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  • scomac2002scomac2002 Inside the Starters' Hut The Great White NorthAdvanced Members Posts: 5,274 ✭✭
    I know exactly what you mean, Bill! Yesterday I got an email from the convener of my men's league with the updated handicaps including last fall's scores. The course Open House is on the 6th and our first game is scheduled for the 15th for our Monday sessions and the 25th for our Thursday sessions. I found myself going over the posted scores for many of our league members mostly out of curiosity to see how the guys had been shooting even though my sheet was a virtual blank beyond the opening week. I'm really looking forward to it no matter the outcome because as you saying it's the playing that counts far more than the how we play!



    I guess that means that I better get busy and finish up that putter build. I also better start thinking about doing a few dry swings to get used to the idea of playing again so as to not end up completely screwed after the first time out.
    Your problem is LOFT -- Lack of friggin' talent!

    Titleist 913 D2 w/RIP Phenom 
    Cobra Baffler Rail F 15.5°/20°
    TM '09 Rescue 25°
    TM Burner Plus 6-PW
    Cleveland Smart Sole 2.0 CW
    Rossa Tourismo 3 counterbalanced
  • ReasonabilityReasonability Mirror work is a good idea. Advanced Members Posts: 8,362 ✭✭
    scomac2002 wrote:



    LOL. Does the Mrs. know you're hangin' in the Flamenco Lounge while she's off to the day spa? Cool by me. Would likely be my "go to" on-board haunt as well. When some separation time is needed. Your secret is safe. What's mentioned in the Grille, stays in the Grille.

    _______________



    Absolutely. Caribbean shirts are perfect for dressy casual summertime events. Have a number in various colors and designs. They hide the mass quite affectively and who wants clingy when its's 90*. Lately, been adding some panel shirts as well. Some have cast comments about wearing Guy Fieri shirts, which would imply I'm trying to be a wannabe. Prefer calling them retro bowling shirts to deflect. Anyhow, essentially a camp shirt with a different look.




    Nothing quite so scandalous. Actually DW was there and it was she who suggested that we sit with the Cuban woman who we had been talking to earlier as she was travelling alone.



    I guess I'm just guilty in this instance of exercising a bit of creative discretion in my writing. I wasn't exaggerating about her beauty though as mixed race bloodlines often capture the best of each. Fairly common in Cuba with African, Latin and European bloodlines intermixed.




    Got a shirt that's counted as my favorite. Not sure now when/where the wife got it. Call it the "safari" shirt. Khaki, has those passant button flaps up on both shoulders, two pleated front button-down pockets.



    Never have been or will be on a safari. Don't wear epaulets for any reason so the shoulder doo-dads are a waste of time. Who needs two front pockets? There aren't a thousand times and places when that shirt would be THE perfect attire. Being Khaki it approaches that brown color where I might look like Rad's walking ****! All in all there's no reason to even care for it. But if fits well, feels good, and for some stupid reason I put the darn thing at the top of my list.



    Then again I'm a golfer and there's no accounting for how our noggins work!



    Has anyone seen my lollipop? I hear voices. I see dead people. Got to go... expecting a call from planet Zotark. image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />

    A cynic sees the cost of everything
    and the value of nothing.
  • Fellaheen51Fellaheen51 Go Green Advanced Members Posts: 4,279 ✭✭
    billh17 wrote:


    tomorrow will be a nice long day on the course. Honestly,do not care at all what i shoot. I know that is a NO-NO....but I am so

    pumped with being able to even get to play... . Ground is so soaked that it will be plugged ball day,but thats ok !




    Good for you Bill. The excitement you exude is reason enough to get out for a whack-around. There IS something about getting out for that first round after a long hiatus. Score is immaterial. Meaningless in sloggy Spring conditions, overrated at other times as well. Treat each shot on it's own. Did I hit as intended, if not, do it on the next one. You already know that the most important thing is to enjoy participating. Have fun.



    Today, for the first time this year, got a sense of spring in the air. Sunny skies, the temps made it up to 46*. You could feel it, smell it. Won't be to much longer I hope. Urges were prevalent to go to a range, but other obligations in the afternoon prevented it. NTM, one open would likely have been slammed. Not all that fond of whacking balls, elbow to elbow, amongst the masses anyhow. (Those clangy drivers can become unnerving. In repetitive close proximity.) Still have some snow on the ground, but today's weather definitely melted off a good portion of it. Only patches left in the yard. Would expect all of it to be gone by Thursday.



    Ready for spring.
    Laissez les bons temps rouler!

    OGA - Mitglied Nummer Sechs
  • BIG STUBIG STU Advanced Members Posts: 11,067 ✭✭


    scomac2002 wrote:


    BIG STU wrote:


    Catchy glad to see you over here in this neck of the woods. Fella and myself are familiar with Catchy from sometimes the Classics forum and from the blade users forum. Same type of folks here Catchy as you find in the two other sections we frequent just down to earth good folks




    Dumb question for you, Stu.



    "If" you were to cut down a driver from the butt end by say 1/2-1".... would you add tape to the head? And if so, would you start with something like 4-6 grams low and on the back side of the head?



    (My son wants me to cut down his Titleist driver and is saying he wishes it were heavier as-is. He tends to flight it low and left with random high pushes mixed in)




    **** yes! I'd just keep adding tape until it feels about right. Not the answer a technician wants to hear, but that's exactly how I did it.



    The more stuff I read on fitting and tweaking clubs for performance the more I think it's as much art as any sort of science that the technicians want to promote. And for the record, because I suck at this game anything I might do is not appropriate for anyone else to try. It's just red neck engineering applied to the game of golf... YMMV.




    Shortening driver length by .5" will decrease SW by 3 points, 1" by 6 points. Two grams on/in the head will increase SW by 1 point. Those are the ratios. Determine the current SW as the benchmark. As Sco mentioned, add lead tape until it "feels" right. Another quick, non-permanent method for SW testing is to tape nickels onto the head. Each nickel weighs 5 grams. Fine tune tape if need be. Once you established a preference, can acquire a heavier weight for the head, if he doesn't want to see the tape. Depending on what model Titleist D he has. Billy Bob's Golf use to stock weights for all D heads, now just see for the 915. A quick glance on GW didn't show any aftermarket weights listed. But they once had them.





    FWIW, prefer using GW's high density lead tape because you don't have to use as much of it.




    All replies MOST appreciated! Can always count on my Grille buds to come thru. Always learn something,



    So the build was done with glue dried Sunday. Last eve my son gave them a test run at the range. The new iron shafts absolutely fixed the constant pushes and fades. He's also happy with his Titleist 915 D2 without any added weight, but is aware of the ability to add it later should he feel the need. FWIW, I liked that driver myself. Not enough to change, but would definitely snag one in hoe mode one day. Thanks again my friends!
    That 915 D2 is an excellent driver--- That is my back up to the Homna
    Driver: Homna G1-X Homna stock Regular shaft
    FW Adams Tight Lies 16* Diamana Reg
    Irons 3 thru 9 KZG Kyoei Forged CB 1st generation Swing Science 400 Graphite Senior flex
    PW Cleveland Special 588 45* bent to 47* Stock Cleveland Steel Shaft
    SW Cleveland 588 56* DG Sensicore S-300 ( old dependable)
    Putter- 1997 Scotty Cameron Santa Fe Bulls Eye fluted shaft rusty and lead taped as heck named "Rusty"
    Bag-- Jones Classic non stand
    Founding Father of Outlaw Golf Association member #1---- Play what you want **** the USGA & R&A
    Redneck Hippie Golf When the Tailgate drops the BS Stops
    Vintage
    Toney Penna Model 1 Aldila HM-40
    3&4 woods Macgregor DX Keyhole steel TT R
    Irons 2 thru 9 1954 Hogan Precision TT green or 1980 Macgregor VIP 3 thru PW Hogan Apex #2 shafts " The famous Bastardized Macs"
    PW Hogan White Cameo 50* Hogan Apex Wedge
    SW Macgregor LRA 56* S-400 DJ Special-- Will rotate out when old dependable does not behave
    Putter ( subject to change) Lil David 8802
    Bag Old School Power Bilt orange mini staff
  • BIG STUBIG STU Advanced Members Posts: 11,067 ✭✭


    Just got a text from our SIL who offered tics to Thursday's round at TPC Sawgrass. Were they weekend passes we'd go without doubt. With basically one day's notice to get there, and given several mitigating issues we could have worked around with more notice.... We're going to talk it over tonight but I really don't see it happening.



