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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. It's funny you say this as you're the third person I've talked to that shot a personal best on Tobacco Road. All have said the same thing. Appreciate the tips. Planning on Caddie on #2 and also #4 as many have now told me that #4 is actually harder than #2. I'll reply on this thread my thoughts on the trip. I'm sure this is one of the most highly reviewed trips but another perspective can't hurt.
  5. Depends how you define specialty club. A 60 degree might be "specialty" to one person where as it is a useful club for others. I see a lot saying 3W and for me, it is the most useful club in my bag, I use it ~5-10 times a round. Granted, its rare off the fairway but that has more to do with I'm rarely 240+ out and able to go for the green. If you gap properly, and are able to hit the clubs as they should be hit, there probably should not be a need for any specialty clubs in a bag. As for the second part, how often does a club need to be used to earn a spot in my bag. For me, the answer is 0. It's there for a distance reason. I'm not rich/good enough to have extra clubs to swap out based on course/weather.
  6. I've fallen in love with these team events. The most recent presidents cup in Australia was a gateway drug and now I'll watch this over the tour championship. Can't wait to see if the US can bring this thing home. I also love how Michelle Wie has taken on this role of ambassador to the Women's game. I'm not sure her career has been all she had hoped (not that it is bad by any definition) but she is staying close to the game and is a fabulous role model for ALL golfers, not just ladies.
  7. I played the whites and I think it was the right choice. I maybe could have played blues but I was on vacation and was looking for something a bit more relaxing but still challenging. I don't think you should be over concerned with the tee shots. Even if you see trees on google earth, they tend to have high canopies and it's pretty clear under them. As for pace of play, I was done right around 4 hours. The forecaddie really does keep it moving. Gave the reads on the greens so no one in our group had to take too long to read and finding balls obviously helps a lot too. The scores in my group were all over the place 84-108 so even with that it moved along. If it were not 100+ degrees when I played I would have loved to walk. There is a nice story about how Arnold Palmer walked the course soon after it opened and they asked him what he thought and said something along the lines with "loved it but my trouser bottoms kept getting wet on the walk to my ball" so they have the cut outs from tee box to fairway. If I was there in November I would 100% walk.
  8. Played this gem 2 weeks ago and it was the best course experience I've ever had. The course: If you play the right tees you're gonna have a good time, it really is that simple. The fairways are fairly wide; there is no such thing as rough (though some waste areas that are bunkers that are packed down). The final 3 holes are classics and have some great views of the sound. I agree with everyone who has said the greens are tiny. I watch some of the Heritage every year and never got a good understanding of why the 18th green was so hard to hit....until now. That green is just tiny! Overall, I found the course to be very fair. Pro Shop/19th hole: Fantastic! Make sure to go into the locker room. They have lockers for all of the PGA pros in there so it's just fun to see where they all are. I doubt anyone keeps anything in there but still a very cool locker room. The pro shop is quite large and has a nice lookout over the 9th green and the range. The beers and food at the end were needed since I played with a heat index approaching 110. Staff: Super polite and very helpful. You are required to have a fore caddie. This was my first experience ever having a caddie of any kind and I gotta admit, I don't ever want to play without one again. I played ok and probably would not have lost a ball anyways but to have a guy who knew where you were, and to give tips on where to hit was so nice. Chatting about everything except golf at times made the round feel like I was playing with guys I had known for years (even though I played as a single). Overall: It is a pricey round of golf. I paid $300+ tip to play but I did not feel like I over paid. The drinks were reasonably priced. Not inexpensive but fair for a high end course like this. If you have the budget, I'd recommend playing this course.
  9. I'm playing Pinehurst during the weekend of the Ryder Cup (Sept 23-26). Wondering if anyone has tips for whether to get Caddies, is pace of play pretty good, what is the cart person situation like? Prices for drinks? Here is the itinerary: Sept 23rd: #5, #9 Sept 24th: #4 ; #7 Sept 25th: #2; cradle Sept 26th: #8 (maybe adding another here) Sept 27th: Tobacco Road Thank you in advance
  10. I am not. So it is certainly a possibility. I just feel the same and set up the same as I do with my 3 wood. I also have a very high ball flight which I think is due to me swinging up/setting up too far forward in my stance (or one of a million other things wrong with my swing)
  11. This tip single handedly removed 3 strokes off my handicap. But for the question asked, I hit my hybrids more like a wood. Usually forward in stance and not hitting down on it. Never come close to taking any earth up when swinging.
  12. As other have said, there is a limit to this but I like good layouts but it has to be at the very least moderately good conditions. I can deal with some divots in the fairway, as long as there is a real fairway. I can deal with ball marks on the green, as long as the green is conditioned fairly well. Hell I can even deal with rough tee boxes, as long as the par 3's have decent enough grass. I can not deal with a great layout with just piss poor conditions. So I think my personal taste is moderate conditions great layout trumps great conditions bad layout. But bad conditions great layout is worse than great conditions bad layout. I may need a chart. haha
  13. Gloves: I buy cheaper gloves but prefer leather. I go to MG and buy them like 5 at a time. I do love Titleist gloves but hate the price so I avoid them. Fitting: Get lessons first. Lie wont matter if you can't hit the ball. Get fitted for your second set of clubs once you are more consistent. With that said though, fit yourself for gapping. Try not to have some huge gap between like 90 yards and 130. Rules: This one is the toughest to answer. If you want a handicap, play by the no mulligans, foot wedges, etc. Those ones directly impact your score and if you ever were to get into a cash game you'd be giving too few strokes. But some rules you can almost ignore the entire time until in a competitive round (ex: not touching sand on back swing). Draw a line in the sand if you want all the way up to a true competitive round just so you can get better.
