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  1. Finally able to get back out to play after weeks of packing and moving and then unpacking. Played our new home course, Diamante Country Club in Hot Springs Village, AR. Did not handle my wedges worth a flip and putting on unfamiliar greens left much to be desired, but did walk away with an 85. Not within my expectations for my handicap but, to be fair, I haven't played much in the last 2 months and my back has been barking as a result of the moving. But, I'm playing again, have met up with some good folks, and have signed up to join 3 groups so far (Wed, Fri, Sat. During the off season, the course does 11 am shotgun starts and the men (as well as the ladies) have groups set up where you sign up if you want to play or not rather than forming your own foursome (which you can also do if you chose to do so). It's a really nice course, with undulating terrain. The Bermuda fairways are dormant currently, but the greens are fast and true. The signature "Los Tres Diablos" holes (13,14, &15) is quite a test of 3 par 4 holes that require a good drive and an accurate second shot with a mid iron to the greens. #18 is a great finishing par 5 hole and I have a great view of the tee boxes and fairway from our deck. Life is good!
    9 points
  2. ... I have been fighting a nasty case of tendonitis in my right elbow and have not played for 10 days. Getting X-Rays Monday but picked up a brace and decided to try and play 18 today because I am going stir crazy. I noticed swinging the driver was by far the worst for pain and imagine the extension is the culprit. So I played today with no woods in the bag and teed off with a 2 iron. 430 yds with watered fairways is a rough combo and I had to get up and down quite a few times. But really only 4 holes were problems with 220-230 yds to the flag because again hitting into uphill and wet fairways were all carry with no roll. Really put a premium on wedge and putter play. ... After no golf for 10 days I missed one makable birdie putt from 7 feet and another from 8 feet but made several par saving putts from 10-15 feet. It was an interesting "experiment" although honestly I was just happy to play 18 with minimal pain. 16 pars and 2 bogies and of course I have shot worse using a driver. I should add I was in 2 green side bunkers and took my ball out and chipped as hitting out of hard sand is just too painful. After 10 days off when I am used to playing 5 and sometimes 6 days a week I was sharper mentally as I was not taking the round for granted. Something to remember for future rounds. The 3 high index friends I played with all took turns hitting my UDi 2 iron off the tee on 18 and it was pretty entertaining. None were in play which is not surprising since 5 iron is the longest iron in their bags. Felt great to get out in 80* weather and walk 18 holes!
    9 points
  3. Yet another day in the 60’s here, although it was the low 60’s. Why would that matter? Because I rushed out of the house and didn’t pick up my quarter zip and I wore shorts today. Chilled all day. Add in that the back & left wrist were stiff and sore and it doesn’t make for most fun round in the world. But it still beats being at work! Can I get a Amen? Back at Patty Jewitt again, third week in a row. Surprised I came away with an 82, it felt worse than that.
    7 points
  4. Hahaha I see what you did there clever very clever lol
    4 points
  5. Then these will most definitely turn your game around .
    4 points
  6. It was 70 today on the Cumberland Plateau so I snuck out to hit some Bombs. Gave the clubs a nice bath after with my pressure washer so though I’d snap some pics of the driver after these months. Club looks still almost brand new. What a gem.
    4 points
  7. Didn't buy any new clubs, but I'll have to pick up a few little items for tomorrow's tee time. Since I'm in Florida for work over the weekend I found a tee time at one of the Disney World courses. Will have to use rental clubs which will all be significantly newer than my bag. Hopefully I get paired up with other people that have a sense of humor. The last time I played an actual round of golf was about 5 years ago.
    4 points
  8. Easily the best purchase was made last season, a SIM2 3 wood with a Ventus Blue with velocore. In 34 years of playing, I have never had a fairway wood I've been this confident with. I love hitting bombs with my driver but I could easily shelf that club and play every round with this 3 wood. Life changing.
    4 points
  9. Found a set of PX Rifle Flighted shafts to try out for funzies. Could find little to no info on them but basically picked up the set (4-PW) for a trade for a club that I've had lying around and to me wasn't worth trying to sell. So I basically got them for free. I've been wanting to get a rifle set in the 115g range to try. I've been using DG 105 300s shafts for a couple years and need to add some feeling back to the swing. I've also been using these Champkey grips from Amazon. 13 grips + tape for $30. So far I'm really impressed. We'll see how the quality holds up but so far they feel fantastic and are pretty tacky but just soft enough for a full rubber grip.
    4 points
  10. Sorry about that....probably tmi.
    4 points
  11. OMG... I think I just threw up in my mouth a little .
    4 points
  12. Whatever you do don't give the 'other guys' our secret handshake!
    4 points
  13. Got out for a 55* degree day to a local course that I have played often in the past 15 years so I know it well. The key was that I did not get into any trouble off the tee or if I had a semi blind shot, i was able to make a great swing and put the ball on the green. Similar numbers as usual in terms of fairways and greens, but felt a bit more in control of my game which surprised me due to the lack of play since late October. My goal was to break par this year and I could have done it yesterday had it not been for 2 bogeys to finish. Score: 72 +1 (2 birdies and 3 bogeys) FIR: 6 GIR 12 Putts: 31
    4 points
  14. Love Airplane! So many good quotes. When someone skulls a chip across the green... "It's running a little hot!"
    3 points
  15. Glad to hear the move and restart went well for you Carl. Your still on the hook however for the 2022 PNW Meet-up - so you might as well start working on that kitchen pass now.
