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  1. 9 points
    I have the opportunity this year to teach a couple seminary classes as an adjunct. The extra income from those classes covers the cost of something I've wanted for years: a SkyTrak! It hasn't arrived yet, but today I did some work prepping for its arrival. I already owned a mat and a net in my garage. But I wanted to change things up with the net, to enable the use of a projector. First, I bought a really cheap projector from Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07174LM85/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_M99kCbC3HZH8K). I had already picked up a screen (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07G579HXJ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_6-9kCbH8FKEEM). So today, I grabbed a couple of tarps, rope, bicycle hooks, and zip ties from Walmart. After fastening everything, we ended up with this: Just out of frame, at the top, is a tarp that catches high wedges. So far, everything is looking really promising. I'll definitely keep everyone posted.
  2. 8 points
    Penny is with us BTW Grand daughter Kylah is pretending to be Walter Hagen in Bagger Vance. And I’m eating these brats Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  3. 6 points
    I didn't want to click on this thread because it's been a bad month for dying. Well, the month is over so I had to read what was going on. People come and go on forums. That's OK. Some stick around, and as @TheWahoo said, they become your family. I just wish that we weren't so scattered and could get together like family. I joined 5 years ago because of the friendly atmosphere and to learn as much as I could about this game. I really can't say if there are more "core members" now then there were 5 years ago, but I can say that I liked all of them then, and I like all of you guys now. That's what matters. I suppose we can hang out here as long as Adam lets us. I hope that's a long time.
  4. 6 points
    Hey jask, thanks for the input. Sure it’s off season for most, but my season is just firing up down here in Sunny FLA(82* today). I have been on a bit of hiatus since Sept as I was part of the Cobra Connect Challenge, which took much time and commitment to complete the review in 5 months. So I have decided to sit back awhile and let others do the heavy work. As an 8 year member, there is no better place to be than reading the threads and posts of all the Spies. I may not add a post, but by golly you can bet I read your comments. Here’s to our Directors & Moderators for a job well done. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  5. 6 points
    Figure out your monthly average of rounds of golf, and see what the breakdown is per round based on what you think you will average there a month. Keeping it simple, say you average 10 rounds a month. That's $24.70 a round, just for greens fees. Add on another $19 per round, and you are now essentially at $45 per round. The cart fee wouldn't factor in for me if they let me walk and/or of the course is easily walkable. Obviously there will be seasons of the year where you'll want a cart, or during events or rounds where you are playing with a group that you'll want a cart. I'll give you a few other things to think about beyond just the cost of playing golf there. Is there ample opportunity to get a game consistently at certain times when you will want to play. i.e. - can you join a Saturday morning "dog fight" or other member group of 16-20 golfers that plays at the same time every week at that time? Does this club offer regular outtings for members/tournaments for members/other opportunities for competitive rounds with other members? Is this something that appeals to you? I'll just leave you with this thought. If you join this club and you can't get a game with other members, what's the point? But if the club has a bunch of active members that are open and receptive to new members joining their regular times when they play, then that is an intangible that you really can't put a dollar amount on. Putting it another way. If one club costs me $250 a month but all I can do is play solo golf, with no opportunity for tournaments or other group member outtings, but there is another club close by that costs $500 a month but there are always tournaments, outtings, and member events where I can play in at least weekly, I'd choose the club that costs me $500 a month. It's those intangible organized rounds with other members that you really can't put a price on.
  6. 6 points
    Tried an "experiment" today. Played a short exec. with my son, and played the front with my usual reckless abandon. "You know I've got to try it" is one of my favorite expressions. Finished that side at +16. On the back, I gave myself one extra stroke per hole. Par 3 turns into 4, 4 turns into 5, etc. Tried to play for "par." It completely changed the way I approached a couple holes. Played the back at +8. Mental, mental, mental. Sent from my XT1585 using MyGolfSpy mobile app
  7. 5 points
    Signed up last night on a whim and ran in a New Year's Day 5k this morning. Hadn't run for more than a mile in a few years (I hate running and get my cardio in other ways ) Finished in in the Top 15% with a time of 27:12.
