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  1. I have had friends say something on the course about whats wrong with their swing, sometimes half-serious and sometimes rhetorical, but I always laugh it off because thats not the place to be discussing a swing. I have even stopped others friends from giving advice on the course (mostly to our friends who are higher handicaps and/or newer to the game) reminding people its a terrible time/place to start trying new things. The only time I'll say something is if they are hitting fine but then have bad alignment on a hole and get discouraged, then I'll just mention their alignment was out of wack and they are swinging fine for a little confidence boost. Off course I've only had one friend ask for serious swing advice and I treaded carefully. I focused on pointing out one or two things that seemed wrong and he should look into, stayed away from saying what he should do, letting him go down his own path for how to fix it. Through my own lessons I've learned about some typical faults, but know the fix is different for every person depending on the swing they ultimately want and their learning style. I feel more confident in my ability to not ruin them by pointing out something wrong and letting them go down their own path, whether thats going down the youtube/online video path or going to a PGA pro or signing up for video lessons.
  2. Head size doesn't always imply how forgiving an iron is. The chart below is something I used (found it on WRX and had a fitter confirm with Mizuno it was legit) when I was getting fitted because I thought I wasn't good enough for the JPX 900 Tour despite hitting them better than the JPX 900 Forged and the AP2s (Y-axis is sweet spot and X-axis is blade length I believe). Go test them a few times and see if there are other "forged cavity back" options that are a thinner profile.
  3. I use Arccos for tracking and I have HelloBirdie for looking at courses pre-round. I'm not a huge fan of the Arccos Caddie Preview. I have had a pretty good experience with Arccos so far.
  4. bacchus


    I'm usually betting, so I want them to play well enough to keep it interesting but not too well (unless its looking like someone is going to hit a milestone). Its always funs when one or two people in the group start looking like they might shoot one of their lower scores, one of the best rounds I've had is where a buddy and I both shot in the low 80s when we were both 18ish handicaps.
  5. @JWK1969 Which Barefoot course is best overall and which Barefoot course do you think is best for the widest range of skill levels?
  6. @den748 Funny you mention your experience Bulle Rock, same thing happened with my friend 3 week ago. He played Bulle Rock for the first time and realize it was next level compared to all of the other Baltimore area public courses, then I mentioned it was a Pete Dye course and he said "That makes a lot of sense". Bulle Rock is well thought out, and its really hard to come up with a bad or uninteresting hole there. - I mostly judge it on layout, which can take a variety of different forms (is it hard but fair, is it a fun course with a lot of risk/reward, is it a cool routing). - I think the "extras" and service at most public courses I typically ignore, I don't expect much and haven't run across anything truly spectacular at the public courses I've played. It does impact how I view a private club, the little things go a long way when you or the member you're a guest of is paying for an experience that should be much better than playing a public course. - Conditioning is tough, I'll definitely avoid courses that are consistently poorly conditioned, but I think of it as more of a qualifier. Condition can change based on the year and weather, who's running the course, the economy, etc. So I typically won't just say that course is terrible, just because it isn't well conditioned. It will usually be a "Yeah i like the layout, but its not well maintained" or "I avoid it because its not that great of a course and the conditioning always sucks". - SLOW ROUND - Sure fire way to get me to hate a course. Sometimes its slow golfers, but a lot of times is trying to put tee times 5 minute apart and/or being completely apathetic to marshaling the course. I'll give a course two to three chances, but if I have multiple 5 hour rounds, then I'm probably not coming back unless management changes.
  7. Anyone have a subscription service they recommend for cigars? I was hoping to look into one that can better introduce me to the world of cigars, I'm not a stranger to cigars and know the basics, but I wouldn't say I'm a regular cigar smoker either. Preferably a service lets you choose frequency (monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly) too. Looking forward to any recommendations, thanks!
