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  1. On this day January 24th, A great friend I served with in the US Air Force, was diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic and liver cancer. Prognosis is 6 months to a year IF he has chemotherapy, less if he doesn’t. This slapped me to the realization that many of my “problems” are so minor and irrelevant.
  2. “ 90% of all putts of putts that are short, don’t go in” Yogui Berra
  3. Just heard that on December 3rd, Byron Morgan passed away. He owned and operated Byron putters from his shop in Huntington Beach. ‘I met Mr. Morgan when I picked up my first custom putter at his shop in Huntington Beach CA Seven years ago I wrote to him and requested a putter to celebrate the upcoming birth of my first grandkid, on my birthday a beautiful mini Scottsdale Anser , with pink head cover, pink grip and pink paint fill showed up at my door, I called the number on his web site and I asked the person on the phone for Byron, the voice said “That me, how can I help you?” . I identified myself , told him how much I loved the putter and asked him how much I owed him, his response? “ Congratulations Grandpa, it’s on me” RIP Byron
  4. RETIRED !! Age 60, could have stayed on and received about $200 a month more at 62 and about $350 if I waited until 65,,,, but right now, 5 days in, I made the right choice.
  5. On this day, 2021, was my last day at work, still don’t know if I am happy or sad, mixed feelings.
  6. I had a part time job as a cart guy between 88-'90, at The Arizona Golf Resort and Conference Center, while stationed at the Old Williams AFB in Chandler. The amount and variety of items left in the cart cubby holes is amazing, the following are the most memorable that I personally found and outcomes: Porche Carrera Sunglasses and case : Owner came up to me in a very rude/sarcastic manner and said something like "Guess you never saw a pair of sunglasses ?" I asked him to describe them, he described the sunglasses and case I had earlier taken inside, I walked in, handed him the case and to my surprise in an equally rude/sarcastic voice said "Guess you don't get to keep them uh?" and walked away. Women's checkbook-Wallet- about an hour after I again placed the wallet in side the pro shop, in secure area, saw woman walking in a hurry towards pro shop, I asked her if I could help her, she said she left wallet with apartment rent inside, I walked in, gave her wallet, she opened it, all the money was inside, did not take reward she wanted to give me, didn't feel right. Men's club member lost wallet with money and credit cards, day after we were told that the police had been contacted and we would all be interviewed. Week passed with nothing, asst. Pro asked what was going on, we were told he had found wallet in golf bag, no apology after we were all accused of "stealing" it . Also found with owner not coming forward to claim: Dentures, countless cheap sunglasses, a unused condom in packet, playboy magazine, hundred's of half eaten sandwiches and chip bags, one joint, a bra with a strap missing, hundreds of golf balls and gloves in various conditions and a polaroid picture of some one's kid.
  7. Back in the late 80's, while caddying for a gentleman in US Open Locals, I saw he was using Spalding Tour Edition Golf balls, saw his green shots would stop after one hop or spin back. He did not make it past locals but gave e a dozen of them as a thank you. My swing was a lot younger then, I hit 3 of them onto a par 3, the 3 Tour Editions were ALL a minimum of 5 yards past the 3 Titleist Balatas I had hit. So, now that I set the scene or bored you, could it be that by switching to wound balls it would roll the distance back and maybe decrease spin ?
  8. You asked for it,,,,,,,, I bought the XR-16 6 months after its release, prior to it I had tried no less than 6 drivers, PING, Titleist, Callaway,,, once late night I came upon a XR-16 on the bay, white tie regular shaft, oversized grip, 45”, problem, something on the add was spelled wrong so it did not get many hits, got it for $135. Took my PING G-30 out of the bag and off to the course I went, prior to this club, only way I could get the ball UP was with a couple of viagras ,,,,, after a quick warm up, out it comes, teed it up and took a swing, very pleasing sound, carry was about 230-240 (my swing is 93 mph + or - 3. I’ll make the story short, I can hit it high or low at will, can also pump a 290-300 yard drive, based JUST on about two rounds, I stoped at the air base course, saw that they had a 3 and a 5 wood, with military discount , I got a great deal. Have tried against Callaways offering, but it is just not there, nor am willing to paym$499 plus for 1 or 2 yards. Have hit a 250+ drive with my 3 wood (with the wind and firm fairway) the 5 wood is great from light rough,,,, already looking for replacements, just in case.
  9. For what is worth, here is my two pesos after 20 years in the USAF and 21 with DHS (retire AGAIN in 20 days) I enlisted in 1980, back then ANYTHING related to mental health would give you the proverbial scarlet letter in your records. That meant many would just suck it up or drink their stress and anxiety away, back then it seemed to be OK since alcohol consumption in excessiveness was not frowned upon. This lead to alcohol abuse which meant you were sent to alcohol rehab if you did anything stupid while under the influence, back then , it took ALOT!. This meant you not only did not get any help for your mental disorder or problems, it added to it, which on many occasions took the person to the point of no return, which meant, they took their lives. Closer to my retirement year (2000), asking for help regarding any mental issues was not looked down as much, but the stigma still prevailed, asking for any help made you weak or less of a person, therefore many STILL withheld their demons inside rather than expressing them and be seen as weak. I speak with men and women who have spent 4-6 years in the military, the one common item I hear, is that Infantry (Marine and Army) takes these young men, strips them down and rebuilds them into a "fighting machine" or "trained killers", which are punished by the slightest infraction ( many times with a dishonorable discharge ) , so now , you have these "trained killers or fighting machines" out in the civilian world along with those who left the service voluntarily, now neither can adapt to a world were they are seen as social outcasts or some kind of mutants, hundreds unable to cope with their new life, take the only path they see to solve their inner demons, suicide.
