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  1. I'm lucky that the time will fly by. Work is it's busiest time for me in July and August with being the only curling center open in Europe. That and dogs and golf will keep me busy. Will miss them like crazy of course, but it's been over a year and a half since she has been back to Canada and her family has yet to meet Ivan so definitely excited for them.
    13 points
  2. Played 18 holes at Thousand Islands Golf Club on the Lake Course this afternoon with son in what has become an annual event prompted by GroupGolfer discount of this year $17 for 18 holes with cart per person. 2020 carded 98 which was my first sub 100, 2021 carded 89 for my first sub 90, and today carded 92 and still really pleased with the results. Found a wallet by the 5th green, called the Pro Shop to report it, saw the group in front of us closing in on the 7th green, it was one of theirs, wouldn't take anything offered for returning it intact, instant friendship, they let us play through to start the back 9, kept having conversations until the 17th tee, love this sport for the atmosphere when everyone contributes without taking away from it. Intended to take photos and videos for the L.A.B. Golf DF 2.1 putter in testing. Discovered camera left in the vehicle that would have taken 15 minutes to backtrack to retrieve it. Lost opportunity but with fast and difficult greens (some spongy after being well watered, some dry and firm/fast, many difficult to read) perhaps the visual documentation of putts would have been more problematic than beneficial. Sad part was not one photo taken all day for posterity. Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream cone and watching a freighter going up the St. Lawrence River Seaway past Thousand Islands Park Marina on Wellesley Island helped to forget the hurt. Ouch, need another ice cream...
    12 points
  3. Continuing my little hot streak, hopefully this can become the norm. 39/40 -> 79/78 ESC on Thursday and 35/39 -> 74 this morning. Driver still showing some signs up perking up, today it didn't kill my score for the first time in a while. Two doubles this morning to go along with four birdies. If I could clean up those doubles, I'd be ecstatic.
    10 points
  4. Played 9 yesterday; gonna go another 9 this afternoon. Tee shots were, umm, interesting - speaking of natural resources earlier, I seemed to be getting a little too friendly with the trees on the right side of the fairway 5/9 times! Four of those were blocked straight right, last hole was a bona fide slicearoo... Hey made good contact tho The other four tee shots were... #1 ok playable; #5 absolutely perfect for me could not have hit it better; #7 short Par 3 almost pin high about 15 feet or so right; #8 par 5 got it over the crest of the first hill into a decent position. So not all "bad". Wedges were .. naturally .. opposite of last round where I was running the ball by the hole. This time was trying to hit the ball with more trajectory and spin, and was mostly successful with that, but came up short a lot... ..a lot to keep working on! Including... my mental game... I definitely expect way too much out of myself - need to keep reminding myself that I'm just an average recreational golfer and mistakes DO happen! In fact just picked up a new book, "The Four Foundations Of Golf" (by Jon Sherman of Practical Golf), and the first part .. the first ¼ of the book .. is "Managing Expectations". So yeah digging right into that section!!
    7 points
  5. Just a typical day in top end Australia.
    7 points
  6. Yep you are correct there---- Some of the courses on the South end the Rangers will warn people when gators are sighted and warn them. There are also Gator warning signs posted too. We were playing at Litchfield one day and the Ranger warned some Tourons in front of us about a Gator on the next hole. One of the Tourons being a jerk asked the Ranger if he warned us? The Ranger knew us and told the Jackwagon " they are locals and have enough sense to avoid them". A few years back we were playing The Witch which was known for Gators ( now closed more housing). There were 2 Gators out on a sand bar and these Tourons were attempting to hit wedges at them. We saw these idiots pulling brand new Pro Vs out of the sleeve. Now my bud said something to them and they arrogantly replied basically STFU and mind his own business. LOL they did not know. His wife at the time was a wheel in the County and State Humane Society and he was shooting it all on his cell phone. While waiting on them to play the hole he made a phone call to his wife and shot her the video. He told us to sit back that what was fixing to happen was worth the price of greens fees. After we made the turn (this was on #7) about the 13th hole the Pro with a County Cop on the cart came by us plus 2 more carts with cops and a DNR officer behind them. We were on 13 green and watched them being handcuffed arrested and escorted off the course. The did spend the rest of the weekend in jail because there are no Magistrates on duty for a bond hearing. My friend said a few weeks later they got high bonds being from out of state and when it went to court they were fined to the full extent of the Law. Yeah the State of SC takes its Wildlife Laws seriously. In fact the owner of that course and 2 other courses in the area was at the proceedings and took out a Tresspass warrant on all 4 of those guys for all his courses. In other words they were banned. Now the owner told this later on and I do not know how true it was. The judge also told them that legally he could not ban them from the state or beach but stated "we did not need or want people like them around our beaches"
