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  1. I’ve often had the thought if the average golfer doesn’t have the connections to get a tee time at any one of the courses on a “Best Of” list, and the list I’m thinking about at the moment is the Top 100 list just recently released by Golf Magazine, should it even be on the list? Pine Valley (#1) is the perfect example. I don’t know anyone who’s a member at Pine Valley so I doubt I’ll ever have the opportunity to play it so from my perspective Pine Valley doesn’t exist in my universe. At the other end of the spectrum are Pebble Beach and the Old Course at St. Andrews. Both are accessible to anyone who has the long range planning skills, the wherewithal to travel there and the ability to pay the green fees. They definitely belong and both are on my bucket list. Maybe I’m just imagining it, but the members of Pine Valley are probably very happy and proud that their golf course is perennially listed as the best golf course in the world but would be very, very upset if it were left off. (Or maybe they don't care either way.) But shouldn’t any golf course that is so elitist, one that makes membership so difficult and discourages non-members who are not visiting professionals from even thinking about playing there, be on anyone’s top 100? I'm only singling out Pine Valley as an example. There are many other such courses on the list. I’m all for a top 100 list of golf courses anyone can play.
  2. I’ve been fortunate to have some access to a simulator and a Trackman recently and have been looking at my numbers – mostly trying different swing techniques and feels in order to improve lag, reduce the angle of attack on the ball and just create a more efficient swing. And I’m a bit perplexed. For one thing I’ve discovered my numbers are pretty close to LPGA tour players (which oddly doesn’t make me feel all that terrible, considering I'm 70 and they're not) at least as far as clubhead and ball speed goes but it’s the attack and launch angles where I’m falling short. Frankly, I would be thrilled beyond belief if I could hit the ball like the LPGA ladies. My 7-iron has a loft of 30.5° so with a launch angle of 23.6 doesn’t that mean that I’m getting at least some lag? If so, how is it my attack angle is zero? And they get greater ball speed with a slower swing speed. So all-in-all I’m a bit puzzled by the numbers. With Trackman there are tons of numbers to look at and I’m wondering if I should focus on some others. Any Trackman experts out there?
  3. I get the Golf Channel and the show is available anytime I want "On Demand".
  4. After seeing this thread I watched several episodes on demand. The first couple, Gankas and the Mike Adams one, as Iacas said, blew through so many ideas, feels, drills and things to try that I started to get lost and a little confused as there are only a limited number of things I can think about (like maybe one?) on a single golf swing. I liked the Jorge' Parada one, the guy at Liberty National, and the idea of putting bubble wrap under your right armpit and trying to get them to pop on the downswing. So the golf drill with Como hitting with a headcover under his left armpit the bubble wrap under the right with "The Hanger" attached to his grip looked silly - so I'll definitely try that one. I'll surf through some of the other episodes as well. Thanks to the OP for the thread. I have yet to understand the purpose of the existence of Blair O'Neal on the Golf Channel, other than the obvious. I like looking at good looking women with nice bods just as much as anyone else but she's just a useless distraction. I'm glad she's not on this particular show. (She's probably pouting because she's not.)
  5. I've tested both the M5 and M6 up against my current TM Tour Burner in the simulator. There wasn't a bit of difference, either distance or dispersion, between the M5 and M6 so if I were buying, which I'm not, I'd go with the M6 because there are fewer adjustments and it's $50 cheaper. Also, I just don't like a driver where one can change too many settings because I'd be tempted to fiddle with it. However, since both the M5 and M6 were only 5 yards longer, on the average, compared with my current driver, I decided that it's not worth it to pay $500 for 5 yards.
  6. First off, go to Golf Galaxy. They always have a collection of used putters that people have traded in. My local GG has a used, but pristine, Scotty Cameron Newport for $80 that I've tried and liked a lot. (It was, and maybe still isTiger Wood's blade of choice - I don't know about now.). It's current retail price for a new one is $400. You can save a lot of $$ buying someone else's cast-off. But as said by others, putters are a "feel" thing. What's great for me might be terrible for you - or visa versa. As indicated by my signature, I'm currently flip-flopping between a Taylor Made Juno blade and an Odyssey White Hot mallet.Neither are any damn good, but more than likely it's probably operator error.
