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    Jesus Christ (which involves singing in the church choir). I'm not interested in work, even though I'm there more than just about anything else in life. How exactly did I get stuck there?
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  1. in low net I would always bet against a scratch golfer, or borderline scratch golfer, versus two 10's. The two 10's can shoot in the low to mid 70's, whereas with a net score, that 0.9 is gonna need to shoot 68 or better in every round to have a chance.
  2. Well, for me I don't really care what this Tour or whatever it is does, because in my humble opinion they are allowing Bernhard Langer and Scott McCarron to cheat every week with their broomstick putters that are anchored, which goes against the rule that went into effect a few years ago. How many tournaments would Langer win if he had to switch putters to a more traditional putter? Beyond that, this tour was created when Palmer turned 50 and wanted to be competitive again, since he hadn't won on the PGA Tour in years. Without Palmer, that tour doesn't even exist today. He's gone, and Jack doesn't play on it anymore. I laugh when guys turn 50 who barely if ever won an event on the PGA Tour go out there and tear it up again. It's a complete joke to me honestly. If you are going to use the name "Champions" in the title of your Tour then shouldn't a prerequisite for playing on that tour be that you were a "champion" something? I mean, who the heck is Doug Garwood, and what has he ever won? Your argument for asking for qualifiers for this tour goes against what I am saying above. A requirement to even getting a spot on this tour would be to have been a "champion" of something on the PGA Tour, and frankly, they should limit the fields to guys who meet that prerequisite and have a name. Allowing some dude off of the street who just happens to be over 50, to try and qualify for a tournament, who never even played pro golf in his entire life sort of defeats the whole purpose of how that tour was even founded and ran to begin with.
  3. My definition of a blow up hole is a hole where you make the same mistake at least twice on, probably resulting in double bogey or worse. Today I played St James Bay, which if you are not straight and lay up to certain distances it will consume all of your golf balls. The 15th hole is a par 5 where you have to hit the fairway but not more than 260 yards, because you'll end up in the woods. The hole has a vast waste nature area to the left of the fairway that separates the green from the rest of the hole. It's a goofy hole, because if you hit your tee shot far enough left on the fairway, you will only have about 210 yards into the green, but it's almost entirely carry over the nature area. The hole has the fairway running to the right of the nature area, and you can hit like a 160 yard shot over there and then play a mid iron to a wedge into the green, depending on how much you cut off of the nature area towards the green. Well, trying to be a hero today, I wanted to play a right to left draw off of the tee to give myself a chance to go for the green in two. So of course I pull hook the drive in the trees, and have to take a penalty drop. I am too short to even see the green or go for it, so I am looking at about 170 to carry the nature area into where you would normally hit your 2nd shot into the fairway. Naturally I pulled my hybrid too far left and it didn't carry the nature area into the fairway, so now it's gone. But now I can drop in front of the nature area as far as the fairway goes, to now be where I would have liked my drive to go, about 200 yards to carry the nature area to the green. Dropping 4, and hit my 5th shot into the greenside bunker, short of the green, but clearing the nature area. Splash out of the bunker, and 2 putt for the nifty little snowman. Why is this a blow up hole? Because first off, I should have just played my normal drive, and not gotten greedy in trying to hit it far enough left to go for the green in two. But then when you screw the drive up, you don't try the hero shot over a nature area that demands a long carry and end up putting a 2nd ball into the hazard. That's your blow up hole, ladies and gentleman. Two mental mistakes on the same hole. I also had fun on the 18th today, which I would again classify as a blow up hole. Ripped a drive right down the middle of the fairway on this par 5 finishing hole. There is water running all the way down the left side of the hole up to the green, and I had about 267 into the green for my approach. Well, the fairway right in front of the green is minimal at best, so hitting a fairway club as far as I can hit it as close to the green as possible is a high risk shot, so I figure I'll hit a smooth 7 iron to about 100 yards and take my chances with the wedge on the 3rd shot into the green. So naturally I pull hook the 7 iron right into the middle of the lake on the left. Well, I didn't really carry much land over the lake, so I can only move up about 90 or so yards. I think I had like 177 into the green from where I could drop next, so I decide to pull 6 iron and naturally I get the same pull result with the 6 iron, and it lands in the water, just short of carrying it greenside. Again, the blow up hole is doing the same stupid thing twice on the same hole, so now we are dropping 5, and hitting 6 into the green from about 160 yards. I pull 7 iron and put it to about 25 feet above the hole. Ironically, putting for double bogey on this finishing hole down the hill must be the only time I'll make a putt of that length, because I managed to walk off this hole with a double bogey, even after depositing two balls into the water. Blow up hole #2 for you. And honestly I couldn't tell you the last time I've lost two balls on a single hole, let alone doing it twice in one round. But that's what you get when you haven't played a round of golf in exactly a month, and then only one round a month prior to that. Gotta knock the rust off of my game and cut this crap out.
