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  1. Haven't post for a while but want to share. After playing the game from the age of 13, at the age of 61 I hit my first hole in one yesterday. Playing a tie at my Home course West Lothian Golf Club https://www.westlothiangc.com/course/. 18th, right in front of the club house, 135yds par 3 down hill with wind behind. A sweet hit Approach Wedge over the protecting bunker. Pitched about 2 feet from the hole and gently rolled into the hole. Got applause from the clubhouse and the Senior League team were on the 1st tee so they all congratulated me which added to the occasion More than made up for losing the tie 3&2. What made it sweeter is that I've been having problems with my irons and had the shanks up until a little work on the range on Wednesday.
    20 points
  2. Played a scramble today for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. This is a 2-day event in Rochester which draws hundreds of players. It's often just a death march but the cause is phenomenal. I was lost off the tee and hit some decent irons. Made up for it with my short game today which included a hole out from 30 yards for eagle and knocked in a few putts over 10 feet. The good news was, My final two long irons were solid...a good omen headed into the next round. We shot 59 and for the first time since I've ever played, we won the event. Didn't think we could pull it off after 4 straight pars to start (which included a missed birdie from 3') but 2 eagles were good enough.
    18 points
  3. Unremarkable 43 over nine holes yesterday morning but finally got on the right track again for this morning's 18: - 38/40 = 78 (+6) - 8/15 FIR - 8/18 GIR (3 birdies) - 29 Putts (12 2-putts, 7 1-putts) Finally figured out how to get rid of the hooks that have been plaguing my early season. Driver was very good for most of the round. I had two bad double bogies on the back nine, but managed to stuff a wedge to two feet on 17 for my third (and very rare for the hole) birdie. Just need to clean up the big numbers and something around even par should be in the future.
    18 points
  4. I've been golfing so much lately that I haven't had time to post! In the last week and a half I've had 2 league nights and a work scramble, in addition to the two rounds I'll share more about: my brother-in-law and I got to play The Bluffs course at Arcadia Bluffs in Northern Michigan two weekends ago, and this past weekend I played in my first "competitive" round ever, a best ball 18 hole tournament at Thornapple Pointe in West Michigan. I'll talk about Arcadia in this post, and say more about the Thornapple round in a different post. For those who haven't heard of it, The Bluffs is an absolutely amazing course. It's basically right on the water of Lake Michigan, with some really interesting holes and some incredible views. Here's a few of my favorites: View from the par 5 third tee-box: View from the par 5 fifth tee-box: From the par 4 twelfth: From the par 3 thirteenth: Every hole is a unique challenge, with dune grass challenging wayward drives, varying elevation and deep bunkers to consider on approach shots, and firm fast greens with plenty of runoff. Being right on the lake, it's hard to imagine the wind is ever calm. For us, it was around 15-20mph most of the day, which certainly added to the degree of difficulty. I ended up shooting 87, even though I was striking the ball really really well. I had a personal best strokes gained day off the tee, +6.5! But I really struggled with my shorter approach shots and chips around the green. It was a really big adjustment playing a lot more rollout than I'm used to, as well as having to deal with a lot of bumps and runoffs around the green complexes. The course does lend itself to a decent amount of driver holes, and if you can stay in the fairway they ran out for days. After a hot dog at the turn, we had a down-wind and down-hill par 4, which ended up going a very long way: I hit it well, but honestly thought it must have hit a rock or the cart path or something to get that far down. However, the next hole was also playing down-hill and down-wind, and this one we could see bounding down the fairway so no funny business with a lucky bounce: Just don't mind the rest of that hole, it was a bit of a mess haha. All in all, it was an awesome day at an amazing course. Even though I lost some shots on & around the greens, we knew it was going to be a challenge so we weren't too worried about trying to go low. Just enjoyed the golf, the weather, and the views! If anyone is planning a Northern Michigan golf trip coming up, this is an absolute must play!
