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HardcoreLooper last won the day on February 17 2018

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  1. No, but some ball maker will find something that changes the price-performance equation again, just like urethane did. Science doesn't stop.
  2. I have it for myself. What I'd love to see is data for other folks. And because the law of big numbers tells me that the data is going to get smoothed out, what I really want to know is whether most average golfers have a hole somewhere in their proximity stats where they get worse getting closer to the hole before they get better. It's going to be in a different place for every golfer, so aggregated stats will hide it. But I'm convinced that most amateurs have a yardage they don't like, but they don't bother practicing it. If I caddied for a guy several times, I figured out where their vomit zones were, and I tried to help them avoid those spots, because a caddy is all about optimizing the current round score for their loop. And very few of these guys practiced in any meaningful way.
  3. I'm thinking you should be able to get in six holes playing solo in an hour. But jam in as many as you can. Hop in a cart and jump around if you need to, or play multiple balls if you get stuck behind a slow group. Either way, you should be able to get in six holes-worth of golf if you go out by yourself or with just one other person. Basically, this is all the kinds of things I did when I belonged to a private club. That's one big advantage of belonging to a private club (especially a walkable one), you can go out and play for an hour and it makes economic sense. Early morning/late night speed golf a few times a week would be really sweet. And playing under the lights is always fun. There's a scruffy little par 3 around here that lights up on the weekends until it gets cold. It's not Augusta National, but it's fun to scrape it around out there.
  4. I'd have to say yes and no to being an influencer. I've told anyone who'll listen about the Cobra F8's and the PuttOUT. But I haven't seen F8's in the bags of any of my friends, and if they've bought a PuttOUT, they haven't told me. I'm pretty sure we sold at least one set of F8's to another forum member during last year's challenge, though. I have gotten a friend to start using Arccos based on my constant talking about it, I've gotten my boss to buy SuperSpeed sticks, and I got interested in them based on what I read here (in addition to what I've seen from my daughter). @JohnSmalls has gotten me to start playing the Snell MTB-X after he included them in my prize pack from this year's Hard Rock Challenge.
  5. I don't think we have the data in your post to give you much insight. I have Arccos, not ShotScope, and they provide a handicap and trending for different facets of your game (overall, driving, putting, approach, short game, sand) that's based on Strokes Gained. I think ShotScope has something similar called Shots to Finish.
  6. My Ping G2i Craz-e putter. I think about new putters all the time, but I love the way I putt with this.
  7. You are an elite driver of the golf ball with stats like this. According to a 2017 study from Game Golf and Golf Digest, golfers with handicaps of five and under average about 250 off the tee. Agreed. If you can regularly hit the ball 290 and keep it on the planet, you should be around scratch. I average just under 270; I hit one or two foul balls a round and I'm under a 7. On the rare days I can keep my driver in play regularly; I can break 75. Does Broadie analyze average golfers that play 1-2 times a week and don't really practice? I would love to see data on average golfers comparing a full shot with their shortest club to shots from inside that distance. I have no data to back this up, but I am convinced (based on the golf I've seen having played for 40 years and caddying for 9 years) that the average golfer has a pretty significant skill gap when they are 20-40 yards shorter than a full shot. I don't really blame anyone for avoiding those yardages when they can help it if they want to optimize their score in their current round. That being said, you will always have shots from an uncomfortable yardage. You'll hit a driver farther than you thought. The tees are farther up than you realize. Your layup on a par 5 hit a hard patch in the fairway or the backside of a small knob and took off. Or you're punching out of trees, hacking out of deep rough, or hit one fat out of a fairway bunker and leave yourself that dreaded 65 yarder. Practice it as much as you can. And force yourself to hit it on the golf course. I used to try to avoid it, and now I try to give it to myself as much as possible. It's honestly not as hard as you think. There are plenty of systems out there for dealing with shots inside 100 yards. Google "Wedge Distance Clock System." Find a lob wedge that you love. Ideally, get fit for your wedges. Full disclosure, I was fit for my Cobra F8s for last year's Cobra Connect Challenge, but not separately fit for the wedges that came with the set. That said, I love them. And one of the best things that happened to me was taking my idiotic Vokey 60/04 out of the bag and replacing it with a 58* wedge that I can actually hit. Take advantage of your length, make short wedges an asset instead of a liability and you'll be thinking about breaking par instead of breaking 80.
  8. If the Trufeel really performs close to a ProV1 at half the price, then Titleist is either insane or brilliant for releasing it. And if they've somehow found a way to get a two piece ionomer ball to perform like a 3-4 piece urethane ball, then they've blown through some walls of chemistry and physics. Someone will revolutionize the ball industry again. I mean, we're not still playing featheries, are we? It's just a matter of when. But I'll wait for a test like MGS runs to confirm it.
  9. Check out this link: https://www.usga.org/HandicapFAQ/handicap_answer.asp?FAQidx=14 I used to do this with my older daughter on courses that were too short (in general) from the forward tees but too long (in general) from the next set back. Hitting a hybrid into a green meant to receive a low, running shot is fun. Hitting hybrid into a green meant to receive a short iron is frustrating. I just listened to a podcast with Barney Adams, and he talked about how Lee Trevino played from all sets of tees in order to have the right approach shot into the green.
  10. I was in the exact same boat. Serious question for you... If 18 holes is too much of a time commitment, would you be interested in being able to play for an hour at, let's say, a third of the normal greensfee? This is something I am bugging the GM at a local course (a friend of mine) about. I know I keep beating this drum on this forum... maybe this will be the last time I mention it.
  11. Carts are additional at both courses I mentioned as well. So still a phenomenal deal compared to where I live.
  12. The OP's deal sounds like it's too good to be true, even at $1.1K/year. Here in central VA, the cheapest place I can belong is our First Tee's executive (4600 yard par 66) course at $199/month for a family membership. No point in joining since I'm a volunteer coach and my daughter is in the programs, so we both get inexpensive access to the facility. Next cheapest place is a decent course for $215/month, but it's just far enough away to be inconvenient for a quick nine. I used to belong to a private club, and I really enjoyed it, but I always felt terrible about playing anywhere else, and I played so little in the winter months that the economics didn't work out. Also, it was an equity club, and I was terrified of an assessment. One of the greatest things about having a membership (private, semiprivate, public with all-you-can-play) is that going out and playing 4 or 5 holes after work is economically viable. More public courses need to follow the lead of Canal Shores outside Chicago and have a reduced rate for a 4-6 hole loop. Unless a course's 9 hole rate is next to nothing, people won't come out and play less than 9. And courses are losing a ton of revenue to driving ranges and to people giving up the game because they don't have time to play. Even if people don't have time for 9, they're likely to have an hour to play 4 holes every week, and that keeps them interested between infrequent 18 hole rounds.
  13. I've really been looking forward to this. @chisag, thanks for the review. I love polarizing movies.
  14. I have nagging back pain, and I do some yoga every morning to loosen up. I also have some pain in my left hand. I'm very interested in CBD as a treatment for both. In an earlier No Putts Given podcast, it sounded like Adam and the boys were going to do a Most Wanted for CBD. I'd love to see them put their stamp of approval on one product or another. Just to feel better about it.
  15. Occasional. I've been lucky to average one round a week this year, with very little practice. A promotion has led to a significant increase in travel, and it's really cut into my time on the golf course. I've played a few really memorable courses and had a few pretty good rounds, but my handicap was a full shot better this time last year (playing quite a bit during CCC^2). And since my putting has improved (shoutout @PuttOUT), I know my ball-striking has significantly fallen off.
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