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Alf. S

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  1. Really!! After you see some of the trousers John Daly wears I would say jeans are a significant improvement.
  2. To me your stats for your short game look good for 20 h/c. Putts @ 30, 1/3 up and downs is pretty good. But it looks like you must carry a few doubles or worse on your card and looking a a parteo of what causes these is a good start. Small changes can make a big difference, getting rid of a destructive shot. For me the 3w has always given me a high cut, so it stays in the garage or I go out and practise with it until I get confident with it. Just remember that ShotScope is an aid and can give you loads of data but sometimes just standing back and using common sense can take a couple of strokes off your score
  3. End of season update. My lesson for the season is don't dick around too much with your kit and swing. If I look back to May my scoring was doing OK but was looking for a step improvement. I invested in lessons a new putter, constantly change my club setup; different wedges, 2h vs 3w, 3h vs 3i, driver settings, multiple fittings looking for a new driver. I was also getting anal about my stats on Arccos. Looking back my scoring was all over the place and my handicap showed it. In the last 6 weeks I went back to things that have worked for me in the past and added a few simple things I have picked up on. I always thought a had a strong left hand grip, watched Sky and them discussing Jon Rahm's grip I found out it was weak, so I changed that. My take away has been an issue because I don't really understand cause and effect. I would go out onto the range and tinker with it and come up with a "solution". This "solution" would breakdown on the course or with a different club. Focusing on a slow takeaway letting the body/shoulder turn naturally has helped this and given me more consistent ball striking. It has also help in the transition. Chipping, I've chop and changed my setup over the last couple of years but now I have settled down to a comfortable setup. I have a funny stance at setup with my left foot almost pointing at the target but this keeps the bottom half quiet and using the takeaway swing thought about has helped. Putting; my SpiderX is back in the garage and I'm now using an old Rosa Daytona and an old setup that worked for me in the past. I've always though my left hand/side contributed to me pulling putts. Over the winter season last year I consciously tried to use a conventional grip and swing which I continued to use into the summer. This has now been ditched reverting back to a old setup with my left elbow pointing away from my body and a very light left hand grip. This has taken the pull out of my putting. With all this stuff in my head the last thing I'm using to re-enforce is to try and get my setup consistent and I use the acronym GAS. GRIP: Strong Left Hand Grip ADDRESS/AIM: Body Setup and target setting SWING: Pratise takeaway to ensure body is turning correct and weight is transferring OK. It seems to be working my first win of the season on Saturday with a 75 net 66 in windy conditions. Also my scoring is now more consistent. I did have a couple of rounds last week outside my handicap but this was in a 40mph gale at Dundonald on Wednesday and a few strategic mistakes playing Castle Stuart on Sunday, but I was still hitting the ball well on the 2 Championship courses. Just a shame that I'll have to wait 6 months for my next handicap counting competitions .
  4. After a disappointing season on the final weekend I hit some form. Hit a scratch 75 net 66 and hopefully win the monthly medal then played at Castle Stuart yesterday in great autumn conditions. I'd played there before but in 30mph winds and overcast conditions. Yesterday was stunning. For those who have read my post on course management, I started well lipping out my par putt on 1 and birdie on 2, feeling good on 3 until I pulled my approach left. The ball is sitting in a small gorse bush root, there is no way you can get the club onto the back of the ball and I try the Seve shot 4 shots later I'm on the green and the mist has descended. Apart from that I was pretty steady. Some pictures below and one of Elgin Cathedral just to show I don't always play golf
  5. What a great gift So they send a selection of Malts out how regular? They have 2 bars/clubs in Edinburgh (Leith). The company I use to work for have a corporate membership their and I use to host customers their. Expense stretched to a bottle of Malt for the customer. For those who don't know. The company buys casks from the distilleries and bottle the malts themselves. They can't call the whisky by its brand name because the Whisky Society bottled it and the alcohol level will not be the same as the brand. In revkev's picture you can see the cask number and a creative name for the malt, I suspect he also has got a description of each i.e something like "Speyside malt, matured in bourbon casks with a strong peaty taste".This usually gives a good indication of the distiller. Most of the malts tend to be higher strength as much as 110 proof 55%/vol. One of my friends also has membership, during the Xmas holidays a group of us would go there, catch a train then taxi to the club to get their before midday. You get the malt of the day to start, then each of the group gets a round with a malt of their choice. Once you have all bought a round we head home with the barman's choice while you're waiting for the taxi back to get the train. The problems arises due to group size (usually 10 to 12 of us) and the strength and measure sizes. For the 1st couple we go through the nose and taste test trying to guess the malt but after about 3 this becomes a bit pointless as the senses get numb. After about 6 or 7 it starts to become a war of attrition and at the end the task is trying to get the group home in one piece as we struggle back for the train at about 6pm.