  8. 5 points
    Tony and I are old. I'm guessing here, but we probably have similar swing speeds. I am not hitting a fairway wood into a par 5 in two shots; maybe Tony is, but I need a club that I can hit far enough on my second shot so I can have a short iron rather than a hybrid for my third shot into a par 5. I've tried fairways woods for years. I don't generate enough speed to flight a fairway wood high enough to get the distance I need to advance the ball close enough to the green for a short third shot. Plus, I find them easy to mishit quite often. So, I gave up on them. Tony, if you have good luck with hybrids, I recommend you try out a few 17º 2H clubs. For me the distance is the same as a good FW shot and the trajectory is much higher. which means more useful. Check out several brands; they all fly different. If you were fit for your other clubs, you shouldn't need another fitting. Get the one that works the best. JMHO.
  9. 5 points
    Well, just did my first week 1 protocol. I am so bad left handed. if nothing else, I am sure I will see rapid improvement on those speeds. Base driver speed was 101. Will see how it goes from here.
  10. 5 points
    What are the chances?!? I must be right next door to Rev!! Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  11. 4 points
    Just a bit petty maybe, but I find it annoying when the shaft is often erroneously referred to as the "engine of the golf club". It isn't. If you're looking for automotive simile to liken the golf shaft to, then are more accurate description would be "transmission". You - the person swinging the golf club - is the originator of the energy to power the golf club and hence the "engine". The shaft, which transmits that energy in a manner to strike the golf ball is just a dumb inert piece of material when at rest - it's not an engine of any kind. A better description would be a "transmission" in that it harnesses the power developed by the swing and allows that energy to be transferred to the golf ball via the club head ( which would make the club head tyres I guess? lol). Anyhoo - just needed to get that off my chest to satisfy my OCD count for today...
  12. 4 points
    No sooner than I stated that I love my fairway woods (and I do), I go out and find a heck of a deal on a new 5w and immediately snap it up off of the "bay". Yes I couldn't help myself, but I had some "reasoning" behind doing so, and will 100% use this same "logic" to upgrade to a shiny new 3w too soon enough. First price. Brand new, a G400 SFT wood off the rack is running anywhere from a $270 retail price point to a sale price of $199. The one I snipped (brand new in plastic) was $130 with free ship & no sales tax! No brainer especially considering I can probably resell my G for around $100 or so with the stock shaft taken off of the new club. Second, well...IT"S NEW! But the bonus benefit is that they will have the same counter weight as the set I got for my driver, so I can do some fine tuning with the same style of weights I already own. This is where the real onset of OCD will come into play... My Aldila Tour Blue shaft, which I use on both of my woods are both, well...blue...which matches beautifully with the G club head coloring ques, but does not match up with the copper ques of the G400..! Sick right? This will bother me, a lot. Already have I found myself feverishly searching for new shafts with similar characteristics as the Blues, but matching colors for the 400's...
  13. 4 points
    Well, if it doesn't matter... Fifteen years ago I was playing golf one day by myself; took a break in the clubhouse. Two women showed up to play. They went out to the first tee so I followed. Since they were alone and the course was full, I asked if I could join them, and they said sure! One was tall with a so-so swing; the other was short and a good swing; playing with persimmon woods and blades. I played really well... for me at the time. The three of us played a few more times after that day, and I played more with the short one. We got married. That's my definition of a catch.
  14. 4 points
    +1 for Kenny's answer. My dad is still a decent player at age 78 (15 handicap or so) and fought this issue for several seasons before finally just getting a 5 wood he liked and forgetting about the lower lofted 3 or 4 wood. He couldn't generate enough speed to keep it in the air with that little loft. The 5 wood flies higher and goes a little further for him. It's not as far as he would like but that's golf Sent from my Pixel 3 using MyGolfSpy mobile app
  15. 4 points
    Say WHAT - "we're old"??? Ok I'll accept that and yes you're correct I need a second shot long enough to set me up with a short iron on a par 5. We also have a couple of Par 5's with bunkers that look like the fairway was carpet bombed. Invariably my ball is drawn magnetically to those fairway bunkers. So again a club that gets me past those and sets me up with the short iron for the hole. I do have a 19* that I'll use off the fairway but not as consist with it as I'd like. Love my 22* and 26*. Hmmmmm you have an ideas here, maybe it's getting fit for a 17* would solve the issue? Worth a try! Thanks Kenny.
