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  1. Welcome to the "5 Minutes Daily" Practice Challenge for 2018! Please read as the rules have changed! Yes, for all of 2018! I'm changing it up. Rather than do this monthly, we're going to have an ongoing challenge. Here is how you can earn the coveted award you see to the left. Make a detailed post describing your practice every day during the month. "Going to the range later" doesn't cut it, nor does "worked on my chipping today." Describe what you did for at least five minutes of practice (indoors or out, with or without golf balls, etc.). No back-dating or pre-dating posts or practice sessions. When you've gone four weeks (28 calendar days) in a row, missing at most two days, make your post in bold, red text to let everyone know that you're on a streak. Every day after that, so long as you're still 26 of 28 or better, post in bold, red text. If you had a streak, but lose it, post again in regular old black, non-bold text. Be honest; this is golf we're talking about. I'll periodically check those of you with the award and will remove the coveted award/badge from your profile when you've fallen off your streak. Other members are encouraged to point out when someone else has fallen off as well, because I want the badge to belong only to the truly dedicated! What's different about this? Your "month" basically can begin any time. If you're stopping in and it's the 17th, you can start your streak right now, and a month later, have the award. Before, you had to wait for the month to change on the calendar. Enjoy and practice hard!
  2. iacas

    Recap Your 2018 Goals

    With the year coming to a close, it's time for our yearly self-assessment thread. Here's how this will work... Quote your post from the 2018 Golf Goals topic right here in this topic, then write something below your quoted post to let everyone know how you did! Please keep replies to a minimum. Use your Member Swing thread for deeper discussions about your goals and how well you achieved them. P.S. To quote your post from another topic, you can do one of two things: Quote it, select it (with the little + sign in the top left corner), copy it, and paste it into the reply box here. Click the "+ Multi" button on your post in that topic, reload this topic, and quote it directly into a reply here by clicking the "Quote 1 Post" button/overlay that should appear. The latter is the easier method, and the former won't work very well on tablets or smart phones.
  3. Like our 2008 , 2009 , 2010 , 2011 , 2012 , 2013 , 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 threads, here's the official thread for 2017. The rules are the same as they've been: Post your goals personal golf-related goals for 2018. Be specific and thorough. Elaborate on how you'll go about achieving these goals. Details, people! Post just once, though if you reach all of your goals, you should quote your post and revise them later in the year. And set harder goals next year. Keep the replies to a minimum. This thread is mostly for the posting of goals. If you want to encourage more discussion of your goals, post a copy of them in your Member Swing thread. If you're looking to recap your 2017 goals, that's over here in this topic. Let's hear 'em!
  4. iacas

    Predict Tiger's 2018 Season

    I'm going to vote after I give it a little thought.
  5. Went to a Cleveland/Srixon demo day today and got to hit these. Came away really impressed with the entire lineup. Really gorgeous clubs. The Z785 is their player's iron offering. It's a cavity-back club but with a lot of the mass behind the sweetspot kind of like the Mizuno SC18 or the Titleist AP2. Has a very clean look at address with not too much offset and the modern thin topline (if you've played real butter knives you know what I mean). Felt really good hitting it. It's slightly more forgiving than my MP4s but still demands a pretty good swing. The Z585 is more of a player's game improvement club. Cavity-back with an undercut channel behind the perimeter of the face to allow for more aggressive weight distribution and face flex. I was really impressed with these irons. Looked very similar to the Z785s at address. If I was handed the club blind, I wouldn't be able to pick out which was which. These were really easy to hit and definitely more forgiving than the Z785s. Good shots with both sets were about the same, but the mishits with the Z585s launched higher and carried farther than the Z785s so I lost less distance. Feel was a little more hollow, but that's to be expected from this type of clubhead. Feedback was still good though and I could tell when I toed it. No issues working the flight with these irons, either. High, low, draw, fade. No problem at all. Both sets of irons come with their Tour VT Sole which is a V-sole that gives the irons more bounce. I didn't get to hit them off the turf, unfortunately, but I liked the idea of them and it's safe to assume that it would help me. If I was going to get a set, I'd probably do a combo of the two, going Z585 5-7 and Z785 8-PW. The U85 driving irons also really impressed me. They're a little clunky looking, but only because it looks like a fat iron. It has a much smaller head than a hybrid. I've been struggling with my hybrids lately, but even before that I had a tendency to hook them, so I hit the U85 2i and the new H85 2h side by side to compare. I still hooked the crap out of the hybrid, but the driving iron was much better for me. I also compared the U85 4i with the Z585 4i and the U85 was much easier to launch in the air and more forgiving. I gave the new drivers a look, too, since the rep said they're much improved this year. I told him my driver swing is all out of whack and I hit them like crap so I didn't get a good assessment on them. I also hit the Cleveland CBX and RTX wedges in the 50° and 54°. Didn't like the CBX at all and hit the ball way too high on full swings with it. I didn't think I needed a cavity back wedge and I was right. I wasn't looking to buy new irons but these would be at the top of my list. I liked the way they looked before I tried them and now I really like the way they hit.
