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  1. Does anyone have any recent experience with any of the latest versions of electric push carts? I've heard horror stories about older models; batteries burning out or difficulties controlling them. But I'm thinking/wondering about the latest models, specifically the one's that don't cost over a $1000. The reason? I had an opportunity to play a round at Baltusrol at the end of last summer...a classy joint, as they say. It's a walking only course with caddies and I had a terrific time mostly. The caddies were great (2/foursome) and I couldn't believe how much energy I had at the end of the day. I could have played another 18. Usually at the end of an 18 hole walking round with a pushcart I'm ready for a nap so I'm theorizing that with an electric trolley, or whatever they're called, I wouldn't be so wiped out. Whatever happened with QOD? I thought there was going to be a TST review but when I do a Google search it looks like their website shut down. Any real life experiences/recommendations?
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    Walking Golfers?

    50/50. In league play during the week playing a "resort" course with condos and homes on it we're not allowed to walk and besides for many holes there are long, long distances between greens and tees, sometimes several hundred yards. On weekends at my local course I walk with a push cart. It's only during the walking rounds do I feel like I'm actually getting any exercise. Riding in a cart, getting out hitting the ball and sitting back down and onto the next shot....that's no exercise.
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    Why Don't More People Film Their Golf Rounds?

    If someone in my group was taking videos of their round and it slowed us down by even 2 minutes, I would be pretty pissed and the group(s) behind us would be even more pissed, the rangers would say something and they guy would be shamed into forgetting about the whole thing pretty quickly. I agree with David in FL. Rounds are slow enough as it is.
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    more speed from "laying down" ?

    Cupped wrist to flat wrist to bowed wrist? Hoo boy...that's a lot of stuff going on there in a couple of microseconds. Like I said, for this move you need an awful lot of innate ability that probably can't be taught. Or maybe it can be taught but to repeat it over and over again without over-cooking would be tough. I'm not saying it's wrong, just tough to actually pull off.
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    more speed from "laying down" ?

    I believe this "laying off" move is the same as "shallowing the club", both done at the transition from backswing to downswing. It's touted by several online instructors. Zach Allen comes to mind but there are others as well. I think it's one of those kind of moves where if you don't have the coordination/skill to do it just perfectly or the inability/desire to practice it for 8 hours/day you can easily overdo it with disastrous results.
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    The Match: Tiger vs. Phil Showdown for $9M

    This was a mess. I had no intention of ever paying the $20 having no interest and feeling it was more the golf equivalent of the WWE than real golf. Once I saw it was actually free on my tablet, I only watched a couple of holes here and there. I did manage to catch the 17th hole and the first playoff hole being busy with visiting grandchildren who were much, much more entertaining to watch than Tiger & Phil were. And once I saw the stupid setup for the playoff, I turned the whole thing off entirely, and forgot about it, not finding out who won until the middle of the next day (today.) TIger and Phil both looked like they knew that neither had their "A" games. Nor did they have their "B" or "C" games either for that matter so from a "quality golf" perspective, I think it was a bust but again, I didn't see much. The announcers were just plain annoying. They wouldn't shut up and let the broadcast breathe. And why was Samuel L. Jackson even there? Natalie Gulbis looked like she had a rough night, if you catch my drift. She looks less and less like eye candy every time I see her now. With Turner Broadcasting offering a refund now, it looks like if was bust for them too. All in all, Shells Wonderful World of Golf, with their one announcer, Gene Sarazen for color and maybe at the most a couple of film cameras covering each hole did a far superior job of conveying a golf match to a television audience than this disaster.
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    Excel Formula for handicaps

    IMAGolfer is not free. The demo is, the actual service isn't.
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    Excel Formula for handicaps

    It's not at all difficult to do in Excel assuming you're fairly proficient with it. The key is learning to use these formulas: ROW 21: IFERROR(SMALL(A1:A20,1),"") ROW 22: IFERROR(SMALL(A1:A20,2),"") etc. etc. ....where the underlined number changes to 3, 4, 5, up to 10 because you need to grab the 10 best rounds of the most recent 20 and assumes in the above that the the most recent 20 scores for the player are in rows 1-20 and the best 10 are in rows 21-30. You need a column for each player in the league. The handicap formula shown above in post #3 is correct. Complications arise if you play at more than one golf course, which would probably have different index and slope ratings in which case you would have to know how to use the VLOOKUP function to pick the correct index/slope for each course from an array. If you have lots of players in the league, like over 50, you would be better off using a database program like MS Access which is a lot more complicated to use than Excel. Good luck.
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    LPGA vs PGA Tour Player Swings

