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  1. 4 points
    I don’t know, it didn’t affect Robert Kraft too much. Seriously though, nothing about that story was good. You’re right, the whole thing was just sad.
  2. 4 points
    8 of us made our annual overnight trip to Emerald Canyon GC in Parker, AZ this past Mon/Tue. I had a 37/43 on Monday and a 42/42 on Tuesday that included an quadruple and double bogey. On several holes, I opted to forgo the hero tee shot and used my 3w to reduce the dangers. That worked out very well and I probably should be doing this more frequently. There is a driveable par 4 on the back nine that was one of the holes I chose to use the 3w. Both days, the group egged me into hitting another ball to see if I could get there... missed left and red stake on day 1 and made the fringe day 2 . The course was in fantastic shape and the weather very good. The stay at the Bluewater Casino was fun as always. If you ever find yourself in the area, it's a really fun track with a handful or "here goes nothing" tee shots with narrow chutes to get through and just a sky horizon with no idea what's over the crest .
  3. 4 points
    Yeah, he’s been battling it for quite awhile, think this time the big C wins. Pat has been my Saturday partner for over 5 years. During that time his Tennessee humor has kept me in stitches. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy Cobra F8(10.5*) w/Mitsubishi Tensei CK Blue Regular; 3-4W(14.5*) & 5-6W(17.0*)w/Mitsubishi Tensei CK Blue Regular; Tour Edge CBX119 22* Hybrid; Ben Hogan PTx 5-PW w/Recoil 460 graphite shafts; Ben Hogan TKt Gw(49*) SW(53*) LW(57*) all w/UST Mamiya Recoil 460 ES regular shafts. Lamkin grips with Arccoss tracking sensors. Putter: Tommy Armour Impact #3 33”. Bag: Cobra Ultralite Cart Bag(Peacoat/Silver).
  4. 3 points
    I Also bought one. I have been using it for putting. It is excellent. If you really want to know if that putter is square to your line..this little device will tell you to within one tenth of a degree. I have never been so excited about my putting!! This device is helping me to refine and improve my putting stroke. I have gone from 3-5 degrees of open putter face to .4 degrees (average) in a couple of weeks. Combine this knowledge with some putting drills and you have a formula for success.
  5. 3 points
    Royal Melbourne looks fantastic. And crazy fast. This is going to be a really fun competition to watch.
  6. 3 points
    With 5 groups on the course, how are they going to show every group and still show every one of Tiger's shots?
  7. 2 points
    There goes two sponsors and a career (such that it was)... pretty sad when you think about it.
  8. 2 points
    Some great golf being played so far. Tiger telling JT to get his ball on the first hole was golden
  9. 2 points
    Whoa DJ and Gary that's not a good start for the first day. You guys need to get in gear! Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  10. 2 points
    It sounds like my comment was misunderstood. I didn't intend for the "strategy" to be hit more GIRs, which I agree is abstract. However, GIR is the statistic most closely correlated to overall score unless you are an outlier who is around 50% GIR with a 20 cap and have an exceptionally poor short game which I have never seen. Obviously you can't take a golf lesson and tell the instructor you "want to work on your GIRs". The OP presented Shot Scope stats in post #1 and asked which statistic looked to be the weakest. GIR clearly stuck out and you could drill down into specifics by seeing a scoring average of +1.4 for par 4/5 compared to +1 on par 3. What is the difference? Multiple full swings on par 4/5 and the potential to hit more balls OB using longer clubs. The ensuing debate on long putts being worse than chipping really got away from this core issue. GIR will have the most impact on improving your score unless you are close to or at 50% already. You then have to self diagnose what is keeping you from achieving GIRs. That could be penalties off the tee, lack of distance, poor contact and control of approach shots or more likely - a mix of these factors and probably some course management mistakes. In my opinion, if you are basing your target score off bogey golf (which is also my target on whether I judge the round as good or bad) and believe you need 0 GIR to achieve that score then you are setting yourself up for difficulty and failure most often as it assumes no 3 putts and 1 chip per hole. The basic premise of golf is to allow for 2 putts per hole to achieve par after a GIR. You are playing a different game if you have no expectation of advancing the ball to the distance of the green (in regulation # of strokes) and are playing the wrong tees for your ability level. This is like when my buddies as a group of 15-25 caps want to play a set of tees at 6700 yards to avoid "hitting wedges into every green" and then struggle to break 90 (or sometimes 100 lol) when you could play 6000-6300 and have a chance to break 80 if you play well. I know which is more enjoyable for me...
