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  1. The course is very short. I'm playing from the furthest back tees, at about 6,100 yards.
  2. Played 18 yesterday with a fellow pastor. Summer was fun while it lasted; the weather today is rain and highs around 40°. Had another absolutely generic round for me: an 89, which is bogey golf here. Went about it in a slightly odd way: out in 47, back in in 42. It was my first round using my new EXO Indianapolis S. Took a hole or so to get adjusted to the speed (it's a fairly soft feel), but I'm pleased so far. Nothing great: 34 putts, but I didn't miss more than a couple I should have made, and my putting score is almost exactly at a 10 handicap level. The bigger developments happened off the tee. Not only was I getting close to 10-handicap level in strokes gained, but I had a couple of legitimately good drives: two different 240+ pokes. This is again with virtually no rollout on shots right now; there were a couple of drives today sitting within a foot of their pitch mark. So that's encouraging. The short game continues to leak major amounts of oil. I have a busy few days coming up, including a trip, but when I return, I'm hoping to make chipping and pitching off all kinds of lies a major focus of practice. Handicap held steady at 15.3. As I've stated before, I'm still feeling pretty good. This was my first 18-hole round. This was yet another round in which I didn't lose a ball; it's awesome to have to replace balls because they're worn and not because they've disappeared. And I still expect my short game feels to get dialed in with my rounds.
  3. My advice on that is just to remember how much usable size is hindered on the edges of the green. With an 11' green, with the holes 6" from the walls, spotting the ball a foot in front of the holes, I have an 8' putt in each direction.
  4. My two contributions to this genre: I've now had that surface on my green for a bit more than half a year. My only complaint is that the place where I stand repeatedly to practice my straight putt is a bit worn: there are two obvious footprints there. But since it doesn't interfere with any putting lines, it really doesn't bother me.
  5. First, that was a really fun read. Great post! On the wedges: my first question is, what do you use your wedges for? In my case, I could call my PW and GW my 10 and 11 iron. I almost never use them for anything other than full swings. For that reason, I use the PW and GW (or UW) that are part of my G700 set. My SW and LW are the clubs that I demand versatility from, for hitting a variety of short game shots, so that's where I'm my bag I switch to speciality wedges. So for my part, that's the question I'd present to you too guide your choice.
  6. 1. Welcome to the forums! 2. Nice setup! 3. After watching that video, it is clear that you play a sport with which I am not familiar
  7. Facebook highlighted this photo for me this morning: I posted this four years ago. Fun to think that Kirke, at 6, has already been playing that long.
  8. Testers Chosen! Hang around MyGolfSpy long enough and you'll get two messages: 1) some golf equipment is objectively better than others, and 2) knowing what equipment is best for your game is essential. MGS site owner Adam Beach has often said, "There isn't one best driver, but there is one best driver for you." (Shameless plug: go find that driver at TRUEGolfFit.) The same is true of the rest of the equipment in your bag, including the ball you play. The recent MGS ball test awarded top marks to the Srixon Z-Star. Now it's time for these four forum users to determine if this great ball is the great ball for their own games: @Reesedw @pulledabill @ChasingScratch @golfertrb Join me in congratulating these four members and in looking forward to their evaluation of the Srixon Z-Stars!
  9. Let me throw one more observation in about this grip: because of its weight, it's a great option for those who like the SuperStroke counterweighted grips, but who use Arccos or Game Golf or other devices that need to be mounted in the vent hole of a grip.
  10. Um, my live feed quit? Anyone else? PGA Tour Live has its issues, but at least the streams have stayed up.
  11. It shouldn't, but this "Koepka only turns it on for majors" thing annoys me. I don't mind dominance in sports; I tend to root for Goliath. But in Tiger's prime, he wanted to win everything, all the time. The perception (whether true or not) that Koepka coasts through ordinary events, as though they are beneath his effort, isn't winning me over.
  12. Kirke and I played another nine yesterday. He beat me soundly: he shot a 43 to my 47. It was a frustrating round for me. I hit trees with six different shots, including all threes times I pulled driver. I also had two different holes in which it took my 3 wedge shots to find the green. Partial swing wedge shots (40–70 yards) have been a particular problem: I know the correct swing length (thanks, SkyTrak!), but that doesn't matter when I fat them four inches behind the ball. Hole 12 was (unfortunately) typical: This is one of the easiest holes on the course, a short par 4. I hit a really good 4w off the tee leaving above a 60 yard wedge. Fatted that one. Then thinned the next one over the green into the back bunker. Decent sand shot and two putts later, I walk off with a double. I honestly need to spend more time like Kirke: he spends hours a week in the backyard with his wedge, chipping and pitching from all lies to targets. I swapped out putters for this round: I was really struggling with short putts using the Tour Stroke Trainer. I think the Trainer still has its place for practice, but maybe not on the course. Threw the Spider in the bag for this round, and Game Golf approved: 15 putts, gaining 1.5 strokes for the round against scratch. Handicap crept up for the first time on this round, back to 15.3.
