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  1. I've been fighting this year with a torn rotator cuff that I did pre COVID while playing keeper in soccer.  Thankfully it's an annoyance only and not affecting my activities too much.  Doesn't seem to be a problem when golfing, thank goodness.

    I'm still playing keeper for my premier team, but I really should think about stopping that.  At 43 playing keeper against a bunch of 18 - 20 year olds......my body is starting to tell me it isn't the happiest about that decision.

    Maybe time to slow down and put more focus on less jarring type of body activities (like golf!).

    I'm just hoping that it doesn't get worse, it's been a while and it's still an annoyance, but live able.  Just don't want to have to go for surgery.

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  2. On 8/1/2021 at 11:12 PM, DukeStKing said:

    I have only had my Arcoss for 3 rounds, but have had a lot of success using my Apple Watch (series 6) as the detection device- n fact, it sometimes registers practice swings. Just make sure your watch is fully charged- I also use the watch as the GPS and it drains the battery. 

    I can agree here.  I am using series 5 Apple watch.  I use the GPS on the watch too and can't get thru a full round without the battery dying.  Even when it's fully charged and I put in on theatre mode and clear out all the other apps from background, etc.

    I've gone to using the phone GPS instead.

  3. After a week of hot summer weather of around 33 Celsius (91 F), but feeling like 39C (102F) with Humidex we have turned the corner into late summer/fall weather it seems.  Highs are around 23C (74F) so actually really nice to play golf in.  Sun is still shining nice.  The long weekend looks good for my golf game on Saturday and holiday Monday, so looking forward to getting out in some nice weather.

    I'm sure we still have a week or two of weather jumping back up but I'll take the break in the weather for now.

    Really looking forward to playing golf late Sept, early October.  Really like playing with the leaves changing colour as the backdrop to a drive!

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  4. Snell is a good bet, but you could also try VICE golf balls.  Pro Soft and Pro Plus if you are really looking for something comparable.  But the the TOUR plays really good too.

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  5. I see from the Golftown website:

    "Cobra’s Speedzone-S Complete Set utilizes the same game-changing technologies as the in-line Speedzone clubs"

    So it makes me think that they are almost the same, but a slightly cheaper "set" version.  I mean after all, it a complete set (driver, 3 wood, 4 hybrid, 5-PW and a bag) all for CAD $1450 at regular price (that's about US $1200).  It's on sale now because that would be last years model.

    But still, the price is less than what it should be for the entire set.  Figure iron set at full price is $1000.  Driver is $450, 3 wood is $280, bag is $100 (don't really know).

    So really should be about $1850 or more if bought separately.

     

    So basically I think your set is legit, could be exactly the same and just has a different style to it, or could be slightly different (made a little cheaper for the set).

    I'm thinking the latter, based on the description I gave above.

    But I'm certain it is legit.

     

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  6. I'm in Sales, but more specifically sales to greenhouses (I deal mostly with vegetable greenhouses).  It gets me traveling (although haven't traveled since COVID).  I travel a lot to the Vancouver area, Southern California and Arizona.  The years leading up to COVID had me going to Europe once or twice a year (UK, and middle Europe).

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  7. Played yesterday afternoon and did OK.  Shot of the round was after hitting my driver into the bunker on a par 5, I decided to gamble and go for it.  Played a 4 Hybrid from the bunker and it worked out.  Hit it solid, 200yds right in front of the green.

    Wish my chip was better as I ended leaving a longer first putt than wanted, so two putted.  But happy with par since I was in the bunker early on.

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  8. On to the next course......

    I played Royal Niagara Golf course yesterday.  This is located in Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario.

    This is a 27 hole course, so I enjoy the ability to go back regularly and mix up the course a bit.  Makes you feel like you've gone somewhere different, but still has the familiarity to it.

    I played Escarpment and Old Canal courses.  So this would make it a Par 72 course with 6,515 yds from the Blue Tees.

