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  1. Join the club. Knowing that some people can play a round and leave their clubs caked with grass and dirt drives me insane. After each round I soak them, take a toothbrush and detergent, scrub scrub scrub, and take an air hose to remove water from the groves and cavity. Seeing a clean and shining set makes me want to just play again. I'm not as much of a stickler for the golf ball hygiene like you are. I rarely keep a ball long enough for it to show some real wear and tear from grass or dirt.
  2. NO I do not work for RBG. ANYWAYS, their clearance section is 75% off pre-Christmas and it includes really awesome stuff from clubs to shafts and more. I like knowing people are getting great deals on golf stuff so feel free to head over ( ) and head to the "Clearance Cave". $40 Cleveland 588 Fairway Wood $75 Taylormade SLDR Driver $200 Adams Blue Irons $30 Hybrids from Adams and Callaway ... just to provide some highlights. No I do not work for them. Happy Christmas Eve everyone!
  3. I think the first thing is focusing on just playing the game before focusing on the numbers. Its not a cop-out answer and here's why: I understand the importance of the stats and analytical take on everything but really anything above a 10ish handicap can most benefit from having a positive mentality toward the performance on and off the course. Golf is 98% mental and recognizing that you're playing at "a miserable handicap" is really something that is already working against you. Looking at the numbers and wanting them to drop after analyzing and changing your approach to the game simply is not something that will benefit you at a high handicap. I understand no golfer is the same, but the best thing you can do is to study yourself and the input and output you see in the ball at the range, course, or backyard. Numbers are great and all when you are really at the precision of taking analytics into your play but if I were to give you a tip it would just be to play the game, feel your swing, and watch your ball. Forget the numbers because they set this mentality of minimal improvement despite immediate changes. Focus on the input you put into your swing, feel every angle your arms take and every shift in weight through your legs, and watch the output in the ball flight. Personally, I've deleted the slo-mo swing apps and stat trackers I have and simply feel my swing, hear/feel the contact, and watch the ball. By doing that and just playing more, I improved from a 18ish handicap to an 11 in about a year.
  4. Relative to the entirety of a PGA career, Spieth is still in his childhood years of the tour despite his wild success already. But seeing how the emergence and resurgence of so many golfers to the top of the game has resulted in such a competitive landscape to where a more than a handful of guys can win on Sunday, do you all think he will raise his play to a higher level as we have seen previously? He is still playing killer golf, but his performances haven't been out of this world like we saw in the last couple years. This is NOT a "Spieth is declining" post but rather wondering if he can amp up his play to another level given the golf being played around him is better than the past few years.
  5. More of an off-the-course unpopular opinion: I think the sales pitches and presentation of a lot of equipment is just so shallow and seems negligible when it comes to the average golfer. Sure, there is equipment that is better than older stuff (club tech for example). But now I just shake my head at everything that promises MORE DISTANCE! STRAIGHTER SHOTS! WOW! I understand that it is the job for retailers and organizations to sell their stuff and appeal to golfers. Just practice and dial yourself in with the stuff you have because a more expensive driver is not going to eliminate your devilish slice. ........although some of the new stuff looks so sick.
  6. Really aiming for landing in the single digit handicap performance. At my best I was a 10 and averaged an 11 handicap performance. Last year I saw so much improvement from just grinding a few hours a day at the range, green, spontaneous rounds, putting in the basement, and chipping in the backyard. I didn't take any lessons, just purely learning from myself and feedback from what I see from my shots. Specifically for next year, I will definitely head to the range as often (about 2 times a week) but engage in more quality time there and paying attention to each shot instead of feeling and seeing good contact and being happy with the rest. Specific Objectives Driver: Consistency over distance Irons: Dialing in distances to reach greens in two (often club down and end up about 10 yards shy) Wedges: Better play out of the sand. Don't end up there too often. But if I do, it's game over. Putter: Improved lag putting
  7. haha it is NOT. Really I am not an employee. I dont know how to prove it but I know the hybrids they offered for that deal are retailing for 100+ for sure and it really does make me excited to know other people are getting goods deals on golf stuff. Would have been selfish to not share in my opinion.
