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  1. Thanks, now I want a baked potato. I use SPF4 to get my handsome color. It works for most places I go. Yet another reason not to go to Arizona in the summer again. Just for the record I have graduated from an institute of higher learning. Magna Cum Laude class of............. wouldn't you like to know! GED...? Nice try!
    7 points
  2. Got my turkey in the brine last night. For the last several years, my starting point has been Alton Brown's turkey recipe: https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/good-eats-roast-turkey-recipe-1950271 I basically follow all his instructions on the brine and the fruit/onion stuffing, but I've done our last several turkeys in our electric smoker. A couple months back, I added a pellet grill to the arsenal, so this year's turkey is going to be slow smoked on that. Are food preparations underway for you all as well? What are you making?
    6 points
  3. Work has been killing me over the past month but I finally got out and played on Sunday. Only the third round on my new PXG irons but I’m really hitting them well. Ended up shooting 48 on the front with a couple of wayward drives and then really turned it around with a 41 on the back for a nice 89. good to see a score below 90 for a change. Hoping to be able to play a couple of rounds over the holiday weekend, weather here in Southeast Texas is absolutely perfect with temperatures in the mid 70s every day.
    6 points
  4. Another sub 80 round yesterday at Coyote Wash 42/36 (par 71). The front included a double and triple . On #7 I went for my usual layup to the open peninsula of the lake but popped it up and it bounced sideways and got washed. I then repeated the sin splashing that ball. We had two threesomes and played a 3 man version of El Lobo. Each player takes sequential turns off the tee as the wolf with the others playing wolf hunters. The wolf must win the whole outright to win the two dimes. We only paid out 4 times... it's tough to win that format. Sure hope I can keep this trend rolling. If I only use my 11 rounds since getting to AZ, I'm a 8.8 .
    6 points
  5. The best way to solve that problem is with a fifteen-slot cart bag.
    6 points
  6. ... To all my fellow golf spies:
    6 points
  7. ... I tried to be nice but your ignorance is showing. Again. SPF4?!?!? No wonder you got burnt so bad (figuratively and literally). The sun may be yellow but it ain't your friend when it gets above 100*. I know you are still working on your GED but ... SPF4 in Phoenix? In the summer?!?! You might as well slather yourself with butter, sour cream and chives.
    6 points
  8. Ok it is odd in most folks eyes. It is just me and the Wife now and the 2 dogs. We never cook traditional Thanksgiving dinner because we do not care for Turkey. Got some beef tips marinating for Kabobs on the grill---- She also has some Crab meat ( fresh Local) pulled out for crab and cheese stuffed Mushrooms. And believe it or not we do like stuffing so she is going to do some with beef gravy too. And the old Green Bean Cassarole. Right now it is cold and windy here and she has a pot of Pinto beans in the slow cooker for tonight and fried cornbread. One year when her mother was still living I did a huge low country boil. As in life in general we do not do things the traditional way. She just told me we had more crab and cheese mix than big mushrooms so later I am going to split some Jalepenos and do crab cheese stuffed peppers bacon wrapped
    5 points
  9. My dad and I brined up the birds last night. One Cajun (fried) and one is an orange zest (baked) gonna be gooooooood:
    5 points
  10. Wuss! We play all winter long, and if we didn't play in 46º with 8-10 mph... we wouldn't play all winter long!!
    5 points
  11. Tuesday early 9, 46* with 8-10 mph wind. Froze our butts off! Played poorly, in fact we all did. All iron shots felt like I was hitting marbles. Similar temps this morning so we are skipping golf and scheduled to play Friday Bacon Boyz.
