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  1. I’ve got to tell you guys, I love reading this thread and following your games. There are some who amaze me with how good they are, and how consistently well they score. Then there are those who struggle at times to improve, which a lot of us can relate to. I find myself looking forward to their posts the most, because I’m rooting so hard for them to improve, and get to where they want to be in this game. They deserve it because they’re working as hard as the best players here, and are also incredibly supportive to others when they have a bad round.. We are lucky to have a great g
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  2. I realized last week I was closing in on 2,000 posts since becoming a member here on the forums. (And I was even able to time this post to be No. 2000!) It has been a wild ride since I joined in Dec. 2018. At that time I was just starting to get back into golf after several years of not playing very much. I think @GolfSpy MPR's DIY SuperSpeed post is what finally sucked me into joining and contributing after lurking for quite a while. I ended up enjoying my stay and am very fortunate to have been a tester for the Callaway Epic Flash driver and for the absolutely incredible #CobraConn
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  3. WINNERS ANNOUNCED! Congratulations to our three randomly selected winner! 1st Place: @XMasterXDrewX 2nd Place: Justin K 3rd Place: @IPlayLikeAStormTrooper - Perfect timing as you won on May 4th! We'll contact the winners directly to get the prizes setup accordingly. We'll have another contest for May announced VERY SOON! Edit: Forgot about the winning metric! It was a bit convoluted, but goes to show the power of data. The guys at TheGrint came up with a clever, and very random way to select our winners. I'm going to copy/paste the message they sent me a
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  4. Welcome back MGS Fans and Grinters! New Month, New Contest to win some great swag for playing the game we all love! --- Our second stop on the Virtual Tour is the Memorial Open! The event is already live in TheGrint and will be open for entries until May 31st. Same rules apply as before - one entry, select the event BEFORE you start your round (Note: you may enter your score after you play if you don't like having your phone on course on can't get a signal) A couple quick updates about this contest though - US participants only Contestants MUST ente
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  5. My dad passed away this morning. Yesterday morning he had a heart attack. At the hospital the doc said he had congestive heart failure, fluid on lungs, low BP, low oxygen level, and kidneys failing. It was somewhat unexpected, but he has had problems for several years that got worse during COVID. He had a stroke in 2014 at age 83, but during COVID, his assisted living facility was shutdown and we couldn't visit. He was basically shut up in his apartment for 9 months; body and mind deteriorated. He fell on Christmas morning, cracked his pelvis and two bones in his neck; spent 3 months in r
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  6. - 39/42 = 81 (+9) - 9/15 FIR - 10/18 GIR - 36 Putts ( 16/20 - 5 3-putts, 8 2-putts, 5 1-putts) I had a lesson yesterday and straightened out my full swing with my instructor. I hit the ball really, really well today with only a few "bad" shots. But, I can't leave myself myself 30+ foot first putts when I hit the green, especially when I'm chipping on after a great drive. All five three-putts came on the back and all were from 30-45 feet. Maddening. If I had been playing with someone else this may have been sub-80. On No. 9, I flared my tee shot right into the mown "fairway" b
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  7. Oh what a day today was/coulda been! It was in fact a career day but also an almost had it! Shot a career best 37/37 +2 74 5/14 FIR, 5/18 GIR, and 25 putts! I managed to play the first 8 holes @ 1 under and went into the par 5 9th with my goal of under par for 9 holes at my finger tips. Smoked a drive right down the middle. Got greedy and tried to reach with my trusty 5 wood and snap hooked it ob. That lead to a double bogey and a 1 over front 9. I went to the back 9 hot under the collar and played the first 5 holes 3 over trying to get my score back to even. I stepped to th
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  8. Got to play 9 with @Kenny B today and had a great time. One of those days where I took my targeting from the range and applied it to the course and everything went where I aimed ( not my target). Lead to no FIR or GIRs. Ball striking was decent. Some hooks. Driving was great until last two holes. Had my shot pattern followed on the course for what I did at the range I would have had a stellar round.
