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  1. We were finally able to bring my mother-in-law home after almost 4 months bouncing between the hospital and the rehab facility. It's going to be a bit crazy, but it'll be worth it. On a side note, moving a king size mattress upstairs isn't fun. Especially when it gets stuck between the ceiling and stairs.
    8 points
  2. @Lacassem on the bright side of things, it should make for some nice family time this coming Monday night around oh I don't know, 8:20
    6 points
  3. We’ll the family made it 2 years without having any covid positives. Whole family has got it so here’s to it not being too bad for the kids and a quick 10 days. silver lining we all got it at once so no quarantine extensions, and at-least it’s not golf season. Wish me luck
    5 points
  4. As much as I hate to fan the flames of hype of the Autoflex shaft, I took a leap and bought one used and it's been a game changer for me. I instantly picked up 4-6 mph of swing speed and there's NO reason a shaft that's this flexible should hit the ball as straight as it does. I'm seeing places on my course that I rarely even sniffed before.
    4 points
  5. ... I mean this as a compliment, but I have no idea how you are a 9.1 index with that swing.
    4 points
  6. @Lacassem Hope the family feels better quickly. On the bright side you have lots of time to surf the web for deals on clubs!!
    4 points
  7. I finally got to play a round of golf. Well, part of a round, with rental clubs, but it's better than nothing for me. We were moving through the course until #14 and just hit a brick wall of groups in front. We ended up circling back and playing 10 and 11 again before we ran out of sunlight.
    4 points
  8. Hopefully everyone will recover without any problems.
    4 points
  9. Making a concerted effort to make some changes in my setup. I have for the longest time had a nasty habit of getting too hunched over at setup. What I found was that I would hinge my wrists way too much at setup by bending over and dropping the arms and hands in, and then the toe of the club would be way up at address. I've been focusing on feeling like the butt of the club is pointing at my belt buckle or higher by removing most of the hinge in my wrists. That magically got me hitting the center of the club more because I wasn't raising the handle nearly as much on the way through. After having good success with my irons today, I tried hitting my driver for the first time in the garage. It took quite a few swings to get comfortable, but once I did I had some good results. I really have to emphasize a full backswing and what feels like a very subtle pause at the top before exploding down. When I got it right I was very happy, with club speeds touching 116 MPH on the Mevo+ a few times, and ball speeds nearing 167 MPH. Scaling down to "on course" swings yielded 110-112 MPH with 160+ ball speeds so I'm happy with that at the moment. Swing thought today was long backswing, explode the hands out to the right.
    4 points
  10. 47/45:92 today with terrific weather, 50* at tee time warmed up to 71*. Still not playin* well but could not putt today.
    4 points
  11. By pics you mean pictures…yeah, my wife loves him too
    3 points
  12. Second this. My AF 505x/Epic Max LS combo has made a huge difference in my driver distance/accuracy. Once I got a driver lesson at the end of last year I was hitting 300+ yard drives with a ridiculous amount of frequency. Close second place would be my Mitsubishi MMTs. They feel great, and there's no way I could practice as much as I do off mats in the winter without graphite shafts. They help so much with eliminating joint aches and pains.
    3 points
  13. Wife and I will be downstairs all decked out in our typical patriots geese my friend! Rooting for more josh Allen pics!
    3 points
  14. Well, now I'm waiting for the youngins to jump in and say "OK, that's enough... Boomers!"
    3 points
  15. Thank's, I will pass that appreciation on to my son. It was completed for veterans day in 2017. It was a big event with the high school band playing, speeches, newspaper was there, and about 100 people. He raised the flag for the first time at the ceremony. One of the parishioners grandfather was buried there and received the medal of honor. He jumped on a grenade and saved his squad. Needless to say his story was told that day and there wasn't a dry eye. It was a great project that my son can be proud of forever.
