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  1. xrayvizhen

    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!
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  11. As a guy who had a very bad back a few years ago (herniated disk) which eliminated golf for me for an entire season, I do have a great deal of sympathy for others with bad backs, but these days whenever I see someone using the golf picker-upper suction cup thing that goes on the end of the grip, I basically think to myself all sorts of vile things I'd like to say to that person like, "eat a salad once in awhile" or "how %*C#ing lazy are you, you fat slob"! But being a decent sort, I keep those thoughts to myself. I mean, if your back is really that bad, how can you play golf? That being said, when I was in college I had an extremely flat blade type putter that looked sort of like a 0-iron, if there was such a thing, that I became very adept at using to pluck the ball out of the cup using a sort of a twisting, scooping motion. When done correctly it would pop the ball up about 2-3 feet above the hole and I could reach down and catch it. Quite impressive when you saw it, actually.
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    Power Package Device Mini-Review

    I I haven't posted any new vids because my full swing looks almost the same now as it did then. The fact that I can now do up to 3/4 swings without flipping is where the improvement has been. I'll take the advice and hold off on more aids and try to concentrate on keeping my left side from what I call "collapsing". Getting my arms to just move faster, which is what I may be misinterpreting when I've been told to "use the arms more", by itself hasn't really worked, I'm also in a league and with my faulty old swing am in 1st place at the moment so I can't afford to take a step back in order to move 2 steps forward right now. After we're done at the end of September, I'll vigorously try to make changes. But one thing I've been wondering... is my lower body ahead because my arms are too slow or are my arms too slow because my legs race out ahead?
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    Power Package Device Mini-Review

    Funny you should mention The Hanger. I recently looked at that too and went for the Power Package instead. (I mean, how many of these things can a person buy?) When I looked at it, I actually took a wire coat hanger and swung a club with it and sort of, I think, got the idea of what it does. I understand what the impact position is supposed to be, but somewhere between the start of my downswing and the point halfway down my wrists start to unload. Consciously trying to delay them doesn't really work. I took a few lessons over the winter too. I'm fine on chips, pitches and even half - 3/4 swings. It only happens on full swings and only with my irons. It's a puzzle. I may take a closer look at the The Hanger again. Thanks for reminding me about it.
  14. I wasn't exactly sure where this should go but since I suppose a training aid is "Gear", here it is; my mini-review of the PowerPackage Device. I'm not usually one to buy training aids or other gizmos. I did buy a Medicus 5-Iron about 15-18 years ago and have found it to be fairly helpful from time to time when my swing really gets out of whack. I also have an Impact Snap device that someone loaned me. That's OK too, but it's not anything you can use while hitting balls. Maybe I've always done it and never realized it but I only recently discovered by watching a video of my swing that I was casting from the top - unhinging my wrists too early, not enough lag....it's a fault that goes under a number of names. In any case I've been working diligently at trying to correct it with minor success. That being said I was intrigued enough by the website videos and an endorsement from the Paulson's on PGA Satellite Radio (yes, I know those guys will endorse anything) that I ordered the Power Package and used it today for the first time. After 5 minutes, I realized it's not for me. For those who haven't seen it (click on the above link), the device clamps onto the grip so you can use it to hit balls with your own clubs which is what intrigued me the most about it. As you swing the club back your arms are supposed to fall into two semi-circular cups or guides that extend out from the clamp at the proper angles. I started with an 8-iron, as recommended, and immediately realized that getting my hands and arms set into the correct position at the top of the back-swing and into my follow through is not my problem and that's what this thing is designed to correct. Evidently there are a lot of people who don't set their hands and arms correctly and that's who this may help the most. The main problem with the unit as I see it is that while your arms, if properly swung and set, fall nicely into the cups/guides though the backswing and then into the downswing, as you approach the impact zone your arms are released from the cups. There is no feel provided for the proper impact position so it really doesn't do anything to teach you how to delay the release and promote lag which is what I was looking to do. Once you follow through properly, your arms and the guide cups will reunite, but by then, the ball is well on it's way to wherever it's going. They do have a 30 day return policy and so I will be sending it back. If anyone knows of a training aid that will help an early unhinging of the wrists / not enough lag / not enough compression on the ball - whatever you want to call it, let me know!
  15. Here's my complete review of the northern and central NJ ranges that I'm most familiar with. I have recently discovered and become a fan of the Neshanic Valley Learning Center. It's on the property of the golf course but set well away from it with a Callaway Performance Center and a separate parking lot as part of the complex. It has a very nice and very large grass hitting area and separate greens and traps for short game practice. When super wet, like has happened recently, they protect the grass driving range area by not allowing anyone on it, making you hit from the strip of mats they also have and so the grass area is usually in pretty good condition. They have daily passes with unlimited balls and season passes or you can just buy a bucket from the dispenser. Black Bear GC, in Sussex County, NJ has a couple of different kinds of monthly & season range plans that allow you an unlimited number of balls with access to their grass hitting area that's maintained in golf course condition. It's set on the opposite end of the regular range with the mats. You need to buy a plan to hit from that area (it also has traps and target greens for chipping and pitching), otherwise you can use the regular range that is only good for a quick warm-up before playing a round on the course. Randolph, NJ is probably the only small town on the face of the earth with two driving ranges. Both are crap. The Mt. Freedom Range has mostly mats but it does have a very small grass area that's infested with weeds and is hardly mowed. It's only good if you want to learn to hit out of crappy lies. The other one, The Clubhouse Golf Center is just mats. Finally, Newton Driving Range used to have a pristine grass hitting area but might have come under new ownership because it's becoming decrepit, or at least just not being kept up as nicely as it used to. I don't think the bucket of water used for wiping down the heads of your irons has ever been poured out and refilled with clean water. God knows what's growing in that thing. I am not going to drive hours just to go to a range so I don't know anything about any of the places that the northeast.golf site listed but if a driving range doesn't have good quality fairway grass, to me it's not worth going to.
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