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  1. I've been golfing so much lately that I haven't had time to post! In the last week and a half I've had 2 league nights and a work scramble, in addition to the two rounds I'll share more about: my brother-in-law and I got to play The Bluffs course at Arcadia Bluffs in Northern Michigan two weekends ago, and this past weekend I played in my first "competitive" round ever, a best ball 18 hole tournament at Thornapple Pointe in West Michigan. I'll talk about Arcadia in this post, and say more about the Thornapple round in a different post. For those who haven't heard of it, The Bluffs is an absolutely amazing course. It's basically right on the water of Lake Michigan, with some really interesting holes and some incredible views. Here's a few of my favorites: View from the par 5 third tee-box: View from the par 5 fifth tee-box: From the par 4 twelfth: From the par 3 thirteenth: Every hole is a unique challenge, with dune grass challenging wayward drives, varying elevation and deep bunkers to consider on approach shots, and firm fast greens with plenty of runoff. Being right on the lake, it's hard to imagine the wind is ever calm. For us, it was around 15-20mph most of the day, which certainly added to the degree of difficulty. I ended up shooting 87, even though I was striking the ball really really well. I had a personal best strokes gained day off the tee, +6.5! But I really struggled with my shorter approach shots and chips around the green. It was a really big adjustment playing a lot more rollout than I'm used to, as well as having to deal with a lot of bumps and runoffs around the green complexes. The course does lend itself to a decent amount of driver holes, and if you can stay in the fairway they ran out for days. After a hot dog at the turn, we had a down-wind and down-hill par 4, which ended up going a very long way: I hit it well, but honestly thought it must have hit a rock or the cart path or something to get that far down. However, the next hole was also playing down-hill and down-wind, and this one we could see bounding down the fairway so no funny business with a lucky bounce: Just don't mind the rest of that hole, it was a bit of a mess haha. All in all, it was an awesome day at an amazing course. Even though I lost some shots on & around the greens, we knew it was going to be a challenge so we weren't too worried about trying to go low. Just enjoyed the golf, the weather, and the views! If anyone is planning a Northern Michigan golf trip coming up, this is an absolute must play!
    6 points
  2. Kids baseball game tonight, I came in to be the closer… my son is up to bat. So I threw him the heat… little punk hit a line drive right at my forehead… but alas, I have cat like reflexes, so I put up my non gloved hand because that is the smart thing to do… probably the worst mistake I’ve made since turning 39 on the 12th. Hahaha
    6 points
  3. Okay let's have some fun with this. Pancakes - The Open, for flat ish play brown burnt out awesome along the ground golf we see at links courses. Edit: Syrup can make it messy and sticky just like the weather that can often blow in... And just like the weather it makes it so much better! Eggs (sunny side up) - PGA, for the blazing hot conditions we had at Southern Hills last time around and we are back there this year. Bacon - The Masters, slippery greens (grease), various bumps ridges and slopes and the better the execution the better it is! Sausage - The US Open, a classic that is the hardest to do right. Overdone and it's toast, under and it's soggy and gross... Also can be a little bland at times.
    5 points
  4. I’ll be honest I had to use a video. I never really had anyone teach me, we all start somewhere… I will say though over the weekend I did a fine repair job on some premium ball marks
    5 points
  5. Since I have been working on my iron swing a lot, I have been neglecting my chipping/pitching. Today I went to the course with the idea of spending most of my time on the short game. The putting greens was full of people and the range was wide open, so I started there with some 7i and driver shots... better results than all of last weekend! Not sure why. The putting green finally emptied as players went to the first tee, so I headed there and chipped for about 30 minutes; crappy, really crappy!! What was killing me on the course, killed me during practice; chunk... then thin. Just not making good contact. For some reason I seemed to have moved my weight from forward on my front foot to middle of my stance. That's no good. I started to get a little better when people showed up again to putt before their tee time, so I switched to my putting practice. That was solid. Right-hand only putting was great which shows good face control. Good speed control on 10-20 footers. Our putting greens is basically flat with not much break on the green from any direction. I wish it had some slope on it that allowed practice on R-L and L-R. Those are the putts that can kill my round; not putts with wrong speed. Finished up with 30 yard pitch shots varying shot trajectory alternating from a front pin to a back pin with my 60º. No issues there.
