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  1. Weight training is not bad for your golf game unless you sacrifice flexibility for strength. I, personally, rely on it to keep my game going. I always include cardio with my workouts.
  2. I stopped playing for about 5 or 6 years due to back issues. I started again because golf was my refuge. That was 3-4 years ago. When I started back, my story was very similar. I started with a simulator, pitting first. I rebuilt my swing and fixed a few glaring flaws. I never had surgery because my back never reached that point, but I did go through PT for several years. My first year was very frustrating because I had lost so much distance, 2 club lengths on my irons and I struggled to hit 220 on my drives. I almost quit again, even bought a new driver, which wasn’t the problem. That off season I worked on my swing again and realized that I was holding back on my swing on the course, either due to my lack of confidence or subconsciously not wanting to hurt my back again. If you continue the discipline to practice and maintain solid swing mechanics, strengthen your core muscles, work on your flexibility and get out and play regularly, at least some of the distance will come back. It has for me.
  3. A few years ago my wife got me a Taylormade SuperFast driver and I hated it. It feels so light that it didn’t feel like I was swinging a club at all. What was more frustrating was that I wanted a new club because I had lost about 50 yards on my drives and a golf fitter told me that the face of my Callaway was “dead”, that I needed a new driver. He suggested a new Callaway or a Ping, both of which were over $500. Anyway, the point of my story is that even with the new driver, I wasn’t able to hit it over 230. I read several articles and rebuilt my swing and now I’m consistently at 270 and farther, with the lighter driver. This year, I took the Callaway out to the range and I was hitting it well over 250 with a nice draw, something I’m not able to do with the Taylormade. I now carry two drivers, one for straight or baby fade, and one for a draw. I had to leave my gap wedge out of my bag so I’m not over the limit but I haven’t missed it at all yet. I still am not 100% comfortable with the lighter driver but I’m getting there.
  4. Thanks, you have given me a few good ones so far. I like the looks of Sly Fox and have added that to the itinerary. One question you might be able to answer for me; How do replays work at the Pinehurst Resort courses? We are playing #5 and #8, have the Cradle booked and have some time set aside already for Thistle Dhu, but we will have an afternoon off. I can't find any information on replays.
  5. We already have some time set aside for the Cradle and are planning to play Thistle Dhu. We were hoping to get an extra full round in on our free afternoon but thanks for the suggestions.
  6. Has anybody shipped their clubs through Lugless? Was it a good service?
  7. We have a trip planned in August where we'll play two rounds on the resort. We currently have an afternoon open, when a few of our group does not want to play. Does anyone know if there is a replay policy at the resort and if so, what is the cost? Is it limited to the course you play or can we get on another course as a replay? TIA
  8. Every year our family vacation is to Kiawah Island. It is really the only place that we enjoy going every year. My wife is not a golfer, but the past few years, my sons have been old enough to play a round with me. My wife complains that I play a few rounds in the area during the week but I know she’s glad that I get out and play and she can relax on the beach. Every few years, we go to some place different for an adventure vacation and the clubs stay at home. I’m a type A personality and I go non-stop for the entire trip, no golf. I think it helps my wife appreciate the down time when we are on our regular golf/beach vacations.
  9. I’m not a cold weather golfer and probably never will be but I’ve played on two occasions with extreme weather. When I was first starting out, my friends and I got a tee time on a beautiful private club in PA and as we finished the 2nd hole, it started to pour. We waited about 15 minutes and it wasn’t letting up. We played the rest of the front 9 in rain so hard, we couldn’t see the flag from the tee. On the 2nd 9, it finally let up to a steady drizzle but we were already soaked. After 10, my one friend pull out a bottle of Gatorade mixed with vodka. Nastiest thing I’ve ever tasted but it made for entirely enjoyable round after getting soaked. Luckily we were getting picked up after the round or we may not have made it home. The second extreme was on another buddy trip in S.C. it was over 100 degrees as we started to tee off and no wind. It honestly felt like we were in an oven. It was so hot that any sweat instantly dried and were were pouring water on ourselves between holes and drinking constantly. The second 9 was along the ocean so at least there was a breeze and it may have been a few degrees cooler. As we were getting to the 16th or 17th holes, the sand rash started to set in. Every crevice in my body had gritty sand in it. My underarms were getting raw and stung after every swing. Nobody was drinking much alcohol at all or we may have passed out on the course. Back at the condo most of us passed out and I sat in the shower under cold water for about 15 minutes, and I still had sand everywhere.
  10. Kevlar10