  11. 2 points
    Congrats guys - looking forward to reading these reviews.
  12. 2 points
    Not my best, but I was in a rush. Don’t hate! Terrible launch angle. Little high on the face and a little towards the toe. Interested to see how Bridgestone factors this in to the ball we are testing. Not far off from the trackman numbers I have from a recent fitting, pretty impressive from a video submission. If you haven’t used this tool on the Bridgestone website, I highly recommend it!
  13. 2 points
    Well you do know the Tommy Armour company somewhere the late 90s did a reproduction of the old Zebra putter and called it the Teardrop. But stock it was heavier than the old Zebra but the sole plate did not come off. The old Ram Zebras the sole plate came off and had washers mounted on a stud that you could take some off or put some on depending on what you wanted Now I heard this from non other than Tad Moore himself ( yep that one) that back in the day on tour he used to modify Zebra putters by pulling the sole plate off and filling the hollow cavity with epoxy and lead powder mix. It adds weight and makes them hit more solid. The stock ones with the weights always felt tinny or hollow (which they were) to me. I have also heard the rumor back in my Mini Tour days in Florida that a many Zebra putter was filled with an illegal white substance and sent to the Carolinas and beyond. I never saw or participated in that endeavor but have heard the "urban legends". As far as putting stroke back in the day I was an arc putter did it for years. Was told by quite a few of those supposedly in the know that I had a "flaw" in my stroke. In the last few years my hand eye coordination is not what it used to be and I had a tendency to fan or keep the face open or steroid jerk it and shut it down. I have went to a left hand low stroke which is SBST and helps me quite a bit. One of my buds on WRX is from across the big pond and he calls it "Cack handed" which is what the old timers called cross handed. I learned the cross hand stroke messing with my old Bulls Eye putters and it works excellent with the Scotty Santa Fe for me
  14. 2 points
    Looks like it's tine to dust off this series of articles from Dec. 2014/Jan 2015 on the state of Wilson at that time. First articles I ever wrote for MGS. It gives you some background as to where Wilson was, how it got there, how bad the mid-2000's were and how it started a climb back to relevance. I'm working on an update to the story now...hope to get it published by the end of the year. Part 1: https://mygolfspy.com/how-the-wilson-staff-empire-crumbled/ Part 2: https://mygolfspy.com/rebuilding-wilson-golf/ Part 3: https://mygolfspy.com/so-what-now-wilson/ As for where the company stands today - won't give away too much but the biggest thing in my mind as back when these stories were written, very few people considered Wilson relevant in the world of premium golf equipment, and they were virtually nowhere when it came to discussions on any forum, not just our own. Today, 5 years later, they're most certainly relevant in the irons discussion - Wilson's irons are as good as anyone's, and Driver Vs. Driver did what it was supposed to do (it was never about the driver), get people talking about the brand. Their irons market share is around 3%, but this year they've outsold their projections for the Staff Model blades (which took about a month), and have their biggest success in years with the D7 irons and metal woods. They're looking at doing something new and different with putters, although they're not sure quite what yet (and if they are, they're not telling me), and have a few more releases coming up in the next month or so that should prove to be interesting. It's really, really hard for a Challenger Brand - be it Wilson, Srixon, Bridgestone, Honma, you name it - to grow substantially in market share. If Wilson has a 3% market share and experiences double digit growth every year for 5 years, where does that get it? Let's presume in 2014 they were a $120 million dollar company. 5 years of 10% growth would make it around a $180 to $200 million company - and most any company on the planet in a mature industry would LOVE 10% growth five years in a row - but think about what has to happen to achieve 10% growth year over year. In my travels I've seen a noticeable uptick in retail presence for Wilson. PGATour Superstore features the entire line, as do all the Worldwide Golf stores among others. The brand is definitely in a better place today than 5 years ago...and the new ownership has some definite ideas for growth, particularly in Asia. That's enough - I don't want to give up too much of the upcoming article!