  6. To this point, the world has had a few different handicapping systems. Among the major ones, we had the USGA handicapping systems, with course ratings, slope, the 0.96 multiplier, best 10-of-20 system, etc. We had the CONGU system, which had the SSS (standard scratch score). Australia, AFAIK, was closer to CONGU but has spent the past several years quasi-converting to the USGA type standard. Well, scheduled for 2018, the world will see a unified handicapping system. The system is a blend of the two main handicapping systems, in that: Courses will have a scratch and bogey rating (i.e. course rating and slope). Courses will also track scores daily and adjust the scratch rating similar to how the SSS is done. For the latter, I think the slope remains the same, so even if no scratch players play on the given day, they'll be able to determine the "daily rating" for the course. This means that on days when the pins are tucked (say, a tournament) and the greens are super fast, everyone's higher-than-usual scores may not raise their handicaps as much as they have in the past. It also means that on days when the wind is howling, an 80 might get the same "differential" as a 76 on calm, warm days. I don't know too many of the details, just the broad strokes (no pun intended). The system seems to favor the USGA's current system, but I don't know if the 0.96 multiplier survives, if the 10-out-of-20 survives, etc. I am excited about the change, as I think it's been unusual to have two different systems (or more) in play for a number of years now. As a course rater I think the USGA's rating/slope system has a good amount of merit. It's not perfect of course for everyone, because not everyone plays the game exactly the same way, but it does a great job IMO of pretty fairly rating courses that are potentially fairly different. I'm starting this thread today so that we can point links, share ideas, thoughts, express opinions, etc. as more information about this change begins to come to light and eventually take hold.
  7. For the discussion of Tiger's 15th major victory! </sarcasm>
  8. Woods teeing off 12:50 Thursday, 7:40 Friday. Notables from a quick glance, McIlroy, Mickelson, Thomas, Reed, Finau. https://golfweek.com/2018/05/01/tee-times-pairings-tv-info-2018-wells-fargo-championship-rounds-1-2/ https://www.pgatour.com/competition/2018/wells-fargo-championship/leaderboard.html
  9. Well, last weekend was the opener for my local Par 3 course. I went out proudly with my newly fitted clubs, did my warm ups and tee'd up, from there well let the comedy begin. Upgraded my Clubs from Ping eye 2's to much new Taylor-made burners, a Cobra F7 driver R15 fairway wood and a titlist 718 hybrid. First hole is a short 104 yards and I used to use my PW, Wiped it out dropped the ball and Sailed it 30 plus yards past the green, Ouch @#$%. 1 over par there. 2nd hole is 243 yards, pulled out the driver (I usually hit right at 240), Nope over again not as bad and got it in for par. Next 4 holes were very much the same till I stared to dial things in, after that it got better and all in all a great day out with my son in law who this was also his fist time out in 15 plus years. Was great to be out walking and I hope the rest of the season is as exciting. In retrospect I should have hit the driving range but just was to excited. going out today sure it will be great.
