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markb last won the day on March 9 2015

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  1. John Daly with health problems at a relatively young age. Who could have possibly predicted it?
  2. I had a chance to score keep for Max Bonk a PEG staffer at the Utah Open last week. Great kid, hits 270 plus driving irons. I eyeballed his PEG irons and woods all day. I can say they are pretty, but too much MB club for me. Scary looking old style blades with holes drilled in the back. His driver had a noticeably different sound from the TMag and Srixon drivers of the guys in his group, but he hit it a ton. Rarely used it though, prefering to hit that high 2 iron on most holes.
  3. If you want the best JDM equipment, TourSpec and Fairways are the only ways to go and be sure of no counterfeits. But be prepared to sell your soul.
  4. Fair enough....but then ya gotta call Mr. Woods "Eldrick" from now on as well. And Lord knows what you'd say if you were in the gallery following the two of them paired with Lew Alcindor and Cassius Clay at the Crosby Clambake.
  5. What are you guys oohing and aahing over? All I see is a flying right elbow, poor hip rotation, a too steep backswing, and a too-weak, separated baseball grip. (To self) Must...stop...obsessing....over...golf...so.... much. To be serious for a moment, I don't think this rumor is true because Amanda isn't Tiger's type. She's too ethnic.
  6. Turns out, I've actually played this course and it's no patty cake track. 71.7/139 from the whites! I remember it ate me alive and none of the holes he scored aces on are just roll 'em up, nurse 'em onto the greens sorts of holes. Take a look at them from the tees. Does looking at them make you more or less skeptical?
  7. There have been a few cases of double aces in the same round. I say "a few", probably worldwide in history you could count them with all your fingers and toes. That's how rare they are. A guy was recognized by the PGA for doing it in 2014. His odds? 67 million to 1. What are the odds of Mr. Wills doing 3 and two of them on par 4's? Probably in the hundreds of billions to 1 -- in other words, not possible. So what are the odds of any other witnesses beside the Wills kids and their buddy to these aces? Probably even lower, is my guess. A guy makes a hole in one on a par 4, he draws a crowd on any course in any tournament on earth. He gets his second ace on ANOTHER par 4 a few holes later? He should notice the disciples gathering behind him trying to kiss the hem of his garment. But I'll bet nobody was there for ace three on a lowly par three. As for the Marine code of honor, I used to think so too until one of the Marine guards at the Rome embassy where I worked in the mid 80's got sent to the brig for selling secrets to the Russians. They're humans these days. And BTW, Oswald was a Marine as well. Perhaps Mark Twain said it best in his response (adapted by me) to claims about the Book of Mormon's authenticity... "I could not be more convinced if the whole Wills family had signed the scorecard."
  8. oh, okay, I missed the Plus four. If he's a plus four the scores are very doable, especially when he's seal clubbing from the whites. And he probably won low gross 20 times. That's also doable. And the 22 aces over a lifetime, also within the bounds of statistical probability. I know a senior lady with about an 8 handicap who's had 17. It's the 3 in one round, two on par fours that still bug me.
  9. We're in for a fun year and half of loopiness to see which party can back into the White House. The one that makes the fewest face-plants. Maybe Trump's in the field to make the others look like the sane, reasonable choices.
  10. Yeah.... and two of them on par fours. In a tournament playing from the whites? He's a "4" handicap, shoots 57, 68, and 66 in a tournament which he has won 20 times. Witnesses are two of his sons and a military buddy. Has had 22 aces, supposedly all in tournaments. Nah, I don't smell anything fishy at all in this story. He's probably also won four lotteries in a row and regularly gets bj's from Megan Fox.
  11. I buy and sell and restore a lot of these. Their serial numbers indicate that they were among the last sets made before the switch to +'s, but even pristine, they are not worth 5 grand. These are wall hangers, not clubs to play with and even then retail I'd say would be $2K to 2.5 tops. You can get really good condition, very lightly used i2 copper sets for $300 or so. That said the L wedge might fetch $300 alone, the S wedge $150. The grips do look really good, but rubber deteriorates on its own with exposure to air, regardless of play, so you can't play 25 year old grips comfortably no matter how nice.
