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  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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?
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. IMAGolfer is not free. The demo is, the actual service isn't.
  14. 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.
  15. 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!
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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."
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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?
  24. 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.
  25. 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!
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