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  1. It was a very trying/taxing day, and as a friend would say... I built a lot of character. I have been recovering from strained back muscle the last couple of weeks and resting, icing, stretching... Whatever it took to be ready/healthy for this tournament.I live in Northern California and the temps have been hovering around 55-60 degrees with a lot of rain in February and the beginning of March. My tee time was at 9:00 AM and to get to the course by 8:00 I had to leave home around 6:45. For some strange reason, I woke up at 4:00 and couldn't get back to sleep. When I got the the course the temp was 35 degrees and the tourney was put back a hour for frost. The forecast was for rain at around 12:30, With a tee time at 9, I thought I would be on the 13th or 14th hole by the time it started raining. We teed off at 10 and it started raining, hard, at 11. I found my cart before my partner and went to the range to hit balls and warm up. When I got to the first tee, the guy who I thought was my partner, actually didn't read the last names on the placard and was the wrong guy. So I quickly went around the course searching for the correct "Troy" and didn't find him. When I abandoned my search and figured he was probably waiting for me at the first tee, I learned there was a mix up and I wasn't playing with Troy at all. Troy had called the tourney organizers and corrected a mix up of his (not putting his preferred playing partner in the online entry form) and the placards didn't get corrected. So we get that all sorted out and finally start playing golf. On the third hole, a short par 4, I go to hit a 3-wood off the tee. Right as I make contact with the ball, I feel my back tweak. My back is now in some pretty good pain. So much so, that even the bumps in the cart path (which we had to stay on all day) caused my back to hurt. Fortunately, one of the guys in my foursome is a physio and works with golfers recovering from injury. He had this plastic fish hook looking thing to work the tightness out of my back muscles and he also stretched me out when we were waiting on the group on front of us. Another partner had ibuprofen and let me have some. All-in-all.. I ended up shooting a 106 (4-ball net) and my partner and I ended up posting a net score of par 72 (T-15 overall). TO say my partner carried me is a huge understatement. This was the first 100+ round I have shot in 6 months. If I ever wanted a painful day of golf in high wind and freezing rain... then my wish was granted. They can't all go this well... Can they? For as bad as things were, I got to play at a course I had not been before and met three great guys. Somehow, it ended up being a positive experience. My golf season opens in full force in mid-April with a golf trip on the 14th and league starting the week after and four more tournaments scheduled this summer. The sad part is I am going to have to avoid my golf clubs for at least two weeks for my back to heal... and just as the sun is starting to come out.
  2. I have been hitting golf balls on a golf course for most of my life. It was really only golf in the sense we used golf balls and clubs and hit from the tee to the hole. We didn't know the rules, took as many mulligans as we wanted, and drank copious amounts of alcohol. I would play about two "rounds of golf" a year. Then, one day I stopped for about 15-years. Now to, what I consider, my first round of golf: I normally take the day after the Super Bowl off to recover from the previous day's debauchery. Last year (2018), I woke up on that fateful Monday feeling quite good and the weather was a balmy 70 degrees outside. Being bored, I decided to dig up the old clubs and beat some balls around a local muni course. I shot a 98 on a par 66 course without counting my penalties or mulligans, but I became absolutely hooked. The very next week I went and bought a new set of clubs. I read and learned the rules and started playing by them... all the time. I was tracking my index on a website which showed my index to be a 36. Unsatisfied with my level of performance, I started lessons, joined a work related league and played as often as I could get out. Fast forward to today. My official March 1st index is 19.0 and I am playing in my first tournament tomorrow. I practice or play about two hours a day. My coach and I have set a goal for me to reach a 12 index by the end of the season.
  3. What is the target demographic? Are you looking to provide fitting level information or are you just looking to have course sims so anybody can get together and play some virtual golf courses? If you are looking to serve the super technical golfer, the the GC2 or similar would be OK. If your target market is someone who just wants to play a virtual golf course then something like SkyTrak which offers a yearly subscription to several virtual golf courses could be the better option. The tracking data is less accurate, but if the target market is not looking for super specific data and only wants to play a few hold of golf at their favorite bar/restaurant, then the SkyTrak at $2k is the better option.