    Not to brag (I hope), I've played that course a time or two. Pete Dye was pretty diabolical when he laid that one out. It's so often NOT about how far you bomb it. To the contrary it's far more about exactly where you place it, which is usually not at the stick. Your eye says one thing over the ball but when you get to your ball you realize how much you just got suckered - again. He who plays it most strategically with the best short game will be your winner. He who wins by bombing it will demonstrate pinpoint accuracy with longer clubs on a course that brutalizes even the slightest miss.
    Yep Pete Dye will suck you in
    I have played Sawgrass quite a few times--- Have played numerous Dye courses---- Played quite a bit at a course down here called Deboreadu which is strictly private. It is a Dye Jr course and IMHO there is no difference. He relies a lot on optical illusions as does any good course architect. You have to play a Dye course several times and keep notes either written or mental and to keep in the back of your mind " Don't let Pete **** with you"
    Driver: Homna G1-X Homna stock Regular shaft
    FW Adams Tight Lies 16* Diamana Reg
    Irons 3 thru 9 KZG Kyoei Forged CB 1st generation Swing Science 400 Graphite Senior flex
    PW Cleveland Special 588 45* bent to 47* Stock Cleveland Steel Shaft
    SW Cleveland 588 56* DG Sensicore S-300 ( old dependable)
    Putter- 1997 Scotty Cameron Santa Fe Bulls Eye fluted shaft rusty and lead taped as heck named "Rusty"
    Bag-- Jones Classic non stand
    Founding Father of Outlaw Golf Association member #1---- Play what you want **** the USGA & R&A
    Redneck Hippie Golf When the Tailgate drops the BS Stops
    Vintage
    Toney Penna Model 1 Aldila HM-40
    3&4 woods Macgregor DX Keyhole steel TT R
    Irons 2 thru 9 1954 Hogan Precision TT green or 1980 Macgregor VIP 3 thru PW Hogan Apex #2 shafts " The famous Bastardized Macs"
    PW Hogan White Cameo 50* Hogan Apex Wedge
    SW Macgregor LRA 56* S-400 DJ Special-- Will rotate out when old dependable does not behave
    Putter ( subject to change) Lil David 8802
    Bag Old School Power Bilt orange mini staff
  • Fellaheen51Fellaheen51 Go Green Advanced Members Posts: 4,279 ✭✭
    edited March 12
    BIG STU wrote:



    All replies MOST appreciated! Can always count on my Grille buds to come thru. Always learn something,



    So the build was done with glue dried Sunday. Last eve my son gave them a test run at the range. The new iron shafts absolutely fixed the constant pushes and fades. He's also happy with his Titleist 915 D2 without any added weight, but is aware of the ability to add it later should he feel the need. FWIW, I liked that driver myself. Not enough to change, but would definitely snag one in hoe mode one day. Thanks again my friends!
    That 915 D2 is an excellent driver--- That is my back up to the Homna




    Interesting. Been hankering to "upgrade" my driver of late. Now two favorable in-house reports on the 915. Been contemplating trying a D with a ~ 50g shaft, thinking I might be able to pick up a couple mph of ball speed by swinging a lighter shaft. And a head more current may offer a bit more forgiveness (i.e. higher MOI) across the face on less than optimum ball strikes. The 910 can be penal if hit out on the toe (high and toe side being my typical miss).



    See a number of 915's on the Bay that are right in my wheelhouse of how much I'd like to spend. Investigating ULW shaft retrofit into the 910 D2 is appx. 50% of the expense of going to a more current model. For an extra $50 -$75, may be more prudent to just upgrade. Been "watching" for a suitable candidate.



    Don't know if Titleist are max distance drivers, but they sure like to go straight. Least that's been my experience with the 983, 905, 910 succession. Plus they always feel solid when striking the ball, unlike the current crop of composite head drivers. Of a concern though, incrementalism will not achieve the intended results. That a 915 will not be all that much different that what I already have in the bag. Will have to be one of those "leap of faith" decisions to see if better results can be realized. Not like I'll be able to test one out beforehand.



    IDK. Still have plenty of stuff sitting around unused that could be liquidated. With the proceeds reallocated.
    Laissez les bons temps rouler!

    OGA - Mitglied Nummer Sechs
  • BicknellCCBicknellCC Advanced Members Posts: 1,167 ✭✭
    edited March 12
    Played Sunday and several of my drives actually checked and backed up a few inches, Indiana clay is awesome. I had played 2 rounds in February with a red Vice ball that I found, and lost it plugged, somewhere in the middle of the 13th fairway. Oh well, I found a warbird, and a perfect V1x looking for it so it's all good. Just being on the course was great.

    typical round for me, plus 10 on the front, plus 2 on back. Had 1 triple, 3 doubles on the front, 3 bogies, one bird on the back.





    I was trying to quote Bill on this, but something happened, and I had to back his entire post out for it to work.
  • scoteescotee Advanced Members Posts: 3,284 ✭✭
    Home! WTH (heck) There is still snow on the ground all the way from Portland to home. Thankfully the roads were clear.



    So this was pretty cool. We drove to Portland Ore. to daughter #3 and SIL the golfer’s house the day before flying out to Maui.




    It just happened that Noah’s (SIL) brother in law was in town from Hawaii doing a mainland tour of Hawaiian Slack Key music with two other musicians. We got tickets and went to a small theater in Portland for the concert which put us perfectly in the mood for the vacay. His name is David Kahiapo and here are a couple of his songs.




    Nathan Aweau also performed. He played a wicked 7 string bass and was in Don Ho’s (Tiny Bubbles) band for years and in the group Hapa.




    George Kahumoku Jr. was the headliner and is a well known Slack Key musician over there.






    We had met David some years ago but had never seen him in concert so this was a real treat.




    Have not been able to Ketchup yet but will do some fine reading soon.




    Back to the "grind" tomorrow and no golf in my near future image/sad.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':(' />




    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njcg5aOs9sg&list=RDqfsPMOmQYgc&index=3




    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfsPMOmQYgc
    Turn the mass

    OGA member #15

    Lord help me to be the person my dog thinks I am
  • WrigglesWriggles Advanced Members Posts: 3,135 ✭✭
    tolmij wrote:

    Wriggles wrote:


    My neighbor called and asked me if I wanted to take a ride in the Dodge. Asked me if I wanted to drive, but I told him I'd rather be chauffeured. So, first he runs it through a $12 automatic car wash. We chamois it off, and take a spin. He loves the car, he said he'd never get rid of it. He asks me if I'd ever want it back.



    I told him, "If you ever decide to sell it, I'd probably buy it back, but I really don't want it. It's your car now. Enjoy it, with your family, in good health."



    A pleasant ride, I related a few Fort Knox stories. He had been stationed in Fort Knox, also, twenty years after me.



    The Masters is a month away!!




    Happy for you seeing your pride and joy being treated so well. Your neighbour seems a very nice person.




    My neighbor is a very nice guy, a family man with a wife and 4 daughters. He just turned 48. He's a train engineer. He said no one ever gave him anything, so I guess that's what makes the Dodge special to him.



    His friend is supposed to take on the paint project on the car, he doesn't know when that will take place. His next current project is to replace the spark plug wires, etc. and tune the car up. The car sits in a garage, stays clean and dry. So, it looks much better than when it sat in front of my house, gathering dust and dirt.



    I really hope the repaint gets done.
  • scoteescotee Advanced Members Posts: 3,284 ✭✭
    tolmij wrote:


    Two Days ago when I started moving around in the morning, the back of my left heel was extreemly sore, thought it could be gout treated it as normal to no avail. Doctors this morning said it looked like torn Achilles’ tendon so Thursday I am having X-ray and ultra sound to properly check it out. Up to six months treatment depending on the severity.



    Today it was very hot again, the cooler weather and rain has gone, back to 100+ for the next week. Problem is the air conditioning broke down yesterday, it’s going to be expensive to fix so we are leaving it till later, fans around the house on full bore thankfully it’s expected to cool down by Saturday



    Take care Grillers I am off to sleep.




