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About Pandaman

  • Birthday 05/27/1961

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  1. My course (in UK) has shut down completely and I think that's the case for all UK courses.
  2. I much prefer walking. Riding seems to break the flow a bit for me, and I need the exercise. When I firstt started I would often play with a chap who had to ride for health reasons, and had his own 2 seater at the club. So I rode with him, but i missed the walk. I mostly use a push cart, but like to carry if just doing a few holes.
  3. I would find it fascinating, and a great experience, to see you enjoy playing with your service dog. I am not really a dog fan, though have no issue when a dog is under control and well behaved, as service/assistance dogs invariably are. If people have a problem then 'stuff em' and enjoy playing with others, and hopefully the doubters will change their attitude when they see the dog 'working' on the course. I would say the important thing is for you to explain to your playing partners what the situation is, so they are aware of what to expect, as it will most likely be a new experience for them. They will also have a chance to see how well behaved the dog is as you are warming up or on the practice green.
  4. Sorry, forgot to add that bit... We played as a fourball, the top score counts on the first hole, top 2 scores on 2nd and top 3 on 3rd, then start the cycle again on 4th hole. We used Stableford point too, but not sure what the norm is.
  5. @DaveP043 thanks. That would be my thoughts too. But I figured, as it was a pretty unusual occurence, it would be interesting to put it out there.
  6. Bit of a long story, but... Four of us were playing as a team in a 'waltz', so all four of us were 'partners'. I pitched up onto a green, and saw my ball land and stop, but couldn't judge the location or distance from the pin very well due to the shallow viewing angle I had. I went back to my bag, replaced the wedge, pulled out my putter, walked on to the green found my ball -and 3 putted for double bogey. While walking to the next tee one of the team mentioned that I putted from the wrong spot as another team member had marked my ball and rolled it out of the way of his putt (whilst I was at my bag, and not looking, presumably), but didn't tell me. I just putted from where I found my ball, not thinking that a ball marker I passed, several feet nearer the hole, was where my ball should have been, I just assumed it was for one of the others. So, as the player that moved my ball was on the same 'team' as me I believe he was allowed to mark and move my ball without asking me first, but I would assume a penalty should have been applied, as I clearly putted from the wrong spot, although I had no reason to doubt that my ball was in the right place, and wasn't informed until after we finished the hole and cleared the green, and the 'offending' player then confirmed he moved it. What penalty should be applied and to who? Me for playing from the wrong spot, or the other fellow for not informing me he moved my ball and causing me to play from the wrong spot. (Had my first putt gone in I would have made par, and scored more for the team than we actually wrote down.)
  7. At $575 greenfees, if you get round in 72 then you are looking at nearly $8 each time you hit the ball. Using that logic at least high handicappers will get better value for money.
  8. I presume by 'vision therapy' you mean 'training', as in just learning to use your eyes more efficiently/effectively. Interesting concept.
  9. I got fitted two years ago, my handicap was the same ballpark as yours at the time. I tried two different fitters. The first was a local branch of a large golf retail chain at a club I played at. My experience was to put it politely 'valuable'. I was informed that I 'Wasn't old enough for graphite shafts yet' without being measured. I only tried a couple of types of irons, then he said 'try the Wilsons'. And yes, to be fair, they did perform a little better than the others I tried, he then said 'Ok , the Wilsons is then'. At which point, having only tried 3 models I felt very 'steered' towards what he wanted to sell. it was a similar story with the woods too. I walked away feeling like I'd had a pushy sales pitch, not a 'fitting'. My second fitting was at a specialist fitter. A brief chat about what I wanted and budget etc on the phone when making my appointment and he said 'come with an open mind, you may well end up with a mixed bag'. On the day, first off he measured my swing on the Mizuno 'thingy' to get the shaft options (Turned out my best options were graphite). Then we started testing irons, he said 'try not to look what they are so it doesn't influence you, I want to pinpoint what works best' I tried maybe 10 or so different models. We then repeated the process with hybrids, fairways and driver. I ended up with all the same brand in the end, but only because that's what worked best for me. I didn't get a 'full tour player' type fitting (tweaking individual loft and lie etc for each club). I was (and still am) far too inconsistent for that. But what I did get was the confidence that what bought was the best option for me for my budget.. The right heads, with the right shaft, in the right length, and the right lie angles for me. I couldn't realistically have expected more than that, and the prices were the same as I would have paid at the first place too. Yes I had to wait a few weeks as he ordered the bits specially and built the clubs himself, but it was worth it. In short... find a specialist fitter if you can, rather than a 'fitter'/sales assistant that gets incentivised to fit you into what they have in stock.
  10. A thought... 'Fitting' does not have to mean a full, detailed, analysis of each and every club to tweak the exact loft etc. It can be as basic as checking your swing and making sure you get an appropriate shaft flex. Trying a variety of different models to see what works best for YOU. And making sure you get the right length and lie angles. That's all my 'full bag' fitting was. A detailed gapping session and tweaking lofts to fine tune can easily be done later, if needed, once you get used to the clubs.
  11. I will echo what others have said... Go to a fitter that can work out which brands and models work for YOU. I did that a couple of years back. I am a high handicap, moderate swing speed player. Wanted to upgrade my 10+ year old set for more modern, more forgiving ones. Went with an open mind as to brands, as i wanted the best for me for my budget. He measued my swing to narrow down shaft options that suited me then 'blind tested' (as best as he could) about 8 or 10 different irons options, then did the same with hybrids and woods.
  12. I recently bought an Inesis waterproof stand bag (Decathlon own brand), after comparing with other better known brands. I was a little wary, but decided to give it a try, very pleased with it, especially at under £100, I doubt I would be any happer with any of the other brands offerings at far higher price points. 14 way full length dividers, 5 decent sized pockets, surprisingly comfy to carry. Well worth considering IMHO.
  13. My thoughts... You heart seems to be with martial arts, so go with that. Golf is something you can dip in and out of with as little commitment as you like. You can still play casually if/when time permits, and enjoy it too, as long as you keep your expectations in check, and don't beat yourself up over not scoring as well as you do now.
  14. Go 5 yards past the green on my home course's 170yd par 3 18th and you are nestled against a wall, another 2 or 3 yards and you could be in someones pint glass on the patio (no I haven't yet, before you ask), long and a little right puts you in the clubhouse conservatory. Short is best on that one.
  15. Am I missing something here? (I am in UK, so not on a slope based or WHS type hcp system yet) But shouldn't the handicap system sort that out? Ok, no system is ever 'perfect' I know, but If the slope rating for the set of tees used is worked out properly surely that should even the chances for shorter hitters. I realise that a short, but very accurate hitter may have difficulty actually reaching some fairways, but if they do play from shorter tees doesn't that just give them an unfair advantage? Edit... If the issue is one of carry required to clear deep rough or water etc then surely (knowing that a wide variety of players will be using the longer tees in club comps) that is a course design/layout issue, not player handicap or age problem.
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