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  9. My neighbor and I decided to play late yesterday afternoon, and on a whim, I put the G400 Max and my old Rogue X irons in the bag. Raise your hand if you know where this post is going! Naturally, I was crushing the driver, I mean really crushing it. Like 20-30 yards further than normal. The course was dry and we got a lot of roll, but I play with this guy a lot, we hit the ball about the same, and I was way past him all day. The old irons weren’t quite as good as that, but it felt like I was back in that comfort zone you feel with a set you’ve had a while. They felt really good.
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  10. Date Your Swing Key, But Never Marry It ... A turning point in my development was hearing Andrew MaGee say in an interview before winning on Sunday that the Pro's are just like us amateurs when it comes to swing keys. They are always looking for something that improves their game. I am not talking about fundamentals that never change, I am talking about "finding something" that works so well you think it is the long lost key to playing your best golf. Andrew said his swing keys usually last a round or two but once he found a swingy that almost lasted a full two weeks! That was a real e
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  11. A little advice: 1. If it's sunny and you go to the range, don't forget your sunblock. 2. If you happen to forget your sunblock, don't hit two large buckets. 3. If you happen not to heed this advice and have a buzzed haircut, don't wear a trucker style hat as the rays of sunshine can burn your head.
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  12. Snuck out for another 9 today. So windy and it messed with me for sure but I snuck out a 41 on a round that could have easily been 48, putter and wedge play saved my butt, only 12 putts. besides the 1st and last hole I did not get off the tee well again and I I was thinnning all my irons but on a windy day it didn’t hurt me. To give you an idea on wind arccos had me several times playing an extra 35 yards into the wind. my last two holes went par/bird and it’s exactly why we come back to this game. 8th hole is a short par 3 and the wind pushed me way left and long. I came back to
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  13. What....a.....beautiful.......day Weather was awesome and the round was good. 40/43 with 3 bogeys 1 double and 2 triples. What could have been. I was happy to have 2 steaks of at-least 4 pars. Driver all day was good. Couple just took the wrong line but had 4 drivers at close to 300 or more. Never took advantage though as I could not wrangle a birdie even though i was in position to a few times. overall nothing bad consistently the two triples were poor tee shots and bad execution to help myself get back into the hole (both penalties and were not driver related)
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  14. Just finished my last graduate class for my Master's degree. Have a project due at the end of the year, but that is self-paced. No more in-seat or online work. Finally!
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  15. I'm fairly content with my bag at the moment, so I've been looking at headcovers. I couldn't find exactly what I wanted at a price that I wanted, so I went with the more generic, but pleasing Callaway 2020 Vintage covers for my Mavrik, Super Hybrid and Epic Flash Hybrid. Found all three brand new on eBay for like $35 delivered total. Couldn't pass that up.
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  16. This is how you should teach math
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  17. I have had to show SWMBO a couple of times the threads where I have be selected.. Including CCC #2 she did not believe I was getting a whole bag of clubs.. Now after that when I say I testing something she doesn't even blink "Oh, ok so your playing golf, Ok.. " My golf spy has changed my life.. hahahaha
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  18. One of our Saturday game golfers emailed me yesterday saying he was walking 9 at Plantation Palms. So I decided to join him. PP is a hilly course for Florida with a lot of walking between holes. U shot a 45 with a penalty on the #7 par 3 which is 150 yards with all carry over water. 3 FIRs & 6 GIRs, that’s 20% fewer FIRs than average and 40% more GIRs than average. Longest drive was 234! This was the first time I walked the front nine and I enjoyed the walk.
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  19. My waaay too late post of the putter and pics. They won't be as good as @mygolfspy Dave but I wanted to share my sincere appreciation to the forum for this cool prize!
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  20. I try not to comment when it comes to the rules of golf. But after reading 9 pages of this on and off for days now I would have though this might have calmed down some. But no...... So here is my two cents and I'm gone. The rules are the rules and nobody on this forum has the power to change them like it or not. If you don't like the rule don't play by the rule. Your not on tour and have to make a living following the rules to get a paycheck. We are not in the position to raise our hand during play on a Saturday and ask for a rules official. I'm not going to hit out of a bunch of
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  21. Story of my round yesterday... Had - not kidding - at least 7 lip outs. But man was I bombing it. Switched to hovering driver and teeing it up a bit higher and whoa baby. Furthest I've ever driven it.
