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  1. 6 points
    Started out strong with a birdie on the par 5 first hole and finished the 9 with a 38. Got a phone text that distracted me for the rest of the round and I lost focus. 3 doubles on the backside and shoot 83 for the round. On another note, the number of COVID 19 cases has been doubling in our county and I've made a conscious decision to quit playing golf as a group game for awhile, even though we are good about maintaining distances.
  2. 5 points
    I have a garage setup that includes the flight deck. I’m not a Costco guy but I’ve heard they are about half price there than anywhere else. The mat is great in terms of forgiveness and I find it to provide accurate spin numbers. I played 54 today at St. Andrews and no elbow pain. Let’s you know when you catch it fat and you can easily tear it down. I have a very basic setup with SkyTrak and it has been a blast to play on and I’d highly recommend it to anyone. Some of the most fun has been testing balls and seeing those results translate to a day on the course yesterday. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  3. 4 points
    Had this installed two weeks ago. Just in time for quarantine!
  4. 4 points
    Just checked in on the Governor of Maryland’s Twitter feed. They arrested a guy that had a bonfire with 60 people... that’s just dumb. They should have locked up the other 59 with him. The comments make my blood boil. Not sure what the heck is wrong with people that they can’t understand what “State of Emergency” means. Good grief, if they can’t follow simple tasks this crap will never go away.
  5. 4 points
    Started out in the 50s but was in the 80s by about noon when fog burned off and the sun came out. My short game was a miserable failure today but other than that I hit the ball and putted well. I can't seem to transfer my short game from the practice area to the course.
  6. 3 points
    Net Return Pro Series. Just got it, works great so far. Real Feel Country Club mat. Love the mat!
  7. 3 points
    The pro is a little bigger and has a tiny bit of an overhang so it protects against shots that might go a little higher when compared to the standard model. Can't speak for the standard model, but the pro is super easy to put up and take down. Under 2 minutes to do each
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  9. 3 points
    I've struggled with the 3W in the past as well, but I started following this guy on Insta @jakehuttgolf he's the golf coach at Stanford and puts quick tips on Insta that have really been helpful, especially the one on the 3W. Last time I played, a couple weeks ago, I hit my 3W - 267. Sounds like you've got it figured out, but just thought I'd tell you about the guy on Instagram.
  10. 2 points
    Had a heartbreaking 82 today. My buddy and me, both 63, a 10 and a 5 took on a Yankee minor league trainer and their triple A strength coach (also a certified TPI trainer). These guys are 29 and 33 and a 4 and a 14. They played the tips, we played up a set us v them even 5 dollar Nassau. Great young guys, fun match - my 10 shot 78 and we tied them. I did have some contributions including the day’s highlight, a hole out from 125 for Eagle when one of them was inside 5 feet for birdie. That was great. Hard to imagine the strength coach works with guys like Aaron Judge in the weight room. :) According to ARCOSS my approach game handicap was 15.5. :( I missed 13/18 approaches left. It seemed like all of those were with 6 or 7 iron. On 18, a par 5, I had 215 to the center into the wind, up hill, couldn’t reach, lots of trouble around the green. I said I’m hitting 6 iron. Tried to hit a cut and blistered the most beautiful 160 yard 2 yard draw you’d ever want to see. :) Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  11. 2 points
    Since I live in SoCal, I’ll be back on the track the very moment we’re allowed, but- were looking at a month at best right now. i saw the thread about the indoor simulator that flyboy (not sure) built in his house. But that’s a waste for me once we get past this whole “Rona” pandemic. But for now I need something!! ive got a giant garage that is perfect for the mean time, but not sure what to get. my first thought is that nice net for around $600 that kind of returns your ball. I could lay out some indoor/outdoor carpet to go under everything, net, mat etc. but I still wonder if there’s any decent simulator that could maybe get into the mix. i also really like this launch pad from Fiberbuilt . https://shopindoorgolf.com/collections/golf-mats/products/fiberbuilt-flight-deck-practice-station is everyone else going crazy?