    Hope you get good news on your heel. Those injuries can be hard to deal with. Slow to heal because of the lack of blood supply. I had heel and foot pain for almost a year that turned out to be plantar fasciitis. With rest and heel cord stretches and orthotics it finally got better. I try to do those stretches for prevention.



    Hope your heel will heal image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' /> Say that three times fast.
    Turn the mass

    OGA member #15

    Lord help me to be the person my dog thinks I am
  • scoteescotee Advanced Members Posts: 3,284 ✭✭
    Mrs, scotee has had a sore achilles for quite awhile now along with some arthritis in her shoulder. She did some research and is going to Spokane to do stem cell therapy. They are claiming some good outcomes and surprisingly her insurance will pay on this treatment. So often insurance will not cover cutting edge (non-cutting) treatments. She has decided it is worth a “shot” or actually several. They will take a draw from her hip and process the cells and inject into her shoulder and heel. It will take up to a year to see if it is a success. If she can avoid the cutting or even buy some good time it will be worth it.
    Turn the mass

    OGA member #15

    Lord help me to be the person my dog thinks I am
  • scomac2002scomac2002 Inside the Starters' Hut The Great White NorthAdvanced Members Posts: 5,274 ✭✭
    edited March 13
    I heard something earlier today that I haven't heard in a very long time; the sound of a train whistle in the distance. Those familiar three short blasts that would sound when a train was coming up to a level crossing. The thing is that there aren't any train tracks near our place anymore as they were all taken out over twenty years ago as local freight lines were rendered obsolete by the proliferation and cost advantages of truck transport.



    Many years ago there was a level crossing on our road to the west of us. I travel that old rail route in the summers via bike as it is part of our regional rail trail system that has been developed for recreational use. The oh so familiar sound of the train whistle off to the west this morning brought memories flooding back of the days of my youth when the local freight run would go through twice a day hauling goods from city factories out to the country and then produce in return.



    It must have been a particularly good day for sound to carry as I have no idea where the closest active rail line is now. There maybe some tracks still in use that deadend in a town to the south of us, but that seemed like a bit of a stretch for the sound to carry that far. Perhaps it was just my imagination playing tricks on me... image/to_become_senile.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':to_become_senile:' />
    Your problem is LOFT -- Lack of friggin' talent!

    Titleist 913 D2 w/RIP Phenom 
    Cobra Baffler Rail F 15.5°/20°
    TM '09 Rescue 25°
    TM Burner Plus 6-PW
    Cleveland Smart Sole 2.0 CW
    Rossa Tourismo 3 counterbalanced
  • scoteescotee Advanced Members Posts: 3,284 ✭✭
    scomac2002 wrote:


    I heard something earlier today that I haven't heard in a very long time; the sound of a train whistle in the distance. Those familiar three short blasts that would sound when a train was coming up to a level crossing. The thing is that there aren't any train tracks near our place anymore as they were all taken out over twenty years ago as local freight lines were rendered obsolete by the proliferation and cost advantages of truck transport.



    Many years ago there was a level crossing on our road to the west of us. I travel that old rail route in the summers via bike as it is part of our regional rail trail system that has been developed for recreational use. The oh so familiar sound of the train whistle off to the west this morning brought memories flooding back of the days of my youth when the local freight run would go through twice a day hauling goods from city factories out to the country and then produce in return.



    It must have been a particularly good day for sound to carry as I have no idea where the closest active rail line is now. There maybe some tracks still in use that deadend in a town to the south of us, but that seemed like a bit of a stretch for the sound to carry that far. Perhaps it was just my imagination playing tricks on me... image/to_become_senile.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':to_become_senile:' />




    That brings back memories to me too. We could clearly hear the train whistle coming through the town where I grew up. Have not heard it for a long time.
    Turn the mass

    OGA member #15

    Lord help me to be the person my dog thinks I am
  • BIG STUBIG STU Advanced Members Posts: 11,067 ✭✭

    BIG STU wrote:



    All replies MOST appreciated! Can always count on my Grille buds to come thru. Always learn something,



    So the build was done with glue dried Sunday. Last eve my son gave them a test run at the range. The new iron shafts absolutely fixed the constant pushes and fades. He's also happy with his Titleist 915 D2 without any added weight, but is aware of the ability to add it later should he feel the need. FWIW, I liked that driver myself. Not enough to change, but would definitely snag one in hoe mode one day. Thanks again my friends!
    That 915 D2 is an excellent driver--- That is my back up to the Homna




    Interesting. Been hankering to "upgrade" my driver of late. Now two favorable in-house reports on the 915. Been contemplating trying a D with a ~ 50g shaft, thinking I might be able to pick up a couple mph of ball speed by swinging a lighter shaft. And a head more current may offer a bit more forgiveness (i.e. higher MOI) across the face on less than optimum ball strikes. The 910 can be penal if hit out on the toe (high and toe side being my typical miss).



    See a number of 915's on the Bay that are right in my wheelhouse of how much I'd like to spend. Investigating ULW shaft retrofit into the 910 D2 is appx. 50% of the expense of going to a more current model. For an extra $50 -$75, may be more prudent to just upgrade. Been "watching" for a suitable candidate.



    Don't know if Titleist are max distance drivers, but they sure like to go straight. Least that's been my experience with the 983, 905, 910 succession. Plus they always feel solid when striking the ball, unlike the current crop of composite head drivers. Of a concern though, incrementalism will not achieve the intended results. That a 915 will not be all that much different that what I already have in the bag. Will have to be one of those "leap of faith" decisions to see if better results can be realized. Not like I'll be able to test one out beforehand.



    IDK. Still have plenty of stuff sitting around unused that could be liquidated. With the proceeds reallocated.
    My 915 has a 60 gram Diamana shaft in it. Like I said if I did not have the Homna the 915 would be in the bag. I get a little more run out with the Homna maybe 8 yards or so. The 915 does not have a bad feel at all but the Homna is superb.
    Driver: Homna G1-X Homna stock Regular shaft
    FW Adams Tight Lies 16* Diamana Reg
    Irons 3 thru 9 KZG Kyoei Forged CB 1st generation Swing Science 400 Graphite Senior flex
    PW Cleveland Special 588 45* bent to 47* Stock Cleveland Steel Shaft
    SW Cleveland 588 56* DG Sensicore S-300 ( old dependable)
    Putter- 1997 Scotty Cameron Santa Fe Bulls Eye fluted shaft rusty and lead taped as heck named "Rusty"
    Bag-- Jones Classic non stand
    Founding Father of Outlaw Golf Association member #1---- Play what you want **** the USGA & R&A
    Redneck Hippie Golf When the Tailgate drops the BS Stops
    Vintage
    Toney Penna Model 1 Aldila HM-40
    3&4 woods Macgregor DX Keyhole steel TT R
    Irons 2 thru 9 1954 Hogan Precision TT green or 1980 Macgregor VIP 3 thru PW Hogan Apex #2 shafts " The famous Bastardized Macs"
    PW Hogan White Cameo 50* Hogan Apex Wedge
    SW Macgregor LRA 56* S-400 DJ Special-- Will rotate out when old dependable does not behave
    Putter ( subject to change) Lil David 8802
    Bag Old School Power Bilt orange mini staff
  • Fellaheen51Fellaheen51 Go Green Advanced Members Posts: 4,279 ✭✭
    Thanks Stu for the response. Headed off to the LGS today, needing a couple grips. Kick the tires some, look at the new stuff. In the used rack was a 915 D2, 10.5, 50g, regular flex in the bin. Also grabbed a 917 D2 of essentially the same configuration that was on closeout. Hit them outdoors using Trackman Range to monitor some basic numbers and ball flight patterns. Hit ~ 50 balls between the two.



    Was not all that enamored with either. Neither had the solidness of feel that the 910 has. Not sure if the 50g shaft is a good idea. Very erratic with it, slicing to many balls. Granted, haven't been swinging a golf club of late. Was a tad rusty. But after about 15 balls, was loosened up sufficiently. And distance (both carry and total) was short of the current 910. Of which I've benchmarked at the same range. Perhaps spending more time with either, adjusting the hosel to tune in, would improve the results. But they just didn't feel right. I hit enough balls to determine an assessment. The Titleist's are now crossed off the list of potential candidates. Didn't feel like a meaningful improvement was to be realized. I'd rather stay with the 910.
    Laissez les bons temps rouler!