  12. Just thought I'd chime in. Like Rookie, I've been amazed at how far off stated spec new sets have been, but then I have my own clubs checked and bent about twice a year cause they move so much. Out of 9 clubs, 2 or 3 are always tweaked. Usually the wedges. They simply move and change. Sometimes I can see and feel it. I've taken clubs in and said to the guy "This is 1 degree flat, but it should be 1 degree up" and been right. Nothing moved easier than my old Ping ISI nickels. You breathed on them they bent. My wife could bend them in her hands. That said, on the spot BENDING IS FREE in all the Uinta Golf shops in Utah, so I'd blanche at the $9 price. Just a service feature they introduced to get your business. Once they intro'd that policy, I abandoned my desire for a Mitchell.
  13. I'm not a tester, but I'm one of the very few who will play the Wilson balls by choice -- WHEN I can get them cheap. The Duo has been my absolute go to ball in cold weather for two years. I won't hit anything else. When the temp dips below 40, the Duo's softness becomes "normal" and it goes much further than just about anything else. In warm weather, it runs out of gas for me off a driver and doesn't seem quite as long. I've never been bothered by its sponginess while putting, but I've had several other single digit friends who couldn't bear it and tossed it aside after a couple of putts. For me, it's like the spongy trigger on the Glock. Different at first, but once you get used to it.... The FG Tour is my favorite ball. Sadly, I don't play it enough because it's hard to find, period, and very difficult to find for less than $44. I hawk for balls at my course so I have bags and bags of perfect ProV's, negating my desire to buy new balls. The FG's cover feels stickier than the ProV but this stickiness wears off quickly. Durability isn't quite up to ProV standards, but is fine. I find them a shade softer than the ProV, MUCH softer than the Bridgestone, and I like this attribute. After playing many many rounds of two balls side by side with ProV and FG, I can say with good confidence that the FG is a couple of yards shorter off the driver, but oddly it's about 5 yards longer off of any iron. Many are the holes where I'd hit the same irons for both balls and be a tad longer on the green with the Wilson. This attribute was what ultimately pushed me the FG tour's way because there are 4 par 3's per round that a longer iron benefits from. Oddly, I haven't heard really anyone comment on spin or green holding differences with the FG. That's because there really aren't any. The spin charts say the FG is the closest ball to the ProV in terms of spin and I've never seen the slightest difference in my testing. I make no mental adjustments at all when I switch back and forth. I'll be interested to see what other say about this aspect.
  14. I've just started home brewing, on my 3rd batch, so I can give you some of the pro's and cons. Pro's - It's fun and the beer produced is very good (at least mine have been). Con's - It's not cheaper than just buying beer, even after you amortize the equipment costs over many batches and it takes a LOT of time. It is one month from cooking the mash to drinking the bottles and 2 to 3 hours of uninterrupted cooking time on the first day. One gallon yields only 10 bottles of beer! So it's nowhere near worth it time or money wise unless you do 5 gallons at a time, which will keep you stocked from one monthly batch to another. All that said, I'm cooking my third batch today because I liked it. My first two batches were Brooklyn Brewshop kits, which are fairly complete for small 1 gallon batches at $45. Subsequent batches will cost $15 per. These take you all the way from cooking the raw, cracked grain. Other kits you just pour in bags of malt extract. You will still need one or two brewing tubs, a cooking pan (big, preferably with a lid), bottles, caps and a capper, strainer as fine as you can get and a funnel. If you look on ebay, you can find more complete set ups from guys who have given up the hobby. I recommend this route. My third batch will be larger, using supplies from Midwest Supplies.com. Liquid yeast, which is riskier and the malt extract. They sell copycat kits that allow you to mimic the recipes of the beer and ales you like. So I'm trying a Bass Ale this time after doing an IPA and a blonde ale the last two times.
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