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Dr. Strangeclub

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  1. He's the embodiment of the sort of people who annoy me. Bubba would make me VERY uncomfortable in person, I'm sure, and he wouldn't like me much, either, most likely. I have little patience with evangelical airheads.
  2. Having little recourse, I finally went with the Dryjoys Tour. Works out, because the guy we bought them from can "juggle the books", where he gets the refund and the credit difference goes to him, and then he gives us the difference, so basically we get a fair trade with no residuals at Footjoy that we have to spend somehow. Next time he orders, he just applies that credit to his own order. Cool.
  3. Wish I'd seen those earlier, but right now I'm stuck with Footjoy. They'll trade them for something else, plus a credit (since I have the most expensive shoe now), but I'm really afraid of the "shelf" being on any shoe in my size, even if it's a running/sport shoe style. That, and the narrow heel seems omnipresent on all their lasts except the street shoes, which still comes in the Stanford last. Their return policy is a non-return policy, basically, since all they will give you is a credit for more Footjoy stuff. Even if there is a defect in workmanship (which this pair incidentally
  4. I think my real problem is that I'm like the Duke of Windsor and his wide lapel wool suits. I want a golf shoe that looks like an ol' timey golf shoe and Footjoy doesn't make one anymore. (Everybody trying to one-up me with how long they've been wearing Footjoys and that I must have some weird problem, bear in mind that *I* wore Footjoys almost to exclusion for 45 years.) The Dryjoys, my current pair with a split sole, have the same anti-rollover function, so Dryjoys aren't the answer. I think what has happened is that there are some basic size ranges for the sole plates and they fit a ran
  5. What's with the spikes, though? Doesn't look like they'd work too well around here, where it's pretty wet a lot of the time. And are they replaceable or do you just wear them for a while and buy another pair?
  6. Thanks for the TRUE suggestions! I'll check them out. The Puma does come in 7.5, but there is no indication of width choices. Puzzling. A little jazzy for me, too. "Roll" is exactly what these ICONs do not allow -- at all. Was looking through ebay at the old used shoes like I had in the 70s and 80s, just to make sure I wasn't imagining things through a nostalgic lens, and the sole is cut close to the sides of the uppers, every time. The "roll" is what is missing and confirms my opinion that they are made merely for style points, not to play real golf in.
  7. I was thinking about going with Puma this time, since somebody said they were really comfortable, but haven't been able to find a size 7.5 -- apparently they start at 8.. No doubt the more athletic Footjoy styles would suit me fine, but I'm done with Footjoy after this disaster. After wearing them for nine holes, I had a bad blister, first blister ever in maybe 25 pair of Footjoys over the years. (I did wear Dexter for a few years and they were nice too, but I wasn't fond of the one pair of Etonic I had.) But like I said, that isn't what bothers me. If that was it, if it was merely
  8. The MSRP for the Dryjoy is $180, for the ICON, $289. One would expect a better shoe than the Dryjoy, but it's likely worse. In any case, the Dryjoy is not the top end according to Footjoy's pricing. Dryjoy might be their best, but not their most expensive at least.
  9. When I started playing, my parents were not about to buy me a pair of Footjoy golf shoes to go out there and shoot a hundred. Even when I got a lot better, they still only sprung for a pair a Bass, which required weeks of blood-soaked breaking in. Footjoy advertised something like, "Never a blister." They were made in Phoenix, or Delaware or somewhere stateside, back when American products were the class of the world. We made great socks and shirt and gloves and golf shoes. Really nice, ya know? Footjoy golf shoes were especially "nice". I think making golf shoes may be a forgotten art, now, a
  10. I'm definitely getting a set. Soft spikes are one of the worst things that have befallen golf since I started playing almost 60 years ago. I'm with Charlie Rhymer, that the soft spikes do more damage than the nails on the greens, you just can't see it very clearly -- a waffling effect. And I'm going to wear them until somebody stops me. Golfers didn't wear their golf shoes into the clubhouse when they had real spikes on their shoes,, except in those places that had the rubber mats, like the bar area perhaps. I didn't care to walk around in spikes after a round, personally, so I took them
  11. Looking back on almost 60 years of watching golf on TV and reading the golf magazines, it's tough to pick just one. I certainly was a big Arnie fan (like who wasn't!?), but looking back I might have to go with Tony Lema. Something very cool about buying champagne for the press when he won, and Dom Perignon at that! Nice looking swing, well-spoken, intelligent, thoroughly pleasant fellow.
  12. One can only hope that the guy at Carnoustie told him to see if he could find another course to have to himself. I suspect that if somebody came up to me and told me I had to stop playing so I wouldn't bother Mikey, I'd wind up in jail, and with any luck Wier would miss the next tournament due to injuries.
  13. When you start shooting 60s on the 7600 yard courses, with the 500 yard par 4s, it means a lot more, but for most courses, anything over 110 slope makes things "respectable". There are courses with low slopes around here that I just can't play, because of the course conditions and holes that simply take the strength of my game out of play -- tees where you have to lay up with a 5 iron because of water in front of the green will still get the miserable 310 yard hole smack down from the raters. A difficult, well-maintained course is far easier to score on, if you can hit the ball. than a shor
  14. I started when I was eleven and really got fired up about the game when I was 14 or 15. Living in Savannah, I could play all year, so once I got hooked at was at it almost every day. I broke 80 for the first time when I was 16, but it took me another 4 years to shoot that 69. And I practiced a LOT during that time. I think the main trick to low scores is not to miss a day of practice/play. I don't think it takes a lot of practice per day, just some, just enough to keep the forward momentum going. If you're not learning, you're forgetting.
