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  1. Despite living in the Twin Cities all of my life, I'd never heard of Victory Links until your post. Probably because I usually play courses in the east and south metro. Looked it up and the rates look very reasonable. I'll have to make it out to Blaine and give it a try. Thanks for your post!
  2. To me, the more important question is: What are your most accurate approach clubs?
  3. ...which was especially strange, because putting is otherwise the strength of my game. A lot of it had to do with the lack of any counterweighting in my putter (I have a straight back-and-forth stroke, and used a cheap Slazenger blade for years), but there's also just a natural loosey-gooseyness about a putt from that distance that eroded my otherwise confident putting. This season, I've been doing Phil Mickelson's "100" drill, where he sets up 10 balls from 3 feet and continuously goes around the circle, counting how many he makes out of 100... then backs up to 6 feet. I've also adopted his "only change the backswing" approach, where every down/forward swing is made with the same firm intensity. This has basically erased the 3-6 foot problem from my game. Anyone else have experience with this, or something similar?
  4. Hi, all! I've posted a couple of photos that display my favorite time of day to golf. Answers to questions are below: How long have you been playing golf? What’s your handicap or normal score? I've been playing since age 29, hence the username. Grew up playing tennis and basketball - they didn't cost as much. Got dragged out to a course by some friends at 29, all the right-handers tried showing me how to swing, helped me to a first-round 144. Haven't listened to them since! What do you love about golf? It's a continuous challenge, and there's always room for improvement and growth. What brings you to MyGolfSpy? Do you already know any other Spies? I've found MyGolfSpy to have some of the most interesting and quality golf content available on the Internet. (My goodness, there's a lot of bad golf content out there.) Don't know any other Spies yet. Where are you from? What is your home course? From St. Paul, MN. No true "home course", though I do have a special place in my heart for the St. Paul Phalen municipal course. And my favorite course in Minnesota is Mississippi National, in Red Wing along the beautiful river bluffs. Ask me sometimes about holes #10 and #17 on the Highlands course there. What are the best and worst things about golf in your region? Best: Most golf courses per capita of any state in the US! Worst: you have to drive at least 20-25 minutes outside the Twin Cities area to get to affordable, decent public courses. What do you do for a living? High school math teacher and school administrator. How’d you pick your user name? See #1!
  5. ...for the first time in at least 15 years. And they're making a noticeable difference this season! Ping G425 irons, 5-PW, then skip to LW. As a correct-handed golfer (most of us are right-handed; the rest are correct-handed), of course the 52° and 56° wedges had to be special-ordered. In May. Estimated delivery time 4-6 weeks; current ETA is first week of August. But I digress. Previously I'd been using an Adams Idea set, 3Hy-PW. Added the sand and gap wedges later, secondhand. And they served me pretty well for a long time. But these G425s have shown much more consistency in ball-striking. In fact, the most amazing thing to me is that my old Adams SW & GW, still in the bag until the new matching Pings arrive, have gained 5-10 yards of distance each and improved ball-striking alongside the new irons! Surely this season's swing work has contributed some as well, but there's no question that the fitting and balance of the new clubs are having an unforeseen but very welcome effect on the residual wedges. Woods: Titleist 915 D3 driver, at 9.5° lofted up by 1°. My frustrating swing tendency is to deloft the club at impact, especially with longer clubs. Titleist TS2 3-Hybrid, at 21°. Got this club last year, and it has been the only long fairway club I need. I was fitted for 3W & 5W at the same time, but when you hit all three types of club 215 yards, well - you only need to keep one. Putter: Odyssey O-Works #7. Also acquired last year. Putting has always been the strength of my game; I averaged 32 putts per round as a 20+ handicap for years using only a cheap Slazenger blade. But now this one is balanced and fitted to my putting stroke, and has improved my lag putting (especially) to the next level. Okay, so that's what's in my bag. Nice to meet you all; comments welcome!
  6. Mike, St. Paul, MN USA. I currently use a Slazenger blade-style offset putter that has never left my bag. I have always been very comfortable with it, but recently have wanted to test out some different putters. Looking at the different putter models shown here, I would probably want to test out one of the two (right-most in the photos) that are closest to my current putter style, for comparison.
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