  15. 1 point
    Agree - definitely didn't have the intensity or focus that is characteristic DJ.
  16. 1 point
    Tiger was fantastic today. Will be interesting to see how the day will impact Tiger's decisions as both a player and coach. I predict Royal Melbourne to be the real star of the week. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  17. 1 point
    Wow. If it wasn't for Tiger, the Internationals would have swept the opening session. 4-1 lead. Awful start for the US team. Sent from my Pixel 2 using MyGolfSpy mobile app
  18. 1 point
    First point on the board as Tiger and JT close out Leishman and Niemann 4 and 3 on the back of 6 birdies from Tiger. Internationals playing well in the other matches though. Sent from my Pixel 2 using MyGolfSpy mobile app
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    I wouldn’t bet on anything, punters are really unpredictable.
  21. 1 point
    I'm out of touch.........I never knew they called it a "quick visit" [emoji23][emoji23] Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  22. 1 point
    I agree; interesting information. The results are interesting, but my only criticism is the low number of participants in the study; are the results actually significant. I would assume that the superspeed team did their own studies and I would assume that the protocols were determined based on studying a larger number of participants.
  23. 1 point
    Let the games begin! This wasn’t my longest of the day, but it was smashed!
  24. 1 point
    Now that's funny!! Same post @tony@CIC posted just above!!!!!
  25. 1 point
    It’s so weird having all my claims go through... Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  26. 1 point
    Wound up doing a similar thing with my MacGregors, @BIG STU - pulled the Project X 5.0's from the VIP 1025 CB/MB set (I'm guessing circa 2000, 2001?) and put in a set of Apex #4 shafts a couple of years ago. A fitter/builder I know in Minnesota bought a ton of Apex shafts as Callaway was mothballing Hogan back in the day - he absolutely LOVES those shafts as do I. And the MacGregors are out of mothballs - played them for the last part of the season up here in New England, and they made the traveling team to Streamsong. Damn those are some sweet feeling sticks, and remarkably easy to hit. Am heading to Palm Springs this weekend, fully expect them to be on the plane with me once again....either them or the '93 Hogan Edge GCD's....
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  29. 1 point
    It is fine to disagree, but you said want to shoot 90 consistently and that is an effective way to accomplish that goal that was provided by a golf coach and instructor. Not sure I follow how we are adding strokes by following that strategy. You said you only hit 2 greens a round. The defined strategy translates to on the green in no worse than 3 shots (4 on par 5s)and 2 putts. Average 5 on all the holes and you score 90 Maybe it isn’t clear where you are losing stroke. You hit a club off the tee that doesn’t get you into trouble, you say you chip from off the green well, and you can 2 putt from the middle of the green. Are your approach shots that bad? Poor ball striking? Basically why do you fail to get on the green in no worse than one stroke over regulation. Not sure what else you are looking for.
  30. 1 point
    You like things that are convenient. We get it. You're a front running fan because it's convenient to be. When the Patriots suck you'll stop being a fan. Sure, you'll pop in here to remind everyone you don't care anymore and fawn about the good ol days, but your not a fan anymore. Because it wouldn't be convenient. It would take too much work to be a fan of a bad team. It's far easier to not be a fan anymore and just talk about the past. It's similar to how you talk about how you can't golf anymore. Talking about the days you used to golf is far more convenient than actually trying to get back in shape or see a doctor to see what can be done about your back. Why do that when you can simply complain about your injuries and things aren't how they used to be.
  31. 1 point
    Gotta strengthen my bench for my deep playoff run or **checks notes** more likely first round bump from the playoffs. My Circus team isn't good hahah
  32. 1 point
    As 2019 draws to a close let us pause for a moment to reflect on our golfing year and state our goals for 2020. 2019 for me was a year of tremendous personal and professional change. In the midst of all the turmoil Golf was my escape as well as my stabilizing force through these challenges. As the load became heavier Golf allowed me to breath again, recharge my batteries and Soldier on. My golf in 2020 is simply to be more engaging with those who enter my 12 square feet. I play a lot of 9 hole single dude rounds. I also play a lot of “walk on” rounds with folks I’ve never met before. My golf goal for 2020 is to have a positive effect on those who I’m fortunate to meet and engage for 3 hours of my life. After all life really is more about heartbeats than head counts. What say you? Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  33. 1 point
    As much as I hate it, Ricky is right about the brand stigma and lack of availability. And I love W/S gear. But I need to drive 1 hour to get my hands on a set to demo them. Why would someone who can hit almost every other major OEM 10 minutes away do that? Wilson Staff is a completely different line than Wilson, yet the two always get (unfairly) compared for some reason. Is it the name similarity? I don't know. But you don't ever hear anyone bashing Callaway as a cheap box brand because of Strata sets. It's confounding for me (and I'm guessing for W/S as well) but it's a reality for one reason or another.