    Years ago I found this course to be one of the best value courses around.  It was inexpensive to play, but still a pretty good course with nice fairways, but wheat grass style long rough all around.  This makes it easy to lose your ball even when slightly off the fairway and you are lucky enough to find the patches of these long roughs.

    I enjoy that the course management that is offered here.  It isn't just grip it and rip it from the tee.  Playing this weekend, the back nine took until hole 13 before I could pull out my driver (Hole 10 = Par 4, Hole 11 = Par 5, Hole 12 = Par 4).

    The course has the Bruce Trail hiking path that goes through and beside the course (although hidden in trees mostly, so not really an issue) so there is the possibility to see hikers/joggers while playing.  Yesterday on hole 12 we had a group stop to take our picture while were putting.  Makes you feel like you are on Tour, lol.

    I will say that in recent years I feel that the maintanence of the course has gone down.  The greens are kept in great shape, so that's good they focus there.  The fairways are good, but not lush and kept up perfectly, but OK.  The paths and tee boxes thought are getting rough and out of shape.  Courses get older and I get it, but it was hard to swallow this year that they increased Prime time tee times by 50% but course conditions go down.  But I should point out that it's still a value course price at $60 Weekend Prime time.  So I must say for the price you pay, it still is a good value.

    What's really nice too (especially for travelers) is that across the street is the Outlet Mall.  So you can drop the kids/wife (unless they are golfers) at the mall and go play golf!

     

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    First hole (On Escarpment course) is wide open and has the old farmhouse behind the green.

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    It's an open course, trees typically along outer edge of the course, so not a lot of shade when waiting at tees (and can get pretty windy).

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    Lots of geese mulling around, but they usually aren't too bad and move for you.  It's just the little gifts they leave all over the place that are bothersome.

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    Here you see that trees don't really come into play too much.

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    Trees in the background hide the Bruce Trail.  Behind this green is a hole for the 3rd course named Iron Bridge, of which you can see the top of the iron bridge which crosses part of the old Welland Canal.

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    Coming down the home stretch you see part of the Niagara Escarpment in the background. 

     

     

  9. Shot of the day was on the first Par 5.  Hit a clean drive 310 yards dead down the center.

    I was so thrilled.  Unfortunately it didn't last long as I put my next shot over the green, chipped on, 2 putted......ARGHHH!!!!

    From 100 - 0 in a matter of minutes.  Think I got into my own head and got ahead of myself thinking about an Eagle putt.

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  10. So for my first update, I'll start with one I really enjoy playing as a regular course.

    Whirlpool Golf Course in Niagara Falls.  This is a Par 72, 18 hole course.  6701 yds from the Blue Tees.

    Played this past weekend.  It is a beautiful course with lush green fairways (most of the season).  For the difficulty of the course, I think the fairways are quite forgiving and offer the ability to have slightly wayward shots be found quite easily even if in the trees. 

    I find the course to be a good mix of quiet holes surrounded by trees, to some that open up near the road.  As well there is a path near the outer edges that tourists walk quite often, so you can end up with a small gallery watching you tee off on the par 3 14th hole over a pond.

    Not an overly hilly course, but some nice additions of a high tee box and a few high greens.

    Usually this course is exceptionally maintained, but I did find this year that a few of the greens just weren't top level.  Although due to lockdown restrictions, they may not have been able to tend to them like normal.

    I do think that this is one of the best value for the level of course in the area.  Although they have raised their prices since everyone is out playing golf this year and last year.

    We typically play late afternoon on this course, so we often have to wait for deer to cross before hitting.  It adds nicely to the enjoyment of the outing.

    Overall though I do recommend this course if you are coming to the area though.

     

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    Starting off the back 9

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    Only one walking that day.

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    The wildlife seems to pretty used to the golfers, so you can get pretty close.

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    Finishing off the round on the 18th hole.

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    This picture is from another day, but it is the view if you cross the road from hole 18.  Or if you have a really, really bad hook, it's where your ball ends up.

