunnel land. Madden isn’t quite so hard on the hands
  6. Sidehatch

    What'd You Shoot Today?

    Shot an 87 at Hansen Dam while walking in the tough heat. We all got gassed at the same time, then all recovered around the same time. Hybrid long clubs were off (pushing them right), but I made up for it with short game. Best shot of the day was a par 3, into the bunker. Second shot hit the lip and rolled into my footprint. Hit that out onto the fringe, asked them to pull the stick, and made about a 30 foot putt with about a 6 foot right to left break into the center cup. I’m happy with that score on a day where I was almost never GIR, but giving myself a chance at pars still.
  7. Sidehatch

    What are Your 2018 Golf Goals?

    Goal: Break 80 again. Did it last year, now it's time to repeat and beat the 79 I shot last year. Improve my iron play. This has been much better the last two rounds in June, so I'm happy to be on the right path with this one. Make more birdie putts. I was 0-5 last round, and cost me a sub-80 round. That's it! Good luck and hit 'em straight!
  8. Sidehatch

    2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills

    Reason why I was disappointed is he started off one shot back on the day, then it looked like the run was on with holes 9, 10, 11. Then on Hole 12 approach he hooked his approach into the sand, which torpedoed his chances. Then that got into his head a little and he hit another bad shot, bogeying 12. It was disappointing because it killed the run, and pretty much took him out of the competition. By the time 18 rolled around, he was ready to get off the course. I am pretty sure he'll put it all together one of these majors though. He's been playing pretty well this year, and now has notched strong appearances in both majors and a few other tourneys. Finau will be back!
  9. Sidehatch

    Music on the Course - When Did This Become a Thing?

    IDK when it became a thing, but the most memorable music moments for me are: Playing the last few holes of a nice country club with the mansion up above playing Sinatra full blast every Sunday. Not a big Frank fan, but it's a pretty cool vibe. Playing at a public course next to a Jewish festival with lots of Israeli hardcore techno. Most people didn't seem to mind, found it funny. It probably cost all of us a few shots though. Playing at another muni across from a big event, with DJ Cash Mooooooney on the mike. He was so bad it was hilarious. I can't imagine he gets many gigs.
  10. Sidehatch

    2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills

    I was disappointed in Finau. I had a few bucks on him at 74-1. It's not so much that he didn't win (can't be holding your breath on 74-1 guys to win), but how he went about falling out of the competition on Sunday. I think he wins a major someday. What do you guys think?
  11. Sidehatch

    Need Advice to Learn Golf

    The reason why I did that is I was implementing 3-5 New swing tips after each lesson. After one lesson, I hit 200 shanks the next two times at the range before finally learning that new skill. For me it worked, for others it might not.
  12. Sidehatch

    Need Advice to Learn Golf

    Go to your local municipal course and ask who teaches. I played poorly for about a decade before signing up for a lesson 6-pack that cost about $180. Take one lesson every 3-4 weeks and go to the driving range at least twice a week, minimum 45 minutes each time. And go play a round at least 1-2 times a month, preferably on weekday afternoons when it’s empty so there is nobody rushing you. If you decide you like the game, you can get all spendy with new clubs. But I would go with used clubs at the start just in case you don’t like it. Regardless of what clubs you buy, I highly recommend getting new grips for them. You want the same exact style of grip on every club (except putter can be different). This will simplify the learning process.
  13. Best thing about an injury is just focus on putting for 2 months. It can vastly improve your game.
  14. Sidehatch

    Best Course In Or Around Los Angeles

    Rustic Canyon and Moorpark CC are the two best public courses, both cater to all kinds of players and are in excellent condition. Both have players who take the game seriously and the management is top notch. River Ridge in Oxnard might be the best public muni course I have played, and they have two 18 hole courses there with Victoria Lakes ranging from easy to very hard depending on the time of day (windy in the afternoon). It is the only public course I have played with a true “amen corner.” Hansen Dam near Pacoima is a public course that is one of my favorites too, because the greens can range from extremely easy to very difficult.
  15. Sidehatch

    Driving Range Etiquette Question

    Only time I have done it is when a guy insisted on playing with our group and increased our round time by 2:00-plus hours, while talking the entire time. When we got through Hole #17 and the guy was acting like a know it all and was confused by his swing flaw, I politely mentioned it. My friends and I were so mad at his horrible behavior that we didn’t play golf again for a month. But when on the range, I’ll keep it to myself. Yes, may have been working on something.

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