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  1. So measure skill level now or 15-20 weeks ago? And practice? Some do, some don't. We range in skill level from 9-hole handicaps of 3 to 20. Average is about 12. Our method produces week to week fluctuations of a a stroke when someone either blows up or has an epic round. It appears the ones who are the most inconsistent are at or near the top of the standings while the steady Eddie's are stuck in the middle of the pack. THATs the problem...or maybe that isn't a problem. I'm not certain. Which all leads back to the original question.
  2. "Realized potential"....interesting concept. I should mention, as one of the league managers, I'm going to suggest for next year we switch to the same system as the WHS, but I'm going to need to be able to reply to those who are inevitably going to complain. I'll get comments like, "I'm playing the worst golf of my life but my handicap isn't going up." So I'll need to be able to respond. I'm also wondering if there's any reason why a weekly 9-hole league shouldn't use the WHS system and if there's something better for this kind of competition?
  3. This question is not at all meant as a criticism of the current USGA/WHS handicap system. It is simply a question of what should a handicap be? Should it reflect what a person’s potential is or should it reflect the skill level of a person’s current ability and by “current” I mean not what the golfer was 20 rounds ago but what he is now. This question comes up every year at this time as my nine-hole weekly golf league approaches the end of our 20 week season, which this year calculates handicaps by averaging the rounds over par over the most recent 12 weeks played. Records are kept going back two years and only league play is used in the handicap calculations. What a person’s “real” handicap is, if he has one, has no impact at all on their league handicap. There are those in the league that like the current system, saying it follows along pretty well how the golfer is performing currently. Then there are those, like me, who suspect that it lends itself to sandbagging and mostly disregards the potential that someone has demonstrated. Most of the people in our league do not have official USGA/GHIN handicaps, nor do they play very much outside of the league so they say going back 20 weeks and then averaging the best 8, as the current WHS does, would not fairly reflect how they’re playing now. I’m saying that a handicap should reflect what each player has shown he’s capable of. Finally, one wonders if it’s possible for any handicap system to reflect both potential and current level of performance.
  4. I probably practice maybe an hour a week and the routine changes depending on the part of the season we're in. Early in the golf season it's probably 80% full swing, 20% short game & putting. (I HATE practicing putting, It's boring and as a result I'm a crummy putter early in the season.) As the season progresses and my swing gets more dialed in, it flip-flops 180° and I concentrate much more on the short game (100 yds. in) because that's where strokes and a round can really be saved. My summer routine is go to the range on Saturday, hit a small bucket (45 minutes) + some chipping, pitches, sand, play Monday for fun (walk), Wednesday with my league (ride) and the rest of the week just do other non-golf things. I would NEVER consider practicing 100 minutes/day. If I practiced that much I would grow to hate the game.
  5. There are a couple of Ross courses that I've played in Florida that I've often wondered about as well. Delray Beach's muni is supposedly Ross but other than a couple of odd traps here and there (one that has a cart path right through it) It doesn't seem all that much different than any other muni I've played, complete with worn out rough in areas and crappy tee boxes. I played the Biltmore in Coral Gables many times when I was in college. That one has actually improved over the years as far as condition and they've restored several holes to what is supposedly the original design. It's written on one of the Ross commemorative websites that he had such a heavy workload with a 2-3 year backlog of contracts to fulfill he was only able to actually visit half the sites, doing the design work looking at land surveys.
  6. CAUTION: Unless it's a verifiable Titleist dealer selling on Ebay, which I doubt very much, do not, I repeat, DO NOT by them there because more than likely they're fake/counterfeit. You can find legit dealers near you on the Titleist website. Golf Galaxy is a good choice and they do fittings. I have the T300 which I got from GG. I'm very happy with them although it did take some time for me to dial into the distances I was getting from them because I hit the ball so much farther with them compared to my old set of Callaway's. And by the way, the T300's are considered more of the "game improvement" irons in their line than the T100 or 200. To that I say, B.S. I could hit forged blades if I wanted to. I tried all three and I liked the feel of the T300's.
  7. ME: 5-I = 175 4-I = 187 4-H = 200 3-W = 230 YMMV
  8. This is probably going to sound weird and will eventually backfire on me but I attribute a good deal of my improvement over the last few months to strengthening my grip...but I concentrate on the position of just my left hand. I let the right hand mesh with the left naturally. With the left hand I concentrate on the position of the thumb seam of my glove and where it lies on the grip, just a bit to the left of the right edge of the handle. I really have not looked at or counted how many knuckles I see. Somehow this has enabled me to eliminate any miss to the right and I'm hitting the ball consistently with a nice little draw. This won't last forever of course. At some point something will go awry, but right now I'm having a helluva good time.