    17 points
  5. Played one of my favorite joints in PHX. The Raven. I was a fill in for my buddy's men's league. Played really well on the front 9 and shot 39. But I completely $#!T the bed on the back with a devastating 47. The heat today just destroyed me at about hole 10 Picked up this dope murdered out cap Beautiful course And finally.. this is no joke. This actually happened. Luckily the hole ran downhill but not until about 300 yds so I still had to get there. 354 yds!
    17 points
  6. Finally got my first round of the year in! 9 holes with my son and brother. We all had a good time too. Told myself I was going to relax and enjoy it as there’s been a lot of business and stress the past few weeks between work and trying move. Focused on having good tempo and took an extra club into a lot of greens…. Very satisfied with the results! I didn’t putt particularly well, which didn’t lead to any 3-putts, but I missed 1 or two I think I could have had with a good stroke. Despite shooting a 1 under 32 (one birdie, 8 pars) the day belonged to Jackson. He had a blast and was excited to get back out there. He also “beat” my brother by 1 stroke, but I think Jackson might have forgotten a swing or two. No really long drives, but two were 260 on the nose and another 253. All were night high flights, and the last few were gentle draws. Nothing to complain about there. The last drive was 234, I tried to hit a little cut into a short par 4 and just went a bit too far right in the rough, but was at the front of the green. Jackson had the best drive of the day… 134ish yards! C9576E95-7998-4B76-A4B1-31A9FEB8C846.MOV Hopefully will be posting here a lot more now that we’ve broken the seal, but man did it feel good to get out and play a round!
    16 points
  7. I wasn't going to post my birthday round today; it's really not worth reading... but here it is anyway. Rain quit just before wen teed off. My wife and I played with another couple that we play with frequently. The problem was that in front of us was our Men's Club member-guest followed by a small corporate tournament... bad day to play!! When we got to the #3 tee, we were the 5th group on this 350y par 4; group on the green, group in the fairway, and two other groups waiting on the tee in front of us. Aargh!! When it was our turn to tee off, we had been on the course for an hour and played two holes!!! I was ready to quit, but my wife and friends said "What else are we going to do?"... I said "Go to the bar!" I was overruled. The pace picked top a little when we got to the par 5 #5, but we still had to wait on every shot... the entire round! It was still golf, and we were outside in warm sunny weather with friends, but... dang!!! Couldn't get into any kind of rhythm. I had 12 bogeys and 6 pars for an 84... bogeyed the first 7 holes, but at least I kept doubles off the scorecard.
    16 points
  8. I received these yesterday and hit the range with them today. They will get their first real test tomorrow morning.
    16 points
  9. Took my son out for his first 9 of the year. He played really well first time out. Struggled here and there but had some real gems. Of those a chip in for par on the 3rd hole! he later had a really good drive best of the day on hole 5 and I said “wow buddy best shot of the day” he corrected me and said I think my chip in was better”….I stand corrected kid. we had some good room on the Course and we did some putting/green reading and some sand work….he surprisingly picked up on the sand shot pretty quick. All in all he had a great day. as for me +3 but the highlight of the day you ask? When the starter asked him “so are you going to beat your dad today?” And he proceeded to answer “well he is getting old so maybe”…..I proceeded with this off the tee: the starter quickly responded with “you got a few years kid”….damn right he does. was a great day and can’t wait to get more rounds in with him through the year
    15 points
  10. Very out of the blue diagnosis for my cousin almost 2 weeks ago. He ended up passing out and at the hospital they found a brain tumor. 26 out of the blue. Had surgery a week ago and is doing really well (had a friend a few years back same thing and didn't have much mobility for about a month). My cousin is walking around, eating, drinking no issues as of yet which is awesome. Hes a local superintendent will be out of work for a little bit but hes taking advantage of the time he has to take away. Avid golfer and is really hoping he can get to the course a few times before he has to go back (summer is a wash for him). Got to go visit him yesterday with my brother. Watched the Celtics was a good time.