  15. Wow, that's really a low index for not breaking 70! But they seem to start coming once you get that first one. I kept hammering at the door with a couple of bogies or a double bogie that would ruin it at the end, sometimes my fault, sometimes not, then I holed a 9 iron on the 17th hole one day for an eagle, right after a double that I thought had taken me out of it. I gagged in for a par on the last hole for a 69, three under. Then I started doing it pretty often! I think I stopped freezing on the back side after a good front, or maybe didn't give up after a bad one. I've had more than o
  16. Not as a single, no. If a single joined US, as in the scenario being discussed, I can easily see asking if he wants to join the three of us in a team game, though, if he looks like he can play at all. If not, it wouldn't matter. (And the beer's a bit of an exaggeration...unless it's a scramble, when pounding down a few is pretty much de rigueur. Can't say I really drink beer on the course much. Too heavy, for one thing, and makes it difficult to deal with the bag even if I'm pushing. Beer drinking on the course is a hassle without a cart, and I don't like carts at all -- like not even pl
  17. I figured you wouldn't mind, since it doesn't sound like you would really enjoy a friendly $5 Nassau with dots, automatics two down, a few beers, a few laughs. You'd rather listen to music over there by yourself than be sociable, which is fine with me. I'd just rather head back to the first tee (there's a cutover from three, so it isn't too far a walk), start over and see if I could find somebody that actually wanted to play with me, rather than watch you moving around the course, there in body but not mind, golfing along in your alternate reality like I wasn't even there. It would be
  18. Stupid people like me without the good sense to wear earplugs still have to suffer listening to you when the spirit moves you to communicate with your inferiors, though, right? I might be tempted to walk off the course after a few holes if you joined up with us on the first tee. I'm not a confrontational guy, so I probably wouldn't say anything, not even goodbye. You'd just wind up without me on the next tee and probably not even notice I was missing.
  19. Actually, I hate it. Speaking as a musician, I don't see how anybody can listen to music all day, but that's beside the point. I can see PLAYING music all day, but I don't want to see people carrying guitars with them out there, either. One of the attractions of golf is escaping noise pollution for a while. If I want to listen to bad music, all I have to do is go to the grocery store. Hearing a radio on the course lowers to whole tone of the experience, even if it's somebody keeping up with a ballgame. And unless you're on call for work, I don't want to hear anybody talking on a cellphon
  20. I'd definitely settle for a regular scramble. I love scrambles. Meeting new people and playing with better players is something that seems to have gone missing these days. Seems people have their regular groups and don't show up looking to fit into a threesome or twosome like they once did. I see a lot of twosomes out there now, something that just wasn't permitted when I was younger, which more or less forced a situation where different skill levels would wind up playing together. And believe it or not, it was tough to get a foursome of hackers off the tee together. T
  21. When I was in high school in the late 50s, in Savannah, GA, the municipal course Bacon Park had a Saturday Blitz. Tee times were set aside each Saturday from 11 until 1, with people just showing up to play and signing up. There were no reservations for the Blitz. Total free-for-all. It was either $1 or $2, can't remember which, and teams were pulled out of four hats. You signed up as an A,B,C or D player and names were put in the B,C, and D hats. The A players picked numbers out of one hat to determine tee time, then picked one name each out of the B-C-D hats and we were set to go!
  22. Really. I've never understood why baseball caps took over the golf game. NOBODY wore a baseball cap on the golf course when I started playing the game -- nobody. (Oh -- Bob Rosburg.) A baseball cap will keep the sun out of your eyes, but that's all. A nice straw or hemp hat or a light pith helmet make for perfect hats on the course, also keeping rain from running down the back of your neck. I much prefer Sabbatini's hat to Rickie Fowler's cartoon-like chapeau or Ricky Barnes' house painter imitation. (On a side note, I think the tour needs to have a rule that every player has to spend 1
  23. I've been reading golf instruction books, listening to instructors, and teaching the game myself for over 50 years, starting with the old Snead and Tommy Armour books and Hogan's series in Sports Illustrated (what is now Five Lessons). The lexicon of golf was and is fine without the pseudo-scientific gibberish. With a masters in Radio Engineering, I probably find his diagrams and jargon less impressive than people who haven't been exposed to a bucketload of math, physics and chemistry. I don't care how many people vouch for it, I can find just as many to vouch for Power Pyramids and homeopa
  24. My game went seriously south during late July and early August. I started hitting the ball just horrible. I admit that I don't practice at all any more, just beat it around 9 holes at a time or play in scrambles, so it isn't surprising things would slip away, but I thought I'd pass on a few things that I had to "repair" to get my ball striking back in order. A. My plane had become to high. As Hogan suggests, the club should idealy be beneath the plane at the top. When I started at the ball, the club shaft would be out of alignment with the force of the turn back to the ball and I h
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