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22 minutes ago, B.Boston said:


Bro my screen cracked watching that you tube video from the vibrations. emoji23.png

Actually they both sounded better than I was expecting for hitting a rock. Swing is looking good too man!


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I can't wait to get this going! I'm hoping the rain will clear out by the weekend and I can get my first round of the challenge in. I'll be "ROCK"ing these: While my weapons of choice for my firs

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First round today, at the local First Tee course.  Here's the tale of the tape:

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Try not to be too jealous.

The rock of choice?  The sparkly, pearlescent orange Titleist Velocity.

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Because the only thing better than an orange rock is a sparkly orange rock.  Amirite?

I actually played OK, which was surprising, because I've been playing like crap lately.  These things are like a freight train around the greens.  Once you get them going, they do. not. stop.

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Oh, and no shots quailifying for closest to the pin on a par 3.  But what's the maximum distance for closest to the pin on a par 4?

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This was on 17.  The back nine wouldn't have been bad except for two stupid doubles.

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7 Wood  - :callaway-logo-1: Big Bertha Warbird S2H2 - RCH 90 "Firm"
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22 minutes ago, HardcoreLooper said:

First round today, at the local First Tee course.  Here's the tale of the tape:

image.png.ce090dbf07d04c1573bacf4b8923d364.png

Try not to be too jealous.

The rock of choice?  The sparkly, pearlescent orange Titleist Velocity.

image.png.d253b91a2356d9dcb3949f014996f68f.png

Because the only thing better than an orange rock is a sparkly orange rock.  Amirite?

I actually played OK, which was surprising, because I've been playing like crap lately.  These things are like a freight train around the greens.  Once you get them going, they do. not. stop.

image.png.17cc10157e1d656093e681b24a781e72.png

Oh, and no shots quailifying for closest to the pin on a par 3.  But what's the maximum distance for closest to the pin on a par 4?

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This was on 17.  The back nine wouldn't have been bad except for two stupid doubles.

Great round and I'm gonna say you might have the closest to the pin on a par 4. That's a great drive! That Velocity is just dead sexy and probably felt like you made a bad decision. 

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4 minutes ago, sirchunksalot said:

Great round and I'm gonna say you might have the closest to the pin on a par 4. That's a great drive! That Velocity is just dead sexy and probably felt like you made a bad decision. 

Thanks!  I go for that green all the time, and I rarely hit it.  I'm usually in the trees on the left.  It finally worked out.  I hit it maybe once a year.

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7 Wood  - :callaway-logo-1: Big Bertha Warbird S2H2 - RCH 90 "Firm"
5i - PW - :wilson_staff_small: D7 Forged - Recoil 760 ( S )
GW - LW - :cobra-small: F8 - N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour105 ( S )
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Awful round today.  +4 37.  Bogey, Double start led to me trying to play long ball, which didn't work out well for me.  I did have a 280 yard drive that finished three feet in the rough.  And I caught up to a slow group that wouldn't let me through, so I wound up just playing nine.

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4 Wood (17*) - :callaway-logo-1: Big Bertha S2H2 - RCH 90 "Firm"
7 Wood  - :callaway-logo-1: Big Bertha Warbird S2H2 - RCH 90 "Firm"
5i - PW - :wilson_staff_small: D7 Forged - Recoil 760 ( S )
GW - LW - :cobra-small: F8 - N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour105 ( S )
Putter - :ping-small: Craz-e
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Ball -  :taylormade-small: TP5X Pix
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21 hours ago, HardcoreLooper said:

But what's the maximum distance for closest to the pin on a par 4?

Maybe we need to add a new category? 🙂  Nice shot.

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I've been icing my hands/wrists nightly in preparation for the pain they are about to endure - tomorrow is the big day. Choice of ball may be a game-time decision, but it will be either an XL2000, Pinnacle Gold, or, if I can still find it, the trusty old Molitor from last year. OK, I haven't really been icing, but perhaps I should have been.

Bring on the PAIN!

...and the lack of bite on chips

...and the sound of hitting a billiard ball

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On 7/4/2020 at 9:10 PM, HardcoreLooper said:

First round today, at the local First Tee course.  Here's the tale of the tape:

image.png.ce090dbf07d04c1573bacf4b8923d364.png

Try not to be too jealous.

The rock of choice?  The sparkly, pearlescent orange Titleist Velocity.

image.png.d253b91a2356d9dcb3949f014996f68f.png

Because the only thing better than an orange rock is a sparkly orange rock.  Amirite?