  16. 4 points
    Apparently January the 11th is known (over here) as Quitters day! It's the day they reckon most people will have given up their new year resolution. There's our first goal, get past Jan 11th still on target.
  17. 4 points
    Kenny you nailed it as SOP for you-- When we get older we lose swing speed- About 4 years or so ago I had to ditch my beloved Callaway Steelhead 13* 3 wood because basically I could not elevate it anymore. Searched for a suitable replacement for a while. Finally found a Adams Super S 16* that I hit good. I also had carried a V-Steel 18* 5 wood which I hit good too. I also revamped my game as far as Par 5s are concerned. Most of the time now I play position golf with the second and let the wedge and putter do the work for hopefully the birdie. I had to deal with the fact that those days of hitting a Par 5 in 2 from 220 or so were basically over for me.
  18. 4 points
    Happy New Year! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
  19. 4 points
    I'd just like to take a second here and commend MGS for allowing open and honest conversation on this topic. 99% of other forums, websites, companies ect. would take down anything that possibly portrays them in a negative light. MGS hasn't done that. They have allowed a great discussion to take place on a potentially undesirable topic. I really appreciate MGS allowing honest statements, without the prospect of being "banished".
  20. 4 points
    The forum has slowed since fall but it will pick back up as spring approaches; happens every year. If you look at the recent thread regarding all the different hobbies that Spies have you’ll see many are just as as active outside of golf, and since it’s winter many are now engaging in those. Myself, I’ve been working on building a new Stratocaster and woodshedding on some new guitar lessons as the rain has kept me from golf. But, I’ve got some persimmon woods in the queue for refinishing which I’ll begin working on next week. After all this holiday stuff is finished it will give me my golf fix even if the weather isn’t cooperating. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  21. 4 points
    selecting a fitter is akin to selecting a swing coach. If you are wondering about a fitting, call the fitter and ask them to explain their fitting process. If it makes sense to you then you are on your way to a good experience Ask any other general question that might be important to you such as price, discounts, companies used etc. If they address swing flaws. If you have a good feeling about the fitter then schedule the time. IF not move along as chances are you will mentally fight the process and the experience will be poor.
  22. 4 points
    The Captain and I wish everyone a few healthy adult libations on this New Years Eve! Stay thirsty, my friends! Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  23. 4 points
    Lang mae yer lum reek! /Scottish saying for prosperity Long may your chimney smoke (meaning you have heat and prosperity) Happy new year MGS spies
  24. 3 points
    Is it sad that it's taken me the better part of three weeks to think of a new display name for the mygolfspy forums? Don't get me wrong I liked the 02uwmadgrad name, but it was a pain in the butt for people to type out and didn't exactly lend itself well to quick references/nicknames. I figured with the start of a new year it was time to finally pull the trigger on a new name. I'm still not sure I'm 100% satisfied with the new moniker, but it did hit my two major requirements. #1 have a reference to my home state (WI) or alma mater (University of Wisconsin) and #2 be somewhat golf related. I had a list of about 20 different names but ended up picking the first one I wrote down three weeks ago. Short, simple, and hits both of my prerequisites. I guess all of this is a testament to how much I enjoy the mygolfspy forum and all of the staff and contributors to the site. Thank you all. Looking forward to a great 2019. -Bucky CC
  25. 3 points
    Kentucky 27 Penn State 24......We held them off #WeAreKentucky #BigBlueNation Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy Cobra Connect Bag: Cobra F8 Driver(10.5*) 3-4W(14.5*) & 5-6W(18.5*)w/Mitsubishi Tensei ck Blue Regular; Cobra F8 3 Hybrid, 5 Hybrid & 6-PW, Gw(49*) SW(54*) LW(58*) all w/UST Mamiya Recoil 460 ES regular shafts. Lamkin Cobra Connect grips with Arccoss tracking sensors. Putter: Evnroll ER6 33”. Bag: Cobra Ultralite Cart Bag(Peacoat/Silver).