  14. I've heard great things and I'd be open to using them if they had them in my loft (54 degree). though if I lose my 60 degree (it's happened before) I'd probably replace with the 3 pack and maybe just have the 52 and 56 as back ups.
  15. Just tried the GHIN one the other day. The green slope feature is just outstanding. I believe it is only free for a limited time then $40 (?) a year. I'll likely be purchasing the premium just for the greens alone.
  16. This is just so so well said. And yes, I'd play it but as someone said, maybe get a a really solid putter cover.
  17. This one drives me nuts. I do play "slower" walking, but only if I am first out and no one is in front of me. On a busy weekend, walking doesn't slow anything down. In fact, I'd argue if more people walked, they would complain less because they would not be rushing to the next tee box and waiting, it just flows better. I'm not saying carts should go away, I love carts (they carry more beer than my push cart) but I just hate this "walking is way slower" take that courses sometimes take. Marshals are only as useless as the course would allow them to be. They are the league of nations, given power to make rules but no way to enforce it.
  18. Are there any other golfers here who like to slice and dice their handicaps? I got a little bored tonight (or REALLY bored) and created a google sheet with all of my handicaps over the past year plus. Found some things that are interesting to me but not all that surprising. First the good: My handicap is plummeting. This is something I knew but this is also what kicked off my curiosity. I have been playing MUCH more golf at my home course, to the point where 15 of my 20 counted rounds are at home. The good, the bad, and the ugly: My home handicap is a 7.6, my away number is 10.6, and then my competition handicap is an 11.6. And the competition one is only that low because of a few competitions at my home course. Some other interesting tidbits: Avg Handicap Counting Score: 79.13 Average Score: 86.7 Take-a-way: When your friends that don't have a handicap tell you that they have an average score of 90 (for example), their handicap should probably be based on a score of around an 86. Don't give them too many strokes to your detriment. Out of all my scores in the past ~18 months I have only been below my current handicap around 7% of the time. So the takeaway here is that you shouldn't expect to shoot your handicap often. While we should all know this, I think people get overly upset when they are not at their handicap or feel embarrassed if they play with someone and say their a 7 but then shoot a 90...it happens! Another take-a-way is that I'm improving! If you see this number at a high percentage then you're probably trending in the wrong direction. Anyways, thought maybe people would find this a little bit interesting. If you want to see the sheet, feel free to go here and make copies if you want to input your own scores: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1qTF_yFM046NESiB35FkJq75t6xCkS894PFyu1ZGH7bQ/edit?usp=sharing I gotta start working on my competition prep and nerves. Being that far off my handicap when playing when it matters is no bueno. For discussion sake, is there a point where I am posting too many home scores? I get that it shouldn't matter but lets be honest, you get a lot of benefit from playing the same course over and over again.
  19. Best 2 tips I got were: 1) Weight in front foot. I actually stand on one foot as a pre shot chipping routing to remind myself to do this. 2) Always use the same club. I know there are times where chipping with a 7 iron make sense but I don't have the time to get proficient in it. If I'm not confident it will show in my swing because I'll be thinking through the entire swing. Outside of a necessary lob shot (tucked pin having to go over a bunker) I always use my 54. It gives me more predictable results as I know how it will spin and land and roll out. The less I have to think about the better.
  20. Prefacing with not an expert by any stretch but... I'd imagine the better player you are, the more it matters. If you're not able to strike a ball well, who cares what shaft you have? If you're someone who constantly makes good contact and are pretty consistent in your swing, then I feel like the shaft will start making a much bigger difference. Similar to if you can't hit a ball in the air, a PRO-V1 will perform the same as a top flight on a skulled chip.
  21. I'm generally ok with it but If a course does allow it, there should be a VERY short leash (pun intended) for the owners. If the dog barks or runs off then you're off the course. No strikes, no warnings...just gone. No refund. And they should have to sign something when starting stating they understand the rules.
  22. I started bringing a baseball rosin bag with me for days like that. Also have done the rotating gloves. All work to varying levels.
  23. Communication with the wife has been the biggest adjustment. Keeping a solid calendar and allowing participate in her hobbies. The thing that has disappeared the most is the last second "I'm going to go play golf this afternoon" request. Also, everything said by Kanoito is super helpful. Including the kids when you can makes is so much better. Played 9 holes with my 8 year old the other day and he wanted to keep score for the very first time so I made up some holes for him on the course. 150-170 was a par 5, 100-140 par 4, 50-70 par 3. It was honestly the most enjoyable 9 holes I've ever played.
  24. Depends on what is causing it. I get the shanks (the golf equivalent of the twisties) at least twice a year and this year was the first time I figured out why. I come down too steep. So when it happens now I know what to do at the range, focus on shallowing out and slowing down. Before I knew what the problem was, I'd just take 2 weeks away from golf. Look at my clubs and say "screw you guys, I'm going home". Come back and hopefully it fixes itself.
  25. Views is the predominant factor for me. Layout is also pretty important. I can get over less than ideal conditions as long as the price is right.
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