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  1. I'm 53 and walk w a push cart (actually Alphard's eWheels) but since I'm the ONLY walker at my course other than the high school team, no one gives me grief.  Guys younger and fitter, and older and fatter, are all sitting on their butts riding from hole to hole.   I usually just hear "good for you" on the walking. 

    In match play I've tried to get them to walk, but they won't.  They think it'd be unfair to them...  tells you something. 

    Helps playing #16, #17 (both up hill) and #18 at the last - need to still have some energy for those last holes.

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  2. Won the lottery back in 2012. First time there and I was in heaven.  Up before dawn and waiting for the gates to open.  Walked the course, then followed my favorites then wandered around some more.

    Near the end of the day I was waiting for a Darren Clarke to come in - knew he was out there somewhere on the back, so I sat down behind the 18 green by the ropes.  My feet were tired and I needed a rest. All of a sudden a bunch of golf carts appear carrying three green jackets...

     

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    The the Golf Channel crew set up ten feet away to start filming some footage for some story they were working on. They had Arnie, Jack and Gary walk up the hill to the 18th green half a dozen times. 
     

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    All the while I’m sliding my butt inch by inch closer to the television camera team until I was sitting right below him.  Because this was a practice round you day you could bring a camera, and I (obviously) had w a decent lens on it. 
     

    The Big Three were tired of the “look over here” and “do it again” direction.  They apparently had other things to talk about...

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    but they stood still when they needed to...

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    2B1E3F82-505A-4CC6-84B1-9F909D3C9F3C.jpeg.6107e37ab2b78277c50c6ee3e1556853.jpegAnd then they were off...

    Almost  as soon as they were gone I felt a light tap on my shoulder.  “I’m sorry sir,” came the nice southern drawl, “but the gates of Augusta National are now closing, and I’m afraid I’m going to have to ask you to leave.”

    Never did get to see Daren Clarke... oh well.

     

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  3. On 5/15/2020 at 9:04 AM, Jeremy Owen said:

    Good morning! I'm new here and just wanted to introduce myself to the community. 

    1. How long have you been playing golf? What’s your handicap or normal score? I have been playing golf for as long as I can remember, 43'ish years would be my guess. I just established my official handicap this year for the first time since college and I'm now an 11. I want to get that down to single digits this season! 

    2. What do you love about golf? The challenge. I love the feel of a crisp golf shot and seeing the penetrating flight of the ball. It's art to me. 

    3. What brings you to MyGolfSpy? Do you already know any other Spies? I have been following reviews for over a year now and I love the content and the No Putts Given segments. I have a few golfing buddies that know about MyGolfSpy, but I think I'm the first on the forums.

    4. Where are you from? What is your home course? I'm from SE Iowa, and live in Grimes, IA, just outside Des Moines. My home course is Woodward Golf Club in Woodward, IA.

    5. What are the best and worst things about golf in your region? That's easy, both best and worst is the weather! We get perfect days in March, and snow the next day, a few days later, you're playing golf again...

    6. What do you do for a living? I am a sales engineer for a small 3D printing company. 

    7. How’d you pick your user name? I haven't put much thought into it yet, that will be next!

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    Looking forward to more discussions!

    Jeremy

    hey there, I’m from Sioux City, (my brother lives in Grimes) and play a lot in DesMoines.  Played Beaver Creek many times over the years but have never been to Woodward.  Just gotta ask, what causes a guy to drive past Beaver to get to Woodward? That good a track, or just where friends play?  I’m always looking to try someplace new...

  4. hey there, I’m from Sioux City, (my brother lives in Grimes) and play a lot in DesMoines.  Played Beaver Creek many times over the years but have never been to Woodward.  Just gotta ask, what causes a guy to drive past Beaver to get to Woodward? That good a track, or just where friends play?  I’m always looking to try someplace new...

  5. Played World Tour about ten years ago.  It was fun, but honestly, I wouldn't make a return trip.  Much better tracks out there.  But you play it to say "that's how I would have played it.." except it really isn't.  Its a novelty.  Good for a buddies trip.  But its not going to be the highlight.   I remember playing their imitation of August's 13.  I kept the video because I had to play out of the creek, but it wasn't the same.  Not the same slopes on the greens, etc..  But as I recall they have little descriptions of each hole and why its memorable.  

    If I went back it be for Barefoot, Caledonia,  True Blue...  

    But hey, for a buddies trip sometimes, gimmicky is what you are looking for.  We used to love the RTJ trail for our trips not for the "championship" courses, but because the afternoon/evening rounds on the short course were always the highlight.  So it really depends on what your objectives are. 