    OGA - Mitglied Nummer Sechs
  • scoteescotee Advanced Members Posts: 3,284 ✭✭
    This one's for you Judge Reasey. All you need is a trained animal. Rub of the green and all image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />



    https://www.msn.com/en-us/video/viral/now-thats-a-birdie-eagle-helps-golfer-get-a-hole-in-one/vi-BBUJhOw



    (the ad and video are almost unwatchable but you get the idea)
    Turn the mass

    OGA member #15

    Lord help me to be the person my dog thinks I am
  • scoteescotee Advanced Members Posts: 3,284 ✭✭


    Thanks Stu for the response. Headed off to the LGS today, needing a couple grips. Kick the tires some, look at the new stuff. In the used rack was a 915 D2, 10.5, 50g, regular flex in the bin. Also grabbed a 917 D2 of essentially the same configuration that was on closeout. Hit them outdoors using Trackman Range to monitor some basic numbers and ball flight patterns. Hit ~ 50 balls between the two.



    Was not all that enamored with either. Neither had the solidness of feel that the 910 has. Not sure if the 50g shaft is a good idea. Very erratic with it, slicing to many balls. Granted, haven't been swinging a golf club of late. Was a tad rusty. But after about 15 balls, was loosened up sufficiently. And distance (both carry and total) was short of the current 910. Of which I've benchmarked at the same range. Perhaps spending more time with either, adjusting the hosel to tune in, would improve the results. But they just didn't feel right. I hit enough balls to determine an assessment. The Titleist's are now crossed off the list of potential candidates. Didn't feel like a meaningful improvement was to be realized. I'd rather stay with the 910.




    Good plan Fella. Try B4 you buy image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />
    Turn the mass

    OGA member #15

    Lord help me to be the person my dog thinks I am
  • ReasonabilityReasonability Mirror work is a good idea. Advanced Members Posts: 8,362 ✭✭
    scotee wrote:


    This one's for you Judge Reasey. All you need is a trained animal. Rub of the green and all image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />



    https://www.msn.com/en-us/video/viral/now-thats-a-birdie-eagle-helps-golfer-get-a-hole-in-one/vi-BBUJhOw



    (the ad and video are almost unwatchable but you get the idea)




    My friend,



    I'll take it via bird, marching band, helicopter, cart path, or earthquake- lol. Anything inside that jar is AOK regardless of how it happens.



    Also just spent considerable earphone time listening to slack key guitar. I was immediately transported back in time to an LP my dad bought in the 60s. A guy named Jerry Byrd. The album was Hawaiian from start to finish. Pearly Shells and such. So the posts are getting full attention and appreciation.



    A cynic sees the cost of everything
    and the value of nothing.
  • ReasonabilityReasonability Mirror work is a good idea. Advanced Members Posts: 8,362 ✭✭
    BIG STU wrote:


    BIG STU wrote:



    All replies MOST appreciated! Can always count on my Grille buds to come thru. Always learn something,



    So the build was done with glue dried Sunday. Last eve my son gave them a test run at the range. The new iron shafts absolutely fixed the constant pushes and fades. He's also happy with his Titleist 915 D2 without any added weight, but is aware of the ability to add it later should he feel the need. FWIW, I liked that driver myself. Not enough to change, but would definitely snag one in hoe mode one day. Thanks again my friends!
    That 915 D2 is an excellent driver--- That is my back up to the Homna








    Interesting. Been hankering to "upgrade" my driver of late. Now two favorable in-house reports on the 915. Been contemplating trying a D with a ~ 50g shaft, thinking I might be able to pick up a couple mph of ball speed by swinging a lighter shaft. And a head more current may offer a bit more forgiveness (i.e. higher MOI) across the face on less than optimum ball strikes. The 910 can be penal if hit out on the toe (high and toe side being my typical miss).



    See a number of 915's on the Bay that are right in my wheelhouse of how much I'd like to spend. Investigating ULW shaft retrofit into the 910 D2 is appx. 50% of the expense of going to a more current model. For an extra $50 -$75, may be more prudent to just upgrade. Been "watching" for a suitable candidate.



    Don't know if Titleist are max distance drivers, but they sure like to go straight. Least that's been my experience with the 983, 905, 910 succession. Plus they always feel solid when striking the ball, unlike the current crop of composite head drivers. Of a concern though, incrementalism will not achieve the intended results. That a 915 will not be all that much different that what I already have in the bag. Will have to be one of those "leap of faith" decisions to see if better results can be realized. Not like I'll be able to test one out beforehand.



    IDK. Still have plenty of stuff sitting around unused that could be liquidated. With the proceeds reallocated.
    My 915 has a 60 gram Diamana shaft in it. Like I said if I did not have the Homna the 915 would be in the bag. I get a little more run out with the Homna maybe 8 yards or so. The 915 does not have a bad feel at all but the Homna is superb.




    Good job of sniff testing. Excellent in fact. FWIW My sonny boy's has an Aldila RIP Stiff. Never was a fan of marketing stuff with a cheesy play toward the occult but that darned stick is a rocket launcher fo-sho!
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  • ReasonabilityReasonability Mirror work is a good idea. Advanced Members Posts: 8,362 ✭✭
    scomac2002 wrote:


    I heard something earlier today that I haven't heard in a very long time; the sound of a train whistle in the distance. Those familiar three short blasts that would sound when a train was coming up to a level crossing. The thing is that there aren't any train tracks near our place anymore as they were all taken out over twenty years ago as local freight lines were rendered obsolete by the proliferation and cost advantages of truck transport.



    Many years ago there was a level crossing on our road to the west of us. I travel that old rail route in the summers via bike as it is part of our regional rail trail system that has been developed for recreational use. The oh so familiar sound of the train whistle off to the west this morning brought memories flooding back of the days of my youth when the local freight run would go through twice a day hauling goods from city factories out to the country and then produce in return.



    It must have been a particularly good day for sound to carry as I have no idea where the closest active rail line is now. There maybe some tracks still in use that deadend in a town to the south of us, but that seemed like a bit of a stretch for the sound to carry that far. Perhaps it was just my imagination playing tricks on me... image/to_become_senile.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':to_become_senile:' />




    Grew up hearing trains in the distance - especially in the dense air of cooler nights. It's probably 5-8 miles to tracks from our current home and We can still hear them. It's sort of represents one thing that hasn't changed. My grandparents lived in a place called St. Marys which Sixty and Bill might have heard of. Was a sweet little town BITD. Train ran right through the middle of downtown.
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  • ReasonabilityReasonability Mirror work is a good idea. Advanced Members Posts: 8,362 ✭✭
    BicknellCC wrote:


    Played Sunday and several of my drives actually checked and backed up a few inches, Indiana clay is awesome. I had played 2 rounds in February with a red Vice ball that I found, and lost it plugged, somewhere in the middle of the 13th fairway. Oh well, I found a warbird, and a perfect V1x looking for it so it's all good. Just being on the course was great.

    typical round for me, plus 10 on the front, plus 2 on back. Had 1 triple, 3 doubles on the front, 3 bogies, one bird on the back.





    I was trying to quote Bill on this, but something happened, and I had to back his entire post out for it to work.




    The dreaded plugged ball. Our attempt at genetically crossing a golf ball with a tulip.



    Hey wait a second. I HAVE had a hole-in-one! Bunches of them. image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />



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  • BicknellCCBicknellCC Advanced Members Posts: 1,167 ✭✭
    I Live a couple miles from some tracks, Its pretty cool to be outside in the evening when a train blows it's whistle, and the coyotes answer from the woods around our house.
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    Trains are doing huge business in hauling freight; most of it in containers double stacked

    on flat cars. Far cheaper than trucking the freight cross country; even counting the truck

    cartage to and from the rail yards.



    Many trucking companies these days have dedicated fleets that do nothing but haul

    those containers to and from consignees/shippers and the various rail yards in geographic

    areas. I have friends in the business that do nothing but that so they can stay local and

    go home every night.



    If you're ever out on the open road you'll probably see a freight train somewhere stacked

    to the hilt and a mile long running on tracks not far from the interstate highways.



    So, freight trains are booming and have been for a good while now. On the other hand

    passenger trains are losers and have to be subsidized by government to stay in business.