    I'm not sure this relates to the O.P's question, but I'll opine anyway. I've always believed that the "average" male would be well advised to study LPGA golfers from both a technical swing standpoint as well as golf course management. I have found myself in the past with a nearly ruined golf swing after watching a men's tournament live in person. They just generate so much more clubhead speed and impact the ball so differently than I do that when I try to emulate what they do it pretty much wrecks things for me for several weeks until I can get what I've seen out of my head. On the other hand, the ladies generate just about the same clubhead speed as I do, impact the ball kind of like I do, albeit a lot more consistently, and play on golf courses just about the same length as I do therefore by watching them carefully and studying how they maneuver themselves around the course, I have found that it really helps my game. And not to be a M.C.P., but they're also a lot prettier than the men with much better legs!
  10. Yeah, Crystal Springs has them too and yeah, they're definitely dumb. One of the golf pros told me the secret to Crystal Springs is to put away the driver on most of the holes and play "position golf". Unlike Cascades though I sort of like Crystal Springs but it took me awhile to feel that way. Wild Turkey, another course that's part of the Crystal Springs complex, was designed by the same architect as Cascades (Roger Rulewich) but unlike Cascades good shots get rewarded. And Ballyowen, another Rulewich course, is consistently rated one of the top public golf courses in the country. My definition of "quirky" includes any golf course that requires a lot of local knowledge in order to avoid hidden hazards or landing areas that knock a well hit shot sideways into trouble.
  11. Cascades in northern NJ. 9 holes of blind tee shots, moguls and mounds that serve no useful purpose other than to shuffle straight as an arrow tee shots off sideways into the rough. Every green has two holes, a regulation size one and another the size of a dinner plate. Add the foot golf platter to the mix and there are three flags that you're staring at on every hole and you really have to pay attention that you're aiming for the correct one.
  12. Given that every golf club pro shop I've ever been in only offers their stuff at pure retail list price, and not a penny less, I would wait until an end of season inventory clean out sale, which they're bound to have, because only a nut would pay the prices they usually sell things at. So they will have a ton of this year's merchandise, clubs, balls, clothing...everything, that they'll need to get rid of in order to to make room for next year's stuff. Your patience will be rewarded. My club's pro shop just had a Columbus day inventory blow-out sale with clubs & balls at 30% to 40% off list and shirts, shorts and pants up to 70% off. They usually have another one just after the holiday shopping season, but by then a lot of the good stuff is gone.
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    2018 Tour Championship - FedExCup Finale

    Excuse me for not reading all 15 pages (so far) of this thread but I agree with those previously who have said the Fed Ex cup is a joke. I have never been so confused watching a golf tournament as I was watching this year's broadcast, especially Sunday's with one of the announcers showing the chart saying if this guy finishes here and that guy finishes there than Tiger wins and if someone else does this and someone else does that then someone else wins. Jeez, it was a mess, that's what it was. IMO - the combo contest took something away from both. I'm glad Tiger finally won a tournament but at the same time I felt bad for Rose who literally apologized for winning and in effect was saying, "Sorry folks, but gimme my 10 million dollars and this big trophy over here I'll get out of the way."
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    USGA/R&A Finalize 2019 Rules of Golf

    A furious debate has recently arisen among members of my league regarding the stroke & distance rule replacement for next year, specifically the part relating to lost balls, and even more specifically, balls lost in the rough. The argument has been, if a ball is underwater in a lake, or in any other hazard (red or yellow stakes) it’s a one stroke penalty but if it has just disappeared in the rough and hasn’t been stumbled over, it’s two strokes? This is the part that’s meeting with strong resistance. As one long-time member said, “the original ball is equally unplayable so why then should there be unequal penalties?” There's a certain logic to that argument. We also have some “native grass areas” that the golf club doesn’t want people traipsing through and so those are considered hazards, so it’s a one stroke penalty for balls hit there but balls just off the fairway that can’t be located incur a worse penalty? That’s a hard thing to explain and satisfactorily justify. At this time, I’m not certain how this is all going to shake out. There is one group who wants to make their own set of "local rules" and then there are some of us who post scores for handicapping purposes and want them to be legit.
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    Forum Profile Handicap Indices....

    I used to have an "official" handicap, GHIN card and everything, but at some point, maybe within the last couple of years, I actually looked up the formula for calculating it. Once I saw how it was done, I said to myself, "that's it? I can do that myself", and so I do using an excel spreadsheet, saving 40 bucks in the process. To me, the only reason for having a GHIN handicap card is if you're playing someone you don't know for money and I don't play with people I don't know for money. I do play in a league for money but for that the handicaps are calculated by the golf club using a formula that differs from the official formula in that it gives more weight to the more recent league rounds on some sort of a sliding scale, so it's different than my "real" handicap. The one listed in my profile is the correct handicap and relatively current. If it goes up or down by a couple of 10ths I don't bother changing it. Maybe by the end of the current season I'll update it.

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