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  1. Started stockpiling bottles of scotch around 15 years ago. My thoughts at the time was the decrease in water quality which could potentially impact the taste. While I have not purchased a bottle in over 5 years I still have close to 200 bottles in my collection. My preference is smoke and peat profiles. My favourite distilleries are Ardbeg and Laphroaig. When I would find a bottle I really liked I would purchase 12+ at times, especially limited releases. Glad I purchased the bottles when I did at a much lower price. Could not justify the cost to enjoyment ratio today of many of my favourites.
  2. I had a wedge fitting this past Thursday at TXG. The Ping Glide 2 wedges I had been using had too much bounce for my sweeping swing. Had been practicing with 10 year old Vokey wedges prior to the fitting (52, 56 60, 64). Hit my current wedges for baseline numbers. Hit a couple of Vokey wedges which were much better than the old models. Then tried Taylormade MG3s. The bit of edge relief on the MG3s made a huge difference for my swing. Never hit better wedges before. Consistency for me was much better than the SM9s. Ordered MG3 in 50-9, 54-11, 58-8. Also ordered SM9 60-4 L grind bent to 62 for short sided flop shots as well as when the fairways dry out in July and August. SM9 will be the same length as the MG3 58.
  3. Got my net and SkyTrack set up today. Hit over 150 wedge shots getting ready for my wedge fitting this Thursday. Also signed up for winter practice at TXG. Ceiling height in my basement is only 8.5' so can only practice up to my 7 iron. This way I can work on my longer clubs at TXG and rest at home. After 2 years of not being able to play I have the itch.
  4. I have an appointment for fitting new wedges. My current wedges are Ping Glide. The bounce on each is too high (12-14 degrees) for my home course when it dries out over the summer causing me to skull the ball at times. Works out well since the guys at TXG are familiar with my home course as well as another out of the city I play at regularly with friends and family. The second course is softer in the fairways with more wet, compact sand. Hope I can get the new clubs soon so I can practice with them all winter.
  5. I have not been able to play golf for the last 2 years so plan on hitting the ground running this spring. 1. Had a putter fitting last week to make sure missed putts will be user error, not second guessing the equipment. 2. In the next couple of weeks I will have a wedge fitting. I feel my wedges have too much bounce for my home course. 3. A few days ago I set up a net in my garage I can use with my SkyTrack. Will practice swing with shorter clubs 7 iron and down due to height restrictions. 4. Already lift weights 5-8 times per week. Will start working on some Olympic lifts to gain some extra explosiveness. Swim at least an hour a week for cardio. Thinking of an indoor bike for low resistance steady state cardio. 5. Have already started eating in a small calorie surplus to gain a bit more muscle over the winter. Plan on dropping back to around 12% body fat come spring.
  6. Fifteen+ years ago Rayban had good lenses. I now have multiple pairs of Maui Jim sunglasses for everyday use when a polarized lens is needed. Tried Oakley Prizm golf glasses but did not like them. Keep them with my fishing gear in case someone forgets or loses theirs. For golf I wear non-polarized Vuarnet sunglasses with yellow lenses, similar to shooting glasses. Very nice depth contrast and under the right light conditions it is easier to read greens while wearing them.
  7. I prefer all my shoes to fit tight. The front of my foot is wide while having a narrow heel. With an 11.5 Adidas my feet feel locked in at the heel, 1/4" or less from toes to front of shoe with sides stretching. Rarely find another brand that fits properly for me. Much easier for dress shoes where better companies have multiple lasts available. Once you find the lasts that fit it is easy to order safely.
  8. Ball slightly forward in my stance. Have always felt most comfortable this way.
  9. I would steer clear of any type of business in the service industry including golf courses. Currently too much trouble finding enough quality employees. I would put everything into buildings and property in large metropolitan areas. Set up a property management company to handle issues with rent, leases and maintenance. It might take at least a few years to find the right people.
  10. Had the putter fitting this past Thursday using the new Quintic software. First thing was making sure set up alignment was to the centre of the hole multiple times during the fitting. Bang on every time, happy no issues. Alignment at impact was blue on almost every put. Again happy there were no issues starting the put on the proper line. Putter had the thinnest Ping pistol grip which caused a slight rotation in the through stroke. Changed the grip to a slightly thicker pistol grip which eliminated the slight rotation. Changed the loft one degree for a better roll. Fitter advised me to never change the putter. Did a putter fitting with Edel around 10 years ago. Tried a few putters but was advised to stay with the Mizuno putter. I changed to a round grip and used it for years. Made the mistake of trying an oversized grip which turned out horrible for me. Putter fitting was worth it to me so I never have to second guess my equipment. If I miss a put I know it will be the user error.
  11. For cart or stand bag I use the same layout. Lowest side of the bag has clubs go in shortest to longest starting at left side. Both bags have 14 individual slots so clubs will be organized the same no matter which bag I use.
  12. Brands currently in bag; Ping G410 driver Callaway Rogue 5 wood Titleist TS2 5 hybrid Taylormade P 790 irons Ping Glide Wedges Kevin Burns Anser style putter Expecting a different putter after fitting Thursday.