    5 points
  6. Not an injury .. yet? .. but getting a little nervous about the state of my left shoulder and also right hip... Had the left hip replaced a few years ago and after a lotta PT and exercises, and time, it's good again. At that time the Ortho had said I'll probably be back for the right side... Just wanna make it thru this season whole and able to swing
    5 points
  7. ... I am still amazed at how many good players repair their ball marks improperly. The most egregious being lifting the turf underneath instead of pulling from the edges. I have played with high school, college and even mini tour players that dig and lift, breaking the roots and killing the grass leaving those brown spots on greens. The worst part is they are trying to do the right thing but have never been educated. I think it is a good idea to post a refresher every now and then so here ya go:
    4 points
  8. The H4 was delivered today and I was able to get the sensors on and set it up so I could get familiar with it during our league play tonight. I haven't figured out the buttons real well yet and I need to learn how to get the pin placed accurately. I was able to use it consistently for tee shots and second shots. A few times I forgot to associate the putter when on the green. It was very easy to upload from the H4 to the phone app after the round. I was able to figure out how to edit the shots & putts I missed into the tracker using the dashboard through my laptop. I tended to forget to associate the clubs around the green so I had to put in a few chip shots and most all my putts. It's only one use but already I can see making use of the data. Like edingc i had the unit come out of the magnetic belt clip so I kept it in my pocket. I need to find something to use as a case for it.
    4 points
  9. Played a round this afternoon, which was my first non crack of the morning game in a long time. the ball goes further.
    4 points
  10. I'm really sorry to hear this. Golf has a funny way of really getting into our heads and messing with our confidence. I just want to encourage you to keep trying and to let you know it'll get better.
    4 points
  11. Another productive and confidence building practice sesh! Start with some putting (knocking everything way past the targets...); then on to some chipping and pitching, some full-ish and full swings, some more chipping and pitching, then back for some more putting (better speed control this time). There didn't seem to be any golfers coming up #9 so walked over to #10 with my practice set - 4H, old 8i and 4 wedges (all different ) in a lightweight carry bag. Then to #18 with its tee box right behind the #10 green, and then over to #1 and #2 (which loops back towards the parking lot). Played one tee shot - not all great but all playable - and two approach shots - and either hit the intended layup or hit onto the green .. from about 130 and in .. except for my first try on #1 (wasn't wearing my GPS watch) which went a little long and ended up in the rough past the green. All in all happy with most of the ball striking, and most of the putting; trying to focus on one shot at a time while trying to apply the good stuff from my lessons Oh, and also wondering why I don't play a full round with a limited set more often!!?? Heck may even drop two of the wedges!
    4 points
  12. H4 mini-review after playing about a week with it: Pros: Exactly what I wanted - a manual, tagging-based system. The integrated GPS is an added bonus and one that I've used surprisingly often. Small and very lightweight. (Also a con, see below.) Synchronization in the mobile app is really simple. Battery life appears to be good, at least good enough for 45 holes or so. Cons: The non-standard "clip" charger is annoying. I understand that USB is not ideal due to debris and water problems, but it would be nice to have some sort of standardized charging interface. Small and very lightweight. So much so that you can misplace it or have it knocked from your belt without noticing. The magnet that holds the unit to the belt clip is not overly strong. You could certainly bump the unit out of the cradle. I've been using a rubber band to secure it. GPS signal takes some time to lock in, though I remember this being the same with the v2 watch. It is far too easy to turn the unit on when you don't want to. A dedicated power button (or at least requiring a long press) would be nice as it would be much harder to accidentally drain the battery (which has happened twice to me now already). Overall, a very solid unit. I have had some course mapping issues and ShotScope has been very responsive to support requests. The dashboard is good, obviously lagging just a touch to Arccos but I really don't care. I don't really look at the metrics too much, I just like to look back on rounds and occasionally score Internet points with long drives .
