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  1. I started at fourteen and this would have been my sixtieth season (1961-2020). I've only belonged to my club since the 2002 season, however. That and retirement increased my frequency of play...until this year.
  2. I play 18 holes, riding, at our club. I play 9 holes, walking, on the nine hole pitch and putt course on which I practice. I haven't played any holes since last October, though. I'm calling 2020 golf an even money bet at this point. The Northeast is still body bag city, "curve flattening" not withstanding.
  3. I'll take up two of my fourteen spots to overlap two 200 yard clubs. A long iron to hit wind cheating, hot landing line drives at landing areas on tight driving holes. I don't hit driver at tight landing areas. A well lofted wood for high, vertically descending shots that leave deep ball marks to repair on the green. They're both important shots so I want both clubs. One won't do both jobs. Even if it creates a distance gap elsewhere in the set.
  4. In 1980, an LPGA Tour player hit me right between the shoulder blades with her drive. It didn't even leave a mark--not like getting shot by the Hampton Beach Police in 1964. Certainly much better than being hit by the ball on its way up, right? Plus I kept her in play. She made her par.
  5. pozzit created a post about "jacked lofts," and I offered my opinions on the subject that "pozzit" introduced. You disagree with my opinions and I disagree with yours. I made my observations with no mention of you, however. You wanted to make a personal thing out of it, and you also attribute whining to me where no whining took place. Perhaps you might subject yourself to more specificity in your remarks rather than saying Potato, Pahtato after insulting me without cause.
  6. Chi, I do buy the clubs. I have new clubs that haven't seen green grass yet because of the pandemic. The totally incorrect numbers are stamped on the soles, and I know and understand that I have to live it. It didn't stop me from buying the clubs, and there wasn't a single word in my post that would suggest that it would. Maybe you could read it again. What I did say was that the OEM excuses for it are totally BS, and I only said it because I know for a fact that it's true. You're an actor, Chi. That's great, and art is important. My job required understanding what specific language meant, recognizing BS when I saw it, and I was really, really good at it.
  7. Did the moderator delete my post? I don't understand the objection.
  8. There is no pushback against the technology. None at all that I can see. The pushback is against the cosmetic stamping. They could have today's high tech models exactly as they are, but with the numbers stamped correctly. They choose not to, and you're right, we either go along with it or we play obsolete gear or we don't play at all. That doesn't mean we have to buy the phony explanations from the OEMs, though. I know from personal experience, not mere opinion, that it's all BS. If you took up the game right in the middle of all this jacking, you probably have no reason to care--I understand that. The actual fact remains, however, that it's vanity lofts, pure and simple, not science. The science is there for sure, but independent of it.
  9. I'm guessing that my user name is fairly self-explanatory.
  10. Golf clothes cost what the market will bear, just like everything else, and people will pay a lot for apparel with their club's logo on it. As expensive as they are, I don't run into a lot of wealthy club pros. They don't seem to be gouging anybody. They're just making a living.
  11. Mr. Sanders was probably the snappiest dresser on the course in those days. He had pastel colorerd shoes to match his outfits, and a great sense of humor..
  12. This simply isn't true from my experience. There was never a more sole weighted club than the late seventies Spalding Executive. It was extremely sole weighted to have synergy with the rock hard Top Flite which was a line drive missile with regular blades. The lofts were almost still 1950s lofts but just a little bit jacked: 20º 2-iron 23º 3-iron 26º 4-iron 30º 5-iron 34º 6-iron 38º 7-iron 42º 8-iron 46º 9-iron 50º pitching wedge and a big gap to the 58º sand wedge. They were as low CG as any club made today, and there was no loss of distance whatsoever. They were howitzers. Players under social security age simply don't have the perspective to see what's happened with loft jacking because they began playing in the middle of it. Its here. There's nothing we can do about it. But don't believe the phony tech reasons, because it's all marketing, not tech. The tech is there for sure, but the sole stampings are cosmetic and marketing inspired. Clubs still play according to their lofts, not their sole numbers.
  13. I'm mostly watching cable news and my blood pressure is through the roof because of it.
  14. I make sure that my pension and social security checks get direct deposited every month. Actually, my wife does that. Other than walking the dog and cooking, I pretty much manage to do nothing at all...especially with the club closed.
  15. The northeast is carpet bombed with Covid 19. The bluer an area looks on an electoral map, the brighter red it looks on a Covid 19 map. It has nothing to do with politics, of course; it has to do with density of population. I'm not kidding, it's body bag city over here. My club is closed, course and club alike, but I have to be honest. There's no way I'd play under these conditions. At my age, I'm fine with dying in my sleep, but I'd rather not die on a ventilator. I remember the big polio epidemic in the early fifties when I was a very young child. Seeing a picture of an iron lung, as they used in those days, used to keep me from sleeping at night. At least I'm still sleeping OK, and I'm still getting outdoors to walk the dog.
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