  34. 1 point
    I seen it -- absolutely NUKED. 44 1/7 FiR 3/9 GiR 18 Putts Struggle city today with 3 doubles, yikes.
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    There is judgment in everything in life. There are also consequences for our behavior and actions. And if you really want to go there, you judged someone with your statement above, even with the words you didn't say. Judgment is a part of life. Just because it's a taboo word in the general public doesn't mean it doesn't exist. Not that I want to make this political in any way, but there is a certain segment of our culture who lives on social media and goes around finding ways to destroy people's lives simply by opposing their worldview choices. Twitter, Facebook and Instagram have become the de facto social police, and people are losing jobs (and committing suicide) simply because of actions or opinions that in the past would have never raised an eyebrow. But a certain younger "woke" generation thinks it's ok to destroy people's lives, simply because someone doesn't agree with their point of view. For what it's worth, nothing I said above is news, or not already known. If you want to defend Reed for being a total ass in public and cheating in golf, that's your prerogative. I just see a young man with a lot of talent to play a game that in the past has demanded integrity and calling penalties on yourself, instead of being forced to have them called out to you, when you truly know you broke the rules. It's a pattern of behavior that has followed Patrick Reed everywhere he's gone. So it's not like this is a one off mistake that has never happened in the past. He's habitual with this. And I find it truly sad that this young man has disowned his own family. What exactly did his parents do that was so unforgivable? And since Reed won't speak about it publicly I guess we'll never know. Truly sad though, and I don't believe this will end well when all is said and done with Reed in life. There's more to this story that is yet to be written, and not in a positive way. I almost pity him in a way, if he didn't seem to intentionally self-destruct so much.
  37. 1 point
    Huh? Scotty Cameron's entire Phantom line has both face balanced and toe hang putters for just about every model in the lineup. The Taylormade Spider comes in both face balanced and toe hang options. Odyssey makes aboth face balanced and toe hang putters. There are plenty of options for all types of strokes out there.
  38. 1 point
    I'd agree. Targeting the pin doesn't happen that often on tour let alone for a player who isn't scratch. Want to test the theory? Place a ball in the middle of the green and putt. Then record your score with the assumption that you hit the green in regulation. I have my women's team do this for 9 holes. Their score from the middle of the green is always better or the same as their regular score and very often they shoot par with the middle of the green approach. Want to take a guess how many of my players average right around par? Hmmm.... Ego and emotion are tough opponents.
  39. 1 point
    Someone got in his head when they questioned why a string bean of a human can keep up with him off the tee Suggested maybe trying a different ball, something that would flight down easier than a V1x. Solution? New driver. I COULD SELL AN IGLOO TO A PENGUIN!
  40. 1 point
    I really do understand your feelings. The point of looking at tour player stats is to understand how to play the game. The way to play any game is the same whether you are recreational or doing it for a living. The DNA goal of football is the same in 6th grade, college, NFL or a league for 75 year old players. What I do agree with is that birdies, pars, bogeys, etc are relative to the level of player. Here is an example of one of my greatest coaching success stories. In my ten plus years as a coach, I have only convinced one player to execute this strategy. This player regularly shot 105-120 but didn't' want to change his swing and wanted to break 90 regularly. I chuckled a bit and we went and played nine holes. To my surprise, his path to to break 90 wasn't difficult at all. As it turned out, it was too embarrassing to the player to continue to execute the plan and so he gave up and to my knowledge has never played as well. The plan: Hit a 6 iron off every singe par 4 and a 7 wood off every par 5 and then advance the ball to between 40-65 yards. (he was able to do this 90% of the time) From well inside 100 yards he hit nearly 100% of the greens. The reason this strategy worked is because he almost never three-putted from inside 35 feet. From inside 100 yards he almost never hit outside 35'. Simple math says that if you have 18 bogeys on a par 72 you shoot 90. In your case 72 + 20 is 92 so based on a course rating your target score is probably between 92-100. The basis of this strategy recognized that hit very few greens in regulation but could hit almost all in regulation plus 1. So, in a way he has satisfied the strategy identified by PGA Tour players and adjusted based on his current skills. With all due respect, it has become a romantic notion that everyone can create their 'own' path to their best golf. The reality is almost all the PGA Tour players play a remarkably similar game. There are nuances for sure, but they are more similar than they are different. Just my two cents.
