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  1. All, I'm going to go ahead a lock this thread from further posts, just to keep new folks from getting confused and posting their testing applications here. My sincere thanks goes to those who continue to help our new members. For those new: read the opening few posts in this thread; they are essential instructions for getting involved in this awesome community! If you are trying to apply for a test, go back to the thread announcing the opportunity and reply to that thread.
  2. Doug Ferguson of The Golf Channel takes up one of the more important debates in our game: For my part, I'm with Doug. A bogey is 1 over; a double bogey is 2 over. Therefore, if an eagle is 2 under, a double eagle is 4 under. QED Besides, albatross is just a cooler term.
  3. You've got me thinking: this would be a sweet, nerdy ball mark:
  4. @GB13: it looks like dispersion is exactly what you'd expect: for each grouping of shots, how big is the circle that contains them. The wider dispersion today (vs. two days ago) is almost certainly because today I hit five shots per distance, whereas the previous challenge I did only three per. More shots, in my case, is almost always going to mean more dispersion.
  5. Totally had the same question. I'm going to have to look that up.
  6. Another day, another skills assessment (before the temps drop back below freezing again tomorrow). So I've created a Google Sheets spreadsheet to track my SkyTrak skills challenges. Here's where things stand through three attempts: Topline info: my overall handicap has dropped 1.5 strokes and I have increased my greens hit each time through three attempts. I don't expect the progress to continue at that pace Today's attempt felt like the round in which you're holding everything together with baling wire and duct tape. In my spreadsheet, I've highlighted in red everything 10 and over, and in blue everything under 10. My previous attempt had a ton of extremes: some awful numbers with some scratch-level play. This round was just a lot of shots that were right at my target handicap. On the plus side, that might indicate some more steady play. It was frustrating, though, because it's awesome to mix in some great shots, and I just wasn't making those today. On the wedge front: I used my GW and PW for the 105 and 120. I was still short with most of them, but not as much. I was short on a lot of shots today, until I realized I was sliding into impact again. As soon as I focused on keeping my head behind the ball, my distances increased again. So I need to go do that on the wedge distances again. The 190 test goes through my 5 iron, as I've noted before. I also hit some shots with my 4 iron, 3 hybrid, and 4 wood. Last shot with the 4 wood, I hit the ceiling (pink insulation) with the club. It leaves a terrible residue on the head. Ugh. Anyway, still making progress here. Thankful for you guys that are following along and adding advice and encouragement.
  7. Just received this today to put in my pocket for the upcoming season. I'll be carrying this with pride.
  8. I'll ask you, but this applies to a few others in the thread here: how do you get things out of your left pocket while (presumably) wearing a golf glove on your left hand? A recurring pattern in the thread is that righties put most of their stuff in their right front pocket, and lefties in the left. This makes sense, not simply because of the strong hand, but because digging a tee out of your pocket with a glove on is a total pain. Or does no one else struggle with this?
  9. So I've got PGA Tour Live streaming this morning, and notice that Sergio is apparently carrying a copy of War and Peace in his back pocket during the round: But it raises the question: what do you keep in your pockets during a round? For me, my golf glove (when I'm not wearing it) is in my back left pocket. If I keep my phone in my pocket (which I do less often these days), it's in my left front. The right front pocket is the important one: divot repair tool, ball marker, one full tee, and one broken tee. Depending on my confidence level, there is sometimes one extra ball in that pocket.
  10. In theory, I like them. But my dad has spent his entire career working for a competitor (PPG), so Valspar is a bad word in our home The John Deere tractors are among my favorites on Tour. The Travelers umbrellas are decent. As a former FedEx driver myself, I love the little FedEx trucks at the St. Jude.
  11. Gentlemen, we might need to start a thread: "what's the Most Interesting WITB on the forum?" I have to think that this is a contender. Also, if "pulling the emblem off that gap wedge was the worst decision [you] have made with golf equipment ever," you are light years ahead of the rest of us! Great WITB, and welcome to the forums!
  12. Definitely an option. I went and looked one more time at the numbers for my attempts at the 90 and 105 yard shots (all with the 54°). Just like @yungkory observed, the average distance was the same (it was actually shorter for the 105 attempts because of a bad strike); but the 105s launched about 2-3° higher and had a peak height about 1-2' higher, with 2° steeper descent angle. So that's some data in confirmation of the idea that, with the 54°, I reach a point at which swinger harder just gets the ball higher with no added distance. [Also, I'm totally nerding out on the data I have access to. ]
  13. So here's what I've got with lofts: PW (G700): 44° GW (G700): 49° SW (MD3): 54° LW (PM Grind): 58° Given the strength of the G700 lofts (combined with the hollow body, hot launching properties), it might make sense to go stronger than 54° with my SW, but then it stops being useful as a short game club, I would think. I'm probably going to do another Skills Assessment on Thursday, using my GW for the 105 yard shot and the PW for the 120. Here's why I'm optimistic: using my GW for the 120 yard shot this past attempt, I hit shots of 106, 112, and 114. Keep in mind: I was trying to go 120, so I was swinging hard. I suspect a nice easy GW will be good at that 105 range. If that doesn't solve that distance for me, then I'm going to have to look at my set makeup there.