    4 points
  13. So today, Shane Bacon made his pick for the PGA Championship: For those who might be unfamiliar, this is the Denny's Grand Slam breakfast, so Shane is picking Spieth to complete the career slam. But that raised a question in my mind: if each item on the Denny's Grand Slam corresponds to a major, which one is which, and why? My selections: Bacon: US Open, because bacon is 'murica Sausage: British, because bangers Eggs: Masters, because sandwiches Pancakes: PGA, because it's what's left, like the PGA Agree? Disagree? What are your picks and reasons?
    3 points
  14. I'm planning on trying out manual putting mode. I seem to have a couple of holes that second shots are consistently missed on, perhaps the gps signal is poor on them. At first glance the hole by hole could be of real value to me. I haven't used it much lately due to a lack of golf and playing matchplay when I have got on course, which I decided not to track data on.
    3 points
  15. I've done that, too, but found it distracting. Shot Scope suggested that I wear the H4 in the front instead of the side (as i was doing) stating that it's less likely to be knocked off. I didn't think it would make much of a difference but I tried it today, and it did. I never came close to knocking it off even though I was still a bit paranoid about catching my shirt under the unit as I placed it in the belt clip.
    3 points
  16. I installed two greens. One at my last house and one at my current house. Almost all the synthetic turf companies will send you a small sample if you ask. Find the one you like before ordering blindly. My first green was 15 feet wide by 25 feet long. I took the sample I liked then went to a discount carpet store that also sold indoor /outdoor turf. I matched it up perfectly and cost me far less than getting it from a turf specialty company. It also had a thick carpet type base not a rubber or vinyl base. It held up until I moved some 7 years later. No fade and still there when I left. This was an infill type and I used sand it did compact over time but it didn't matter as it was a chip and putt location. My second one was bigger, 24' wide by 35' deep. I used turf that was supposed to hold 150 yard shots. This was great for the first 6 or 7 years. Then the infill compacted and it wouldn't hold a 100 yard shot. Then mold issues were becoming a big problem. I actually tore it out this spring after 15 years. No fade and in was in direct sunlight. The base and cups are still in great shape. I just can't decide what I want to do with it right now. You have two big decisions, putting and light chipping only or something that will hold approaches. For the first one I would suggest a non infill type of turf. For the second you have no choice but to use a thicker turf that you infill to absorb the impact. Make sure you purchase the black and green rubber infill. This won't compact like a sand infill will. That was my mistake. This was not readily available then. Biggest advice I can give you, take your time, get the base right. A bad base will give you a bad green. I built my bases, used a compactor and let them sit a few days. Then rolled them and watered them every day for two weeks. After the first few days you can actually putt on the base. You can still push broom the base material to create breaks and perfect the putting surface. Once satisfied then put the cups in. Roll the turf out and let it sit for a few days. You want the turf to flatten out and settle before you cut the turf out of the hole locations. I'll see If I can dig up some pictures. Any questions feel free to ask.
    3 points
  17. "It's all in the hips." - Chubbs Oh wait... wrong thread!
    3 points
  18. Yeah I think we all .. from high handicapper down thru low/+ .. have each done exactly that. More than once. Heard this saying a while back: "Golf is easy ... IF you just hit your second shot first!"
    3 points
  19. I’m a believer in climbing back on the horse that threw you. Hang in there.
    3 points
  20. I try and post relevant numbers for many and we try and also post this thread in the test to get people to understand the process and what we do. It can *sometimes* help with emails of why didn't I get picked and so on. However I'm glad you found it helpful and insightful. You are completley correct in thinking it is so easy to see it as 5000+ applicants and it being pretty daunting, but yeah typically the most that have a post count that is relevant is about 200 or so. Then add in those who don't have a profile photo and cuts it down again. FWIW, no profile photo no selection. That is a simple clear standard we have and does help us filter a little easier too. So knock off another 20% or so. Then yes we do look at ratio. Reason being there are many that may only post in testing thread (less now with the new way of selection, but still) and we prefer to see activity in a few areas of the forum even if it is testing that brings someone to the forum. It was mentioned at one point, but ites pretty easy to see when someone only posts in tests and only ever just signs up for testing. Which is fine, however we would love to see more cross forum participation. I was brought by testing in the beginning and ended up pursuing a leadership position which I am very happy to be in and help this great community where possible.