  13. As I've dabbled in informing myself about golf course architecture, an idea I keep encountering is this: a good golf hole might permit a scratch golfer to get par all day, but starts increasing his risks the more he attempts to get birdie or better. This makes a lot of sense to me. Augusta seems to have many holes that fit this description; I think here especially of 12 on Sunday. Go for birdie, risk being burned badly. I remember Jordan playing a round like this at the AT&T at Pebble in 2017. He started the final round 6-up. He hit 17 greens in regulation. Ended up making a couple putts and finished 2-under for the day. It was simultaneously among the most impressive and boring rounds of golf I've ever watched. He simply played to avoid every single risk, take his par, and move on to the next hole. Again, it's not to say that Piercy's feat is unimpressive, because it is genuinely awesome: even when playing no risk golf, it's hard to avoid making a mistake. But if what I've argued here is right, it isn't surprising that those who accomplish the feat of finishing a tournament without making a bogey also often don't win the tournament. Going low demands risks; avoiding risks also (likely) means avoiding rewards.
  14. That's an ingenious design. I guess my question is in the realm of practicality: when you do the SuperSpeed routine, you're constantly switching from light to middle to heavy and back again. How well will this work for that?
  15. A little over a month ago, I picked up one of the new Winn NTP putter grips for my Tour Stroke Trainer. Having used it for some time now indoors and for a handful of rounds on the course, I thought I'd offer my two cents for others who might consider it. For me, the best way to get a sense of the size and shape of a grip is to see a picture next to something familiar. So here is the Winn NTP next to a SuperStroke 2.0: That third picture is the one I think is most important. I have increasingly come to appreciate a grip that helps me feel where square is. There are obviously even boxier grips than the NTP (I think SuperStroke has one that's entirely square), but the NTP is essentially a blocky, non-tapered pistol shape. Texture-wise, it is decidedly a Winn. If you've grabbed one of their grips before, you know what I'm talking about: it's a soft, tacky feel. The grip weighs in around 125, so it's on the heavier end of the spectrum. As it compares to SuperStroke, it would be more like their counterweighted grips. I've been pleased so far, and just bought a second one to put on my Odyssey Indianapolis that will be arriving tomorrow. If you like a weightier grip with defined, flat surfaces, the Winn is a good and relatively inexpensive option.
  16. A quick follow up to my last post: here's Game Golf's analysis of my strokes gained through my first 36 holes of this season, compared to my first 36 holes of last season: This really does give me hope for this season. Last year, if you combine approach and short game stats, I was almost 7 strokes better in July/August than I was in May. I doubt the difference will be that extreme this year, but it does show that I have a pattern of better scoring as the season progresses. My biggest asset so far this year? I'm keeping the ball in play. I've lost two balls on my 36 holes thus far. The first was a chunked shot that landed in a puddle in the rough, and I just couldn't find it in the puddle. The ball was in play, but just disappeared. The second was a provisional I hit that I ended up not needing, and I forgot to pick up the ball. So even my two "lost" balls were not lost in the traditional sense.
  17. Grabbed a quick nine with Kirke today. He shot a 43, beating me by a stroke. He drove the ball exceptionally well, and had 17 putts. After the round, we did nine holes of up-and-down contests on the practice green. He annihilated me: he got up and down 6 out of 9 times (I think I had 3). A fun highlight from his round (and his only disappointing drive of the day):
  18. Grabbed a quick nine with Kirke this afternoon. Played the back nine at our course for the first time this year. Shot an 8-over 44. (Kirke shot a 43 to clip me by one.) Positives: off the tee, I hit the ball really well, until the last two holes, where I used driver. But most holes on the back nine are either narrow or doglegs, and don't ask for driver. On those, I just kept hitting hybrid 210 in the fairway. Also, on shots where I'm making good contact, the ball is moving in a very controlled direction. Negatives: still dialing in contact on iron shots and especially short game shots. Our course is drying but still mushy. For me, this means that fat shots are punished, and then I mix in (today especially) some compensating thin bullets. Putting is still shaky, though Game Golf approved. Opened with 3, 1, 3, 1 putts. First three putt was a bad lag; the second was missing a two-footer. Like a good MGS member, I've been putting with the stick in. I'm beginning to suspect that it's still so unusual for me on short putts that it's a distraction. Game Golf's evaluation of today's round: Handicap continues to trend downward, in tiny steps. Four nine-hole rounds under my belt: four-tenths of a stroke drop in my handicap, from 15.6 to 15.2. One last note, in the interest of full disclosure: some (not all) rounds will include a single mulligan. Everything else, I'm a stickler for rules (which means that I'm currently hitting a lot of mud balls).
  19. Like @jlukes said, I put this in the same class as the wood putters. They really are impressive pieces. But for my part, I don't think I could ever get past the natural asymmetry of these putters. That organic look, which I think is really essential to what these designers are doing, is so unlike anything else in my bag (and pretty much everyone's bag) that to me, it looks wrong. That, and if I owned one, I wouldn't want it ever to get chipped or scratched. I think these would be great commemorative pieces or ceremonial gifts, but I would have a hard time ever putting one in play.
  20. John, Welcome to MyGolfSpy! Just a quick disclaimer: as a forum moderator, I didn't have anything to do with the test itself, so what I'm offering here is my opinion, not the "official" answer to your question. My understanding is that the testing found that soft balls have less speed and less spin. If that's the case, they would be best suited for a player who doesn't need any additional distance (high speed) but who spins the ball maybe a bit too much, and wants to keep spin down. In my judgment, that makes good sense of the summary statement as it is written.
  21. A point Mark Crossfield has made from time to time: while it's ultimately up to the Indian, new arrows can entice the Indian to practice and play more, and that can improve the Indian.
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