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  1. I've decided to put to GC3 to some ball fitting. I used the MGS 2021 ball test as a starting point, then went to the local golf shop and bought sleeves of a number of the ones I was interested in. And since this is a slow time of year for golf, I decided to drag out this process as long as I can. So, my plan for this is to hit ~ 20 shots with each ball for each: 100y wedge, 7i, and Driver. I'm going to only do 3 balls at time so that the information is easier to parse. I'll do the wedge shots for the first 3 balls, then post the data, followed by the 7i and driver. I'll likely only do 1 set per day. After 3(or so days) and you all can see the data sets for 3 clubs for the 3 balls, I'll let you all pick "the winner". "the winner" will stay in and I'll redo the whole test with 2 other contenders. And to remove biases, I'm not going to tell you all which ball is which. I'll just give you the list of balls I'm testing right now. That way, if you want to guess at which is which you can. Bridgestone BX, Bridgestone BXS, Callaway Chrome Soft X, Callaway Chrome soft X LS, Vice Pro, Taylormade TP5X, Maxfli Tour, Srixon Z-Star and maybe a ProV1. So, that is the plan.
    18 points
  2. Club Championship this weekend. It was a war of attrition. Hit the ball ok on Saturday didn't putt great but made a few big putts that mattered. Ended the first day tied for the lead. Sunday on the practice putting green I couldn't get the feel of my putter and knew the day would be a struggle. Hit the ball great except for 2 holes. Putted like a blind man. 3 3 putts and 38 total putts. Luckily I hit the ball better than everyone else and was able to sneak out a 1 shot victory. First club championship I have won since 1998!
    17 points
  3. Shot 47/46:93 today with a pitch-in birdie from 63 yards out on #3 handicap hole.
    15 points
  4. Bookend 38's at Desert Hills today for a 76... my best of the year. That makes three sub 80 rounds in a row . Only one double bogey on #3 which, had the 3w off the tee stayed inside the canal fence line, could have ended up a stellar shot on that dog leg left par 4. I hit my 3rd shot off the tee on the same aggressive line (not really intending too ) and it stayed in, leaving only 136 yards. Nearly snuck away with a bogey but putt #1 hung on the edge. We waited a few seconds hoping it would drop but no such luck. Typically we layup down to the lake and have 160+ in over part of the lake. My driving has been solid and only one other fairway missed. I made several long-ish one putts for par saves - for a total of 28 putts!
    15 points
  5. As mentioned before I was look for new irons and the just arrived. Found a great deal on a set of Mizuno JPX 919 Hot Metal Pro irons that I had re-shafted by @dlow206 and Bort Golf with Fuji Pro Tour Spec 115 Stiff graphite irons, thanks to a virtual fit with TXG. Oh boy do these look great. I love the just slightly larger head of the HMP than my i500s in the 5 and 6, but are about the same in the short irons, plus the offset is very minimal which is great. If anyone wants some more forgiveness with less offset, then you need to give these a serious look. Also great to work with @dlow206 getting a great price of the shafts in doing quick quality work. Hit them in the net straight away and love the feel of the shafts, though the 4 iron is not one I will be using, bit otherwise very pleased. Hoping to get the spin down a bit with this move as well, so will be sure to share GC Quad numbers when I get on one next.
    15 points
  6. Met up with RevKev and his mid-20’s friend John. John played the tips while Rev & I played the Whites at Seminole Lakes Country Club. John stayed even all day while Rev bested me. I shot a 47/46:93 and was glad I was able to finish. We were fighting 13 mph winds with gusts up to 22 mph. All in all, we had a great time.
    14 points
  7. Had the club winter open on Friday, 4-ball best 2 scores to count. As a team we didn't do so well, steady but not good enough to get into contention. I played OK, but drove really well hitting 10/15 fairways. Highlight was the 1st tee. Been having a bit of banter with the assistant pro about how far I'm hitting the driver and he was the starter on the tee, par 4, 320y to the middle. We waited for our tee-off and said I would go last to wait for the green to clear... "You don't need to wait, you won't reach the green today" he said.... Cue a perfect drive, arrow straight down the middle. One bounce and rolled about 6 yards on Missed the eagle but tapped in for a birdie...
