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  1. 3 hours ago, Golfspy_CG2 said:

    This has nothing to do with their financial status. This is a rich and elite group.  They are a bunch of locals who grew up together.  Many of them are as far from Rich and Powerful as one can be. 

    Yes, as the study of group behavior could probably explain some of these out of line action.  Some dogs will be perfectly fine by itself but when grouped together, they'll exhibit aggressive behavior.  We are, after all, one of the species of the animal kingdoms.

    If the basic needs were not met ( shelter and food ) , there would be low priority on the other desires.  These guys in the group obviously do okay, to join a local tournament for party time.  Obviously not serious golf tournament, to say the least.

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  2. 2 hours ago, Lacassem said:

    I 100% guarantee I can stop someone from eyeballing. 

    You probably could, and you had never ever looked at the opposite gender in an interested way ?

    The outfit they wear in the gym today will probably qualify as something else just 50 years ago.  Have your kids wear something that's more traditional would help.  Or daddy should build a private gym at home.🙃

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  3. 1 hour ago, russtopherb said:

    Absolute garbage. I've thankfully never had to deal with any of that from my playing partners, but I have twice at the gym had words with men in their 50's/60's about their eyes and my then teenaged daughter. Disgusting. 

    Fully understood how you feel as I'm a parent.  However, there is no way to stop someone from "eyeing"  ?  It's a built in magnesium for human to extend our existence.   Every healthy male have "eyeballs" attractive opposite sex no matter of their age group.  Being older or younger has nothing to do with this behavior.  Unless one walks around the gym with blindfolds, one couldn't help to look at the scenery, right ?  As long as one is not staring with eyeballs popping out of their sockets !  

    It is totally different between "eyeballing" and the actual inappropriate  language/action taken.  

  4. 13 hours ago, B.Boston said:

    t a minimum I’d have a hard time inviting them back to my club, even with a loaded tournament. 

    Someone should have a little private talk with the Don Juan.  I wonder why people behave differently than at their office or at home ?  Would it be okay to hit on a guest at their house party, in front of their friends and family ?   Maybe that's the word, their family was not present.  There was no consequences for their behavior.  

    We will be "guests" to the golf courses whether we're equity members or a daily fee player.  Don't abuse the privilege .

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  5. 1 hour ago, Chip Strokes said:

    i swear, a little money in their pockets and these guys think they can say anything they want to women

    Look at all the good examples we have in recent days from the rich and powerful.  Once they have more zeros behind a number shown on their back account.... they thought they are Gods.  How fast will they falling down to the dust from the high and mighty.

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  6. 4 hours ago, Golfspy_CG2 said:

    So just don’t be that guy!  Please! 

    It used to be harmless before the modern day wonder drug !  Now we have these senior citizen want to be Don Juan.  Not thinking that harm might come one's way, when bending the way of the Nature meant it to be.  They must have been deprived when they were younger !

    Sorry, it is just comical when people don't behave like their age group.  Acting silly/stupid does not give one's youth back.   

  7. Have you taken the differences in the weight of the grips into consideration ?

    I am, however, very surprised the swing weight of Ping set is all over the place.  They used to have very good control on spec.

    Perhaps it's all the optional shafts they offer now, or because the assembly is not centralized like it used to be.

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  8. Swing weight or the static weight ?  That is the question

    But, yeah, that is a nice homemade device.  I use a marker with the cap on on the table to balance the club when using the online swing weight calculator.  Mark the balance point with a magic marker and measure from there.  The clip on the cap of the marker pen prevent the pen from rolling when balancing the shaft on it.  Worked out okay for need in a jam on the road.

    A lot of people don't like the online swing weight calculator, but I have found it to be very accurate.  There are several sources for the calculator.

    I also found the static weight and the balance are more important than the swing weight value.  Swing weight is all about the "feel" and the measure of the swing weight is to cut short of the chase for the feel of balance.

    Once I know a golfer who has every stick in his bag at a different swing weight value and some with different gap in the set up of loft and length.  However, the distance gap of his short to middle sticks were perfect.  He was an experienced club maker hobbyist.  It was a classic case of a bag with clubs not matched perfectly on paper but worked perfectly on the golf course.

    I always remembered that experience and it changed my way of thinking since 20 years ago. 


  9. I'm no expert on turf management.  Throughout the years playing this game in the region had seen the change of grass on the putting surface and fairway often.  One year, there was this infestation of fungus allover the region, killing off the grass on the greens.   The local PGA had to bring in experts to figure out a way to apply non-traditional fungicide to maintain the golf courses.  That year and a few after, we had been putting on half bald greens and some temporary greens in the Summer. 

