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  1. I've followed the Bolts and attended their games for many years. I knew Vaselevski had started and played around 20 games this season and thought he's a future starter and fully capable, so I didn't worry when Bishop went down. But last nights third game was a disappointment. Not Vas, he was great. The Lightning looked like they couldn't handle the puck and had run out of gas. Hope they can get back to form this Friday.
  2. Theoo -- just curious which courses you play around CowTown. I started playing there.
  3. I have owned 3 models of SkyCaddies, and swore by them, but their time has passed. They require annual fees and you were limited to 10 (then later, 20) courses on your device at a time. I had the S2, S4 and an S5 I haven't touched in over a year, despite the subscription being paid up. Why? Because everyone now has some kind of GPS device with at least 30,000 courses on it for free, and they're just as accurate. Now, i only really need distances to front, back and middle, and all the GPS units out there give you that. The majority, including my S5, have more bells and whistles that I don't need or want, like a helicopter fly over at every tee. Also, the handheld units need a place to stay. I wore it on my belt, and it fell off and I ran over it with the cart (it survived)! So I finally joined the club and got a Garmin S1 GPS watch. Pre-loaded with 30,000 courses, just turn it on. No more downloading the courses I think I might play. It automatically knows which course and which hole I'm standing on. So cool to just glance at my wrist for the correct yardage! I just got a Garmin Approach S4. I wanted distances to obstacles and hazards, but it also does much more. Read some bad reviews on SkyCaddie watches. I'm a Garmin man now!
  4. I won't argue that any past US Open champion was not a good ball striker; of course they were. Never mind about scrambling. My point is that the greens are too fast at the US Open, and THAT is a putting contest, and boringly painful to watch.
  5. "I say, Goldfinger: weren't you playing a Slazenger 3?"
  6. A Shootout of 20 under is not necessarily a putting contest. If you play precise iron shots to tap in distance, a la Johnny Miller, then low scores can be a golf shot contest. Of course, the last shot is always a putt. The problem is, the US Open often has greens slicker than whale snot, so a nice approach shot lands close to the pin, then starts rolling, gathers speed, and ends up off the green. Now you're watching a chip AND putt contest. That's unfair to players who can control their distance, and an advantage to scramble-types. Yes, the Open should test all aspects of golf, but is it really necessary to have every hole approached twice, once by iron shot, and again by chipping? I find it frustrating to see a good approach shot punished. For four days. And the winner is the one who got a lucky break. Just my opinion, but I don't enjoy watching people suffer.
  7. After Augusta National dug in their heels and said no women, I think they finally caved in to their advertising sponsors, despite avowing not to cave. Appropo nothing at all, how did you all like ESPN's coverage of the first two days of this years Masters?
  8. Peaksy, thank you for answering. Yes, the ball was a foot below ground level in the burrow. I dropped 2 clublengths from the disturbed ground, but was still under the tree. From there, i had a restricted backswing, and was looking at least 150 yards to carry a creek. In retrospect, i should have punched out after the free drop. But at that point i was thinking i should get full and free relief, so took my drop back out from under the tree. Afterward, i thought about it and decided i needed to add a penalty stroke.
  9. Seriously, how about audio recordings of your MaxFli vs JPX EZ impact? Just shoot video with sound, and place the two impacts back to back for comparison. For one, I'd like to hear the two. Thx!
  10. A shank by definition is striking the ball with the hosel. Anything else is not a a shank. I know. I had the shanks bad for over 2 years. I saw 2 PGA teachers, yet still nearly quit golf. You need to understand the cause of a shank: The club shaft (hosel) is closer to the ball at impact than it was at address. There can be many faults that lead to this. But the ultimate solution is to prevent the shaft from getting closer at impact. In my case, my fault was I would lean down towards the ball at impact, especially on a critical swing. So i was losing my spine angle, and getting closer to the ball. 1. Now, I think more about "staying tall" thru impact. 2. With wedges, backswing is more around, less straight back 3. Left hip turns backwards behind left hip prior to impact. 4. Left leg and ankle is the pivot point on the downswing. 5. Maintain balance, weight over shoelaces.
  11. Oakmont is rated between the third and fifth hardest course in the U.S. Do you like seeing the pros struggle to beat a tough course? Should a less than perfect approach be punished, rolling off the green? Should a drive offline land in 8-inch rough? Do you like seeing greens with a stimp of 12 or 13? Or do you like seeing scores of 65, four-day totals of -24, which looked possible at the 2016 Players? Do you like to see lots of birdies, and a crowded leaderboard where making birdies is necessary to compete and win? Do you think golf is hard, and should be hard for pros, too? Let us hear your unvarnished opinion. From Wikipedia: Quotes from notable golfers: USGA Sr. Director of Rules and Competitions Mike Davis: "There's a reason [the U.S. Open is] coming back to Oakmont. This really is the gold standard for championship golf. It doesn't get any better than Oakmont." Lee Trevino: “There's only one course in the country where you could step out right now — right now — and play the U.S. Open, and that's Oakmont.” Phil Mickelson: "It's really a neat, special place." Johnny Miller: "It's probably the best course in the world . . . This is the greatest course I've ever played." On Oakmont's greens: Tiger Woods:"That golf course is going to be one of the toughest tests that we've ever played in a U.S. Open, especially if it's dry, it will be unreal because those greens are so severe." Arnold Palmer: "You can hit 72 greens [in regulation] in the Open at Oakmont and not come close to winning." Rocco Mediate said of the greens that they are "almost impossible". Sam Snead once commented that he tried to mark his ball on one of Oakmont's greens but the coin slid off. Lee Trevino claimed every time he two-putted at Oakmont he knew he was passing somebody on the leader board. Johnny Miller said that Oakmont's are the greatest set of greens for testing a player's ability to putt. USGA Sr. Director Mike Davis: "[Oakmont's greens are the] scariest in golf." Stimpmeter The stimpmeter, a device for measuring the speed of greens, was developed by Edward Stimpson (1904–1985), an accomplished amateur player from Massachusetts, shortly after attending the 1935 U.S. Open at Oakmont.