    14 points
  8. Today was supposed to be the nicest day compared to Saturday and Sunday so I headed over to the club at noon. The weather was in the 60's and sunny, but there was a little wind. Knowing it was leaf season I took two balls out of the "found on the course" box. I always try to pick something that I don't normally play during leaf season. I never got to try the second ball because I was playing so well with the first one. I played a Bridgestone Tour B RX. It performed very well. Drives were straight and long. Approach shots were good on distance and stopping, and the putting was great. It felt a little soft while playing but it just felt really good off the club face. I shot an even 36 on the front nine with one birdie and one bogey. Then shot a 33 on the back with two more birdies for a 69. Pretty happy day today. I snuck another round in the 60's in for the season. This was the best season ever. I had 10 rounds in the 60's. Mind = Blown! Historically I have only managed 2 rounds in the 60's a season over the past few years. I am treating myself to some cocktails tonight and I don't normally drink. I did look the ball up when I got home and it was a low compression ball. Sounds like I found my winter ball. 31 Putts, 12 of 14 fairways. I didn't keep track of the greens in regulation. But I didn't find any of the 36 bunkers. I think that's a first for me.
    14 points
  9. *** Personal Best Alert 74 *** I don't know what's going on of late. My level of play over the past handful of rounds has been as good as its ever been. We played Mesa Del Sol yesterday and I tied my personal best from over 30 years ago with a 37/37 . 2 bogies and one birdie on the front and one bogey on the back. The guys I played with are not our groups better golfers and, when we got in after the round to have a beer, they insisted I transfer my score onto a clean card - saying "we don't want our train wrecks tarnishing that performance" . They mentioned how consistent I was hitting everything and that I hit every fairway and green in regulation. I knew I hadn't, so we went back through the round and annotated those on the new card. The tally; 13/14 FIR and 12/18 GIR. 32 putts and no penalties. Putting for birdie more often and having short putts for pars is a game I hope stays with me a while longer. Hole 7
    13 points
  10. So as mentioned previously I found myself in the market (at the worst possible time) for a new SUV. Well after a week of emailing, negotiating and testing a couple different ones. I took home a 2021 Highlander XLE Hybrid last night. So far I love it. But the question many of you wanted answer is, would it hold ALL of my golf bags if required. Well see for yourself. Here it is loaded up with two full stand bags snd a full cart bag. Still room for one more (I didn’t bring out my empty Titleist Light Weight bag. But it would have fit. And room for luggage if I was the chosen driver of a road trip! But since 95% of my driving is just me and occasionally if I take my clubs to an away course You see they fit nicely with the 3rd row seats up. I got 35 MPG on my trip into work this morning So I’m really looking forward to that savings.
    13 points
  11. Well, the sub 80 run ended today at Mesa Del Sol. 38/43 . 4 great birdie attempts on the front but could not get any to drop. Both par 3's got me for bogies. On #10, I sent my drive wayward right and OB. #3 off the tee was good but I pushed #4 right and chipped past the hole leaving a slippery, speedy downhill putt - which slipped off the edge and just kept rolling. In for a quadruple bogey . I worked much harder keeping things in check the rest of the round and was happy I didn't let it get away from me with a quad, bogey start . The guy in the center, second photo will be 90 years old tomorrow!
    13 points
  12. Shot 75 (39/36) and I can say it was one of my best rounds of the year! 72% of greens was the key, along with some really good 1/2 and 3/4 wedge shots. These Edels are ridiculous. Birdied the par 5 last hole, chipped it up tight for the tap-in.
    13 points
  13. Played up in Monterey this week with the wife at a conference. The little muni there is outstanding. Shot really well, as my streak of good play continues. A neat addition to my suddenly superb iron play is my driver and fairway woods, which have been jumping on the train as well. And let’s not forget Adele… needless to say, yea baby! Also met a couple cats yesterday who were really cool, and really good players too.
