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  1. 15 points
    2019 wasn't ideal for me on the golf department. Handicap essentially remained unchanged. I didn't practice anywhere near enough to get better. And I didn't play in any tournaments. And it was a bit rough in the personal life as well as my wife was diagnosed with skin cancer (thankfully it's been removed and all looks good), my mother in law was diagnosed with liver cancer, and my grandma was diagnosed with throat cancer. Cancer can suck it... But I will say the birth of our little daughter has been the gift that keeps on giving. I love her so unbelievably much. And the start of my new business venture has done alright so far, and I'm hoping it takes off after the holidays. Life is a lot of ups and downs...and no matter your situation, things sometimes come hard and fast. But I've learned you do your best, and move on the best you can. I'm welcoming 2020 with open arms and an open mind with both my golf game and life in general. I'm planning a more focused practice/playing schedule and time with family. And of course putting my heart and soul into a business I believe in more than anything. Here's to a great 2020 for all. [emoji3531] Sent from my Pixel XL using Tapatalk
  2. 12 points
    I just wanted to say I was watching the MGS Giveaway today on YouTube and all of a sudden...my name was announced as a winner! Just wanted to say how surprised I was to hear that! My name was even said correctly. Thank you MGS for all you do, and thank you to all the members that make this site so amazing!!!
  3. 12 points
    I had just about given up on places like this after dabbling in 3 others. One was run by a person who seemed all about pushing a book and was always looking to argue with anyone who didn't echo his opinions. Always had to have the last word with everyone. After a while the only reason I posted was to ruffle his (and his minions) feathers, and I'm usually not that guy. Another place turned me off with their fan boy approach to a certain OEM. Most of the regulars seemed to be part of a click who all worshiped at the altar of a staff member who loved to talk about his prodigious distance and how far he hit every club he tested. I enjoyed the place for a while, but when I started questioning the reviews of their "house brand OEM" and the pricing of new clubs, I touched a nerve, and soon realized I wasn't a fit there. The site I liked the least is probably the biggest and best known. Plenty of information, but after a while I tired of some of the egos. I rarely posted, because the people who did so the most didn't seem very friendly. It was like they judged others by how low their hcap was or how far they hit a ball. They were either arguing or bragging about their 125 mph swing speeds and 280 yard 3 woods hit inside ten feet of a tucked pin. I love it here, and found it while looking for a review. When I read the thread about that particular club, I was struck by the respectful and friendly way everyone interacted. Remember the Cleveland Launcher HB thread @ole gray & @MattF? It's the way I like to be with people, so I was intrigued. I lurked for a month or so, then dove in. I haven't regretted it, and haven't logged into another golf site since. I think you fellas will be stuck with me for a long time. Everyone seems to get along, the vibe is relaxed, and the better players don't look down on the mid and higher caps. The staff seems very nice, there is a great mix of posters, and like someone mentioned, the old guard was very welcoming. When I'm here I feel like I've been placed as a single into a great foursome. Easy conversations about golf and whatever else is on your mind with very nice people. Thanks for having me!!!
  4. 11 points
    Put the MIL in a memory care/assisted living place on Monday after she suffered a stroke a few months ago. Watching a 91 yr old woman slowly go downhill is not for sissies. My poor wife is an only child and devoting every waking moment to her mother now. All I can offer is moral support to her honestly. Life sure packs a punch sometimes, and it never seems to end. You go from living under your parents roof, to can't wait to live on your own, to getting married and having your own kids, and when will these little rugrats be out of my house to, man I can't believe they grew up so quick, to oh wow, the parental units are starting to deteriorate and require more and more of my time. And through all of this your body starts breaking down. You are invincible in your 20s; too busy trying to raise a family in your 30s; need glasses and have lower back pain in your 40s; to everything is starting to hurt, and I need more sleep in my 50s. Based on that trend I am so looking forward to my 60s and 70s, and God help me if I reach 80. Watching my parents, etc in their 80s I really wonder if I can stand the pain and trauma that comes with being that old. I do know one thing. The people that look like they have their lives all together on Facebook and have no worries are full of crap and faking it publicly.