    15 points
  11. Offer accepted in Oregon… good news is I won’t have to worry about rocks any more. 1.9 miles from the water instead of 19 feet. Super Duper Stoked!!! Just have to decide which course I want to join…
    14 points
  12. I wore a pair of baby blue shorts and a pink shirt to go play golf in last week. As I'm walking out the door my wife said. "Where are you going to a baby reveal party at the course" Not to be outdone I quickly replied. "You better hope it's a girl because I have to take the wrong color off"
    14 points
  13. Got out to play today with my son @Josh Ross. It was my first round in almost a year and a half due to some health issues. Managed a few pars, hit the ball the best I have in years, and even holed out from 100 yards for eagle on the last hole. Even a blind squirrel finds a nut every once in a while.
    14 points
  14. Played my last Tuesday Exec until June 2nd knee replacement surgery. Really didn’t hit anything well except breakfast which I hit great. I’ll be checking in occasionally to see how you boys do over the summer.
    13 points
  15. Hosted my annual Buddy Trip last week(Thur-Sun) for 16 players, including me. I rented 4 4 bedroom houses and we played a different course every day. Thursday…North Shore GC. Shot 88…always a great course. Friday…Stonegate at Sola Vita-Cypress course. Shot 91…disappointed with course conditions We also played the Oaks course front 9 twice as a team scramble…lotta fun. Saturday…Falcon’s Fire GC. Shot 92….awesome course Sunday…Hawk’s Landing GC. Shot 92…somewhat disappointed as the fairways used to be covered with grass. Overall, we had terrific weather and all had a great time except for one player. He was driving back to the rental houses Thursday afternoon and was sideswiped by an Audi on the turnpike. His car was totaled and the Audi drove off never stopping. Sore and bruised, he did play Sat & Sun but could not turn to hit his driver…
    13 points
  16. I was -1 through 8…… then a double happened. should have quit then, but I finished out the round… carded a 10… on a hole that I normally don’t have problems with. 81 final… oh what could have been…
    13 points
  17. Hi, Morris, This is Saul, next door. I've been riddled with guilt for a few months and have been trying to get up the courage to tell you face-to-face. When you're not around, I've been sharing your wife, day and night, probably much more than you. I haven't been getting it at home recently. I know that's no excuse. The temptation was just too great. I can't live with the guilt and hope you'll accept my sincere apology and forgive me. Please suggest a fee for usage and I'll pay you. - Saul. Morris, feeling enraged and betrayed, grabbed his gun, went next door, and shot Saul dead. He returned home, shot his wife, poured himself a stiff drink, and sat down on the sofa. Morris then looked at his phone and discovered a second text message from Saul. SECOND TEXT MESSAGE: Hi, Morris. Saul here again. Sorry about the typo in my last text. I assume you figured it out and noticed that the darned Spell-Check had changed "wi-fi" to "wife." Technology, huh? It'll be the death of us.
    13 points
  18. 81 in the Saturday Skins game, best round of the year, but so disappointing. Made 4 birdies, could have made 6 or 7 if I'm honest, dropped massive putts, 28 total... had two lost ball doubles and a pick up triple... 81. Just complete pull hook city costing me strokes, so I'm back to old familiar, my Mizuno ST180 for the next bit. With a tournament coming up and no chance I'm buying from DDC, it seems the right play for the season You've never seen someone so mad to win 12 dollars in a 50 cent skin game.
    13 points
  19. I had another really good round on Sunday. I feel like the pieces are starting to come together. My ball striking was really good, as I was releasing the club better. I put a new putter in the bag, and it was the Mizuno OMOI and it was much heavier than my old Ping Anser. My short game really struggled, but it still turned out to be a good score. I messed myself up on 17, I counted my score and if I finished at par I would break 80. I bogeyed 17 from middle of fairway 90 yards out. I made par on 18, but very happy with where my swing is at the moment. Score: 80 Fir: 9/ 14 GIR 6/18 Putts: 32
    13 points
  20. Day Two, same course. Some days you get the bear, and some days the bear eats all your golfballs. Before starting out I dropped by the resort’s gift store and found a bin full of used golfballs, six for $7, presumably found among the tall grass, creeks and ponds. I felt a little better knowing I wasn’t the only one losing balls in the course. Then, judging by the age of some of the brands and models, I realized that the shop was making easy money finding and selling the same lost balls over and over again. My game was marginally better, the shanks left me, and once I admitted to myself that I’m used to playing with wider and straighter fairways, shorter roughs and zero water hazards, I relaxed and just enjoyed the good weather and scenery. After all, I walked the afternoon with deer, geese, a hare and a heron. Lesson learned The next time I play an unfamiliar coastal course that works hard to blend in with the next-door wildlife preserve, I’ll bring my own bag of old, cheap ionomer balls and leave the urethanes at home.