  7. "The Japanese eat, sleep and breathe golf; the only thing they don't do is actually play it because to get on a course you have to make a reservation roughly 137 years in advance, which means that by the time you actually get to the first tee you are deceased. Of course, in golf this is not really a handicap." Dave Barry
  8. I've seen fake irons of pretty much all the manufacturers, including Titleist, Callaway, Taylor Made and Mizuno. About half the owners of these clubs were totally unaware. They just thought they got a really, really good deal from some Ebay dealer, were initially reluctant to believe the truth and then totally pissed off when they realized they got thoroughly screwed. Even more disheartening, and leading one to believe the human race is doomed, just as many people knew what they had bought were counterfeit and couldn't care less. My own opinion on the matter of counterfeit stuff in general is I just don't buy anything at all off of Ebay, no matter what the product is.
  9. Be very, very suspicious of anyone / anyplace that will start substituting shafts on you to the extent that you get confused. There are so many options available if you don't have your head screwed on straight you will start to get confused. The golf club manufacturers keep a tight reign on the prices their dealers can charge for clubs. Not so for the shafts so some places, like the Club Champion / Golftec type of places, will be eager to replace the stock shafts available with something more exotic and will manipulate the fitting to convince you that you need a $400 Diamana rather than one of the shafts the manufacturer will supply on special order. I have a friend who was quoted over $4000 for a set of 8 Wilson Staff irons because the fitter, one of the ones mentioned above, started substituting shafts on him. When he showed me the quote I told him he was nuts, pointed him to a local golf store I knew which sold him the same set with quality graphite shafts for $2500 less. He'll know better next time when he's ready to buy a driver. Before you go for the fitting, search the manufacturer's website. They will show what shafts they can provide with their heads along with the up-charges, if any, for each and remember - Caveat emptor.
  10. I didn't think to post this in the Destinations and Travel section since I'm not looking for a golfing vacation. (But if that's where it should be then please move it.) What I am looking for are recommendations from folks who have gone to one of the two or three day golf schools that take place in Florida since I'm thinking of doing this at some point this winter. I looked at the Jim McLean website because I downloaded his "Eight Step" video and think it's pretty good but his 3-day school is rather pricey, considering you don't actually get Jim McLean, you get instead one of his "Master" instructors. So I'm wondering if there some that might be better than others, quality/depth of the instruction received, "class" size, etc. If anyone has gone to one of schools in Florida and had a positive experience, I'd appreciate some recommendations.
  11. Slightly off topic, but I find there two kinds of golf balls. There are some balls that just refuse to be retired. These guys, no matter how bad a shot I hit, will smack a tree or two, bounce off the cart path and rebound onto the fairway. Or they'll take two or three skips off a pond and end up on the edge in the grass. This will happen multiple times to the same ball! It's like they just don't want to die. I recently had a well used ball clank off a foot bridge that crossed a drainage ditch and ricochet into the side of an oak, rebound onto a cart path and ended up in the short rough from which I hit a nice 8-iron 3' from the hole and made the putt for a birdie. I grow attached to these kinds of balls and generally reward them by continuing to play them, sometimes as many as 36 holes or more, until they're just so scuffed and beat up that I can hear them whistle off the tee, at which point they'll go into a side pocket of my bag and end up in the bucket of practice balls in my garage...what I like to think of as a comfortable retirement home for golf balls. Then...there are the other kind of balls, usually brand new, that head off of to parts unknown on the first tee, never to be seen again.
  12. Not to belittle the device, since I've seen several different videos on it from several different online instructors and it appears it might be useful, but personally, I'm done with gizmos. I've got the Impact Snap, the Medicus, an impact bag and I've bought and returned for refund two or three others which at the time I bought them, were touted to be the latest and greatest training aid known to man. I know what to do. I know what the golf swing is supposed to feel like, but unless I can translate the golf swing from gizmo assisted to the golf course which takes, at least for me, lots and lots of repetitive practice, no piece of apparatus is going to help. YMMV.
