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About den748

  • Birthday 09/24/1981

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  1. So a quick google search gives some insight into the tradition. 1. To thank the golf gods This is what I always thought the reason was. It's more of a "thanks golf gods for this wonderful gift, I will now pay it forward to my fellow warriors (golfers)". 2. to keep people honest Thinking here is that if you have to buy people drinks you're less likely to lie about getting a hole in one. Logically, this one makes a ton of sense. Even with the above "reasons", I understand feeling jaded in having to buy drinks. I've frequently thought about this and what I would do is just give $50 to the clubhouse and say drinks on me until that is out. That pays for about 6 pitchers with my member discount which is plenty as far as I'm concerned. I have the advantage that at my home club we don't have a liquor license so it's beer only. And I'll echo everyone else in saying if someone ordered some top shelf drink they can go straight to hell, and if they tried to pull that on me (assuming they are some rando) I'd laugh at them and tell them to make sure to tip the bartender when they pay for their own drink.
  2. It is really heavily dependent upon the course. A "poorly" designed course is designed to be played from the tips so that is where the variation in par 4 distances are, where the fairway bunkers really come into play etc. When I play the whites (my course goes red, white, combo, blue, gold) I find that I end up playing driver wedge every single hole. Additionally, if everyone played from the whites, you would really have to wait for the green to clear on every par 5 because a large portion of golfers CAN make it there in 2 (<225 to green). The blues offer a little bit more variation but it still can get repetitive and you remove a number of problems. Playing the tips is really the most fun way to play my home course but that doesn't mean it is what I play all the time. I probably play tips 5% of the time, Blues 50%, combo 15%, white 20%, and new this year will be playing forward tees the remaining 10% of the time. As has been said many many times, I don't care where people play as long as they're not slow. You can be a great golfer but if you're slow I will have a problem no matter the tees. You could be a terrible golfer and i won't care if you get to the ball and hit it in 20 seconds.
  3. I'm one of the very lucky people with an awesome wife who encourages me to play so I know I'm an outlier but last year I played in 2 leagues and was a sub in a third (that I may join this year) Each league has a different format and also a different competitive atmosphere. First league I played in was a 2 man scramble Friday night league. This was more like doing something while drinking. While we all played by the rules, there was little in terms of prizes and at times we would end up drinking in the parking lot until 1am. Met some of my now great golf friends in that league. I still play in it as a nice happy hour style league but as I got better at golf I wanted to test myself a little more so in came the second league. Last year I was a co-founder of a Monday night league. This one we decided to make individual score and wanted something that was competitive but fun. We played by the rules, called people on rule infractions (in a respectful way), and were able to play individual side games in our groups. Had some optional side games for the entire league(CTP, net/gross skins, etc) that were inexpensive to enter too. Could not have asked for a better group of guys. Was not as heavy on the drinking as Friday but we would get a good crew hanging out after the round to shoot the poop after the round. This coming year it is actually the most requested league to join at our course. The league I was a sub in is the most prestigious at our course. It's a Wednesday 2 man better ball league that uses a modified stableford scoring with score targets and some weird math. This one causes the most drama at the course. Being a 2 man better ball, some of the "better" players would purposefully get a double bogey if their partner scored well and then submit it to GHIN making their handicaps seem higher than they are. But this is the only league that the course officially runs and has the biggest trophy that is displayed in the clubhouse so everyone wants to win. The people in the league mean everything. You have to set the tone early and bring in people that can change the tone if needed. Is it a competitive league? Beer league? Is it run the right way by the commish...is he ever guilty of crony-ism? Unfortunately it can get annoying fast.
  4. I needed this LOL moment. I can totally see him not being for everyone, some of this songs have helped me though so I can deal with tunes.
  5. I've played in a 3 club + Putter event and went 3W (240+), 7I (150-170), PW (110-135). If I were able to add one club, I'd remove 7I and go 6I and 8I and then swap 54 degree for my PW. I like to base my irons on the par 3's usually so the irons might depend on the course if I'm over-thinking.
  6. These conditions are great for just reminding us how good they are. Sometimes we can get lost in how hard the courses they play on can be set up. I am glad it's not like this every week for them but I really enjoy it this time of year. Not that they care but this course would cause their handicaps to plummet! ha
  7. While the commercial is bad, the guy (Jake Hutt) is a solid follow on Instagram. He has a pretty good following there and his tips are catchy and easily understood. As for worst commercial, anything on Golf Channel after about midnight is pretty bad.
  8. Sounds like a good distraction. Also In.
  9. Love your app Mike, only been a subscriber for a month and enjoy that I can get a full workout in under an hour. Question is about in season and off season training. I find that I'm sore for days after doing a heavy day of squats or DL, and it impacts me on the course. Do you think heavy weights can still be useful in season or should in season be more focused on maintenance with light/moderate weights? Second question, I really enjoy metcon style workouts, how would you go about adding some of these into the programming you already create?
  10. I may not have thought this one through enough. haha. I do think this will be one of the hardest on the list (club championship is probably the hardest). The birdies is doable if only because of how often I play (2 golf leagues during the summer weeks and then a Saturday group). Playing with "randoms" is something I have slowly started to love, generally people are good. Only ever had one bad experience.
  11. I also wrote down my goals this year and am tracking them online (to get a little more accountability) here: http://www.dmodjr.com/22-goals/ * 100 Birdies * 5 Eagles * Birdie all 18 holes at home course at least once * Break Par from the forward tees * Break 75 * Handicap below 5 (lowest ever was 6.2, currently at 6.8) * Caddie for 9 YO son in a youth tournament (hopefully more than 1) * Play round with my dad and son (first of many) * Win club championship * 20 different courses (in 6 states) *Play golf with 100 different people
  12. I get that we have not started the fantasy league yet and also that a good portion of us are well below freezing but we have primetime golf this weekend! I threw together a quick weather based preview here: http://www.dmodjr.com/pga-event-preview-sentry-tournament-of-champions/ But if you don't feel like clicking, here is the summary...weather will not have an impact this year. I expect scores to be low..even by TOC standards.
  13. This was exactly my feedback. If you can't solve a glove getting crusty then this is almost a moot point. Around the same time my glove wears out it gets the holes.
  14. This is my situation as well. It's a course that is 8 min from my house and since I work from home I can get 9 in on many mornings or immediately after work. It also makes me feel better if I can only get out and play like 3 holes after 7pm or something. I don't feel like I wasted my money on a round. That's not to say that I don't go off and play other courses as well but that is my primary place to play.
  15. Let's not forget about the re-tee rules. 1. Obvious breakfast ball. No matter the time/reason. You get 2 shots on the first tee if you want to use them. 2. If you don't use 2 on first tee, well that is banked for later in the round. 3. If any sound is out of the ordinary (bird chirping, cart passing, mouse fart) and causes you to shank you get free re-shot
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