    13 points
  21. Well I found out the hard way that doing yard work every day for two weeks straight after work and all day on Saturday's wasn't good for my golf game. I parred the first hole with a one putt. Then 4 bogies in a row then parred out the front 9. Back 9 was a little better with three bogies and a birdie. My highest round in a long time with a 77. Poor driver performance today. I only hit 2 fairways on the front and 4 on the back. I know it was just me being all sore and stiff. Went to the range after my round and worked out my driver issues. Felt much better after the range work.
    13 points
  22. Yesterday was a long, hot day. We started with a twosome in front of us that had a fivesome in front of them. We should have asked for our money back and went home... hindsight and all.. The fivesome was incredibly slow; the twosome was incredibly bad. They were everywhere off the tee... couldn't get to a green in less than 4 shots each and probably 3-5 putted every hole. I know people have to learn how to play, but pick some time other than prime time weekends to do it! Anyway... I shot 39 on the front. At the turn (after 2.5 hours) we figured more beer was going to be needed for the back. We were right! We waited no less than 10 - 15 minutes on every hole. The beer didn't last long. I ended the back with a 44... after 3 hrs. 15 min. Not a terrible score considering, but I don't understand how my brother and I always seem to have these people in front of us instead of behind us. The twosome offered to let us play through, but we would have had to wait on the fivesome anyway. So, we just drank beer and waited. It was an enjoyable day, really... just loooong! I don't understand why courses will let a fivesome out on a busy weekend. Oh well.... I hope next week is better. It almost has to be...right?
    13 points
  23. We're heading back north in another week so had to make a last stop at the Sarasota PGA Superstore since it's only 30 min away. Wife immediately went to the discount rack for clothes - I on the other hand was looking for a 3 wood. An even though lefty stuff is scarce, I found what I was looking for. LTDx with a Smoke iM10 shaft. Wonder how they knew it was on my wish list. However, I did keep going back and forth between it and the Radspeed 3 Wood with a Tensi shaft, but my wife encouraged me to spend the extra $$ for the LTDx. I love shopping with her. As an added +, it came with a lamkin grip instead of the std ARRCOS grip so I can immediately install a Shotscope sensor and not wait til I install my MCC+4.
    13 points
  24. Wife's grandfather went to the VA, who promptly sent him to the ER, and he's now been in the hospital for a week getting blood transfusions. Had a bone marrow biopsy yesterday and they're waiting for the results, but it's more than likely leukemia. Apparently there are different levels of severity of leukemia, and he's 87, so exactly how to treat him is still TBD based on the results of the biopsy. We're still in Nebraska (the move is in 3 weeks), so my wife flew back to PA to visit with him and to help her grandmother and mother with some of the difficult decisions that lay ahead. Quite the monkey-wrench overall...golf trip with the buddies and my promotion ceremony next week both now cancelled, and moving prep has to begin in earnest since I'll be here solo for a good stretch. All VERY small inconveniences when measured against the larger context of things overall, just venting the stress of it all I guess.
    12 points
  25. Had a great time today in the golf tournment I was invited to play in yesterday. My driver issues that crept in the last two weeks disappeared. I was hitting straight and long today. I hit all but 1 fairway so I was pretty happy. Irons and putting were good. Mr. Dependable showed up to play today. We played in a scramble format with 1 mulligan and 1 red tee per person. The team suggested to use a red tee on one hole which left 250 to the green. I said it's mine, I'll put it on the green! I teed it up put a good swing on it and it disappeared over the hill heading online to its target. We drove down and it was sitting just past the flag by around 10 feet. My putt lipped out and sat on the edge. That would have been a good one to have but nobody made their attempt either. But we were respectable with shooting 12 under. No bogies. We were out of the money but 6th place wasn't bad out of 18 teams. Good company, great weather, good golf. What else can you ask for. I hope I bring this game to Myrtle Beach next week. You never know who will show up.