    5 points
  12. You should carry whatever you think is best for your game at courses you play. What anyone else chooses for their 14 clubs may/not relate to you. My choices are in the sig line, but no one else I play with has exactly the same makeup (all have more woods/hybrids than me), and that's fine and dandy. I don't like hybrids, but I force myself to carry and use one, maybe someday I'll warm up to them. I almost never use my 56º or my 60º full swing, I use my 50º GW from 95 yards and in - and in prior threads I've read that many other players also don't use their highest loft wedges full swing. FWIW
    5 points
  13. Obviously Tony and Rick missed a very important feature in the picture - the cart path - there's that little part that sticks out to the right side of the fairway - I hit a ball down the right rough line with a touch of draw - it hit the cart path and took off.
    4 points
  14. Here it is…..Rev’s Drive…..
    4 points
  15. Indoors at our local First Tee’s driving range - took the driver and a seven iron. Once warmed up I played a mini game in my head. Driver went X yards on a imaginary hole which would leave me Y to the green. Then I have to use the seven iron to hit the green. Keeps me from mindlessly hitting balls one after another. Besides trying to hit the distance, focus on good solid strikes.
    4 points
  16. I'm just getting around to reading the final reviews and you guys have done a great job. I cancelled Arccos at the beginning of October and am seriously considering going with ShotScope in the spring. I think the no subscription approach is nice. I completely understand it with Arccos and how they constantly update the stokes gained metrics of their product ( which I do love).
    4 points
  17. Okay, so I think ball #1 wins by a voting landslide, I'm willing to call this election now. @greggarner it pains me to say this #1 chrome soft x ls #2 Bridgestone BX #3 Bridgestone BXS
    4 points
  18. So, here's the gist. Just like the title says, I'm on the fence about dropping one of the woods and adding a wedge for 2022 as my gamer set up for the tournament season to avoid some situations that would've made a real difference when it really counted. Through lessons, a couple of performance fittings, and enough practice to shame Tiger I've dropped my index to 11.3 to end this season and I'm pretty proud of that with this being the end of my fourth full season playing. And here's the stats through the 47 rounds I played this year including tournaments via Arccos- Woods Epic Max LS OB Seeker- 498 total shots, 298 yards smart distance, 52% FIR Sim2 Max 3w- 19 total shots, 253 yards smart distance, 71% FIR off the tee (9 shots), 19% GIR (10 shots) Epic Max 5w- 18 total shots, 231 yards smart distance, 67% FIR off the tee (5 shots), 49% GIR (13 shots) Apex 21/Epic Speed Super 4h- 46 total shots, 234 yards smart distance, 87% FIR (17 shots), 55% GIR (29 shots) Apex 21 5i- 21 total shots, 211 yards smart range, 81% FIR (12 shots), 69% GIR (9 shots) Wedges Apex 21 PW (43*)- 97 total shots, 130 yards smart distance, 58% GIR Apex 21 AW (48*)- 111 total shots, 108 yards smart distance, 59% GIR Vokey SM8 54*- 223 total shots (including pitch/chips), 93 yards smart distance, 67% GIR Ping Forged 56*- 128 total shots (almost all chips/pitches inside 50 yards), 86 yards smart distance, 91% GIR (probably skewed by all of the chips/pitches) My initial thoughts are pulling me towards putting the 5w on the bench and adding another wedge to fill the gap between the PW/AW, or even adding a 58/60 to give me more options around the green. I had quite a few short game shots where the 56 was either too much, or not enough. I'm not very good at all at opening the face up to get the added height out of the greenside rough/pot bunker, and it usually ends in disaster when I try it on course. Then again, I've had quite a few shots this year where the approach was on the in-between side of the PW/AW. I've had bad luck with trying to swing lighter/slower and/or harder/faster with the wedges, nothing that got me in trouble on course, but not consistent enough to do it comfortably. So, the corners I've painted myself into is which wood to drop and which wedge to add. I will be doing some serious testing over the winter and moving forward, but I wanted to get everyone's take on their experiences with making this type of move for some insight. Appreciate it in advance. P.S.- Yes, I've already been fitted this season.......twice.....