    Location dictate the type of grass on the putting surface and in the fairway.  The local climate will promote certain type ( mix ) of grass to thrive, better managed with fungus/moisture control.

    In the NW, where plenty of moisture in half of the year and with tall evergreen trees, the shade promote the growth of the fungus.  Especially with the short grass on the putting surface, no golf courses around here could maintain the bentgrass, without the invasion of fungus.  The typical grass on the putting surface is a mixture of broad leaves  ( Poa Annua )and creeping bentgrass.

    I believe more blue grass in the fairway mixed with rye, and other which pollinated from the wind of local species.  


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  10. On 5/3/2018 at 9:28 PM, HardcoreLooper said:

    The s***** range I hit balls at last night has a s***** little nine hole par 3 course that's also lit up. I didn't play it (had to get home), but it got me thinking... why don't I play more night golf? I mean, threadbare mats and shaggy greens notwithstanding, it's golf. At 10:00 at night. How's that a bad thing?


    What's your take on golf under the lights?

    I'd hate to see the cost of liability premium for covering the night event.  If the golf course does not have good insurance coverage, I'd check my personal coverage before golf at night.

  11. I feel that I must share this after knowing it myself.

    There is this golfer whom I kept running into at local public golf courses.  I mean, within a 50 miles radius from the metro area.  I play all over the area depending on when and where the discounted green fee is offered.  This way I could squeeze in more round of golf with the same budget.

    Anyhow, by the time we ran into each other the 3rd time in one month, we had progressed in the small talk.  He is not a talkative person, kind of to himself most of the time.  But gradually, I learned that he is just retired.  Moved from one County to the other because of golf.  The county farther to the South has more public golf courses at a more reasonable rate for the green fees.  Both him and I don't believe in joining a single private club and play most of our golf at the same place.

    Both his wife and he have no children and both were professionals in their field of work, so they have a lot of disposable income/saving.  They do not have a huge mansion, a very respectable place for single family dwelling and they both have nice vehicles but nothing will turn the heads of onlookers.  Where they spent most of their money is to travel and play golf.  They had been to Europe and most accessible golf courses here in the North America.  They had played over 80 of the top 100 public golf courses in this country and looking to expend to Asia and other parts of the world in the near future.

    They have plans for retirements but no large portfolio to be left after they're gone.  I looked at them and realized that they know what they want to do before they retired to the rocking chair.  Not many I know would plan to spend most of their lifetime savings with something they love to do.  He has been taking lessons with top teaching pros all over the Nation, entered into local tournaments for the thrill of competition, traveled the world to play golf, moved his primary residence to a place where he could spend more time on the golf courses.

    Have not seen him for awhile now, since my injury have sideline me for almost a year.  Funny, he was the one I thought about with golf while I was away from the golf courses.  We were not close friends, only knew each other by our first names....... strange how life story turn out to be.

    I would say, he qualify 110% as a true golfer.  Dedicated to the game to another level as an amateur. 


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  12. Totally agree on the weight over the deflecting frequency.  As we know the heavier weight should bring stability at a cost of distance.  10 grams in driver shaft is a lot of changes.  I used to believe the lower the torque value the more stable the shaft will perform; but , a higher torque value might bring more distance and stability at the same time, and also will allow a smoother transition.

    If only you could hit the options side by side on a golf hole which you're familiar with..... no one could dial it in for you.  The alternative is using a launch monitor which will narrow the search from the chase, but, the on course performance still remain the bottom line. 

  13. 29 minutes ago, fixyurdivot said:

    I started looking at shaft pullers as well and some discussions about threaded vs. hydraulic. Part of the fun in doing this will be the "garage sale" hunt for some good/used equipment.

    If one is not looking to get into volume work of pulling graphite shafts, the manual puller is quite adequate for pulling a few shafts for the hobbyist.    However, there is no comparison using the hydraulic puller, which is much easier to operate, but it will need maintenance and replacement down the road.   

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  14. 1 hour ago, Shapotomous said:

    The McGolf Channel is a good youtube channel to watch for tips & tricks and you can see what equipment he has in his shop.  In addition to the tools I saw mentioned above, a good shaft puller will be necessary to work with graphite.  

    It's one of the online channel I prescribe, Jim is an experienced club maker . 

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  15. 12 hours ago, MattWillGolf said:

    Thanks for the insight. I’ve toyed with getting into this a bit more. How do you finish your ferrules? To date I’ve only re-gripped clubs. Which was much easier than expected.

    One of the indispensable golf club making tools is, the caliper .  Instead of sanding down the larger OD of a ferrule to fit, one could order the correct size of ID/OD of the ferrule and having not to do the adjustment later.  Traditional way is to "turn down " the ferrule with a linen belt .    "digital" Caliper is also handy with measuring the shaft tip/hosel sizes.   Experienced club makers usually could eyeball the different tip size but to confirm , this is one of the most valuable tool besides the tools to take clubs apart.

