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  1. xrayvizhen

    2018 Masters Tournament Discussion Topic

    I was reflecting on this year's tournament and was thinking that something was missing from the audio of the broadcasts. I couldn't exactly pinpoint what it was, and then all of a sudden it hit me. I did not hear anyone from the gallery (yeah, that's right, the gallery, - I HATE the term "Patrons") yelling "Baba Booey", "You da Man" and "Dilly-Dilly". And then, I recently read a post from somewhere that there is actually a printed list of prohibited words or phrases that's handed out to the various marshals and security personnel that if heard, will get anyone ejected from the grounds! To that I say a hearty, "Hear-Hear"! So, as much as I dislike the overall prissyness and pretentiousness of the club, the total lack of bees swarming around the blooming flowers, or geese in the ponds (or geese crap on the fairways), the only bird sounds heard being artificial, and the fact that as Don Imus used to say, that the whole place has enough chemicals poured on it to have contaminated the ground water for miles around, I applaud the powers that be of Augusta National. I now think that the marshals at all golf tournaments should be weaponized and anyone shouting any of those three phrases in particular can and should be shot! As an aside, I heard Tiger Woods refer to the end location of a wayward shot when talking to an interviewer as, "the gallery". I thought the lady from CBS conducting the interview was going to have a nervous breakdown.
  2. So what exactly are they having you do in these lessons? Are they showing you the video of your bad swing and saying, "don't do that" or are there specific drills they're giving you? Just you telling us "my swing is sooo bad" isn't really accomplishing anything.
  3. I have both. I have an older pair of Truelinks ("Plus" model) and Adidas Traxion 360. The True's were comfortable for a season, but as the rubber nubs wore down, the cushioning disappeared and I can now feel every rock or pebble I step on. (They also sort of look like clown shoes.) The Adidas are pretty good and the 2nd most comfortable pair of spiked shoes I've worn. The absolutely most comfortable spiked golf shoes I've ever had are from Bite, a company that's sadly no longer in business. I still wear them occasionally, but they're falling apart from the inside out. As a sucker for a good advertising campaign, I may try the Skechers at some point. After all, Kuchar wouldn't lie, would he?
  4. I'll be interested in hearing further from you as to the solution and/or drill(s) your Golftec instructor gives you for your casting issue. Over the winter I had three Golftec lessons specifically for just that. I won't say now what the drills were, but suffice it to say I was forewarned that there would be no quick fix which has turned out to be true. I'm curious if the drills you get are similar to the ones I was given, or not.
  5. This is interesting to think about. Immediately after the round, I think and probably dwell too much on the bad shots and/or the stupid decisions that cost strokes. But then, soon after, it's gone...over and done with and forgotten about. However the good shots stay with me a long, long time and the really good ones, forever. I still remember some shots from when I was on my high school golf team, and that was 50 years ago. Like the 3W from the edge of the fairway on a par 5 through a gap in the trees onto the green. That shot still brings a smile.
  6. This will probably sound funny but I don't think he has a design philosophy. He's not an architect, he was a player and I don't think being the latter qualifies you to be the former. I just recently played the "Pines" a muni in Pompano Beach, FL which, about 4 years ago, is supposedly the first public course in the country that he rebuilt/redesigned. According to the locals who I played with he was paid a small amount of money, something like $350K and he messed around with the first three holes, making a par 5 a 4, a 4 a 5 and relocated a par 3 then just cleaned up the rough on the rest of the course and knocked down some trees to speed up pace of play and that was that. For the money the city of Pompano Beach also gets to plaster shark logos all over the place, advertise themselves as a "Greg Norman" course and charge 20 bucks extra per round compared with the other course at the same location. I last played there about 10 years ago and frankly, other than the first three holes I couldn't tell the difference between then and now and if the locals hadn't told me about the those first three holes, I probably wouldn't have noticed any difference at all.
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    15 clubs in my bag

    Unless you're a really long hitter, I see no reason to carry so many wedges. Standard loft PW & SW serve me well. There are a lot of different kinds of shots that can be pulled off with just these two clubs. Learn to manipulate the trajectory and spin of any shot by the location of the ball in the stance. Learn to hit a flop shot. Learn the distances you can hit with half, 3/4 and full swings of each club. I also agree you have duplicated distances with some of your hybrids and long irons so you're just going to have to go to the range and learn how far you hit each club, then depending on course and conditions on any given day, you can swap clubs appropriately. Then again, if you're not playing in any tournaments, leagues or matches, no one cares how many clubs you have.
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    Taking A Break - A Form of Practice?