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  22. To deliver the ultimate in feel and touch, the putters are entirely CNC milled from a solid block of carbon steel. The milled X-grip face pattern provides unprecedented feel and control on the green and reduces skidding. The responsive, pure feel and feedback of the face design translates to incredible accuracy and touch. In addition, each putter has a hand-rolled leading edge ensuring that each stroke glides smoothly through the ball, even in the longer grass on the fringe. Plus, the five tour-inspired designs feature a high-toe profile which eliminates the tendency to raise the toe at a
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  23. Right now only 4 putters and 9 pairs of golf shoes. Getting ready to order a 5th putter.
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  24. One hundred and freaking two. I don't think it was the greatest idea in the world to try and play after 3 days of yard work.
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  25. Fourth day in a row for me playing, and I can feel it!! No legs! Pretty good day... until #16-18. I managed to play the last 3 holes... bogey, bogey, quad and still shot 82. I hit shots on 18 from places I haven't been before!! New Callaway Epic Max driver was good, but I need to change the grip; thought I could play it for awhile, but it's coming off tomorrow and a Pure DTX midsize is going on to match my other clubs. The greens are almost back to normal after punching last month. Pitching was a B-. I could do a better job getting the ball closer to the hole, but putting was s
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  26. Today was ball experiment day. But it wasn't planned. I was the first one off and the grounds crew was generous with found balls today. They left me a new (once hit) ball on half the holes. So why not try them out. My son now works on the grounds crew so he either leaves me a present or brings them home. Hole 1, I tried the ProV1X. Made par but I didn't like the feel of the ball. It hit long though. Hole 2, TaylorMade TP5X. Made par on my nemesis hole. The ball played well but still felt to firm for me. Hole 3 Top Flight Gamer, came up short in the bunker. Didn't convert so 1 o
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  27. Had a great range session today and since I was going to have a hard time getting on the course tomorrow, I played today. Well, the slump is still in full effect. Shot a robust 57/55 for 112 hitting 4 fairways and zero greens with 37 putts. Driver was decent, when it was on, it was on fire. When it wasn't, I wanted to set it on fire. I had lots of just straight up nasty lefts. I also hit my second and third longest drives recorded on Arccos. As you can see, my iron play was horrendous. I was either pulling them or shanking. My wedge game over 30 yards wasn't too good either, but if
    12 points
  28. Got my 2nd dose of the vaccine today at Costco, so had to celebrate with a costco hot dog. Also, my 4 year old son ate a full hot dog by himself, not sure how to feel about that
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  29. Took off work an hour early since the weather was beautiful and is suppose to blow(15-20 steady with 30mph gusts)big time over the next few days. For some reason everything with the driver felt forced and ended up having to just play the cut that seemed to be prevalent today. I really scrambled well with my irons and wedges today. Shot 40/36 +4 76 with 2 birdies. 6/14 fairways 10/18 GIR and 1 GUR! Managed to drive the Par 4 6th hole the second time around(9-hole course). Left the eagle putt about a foot short I did have 33 putts but did not miss a putt under 10’ which is
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  30. Golf has bee a struggle lately and I have been really frustrated. Generally just terrible play mostly with the irons. Tonight was league night and I was scheduled to play and to be honest I was dreading playing before the round. Things turned out pretty well 4 FWs (missed one long), 5 greens, 17 putts for a 38. Had a few bad shots and a few mental lapses but overall it was a big improvement from how I have been playing. Looking forward to this weekend to see if I can continue the improvement.
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  31. This thread will serve as the announcement thread for the 2021 CC5 participants. Feel free to congratulate the participants and ask them any questions you would like about the plans for the event. I'm sure once they recover from fainting they will be happy to share their thoughts and enthusiasm for the challenge. Many more details will come out on the challenge in the coming days, but for now let's focus on congratulating the following spies. And on a serious note, please we are requesting to keep this thread free of memes and gifs. Just plain congratulations means much more to eve
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  32. 18 at a course I haven't played since 1999 when I was back in HS. Greens were unsolvable today. I couldn't get a line if my life depended upon it. 79 from the almost tips. 41 / 38 with 4/14 fairways 6 GIR, 32 putts. Terrible numbers but it makes that 79 feel that much better.
