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About ZANDER1994

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  1. ZANDER1994

    Why Aren't There More Heated Ranges? (Minnesota)

    Oh we have a dome with that here about 15 minutes southwest of Minneapolis. But it's only implemented on 10 of the bays which fill up fast. They charge $9 for 80 balls Mon-Fri and $14 for a half hour on the weekends. I'd probably go there a lot more if I didn't work 30 minutes in the opposite direction, and like others have said, the timed thing on the weekends really takes the relaxation out of it. I like to spend time after most shots thinking about it, catching my breath etc. The dome I actually go to is a lot cheaper and closer to my work. They have a punch card too, so I get a lot of my buckets for free.
  2. ZANDER1994

    Why Aren't There More Heated Ranges? (Minnesota)

    Oh Minnesotans love golf!! Somewhere around 1 in 4 of them apparently. I can't really say "we" yet... my beloved Wisconsin has a different kind of love and the beer bellies to prove it 😄 Golf in Minnesota Fact Sheet : Explore Minnesota According to the National Golf Foundation, Minnesota consistently ranks at or near the top in golfer participation in the U.S. Minnesota Golf - Golf.com Quick. name the only state to have hosted every one of the 17 championships conducted by the U.S. Golf Association. Surely a warm...
  3. ZANDER1994

    Should I Get a Lob Wedge?

    Interesting you ask this. I currently carry: SW, PW, 4-9 (Callaway Steelheads) SW and Putter (Maxfli Black Max) R15 3 wood and R1 Driver (Taylormade) Why the extra Maxfli SW? Because when I upgraded from my 10+ year old box set, I missed it. That club goes 20 yards shorter than the new Callaway SW, has close to no bounce (which I prefer for short chips) and is still probably my favorite club in the bag. During lunch today I went to my local 2nd Swing shop and found a Titleist Vokey SM4 62 degree for $40 (looks nearly new). I went with the 62 because I feel the only shot I struggle to produce and want to add to the bag is that straight up, quick stop chip. I'm going to experiment with this during the upcoming season.
  4. ZANDER1994

    Why Aren't There More Heated Ranges? (Minnesota)

    Have you actually ever found a heated bay range here? I've never seen one. The only mention online is Golf Zone and apparently they closed down this past year.
  5. Currently I only carry a pitching wedge and a 56 degree sand wedge. At my home course I've noticed there are a lot of greens that are essentially mini elevated mesas. If you are off the green even by a yard, you are often left with the green above your shoulders, making my usual bump and run method useless. I've noticed I struggle getting the 56 degree up and stopping quickly. I can do flop shots, but they are really hard for me as a 17 handicap (I started truly playing about a year and a half ago). Should I buy a lob wedge for those shots? Or should I work on just becoming a lot more accurate with my flops with the SW?
  6. I live in the Twin Cities. The population here is 3.3 million (Chicago is 2.7 for comparison). Minnesota has more golfers and golf courses per capita than any U.S. state. Last week I was visiting the folks in Wisconsin and to my utter shock, I found several driving ranges in the surrounding area with heated outdoor bays. The range was self service, with a ball dispenser charging $7 for 100 balls. Why aren't these more common? Here in the Twin Cities we have a couple domes on the outskirts of the metro, but I find them to be a lot more useful for ball striking than much else. You can't see proper ball flight or accurately measure distance in a dome. We just got a TopGolf this year, but that's not really a practice facility a person could reasonably visit a few times a week in the winter.
  7. ZANDER1994

    Golf in Milwaukee?

    I did not see this! Thank you very much! Not sure how I missed it after several google searches. I think this is only marginally more expensive - only a couple hundred dollars more per year. If anyone here has golfed these courses, I'd love to hear from you 😄
  8. ZANDER1994

    Golf in Milwaukee?

    I grew up in Milwaukee but moved to Minneapolis in 2012 for school. Here in the Twin Cities, there is a wonderful, amazing deal called the Public Country Club. For $55/month (roughly $700 per year) I can play unlimited golf at most public courses in my area, if I walk, for free. This program has been a significant quality of life factor for me. As a recent graduate, I have a very small budget for entertainment. For the past few years, I have golfed pretty much every afternoon, seven days a week through Spring, Summer and Fall. I am now thinking of moving back to Milwaukee to be with my family. But I've done the math, and without a program like this, I'd be looking an increase of a couple thousand dollars a year. I haven't been able to find anything remotely close to this other than joining an extremely cheap country club. Does anyone in the Milwaukee area know of any good deals I am simply overlooking? Is a program like this as unheard of as it feels like? At this point it's becoming a significant factor in not moving cities.
  9. ZANDER1994

