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Alf. S

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  1. Golf this week Turned 61 this year and have intentionally lost a lot of weight down for 213lbs to 175lbs not sure if either have contributed to me struggling with distance also had a bad case of the shanks so changed my grip on Wednesday Thursday Lost 3&2 in the Over 60s 1st Round Matchplay, played OK, no shanks but giving up 5 strokes in 6 holes on 11 to 16, with my opponent birdying his non-stroking 15th did for me, but got HIO. Friday Lost 5&4 in the Club Foursomes. Again no shanks from me but my partner off 3 did! Neither of us played well in windy squally conditions. Neither did our opponents but they did enough. Saturday Medal at club shot 78, out in 2 over. Struggled to get down on the back 9 but game improving. Enough to get a 0.2 cut to 6 dead on. Sunday playing my 1st round of Golf In Scotland Tour at Downfield near Dundee. Struggled all the way round, at 6800yds and with me struggling with distance I couldn't get anywhere near the long par 4s in regulation. Came in with 24 points, 159th out of 170. Only one shank but pretty destructive, put me in ankle length rough behind a tree for at NR at 15 Tuesday was the 1st round of Golf in Scotland over 50s Tour at Ratho Park. James Braid course that off the yellows play 5400. Was playing with a nice couple from Edinburgh and had a really good day. Scored respectfully with my driving letting me down 31 points with 2 blobs, a wayward drive at 2 for a double and a thinned wedge at 10 for a NR. Just a bounce game today, then last of this month's ties (4BB) to play tomorrow evening. Hectic week!
  2. Last couple of photos on my HIO, I promise. The view from the tee. And with my new bag tag from the club.
  3. Nope I didn't change for the photo just my usual sartorial elegance.
  4. On the clubhouse being hit, seen the roof being hit and balls ending in the car park but never seen a window hit. I've learnt over time where not to park my car.
  5. Haven't post for a while but want to share. After playing the game from the age of 13, at the age of 61 I hit my first hole in one yesterday. Playing a tie at my Home course West Lothian Golf Club https://www.westlothiangc.com/course/. 18th, right in front of the club house, 135yds par 3 down hill with wind behind. A sweet hit Approach Wedge over the protecting bunker. Pitched about 2 feet from the hole and gently rolled into the hole. Got applause from the clubhouse and the Senior League team were on the 1st tee so they all congratulated me which added to the occasion More than made up for losing the tie 3&2. What made it sweeter is that I've been having problems with my irons and had the shanks up until a little work on the range on Wednesday.
  6. I loved Dumbarnie when I played it last year. Lots of risk reward holes. Some pix attached
  7. Glad you enjoyed it and got lucky with the weather in March, shirt sleeves! Did you play anywhere else when you were here?
  8. Edinburgh is a great historic city with lots to see and do and so is St Andrews, I'm sure you'll enjoy the experience no matter where you go. Maybe not such a nice climate as Key West. Unlike the way Scotland is portrayed it doesn't always rain in the Summer but it is temperate so you can't predict the weather even a week in advance. In July you'll have really long days it will be light until 10pm so don't be put off if offered a late tee time. The one bar/bistro I would recommend is the Devil's Advocate just off the Royal Mile, great whiskeys, food is OK, building is I think an old coach house. It is touristy without being too over the top in cost. I definitely look you up if I'm over your way but like most European's the furthest we get in Florida is Orlando One last tip, in terms of golf kit and souvenirs the Pro Shop in Gullane is a lot better than Kilspindie so if you play there be sure to visit it. It is across the road from Gullane 2 and 3's club house beside the 1st tee on Gullane 1
  9. You'll enjoy either Gullane 2 and Kilspindie both links and within 5 miles of each other. The one bit of advice is check on availability of club hire and buggy. The coast there is about 20 miles of links Golf Courses from Prestonpans to Dunbar that cater to all levels of budget ranging from Winterfield to North Berwick. Some you won't get on without a member or luck i.e Muirfield, Archerfield and the Renaissance. What dates were you thinking, because the Scottish Open is on the week before The Open (7th-10th) at the Renaissance which is a joint PGA and European Tour Event (The Genesis) so it will be pretty busy around Gullane and North Berwick? If you mind is set on East Lothian another couple of alternatives are The Glen in North Berwick which is a good course and won't break the budget or Dunbar which is a little more expensive but again a great layout and pure links hugging the coast. On the other hand if you're driving the south coast of Fife is only an hour away and again is packed with good links courses. Specifically staying away from St Andrews then the pick of them are Dumbarnie which I think is the best fun I've had on a golf course and Lundin. Crail (Balcomie) and Ellie also get good reviews, I've played Crail and I was underwhelmed with it and haven't played Ellie. Lastly if on a budget Leven Links is always in good conditions and worth a play. I'm 20 minutes outside Edinburgh but my home course is parkland. If you and your wife are looking for a game I could host you and I'm pretty sure I can drum up 2 decent sets of clubs and a buggy. If you have any questions drop me a line and I'll try and help, I've played a lot of courses across Scotland.
  10. Thoughts on the Berger drop? https://www.trendsmap.com/twitter/tweet/1503486725896683525 I looked at the PGA Twitter video and it is real hard to correlate where he dropped to where he wanted to drop. There was Top Tracer on it that should have been real easy if there was an on course commentator to confirm where it crossed. Either way I think it was handle correctly by him and his playing partners, he eventually had to agree with Hovland and Daiman and take the drop further back and also post round Hovland and Berger seemed to be very level headed about it. IMO the comparison been made to Patrick Reed's is completely unwarranted.
  11. Alf. S

