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  1. fixyurdivot

    How'd you play?

    Our Yuma group did our annual stay & play at Emerald Canyon in Parker, AZ. While not that long in yardage, the course winds through the canyon and demands some precision off the tee on a handful of holes. The course is in outstanding condition and, like so many AZ courses, creates an amazing contrast in both colors and topography. 40/44 on day 1 and 42/44 on day 2. No one had their A games and my short chipping game was AWOL, but we had a great time as always. Plus, two years ago, I scorched the track with a B2B 78 and 79... so I'll always have that memory recall to soften the blow . Hole #16 is one of our favorites. Drivable at 243 but plenty of pain if you miss. I was about 5 feet off the green on round one and my woeful chipping, thankfully, went away on this one hole stopping just a few inches short from an eagle. #16 from the tee box Hole #15... we tried in vain to get this guy's game turned around . Hole #6 requires a blind, uphill drive between two rock walls. They use a spotter at the crest to signal to the group on the tee when it's safe to hit. Spotter station View over the crest and down towards the hole. Hole #4 is another one that can reach out and bite you. Something other than driver is the "smart play", but the course architect also had a masters in golfer psychology . The Bluewater Casino nearby offers a great place to stay at a reasonable price. Marina views from the rooms. Brian's final approach shot into #18. RB looking back up to the elevated tee #5 par 3 tee... and for his ball that failed to clear the wash.
    5 points
  2. I think there have only been a handful of winners from the forum. Last year, I won a wedge because I was able to be the first to answer one if Adam’s questions. I think it is that either people have no interest in being on a forum or they don’t know it exists. I have my MGS headcover which means I get some comments occasionally so we talk about MGS. Lots of people are just interested in the results of the most wanted testing….or “winning” a forum test opportunity.
    5 points
  3. chisag

    How'd you play?

    ... I am still amazed that swinging a driver causes more elbow tendonitis pain than taking a divot. But the real surprise is just hitting a normal sand shot. Pain is just silly from green side sand. So I take the ball out and chip/pitch which often leaves a more difficult shot from Bermuda rough. Only happened 3 times in 4 rounds though. Seems none of that matters as I am stuck on 74. I have played 4 rounds now just teeing off with my 2 iron and shot 74 every single round. ... 3rd round I was 2 under going to the back and the elbow started hurting worse and I suffered 2 bogies, so even par with 2 holes to go. Easy little par 4 and had an in-between yardage for either pw or 9i and took a 9i, chocked up a little and ... decelerated into the ball and barely hit it fat but enough to hit the wood planks that guard the front of the green. Dropped and made a double to get me back on track for a 74. Silly, silly mistake as the play is accelerate with a 3/4 swing and take long and back of the green over short and in the water. ... Played yesterday and managed to have 12 straight pars before 2 bogies in a row. Then had 3 birdie putts on the final 4 holes and didn't make any of them because it would have meant a 73 or less and evidently I am only allowed to shoot a 74.
    4 points
  4. Why is it that I enjoy the more expensive hobbies? Actually, golf is not one of the more expensive hobbies IMO. It is only as expensive as you want to make it, just like most hobbies. You don't need the best or most expensive equipment; good used equipment can be found rather cheap. While lessons are nice to help improve, learning the fundamentals on the internet and by playing with better players is adequate for that and for having fun. You don't need to play at the nicest or expensive courses; I've played at many places around the country, and there are relatively inexpensive courses... par 3's, execs, and dog tracks that can be quite challenging. I played until 2015 at a par 35 executive course dog track with green fees that were $10-15, met a lot of nice people and had a lot of fun. Of course, I made golf more expensive... joined a nice muni, travel to play golf, and... oh yeah... married an avid golfer!! Poof! Double the cost!!
    4 points
  5. So this will probably be one of the few posts I will make in this thread where i am not thinking about buying something, but thinking about the piece of equipment itself. Thinking about the Apex UW. I currently reshafted one for a customer and I am looking at it in detail. It looks like a hybrid, the head weighs more in the range of a hybrid than a fairway wood, its more like the length of a hybrid, seems like its a hybrid to me (slightly longer). However, the one thing that throws it off in my mind is that it takes a 0.335" wood shaft rather than the more typical 0.370" hosels in hybrids.