    3 points
  19. Have played well this year and trying to play golf and less golf-swing.
    3 points
  20. I wished that MGS had done the recent Titleist fitting with at least as many higher handicaps as they did with scratch and + handicaps. Maybe they didn't because it wouldn't give clear-cut results. While I am a borderline single digit handicap, my swing speed is slow and generally speaking, most balls give similar distance off the tee and 7i; around the green there is a huge difference. I can tell the difference between urethane and non-urethane balls, and I can tell the difference between PV1/PV1x and other urethane balls. I have no launch monitor data; just feel and observation. When I play a PV1, I have to remember that I have to fly the ball closer to the hole on chips/pitches... sometimes I forget. It's frustrating to have the ball check when you didn't plan on it. Other urethane and 2-piece balls roll out more, but if I play them all the time, I can easily gauge the rollout better than I can gauge how much spin I can consistently put on a PV1. If I didn't care about the price, I would play PV1x all the time and get used to the check on the green... but I do care. In looking for a winter ball I found that the Callaway Warbird ball flies higher than most balls for my swing and provides sufficient check on the greens that is easy to control. It's my ball of choice for awhile.
    3 points
  21. The old adage was that there are no pictures on the scorecard; but I guess with today’s technology we are starting to get the picture that goes with the score. Even with the picture it is still a 310 yard bomb!
    3 points
  22. Man looks good--- I have yet to see a Professional Firefighter that could not cook--- and us volunteers did not to do bad either--- One of the things I missed about the fire service even though I was a volunteer Fire House Food. The last station I was at was an old school house no joke and had a full commercial kitchen and boy did we cook some good food there for special events and training night suppers
    3 points
  23. Hell, after only 4 weeks here in AZ, we're finding evening/early mornings in the low 60's on the chilly side of things .
    3 points
  24. I think based on distances and consistency, you definitely drop the 5 wood and just mail it to me. As for the wedge, that depends on what you're more comfortable learning and what you expect to happen more next year. Do you think you can learn to be comfortable opening up your club face on the handful of occasions where you'll need a short flop and stop? Or do you think it would be more valuable for you to have a 120 yard club. Then again, since you have 20 yard gaps between your wedges, do you focus on reducing the overall gapping. E.g., bending the 43 degree to 44, bending the 48 to 47, swapping the 54 with a 52, and leaving the 56 (or swapping it with a 58 and filling the gaps below 100 with partial shots. Tldr: agree that 5 wood is out. As for the replacement, up to you.
    3 points
  25. I think you answered your question in terms of your bag. Of course another way is to take a lesson is figure out what's going on with your wedge play.
    3 points
  26. For those of you on the sidelines waiting to buy a V3, here's a great deal I just came across. One heck of a discount. https://pgoffers.samcart.com/products/shot-scope-v3
    3 points
  27. No, you won't get around as quickly as you do now. I imagine that when you retire, some podunk driving range operator will draw a couple of black lines around you. It will be easy since most of your dimples will be worn away, but you will still be tormenting golfers of the beginning kind. With your aches and pains you won't fly as far as you used to, and your ball flight will be a double-breaker! Of course, on the other hand you could get lucky and end up refurbished, and we all know how well that turns out.
    3 points
  28. Great review! I can attest to prompt ongoing support from SS. Something we didn't get with ARRCOS (although they were prompt in billing). I'm also a Precision Pro user (NX9). One 'hack' I found for straight fairways, I'll shoot the flag with the LRF from my drive then adjust the Middle number with the difference. For instance if the LRF is reading the flag at 175 and the V3 middle number is 180, I'll just add the +5 to the middle number, enabling me to just use the watch from that point on. That eliminates having to use the LRF til the next hole. Obviously that won't work on doglegs. Also in case you haven't seen it, we also have a SS thread going.
    3 points
  29. As I understand it, earlier watches were big and cumbersome. The V3 is pretty nice, especially considering I'm generally a fan of wearing a watch. I was pretty nit-picky in my review and don't have any experience with Arccos, but all things considered, it's the one time price that really sells it for me.