  12. 2 points
    Driver: TM SIM Max 9.0, Mitsubishi Tensi ck White 60 TX (also have a TM SIM 8.0 head) 3W: TM SIM Rocket 14.0, Mitsubishi Tensi ck White 60 TX 5W: TM SIM 19.0, Mitsubishi Tensi ck White 60 TX Hybd: Callaway Apex 4 Hybd 23.0, Handcrafted ProjectX Black 85g 6.0 Irons: Mizuno JPX 919 Forged 5-GW, ProjectX LZ 6.0 (2 degrees upright) Wedges: TM High Toe 56 & 64, ProjectX LZ 6.0 Putter: Scotty Cameron Special Select Flowback 5.5, 34 inches, 2 degrees flat (also have a few back up's) Ball: Snell MTB-X
  13. 2 points
    This says it all! Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  14. 2 points
    Back in the day, we used to slam our irons on the ground to get them to “look right”. We were just bending the lie a little. Not scientific at all, but it worked. Kinda. Sent from OregonMyGolfSpy
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  16. 2 points
    Loving my Rukket Hack Golf Pro Net. Don’t cheap out on the mat. Your wrists and elbows will thank you
  17. 2 points
    I bet that brisket will be phenomenal. Sent from my SM-N975U using MyGolfSpy mobile app
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  19. 2 points
    My brother and I played on Wednesday last week. We had our own cart and we followed the rules. I would like to continue playing, but what we saw on the course was way beyond what has been mandated/suggested. I doubt we will be able to keep playing because of the idiots out there.
  20. 2 points
    I have the Rukket Haack golf net that I got for sub-100. It doesn't return the ball but it works for the garage and my Skytrak. I also found a DuraPro golf mat on dwquailgolf for relatively cheap. I threw 4 of those workout mats underneath it and it works just fine.
  21. 2 points
    I asked KBS for a suggestion and they recommended heavier, stiffer, and a PW shaft instead of a "wedge" shaft.
  22. 2 points
    When the dust settles I am going to go get a proper haircut... and tip largely. Extremely difficult to give yourself a good fade... [emoji51]
  23. 2 points
    Much better. I hit 3w off the tee often so I drop my right shoulder on setup to catch it on the upswing and I get pretty aggressive on my downswing. I found myself doing that off the turf so it created all sorts of bad outcomes. Leveled the shoulders, ball a bit more inside my feet than tee setup, and a much easier swing seemed to help. I carry a 4h and it is generally my go to club for all sorts of shots. I am struggling with it currently and need get busy with that club next.
  24. 1 point
    Those irons are beautiful. Local shop has a set in display and for sale. I could put them on the wall and and stare at them. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  25. 1 point
    The wife and I went to Home Depot today to pick up some siding cleaner and garden soil to do a couple of projects and we wore masks. People look at us a little funny, but neither of us feel like getting sick or risking the life of her mom who has multiple health issues. We've been visiting her, at a distance, working on her yard and still are cautious when it comes to her health. On the way home, we drove by one of the courses in town and saw they're still open. I couldn't tell what kind of measures they had in place, but did notice those hitting on the range were a little closer together than I would feel comfortable with. Sent from my SM-G955U using MyGolfSpy mobile app
  26. 1 point
    Well I tried getting them off tonight again and went with a new technique 5 minute of heat gun to bring the temperature up then 1 minute of butane torch. I got 1 of 3 heads off this way and the one that came off was one that I had assembled. I will try again tomorrow on the other 2 heads and if that doesn't work I'll pick up a propane torch and try not to burn the house down. Using MyGolfSpy mobile app
  27. 1 point
    I have the Rukket SPDR portable driving range. The net is awesome and the turf is pretty sweet but dependent on how often you hit the turf starts to wear at 1000+ swings. Sent from my SM-G950U using MyGolfSpy mobile app
  28. 1 point
    My course is open but unfortunately the Army kicked us retired folks off post for fear we will spread the virus. Ironically the day after I was told we could no longer access the golf course I received a request from the Army asking me to come out of retirement to help with the healthcare mission. Duty calls even for us old broken Soldiers. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  29. 1 point
    They wear masks all the time normally I'm sure that has something to do with it.
