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    gavinski91 reacted to TSauer in What Have You Bought Lately? (CHA - Club Ho's Anonymous)   
    Mail day! The season is getting oh so close.

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    gavinski91 reacted to TylorJudd in LIV Mayakoba Review!   
    Hi everyone! So @LBee and I had the awesome opportunity to attend Mayakoba 2024 at El Camaleon here in Playa Del Carmen. I’ll go through what I thought was awesome, what was lacking, some overall tips, and some for this event specifically.
     
    Firstly, the overall set up of the event. These guys do a great job of setting up an event. This is definitely as they say “Golf but Louder”, but louder does not strictly mean noise. They make this so anyone can really enjoy, there are events for kids, practice greens to use, golf nets, games, prizes, concerts, local entertainment, merchandise obviously, music, and a really cool atmosphere. They definitely let you know you’re at a LIV event. They have concessions every two holes, and that is certainly so helpful, especially when it is 32 degrees outside with humidity around 70-80%. Tickets are overall affordable for $40 USD, but there are a few different stages of tickets. The birdie shacks are pretty cool, and give you an opportunity to sit at the greens of some of the cooler holes. At this course in particular, 15 and 18 were the holes to be at. 10 was neat as well but less happens there. 
     
     
    The electronic scoreboards are situated every 6 holes I believe which is nice and give you your basic info, great graphics and visual presentation. I have to say, from a spectator standpoint, the shotgun start is awesome. It allows for a 5 hour day which is great so you’re not there forever. Merchandise is on the pricier side, for us anyways converting CAD to USD, but they make really nice merch, which really seemed like good quality, and a great selection. We ended up getting a couple hats which were nice, and a flag for our putting green of the Range Goats, which in my personal opinion is the greatest name, as it just resonates with us as average joes! We also ended up getting merch while Rahm, Burmeester, and Nieman were on the 18th green so size selection was limited. If you want some merch, get it early. Selection for women was unfortunately limited, but that is a patriarchy thing society does not do well. 
     
    There were not as many people there as I expected, which I was absolutely thrilled about, but could be a various amount of factors. It could be accessibility for people in Mexico, limited exposure here, or it hasn’t quite got there in popularity. I really can’t distinguish why, but it isn’t a bad thing as a spectator. Now as for fans, 90% were following two groups, Rahm and Sergio. This left a lot of other players, really great players exposed for you to witness really intimately and I really liked seeing that. It levels the persona and really lets you see them as a person. I don’t know if this is the norm as since it was Rambo’s first appearance, but again, we got to follow Dustin Johnson, Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson, Paul Casey, Brooks Koepka, Bryson Dechambeau, and Cam Smith unhindered. I also recommend watching Pat Perez as he is hilarious. He reminds of you of playing with your buddies, like you’re on the course at home. Very unfiltered and some won’t like that but it makes it a real life experience. All the guys have no problems with autographs if that’s your thing. One thing I can’t argue is the growth in other regions than the US. Golf is a game that is tough for some to access due to “Status”, but I love that they are playing golf in other countries and showcasing the impressive courses they have. I do wish the PGA did some more of this. There also wasn’t near as much music as I thought there would be and it wasn’t near as loud as I thought. They ask you to quiet and stop moving for shots like the PGA, although their signs says “Zip It” which I thought was a cheeky fun way to go about it. Music is set up throughout the course but not at every tee, sometime in the fairways but generally at the TV Stands. The drone is far less intrusive than you think, and they do a good job not getting in the way. Dustin Johnson had some fanatical super fan following him the whole way, telling him about his shots and this guy gave me the creeps. A serious super stalker from what I observed, hahaha.
     
    I’m not writing to start a debate about anyone’s preferences, if these guys are washed up, or s***** to watch. At the end of the day, these guys, all of them including Kevin Na, Brandon Grace, and other “lesser” players are Pros and we saw them pull off wildly talented shots that we can only dream of. Rahm is something of a different breed, his golf is at a very high level, as was Koepka. He is a truly incredible golfer. We saw Brandon Grace hit a flop out of the rough 4 yards from the pin that had no business being a shot and stuck it to 2”. His caddie is also an absolute beauty. We spoke to him a little as we followed them for a couple holes, and two LIV volunteers were yelling at each other off the green while they were trying to putt so we shared a great laugh about those clowns.
     