    4 points
  6. When I post the swing videos, its not about how aesthetic my swing looks. With that said, looking at the appearance of swings on video is how I and others can identify major flaws or root cause issues. I understand that I have jumped around quite a bit, that's purely on me. In working with a lot of different instructors, i have learned many things, both good and bad. I have also learned more about how I learn best. I know i still have a long way to go and my scores have not dropped as much as your, but I am proud that my scores have dropped from 110+ (before keeping a handicap) to mostly 90s.
    4 points
  7. I'm on a winless streak as well.
    4 points
  8. You can probably find that information on this site and in their reports: https://www.ngf.org/
    4 points
  9. I said that I'd like to see updated info & stats - if I had it, don't you think I would have posted it? And yes I do believe it's affordable to the masses for the reasons I posted. EDIT: Literally 10 seconds of Googling shows that golfing among women, juniors, and millenials was all on the rise in 2020 and continuing to grow - https://www.golfdigest.com/story/national-golf-foundation-reports-numbers-for-2020-were-record-se Now, granted, a lot of that was pandemic related - will those trends continue? We'll see.
    4 points
  10. A question with to many variables. The average cost of a round of golf in the US is $61.00 for 18 holes and $33.00 for 9 holes based on 2020 data. Do you make enough money to afford spending that much on a hobby? Each of us will have a different answer on how many rounds we want to and can afford to play a week, a month, or a year. Are you on a budget or maybe a fixed retirement income? Can you afford to be part of a country club? Then you can play all the golf you want but you have to pay your monthly dues. Time is dependent on ones situation. Are you married with small children, are they involved in sports? Are you retired with plenty of time on you hands? We are all on this site because we like to play golf. Some would like to play more but funds and time are limited. Others don't have these concerns. But some time in our lives we all had factors that limited our play time. Depending on where you live, you can find courses on a budget for $30.00. Other places it's not happening. Speaking for myself everything changes over time. In my 30's and 40's it was budget and children which equates to not enough money or time. In my late 40's I relocated and golf was much more affordable in my new area and my youngest children were 2 and 4 at the time. Then joining a country club was a wise choice. My kids had a place to swim, play tennis, and learn to golf and most importantly grow up in a safe environment. While they swam at the pool I played golf. Even though the youngest is 18 now and away at college I still can only play once a week and occasionally twice a week. I still am working full time so I don't have as much time to play as I would like to. I'm still a weekend warrior! Someday that will change.
    4 points
  11. I want to try and dispel this as best as I can. I very often show up as a single and get paired up, or my son & I go together and get paired up with another duo. I can count on one hand the amount of miserable experiences I've had when being paired up with strangers. Actually it's only a couple of fingers, not even a whole hand. While we share horror stories online, we rarely talk about the other 98% of nice people we get paired with because that's the norm. Miserable people are the rare exception. As far as embarrassing yourself as a newbie - it doesn't happen unless you willingly put that burden on yourself. All other golfers care about is that you're respectful and keep up the pace. I cannot for the life of me tell you what anyone I've ever been paired up with scored. Every golfer is far more concerned with what they're shooting than what anyone else is. Show up with a good attitude, and you'll have a good round.
    3 points
  12. Was going to share this too! @BostonSal don’t feel like you have to tee it up and swing up. Plenty of guys make due with a descending blow to some degree. will you be giving up yards? Probably, but it will still likely be longer than your driving iron. next time you’re at the range try teeing it lower and swinging how you want to. You might need to adjust your settings if it’s adjustable, or work with positioning in your hand, but I’ve seen plenty of “unique” swings hit the ball with a driver so I have no doubt you can too!
    3 points
  13. Was there in Nov and had a blast. We got lucky with the weather high 50's to mid 60's so it was shorts for me. Not to burst a bubble but the driving range balls are in a box that you pull out with your club sorry bud. BUT they are Pro V1's. Played 4 days, Trails, Sheep Ranch, Bandon, and then Pacific. Each is different and all are in excellent shape. Hope you get good weather have fun, drive safe.
