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Golf2Much

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    Key West, Florida
  • Interests
    Golf, enjoying island life

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  • Age
    60 and over
  • Swing Speed
    90 mph or less
  • Handicap
    10.5
  • Frequency of Play/Practice
    Multiple times per week
  • Player Type
    Casual
  • Biggest Strength
    Short Game
  • Biggest Weakness
    Approach
  • Fitted for Clubs
    Yes

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  1. When Tropical Storm Elsa hit Key West it seemed like it was going to be no big deal. Except when a neighbor's huge Spanish lime tree branch decided to snap taking all of our landscaping with it. It took four guys 2.5 days to clear the overall damage. The once shaded back yard was no longer. But, out of catastrophe comes opportunity. With a clean slate, my wife wanted a small dipping pool in our small Old Town yard. Knowing I had a little leverage here, I said OK, but I wanted to put in a small (12' x 8') outdoor artificial putting green. We both agreed with each other's request and the fun started. We now have the pool design, permits in hand and are in the final stages on completing our pool contract. I didn't want to get too deep into the putting green until we had the location of the pool finalized and we were close to beginning excavation. After looking at various alternatives and seeking out putting green installers willing to travel to the end of the world to Key West for a relatively small job, the one option that seems the best was the Pro Putt System putting greens with the plastic base panels. They can be used indoors as well as out, they seem easier to install (only a two inch compacted fine gravel base and geo textile fabric under the plastic base) and could be moved if necessary. Our landscaper who will be replacing the landscaping is familiar with putting greens, so this type of green installation should be easier for him. So I'm reaching out to the collective knowledge of the forum to see if anyone has installed a Pro Putt System or other plastic base putting green system and how it worked out for them. Thank you in advance. On a side note, I already have a great addition to the green that hasn't been installed yet. One of our men's league players knew I was working on installing a putting green and brought me back a Masters golf pin flag from his trip to Augusta for this year's tournament. I have the best golf buddies!
  2. I saw this older thread and couldn't resist to take a stroll down memory lane. Oak Hill East (the last day it was open before it shut down for the Ryder Cup) Ballybunion, Ireland Torrey Pines (I think we played the South, but both are great) Mid Ocean, Bermuda Champions Golf Club, Houston Old Head, Ireland Firestone North, Akron La Costa Champions (was the North), Carlsbad George Wright Municipal, Boston Detroit Golf Club (North and South) Honorable mention: Leatherstocking, Cooperstown, NY, Turnberry Isle Soffer, Miami, FL and The Dunes, Myrtle Beach This will likely change come early July when I get to play Gullane No. 2 and 3 in Scotland!
  3. I got the same promotion and had to sign up even though the closest Club Champion is about 160 miles away. It certainly worth a day trip to America (from Key West). I'm not sure I'll ultimately purchase anything. I wasn't 100% impressed with the putter fitting and recommended putter that I purchased from a different CC location. At least it will be useful data on my current clubs and if I could expect a meaningful improvement with something new.
  4. Here is a couple of YouTube videos that hopefully can explain driver adjustments and the impact each has. I follow the MobileClubMaker on YouTube. AJ is a wealth of knowledge.
  5. I think a lot of the early discussions when the steel versus plastic spikes first was debated was less about the impacts on the greens and more about the impact steel spikes (and heavy feet) had on club houses, asphalt walkways, wooden bridges and other infrastructure elements. Green spike mark will naturally and eventually repair themselves. Damaged carpets, wood and stone will not, leading courses to reoccurring expenses to properly maintain. In the end, I believe clubs desire to move away from metal and to plastic spikes was more of an ongoing maintenance and financial decision than greens quality decision.
  6. Sounds like your inquisitive pro didn't follow the a "Don't ask, don't tell" philosophy: if I didn't ask for help, don't give it to me. Or "speak when your spoken to" comes to mind. That tip (I learned the hard way) was how my wife and I finally were able to play golf together. Just like Sargent Shultz in "Hogan's Heros".....I see nothing, I say nothing!
  7. I miss seeing Rickie in contention. Unfortunately, it seems that he's become distracted to the point where it impacted his game. Once doubt creeps in, it's a slippery slope that difficult to overcome. The game is better with the likes of Rickie Fowler in it. I wish him all the best and will be routing for him.
  8. I've been fortunate enough to play golf in many parts of the world. Arrangements to play ranged from spur of the moment decision to play, having local friends getting tee times and planning ahead with resorts or golf companies. I've always carried my clubs with my Club Glove travel bag, which has to be close to 20 years old. It's had more frequent flyer miles than many people. I've never had a problem having them lost in the black hole of baggage handling or had clubs broken. The one thing I did to help protect the clubs is add a broom handle 1/2 inch longer than the driver to help against head on collisions. To help protect your golf investment, make sure you invest in a quality travel bag. Saying that, I've recently decided to rent clubs if I'm playing just once. Somehow, the trouble of carrying the clubs through the traveling process or the expense of shipping clubs doesn't seem quite worth it. Some of the unique experiences include the following: On our Aruba honeymoon in the early 80's we found out that they had a nine-hole golf course. Seems that the oil refinery executives wanted to have a course. After the refinery closed, there was really no one to maintain it. What made it unique was it had oiled sand greens where each hole included a heavy roller to compact the oiled sand between the pin and your ball. It also had owls nesting in the fairway traps and goats roamed the course. One more experience