    6 points
  7. How are you going to handle a month without them?! Kudos to you for being able to do that man. Idk if I’d make it.
    6 points
  8. 8 over 79 in 10-20 mph wind. Very even performance through the bag. Putted well apart from a couple of total misreads of pace. Had 3 extremely slick downhill putts finish a total of 1 foot from the hole. Misjudged the wind a couple of times ending in dropped shots, but I’d rather that than poor swings.
    6 points
  9. ... Stupidity knows no limits. I have taken photo's of gators from a good 25 yds away when I was on the green/fairway and they were by the water. I have my picture so don't need more of them. But I have been paired up with some Darwin Award Winners that creep down near them, sometimes as close as 10 feet. The absolute dumbest is the guy that turns his back on the gator while his friend takes the picture.
    6 points
  10. Man I would be on a constant drip in one arm plus a CBD drip in the other one and more than likely a left handed Marlboro somewhere in the mix
    6 points
  11. There may or may not have been a 5W and 7W 0211 with Evenflo Riptide shafts in the previous pictures.
    6 points
  12. A few more pics of my package…. Can’t wait to try them out on Tuesday.
    5 points
  13. At least it looks like @Yellow Ball has the right idea in heading away from the bear and hiding himself in the hole. I don't think I would have putted out with that bad boy standing back there.
    5 points
  14. Played my weekly round yesterday due to a family function commitment today. Got paired up with a father and son, son about 20 years old outfitted in full University of Michigan colors. I let them tee off first all day, kept same order off all tees. (Mistake number 1). I played well, only missed 2 fairways off the tee, I left and the other a push right. Temperature was 90 with high humidity, and course was backed up and playing very slow. Only greens missed were all long?????????? I don't know if it was because they would hit green and bounce off, ground was pretty firm or if I didn't factor in wind conditions. (Mistake number 2). Unfortunately, 2 putted every green, more due to green speed being a tad bit slower than normal for this course. (Mistake number 3). As I mentioned a while ago, been demoing a couple driver heads and shafts, played this round with the Titleist TSi2 9 degree head and Ventus TR 5S shaft. Still not convinced that the added height the TR shaft gives over the Ventus Black is correct for me. High flight window, but not much roll out. Best shots with this shaft compared to the Black are similar distance wise, maybe 5 yards difference total, but much different flight to get there. Shot 40 / 42 and the round took just under 6 hours to complete.
    5 points
  15. It's been kind of a trying week here. Our cat Mr. Socksie ran up the stairs, let out a yowl, and it appeared he hurt his lower back. He was up and at it soon, but he did it again jumping up on a table. We took him to the vet and they didn't say much except they guessed he might be anemic. The next day he was worse, not eating like usual, and it was back to the vet for an overnight stay. They finally determined he has congestive heart failure and a heart murmur. We brought him home and still wasn't doing better, so yesterday I had to take him back for what we thought might be the last time. We were devastated, especially my wife because she's his person and she rescued him as a kitten fourteen years ago. I took him in and the doctor immediately realized he was low on electrolytes. He prescribed potassium, gave us food that we can give him through a syringe ( he doesn't have much of an appetite and hasn't ate in four days), and gave us medicine to clear fluid out of his lungs. He's doing better, we're still feeding him through the syringe but he's standing better and seems to be less exhausted than he was. We've got to take him back to get a scan of his heart and determine what treatment he needs.
