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  1. If people are losing lots of golf balls, the course will also be slow to play. That's why I'm not a naturalist when it comes to golf courses. I like the terrain to be manufactured but look natural without gimmicks. Loosely spaced trees instead of woods. No underbrush. The architect should be made to understand that the course is for recreational playing members with no intention of ever hosting the US Open. In my view, courses are more responsible than players for slow play.
  2. A union-card holding fire fighter. Thank you for your service. Rochester, home of a great music school and a once-great photography company (freakin' digital!). Chuck Mangione, of course. When I was a kid, they even had an NBA team before it went to Cincinnati, Kansas City-Omaha, and Sacramento. Jack Twyman and Arnie Risen--actually saw those guys play. I stopped playing blades, bens197, as soon as perimeter weighted hit the pro shops! And I was an eight or nine in my prime, almost but not quite as good as you. But never with pure blades, I'll tell you that.
  3. Maltby made excellent persimmon and laminated maple woods back in the 70s. The customer could choose not only shaft and grip but finish color (many available) and face insert as well. More importantly, loft, lie, and face angle were all customizable as well. They didn't have the high tech of today's modern metalwoods, of course, but the fit metrics were an open book. I discovered Maltby in the 70s through a magazine article about the then "new concept" lob wedge. Maltby was among the very first to have one and they called it simply, Third Wedge. It was a "third wedge" rather than fourth because iron lofts hadn't quite forced the necessity of the "gap wedge" yet. I ordered a catalog to look at the "Third Wedge" that I had just heard about, but was most taken with their offerings for real wooden woods--which were still the norm at the time. They were beautiful and the options were almost endless.
  4. If getting it over with was the goal, I got it over with a month early. Made for a very long winter, Rev.
  5. Without hitting anything and going only by visuals, my thoughts for new irons would be.... #s 2, 3, 4: Ping G410 Crossover #s 5, 6, 7, 8, 9: Mizuno JPX 919 Forged 48, 53W: Titleist T300 58W: Cleveland RTX-4. Leaves room for two metalwoods and a putter.
  6. I don't have any footage of me putting, which is good because who the hell would want to watch it? That being said, I at least tried to make a straight back, straight forward stroke. That's why I liked face-balanced putters with no offset or even a little onset. That's why a Ram Zebra, which I bought in 1978 at the then princely sum of $75, and which is literally older than a current presidential candidate (Mayor Pete), was in my putter rotation to the very end.
  7. They're actually playing a Super Bowl game today without my Patriots being involved. I understand that it's going to be official and count in the records and everything. Hard to imagine. To what little extent that I care about a no-Patriots game, I hope the Chiefs win because they're an original AFL team (albeit first in Dallas, not Kansas City). Plus, the Niners would join the Patriots and the (uuugh) Steelers at six Lombardy Trophies if they win. Now if I actually had to go for a visit, then yes, in that case I'll take San Francisco over flyover country, even though my favorite hangout there, Lefty O'Doul's, has closed. Middle America isn't comfortable with my shockingly coastal values! Sorry, Jimmy G....I know you're a fellow paisan and all, but I've got to go with Mahomes and his ridiculous haircut today....not that I'll actually be watching the game.
  8. I tend to agree. Nuclear holes almost always result from errant drives. On a scary tight driving hole, it would be easy to take oneself out of the hole with one swing. I'd slap a driving iron safely onto the short grass, disaster avoided, but now I have an approach shot of well over 100 yards. Let's say I don't make the GIR. A bad pitch, chip, cut lob, sand shot, or even lag putt might cost you a shot. An errant drive could cost you a snowman.
  9. Toward the end of my playing days, I just took gapping issues as a fact of life. I was always going to have them, because I didn't take them into consideration when configuring a set. I'd stuff my bag with stuff that I liked. If the look and feel of a club gave my confidence, it would find it's way into my bag without consideration as to how it fit into the set. I would have a big cart bag stuffed with fourteen clubs and still have to attempt contrived shots as if I were playing with six clubs in a pencil bag. There was always a driving iron that I'd never try to hit from the fairway and a sand iron that I'd never hit from the grass. There was always a high loft fairway wood that I could hit from the rough or over trees. There was always a high loft, low bounce wedge that wasn't fabulous for full shots but was great near the greens when I short-sided myself with my miss. I liked this stuff, and it if didn't really come together to make a balanced set with linear loft progression, I still played better because I had specific shots covered with clubs that gave me confidence. [Forget that I'd then go onto an internet forum and complain about the fourteen club rule because it gave me gapping issues.] Reading the posts on this forum, it doesn't seem like many of us go about it that way. Most likely for the best. But even if my way was clearly not the right way as recommended by fitters and instructors, I was never going to be a scratch player anyway. This was the best way for me to play my potentially best golf.
  10. The iron sets that I've kept: 1954 Wilson Staff DynaPowered (with MacGregor Tommy Armour Woods) handed down from my uncle. 1964 H&B PowerBilt Citation (first new set, high school graduation gift) 1972 Spalding Top Flite (an "almost cavity back") 1978 Spalding Executive (first with Lynx Predator "semi-metal" woods / Then with Maltby custom made persimmon woods; the Executive irons were an inexpensive big seller and more forgiving than the new Pings then making the scene--terrible shaft-over-hosel look, though) 1984 Wilson 1200 GE (with TaylorMade original "Pittsburgh Persimmon" real metalwoods; again a Ping-type iron that I liked better ) 1997 Titleist DCI 962 (model with most rounds played on them--in my bag almost to the end with Titleist PT metalwoods) 2001 Kenneth Smith Royal Signet (irons and fitting were retirement gift from my union...I retired about a month after 9/11 at the age of 55; keepsakes hardly played) 2015 Hogan FW15 (got all excited about the no club numbers--didn't play well with them; was regularly in conversation with you guys then) current Mizuno JPX 919 Tour impulse purchase never played.
  11. I love the fifteen clubs, geez. My last cart bag also has fourteen full-length dividers PLUS a putter well. My last set has fifteen clubs so it worked out really well. Purists on these and other pages opined that I wasn't playing golf. The club that STILL accepts my dues is a "Golf & Racquet Club," so possibly, I was playing tennis without even realizing it. Now I go there to play cards. Here's the good part: there are only thirteen clubs in a deck of cards so I'm finally in compliance.
  12. Very good. That seems to be what i said, too.
  13. I think that this would be a good set to look at while they're plowing the snow outside.
  14. Off the tee or 100 yards in? Neither. I saved almost 90 strokes when they installed a pool table in the clubhouse.
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