  9. Heed my warning before it’s too late! As someone with the exact same problem as you and judging from your handicap, somewhat at the same level of golfing competence as you, do not, I repeat…do NOT take any advice from anyone on this forum or anywhere on the entire internet, other than this: Find a local real live golf instructor and take a lesson, or a series of lessons. Let him or her look at your swing and determine the best method for going about solving the issue. More than likely, you’ve had your swing for a good long while and it’s become your natural swing. To change it will require lots of work and lots and lots of practice The cause can be anything from the setup, to a bad move on the backswing or if you’re like me, to something in the transition. There are those who say, because the time from the top of the backswing to impact is so minuscule, something 2/10’ths of a second, once you start the downswing it’s too late. It will be what it will be, so the problem is somewhere “up there.” You (and me) can play decently, albeit inconsistently, with this swing turning in some really good scores as well as really lousy ones, often from one week to the next, sometimes even from the front nine to the back (Last week I shot 44/35 =79) More than likely you’ll be taking a step backwards before you can take two steps forward. To make changes to your golf swing in season without your scores going through the roof will be tough. Wait until the fall. I’m still working at it. A year from now so will you.
  10. I was there yesterday and answered my own question as well. Ballyowen's gold tees are one step below the championship (black) tees. Our league plays from the blues when we're there so yes, the white tees would be considered senior tees, but only at that course because the senior tees at the other four golf courses, which were there last year as I recall, have been removed. The end result of all this is what I said on my first post. We are trying to attract a younger membership so we will leave things as they are. If the old guys don't want to play a certain course because it's too long for them they can stay home that week. Problem solved.
  11. Only one of the golf courses that's part of the resort, Ballyowen, shows the index and slope numbers for the gold tees. Our league has not played all the golf courses yet this season so when when we play there I will need to actually verify if the gold tees are still there. I know they were there last year but for all I know, maybe they were removed for some reason.
  12. Yes - the five that are part of the Crystal Springs resort.
  13. I generally don't respond to anyone who uses the expression "I'm gaming a set of_____" but the general tenor of the questions are, as you said, kind of... well I don't want to use the word "dumb" but they really don't make much sense . If you want a new driver, buy a new driver. If you want new irons, buy new irons. What difference does it make? Depending on the manufacturer, whatever you buy will be superseded by something newer and shinier next year. TaylorMade comes out with something new every year while Titleist does so much more infrequently. The others are in the middle somewhere, depending on each's sales volume and/or marketing plan. This year with what is probably a huge supply combined with what up until now has been a very low demand, the sales from everyone will probably be extensive. Maybe the pent up demand will reduce the supply now that things are loosening up a bit but the manufacturers will have to figure that out for themselves individually and who knows what the virus will decide to do in the fall and winter. We could all be back in the same boat we've been in up until now. As for fitting? Depends who's doing it and when but most amateur's swings change throughout a season. None of us are pros with thousands of hours spent grooving swings. Amateurs stand a little closer or a little farther from the ball, changing the lie angle. We tinker with our swings, sometimes a lot. Swing speeds change too. In the early spring...slower while later in the season they speed up. If you're on the cusp with a driver (ie: 95). You might need a stiff shaft later in the season because you're at 96 or 97 but in the early spring you might be at 93-94 which would indicate a regular shaft. Get what I'm saying? Personally, I bought my new set of irons, in February after testing extensively many different brands & models throughout the fall. My old irons were just a couple of years old but I wasn't liking the trajectory I was getting from them so that was my main reason for buying something new. YMMV.
  14. I had the TM bubble 3W & Driver. They've been the old club barrel in my basement for the last 10 or 15 years. I can guarantee you will get more yardage and be more accurate with anything, from any manufacturer, that's more current. With those clubs there was no forgiveness at all on off center hits and if the bubble in the shaft provided any kind of kick at all it was undetectable. I finally found someone who thought they were "valuable" and gave me some money for them.
  15. I checked both. We play five different golf courses in more or less of a rotation. Of the five only one has gold tees listed in the USGA rating database, yet all five of them have gold tees. I'll take a look at that Appendix you referenced but my inclination is to declare "White Tees Only." We don't want to turn the league into one for geriatrics and we don't want to chase the younger players away either.
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