    Also another tip for you, which is that, one does not need to have all those dedicated tools made for golf club repair.  Look around your existing tools in the workshop, often times one will find tools which will serve the purpose just as well.  Ask yourself what is to be accomplished and how would the process be ?  Look at the dedicated tools and what's around your own tool box or a substitute from hardware store.  Of course, each one of us has different ability to improvise, and make do.    

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  16. From your back ground, you'll be a good candidate as a golf equipment hobbyist. 

    It does not take a large investment at the beginning, but, it could snow ball into something quite expensive.    I believe the cost of somewhere in the neighborhood of half a dozen green fees should get you started,  There are tons of DIY online, but, keep in mind, as of all the online DIY video, some are excellent and some are just not a good example.

    Golf forums are a great place to ask questions That's how I got started 20 years ago.

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  17. I would select the golf clubs depending on the length of the 9 holes you'll be playing.  Instead of taking the designated numbers marked on the golf club, think of it this way.  How long would you hit each stick at an average distance and plot out your strategy of managing the golf course by selecting clubs for each of the major category.  Distance off the tee, average approach distance, and around the green.  The 5 clubs with additional putter is actually very generous, we used to play 3 clubs tournament on a shorter golf course.

    Oh, very importantly, you'll need a trusty club to get out of trouble.  it could be any golf club in the bag suited for that 9 holes which you'll be playing.  Lots of trees?  rough ? tough bunkers ?  Also think of all the par 3's are birdie chances, so don;t short change the clubs which you'll need on the par 3's. 

  18. Rest and treatments will lessen the symptoms of stressed injury.  It'll be a reoccurring issue, If you don't quit the activity which caused the symptoms in the first place.

    Strengthening the forearm muscles is one way of preventing the pain from coming back often but, no medicine nor therapy will be rid of the pain forever.  Unless, we could unplug the body parts and exchange for a new one.  I would also advise not to over work your body parts in hope to get back the youthful performance or eliminate the aches and pains.  I don't believe we're at a stage which we could offer a better solution than conserve and ration.   

    Facing the mortality, accept it and ration out whatever you have left. 

  19. 2 hours ago, Shapotomous said:

    A true golfer fixes their ball marks and replaces divots!!    It's a rare league night that I don't fix at least 5 ball marks per green.  And a lot of them are older and not just from league play.

    A reflection of the society we're living in right now.  Kind of funny this reflection is from the golf courses.

    I remembered my father's generation were much more considerate and kinder to the others.  You'll hardly witness people practice the minimum courtesy to others these days, at least around the metropolitan area close to me.  It used to be a nicer town !  

  20. 2 hours ago, Shankster said:

    Anyone that enjoys teeing up is a golfer.  I have my own opinions on certain things that I would consider a true golfer, but to save a long drawn our argument I will keep them to myself.


    Enjoy the game, be respectful of other people on the course, fix your divots and pitch marks, keep pace, and enjoy the scenery.

    Aman to this.

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  21. 3 hours ago, Shapotomous said:

    My opinion of a "true golfer" is one that plays by all the rules so the scores they post are true. 

    LOL... how true !  When you find a way to enforce the posting of scores, let me know will you ?  We could put something together and retire on it.

    Yes, and why do you think there was the rules of playing golf in the first place ?

    Golf will bring out the best and the worst in a person.  Since there were gambling involved from day one, a set of rules was needed for fair competition ( so much as it should but not always followed and could be enforced ).

    I had known some very well to do golfers who will fudge and "cheat" over a handful of coins.  I'd love to spot those actions because that will give me an advantage if I ever have to get on the business side with those who cheat on the golf course.  Little did they know, that they had shown their hands for future reference of their true characters .

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  22. 4 hours ago, revkev said:

    I love the way you framed the question.  I’ve got an extra decade on you..


    For me then a golfer walked, carried his own bag, shot around par and played munis where the money games were. 

    Fast forward to my early 30’s, a wife, became a dad, seminary - I preferred to walk but still real golfers at this time we’re defined, in my mind, by score and tees, real golfers shot in the 79’s from the tips.  That’s also when I started to get into equipment - it was the transition from wood to metal, irons with strengthened lofts, lob wedges, gap wedges, I joined a  semi private club for the first time once I settled into my first church and crafted my bag for that course. 

    I agree with your statement of a real golfer are the ones who played Muni courses from the back and shot around par , involved in some type of money games.  