  14. Welcome to the forums, @artful_golfer! I have to ask: what's the role for the TaylorMade 4-iron in your setup? It stands out, so I assume you carry it because it performs a specific role for you.
  15. There's a lot of value in this. I'd add that, with the foot spray, I can learn to find the center of the face with practice balls. Being able to use the SkyTrak will be good (if I can figure it out) for optimizing launch angle and spin. Gaining distance is not an insignificant part of this project (as the first post in the thread indicates, I often average under 200 yards off the tee).
  16. It's like Furyk and McIlroy playing 72 holes with a single shot separating them. It's like that, except way higher scores I'm still trying to figure out how I'm going to practice driver. I can't fit a driver swing in my garage, though I'm going to explore the possibility of removing a portion of the ceiling (yep, that's crazy). It may be that I have to create a setup outdoors once the snow melts, but I get nervous with that. My driver miss is a popup ball that can easily get over most nets and find its way to the neighbors' houses. That's not OK. For now, though, I'm working to tighten everything up from 200 down to the green. If I can do that, my scores should still drop while I try to wrestle with my tee game later.
  17. So Kirke and I both did a SkyTrak skills assessment yesterday. I posted about mine here; here's a summary of Kirke's. We picked yardages that should be within Kirke's range (more on that to come): 10, 25, 40, 55, 70, and 85 yards. Overall, Kirke played this to just over a 20 handicap: It's worth noting that, right now, I don't have a projector set up. When SkyTrak asks for a 25 yard shot, there is no visual reference point for that; we simply have to imagine it. I suspect that's harder for Kirke than it is for me. One really good point: check out it average left/right dispersion: about a foot right of the center line. If I'm recalling correctly, Kirke used his SW for the 10 and 25 yard shots, his 9 iron for the 40, 7 iron for the 55, and then skipped his hybrid to go directly to his driver for the 70 and 85. Even so, you can see that his driver shots are well short of the target. Right now, we're working to figure that out. Part of it is strike: foot spray shows a heavy tendency to toe strikes. He's also launching it really low, and SkyTrak isn't giving him summer rollout. But overall, to be six and playing to a 20 handicap is pretty solid stuff, and he's only keep improving with practice (and a projector ).
  18. The last time I did a SkyTrak skills assessment for my full swing (minus woods), it gave me a handicap of 9.6. The weather is steadily (finally!) starting to warm up here, so I got back to the garage today. I did the same assessment, with distances of 40, 75, 90, 105, 120, 135, 150, 165, 170, and 190. This time, I took only 3 shots at each distances instead of 5, just because of time. Tonight's score: 8.7. Progress! I went from 74% of greens hit to 77%. The 105 and 120 shots were still awful. My handicap at 105 was 22.8! I'm learning that I have to give up the idea of using my 54° wedge from that distance; it just doesn't reach. That's gotta be the GW, and the 120 is the PW. It's still odd to me that the wedges are short while every other club in my bag is longer than it was last summer. I'm easily getting my 8 iron to 150 and my 7 to 165. But it's time to stop being stubborn on those scoring yardages and use the club that going to get the ball close. The only other problem tonight was at the end, when I was trying to step on a couple of shots and hit them fat instead. The mat I have is fluffy; if you catch it fat, it kills distance and spin. It's great for keeping me honest. At 175 yards, I had this sequence: fat shot 56 yards short (36 handicap), shot 5 yards short (+4 handicap), fat shot 49 yards short (36 handicap). So, yeah, that's gotta get fixed. But on the plus side: no giant hooks tonight. Certainly still missed more left than right, but none of the off-the-planet shots that plagued me last time. On the whole, I'm pleased. I'm seeing progress, and with more regular practice in my future, my expectations are high right now.
  19. I'm absolutely with you on this! He can swing any of his clubs, including his SuperSpeed sticks. I'm also jealous of his swing
  20. It's actually been a useful trigger and tempo governor for me. I get aligned over the ball, and then tap, tap, press, back, through. Each of those actions takes a beat, so it creates a metronome effect in my routine.
  21. Something I've been experimenting with recently: bouncing the putter twice just before starting my backstroke. It would similar to the move of Matsuyama (I know, not necessarily a role model for putting): Rickie Fowler's move is similar, but he does more of a lift without the bounce: My reason for implementing this move is that it ensures that I'm not using the putter as a tripod leg. I have a tendency (in all my swings) to get a little weight toward my toes. Picking the putter up before I start my swing forces me to have my weight solidly on my feet, making my stroke more stable. Anyone else currently use a move like this? What has been your experience with it?
  22. I'd be interested in the reason for carrying a 5 hybrid and a 5 iron. Always like hearing the thought that goes into other people's bags.
  23. Finally bit the bullet and used the coupon at rockbottomgolf for the metal case for my SkyTrak. I was hoping for an even better deal (I've been watching eBay for months), but I knew I was just testing my luck. Eventually, I was going to lose my $1,400 SkyTrak because I wanted to save $20. I got it for $135 shipped, with is better than the list of $150+tax+shipping.
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