    3 points
  14. fingers crossed for ya!
    3 points
  15. Based on my last conversation they don't have a date yet. They are all out of town for a few more days so next week at the earliest.
    3 points
  16. I'd be interested to see what recent statistics show, not research from nearly 12 years ago.
    3 points
  17. Definitely time. There are so many courses (at least around here) that are great values, and used gear can be had a very decent prices. Granted, it's still a little harder to find given how costs seem to be up across the board, but a little patience and looking around can get someone a full set of good clubs for short money. For me, working 50 hours a week plus having all my kid's activities, in addition to being on a non-profit board, it's tough to consistently find time to get out there for 18 holes. Sometimes even 9 holes is a chore. It's not even pace of play, there are enough courses around here to divvy up the golfers that it's rare I have a round that takes forever. It's simply scheduling. I personally don't sweat it though - time flies. In a few years both of my kids will either be off at college or living their own lives post-college, so I'll have more time to play then. For now I just want to enjoy what time I have left with them.
    3 points
  18. I'm retired and it's not a cost or time factor. While I can't afford the country club life, my wife and I are members at an upscale muni and can play as much golf as we want. When I retired 6 years ago, I spent nearly every day at the course... mostly practicing, but playing every weekend and a few times during the week, sometimes only 9-holes. Nowadays, the amount of time I spend playing/practicing is more dependent of how I feel when I get up in the morning. I still play every weekend and maybe once during the week, but my practice time has been severely cut by my aches and pains. It's hard for me to get excited about hitting the practice area like I used to. I need to do it, but...
    3 points
  19. Does anyone know the date? Hopefully after 4 yrs, I could win something.
    2 points
  20. If you follow F1, you know what a crazy controversial season it’s been for both drivers - neither has been faultless. And you could not script a better finale than this weekends Abu Dhabi GP with the top two drivers in a dead heat after 21 races - so one final race for all the marbles! Hamilton is vying for an historic unprecedented 8th drivers WC. Verstappen, only 24 yo, is without a doubt the heir apparent, with who knows how many drivers WCs in his future. They are both incredibly talented and driven, but they’re quite different on and off the track. They respect each other, but they don’t like each other. Who will prevail?
    2 points
  21. Amen. I'd kinda like to see Hamilton get the historic 8th WC (though I didn't think anyone would ever surpass Schumacher), but if Verstappen takes the WC in 2022 and for the rest of Hamiltons career I am OK with that. They both deserve to win. Cars aside ***, it's skill-finesse (Hamilton) versus skill-aggression (Max). Max has matured a lot in the past few years, from wildly aggressive to a little more calculated (some times...). OTOH Lewis has gotten a little more aggressive since Max doesn't back off even when any other driver would/should. Silverstone was a turning point, where Max learned what happens when two drivers absolutely won't back down - a disaster just waiting to happen. *** Red Bull had the upper hand for much of the season, but Merc has finally gotten their cars competitive again, in just the nick of time.
    2 points
  22. I think you could flip a coin on those numbers. I would say go out on the course and see how they feel/react around the greens & putting to make the determination. Put them in order and then base cost per ball to beers you need... haha. I didn't look but do the ball performances for you compare relatively to what the ball testing showed? Curious on that- I've been playing around with the ProV, AVX and Maxfli Tour- AVX is softer around the greens but doesn't quite hit and stop as I have played for so many years. It feels softer on all shots but don't like how it performs for me around the green. It's almost impossible for me to tell the difference between the ProV & Tour though on all aspects, I'm simply not good enough. I started playing the Tours being cheaper new than "mint" of the others. I've beat it to death before I lose it on the courses I play. David
    2 points
  23. Like @Kenny B, it switched from a time issue to a no issue since retirement. When I was working it was definitely a time issue since it competed with fly fishing, and finding opportunities to play when it wasn't raining in Puget Sound were challenging. I think most will agree that golf is not one of the less expensive hobbies and cost is likely a deterrent for many. This too is a deterrent for many - perhaps even more so for women and kids.