that made the honeymoon special. One of my favorite trips was visiting friends in Singapore. We played twice in Singapore, once in Indonesia (ferry ride across the Singapore Strait to Binton), once in Maylasia and once in Phuket, Thailand. The one course in Singapore had a golf bag conveyor system that transported your bag along the course and up and over hazards. They gave you a clicker that would start and stop the bag on the conveyor. It was a less stressful way of walking the course. It was interesting crossing a bridge, doing immigration and customs in the car just to play golf in Maylasia for the day. In Phuket, I was amazed at a female caddy who was maybe five foot tall and couldn't weight 80 pounds dressed in a full cotton white boiler suit (like the Masters) who double bagged my friend and I in the pouring rain. In the end, her suit had to weigh as much as she did. Likely the most impressive international golf trip was to Ireland and playing Old Head (within its first year of opening) and Ballybunion (one of the oldest courses in Ireland) back-to-back. An interesting experience was going to a multi-level driving range in Japan. I've traveled to Japan several times and had an evening free. I noticed a driving range just down the road and thought I'd give it a try. It was interesting looking at all the golfers up and down the line decked out in expensive golf clothes, perfect golf shoes and full sets of premium golf clubs knowing that most would likely play only a few times a year (given the expense of playing there). One of the strangest golf experiences (without playing) was in the late 1970's on a trip to Seoul, South Korea. I was giving a technical talk to engineers at Lucky Goldstar (which is now LG). After the talk one of the young engineers came up to me and asked if I played golf? He continues to say he picked up the game in the US during his overseas college days. Once he returned to Seoul, he joined a club and continued playing. At one point of the conversation, he said it was late in the day and he had to go and string wires across their fairways. Looking a little puzzled I asked why? He responded that the long, straight fairways made excellent landing strips for a North Korean invasion. Luckily, most of us do not have those same concerns. I hope to add to my list in July when we play Gullane # 2 and 3, outside of Edinbough, Scotland.
  9. I'm in the camp of looking a ball once every three or four rounds. Likely the only upside of getting older and loosing distance! And that's our course in Key West with narrow fairways, lots of water and carries over mangroves. Given it's a typical resort destination golf course, it's not inexpensive and visitors playing it are not likely to be playing with Top Flight balls (no disrespect to Top Flight). Needless to say, there's a plethora of high end balls to be found. Since it's been my home course for over 15 years, I know the less than desirable places where people hit errant golf balls. I'll pick up 3-6 a round and give them to my playing partners to keep them supplied. Recently I traded a dozen found Srixon Feel Soft balls for a box of new ProV's. Nice trade! About once a month my golf bag gets heavy and I do a purge of golf balls. About once a quarter the "stash" of balls reaches critical mass and my wife pushes me to get rid of them. That's good for my playing partners and I will off load a dozen or two to each of them. Then the hording cycle starts again!
  10. I never was a fan of a 60 degree wedge when I was younger. I either slid it under the ball and came up short or bladed it over the green. I'm now in my mid 60's with some physical limitations my game requires a greater reliance on good wedge play to consistently score. I think a contributing factor is the type of course you play. Our course is a classic Rees Jones design with false fronts with elevated small greens. Since I rarely hit many greens in regulation, I find having the ability to hit flop shots and stop the ball quickly on our course became increasingly important. Late last year I invested in a set of three Edison wedges (52, 56 and 60 degree) and they have made a significant improvement in my short game. Overall, I'd say I use the 60 degree wedge 1-2 times per round. However, when I'm in a situation where I need to use it there is no other club in the bag that could get me closer to the pin. It's not my "go to" club, but when I need it....I need it!
  11. Even though I currently live in Key West, Florida I spent most my life living in Rochester, NY. I can't tell you how many times I played golf in the cold temperatures and snow. I've always had good luck with Zero Restriction Wind Stopper products. They have light weight jackets (like the M3) as well as heavier fleece for cold weather. The integrated Gortex lining does a great job limiting any wind through their products. I especially like the folds in the back that prevent the jackets from interfering with your swing and the integrated cuffs which limit cold air entering through your wrists. They can be pricy new, but I've had great luck picking up slightly used Zero Restriction jackets on eBay for very reasonable prices.
  12. I got an email from Edison saying through April 30th you can get $10 off each wedge ordered with the code YOURSET at checkout.
  13. I've had a Mileseey PF210 Pro rangefinder for over a year and really like it. It has slope (with an on/off button), flag lock and vibration notification in a compact package. It acquires its target quickly and is accurate when I compare it with my playing partners' higher priced and more recognized models. I saw on eBay the exact model I have delivered free from Mileseey for $99.99 with an additional 12% off. For $88 it's a great deal. Their updated PF260 model (2021 model year) has USB and rechargeable battery plus built-in magnet mounting on the cart for $94. Both are very good values.
  14. In thinking about playing with confidence, I created this decision flow chart for approaching golf shots with (and without) confidence. It was sort of fun putting this together (using some of my own emotions when out on the course). I think it's got the right balance of lack of confidence, confidence and over confidence and the likely outcome of those feelings. Start in the center (where it says "START") and follow it around the decisions we all make within a round. Some good and some bad. I got a chuckle making it. I hope it brings a smile when you see it. Cheers!
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