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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.
  15. I kept waiting for the punch line. "So I asked the guy, 'Is everything okay?' He says, 'Fine, just fine. Looks like I'm getting a divorce. Who's up for another nine?'"
  16. We agree on almost everything, except that I think more of Sleepy than you do. The wind almost always blows there and that's a good thing, because the wind makes it tough. Play it on a calm day and it's easy. I've never had trouble with bugs there, so I can't relate. I too detest Cedar Hills. It is funked up, IMO, but it used to be worse. They de-funked a few of the holes from the initial routing of 15 years ago, but it's not one I'll go out of my way to play. Gladstan is always in superb condition, and that mitigates the pedestrian front nine. It too was defunked from the original routing with the addition of the two new holes up in the mountain saddle. If they could put a whole 9 up there, wowwee, what a loop that would be. Spanish Oaks suffers from its weird routing and horrible greens. A front 9 that is dead flat with a bunch of long 4's, then a hilly back with a bunch of weird short fours. And the firmest greens, year in and year out, in the state. It is no fun for anyone of any skill level to hit a wedge to a green and watch it bounce ten feet in the air and then jack rabbit off the back. I had the weirdest hole of my life there. The 5th hole, which was playing about 340. I nuked a drive that went about 330 to the front apron of extremely short firm grass. So I took out the old texas wedge and putted it uphill to a center pin. Like lightning, it rolls off the back about 10 feet. I putt it back -- off the front again. Took a 6 with driver and 5 uses of the putter. In the valley, I quite like Talon's Cove, which gives a fair test for anyone from multiple tee boxes. But I hate hate hate nearby Eagle Mountain, which is the worst routing in the county. Links with two Volcano holes? Where in Scotland do they have volcanoes? Back to our visitor's original question, I might suggest Bonneville G.C up by the university and the zoo. It's interesting for a first time player and deceptive. Again, remember these are all muni's, but if you bear that in mind and the fact that they are all CHEAP, you won't be disappointed. What do I mean by cheap? I FREQUENTLY see Golfnow specials at No. Utah courses for 80 cents a hole WITH cart included. Beat that anyone, anywhere. Here's the thing with Utah golf. It's the unpretentious muni's that satisfy. The minute they try to tout themselves as upscale (like Old Mill, South Mountain, Thanksgiving Point, Stonebridge) that's when you come away thinking you didn't get your money's worth. I personally like to sneak out of work downtown and play Rose Park with it's blue collar vibe (where the Finau brothers grew up demolishing any par 4 under 400 yards). I also like that links track out in Tooele. Utah owns 90 of the nicest holes you'll find under state government administration west of Bethpage, but few people ever play them. We have all these gems hidden down south (like Ferron, Monticello) and if you ever get to them, you want to immediately go back. And should I mention that gem in Smithfield? The finest condition public course I've seen ANYWHERE in the country, Pebble, Spyglass, Torrey, Bethpage included. It makes country clubs look shabby.
  17. Wow, I've pretty much checked out of the MGS forums lately. Just nothing lately that interests me. No sooner than I do this, but another Utahn shows up and some Utah topics are raised. So I'll chime in. First, the course by the airport is called Wingpointe and it used to be a pretty nice linksy style course with some challenges and some go-for-it rewards. I used to play it EVERY flight in or out, since it's literally at the airport and never crowded. But its at death's door and they've given up on it. Water hazards are dry, sometimes the pro doesn't even show up. This all happened after they re-routed the access road to the course, making it difficult for even locals to not miss the turn and get there. I have no idea if it'll even be open in July, it's scheduled for closure. My home course is Hobble Creek, mentioned above. Yes, it is short and pretty, but some of the shorties are the ones that mess you up. I use a driving iron on 4 or 5 of the holes and if they're not placed perfectly, forget about par. I am a big fan of Fox Hollow. This is an odd course, with several internal OB's (usually a mark of poor design) but instead this muni is very challenging and must be navigated like a Formula 1 track. It has NO SANDTRAPS (well, maybe 1 or 2) but beware missing greens. The way the aprons are sculpted with alternating shaved areas and thick rough patches make them tough. I also detest Thanksgiving Point. I also like Mountain Dell, Wasatch and Soldier Hollow. All our eye popping resort courses are in southern Utah, No. Utah just has a ton of underplayed muni's that are okay, but not worth building a vacation around and some luxe country clubs in Park City that few of us working Joe's have played. Maybe we can put a small MGS threesome together. I've largely stopped playing lately (played twice in April and May) so my cap has soared along with my cursing, but I can muster something socially.