    Maxfli Tour

    If you can get them! Not sold in Europe never mind Eaglesham I'm afraid, might be able to get them on eBay!
  12. Alf. S

    Maxfli Tour

    Since the post I've given it a real go to try and lose one of these and haven't been able to do it. The same ball I've hit into gorse twice and hit it off the OB wall today. Found it and played on!
  13. Alf. S

    Maxfli Tour

    Those numbers do look impressive but reflecting back I can only remember losing one ball in the last 3 months. My course is on a Winter setup at the moment only playing about 4400 yds compare to the normal 6200 in the summer, so I'm playing very few long irons and also the rough has died back quite a bit. You can still lose balls if you're wild. I think it is also s tribute to the ball's durability because I won't play with badly marked balls. In summer it is a different story I'm usually losing a ball around.
  14. Alf. S

    Maxfli Tour

    I was one of the MGS testers this year and I'm still using the Tour balls after nearly 5 months out of the original 12 I have 9 left, play twice or 3 time a week. But once the box is gone it is back to my old Gamer since you can't get them in Europe.
  15. I'm a spot putter and average around 30 putts a round. So by no means an expert but above average. For me if I have to start thinking about length of swing on my putts I lose feel and distance. I tend to have a good look at line and gradient on the putt, pick my spot, 2 or 3 swings with the putter while looking at my spot to get the feel on swing and my brain dialed in to swing length. I then get over the putt, align putter to aim at the spot, couple of ball spot, ball spot looks and then hit, my mind is more on hitting at the target than stroke length. My distance tends to be pretty good
  16. Thanks everyone for their birthday wishes. Every year it should get easier to shoot my age, closest I've got is within 5. Maybe get a 61 on the short course before the new season!
  17. As many have said I wear loads of light thin layers so I can take off or put on depending on temperature and wind chill. the layers tend to be mostly short sleeve to keep the weight off my arms and 2 sets of waterproof tops a very light one which suffices 90% of the time and a heavier one for really cold or heavier rain. Top Nike crew neck short sleeve Normal golf polo t shirt Sleeveless 1/4 zip Wool 1/4 zip Kjus lightweight rain/windstopper Galvin Green Full waterproof jacket Bottom UA Thermal Trousers UA Lightweight waterproofs Galvin Green Alf Full waterproof trousers Stubburt golf boots with stinger cleets For me the only thing that stops me playing is snow on the ground. Although further North than Ottawa, Scotland is a temperate climate so rarely gets below 20'F, even with the ground frozen I'll be out.
  18. Maybe golf is off tomorrow. Weird storm for this time of year in Scotland. Nov usually temperate and not many storms. If we do get storm winds they usually come in off the Atlantic S to SW this one N/NW. Drive on the 1st will be 350yds and on the 2nd 80yds.
  19. Not got the chill factor but in Scotland we just brave it out, loads of layers, gloves, hats, thermal underwear,....
  20. Within an hour of the sign up going live Cruden Bay and Auchterarder were fully booked so ended up with Panmure (Links) Montrose (Links) Largs (Parkland: where I learned to play) Downfield (Parkland ex-Open qualifier) Castle Stuart (Links) Over 600 golfers signed up already