    3 points
  21. League night was interesting yesterday. Some heavy storms rolled through CNY in the afternoon, but there was a break in the weather and the league officials wanted to give it a go as scheduled. Rain started on my second hole and got heavy by the time we got to the green. Group ahead of us was playing incredibly slow and I was staring down a miserable round... until the horn blew halfway down the third hole, still plenty close to the clubhouse. League called it for the night and after a round at the bar my buddy asks if I wanted to sneak in a few more holes. Wind was still whipping but the rain had stopped and looked like we were in the clear. Pro shop just wanted us back by 7:30 so we hopped out and got my last 7 holes in. Ended up being a great time and the rain held off. Didn't keep score but played okay. Was only the 2nd time my playing partner had seen that side of the course so was able to give him a ton of tips on where the best places to miss it were. Shot of the round was a 150 yd. 9-iron that I stuck to 18 inches on a par three... After I re-teed out of anger at chunking my first tee shot 90 yards. Just glad I didn't dunk it.
    3 points
  22. My Tuesday 9 started off horribly. It was a bit chilly at 53° and winds. Nothing seemed to work on the first 2 holes. But things fortunately improved as the round went on. My driver miss today remains to the left which is a marked difference from a horrible slice last season. Putting was completely gone today. Three 3 putts, one 1 putt and the rest were 2 putts. The positive take away was my misses now don’t result with lost balls. I still have a real difficult time with uneven lies. But I was able to get out and have fun.
    3 points
  23. I’ve been thinking about this for a few days. And I think I would thoroughly enjoy it if my 8 iron - 56 were all the same length. Just a matter of having a club builder mat swing weight and gap them properly. But I am growing to dislike 35.5” wedge shafts, I get too steep with them… yea, a swing fault most likely.
    2 points
  24. They closed up both of our Denny's on the South Side of the beach even before the pandemic. Which I liked some of their dinners but for breakfast type stuff I like Waffle House better.
    2 points
  25. Compared to the charger clip on the wifes garmin watch, I don't mind the clothespin like clip on the H4 at all. I was taking it out of my pocket to tag the club so I could look at it to make sure it was on the correct hole for tee shots and to look at the yardage for second shots. I think I will give up on the yardage usage since I like my laser yardages better (unless I can't see the pin). As I gain confidence in it switching holes on the tee and not using it for yardage, I can see just leaving it in my pocket. I was trying to use it in manual mode for putting so I was taking it out of my pocket to figure that out and position the pin. I am worried about losing it between rounds since it is so small. I want to find something laying around here to use as a case for it, the charger and the extra tags. And how does turning it upside down in the belt clip help when you can't see past your belly to read it??!!
    2 points
  26. If you go to Denny's, you obviously haven't been to Waffle House...
    2 points
  27. Our greens are very firm except first thing in the morning after overnight irrigation. When a ball mark made in the morning is not been fixed all day, it becomes dried out and the depression very hard. The only way to repair it is to lift underneath. Fortunately, the poa annua comes back quickly after the overnight watering. We are a muni. I bet 80% of the players don't have a repair tool, and of those 20% that do, only a handful actually use it... and nobody that I know of uses a tee. The worst offenders are our Men's Club who play early when the greens are wet. I've played right behind them, and I repair many fresh ball marks.
    2 points
  28. So, what’s the butter? The Players Championship? For me it’s: Masters: Eggs, the breakfast Staple. Open: Bacon (the best thing on the plate) US Open: Pancakes, because of the rock hard greens.. I’ve had some bad pancakes. PGA: Sausage, not everyone likes it… plus if it is undercooked, or over cooked it is super nasty.
    2 points
  29. Having fun balances out days where you just aren't as good as you want to be. Sometimes we forget it's just a game....a frustrating and exhilarating game at times, but just a game MDGolfHacker
    2 points
  30. Went to the range today and really worked on mid to short irons 7 iron to wedges. Focusing on shortening my swing, ball position and alignment. I’ve also started hitting more of a draw vs a fade which isn’t bad I just need to be prepared to play it. Spend about 20-30 minutes finishing with putting practice. Face and alignment. I have a one way kiss where I tend to miss everything right. Working on getting my eyes over the club more and my club alignment for more of a center strike vs outer strike which my eyes to to allude to me is centered.