    That brings me to a few things I thought they could improve on. First, some of the volunteers. They seemed like they didn’t know what was going on, and some were just there for reasons unbeknownst to all. Like the yelling at each other because one called the other over too many times, or letting the crowd through the ropes while the players were there, or not letting anyone through for any reason. I felt bad for the staff that were carrying the score placards for each grouping as they looked as though they were given no break, food or water. LIV also has, and had, so many opportunities to engage with the crowd but didn’t. Those would make people feel appreciated and included in the overall theme they are trying to achieve. Greg Norman was walking with the mic but of course was only following Rahm, and the other announcers as well. Faherty never came out of his booth either and I really enjoy him as a commentary and personality so that would have been cool. One other thing to improve on would be instructions, or ease of finding them. Parking was the first mess, we took a taxi to the course and they instructed us you had to go another kilometre down the highway and turn into the public parking lot, there was one sign on the highway but that was it. That led to a construction site gate, with no signage, down a dirt road into a parking lot, which you then had to board a shuttle that took you back to the gate. This seemed excessive and could have been better thought out. Now, there are few places here that could accommodate the parking, and I totally get that as I know in the states it would be better, but just some instructions would have been great to give to our transport there. Once you’re in, they tell you everything is cashless. Not a biggie, but without telling you ahead of time, especially in another country, you need to download the app from their QR code and load it with money. You can use your phone or wristband to purchase concession items. This needed verification through SMS though or WhatsApp and since I’m not in Canada, I needed to enable roaming for $16 to get the verification code, then to find out inside the grounds that I could have just preloaded a wristband with my debit card instead.  Not sure why we couldn’t use the card in the first place, especially since the merch shop accepted it. Once inside I had 4 wristbands on, one for my resort, one for my LIV pass, one for my LIV concession, and one for my LIV entertainment grounds. I looked like I was back at EDC Vegas 2015 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣. These things don’t bother me but I hate trying to figure this s*** out on the fly like this. My last gripe was the website actually. Since we are doing a shotgun start, it would be nice if you could click on a hole versus the player to see where the players are. 
     
     
    Otherwise, this is a well thought out professional venue for all. You can have fun, see some really great golf, and see your favourite players hit unbelievable shots. I may send this to LIV and see what they think, but I like LIV and what they’re doing. 











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    gavinski91 reacted to TylorJudd in Liv Golf Central Thread: Events and News   
    I was at Mayakoba today, just got back to the resort actually. I have some interesting thoughts and experiences from it. I’m pretty wiped and don’t want to write a massive long thing, but if you have questions fire them my way. I plan on doing a big write up “unofficial review”, and possibly a 1st time guide for anyone thinking of going
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    gavinski91 reacted to Quigleyd in 2024 Wedges   
    I ended up with T24s. They are testing the best and I didnt want to wait for Vokeys. Probably would not get them anyway.. 
     
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    gavinski91 reacted to wely324 in 2024 Wedges   
    Getting close to s159 pre order and release date. Looks like 2/13/24 pre orders open. 
     
    would love to pre order but also would like to see the new wedge grinds first. Thinking 52s, 56s, and 60h… but might hold off on the 52/56 as my glide 3.0 are still in good condition.
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    gavinski91 got a reaction from sirchunksalot in Share your Shot/Hole Of The Day!   
    First ever drive of my life that carried over 300 yards. Decided to challenge the bunker and carried it easily - ball actually hit a wet spot and plugged, so the distance was all carry. 

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    gavinski91 got a reaction from Josh Parker in Share your Shot/Hole Of The Day!   
    First ever drive of my life that carried over 300 yards. Decided to challenge the bunker and carried it easily - ball actually hit a wet spot and plugged, so the distance was all carry. 