    Most have disappeared except for in large metro areas where they're used as public

    transport and politicians make sure they get enough government funds to stay afloat.



    Nothing like watching C-Span and watching senators debate the latest keep Amtrak

    alive bill, lol. I think I'd rather watch reruns of the Flintstones.

    pl
  • scoteescotee Advanced Members Posts: 3,284 ✭✭
    Conrad1953 wrote:


    Trains are doing huge business in hauling freight; most of it in containers double stacked

    on flat cars. Far cheaper than trucking the freight cross country; even counting the truck

    cartage to and from the rail yards.



    Many trucking companies these days have dedicated fleets that do nothing but haul

    those containers to and from consignees/shippers and the various rail yards in geographic

    areas. I have friends in the business that do nothing but that so they can stay local and

    go home every night.



    If you're ever out on the open road you'll probably see a freight train somewhere stacked

    to the hilt and a mile long running on tracks not far from the interstate highways.



    So, freight trains are booming and have been for a good while now. On the other hand

    passenger trains are losers and have to be subsidized by government to stay in business.

    Most have disappeared except for in large metro areas where they're used as public

    transport and politicians make sure they get enough government funds to stay afloat.



    Nothing like watching C-Span and watching senators debate the latest keep Amtrak

    alive bill, lol. I think I'd rather watch reruns of the Flintstones.



    pl




    Agree. Rail is so efficient. All the grain in our area used to go by rail but they have taken out many of the lines and now it goes by truck and barge. My office in the railroad station happened because they took up the rails coming into our town. I don't understand that. I know there are costs of rail maintenance and perhaps a small line doesn't pencil out but it is sad to see them abandoned. There are some great rail to trail bike paths up here where lines have been removed. Those are nice for recreation but don't sustain the economy.
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  • ReasonabilityReasonability Mirror work is a good idea. Advanced Members Posts: 8,362 ✭✭
    Bring back the caboose! Tarnation and heck fire! Train's last car clears the crossing and I still wonder where that little guy went. Must be Wrigg's fault (lol). He's a tax and finance guy. C'mon Wriggs. Give us back the caboose.



    Looked online out of curiosity and wouldn't ya know they're out there for sale.
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  • scoteescotee Advanced Members Posts: 3,284 ✭✭
    We have done this 15 mile trail a few times. Most start at the Taft Tunnel in Montana and ride almost 2 miles through the mountain into Idaho and then gently downhill through 11 tunnels and over 9 high trestles. You can catch a shuttle bus at the bottom for a ride back up. It is a spectacular and fairly easy ride.



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    Bring back the caboose! Tarnation and heck fire! Train's last car clears the crossing and I still wonder where that little guy went. Must be Wrigg's fault (lol). He's a tax and finance guy. C'mon Wriggs. Give us back the caboose.



    Looked online out of curiosity and wouldn't ya know they're out there for sale.




    I looked into buying one to park on the siding next to my RR station. I went to Calif. for a week and when I got back they had taken the rails out. I had wanted them to leave the little section on the backside of the building. I never got my caboose.
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  • SixtySomePingSixtySomePing Advanced Members Posts: 4,874 ✭✭


    Bring back the caboose! Tarnation and heck fire! Train's last car clears the crossing and I still wonder where that little guy went. Must be Wrigg's fault (lol). He's a tax and finance guy. C'mon Wriggs. Give us back the caboose.



    Looked online out of curiosity and wouldn't ya know they're out there for sale.


    Well, there's this explanation...

  • WrigglesWriggles Advanced Members Posts: 3,135 ✭✭
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    Bring back the caboose! Tarnation and heck fire! Train's last car clears the crossing and I still wonder where that little guy went. Must be Wrigg's fault (lol). He's a tax and finance guy. C'mon Wriggs. Give us back the caboose.



    Looked online out of curiosity and wouldn't ya know they're out there for sale.




    I've lived near railroad tracks most of my life. In fact, my house and the whole town is on the Ohio river, and train tracks run parallel to the river. I can hear trains rolling along. Can't say I've heard any whistles lately. Do the railroads still use them? Or are they used just for emergencies?



    I don't know why, but when I was a boy, I'd get a thrill out of seeing the occasional steam locomotive, run on coal.



    Never had an electric train set, until I was about 30 years old. Bought a cheap Tyco on sale, set it up once or twice, and sold it years later at a garage sale. I had a wind up train with a tiny round metal track when I was 5 or so. It was working when I threw it away in the early 1970's. Probably would be worth big bucks. I also threw away a bunch of toy soldiers after I came back from the Army. Didn't want anything to do with soldiering after that.



    PS: Got the original tie order on Tuesday. Sent it back yesterday. Where did it disappear for a week?



    Walked 16 holes yesterday. I know that distances suffer with the wet, soggy ground, but my swing speed must be around 80 mph. Getting well under 200 yard drives. I've moved up to the ladies tees on some holes, but, all in all, it's still sobering to lose distance. Drier weather will bring additional yardage, but still. A seven iron wasn't getting to the green from 120 or so. (1976 Karstens)



    Spring is almost here.
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    Will be back when normal service resumes, had the air con technician out today, good he says all fixed, 1 1/2 hours later gone again same fault. Phone them and tell them please fix the fault not the symptom, took a long time to get through to the millennial on the other end. She says, he changes the fuse, but she could not get the fact the fuse was the symptom not the fault. Eventually she agreed somehing is making the fuse blow, he will be out soon and I will demand a refund for the first visit, he noticed a variation in the current to the fuse block but said it was OK. $ 200 for a non fix.



    Update after normal service is resumed.
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  • scomac2002scomac2002 Inside the Starters' Hut The Great White NorthAdvanced Members Posts: 5,274 ✭✭
    scotee wrote:


    We have done this 15 mile trail a few times. Most start at the Taft Tunnel in Montana and ride almost 2 miles through the mountain into Idaho and then gently downhill through 11 tunnels and over 9 high trestles. You can catch a shuttle bus at the bottom for a ride back up. It is a spectacular and fairly easy ride.



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    Very cool indeed, scotee! That is so reminiscent of the Kettle Valley Rail Trail in the Okanagan Valley where my son lives. I've hiked stretches of it, but never rode any of it yet. One day I'm going to do that. My BIL and SIL did it last summer riding a 48 km (30 mi.) section of it as there is close to 300 km in total in the entire system that runs from Kelowna down to Okanagan Falls.



    A couple of summers ago DW and I rode a section of it in Summerland on the Kettle Valley Steam Railway featuring a restored locomotive and open cars with spectacular views when we stopped on the Trout Creek trestle bridge.



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  • Fellaheen51Fellaheen51 Go Green Advanced Members Posts: 4,279 ✭✭
    edited March 14
    The discussion of railroads has brought back a flood of fond memories of my youth. Just down the street from home was a set of tracks. Part of the Penn Central system as I recall. Ran freight trains and a single car passenger service, between Detroit and points further north on the line. The tracks were appx. a mile from town. They passed through a field area, and an adjacent woods with a small stream. The tracks had a small bridge over the stream, would sit there with feet dangling over the edge. As kids, during the summer months especially, was an area to hang out in. Play at not doing much of anything. Lazing in the fields along the tracks. Playing on the bridge. Putting our ears to the tracks "listening" for an approaching train. Would have contests on who could walk the rail the farthest without loosing balance. Words do not adequately describe the setting or how much fun we had doing nothing in particular alongside the railroad. And periodically a train would come by. Standing 10' from the tracks as it would rumble by. Often getting a blow from the horn by the engineer. In hindsight, was a extraordinary locale for us young kids to play in. As I recall, the only words of warning received from Mom was her saying, "Be careful. Don't get hit by a train". The rail bed is now part of an excellent regional trail system.

    ________________________



    About 10 years ago, we took a fall color train trip that was pulled by a steam locomotive. Very cool and was a lot of fun. Traveling to a small community about 30 miles away to participate in an Autumnfest type event at the end of the line. During November and December they have a "Polar Express" type run. We're planning on going this year with the little fella. They use the Pere Marquette 1225 (the type of locomotive used in the movie) for the the express trips. Just waiting until the schedule is posted to buy tickets. It's part of the Steam Railroad Institute, about an hour from home.



    There's also the Little River Railroad that runs out of Coldwater, Mi. Little further from home, but could still be done as a day trip. They have runs in the summer months, contemplating doing this as well.