    4 points
  16. ... Well lets just say my original assessment that Yellow Ball is not a member of Mensa is proven once again. "It is not every day that you encounter a large bear on your local golf course and this golfer wanted to hole this putt before he was gobbled alive. Playing with a yellow ball, the player hit the perfect shot and he rolled it into the bottom of the cup. Throughout the footage, the bear remains unmoved." https://socalgolfer.org/watch-golfer-hits-a-long-putt-with-a-huge-bear-right-behind-him/?utm_source=newsletter06262022&utm_medium=newsletter06262022&utm_campaign=newsletter06262022
    4 points
  17. ... I wish I knew someone in Law Enforcement I could have called. Played with two 30somethings last year at Starpass in Tucson and one pulled his tee shot almost hitting a huge Saguaro so then they decided to TRY and hit it with several balls until they did. After the first attempt I told them it was against the law and one replied "so are a lot of other fun things" We told them to go ahead of us and after several weak insults they did. We reported them to the ranger and he said without video evidence nothing he could do but he would talk to them. He catches up with us later and said they were "too polite" in denying everything and had no idea why we would lie or stop playing with them, which of course is pretty much an admission without being an admission. The guys in the video remind me of the two we played with: https://www.iheart.com/content/2020-12-07-golfer-takes-aim-at-protected-saguaro-cactus-in-viral-video/
    4 points
  18. Yesterdays shootout was ok not real bad not real good as a team I was pretty pleased with myself. We only had a 3 man team so we did get an extra ball. Both of my partners I have played with before and are big hitters. Man both of them could not hit it in 3 fairways. I had to do my thing of throttling it back in the middle. Our greens were horrid and the only chance we had to make putts was to ram jam one we had several lipouts. Ended up at -3. I do not really know what won it because they wanted to do the awards outside because they were preparing the clubhouse for a wedding. I told my buds I was not sitting outside and it cooking with my one ticket to win a $5 towel or a cheap sleeve of golf balls. Besides the folks the wedding was for are members and friends of mine and I play quite a bit of golf with them. I went home to shower and rest because I did DJ for them at the party. The wedding was a blast and it is the first time I have done a DJ in like 10 years. i actually had a guy approach me and ask if I wanted to work his club? I told him no thanks as a norm I do not DJ or work sound anymore outside of Church. I made the one exception here because they are dear friends of mine and besides I did it willingly for free. As usual with any event at our club the food was outstanding. A guy who knows me tried to get me to do Karoke singing "Curtis Lowe" which I used to do but not in public since my cousin was killed. Then he tried to get me to do Strokin by Clarence Carter--- I told him as a Born Again Christian I do not sing stuff like that anymore. I can not really sing but I used to get by on those 2. LOL had to get a kid to help me with the computer because some did Lady Ga Ga and I know beans about that and some newer stuff. Now the oldies and beach music I could look it up ok. As usual fun in Stu's World
    4 points
  19. Picked up this (available on Amazon)... Jon Sherman is the founder and author on Practical Golf; seems to post a lotta good info about playing the game of golf (ie. on course coaching, and not swing instruction). The first part of the book is all about "Managing Expectations" - which I really really need..... Then he goes into.. "Strategy", "Practice" (he also does a podcast with Adam Young) and "Mental Game". Lots of charts, tables, data, illustrations to help reinforce ideas. The whole thing looks very well produced and presented, and really looking forward to digging through it!
    4 points
  20. I’m a sucker for a great story like this!! Nice Happy Ending
    4 points
  21. Wow, Wine Valley. Another really fun day out golfing. @gavinski91was a ball striking machine and managed a couple looks at eagles after some some spectacular wood shots. The sun was out, the wind was down and the fairways were very wide.
    4 points
  22. I saw that on one of my FB feeds the other night
    4 points
  23. Played a course that I had not previously played today. Shot 38/42 for an 8 over par 80. Lost a golf ball on the back side (and we were pretty sure where it should have been (in play) -- just never found it). We had 3 foursomes playing this course today since the women had our course tied up with a tournament. As a twist to our betting game, we had 3 bets ($2 per bet). One bet was individual skins, one bet was total number of greens hit by the foursome for all 18 holes, and the last bet was a two hole glory hole totaling the best 3 gross scores for 2 designated holes. I had one birdie, but it didn't get a skin and we only had 3 skins total. My team won the greens bet. And it was a 3 way tie for the glory hole bet. So, I came out $2 bucks ahead for the bet.