     

     

     

     

  11. Hi All,

    For those looking to travel to Niagara region (I'll keep this to the Canadian side although I play both US and Canadian side) thought I would keep reviews on these courses as I play them.  I'll try and keep this updated each time I play a new course. 

    If anyone is looking for some more information on them, just ask and I will answer as best I can.

  12. On 5/31/2021 at 9:24 AM, Chris Fecko said:

    Converted my media room to a home sim during the pandemic.  The room is smaller than I would like at 16'x12' with 9' ceilings but it works for me.  I am 5'9" which allows me to swing a driver at full speed but those that are taller may have issues depending on their swing plane.  I have a 8.5'x11.5" projection screen/hitting bay that I purchased from Carls Place.  The mat is a SwingTurf from Rain or Shine Golf which is 9'x4' and is fantastic.  No wrist pain and you can use real tees!  The launch monitor is a SkyTrak and using The Golf Club 2019 for playing rounds (SkyTrak for the range and game improvement).  My projector is an Optoma GT1080 short throw.  All of this is powered by a PowerSpec G358 pc.  Throw in some fake grass from Costco and you have an incredible golf practice facility for about $7k.  I posted a couple of links below to help any would be future sim builders.  Let me know if you have any questions on how to DIY.

    If you want to see a recent minor disaster (a driver head through the screen and into the drywall) let me know lol.  Just finished fixing that 🤬.

     

     

    https://www.carlofet.com/

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    Oh man.  So jealous.  I've been looking into this, but I have no where to be able to put a simulator.  One day maybe when the kids are gone I will have enough room in the garage.

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  13. On 5/10/2021 at 2:40 PM, Kanoito said:

    FWIW, I prefer the Pro over the Pro+

    It gives me more distance. People knock on durability, but I honestly haven't had any issues. Some balls holding up 36 holes without scuffs.

    Been my ball of choice for the past 3 years since I can get them dirt cheap lol

    Mmmm.  Good to know.  Maybe I'll look into it a bit more and see about the Pro.

    Maybe time for a personal head to head comparison!

  14. 6 hours ago, Kanoito said:

    I think you should be moving up to Vice Pro or Pro+

    Their Tour model is a 3pc surlyn ball, not exactly made for spin.

    Funny you say this.  I was planning this year to look at the Pro+ instead.  One of the main reasons being exactly this spin issue.

    Still going to wait for some type of sale though.  I have enough balls to last me for quite some time.

  15. I used to be mainly a Callaway guy, but moved away recently with some additions.

    Currently I have 5 brands in my bag.

    Cobra Driver

    Taylormade Fairway wood and putter

    Callaway Hybrid and irons

    Tour Model II Gap Wedge

    Cleveland Sand Wedge.

    I have a fitting for a new hybrid, and leaning toward G425, so might be adding a Ping

  16. On 4/20/2021 at 7:11 PM, RollingGreens said:

    I have 5 dozen in storage thanks to Santa clause, I've used them in the past, they're decent balls. For the price they are on par, great off the driver for distance, but not as high spin for wedge shots into the greens

    I agree with this.  I played the Vice Tour last year.  Found it really nice off the tee, got some good distance.  But started to see problems with sticking the greens  when hitting 8 iron and above.  Overall though, for the price I thought they were excellent value.  I will probably end up buying some more once they have another "Free Shipping" sale.

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  17. Oh man.  I remember these.  Forgot all about it until I saw this ball.  I found a bunch of them on the course when I was younger and I always remember thinking they were the balls for the rich, elite golfers!

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  18. So recently I decided to pull the trigger and go ahead with finally upgrading my old irons.  My golf game is picking up again and I feel that my current irons just aren't suiting my play.

    Modern Golf had a great deal of 50% off a full bag fitting.  So for $200 dollars I was able to fit my whole bag. 

    Upon arriving to the facility it was really nice, open concept building.  Was able to use a small putting green they had while I was awaiting my fitting, and they also had a nice couch and TV where they had the Golf Channel on.

