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About flatlandsanta

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    Economics, history, the Precious Metals market, competitive curling, travel (and not just world class golf trips), what makes a person tick, hiking, classic Chevy muscle, the cyclical nature of everyone and everything on our planet, scotch, politics (policy, not the bs about the people in the roles), architecture and design, friends and family, physics, math, science and statistics, and, pretty much anything else that can preoccupy my mind when I'm not thinking about golf.
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  1. I've always been a late adopter of tech, but now in my 40's, it's nice to see the ball compress and fly like I'm in my 20's Santa
  2. That looks great - thanks for the review of Trump. Also strongly considering heading a little further north and playing Cruden Bay. And I just picked up a pouch from Olympic Club - I think I'm set now until my return to Scotland.
  3. Aye laddie. I might be through Aberdeen in 2020 and have considered that course - would you recommend it?
  4. I like a need and orderly golf bag, so tees, coins, repair tools, sharpies, pencils, etc., etc. that would otherwise be rattling around in the pockets. And I live in the Pacific Northwest, so one for storage of my keys/phone/watch/wallet as an added layer from the rain is a must. If I need something, I know where to find it. Fewer distractions allows us all to play better golf.
  5. The rhythm of the game is best found when you are walking. Carts are great from time to time, but not if you want to really improve. Santa
  6. The Driver is 7 years' old. What is that in terms of generations behind in tech?
  7. Welcome aboard! There is a group of us in Vancouver who can always make room for another golfer, if you ever find yourself crossing the border. Santa
  8. My Original Jones Black Bag holds: Driver: Titleist 910 D3 8.5° 70g Aldila RIP Stiff 3 Wood: Titleist 917 F3 15° 75g Aldila Rogue MAX Stiff Hybrid: Titleist 818 H1 19° 70g Mitsubishi TENSEI Stiff 3 – PW: Miura Forged Retro Blades NS Pro 1050 X-Stiff Gap: Cleveland RTX-3 V-MG 52°/10 TT Dynamic Gold X-100 Sand: Cleveland RTX-3 V-LG 56°/8 TT Dynamic Gold X-100 Lob: Cleveland RTX-3 V-LG 60°/6 TT Dynamic Gold X-100 Putter: Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport 2 Ball: Titleist Pro V1 ​Time for a new Driver, hit 10 balls today with the TS3 and it is hot! ​Irons to follow, debating a progressive set ​Santa
  9. Kwoodfield, When do you leave on this epic trip? I've played about half the courses you listed - you will undoubtedly enjoy them all, for different reasons. While in St. Andrews, if you have time to add Crail that is worth a visit. And the patio outside the Jigger, leaning up against the wall along 17 of the Old Course, is a once in a lifetime experience. You almost have to pinch yourself that you are there. Dinner at Forgan's in town is a must. Go with an open mind. The deep fried haggis balls with a dram of scotch are incredibly good. I would be curious to hear what some of your takeaways are from the trip, once complete. I am now planning another trip in 2020 to St. Andrews and Carnoustie, but will also include Cruden Bay and Royal Dornoch. So many great places to choose from. Stick to ScotRail, if you can, as opposed to renting a car. Santa
  10. Partnering to victory - Those kids had no chance! My frustration is only wth myself. I'll be less indulgent with my words going forward 🤷🏻‍♂️ Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  11. I'm a born and bred Canadian in my 40's, who fell back in love with the game after a 2016 trip to Scotland. This second chapter to my golf career continues to pick up speed, and this site looks like a great forum to stay informed of trends, product and opportunities that admittedly I stopped paying attention to a long time ago. The first chapter is a long story, starting at age 5 when my parents took up the game – I started with them, cut down adult clubs and all. I was more interested raking the sand greens at our first 9-hole course than I was trying to get the ball in the air. Names like Indian Hill, Bridge Valley, Henderson Lake, Picture Butte and Land-O-Lakes were where I learned to play the game. By the time I was 11, I beat my father and shot in the 80's. By 13, he never beat me again. Not bad for a game that we only played 6 months of the year, but with all the other sports that I played competitively, this was just another outlet where so many of the same fundamentals applied. Competition breeds results. Even when we traveled, the clubs were in tow. More sand greens in Ituna, the links of Melville and Yorkton, Fort Qu'Appelle, Milk River and Meadow Lake. It was only after playing in Scotland that I realised just how much my wind swept summers on sun baked prairie golf courses so closely mirrored links golf. My parents were supportive, so I competed in numerous tournaments, and played countless games as a teenage member against much older, and better players. More than once I played for (and occasionally lost) money that I did not have. By 16 I was a scratch golfer, but it was not until I was 19 and now playing university golf that I had my first golf lesson. Flaws in my swing managed to get me that far, but they did not lead by any means to a memorable resume by the time I got my degree, but my game was more than capable enough of qualifying for the CPGA. Public golf courses are not the ideal place to improve one's game, not when the priorities are selling green fees and teaching lessons to make a living. Golf and I were at a crossroads at this time, though only in hindsight did I fully appreciate that. 60 hour work weeks during the summer months meant that golf that was played when there was time, not as a priority. That life wasn't for me, and by 30 I was out of the golf business. My new career became (and remains to this day) a busy one. I had many years where 15-20 rounds of golf was all I would play. I played more casual golf and corporate golf in scrambles with people who picked up clubs once or twice a year, and who marvelled at shots I would hit without any clue that they were a groove low, or a tad off the heel. My 30's might qualify at the second chapter, but it was more like finding rock bottom in my golf game, with, an occasional round in the 60's. A really good home life, and the knowledge that I still enjoy golf, led me to start practicing again. I used to hit a lot of balls (1-2,000 a week) but now I was averaging 150 a month. As 40 loomed, I joined a private club and started practicing more, but more importantly, started re-introducing myself to a competitive environment where I had to shake the rust off, invest in newer clubs, and simply play less with golfers who were not pushing me to improve myself. Chapter 2 had begun. Now it was 25-30 games a year, and a little more practice. But life also now allowed me to start planning and taking golf trips. My interest was picking up. The Okanagan and Vancouver Island golf trips inspired me to finally plan and go to Scotland. From the moment I arrived in St. Andrews with friends in late August 2016, spent 5 days there and 2 more at Carnoustie, I was in love with golf again. Perspective is a powerful tool, if you are paying attention. Since then, a road trip to Chambers Bay and Bandon Dunes, and a getaway trip to Scottsdale and West Phoenix have only fueled my desire to start playing good golf again. For the first time, in a long time, I am frustrated at the slow pace that I am achieving results. I now need to be smarter about how I play and realize that my body is not what it once was (but that is just a decision to not accept it and work to get it back). Most importantly, I understand far better what I am doing (and why), and have the knowledge of how to make needed adjustments. If ever there was a time to be patient and stay engaged, it is now. I write this on a Sunday, having hit balls quite well while practicing during the week, but still not quite able to translate those swings to the golf course. Knowing how to miss, and a decent short game still led to a 73 this morning, but there were a lot of strokes left on the golf course today. The journey continues. This Forum looks like a logical progression for my second chapter. I was introduced to it back in 2012, but clearly wasn't ready to be involved. Now I am. I will engage when I can and look forward to hearing comments from others. One goal is to be a competitive scratch player again. So at some point, tournament golf must follow. ​Santa
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