    3 points
  16. I joined because of a Facebook ad that said I could win a set of Titleist irons. I stayed because of the community and the content. The ball labs, equipment reviews, and testing opportunities are all great stuff. I like and appreciate the direction MGS has been moving in since I joined.
    3 points
  17. They really are Sam. It'll be interesting to see how well it works with the TP5X next season instead of the 5.
    3 points
  18. I picked up my phone and asked Alexa a question. She said, "Don't call me Shirley." So I tried again. She said, "Don't call me Shirley." Then it dawned on me, I'd left my phone in Airplane mode.
    3 points
  19. Except for the putter, everything else was pretty nasty. I'll attribute it to hitting off of mats for the first time in quite a while and 2 nights of lost sleep - our new puppy keeps wanting to play at 3:30 am!
    3 points
  20. Friday Bacon Boyz 9. 7:00am, 48*, heavy fog and no wind. Had a decent morning, I guess not being able to see the Pin or the Flag helped. Had a +3 with 1 bird. Greens were recently punched with what looked like water jet and they rolled rather well.
    3 points
  21. @MmmmmmBuddydid you ever imagine this?
    2 points
  22. I’m living with the elbow pain and doing the exercises. The lack of feeling in 2 fingers is annoying but not painful. Orthopedic Doc said to eliminate all of this is surgery, nope not right now. New knee first on list.
    2 points
  23. HAH!!!! Good one! To this day if someone asks me how I like my coffee, I still say ... c'mon you know this one right? ... "Hot, black and strong like my men"
    2 points
  24. An older thread, but one that certainly hasn't lost any meaning and with so many new members this is a great one to keep up with. A lot of good stories here and common threads can be found as to why or how members joined. For all those who haven't posted in this yet why did you join? Did you happen on the forum by chance or were you lead here by some other factor be that testing or instagram or whatever else?
    2 points
  25. I just picked my my GLE Coupe hybrid yesterday. It was a smooth ride home with summer tires in snow and icy weather. I'll be swapping the winter tires on Monday. The sales guy did recommend using the pre-conditioning function before leaving. Let the car warm up the interior and the battery while it's still plugged in the garage. Saves you battery power on the road and increases battery range as well.
    2 points
  26. I think I see the mark you left when you went way right on #1 at Circling Raven this summer... just above the G I usually use a plastic tee that doesn't leave marks, but the last round I played on Wednesday I grabbed a white wooden tee. Never looked at it until now.
    2 points
  27. ... Sweet! As usual, I could not agree more. The TM woods are game changers if you have the right shaft. The Tensei Raw Blue work well for me but I have never hit a Ventus Velo with the right flex as a R-flex is tough to find in demo carts. I hope to get to a fitter soon and try the Velo Blue and Red to see if and how much it might be an improvement over what I am playing. That includes both of those in a driver where nothing has beat out my Diamana LTD but you don't know unless you keep trying!
    2 points
  28. It’s safe with me.
    2 points
  29. Driver: Titleist TS2 3 Wood: Titleist 915F 1 iron: Titleist U510 Irons: Titleist 4-8 716 AP2s and 9-P 716MBs with Tour Issue x100s Wedges: Vokey SM7 in 50, 54, 58 Putter: Odyssey Toulon Portland Bag: Titleist Linksmaster from UT Golf Club *Pic was taken before a few club changes*
    2 points
  30. Our threesome came to hole number 6 yesterday full of great memories. On Monday, D got a hole in One. Our next round on Wednesday, K got a hole in one. And yesterday... none of us hit the green on our tee shots. As a group, we played the hole three over. Ah, back to normal.
    2 points
  31. 43/40 at Desert Hills yesterday. Having had a handful of sub 80 rounds in recent weeks has me really focused on that goal. Seeing my final tally begin with 7 is addictive . My ability to do so is a fine line right now and seems to hinge primarily on a couple extra FIR's and avoiding those irritating 1-2 poorly struck shots. Yesterdays off the tee misses weren't that errant but just happened to either have poor lies or trees that prevented straight at the pin aim points. A couple feet this way or that way would have made a huge difference... . Hole #11, par 5. The large tree on the right is about 290 yards from the white tee. We try and aim to the left side of the fairway to be clear of it and have an open second shot of ~200 yards to the uphill, slight dogleg right, green. A poor drive usually requires a layup to the creek edge. I hit my best (longest) drive of the round about 30 yards short of the tee and right on the edge of the rough. I should have just taken my lick and layed up, but I chose to try and lift a 5w around with a cut... catching a branch and dropping down under the canopy. I salvaged a bogie with a better than average 4i punch shot, but was sure thinking birdie walking off the tee.