    13 points
  14. Hey guys, It is a MGS Christmas giveaway!!!! Just not the giveaway you probably came here looking for….Christmas is right around the corner and everyone likes to receive gifts around the holidays whether it's a fresh pair of socks or a new car?! Either way it’s the season of giving and receiving. I was thinking of a way to do something special for someone and had an idea. If anyone follows @acaseofthegolf1 (Monday Q info) on twitter, Ryan has had some great opportunities to gather donations through his followers and PGA tour players and send to high school/middle school golf teams that are in need. I have a couple items, a never used Cobra Radspeed 3 wood that was sent to me by mistake (Cobra doesn’t want it back) and a new Cobra bag (never got to use since the CC5 never quite got started) that I want to donate to someone/a golf team in need! I want to know if there are any connections out there where a school might not have the funds to help their players or the players are playing with some really old equipment. I know it is not much, but still want to give these items away. Maybe by posting this early enough, I can find someone to donate this to and get it to them by Christmas. I don’t know if this has been done before, but if anyone else has some equipment lying around that they would consider donating, let me know! I’d love to try to gather up any donations and send them to someone/a group in need. At the very least they are getting a new 3 wood and bag. I’m open to any suggestions, but thought I’d start here with a post. I know I could donate to a local golf store/my local club, but I wanted to reach out to the forum first. **Disclaimer, I know the 3 wood might not be to a person’s spec, but at least someone could give it a try at the very least.
    13 points
  15. Like many here probably got out for my last round of the year. Got out for a quick 9 while it was 50 and now windy. First round with the new irons, so I hit some extra balls and got a bit of a feel for them. Really liked the performance and feel. Still enough spin but clubs were taking a nice first hop then stopping, not stopping right next to the pitch mark. Feels like a good balance that will help for sure in the windier conditions. Also hit some great short game shorts, and controlled pitching wedges. Driver was a mess though, but to be expected as it was my first round in at least a month maybe six weeks. Side note, first round with a push cart that was given to me, and it was a nice change. It will be more helpful on hillier courses that I play. Happy to be joining the push cart mafia
    13 points
  16. The year in golf in 2021 hasn't gone the way I planned. I started the year with high hopes of good rounds on the course and that came to a screeching halt around June. Scores for nine holes went from high 40's to low 50's to struggling to break 60. I went through a round patch where I really began to question if that was just going to be the new normal for me. Now that the year is coming to a close, I'm beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. After months of working on my swing and adjusting my focus on the course, I'm beginning to see better results. The swing is still a work in progress, but there are flashes of potential starting to pop up and it's encouraging. Thanks to the lesson I received from the pro at @Tom the Golf Nut's course I'm starting to hit the ball better more often. The Power Up wedge that @cksurfdude has also been a major aid in keeping my weight properly distributed in the backswing. Plus, all the encouragement here on the forum has kept me motivated. I want to thank all of you for the support. The mental game is also starting to shift. My last round I decided to relax more and just trust that I can hit the ball. I just had fun on the course and shot lower than I have in a long time. I also moved up a set of tees as a mental exercise and to work on rebuilding confidence that has been eroding most of the year. I had the wife tag along on more rounds this year, which I love. Put that together with two rounds with Tom and I couldn't ask for better companions on the course. I'm fortunate to be able to play most of the year and I'm excited to see what the rest of 2021 brings.
    13 points
  17. I enjoy building cool things. This one is for myself
    13 points
  18. I was able to sneak out of work today a couple of hours early to get in a birthday round of golf. After starting the day off with temps in the 30's, it was around 70 by the time I teed off. I had the best round I've had in a long time. I played nine holes and carded a 50. My driver was solid, irons were good up until the last hole, and had another good round with the putter (2 one putts, 2 3 putts). My wedge game cost me today as I couldn't hit anything from 30-80 yards. I get in the habit of not rotating on these partial shots, leading to the dreaded s word. The swing change is starting to come around. I hit several good iron shots and a couple of fairway woods that just felt buttery. The only negative thing happened after the round. I was going to park the cart and placed my right hand in the steering wheel....right on top of a yellow jacket. I didn't see it, but I sure felt it. I took a Benadryl once I got home and am starting to feel it trying to lull me to sleep.
    13 points
  19. i’ll be lucky to get a few more rounds in this year. it’s effectively the off-season, which means it’s time for non golf pursuits. when i started playing last year, i was in the best shape of my life. i've definitely been stronger at times, and leaner at others, but last summer i was the overall fittest i’ve ever been and because of that i’ve had well above average speed since day one well, since then life has definitely gotten in the way. my son was born last september, we sold our house and moved, and i’ve taken on a bunch of added responsibilities at work. this is all to say, it’s been well over a year since i’ve done anything close to what i’d consider training. i’m slower than i was last year. i’d attribute that to a loss of explosive strength and mobility. last year i had 135+ on tap. now i’m lucky to hit 130 and mostly cruise at 122-125. poor me, i know you’re all shedding a tear for me. well, it’s time to right the ship. time to get back to training. ive got about 25lbs to lose to get back to my fighting weight and a lot of explosive power to regain. my goals are lofty: by the time i tee it up next season i’d like to be back at 195lbs and seeing 145mph on my coach’s trackman. last year i set a goal of getting from “brand new golfer” to a 10 hcp in one season and got myself down to an 11.9, so i’m not scared of taking on big tasks this won’t be a thread to track my progress. i don’t have the time or attention span to get in here with training plans and regular updates. i’ll pop in time to time when i remember and when i start to see the needles move. i’ll also answer any questions anyone has for me. i hope everyone has a great offseason and you get out there chasing lofty goals of your own.