  4. since the only time my Tuesday golf group meets is during daylight savings time, I wish it was all year round honestly, because I am very much looking forward to playing with the boys again this coming Tuesday all through the end of September.
  5. This will probably never happen, because the US Congress has to approve it, and currently, or at least the last I heard, it can't even get out of committee in the Senate, and the rest of the country could really care less about what Florida wants. Especially something this low on the priority list.
  6. Well, I don't have to post this then. That would be me as well.
  7. Seed over all the cart paths and any golfers that want to play have to walk, take a caddie, or bring a push cart. Yeah, I know, I just created a riot over in "The Villages", but bring it on. I know it's unpopular to suggest such a thing, but back in the day golf was supposed to be a sport where the walking component was a big part of the competition and game. Pace of play is maxed out at 3 1/2 hours for any group on the course. If it's good enough for St. Andrews, then it's good enough for wherever golf is played. You punch a card at the turn, and if you are over time (1 hour and 45 minutes per nine for those of you keeping score), your group is asked to leave the course. Well, asked is too polite. You'd be shown the parking lot by our staff of marshalls who are all college students from the athletic department. Maximum handicap of 18 is allowed on the course. Yeah, sure, that seems extreme, but we have a nice big 'ol range over there for those of you who need to work on your game a bit to get down to the maximum number. And while we're working with your game on the range we're discussing options #1 and #2 above. Oh yeah, and if you want to play my course, you will HAVE to have an established handicap. Don't worry, the course is open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for you to play a round with the pro, to keep score and to have your scores posted for handicap. We have at least 3 pros available at any time during these days to accommodate anyone interested in playing a round. "Gee Swag, I just don't have the time to do this, yada, yada, yada." Well, that's part of the problem honestly that I see with most public courses on the weekends. Guys out there wasting everyone else's time because they haven't ever practiced their game, and just show up on Saturday or whenever and dust off the clubs from the last time they played and expect to actually keep a ball in play. Then they ****** about how their game sucks while playing a 5 hour round and holding everyone up behind them. My course design would incorporate the following holes and distances: Par 3s of 100, 115, 130, 145, 160 and 185. Par 4s of 315, 330, 345, 360, 375 and 390. Par 5s of 450, 465, 480, 505, 520 and 550. Yeah, that's right. Six of each par, and half of those holes would be short enough for the average golfer, and even the senior shorter hitters to reach par 4s easily in two and par 5s easily in three. Don't worry. If you think that 100 yard par 3 is too easy, you haven't seen my design. The green would be about the size of my small bedroom in the house (10' x 12') and if you miss anywhere but short, the bunker you are in you are hitting out sideways or backwards, as it will be a true hazard and a true penalty, much like the postage stamp green's bunker is at Royal Troon. Yeah, Rory took 6 shots to get out of it. How will you fare? I'd have doglegs on all the shorter par 4s and double doglegs on all the par 5s. You want to cut the corner? Go ahead. Lots of water on the par 5s right about where you hot shot studs with 300 yards of carry will end up wet. I will neuter your distance at every turn, and force you to use 14 clubs from your bag for all 18 holes. Phil Mickelson may not approve, but GOOD! Tournaments every other weekend at my course. These are for both the men's and women's members. You'll never get good at golf if you don't compete against your peers. Tournaments are always gross and incorporate flights by your pre-established and witnessed handicapped scores. The cost of these tournaments would be the same as the greens fees currently are, which would be free to members, plus a $10 entry fee for the kitty. The winner of each flight takes how the cash. And if you win flight "B", you are in flight "A" next time around. If you are last in flight "B", you are in flight "C" next time around. Honestly, the above is not realistic in our day and age when most folks are splitting their time 15 different ways. I'm genuinely looking for 200 people for my type of club, where the membership fees are reasonable ($150 a month or less). You will get in shape at my club, and you will always have a game waiting for you. I would establish an online members only website where members could post requests for tee times, and seek pairings with fellow members. I would also have a complete online database with all members contact information, and including handicaps. There are no outliers or strangers at my club. We all love golf, and we all want to play as much as possible. Enough of the old boys club. Everyone can play with everyone else, and there are no cliques at my club. Be engaging with your fellow members or play somewhere else.