  18. I have to echo what the Rev said about squeezing every last drop out my head shaft combo. The Paderson has maxed me out I think. There's no more left in the tank with my swing speed. It is now permanently installed as my gamer and I've only had one bad round with it, in high wind where I hit a bunch of hooks followed by slices and all high. Curiously, I didn't lose a ball off the tee on what I'd categorize as an F+ driving day, but that's only due to hitting TWO OB fences and bouncing back in. But the next week it was right back to normal, meaning very little sidewise movement in either direction, very low spin, lowish trajectory and a bit more distance than my last shaft. Like Donnie said, is actually workable for me. Meaning I can hit controllable draws and fades about 75% of the time. I'm confident enough in it that I can aim at the left and know I can bring it back to the right. This never has happened before for me. I could generally keep a driver shaft in play by working with its natural tendency, but never switch sides with confidence that I wouldn't lose it.
  19. Have they ever made a bad cigar? Not in my experience. The interesting thing is that with the pending normalization of relations with Cuba, Fuente probably won't be hurt much. Not so with the duplex Cuban brands. Full reciprocal recognition of IP rights between Cuba and the US could have horrific consequences for non-Cuban Cohibas, Montecristos, Romeo y Julietas et. al. that expatriated a Cuban brand name in 1960 and continued to use it in competition with the Cuban original. How the lawyers must be licking their chops over those lawsuits to come! Or maybe we'll see some reconsolidation. Wouldn't that be interesting?
  20. I didn't get the offer (pouting), but thinking that maybe this was because I completed my Hoganfit when is was still in the experimental pre-reveal stages, I went back in and did it again. I got different results the second time. Still very close to what I'd want, but different. And it appeared that they'd changed it a bit. Anyway, I'd love to get the offer, because my one point of hesitation is whether or not I'd be able to hit the long and mid irons well. But all I'd really want is the 5 thru 8 anyway.
  21. I'm all for limited edition stuff. It's Hummels for men. If you want to collect it, go for it, but don't think it will appreciate in value.
  22. RIP - Glendale GC, Salt Lake City RIP - Wingpointe GC, Salt Lake City RIP - Jordan River GC, Salt Lake City In the ICU on life support, The Ranches GC, Eagle Mountain, changed management and layout, but still hated by all. In the middle of a r.e. development so still alive. Nibley Park GC, SLC Rose Park GC, SLC All five of the state owned courses, which they're trying to sell but getting no takers, some are on very valuable Park City land: Wasatch Mtn 27 holes Soldier Hollow 36 holes Palisades, Manti Utah Green River GC, 9 Holes, Green River, UT (likely the first to go)
  23. And I'd like a date with Megan Fox. Put 'em both on a list of things that are never going to happen. Sure Paula and lots of others would like to see it come about, but the reasons it hasn't happened yet have nothing to "neat" or "fair" or "sure would help the LPGA". There's no money or prestige in it for the club, but many more hassles. Just ask Pinehurst. That wasn't a "by-design" duplex venue, that was the USGA not finding any other suitable place to take the ladies with time running out.
  24. Hope it's doing better in your areas. In my state it's dying. 3 City owned courses are going under, a fourth was slated for closure, but the City found out that if they used the land for anything other than golf, the title would revert back to the family that gifted the land to them. So that one is safe. No one is surprised. One of the 3, Wingpointe, is a course I played last year on a Thursday afternoon for free because the Pro simply had errands and locked the shop while he was out. Something that the lunch counter girl said he did quite a bit. Most of the water hazards were drained, it was clear they'd given up.
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