    The building looked new and fresh and had the club building area open for everyone to see.  I thought it was a cool layout and ability to see those guys working away had a nice effect.  Each fitting room (also used for lessons) was large, larger than any type of indoor simulator I've been too.  It was it's own room, with large glass window so you could see out (and everyone could see in).  Minimalistic, but done very well.

    Going in, I was working with Justin who started off with some basic questions (tell me a little about your golf game?  What issues do you face, or what do you know about yourself.  What are you looking for today mainly?  Any ideas of brands you are looking for?)  After giving him the rundown that I was really looking for irons, he let me warm up and then starting bringing in some clubs.

    While I was swinging with clubs I realized he was chatting with me while I was swinging, but then would usually be dead silent while I hit another 6 or so shots.  He told me that he likes to chat with people to see how they hit when they aren't in their own head (i.e. just casually hitting and chatting) and then also letting them pay more attention and hit some more.  I thought it was an interesting approach and would probably benefit a lot of people (including myself).

    Initially when I went in there, I was really set on the Ping G425 iron set.  He said they are great irons, but for me and my swing might not be the best match.  He brought them in and sure enough, they didn't do for me what I thought (or hoped) they would do for me. 

    Long story short, like most places we went through a bunch of heads and shafts before settling in on some Cobra Forged Tec 2020's  With Dynamic Gold S400 shafts, that I was hitting the best and was able to bring my trajectory more in line with where I needed it.

    I was really happy that they didn't try to push me into some overly expensive irons (not that the chosen set was cheap either).  But I was asked right away what my budget was right away and he was able to stay within it.  We also went through my woods, hybrids and wedges and gave me printouts on what best suited to buy at a later time (when I've saved up again).  When I pick up my clubs we are going to do a putter fitting as well as they couldn't do it at the time I was there.

    Now, I'm just waiting on the clubs to come in.  I'm sure with all that is going on right now, it's going to be a while.  But I feel like a kid at Christmas right now waiting for Santa to come.

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  19. On 3/30/2021 at 11:27 AM, YourLocalJimmy said:

    So I ran across this ad the other day for a mini keg system that is supposedly built to fit in the typical golf cart ice chest. I think it would be something pretty cool for us alcoholic golfers to do a review on.

    https://www.kegsmiths.com/collections/mini-keg-systems/products/premium-draft-mini-keg-system

    I've got something like this.  Used to use it for camping or sometimes in the back of the car after a soccer game.  I haven't been using it recently as we have some great craft breweries and I like the variety of cans.  However, some of them only have certain things on tap and not in cans.  Then I take this and fill it up with the draught only beer.

  20. Hi All,

    I went this week for a club fitting at Modern Golf.  Just squeaked in before Ontario closed down for a month!

    It was a nice place and a good experience overall.   Attached are some images I took while waiting for my fitter to come back with a water.

    I went in with some idea of the clubs.  I was leaning towards Ping G425, Cobra Radspeed, or Sim2 irons.  But I was open to options and to see what the fitter said.

    I told him what I thought, and he first said maybe to discount the Sim2 only because he just had to call a client to tell them that Sim's are expected to arrive in August.  Ouch!

    So hit the Pings, Radspeeds, Callaway Apex, JPX 921's.  Something else that I couldn't recall because I hit it like it was a wet noodle with a frog on the end of it.

    Then he brought me the Cobra Forged Tec 2020's and said to give them a try that he though they would work well for me. 

    Well, the certainly did.  Felt wonderfully smooth, good feel, popped off the face.  Numbers on the trackman were where he wanted to see them.  Felt so confident hitting them.

    Just never thought about these clubs since I'm a higher handicap player (but improving fast this past year with additional time on the course).  I do have a fast swing speed though (92 - 94 mph in a 7 iron).  Just thought I should be looking at the super game improvement irons. But my fitter said I would be fine in these since I don't have an issue striking the ball in the middle of the face (I just have a whole bunch of other problems 🙂).

    So now I have ordered them in with Dynamic Gold Tour S400 shafts.  Can't wait to get them in and hit the range and course.

    Now the waiting game begins.

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