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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!
    12 points
  2. My playing partner had a hole-in-one yesterday! 73 years old and his first ace. We've been playing together for years and he's been really close many times. It was fantastic to see the ball finally disappear into the cup. Plus it was a total bonus day. Some years the course is covered with snow by now.
    12 points
  3. Got my lights up…
    12 points
  4. Took the kids to the Nutcracker yesterday; wife and I go every year. Kids behaved great…a new tradition is born!
    11 points
  5. My order of the Titleist Pro V1x RCT golf balls arrived yesterday. Together with @golfish!, we wanted to create this thread for our unofficial reviews of these new releases from Titleist. Per the marketing material, these balls feature an "internal radar reflective marker" and are "optimized for indoor spin capture." While they were developed specifically for use with Trackman, the majority of my testing will be with a Flightscope Mevo+ in my garage hitting bay, while @golfish! has a Garmin Approach R10 launch monitor. I have already finished an impromptu test session with them, and my initial results/feedback is extremely positive.
    11 points
  6. Folks, I have 2 HUGE interviews tomorrow for a position that would greatly affect my trajectory in the medical world. If you are prayerful and could possibly add me to your prayer list tonight and in the morning, I would GREATLY appreciate it. First interview at 8am Central, then right after at 9. Thanks so much in-advance!!!
    11 points
  7. 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.
    10 points
  8. ... 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!
    10 points
  9. Hardest part was getting permission from SWMBO. Also means that I will have a skytrack to sell...
    10 points
  10. We were finally able to bring my mother-in-law home after almost 4 months bouncing between the hospital and the rehab facility. It's going to be a bit crazy, but it'll be worth it. On a side note, moving a king size mattress upstairs isn't fun. Especially when it gets stuck between the ceiling and stairs.
    9 points
  11. Then these will most definitely turn your game around .
    9 points
  12. 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.
    9 points
  13. Received some interesting news from our 15 year old Gson. He joined the Police Cadets a few weeks ago and after their screening and interview he was accepted. This was kind of a surprise but after thinking about it made some sense. Our daughter was in the judicial branch, Parole Dept until her retirement last year and it seems some of it wore off. He’s a good kid, playing HS Varsity Track & Baseball along with a 4.5 GPA. He’s got his sights on Criminal Justice Colleges. we’ll see where this goes.
    9 points
  14. Followed up the 74 with a solid 84 at Desert Hills today... I absolutely knew the Golf Gods were going to hammer me for making that post and updating my index . The pins were in the toughest positions we'd ever seen; some just downright nasty. I told myself several times NOT to get above the pin because of the severe downslope. I don't follow my own advice too well. Fortunately none of those ended up costing me too much, but the par 3's had my number as I DB all but #17. The pitcher of Kiltlifter after the round made things all better.
    9 points
  15. AHHHH. I had done so well this Black Friday/Cyber Monday of not purchasing anything. Oh well. Picked up a lightly used 5-PW set of Sub 70 699 Pros with the Sub70 branded Project X 6.0 graphite shafts from Sub70 directly with their sale. I had been wanting to replace the regular 699s in my gamer set for a while because the difference in offset between the 699/699 Pros just didn't suit my eye. But Sub70 won't sell individual heads, and I figured ordering two new individual clubs to dissemble didn't make financial sense. I will pull the 5 and 6 heads and swap them into my game shafts while the 4, 5 and 6 regular 699 heads will make up part of a new combo set. I'll give my brother-in-law first dibs on them for a good price if he wants them, but otherwise don't be surprised to see them in B/S/T soon.
    9 points
  16. There are some upsides to global warming, we still have temps in the 60’s. We may pay the price next summer due to a lack of moisture but for now it’s game on! Played at Patty Jewitt again on Saturday and ended up with the same score, 81. No 8’s on the card though! Had a couple of 300+ yard drives, sorta makes me feel all warm and Bryson-like inside, until I remember the fairways are dried out and running like Barkley’s dialogue
    9 points
  17. That was my first thought as well.....His PB was driven by getting revenge on Yellow Ball. Now YB will be taking credit for improving everyone's game!! I got out for 18 this afternoon with SWMBO who was trying out the 'new to her' G410 irons. She really hit them well, getting a lot more height and using about 1 club less than she was used to. I struggled on the front trying to figure out the winter time green speeds and shot 43, then recovered to a 38 on the back. The Sub70 driver is still crushing it and keeping them in the fairway at an 9/11 clip! The two that missed were a combined 3 yards into the rough. I was really pleased with the irons today as well. I had been doing some net sessions the last few weeks working on shaft lean and hitting down and through. With the cold weather and stiff body I was playing 1 to 1-1/2 clubs more but was still getting close to normal distances which had me over a few greens early resulting in 3 double bogies when I also 3 putted in the first 4 holes. Finally adjusted to the distances and the greens on hole 5 and shot 3 over the rest of the way in. Felt good to get out & hit some crisp irons. I broke out the soft Callaway and Srixon balls I had collected over the summer. They seem to play well in cold weather.