    2 points
  32. There is no doubt that the Edel SMS wedges have been a game changer for me this season. The 54* has been magical on various approach shots, and the consistency of them across the board has been amazing. I have some confidence back now in my wedge game that I didn’t have the last few years. I still need to do more work, but these clubs have made the biggest difference for my game this year.
    1 point
  33. Explore those thoughts...embrace it. I cannot say enough good things about this club as well as the shaft / head combo.
    1 point
  34. Younger guys don’t know what we’re talking about!
    1 point
  35. Sounds very similar. I like to know the distance to pin, but I'm always trying to account for the little things you're mentioning. Short par 4 at our course, fairway is a couple feet above green, <10 short it dips down, then slopes upward through the back of green. I play that differently than the par 4 two holes later which is gradually uphill, and has a two tier green. Went so far as to look at Google Earth to see how large the greens are, on my usual course, try to keep that in my back pocket. Then there's weather... Maybe it's a left brain thing, but I see it all as data gathering for making as informed a decision as possible. (Just throwing all this out there for general consumption, not so much a directed response) Added amusing irony... those various "tests" and surveys that attempt to classify left vs right brain tend to show me closer to 50/50 than I would think. Of course, they're completely accurate and meaningful, because I've seen them on the internet... Completely unrelated... saw you on TV again recently, in the random few seconds Dark Knight was on screen. Smiled at the WTF vibe you were putting out.
    1 point
  36. Those marks look perpendicular and centerline to the face.... boring . I use plastic tees and noticed these marks while doing my G410P testing/review. I tried keeping them cleaned off but they're a bugger to remove. That area has a matte finish that seems to accentuate the level of marking. I wonder if fitters could examine a driver sole and predict swing path before seeing the swing?
    1 point
  37. Did the same 6-pw superb! £420 or $620 helped my game, great fitting experience too. More importantly will spending big money help you enjoy the game more? I would say Yes!
    1 point
  38. ... You can use both of course. One of the jobs of a good course designer is tricking the eye and brain into thinking it sees something that isn't there. Swells, dips, tiers and several other visual cues can trick you into thinking a distance is shorter/longer than it actually is, especially on an unfamiliar course. Range finders take those illusions out of play if you trust your yardage. Initially I only used mine for unfamiliar courses in that short 40-70 yd range but after getting used to knowing the exact distance I started using it for every shot over 40 yds. I still play by feel after finding the correct yardage but knowing it is 60yds with a dip in front that makes it look like 40yds I can just feel like I am hitting my pitch a little past the hole to make up for the visual illusion.
    1 point
  39. That answer will vary based on the individuals goals and desires. If you are happy then nothing else to learn. I can learn the fundamentals for lots of things but that doesn't mean I am good at any of them.
    1 point
  40. Yeah, I don't think so. These numbers look so good their suspicious. The Vice Pro is certainly looking favorable.
    1 point
  41. No one can! That's why Monte says that the setup, backswing, and transition determines your ability to properly strike the ball. Can't manipulate the club after that. I'd be interested to hear what Monte has to say. If you have his Efficient Swing series video, he has a very good backswing segment.
    1 point
  42. If that was enough, we'd all be shooting under par, and that's clearly not the case. Fundamentals get you started, but refinements to the fundamentals help you adapt those fundaments to your own physique and individual talents.
    1 point
  43. I'm stealing the winter pocket technique from you Greg my guess is that there probably isn't much to expansion and contraction unless its more extreme temps and happening a number of times. I would love to see data on ball flight with those variables as well!
    1 point
  44. Haha, I agree with you. I'll never turn down ProV1s as a gift or on credit, I'm just not going to spend my money on them anymore. I have a dozen of the 2019 XVs to try because, and sorry if I'm repeating, I wonder if I should actually play the "X" balls. From what I've tried this past season there's ones that are far too clicky in the short game (ProV1x & TP5x), one that was ok (Tour BX), and one I love and want to give a full test (MTB-X). I think I'm going to order the Snell around Xmas then set up a ball fitting with Golf Galaxy and bring those with me. Galaxy says I can test anything on their shelves, but they don't have Vice/Snell. So I figure if I'm paying to test, I can bring in my own balls as well.
    1 point
  45. My biggest purchase has been my laser rangefinder. Aside from the obvious assistance, it's also helped illustrate my inability to gauge distance by eye. In terms of clubs, mine have been what many would call counter-intuitive. Buying a Louisville Smart Driver 20 years ago was my gateway to persimmons, and it was those persimmons that improved my tee game from OMG to merely not good. My first set of Golden Rams would be not far behind
    1 point
  46. What are the odds? I posted above that on Monday my playing partner got a hole in one. Well, it happened again. The same group played today and a different playing partner aced the same hole. His shot was almost identical to ace on Monday. He is 64 and this was his 6th hole in one. I hope we get to play later in the week--it's my turn for an ace. Anyone want to calculate the odds of a player in the same group acing the same hole in back to back rounds. My head hurts just thinking about it--okay, it could be the celebratory scotch.
    1 point
  47. Looks the same to me What the picture can't convey is how different the cover *feels*
    1 point
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