  8. yes thank you haha. I am not endorsed or even working for Rock Bottom. I just know its the one of the peak purchasing times for golfers and really know a lot of people would be happy with the deal. I am NOT the retailer to clarify. I am NOT the retailer whatsoever. And I am decently new here which is why I haven't posted much. I really was trying to share the great deal. I know individual clubs are typically 90+ dollars even for a great deal. I do wish I was the retailer though...could definitely use their benefits.
  9. Hi all, It really is the time of year to snag awesome deals and I frequently check one site specifically and came across a killer deal on hybrids. I'm a regular from the site and have received nothing but fantastic quality and service. If you're all looking for a heck of a deal ($50) on hybrids (Adams, Callaway, and Tour Edge), definitely check it out. This isn't some spam thing either. I've attached proof of purchase so you all know I'm not shady. There's an additional 20% off the purchase as well until noon tomorrow. Happy shopping....and if you purchase something...YOURE WELCOME. Head on over and take advantage if you're in the market:
  10. Turkey day is here! While we all enjoy quality time with family, friends, pets, food, or any combination of them, there are plenty of golf deals all around us today and in the month to come! Just wondering: What are some areas of your bag that you're hoping to upgrade, add to, or simply something to purchase in excess this holiday season? And what are some sites and stores you'll be keeping an extra eye on? Personally, I've been able to get a hold of a Wilson FG Wedge last week that went on a pre-black Friday sale and it was something I've been eyeing for awhile. On the same note, my father was able to buy a Nike Vapor Speed driver for only $100 from a fairly small website. Enjoy the day!!
  11. This is my second year really dedicating much more time and effort in playing. Last year I've played maybe 10 rounds while this year (April to November), I've played about 35 rounds of golf and its showing! my bank account too.
  12. I think in terms of spotlight, Beckham is the go-to favorite because he's got freakish hands and is quite the personality which really draws a lot of attention to himself. But if I were to be starting a franchise and were able to pick a WR to be my #1, I would absolutely choose Julio Jones. He is more of an athlete than Beckham or Brown. He is more physical than the others as well and still puts up higher numbers despite being the only passing threat on his team which teams can key in on. Beckham is incredibly explosive but less consistent and not as much of a physical player as Julio while Antonio Brown is very reliant on his QB play or else he simply is not a Top5 receiver.
  13. G'morning all! Its a chilly-ish morning here in Chicago which made me want to ask this to you all: where do you personally draw the line to play given the weather and conditions? I know many people who put away the clubs when it drops below 60 degrees and also know a few who will play until a foot of snow is on the ground (even then I'm sure they'll try to somehow). With the colder and wetter conditions and as winter begins to take over, do you all also continue your play/practice indoors at ranges or simulators? I personally do not play below about 40 degrees with a wind chill. It begins to feel more like an episode of survival than a round of golf but that's just me being weak. I'm also brand new to this site so I look forward to communicating with a lot of new people! Happy Sunday!
  14. This is a goal of mine for the coming season! I've begun to dedicate much more effort and time to practicing my game rather than just hitting it as hard as possible at the range like a few years ago. I am very confident in my short game putting and approach but what gets me is my driver. I am still able to squeeze out several pars with a sporadic birdie with the rest littered with double and single bogey's...and a triple or two. My key to breaking 80 will be hitting more conservative drives. I'm able to poke it out there with a 2 iron or fairway consistently but I get comfortable, go for my driver, and next thing you know I'm writing down an 8. I've been able to reach 84 this year with using my long irons and fairway off the tees, so adding about 20 to 40 yards with more consistent driver play and I'll be able to claim my first round in the 70's! It's awesome to look back at a few years ago where I was just beginning and shooting 100+. Fingers crossed and good luck, gentlemen.
  15. I recently saw this new also. In the Chicago suburbs, golf stores are a plenty with PGA superstore and other smaller local stores. It'll be interesting to see how much they're willing to dedicate to GolfGalaxy locations considering DICKS locations are essentially already ubiquitous around the area. DICKS already has such a solid selection from clubs to accessories that I find it hard to see many GolfGalaxy locations open up nearby.