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  33. We got out for a speedy 18 last evening and it was mostly pars, no putts dropped and no major trouble for a 77. The hmmmm moment was coming up to the approach shot on 13 and encountering 3 horses grazing in the rough after escaping from the neighbors field. They moved toward the next hole so they were out of the line of fire for the approach. However, with them in the near right rough on 14 our tee shots were waaaayyyyy left. I'll blame them for not getting a birdie on that par 5.
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  34. Played an ok first round yesterday. I could not get off the tee for my life and was fortunate to only be +5 (41) through the first 9. My tee troubles caught up to me on the back 9 and I had 3 penalties for needed drops, and probably deserved a few more. I won't go blaming any equipment. My swing was off (felt tight) and I wasn't adjusting to what I was doing. I managed only 5 fairways and I remember two of those being lucky misses that found the fairway. But for as bad as I was off the tee I was putting very well. 8 one putts including makes of 16, 21, 24, and 26 feet. 8 two p
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  35. I disagree. This was evidenced on more than one occasion in over 30 fittings I assisted with last week. The fitter in several cases could tell after 3 shots with one configuration if it was not the correct clubhead/shaft or lie angle for the player. When someone tells you upfront they have always been 2 degrees flat, and you give them that setup to start with, and they proceed to hit 3 straight big fades with it, you can tell it's not the correct setup for them. Same with shaft, you can tell within a few swings if that shaft is correct for them. Once you find the right combo, sure
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  36. Got out yesterday at my local course. Had some flooding on the back nine, not unusual this time of year as it's in a flood plane, so I played the front twice. It was not great. Was working on some things so no real official score for the round, with a number of extra shots to work some things out. Iron play came around after a bit but managed to find a number of green side bunkers. Driving is back to a tough place I can get to where I can't get around on one and just hit wipey fades. Gotta get to the range and get that figured out. On the plus side the Shot Scope from @fozcycleworked grea
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  37. Historically, PGA Tour players average about one putt per round fewer than the LPGA average. That small of a difference could easily be attributed, at least in part, to course conditioning. The LPGA certainly don't get the seemingly unlimited budget the pampered f&@ks on the PGA Tour get. Regardless, not one single member of this forum is staying within a dozen shots in a head-to-head match with anyone on the LPGA Tour! If you think you can, you're either delusional, stupid or a troll.
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  38. How’d I play…….. AWFUL. I mean bad bad. Caveats (really just to dull the pain): 1) hadn’t played in over a month 2) no range work Those are not excuses, just the facts (that’s my story and I’m sticking to it). I had to try to get a round in for the MGS/Grint tourney. Hole 1 Par 4: -snap hook left into the tree -punch out to fairway -line drive into pampas grass bush (unplayable) -pull hook left of green -chip on -two putt Hole 2 Par 3: -pull hook into the water -pitch onto green -two putt Hole 3 Par 5: -D
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  39. Absolutely brutal day. All week the forecast was showing <5mph winds, and then all the sudden today it was steady 15mph with some prevailing gusts in the upper 20's. The back 9 (especially when it's windy) exposes any faults in your ball striking. I actually felt like I was playing pretty well the first 5 holes (except for a duck hook driver), just wasn't scoring well. After that things kinda went sideways on me. I was hitting my lines exceptionally well with the putter, and was misreading all over the place. 44/49; 93 (+21, net +9) FIR: 3/14 (some fat shots crept in this round of
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  40. ... Really awesome stuff. Just remember golf is a journey so enjoy the trip. One day you will get to the level that you are disappointed with a par LOL. When I started I had a natural ability for the game and was shooting in the 80’s the first year I played BUT it took me a looooong time to shoot in the 70’s. Getting to the point I could break par seemed to take forever but with lots of work and patience I finally got there and so can you!
