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  1. Colin007, That is too bad. Do you have any reasons for not liking scrambles or playing with others? Nervous, mis-matched, jut hard to concentrate with all the other stuff going on? I play with a bunch of old retired guys and leave the younger players alone. The younger players seem to try and out do their peers, whereas us older players are content to just play and be glad we are in the fairway. Maybe it will improve for you as you keep playing. (The more you play, the better you will play.) Retired Old Man
  2. Played 2 man scrambled at Ellis Golf Club in Ellis, Kansas. (Senior) Probably a little over 50 payers. We placed 1st in the 3rd flight and even won some money! Number 8 hole, from the fairway, I hit an 8 iron/hybrid, and backed the ball up just like the pro's. I also birdied #3 par 3 by hitting about 3' from the pin. Very rewarding day for me and my partner. He was hitting the long drives and I was playing the short game. Front = 39 and Back - 35 for a 74 total. Retired Old Man
  3. Played back 9 twice at Fort Hays Municipal in Hays, Kansas. From the whites: 1st round = 49 2nd round = 43 Total = 92 Very happy and enjoyable round. Retired Old Man
  4. I quit playing in 1972. I started playing again in 2018. I played with a set of MDX irons with a stiff shaft. I was losing distance and bought a set of hybrid irons with a senior shaft. Had a difficult time getting the feel of the irons and placing my hitting the green. Got mad and pissed off and out of frustration, swung my new irons with new vigor and determination. This made a big difference in my hybrid/ iron performance. In other words, don’t let the “Senior Flex” label make you need to swing easy because of your age. Haul off and hit the irons with purpose. They can handle the swing. I just played a scramble with a 61 ear old, who takes a good size divot, and hits the ball great. Be patient, the old game will come back. Retired Old Man
  5. I played my 1st big Charity Golf Tournament today in Dodge City, Kansas. ( Maraiah Hills ) 36 teams of 4 with a shotgun start. It was a 4 man scramble. We finished 8 under with a 63. The winner was a 55 with 16 under. We did, however, finish in the bottom of the Championship Flight. It was a blast. I managed to play very well by keeping my ball in the fairway and letting the others go for longer drives. I also made two birdie putts. We were Doing very well until we stopped for lunch and lost our momentum. It was a blast. I still came away with several freebie gifts. Looking forward to doing it again. Retired Old Man
  6. I ordered a new driver today. Should be in Wednesday. I will post pictures and a review as soon as I can. Thank you everyone for your advice and information. Retired Old Man
  7. Hi All, I have been hitting a Tour Edge Driver with a 12* loft and a 12* offset. Senior Flex. (2017) It has been disappointing. It brought my distance down to 200 yards and sometimes less. (Carry) I finally went back to my Ignite (Nike) 450cc and no offset with a 10.5* loft. Regular Flex. (2005-2006) Immediately, my control came back and my distance went back to 220 yards and a little more sometimes. I was hoping to get back to 240 yards and probably will as I build my strength back up. The Ignite Driver is just a little heavier and somewhat harder to control when I get tired. Right now, if I get too tired, I just hit my 3 wood off the tee and stay in the fairway. Searching on the internet, I found the most forgiving driver (rated) is the Cobra F-Max. I found one fairly reasonable on EBay but it is a 460cc club head. I am 73 years old and soon to be 74 years old. Excellent health, but with Parkinson's in my right hand, which causes me to tire out a little when playing 18 + holes. My question is: Would I be able to feel the weight difference in 10cc's? I am leaning toward getting this driver but if it is too heavy from the start, I will search for a 450cc. Your thoughts and comments appreciated. (smart remarks will be graded 🧐 ) Retired Old Man
  8. Well, resting up helped a lot. I shot a 48 from the whites but only played 9 holes. Getting ready to go back out again this evening and try again. I did run the weed eater and worked in the yard for a couple of hours but then came in and took a bath and a 2 1/2 nap. Feeling well rested now. Retired Old Man P.S.> Watching 2000 PGA Tournament with Tiger and Fritz ( I think). 663 par 5. Both of them are on the green in two. Tiger hit his driver and the rest of his 240 yards with his 6 iron. (Wow, in my dreams!)