    13 points
  20. While everyone is entitled to their own opinion on these matters, I'm really struggling to understand why this discussion was initiated in the golf ball section of the forum. Does golf etiquette not extend to the internet?
    13 points
  21. While I prefer to walk (and carry), I ride more than I should for my game and health (it's better for me, and I'm more connected to my game when I walk). So... Dear OP I usually drive a cart and follow the course rules for cart paths/90 degrees as needed for respect to the course I haven't had a knee or hip replacement, though I did get a new pair of Footjoys last month. I live in Houston - about as far south as you can get I don't smoke, though some days you can smell my bad game from 100 yards away I don't drink alcohol on the course My course has a cooler attached to all the carts...so I don't have to bring my own I replace and sand my divots, and others in the vicinity of my own I fix my ball marks and others I see on the way to my ball on the green I rake my traps, and other players footprints while I'm there (more often than I would like) I play faster in a cart which allows me to spend more time making the course and experience better for my fellow golfers I DO zoom around the course when there is nobody holding me back and can play 18 in 2.5 hours on occasion... but also have played rounds at 5+ hours when the course is busy. It's golf. I patiently wait for the the 4 walkers in front of me to wave me through when they are looking for their ball in the hazard. I am not a detriment to any golfer on the course... rider, walker or limper While I'm not confident in my game from day to day - I am confident in my etiquette on the course (etiquette for the course AND for my fellow golfers). I am not unique in the above bullets Your comments are over generalized and directed at the few, not the majority.
    13 points
  22. No, they shouldn’t, and we all donate to help MGS cover the costs of all the equipment needed for Most Wanted testing, so MGS KNOWS the cost of doing business to have enough clubs and shafts for everyone. Seems a little hypocritical. A fitter spends $20,000 right away on a new Trackman, then thousands and thousands more on shafts and club heads. Add-in rent, taxes, incomes, utilities, insurance, etc and it’s a ridiculous amount of money, and it’s not a ONE-TIME expenditure. You gotta get each new shaft, head, etc. You pay for the knowledge and expertise of a fitter. I really think it all just might be clickbait, to be honest… Riles-up folks. Gets people yapping. Most Wanted sure isn’t FREE!!!
    13 points
  23. Love MGS, but it’s foolish and irresponsible to make a blanket statement that all club fittings should be free I made it through less than half of the podcast before I had to shut it off. Kudos to Ryan for trying to explain his point thoughtfully. I wish I could say the same for the MGS side of things And a big eye roll to the Free Fitting T-shirt tweet sent out. Not a good look
    13 points
  24. 12 points
  25. Update I took her our for a road test today. Definitely replacing my Cobra Amp. I hit about 6 balls on the range and thats all it took. Great sound, great ball flight, and the distance I needed to fill the gap, and inconsistency of the club it was replacing. Went right to the first tee to play / practice. I stopped the cart at 175 yards and hit the Sub 70 hybrid on a few holes just so can dial it in. Then on hole #18 my tee shot left me 175 in. I hit it perfect and wound up 3 feet from the pin.
    12 points
  26. Redeemed myself at a tough course in East Texas. I had vowed not to come back, but I couldn’t let her have the last word! Shot 79 (40/39). I lost three balls off the tee just because of the stupid blind tee shots! Oh well, I broke 80 which is ALWAYS the goal.
    12 points
  27. Pffft... pa-leeze... we've played with this guy, this data is clearly fudged . Looks like a fun project Chris and will be following along to see which, if any, is a standout. I'm a little surprised the MTB isn't in the mix?
    12 points
  28. Ball striking was very good today, shooting 39/49:88 with one birdie on a Par 3. The best score on the front nine since we started playing here in August.