  10. I retired 21 years ago from the USAF, I am pretty sure we have a much lower suicide rate than the Marines and the Army. When a Solider or Marine retire or separate. there is very little draw down time, you could be getting shot at in Afghanistan ( before the evacuation) and two months later your a civilian wondering what happened. There is also a mentality amongst the military that if you seek help, you have signed your career away, that's the way it used to be when I joined in the 80's, it has not changed much from what I understand.
  11. Tried using progressive, but after losing 2 pairs, I stopped. When I did use them, I did not see much difference in my scores, not using sunglasses did mess up my scores.
  12. Funny part is that about 19 years ago, when I was financially strapped after retiring from military and a divorce all at once, I wanted a 009 and several other things, now that I am more financially secure AND can afford a 009 with no problem, I cant seen to find a reason to spend so much on a putter or covers.
  13. I used to be into the headcover collecting hobby some years ago. At the time SC was the top dog and everything and anything he released soon gained 50% in price. While browsing the bay, I discovered SWAG Golf headcovers and saw what the asking price for them, then saw another brand, "Lamb", this made me realize I been out of the loop for a while. So what is up with SWAG? Have they knocked SC of the pedestal and are now the top dogs? Some interesting covers, in YOUR opinion, are they worth going after or a novelty? Please keep comments civil, I don't want to start a combat thread like some SC threads in Golfwrx !!!!!
  14. Cut 1/4" from backup driver shaft, can't keep it in same zip code.
  15. It’s official! 13 years in a row I get this letter or something similar
  16. These are my two pesos and I hope am on subject: I don't think we are getting too much technology information, I think more and more people are becoming too locked into numbers. Rpm's, launch angle, apex height, ball speed, club speed, Angle of Attack (AOA) smash factors ( what ever that means), have read threads at another site were members talk about nothing but numbers. Those numbers mean squat if you don't keep the ball on the fairway. I agree with a theory I read at yet another site, you start in the fitting bay and you finish the fitting on the course.
  17. If remember to stay behind the ball, my Callaway XR-16 3 wood and 5 wood are point, shoot and stay in the fairway,,,, rather than shoot and pray they stay in the same zip code.. Have tried every new PING, Callaway and TaylorMade release since 2016,,,,, not enough difference or improvement to warrant the extra pesos,,,,
  18. Funny thing, we bought a single story, 3200 sq feet in 2010 for $299, sold it last November for $555, we were going to downsize, only 2 of us,,,, we ended up buying a 3900 sq, with finished basement, 3/4 acre, backyard ends National Park Forest starts, neighbors 40 yards away (I walked it off),,, the smaller ones available needed lots of upgrades and smack in the middle of fairways with neighbors about 20 feet away , no privacy.
  19. TODAY,,,,,,,, I summited my retirement paperwork to HR,,,,,, It's surreal, in 90 days I will join the ranks of the retirees,,,,,,,,,,,,,, at 60 years 2 weeks old. Yeah, am ready
  20. While cleaning my computer files, I came across some notes from a post I made at another site. I had read an old article in GOLF magazine were they had interviewed Scotty Cameron, he talked about many things, but one part caught my attention, FEEL. He stated that sound has MORE to do with how we interpret "feel" in a putter, that if were to putt with several different putters, then chose a favorite one, then putted again with the same putters with it while wearing ear protection, we would not be able to tell the difference. Not being a Scotty Cameron fan, on a cold rainy California I decided to challenge this preposterous theory !!! Putters Used: Byron Morgan Stainless Steel, Carbon and Copper Plated Carbon DH89's no milling (PING Scottsdale ), Byron Morgan Experimental GSS (Wilson TPA XVII) deep milled, Scotty Cameron TEI3 and Scotty Cameron Center shafted Beached prototype, all with iomic grips, why these? It's all I had. Balls Used: Titleist Prov-1, Pinnacle Gold, Callaway Truvis and NIKE Platinum, why these balls? Simple, only new balls I had. Testing no ear protection: I rolled each ball 3 times with each putter (again, it was raining and I was bored) after that I picked the 3 putters which felt the best, rolled them again and the Byron Experimental came easily on top. Could deep milling and GSS be the best feeling out there? Testing with ear plugs and over ear protectors: I repeated the test , I was puzzled, so I repeated the ear protection test for a second time. I ate a HUGE serving of crow, Scotty Cameron was right, NO DIFFERENCE in feel. This is by no way a true scientific test since the same model in different configurations was not used, plus I suffer Tinnitus brought on by yeas of working on fighter jet aircraft ins USAF.
  21. I found several dozen of the original Kirkland’s while moving, just for GP’s, I bought 2 dozen of the new 3 piece, am 59, average 82-84 with occasional yearly 79, I found no difference between these two and the Pro-V1’s. I don’t think am consistent enough to be able to notice a difference, in every par 3 , I hit all three , could not tell difference, The have helped my game since at $25 a dozen, there is no worry about loosing or dunking them.
  22. Thanks, I got the tip from a moderator at Puttertalk when it was open, one guy was asking about alignment sticks, he then posted a link to them at Lowe’s,,,
  23. Bought some alignment sticks for $6 a pair at Lowe's,,, I got a pair my wife got a pair,,,, total price just shy of $14. 5 minutes to cut pointed ends . 50% savings PER set.
  24. EXACTLY !!! I want to see how a pro get's out of tricky situations than shot after shot from the groomed fairway, I saw Seve Ballesteros use a 5 iron to chip from the fringe using a putting stroke, later on I saw and interview were he said the closer to the green the less loft he uses for chip and run shots, the less green to work the more loft he would use,,,,,, been my go to shots since
  25. During packing for our retirement move, I found 16 dozen of the original Kirkland Green box, and 10 50 round boxes of 9mm and 5 of .40 S&W,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, plus 2 white pages phone directories,,,,
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