    9 points
  18. Been gone for a while gents. Played golf once in November. I have tendinitis really bad in my right elbow. Can’t even open a car door without pain. No golf for me any time soon.
    8 points
  19. Finally have my truck again!!!! I’m back in my own state again and we have a celebration of life for my sister today so it was drive straight through from Illinois and I was up for 24 hrs for my flight and drive good thing I’m used to that amount of time being up.
    8 points
  20. We took our kids as well when they were about the same age as yours. As they got older, the tradition was to see the TransSiberian Orchestra.
    8 points
  21. We’ll the family made it 2 years without having any covid positives. Whole family has got it so here’s to it not being too bad for the kids and a quick 10 days. silver lining we all got it at once so no quarantine extensions, and at-least it’s not golf season. Wish me luck
    8 points
  22. @MmmmmmBuddydid you ever imagine this?
    8 points
  23. My truck is finally done after it’s been in Illinois for a month! I fly out Saturday for my truck and I get to drive straight home with it for a celebration of life for my sister on Sunday.
    8 points
  24. BF deal at Budget Golf. Bwhahahaha! Merry Christmas to me!
    8 points
  25. Shot a 45/47:92 today at my hone club, Plantation Palms. 7/14 FiR 50% 5/18 GIR 28% with 36 putts. Driver was hit well, irons mostly okay, up and downs 24% No birdies, only lost 1 ball. Temp was 48* to 71* and Sunny.
    8 points
  26. Interviews went well. I should hear something in a week. Thanks for the thoughts and prayers!
    8 points
  27. Early morning 9, still chilly 45* but sunny after 8:00am. Shot a 40,+4. Driver was behaving, chipping & putter we’re doing OK also. Mid irons could have been a little more consistent. I left myself in some poor spots on the green which led to a couple of Bogeys.
    8 points
  28. I have a pretty good setup in my garage with all LED utility lighting and only minimal metal objects (I hit parallel to the door, which is mostly wood anyway). I still did not have particularly great results using the metallic dots included with the Mevo+. One of the biggest detractors of the dots for me is the need to hit the ball in a similar location each time, since the Mevo+ only reads spin if the dot is faced away from the radar at impact. Balls just are not meant to take that many impacts in such a small area, combined with hitting the target/net and stopping quickly. I cracked two balls in the first couple hundred swings and I haven't hit anything longer than a 4 hybrid yet. My hope is that I will be able to more even distribute the strikes on the RCTs and make them last significantly longer. It's not uncommon for me to take 150 swings in a practice session if I'm trying to work on something specific. Most of the time I just use a ball without a dot and focus on general shape, height, club and ball speed. The Mevo+ is plenty accurate with those, even without dots. But I'm really wanting to do a full bag gapping this winter and create a reliable wedge matrix. Both require accurate spin because the estimated spin Mevo+ provides is generally too low and results in carry distances that are closer to fliers than actual distances.
    8 points
  29. 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.
    8 points
  30. @Lacassem on the bright side of things, it should make for some nice family time this coming Monday night around oh I don't know, 8:20
    7 points
  31. 47/45:92 today with terrific weather, 50* at tee time warmed up to 71*. Still not playin* well but could not putt today.
    7 points
  32. 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.
    7 points
  33. 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
    7 points
  34. 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.
    7 points
  35. I was out running errands, stopped into HPB and found this. I've got Every Shot so looking forward to this.
    7 points
  36. Had a good day today. I want to lament the two three putts that would have given me a 79, but 81 will do. I'm also quite pleased that I kept the card free of doubles for the first time in months. Pretty close to an 'exceptional' score in the index, but not quite. It was a tale of two 9's. Shot 44 on the front then went on a tear and was 2 under through 15 before the bogies caught back up with me again. I knew what the score was on 18 and went for it trying to get another birdie before the golf gods gently said not today. I hit a great drive, a very poor three wood into a tree, then was in jail for the third shot. Still, I had to go for it. So I attempted a hero shot under a low tree branch with what I thought was a hooded 4 iron -- Turns out my tags told me after the fact that it was a 6 iron. . I struck it really well... directly into the large limb I was trying to get it under. Fortunately it caught the bottom and kicked forward leaving me with 133. I didn't hit that particularly well either leaving me with a very long two putt which I converted for Bogie. Driver was outstanding all day. Long Irons were hit and Miss Short Irons & Wedges were very solid Chipping Pitching didn't hurt me today & were fairly solid otherwise. Putter -- was very iffy on the front, lots of missed opportunities, then got hot on the back. Side note I decided to clean sweep my game golf profile and start fresh. It's kind of nice to have all this data again. https://www.gamegolf.com/player/jgilliam77/round/3123616
    7 points
  37. Played Cresc3nt Oaks in TarponnSprings, FL today as our club was over seeding. Played the back nine first so I shot a 47(back 9)/46(front 9): 93. Struck the ball well off the tee but approach shots not so good. Seemed like all my wedges came up a club short today. That said, I did have a birdie on the par 5 #2 hole and it held in the net skins game for $12…woo hoo! BTW, temp was 48* at tee time and warmed up to 64*.