  5. 10 points
  6. 10 points
    Didn’t even make it 24hrs. Took a quick video and found that I was taking the club back too inside. Back to a nice baby draw. I love this game.... [emoji854]
  7. 9 points
    Played this last weekend in my members handicap association club championship. There were two flights,( A flight 0-9 HC and B flight 10-26 HC ). Being a 15 HC at my club is was in the B flight. Two day tournament with daily gross and net payouts and the bulk of winnings going to overall low gross and net winners. Day one I shot an unspectacular 89 ( 74 net ) struggling mightily with my approach shots but didn't play myself out of the tourney by virtue of reasonable driving and good putting. Day two again I struggled with my irons. But my driving was really good 8/13 fairways and my putting was outstanding especially down the stretch one putting 4 of the last five holes! Low gross score of 81( 66 net ) for Sundays day money and tourney low net by 1 stroke over Saturdays leader. One of my most memorable rounds and my first individual victory in golf. This was not an individual effort though, I owe everyone here at MGS for raising my level of awareness and golf IQ with everything we do and learn here at MSG
  8. 9 points
    Literally: https://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/animals/australias-shark-infested-golf-course.aspx Despite the snow, I'm still pretty happy to live in a place where most of the wildlife isn't likely to eat or poison me.
  9. 9 points
    All-in-all, the biggest component of keeping a handicap is practice. I went from a 7 into the fives changing equipment numerous times, even multiple times a year, even testing for MGS. I had lessons from a coach in Louisiana and Texas in the same year on my journey to sub-6.... The reason I got there, and was there for a couple seasons, was because I was at the range twice a week, and playing just about every Friday. Simply, practice-time, and number of rounds are the major components missing this year. I did get to play some of the best tracks ever this year, though!!! Valhalla?! Sandpiper in Santa Barbara on the Pacific?! Barton Creek again?! I played in 6 different states, and got to play some incredible courses. I played all of those courses better than my home course as they were all actually kept in good shape and had grass in the fairways! [emoji23] The game sucked, but where I played was incredible! I even got in a round with a fellow MGS’er, which was awesome!!!! I’ll get it back.... Probably with a different set of irons, though..... [emoji23][emoji23][emoji23][emoji23][emoji23] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
  10. 9 points
    @edingc with a Mizuno wedge!
  11. 8 points
    The annual donor raffle is always a fun watch and this year was no different. But more than a chance to win some sweet new gear, it is a real time opportunity to interact with the HQ team that makes this forum possible. Adam (@GolfSpy_X) actually answered a couple of the questions I posed during the chat. And it’s yet another example of the unique approach that MyGolfSpy takes in an effort to help every consumer feel empowered. Re: my raffle luck - always a bridesmaid, never a bride...
  12. 8 points
    Cool day but not too cold to play golf... more than likely my final round unless something unusual happens. 110 ... all carry over water with a PW.... Par gets me 80, birdie gets me 79.... stuck it to 3 feet and drained the birdie. Absolutely love these irons. Hit so many great shots with them already...
  13. 8 points
    Played after church and a meeting today - got 13 holes in - was 3 over. Liked Across - very easy to use - haven’t really reviewed the data from the partial round yet. My approach shots were great all day - 27 feet in fact. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  14. 7 points
    Spending the weekend in Manhattan with my wife and daughter...we had to bring the elf on the shelf [emoji4]
  15. 7 points
    In preparation for next season (already!), we're looking to continue to build the great community we have here in the MGS Forums. Many of us (including me) initially found our way here through the review opportunities. Promoting those opportunities is a great way to draw in new like-minded members to our Forums. What we'd like to do is collect your testimonials about the value of the Forum reviews, both as a reviewer and as someone reading the reviews. Many of our members have been able to participate in a review. If you were trying to convince a friend to sign up on MGS and participate in a review, what would you say? How has the review process been helpful to you? What have you gained by doing a product review for the MGS Forums? All of us have followed along in the reviews of others as well. How have you found those reviews to help you? We've already got a thread here asking if you've purchased gear because of MGS reviews, but that thread includes both Forum content and the posts on the main site. Here, try to keep your comments to being about the reviews you read in the Forums. How have the Forum reviews guided your own gear purchases? If you comment, understand that your testimonial may be chosen as a blurb in upcoming article for MyGolfSpy.
  16. 7 points
    Tough 9 in 45 degrees and gusting winds. First 5 holes were horrendous and I was at +5 with 5 bogeys. Out of sync. Last 4 holes were +2 but I played them much better.