  4. I am definitely better than I was 1 year ago. I started my full-on golf addiction the day after the Super Bowl in 2018, so next Monday marks my golf anniversary. I was shooting scores in the 130s and had an unofficial index of 38. Today I shoot in the high 80s to low 90s and expect my initial official index (coming on 2/1/2019) to be 20.0 according to the trend metric in the NCGA app. I have taken lessons all year and I practice something golf related every day. Every aspect of my game has improved significantly, and I am expecting that to continue through 2019 and I have a goal to lower my index to under 14 this year.
  5. Thanks for all the ideas. Right?? I pretty much know this is what I have to do, but any way out is better than cooking... If I could just convince my wife to get up early...... I've competed and coached in hundreds of tournaments and big games/meets/matches in other sports and I agree with not doing extra or something different, but what I normally do is unavailable due to an earlier than normal (for me) start time, and I want to avoid the meltdown (and not just because I'll be playing in a tourney). I may very well be. I have always given nutrition in competition serious consideration and have a lot of hardware (not in golf) as a result. With teams I have coached I have seen markedly better performance from my athletes when they ate appropriately before/during/after matches. While my eating habits should not affect my round, I experienced what not eating does to my round... and I certainly don't want that to happen again. I still have several weeks and I will probably just heat up some leftover chicken in the nuke before I go, and I am certainly not going to obsess over it in the meantime. But I really appreciate the ideas. I keep a supply of protein bars, and will take one of those for the back and probably a Gatorade for some quick energy
  6. I needed two more rounds to get my initial GHIN index and was able to get a round in yesterday. Normally, I play in the afternoon and will stop by Chipotle and get a burrito before a round and that is usually enough food and a good balance of macro nutrients to get me through a round of golf. Yesterday, I didn't eat before my round and I started off well and went into the tank quickly. One of the significant factors was hunger and I could feel my energy and focus draining quickly. I recently registered for my first tournament, which is on March 9th and starts at 8:00 AM. After posting a score about 12 strokes above my average I started to think about how I can avoid this when the tournament rolls around. I won't be able to get my usual pre-round meal as Chipotle does not open until 10:45 and my usual breakfast is a bowl of oatmeal. The tourney is about an hour away from my house and I generally like to warm-up for about an hour before I play. I see myself having to get up at 5:00 AM (I normally wake up at 5 for work, so this is not a big issue) for an 8 AM tee time. I will not have a lot of time to make a decent breakfast and I am not too thrilled at the idea of stopping by a fast food joint for the crappy food they serve. How do you prepare for an early tournament tee time? Do you have a large meal to get you through a round? Do you prepare lots of little meals to eat through your round? Or, do you just wait and eat at the end? I really want to do well at this tourney, and as it is a low level tournament, I think nutrition is not something my competition will be giving significant consideration. Anyway, what has worked for you in the past?
  7. I was/am in the exact situation as you. I decided to get fit for a new set of irons, and it was absolutely the right decision. I tried AP1, AP3, Srixon 585, Ping i210, i500, G400, P790, and Callaway Rogue and Rogue Pro. When I went in I was pretty set on AP3 or P790. When the fitting was complete, I walked out with Ping G400s and I couldn't be happier. My recommendation is to definitely get fit and pick the clubs which give the best result regardless of make/model.
  8. SAM Putt Lab, I believe. I have been researching the Edel process and I will inquire about how SAM deals with aim and speed/distance control.
  9. I was just fitted for an iron set. Everything about how I hit a golf ball with my irons/wedges has improved exponentially. More distance, better control, more confidence... all of it. Getting fit was the best $100 I have spent on golf, followed closely by the fist $100 I spent on lessons.
  10. I received my G400s yesterday. I was delayed because PING close for 10 days for the Christmas/New Year's holiday. I absolutely love these clubs. They feel great, fit well and I hit them significantly better than the Cobras they replaced. I am going out on the course after work today to start gapping my new iron set. The course where I am a marshal has a long, straight par 5. I will hit 10-12 shots with my 5-iron and, leaving my bag as a marker of where I hit from, I will go out to the estimated center of all my golf balls and laser back to the bag of an average distance for that club. I probably won't get through the entire set of irons in one evening, but I'll get it done in a couple of days. As part of my fitting, I will also be going back to where I was fitted for a follow up. I don't know if a gap analysis is included in that appointment (I'll ask that question when I schedule the appointment tomorrow), but I am glad the shop where I was fitted has this as part of the fitting. Next up.... Putter fitting.
