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  1. I find myself in a bit of a conundrum. As you see from my equipment listing my driver is 11 years old. I bought it used 4 years ago at Golbalgolf.com for 30 bucks...a pretty good deal, I'd say. I had a Tour Burner 3W and killed it so I thought, wouldn't it be a good idea to get a matching driver? That turned out to be a really good idea. Through fate or kismet or whatever, it happened to come with a Mitsubishi Diamana Blueboard 63g shaft which, upon doing some internet research, I found to be fairly pricey. When I was getting fit for new irons two years ago the fitter tested my driver as well, hoping, I suppose, to get me to buy a new one but as it happened after a bit measuring and twanging with several different devices he said the length, swing weight, frequency and whatever else fitters consider important matched my swing perfectly. He also told me that the shaft was "very high end." And so I've continued to play with this driver and and I do happen to hit it very well. So now I think I might want to upgrade to a current technology driver. I've brought my current one into the hitting bays at a couple of different golf stores and and made a direct comparison with the latest and greatest from Callaway & Taylor Made and found I could pick up about 10 yards; that's with the stock shafts that come with each at the golf stores. So I'm wondering: Would it make sense, indeed, would it even be possible to remove the shaft from my current driver and use it with whatever new driver head I decide on? How would I be able to test my current shaft with any of the leading contenders of driver heads? (I'm thinking Callaway Epic Flash or TM M-6) Should I just forget the whole idea and as long as I'm hitting the current 11 year-old driver well, continue to use it and be happy with the good results I'm currently experiencing? I should probably mention...I'm 70 years old and realize that I'm not going to be getting any longer or better than I am now. Or should age not even be a consideration? Like anyone getting older, I've lost distance over the years and if technology can help me regain some of it, that would be a good thing.
  2. As the O.P., I’ll just summarize my recent experience .While I could afford it, and could very, very definitely get used to it, the country club life isn’t for me. When you come down to it, it’s about money. The club I was invited to, Eagle Oaks in Farmingdale, NJ, is magnificent. The golf course itself, designed by Jack Nicklaus and Johnny Miller, is impeccably manicured with precisely outlined greens, fringes, bunkers, fairways and two cuts of rough. There are no grass dead spots anywhere, no soggy drainage depressions in the middle of the fairways, or scum in the water hazards. The pace of play was unreal…18 holes in 3 ½ hours - mid-week. We never saw another soul on the golf course until we caught up with a group of ladies, who had teed off a half hour ahead of us, on the 16th hole. And there were no assholes anywhere. No slobs with their golf caps on backwards swilling beer, playing loud music and being obnoxious. (Like I experienced yesterday at my county course.) As far as the other amenities; the large practice tees have real grass and there’s a newly completed learning center as well. The clubhouse is also unreal, with a grill room you could die for, a steak house and wine cellar. The locker room? Forget about just changing your shoes, you could live in it comfortably. Money-wise, all of this costs what I consider to be a reasonable initiation fee plus the monthly dues, food and beverage fees, but only when compared with the other top clubs in my area. I’ve concluded it’s not for me because I put a lot of stock in being able to play many different golf courses, and this club had just the one 18 hole links. Knowing me, if I was a member, I would try to get the most bang for my buck by playing that same one course over and over again, which would eventually drive me nuts. Sure, I could go to other places, but then I would have to pay extra, kind of defeating the purpose. I figured I play about 50 rounds of golf a year. Divide that by the amortized initiation fee, add to that the monthly costs and fiscally, as someone else said. It just wouldn’t make sense. Would I play more than 50 rounds a year though if I were a member? Most definitely. Would I be able to play enough to cost justify? Probably not. Finally, this particular club is just too far from my home, over an hour. I would need to find one much closer. So I really see the benefits of the country club, and there are many, but in the long run, I think I’ll be happier in my current situation; a mix of the county 36-hole course, which at one time was listed in Golf Digest’s top 100 public courses, the two other golf courses the county operates and the five resort courses. I’ll keep thinking about it though.
  3. Funny correlation...frat type = golf club type. I wouldn't have thought of that but as a matter of fact I did pledge a fraternity in college, got into a knock-down drag out fist fight with the nazi-like pledge master, broke his nose and quit. I guess I'm NOT the country club type. And lately I've been driving to the course wearing my golf shoes. I've been invited to play at another local club next week as a guest of a member. They're apparently trying to recruit new blood so I'll scope it out and see if it feels right for me.