  30. 1 point
    How long have you been playing golf? What’s your handicap or normal score? I started playing golf in my early 20's during college at OSU, then took a break because of family and being an adult, not that I am older I have been playing 2-3 times a week in the Portland OR Vancouver area (I live in Vanvcouver WA) What do you love about golf? The walk, the challenge of the sport. The only sport that the ball isnt moving and you get to hit it What brings you to MyGolfSpy? Do you already know any other Spies? I want to learn about what other people are doing, club choices. No I do not know anyone Where are you from? What is your home course? Vancouver WA I play all over SW WA Portland What are the best and worst things about golf in your region? The rain, you dont get the bounce all the time, but it is still mild enough to play all year What do you do for a living? Retired How’d you pick your user name? It was available
  31. 1 point
    This is the official shutdown from a course in CT. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  32. 1 point
    My daughter in law does modeling for the insurance re-insurance industry. She forwarded this site to me a couple of days ago. If you pull it up, there is a green box labeled "United States of America." You can click on it and get a drop down box that allows you to look at projections for each state. It is a good reference on where different states are in their curve and how steep the curves are anticipated to be. The projections are from The Institute for Health Metics at the University of Washington. https://covid19.healthdata.org/projections
  33. 1 point
    Our courses have mostly stayed open as well. I played on Thursday and from what I've found, is that carts are no longer an option, just walked. Also the clubhouses are shut down and all payment is required over the phone or internet before the round. To me, doing this. along with some other guidelines like the rakes and inverted cups give us just about all we need to keep the practices safe. I hope that people do not take advantage, but I think golf can remain open during this time if we are cautious on the course. I found a couple balls during the round and had to remind myself not to mess with them, luckily no pro v1's. lol
  34. 1 point
    Driver: Callaway XR 16 10.5 Fujikura speeder evolution 565 stiff shaft 3 Wood: Callaway XR 16 fujikura speeder evolution 565 stiff shaft 3 Hybrid: Callaway Rogue Alida Synergy regular shaft Irons: 5-A Nike Vapor Fly KBS Tour C Taper Lite 110 shift shaft Wedges: Cobra Wedges 52 8 degree bounce, 56 10 degree bounce, and 60 8 degree bounce. UST Mamiya Recoil wedge proto F5 shaft. Putter: Odyssey Rossi II 34". Ball: Titleist Pro V1
  35. 1 point
    My most sincere condolences, CG2. I lost my mom and dad twenty-eight days apart about 26 years ago. I was 47 at the time, but you're never ready to lose your parents. In time, we learn to live with our losses, but the loss remains nonetheless. You'll find that it's better than forgetting.
  36. 1 point
    I don’t have a problem with keeping golf courses open as long as the proper precautions are taking. I personally think the only real reason to lock down cities is because a lot of people can’t/won’t follow the guidelines. You see pictures all the time of beaches, bars, and streets of places not completely closed down, full of people unable to see past themselves. On a side note I would love to know what Japan knows. I read a tweet earlier that they had their first confirmed case in January. A population of 126 million people and only 52 deaths. Obviously they know something we don’t, right? Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  37. 1 point
    I bought a TGW Players push cart - I think they are around $150 but often go on sale. It is the middle of the road of their offerings. It is just as good as the Sun Mountain cart that my wife uses. If you prefer a Sun Mountain (and I do like ours), you can sometimes find great prices on Ebay for discontinued or slightly used models.
  38. 1 point
    Very sorry for your loss, Rob.
  39. 1 point
    Good looking set-up!
  40. 1 point
    Driver: Cobra F9 10.5 deg (adjusted to 9 deg), atmos tour spec black 7x flex 5 wood: Taylormade aeroburner TP 18 deg, ozik matrix 70x4 white tie s flex 4 hybrid: Taylormade M3 21 deg (adjusted to 18 deg), tensei ck 80g hybrid s flex Irons: 4-GW Taylormade M1, stock true temper xp95 s300 SW: Cleveland 588 chrome 56 deg (unsure on shaft, it was second hand) LW: Cleveland RTX4 60 deg one dot low bounce (6 deg bounce) Putter: Tour Edge HP series 9 Ball: Srixon Z-Star XV
  41. 1 point
    Me too. I made it almost two weeks without buying anything while confined to my house. The floodgates opened last week and now my wife is holding my eBay password hostage. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  42. 1 point
    I'm fine. But the itch is getting stronger I do have some things on the pondering list. But that's a different thread
  43. 1 point
    Ping G410 LST 10.5. Because MGS 2020 Most Wanted Driver test [emoji6]. Also ordered a custom TZ5 55 M4 built the same as my TZ5 65. Black with white lettering and matte finish [emoji41].