  12. Great reviews, Fellas! Feel and sound are two of the greatest things in golf. You've come close to objectifying those sensations. The number one asset, for me anyway, is forgiveness. Great job, Chem, with the dispersion patterns and off-center hits! Now how about some video of your best Happy Gilmore swing?
  13. I hit my drive into a tree. The ball dropped straight down inside a racoon hole. I found my ball deep in the hole. Took a free drop from abnormal ground condition caused by burrowing animal. In taking relief from the ground condition, i had to drop under the tree. After the first drop, The low branches then interfered with my backswing. I decided the lie was unplayable. Took a penalty stroke and dropped a second time clear of the tree. Then i was laying 2, hitting 3. Was this correct? Or was i entitled to full free relief from the racoon hole to a point where my swing was not impeded?
  14. You apply for each day and how many tix. The ticket prices are shown then. They draw the winners for each practice day and for each tournament day. You only can win one day. If you win, they ask for the money.$65/person tix practice, $100 per person /tix tournament day.
  15. For those who like seeing tough courses and players struggle, you're gonna love this years U.S. Open at Oakmont. From Wikipedia: Quotes from notable golfers USGA Sr. Director of Rules and Competitions Mike Davis: "There's a reason [the U.S. Open is] coming back to Oakmont. This really is the gold standard for championship golf. It doesn't get any better than Oakmont."[20] Lee Trevino: “There's only one course in the country where you could step out right now — right now — and play the U.S. Open, and that's Oakmont.”[21] Phil Mickelson: "It's really a neat, special place."[22] Johnny Miller: "It's probably the best course in the world . . . This is the greatest course I've ever played."[22] On Oakmont's greens: Tiger Woods:"That golf course is going to be one of the toughest tests that we've ever played in a U.S. Open, especially if it's dry, it will be unreal because those greens are so severe."[8] Arnold Palmer: "You can hit 72 greens [in regulation] in the Open at Oakmont and not come close to winning."[22] Rocco Mediate said of the greens that they are "almost impossible" Sam Snead once commented that he tried to mark his ball on one of Oakmont's greens but the coin slid off.[8] Lee Trevino claimed every time he two-putted at Oakmont he knew he was passing somebody on the leader board.[8] Johnny Miller said that Oakmont's are the greatest set of greens for testing a player's ability to putt.[8] USGA Sr. Director Mike Davis: "[Oakmont's greens are the] scariest in golf."[8]
  16. Matt, I would be most concerned with getting clubs that fit, especially in terms of weight. Too heavy will screw up his swing. Don't they having fittings or guidelines?
  17. A friend of mine and his son each separately apply for Masters tix each year. In 2012, his son won 4 tix to the Wednesday practice round. I was lucky enough to be asked to go. Great that i brought my camera, because they didn't allow cell phones in at that time. Of course, they allowed nothing in Thursday- Sunday. So i got a lot of great shots of MacElroy and Garrigus teeing off #10. We went down to the spot where Bubba hit his hooked wedge on #10 the year before. Absolutely beautiful, not a weed on the grounds, flowers everywhere. Checked that off my list. Yes, extremely hilly. They sold out of green Masters hats, had to settle for tan. Lines were not too bad, prices reasonable, which is how they strive to keep them. We spent the entire day. Came back exhausted but happy.
  18. I was 45 when i started playing and I didn't see many guys my age playing at my time of day, especially as a single like me. Golf transcends many barriers, and age is one of them. I played and still play with a lot of guys 10-20 years older than myself, and the love of the game, the outdoors and comraderie makes me keep coming back. Golf is great because there are many ways to enjoy it.
  19. Stu, I'm with you. I like to see irons stuck in close. Watching putting is boring enough on slow greens, but watching a guy take 5 minutes to 3-putt from 10 feet is super boring and bad TV.
  20. Don't you think it's funny? The Players at TPC Sawgrass couldn't stand it..the cut line was -2. Obviously the course is way too easy. Nobody wants the pros to come in and tear up their course records. Their solution? Don't water the greens Friday night and roll them extra. The result? Brown greens and putts that, if you sneeze on the ball, run 10 feet past. Obviously golf is just too easy. Hooray for the PGA.
  21. Yes, the brand is Copper Compression. I will copy the link. https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B019RN0SKC/ref=od_aui_detailpages00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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