  10. https://www.golfdigest.com/story/tiger-confidential-what-pros-really-say-about-tigers-chances-at-the-masters What fascinated me about that article is the breadth and scope of the opinions, the sheer variety. Others correctly point out, for example, that even after a layoff in 2010, he came out and finished T4. Then two quotes later someone is saying he has no chance.
  11. The yearly Bill Murray, Chris Berman, and Kenny G tournament is upon us. Such a pain to watch, despite it taking place at Pebble Beach…
  12. The New Bushnell Ion2 Golf GPS Watch Expands the Family of Innovative Golf Measuring Devices Bushnell Golf, #1 in Electronic Measuring Devices, unveiled the new iON 2. The iON2 has been redesigned to meet the ever-changing needs of golfers wanting wearable EMD’s. The iON2 features Bluetooth technology and the Bushnell Golf app for automatic updates to the move than 36,000 preloaded courses in over 30 countries. The iON2 is one of the industries easiest to use GPS rangefinder with instant yardage measurements in a simple, fashion-forward design featuring a reversible band. “We pride ourselves on creating EMD’s that are both trusted on tour and by the weekend golfer,” said John DeCastro, Global Product Lane Director at Bushnell Golf. “The iON2 is more user-friendly with industry leading technology at an affordable price.” The iON2 offers the golfer long battery life (play three full rounds of golf before charging), and even more benefits such as a shot distance calculator, pedometer, odometer and the ability to get up to four hazard distances per hole. The iON2 Golf GPS Watch is capable of instantly recognizing courses. It features auto-hole advance which automatically changes from one hole to the next, so a golfer can start play and get front/center/back distances without touching any buttons the rest of the round. An integrated step counter has been added allowing the golfer to track distance, speed, and total activity time throughout their round of golf. Play Longer: Over three rounds between charges Ready for Play: Over 36,000 courses worldwide preloaded Additional Features: Reversible silicone sport band Auto course recognition and auto hole advance Easy-to-read front/center/back distances Hazard/layup distances (up to four per hole) Shot distance calculator Integrated fitness step counter Round odometer Bushnell Golf App included with purchase The iON2 Golf GPS Watch will be available in two color combinations – Blue/Black and Silver/Green, at Bushnell Golf retailers nationwide in mid-spring, with a retail price of $179.99. Bushnell Golf Introduces Phantom into GPS Rangefinder Family Continually bringing innovation to golf distance measuring devices, Bushnell announced the launch of its new Phantom GPS Rangefinder, rounding out a robust collection of products to serve golfers of all levels. The Phantom comes preloaded with more than 36,000 courses and provides simple measurements to the front, center and back distances of the green – along with up to four hazard/layup distances per hole. The Phantom unveils “Bite Technology.” Equipped with a high powered magnet the Phantom can easily attach to a cart bar or any metal surface, providing quick and easy yardage readings. Additional features include auto course and auto hole recognition, shot distance calculator and long battery life (play up to two rounds before charging). “The addition of Bluetooth and Bite technologies push the Phantom a step above its predecessor the neo Ghost,” said John DeCastro, Global Product Lane Director at Bushnell Golf. “Phantom provides golfers with the critical distance information they need, while offering the convenience and reliability they are accustomed to from Bushnell Golf GPS products.” Bushnell Golf’s latest Golf GPS innovation also integrates Bluetooth technology. With the incorporation of Bluetooth technology and the Bushnell Golf Mobile application, the Phantom no longer needs to use a computer for course updates. The Phantom is offered in four colors – Black, Red, Electric Blue, Neon Yellow – and will be available at retail in late-February for $99.99.
