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  1. Nope. Not overreacting at all. Shop tech did not use care and attention to detail. How much of a discount did you ask for?
  2. Spending time on the putting green for practice feels a lot more tedious, and feels less glamorous, than swinging full on the range. But, as mentioned earlier in the thread, designed par accounts for 36 putts out of 72 strokes. So for those who minimize time on the practice green, that is neglecting 50% of the game. Back to the OP question.. What length are you trying to make a putt? I prefer to think more along the lines of 'what distance to I expect to make a putt?' That's where putting in the practice time comes in. I mentioned my confident make range is about 6'. Until I'm inside that distance, I try not to be frustrated if it doesn't drop. Even though beyond that, I hit every putt with the intent of giving it a chance to go in. I changed my mentality a lot after reading 'The Little Book of Breaking 80'. It's main idea is similar to those who say, "play from the hole backwards". Basically, until you've missed a putt inside your confident make range, you haven't added an extra stroke to your score. Every stroke you take to prior to that putt is simply trying to position the ball there.
  3. Wow! That's Tour level putting at 15'. Share some of your practice drills... please...
  4. Although I read and line up every putt like I intend for it to go in, I'm not REALLY trying to hole a putt until I get inside of 10'. Through my practice routine I feel like my confident make distance is 6'. That's where my make rate is above 50% in practice.
  5. Would love to put the T200s up against my current blended set of T200/300s. Great opportunity!
  6. A little extra practice time on the putting green didn't turn out to help all that much. The league made out annual visit to Copperhead this past week, and unfortunately the famed Snake Pit took a bit out of me in the round. I had what can only be described as a 'meh' round. I felt like I wasn't able to capitalize on my good shots, and my misses proved a lot more costly than they did last time out at Lake Jovita. For example, I played two of the par 5s with a perfect tee shot, and well placed 2nd, only to miss the green with wedges and make bogeys. Putting was a bit below average again with an average over 2.0/hole and 37 total putts. Again, I had a few good putts that just didn't roll in, but nothing on the day I would have called a great putt. Short game was a disappointment all round with at least two 'two-chip' greens. If there was a short game bright spot, it was bunker play. I gave myself LOTS of opportunities to test it during the front 9, and again, it was 'okay, not great'. What did 'okay, not great' earn me for the week? A gross 92 net 76 and a finish dead in the middle of the pack. I'll try to take encouragement from the fact I felt I played below average but still managed to be in the middle of the field. Next up is the two-day major being played at the Streamsong Resort's Blue and Red courses. It will be my first time playing with a caddie, as well as my first visit to the resort. But first,... some short game and putting practice.
  7. Event #10, Lake Jovita South Course, Dade City FL (previously reviewed), 17 July 2021 Tees Played: White 6,206 yds, 69.6 / 128 Conditions: Hot, light breeze Price: $$ $50 https://lakejovita.com/ Rating: 1/2 Just below Recommend Lake Jovita is a 36 hole golf course facility that is the centerpiece of a large housing development in Dade City FL, about 30 minutes north of Tampa and just east of I-75. Both courses are mainstays on the league schedule, so they have both been previously reviewed. If you've read the previous reviews, there's not much new to say regarding the facilities or the courses. What I'll provide in this review is just a quick summary of anything different or remarkable. The South course is a little more the show piece of the two. It plays a little tougher than the North, and tends to get a little better TLC when it comes to maintenance. Once you get past what is probably the worst starting hole in the whole region though, the course can be a lot of fun to play. Bring your A level putting game though, because the South course greens will make you want to swear out loud otherwise. Course Conditions: Usually somewhere close to really good all around. No issues with the tee areas, fairways, rough, or general condition of the greens. This photo of the 18th is a good summary of this particular experience, and many previous. Nice general conditions, and then the bunkers are a bit like Forrest Gump's box of chocolates. Some were muddy and water filled, some were half bare and had washed out edges, some had lots of rocks in the sand, and others were really nice like the 18th greenside. Stay away from the bunkers, and you probably won't have much to complain about. Practice facilities: The full swing range is nice enough, but can get crowded and worn quickly. Without a dedicated short game area, chipping is permitted to the putting green. The putting green itself is immense, but rolls A LOT faster than the on-course greens, and has A LOT of slope and undulation. Decent for warm-up, not so much for true practice. Course Employees: The folks in and around the club house were pleasant enough to deal with. The on-course refreshment cart was seldom seen. The club house bar service was remarkably slow. If you are just on the course, and not thirsty, probably okay enough. Overall Impression: Like previous reviews, the condition of the bunkers, and the peripherals of the total experience get enough of a downgrade to keep Lake Jovita South from getting a full recommend. They are also not so bad as to warrant a Do Not Recommend. Thus the 2 1/2 flags for the score. The course itself is terrific, once you're past the first. The first hole is a brute of a design and tends to slow down play right from the start, and it tends to play as Cart Path Only just to make it more fun. The greens will drive you mad if you aren't a really strong putter. There are lots of deceptive, subtle reads that can mess with your eye and your head. The South greens also tend to roll pretty fast. Rating: 1/2 Just Below Recommend link to previous review:
  8. Event #9: The Club at Eaglebrooke, Lakeland FL, June 26 2021 Tees Played: Blue 6,599 yds, 72.3 / 134 Conditions: Warm, Sunny, Light Breeze Price: $$$ $75 (am)/ $$ $50 (pm) https://www.eaglebrooke.com/ Definite Recommend The Club at Eaglebrooke is in Lakeland Florida, a short drive east from Tampa. It is a Ron Garl designed championship layout, highly rated here as well as in many golf publications. Eaglebrooke is semi-private with no restrictions on public play. The route of the course includes some intriguing and challenging holes that demand precise placement, as well as some holes with a bit more room to miss. With doglegs, water features, elevation changes and blind shots there is every kind of golf shot included for you in the round. From anything beyond the middle (white) tees, length becomes a big factor, especially on the par three holes. If you are looking for variety, challenge and good playing conditions all for a reasonable fee, then you'll definitely want to consider Eaglebrooke. Course Conditions: Good to very good all around. The fairways lived up to their 'lush' billing on the course website, and played and rolled very well. There is enough rough to notice, and have some sway on shot quality without making it feel like you're losing a stroke for missing a fairway. Bunkers were well maintained with good playability as well. The greens were rolling medium fast and rolled true. Can't recall having a complaint anywhere about the condition of the course. Ball placement on the greens is a key element to scoring as the shape and undulation of the green complexes makes long putts/chips a big challenge. Practice Facilities: Ample, without being too large. The practice facilities are all adjacent to the first tee. There is an island flower bed in the center of the large putting green. The putting green reflects the course well for speed and conditions. A small short game practice green has two bunkers and a large chipping area. The full swing range is bordered by the 1st and 18th holes with power lines down one side as well, but there is lots of room and good turf to hit from. All in all, better than you will find at most public courses. Course Employees: All were friendly and engaging. Customer service is an obvious priority for them. Clubhouse attendants were happy to answer questions about the course and expected conditions. The starter as well, and he made us feel welcome as he was keeping us all on time. The beverage/snack cart made more than adequate appearances to keep us from wanting for nourishment or hydration. Overall Impression: This was my first visit to Eaglebrooke, and I left certain it won't be my last. Even though I didn't play my best, I really enjoyed the layout and challenge of the course itself. With high quality playing conditions and green fees that don't hurt the pocket book, there's no reason to not want to return. Rating: Definite Recommend
  9. Apologies, I've neglected the last couple of updates. We had the two-man team event, a couple of weeks ago at Eaglebrooke Golf Club in Lakeland. Unfortunately for my teammate, I only showed up with my C+ game for most of the round, and we wound up in the bottom 5 for the week. I honestly only hit about 4 shots in the round that could have been called decent to good. Eaglebrooke is a great facility, look for the review to be posted shortly. We played a cool format for this event as well, called Chap. In that format, both players play a tee shot with each playing the others ball from that position. After the second shot it becomes scramble through the hole. We played slightly modifies so on par 3 holes it played as a straight scramble rather than swapping tee ball positions. If you are looking for a good team event format, this was a lot of fun and kept play moving pretty well. We had a two week break between Eaglebrooke and our next event which was a league "Major". We played this one on Lake Jovita's South course, a challenging layout with really tough, fast greens. I fared a lot better in this one. I had a great round tee-to-green, tallying 10/14 FIR, and 10/18 GIR, both better than average for me. I had a tough day with the putter though, and without a single one-putt green on the day rang up 40 total putts, about +8 to average for me. That included a two hole stretch where I really lost the feel of the greens and had a 3-putt followed by a 4-putt. I know it sounds awful, but it was really only awful on those two greens. I hit a lot of good putts, and a couple of great ones, that just didn't go in the hole. End result was a solid feeling 85 net 71, good for 8th overall and B-flight 5th. Winners for the week had net scores of 65 and 67, so just getting a few putts to fall would have put me in the top 3 or better, but I'm not focusing on that. I had a solid round, with a top-10 finish and earned a bunch of points. What does all that tell me? Well, the things I was practicing were better, and where my practice got neglected, things were worse. I had not been practicing my putting like usual, because I was waiting for my clubs renovated practice green to be cut down to playing height. Up until this past Sunday, it was really long, squishy, and slow, so I didn't want to put a bunch of practice time in having to slam three footers at the hole expecting to play on much faster greens. At the same time, I went back to a couple of previous full swing drills, and a swing thought/feel of bringing my hands through more to the left of my body and my full swing game has been pretty strong in the last couple of practice rounds, and definitely in this latest league event. Standings wise, this round put me into a really good position. On the Top-6 board, I moved up to 3rd place, only 1.5 points behind first place. It will take a really good finish to move out any of my current top-6 scores, which also means it will be tough to move down very far from where I am. Looking very good to be in the end of season Invitational field. Goal #1 likely! On the overall board, since I've played every event so far, and only had one bad individual round, I'm sitting in 8th place. With only four events remaining, including the final Major, I look pretty good to stay in the top 20 and auto qualify for the team cup. I can play a little more relaxed from here, where in seasons past I was putting pressure on myself to play well needing to post good scores to move up the board. Our event this week is at the Innisbrook Copperhead course, home of the PGA Tour's Valspar Championship. Always a favorite stop for the league. Practice green, here I come....
