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  1. Does anyone know the date? Hopefully after 4 yrs, I could win something.
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  2. The Golf Digest link I shared above references them extensively
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  3. You can probably find that information on this site and in their reports: https://www.ngf.org/
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  4. 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.
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  5. 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.
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  6. 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.
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  7. fingers crossed for ya!
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  8. I haven't played Barona since Feb so can't speak to current conditions, but it would have to be really really bad for me to consider Mt. Woodson over it.
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  9. another amazing option is Mesquite Nevada! its just over an hour out of Las Vegas and has some unreal courses.
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  10. 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.
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  11. 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.
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  12. Putting can be fickle to say the least. What helped me to be what I consider a decent putter you ask? I bought one of those stand alone putters and realized where the putter is actually aiming and not where I think it is aiming. I used the putter to learn not to play with as I hate the grip but it worked. I now putt with confidence and make many more putts because of it. Happy golfing!
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  13. Happy to assist with Palm Springs! Have been booking discounted golf here for over 20 years.....
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  14. Happy to assist with Palm Springs as I've been booking golf there for over 20 years!
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  15. 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?
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  16. in that case, a scotty circle T putter (not sure it's anywhere near enough $$ though)
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  17. I'd be interested to see what recent statistics show, not research from nearly 12 years ago.
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  18. No matter what the OP wants to believe, it's still an upper class hobby played mostly by older Caucasian males - but hope springs eternal. https://www.creditdonkey.com/golf-player-demographic.html#:~:text=For the most part%2C golfers are pulling in,technology and the same goes for its players.
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  19. I was looking into this a little as well. No intent on doing it but interested in the concept. There are three different methods of learning to use the system. 1) You have to attend an orientation 2) on your membership website there are instructions 3) laminated instructions on the wall. You usually can typically only reserve 3 hours a week and you have to use the reservation system. You have a member access code when logging in as well. If you can only book 3 hours a week and you give you info to your buddy and he goes then there wouldn't be much time left for you so I would assume he wouldn't be your buddy very long! Most places install cameras for keeping an eye on things, theft, destruction or reservation issues. I assume they could also use this to see that the member is using the system with a guest. The drinking issue probably isn't an issue as the facility did not sell or distribute the alcohol. It is like someone going to a golf course with a few six packs stowed in the cart. The course didn't sell it to you and they aren't responsible. Once you left the course and something happened it's on them. But I would check with someone in law enforcement to verify.
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  20. This is a great idea, I need to get out and hit a bunch of approach shots.
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  21. 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.
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  22. 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.
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  23. 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...
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  24. I'm a little late to the thread. Keep at it. Getting better at this game takes time and effort. Given your athletic ability, and the yardage that you hit it, breaking into the low 80's consistently is a very achievable goal. I play a lot of events with guys that look like they are shooting a million, but when we add it up at the end of the day, they come in with 68-73. The secret is short game, short game, short game. It will save your bad holes, and make your good holes great. Watch James Sieckmann here or read his book. It will change your life. Best of luck in the coming year. Keep at it and you will get there!
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  25. So this is an interesting topic and I am definitely intrigued. I am retiring in five years and need another source of income, something in the golf world preferably. With this concept of no employees and open 24 hours, how do you all plan on explaining how to operate the system to get it up and running for each group? I also saw where members can invite guests, what is to stop me being a member and giving my buddy the door code when ever he wants it? Lastly, if it is a BYOB, who is liable if someone leaves this facility and causes an accident? Just a few preliminary questions.
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  26. 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
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  27. This thread seems to focus more on the physical appearance of the swing itself. What kind of scores is it giving you? That should be the main priority
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  28. OMG now I can’t unsee it either.
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  29. Is that baby yoda on the clubface? I can't unsee that now...