    4 points
  24. That is crazy! And sad..... Years back I was windsurfing on the NC Coast (Cape Fear just south of Wilmington) putting stuff into my car and spotted what I took to be a younger gator ambling out of the marsh and right towards me - he was not huge but looked plenty big and hungry enough to me! - I jumped up and stood on the seat of the car and waited for him to continue to amble by and back towards the river marsh!!
    4 points
  25. The mod team will be going over many many of these points Monday on our bi weekly staff meeting. Added to that with Wife and Baby gone for a month I should have more time to look/make some simplifying changes. I'll also add I've put a email to our dev who created the testing system to see what further integration we can do or what is possible and am waiting on response.
    4 points
  26. Good lord you have no clue what are talking about. He went on his mass gain 3 seasons ago. His numbers are all over the internet for anyone to see. He gained speed and distance when he decided to add size. Whether you like it or not that’s fact. As a result the first year of that he gained 17 yards in avg distance and the year after he gained another yard+ Not to mention nearly every player on the pga tour commented about his distance and some like rory even tried to chase it. So yeah when you are wrong again you want to move on
    4 points
  27. Tonight's menu.. Brisket smoked tri-tip. Low and slow at 220° to 165° internal, then wrapped to 200°. Sliced thin and served with gravy or BBQ sauce. Should have a pretty intense smoke ring with a nice dark bark and a great rich beefy flavor. Pre-rub coating of yellow mustard, avocado oil mayo, Worcestershire, and spicy mustard. Rub is a base of kosher salt, Kinders, and my sweet pork BBQ rub from WinCo. Green Mountain Gold pellet blend has been my favorite so far. It's just mild enough to work for pork and chicken, but just bold enough for red meat. It's got a touch of sweet from the maple but a nice hickory finish. It's sweet corn season! We'll be doing smoked and charred with the sweet BBQ rub butter. Homemade bread and garlic/parmesan mashed potatoes will also be included! Finished product pics to come!
    3 points
  28. Hey @dlow206 .. you ok?? Just checking as you haven't posted on here for what seems like a really long time...
    3 points
  29. Been taking a series of lessons on Skillest. Molly has me working on my P2 position. Exaggerating taking the club back outside the line before lifting up. Always feels different from what I see on video. I’ve really enjoyed Skillest - she has me working on a couple different drills
    3 points
  30. Gotta be pretty stoopid to turn your back on a Gator.
    3 points
  31. That is why we call them Tourons--- I think the fine is $500 if law enforcement catches you feeding one in SC
    3 points
  32. ... Grip evolution has been pretty interesting. When I first started almost every grip made had a reminder and when I found one of the few without one, the Tour Velvet Round, I switched and never went back as I have strong grip, worked the ball with different grip positions and always disliked reminder ribs. Then reminder grips from all OEMs started to fade away. Golf Pride simply bringing back the reminder but under the Marketing of Align is a little stroke of genius.
    3 points
  33. Well I decided to try it today and it actually didn’t play too bad. Had a couple snap hooks but I’m guessing that was more swing related. Gonna give it another go tomorrow and see what happens. I was playing a different course today so hard to get a read with distances. Tomorrow I play my normal course so should have a better read on it. The real surprise today was the P790’s. They felt so good and meet a nice middle ground between a super thin top line and the thicker 699 pros. The reminder strips were a bad idea. I have small hands and prefer to put grips on without any tape to help with size. That isn’t possible with the strips and it lets the air out. I will give it a few more rounds to see if I like the idea of them then will probably go the align route. Also not thrilled with the Z Star Diamonds. Prefer the AVX so will probably try to trade my 2+ dozen for some 2022 AVX’s.