  8. When I belonged to a country club a couple years ago (late 20s), I used to walk carrying my bag and I played with guys 15-30 years older than me but also some guys in their 20s and 30s. I was weary of the stigma of using a push cart until finally someone convinced me i was being dumb. As many other have said 1. It definitely can save you strokes coming in 2. Why put the wear and tear on your body if you play a lot? Also it just makes the round more enjoyable. I could definitely see where maybe some courses don't fit a push cart as well, but I'd argue most of those courses would also be terrible courses to walk, or maybe if you don't play often then a push car adds something else that costs money and you have to lug around. I think its a good investment though, especially if you belong to a club and acquire a lot of shop credit (as i did to purchase mine).
  9. I think it's pretty logical. Just think about the tour striker or similar training aides, they aren't doing anything revolutionary, just forcing you to compress the ball and hit the sweet spot. Blades are essentially making you do the same thing, just figure out how to hit the ball in the sweet spot more often. The key as always is practice, you can't buy blades play once a month (or use a training aide once a month) and think your ball striking will just get better over time.
  10. I think most importantly is where are you going? Just remember some (not all but definitely a few) who specialize in high end club fitting make money by upselling you. You don't need your shafts "pured", there isn't one perfect shaft for you, for every handcrafted or custom high end shaft, there's probably one that comes stock from the manufacturer or with a very small manufacturer upcharge that will be perfectly fine. Do a variety of different swing speeds (i.e., Smooth swing, normal swing, giving it a little extra/top speed) to help get an idea for average and max speed for shaft, don't just try and swing as hard as you can each time so you can get into the shaft you want (i.e., don't try to swing yourself into stiff or x-stiff). Its okay to have opinions on what you like or don't like, some people hate offset and it comforts some, some people don't mind a thicker top line or like it and others hate it, just like above there isn't one perfect club that is going to give you ridiculous numbers over other clubs if you try everything. If there is something you prefer it can be helpful to say it upfront so you don't waste time testing clubs you'll never actually buy. Along those same lines, don't worry what you're supposed to be playing based on your handicap or skill level. Technology is advanced enough these days where some of the "players" irons are actually pretty forgiving on non-center hits, and some of the "game improvement irons" could be mistaken for players irons. Go with what performs or what you like best. Also warm your body up to hit balls don't warm up by hitting balls. Dynamic stretches are great (leg kicks, step over stretch, windmills, mock golf swings) to get loosed up and if you loose before you hit balls, your first couple shots will be better and that sets the tone for the day.
  11. If you're open to ideas I'd say consider going to Pinehurst considering its just pure golf heaven. If you're tied to Myrtle, if you don't see yourself making it back the Carolinas ever, make the detour to play No 2 or No 4. I'm looking at Myrtle for my upcoming bachelor party (not everyone golfs otherwise i'd go to pinehurst) and based on people i've talked to, the must play golf courses are Caledonia and Dune Golf and Beach Club.
  12. Agree with @HeathS16 great souvenir from a nicer course or trip you go on. I also could understand it if there was a course you rarely play and you do a big buddies match every year and it was really important to you. If its for the courses you just play regularly, I think it's better experience and learning to just learn how to read them and commit the greens to memory. You don't need to memorize every nook and cranny, but generalizations (i.e, if your between 12 o'clock and 3 o'clock above the hole, it breaks less than it looks like) can be helpful. It's all part of the experience. Honestly if there is one course you play really regularly, try to go during a slow time and just chip and putt from a couple different locations on every hole. It does wonders when trying to learn a course.
  13. Scotty X7M. Bought it for 60% when Golfsmith was going out of business. I went up to that store pretty often at the beginning of the close out sale and I noticed after the first week or two the clubs were going fast but they still have a lot of putters left and were dropping the discount about 10% per week or two. I was waiting for them to hit about 40-60% off, but by the time I got up there the putters were 60% off and I went straight to grab the scotty I had liked from prior testing. I kept the scotty close and putted around to make sure I preferred the Scotty over the other options and scored a hell of the deal.
  14. I do a 5 minute warm up. Basically loosening up the legs, hips, and back with dynamic warm-up/stretches. Once i started doing this, I have much better range sessions and I've never had an issue with tweaking a muscle or anything during an abbreviated range warm up.
  15. I'm curious what happens if they don't allow fans to the November Masters. Everything seems to be progressing well enough for now, but you never know. Part of me expected them to hold the lottery later this year in case they need to make adjustments based on decisions about this November.
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