    $200 R-Motion for Driving Range

    Hey guys, I live in Minnesota and I've probably only got a couple outdoor sessions left before I start having to hit the dome this winter. The crappy thing about domes is you can't really see ball flight more than a few yards so I often don't know until the Spring if I've been drawing or fading the ball as intended. I read up on the R-Motion and realized the product actually comes with an app that shows you ball flight stats. For $200 you can basically clip motion sensors on 4 of your clubs at a time and it will give you data like swing path, face angle, estimated distance as well as trajectory. I think that is just awesome, and something I would love to have in my pocket at my dome practice sessions. Not only that, but if I move out of my tiny apartment to a place with a garage next year, I could invest another couple hundred bucks and have my own golf simulator. Has anyone tried the R-motion? What do you think of the app? For someone who doesn't currently have the space for a simulator, is it worth it just as a tool at the dome?
  10. ZANDER1994

    Keeping a Second, Imaginary Score

    Something I often do when I golf is keep a second, imaginary score in the margins beneath my actual score on the card. I started doing this in the Fall because of how common it was for me to lose a ball in the leaves that frankly should have been easily findable. I'd take the required drop and penalty stroke for the lost ball, but then keep the second score just to keep track of what my score would have been had I found it. This helped give me a better idea of how well I was actually playing at the end of the round. In the Spring I kept up with the habit, but it slowly turned into a way for me to keep my spirits up when my score was suffering for things that didn't feel as much in my control. For example, when I play blind at a course I've never played before, if the ball ends up in a hazard solely because I wasn't aware it existed (i.e. purposefully allowed myself to miss long being unaware there was a hazard on the other side of a green), the imaginary score doesn't count the drop. The imaginary score makes all those *gimme* putts I missed in a moment of laziness. The imaginary score also doesn't count a putt that missed because of all dead spots on a poorly maintained public course green. I do this solely to keep the game more fun and account for the "aw, come on" moments golf seems to have. I've noticed keeping track of the imaginary score in addition to my true score gives me a really good confidence boost walking up to the next tee because it's an easy way for me to think "look, you aren't playing bad at all without counting all that stuff". It gives you something to still play for on the days your score is looking bad and I recommend it to people whose games are easily shaken by a couple bad shots/holes.
  11. Hi all, In the past 3 years of golfing I've been able to bring my handicap down to a 15. In doing so I switched my stock shot to a draw with all my clubs. Part of the benefit of changing my stock shot from what it was for years is that I can now play either with relative ease. One thing I've noticed with my driver however, is a significant difference in height with the draw and fade. The draw is a low, penetrating shot (practically a stinger) while the fade is a towering swoop that easily clears trees even a few yards off the tee. Has anyone else struggled with hitting a draw with a driver as high as their fade? What did you do to correct this?
  12. ZANDER1994

    Winter Depression Thread

    hahaha this made me laugh. I've been practicing all winter and didn't even know it! We had a heatwave this past year in Minnesota that opened up courses the second week of March. Fingers crossed that happens again. Golf has become such an obsession over these past few years I'm actually seriously considering moving to a southern state.
  13. ZANDER1994

    Winter Depression Thread

    Just curious, what sort of winter sports do you guys play when it's too cold for golf? I've struggled to find something as addictive. Plus it seems like most winter sports either A. require a consistent group of people to play and practice with or B. are sports like snowboarding or ski'ing which aren't really "games" per-se. I've been trying badminton and bowling, but I just am not falling in love with them like I did with golf.
  14. Hi everyone! I bought myself a GoPro for Christmas and have really wanted to start taking it with me on my outings. Unfortunately there is still a lot of snow on the ground here in Minnesota so I thought it might be fun to record myself hitting a draw vs. a fade since I've never seen my swing on camera. Very interesting to see how the two differ - I've never had a lesson so I developed the two shots through feel and youtube tutorials over the years. The most common comment I've gotten on the course is I swing like a baseball player. I'm not sure if that is good or bad, but it seems to work for me As a side note, I just picked up the Callaway XR Steelheads this winter too and I highly recommend them for anyone looking for distance in their clubs. Average carry was 200 with the 7 iron today. I may be young, but those are some ridiculous numbers for me. Can't wait to see if that holds up on the course!
  15. It's winter in Minnesnowta and I have been frequenting the golf dome. The off-season prompted me to get some new equipment and I just received brand new Callaway XR Steelheads in the mail. I would love to take these to the dome but I worry hitting with them off mats will mess up their lie angles. Is this a legitimate concern? I don't care much about scuffs, just altering their playability.

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