Blackjack Don

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  1. Got a used Garmin off eBay and it works fine. In fact, it works better than my Classic Game Golf, which I forget to tag all the time. Plus I can easily keep score and go to the next hole without even thinking about it. Not good enough to need accuracy, as my precision with clubs is "close enough is good enough."
  2. QFT! Well said and worth repeating. I'm happy there are people out there that are willing to pay what I've seen asked for a golf ball. They support the R&D which has improved the ball a lot from balata covers and Titleist DT. (Yes, I'm old enough to remember when woods were woods.) They also provide me with balls to play when I find theirs. If I lose a ball, I never think of the price. Exactly how much better is a ball going to make me? I do appreciate someone is willing to do it. When I finally run out of barely-used balls I find, then I'll probably go down to COSTCO and pick up a couple of dozen. (Which will probably happen because as I improve, I find fewer balls. Funny that.)
  3. Because there is no place open on their HOA board. Authoritarian magnets. Sometimes people lose sight of the fact it's supposed to be fun. I deal blackjack. It's called gaming, but nobody is having fun. Golf is such an uptight game. If the ball is moved on purpose, it's cheating, if scoring matters. If it's an accident, move along. The game is slow enough for the rest of us.
  4. Yeah, I think it's a pretty good deal. I spend a lot of time at the range, and, given the price of green fees now in season, that's where I'll be until it gets hot. This summer, I played Revere Golf Club a whole bunch of times for $10 after 4. It was pretty hot, but couldn't beat the price. (Discounting for lost balls, those are tough courses.) Finding good deals in Vegas becomes a way of life if you live here. I pay $30 a month. It's $40 at the Muni because they hit off grass not mats, but Desert Pines is minutes from my apartment. The Muni is wide open compared to the tight fits of DP, but DP is a heckuva course. It is a test of skill. I'm getting where I like it. Back to the card. For ten bucks, I get a cart and course after 3 p.m. I can get in a quick nine and be home before the wife gets home from work. Can't beat that. After 1:30, it's $25. The best price lately I've seen for Desert Pines on Golf Now is $88, so I think we're getting a good value. It seems some of the people who work at DP might not be big fans of the card, but golf has to get its elitist head around the fact that if they don't make it accessible for the working class, it's going the way of croquet. That's just my discounted two cents. I think the girls are a relic of a more prosperous past. Don
  5. I'm not, nor in any way affiliated with any golf organization. I'm a blackjack dealer. I wish I were associated with a golf organization, but that's not germane. arcis. com They are a golf course owner/manager company. They have an interesting loyalty program.
  6. It's a big board. I did a search and didn't find anything specific already. Sorry if it wasn't in the right place.
  7. Is it because the game is too hard and the rules too punishing for 75% of "golfers" out here in Hackerland? Some may reason that losing a ball is enough of a penalty? Those things are expensive!
  8. "What happens here, stays here." So what if you live here? Who else lives and golfs in the City of Lights? I've been here for ten years, but have only been playing golf in Vegas since summer began. I'm a "member" of Desert Pines, but have played Revere (both courses), LV National, and the Muni. Hopefully I'll find some bargains during tourist season to play other courses, but for now, DP isn't bad at all. Share with the group if you live, visit, or have fond memories. This is the greatest city in the world for people who enjoy life to the fullest. Maybe we can meet up in the future. Best wishes, Don
  9. Hello, everyone. I'm not affliated with Arcis Player's Club, but I do enjoy the benefits. Heck, the free practice range alone has been worth $30 a month. We have three courses in Vegas, but the downside is the card is only good at the place you sign up. If they extended it to discounts at all three, it would be worth a few bucks more a month, that's for sure. Anybody else have an Arcis card?
  10. Thank you. No different than any other forum I've been on over three decades, going back to GEnie. lol I'm a blackjack dealer part-time, former poker player, and former Buddhist monk. Yes, that's right, I spent time in orange robes. I am as dedicated to mindfulness as I am to my wife, with golf coming in a very close second. I'm really working at improving all of them, because they go so well together. I'm a member of the Arcis Player's Club at Desert Pines. I spend a whole lot of time there, just ask my wife. I am getting better. The technology for improvement is phenomenal over the past nearly fifty years I've been trying to play the game--without lessons. Still can't afford lessons, but the information is vastly improved. Looking forward to conversations here.
  11. Yes, it's true we don't really "forget," but I put something in boldface that I do remember: without judgment. A bad shot can cause so much suffering that it ruins the next shot, or perhaps a similar putt on a later green. When I hit a good shot, I smile. When I hit a bad shot, I swear. Then I smile, because I get to practice a recover? Not a bad question, mate. Thanks for replying. Don Agreed, and in a whole lot of other places, too, besides golf. It never works. All the advice I've read, going back over 40 years, never, ever works...just like one lesson doesn't work. Doing it well depends upon much more than remembering one of a hundred aphorisms. This is a long-term fix, and when most golfers don't even hit a practice shot before they play on Sat, I think we can safely assume these books on the "mental game" are never read through twice. (You can't count the Little Red Book, lol.) One of the things I hope to accomplish before I die is being able to see how golfers who are really trying to improve can use some sort of mindfulness to save a shot or two or twenty. Not just on the course, but the range, the practice green, and even watching TV. Unlike "gurus," I believe in science and data. I'm a poker player, formerly an online pro, who used DATA to improve my game. In fact, enough to be a rare bird, an actual winning poker player. There is now a TON of data that is available for me to study. How does my improvement compare to someone who doesn't have the practice of awareness? I hope I can find out. Best wishes, Don
  12. Found this topic on a Google search of "mindful golf." Before coming back to golf this summer, I have spent the last ten years in a meditation practice, which led me to spending nearly a year as a Buddhist monk. I have a little experience with this, so maybe I can explain for anyone who finds this helpful. Two things here which come directly from mindfulness meditation practice, or vipassana, as we Theravadans call it. In meditation, when thoughts come, we see them (or hear them), note them, and let them go--without judgment. We do not get involved with our thoughts, we simply let them go. How does this help our golf game? That's what mindfulness meditation training does; it develops awareness. In golf, I'm finding that it's not only the feel of the club hitting the ball, but the sound, the feeling of the body, the awareness of the nuances of the swing. This awareness, for me, goes on throughout my whole day. In golf, I am aware of the swing, and my emotions, too. When I hit a bad shot, I react like everyone does. I feel the anger swell. But my training stops me from becoming angry. I acknowledge it--note it, above--and smile. That's my reaction. Even when I swear a blue streak, it ends with a smile. Then, on to the next shot. I don't remember the last hole, or the front nine, or last week. Just the present. The next shot. A golfer doesn't need to sit on a cushion in the forest to achieve this. Just practice noting, and letting go. Bring your mind back to the object of focus, whatever you are working on at the moment, the ball, the next shot. Pay attention, without judgment. And don't forget to breathe. :) It works. Namasakan, peace and good luck, Don
  13. Just signed up for the forums. Surprised nobody else from LV replied. There's a lot of golf out here. Don