  6. One other thought Samsung even on their flagship phones (i.e. Galaxy S and Note) use two different Codec vendors. They split production across using the Qualcomm Snapdragon Application Processor which binds them to using Qualcomm's Codec and their own Exynos Apps Processor which they partner with a 3rd party Codec. I can't remember which is which in terms of country markets but one platform is sold in the US the other in Europe. This means you may not get the same audio performance with a Galaxy S10 in Europe as you do in the US. Just for info. The Codec is the 1st chip the mic connects to in the audio chain it converts the audio signal into a digital signal that the application processor on your phone can understand. As the name infers the application processor is the chip that runs most of the software including the Arccos app. In the other direction it takes the digital output from the apps processor and changes it into audio to drive the speaker, ear piece or headphone jack.
  7. Pretty much, the shaft in both was Fujikra pro 62. This was one of the stock shafts in 2016/17. I can't remember what the shaft was for the M6 but i was Stiff and light, did it at American Golf in Uphall, obviously didn't buy!. Bit more data my swing speed is usually 95 to 105 and I tend to close the face a bit. On the Callaway I average about 240yds with a carry of 220.
  8. Not used the M2 or M4 but have experience with the sister clubs M1 and M6. I use to be a TM zealot ever since the R7. But I had an M1 for 2 years with Stiff Fujikra shaft and it was the worse driver I ever had. It was more the consistency rather than anything else. Sure I could hit some great drives but the off centre ones would go nowhere. Going back a couple of years I was fitted for a Callaway Epic ended up with a similar Fujikra shaft as the M1 and really happy. Tried fittings with the Epic Flash, M6 and Cobra F9 and this year and not getting much more out of them than the older Epic but again the M6 gave me the worse dispersion.
  9. An experience update. Don't wear tight jeans when using Arccos. Played 18 yesterday and was 3 over at the turn (39), took phone out my front pocket and it had me 15 under. I think combination of thick material and it being snug in my pocket meant it missed most of my shots.
  10. Personally I think it the variations in Audio performance across Android is the issue rather than the variations on OS. With Apple the mic input through the Codec is pretty much the same since the iPhone 6. You tune the App for one iPhone you have it for the full range. For Android even across the same vendor the Audio paths can be significantly different. Samsung A series and J series use a lower cost Codec compared with flagship Galaxy S and Note you match this with the mic then the permutations to tune soon get into 10s just for Samsung.
  11. Oops We'll soon be the 51st state if BloJo gets his way!
  12. Hi I'm Alf and I'm bad at course management, I hope by sharing this maybe I will realize this on the course and back off. We have 2 par 5s at my club that I can reach on a "good" day in 2. My destructive shot is a slicing 3 wood which is maybe 50% of the times I hit the club. I can carry my 3 wood 210 yds and I go for it every time. Absolute testosterone driven nonsense. I find our 17th a bit tight and can end up blocked in the trees on the right for my approach and in my head I'm Seve. Instead of chipping out I will try a shot I have never practised or played. Instead of putting for par I end up with a double. This is from Tuesday I consider myself level headed and very objective but on a golf course this seems to go out the window.
  13. BTW this is the 3rd best course at Gleneagles, The King's and Queen's are much more enjoyable IMO!
  14. A game of what might have been on the Europe side as well Charley Hull halving her match when a par on 18 would have got her the point and Anna Van Dame. She was amazing on Friday but someone needs to talk to her about hole strategy, her decision making on both Saturday and Sunday on 18 cost her one and half points. But what a climax on the last stroke on the last green with a wild card pick playing her last Solhiem Cup. She misses USA retain, she holes Europe win. Hollywood couldn't have written the script. Anyway onto Inverness in 2 years.
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