  11. I completed the Trackman Fitting yesterday and I am amazed at the difference a properly customized club makes. I started the fitting with AP3, P790, AP1, and G400 as the contenders. During my warm up I was hitting the 7-iron around 135 carry (I don't remember which club I was using) and that is about how far I would normally hit my off-the-rack Cobra Bafflers. We started out looking for the head which provided the best ball speed and spin. The AP1 spun too much and had the slowest ball speed, so it was eliminated first. As we progressed, the P790, AP3, and G400 were all very close in ball speed, but the P790 had the least optimal spin, so it went next. The AP3 and G400 performed almost identically. I liked the sound of the AP3 better and I liked the feedback the G400 gave on mishits better. When both were struck well the fell was very good with both. I liked them both a lot, and decided to go with the Ping G400 because they are significantly less expensive. My fitter also wanted me to hit the Callaway Rogue. I have read a lot about how people feel about the look of a golf club and thought they were crazy... until I saw Callaway Rogue. I absolutely hated everything about how that club looked. Way too fat, too much offset, and the color even bothered me. I hit one ball with it and handed it back... This is not the one! During clubhead selection, I was still hitting around 140 yards carry with a couple of outliers that would pop out to 150+. Then we started switching shafts... and that is when things started to improve dramatically. Through changing the weight, length, and profiles of the shaft, I started consistently hitting the ball in the center of the clubface. I didn't hit a single fat shot (one of my main misses) and I consistently started carrying the ball between 160-165 yards right down my target line. My dispersion tightened up and the impact tape looked like it had a single ball impression. I ended up ordering the G400 with the AWT 2.0 shaft, Green dot and +1/2" in length with a midsize grip. My clubs should be here just after the 1st of the year. I am excited for them to come and I don't even want to hit current clubs any longer. Thanks to everyone who provided feedback, I don't think I would have ever considered G400 before starting this thread. I was skeptical about the Trackman fitting and hesitant to shell out the cash for one, but I am glad I did. I will not buy clubs without doing on again. It made a 30+ yard difference in my 7-iron, and I am confident that as I improve my swing, I will see the results more quickly in my ball-flight.
  12. So I hit all the clubs in my original post last week. I couldn't hit the Callaway Rogue pros well at all, so I eliminated those first. In the end, I hit the Titleist AP3s the best, the TM P790s and Srixon Z585s after that. All in all, I didn't hit any of the clubs much better than I hit my current set of irons. I decided to get a full trackman fitting and I am including the Ping G400 and Titleist AP1 in my quest for new clubs. I have found that off-the-rack clubs are generally too light for my swing, so I am looking forward to trying the two Titleist clubs, the P790, and the G400 in my fitting with heavier shafts and proper lie angles. I appreciate all the advice, even the stuff I generally don't agree with. You have all given me much to think about, and your input will certainly help me end up with the clubs that work best for me and my swing.
  13. I just started with GHIN and have stopped entering scores into the app where I tracked my handicap. My current differentials in GHIN suggest my handicap will be around 17 when I get enough scores entered. I started the year at 38 and will finish at least 20 strokes lower. I have been taking lessons all year and my swing is much better than my handicap would suggest. I am looking for irons I can "grow into" so I am willing to get something that might be a little bit difficult to hit. I am certain I'll get there soon enough. I hit the P790s (from the demo day fitting) exceptionally well and carried the 7 iron ~160 yards. I found it much easier to hit consistently than my current 7 iron. But if I get to the shop and find those clubs impossible to hit well, I am not above changing my mind and buying something different or nothing at all.
  14. I've already done that bit of research. One of the main reasons I chose the sets I did is because the lofts are very close or equal to the lofts of my current set. I really wanted to be sure any distance gains were not due to strong(er) lofts but to other design elements or fitting. I already know my current set is too flat, too light, and perhaps too short. Hopefully matching those criteria to my swing/body will help me eliminate my fat mishit.
  15. That is a great question, and one I didn't think to ask or research. I'll have to ask when I get there.
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