  8. Well, since Rickie Fowler is playing these now, they must be great.
  9. No disrespect for anyone who calls your fairway club a "wood". Lord knows I've been calling it that forever, mostly because I honestly don't know what else you would call it. I mean, Johnny Miller used to always say fairway "metal", which is technically more accurate, but that just sounds weird; it always has. And unless you are still sporting that fabulous set of persimmons from the late 1980's fairway clubs haven't been "wood" since Callaway introduced the "Big Bertha" and Taylormade came out with fairway clubs that were made of some sort of metal component. I suppose it will take a reinvention of this sort of club to the point where it isn't even called a fairway whatever club anymore, but like the "driver", which used to be called a "1 wood" back when I WAS playing persimmons, does anyone have any bright ideas on how to name your fairway metal club something nice that sets it apart and makes it unique and classy? I mean come on, we're all intelligent, above average addicted golfers here. Can we come up with something fancy to call it? Heck, we used to call the driver the "play club" back when they hit hickories, and the 2 wood was the "brassie, and the fairway wood was the "baffing spoon". Surely we can come up with a name that has some sort of sex appeal and staying power? Then again, if you marketing gurus want to get paid, you might not respond here, and call Callaway direct and give them the business first.
  10. While I have never been fitted for a fairway club (we have got to come up with a better description of a fairway club, because it hasn't been "wood" since the 20th century), in my journey of golf clubs I have often gotten my driver and fairway clubs all being the same PING model, and with that comes the same shaft. I had at one time my driver, 3 and 5 fairway, 19 and 22 degree hybrids all being the PING G5, and all came with the same stock regular flex shaft. I guess it was just a comfort thing to me, as each club reacts differently to the shaft, especially since you hit each club for different things. I currently have a PING G400 driver, 19° hybrid, and 4 crossover, that all have the same PING stock regular flex shaft in them. My outlier is that I have a Callaway XR 4 fairway that has a project X regular flex shaft in it. I bought the Callaway 4 fairway long before any of my newer PING clubs, so that is why it is an outlier. And it would be real hard to take that Callaway 4 fairway out of my bag, because I just love it, and it is money 95% of the time (yeah, be honest, we all have that 5% or greater percentage of shots that we just suck on).
  11. yeah, a friend shared it with me right after it happened and then it went viral online and I saw it I think on Golf Channel's website. Not all that surprising honestly, but man, that was a brutal beat down after that dude talked too much trash to the cheater. I mean, if you are going to call out a cheater, make sure you can back it up physically. Which is why I generally don't ever say anything.
  12. GSwag

    Line On Your Golf Ball?

    if you are 60+ feet from the hole with multiple undulations, it's not shame to three putt. Putting a 60 footer to within 5 feet of the hole when it has multiple breaks is not easily accomplished, FYI.
  13. I was really just curious what everyone's opinion are on their favorite major championship and why. You can use this thread to make your case or to simply give your reasons for why you feel the way you do. And there are certainly no right or wrong answers here. Just opinions.
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