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    gavinski91 reacted to Michael.Sandoval33 in How'd you play?   
    Was able to fit in the range and then a quick 9 holes at Bixby Village again today. I shot a 42, so one stroke off of my previous outing there. Through the first 4 holes, I was 5 over and feeling pretty good. Then on the 5th hole I hit a road block. The group 2-groups ahead of me was participating in an on course lesson. And so, 5-9 were a slog for those of us left behind. Even taking our time in between each other while waiting for that particular group (I even added a couple that were also waiting to play the same tee "time"). So honestly, it threw me off and the last 5 holes took about 25 minutes each hole. So I shot 7 over through the last 5, was hoping to keep my short game a little tighter and the score closer but my rhythm there was just off at that point. Still had a good time browsing MGS while I was waiting and I am actually going to catch a tee time with that couple next weekend so all in all, not too bad. 
    Also, the Wilson Duo Softs are officially wayyy too soft now. I had a couple just drop out of the air on me today. It was a like a shot-put drop. Gross. 🤢
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    gavinski91 reacted to Tom the Golf Nut in How'd you play?   
    Got a round in this morning. I wasn’t sure what to expect as the weather hasn’t been cooperating lately.  Once I made par on the second hole I knew it was going to be a good day. That hole has been a bugger for me. 150 yard par 3 with a trap across the front and back but the green is only 10 yards deep. 
    Cruising around making pars and a bogey until I get to #8 Hit a so so drive on a par 5 but followed up with a fantastic 5 hybrid to 3 feet. Made the eagle. Out at -1.
    Then the back 9. I caught up to someone on 10 and he waited to let me play through. Pulled my approach slightly left and found the greenside bunker. The pin was across the green but I managed to hit a good bunker shot to within 4 feet just on the fringe. Made the putt for par and off I went.
    Salvaged a bunch of pars by some good chipping and 1 putts a bogey snuck its way in followed by a birdie and walked off 18 at one under. 
    My only negative take away was I tweaked my left wrist in another bunker that was all hard pan. Hopefully it’s fine by tomorrow. Thinking on getting another morning round in. This time wear shorts. It got up to 72* today. Gets hot walking at that temperature.
     
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    gavinski91 reacted to Kenny B in Return of AK (Anthony Kim)   
    I would love to see AK back in the game, but that's a long haul after 12 years.  I think the overall talent pool on tour is much better now than it was when he came out on tour.  He's 38 and hasn't been in competition.  I wish him well though.
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    gavinski91 reacted to Indy_Oz in Arccos User Group   
    Fairly new to the forum and just found this thread. I started using Arccos in around May this year.
    I found the combination of an Odyssey putter with soft white hot insert and a Callaway supersoft or Chromesoft ball made Arccos quite inconsistent at detecting putts earlier this year. I use the putter sensor and Apple Watch to detect impacts for what its worth.
    I prefer the Taylormade TP5x ball (after testing a few different balls out through spring) and after changing to a Sik putter over summer (firmer face), Arccos rarely misses a putt.  There is also a chance that upgrading my apple watch to the latest version over summer played a part with an improved microphone, not sure. But the TP5x has a much more audible 'click' on impact than the softer balls. to my ear at least.
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    gavinski91 got a reaction from cksurfdude in How'd you play?   
    Down in Arizona for a few days, so brought the clubs and played San Tan Highlands yesterday. Was playing the round of my life until the 18th, where I lost three balls to the water and put a 10 on the scorecard. So that one goes down as an 83 (my third lowest round ever) and the hunt to break 80 continues!
    Driver was the difference maker on the day - everything was going straight and long, giving me easy approach shots for a record 11 GIRs. 

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    gavinski91 reacted to Byrnzee in How'd you play?   
    Was able to play again at my in-laws course in Bonita Springs, FL. Was helpful getting a warmup round in yesterday on the same course. Today's weather was much better as well, mid 60s and sunny vs. rainy yesterday.
    Ended up shooting a disappointing 80 (40-40) after going double bogey-bogey on the last 2 holes. I was 1-over on the back through 16 and hit an absolute perfect drive in the middle of the par 5 17th hole. Second shot I was feeling confident about my swing and decided to hit my 2-iron up towards the green to give myself a short chip shot in... or so I thought. Ball was struck well but face was open and it flew OB. Safe to say I doubled the hole and needed a par on the 18th to break 80. 3 putt on 18 had me finish right at 80 😑
    Bummed about the result but honestly pretty happy about how I played. I was driving the ball better than I did all last season and was making some great long birdie putts and par saves on the green. I hit 57% FIR and 50% GIR. Hoping to tighten those numbers up going into this season. But for an offseason round, that's the best score I've had in years. Hoping to keep it going when the weather turns up north!
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    gavinski91 got a reaction from MattF in How'd you play?   
    Down in Arizona for a few days, so brought the clubs and played San Tan Highlands yesterday. Was playing the round of my life until the 18th, where I lost three balls to the water and put a 10 on the scorecard. So that one goes down as an 83 (my third lowest round ever) and the hunt to break 80 continues!
    Driver was the difference maker on the day - everything was going straight and long, giving me easy approach shots for a record 11 GIRs. 

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    gavinski91 got a reaction from BallsLeon in How'd you play?   
    Down in Arizona for a few days, so brought the clubs and played San Tan Highlands yesterday. Was playing the round of my life until the 18th, where I lost three balls to the water and put a 10 on the scorecard. So that one goes down as an 83 (my third lowest round ever) and the hunt to break 80 continues!
    Driver was the difference maker on the day - everything was going straight and long, giving me easy approach shots for a record 11 GIRs. 

