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Alf. S

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  • Birthday 01/05/1961

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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. Had a hectic week. Tuesday played Gullane No2 (Scottish Open Venue), 14 over main damage done on 3 holes with a triple (lost ball) and 2 doubles (not taking punishment) being in the rough Wednesday played Gullane No3 getting better but 8 over with again a triple with lost ball and 2 doubles Today Played the Old Course St Andrews for the 1st time, the course was in great nick and we had really good weather enjoyed it didn't score well. High/Low lights. No 7 Rolled back into the Shell bunker on 7. Which is the size of a small green and has an 8 feet face which I was up agai
  2. I'm a young retiree and my wife doesn't play golf. I play on average 4 or 5 times a week of which 2 are as a single at my home club. I try to book a quiet time after the older members have played their daily roll up and before the early work finishers get to the course = 2-3pm. I like to get out behind a 3/4 ball with no one behind me, I will play the course with one ball but if I hit an errant shot play a 2nd. When I get to the green I will putt out. If I'm catching the group and they are going at an OK pace I will practise putt or chip on/around the green. If someone then appears behind me I
  3. Great attitude, I've played throughout Europe and the US and do the same. I really don't mind who I join up with we've all got one thing in common, golf!
  4. There is one big upside on limited international travel to Scotland at the moment.
  5. You must have cheated!!!!! We could get into a long game here
  6. Lundin Golf Club in Fife for me today, ex-Open Qualifier. Sunny 72'F but with 25-35mph winds, started Double, bogey but came on to a decent game to finish with a 79 and my partner clinching a win with a net birdie at the last. Like most of the courses in Central Scotland at the moment, playing firm and fast. Downwind 300yd drives into lucky to get 200yds. This is the 2nd of a summer 4 leg match play where each of us host the group. Lost 3 and 2 at Dunbar, won 1 up today onto Milngavie in July. FYI if any of you Americans want to phonetically write how to pronounce Milngavie go for it!
  7. Well it's a real struggle for me at the moment course condition not really suiting my game. Got beat in my matchplay tie 5 and 4 that's me out of all the matchplay events had 85 net 79 on Saturday's comp. Then got beat in the League match yesterday 5 and 4. We have had very little rain in Scotland over the past 3 weeks and the courses are playing firm and fast. Yesterday we also had a +20mph wind. Getting loads of distance just can't get the ball to stop. 9th 140yds to go hit a small PW bounces on the green twice and disappears onto the railway line. Being 4 down at the 304yd 12th, partne
  8. I take Glucosamine Sulphate 1500mg a day and I do feel a difference, it is not like night and day but I feel they help. I also have a massage gun that I use on my lower back, which is where I have the most tightness and anywhere else that is tight or giving me problems. But like most people say stretching to try and keep the muscle supple and getting use to it. They say 60 is the new 40, mentally that maybe the case but my body begs to differ.
  9. I had the MX-15 their predecessor and still have a set of MX-25 (Forged) version. From my experience they are a good improver iron, my game at the time was h/c 22 and used them until I was playing of 12. Like many have said they do look a bit pricey. I sold 3i-PW for £50 a couple of years ago. I was never fitted for the MX-15 and were off the shelf regular shafts, because of my success with them I got fitted for the MX-25 which again served me well getting me down to single figures.
  10. Going back about 15 years for the first time I got down to single figures, the irons I was using were Mizuno MX-15 cavity back cast irons with DG r300 shafts. I started to think I was a player and got myself a set of Taylormade LT2 irons with stiff rifle shafts. After about 6 months and going up a couple of strokes in my handicap I found a way to play with them by changing my swing but hurting my body, ended up with tendonitis. Went back to the MX-15 and then got fitted for a nice set of Mizuno MX-25 forged irons with DG R300 which I used for about 10 years. I learnt my lesson the hard way and
  11. After Phil's win 60 is just a number. Saying that in the over 60s got handed the tie because my 71 old opponent doesn't like playing in the rain.
  12. Lost 2 and 1 in the 1st tie and feel like a mug! 3 down at the turn with a concession at 2 when I thought I played the wrong ball only to find on leaving the green it was sitting in the rough, then chipped off a path straight into a ditch at 6 to affective give him a hole. On the front 9 was not playing well. Managed to get back to all square playing 16, which he is getting 2 strokes. I'm on the green for 3 putting for par. He rolls his putt to 2 feet, which I concede and ask him is that 5 nett 4 and he replies 5 nett 3. I thought I had a putt for a half but accept his call and move
  13. In the over 50s and over 60s matchplay competitions Over 50s tie this evening 45'F. 12-20mp wind and showers, oh and I'm giving the guy 21 strokes. Really looking forward to it back into full Winter layers and waterproofs! Think I'll pack a thermos with hot coffee.
  14. The garage has been renamed Alf's Golf Shop due to the amount of kit I have in there and this is on the wall in the garage. I have another old framed version circa 2000 that i'm allowed to keep in the office. She's very understanding and happy to see the back of me most days.
  15. Played in the Senior League Betterball Matchplay for the club yesterday. Set the scene, my partner and I are 3 for 3 win wise but all the games have been close and we have had to play well to win with matches going down to 17 and 18. This is the 1st season we have been using the WHS handicap system. I'm playing of 4.9 and partner 11.7, the maximum competitor handicap is 20. Prior to WHS, anyone off 20 would be 75% of the difference in betterball which would be ((20-5)*75%) 12 strokes with me off scratch. new rules are that you use the Course Handicap so I get 5, but off a slope
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