    3 points
  34. I went to the range the other night and the swing was awesome! Felt great! I get to the course this morning and I can’t remember what the heck my keys were from that session. So… Full swing was trash, but the putter and chipping were on-point. Rougher round than the score shows. (40/38)
    3 points
  35. Foz nice shooting!! And cool shirt .. quite stylish
    3 points
  36. There were lots of pictures taken yesterday, but none by me, lol. We started the day with a shotgun start at Canyon Lakes in Kennewick. I thought it was a very nice course. I played with Gavin and Kiran while Kenny, Bill and Martha were the group behind us and spent the day hitting golf balls into us. The weather was great, low 80s and no clouds with minimal wind. I finished bogey, bogey, double. Which was disappointing. Still, cared a 79 and had a fun time. After Canyon Lakes we grabbed some teriyaki for lunch. then Bill, Gavin and I met up at Pasco Golfland which is a 9 hole par 3 course. It was a very fun course, in surprisingly good condition. Then to see Kenny and Martha's house for happy hour and the site of Kenny's future swing bay. Dinner at a local sports bar to watch Gavin's hopes for an Avalanche Stanley Cup have to wait at least one more game. A drive to Walla Walla after dinner to switch hotels, and now I'm getting ready for Wine Valley. Today is a good day.
    3 points
  37. Just catching up on this thread / post -- a big CONGRATS!! on that very spectacular golfing achievement!! And leaving that record scorecard was a very gentlemanly gesture, and I am sure very well appreciated by the pro!
    3 points
  38. Not to make light of the situation; definitely sad. But as a public service, for those in gator country make sure you take a frying pan with you: https://www.fox6now.com/news/watch-man-fights-off-charging-crocodile-with-frying-pan-video-goes-viral
    3 points
  39. My best advice would be just to be yourself. The members here are accepting and willing to engage in all sorts of discussion. That's what I love about this forum, it's a welcoming place.
    3 points
  40. Ok I got the lecture today. Apparently last night while not being able to sleep but still unbelievably tired I bought another driver shaft I don’t need. Lol. Gotta sell one and curb the spree. I said I was sorry and didn’t realize I did it until this morning but for some reason she didn’t believe me.
    3 points
  41. 4 months old and barely used.....Li-Ion. I couldn't refuse my wife's insistence that we should get it.
    3 points
  42. Ok they were in the background of my MGS Hat picture. But they deserve to be front and center in their own post! Gen 5 0311 XP 6-G with Steelfiber I70
    3 points
  43. Owen and I were joined by our buddy Paul and our supervisor Chris yesterday at River Heights for a charity scramble to support Golf Fore Kids, which helps provide opportunities for area kids who might not be able to otherwise participate. Where we work only one of the three of us would be allowed the day off, but when I framed it as a volunteer day to supervisor Chris and invited him to be our fourth, he was happy to approve, LOL. Owen and I played reasonably well, but the better story was Paul and Chris. Paul has been working through some swing changes with Owen and they're starting to come along. When he hits it well the ball absolutely takes off, but he doesn't trust his alignment yet so his good shots go right. But the process is encouraging and you can see it in his eyes. He's the one that really helped us along when we started last year so to see him coming back is outstanding. Now Chris, he never golfed much and hadn't picked up a club in three years; he was there mostly for the beer. Fella had a beer a hole and looked none the worse for wear! We took a couple of his shots including an absolutely beautiful chip from under a tree that stopped about a foot from the hole. We had a blast! We shot 68, second highest score. Winning team posted 46. Chris won some Sub70 swag and Paul won a foursome to a course in Aurora that none of us had ever played before so we're excited for that.