    Totally agree. Last year, my best round of the season came one round after my worst, with a two week break in between. Whatever bad habit(s) I had fallen into before that apparently got flushed out of my system and with muscle memory being what it is for us recreational golfers who don't have the same combination of strength, coordination and fine muscle control as do the pros, laying down the clubs for a week or two can do wonders as opposed to going to the range day after day, flailing away repeating the same mistakes over and over. At least, that's the way it is with me. Others may need to get to the range to work on whatever's ailing them. I'll do that too but more often than not, giving the body a rest helps my game more than it hurts.
  9. I bought a Datrek DG Lite II cart bag. It has 15 full length dividers. (Oh what to do with the extra slot!?) I usually walk with a push cart and occasionally will use a riding cart so I didn't mention in my original post that I was only interested in cart bags, being only concerned about the fabric dividers bunching up and causing binding. That being said, I took it to Florida on my recent trip and it survived the airline handling and 4 rounds of golf and seems well put together, considering it's so light, only a hair over 4 lbs. There was no binding of the clubs but the best thing about it is the insulated cooler pocket which is large enough for my water bottle and kept the water icy cold. The pockets and zippers seem pretty robust for now but only time will tell. If it's still in one piece in five years, I'll be satisfied.
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    Just Type Out the Curse Word

    Well, it’s god damn time a public forum website became enlightened. Congratulations! Just to be clear though, not that I ever would, but if someone wants to use the “f” word does it automatically get edited with * or is it up to the moderator? It’s funny. One of my other nutty hobbies is O-Gauge model railroading and the old guys on that forum are so prissy, you can’t even type “#%*!@#” or else you get a scolding and the post is deleted.
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    Costco Kirkland Ball

    I'm one of those cynics who think that at our level, with the swing speeds being what they are, in a blind "taste test" of golf balls were there such a thing, we (or at least I) wouldn't be able to tell the difference between a Pro V1, the original Kirlkand, or just about any other premium or mid-level ball on the market today. My swing isn't exactly Iron Byron. My son bought a few boxes of the original 4 piece Kirkland balls at Costco last year and gave me a dozen. I still I have 3 sleeves left and IMHO it's a ball pretty much like any other ball. I couldn't tell the difference. Then again, I have a hard time telling the difference between a Pro V1 a DT, Pinnacle or you name it. If I hit it well, it will go where I aim it at or around the distance it's supposed to go. If I hit it crappy, it won't. I'm also one of those guys if I'm standing on the tee addressing my ball and I look down at the logo, I don't see "Pro V1", I see $4.00, blinking in flashing red and yellow lights which doesn't help the situation one iota.
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    Worldwide Golf Handicap System to Debut in 2020

    This won’t accomplish anything. Unless you like to gamble, or even make a friendly wager with your buddies or play in a league a handicap is unnecessary and will do nothing to grow the game. The course where I play in a league does their own handicap calculations not paying any attention at all to the GHIN system or even taking into consideration scores outside of league play. I'm not even sure they use the same math formula. I recalculated what my handicap index would be using the new method and it went down by 2/10ths of a stroke. Big deal…how’s that going to impact anything? The other thing with making it more equitable by taking into consideration daily (or hourly?) adjustments for conditions, while it sounds good, it will, when all is said and done, be unworkable. First of all I’m guessing someone will set the daily slope number adjustment which will get posted. Who’s going to do that, the lady at the cash register or the retired old guy working as a part-time ranger? Many public courses no longer have pros in residence. At the county course I play at on weekends, there’s one pro for 4 widely scattered venues. What’s he going to do, drive a hundred miles daily to sniff the weather, read the winds and issue a slope decree? Then what happens if the weather changes, like a storm comes up and then blows through? It’s a nice idea but won’t be feasible in the long run. If they want to grow the game make it cost less. Period.
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    South Florida

