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  1. 1. Smart course managers have verified the dilemma and they have new scorecards with "combo" courses and ratings, i.e. Black/Blue; Blue/White; White/Red; Red; Red Yellow. 2. If your players are consistently hitting fairway metals and/or hybrids for second shots, they are playing too deep. Slows everyone down and leaves players frustrated. 3. You might also re-arrange your groups and put the longer hitters on the white tees and the shorter hitters on the red tees...Adjust the handicaps according to the ratings for each tee box. Just a couple of thoughts on how we handle things...
  2. I use Foot Joy rain gloves on both hands when it is around 45ish, below that I switch to Foot Joy Winter gloves on both hands....they are both grippy and do the job to keep the hands warm. I also crack open a chem pack to stick inside the gloves between shots...helps a lot!
  3. Great timing for this topic as the early morning frost delays have been numerous... I use a variety of cold weather gear living in MI and also golfing in Scotland where the cold/rain/sleet/wind can create many challenges... On cold mornings, I will layer compression tight bottoms (full length or 3/4) , long sleeve compression tops, stocking hat, Foot Joy winter gloves, (much body heat dissipates through the top of your head and your extremities, Tommy Copper compression socks, stocking hat, tight fitting down vest underneath a variety of windbreaker type jackets. I also take along "cart" mittens to wear between shots...as the temps rise during the round, I can shed whatever I need to in order to keep warm...and if temps rise quickly, I always take along a windproof vest and golf hat to replace the heavier weight gear. I have often started out like "Ralphy" at the beginning of a morning round and finish in a short sleeve golf shirt with or without the compression base layer... I have taken weatherproof/rainproof/windproof golf trousers to Scotland and they serve a great purpose with the changing weather there during a round. I also have several "snoods" that I bring along which can cover the neck and partial face covering. I also carry the small disposable heat packs which I can put in my shoes and gloves if need be... I think the biggest issue in marginal weather is to stay dry...once the wetness seeps in, you are in for an uncomfortable time. Hope that helps some gear decisions.
  4. I purchased a Gen 3 PXG driver with my "own" on line fitting from the PXG website. I wasn't completely happy with my choices and during a visit to my son in Dallas where PXG opened their first retail store, we went in for a look. He was friends with the new manager and after discussion, I setup for a complete fitting session. The results were pretty amazing. I tested my setup and then went through their technical fitting. I ended up with a Gen 4 driver, different loft, and substantially upgraded shaft (meaning more $$$). It was expensive but my drives typically flew and rolled out 15 yards longer and dispersion was very slight. Would I do it again knowing this was going to be an expensive choice-yes, in a minute.
  5. Buy a Club Glove and a Stiff Arm...IMHO only way to protect the body slamming from the airlines.
  6. I have the 0211's 4-GW and upgraded the shaft to Dynamic Gold Tour 105's which made a huge difference in ball flight and carry. Love them every time out!
  7. Rhythm is a great concept to overcome mid swing thoughts... I have used rhythm coaching kids and beginner adults who tend to freeze up over thinking their swing. Give some consideration to a simple backswing/downswing with "one thousand one (backswing) one thousand two (downswing) while on the range... Another technique that seems to work well is to tee up 5-7 balls and using the above, hit each one after another-move through the line of balls with no practice swings, just use the above and move through he line quickly... It sounds like you are paralyzing yourself from over analysis... Hope this might offer some thoughts!
  8. I had purchased a PXG Driver last year on a personal choice basis...last fall I was in Dallas when they opened their first retail store with fitting areas. I explained what my current driver was doing and agreed to do a fitting...I ended up with a different loft, and a completely different shaft...and the change was like night and day...different ball flight, longer carry and much straighter results. Yes, I paid up for the upgraded shaft but it resolved many issues. So. I would be a supporter of getting fit for a new driver at an authorized fitting site where you can try multiple combinations...long run-it is worth the extra $$ IMO.
  9. After numerous trips to the dermatologist for pre-cancer and cancer tumor removals on my head, face, neck, ears, I switched to the full brimmed hat for golf and other outdoor activities. I also slather sun screen on exposed areas and just ordered sun sleeves from Foot Joy. The sun is wonderful but when it comes to melanoma it is not your friend. Yes, get some full brimmed hats and save your face and ears!!!!!
  10. I have had numerous eye surgeries and direct light is very distracting. I have worn sunglasses to play golf for years....currently play a script version of Maui Jim's with blue lenses, polarized ( a must for my eye condition), and all works well for me. I wear them on 90% of my golf rounds....
  11. Wow- you are missing some fun and unique golf my friend,,, Check these out - all near your vacation spot: Greywalls Sweetgrass Wild Bluff Newberry CC Indian Lake G & CC Hessel Ridge Sault G & CC Oaks at Kincheloe St. Ignace CC The Rock at Drummond and to play one of the oldest courses in the US-Les Cheneaux GC (9 holes)-formerly accessible only by boat Cross the Bridge south to Mackinaw Club Hidden River Cross the Bridge North to Canada (passport required) to Crimson Ridge put the fishing rod down and golf! You can play until 9:30-10:00 p.m. during Summer!
  12. Go to OnCore and order-these actually are a better choice-I have played both (plius Vice) and attest these beat them all.
  13. I pulled the trigger on the 0211's last Summer but upgraded the shafts to the Tour 105's and ordered the midsize PXG grips....absolutely love them and they are longer than the Ping irons they replaced....I would not pay $30 for Golf Pride grips, but WOULD pay $35 per club for the Tour 105 shafts...well worth the difference in my opinion....go for them!!!!!
  14. Golf Galaxy has them listed on their website today at $199 for pre-order with a ship date of April 7.
  15. Hi, I actually play the PXG 0211 irons,,,have no fear-they are really NOT a true blade. I have played true blades for years and dropped back to these because they do look like a blade but they play much more forgiving. And you are not an idiot for wanting new clubs-just a realist....technology improves the breed and will improve your outcome!
  16. Hello, I change my wedges every two seasons. Why? Groove wear. As I get older and therefore less able to hit all greens in reg-I rely on my wedges more and more. So I want wedges that will stop when they are supposed to and the only way that happens is with clean and sharp grooves. IMHO that is. Hope that helps!
  17. You will love these new irons! I made the move to PXG this April and filled the bag with 4-G 0211's, 0811 Proto Driver, 3,5,7, hybrid. I interchange the clubs to the legal 14 depending on the course and conditions. The #7 fairway metal has been the biggest positive-it rocks! Two weeks ago I was in Dallas and went to the new PXG store and went through a Driver fitting. Ended up with a new Gen 4 0811 Driver in a totally different setup than the Proto driver. They built and shipped within a week. Love the PXG family!
  18. I regularly play a course here in N MI and walking is the only way one can play-no carts. I have a 4 wheel Sun Mountain cart and have used it for at least 10 years. When the pandemic hit last year, the only way you could play here was to walk. That cart came in mighty handy! I love to walk!
  19. I live in Michigan and found that the new jackets with the quilted down front are the bomb-they keep the front of your upper body warm but do not restrict your swing in any way. Many manufacturers offer them now-they are also pretty cool looking.
  20. Foot Joy Pro SL I have all kinds of foot/ankle issues-these are the only ones I own. Also-just watch the weekend pro golf on TV-there is a reason most pros wear FJ Pro SL's,,,,!!!
  21. Hi Jerry, $1K???? Ha! Wait until you really get the bug! The nice thing about starting to play golf is that everyone in your gifting circle will never be at a lost for a present for you! You can get a 3 wedge set of wedges on Ebay for $75-100....just to get you started...
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