  6. Correct! Good eyes!


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    Ever get play on any of the others?

    Manelee is a favorite. Manu Lani. Saw whales at Mauna Kea.

    But I’m also just as happy to play Wiakaloa Villages. When snow is on the ground at home I’m happy to just be on green grass.


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  7. Today we (more appropriately she) added the pocket/s.  After much discussion, in an effort to keep the bag light, and because we don't have access to some materials that the big boys and girls use for padding; we decided that a full length zipper pocket should open on the side of the bag that is resting against my back/butt.  Reason being, if I stuff a jacket in there, or keep a jacket in there, that is the padding that would normally be found there, while most manufacturers put their jacket pocket on the side that faces away.  So we'll see if this was a good idea or not.

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    Also, added a pocket inside the big pocket for a place to keep keys, valuables, etc..  We are going minimalist here, so that is it.  Toss a few balls and a jacket of some sort in the big one; keep a divot toll, ball marker and a few tees in the valuables pouch. We are learning as we go.  As she says, there aren't any youtube instructional videos...

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    Dad could not be more excited to put this into play!

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  8. Man, today at about hole 22 (played 27), that slog uphill at elevation 5300', I started thinking this thread [emoji846].  Madison Meadows is a bit of a goat track and my 59 years is starting to catch up with me [emoji53].

    Join the fun. It’s so much easier on your knees, shoulders, back, etc... says the 53 yr old not far behind you...


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  9. Well I was coming up short w the same 3/4 swing - but I’d gone from a 54 to a 56; and a58 to a 60 so that should be expected. I just had to get my brain straight.

    So now I take a full swing, full back, full follow through - and I’m back to my numbers pretty much. Like I said, they do go higher. But for me that’s a plus.

    Like any club it’s about spending time to figure out what you get w a full, 3/4, or 1/2.

    But my most improved stat this spring has been my chipping - or what Arccos calls chipping - around the green.


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  10. I’ve been using Arccos since 2017. 99% of the time it’s great (except for putting which I’ll get to) but it seems like once or twice a year something goes haywire. And when it does I completely get your frustration level. You aren’t out there on the course to be fiddling w your phone.

    However, almost all my blow ups have been tied to one of two things - I did something else w the phone like taking a phone call and the phone never started listening for the strike - or I was wearing rain pants and it can’t hear through those.

    What I’ve learned - just reboot the phone between holes.

    Technology isn’t perfect. My phone and computer both freeze from time to time. My phone has more trouble putting to the blue tooth of the car than it does w the sensors:.. but I get it.

    I’m forgiving of the foibles, but my complaint is about 1) the putting , 2)marking the flag stick.

    It rarely misses the first putt but usually fails to get my second putt. And maybe I should be glad that it never gets my third... but that’s self defeating.

    I guess I’m forgiving of the “mark pin “ function because it IS such a huge improvement over the first iteration. My suggestion for improvement would be a single tap function right on the main screen rather than having to go to the green screen. I suggest this for speed and ease. I hope their Link has a physical button to push. I don’t mind looking at my screen between holes to check the putts as I walk from green to tee. But I don’t want to be seen standing at the hole messing w my phone.

    Yet, how else can arccos know where the hole is? Look at it from their side. We can choose to never set the actual pin. It all depends on how accurate we want some of those chipping and stats to be.

    Not perfect but getting better all the time. Like I said, I’ve been using for three years and I’m still using it ... some of my clubs don’t stand up to that test of time.

    Curious what others think.


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  11. Also - I was never inclined to take a full swing with my Vokeys. Most was a three quarters shot. Now I’m comfortable taking a full swing with the longer shafts. Ball goes higher and lands softer. Lose some spin that way, if you can spin them back to begin with. But for me the higher launch and softer land has been a plus.


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  12. I’ve got the cobra 56/60 to complete the set. It took a little getting used to, I’ll admit. Especially a bunker shot.

    But I’m not going back...

    I really like them for chipping. And I’ve never hit any of my shots terribly high and these two really get up there. For me that was a plus.

    My downside - I was playing a 54, 58 Vokey before so I’ve had to learn adjust my stock distance expectations.

    I switched to one length last summer and it took a few weeks of play and practice - especially w the wedges - to adjust. But like I said - no going back for me.

    I like the look - all black so cuts glare.


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  13. Won the lottery back in 12, the first time I tried, for a dry of four Monday practice round tickets Haven’t won since.

    Coincidence? I doubt it. I chalk it up to beginners luck. But I’ve been back every year since.