  17. 7 points
  18. 7 points
    And yet they still don't return my calls about Forum Testing. But I don't ever give up!!
  19. 7 points
    Come on guys...suck it up and get out there. I am going to Walmart to save $15 on Apple Airpods. Is it worth $15 to go to Walmart on Black Friday? No! It is worth $15 to get away from 48 straight hours of in-laws however.
  20. 7 points
    Oh the memories!! I loved the PG links when we lived in PG. Another really fun track is Monterey Pines. True story: When playing some of the other courses in the area, I had run into some folks from across the pond in both directions. They had come to play Pebble. Unbeknownst to them, you can't just play Pebble without some major pre planning and some major mullah. They were both nearly heart broken. I told them both to make a point to play PG before they left. I gave them my email to let me know how the round went. Both wrote me back thanking me for saving their trip. We also really miss the peninsula deer. Such a magical place. the more I practice, the luckier I seem to get..
  21. 7 points
    I think I'd choose lowest score. One of my nightmares is getting a hole-in-one while having a horrible round otherwise. "That's great you got an ace! What did you shoot?" "95. [emoji2961]" Sent from my Nexus 6P using MyGolfSpy mobile app
  22. 6 points
    Knowing GSwag personally, I can tell you that you're WAY off base. "Common denominator"? No crap! These are HIS stories so obviously he would be the common denominator. What I can say about GSwag is while he is very forward with his opinions and he wears his heart on his sleeve, you also won't find a more passionate person about the game nor a more fun person to play with. It's one thing to tee it up on a random day and hack around... it's another to play in a sanctioned tournament and take 6 or more hours to play... especially in heat indexes over 100*. There is absolutely zero reason ANY round of golf should take more than 4 hours other than a complete lack of and total disrespect for the game, your playing companions, and other people on the course. I walked off during an Amateur event once because after hitting my shot OB and taking the appropriate drop, one guy in our group went ape s*** on me about how I was in violation of the rules, yada yada yada. Keep in mind this was the guy who brought his annoying ass "trophy" wife with him and she didn't shut up the entire day... she talked non-stop during everyone else's swing, she got out and wandered endlessly... she drank to an excessive amount. So after the 10th hole where my OB drop took place, I quietly grabbed my back and walked back in. I simply wasn't going to put up with him or her for the back 9. Funny thing is my cart partner (who was leading at the time) came in 2 holes later. He was done with them as well. Tournament promoter told us he had received previous complaints and this guy would be banned from future events. We never saw that clown again.
  23. 6 points
    ... At least your bunker play must be on fire!
  24. 6 points
    Yesterday, I finally had a chance to test and game the MAXFLI golf balls @ Trophy Club's Hogan Course from the Copper Tees @ approximately 6,650 yards. Fun fact - this is the only golf course Ben Hogan ever designed for a fee and is considered his "singular design" work. He consulted on Colonial and Shady Oaks, but as a favor to his mentor, Marvin Leonard. Weather was in the mid-60s and the wind wasn't really a factor, maybe only blowing up to 10 mph occasionally. It was cooler, so I think my distance was down maybe 1/2 club length through the bag. My recorded statistics; Fairways = 57%, GIR = 56% Putts = 29 Overall, I didn't play that great only scoring a bogey golf 90, with a 46 on the front with the Tour ball and a slight improvement of 44 on the back with the Tour X. I drove the ball pretty straight with both balls, the Tour and Tour X, but the X gave me a little more distance. I did hit two really bad shots with each ball - a shank leading to a snowman on a Par 5, Hole #6 with the Tour and a stone topped 7-iron that I splashed into a creek on my approach with the Tour X @ Hole #14 from 150 yards. Here's an approach shot that I hit on #1 with a 7-iron from 145 yards out of the rough, slightly uphill with the Tour ball. The ball spun well enough, IMO, based on it not releasing more than 12 feet from a flier lie. I missed the birdie, though, much to my chagrin. Greens were running pretty darn fast. Here's a full pitching wedge that I hit from 118 yards on #10 with the Tour X ball. The pitch mark is only about 3-feet away from where the ball stopped, so that's not bad for a full swing with a 46-degree PW. I like that result. Ball flight was a high draw that I carried 120 yards just past the hole. In my opinion, the MAXFLI 3-piece Tour felt slightly harder than the 4-piece Tour X, but its ball flight was comparable. The Tour's performance compared favorably to my usual gamer, the 3-piece K-Sigs. My stock shot is a medium-high draw, and MAXFLI Tour X also performed well when compared to most other premium balls I've gamed; ProV1, TPX5, Chrome Soft, etc. The Tour ball didn't appear to fly as far when struck well with my driver nor spin as much as the Tour X. But, I'm basing this opinion only on my observations and results with pitches, chips, and short-iron approaches. Both are good balls and more than adequate for mid-handicappers like me. If you can spend $35 for a dozen premium golf balls, I'd recommend saving a few bucks @ DICK's for the 4-piece Tour X rather than dropping $50 for other super-premium offerings. In my limited experience, the 3-piece Tour is comparable to my K-Sigs and isn't worth spending and extra $11 for, IMO. Based on my on-course results, ball flight, and performance, your scores shouldn't drop off much, if at all, with MAXFLI golf balls. Given a choice, I prefer the Tour X ball for its slightly softer feel and its better distance off the tee. I'm actually surprised they're both priced the same @ DICK's.