    I just returned from my Southeast Florida golfing “spring training” and thought I would give some course mini-reviews for those who might be interested in the Broward or Palm Beach area. The week was intended to be somewhat frugal in that I definitely was not looking for a golf resort experience. Rather, it was strictly to see if some of the swing changes I had been working on over the winter (ref. my thread in the My Swings forum) had taken effect therefore I didn’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on greens fees if I was going to be spraying the ball all over the place. So I picked out a hotel in Deerfield Beach, and played two rounds at Delray Beach GC (thanks Iacas for the recommendation) a round at each of Pompano Beach’s courses and one round at Deer Creek. Pompano Beach has two 18 hole public courses right next door to Pompano Beach Air Park, home of the Goodyear Blimp, and one of the courses, the “Pines”, within the past 4 years, has been redesigned and rebuilt by Greg Norman’s company. (There are shark logos all over the place.) I last played there over 12 years ago, and the only main difference that I could remember between then and now was several of the opening holes were completely rebuilt with new greens, bunkers, land sculpting and layout. A lot of ugly looking scrub vegetation all over the course was removed, fairway’s completely reseeded and the rough was cleaned up to speed up play, and make it possible to find balls that don’t land in the fairway, which wasn't the case a lot of the time back then. This course is much better maintained than the “Palms”, the other layout there, with fairways in good, but not great condition. Unfortunately, the greens were a mess caused, I was told, by a sprinkler system problem that’s been going on for the past month. If Greg were to pop in to see what’s happened to what is advertised as “The first Greg Norman designed municipal course in the country”, I don’t think he would be pleased, but what has happened to Pompano’s other course, the “Palms”, is a disaster. There are burnt out fairways and an infestation of weeds or some kind of weird grass on both fairways and greens, and from appearances, whatever money both courses are generating for the city all of it is going to the Greg Norman course, which is a shame, because both have some interesting and challenging holes. The cost to play the Palms is $34/$45 (walk/ride) and is not worth it with conditions as bad as they are. The Norman course, is $65 (ride only) and would be a bargain if they fixed their sprinkler system and paid a bit more attention to a modicum of basic maintenance. Thirteen miles north on I-95 is Delray Beach’s muni, designed by Donald Ross in 1923. Whether or not Ross designed all of the holes is a bit murky as it was a 9 hole course originally and then expanded to 18, with I suppose some re-routing, in 1950. Ross died in 1948, so if he was consulted before then, who knows. In any case, comparing conditions between Pompano Beach’s muni’s and Delray’s is like night and day. At Delray the holes and fairways are in excellent condition. The rough has been left on its’ own to either grow or not grow, and in most cases it’s the latter. It’s relatively easy to tell which holes are part of the original Ross design with huge traps, greens in the shape of a saddle or a turned-over dinner plate, and a requirement to stop and think about where and how you want to hit your shot before you pull a club out of your bag. It costs $52 to play whether you walk or ride but the rate drops significantly after 2pm. I enjoyed myself so much I played there twice. Finally, I splurged and paid $105 to play at Deer Creek, a pretty classy joint. Typical country-club conditions (with condos – I don’t like golf courses with condos lining the fairways) with a fancy-shmancy clubhouse, pristine fairways and greens, very tough Bermuda rough and a practice range with real grass. The course is typical Florida with lots of sand and water. Unlike Delray though, there aren’t any particularly memorable holes which is telling, I guess. How did I play? Inconsistent as usual, shooting between a high of 83 on day one to a low of 78 mid-week. My index just ticked up 2/10ths. IE: On one day, I went from an Eagle 3 on a par 5 to a double bogey on the very next hole. I’m having a hard time dialing in the yardages with my new irons and had several pull hooks and a few chunks thrown in. I drove the ball real well though and my short game and putting were great, even on the crappy greens. Not helping things was the wind every day coming in off the ocean between 20-25 knots. I took some videos that I’ll eventually edit and post on the My Swing thread. One final thing I’d like to say, and I don’t know if this is true for all of Florida or just this area, but these folks really motor along when it comes to pace of play. 4 hour rounds were typical, and a couple of crotchety 80 year-olds, who I was paired up with on one day, even complained about that. On my last day I had a late afternoon flight scheduled so I lucked into a 7:30 Tee Time at Delray and was done by 11:15. 3 hours, 45 minutes!!. I was able to eat lunch at the grill, get back to my hotel, shower, pack, check out and get to the airport with time to spare. I don’t know how I’m ever going to be able to put up with 4 1/2 hour rounds ever again.

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