  13. The last 8 months I have lost approximately 15 pounds, almost all body fat. I was around 18-20% body fat at 6'2", 210lbs. Until my late 20's body fat numbers were around 10-12%. At 51 now around 12-14% currently. Changed some of my eating habits. Always ate seafood at least twice per week but now at least once per day. Protein numbers for seafood are high without the calories of red meat. Protein makes you feel full. I now fast 16 hours a day. First meal of the day is 2pm and my eating window lasts 8 hours. I will eat 3-5 meals spaced out so I am never hungry over this time. Each meal will have a protein source. I continuously drink water all day which will also make you feel full. Always drink a large glass of water before I eat. Back to my high school weight with a 44" chest and 33" waist. I do not believe in losing weight too quickly. This can lead to a higher loss of muscle which will lead to a slower metabolism. You want to lose as much fat as possible not muscle. Especially as you get older. At my age I am lucky to build 1-2 pounds of muscle per year naturally. I also do not believe in taking any form of gear. Not worth the long term side effects. At 40 had an injury which kept me from walking properly for 3.5 years. I stopped weighing myself at 243lbs and my 38 pants which fit at the time later started bursting at the seams. As I started to slowly get mobile again and eating a little less food each day I dropped to 197lbs in 2 years. The sub 200 was just to see if I could do it and found 210 was good at the time and easy to maintain.
  14. I still have a Sun Mountain four5 stand bag from from 2013. Carried this bag for 6 years and still like new. Now use a C130 with a year of use. Hope it will last as long as the four5.
  15. I use aftermarket head covers for my driver, wood and utility club. My home course sells them (Dormie) at a good price. Many OEM covers are too short which can lead to the irons contacting the graphite shafts.
  16. Never lifted weights before I was 50, but always enjoyed hard physical labour since I was 5 years old when I would sneak out to the shed and chop wood. I now lift weights 6-8 times per week, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. I split workouts morning and late evenings on days and still get enough work in if a miss on or two sessions. Working out at home helps a lot. This allows me to finish each session quicker to help lesson systematic fatigue. Always sleep great after a late workout. Also allows more chances to focus on a specific muscle group harder before becoming tired during a session. Trying to limit the pain in my joints since I have severe tendonitis in almost every joint in my body. I lift in a volume rep range, never less that 6 reps per set all the way up to 20-30 reps. For each muscle group I do 8-12 sets. Each session I work harder than last time with more weight, reps or sets.
  17. I'll let the fitter at TXG do his thing to guide me to the correct putter. It has worked so far with the rest of my bag. I am confident I will find a putter with the right putter stroke characteristics. The harder part might be the feel for distance control. I have been trying some old putters I have and it seems the head weight, grip size and grip weight make a difference for distance control.
  18. I am going to book a putter fitting in a few weeks. Currently practicing with an old Scotty Cameron Squareback. I like the heavy putter head feel with the super slim SC pistol grip. As I get older I am starting to get rock hands as I lose the feeling of the putter which makes distance control more difficult.
  19. Joseph Heller Catch-22 is my favourite book. One rainy weekend I read the book on Saturday and read it again on Sunday. Every time I read this book I notice a new things I missed previously.
  20. I had a 919 driver, 3 wood and Scor wedges made up for me about 7 years ago by a local fitter. The driver worked as good or better at the time than any other I had tried. My swing eventually grew out of the shaft. When my kids started playing I went to the same fitter and had the driver head reshafted for my oldest daughter that was twelve. Had both girls fitted for maltby irons and hybrids I had not heard of before. Both girls still play the irons and hybrids. My youngest daughter started playing the Wishon driver this year with great results. The fitter I used would buy multiple sets of previous generation heads at a good deal (same with aftermarket shafts) and passed it along to me. Was able to get both sets for the girls for less than cheap box sets would cost and they got very high quality equipment. If budget was a concern I would go this route again for myself and the kids.
  21. Got back into building a stereo system 16 years ago. It took over 8 years to put together my modern system but still old school so this system only vinyl and reel to reel. A dedicated room is also a must for me. I don't think most people understand the quality of sound some of the old 70's receivers have. many are very musical with great midrange. Have at least 6 currently but using only my favourite, a Tandberg 2075 at my cabin up north with modern speakers. People are often shocked at the capability of the system. Enjoy your vintage sound.
  22. To optimize your driver best to go get fit. Right head with he wrong shaft may be worse or vice versa. Recently had a fitting and first half was trying different heads with a few different shafts and second half was dialing in the right shaft with the head that worked best. By the time we were done I was confident with the feel of the driver and fitter made sure the driver numbers were optimized for my swing. Lingering thoughts that another combination could work better are now gone. I have been changing out almost all my clubs this year and this is the goal with each fitting.
  23. Similar high 80s swing speed with driver. Have had a couple larger head 3 woods over the years and could not use of the deck and not any more accurate of the tee than driver. My 5 wood is more consistent and better ball flight when I swing about 80% max. Home course is very hilly and I try to stop myself from hitting 5 wood off anything but reasonably flat ground. Realized success rate below 50% with some hole killer results. Pushing myself to take my medicine and stick with a 6 iron for those shots as my confidence level is much higher.
  24. Finally able to pick up my new Ping G410 driver yesterday. Will try to play at least 9 holes this week. Previous driver would spin too much and fall out of the sky. Expecting some decent distance gains with the 410.
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