    12 points
  29. This was probably the strangest, and at times most frustrating years I’ve gone through since I began playing about 20 years ago. The season started off with me still feeling the effects of back issue that kept me from playing the month of January, then I struggled to regain form once I started up again. It never felt quite right until late summer. I tried everything I could think of, but never quite got back to where I was last year. 2021 was the first year in at least 7-8 years that will end with my handicap being higher than the year before. It wasn’t just my back, this was the year I finally saw a drop off in swing speed. That led to me first trying lighter weight shafts, then finally going down a flex. I’ll even move up a tee occasionally when playing with friends. I went through more equipment changes this year than I did the last 5 years combined in an effort to sort things out. It was exhausting, and something I hope to never go through again. The cherry on top of a year to forget was my developing a case of the yips with my wedges. Trust me, the combination of losing swing speed AND your short game at the same time isn’t fun. Golf seems to go in cycles though, and just when things were at their worst, they started to change for the better. At first I thought it might be a “dead cat bounce”, but after a while I regained confidence in my swing (a big part of it was no longer worrying about my back), I started to hit the ball the way I wanted, and just recently even the wedge game began coming around. Things are looking up. I also did something I should’ve done a while ago. For the past few years, I rarely played a casual round of golf. I was always playing in a tournament, league or money game setting. I didn’t realize how burned out I was until I took a break and started playing a few rounds with friends or neighbors just for fun. I’ve played sports all my life and being able to still compete in my 60’s was a big part of why I enjoyed golf… until it wasn’t. I’m playing about half the amount of comps as I was, but I’m enjoying them and the casual rounds a lot more. So that’s that… I’ll get about 3-4. more rounds in down here, then head up to Long Island for the holidays. I’ll try to play some up there, but that will be weather dependent. Most likely no more than one or two, if that. I’ll get back down around New Years, hopefully refreshed, probably 5 pounds heavier, and raring to go in 2022. What about you guys? How was your season/year? Any big changes, improvements, or issues with your game you want to share with the class?
    12 points
  30. Had a middling day today. 87 on a 71.9/123 course. So, still on okay differential but I felt like it could have been much better. I am once again my own worst enemy. 7 Pars (couldn't buy a birdie today) 4 doubles and the rest bogies. I'm not upset though, the course was pretty tough today and the greens were very fast with some tricky pin positions. I'm about 1" total distance in 4 putts from 4 birdies -- just couldn't get one to drop. Driver: Was pretty reasonable today. The only major issue I had with it was on one of the doubles. 3 Wood: Used twice, but both were excellent. Once off the tee to clear a dogleg that I'd run past with driver and a monster off the deck on a par 5 (oh well, why not shot that carried 245 and rolled out to 260 from 289) 2 Hybrid: I rebuilt it with a steel shaft and I think I'm in love. Didn't have a chance to hit it before I played so it was a learning experience, but when it goes it goes. Seems to do fine with both a 3/4 mellow swing and a full get out there swing. Going to be a very versatile club in the bag. Since I hadn't hit it I wasn't really sure how far it would go (and I'm still not) but it's arrow straight with a nice high flight that seems like it will have the same stopping ability as my irons. Irons: Also pretty good today, especially the long irons. I hit a couple irons shots that surprised me including a 5 iron from 195 that landed against a backstop, stopped cold, then trickled back to about 8'. (That one was one of the birdies that slid over the edge). I also had some good short iron shots. I'm finding that if I'm trying to be accurate it works really well to club up and hit a nice smooth 90% shot with a little fade to kill the rollout. Wedges: Saved me on a several, hurt me on a few more. I'm in this funny place with my wedges where it all seems to average out to a push. It's still a vast improvement over what it was, but I still need to keep pushing it toward the strength side. I will say that from beyond 40 yards they were absolutely lights out short of one hosel rocket into a sand trap. I almost saved that one too. Putting: 34 putts doesn't necessarily look like a great day putting, but with the greens the way they were today it felt solid. Especially when I left myself above the hole, barely tapped it, and ended up with a ball that leaked by the hole with an 8 footer coming back. I will take two putts in that situation any day. I feel like I'm really close to putting it all together and the 2, 3, and 7 I played with today thought I was a single digit player -- and were really surprised when I told them a I was a 14. That was a pretty nice boost.