  26. 3 points
    ... Bending irons is not an exact science and a .5 + or - is well within a tolerated variance. Even forged irons can be finicky, especially very soft forgings that bend easily. So while I try and get my irons perfectly spec'ed, I am OK with .5 off in either lie or loft after a few attempts. One thing I learned when I first started bending irons was I could bend a full set, taking an hour of careful attention to detail to get them perfect, then check them all again and they could easily be off by .5 because seating the iron head in the LL machine can change everytime you do it. Further, two difference LL machines can give you two different readings with the same iron. ... Now that said, they are your irons and of course you can do whatever you want if you are OCD or just expect perfection.
  27. 3 points
    Most health clubs call them "resolutionists" as people make a resolution to lost weight and then last a month or so. I haven't posted in the thread much, but dropped about 20 lbs before putting 6 back on since Thanksgiving.....I am a sucker for sweets and with all the holiday goodies I struggled. Getting back to work tomorrow and having all the sweets gone will help my drop those lbs. Hoping to drop 10 in the first few months of the year.
  28. 3 points
    Over on this side of the pond it's January the 2nd. Good luck guys! I'm rooting for y'all.
  29. 3 points
    I can't say I've ever put a calculator to the proposition of joining or being a club member. Not that it doesn't matter... I just haven't done it. For probably the past ten years or so I've been a member of a private golf club. It's golf and golf only. I joined this club as I didn't any longer want to pay for ammities I didn't use or was not interested in. Those being.... fine dining (often suspect), pool, spa, gym, tennis, fancy clubhouse, assessments, cliques, etc. etc. I've always pretty much joined a club for golf access with a nice course. I can usually play at my course most anytime I want and on a moments notice even. There are two other private clubs in town - one of which I was a member for 15 years. However, they are expensive as compared to my current club. But the items I listed above are what people are paying for and will get for their dollar. It's good to have choices.
  30. 3 points
    I grew up with the pork tradition (my mom was from PA). We’ve switched that to grilled brats on the beach on New Years Eve though. We always go out for dinner on New Years Day now. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  31. 3 points
    It is great to see this thread still going. I’ll admit I did put some weight back on but I’m still smaller in my waist. I am excited for 2019 as I am back to full health and can workout how I want to. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  32. 3 points
    We always head over to my Mother-in-Law's for lunch. She, being a West Texas native (like the wife), always has a mess of ham, collared greens, black-eyed peas and cornbread baked right up in her cast iron skillet. Sweet tea and Dr. Pepper to drink of course. With the exception of the greens (I am a damn Yankee after-all...), YUM! Enjoy the day all!
  33. 3 points
    You don't have to do anything if you lengthen the club. Here is the effect of adding length. Each 1/2 inch will increase swingweight by 3; for example D2 will become D5. While you don't physically change the lie angle, you effectively make the club more upright if you were to grip the club in the same manner. For some people these changes wont be noticeable but for others they will feel a big difference. My suggestion would be to add an extension to the club and see how it works; you can always undo the change.
  34. 3 points
    Happy New Year Everyone!!! Time to start playing by the new rules. If you're like me, you've already been "testing out" the new rules to get prepared. I don't know about you, but I'm expecting some hefty rules debates in my summer league. Both folks that are uninformed and those trying to take advantage and stretch the rules will likely be at the center of these debates. Up until now, there's been a lot of short versions but I think this expanded summary will help clarify those gray area: 15 Things You Need To Know: New Rules of Golf
  35. 3 points
    Doing the protocol in the wind isn't much fun either!! At least it was warmer... 48º. I kept losing my balance, but swing speeds were up a little from the Wednesday session after my trip. Week 13 Update - Nothing special RH. Green 103, Blue 101, Red 98 LH. Green 99. Blue 95 Red 92 I started the final week of Level 2 today with better numbers than all of Week 13. Week 14 Session 1 RH. Green 108, Blue 104, Red 98 LH. Green 101. Blue 97 Red 92 I've got to break the 100 mark for the Red club!! I had a PB with the Kneeling swings with the Green club; first time breaking into the 90's. RH. 90 LH. 91 Two more sessions to go for Level 2 this week. Got to crank it up before putting together the Stage 2 test report!!