  13. A lot of people forget this basic fact: A handicap is designed to reflect a golfer's potential and not necessarily what they actually are. It does this by disregarding a player's higher scores until the number of those higher scores become a preponderance of the past twenty rounds and creep into their list of the best 10 rounds which are averaged, and then reduced by 4%. I'm a statistics keeper for my local nine-hole golf league and often have to explain this to people who complain about their handicap not going up after they've had a particularly abysmal round. Most have a hard time getting it and walk away muttering to themselves. There are folks who want to cheat and post their lousy rounds into the GHIN system while excluding their good ones so that their handicaps are artificially inflated. Those are the people you want to avoid if you're playing a money game. Then there are guys who want their egos inflated (and not their scores) and so post the good scores and forget about the bad ones. Then they can look themselves up online and get a charge out of seeing their 7.2 or whatever next to their name. Bottom line, the system isn't perfect but it's pretty good and hopefully will get better with the new World Handicap System coming in 2020. So don't get hung up on what your or anyone else's handicap is. Just play the game and have fun.
  14. I was talking with our local golf course manager the other day about the lack of sand and maintenance of bunkers on our course and he told me that the cost per square foot to maintain a bunker is now almost the same cost to maintain a green. They have to be edged and raked, bunker faces need to be packed and sand needs to be added because it gets washed away over time through normal erosion. Furthermore, unless you're playing at a high end country club where dues can simply go up and the membership has to pay (and can afford to) in order to maintain conditions to the highest standard possible, declining conditions of bunkers is going to become more prevalent at most golf courses. He cited an example where a particular deep bunker on our course had new sand added to a depth of 4", the faces were packed and the edges were trimmed. It took 4 men all day plus the cost of the sand which isn't the everyday stuff that you can get at any local quarry. That night there was a thunderstorm and downpour and the next morning that very same bunker was completely washed out, wasting the 32 man-hours that could have been used to maintain other areas of the golf course. The summation of the conversation is as follows: Golf courses around the country have had their maintenance budgets cut, from an average of 50% of their gross profit to 30%. Most of their budget is spent on labor so there are fewer on staff to do the work and so they are focusing on higher priority areas of the golf course. On our course we have all pretty much adapted the lift, rake and replace procedure for those balls that are in bunkers that are in poor condition.
  15. My basic question is this: Should a handicap system for a league where individual stroke play is in effect differ from the GHIN system or the pending World Handicap System? As the statistician/record keeper for our local 9-hole weekly after work golf league I hear a lot of griping from various individuals complaining about their handicap. IE: “I’ve been playing lousy the last few weeks so why isn’t my handicap going up?” We use the current USGA formula for deriving them so I try to explain that a handicap is supposed to represent your potential, not what your average score is and one or two bad rounds aren't going to have much effect. Some people are then OK with it while some aren’t. Others offer suggestions like “Why don’t you just take the most recent 10 scores, throw out the two worst and the two best and average the rest?” To my way of thinking that sort of method leaves the system open to sandbagging which is something that definitely needs to be avoided but regardless, has started me thinking about alternative systems. Prior to my “volunteering” to do this our golf club did the handicapping using some sort of commercial golf league software package and when I asked what formula was used all I got was a shrug of the shoulders and the non-explanation that it was “whatever the computer said it was.” For that and other reasons we took it over ourselves. Now with a change to the entire world handicapping system targeted for next year I’m wondering what effect the formula change would have. From what I can tell, averaging the best 8 of the most recent 20 differentials (score-course index X 113/slope) rather than the best 10 X .96 will make one’s handicap more resistant to upward movement and less resistant to downward movement which means the bitching about it is only going to get worse. My inclination is to just average the best 10 of the most recent 20 rounds and eliminate the .96 multiplier since that part of the formula has always been a difficult thing to explain but I’m open to suggestions. Again, this is just for our league. Scores outside of league play are not considered in any of our calculations.
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