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About Wolverine784

  • Birthday August 5

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    Grand Rapids, MI
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    Cigars, scotch, and good on course playlists
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  1. I am very lucky that I have a few successful friends in my life that haven't forgotten their golf loving buddies I hope I get to play again when there is not the threat of a downpour with each swing.
  2. Finally decompressed (and dried out) from the 12 man golf trip to Northern Michigan at the end of June. I won't bore you with all the details but wanted to share a few highlights and help anyone out that might be thinking of golfing up in Petoskey. Friday - Was fortunate that the rain storm let up enough to play Blythefield CC (home of the LPGA Meijer Classic). All of their improvements put in over the last year paid dividends and there were only a few holes were finding a dry place to hit from was difficult. Great track to walk and very appreciative of my rain gloves so I could shoot a mid 80s round that I will take given the conditions. Saturday - Crooked Tree - Rain, Rain, Rain. Probably the worst conditions I have ever been a part of. I stopped tracking my round half way through b/c the conditions were a bit comical at times. We made it thanks to some decent drainage and lots of gear but next time, I will quit when it gets to that point of saturation. The best stat of the day was it took 2 days by a fireplace to dry my shoes. Sunday - Bay Harbor (Preserve/Links) - This course is one of the nicest and most picturesque I have played. Some holes had me feeling like I was back at Bandon Dunes. Definitely a learning curve on some holes on where and what you can hit to be safe but whenever I had a bad shot, there was a view of the lake to calm me down. Putting woes continued as the greens dried out and speed was an issue but I will take the 85 and money I won. Monday - Bay Harbor (Links/Quarry) - Another magical round with views that are hard to top. If I was going to play one of the 9s twice, Links would be my pick and I did 4 shots better with some course knowledge (and a driver that didn't flare to the right). More consistent green speed helped as well thanks to no rain for a couple days. If you golf in northern Michigan (and you don't mind splurging a bit) play Bay Harbor a couple times to get in all of the 9s but if you can only do one 18, make it the Links/Quarry. Managed an 83 and a few dollars in my pocket thanks to a skin, CTP, and some of my trip mates having some blow up holes. Tuesday - Boyne Monument - The last day is always a tough one as the consumption leaks from your pores but besides a woeful first and last hole, this was by far my best round on the trip. The course is carved through a forest for much of the 18 but the greens are what made it tough. Quickest and most severe of the trip but my speed issues were cured a bit since I was leaving everything short the other days. The 83 was good enough for 4th in our secret partner calcutta and secured my positive winnings for the weekend. I always forget about Boyne when planning an up north get away but I won't sleep on it in the future. Great golf, fair accommodations, and some views that are second to none.
  3. My final league round before my golf trip to Northern Michigan this weekend and going in with good vibes. Some errant drives cost me some strokes but when I kept it in play I found some greens and rolled in some putts. Finally getting used to the distances and flight for my sub70 sticks so that is also a positive. The most important task of the day though was visiting the bank to withdraw my bankroll. Fingers crossed for a redeposit next week. Front 9 @ The Meadows - 41 17 putts 3/7 FIR 5/9 GIR Any Michigan Grinters out there can add me at cheddarbag419.
  4. The return to warm and windy conditions meant an early start to the 18 hole round at the local college track just west of the city. Everything was just a little off but the putter continues to be my most baffling stick. Speed, a slight pull, and just a huge lack of confidence are hurting potentially decent scores. I plan to hit the putting green for practice soon or it is going to be a very expensive golf trip coming up. 44/47 for my splits with a variety of penalty strokes and missed opportunities. A couple things to remind myself of though... * Intermittent fasting is not a good idea to stick to when you are playing an early round and need energy. * New clubs take some time to get used to and I think my higher than normal scores this season prove that out. Rebuilt most of my bag during the offseason and learning the new distances/trajectory/flight path take time especially when 9 holes every other week is the norm. Still love the game, but right now I am struggling to like it
  5. How long have you been playing golf? What’s your handicap or normal score? I have been playing since I was 7 years old and will be entering my 36th year. I got down to a 5 in my pre-kid days and am up to an 8.6 thanks to a balky driver and bad chipping. What do you love about golf? It is a game you can play for a lifetime. My son just started, I play with my dad often, and it is something we can share until they put dirt on me. What brings you to MyGolfSpy? Do you already know any other Spies? I don't know too many spies but I love reading about equipment and all of the way people are trying to make this game accessible to more and more people. Where are you from? What is your home course? I am from Grand Rapids, MI and mainly play at Scott Lake Golf & Practice Center where I used to be the director of golf or The Meadows in Allendale. What are the best and worst things about golf in your region? The abundance of different tracks and styles in this state is pretty much second to none and is fairly affordable based on my other travels. The weather is always a downer when you have to wash up the clubs and store them away for a bit. What do you do for a living? I am an IT professional managing agile projects How’d you pick your user name? I went to the U of Michigan and part of my long time phone number was 784. Gotta use things already in memory so you can remember who you are.
  6. 1. Joel - Michigan 2. 12 - 106mph 3. Ping K15 w/ Aldila RIP Red Eye Stiff Shaft 4. Epic Flash
  7. 1. Joel - Michigan 2. 12 / 110 3. Ping K15 with Aldila RIP shaft (red eye) 4. G410 Plus
  8. Name - Joel State - Michigan Age - 40 Handicap - 12 Iron Make up - Bridgestone J36 5-PW Project 5.5 steel shafts
  9. Tier 1: Jason Day Tier 2: Matt Kuchar Tier 3: Zach Johnson Tier 4: Luke List Tier 5: Thorbjørn Olesen Score -14
  10. Joel - Michigan Current - Bridgestone J40 54/58 Desired set - 50/54/58
  11. Tier 1: Tommy Fleetwood Tier 2: Branden Grace Tier 3: Thorbjorn Olesen Tier 4: Brian Harman Tier 5: Ryan Moore Winning Score: -6
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