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Everything posted by PlaidJacket

  1. Improving ones game is always a good thing. However, as a 25 hcp player what you're asking about would usually be considered a more advance skill. Here's my advice. Work on other more basic skills (low hanging fruit) and advance from there as your scores/handicap begins to lower. Just one man's opinion. IMO it generally boils down to how you strike/make contact with the ball. And the lie you're playing from. I urethane ball will spin easier than say a surlyn. Tight lie more spin - fluff not so much. I'm not a spinner of the ball most of the time by choice. But depending on the desired shot I can spin the ball +/- when I want. Usually. For example if I'm playing an approach and I need the ball to stop rather quickly; I'll try and "Pinch" it some thereby imparting more spin. Around the green I might choose to nip the ball a little to create some extra spin as opposed to stroking it and letting the ball run out. Spinning the ball can be a double-edged sword. It takes practice and skill to be able to control it on demand. Like all things golf and for me... some days I have it and some I don't.
  2. I don't see any need to use one on any of the courses I play regularly or occasionally. People like us complain often about slow play. Now imagine more amateurs starting to whip out their book on the green. Geesh. Ridiculus if you axe me. But what do I know... perhaps it might help a guy get from a 24 hcp down to a 23.
  3. Seems to me that many folks think a fitting is a "one and done" proposition. (Disclosure: my last iron fitting was a one and done after 4 hours including breaks and discussions.) I also recommend seeking out club fitters that have a long history applying their trade and didn't get into fitting with the advent of LM's. It's like every person/store with a LM are club fitters these days. There is one product that absolutely worked for tightening shot dispersion and that the ShotMaker. I have it my 4w but not my current driver. I had one in my SLDR but just haven't removed it (yet) and put it in my EXS. Hmmm? Sadly, the ShotMaker is no longer made and I have not been able to find any on the web. I'd buy the inventory if I could. They're that good. If anyone can find these anywhere I'd like to know about it. As far as I know Harrison doesn't make them anymore. According to Michael Chang at Harrison that is. https://mygolfspy.com/harrison-shotmaker-review/
  4. I guess I'm not with you. I can't imagine watching 30 minutes of DJ or any other golfer hitting practice balls. However, if you'd like to stay up all night I'll send you 5 minutes of me warming up on the range.
  5. Aging - growing older has never bothered me. It is what it is. Women lement aging mostly. Heck they start complaining at 30. LOL At 65 I feel good and don't have any nagging ailments, etc. (knock on wood) After a couple of days on the course I'm sore but nothing serious. Sadly, many of my golfing buddies are nursing failing knees, shoulders, elbows,... you name it. One guy who's always fancied himself (and preached to everyone else) as a fitness buff is having all sorts or issues it seems. Who knows... I may be next. Genes play a huge part in our destiny. All we can do is deal with our own circumstance and move on.
  6. I don't bother anymore. Used to put a small dot or something. If I were to play a tournament I'd mark it.
  7. How good are the betting/gambling games? does the phone sync with other players in the game if they also have the app? For users of the Free version how many games are included? I'm not interested in paying a monthly fee. EDIT: Never mind. I guess it's not available for android. Couldn't find it.
  8. I think I'll just go with blurry. LOL
  9. Other than the extreme packaging I guess it looks ok to me. I'm not a plumbers neck guy but the head looks ok. Best of luck with it.
  10. Like my friend cnosil described above. This type of wording should be on every driver and ad. Individual Results Will Vary: "You must hit the ball in the center of the face, increase your swing speed, and obtain optimal launch for our claims to be realized." That will never happen of course. Because (fill-in the rest)
  11. I think it's a good strategy. My home course is par 70 with 2 par 5's. One on each side. I've learned the best way for me to play every hole on the course. On our front par 5 I always hit driver then either a 4w, 5i, or 4 hb. Just depends on conditions and lie. I'm usually left with a 7-8i approach. On the back it's almost always my 4w or a 5i off the tee - hard dogleg left - usually dependant on wind direction. Then it's a 5i, 6, 7i layup followed with a 56* or 60* wedge.
  12. I live in a dry climate and probably play 20+ rounds with the same glove. I wear the MG Elite.
  13. Yes. And thankfully I live in Texas!
  14. How cool is that. My HS school mascot was also Rebels. Congratulations Penny! Go Rebels.
  15. No. But one of the best in the state is Keith Chatham in Kerrville. Although he's a Wishon house primarily I'd still call him. I'd assume he'd fit you into whatever. Keith's been applying his trade for 30 years. His fitting (irons) for me transformed my game. (BTW - I also worked hard on improving my swing) http://www.precisionfitgolf.com/
  16. This is an interesting topic and makes you thinks back doesn't it. To stay in top rankings year after year is a feat. Let along over a decade... or two? I'd guess like most pro sports the list of short-timers would be very long indeed. Spieth is a great example. So much accomplished in a very short period of time. I'm doubtful he'll ever return to the top. His head probably won't allow it.
  17. This "Testers" opportunity is probably the only one recently I can say is of interest to me. (Please don't kick me out for commenting) These irons are beautiful. Honestly, I'd consider buying a set and taking them to my fitter to set them up. So... I'll wait to see who gets selected and perhaps follow a couple of the Tester experiences. Best of luck all.
  18. Year round here where I live in Texas. Except for our 3 days of winter each year. LOL Rounds per year... ? I don't even bother keeping up with it but I'd say as much as I want.
  19. Not this guy. I'm sorta - barely ok for the time being during the abnormal panic-demic. The most annoying part of keeping flags in anytime is when the shadows of the flag interfere. Very distracting if you axe me. I have also seen a few times where a pin in - especially where a cup is inverted or a pool noodle isn't deep enough causing a lip out. I actually holed (flew directly in) an approach a couple of weeks ago but of course it had no chance due to the foam noodle. We're currently living in the Abnormal and we need to return to Normal. Quickly... before somebody catches a common cold and we have a run on Kleenex.
  20. Titleists says high handicappers can shave 8 strokes per round by buying their $50/dz balls. LOL I'm sorry Titleist, but I'm calling BS on that. I have several friends with high double digit hcps and no top ball (ex Titleist PV1) on the market will fix their game. Their swings - fundamentals are seriously flawed.
  21. I've played many of the courses listed above and they are good ones for sure. We also have several here and around the local area that are quite good as well. I live in W. Texas and two of the best courses that anyone can play listed below. If any of you guys ever leave the big city areas you'll thank yourself for trying these two. Diamondback in Abilene http://www.diamondbackgolfclub.biz/ - Charles Coody design - always in top condition with impeccable greens - what else would you expect from a former Master champion? Rawls Course in Lubbock https://therawlscourse.com/ - Tom Doak design - very challenging design with great greens and many rugged/wild bunkers. (if you've ever played Pacific Dunes you'll see Doak's architecture style in this course.)
  22. I wouldn't worry about it. You play several balls already... those are quality balls. Like I've said a hundred times, I can play my best or worst golf with several top quality urethane balls. Just use a good quality ball you like and go on about you game. I've never played a round scoring well or poorly and said, "if I'd only played X". It's never been about the ball I played as I play top quality balls anyway. Just like you. It's always been about me and how I performed on a given day.
  23. Good grief man!!! I've just seen this thread. I hope you've learned now to keep yourself off a ladder when it's better and safer to be firmly planted on a golf course.
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