    Better odds for Mon-Wed because you can get more, and it’s after the Thur-Sun rounds. Also a lot of fun. I have really enjoyed the Mon-Tue. Not a fan of Wed. But a great time when you can take a camera in the grounds.


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    1. How long have you been playing golf? What’s your handicap or normal score? - I took up golf in my mid thirties.  Decided I had too many work/business opportunities I needed to take advantage of/or miss out on.  So I convinced my wife I needed to learn how to play, and learn right, so after a summer trying to figure out why I hit this giant banana ball, I signed up for a four day golf school to learn how to really play.  Just the ball flight mechanics was a big help - discovered golf is a game of opposites...  My handicap is 10.1.  I’ve gotten down to single digits, but it’s been tough to stay there.  I can’t seem to get lower than a 9, and don’t float much higher than an 11.  My biggest challenge is distance - getting older (53) has sapped my driver distance.

    2. What do you love about golf? - My home game I play alone at dawn.  The grounds crew and I know each other well....  it’s my  time.  Clear my head.  #EnjoyTheWalk  Me, the birds, sunrise, the quiet....  oh, I love playing with friends, the competition, the camaraderie, etc, but my favorite times are at dawn.  I also love that it’s competition against myself.

    3. What brings you to MyGolfSpy? Do you already know any other Spies? - i came across the articles and reviews a couple years ago. I liked that it wasn’t advertiser driven.  I got into the forums really as a lurker.  But I’m chasing things down the rabbit hole. 

    4. Where are you from? What is your home course? - Live in Sioux City IA where is Whispering Creek is my home track.  I also work in DesMoines (yes, that’s three hours away) so play a lot there.  I also am a member of the Prairie Club in Valentine NE (four hours away) and get out there once a month for a weekend of non-stop play.

    5. What are the best and worst things about golf in your region? - The fall brings short days... and in the spring it takes too long for the sun to climb over the horizon.  I want to tee off no later than 7, and sometimes that’s just too early.  I can live with the winter break - absence makes the heart grow fonder.  Come the first of November I’m ready to focus on other things, but come April I definitely have the itch...

    6. What do you do for a living? I work in government affairs, and public relations - hence I live in Sioux City and work in DesMoines. 

    7. How’d you pick your user name? I used to organize an annual trip of 12-20 folks to take an early spring trip down to the RTJ Trail in AL when it was still to early to play in Iowa.  First year our hotel was across the parking lot from a Waffle House and that became our rally point every morning.  Every year after I had to call around to find hotels next to Waffle Houses....  That’s my handle for all golf related things from here to fantasy golf leagues

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  14. I had two putters done - sent them in one at a time. Had been thinking about it for a looong time before I finally pulled the trigger.  Was nervous about sending my babies off... but they did a great job.  Asked questions because I wasn’t clear about what I wanted. Got them back and couldn’t be happier. 

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    Really like what they did w the shafts.  They even took up and replaced a Superstrike grip I can’t find on the market anymore. 
     

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  15. I’m in.  Got inspired by the NLU crew as well, but in Iowa our season has just started a month ago so I’m a little behind.  

    What worries me is #17, #18 - I don’t need the additional pressure this fall... trying to check this box, or play safe and break 80...  Been carrying a special scorecard for the last month, pictured here.  But thanks for setting up the spreadsheet.  I got off on a hot streak but things have since cooled down .

    The absolute hardest will be #13 - a steep uphill, not view of the landing area, severely slopped green.  When I make it, fireworks will go off. Missed a makable one there, and it stuck in my head for the next couple of holes because there aren’t many opportunities - flag has to be in the right part of the green for me to get it close, etc...

     

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  16. I too bought a pair (two pair actually, at that price why not) after the MGS report came out a year ago.  I’m a walking golfer on a hilly home course so traction, comfort and (because I play at 7am) waterproofing were all important - more so than looks. These really fit the bill. They’ve performed great and I just ordered a replacement set for my white ones - which I wear most often. After a year the little nubs on the heel and toe have worn down - which is expected. 

    Id say the water proofing has held up better than any golf shoe I’ve previously owned - as FJ’s always seem to start leaking by the end of a full season.  They are as comfortable as my Eccos, which I’ve always found to be top notch.  MGS dinged them on their looks.  They are kinda boxy, certainly not flashy.  I really wish they had a black or grey.  But hey, they are just shoes  

    just one cautionary word - the first few rounds out playing on soft greens you are going to see some impressions where you’ve been walking. Don’t worry, they disappear and the greens are fine.  But don’t drag your feet or make twenty putts from the same spot on the practice green. These babies really do grip the ground. 

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