  25. 6 points
    Incredible, thank you for the opportunity. I've been doing lots of work in the recent past weeks with wedges and my Flightscope Mevo, so looking forward to throwing these in the mix and build out some feedback and results. Thanks Mygolfspy!
  26. 6 points
    Life is just incredibly unfair sometimes and I think often we let it pass us by without truly appreciating all it has to offer. My MIL passed away unexpectedly recently, a few days before Thanksgiving at age 61. It was awful to see. Couldn't stay in that room long. Been a rough week for all. The worst part is that her and my FIL were retiring at the end of the year and had a 3 month trip with their 5th wheel camper all around the south east. I'm heart broken for my wife, her sisters, and her dad... And everyone that knew her. I'm sad because my daughter is only 8 months old and won't get to really know her. And I'm angry because I truly believe that the doctors missed signs the previous month that could have easily saved her life. Anger, sadness, and stress are just no fun to deal with.... And while it was incredible to see the line out the door for 3+ hours at her visitation... It still doesn't bring her back, nor does it eliminate all the what ifs that flow through your mind. And what irritates me even more is that she and her employers paid money into the pyramid scheme called social security... And that's essentially gone besides a small death benefit. I knew that was the case as I've been a financial advisor for 10+ years, but it still really sucks. All families in this situation deserve better in that aspect. Life is a great journey, but some of the stops along the way absolutely suck... Here is a great picture we took at a wedding in August. I'm going to get it on canvas for the 3 sisters and dad for Christmas. I think it'll be nice to have hanging on the walls of their homes. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  27. 6 points
    Good news update, HomeDepot came through and did end up offering the Rigid miter saw stand at half price, so picked up one of those. Then ended up buying a Ryobi battery powered chainsaw for half off, a bucket of bungee cords and a 2pk of angle grinder cut off wheels just because they were a good deal. From Amazon I got some iTunes gift cards that were 20% off just because it's a deal and we'll end up using them. Last stop was my course clubhouse. They have all remaining apparel for employee cost so I ended up with some hats for myself and my two boys, a couple shirts and a FJ short sleeve rain jacket. Done with black friday and now it's time to pack for a Disney trip tomorrow.
  28. 6 points
    Hey guys. I may be laid up still recovering from surgery. But I'm peaking in now and then. We honor all embargos on here dispite what shows up elsewhere. All will be revealed tomorrow. Sit tight.
