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Alf. S

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    West Lothian, UK
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    Retired Microelectronics executive. Avid golfer, follower of football (soccer). Qualified level 4 SYFA football coach and Level 1 PGA Golf coach. Objective, liberal views and member of the Scottish National Party (SNP)
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  1. Just to put in context I've been a Skycaddie user for over 12 years so been pretty happy with them. I've used 2.5 SGx Breeze Touch SX500 I've had the SX500 just over 2 years and noticed that the screen was delaminating. Anyone else seen this, I remember both Samsung and Apple had similar issues with LED backlit screens about 5 years ago?
  2. Dick's Sporting Goods website does not allow access outside the US. Can anybody get hold of any brochures or snap shots of the Maxfli Tour and Tour X marketing claims? Thanks
  3. Look what FedEx just dropped off? Last week I played 6 consecutive days Monday to Saturday but this week it looks like it will be Thursday before I can try these out.
  4. On my to do list in the off season. Got one in the garage ready to go. This might prompt me to do it this week. One issue is price $4/grip difference from my UK supplier across a set that's enough to get a box of Pro V1s.
  5. I change my grips pretty much every season and tend to try before I buy. SO I will get a couple of grips and re-grip my 6i and play with it for a month or 2 and decide if I stay or change. Couple of years ago I tried Winn DriTac normal and the Lite and really liked the normal grip, I've subsequently moved to the less taper version that was released this year, why? Pros They are soft feel and comfortable in my hands Give good grip on the club (most of the time) Aesthetically a wide choice of colours to match my head covers/bag Relatively good wearing Cons On the occasion that we get rain and the grips get wet they seem to be slippier than MC4+ or Lamkin Crossline. I use washing up liquid to clean the grips and I think this was getting trapped in the grips. I have now started to use a pair of rain gloves that have sorted the problem If I re-grip a club and the old grip is still in good condition, I try to save the grip. With the DriTac forget it, it pretty much rips apart. We have 3 golfers in the house so they can get my cast offs, if and when required
  6. Saw it live and gave me a giggle. I played it for the 1st time this year and was badly cutting the ball all day. On the first the starter advice was left is good on most holes. The 1st I was 1 yard in bounds down the right and on the 18th they were putting the Rolex clock on the side of the Russack Hotel on the Links Road and nearly hit the workman but again stayed in bounds by a yard. I also saw a Mercedes convertible on the Links Road with a nice round impact smash on its front wind screen. That day I found it quite easy to miss the fairway on 1 and 18. It is only 129 yards.
  7. Oh and the wind has been blowing all week.
  8. I shake my head in disbelief watching the scores at the Dunhill Links Championship (Amatuers). I play 4 to 5 times a week, week in week out with a h/c of 6 and I reckon I'll break par nett maybe 6 to 7 times over the summer season. These amateurs are posting rounds of -24 over 4 rounds off double figure h/cs. 4 rounds in a row breaking par for a 17 h/c breaking it by 6 strokes, give me a break! If this happened at our club the players would be run out of town.
  9. The MyGolf Spy ball test has some good info. I'm a mid speed swinger and bought a box of Tour B X after reading the review and love them, usually Pro V1 player. 1st round out the box hit gross 73 but wasn't all the ball
  10. I play throughout the winter in Scotland and years of experience have taught me to layer up especially body, leaving the arms relative light. Latest kit. Under Armour thin crew neck short sleeve Normal summer tee shirt Armless Glenmuir Charles pullover Quilted mid layer top Snood neck coverage I carry a light Kjus rain top which is also good at keeping the wind out if required Other items Good hat covering all of your ears Winter mitts, although I use a trolley and have mounted mitts on the trolley Underarmour thermal coldgear trousers light waterproof trousers thick socks Stubburt winter golf boots Galvin Green waterproofs in bag but if it is too wet then we quit As long as it isn't pouring with rain, on winter greens due to excess frost or snow I'm out there on a Saturday. If it gets too bad inland then a trip to links in East Lothian or Fife can be planned. #WinterWarrior
  11. I have Srixon ZX565s and bought 3i to AW. Over the last 15 years I migrated to using 3 matching wedges 52,56, and 60 with a 3i-PW. With my recent irons I found it was more the the lighter Nippon 850 shafts that was giving me 5-10 yds extra distance 5i to AW. Original my thoughts were to drop the 52 but with the extra yardage on the std set I carry PW, AW, 52, 56 and 60. The issue I have found is that the shafts seem optimised for 5i to PW. I hit my 5i => 180yds, 4i => 180 yds and 3i => 183yds. The 4i and 3i are now in the garage replace with Epic 3h and 4h. The 60' tends to get swapped out depending on course conditions with the 3h i.e fast greens and fairways usually means the 60' is in my bag and vice versa for the 3h.
  12. I didn't question EU wildcards but with the FedEx cup ending and the amount of ranking points available I think it meant the form players natural moved to the top of the US rankings. In Europe the Race to Dubai still has over a month to go and apart from the BMW PGA the ranking points for the other European tournaments are pretty small and didn't really affect the team. On form players like Westwood, Fitzpatrick and Fleetwood would have struggled to qualify but then you look at the replacements, Rose and rookies like MacIntyre or a 48 year old Richard Bland would not have changed the result. Westwood qualified based on form from 12 months ago this just doesn't seem to be the best methodology to ensure the best form players get into the team.
  13. We had Sky Sports commentating on the NBC stream and the coverage was pretty bad. They had 4 games to cover on the 1st 2 days and struggled to get any continuity. The split screen stuff was just gimmicky and added nothing. Our on-course commentators held it together with Rich Beem and Wayne Riley but Paul McGinley and Butch Harmon in the studio were very poor. For me the on course guys are there to give a player's eye view and the studio to weave the narrative i.e have a holistic view of what's going on as the games and match unravel. I don't need to be told that when someone puts it in the water at 5 that they've put it in the water at 5. I also struggled with the graphics yesterday, for example it would tell you Garcia was one down and putting to win the hole after not seeing him for 15 minutes and you're expect to remember he is playing DCB. Really spoiled it for me, I'm sure if the coverage was better I would have enjoyed getting pumped by the US better.
  14. We got blown away. To a man the US team turned up and played. DJ was immense, from the shadow of the player in Paris. Cantlay, Morikawa and BDC undefeated. They were unrelenting any points Europe won were all hard won. We can try and dissect Europe's performance for me McIlroy's form on the 1st 2 days was crucial, losses of 5&4, 5&3 and 4&3 from one of the lynch pins of the team. His tearful interview at the end showed his thoughts on his performance. But form is temporary and class is permanent. Would it have made a big difference to the end result I don't think so and is maybe wishful thinking. Onward and upward, if weather permitting off to St Andrews to watch the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at the end of the week
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