    12 points
  26. Well, what a trainwreck of a round for my 9 hole golf league. Driver wasn't working, irons weren't working,wedges weren't working and the putter...you guessed it...wasn't working. Needless to say, jumped out of the cart coming back to the club house and spent an hour chipping, putting and hitting the entire bag at the range to work out the issues. Apparently my body forgot some of the basics....We'll see how it goes next week. MDGolfHacker
    12 points
  27. My “home” course is Radisson Greens in Balwinsville, NY. It is an 18 hole par 72 course that plays at 6360 yards from the White Tees. If you’re adventurous you can play the Blue Tees at 7010 yards. The course is a Robert Trent Jones Senior design. It’s very tree lined and tight in spots. I know folks say trees are 95% air but I seem to always find 100% tree. 1st Par 5 dogleg left. The fairway bunkers are at the corner. 2nd Par 3 3rd Par 5 slight dogleg left. From the second shot in the right rough. 4th Par 4 5th Par 4 from the fairway. 6th Par 4 from the fairway. 7th Par 3 8th Par 4 9th Par 4
    12 points
  28. Was sitting on the couch last night with my wife doing my normal Sunday evening thing of seeing what my week looked like & trying to see where to wedge 18 holes in. Later in the week looked terrible so I figured I'd see what I might find for today. Hop on the LA City Golf, check times. See 6:20 AM Rancho park. Immediately look over to my wife & ask as nicely as possible what her morning looks like and if she can take our daughter to school. The sound of 'Y' was barely out of her mouth before I clicked to book hoping that it had not disappeared in the 10 seconds it took me to ask the question. (Those of you in LA will understand how cutthroat Rancho times are). Cut to this morning, I'm so glad I played. 41/39 80 with a lipped out birdie on 18, a really really dumb three putt bogey on 10 , and lots of very close almost up and downs. It's still my personal best both score wise and differential (8.5) and its far and away the most complete round of golf I've ever played. I was focused, sharp, and made mostly good decisions. (I cannot recommend Decade foundations enough.) I hit 12/14 fairways 8/18 GIR and recorded my first card in a while without a double. I'll give a lot of credit to a suggestion from my instructor to positively reinforce before nervy (& all shots). Told myself I was going to make solid smooth contact with any easy swing before every shot and mostly did. The capper to the round was one of my playing partners being absolutely shocked that I wasn't a single digit cap, and saying it was really fun watching me play when we walked off 18. Never had that happen before.
    12 points
  29. A young man shopping in a supermarket noticed a little old lady following him around. If he stopped, she stopped. Furthermore she kept staring at him. She finally overtook him at the checkout, and she turned to him and said, "I hope I haven't made you feel ill at ease; it's just that you look so much like my late son." He answered, "That's okay." "I know it's silly, but if you'd call out 'Good bye, Mom' as I leave the store, it would make me feel so happy." She then went through the checkout, and as she was on her way out of the store, the man called out, "Goodbye, Mom." The little old lady waved and smiled back at him.. Pleased that he had brought a little sunshine into someone's day, he went to pay for his groceries. "That comes to $121.85," said the clerk. "How come so much? I only bought 5 items." The clerk replied, "Yeah, but your Mother said you'd be paying for her things, too." Bet you thought this was going to be a tear jerker, didn’t you? Dating in 1960 You need to be able to remember the era to really enjoy this.... It was a hot Saturday evening in the summer of 1960 and Ted had a date with Peggy Sue. He arrived at her house and rang the bell. "Oh, come on in!" Peggy Sue's mother said as she welcomed Ted in. "So, what are you and Peggy planning to do tonight?" she asked. "Oh, probably catch a movie, and then maybe grab a bite to eat at the malt shop, maybe take a walk on the beach..." "Peggy likes to screw, you know," Mom informed him. "Is that so?" asked Ted, incredulous. "Yes," said the mother. "As a matter of fact, she'd screw all night if we let her!" "Well, thanks for the tip," Ted said as he began thinking about alternate plans for the evening. "Have fun, kids," the mother said as they left. Half an hour later, a completely disheveled Peggy Sue burst into the house and slammed the front door behind her. "The TWIST, Mom!" she angrily yelled at her mother. "THE DAMN DANCE IS CALLED THE TWIST!!!"