  29. 6 points
    Having started this thread, I'll go first. I've been fighting the early extension since I started swinging a club. This winter, I'm taking dead aim at it, attempting to build a swing that depends more on body rotation than hand timing. I'm not sure why the idea occured to me, but in my last practice session, I realized that my trail knee immediately starts forward, toward the ball, in transition. My change of intention, then, was to think of driving my knee down the line, rather than toward the ball. If you try it (this is a key to any "I've solved golf story"), you'll find that it's very hard to get your hips extended to the ball when your trail leg is turning down the line. So I've figured it out! Stay tuned for updates
  30. 6 points
    Went to the range today to get in some work with my irons and to spend time practicing my short game. I haven't been able to play in over a month, but have been trying to take advantage of my range pass to keep sharp. I have a tentative round next weekend with a couple of buddies, and one of them can absolutely blow by me off the tee. His short game isn't as good, so I figure an advantage in that part of the game can't do anything but help me. I had pretty good results results on the range, I'm starting to see more of a high, piercing ball flight compared to my stock shot that looks like an arch. It's hard to explain, but I've always felt my shot takes the flight pattern of a basketball leaving the hand of a player shooting beyond the three point line. I'm still working on a better rotation with the shoulders on the follow through and not feeling like I'm stopping it early. My major regret is the fact they have closed the grass part of the range and have brought out the mats. I hate mats...they have a tendency to mask too many problems with contact. Accuracy was better than normal, though with fewer shots going off course. Still need to work on contact. After the range, I moved to the chipping green and worked on better rotation and not an all arm swing. Spent about half an hour there before moving on the the putting green. Started there working on distance control, and boy was the green fast! Arccos shows that my average distance on all approach shots to be 25 feet, so then I started working from that distance and tried not to three putt from three. Finally, I went just off the green to work on improving my chip and down percentage that is currently sitting at 10.3 percent. I would try to chip three balls and then try to one putt from there. (Results were not too good) Now I know why I average 39 putts a round. [emoji33] Sent from my SM-N975U using MyGolfSpy mobile app
  31. 6 points
    Driver was killing me today. No clue what was going on, but it was ugly. 2 OB drives and countless really not so hot drives. Shot an 84. On a plus note, took the Cleveland CBX-2 60* wedge out today for the first time and was quite happy with its performance. Really nice spin and check on short chips, nice stop on full shots, solid feel. Didn't have any sand shots with it today, though. It sets up nicely and looks good looking down on it. On the practice green before teeing off, I hit a variety of shots with it, ranging from square chips to opening the blade for higher flops.
  32. 6 points
    The stats in general did not surprise me however the gap between them opened my eyes. I knew I was a great driver of the ball and a very good putter. My irons were and always have been the issue. What opened my eyes was the fact that after using arccos for a short time according the their stats there was a 6-8 stroke difference on their handicaps between approach and driving. I have focused more on my irons this year and the gap is now closer to 2-4 strokes. One other thing that stood out was the my good shots were better than I thought and the bad ones were worse.
  33. 5 points
    Round #3 at my new home in the books. Conditions today were pretty windy with a near constant speed of 15~17 MPH and gusts over 20 MPH. I really didn't expect to play well and honestly wasn't even sure If I'd want to finish the round... Instead I went -1 through the first four holes before finally running into trouble! On the day, I shot a +13 85. Most of the damage was incurred on the back nine when I let myself get too aggressive. I am very happy overall though. The real gem of the round was Hole #13. It's a short Par 5 at 478 Yards (on the scorecard) and I haven't had to hit more than 7 iron into the green, but today it was my 50* wedge thanks to a helping wind! To top it all off, I was paired with two very nice gentlemen who are relatively new to golf. They were really fun to play with and it was a sober reminder of the journey I've been on to improve my game over the past six+ years. I was even able to give one of them a small tip that seemed to help him make better contact. He was struggling bad toward the end of the front nine, but came back with a par or two and even had a solid birdie chance on one hole. I hope to play with them again and help them on their golfing journey.
  34. 5 points
    Makes you wonder if he “actually” won Rickie’s Masters...?
  35. 5 points
    My kids are in late middle and early high school. They don't want dear old dad around as much anymore. Especially my oldest, who is fiercely independent. Plus, they are off doing their own things. My youngest played a lot of afternoon rounds with me after school/work. After years of trying various things, my wife has found a hobby that she loves in photography. She often tags along with me and my daughter to snap nature shots. All in all, 2019 has been a personal success in terms of golf and quality of life. I don't imagine I will change very much in 2020. I think my family and I have found a recipe for happiness that we will ride until circumstances change. Which, as I think about it, may be any moment now given we are engulfed with two teenage girls!