  44. 1 point
    Nothing recently. I'm having to live vicariously through you all. Although I do have a $700 gift card to our pro shop that is itching to be used
  45. 1 point
    That’s like a “barn find”! Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  46. 1 point
    Well over the past two months I've had some PTO to use up before it expired so I've been able to play more often and instead of 1-2 times a week its been 2-3 times. Yesterday I got a late round in despite everyone in quarantine. Played what I would call my home course which I normally and have been trending nicely with my game as long as I could fix a couple mistakes on holes. Finally shot broke below 85 again after club changes, etc. My 2nd best score ever. 1st round using a new ball too. Bridgestone Tour B RX-S Total- 82 Out- 41 In- 41 6/14 FIR (42.9%) 8/18 GIR (44%) 4 Birdies (most ever in a round) 32 Putts (3 3-putts, 7 1-putts) 1 Sandy which ended up being a birdie
  47. 1 point
    Thanks, SWMBO does not agree with the ray of sunshine! Didn’t think about the knee part, but true. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  48. 1 point
    There are so many different drills you can do. Id look on the web and you will have more than enough to keep you busy. I use mine mainly for feet alignment and I will stick one in the ground in front of my left leg to keep me from swaying.
  49. 1 point
    That's the problem with having so many outlets of "information." Determining what is factual and what is not. So hard to figure out what you should base your decisions on concerning Corona virus, but I always go with this approach - use common sense! MDGolfHacker
  50. 1 point
    So it has taken me almost a month to finish writing this. Work has been crazy since November and it is finally starting to calm down a little bit now that budgets and project plans are finally done. For my birthday, my wife had arranged for me to have a swing evaluation done at the GolfTec which is about a half mile from my house. I scheduled it over lunch time on 1/21/20. Before I get into the details, perhaps a little background from a lesson perspective…. I have taken two lessons in my golfing career: one a little over 20 years ago (with a local pro who had his own shop) and one about three years ago (at Golf Galaxy using a gift card). The first lesson was perhaps more impactful, in my opinion – things I learned then have stuck with me, even through a nearly decade long break from golf. The primary points from that lesson were things that helped me keep my backswing from going way past parallel and keeping my wrists more stable on the downswing so my hands are more likely to be ahead of the ball at impact. The GG lesson showed me something valuable (not maintaining spine angle during downswing), but, without giving away too much, the GolfTec coach made the argument that it was a symptom of something else, and it was a pretty compelling argument, but we’ll get to that later. The GG pro also gave me a couple drills to help with my spine angle and my path. We spent the first 15-ish minutes talking about my game and why I was there. In my mind, even though I have lost a fair amount of distance over the last few years, I am not tragically short (I’m above average in distance according to the various charts online for age/handicap). I would actually be fine with my distance if I had more consistency. I showed him my current Arccos handicap breakdown (see below) and we talked about those a while, with him boiling it down to needing to improve my full-swing ball striking as chipping and putting are currently relative strengths for me. As of last fall, with driver in my hands, I miss left 36.4% of the time, miss right 27.3% of the time, and am in the fairway 36.4% of the time. I’m not a big fan of those odds on keeping the ball in the short stuff. Missing fairways at the course we play for our league is fairly penal - it's not uncommon to miss the fairway by just a few yards and have no shot at the green. I also had a secondary motivation – is there some fundamental flaw I have that has been putting extra pressure on my lower back? Although I told him I have periodic lower back issues, I did not tell him I was hoping to learn something that might minimize it. He had me warm up with my 7 iron while he got things set up. It had been since early November since I had swung a club, so I wasn’t hitting the ball very well – I only had a few shots I would consider “typical”, so there was a lot of rust. He then strapped me up with their sensor and I proceeded to hit more shots while he recorded a few, observed, and took notes. After about 10-15 shots we spent a bunch of time at the monitor as he was talking me through everything he saw, first down-the-line, then head-on. Down-the-line: The very first thing pointed out to me was at address – my hips and feet were in decent position, mostly aligned with the target, but my shoulders were open to the target line by around 18 degrees according to their sensor. That was relatively straightforward to address, and it