  21. I've used Arccos. Shotscope V2, Garmin Approach G5 and recently Skycaddie SX550 First things first anything that uses the GPS on your smartphone will not be as accurate as a dedicated GPS unit. 5-10m for a smartphone c.f. the dedicate GPS of 1-2m. The more satellites your unit acquires the more accurate the measurements will be. This is why Arccos have brought out the Link. Next is the course maps most of the Golf GPS vendors use satellite images of courses, depending on resolution and source of the maps these can be inaccurate particularly on green and hazard definition. SX550, if you want the best map accuracy and the biggest screen then this is the unit, I have it mounted on my electric trolley. Negative you still have a subscription but normally this means your course maps are up to date. Intelligreen is a marketing gimmick IMO and only limited courses are mapped. AFAIK Skycaddie are the only company that walk and map the courses. Myriad of options including crore recording, non-conforming club selection, shot recording. Not really a game analytics tool. Garmin G5 I still use and if I'm carrying will clip it on my bag. Light, small screen, feature limited. The only Garmin I looked at was the G80 bigger screen and had the launch monitor but opted for Mevo as launch monitor and stayed with Skycaddie for GPS. Arccos, I have Arccos Caddie 360 sensors but have stopped using them for the last year. Obtained a lot of data on my long game but when it came to trying to look at approaches and chipping without Link it was a waste of time. I also was finding I was focusing on the analytics more than my game. I never relied on yardages or Caddie and fell back to Skycaddie and justed used Arccos for gathering data on my game. Like the data analytics better than Shotscope. Shotscope, A lot of the quirks with Shotscope V2 have been updated I'm led to believe in V3. It does have dedicated GPS in the watch so will have the better accuracies than Arccos. Haven't look at the analytics for a year so need to have a look and see if they have improved. I'm thinking of going back and collecting more data on my game and the choice is do I invest in Arccos Link or buy Shotscope V3. At the moment it looks like Shotscope.
  22. I'm going to sign up for this next year. http://www.golfinscotlandseriesevents.co.uk/ £305 for 5 rounds with a chance to get to golf for a week in Turkey. Going for a mixture of Links and Parkland; new course and favourites Panmure (Links) Montrose (Links) Largs (Parkland: where I learned to play) Auchterarder (Parkland next to Gleneagles) Cruden Bay (Links)
  23. It tis the season to regrip, put a new Iomic iX SA 2.0 Grip on my AW to try it out and I'm afraid I didn't like it. I found it a bit hard and not as sticky as I thought it would be going back to the Winn Dri Tac.
  24. Courses I hate are ones that force you to lay up with dog legs, water and other hazards and leave you 200yds into a par 4. Courses I like are risk reward where you can take a carry on and make the hole appreciably shorter or bail out and leave a long iron. OK question you carry the ball 220 yds with your driver and you have a dog leg par 4 that has a large deep links bunker at the dog leg at 220 yds carry. Bail out left leaves 150yds in, if you carry the bunker it is about 270yds to the green and you have a chance of reaching. Grip it and ripped it a dolly 5i to the bail out?
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