    3 points
  30. So as mentioned previously I found myself in the market (at the worst possible time) for a new SUV. Well after a week of emailing, negotiating and testing a couple different ones. I took home a 2021 Highlander XLE Hybrid last night. So far I love it. But the question many of you wanted answer is, would it hold ALL of my golf bags if required. Well see for yourself. Here it is loaded up with two full stand bags snd a full cart bag. Still room for one more (I didn’t bring out my empty Titleist Light Weight bag. But it would have fit. And room for luggage if I was the chosen driver of a road trip! But since 95% of my driving is just me and occasionally if I take my clubs to an away course You see they fit nicely with the 3rd row seats up. I got 35 MPG on my trip into work this morning So I’m really looking forward to that savings.
    3 points
  31. Yellow Ball is not an instructor, YB is a destructor. Are you really sure you want my help? YB doesn't live up north. I have an allergic reaction to getting blue balls. Snow is a four letter word. YB isn't old enough to retire. I have to work a day job to afford all my trips to haunt you guys. So bear with me if I'm not quick on getting back to you. But then again, if I was retired I wouldn't get around as quickly as I do and would be complaining about all my aches and pains like the rest of you old farts!
    3 points
  32. Once upon a time, I was a club fitter/builder, then left the game, and recently had back surgery. So now with getting back into the game, recovering from back surgery, and selling off most of my equipment, I'm left with 3 sets of clubs, down from 10 , so I'm making progress haha. I built so many to try out and experiment with different heads, shafts, etc but I was always very picky about which clubs would stay in my primary set. So now that I have a different profession, I want to get down to 1 set of clubs. I'm going through a similar approach to how I would choose clubs to be in my primary set.. Here's a snapshot of yesterdays session. The Srixon and KZG sets I build back in 2006ish The HMB's I traded for recently. Lofts were checked prior to hitting, All the other specs were recorded as well and will need to be dialed in a little more once the final set is chosen. I just finished PT and started fitness training again so I'm not as consistent as I used to be but it's a start and a process.
    2 points
  33. For my birthday a few weeks ago, my wife told me to get a new driver. She told me I could go to Club Champion if I wanted. I think I would rather go to the local PGA Superstore and hit everything they have. I'm a lefty, so that will narrow the field quite a bit. I did a truegolffit a few weeks ago, and it put me in a Wilson D9, with a TSI1 as the 2nd choice. I would also really like to tit the new Cleveland Launcher XL and the Exotics C721. And I'll see what else they have. I also have a brand new Evenflow Max shaft that hasn't even had a tip on it yet waiting for me to give it a shot. Needless to say, fun times ahead!
    2 points
  34. Hello all, happy Thanksgiving! Thanks for playing along with this event. I wanted to let you know that I have made a small format change to this, mostly because you all are too smart. I will not be hitting the CSXLS in the next round, I will use 3 new untested balls. The CSXLS will be moving into the Semi-Finals. I will continue this testing process with 3 balls for 3 more rounds. Testing 12 total balls. That testing will find 4 group winners. I will then match those group winners up 1v1 in the semi finals, to get me to the final 2 balls to rule them all. Balls still to test: Maxfli Tour, Srixon Z-Star, TP5x, ProV1, Vice Pro, CSX, Velocity( @fixyurdivot), ....... 2x? So, to take my bias out a little more, Im going to add the 2 more suggested balls to the test. So whatever else you think I should test, let me know and I will take the 2 top suggestions and put them in too(assuming I can get them easily enough). Q-Star? ProV1x? Wilson Duo? Dunlop Power TI explosion mach V laser bomb? So 6 more rounds to crown a winner, fill out your brackets now, this might take the world by storm and replace March Madness as the best bracket contest out there. Also, I have a sleeve each of the losing BX and BXS to send out. If you would like either sleeve, chime in. I'll use some random wizardry to see who gets them.