    2 points
  31. We all have to learn somehow, this would definitely help. Should be mandatory for everyone on a golf course to watch this.
    2 points
  32. Mental Reps watching Tiger on the Putting Green at the PGA Championship
    2 points
  33. Not at all. On the opposite side of OG I love the counterweighting in the shaft. Makes it feel so smooth for my swing.
    2 points
  34. Shot 115. Don’t even want to go to the range again!
    2 points
  35. This may have been my best hole of the year. Water to the left the entire hole. Forced carry on the approach and a green fronted by bunkers. Drive was a bit hooked and down the left side. I pulled a 5i and laced it perfectly between the bunkers. I lagged a 30' eagle putt down to 2' and made a bird. (I've never had an eagle). It was a highlight of an otherwise inconsistent round.
    2 points
  36. My “home” course is Radisson Greens in Balwinsville, NY. It is an 18 hole par 72 course that plays at 6360 yards from the White Tees. If you’re adventurous you can play the Blue Tees at 7010 yards. The course is a Robert Trent Jones Senior design. It’s very tree lined and tight in spots. I know folks say trees are 95% air but I seem to always find 100% tree. 1st Par 5 dogleg left. The fairway bunkers are at the corner. 2nd Par 3 3rd Par 5 slight dogleg left. From the second shot in the right rough. 4th Par 4 5th Par 4 from the fairway. 6th Par 4 from the fairway. 7th Par 3 8th Par 4 9th Par 4
    2 points
  37. Greetings, please advise if this exists elsewhere on the forum. I thought it would be cool to see where my fellow spies call “home” for golf.
    2 points
  38. Range work and some simulated holes. Driver strikes were great but realized I’m early extending. I just need to keep grinding on drills with my coach to get my mechanics better. Irons started rough and then got better during the hole simulation. Then ten minutes on the green just working on lag putting and using only ball.
    2 points
  39. Had some free time this afternoon, so naturally I went to the range. I wanted to see if I could continue with good swings. By some miracle, I continued striping it it. The pro stopped by, and we chatted about my success with full swing. He wanted to see my chipping. Again it was a quick fix for him. I naturally keep the face open, he worked on getting it square and slowing my tempo. Game changer! My chipping was much better. Should transfer into full swings and continue to make me better.
    2 points
  40. After a soul crushing 92 today. I walked from 18 to the range and practiced 7 iron contact. 1/2 swings, 3/4 swings, Full swings. Back to 1/2 swings, 3/4 swings, full swings.
    2 points
  41. I got sick yesterday and couldn't play - probably will not be able to play again now until Memorial Day weekend so I need to be sure to hit the range frequently. I have church tonight so got out early today and hit balls for a while - worked on part wedges and checked out my supply of 3 woods to see if there were any worth putting in the bag for a spell (I've pretty much settled on two Edison wedges rather than 3 SCORS, I've eliminated 5 iron from the mix, so I do have an opening in the bag). The part wedges went pretty well - I had two targets in different directions one at 34 yards and the other at 56. I randomized between 54 and 59 to both targets - it was fun. I hit a bunch of 9 irons that were very nice and then hit a few drivers followed by sequencing driver, to wedge, driver to 9 iron aiming at different down range points with the driver - I was tight against the right side of the range so I was able to aim at a flag that simulated a far tighter driving hole that I would ever face at my club - had to hit it dead straight towards that flag which is not my favorite tee shot (others would play a fade - I almost never to that intentionally) I hit 5 5woods to get some data on the Rapsodo - balls speed 123 average carry 190, 19 degree launch (that seemed high but they also averaged 93 ft height) beautiful high shots with a touch of draw you could throw a large blanket over them. On to the 3 woods - the SLDR HL was quickly eliminated - not a single solid hit, other than the ground behind the ball a couple of times, in the bunch - yuck! An older Callaway wasn't much better due to inconsistency (I did get two of the five out to over 200 hundred though) The Tour Exotics showed some promise. There was consistency, a tad more distance, a bit lower launch so I'd think some more run out - the LM had it at 191 which wouldn't be worth it if that held but I want to at least get it on the course and give it a try side by side with the 5 wood. Our club has a new set of junior tees. I need to get out some late afternoon and hit a couple of balls with 5 wood and that 3 wood to compare them side by side in on course, real wind situations. I know that the LM results of the 5 wood was pretty accurate - my performance average with 5 wood on Shot Scope is 188. That takes into account real shot distances. It should be a bit shorter than a LM on the range because real shots get hit in the wind and hurting wind impacts a shot about twice as much as a helping wind. Regardless it was a productive range session this morning. Time to grab some lunch, shower up and get to work.