felt very odd to me, but I least I understand the feeling I should aim for. Apparently my take-away is pretty good and being “driven” by my body instead of my hands, leading to a backswing that is pretty good until about 90 degrees, then my hands start going almost vertical, so I am way out of position at the top with very high hands. This results in a very steep path getting back to the ball and an outside-in path. The coach suggested the very high hands is the main factor causing me to stand up/suck my hips towards the ball to compensate for the steep swing. He also suggested the high hands are preventing a full shoulder and hip turn (shoulder turn ~75 degrees, hips around 35 degrees) so this could be at least a partial explanation for some of my distance loss. He then set up an aid that I had to try not to hit on my backswing (essentially two shafts jammed together and covered with a pool noodle). It was not terribly hard for me to not hit the pool noodle, but hitting the ball suddenly became more difficult – I assume I was too focused on missing the noodle, so we worked on very slow speed swings for a while to improve the feeling and slowly ramped up the swing speed. Keeping my hands in “proper” position at the top improved my shoulder and hip turn to 87 degrees and 52 degrees, both of which are well within the “normal” range by their metrics. All this time I felt like my age and conditioning were responsible for the decreased rotation I knew I had, but it turns out it was at least partially technique related. He gave me a simple drill I can do at home to try to get my hands where they belong at the top. I’m sure there are other things that, over time, he would like to work on because this would only address a part of the of the things that effect ball striking: path, face angle, AOA,…. Below is a screencap of where I am at the top versus Aaron Baddeley. Head-on: The head-on view did not really show too much in the way of serious flaws. Apparently I do a decent job of “covering the ball”. I had heard that phrase a bunch but never really understood what it meant. At least now I do. My take on it is that I get my sternum aligned with the low point of my swing at impact. The only real issue identified was that my swing becomes a little disconnected after impact with my shoulder turn being quite a bit larger than my hip turn. As the coach is a fellow lower back pain sufferer, he told me that this can put stress on my lower back. One other relatively minor issue was my ball placement. Apparently they teach ball placement should stay centered for irons whereas I learned to start at the center with a wedge and transition the ball more forward as the loft decreases. I know we have discussed on here plenty, but it was the way I was taught, so I have stuck with it. I will likely try to get the ball more centered and see if there is any improvement in the consistency of my contact. Overall Impressions: Being a scientist, I very much appreciate the way they break down the swing into tangible metrics, as they do. I don’t see myself getting OCD about them, but I believe they are at least good indicators of getting into good positions. As I have very limited experience with lessons/teachers, I don’t really know how to rank the experience, other than I found it very useful. I got along with the coach quite well and we related very well. I felt like he listened to me and had a very good understanding of what I would like to accomplish. Part of the deal with the swing evaluation is them trying to sell you a lesson package. I am confident I could benefit from a 3 month package and would love to do their 6 month deal. Depending on the length of the package, they try to include 3 – 5 playing lessons to see first-hand how what they are working on translates to the course. I would really like to have that experience, if for no other reason, to have someone to question my intent before I try to do something heroically stupid instead of taking my medicine. I would love to tell you I signed up for one of the packages, but the timing is really bad for us right now. We have two kids in college and I am expecting another painful tax season since my wife kept forgetting to change her withholding – I changed mine so it won’t be as bad as last year, but it's still going to hurt. Our car insurance (4 cars/4 drivers) is also due around the same time, so we will be bleeding money over the coming months. I feel like the primary issue identified is something I can attempt to fix on my own. I already had suspicions about the steepness of my swing and had periodically tweaked things to attempt to flatten it out, with generally decent results. Now that I have an at-home drill and a good feel for where I should be, I feel like it should be easier to accomplish. I have no doubt there will be unknown (to me) side effects that I may or may not have a clue on how to fix, but I’ll cross that bridge when the time comes. Now, if only the weather would improve so I could get to the range....
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