    12 points
  31. Got out for what could be potentially the last round of the 2021 season. I slacked hard September and October only playing a single round on what was one of the best falls in recent memory. If I do not count the balls I had to drop that were barely off the green or fairway/knew where they landed but were covered by leaves 79….if I do count them 84. Either way very good round for me after a hiatus. 3 birds, 6 pars, 8 bogeys and a double. 9 fairways, 7 greens and 29 putts (several “chips” with the putter” struggled with the short game at first. Was missing some of the distance gauging which is expected but was not in trouble at all at any point in the round. Approach shots were good but was pulling everything. Never got into a real groove there. What was good all round was the long clubs. Several fantastic drives/3 woods and hybrid shots. Can’t wait for next season already.
    12 points
  32. I think we're off point here. The OP 's thread is "for you - what is the most difficult thing in golf'. Low handicappers will certainly have a different perspective than those of us in the higher end and working diligently to get better. I love the game, have fun at it and am diligently working on the things I need to for better results. The latter doesn't minimize the former.
    12 points
  33. I apologize to the op for my mini rant... Personally I think looking at the game this way is a huge detriment to golfers. I think it would be much better to talk about the fun and what works. Golf in of itself is not difficult. It's a ball that doesn't move, everybody on here and almost everybody who has ever touched a club has been able to accomplish moving the ball in a forward direction. That's it that's the game. It is our expectations that make the game hard. It is our ego that gets in the way. It is the judgement we place on ourselves and the perception that we think other golfers are judging us that makes it difficult. Yes improvement of the game and challenging ourselves to get out of our comfort zones is difficult however the game in of itself is not difficult.
    12 points
  34. Decided to jump back on the vintage club train and picked up these Mizuno T Zoid Pro II blades. These are in pretty outstanding condition. Exact length as my current irons too. I just need to re grip, maybe throw on some new ferrules, and maybe some paint fill. Thinking all Mizuno blue themed.
    12 points
  35. Played a Tournament on Saturday, a shotgun start on hole number 16th. Well, nothing like starting your round with an a snowman. Cut Drive into the trees, drop straight down, top 3 wood moving it 70yds, hit 3 wood into the water.. great start. Got out the sand well today was in there a lot in the back 9. Make the turn to the front 9 and it was a Par fest. Made everything that was missed for birds and made every putt required to save par. Make the turn again to the back 9 and couldn't make a saving par, made the same strokes as the front 9 but didn't make a single thing. Yet I didn't have any doubles but 1 Triple. Moral of the story, golf sucks. LMAO!
    12 points
  36. Big tournament today! Our club has an annual (except for last year due to COVID) Turkey scramble tournament to support the Mission. Have to bring a turkey and non-perishable food as part of entry fee. It's a gimmicky tournament, but lots of fun. My wife and I played with another couple; I'm a 10, my wife is a 16, the other couple are 24 and 31 handicaps. Our team handicap is 11... how does that work? None of us are big hitters. Did I mention gimmicks?? Here they are: #2 Par 4 Must tee off with the PSP training club (look it up); head is tiny and very closed!! #5 Par 5 any tee shot not OB can be moved laterally to the fairway #6 Par 5 Punt, pass or kick a football... your tee shot begins where the best football ends up #8 Par 3 Throw a bowling ball... your tee shot begins where the best ball ends up #10 Par 4... same as #5 #11 Par 4 No putters allowed; must putt with a sledgehammer (my wife 2-putted with it) #13 Par 5 No putters allowed; must putt with a hockey stick #17 Par 3 Must take your worst drive and play from there. Our team shot 66 (-6) due to some miraculous shots from yours truly as the anchor to avoid any bogeys and some great putting by everyone but yours truly! So Net Score of 55 which put us right in the middle of the pack. Low score was 51. Several pros played in this tournament from other courses in town Since I knew we were not going to sniff the lead, I brought out my old Macgregor Tourney VIP 1025M irons just for fun. Since I couldn't hit the TT S300 shafts anymore, I had reshafted them with light Nippon Zelos 8 shafts. What a treat!! I love those clubs!!