    3 points
  16. I would say it’s a push cart or stand bag. The stand bag forced me to start walking which was good for not only my golf game but my overall health. I always tell beginners if they want to eliminate the dumb shots start walking. It’s what I did, if your walking in 75-85 degree weather and playing left right golf it will be miserable. By walking I cut down in a lot of dumb mistakes and it forced me to really hone in my skill or else the steps would add up. The push cart just made it a bit easier to walk and took the stress off my bag at the end of the round.
    2 points
  17. I joined the Ladies group when they made the turn and walked the back nine with my wife's group which only had 3 players. It's the easier nine holes to walk, and I was tired and sore... mostly from being old! I am still playing my MacGregor VIP 1025M irons and hitting them well. Shot 38 (+3) on a chilly 41º day. I had left my 7i in my hitting bay, and I only needed to use it twice... both on par 3's!!! Took a little off my 6i once and hit an 8i stinger on the other; GIR and par on both.
    2 points
  18. This was from yesterday, was focused on trying to not make too flat of a hip turn. Was trying to make what felt like slow motion swings, but video shows in reality that the swings weren't as slow as i intended. And for those who aren't aware, i am working on a version of the one plane swing, so that's why my hands are high at address the way they are.
    2 points
  19. Short game? Nothing in it (IMO). But the driver data is really interesting. This may be an unpopular opinion, but I like the TP5x here... From a fitting perspective, I wouldn't want to see driver spin under 2000. (And frankly, closer to 2200 would be more stable and give you some forgiveness on high-toe strikes.) Yes, you can get some bombers, but you can also get knuckleballs. This is why I can't game the VeroX1. It can go a mile. But, for me, it's so low-spin, it can also fall out of the sky. I actually think 7i data would be a great tie-breaker here. If you like the ProV1 or the Vice Pro and get great numbers on everything except driver, I would throw a couple pieces of lead tape on the trailing edge of your driver and see if you don't get better spin numbers and a more stable flight.
    2 points
  20. Hahahaha. Thanks! My problem is between my shoulders, mostly. I tend to go through streaks of really good and then really bad play. Not a whole lot of in between.
    2 points
  21. Yes. My rangefinder is usually less than 5 seconds, never more than 15. GPS is nowhere near as accurate. If you're someone who has no idea of they are hitting it 45 or 55 yards with a given shot, it's fine, but those are two very different swings for me, and I am very consistent with those distances, so gps estimates just don't cut it. I'd say the rangefinder is good for 2-3 strokes per round, and just as fast as the gps. I'm a fanatic about playing quickly, so trust me, it's just as fast.
    2 points
  22. I've used Testors paint and a toothpick to paintfill a set of irons. You'll get a bit of paint on the body of the irons, but you let it dry for a bit then rub it off with a cloth that's been moistened with acetone.
    2 points
  23. As far as durability goes, my initial sacrificial ball is still holding strong! The cover is a little worse for wear from the concrete, but it has not cracked yet. My best guess is that it has close to 600 shots on it at this point, including over 100 drivers. My ball speeds today hit 165-167 at times, so I'm impressed by the ball still hanging in there. I obviously wouldn't play something like this on the course, but in the garage it's more than fine.
    2 points
  24. A game I played at dinner club: Can you tell us how old you are without stating your age? "I know all the words to the Gilligan's Island theme song."
    2 points
  25. @Rickp and I have done our part!
    2 points
  26. ... Anything is possible. One of the problems with aging is a minor injury you pay little attention to can turn into something worse. Playing through pain was the way all athletes born in the 50/60's were raised and that might have been somewhat OK in my 20's but many of us know by experience it doesn't work once you get past 50. So it is possible I aggravated it in some way and then daily golf made it worse. It was hurting but manageable and then it seemed like one round too many increased the pain exponentially and I walked off after 11 holes, then took the 10 day break.