I actually played OK, which was surprising, because I've been playing like crap lately.  These things are like a freight train around the greens.  Once you get them going, they do. not. stop.

image.png.17cc10157e1d656093e681b24a781e72.png

Oh, and no shots quailifying for closest to the pin on a par 3.  But what's the maximum distance for closest to the pin on a par 4?

image.png.cea3a04083f6b7dff8fe09c5317b914c.png

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This was on 17.  The back nine wouldn't have been bad except for two stupid doubles.

Dang! A 33? I assume a net 30 (or thereabouts) is probably safe score to take home the prize. Great shootin'!

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On 7/4/2020 at 7:43 PM, sirchunksalot said:

I didn't have Arccos for the round, my woods don't have a hole in the grip for the sensors and I couldn't think of a viable workaround. 

The sensor in my driver's "connect grip" has been dead for a little while, I finally figured out the problem/temporary solution before changing the sensor.  Just like adding a missed shot post round, you can do it during the round.  Before/after your shot, pull your phone out where your ball is, in the app hit 'edit' and press the corresponding club. The app should add the shot and will pick up any subsequent shots into/on the green with clubs that have a sensor on them.

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17 minutes ago, JohnSmalls said:

The sensor in my driver's "connect grip" has been dead for a little while, I finally figured out the problem/temporary solution before changing the sensor.  Just like adding a missed shot post round, you can do it during the round.  Before/after your shot, pull your phone out where your ball is, in the app hit 'edit' and press the corresponding club. The app should add the shot and will pick up any subsequent shots into/on the green with clubs that have a sensor on them.

Thank you @JohnSmalls! I didn't think about that and will give it a go the next time I take them out. The woods have the Spalding logo on the ends and it terrified me to think about what I'd need to do. I'll just sensor up the irons and try that. 

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May not actually do the deal tomorrow. I didn't realize until an email a couple hours ago that tomorrow is first half playoff for league and we are in 1st place. I think our lead is big enough that it won't be a big deal if I suck more than usual, but I'll have to run some numbers in the morning.

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7 hours ago, MaxEntropy said:

Dang! A 33? I assume a net 30 (or thereabouts) is probably safe score to take home the prize. Great shootin'!

Thanks!  But look at the course rating and slope.  Even par for 9 on that golf course is about +2 or +3 on a normal golf course.

 

11 minutes ago, MaxEntropy said:

May not actually do the deal tomorrow. I didn't realize until an email a couple hours ago that tomorrow is first half playoff for league and we are in 1st place. I think our lead is big enough that it won't be a big deal if I suck more than usual, but I'll have to run some numbers in the morning.

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(But actually, I understand completely.  You have all month.)

 

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Driver - :cobra-small: F8 - Aldila NV Blue 60 ( S )
4 Wood (17*) - :callaway-logo-1: Big Bertha S2H2 - RCH 90 "Firm"
7 Wood  - :callaway-logo-1: Big Bertha Warbird S2H2 - RCH 90 "Firm"
5i - PW - :wilson_staff_small: D7 Forged - Recoil 760 ( S )
GW - LW - :cobra-small: F8 - N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour105 ( S )
Putter - :ping-small: Craz-e
Bag - :1590477705_SunMountain: 2.5 (Black)
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4i - :wilson_staff_small: D7 Forged - Recoil 760 ( S )

 

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5 hours ago, JohnSmalls said:

The sensor in my driver's "connect grip" has been dead for a little while, I finally figured out the problem/temporary solution before changing the sensor.  Just like adding a missed shot post round, you can do it during the round.  Before/after your shot, pull your phone out where your ball is, in the app hit 'edit' and press the corresponding club. The app should add the shot and will pick up any subsequent shots into/on the green with clubs that have a sensor on them.

Pro tip.  Back in the bad old days (a few years ago), you had to do that on every shot (with GolfPad GPS).