    2 points
  35. Hey all, just to let you know the team at Shot Scope follow the user group closely and it is great feedback/discussion. I will chip in with answers to various questions as I can. Tag me, if you think I can shed some light. If there is an individual or account specific question best to get in touch with our support team, they are much quicker, smarter and will give better advice than I can.
    2 points
  36. You logic seems reasonable and it does appear that driver is a tough okay with your distance. My only comments are while the fairways are narrow and there are a lot of trees, are you blocked out by trees if you miss the fairway? My only question on 11 would be can you shift the cone left to not be in the the hazard? Being shorter leads to a long approach but it may just be one of those take par if you can but be happy with bogey.
    2 points
  37. One part of my game I have zero holes in is generating wedge spin regardless of swing length, and I'm pretty happy and comfortable with the lower gapping, but it would be nice to have that 120 yard club to take any swing decisions out of the mix. Like I said, I will be doing some major testing over the winter on a couple of courses that give me those in-between shots and seeing what does/doesn't work. Bottom line- I'll definitely have a stock of different clubs to switch out based on the individual course I'm playing that day. Funny that a wedge lesson was brought up.......I have one this afternoon, and every Wednesday through the end of the year. Thanks for your insight. Exactly the response I was looking for.
    2 points
  38. Someone said lesson. Drink! ....but actually, a wedge lesson would probably be really good.
    2 points
  39. As club manufacturers continue to deloft irons, just wait and one day we'll all be carrying 9 wedges. At that point the 9 iron will have a 21º loft, and old timers will claim they can't hit a "9 iron" and opt for a hybrid instead. [Sorry, couldn't resist...] And for those who scoff, no one carried more than 2 wedges at one time, a PW and a SW. Now we're debating 3, 4 or 5 wedges. And now we have a new class of clubs - utility irons. More marketing nonsense...instead of offering 2 and 3 irons with iron sets, we get to buy another class of club if we want long irons. Where we once had wood sets, iron sets and putters - we now have drivers, fairway woods, hybrids, utility irons, iron sets, specialty wedges and putters. Some progress, lots of marketing hype?
    2 points
  40. Were you trying to get a lesson or a fitting? IMO, with putting you make choices about your stroke and once you have made those decisions is creates your stroke. You then fit the putter to that stroke. I personally view fitting a putter a little different than other clubs. If you are continually changing everything about your putting approach a fitting loses its value a little. You seem to be continually changing every choice you make about your putting stroke for what appears as no apparent reason. Do you have realistic expectations? What do you want an instructor to do for you? What did you tell the instructor that made him say he can’t help you. Maybe create a thread specific to you and your effort to improve your putting. In it explain what you are doing and what you want to accomplish. People in the forum give great advice on things they have learned and provide great support. Several people have done this and it helps create accountability and creates documentation on your efforts
    2 points
  41. Google Earth, GPS, yep, no doubt they’d all help, BUT, and I know you agree, we shouldn’t NEED those to hit a tee shot. Plus, I wasn’t walking back downhill 35 yards to the cart to go get my phone, then back uphill 35 yards. Nnnnnnope.
    2 points
  42. Reached my long par 5 in 2 today, from the blues. That doesn’t happen often. Of course I missed the eagle putt…pffft
    2 points
  43. Of course you can always send us a pic of that hole from your Shotscope app
    2 points
  44. I timed it earlier this week - it took me right around 6 1/2 minutes including the roof from my shed to when it was completely set up. t was a windy day so that slowed me down a bit. I agree about that roof - it's a pain - it looks really good and adds to the security of the net but I could easily see ripping it while putting the support pole in if one is not careful.