  10. At the early beginner skill level, you're not likely to be able to realize any true performance differences between Pro V1 or similar 'tour level' ball and whatever ball you're playing. Talk with your teaching pro and get a gauge of where your driver swing speed is, and if possible what your typical spin rate is, and then look for a ball that will match your swing performance. A good coach should be able to assess your swing and see when and where a ball change would make a difference. Until you get to the level where you are consistently compressing your iron shots, and making clean, solid contact on short game shots, the effects of the multi-layer constructions and different cover materials are going to be between minimized and irrelevant. I like gaming the Vice Pro. It is comparable to the Pro V1 in performance for me, at a much lower price point. There are plenty of other value brands out there offering three-piece and even two-piece () options that should serve through improving your game. Waiting for the ball test results to publish, but early opinions on the Maxfli Tour line balls have been positive.
  11. Wasn't sure how to 'anser' the current putter shaft question. I'm gaming an Odyssey Stoke Lab so it's both... Would really love to get in on this test. I still have the EXO from the previous test so it would be one of the test subjects given the opportunity.
  12. LOL really? I have never seen that! Ever, what's the point of walking at that point? From observation, and lots of time spent walking lots of courses, a single walker will typically play about the same pace, sometimes faster, than a two-some sharing a cart. Four walkers will keep pace with a two-cart foursome, as long as they aren't doing the walk together to every ball thing.
  13. This is what most courses' marshals don't do. From what I've observed, all they do is take their lap around the course, and if they see a gap between groups they stop and say something to the slower group, without asking if something held them up or watching the group to see if something unusual contributed to slowing them down. I've also learned that there are courses who care about their players' golf experience, and there are courses that care only about their rounds/day tally sheet. Both monitor pace of play, but how they handle slow play is different. At the former, the marshals are polite and encourage quicker pace after observing or following the slow group. The latter only see an open area on the course or get their electronic message and act like a**-oles when they approach the golfers. Sounds like you encountered the latter. How you treat people matters, and not for nothing, if you (the course) are going to charge your players a premium rate, DON'T BE A DICK. You can see examples of this in my course review threads. My league has discontinued play at courses that treat people like crap. We had another this season that KNEW we were a tournament play group of 44 golfers and tried to do exactly what your group encountered, they tried to make a tournament play group skip a hole without observing or offering any warnings to the group, and rolled up and started calling the players names. Looking at the slow play issue from both sides, more players than not play slower than they should. A major contributor to that is misuse of the two player cart. Golf is intended to be a walking game, so the concept/rule that the player further from the hole plays first/next is a matter of reaching that players ball first as you move down the line of the hole. Too often, two players sharing a cart stop at one ball at a time, and as mentioned earlier in the thread, each player goes through their exhaustive pre-shot routine. That's not 'Ready Golf', which means nothing more really than each player is READY to play their shot when it is their turn. How do you do that in a 2-player cart? If there's not a really big gap between the two balls, the first player (doesn't matter which) at their ball gets out, gets their yardage, a club (or more) and starts to get ready for their shot. The 2nd player then drives the cart to their ball and does the same. The first player can then play their shot and walk (presumably forward) while the 2nd player plays, then everyone gets back in the cart and they move on. Making adjustments to that to accommodate assisting in finding an errant shot, CPO, and staying clear of another player's line of play, you can keep everyone moving. If you're not using the cart this way, you're group is probably playing too slow, regardless of the general or expected pace of play.
  14. Another fantastic opportunity from MGS and Fujikura. Putters are the hot item for testing this summer it seems.
  15. This is something Titleist has done for a while through their Team Titleist membership forum. It must have worked for them so they are expanding to the broader audience.
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