    12 points
  37. 38/41 at Mesa Del Sol today . This was our first round of the winter season there for our regular Saturday groups... of which we only had two threesomes as many of our Canadian friends are just arriving or due to arrive over the coming few weeks. I played with a guy named Einert (Saskatchewan) who will be celebrating his 90th birthday this coming week. To say I was in awe of how well he struck the ball, the strength of his handshake, and overall physical shape would be an understatement... we can all hope for such fortune health wise. He played red tees and shot a 97. During beers after the round he told me all about is Nordic family history, his great grand parents move to the USA during the dust bowl, that pushed them north into Canada, and his numerous sports to include hockey, hockey, and some curling. He was courted by a couple of NHL farm league teams but opted to stay at the ranch. I love hearing family history's like this and have had the fortune to hear about a number of similar back in Montana. On hole #15 we watched our other threesome ahead hitting their second shots... then start doing all these gyrations and antics to include swatting with their hats and running like gazelle back to the carts. We watched them drive past the green, past the next par 3 tee, and we were trying to figure out what the hell was up. After hitting our second shots, it became crystal clear... yellow jackets or bald face hornets... a whole damn bunch of them. I did not even pick up my ball as I (walking with push cart) broke into a sprint whilst swatting away attackers with my hat. Mitch got stung twice and Einert once. It was the talk of the clubhouse during after round beer and my good friend got stung 5 times on the face and once on the neck. The club manager said they had already called a bee specialist as several other groups got stung during the day - one lady that had a bad reaction . In spite of that little excitement, it was a really fun day and I'll take a 79 every day of the week.
    12 points
  38. I played a quick nine this evening because Tennessee and Georgia are playing and I knew the course would be a ghost town. I love college football season for golf! I had another good round, for me. I shot 51 and hit 3 greens. Lately I've been playing from the green tees (67.8/118 2870 yards) to work on my waning confidence in my ability to play golf. I'm planning on staying there through the winter or until I can consistently reach my target of bogey golf. My ball striking was a lot better than usual, especially with irons. I'm also working to spend less time over the ball because I've become a basket case and freeze up. One simplified my swing thoughts to "up and throw the frisbee". I've found that thinking about the frisbee helps me get on to my left side on the follow through. If I could have putted today, it would have been a good day. I had 2 3 putts, a 4 putt, and missed one from 3 feet. I lost nearly 3.5 strokes just on the green. I did, however, take a video of a one handed putt to show the deceptive break on #7 from about 18 feet and did this.
    12 points
  39. I only play golf for enjoyment, meaning I don't play competitively. I take the game seriously though. When I play with a group I still wanted to score the lowest of the group though. So I am competitive, but there is no money on the line just an internal bragging right. I was content with being an upper single digit HC player for many years. But once getting involved with MGS and all you fellow spies I got a renewed drive. This started with being selected for some testing around two seasons ago. Then there was a challenge to perform at a higher level to do good reviews and post results that people would read, appreciate, and be guided by. My HC dropped big time with just the additional focus, drive to improve, hitting more balls, and some equipment changes. I am currently sitting on a .6 HC. Unfortunately I got a little obsessed with chasing numbers and was pretty hard on myself. Every week I was trying to get lower to the point where I lost some of the enjoyment that this game gave me. Golf is hard, golf is work, but golf still needs to be fun. I'm playing at the highest level I ever have and trust me it's fun being able to pick a course apart, hit the ball where you want to, and be able to appreciate the course and its challenges without stressing over anything. I already decided for next season not to maintain my GHIN and stop chasing numbers (sort of). I will still give myself a goal each season it just won't be handicap based. This season my goal was to get below a 1 handicap and get my 6 iron dialed in, (My courses par 3's all require a six iron and that was my weak link) and get to play more courses other that just playing at my club. I met all my goals for the season. My goal is simple for next season. I want to have fun playing but still play well. I wouldn't be to upset if I broke 68 either! I had several 68's this year.
    12 points
  40. I got to get out and play last Friday at my home course. We are still dealing with some left over flood damage, but the course is mostly playable except for one green now. Until the course can get an architect in to re construct the green, we have been playing on the front portion with free drops if you hit it deep. Alabama is starting to get some of the “cooler” mornings for us that begin with frost delays. Nonetheless, we basically get to play year round. My first round in the “cold” last Friday was not my best as I shot 87 46/41. Couldn’t get off the tee, but had some nice approaches and shots around the green. Need some work off the tee and putting. Will be looking at different putting techniques as I don’t feel confident standing over the ball while putting #nomore3putts. Hole of the day was definitely an up and down on the par 3 below out of the sand. Opened up my 58 degree and splashed it out onto the green. Made a nice 15 foot breaker.
    12 points
  41. I am 100% on Ryan's side with this argument. I found it hard to listen to because of the way Adam was pushing his argument, basically not letting Ryan speak at points. Definitely not as easy as just offering free fittings for all. It may work in a big retail environment like he claims, but there is no way that they could offer the amount of options, or level of service that you would get for a TXG. Bit of a sour taste for MGS after listening to that podcast.