  13. The New Bushnell Ion2 Golf GPS Watch Expands the Family of Innovative Golf Measuring Devices Bushnell Golf, #1 in Electronic Measuring Devices, unveiled the new iON 2. The iON2 has been redesigned to meet the ever-changing needs of golfers wanting wearable EMD’s. The iON2 features Bluetooth technology and the Bushnell Golf app for automatic updates to the move than 36,000 preloaded courses in over 30 countries. The iON2 is one of the industries easiest to use GPS rangefinder with instant yardage measurements in a simple, fashion-forward design featuring a reversible band. “We pride ourselves on creating EMD’s that are both trusted on tour and by the weekend golfer,” said John DeCastro, Global Product Lane Director at Bushnell Golf. “The iON2 is more user-friendly with industry leading technology at an affordable price.” The iON2 offers the golfer long battery life (play three full rounds of golf before charging), and even more benefits such as a shot distance calculator, pedometer, odometer and the ability to get up to four hazard distances per hole. The iON2 Golf GPS Watch is capable of instantly recognizing courses. It features auto-hole advance which automatically changes from one hole to the next, so a golfer can start play and get front/center/back distances without touching any buttons the rest of the round. An integrated step counter has been added allowing the golfer to track distance, speed, and total activity time throughout their round of golf. Play Longer: Over three rounds between charges Ready for Play: Over 36,000 courses worldwide preloaded Additional Features: Reversible silicone sport band Auto course recognition and auto hole advance Easy-to-read front/center/back distances Hazard/layup distances (up to four per hole) Shot distance calculator Integrated fitness step counter Round odometer Bushnell Golf App included with purchase The iON2 Golf GPS Watch will be available in two color combinations – Blue/Black and Silver/Green, at Bushnell Golf retailers nationwide in mid-spring, with a retail price of $179.99. Bushnell Golf Introduces Phantom into GPS Rangefinder Family Continually bringing innovation to golf distance measuring devices, Bushnell announced the launch of its new Phantom GPS Rangefinder, rounding out a robust collection of products to serve golfers of all levels. The Phantom comes preloaded with more than 36,000 courses and provides simple measurements to the front, center and back distances of the green – along with up to four hazard/layup distances per hole. The Phantom unveils “Bite Technology.” Equipped with a high powered magnet the Phantom can easily attach to a cart bar or any metal surface, providing quick and easy yardage readings. Additional features include auto course and auto hole recognition, shot distance calculator and long battery life (play up to two rounds before charging). “The addition of Bluetooth and Bite technologies push the Phantom a step above its predecessor the neo Ghost,” said John DeCastro, Global Product Lane Director at Bushnell Golf. “Phantom provides golfers with the critical distance information they need, while offering the convenience and reliability they are accustomed to from Bushnell Golf GPS products.” Bushnell Golf’s latest Golf GPS innovation also integrates Bluetooth technology. With the incorporation of Bluetooth technology and the Bushnell Golf Mobile application, the Phantom no longer needs to use a computer for course updates. The Phantom is offered in four colors – Black, Red, Electric Blue, Neon Yellow – and will be available at retail in late-February for $99.99.
  14. https://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/farmers-insurance-open.html I think he makes the cut, finishes 20th to 40th.
  15. Mod Note: this topic was created from an off-topic discussion in the Predict Tiger's 2018 Season discussion, after about 31 or 32 posts (hence @billchao's plea in post #31 to get back on topic. ??? No more so than almost every player on the PGA Tour. And less so than a good chunk. I don't know where you're getting that, but I disagree I'm getting that from watching this video and othes. He dips down 6 inches on a five iron, and stays down there, pulling off a massive timing move pulling up his left side to have an 8 inch level low spot. Amazing, but I see no one on tour doing that much. Lots of guys dip down to the ball, but non like Tiger. His shoulders steepen from X to X-20, more than anyone on tour. He puts massive twist and strain on his back maintaining posture with that speed with his angles. BTW, I will continue to make absurdist funny (to me and anyone who's ever read more than 3 books) statements as long as I live, cause its the right thing to do. Do you really not get Monty Python? Sad. Seriously, is it impossible to walk away from this absurd game with half a billion and do anything else? Al Frankin made a switch. Now he's back to comedy, but at least he gave it a shot.
  16. iacas

    2018 Masters Tickets Lottery

    The 2018 Masters Tickets lottery is now open! I submitted (again) my application just moments ago (4x3, 2x4). https://tickets.masters.com
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