    2 points
  42. Range today was rough with the irons. I'm not sure what causes the issue but I'm really fighting a tendency to shank or top my shots. Usually I just end up forcing the issue which makes for an unproductive session. Instead, I stopped trying to move through my bag after my 8-iron and went straight to my 3 wood to mix things up. Then played with the driver for a bit before dropping back down to the 7-iron. Things went better after that, but still having some consistency issues. One thing I picked up on today is that I can generally predict how well the shot is going to go depending on how the backswing feels. I've backed off a few times when things felt wrong and not swung through until the backswing felt right. That worked for me today, so I'm going to spend some time in front of the camera to see if I can figure out what's going sideways on me. Last, I'm learning that I'm not a big fan of the new Jumbo CPx grips I put on my irons. The midsize CP2 Pro on my 3W feels much more comfortable, and the CPx diamonds just don't spark joy like I thought they would. I might regrip my stock driver and hybrid grips with a Midsize CP2 wrap to compare the two CP2 models, but I'm fairly sure I'll leave the CPx behind in the future.
    2 points
  43. Exciting! Not sure why I get my hopes up for these, I always do well until Sunday.
    1 point
  44. thx...I will try it in front next time.
    1 point
  45. Thanks for all the input folks! I've taken a few lessons, but almost a year ago and didn't play through winter. Hey GaDawg! It's a Wilson Profile XD 10.5, regular flex. They are like $45 on eBay. My brother in law gave it to me when he got a new driver 2 years ago. My shots, both driver and irons, are either pretty good or absolutely terrible. More than likely terrible. Slice, top the ball, miss completely, etc. I try to go hit at least a bucket of balls during the week and play Spark Golf on Thursdays. It seems I start off pretty good and get rattled and it all falls apart. I need to remember the only shot that matters is the next one. I'm going to start with more lessons. I'm holding off on equipment until I get the pro to look at my driver. He's the one who sold me the cobra irons ($100), but I'll have him check them out, as well. He had a buy-5-for-the-price-of-4 lessons thing. That seemed like a pretty good deal last time. I think I'll hit up the local PGA Tour Superstore and try some used gear after I get some recommendations from my pro. I'll certainly look at Maltby. I like the not breaking the bank idea! I don't have the cash to do an indoor golf simulator properly anyway. I have a Cobra 3/F Baffler Rail F 15.5° and it plays pretty well. I may get a 5 hybrid to replace the Nitro 5 I have.
    1 point
  46. we have done Circling Raven the last few years, great track.
    1 point
  47. A lefty I play with carries two drivers, and he switches back and forth all the time, often during a round. Seems nuts, but as long as he stays within the 14 club limit, his choice. Another guy I play league with chips and putts left handed, but all other shots/clubs are right hand. First time I played with him I did a double take on #4, when I first noticed him chipping left handed! He’s the only player I’ve ever known with that WITB.
    1 point
  48. So did something stupid yesterday and stuck my right hand in the electric hedge trimmer. I didn't lose any parts, but it was an ER visit and 5 stitches in my right index finger. So that's 7-10 days till they can come out. The good news is that they're most concerned about infection than any long term damage. I got a tetanus shot and antibiotics. Guess I can putt in the basement for the next week or so.
    1 point
  49. A Huge thanks to the guys at Titleist and Vokey for sponsoring this contest, with such a great prize, I'm sure to finish in 700th place
    1 point
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