    2 points
  44. I had to the opportunity to visit one of my students who is interning at Sedgfield Country Club (home of the Wyndham Championship on the PGA Tour). We played the front 9 from the tips. We had no warmup and had been riding in the car for about 4.5 of the hours of our trip prior, so I was stiff! We rolled a few putts on the practice green by the first tee box and then let them fly. My motto for golf right now is "70% effort." I find that my ball striking improves drastically, curve is minimized and repeatable, and all around I lose no distance with the irons and maybe 15yds with driver, but it is basically the same shot over and over. So I stepped up with driver in hand on the 1st hole Par 4, gave a 70% effort driver swing right up the middle. Had 120yds left to the flag, hit a gap wedge to 20ft, easy 2-putt Par on the first. The 2nd hole was a dog leg right Par 4. I'd never played there so my student just said to hit my fade over the left hand side of the right side FW bunkers. Sure enough, 70% effort, another nice little fade right where I wanted it. That left 100yds into a left to right sloping green. I didn't take the ball above my feet lie into account (so stupid) and ended up fatting the shot short of the green. I hit a pitch shot that I thought would run out but the greens were sand-based and extremely receptive. It came up quite a bit short. By this point I was a bit frustrated, blasted my first put by the hole and didn't take the time to read/line up the come back bogey putt. Just missed it and made a double. Grrrrrrr It's the simple things that cost the most strokes sometimes. 3rd hole was a 165yd Par 3. Flag was in the back and we couldn't figure out the wind. I take an 8iron and it goes long. Now I've got a downhill lie off a tight fringe to a flagstick that is sloping away. I took a 58* and hit a little pitch shot that landed just short of the putting surface and trickled 3ft past the hole. Made that one for a par. 4th hole was a narrow Par 4 with O.B. right and left. Didn't have much space left to start my fade, but I was able to squeeze it out there. Ball finished in the right rough and I had 150yds. The lie looked like it could jump but there was a steep hill behind the flag I thought would slow it if it jumped. Well, it jumped all right and landed hole high, rolled over the hill and left a tricky downhill double-breaker putt. I lagged it well and made a 4ft putt to save the par. 5th hole was a Par 5. Another not so wide hole with trees up the left. I had to trust my fade and start it at the left tree line. It didn't fade as much, but still stayed in play, left rough. I hit a 4iron out of the rough to 30yds short of the green. Hit another pitch shot that one-stop-hopped well short of the flag. It was downhill all the way, so I really expected it to roll out. Had a long lag putt that I got to 4ft again and made the par putt. 6th hole was a really difficult decision off the tee. Number 1 stroke index hole on the course and with good reason. There is a creek that goes from 290yds long left to 240yds short right. The perfect angle. I knew it wasn't a driver with the wind into us, but it also might not be a 3wd, as that would also get into the creek on the wrong line. So I decided to play a 5wd up the left side of the FW. I knew this would turn the hole into a longer hole, but taking too much risk wasn't in the cards. I hit it well but it left me a 200yd shot into the green. The ball was on a downslope so I expected a stinger. Sure enough, it came out stinging (very cool looking shot), landed on the front edge of the green and rolled to about 30ft. Good 2 putt par there. 7th hole was a 175yd Par 3 with water short. It was optically strange looking (seemed much farther than the yardage said it was). I trusted my 7iron, hit it 70% effort, perfect dead straight ball flight about 30ft past the hole safely on the center of the green. Easy 2 putt par again. 8th hole was a short Par 4 with another creek that went long left to short right and then trees not very far away on the right side of the FW. I took driver and ended up in the right rough. I had a good lie from 108yds, took a sand wedge and stuffed it to 3ft. First birdie of the day! The 9th hole was an uphill slight dogleg par 4. Took driver and ended up juuuuuust in the left rough with some mud on the ball. I could see the pitch mark about 8 inches in front of where my ball ended up. I took a pitching wedge and I'm not sure if I just hit a dead pull, if the rough grabbed the club, or what, but I missed the green well to the left. This left a large mound between the flagstick and my ball and of course it was a steep downhill slope to the flag. So I had to flop one over the mound and hope for the best. My partners said I hit my spot and it just jumped. Nothing else to do about it. So I had a long 2-putts for bogey, which I did. Ended up with a solid +2 on the nine holes, which is all we had time for. I would love to see the back nine sometime so I can relate when I watch the PGA Tour event played there soon. Aside from that stupid stupid double on the 2nd hole, I played really well for not having ever seen the course before. But it just goes to show you have to be diligent and pay attention to each and every shot.
    2 points
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