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  30. I like where your head is at here. I gots me a GT burning a hole in my pocket and the Cobra LTDx, Callaway Rogue ST, and TM Stealth are the top contenders in that order
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  31. You can hit down on the ball with your driver and still be successful. There are ideal launch conditions for every combination of swing speed, AoA, and launch angle.
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  33. ... 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.
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  34. Well you have some pretty good company on your birthday! Other than Jesus, It's mine too. I did wish for scuba gear for Christmas. We all know how often that will come in handy.
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  35. Thanks for the support…….I’ll add the Wheelchair to my list as Christmas Day is also my Birthday! On another note, you better send scuba divers.
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  36. So I can talk about what I am good at talking about. Duhhhh.
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  37. I'm surprised your still upright with all that going on! You might want to put a wheel chair on the Christmas List. Must be a hoot going through the airport with you. Christmas lights going off everywhere. But seriously, I hope the shoulder surgery goes well when you finally get it done. Don't take short cuts on the recovery. Follow doctors orders. I got a text message from a Maxifli Tour YB requesting a search party. Must have been from your shot!
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  38. Hey YB, thanks for the shoutout. I do want to point out a few more things to ya…..I play with a steel plate , 13 screws & an inch of my hip in my left wrist(from ice skating accident 24 yrs ago) as well as overstretched ligaments in my left ankle(from too many sprained ankles). Not whining or complaining though. Next up will be scoping my shoulder in January. That will leave me with an 8 week layoff. Gosh, I haven’t had that big a break from golf in 24 years. BTW, been playing for 63 years. Recently I purchased 4 dozen Maxfli Tour CG YELLOW Golfballs. Yep, 4 dozen of your relatives, heck I have already lost one of your relatives this past weekend. Can’t wait to conveniently place the rest of your cousins in the waters of Plantation Palms. Happy Holidays YB!
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  39. Oh my cooking game is definitely stronger than my golf game. Why talk about what I’m bad at when I can talk about what I’m good at
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  40. Thanks for the thoughts. I guess for me $150 or less would be my goal for golf. The possibility of rain, the travel time, and the lack of options that fit my schedule to Orlando from PDX are really not the best. Rental car prices are crazy high with Orlando being the lowest from places (SD, Austin, Vegas, PHX, Tuscson, and PS) Ive researched. Green fees seem the highest in Palm Springs, but after some digging around I actually found some reasonable travel, flight, and car packages. I will just deal with the green fees and enjoy my time. The back drop in Palm Springs really looks amazing and I will get more golf in than traveling east.
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  41. Well, here's my 2 cents... I've been to Orlando a few times over the past 15 years in mid- to late January and it was cold and wet. Maybe you will have better luck a month later. The last time I went I only played a few courses in Orlando area, and I found it difficult to get around, especially with the toll roads; guess I'm just a country boy! I spent 3 days up at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine and played the courses there; very nice, but wet when we were there. I also drove over to Tampa/St. Pete and got a round in with @revkev and @fozcycle, which was great... still chilly and breezy. It's plenty warm in SD and Palm Springs that time of the year and a lot drier. Only trip I took to SD was many years ago; don't have current info there. What do you consider affordable? I'm headed to Palm Springs the middle of January again for 2 weeks. Courses typically run $90-200+ but there are deals. You might also consider Phoenix or Tucson; I've been there a few times and will probably go to Phoenix next winter. For only a one week trip traveling across the US is two full travel days, so consider that. Staying on the west coast allows you to get there in half a day. Are you planning to play different courses, or are you planning on staying and playing at one location? Some places have a "players card" deal that is good for the entire year that gets you a couple of free rounds and a discount on other rounds. If you play all of your rounds there, it's still a good deal for only a week.
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  42. As @Thin2winmentioned, it's pretty easy - just scroll to the hole you're starting on. FYI, our #1 was recently closed because they were redoing the bunkers, so I just scrolled to #2 as the starting hole. However, pay attention when you're done on #18 and scroll to #1 otherwise you'll get an end round message. Also I don't use the stokes gained feature at this point, so can't comment on it.