    _______________________



    All motivated due to watching steam train YT videos with the little guy. He loves watching them. There's an individual (CoasterFan2105) that has created a series of very high quality videos of steam trains from around the country. He has made 7 or 8 videos called Stream Trains Galore. Think they're very well done. Here's an example:



    [media=]



    Edit add: A pic of a 1225 we saw while traveling last summer. A massive amount of steel. The intricacies of the design, all of which had purpose. Amazing piece of machinery.



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  • BIG STUBIG STU Advanced Members Posts: 11,067 ✭✭


    Thanks Stu for the response. Headed off to the LGS today, needing a couple grips. Kick the tires some, look at the new stuff. In the used rack was a 915 D2, 10.5, 50g, regular flex in the bin. Also grabbed a 917 D2 of essentially the same configuration that was on closeout. Hit them outdoors using Trackman Range to monitor some basic numbers and ball flight patterns. Hit ~ 50 balls between the two.



    Was not all that enamored with either. Neither had the solidness of feel that the 910 has. Not sure if the 50g shaft is a good idea. Very erratic with it, slicing to many balls. Granted, haven't been swinging a golf club of late. Was a tad rusty. But after about 15 balls, was loosened up sufficiently. And distance (both carry and total) was short of the current 910. Of which I've benchmarked at the same range. Perhaps spending more time with either, adjusting the hosel to tune in, would improve the results. But they just didn't feel right. I hit enough balls to determine an assessment. The Titleist's are now crossed off the list of potential candidates. Didn't feel like a meaningful improvement was to be realized. I'd rather stay with the 910.
    Do not despair some guys hit the 910 better than they do the 915 for whatever reason. A lot of times or at least for me on these newer drivers you have to tune them to fit you. I messed with that Homna for darn near a year before I got it correct for me. The 915 Bear actually set it for me in a range session and we added 3 grams of lead tape on the sole in the heel and it always has worked for me. I would have to go out to the shop and pull a notebook to see the exact settings. I know I used a protractor and set the Homna exactly like the 915. I do remember the 915 is at A-2
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  • BIG STUBIG STU Advanced Members Posts: 11,067 ✭✭
    Conrad1953 wrote:


    Trains are doing huge business in hauling freight; most of it in containers double stacked

    on flat cars. Far cheaper than trucking the freight cross country; even counting the truck

    cartage to and from the rail yards.



    Many trucking companies these days have dedicated fleets that do nothing but haul

    those containers to and from consignees/shippers and the various rail yards in geographic

    areas. I have friends in the business that do nothing but that so they can stay local and

    go home every night.



    If you're ever out on the open road you'll probably see a freight train somewhere stacked

    to the hilt and a mile long running on tracks not far from the interstate highways.



    So, freight trains are booming and have been for a good while now. On the other hand

    passenger trains are losers and have to be subsidized by government to stay in business.

    Most have disappeared except for in large metro areas where they're used as public

    transport and politicians make sure they get enough government funds to stay afloat.



    Nothing like watching C-Span and watching senators debate the latest keep Amtrak

    alive bill, lol. I think I'd rather watch reruns of the Flintstones.



    pl
    Well at least the Flintstones are more intelligent and make a heck of a lot more sense image/taunt.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':taunt:' /> image/swoon.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':swoon:' /> You're welcome!!!
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    SW Cleveland 588 56* DG Sensicore S-300 ( old dependable)
    Putter- 1997 Scotty Cameron Santa Fe Bulls Eye fluted shaft rusty and lead taped as heck named "Rusty"
    Bag-- Jones Classic non stand
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  • tolmijtolmij Living in paradise Members Posts: 3,400 ✭✭
    scomac2002 wrote:


    I heard something earlier today that I haven't heard in a very long time; the sound of a train whistle in the distance. Those familiar three short blasts that would sound when a train was coming up to a level crossing. The thing is that there aren't any train tracks near our place anymore as they were all taken out over twenty years ago as local freight lines were rendered obsolete by the proliferation and cost advantages of truck transport.



    Many years ago there was a level crossing on our road to the west of us. I travel that old rail route in the summers via bike as it is part of our regional rail trail system that has been developed for recreational use. The oh so familiar sound of the train whistle off to the west this morning brought memories flooding back of the days of my youth when the local freight run would go through twice a day hauling goods from city factories out to the country and then produce in return.



    It must have been a particularly good day for sound to carry as I have no idea where the closest active rail line is now. There maybe some tracks still in use that deadend in a town to the south of us, but that seemed like a bit of a stretch for the sound to carry that far. Perhaps it was just my imagination playing tricks on me... image/to_become_senile.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':to_become_senile:' />








    Trains, no thanks not any more. We do sometimes go down to Brisbane and that is by train but it’s only because parking for the car is horrendous, expensive and almost non existent after 8.00 am.



    We went on holiday to Hamilton island in North Queensland two years ago, for some reason we decided to take the overnight train and then the ferry over to the island, mistake. On the journey back we cancelled the train and caught the plane back to Brisbane. The overnight journey was uncomfortable, seemed to go on for days, and was impossible to get any sleep.



    We have been in the old train trips, there were several old steam trains that did a day out trip, it was interesting smelling the fire smoke drifting past and being able to open the windows.



    A lady friend of ours travels all over and last year she went to India, the preferred method of travel was by train, Interesting is not the word would use talking about it when she came back. It was one of our planned holidays but we have now changed our mind and do something more comfortable.
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  • BicknellCCBicknellCC Advanced Members Posts: 1,167 ✭✭
    BIG STU wrote:



    Thanks Stu for the response. Headed off to the LGS today, needing a couple grips. Kick the tires some, look at the new stuff. In the used rack was a 915 D2, 10.5, 50g, regular flex in the bin. Also grabbed a 917 D2 of essentially the same configuration that was on closeout. Hit them outdoors using Trackman Range to monitor some basic numbers and ball flight patterns. Hit ~ 50 balls between the two.



    Was not all that enamored with either. Neither had the solidness of feel that the 910 has. Not sure if the 50g shaft is a good idea. Very erratic with it, slicing to many balls. Granted, haven't been swinging a golf club of late. Was a tad rusty. But after about 15 balls, was loosened up sufficiently. And distance (both carry and total) was short of the current 910. Of which I've benchmarked at the same range. Perhaps spending more time with either, adjusting the hosel to tune in, would improve the results. But they just didn't feel right. I hit enough balls to determine an assessment. The Titleist's are now crossed off the list of potential candidates. Didn't feel like a meaningful improvement was to be realized. I'd rather stay with the 910.
    Do not despair some guys hit the 910 better than they do the 915 for whatever reason. A lot of times or at least for me on these newer drivers you have to tune them to fit you. I messed with that Homna for darn near a year before I got it correct for me. The 915 Bear actually set it for me in a range session and we added 3 grams of lead tape on the sole in the heel and it always has worked for me. I would have to go out to the shop and pull a notebook to see the exact settings. I know I used a protractor and set the Homna exactly like the 915. I do remember the 915 is at A-2






    That is why I still hit a fixed head RBZ. I hit draws, fades, pulls, pushes, hooks, slices, and the occasional dead straight ball. Hard to adjust for that.
  • billh17billh17 just happy to play Advanced Members Posts: 2,720 ✭✭
    edited March 14
    Well guys , it is now official. We no longer have to be concerned with the first tee of the day. There is no longer any reason for nervous jitters.

    Watched a little of the Players today. Just happened to turn it on as El Tigre was walking onto the first tee. I then sat locked to the TV as he proceeded to

    get to the 4th hole,before he hit the fairway first. He did get three bounces...two off trees and a third off a lady...and they ended up in the short

    grass. But......BUT.... NONE of the first three tee shots got past 200 yards. ! The announcers were sad....I on the other hand was happy.

    I actually hit my first three tee shots today farther than Tiger !

    Its gonna be a great year !

    when you reach a certain level in life,its the little things that count !

    Hang in there Wriggs ! We hit it as far off the tee as Woods did today....well...his first three anyway !
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  • scoteescotee Advanced Members Posts: 3,284 ✭✭
    scomac2002 wrote:

    scotee wrote:


    We have done this 15 mile trail a few times. Most start at the Taft Tunnel in Montana and ride almost 2 miles through the mountain into Idaho and then gently downhill through 11 tunnels and over 9 high trestles. You can catch a shuttle bus at the bottom for a ride back up. It is a spectacular and fairly easy ride.