    12 points
  42. I was getting a little stir crazy today and thought I'd run by the range and see if it was open. My mid range wedge game cost me in my last round and I felt like practicing it a little bit. I happened to get there about an hour before they closed, picked up a large bucket, and got to work. I realized my biggest problem was I wasn't accelerating through on the short shots. I started out picking targets and running through all my wedges and hitting to them. I moved on to full swing monitoring contact with foot spray and found out I'm hitting fairly consistent, just favoring the toe a bit PW 7 iron I'm still working on feeling like I'm throwing a frisbee with my left arm working on weight shift and when I get it right, I'm seeing improvement in consistency. I was even hitting good shots with my 5 wood. I had one where I fell into old swing habits and hit a dud. I hit some drivers after that. I moved on to simulated holes just to get the feel of switching clubs between shots and had to even pull out a 5 iron punch on the third because I was blocked out by a tree on the third hole. I played four holes this way and felt like I gave myself a good look at two putt bogeys on each one. My goal is to be playing bogey golf come spring and try to give myself an occasional shot at scores in the 80's. My confidence is starting to come back and it's nice to get out and hit some balls on such a beautiful day.
    11 points
  43. Bacon Boyz this morning. Weather cooperated with 66* @ 7:00am Tee Time. Ball striking has held up +2 for 9 holes. Everything is working so not going to change a thing!! Happy with the Titleist Tour Soft from Lost Golf Balls.
    11 points
  44. Pretty cool this morning(50’s) but managed to shoot 46/43:89….. better than last week. Played one ball for 17 holes, only to lose it on 18th hole. Goodbye Maxfli Tour CG!
    11 points
  45. Took the day and played at home. Temps started in the mid 50s, but the sun came out and I ditched the pullover with upper 60s on the back. I shot 38-40 no birdies and only 2 leaf balls. Played the Kirklands, it's a solid ball.
    11 points
  46. Got out yesterday for a round after a week of packing. Ball striking was so-so, but I really struggled with my putter distance control. I just couldn't seem to get it to the hole regardless of knowing the greens were slow. On the final hole, had a 50 foot birdie putt up the hill to a higher tiered pin. Knowing that I've been short all day and even taking a razzing from my teammates, I put a good rap on the ball....long story short.....it was one of the few balls to get to the hole, hit the hole dead center ................. and popped out of the hole! I finally get it to the hole and it's too hard! LOL Anyway....shot an 83 for the day and our team finished last of the 5 groups.
    11 points
  47. I got nine holes in this evening after grocery shopping. My wife didn't sleep too good last night and decided to take a nap, so it was the perfect chance to head to the course. I decided to move up a set of tees to have a chance to score well and the round started out good. I peppered a drive to leave an 81 shot approach shot into the green. Hit it a little thin and was over the back. It took two chips to get it on the green and I two putted for a double. I'll not complain too much about that. I bogeyed the second and it looked like things were going to plan, then the wheels fell off. I went +21 over the next 5 holes with two nines and a ten. Nothing was working and five lost golf balls killed my round. The only thing I had going for me was the putter. I had two one putts and one three putt from 7 feet. I hit the first one 9 feet past the hole, came up short on the second, and tapped in. Other than that, I gained .83 strokes against my putting handicap of 17. I shot 64 with 17 putts. My game has been a train wreck lately, it's frustrating. I've just got to keep plugging along at the swing changes I'm working on and hopefully by early next year, I'll see some progress.
    11 points
  48. Got out and played the Ocean Course at Kiawah for the first time yesterday … what an incredible experience. Got on the tee sheet as a solo and was lucky enough to be paired with 3 other really good dudes, great golfers and just good company. My goal was to break 90 from the Dye tees at 6400 yards and 139 rating … shot 88 with a birdie and a triple as my best and worst scoring holes. As happy as I am about that score, I’m even more amazed that I didn’t top my 3W at the first tee … for I somehow managed to pipe it right down the middle! Can’t remember a time being more nervous on the first tee. If you’re ever out there, I highly recommend that you request Will Strickland as your caddie. Fantastic dude with 15 years experience at the Ocean Course. Just simply could not have been a better experience. And I really wish I had an endless bucket of money in the discretionary expenses category for I’d be playing courses with caddie programs and walking at every chance I could get.
    11 points
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