    7 points
  38. My wife just showed me this photo from the summer which I never knew she had! It is one of my favorites of our fur family.
    7 points
  39. Hahaha I see what you did there clever very clever lol
    6 points
  40. I've been mining the little 3-pars near me lately for my short game and short iron practice. There's one right next to my home course that I've ignored for the decade I've been golfing and it's become one of my favorite practice locations. The best part, it's empty. Golf may have exploded on full size courses, but all the new beginners (and veteran players like myself) have totally slept on these little short game practice gems. I can finally do what I used to love doing -- just stop by and play 9 or 18 in a couple hours. The course has a little exec 9 that more people play and a 3-par 18 which is where I've been spending all my time. The 3-par has holes ranging from 100 yards to 150 yards, super narrow fairways with a lot of overhanging trees, and teeny tiny little greens with sneaky slope. The greens are in great shape because they're honestly pretty hard to hit for most people (including myself a lot of the time) and run true. I've been playing two or three balls and really working on contact & accuracy. The overhanging trees have forced me into a lot of shot shaping and learning to really flight the ball low. I'm doing this mostly with foot position and open or closed club face. I've made huge progress on that front in the last few weeks. It's been incredible for me on the course to learn how to adjust the trajectory to accommodate where I want the ball to end up. Some of the things I've learned -- If I want to land in front and bounce on with some runout a low draw works wonders. If I want it to land and stick a high draw lands soft for me then kicks forward one bounce before back spin stops it cold. If I want it to zip back I can hit a high fade or cut and the ball will zip back 10-15 feet. Learning to work the ball has narrowed my misses too. I find that my miss when I'm trying to work the ball is that I just hit it straight to where my alignment is. That has made it much easier to select shots on a larger course. I aim my feet where it won't hurt me and try to use the shape to work the ball closer to the hole. It worked shockingly well yesterday (my first real round since spending the last three rounds on 3-pars). It's also really helped with chipping and putting. Misses are putting my right in my uncomfortable chip/pitch range. Inside 30 yards and I've been experimenting with different types of shots to see what will get me closes to the pin in different situations. Same for putting. I'm getting a lot of real world practice rather than just hammering away at drills on the putting green. Best of all, the actual play an experimentation is giving me a ton of confidence. I know what shots I want to hit and how to hit them in different situations. Now, if I could only find the same type of practice for my long irons.
    6 points
  41. That hurts just looking at your fingers
    6 points
  42. Wife surprised me with this…beyond excited!
    6 points
  43. ... Unreal. 6 HOI's?!? Congrats to your friend. The amount of rounds I have played in my life is off the charts and I figure the chances of me not acing a hole twice but only once seems to be: .00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000001
    6 points
  44. Ever since 9/11, I've marked my golf balls with two blue dots and two red dots. The blue dots represent NYC's Twin Towers and the two red dots represent the Pentagon and the Stonycreek Township, PA crash site. It's my way to make sure I never forget the lives lost that day. It works a little better with my normal white ball (red, white and blue theme).
    6 points
  45. Tunes in my head. Last week it was Wichita Lineman, today Train Kept Rolling. I suppose there are worse disorders to have .
    6 points
  46. There a lot of golfers across golf forums, Facebook groups and other social media platforms including myself that will disagree that lessons haven’t helped anyone and definitely disagree they haven’t significantly helped anyone. I went from a 20+ handicap to a single digit handicap in about 2 years from lessons and they were far more than the basics of grip, alignment and posture. Those who want to get better will make the time to spend hours practicing and getting lessons which is no different than anyone trying to get better at anything. I played golf, practiced golf, workers 8-10 hours days, hit the gym and played baseball 2x/week. I know several others who had similar lifestyles
    6 points
  47. Broke 80 again, on a chilly wet morning. My swing really felt great, and I really had an amazing ball striking day. I really only had two bad holes that really cost me having a special day. Making improvements. Score: 79 FIR: 6/14 GIR: 7/18 PUTTS: 30
    6 points
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