    Very cool indeed, scotee! That is so reminiscent of the Kettle Valley Rail Trail in the Okanagan Valley where my son lives. I've hiked stretches of it, but never rode any of it yet. One day I'm going to do that. My BIL and SIL did it last summer riding a 48 km (30 mi.) section of it as there is close to 300 km in total in the entire system that runs from Kelowna down to Okanagan Falls.



    A couple of summers ago DW and I rode a section of it in Summerland on the Kettle Valley Steam Railway featuring a restored locomotive and open cars with spectacular views when we stopped on the Trout Creek trestle bridge.



    [media=]




    That looks like a nice trip. We have been in the Okanagan Valley on the Washington side but not across the border there. Going on our bucket list.



    We have hiked in the Wallowa mountains in Oregon about 2 hrs. South of us for years. Friends


    have done this rail bike down there and said it was a good time.




    https://jbrailriders.com/inthemedia/




    There are so many good places like this. We did part of the Creeper Trail in Virginia when we visited friends in Asheville and their vacation place in Abingdon.






    We have also seen people in a rail car club riding along the Snake River here in the LC valley. That line is still in use but they can evidently ride it with permission and when not in use.




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    edited March 15
    scotee wrote:


    This one's for you Judge Reasey. All you need is a trained animal. Rub of the green and all image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />



    https://www.msn.com/en-us/video/viral/now-thats-a-birdie-eagle-helps-golfer-get-a-hole-in-one/vi-BBUJhOw



    (the ad and video are almost unwatchable but you get the idea)






    Beat me to it, I had it all ready to post and bingo there it was.





    Heel has been xrayed and ultra sound, results on their way, been painful the last two days, hoping for a fix.
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    edited March 14
    How do you delete a post, this was another post that doubled up, happened several times today, and I could not delete it, had to post something in the space.





    Signed





    Frustrated.
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  • tolmijtolmij Living in paradise Members Posts: 3,400 ✭✭
    edited March 14

    BIG STU wrote:


    BIG STU wrote:



    All replies MOST appreciated! Can always count on my Grille buds to come thru. Always learn something,



    So the build was done with glue dried Sunday. Last eve my son gave them a test run at the range. The new iron shafts absolutely fixed the constant pushes and fades. He's also happy with his Titleist 915 D2 without any added weight, but is aware of the ability to add it later should he feel the need. FWIW, I liked that driver myself. Not enough to change, but would definitely snag one in hoe mode one day. Thanks again my friends!
    That 915 D2 is an excellent driver--- That is my back up to the Homna








    Interesting. Been hankering to "upgrade" my driver of late. Now two favorable in-house reports on the 915. Been contemplating trying a D with a ~ 50g shaft, thinking I might be able to pick up a couple mph of ball speed by swinging a lighter shaft. And a head more current may offer a bit more forgiveness (i.e. higher MOI) across the face on less than optimum ball strikes. The 910 can be penal if hit out on the toe (high and toe side being my typical miss).



    See a number of 915's on the Bay that are right in my wheelhouse of how much I'd like to spend. Investigating ULW shaft retrofit into the 910 D2 is appx. 50% of the expense of going to a more current model. For an extra $50 -$75, may be more prudent to just upgrade. Been "watching" for a suitable candidate.



    Don't know if Titleist are max distance drivers, but they sure like to go straight. Least that's been my experience with the 983, 905, 910 succession. Plus they always feel solid when striking the ball, unlike the current crop of composite head drivers. Of a concern though, incrementalism will not achieve the intended results. That a 915 will not be all that much different that what I already have in the bag. Will have to be one of those "leap of faith" decisions to see if better results can be realized. Not like I'll be able to test one out beforehand.



    IDK. Still have plenty of stuff sitting around unused that could be liquidated. With the proceeds reallocated.
    My 915 has a 60 gram Diamana shaft in it. Like I said if I did not have the Homna the 915 would be in the bag. I get a little more run out with the Homna maybe 8 yards or so. The 915 does not have a bad feel at all but the Homna is superb.




    Good job of sniff testing. Excellent in fact. FWIW My sonny boy's has an Aldila RIP Stiff. Never was a fan of marketing stuff with a cheesy play toward the occult but that darned stick is a rocket launcher fo-sho!






    Many years ago, lived in a house with a train cutting directly at the back fence line, mainly electric so not too noisy.



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  • tolmijtolmij Living in paradise Members Posts: 3,400 ✭✭
    Conrad1953 wrote:


    Trains are doing huge business in hauling freight; most of it in containers double stacked

    on flat cars. Far cheaper than trucking the freight cross country; even counting the truck

    cartage to and from the rail yards.



    Many trucking companies these days have dedicated fleets that do nothing but haul

    those containers to and from consignees/shippers and the various rail yards in geographic

    areas. I have friends in the business that do nothing but that so they can stay local and

    go home every night.



    If you're ever out on the open road you'll probably see a freight train somewhere stacked

    to the hilt and a mile long running on tracks not far from the interstate highways.



    So, freight trains are booming and have been for a good while now. On the other hand

    passenger trains are losers and have to be subsidized by government to stay in business.

    Most have disappeared except for in large metro areas where they're used as public

    transport and politicians make sure they get enough government funds to stay afloat.



    Nothing like watching C-Span and watching senators debate the latest keep Amtrak

    alive bill, lol. I think I'd rather watch reruns of the Flintstones.



    pl




    Plop.





    Passenger rail is big business in Australia as most work a long way from home being a very stretched out society. Son parks in the rail car park and travels one hour each way for work, cheaper and easier than by car. Biggest problem it is run by the government so is not extreemly efficient. I suppose we are better off than the UK who have sold the rail network to private companies and they are now almost in total meltdown.
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  • Conrad1953Conrad1953 Advanced Members Posts: 14,850 ✭✭
    Seems most of the rail talked about here is nostalgia rail tourist attractions. I've seen those scattered about the

    country. I haven't gone on any of them.............other than at Disneyland..............does that count?



    I remember way way back when I was a kid my mom taking me on a train ride to L.A. My memory of it is not

    that great but I do remember some elevators were involved at some points. Then there was some other one

    in L.A. called Angel's Flight; Los Angeles translated meaning City of Angels. I think those trains are long gone.



    Now this brings to memory the old amusement park in Santa Monica called Pacific Ocean Park; dubbed P.O.P.

    by most. Wow did we kids get excited when our parents announced they were taking us there; usually once

    each summer. The park was right on the ocean which made riding the ferris wheel or roller coaster all the

    more exhilarating as you felt like you were going right over the ocean when you were up high.



    There was also a lesser amusement park in Long Beach called the Pike; if I'm remembering correctly. The Pike

    did not have a good reputation though as the sailors from the big naval base there at the time would go there

    to party and parents stopped taking their young kids there. Eventually tattoo parlors popped up and the whole

    place become rather seedy and was eventually torn down and the Long Beach Convention Center was built

    on the site.



    P.O.P. was also eventually torn down. Change is inevitable.



    My ex wife was from Wildwood, NJ and used to tell me all about the great boardwalk there. Sadly, we never

    went there so she could show me since I dragged her out to live in California. We met in Florida....but that's

    another story. Anyway, when we were living in Gilroy, CA it was just a hop over Mt. Madonna to Santa Cruz

    and we went there quite often in the summer. Back then there was a nice boardwalk there and a great beach.

    She always reminded me how small the boardwalk was there compared to Wildwood.



    Sometimes we'd detour and go over to Monterey Bay and Carmel and down to Big Sur. The coastline of Central

    California is magnificent. Much of it looks like what you see at Pebble Beach though a lot of it is so rugged

    and wild and uninhabitable that no one can build on it so it has been preserved as a state park/national park.



    Wow, stream of consciousness......................I grew up going to the beaches in Orange County; Seal Beach,

    Huntington Beach, Newport Beach and Laguna Beach. When I look back on life in California these days I

    don't miss much but I will always miss the smells and feels of the afternoon breeze blowing in off the cool

    Pacific Ocean. I spent so much time in my youth at those beaches and also fishing the deep sea off the

    coastline and at Catalina and San Clemente Islands.