    I had never gamble big on the golf course, a word of caution from my father's.  Who told me never to gamble especially on the golf course, because he had seen some extra ordinary examples.  So a 5 dollar Nassau was probably the limit for me in the past.  decades ago, the usual bet was 2 bids per hole, no one got hurt from losing just to keep everyone's attention .

    A golfer goes out to the temple of his choice every chance he has, is a real golfer.   

    Not long there after I had heart issues, contracted pneumonia, gained tons of weight and my handicap sky rocketed topping out at just under 10. I was ready to quit playing as I turned 60 - it’s tough to go from threatening par in competitive rounds to struggling to break 85 even when playing for fun.


    But I loved the social aspects of golf and I was very active here by then and had started to learn from the people on this forum that there are oodles of reasons that people play golf and very few of them have to do with who is shooting the lowest score. It was an eye opener.  

    The last two seasons I’ve purchased a pull cart and will often walk 9 months out of the year.  I love to walk those courses with my friends and I’ve come to define a golfer in this way - someone who goes to the course to have fun - whatever tgat love oks like for him.



    I did not really "golf" until I was in the financial service industry with one of the big three back in the early 80's.  Always went with my father to his golf game in the country club back then and enjoyed the swimming pools and the tennis courts.  My father moved around in Asia with his job so the family followed.  He had membership in several of the countries we stayed .  Enjoyed the driving range when I was a junior but no real golf.

    The financial industry was full of the dedicated golfers, my managing broker tried to get the whole office to golf , in order to promote the game and the business.  That's when I picked up my starter set of golf clubs.  I remembered it was from the bargain section of a local brick and mortar golf shop ( obviously, back then, no internet and the pro shops only had the top of the line models, not for the beginning golfers ).  I picked up a mixed set of Powerbilt and Dunlap.  It was the transition time of the first metal woods.  My father suggested for me to get the metal woods instead of the persimmons because of the ease of maintenance for a beginner golfer.   Not until I got hooked on the game and started to make decent income did I buy a nice set of golf clubs.  It was the Ben Hogan irons and the first of the Taylormade Pittsburgh Persimmon, a bullseye putter to complete the bag.

    Of course, over the years I had added on many other sets of fine golf clubs.  It was more exciting for me to look for the new golf clubs every 3-4 years ( longer product cycle back then ).  Got into the equipment maintenance/building side of the game in the early 90's .  Starting with re-griping and progressed from there.  I'm the kind of a guy who likes to fix things around the house instead of calling in the repairman.  I still mow my own yard and trim/top all the trees and bushes while all of my neighbors had been using landscapers, except for one another older gentleman down the cul-de-sac; we are the dying breed.

    If you ever golfed around the Seattle area, you and I probably have a good chance of being paired up.  Had golfed with many of the Reverend and pastor in the past.  Most of them were visiting the area.  I guess golf is a popular sports anywhere.


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  23. I had been around the game of golf for almost 4 decades now, slowing down a bit in recent years.  Used to be,  I must get my fix of golf every week, rain or shine.

    Got to thinking a little about the game.  Picked up quite a bit of reading of the subject.  Read everything I could put my hands on with the subject relating to golf.  Thus the question of, who is a "real golfer "  ?   A "traditional golfer " ?    A "modern golfer " ?

    I used to believe to get the full enjoyment out of a round of golf, one must walk the round, carry or pull/push a golf cart, or at the top of this category, hire a caddy.  In the past, I was asked many times while golf with friends and associates, Why won't you take a golf cart ?  My answer to that was always this,  "there be time I'll have to take a golf cart on difficult terrain but I rather walk the golf course, while, I still can ! "

    Now, the time has come for me to switch from carrying my own golf bag, to pull cart, then to push cart, finally to consider either a powered push cart or a riding cart.  I will resist a riding cart whenever I could.  How should I put it from my own perspective ?   It's like going through a beautiful countryside, driving through it would only give one "some" scenery and little feel for it,  Riding a bicycle will allow one to observe more of the beauty, walking through t it would allow one to soak in the maximum of what it really is by smelling, touching, feeling the environment.

    I am one of those who also believe that a golf course will talk to a golfer, if, the golfer allows himself/herself to open to the concept.  The older the golf course, the more history , the more interesting the "feeling" should be.  Then again, not everyone could appreciate the finer things in life.

    I'm not trying to tell everyone how to enjoy golf.  It'll be entirely up to the person to decide how one should enjoy a round of golf.  I just thought that if the game is all about hitting the golf balls and rush in the cart to the next spot for the next shot, jump out , swing , jump back in, step on the accelerator to the next spot, repeat. might as well get on a simulator to save the time of traveling to and from the golf course.

    What's your take on traditional golfer, vs. modern golfer ?

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