  41. 1 point
    No!!!! Being better chipping than putting makes no sense at all!! The only thing this tells you is that you need to improve your speed control with your putter. It is not good strategy to always play short. You need to create a shotgun approach with equal dispersion to your target. The flag is rarely your target!! Challenge: Play 18 holes or 9 it doesn't matter. Keep your normal score and then place a ball in the center of the green structure and keep score as if you hit the green in regulation. I guarantee your score will be better than you actual score. Let me know you results and your reflection on the drill. BTW - paper stats simply don't work. They only support what you want to believe versus an non-emotional, scientific evaluation of your skills when playing the game. Based on the information, you can then start to create practice plans that will have a positive impact on your performance. Everything else is hoping and hope is a bad strategy for improvement.
  42. 1 point
    Want to know how to make a small fortune out of a big one???
  43. 1 point
    My Name is Timothy Sloan. Although I am originally from Columbia, South Carolina I have moved 18 times over the past 32 years. These moves were dictated by a military career that spanned the aforementioned years. I didn't start playing Golf until 2000 at the ripe young age of 36. The very first time I ever hit a golf ball was on the Golf Course with some class mates from a leadership academy I was attending. It was love at first sight! Over the last 19 years my progression as a Golfer was interrupted by military duty for long periods of time. I started playing the Spring/Summer of 2000 but was soon transferred to Germany where I completed multiple tours in Kosovo and Bosnia. Needless to say I played no Golf for those two years. I returned from that assignment the end of 2002 and immediately immersed myself in the game once again. From 2002 to 2004 I routinely played 36 to 54 holes every Saturday and Sunday. Even though at the time I didn't fully understand the strategies of Golf my handicap worked its way down into the single digits. Another break followed with the beginning of wars on two fronts and missions that took me into both theaters of conflict. The Winter of 2004 to the Summer of 2008 I played no golf, hit no balls and visited no ranges. From the summer of 2008 until now I have played routinely only taking short breaks because of either injury or frustration. I retired from the military 31 December 2018 and I probably play less now than I did when I was working full time. Such is life :).
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    Thanks Money! Yea there are so many seniors who give up on their health when they get older where I see it as you need to step it up. If the good Lord permits there are still quality years left and to live to our fullest, we must take care of our bodies. My balance is a large problem for me. This part of getting old is hard to deal with however I figure a steady diet of exercise is the ticket to the majority of our issues.
  46. 1 point
    OG you're spot on - I think the older one gets the more important it becomes. I see so many guys my age (72) that struggle with balance, and even simple exercise such as walking at a reasonable pace. I know I can do more push-ups today than I could do at 60. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  47. 1 point
    Go see a doctor. Seriously. We can all talk about things we did that help *us* alleviate back pain, but none of that may be relevant to what's causing *your* pain. Speaking purely for myself - I started doing Pilates daily about 5-6 years ago, even 10 minutes of it in the morning has made a huge difference in my life when it comes to back pain. For golf-specific things, I learned to allow my hips to rotate in the backswing, which puts far less strain on my lower back.
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    People like that guy on WRX never played for any serious money. If he did, then he'd know "never bet the guy with old mix matched clubs,,, with lead tape and new grips."
  50. 1 point
    Yea the SSW is similar to Depends because if I don't have one in my bag, I'll shat all over myself! I think people buy a club like this and expect it to work out of the box. There is much to learn and no doubt many give up before they get to the good stuff. You are right about the ball grabbing when you pinch one with this bad boy! It checks up like a butterfly with sore feet...
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