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  41. Our music association pulled off our first golf tournament in over 8 years yesterday, and it was a huge success. 18 teams, 18 hole sponsors, and we pulled in a lot of money on the raffles & preferred lies/mulligans sales. All in all, it looks like we should net just over $5000 for our scholarship fund which is HUGE considering how little we've been able to fundraise due to everything the past year and a half. It was stressful for a little bit when we only had a handful of teams, but everyone pulled through. All I can say is, next year I'm actually going to play instead of making sure every
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  42. New house had a few scuffed walls so we painted the rooms today. I'm beat, painting sucks, rather golf!
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  43. As I have learned more I agree with the comments in this thread. I think most equipment junkie golfers have an idea on how to fit themselves and can do it reasonably well. Yes, you are correct that most people can make any set of clubs work, but the question is what compensations do they have to do to get them to work. The problem is the majority of golfers walk into a shop, pick up the clubs they want, and walk out of the store. Some may say they need a particular flex, but as we know people overestimate the flex they need and there is no industry standard for flex. Then we hav
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  44. Tale of two nines today. Shot 49 on the front nine with 8 penalty strokes. Shot 38 on the back. Golf!
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  45. Well I took on this test because MGS and Motocaddy had faith in me. I really appreciate the chance to try this out. Everyone knows I tried this along with my rehab. Well it is working. I have been going out to the range almost everyday. I noticed yesterday that I thought the caddy was slow and thought ????. Then I realized I had sped up nothing wrong with the caddy. So now normal walking I am on position 3. Our course was technically closed today for aeration but I went out and hit balls. Noticed I was not as tired as usual. Did do an stability experiment=== We have lots of tree roots here. I
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  46. The Swing Issues I've had it. The last two rounds I have played were the most horrific ball-striking rounds in recent memory. For someone 'chasing scratch', I'm not hitting the ball near well enough to even sniff it. Toe hooks, straight hooks, push fades, fat, thin, topped shots, it feels like I'm a brand new golfer all over again who never swung a club. So here are the first few things I'm working on: 1) Takeaway -For most of my recent golfing life, I've been very flat in the backswing, but planed the club well into the slot on the way down. It was simple, keep it
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  47. As someone who has had the privilege to be inside the ropes at LPGA events it is far less to do with an inability to putt "as well" and i would argue more to do with distance to the hole on average. Your average LPGA pro is taking a longer iron into most greens then PGA pros, which often leads to a further proximity to the hole. Add all of the holes up on distance to the hole and I would argue it makes sense for the increase in average putts per round.
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  48. Played another new course to me at Colonial Heritage in Williamsburg. A little bit of a quirky layout but was fun to play. Had it at even on the back 9 (my front 9) until I got to 18. Went for it from 247 over water and my 5 wood came out dead flat and 5 yards short leading to a disgraceful double. In fairness it was a harder lay up than giving it a go, the approach for my 4th went deep and plugged in a bunker. Couldn’t get it up and down. Played the front 9 in even par with 9 straight no stress pars for 74. Overall struck it pretty well and starting to get used to the driver. It is a bit of
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  49. Less than thrilled with this 79 from yesterday, but I'm trending in the right direction compared to my first few rounds on the year so I'll take it. I started out well and then lost some steam, largely because I probably mentally got caught up in thinking what score I could post after my hot start...I really need to be better about being present and just focusing on the next shot. The three doubles are also pretty maddening; one on a par 5, then back to back doubles on pretty simple par 3's! The three putt on 18 was also very frustrating...having an eagle putt from the fringe and
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  50. This (expensive) experiment has worked out well. I'm head-over-heels smitten with the AutoFlex. I've played three rounds of golf in the past week and have never driven the ball better. Arccos had been sucking for me early this season, but I made some tweaks in the Android power settings before my round yesterday and am glad I did. I think I had the best driving day I've ever had at my home course, and Arccos worked flawlessly in capturing the performance. Seven of my nine drives went 270-plus yards, including three over 285 yards. I had a little wind help and even got one out to 299
    10 points
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