  36. 5 points
    Too seriously. At my home course in Valdosta, there are Bulldog fans, and then everyone else. We had a member/guest last month, the same day as the Florida/Georgia game, and I asked one of the regulars if he would be playing in the member/guest, and he replied, "Nope. Going to the game." I've also discovered that Saturday football afternoons on my home course I can have the whole course to myself as the place is a ghost town after noon'ish. I have another friend who is a HUGE Georgia fan, and he just stops playing golf during football season altogether. He's either tailgating, preparing to tailgate, or watching the game, in no particular order. I just stopped asking him if he wanted to tee it up. But he's point blank told me that if he had to choose between Georgia football and anything else, Georgia football wins every time. He'll probably be buried in a UGA coffin.
  37. 5 points
    Just pulled the trigger on the highly regarded Cleveland Launcher HB Turbo Driver. Great reviews from everyone and I got a chance to hit it this weekend. When Dick's offered their 25% off cyber sale couldn't beat the price at $262. I doubt it will beat the XXIO but it is fun to keep trying.
  38. 5 points
    Brutal morning but good for Testing. Cold, 20 mph wind gusting to 25+. Main objective was how the G410 reacted and they didn’t disappoint. Into the wind able to keep ball low, with the wind clubs got ball up and ride the wind. The more I play these clubs the better I like them. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  39. 5 points
    Going back to a smaller more traditional pistol and changing my grip up a little. I have small hands and couldn't get my thumbs down the grip comfortably with the P2
  40. 5 points
    I’ve had one (lucky) hole in one (52 years ago), and my low round is 73 (45 years ago) with a second best of 77 several times. It’s an easy choice to me, I break 80 a couple times a year at most and I’ll never have a round in the 60’s, so I’d take the hole in one.
  41. 5 points
    I can't like this post enough. Having been born in New Jersey, I recognize the snobbery and arrogance oozing from that part of the world. It's a fake privilege that says to the rest of the world, "We not only think we are better than you, but we KNOW we are." At least, that's how they think up there, and anyone who doesn't totally agree with them gets treated like a 2nd or 3rd class person. I would also venture to say that with extremely rare exception, most tour pros are the nicest, kindest people you will ever meet, no matter where they are from. Sure, everyone has a bad day in life, and tour pros are no exception, but my personal experience in meeting them has always been very positive. Thanks for posting your experiences @BIG STU
  42. 5 points
    It's got me wondering how they'll do in the sun and if it'll be a distraction. I hope MyGolfSpy and Cobra do another Connect Challenge thread this year. It's always great, and I think this year will be very interesting. Sent from my SM-N975U using MyGolfSpy mobile app
  43. 5 points
    If I were blessed to have golf in my future, i would be very seriously looking at the lineup of retro-styled hickory shafted clubs from Louisville Golf. They're really nice. They would get my mind off equipment technology and back to my stroke.
  44. 5 points
    Made it to our winter roost on 11/14 and played Saturday at Mesa Del Sol 49/38 - another Jekyll & Hyde round. Got a bit lucky on the back nine as an errant drive on #11 was knocked back into play my a palm tree. Good thing because my provisional was drilled dead straight and rolled through the fairway and OB . Played Coyote Wash on Monday and shot 37/43. I was -2 on the 9th tee and summarily pushed one OB resulting in a triple bogey. The guys were kind of disappointed even though we were playing "wolf" (for dimes); they were rooting for me to finish under par. On the par 5 #7, I hit a drive and 4i that ranks among my best ever. There is a large bunker, center-right, in fairway at about 220 yards. My drive had a slight draw which carried the left side, hit the downslope and rolled out to about 265 yards. The green is slightly elevated and I chose a 4i as short is better than long. It ended up 7 feet from the flag and my eagle putt sat on the lip looking in . Adding to the fun was that all of us played that hole outstanding with 2 others putting for par and another for birdy after a crazy good 3w out of the aforementioned bunker. For a brief moment on #9 tee, I thought about just hitting 3w or 4i as a long drive on the left side brings the Oilanders into play (they turn back towards the fairway). Maybe it was that hesitation that switched the mojo ?