    12 points
  30. Played on Saturday at my local course, went 37/39 for a 76 (+5) First hole was the best hole of the day. Plays downhill, and bombed the drive 294 next to the green side bunker, pitch was not great, but poured in the birdie putt. Lost a ball on the second, but we can skip that. Hit the par 5 5th in 2 for the first time in a while for a second birdie. Silly green side play, cost the even par front 9. Driver was hot on the front with my shortest shot being 253, but hitting driver of 294, 253, 256, 284, 284. Lost the diver a bit on the back for a few holes leading to a 3 hole bogie stretch having to play from the trees. I was very pleased with approach play today, my worst area traditionally. I found myself taking enough club, getting some better shaft lean that I had been missing, even went long on a couple holes, and only missed 12% short (none short on approaches longer than 200 according to Shot Scope). A couple of meh shots from 90 years probably kept my strokes gained from being an all time high. Looking to keep this up and I know even lower scores will come. Overall solid start to the season this year. Now if only the black flies in my yard would stop trying to carry me away so I could practice a bit more a home.
    12 points
  31. Well I did it, I bought the Mizuno OMOI 2 black putter!! Happy birthday to me! I tested it against Scotty Cameron Newport 2, COBRA Grandsport 35, and Odyssey Tri-Hot 5k. Did not get along with Scotty, and I really liked the Cobra. In the end it came down to Odyssey and Mizuno, with the Mizuno being the one.
    12 points
  32. Thanks everyone, and as already told a couple people, it's my birthday of course you know I was going to get myself a present. So the present came in the form of them being shipped today Should have them by Monday or Tuesday Details will be found in the What Did You Buy thread a bit later.
    11 points
  33. The next time someone likes one of my posts I go over 2K! And there it is...
    11 points
  34. Two 18s and one nine this week. Shot 39 on the front Monday by rebounding on the final four holes or so after a shaky start. Followed that with a very, very solid 41/37 -> 78 on Tuesday. Didn't hit anything all that well, but my short game and putting were on fire. I actually started on the back and nearly finished it at even par, just missing a putt on No. 18. Fell off a bit making the turn which was frustrating. Finished this morning's 18 with a 40/41 -> 81. Hit the ball extremely well with my irons. Driver continues to be pretty squirrelly and cost me three strokes this morning. Mental mistakes (which make me so mad) cost me another two (resulting in two double bogies on the back). Short game just wasn't as good as Tuesday, but I've been putting a lot of pressure on my chipping and putting with the driver. Felt really good to hit the ball well with my irons. Just need to get the driver sorted out now.
    11 points
  35. My Tuesday 9 started off horribly. It was a bit chilly at 53° and winds. Nothing seemed to work on the first 2 holes. But things fortunately improved as the round went on. My driver miss today remains to the left which is a marked difference from a horrible slice last season. Putting was completely gone today. Three 3 putts, one 1 putt and the rest were 2 putts. The positive take away was my misses now don’t result with lost balls. I still have a real difficult time with uneven lies. But I was able to get out and have fun.
    11 points
  36. This game is crazy!! Played one of the biggest roller coaster rounds ever on Saturday. 3 3 putts, 2 balls OB, 5 birdies and shot 75. Not a single birdie on a par 5, which for me is unheard of. All 3 putts were after being on par 5's in 2. Sunday was a little more flatline 3 birdies 2 bogeys but 2 stupid doubles and another 75.
    11 points
  37. A pitiful round today that end up with the same score as yesterday... 84. I'm just not hitting the ball well; I don't have any strength and my back hurts when I make a full rotation through the ball... so often I don't and the ball drifts right. Couple that with poor chipping and mediocre putting, I'm making too many bogeys and not enough par saves. The one good thing today was that at 77º, it was a shorts and polo shirt day. Warm weather is here!!