    Top Golf

    I put in about $1000 so far, it was refurbished. Right now I just have the software, which I run on my laptop, the sensor, and an LCD projector. It has the option to either hit balls (foam or real) into a net, or no ball. My screen is 9 feet high by 11 feet wide so it's pretty realistic, it has great graphics and I have 48 courses. Normally I use no ball but I have a net as well when I use the driving range. I don't worry about my clubs because I have the sensor set about 1/2 in. below the level of the turf mat and I have a soft tee to set the ball on. That way my clubs don't contact the mat. I don't let my friends or my kids use my clubs though. They have to use their own.
  11. I’ve had a 2 iron for years and never liked it. I’ve never had much use for a driving iron because my 3 wood is my best club in my bag. That said, last year I finally figured out my 2 iron and can hit it consistently straight to about 230-240, so now it’s earned a place in the rotation. It’s perfect for distances between my 3 wood and 3 iron and I can hit it off the tee if I need less than a 3 wood. I’ve only ever hit a driving iron a few times and it doesn’t feel like something I need to carry.
  12. Kevlar10

    Top Golf

    I’ve been to the one in Edison, NJ a few times. TopGolf is a fun activity and a good night out. It can seem expensive but with a group of 6, which is the most they allow to play in one booth, it’s fun and not too pricey. It’s not something for serious golf practice though IMO. A bit off topic but the simulator isn’t really something I’d do. In NJ, it can get as expensive as a real round. The only benefit is you can “play” a foursome in under 2 hours. I’d rather be out on the course. I have a midrange simulator in my mancave and I have my golfing buddies over occasionally and it’s fun to play courses around the world, have a few beers and never have to drive to and from the course. It’s also good to keep maintain muscle memory over the winter months.
  13. I’ve told this story a few times but not in relation to the overall time for the round. I was invited to a corporate outing at Emerson Country Club in NJ by a vendor. He said, he had just started playing but was pretty good since he was taking lessons from his uncle who was a Course Pro. I actually started the round out very well and it’s a beautiful course, so I wasn’t really paying attention to the time. After the first four holes, I realized we were out for over an hour already. We were playing singles format and two man team-combined and I checked my “partners” scores to that point and he was already at 32. It only got worse from there. I realized as a twosome we were taking longer than a foursome, and he was taking two shots to everyone I took, sometimes more. It was probably the most painful round I have ever watched. I am not joking when I tell you his score was 176 and he refused to pick up early on any hole. The winning twosome shot a 143 and we actually got a gag gift for the highest average score. I shot a 92, which was probably the result of standing around and waiting 5-10 minutes between each shot. I’m not sure exactly how long it took, but we teed off at 10AM and made it to dinner at 4:30 with just enough time to use the restroom before.
  14. If you believe you’ll never get any better, and you’re fine with it, that’s fine. If you can’t get 10 more yards out of your swing, there’s no reason that you can’t still improve your game. One thing that is true is that if you keep doing the same thing, nothing will change. Going to the driving range or the course and hitting balls without any purpose or intent will certainly not help, no matter what your age. I had a back injury when I was 36. When I was finally able to get back into golf, I wasn’t able to hit my tee shots 200 yards and I struggled to break 100, but I was happy to play again. I had to rebuild my swing and I’ve been steadily improving. I look forward to just hitting the ball and tweaking my swing. I can now hit almost as long and straighter than I used to in my early thirties. I think the most important thing that i have gained as I grow older is the ability to slow my thought process down and analyze what I’m doing. The most important thing is to enjoy golf. If you suck, but enjoy it, it’s better than being a single digit handicapper and don’t have fun.
  15. For me, the only must have is water. I got a nice Yeti thermos last year and it fits right in pocket on my bag. Speaking of cleaning out the bag; last week I found a full bottle of IPA under my rain jacket. It’s been in there since my golf trip last July. Oh, the other thing I always take is my Swiss Army golf tool. It has everything from a ball repair tool to a bottle opener. All essential on the course.
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