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  1. Since I've been in the 5.5-7.5 range the last several years, my max score has always been DB. There are certainly situations where I'm in trouble on a hole and I either take a higher recovery risk shot than I should or give a putt a really good run at the hole because I know my max is DB. The upside is saving bogey, the downside is DB but I was probably going to make DB anyways. Now I have to look at the scorecard to determine whether my max is DB or not and will have to decide whether to play it safe for DB. Doesn't happen that often, but it will happen.
  2. My ghin update email from my golf association today had an article about the new world handicap system. One thing I missed when looking at this before is the new ESC / max score per hole. If I'm reading it correctly, it is now net double bogey for everyone. Will make things confusing in my opinion because now the hole index is part of determining your score, but otherwise no big deal. Just interesting.
  3. Probably too late for this. Grove Park is wonderful but pricey. Cummings Cove is a good golf course - nice vistas but quirky (6 par 3's, 5 par 5's, large elevation changes). Etowah from my experience can be hit or miss on conditioning. Broadmoor is supposed to be nice but haven't been there. Be interested in what you experience as I visit the area annually.
  4. When I lived in NJ, the official season started April 1 but quite frankly courses were a mess and not very playable until May, so I declared any round in April to be a practice round. You could also say the same thing during the last two weeks of October. I've always found handicaps to be mysteriously accurate. If I play 10 times with someone I am giving 7 strokes to, over time I will be about 7 strokes better than that person. That said, I played in a tournament last week (my 2nd real tournament) and was paired with people who's indexes were about 3 strokes better than mine, but their game seemed ages better. Maybe it was just their smoothness, but there seemed to be no comparison.
  5. So I've not experienced very many times this year where the flagstick has been an issue. Most people are leaving it in and that does improve pace of play a little. Occasionally someone wants it out on shorter putts but at that point no one really cares and everyone goes along. Today I played in a tournament with threesomes: one person wanted it out all the time, one wanted in sometimes and out sometimes, one (me) wanted it in at all times. That was a mess.
  6. Yes all four of those have primarily domestic production. But cheaper balls are made overseas, and if the cost and price of cheaper balls go up, then the big U.S. guys can either raise prices or gain market share due to better price comparisons. Outside of golf balls, I can tell you lots of U.S. guys are raising prices as opposed to taking share (although in some cases they aren't raising prices as much to gain both share and profits).
  7. Anything manufactured in China, as I'm sure some balls are, are being hit with tariffs that are going to be passed on to consumers. If some products are U.S. produced and some China, my experience to date is that U.S. producers are choosing to raise prices, at least partially, rather than keep prices low and steal share. I don't know the specifics around golf balls, but my guess is that this situation applies.
  8. Until this year I always hated 9 holes - it just felt unfinished so it was rare that I would only play 9. Recently my job was such that getting out a little early to play 18 was difficult. At the same time the course that was closet to work and on the way home had two major irrigation projects such that only 9 holes were open for most of the year and with only 9 holes open it didn't feel like I was missing part of the course. So playing 9 after work 1-2 times a week became my norm with my weekend rounds being 18. I'm almost always solo so it became my mid-week practices with a nice casual walk. Never posted a 9 ever, even if I wasn't solo, as I was in practice mode mindset. I month ago I'm playing great golf on a Sunday when an unforecasted storm stopped the round after 7 holes. I was sort of pissed off so I posted the 9 even though I didn't think that I would ever have another 9 holes to combo with. Sure enough a few weeks later same thing happened, this time after 9 holes but again playing great, and so now I have a combo round posted which is almost my best round ever.
  9. Agree - the ones you kind of stand back and watch because it felt so good and perfect and dead on. Except in my case too far a few times.
  10. I think about this as a "pure" shot is one that I'm not sure what I could do to hit the ball better - I think that this meets the definition described. By that account, I had 4-5 in each round last week - one round was a poor round, one was better than average. Half of those were drives for which long and straighter is harder to determine and "pure" is much more subjective so not sure that counts. One of the "pure" approach shots missed the green - I don't know how as I went 10 yards longer than expected into a strong wind, but I still think I hit it perfectly, maybe too much so. Another was a hybrid from 188 which I knew was close to the flag the minute I hit it and turned into an eagle. For the two rounds, three birds and one eagle, but only two of those were from "pure" shots.
  11. Two thoughts: my medicine for a slump is a good solid solo round (sometimes two). Go out when the course isn't busy and the round counts for nothing and play around. Hit multiple shots if you want, particularly if you hit a bad shot or if there's a particular shot missing during your slump. Seems to work pretty well for me. Second thought is the Harvey Penick quote, "if you play bad once, forget about it. Play bad twice, practice. Play bad three times, take a lesson." Might be a little too short but maybe a lesson is in order or at the very least a good long practice session focusing on what ails you most.
  12. At least here in the States, there are occasions when you're 2nd shot into a par 5 can hit the paved cart path dead on and gain 40 yards to put you 15 feet from the hole. Not saying that's how one of my three eagles happened, but maybe.
  13. No actually the opposite - with firm sand you have to give it a good thump behind the ball so that the club won't bounce off the surface of the bunker. Hitting it firm takes away a lot of distance control and the ball rolls more, so my expectations are lower.
  14. For softer sand I'm going to open up the club face and hit an inch behind the ball - classic sand shot. I don't like to take much more than a half swing (when I swing harder I tend to get all ball no sand), so I'll use one of 3 wedges to change the distance. For firm sand, I'm almost always using my 54 with a square club face. Hit down behind the ball to make sure it gets out - it will roll more. My hope/goal with softer sand is to have a decent look at getting up and down. I'm probably above average at doing so. My goal with firm sand is to get on the green with a good chance at a two putt - much more realistic.
  15. Underrated. I think given the fields he competed against this is Tiger's most impressive accomplishment. If you go back to before he got injured the last time and he had a career winning percentage of +30%, even more impressive. So totally underrated in my opinion.
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