    2 points
  24. Same here...just started Level 3 work and I've kept the swings to 3 versus the 4 swings on the website currently. Which reminds me...Double Step swings. Anyone else struggle with these? I've reached my fastest speeds in the C Club protocols on the Level 2 leg back drills, largely because it allows me to get deeper into my turn. With the Double Step drills in particular I find it really hard to get a good hip and shoulder turn and I feel like I'm sliding around instead...maybe my steps are just too big?
    2 points
  25. You're not Robinson Caruso there. I find it really surprising that the majority of the raffle winners, from what I can tell, have minimal to no interaction with the forum. I would have thought that if you're a donor, you'd want to be a bit more active in talking about golf.
    2 points
  26. Spent the better part of ninety minutes chipping and hitting short pitches with my wedges, just trying to get everything aligned. Get my setup right; check. Now am I hitting them all in the right direction? Good (usually). Weight shifts, quarter swings, ball position, on and on. Hopefully over time I'll figure out which club feels best for these shots and things will flow smoother. Wild to think about it, though...the options are endless. More broadly, sometimes fourteen clubs seems like way too many. Other times it feels like way too few.
    2 points
  27. The Golf Digest link I shared above references them extensively
    2 points
  28. I hope things work out and you can make it down. I think it would be cool get a round or three with you and actually get to meet in person.
    2 points
  29. Working on speeding up the arms the past few days. The thing with Monte is he doesn't always prescribe one single drill, he refers you to the "type" of drills and then you have to find one that works for you. Tried a few drills and they did speed up the arms, but i started to do some other unintended things. Finally came across a drill, Monte calls it a 9 to 3 swing. I came across the Dan C. version which is what to focus on as the intent of the drill. Backswing to arm parallel, trying to have the intent of keeping both arms straight (he said the trail arm with actually fold) and wrist set. Then try to get your arms through as fast as possible to the 3 o'clock position, arms straight as well in that finish position. Sent the following video in to Monte as part of the Improvement Plan. The interesting part is although my intent is left arm parallel, i get to what could be considered a full backswing position. Monte replied to the video with "Nice". Translating that into Monte Improvement Plan speak, that means keep doing that, you didn't introduce any new major issues, don't try to move onto other things.
    2 points
  30. I seriously doubt it’s changed, do you have updated info? You believe golf is affordable to the masses in 2021 as the OP contends?
    2 points
  31. Kenny B

    Small/Mid Size SUV

    But... but... Back on topic... My neighbor plugs her Chevy Volt in when it's parked in the driveway. Is that the same as using a trimmer in the shower if it rains?
    2 points
  32. Im still in phase 1, but I also made these changes after the AMA, nothing to compare them too, but I am up 7% on preworkout swing speed through 4 weeks.
    2 points
  33. Still working full time and having some other responsibilities, time is the main constraint as we have a public course membership to play as much as we can. Second place like @Kenny B mentioned is aches and pains. There are days that I have time to get in 9 holes but my back or hip have me deciding it's not worth the trip. Instead I'll hit a few wedge shots at home or putt or hit some into the net to try to loosen up. Some that look to get into the game may think its $$ because they see list prices for the newest clubs. As mentioned if they look around a little they could get some good used gear for a lot less money. Skiing is kinda the same way, spend a lot on new gear or look around and buy good used stuff for a lot less.
    2 points
  34. For me it’s time to an extent. I spend 4-5 days training and they are after work and or one of the weekend days. It has cut down on the amount of time I spend practicing and to a small extent playing. Work schedule has kind of forced this since lunch time workouts aren’t possible anymore. I could easily practice after the gym and play later in the day on weekends which is how I played most of my rounds this year. These are all choices I make and golf has gone back to being one of several activities I do and not as much a priority as my training and also giving back to powerlifting by refereeing meets
    2 points
  35. Although they haven't made any official changes to their protocols I have been implementing these changes since the AMA and I have been seeing much better results since starting level 4. I recommend based on my personal experience that it didn't hurt going from 5 reps a side to 3. I had more power for my actual driver swings after the protocols which in my opinion is the goal.
