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  • Birthday 12/31/1980

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  1. - Derek - Brunswick, ME - 97-101 SS 17.2 index - 3W, 19* H, 22* H Right Hand
  2. I have always found that some sports just simply don't translate to some people. If you are a non golfer I think it can be hard to appreciate what professionals do so routinely. You add in the monotone commentating and the subdued environment and it isn't something that draws people in necessarily. But when you get a taste for the game and appreciate the intricacies and nuance of the sport it can be down right addicting. Especially when someone is putting on a display of great shot making or two competitors are going back and forth it is an absolute thing of beauty. Unfortunately in a day and age where our lives are filled with constant stimulation it is not surprising at all that people would rate golf low on excitement. But, I can't really take this survey too seriously, some pretty major sports are not even on the list.
  3. I very much enjoy walking when I play. It just seems to be more fitting to me. I don't carry anymore though, I use a Bagboy Quad XL (a big more upright than most carts) to wheel my gear around the course and I really find that be most the enjoyable way to play. It also helps me settle into a round better for some reason. Fortunately the two courses I play most of my rounds at are both very walker friendly. There is something about walking the course on a beautiful day. That being said, I find that many of the better courses encourage if not require riding. On top of that, there are a lot of courses around me that are just no fun to walk because there are so many changes in elevation throughout the terrain and tee boxes are not even close to the greens preceding them. Because of those factors I do tend to ride a decent amount when I am not playing at my home course.
  4. Derek from Maine Nike Covert VRS 2.0 w/Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage 50 Graphite Stiff SS = 97 - 101 / Hdcp 18 180ST 9.5 with MCA Tensei Blue shaft, stiff (preferred)
  5. 1. Derek Brunswick, ME 2. Handicap: 18 3. Dream bag: Driver: Launcher HB 9.5* FW: Launcher HB 3W Hybrid: Launcher 3 hybrid Irons: Launcher CBX 4-PW Wedges: CBX 52*/56*/60* Putter: HUNTINGTON BEACH 6C PUTTER, O/S GRIP Ball: Srixon Q-Star
  6. Derek, 36 Brunswick, Maine Inconsistencies within my swing have really plagued me the last two years, resulting in a lot of missed approach shots. Far too often I find myself focusing on various corrections or positions within the swing instead of what I want the shot to do or what the target is.
  7. Derek Maine 18.6 Nike Covert VRS 2.0 w/Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage 50 Graphite Stiff SS avg = 97 Carry avg = 230 Phil Mickelson
  8. I used to play new all the time and just stick to the lessor priced models. Then a few years ago I took a chance on some used balls and was very pleased. Since then I buy used balls for all of my casual rounds and keep some new balls for important tournaments and such to make sure I get the performance I want. It has allowed me to step up the class of ball I use as my game has improved, but not break the bank. As a general rule I don't lose many balls, but every once in a while I have a round where the wheels fall off and I donate a lot of balls to the course. It hurts a lot less when I am not losing $2+ at a time. Honestly I find the performance to be right on par with the new balls. More than a couple times I have done a comparison for a round when the course is slow. Throughout the round I hit just as many quality shots with both and saw no discernible difference in distance, flight, or short game characteristics. Obviously there are a lot of factors to this and it isn't a perfect test, but it is good enough for me. As at least one other user stated, I will not play refurbished balls, my experience with them is that they are junk.
  9. I am just the opposite of many of those who have posted in that I tend to play better when I ride. Not sure why that is, but some of my best rounds the last couple of years have been while riding. That being said, I walk the majority of the rounds I play. I don't carry any more, I rely on my push cart, but I thoroughly enjoy walking. My home course is great for walking and I find it to be a great way to some much needed exercise in. Sometimes I even jog a bit between shots to get the heart rate up. I feel like the round feels more genuine when I walk, not to mention I can take some time to enjoy the nature around the course. I do tend to ride at new courses, but I only play a handful of rounds at new courses each year.
  10. First Name: Derek Home State/Province: Maine Current Handicap: 17 Current Iron Set: Srixon Z545 One length or Variable: Variable
  11. For anyone looking at the TecTecTec range finder in the future I wanted to add some info. I grabbed one before the start of last season for $100 and I have had no issues at all. I have compared it with the results I get with other people's Bushnell and Leupold models and have been right on the money when doing pin seeking. I have had a few times where some of the top end models have been more accurate at getting distances to hazards or random spots on the course. I have never had an instance where it has been more than 5 yards off, but 5 yards can be significant. Is it the top of the line in every way, no, but I have found it to be a solid little unit for the money and it comes with a great case for storing it. As a bonus, the original battery is still going strong. If you have the money to burn on a Bushnell, do it, I am sure you will be happy with your purchase, but if you want to save some dough for something else grab one of these units and I don't think you will be disappointed.
  12. To me, irons are the bread and butter of my game so I am reluctant to change unless it is really needed (IE swing changes, equipment failure, poor fit). I am aware the tech changes all the time, but advances in club tech over a few years aren't going to transform your game. Plus being that your irons are only a few years old I can't imagine you are going to see a lot of difference in something new unless your swing has changed drastically and/or they were fitted improperly. But that being said I am also notorious of getting the "itch" for new stuff so I completely get the attraction to something new. I think if you follow through with your plan to take your 7 and compare it against some new ones you will find that you confidently can keep the 588's in your bag. Then while you are at the shop maybe buy something else new to scratch the itch.
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