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  43. It is very quick and easy to switch holes if you start on the back 9. I haven't had it recognize that I'm starting on 10 and automatically adjust, but it only takes 5 seconds to change the hole to 10, so no biggie. as for 9 hole data, it handles it just fine. I've played many many 9 hole rounds with it and it works just as you would expect.
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  44. Two other questions. What if you start on the back 9 on a course, is it easy to bounce through the first 9 holes or does the watch automatically realize where you are on the course? How does the watch do if you just play 9 holes? I play 9 holes about 40% of the time, will that screw up my strokes gained?
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  45. Sounds like you have a fairly cumbersome process. Yes on occasion the watch thinks it's on the green when I'm hitting from greenside rough , but that's easily correctable. There were a few posts here on how to move the watch off the green (note this generally happens because I'm walking across the green to get to the rough). As to putting, there are quite a few members that have switched to manual putt mode. I'm not one of them. I found the auto setting works for me. And lastly. yes on occasion it'll miss a shot - but not that often and is easily correctable in the 'edit' mode either on your phone or desktop dashboard. At my age they say memory is the first thing to go - but I still remember all of my shots when I get home from a round. Of course if I waited several days, maybe not, but the app showing a 350 yd drive might be a dead giveaway. Not sure if Practical Golf's Black Friday special is still on - it's a heck of a deal.
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  46. Alright shot scope users, I have read the reviews from the testing earlier this year and I think I am in. Just want to detail my current process as it is incredibly cumbersome and would hopefully be remedied by SS V3. Currently, during a round, I run "golfshot" which is an overhead GPS app on my phone. For every shot, I screenshot the distances on the phone so that I know how far out I am etc. Obviously GPS apps are useless once you get to the green so from there I walk off distances for putts and write those down on my scorecard for Strokes Gained Putting. Golfshot keeps track of my score, GIR, putt number, fairways hit but, at times, the GPS is like 20 yards off from where I actually am. And, no, surprisingly, I don't take 5 hours to play a round of golf. I love keeping data on all my rounds so Shot Scope seems like a homerun. It seems like the main hiccup people are running into is tagging putts and having the putting screen come up when they get close to the green. Also, there is always the chance of a missed shot as well but I imagine you wouldn't know that you missed a shot until after the round in the analysis mode?
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  47. Most people will find the 5 wood has a higher launch. If that is the case for you, the question is do you find the hybrid runs out too far? If so, the 5 wood may be the ticket. Of course, being a club ho, I would get a 5 wood and keep the hybrid to swap out depending on the course and conditions.
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  48. I think you are good - you could go as far as to request serial number and call srixon if you'd like, but I don't think you'll have an issue with golfdiscount.com. Great choice in iron by the way. I play the mizuno mp18 sc and the srixon 785 (most comparable) nearly took them out of the back for me, they were just that good. Maybe in another year or two, I'll try to find them on a deal as a backup set. Best of luck with your new irons.
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  49. Getting feedback of "nice" seems a little bit lackluster to me. I would stick with an in person coach who is not going to change things as frequently as they have been changed in this thread. I have seen multiple instructors, multiple swing methods, and multiple things worked on within days of each other. Epiphanies will happen and most of the time they are going to be useless or counterproductive. I know I am in the minority but I went from a 23 handicap to a 5.3 this season after only playing golf since May 2020. You need to stick to a plan and instructor and work with him tirelessly on one thing until it is perfect. That might mean working on your inside takeaway for 3 months until you can do it without thinking about it. If you are training and practicing correctly this should happen relatively quickly within 2-3 weeks and shouldn't take more than 4 weeks. An inside takeaway should not still be a conscious thought after having worked on it for this long. This is one of my favorite threads and you are one of my favorite posters on this website and I am rooting for you I just think some changes need to be made in terms of practice habits and jumping from one thing to the next.
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