    2 points
  36. Tons of responses, and I truly appreciate the feedback. There's a lot to catch up on in this thread with the Holiday weekend, but every opinion given by y'all is appreciated. I think both woods and the 4h will take turns on the bench to test out how things work with the courses and distances I play (typically 6200-6400 by tournament/league flighting). One of the things I didn't clear up that I meant to was with the wedges. I know the lessons I'm currently taking over the winter will either help, or flat out solve a bunch of my issues, but the main thing I wanted to accomplish with adding a wedge was more versatility/flexibility for my game. The majority of my approach shots are within 120 yards, with the bulk of those being 80 and closer. At the end of the day, the plan is to grind the lesson plan, and apply everything over the winter and experiment with my set up as much as possible. Again, thanks to all of you for the input. I'll post some updates on my progress as time goes. Cheers, boys.
    2 points
  37. Always glad to help. Sadly, the colored tees do leave a color streak across the bottom of the club. I didn't try spraying them with a clear coat, which might help... I'll leave that test up to the next reviewer.
    1 point
  38. Would you say Barona over Mt. Woodson? I have 3 days in Poway and I'm doing Maderas and Rams Hill for sure. On the fence about Barona because of some negative comments on GN I've seen about conditions. Torrey is out because the PGA stop is that week.
    1 point
  39. another amazing option is Mesquite Nevada! its just over an hour out of Las Vegas and has some unreal courses.
    1 point
  40. I have a Bettinardi BB45 that I purchased the first of the season and have about 100 rounds on it. I was fit for this putter and it is the best putter that I have ever had but ... the paint is wearing off around the edges. I have a cover on the putter all the time except when I putt. I contacted the company but they want $200 to repaint. I will never purchase a black putter again.
    1 point
  41. Jonny_Crash

    My Quest to Break 90.

    This is a great idea, I need to get out and hit a bunch of approach shots.
    1 point
  42. Is that baby yoda on the clubface? I can't unsee that now...
    1 point
  43. Ok many thanks for the replies, much appreciated.
    1 point
  44. Yes, this company is legit. Thankful for this thread, it added confidence when researching them. I just made my first purchase from them and posted this Review on their website: J Jason D. 5-Stars 12/06/21 This company IS legit !!! Got a Great Deal that I was originally a little skeptical about... Thanks Phillip!!! Screaming from the rooftops, "THIS COMPANY IS LEGIT AND HAS GREAT DEALS!!!" I was looking for a Ping Hoofer Stand Bag and came across a Great Deal on that exact bag ($219 when it retailed at many places for $275). Hadn't heard of this company before, so checked for reviews and saw many, but it was linked to their page so still wanted to do more due diligence. Googled "Is Golfdiscount.com legit" and saw a thread on MyGolfSpy from 2 yrs ago that said they were legit. Felt comfortable, so went to purchase. Had one more question, so I called the company. Phillip was great! He took the time to answer all of my questions. Much appreciated guys, Great Service, Great Product, will be telling people about your company! Details of Purchase: 11/27 - Ordered Ping Hoofer Stand Golf Bag & 2 packs of reusable tees 11/29 - Packs of Tees arrived super fast! (maybe from a different warehouse) 12/02 - Golf Bag Arrived! All was received correctly and quickly. This company knocked it out of the park!!!
    1 point
  45. ... Great progress! Granted there is reading the green and having a repeatable stroke involved but putting is much more mental than physical. We can't hit drives like anyone on the PGA Tour but we can putt like they do. Don't try and make a decent putt, don't try and lag it close ... try and make every putt you face. If you believe you can, the odds go up exponentially. The power of positive thinking is never stronger than rolling a ball several feet into a hole. Literally anyone can do it. You just have to believe you can.
    1 point
  46. So I can talk about what I am good at talking about. Duhhhh.
    1 point
  47. The best way to solve that problem is with a fifteen-slot cart bag.
    1 point
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