  9. I agree. Unfortunately my golfing partner has a day job and can't get away until after work. I do play Tuesday mornings Senior and sometimes Thursday's Senior Open. However, a lot more play time in late afternoon. Today, I have laid off of the yard work and have intentionally laid around the house so I can play better this evening. I noticed the wind has picked up, Southwest at 14 mph. More of an annoyance than a factor because in Kansas the wind blows all the time. Well, will let everyone know how it goes tomorrow. Retired Old Man
  10. What started all of this was hole #10 at my course. We started on the back 9 yesterday because the back 9 was totally open. I hit a beautiful drive, (a little over 230 yards) right down the middle and stopped just short of the water. The next 3 balls were in the water for my 2nd shot. Finally, the 4th ball skipped across the water, hit a rock and rolled into the fairway. So 1, for the drive, 2 into the water, 3 out of the water penalty, 4 into the water, 5 into the water, 6 skipped on the water, hit a rock and bounced into the fairway, 7 was short edge of the green, 8 chipped on the green, and 2 putts for a 10. I know I could double bogey and picked up using the new rules but I am a stubborn fellow and refuse to change. (At least right now) Anyway, I think I had 1 par and no birdies for the rest of the round. We then went and played the front nine. I held my own (bogey, bogey, bogey, par, par, bogey, and then got to the 7th hole and were behind a group of ladies who were playing super slow. It was late, we quit, and went to Wendy's for supper. Today, I am resting up in hopes I can recuperate enough to play a decent game this afternoon. I will let you know. Don't worry about me. I play for fun and am fortunate I play as well as I do. (This to shall pass) Just thought I would let you fellow golfers know how I felt. 😄 Retired Old Man
  11. As most of you know, I am 73 years old. I have a huge place with a yard that covers 1/2 of a block. So, I mow in the morning, trim trees, work in the garden, and then try and quit by noon. Eat lunch and then take a nap. Usually head to the course and play at least 18 holes and sometimes 24 to 27 holes. My problem? I am so tired I have trouble controlling my driver. So, I get mis-hits, slices, pulls, and a bunch of other maladies. I have yet to shoot the low 80's this year. So, today, I am resting up and doing nothing to see if I can shoot a low eighty score before the season goes away. I just need some sympathy, coaching, and understanding. I wonder how many of us "everyday golfer's" understand just how good a shape these Professional Golfers are in? Most of you Golfers, just don't understand how tough it is being retired. 😉 Retired Old Man P.S.> Seriously, I need to work less and play more. 😀
  12. RetiredOldMan

    Lob Wedge

    I use a 60* Pure spin I got from EBay for a total of $37. I love it. The thing I found out I must do was follow through and not be afraid of going over the green. When I first got it, I could only hit it about 35 yards. Now, I am able to close the face and can reach a good 50 to 75 yards with the wedge. For my pitching wedge I use a Pure Spin 52* wedge. It is good for up to 95 yards with my swing. It takes some getting used to the 60*, but I really enjoy using mine. Retired Old Man
  13. Yes, my handicap is current and accurate. (It should stay that way until the next round, 😁 ) This is the 2nd year I have kept track of my handicap. I quit playing golf in 1975 and then took it up again 3 years ago. The first year after taking it up again, 2018, I played a small 9 hole course with sand greens. I got to where I could shoot par on that course. I still play it some but mainly stay away from sand greens. My boss, at my part time job, started taking me to Hays, Kansas where it is a very well kept course. From there I expanded out to other courses with grass greens, updated my clubs, and started getting serious about shooting better golf scores. However, in playing tournaments, it seems it is always a scramble or scratch golf. In 2 years I have yet to use my handicap for play placement or anything else other than to know what my handicap is. I have been wondering if I could get to a 10 handicap at 73 years old. I have been as low as 17 and it seems like that I may be stuck around that for awhile. So, I mainly keep it for personal reference and a little bragging rights. I still mainly play the white tees as the person I play with just turned 60. When I do play the red or senior tees, I find the course to be a little more easy to play. (Especially when getting on the green in regulation) I love the game, and I really don't play to much for competition except to beat and improve my score. I mainly try and play "Bogey" golf. I am not sure I will renew my GHIN next year. Retired Old Man
  14. Should Public Golf Courses place the flag pins in difficult parts of the green when amateurs are playing the course? This last weekend, I played for the 3rd time, a particular course. It is an excellent course and well kept and I enjoy playing there. It is an hour away from me. My usual course received heavy rains and was cart path only. There are two holes on this course that are not too difficult except for the pin placement. The 1st one is a par 5, fairly long but make-able in 3 with a narrow approach through the center of the fairway between two sand traps. The problem lies with the placement of the flag pin. It is over to the left of the green, about 6' from the edge, on a slope that is so steep if you miss the putt, it will roll off of the green. The first time I played it was after a tournament and I scored a 12. Being on the green and tried to putt within 3' of the hole on my long putt, only to have it roll off the green. About a year later, the pin was in the same spot again and I scored an 8 after being on the green in three. (5 putts before getting it in the hole) Yesterday, July 4, 2020, I scored a 7 after being on in three. My putt was up hill, and stopped short and stopped, then started rolling down and off the green. (BTY, I shot a 45 for the front nine) Then the number 9 hole is very similar but is a par 4, but again, the pin placement is most difficult, and rolls off the green if the putt is missed. This is my third time to play this course and probably my last. So what is are your thoughts on this? Should Public courses have difficult holes that Professionals would be challenged to play? Retired Old Man
  15. Congratulations! I want to do this so bad but I just have a hard time getting there. Retired Old Man
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