    11 points
  38. I played my worst round in years but was so glad to be back on the course with my dad. Especially seeing that eagle! We knew it was good but it was a severely elevated green and we had no idea it was in the hole until we went to look. Such a great day of golf!
    11 points
  39. Played Windswept Dunes yesterday while at the beach down here in Florida with my dad and bro in law. Weather was perfect in the high 70s and sunny. I decided to challenge myself and play the tournament tees at 7300 yards. I shot a 78 with a double, some bogies, and a birdie. I had my driver working and some really nice up and downs to help my goal of breaking 80. My double consisted of a plugged ball into the side of a bunker. This was one of the worst I’ve ever seen as I could only see 5-6 dimples of the ball and the letter S from Snell. Avoided disaster by hacking at it and getting it to fall into the bottom of the trap. I highly suggest playing Windswept Dunes if you’re in the Destin/Panama City area in Florida. I know golf is expensive at the beach, but this course is a little bit of a hidden gem to me. Not on the beach, but still has that beachy vibe. 7 tee boxes to pick from, challenging green complexes, and unique course layout. Alright I’m done, back to the beach.
    11 points
  40. For the last 8 years it was Inwood CC on Long Island. Now that I am mostly full time in VA I play out of Royal New Kent in Providence Forge, VA. Course is a Mike Strantz design and plays a shade under 7,500 yards off the back tees with a slop and rating of 76.8/154. Fun place that always seems to play a bit differently with each round and certainly a challenge. For the membership cost it is really hard to beat and a welcome change from what I was paying up north. I would post some pictures but I can't do the course justice with my terrible photography skills, so here are a few stock photos.
    10 points
  41. Still trying to figure out the driver, but took a few good observations away from today's range session. Watch for overly closed or open shoulders at address. Don't lift the club in the backswing. Make a good turn. Be aggressive on the downswing - really accelerate through the ball with my arms/hands. The last one is a big key for me. When I'm not aggressive enough my shoulders outrace my hands and that's when the cuts/push cuts/slices come out. I crushed four or five balls to end my driver swings - nice high, straight flight. A couple one- and two-hopped the end of the range which was about 285 from where I was. We had a little wind help so I'm happy with those. I then finished my bucket with the same thought and it was fantastic! I picked out the 178 yard flag and grabbed my nine iron (normally a 160-165 club on course) and tried to hit the green with what felt like half backswings. It really made me accelerate through the ball because otherwise there was no way I could hit 170-180 yards with a nine iron.
    10 points
  42. Happy birthday to the one and only, biggest ho we know @Golfspy_CG2! Also a big Happy Birthday to @Undershooter. Have a great day fellas.
    10 points
  43. Played this afternoon again, and hit a lot of 250-260 yd drives. Now these were really solid hits. You guys that hit 370 yarders would drive half the greens around here. Cept I’m pretty happy with 260. Score well with short irons coming in. bad news tho is the main sprinkler distribution pump just died, so they’re telling me no watering for about 2 months. This track is gunna turn into a rock. Then I’ll be hitting 300 yarders…
    10 points
  44. ... I am still amazed at how many good players repair their ball marks improperly. The most egregious being lifting the turf underneath instead of pulling from the edges. I have played with high school, college and even mini tour players that dig and lift, breaking the roots and killing the grass leaving those brown spots on greens. The worst part is they are trying to do the right thing but have never been educated. I think it is a good idea to post a refresher every now and then so here ya go:
    10 points
  45. H4 mini-review after playing about a week with it: Pros: Exactly what I wanted - a manual, tagging-based system. The integrated GPS is an added bonus and one that I've used surprisingly often. Small and very lightweight. (Also a con, see below.) Synchronization in the mobile app is really simple. Battery life appears to be good, at least good enough for 45 holes or so. Cons: The non-standard "clip" charger is annoying. I understand that USB is not ideal due to debris and water problems, but it would be nice to have some sort of standardized charging interface. Small and very lightweight. So much so that you can misplace it or have it knocked from your belt without noticing. The magnet that holds the unit to the belt clip is not overly strong. You could certainly bump the unit out of the cradle. I've been using a rubber band to secure it. GPS signal takes some time to lock in, though I remember this being the same with the v2 watch. It is far too easy to turn the unit on when you don't want to. A dedicated power button (or at least requiring a long press) would be nice as it would be much harder to accidentally drain the battery (which has happened twice to me now already). Overall, a very solid unit. I have had some course mapping issues and ShotScope has been very responsive to support requests. The dashboard is good, obviously lagging just a touch to Arccos but I really don't care. I don't really look at the metrics too much, I just like to look back on rounds and occasionally score Internet points with long drives .