  36. 3 points
    I say go with fitting first. What good is a club that isn’t the correct loft, or has the shaft that works best for you? Yep. Fitted first. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
  37. 3 points
    LOL And I thought it was something Scots say when seeing who can go the longest without a bath!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Peace be with everyone.
  38. 3 points
    Man, Texas A&M is taking NC State to the woodshed on both sides of the ball. NC State looks completely gassed, while TAMU looks ready to not only sack the quarterback, but then go after his mother. TAMU ran a simple gap play up the middle, and the dude ran untouched 85 yards for the score. This is completely embarrassing for the ACC, not to mention that this is against a Jimbo Fisher coached team, who I'd love nothing more then to see him lose every single game he coaches for the rest of his life.
  39. 3 points
    Let’s hear it for the Big Blue Nation! Go Kentucky, beat Penn State! Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  40. 3 points
    Happy New Year to all the Spies! We have the absolute best group of Directors and Moderators in the business! As for me, I took a pass on golf tomorrow (New Years Day) as my boys are playing at 1 PM in Orlando, gotta be home to watch and support the Big Blue Nation. Go Big Blue! Go Kentucky! Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  41. 3 points
    We shared 3 lbs of snow crab legs and a bottle of Barefoot Moscato......watching the Lightning play the Ducks in Anaheim. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  42. 3 points
    I'm not really sure you are approaching this from the right angle. Instead of thinking you need a specific club why not figure out the best way to get your index down with clubs that work for your game, as it is right now. I'll give you my training approach for any new golfer, which is how my Dad taught me to play golf at 7 years old. He handed me a 7 iron, and told me to hit it. Then hit it again, and again, and again, until I got good enough hitting just the 7 iron. Then he slowly introduced a few other clubs to me until I had about a 10 club set that I played with a for a few years, before getting a full set sometime around the time I entered high school. I see it over and over again, where these young kids are handed a full set of golf clubs as beginners, and all the kids want to do is pull driver and grip it and rip it. And then they wonder why they can't hit an iron or wedge, and their golf game consists of random blasts off of the tee with no accuracy, and a collection of chunks, duffs, and bladed iron shots that have no consistency or pattern. My point to all of this is that I think if you want to get down into an index in the teens you'll start pulling more clubs OUT of your bag, rather than trying to put another one in it. The more you hit 5 or 6 clubs really good, the more your confidence will grow, and eventually you'll get to the point where it makes sense to start adding more clubs. And I say all of this to you as a 6 handicap, where I was actually scoring better with 6 clubs in my bag the past few months, versus with my whole 14 club set. Simplicity with less clubs I think is what I would recommend for you. That and having a few lessons with a local pro would be my advice to you.
  43. 3 points
    Happy New Years everyone. Here’s to a better 2019
  44. 3 points
    Happy New Year. I've enjoyed the last one with you all, and am looking forward to the next one with you as well. Sent from my XT1585 using MyGolfSpy mobile app
  45. 3 points
    Yup pretty simply formula add up total cost and divide by the number of rounds you anticipate playing. You should also find out if they have any special discounts at the pro shop - for instance our club matches big box stores on the big names and on occasion offers an additional 10%. Also our GHIN membership is part of the package plus unlimited use of the range. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
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  49. 3 points
    You're sick for enjoying using the ban hammer I should have gotten you a thor hammer for Christmas lol
  50. 3 points
    Looks like that 91 was not a fluke after all. Shot a 94 today in the rain, wind, and fog. Still 3 strokes better than my old pr of 97. I tried to pay attention to the difference today. It's incredible what a little course management can do. I realized I only took driver on about 4 holes which meant I had 0 penalty strokes. On any hole where I could take an iron and still get to the green from 170 or less I always took the iron. I hit 5 greens today doing that which is considerably more than usual. Turns out just trying to smash the ball every hole is not the best way for me to play golf. Attached is my ball mark from the par 3 3rd. It plays about 150. Definitely the most accurate shot of the day. Sent from my Pixel 2 using MyGolfSpy mobile app
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