    2 points
  27. Finally able to get back out to play after weeks of packing and moving and then unpacking. Played our new home course, Diamante Country Club in Hot Springs Village, AR. Did not handle my wedges worth a flip and putting on unfamiliar greens left much to be desired, but did walk away with an 85. Not within my expectations for my handicap but, to be fair, I haven't played much in the last 2 months and my back has been barking as a result of the moving. But, I'm playing again, have met up with some good folks, and have signed up to join 3 groups so far (Wed, Fri, Sat. During the off season, the course does 11 am shotgun starts and the men (as well as the ladies) have groups set up where you sign up if you want to play or not rather than forming your own foursome (which you can also do if you chose to do so). It's a really nice course, with undulating terrain. The Bermuda fairways are dormant currently, but the greens are fast and true. The signature "Los Tres Diablos" holes (13,14, &15) is quite a test of 3 par 4 holes that require a good drive and an accurate second shot with a mid iron to the greens. #18 is a great finishing par 5 hole and I have a great view of the tee boxes and fairway from our deck. Life is good!
    2 points
  28. I have two. My fitted Ping Sigma G Doon counter-balanced putter turned me from a crappy putter into a respectable putter. Yeah, I could be better, but that would take more practice... not a different putter. Every video put out by Monte Scheinblum... fixed a lot of my swing issues over the last few years, foremost being nearly eliminating the sh@nk. For relatively inexpensive investment especially during his sales, they are golden information. I am constantly re-watching them for reinforcement.
    2 points
  29. Easily the best purchase was made last season, a SIM2 3 wood with a Ventus Blue with velocore. In 34 years of playing, I have never had a fairway wood I've been this confident with. I love hitting bombs with my driver but I could easily shelf that club and play every round with this 3 wood. Life changing.
    2 points
  30. That's amazing work y'all did Tom. It's a beautiful way to honor those who served. I especially love the medallions honoring each branch of the military.
    2 points
  31. Took the kids to the Nutcracker yesterday; wife and I go every year. Kids behaved great…a new tradition is born!
    1 point
  32. Ok, I take it all back. I love it! Been under the weather for about a week, but yesterday my son and I played a couple simulated rounds at a local course. I beat him both times, and even got an ace. Naturally, he's furious. Pulled it out again today and used the launch monitor to hit through my whole bag. Threw caution to the wind and hit the long clubs, too (If I break a club, that means a new club, right??). Had no issues, and the launch monitor numbers tracked fairly well with what Shot Scope has been telling me so far this year.
    1 point
  33. I agree with you to a large extent. What would have happened to Jim Furyk, Matt wolf, Lee Trevino, Jack nicklaus with his flying right elbow, or the king with his whirlybird finish if someone had "fixed" their flawed swings? Maybe the same thing that happened to a young man I knew who won a state high school championship, was the #1 recruit of a top 5 program who got absolutely wrecked by his college coach because he "needed to be able to work it both ways." Maybe the same as a number of players I coached in high school who had lovely (not technically perfect) natural actions who were well on their way to being very good players before getting tied in knots mentally and physically trying to hit the "correct" positions taught by well regarded private instructors. (It ain't easy going back to a natural motion once you've been convinced that it's "wrong.") By the same token, I coached kids who flourished more and more the more technical their instruction got, so it's a very individual thing. Overall, I think most players would be better off keeping it pretty simple as far as swing mechanics, but I'm coming to realize that coaching in other aspects (which is the part I always spent way more time with with my players) can be even more beneficial than I knew. Maybe I should have focused even more on it. I guess the hard part is figuring out how much instruction is enough for you as an individual player vs. how much is too much. It's a question that has a different answer for every player. Personally, I'm glad I never got enough instruction that I got past the point of no return with an overly technical approach.
    1 point
  34. and just to close the loop on your question, using this in a 7 wood should be no problem. Is there a particular concern you have over the shaft?