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Driver - :cobra-small: F8 - Aldila NV Blue 60 ( S )
4 Wood (17*) - :callaway-logo-1: Big Bertha S2H2 - RCH 90 "Firm"
7 Wood  - :callaway-logo-1: Big Bertha Warbird S2H2 - RCH 90 "Firm"
5i - PW - :wilson_staff_small: D7 Forged - Recoil 760 ( S )
GW - LW - :cobra-small: F8 - N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour105 ( S )
Putter - :ping-small: Craz-e
Bag - :1590477705_SunMountain: 2.5 (Black)
Ball -  :taylormade-small: TP5X Pix
Instagram - @hardcorelooper
Twitter - @meovino
Facebook - mike.eovino

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4i - :wilson_staff_small: D7 Forged - Recoil 760 ( S )

 

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On 7/4/2020 at 7:43 PM, sirchunksalot said:

I played my first round of the 2020 Hard Rock Challenge today. Scoring wasn't great and I definitely didn't have anything that would qualify for either closest to the pin or longest drive. Before I go into details, here's a video of my first shots with both the 2 iron to kick the round off and my first shot with the persimmon driver. 

A pull and a pop up, in that order. 

How about the scoring? I played from the white tees at Chatata Valley Golf Course and shot a +13 49 playing to a 17.5 Arccos handicap. I hit 5 fairways with zero greens in regulation and 17 putts. I just noticed I counted the x's on my scorecard and put 3. Sometimes I just can't math. Almost forgot to mention that my ball for the round was a Top Flite XL 2000.

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Here's the slope and handicap rating from the USGA website.

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It was a fun day on the course, albeit a painful one on my hands. There's nothing like the vibrations of a Rock Flite shimmering up the shaft and hitting your hands like a jackhammer. You can truly feel a slightly thinned golf shot and know you made a mistake. I'm thankful that I didn't snap a shaft every time I hit this rock a groove low, and I did that a lot.

What hurt me scoring wise today was the woods, I just couldn't figure out how to hit them and had a lot of short drives. Off the fairway I topped every 4 wood I hit and I feel like I could have scored better playing an all irons round. The 2 iron off the tee was money after the pull on the first hole. The PW was a pin seeking machine on both chips and full shots. Here's a shot with it from 60 yards on the 7th hole to 8 feet saving par.

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My shot of the day came on 9. I hit 2 iron off the tee, topped a 2 iron from the fairway, hit 5 iron from 163 just short of the green, and duffed a chip landing 30 feet from the hole. I then sunk the putt for bogey to end the round. 

I didn't have Arccos for the round, my woods don't have a hole in the grip for the sensors and I couldn't think of a viable workaround. 

 

Great videos, but with those clubs, shouldn't you be playing a nice BALATA ball?!  hahaha That 2 iron is brave!

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5 hours ago, ballplayer002003 said:

Great videos, but with those clubs, shouldn't you be playing a nice BALATA ball?!  hahaha That 2 iron is brave!

I'm definitely going to have to look into something softer for future games, being rewarded with an ice bath for the hands after a round with the rocks isn't as fun as it sounds. 

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Hopefully I can log 9 holes in the next day or two.  There has been rain for a week solid and that's going to help the greens, but hole 7 still won't have a fairway.  It has had a swamp all year. 

I took that photo almost a month ago and was standing to the left and slightly ahead of the tee boxes.  There's a tiny landing area in front of the green, but if a player gets aggressive, there's a ditch between the "fairway" and green for a reward. Green is to the left, right side is #6 fairway.

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After 2 year sabbatical from golf followed by 3 plus year of just playing once or twice a week, my job has changed to where I can play 5-6 days a week.
I went out today to participate in the HRC, but much to my surprise 11 of the guys I play with on the weekends were there so I joined them in a money game. And lost money.
But I visited the Petrified Forest in Arizona a few weeks ago and I got me some rocks. I plan on giving this a go tomorrow.


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1 minute ago, RoverRick said:

After 2 year sabbatical from golf followed by 3 plus year of just playing once or twice a week, my job has changed to where I can play 5-6 days a week.
I went out today to participate in the HRC, but much to my surprise 11 of the guys I play with on the weekends were there so I joined them in a money game. And lost money.
But I visited the Petrified Forest in Arizona a few weeks ago and I got me some rocks. I plan on giving this a go tomorrow.


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Dang, that is quite a job change.  Did you get a job at a golf course? 🙂

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On 7/6/2020 at 9:17 AM, MaxEntropy said:

Dang! A 33? I assume a net 30 (or thereabouts) is probably safe score to take home the prize. Great shootin'!

So this is over already and I haven't even launched a rock 🤨.

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1 hour ago, fixyurdivot said:

So this is over already and I haven't even launched a rock 🤨.

Not even close. Close your eyes when you swing. Guaranteed to shoot a 32 😉

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