    I'm jumping around and rambling, lol. I guess that's what happens when the memories get triggered. I think

    Scotee might have been to some of these places and also fished the waters off the California coast. He

    grew up in an area we all called the Inland Empire, a bit further inland than where I grew up but not that

    far. We grew up about 40 miles apart. Small world.
  • tolmijtolmij Living in paradise Members Posts: 3,400 ✭✭
    Conrad1953 wrote:


    Seems most of the rail talked about here is nostalgia rail tourist attractions. I've seen those scattered about the

    country. I haven't gone on any of them.............other than at Disneyland..............does that count?



    I remember way way back when I was a kid my mom taking me on a train ride to L.A. My memory of it is not

    that great but I do remember some elevators were involved at some points. Then there was some other one

    in L.A. called Angel's Flight; Los Angeles translated meaning City of Angels. I think those trains are long gone.



    Now this brings to memory the old amusement park in Santa Monica called Pacific Ocean Park; dubbed P.O.P.

    by most. Wow did we kids get excited when our parents announced they were taking us there; usually once

    each summer. The park was right on the ocean which made riding the ferris wheel or roller coaster all the

    more exhilarating as you felt like you were going right over the ocean when you were up high.



    There was also a lesser amusement park in Long Beach called the Pike; if I'm remembering correctly. The Pike

    did not have a good reputation though as the sailors from the big naval base there at the time would go there

    to party and parents stopped taking their young kids there. Eventually tattoo parlors popped up and the whole

    place become rather seedy and was eventually torn down and the Long Beach Convention Center was built

    on the site.



    P.O.P. was also eventually torn down. Change is inevitable.



    My ex wife was from Wildwood, NJ and used to tell me all about the great boardwalk there. Sadly, we never

    went there so she could show me since I dragged her out to live in California. We met in Florida....but that's

    another story. Anyway, when we were living in Gilroy, CA it was just a hop over Mt. Madonna to Santa Cruz

    and we went there quite often in the summer. Back then there was a nice boardwalk there and a great beach.

    She always reminded me how small the boardwalk was there compared to Wildwood.



    Sometimes we'd detour and go over to Monterey Bay and Carmel and down to Big Sur. The coastline of Central

    California is magnificent. Much of it looks like what you see at Pebble Beach though a lot of it is so rugged

    and wild and uninhabitable that no one can build on it so it has been preserved as a state park/national park.



    Wow, stream of consciousness......................I grew up going to the beaches in Orange County; Seal Beach,

    Huntington Beach, Newport Beach and Laguna Beach. When I look back on life in California these days I

    don't miss much but I will always miss the smells and feels of the afternoon breeze blowing in off the cool

    Pacific Ocean. I spent so much time in my youth at those beaches and also fishing the deep sea off the

    coastline and at Catalina and San Clemente Islands.



    I'm jumping around and rambling, lol. I guess that's what happens when the memories get triggered. I think

    Scotee might have been to some of these places and also fished the waters off the California coast. He

    grew up in an area we all called the Inland Empire, a bit further inland than where I grew up but not that

    far. We grew up about 40 miles apart. Small world.








    Jumping round and changing subject for no reason is also what happens after retirement, too much time on your hands to think what used to be.
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  • Conrad1953Conrad1953 Advanced Members Posts: 14,850 ✭✭
    Another old memory, if anyone can relate; maybe not.



    When we were kids if some place was far away, it didn't matter where....we called it Cucamonga. Pronounced

    Kook-a-monga. I guess we got it from our parents...or someone.......so if some place was far in our minds we'd

    say "wow, that's way out in Cucamonga".



    We didn't know until we got older that there really is a town called Cucamonga....it wasn't just lore and it wasn't

    that far away. Today it's called Rancho Cucamonga......Californians like the word Rancho; makes a place seem

    more than it is if you put Rancho in front of the name. Actually, just put some Spanish in the name and it adds

    something......Marina Del Rey...............Laguna Niguel...........San Juan Capistrano....you get the idea.



    Gotta remember Father Junipero Serra walked the state along a route called the El Camino Real and built the

    famous Californa Missions in I think the 1600s so there's a rich Spanish history in the state.



    Oddly, one town; Temecula...changed their name to Rancho Temecula and then changed it back to just Temecula

    again. Don't know the story behind it; just remember it being done. Crazy Callfornians.
  • Conrad1953Conrad1953 Advanced Members Posts: 14,850 ✭✭
    One last thing and then I'll shut up and let others talk as the Judge says.



    Speaking of the old train whistles..................my first wife grew up right off Knott ave. just down the street

    from Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park. She told me they could hear the train whistles coming from the '

    park all the time. I was at her parent's house with her many times and sure enough you could; loud and

    clear. I imagine you still can today if you're in close proximity to the park. Probably the same for those

    living near Disneyland in Anaheim.
  • scoteescotee Advanced Members Posts: 3,284 ✭✭
    Conrad1953 wrote:


    Seems most of the rail talked about here is nostalgia rail tourist attractions. I've seen those scattered about the

    country. I haven't gone on any of them.............other than at Disneyland..............does that count?



    I remember way way back when I was a kid my mom taking me on a train ride to L.A. My memory of it is not

    that great but I do remember some elevators were involved at some points. Then there was some other one

    in L.A. called Angel's Flight; Los Angeles translated meaning City of Angels. I think those trains are long gone.



    Now this brings to memory the old amusement park in Santa Monica called Pacific Ocean Park; dubbed P.O.P.

    by most. Wow did we kids get excited when our parents announced they were taking us there; usually once

    each summer. The park was right on the ocean which made riding the ferris wheel or roller coaster all the

    more exhilarating as you felt like you were going right over the ocean when you were up high.



    There was also a lesser amusement park in Long Beach called the Pike; if I'm remembering correctly. The Pike

    did not have a good reputation though as the sailors from the big naval base there at the time would go there

    to party and parents stopped taking their young kids there. Eventually tattoo parlors popped up and the whole

    place become rather seedy and was eventually torn down and the Long Beach Convention Center was built

    on the site.



    P.O.P. was also eventually torn down. Change is inevitable.



    My ex wife was from Wildwood, NJ and used to tell me all about the great boardwalk there. Sadly, we never

    went there so she could show me since I dragged her out to live in California. We met in Florida....but that's

    another story. Anyway, when we were living in Gilroy, CA it was just a hop over Mt. Madonna to Santa Cruz

    and we went there quite often in the summer. Back then there was a nice boardwalk there and a great beach.

    She always reminded me how small the boardwalk was there compared to Wildwood.



    Sometimes we'd detour and go over to Monterey Bay and Carmel and down to Big Sur. The coastline of Central

    California is magnificent. Much of it looks like what you see at Pebble Beach though a lot of it is so rugged

    and wild and uninhabitable that no one can build on it so it has been preserved as a state park/national park.



    Wow, stream of consciousness......................I grew up going to the beaches in Orange County; Seal Beach,

    Huntington Beach, Newport Beach and Laguna Beach. When I look back on life in California these days I

    don't miss much but I will always miss the smells and feels of the afternoon breeze blowing in off the cool

    Pacific Ocean. I spent so much time in my youth at those beaches and also fishing the deep sea off the

    coastline and at Catalina and San Clemente Islands.



    I'm jumping around and rambling, lol. I guess that's what happens when the memories get triggered. I think

    Scotee might have been to some of these places and also fished the waters off the California coast. He

    grew up in an area we all called the Inland Empire, a bit further inland than where I grew up but not that

    far. We grew up about 40 miles apart. Small world.




    Yep Rad.



    Gilroy Garlic Festival



    Beaches we went to: Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, San Clemente, Oceanside, La Jolla, Ensenada, San Felipe.



    My Dad took us to Tijuana once and let me buy firecrackers, cherry bombs, M-80's and a cheap switchblade knife. I felt like a very cool [email protected]



    My uncle lived in Escondido and we went down the old 2 lane 395 to visit. Temecula was tiny and the highway was Main street.



    Murrieta where Rickie Fowler is from was Murrieta Hot Springs and just a little bus stop.



    I have wondered how close our paths have crossed back then image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />
    Turn the mass

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  • tolmijtolmij Living in paradise Members Posts: 3,400 ✭✭
    Sounds like we could have some budding gangstas when retirement time sets in.
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