    1 point
  35. totally. I have AV Raw White in X and TX flexes in both 75 and 85 G weights. FWIW, I am a scratch golfer and I find the two shafts virtually indistinguishable from one another. Enjoy the TX and don't let the label bother you
    1 point
  36. Mine was setup by Wilson at Edwin Watts….10.5* std, red sole(lighter weighted graphite) 2 gram weights even for straight flight, shaft is Aldila Rogue white regular. He said throw away everything else and don’t change a thing..
    1 point
  37. Me too! Never thought Clint would become such a big star!
    1 point
  38. Sitting in the kitchen of a condo belonging to my gracious Canadian hosts at Cottages of Pinehurst National - which is the location of Pinehurst #9. After three days here I'd say unless you just want to play it for the experience - and I think you should if you want to - #2 and #4 are very fair tee to green, but the greens will make you crazy. We played Pinehurst #9 today and it's very interesting and fun - the greens are a different kind of diabolical, though. Not nearly as slick as 2 and 4, but you gotta be able to read them. It's fun but a different kind of tough. My hosts suggest #'s 1, 5, 6 and 9 might fit your bill at Pinehurst. Haven't played anywhere else down here, but as others have mentioned, there's no shortage of options.
    1 point
  39. I’m living with the elbow pain and doing the exercises. The lack of feeling in 2 fingers is annoying but not painful. Orthopedic Doc said to eliminate all of this is surgery, nope not right now. New knee first on list.
    1 point
  40. Kind of odd for this to flare up all of a sudden... have you been doing some other activity that might be responsible? My forearm compression brace/wrap worked wonders even prior to my getting the composite iron shafts. I'm not sure I need it anymore (probably just placebo at this point), but it feels strange playing without it and I don't want to go through that annoying pain.
    1 point
  41. Glad to hear the move and restart went well for you Carl. Your still on the hook however for the 2022 PNW Meet-up - so you might as well start working on that kitchen pass now.
    1 point
  42. I joined because of a Facebook ad that said I could win a set of Titleist irons. I stayed because of the community and the content. The ball labs, equipment reviews, and testing opportunities are all great stuff. I like and appreciate the direction MGS has been moving in since I joined.
    1 point
  43. Didn't buy any new clubs, but I'll have to pick up a few little items for tomorrow's tee time. Since I'm in Florida for work over the weekend I found a tee time at one of the Disney World courses. Will have to use rental clubs which will all be significantly newer than my bag. Hopefully I get paired up with other people that have a sense of humor. The last time I played an actual round of golf was about 5 years ago.
    1 point
  44. An instructor once told me that the tee marks look good on the bottom of my driver but i didnt ask any more questions
    1 point
  45. I have a friend who couldn't understand why I'd pull out the rangefinder in that 40 to 70 yard range. Why didn't I just estimate it by eye? Had to demonstrate how incapable I am at distinguishing between 45 and 55, or even 60.
    1 point
  46. I don’t know of a course near me that allows players to bring their own beer, but most don’t enforce the rule - I have seen people bring their own beer. Most of the guys I play with don’t drink while playing, but a few will have a beer or two. Most courses we play sell beer at reasonable prices, only one has exorbitant prices. We always have a beer after the round, some have a few during too - we’re fine with supporting the courses. Every once in a while when it’s cold one of us will bring a 10-pack of 50ml Fireballs or other (not for sale on any course I’ve seen), otherwise we’re happy to buy from the course. OTOH everyone I know brings their own non-alcohol hydration, even though courses sell same. Frankly I might buy from beverage carts (alcohol or non) but I never know when they’ll be on the course and not, so I can’t rely on them. Being dehydrated in summer is not an option.
    1 point
  47. Ball #2 had the best deviation so that's the most consistent. Ball #1 spun the best, which I think is the most important number on wedge shots.
    1 point
  48. Alright, which one of you spies took this idea and ran with it? https://www.sticksgolfrange.com in Mt Pleasant, SC?
    1 point
  49. man i’m having nightmares imagining the boston accent version of ian… ”ok Mahky (marky) boy…”
    1 point
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