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  1. Handicap: 9 Current Irons: Ping i25 7i carry: 150
  2. In 1992 I got out of the USAF and started back to school During those college years I made a couple of friends, one turned out to be a life-long friend who it became my major goal in life to destroy him on the golf course. Over the course of the next two decades I became an addict. I was playing 3-5 times a week. Upon completion of my degree I took a position teaching at an Alternative school in my home county. I found golf to be a welcome respite from the stresses of attempting to teach science to at-risk students. While rewarding, teaching was very demanding. During my teaching career, I managed to break 110, 100, 90, 85, 80, and par (once) (each goal taking me a year, except 80, which took 3 years). I also managed to work in time for a masters degree. During the year I worked on that degree, I also won the club championship at the club I was a member of, Three Oaks Golf Course, Harlem, Ga. Shortly afterwards, my friend moved to Houston, Tx. With him gone and my daughter's life becoming more demanding (she started college at 16, after being homeschooled), golf fell by the wayside for about 10 years. The time was just not available. However, in 2017 the addiction returned. I joined a local club and began to stalk par again. I couldn't believe how much I missed that irritating dimpled sphere. It was a scrubby little course, but it was cheap and let me get back in the game. I have since retired from teaching, joined a better club, and my pursuit of par has begun in earnest. In the ten years I laid off, apparently my body changed greatly. I am not the player I once was, but I do believe that I can score just as well. I never could over power a course, but my distance has suffered a bit and now I have to be more of a tactician than before. As I have aged, as many others have, I have experienced more losses in my life. The deaths of family members, friends moving on, etc. Golf provides me the solitude to reflect on the great life that I have led and continue to lead. I usually play alone, the vast majority of the time I walk the course. Even when the "special" golf words are being used, I cannot fully give into my frustration, because I am so genuinely thankful that I can still play this great game. Even for those of us who will never be on tour, there is a Zen quality to golf that cannot be found in other sports. Wandering in the woods looking for that poor lost ball, wading into the creek for his brother, burying his yellow friend in the sand, stomping to just before the women's tees for that much anticipated 2nd, ... I could go on and on, but you get the picture. The peace and tranquility of the experience broken only by a constant assault on one's ego, pride, and self-esteem.
  3. Andrew Georgia Ping Anser Odyssey Blade Rife Two Bar And currently in wild arguments with each of them as to which one belongs in the bag. And....for what it is worth, I prefer blade style putters.
  4. First Name/State or Country of residence: Andrew/Georgia Handicap: 9 Current irons in Play: Ping i25 The carry distance of the your 7 iron: 145 I am a huge Ping fan. Both of my "playing" sets are Ping: i25 (graphite) and Eye2+ (steel). Unfortunately, I have never been able to afford to be actually fitted for my clubs. I have had the lie angles and such adjusted for me, but never actually fitted. All of the clubs I use are Pings from Driver to Putter. I would love to test these. As a 60 year-old, recent retiree (from teaching), I have the time to truly evaluate my game and the tools with which I play. Thank you for the opportunity to apply.
  5. I use my Apple Watch and The Grint or 18 Birdies for my distances. I have considered a range finder but they are cost prohibitive at this time. Andrew King—Augusta, Ga
  6. Andrew Augusta, ga 6.5 handicap Titleist NXT tour S Ball speed
  7. I am a dedicated walker. I have, in the past, even paid the full green fee, that included cart, and still walked. Without walking it isn't much of a sport. At my home course, especially in the mornings, it looks like a shriner's convention with the carts running to and fro. Being the radical bugger that I am I always thought houses on golf courses should be illegal, or the occupants must be willing to allow you to walk/play through their property, without any whining!!!!!! I have played a few courses that were basically walking only. They were great! The play was faster. The players generally better. And you didn't have all the drinking and driving on the course! I have had to play out of a cart, mostly in resort areas. Usually adds 5-10 strokes to my game. I think if all of those riders, with the exception of the elderly & disabled, had to walk they would be a lot more careful about how they played. They couldn't just zip into the woods to find their ball. They might rethink what they are doing. Might just get better. I have now exposed myself as a walking snob.... I guess I am. Imagine how much healthier all of us would be if we walked the course....every time. I do so 3-5 times a week, and if this gimpy asthmatic can do it, anyone can.
  8. First name: Andrew Home State/Province/Country: USA/Georgia ​Do you use performance tracking? Yes Do you use a GPS watch? Yes Which ones? Apple Watch Series 3 (18 Birdies)
  9. Welcome to the forums alii1959 :)

     

    We are glad to have you at MGS. Go start your first message!

     

    There are thousands of golfers waiting to get to know you.

     

    MyGolfSpy Staff

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