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    gavinski91 got a reaction from Shapotomous in How'd you play?   
    Down in Arizona for a few days, so brought the clubs and played San Tan Highlands yesterday. Was playing the round of my life until the 18th, where I lost three balls to the water and put a 10 on the scorecard. So that one goes down as an 83 (my third lowest round ever) and the hunt to break 80 continues!
    Driver was the difference maker on the day - everything was going straight and long, giving me easy approach shots for a record 11 GIRs. 

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    gavinski91 got a reaction from rkj427 in How'd you play?   
    Down in Arizona for a few days, so brought the clubs and played San Tan Highlands yesterday. Was playing the round of my life until the 18th, where I lost three balls to the water and put a 10 on the scorecard. So that one goes down as an 83 (my third lowest round ever) and the hunt to break 80 continues!
    Driver was the difference maker on the day - everything was going straight and long, giving me easy approach shots for a record 11 GIRs. 

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    gavinski91 got a reaction from sirchunksalot in How'd you play?   
    Down in Arizona for a few days, so brought the clubs and played San Tan Highlands yesterday. Was playing the round of my life until the 18th, where I lost three balls to the water and put a 10 on the scorecard. So that one goes down as an 83 (my third lowest round ever) and the hunt to break 80 continues!
    Driver was the difference maker on the day - everything was going straight and long, giving me easy approach shots for a record 11 GIRs. 

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    gavinski91 got a reaction from ParFore74x in How'd you play?   
    Down in Arizona for a few days, so brought the clubs and played San Tan Highlands yesterday. Was playing the round of my life until the 18th, where I lost three balls to the water and put a 10 on the scorecard. So that one goes down as an 83 (my third lowest round ever) and the hunt to break 80 continues!
    Driver was the difference maker on the day - everything was going straight and long, giving me easy approach shots for a record 11 GIRs. 

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    gavinski91 got a reaction from ParFore74x in Share your Shot/Hole Of The Day!   
    First ever drive of my life that carried over 300 yards. Decided to challenge the bunker and carried it easily - ball actually hit a wet spot and plugged, so the distance was all carry. 

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    gavinski91 got a reaction from Indy_Oz in How'd you play?   
    Down in Arizona for a few days, so brought the clubs and played San Tan Highlands yesterday. Was playing the round of my life until the 18th, where I lost three balls to the water and put a 10 on the scorecard. So that one goes down as an 83 (my third lowest round ever) and the hunt to break 80 continues!
    Driver was the difference maker on the day - everything was going straight and long, giving me easy approach shots for a record 11 GIRs. 

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    gavinski91 got a reaction from Kenny B in How'd you play?   
    Down in Arizona for a few days, so brought the clubs and played San Tan Highlands yesterday. Was playing the round of my life until the 18th, where I lost three balls to the water and put a 10 on the scorecard. So that one goes down as an 83 (my third lowest round ever) and the hunt to break 80 continues!
    Driver was the difference maker on the day - everything was going straight and long, giving me easy approach shots for a record 11 GIRs. 

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    gavinski91 got a reaction from Jim Shaw in How'd you play?   
    Down in Arizona for a few days, so brought the clubs and played San Tan Highlands yesterday. Was playing the round of my life until the 18th, where I lost three balls to the water and put a 10 on the scorecard. So that one goes down as an 83 (my third lowest round ever) and the hunt to break 80 continues!
    Driver was the difference maker on the day - everything was going straight and long, giving me easy approach shots for a record 11 GIRs. 

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    gavinski91 got a reaction from Michael.Sandoval33 in How'd you play?   
    Down in Arizona for a few days, so brought the clubs and played San Tan Highlands yesterday. Was playing the round of my life until the 18th, where I lost three balls to the water and put a 10 on the scorecard. So that one goes down as an 83 (my third lowest round ever) and the hunt to break 80 continues!
    Driver was the difference maker on the day - everything was going straight and long, giving me easy approach shots for a record 11 GIRs. 

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    gavinski91 reacted to bbanksp1 in Share your Shot/Hole Of The Day!   
    holed a 90 yd wedge on #11 at Marsh Landing at Ponte Vedra Beach this weekend in a US Am Tour tournament for an eagle. Ball flew directly in hole and disappeared. Wild visual-  ball just all the sudden gone.  Took a second or two for it to register in my brain. the couple times this has happened before it was on the roll. Not direct flight into the hole. 

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