  4. This is an odd topic, granted, but one I’ve been curious about both for my own edification and curiosity. The basic upshot is this; I’ve been thinking of joining a private golf club, but I’m hesitant, not necessarily over the cost, although that is a consideration, but whether or not I would be happy in the club environment. In short, I can afford it but I do like to get my money’s worth. I’ve played at a number of private golf clubs over the years, either as a guest of a member or as part of an organized charitable outing and I’ve always been impressed with the club environment. In the area where I live the list of hoity-toity clubs where I’ve played is extensive, including Baltusrol & Canoe Brook, which are considered top shelf but not one of the ones that I would consider because of A: The up-front initiation costs for each running into 6 figures, and B – You need an introduction from, in the case of Baltusrol at least, eight members. (I only know one). I have been considering some of the lesser well-known but still classy places that don’t have the same initiation or annual costs as those first two. I like the idea of “the club”, a place to go and hang out, swim in the pool, work out in the exercise room, eat in the restaurant or grill room and play golf. The course maintenance I’ve experienced has been usually (but not always) impeccable. In addition, the locker rooms are nice, clean and comfy, the showers have no mold or mildew and you don’t have to change your shoes in the car. The big negative to me is you only play the same 18 holes (or in some cases 36) over and over and over again. To me, I think that would get really, really boring. Currently I play at a “resort” type complex that has four 18-hole championship courses, two of them fairly highly rated, plus one 9-hole course. I’m also registered in my county that has four more very nice places to play, all of which are managed by Billy Casper Golf. I consider all of these courses, both the resort and the county, at being more or less equal in their level of maintenance. They’re good when the climate is good. When it rains not enough or, like over the past couple of seasons, too much, things get dicey…they don’t drain well and some fairways have actually been lost due to mold or fungus and have had to be reseeded. And yes, at all these places I do change my shoes in the car. Also, they all have computerized reservation systems so getting a convenient tee-time for whenever I want to play is easy. The big plus to me is I get to experience a very wide variety of golf course styles and architecture which I enjoy a great deal. I’m well off financially but not a “hoity-toity” type of guy by any means. I’m not a big socializer, I don’t need to make business contacts or impress clients, I don’t need a club house where I can smoke cigars and play cards but changing shoes in my car does kind of bug me. Also, my wife does not play golf and my kids are all grown and out of the house with families of their own. It’s just me. So in conclusion, I’d like to open this up. For those who are members of a golf club, why are you a member, does it meet your personal, family or social needs, are you OK with playing on the same course repeatedly and most importantly, are you getting what you’re paying for? For those who, like me, are playing at places where you don’t need to be invited in order to get on the course, are you happy/satisfied, can deal with the whole shoes/car thing, OK with the quality of the golf course, the 4 ½ hour rounds on weekends, etc., etc.?
  5. You're getting some good advise in this thread. I'll only state, based on my own experience, I find that when I break 80 my short game is good which helps my putting. And by "good" I mean my distance control from 100 yards in is spot on and my chips and pitch shots from just off the green get me fairly close to the pin as well. When I'm over 80 my short game has gone south and my putting & chipping along with it. They seem to go hand in hand. Now having said all that, there are days when everything just sucks, but that's golf. When that happens I actually find that taking a week off helps meaning I don't even attempt to pick up a club. This is probably because whatever bad habit(s) I've gotten into seem to vaporize. YMMV but that's the deal with me.
  6. HH has never been one to think first, then talk, but I did hear his comment on the radio when he first said what he said and felt he was taking aim more at the state of American female golfers rather than being racist. Given the population disparity between the US and South Korea, he believes American female golfers should be doing better than they're doing but what we're usually seeing on the LPGA leader boards week after week seems to indicate that the South Korean ladies are working harder and are more dedicated than their American counterparts. I think that's what he meant and he probably thinks that the LPGA should be doing more to develop young American female golfers but again, he didn't take 30 seconds to put together a coherent thought.
  7. IMO -- whether it's a stand bag or a cart bag the whole point of dividers is lost if the partitions don't go all the way down to the bottom. This is especially true if you want one compartment for each club which should theoretically keep the grips and shafts from rubbing against each other. I've seen bags with any number of sections, from 3 all the way up to 15 but a lot of bags only have separation in the top few inches.
  8. It's not the app, it's the phone. Most phones that I've looked at record at no more 60 fps and for good slow motion recording of a golf swing, you need 120 fps or greater. Some of the newer Android phones I've looked at have a 960 fps function, but only in short 4/10th second bursts, which makes it nearly impossible to use for our purposes meaning, guaranteeing that you get a frame where the club head impacts the ball. With the way phones are priced these days I'm not going to pay a grand for a phone just so I can record my golf swing. I think the latest I-phones may be able to record at 120 fps, but I haven't looked into it for the reason stated above. I have an old Samsung Galaxy S-6 (60 fps) that I will use until the end of time, or until the battery no longer takes a recharge, whichever comes first. If anyone knows for sure of a phone that records >= 120fps, feel free to respond.