    2 points
  45. Had a really good quick range session yesterday. I was mostly there to get some swings in with a newly built hybrid but decided to that I should also get some chipping practice in. It's becoming painfully obvious to me that my dropped strokes with chipping aren't the result of technique anymore. On the practice green I'm putting probably 60% of chips and pitches inside an area where the outer ones are inside what I would class as my 50% make range. Maybe half of those 30% of those are inside my definite make range (3 feet or better). I've even moved to randomly scattering the shag tube around the green on a variety of lies with some in the sand and the same seems to be holding true. However, I don't often play well enough to play to these percentages during a round it's clearly mental. The practice green doesn't matter so I can take each stroke with confidence and without the creeping fear that I'm about to blade the thing to the high side of the green and face a miserable comebacker downhill. I think the only way to get over this is for me to play as much as possible. That being said, I unfortunately don't have time for two or more 4+ hour rounds a week and the execs are letting 5somes out :(. I think I have a good solution, one that I discovered last week. I played the Rancho Park par 3 in between meetings last week (surprisingly for the first time) and got in in a 1200 yards of pitch and putt practice in just over an hour. I'm kind of embarrased that I hadn't considered these little courses as perfect practice environments for what I'm working on. There's a series of these little par 3's all over LA (pretty much one in every location that I have regular meetings) and none of them are booked solid like the execs and full size courses. I can hop on play for an hour and continue with my day. I'm genuinely excited. That lights out short game is right around the corner now. After chipping and pitching I moved to the range. Lately I've only been hitting small buckets. I focus on a couple small technique things for half of the 40 odd balls -- picking one or two of the following : building lag, hip turn, partial exaggerated swings to groove my impact, weight transfer, etc. things. Just slowly trying to sharpen technique without trying to groove things. I'll spend 10 of the balls working on accuracy and working the ball (I'm not particularly consistent with that yet but it seems to help me when I play if I plan for a shot shape). Then I'll use the remainder to experiment -- what happens and what kind of distance can I get when I really try to step on different clubs, what happens when I really hood the face, can I accurately predict and control where I want a low hook to go, can I control my impact enough to hit it where I want to on the face (so far -- yes, but mostly no). I'm finding this low volume practice seems to really work for me. Mostly because I don't and can't sit there and try and groove a club and I don't have enough balls to reinforce a bad habit by trying to 'fix' something when I'm having an off day. In any case to work on my hybrid I did a lot of impact and backswing work with it to kind of get a feel for it and get myself on the plane I wanted with it then swapped out for driver and another iron before returning to it mid-way through the bucket. The thing is awesome. I feels like consistent with better control than previous hybrids I've used but the ball still explodes off the face. It also seem to be able to produce a wide variety of distance with it depending on the swing I use. It produces an arrow straight 215ish carry with an easy smooth no fuss no muss swing. I can't seem to put much movement on it beside a light draw or fade ( I think the RBZ 2's were historically very forgiving almost to a fault) but that's a huge positive for me, especially since I built it to find fairways when I'm having an off day. It also seems to do equally well off the deck. If I really step on it I can get it to go out to about 230 again with very little movement while a very soft 3/4 swing seems to bring me a very mellow 205 with not a lot of rollout. I'm really going to enjoy this thing and I may soon be mulling pulling my 4 iron out of the bag in favor of another one of these. We'll see.
    2 points
  46. @Yellow Ballis probably hibernating since he lives up north. We'll wake him up next April.
    2 points
  47. As Sirchunk mentioned, the pole that supports the roof section is a bit of a pain. I was in a bit of a rush to take it down to clean up the yard today and this happened. In complete honesty, it was more me rushing than anything, but this is definitely the weakest area of the product. Everything else about the net has been very high quality and extremely functional, but this roof section does not feel as well designed to me.
    2 points
  48. Oh dear....busy few days shopping! Found a company who do laser engraving on leather so had a scorecard holder done with my putter logo on: Then found some Mizuno MP54's on eBay to have a go with. A bit more forgiving than my current MP32's I hope:
    2 points
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