    10 points
  46. Played a very consistent round on Saturday with @TR1PTIK . Course management, played the percentages and didn't get greedy even thou i could easily have on some holes. Happy with most of my game, continue to drive the ball well, Irons are still a little thin for whatever reason. But not getting me in trouble. Wedges and Putter are steady. Sub70 5 Wood is absolute money, it will stay in the bag for this weekend tournaments. Holes, 13/14 lack of concentration.. I was on the fringe in 3, try to get cute with a chip, resulted in a slick down hill putt that ended 15ft. Then on 14th fried egg, not getting out, blasted to end of the green. But then settle down and back to normal operations.
    10 points
  47. We played 18 at River Heights today. Lot of highs and lows for this one. Four pars and even a birdie! Also two quad bogeys. Six 3 putts, but also seven 1 putts including two beyond 30 feet. They're letting the rough grow out a bit and I was really having trouble getting a club through the taller grass. Whereas last year I would slice my driver to the next fairway, now I'm just offline enough to miss into the rough so I'm actually penalized more for being more accurate, lol. Couldn't hit my 3 wood to save my life today but my irons were starting to come around. All in all another work in progress. 53/47 to hit 100 on the nose.
    10 points
  48. Had several great ones this morning before work but this one takes the cake: Easily goes down as one of my longest ever. Middled it and hit a beautiful cut to the right side of the fairway on a par 5. I've gone for this par 5 in two four times already this season and can't recall doing that more than once or twice last year. Moreover, each time I've taken less and less club. Started with hybrid, then utility, then 5 iron and today my 6 iron finished hole-high in the left bunker.
    10 points
  49. ... Finally got in 18 holes today. Not much energy and still tired and hard to believe it has been 3 weeks since coming down with this $%^&%$* sinus infection. First surprise was I tried to play Monday and only got thru 7 holes and mentioned that to one of the guys in the clubhouse (they all know me since I play 5 times a week) and Michael only charged me for 9 holes today without me asking. Nice start to my day. Then I was playing new irons, new shafts and a new driver with a new shaft. 20-25 mph winds but with the temps near 100* not a bad thing really. ... I really liked the LTDx Black with the LinQ White shaft but struggled with the KBS TGi shafts in my new Forged Tec irons. 5-pw with a FT-X 4 iron that was silly long off the tee and from the fairway and set me up for an eagle putt just over the 2nd green. I need to weaken it 2* and match the specs for the FT 4 iron. The FT's performed well but the TGi shafts just feels very brittle and stiff, unlike any graphite irons shafts I have played. Not sure if I was making poor contact, although all my par 3 shots had the tee mark in the center of the face, or the shafts are just very different because as I said, I felt a little weak and tired all round long. I am going to give them a few more rounds and then if the feel doesn't improve, I will re-shaft with Steelfibers similar to what I have in my MIM irons. Love that combo. 3 birdies and 2 bogies so 1 under par while still feeling under the weather gives me nothing to complain about. Resting this weekend then hopefully a little more energy for Mondays round!
    9 points
  50. 3 separate fitting appointments, 3 purchases, one is custom order. Stealth 10.5º Driver with Ventus Red stiff shaft. Stealth 15º fairway with Ventus Red stiff shaft. On the way: Stealth irons 4-G with Ventus blue stiff shaft. Can't wait!
    9 points
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