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Everything posted by markb

  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 pa
  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 n
  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 BEN
  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 put
  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 yo
  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 origi
  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 hap
  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 e
  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 reconsoli
  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
  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 d
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