  9. It looks like this thread is going to be the definitive pushcart evaluation/opinion thread that will be referred to a hundred years from now so I’ll just add my 2¢. I’ve got two minds about them. About 15 years ago my old pull cart, which probably originally cost me 25 bucks, completely fell apart so I was in the market for one those new-fangled pushcarts. Clicgear was becoming popular so I was bound and determined to get one but balked at the price which I’m recollecting was close to $200 even back then. So I was hemming and hawing shopping in various sporting goods stores when without any prompting or suggestion, my wife brought home a Callaway pushcart, or at least it had the Callaway name on it, which she bought for $50 at, of all places, Marshalls. Marshalls, for those that don’t know, mostly sells brand name women’s and children’s clothing at a discount but for some unfathomable reason, they had, she told me, about 6 of these things sitting there in boxes. She thought $200 was ridiculous for a pushcart so she felt she was getting a really good deal. I was actually a bit pissed off, having decided on a Clicgear but, hey, I was also saving $150, so I kept it. Wouldn’t you know, it’s been in pretty much constant spring, summer and fall use for the past 15 years. Nothing’s ever broken on it, the wheels have stayed on, the brakes still work, the cross-wire that keeps the thing stable when it’s open has stayed connected, the buckles, clamps, straps, umbrella holder, storage compartment, have all stayed together, connected and in one piece, in short, it’s been a champ. It’s only downside is it doesn’t collapse down to a very small size, but it still easily fits in the trunk of my car along with my golf bag, so really, I've had nothing to complain about. It’s only now, 15 years later, that I notice that when I let it go when going down a grade it no longer coasts straight, it curves off to the left, and the rubber on the two main wheels is wearing down on the inside because the wheels themselves are starting to bow inwards. So, I think it may be reaching its end of life. I’ll probably wait until this thing disintegrates completely but when it does, I’ll start hemming and hawing and analyzing this subject to death asking the basic question; Do I go with the Lexus of pushcarts (Clicgear - $230) or the Toyota (CaddyTek - $111)? Is spending over $200 for a pushcart really necessary? A part of me says, “the hell with it…Clicgear”. The other part of me says “save a hundred dollars”. We'll see.
  10. Don't be intimidated! You paid for your bucket of balls and you have every right to work on whatever you want without feeling harassed or made to feel that you're involved in a competition. I have found there are two different types of ranges that depending on the time of day attract two different types of people. First there are....ranges. Individual booths with hitting mats and rubber tees that tend to attract the less skilled during the day and guys with dates at night. It's the guys with the dates who are trying to impress the girls that tend to try to turn things into a competition with whoever's nearby and behave more or less like jerks. I try to avoid those places and times. Then there are practice ranges. These might be part of a driving range complex set off to the side where there's real grass you can hit off of or it's the kind of place that is a real practice facility - with a large close cut fairway grass area that gets continuously reseeded. That's where I go whenever I need to really work on something. You won't find jerks there generally. It's for real golfers who need to practice. True Story: I was at the local driving range in my town at night last summer and there were a bunch of high school or college age guys (I couldn't really tell) trying to impress their dates. They all sucked, mostly smacking wicked 150 yard slices. They were laughing and hooting at themselves as well as others on the line being generally obnoxious and I was stuck in the middle of these clowns. I'm 70 years old so I made like Uncle Drew (the Kyrie Irving movie). I hobbled up to the tee wheezing and coughing, bent over real slowly with my hand shaking to tee up the ball, used my driver as leverage to pull myself upright, took a couple of feeble old man type practice swings then proceeded to take a normal swing and started ripping 260 yard drives straight out, with a loud crack, the ball disappearing into the darkness, one right after another. (That's about as far as I can drive the ball these days.) I paid them no attention but I knew they were watching me because it got real quiet. After about 15 minutes of this they left, leaving a half a bucket of balls behind. That was the best time I ever had a driving range!
  11. Well, that's probably the most ridiculous statement in this whole thread. Everyone who has ever played competitive golf, or competitive anything for that matter, knows that in order to win, the other person has to do something to lose. One person does something well, and the other person does it less well, makes a mistake, misses a putt, hits it in the trees, the water, etc. Tiger won the Masters fair and square and that's that.. This week he sucked (relatively speaking.) I don't know how he thought he could compete without playing a competitive round in a month. He said he wasn't feeling well. OK, I'll buy that. Hopefully he'll play a tournament or two before Pebble and get his driving straightened out.
  12. On weekends I don't play with a "usual foursome." It's a county course so it's mostly people I don't know so people are going to do what comes naturally. Also, I don't usually walk around with the "the data" where it's readily accessable. Finally, if the group 3 holes ahead is going through the same debate, it's slowing play down for everyone.
  13. It was my understanding that the new rule allowing the flagstick to be left in was intended to speed up play. I don't know about anyone else but I'm finding that it's causing just the opposite effect. One person in the foursome might want it in while others might want it out. Personally, I would prefer to keep it in all the time but some other guys I've been playing with want it in on downhill putts and out on uphill putts. Most everyone is OK with it in on long putts but once closer to the hole opinion varies. Personally, I find those testy 3 and 4 footers easier with the stick in, yet I've heard others say the hole "feels smaller" that way. The end result is there is a constant shuffling of the stick in and out, in and out which is causing more time to be taken on the green than previously. I'm wondering what others are experiencing.
  14. I don't know anything about the Birdieballs but I do have the AlmostGolfBall. Good feel and ball flight, much better than a whiffle ball BUT, you need a lot of room in your backyard to hit anything stronger than an 8 or 9-iron. A well struck 6-iron will go about 80 yards.
  15. 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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