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  1. Thank you . Very much appreciated.
  2. I had a discussion with my club pro recently regarding whether you need to actually find your ball to declare it unplayable and take stroke and distance. Obviously, to take back on the line or 2 club lengths you need to find it to get the reference point. But for S&D that is irrelevant. In the scenario where you hit it off the tee into deep bushes and expect that even if you do find it it won't be very pleasant. To not waste time searching you declare it unplayable and just take S&D. rather than look. His take on it was that you need to actually find it to be able to decide if it is unplayable or not (not illogical). My thought was that if I can declare it unplayable at any time in any place, and its exact location has no bearing on where I hit from, and I cannot declare it 'lost', I can take S&D for unplayable, rather than hit provisional and not bother looking. And avoid the potential risk one of my group finding it to give me a pig of a second shot. I couldn't find a clear answer in the rules app. though I would interpret what I found as it being my thoughts that are correct. Can any of you point me to a clarification.
  3. Above all ENJOY it. Try your best if course, but it's a game we play for pleasure after all.
  4. I've had several highly improbable chip-ins for par or birdie, but my oddest par was last week. Tee shot sliced way right into the next fairway, leaving just over 200 yards to reach the green. Trees run between the fairways so my best option is play up the fairway I'm on. I know if I land it in the right general area it will at least roll towards the green I want. I chose my line, nailed a 5 wood which, unusually, went where I wanted it to 'Ooh that looks good' I thought. My ball was pin high on the green having rolled between trees and past a bunker. Long putt and a tap in for par.
  5. Hmm. If I found that put me off more than just a minor disorientation on arrival then I guess my 'mental game' would need a lot more work than it already does.
  6. I use a Garmin S62 with tournament mode turned off if I want 'plays like' distances. That said, I have absolutely no idea how accurate it is. Nor would I know how to verify it anyway, and the same would be true regardless of what device I used.
  7. Inesis Tour 900 (yellow) for me. I used Kirklands for the last couple of years, can't fault the value, unbeatablefor the price. But I just felt more a bit more consistent with the Inesis, and I can see the yellow ones better.
  8. I have a Skytrak and find it very useful. I do mostly use it outdoors into a net (not enough space for a radar device), so do get more misreads than indoors, but it's great to actually see the ball flight and not just distance.
  9. I have a small backyard. I got a 10'x10'x10' replacement cage net and string it up between post/props to catch evetything. With a smaller, cheaper, impact net to protect the more expensive one.
  10. My thoughts... As others have said, you do need to make sure the clubs you are using are the right size for you. Any half decent club pro can do that and, within reason, make any adjustments. That, along with lessons would give you the best value.
  11. Check out some of the Tilley offerings. Not all fabrics will do what you want though. I have one I love, the brim keeps the sun off my ears and the rain off my neck.
  12. Pandaman

    Urethane or not?

    @Gaw The obvious answer is try some different ones and just see what works for you. I used the Kirkland for a while and found them great for the price, so may be worth a try Also, maybe check out the Inesis Tour 900, at around £30 doz inc postage if you cant get to a store, comparable price to non urethane offerings in stores. I now use these in yellow (I can see them much better).
  13. I bought a cheap laser ragefinder too. More for range and practice ground use than on course (GPS guy here). But I do lack confidence in it. Anyway... What wanted to say is try zapping the pin from the fairway distance markers. It won't be 100% of course, but it should give you an indication as to it's general reliability.
  14. For the cost of a shot tracking system you could get several lessons with a pro, including a playing lesson or two. That would be my call. You can easily keep basic notes when you play to give you a guide to where you are losing shots (putts, chips and approaches too short or too long, fairways missed and where etc).
  15. For starters, the optional local rule permitting dropping for a 2 shot penalty insted of stroke and distance could be adopted much more widely, for club comps and casual play at least. Also, as much as slow play can be a problem, one needs to have realistic expectations for what is acceptable. Don't expect a sub 4 hour round on a busy Saturday. If time is that tight for you, don't expect to finish, or play at a different time.
  16. For me... David Leadbetter Swing Setter. Did nothing to fix my main issues of out to in swing path and face open. As it gave no real feedback on these, if anything it may have ingrained the bad swing habits. Did help me with my grip though.
  17. I would imagine it's fine for covering the whole area, but for the hitting patch have a removeable section that you can replace when worn and add cushioning underneath to reduce risk of injury. Or put a dedicated golf hitting mat in.
  18. I recently upgraded to an S62 (from an S60). I'm very happy with it, but the shot detection on the S62 seems less sensitive than the S60. I did try the CT10s with the S60 for a while, but I don't recall it ever failing to detect a drive before I got them, yet I have had several with the 'raw' S62 since I got it about a month ago. Has anyone else noticed this? Or is it just my 'ultra smooth' (pffftt) drives not triggering it.
  19. And not hear you shout 'FORE!' ? Seriously, each to their own. But surely playing music loud enough so it inhibits hearing warnings etc, whether through speakers or earphones, is a real safety concern
  20. There is a big difference between background noise and clear chatter. My home course is right next to a motorway, and it just blends into the background like wind through the trees, a waterfall or babbling brook would. Even the odd siren etc doesn't usually affect me. Nor do 'mumblings' from other people. My playing partners and I always pause the banter for the swing though, but that is actual conversation which we are involved in, so will interfere with concentration.
  21. My record in one round is 11, but I was a beginner and the course I was playing had several water hazards and OB quite close on several holes. Typically now I would say between 1 and 2, on average at my home course, but more when fallen leaves are about.
  22. I did find that when I first got the watch it would give the hole views after the round if I synced with the phone when a WiFi connection was available. Then after one of the updates it stopped doing it, and I had plug in to my computer.
  23. I found that the hole by hole map display won't show up until you plug the watch in the the computer and sync. Garmin Express does it fine.
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