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  • Birthday 07/09/1959

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  1. Winter will just not let go here in Wisconsin. Had a couple decent (50's - we'll take what we can get) Saturdays but today there was snow on the ground and frost warnings again for tomorrow and Thur. Have not had that really warm day where you can just feel the sun warming your bones yet. We'll end up going from this right into summer. Oh well.
  2. Jim Appleton, WI I walk about 80% of my rounds. I use a Sun Mountain Quad.
  3. Thanks for the recommendations. Based on schedule and some iffy weather (50's and some rainy days) I only got to play once and did the Craft Farms Cyprus. It was my first time out since October. That is a pretty nice track. Big practice range which I definitely needed to shake some of the rust off. There is some water (2x on the front and 1x on the back but amazingly was able to grab all three) and I would like another crack at the greens. I misread too much break fairly consistently - some of which were unfortunately on the comebackers. Hacked it a bit with a 46 on the front but wasn't too displeased with the 40 on the back considering the above mentioned water balls. Also did get to spend some time at the Flora-Bama so managed to have some fun...
  4. Looks like the cold is going to break just in time. We'll be down there Feb 22-Mar 2nd. And then up to Hot Springs Village 4th - 9th. Put together a list of courses for GS. Any I should be sure to play / avoid? Thx Jim Gulf Shores Golf Club, 520 Clubhouse Drive, 520 Clubhouse Dr, Gulf Shores, AL 36542, $45 to $65 , 20 minutes from condo Craft Farms, 3840 Cotton Creek Cir, Gulf Shores, AL 36542 $40 to $75, 20 minutes Craft Farms Cypress Bend, 3840 Cotton Creek Cir, Gulf Shores, AL 36542 $45 to $75, 20 minutes Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club, 20 Peninsula Blvd., Gulf Shores, AL 36542, 251-968-8009, $59 to $79 , 30 minutes Palmer design 3 courses Lost Key Golf Club, 625 Lost Key Dr, Pensacola, FL 32507, $65 or $50 after 1, 10 minutes Soldiers Creek Golf Club, 28341 Preserve Trail, Elberta, AL 36530, $50 to $45 after 1, 40 minutes Perdido Bay Golf Club, 1 Doug Ford Drive, Pensacola, FL 32507, $60, $50 at 11, $37 at 1, 15 minutes Kiva Dunes Golf Club, 815 Plantation Rd, Gulf Shores, AL 36542, $84 to $75 at 12 40 minutes
  5. Jim, Appleton, WI Shoe Size - 10.5 Current Shoe Worn - Adidas TOUR 360 What's The Most Important Thing in Your Shoe Selection - Comfort for walking and stability. I walk 1 to 3 rounds a week. Water proof is important too for wet grass and occasional rain.
  6. Jim Appleton, WI Taylormade M5 9.6 index 101 TSi3 so I can shift the weight to help with my hook bias
  7. Jim Appleton, WI I keep my touch by curling in the winter. seriously that is much more of a game touch and focus and fitness than you would think. However a putting mat would be extremely helpful. My experience with mats is basically hitting some outts at golf galaxy and some trade show games. I would like to test the medium speed mat. My course, while it is public cuts and rolls on a lot of weekends so it runs by my guess 10 to maybe 12.
  8. Jim / Appleton, WI / USA Odyssey 2 ball with factory black line Heppler Piper C. I've got a friend who putts really well with his center shafted putter and he has been in my pocket mostly due to his putting. I would sure like to see if this putter would get me back into the positive.
  9. I've been pretty happy with my Precision Pro rangefinder. Had a Garmen Approach GPS for years that I liked but when it died I went the laser route. Reviews say "it is not as fast" as Bushnell or Leupold but I really don't know what that is supposed to mean. When I see the flag and press the button it vibrates and gives me the yardage (and slope if I have that turned on). There is no delay or anything so I think that "fastest" is marketing hype that is not functional. It doesn't have the range of some of the others - for example I can't scope a 500 yard shot with mine and Bushnell can and beyond. I suppose that matters. For me that might be better for rifle practice but not so consequential for golf. I think it shoots pretty well out into the 350+ plus range which is further than I can hit it. I would say that it is sometimes hard to pick up the flags that don't have the little reflector things on them. Mostly I see that at driving ranges. If my club wouldn't put those on (and every local club that I have played has) I would just put a piece of reflector tape on the flag as I played that hole. Again probably can't do that at the driving range but you are usually hitting bad balls so distance is not that reliable anyway. One of my playing partners the other day had one of the hybrid ones that when you look through the viewer you see the normal range finder yardage but on the left was the GPS representation of the hole with distances. It was kinda small but pretty cool - also that dramatically raises the price. You might be able to do some of the things that I used the Garmen for - like yardages from tee/swing to your resulting ball position. That might be nice again but I don't know if I would pay for it. Customer Service for Precision Pro is great. Batteries for life is a cool thing. I have replaced mine and free is nice. Highly recommend. Jim
  10. If you were going to play in a scramble and wanted to hit the absolute longest rock there is, what would you choose? Green side spin/feel/whatever doesn't matter since you can switch to your gamer for the approach.
  11. I am driving down from Wisconsin for my mother's 90th later this week and plan on playing a couple times if there are any Spies in the village.
  12. I would love to be tester. Currently use the NXP Pro laser after using a Garmin Approach for years. Play at least 2x per week. Cureently playing to a 10. Jim / Wisconsin
  13. Jim / Appleton, WI There are no good putting practice areas close to here. I drive to a course to practice putting 1x most weeks and sometimes 2x per week for 45 minutes over lunch. And then practice for 15 - 30 minutes prior to my league round on Thur night and 15 to 30 minutes prior to skins game on Saturday mornings. But those short sessions are really more for speed than technique/practice - a few uphill, a few down hill, and a few each side. If I had this at home I would be stroking some almost every day. I switched my stance/alignment this year and have been putting much better and would like to say 3 or 4 3 putts/rd but when I keep stats and count it is closer to 3 or 4 a side! If I lost most of those I would break 80 every time unless I am having a really bad day with the driver. Granted the greens at our course are fairly tough - large, firm, and sloped from back to front. Make's 'em moderately receptive to a wedge but anything long above the hole and 3 putt is in play. If I could get to 2 or 3 3 putts in a round I would be very happy. I like the instant feedback of putter swing / face angle, being able to practice multiple distances and speeds which mats don't really do, the challenge mode looks cool, and once it is a little a safer for friends to hang out at the house it would be fun to do some play/challenge things.
  14. I have gotten the solicitations for the MISIG (Most Important Stretch In Golf) training aid and thought about it but never pulled the trigger. Is anyone using this now or in the past and if so were there any noticeable results? https://feelthestretch.com/ Thx
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