  45. 5 points
    Rushed out of work to get as many holes possible as rain is coming. 15 minutes from work and realized I had some keys I had to take back.Turned around and back to work. Dropped keys off and took a different route home only to find the on ramp closed. Back to original route and finally made the course thinking on 5-6 holes. Teed off dead in to the sun and never saw it. Felt like I tugged it and sure enough I found it under the trees left side. Bogey on an easy par 5. Settled down and was +2 after 8 thanks to a birdie on #8 then doubled #9. My worst hole on my course. Its generally a short iron in but the steep slope and creek behind begs me to take 1 less club. Then I end up backing it off the sloped green. Ive been really focusing on getting more aggressive with short irons but this hole is in my head and my playing partners can see it. Dont think Ive been in that creek but once in two years.
  46. 4 points
    Back to the subject at hand and the main thing being distance. At 62 I play the senior tees and there are older seniors that hit it past me. My buddy we call "Checkers" is 70 and blows it past me but he can not beat me. In my older age I do something I never did when I was younger keeping it in the short grass. This one bud of mine is 74 or 75 now and plays from the red tees. He hits the ugliest Quail high hook drive you ever seen but it rolls forever and rolls out about 250. Love being on his team in a mixed scramble event because they usually have the red tees up. Played in a event with him one time and we killed them. He was leaving another running buddy of mine and me wedges and like 9 irons into par 4s all day and mid irons into Par 5s. John Smalls thinks I am a short iron player this guy is better than me. That day we had a $1 side bet going between him and me on closest to the pin. I think we wore that dollar bill out. Man that was one fun day not because our team won but it was fun-- It was a big Catholic church event and was well marshaled and we had lots of side bets going on among the marshals etc. My bud and I donated back our prizes to the event because technically and morally we could not accept them due to both of us being pros---- But the most hell that was being raised was because of the bud hitting the ball off the red tees so far. With his game that is about all he can do hit a driver he shoots around 100 otherwise can not hit or putt a lick---- But my point is some where someone is going to complain because they are being out driven. Personally me I know where I drive it and play the rest of my game accordingly. I do still play from the mid tees on occasion if playing with others may have to hit 2 clubs more to a green but meh just academic for me
  47. 4 points
    Man you guys have way more handicap difficulties than I have ever experienced and I thought I had been around - Connecticut, New York, Indiana, Wisconsin and now Florida and very little of that time at private clubs. There has been the occasional outlying clear sand bagger who gets expelled but its always been the guy playing the best golf wins and that normal gets spread out over time (just as it should.) Under those circumstances handicaps will sort things out. Of course there are going to be examples of 70 year olds who driving it past 40 year olds the exception does not prove the rule. I'm 63 and not particularly long and yet there are 20 something whom I out drive. That's hardly the entire game. My suggestion to the Op is that his group consult the State Golf Association which will have guidelines for its championship play and then adjust accordingly. Generally speaking the divisions for Amateurs differ from touring pros (for obvious reasons.) It's usually Senior 55-64, Super Senior 65 and up - You may wish to create an additional group of your own from 75 to 100 or something like that depending on the tee configuration at your course. Regardless you will find that it gets tougher as your reach the upper limits of each age bracket because you are unable to hit the ball as far or as consistently as you could at the lower end. It really doesn't matter whom I'm longer than right now - I'm not longer than or as consistent as the 55 year old RevKev and for those reasons I can't compete with him - my handicap reflects that however so I could compete with him so long as both of us used our handicaps. Since I'm less consistent he might accuse me (or I myself) of being a sandbagger when I throw in a nice 71 or 72 and get 7 strokes - he will have forgotten the 84's that I strong together for the two months prior and all the money he took from me there in with his 74's and 75's when he makes that accusation. I hope this helps - all of us - to put things in perspective rather than trying to prove rules and norms by exceptions. Either that or we should run for congress - they make a living out of it.
  48. 4 points
    I should add that I'm also pretty thicc, so I don't know that I can criticize my golf clubs for being oversized.
  49. 4 points
    For me, I became aware of MGS after looking for some DTC vs big boy golf balls. Then looked around a little more and found a solid community with a focus on spreading honest info on golf & equipment. I also don't know anyone personally who's much into golf, so I really like having a community to geek out on golf with me. And there's an extreme wealth of knowledge that I'm grateful to be able to glean from. Appreciate y'all!
  50. 4 points
    I've definitely been in the rough and haven't had any issues. The sole design is such that it allows you to get down and through the ball in thicker grass and the face is pretty hot from heel to toe so if you don't catch it in the middle you're still going to get a good result and not lose much distance.
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