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  1. I started this thread to see if people agreed with me or if I would be told to lighten up. We were just paired up. The round was slow and just shy of 5 hours. The hold up was in front of us all day. That is a good point about hitting vs. looking for a partner and then hitting. In this case, my ball was in front of one of the other guys and I had to wait for him anyhow. So, I helped my partner look. As you said, at least they came over. I would have understood a wave and “We’ve gotta run” more than stopping me from putting. Their next stop was the bar.
  2. How likely is it they didn't know the bag had been hit? Was the owner holding the bag when it got hit? I once hit a golf cart on an adjacent fairway. The holes were tight and close. Because of the shadows and sun, I didn't know I had hit it, until my friend told me. Of course, I raced over to apologize.
  3. Yea, that's probably another topic. Agreed, I don't like shaking hands right now, but I didn't refuse the gesture. I have hand sanitizer with me.
  4. All day, we had to wait on the group in front for nearly every tee and approach shot. Not terrible, until we hit 18. There, we had a legit 10 minute wait to tee off. One of the guys we were playing with loses his cool, yells at the group in front and finally hits - not into them, but right behind them. I drive around the par 5 18th, helping my partner look for his ball. Not excessive, but we did look, maybe 1-2 minutes. Put my 3rd shot into the bunker behind the green. Everyone else is at the front of the green. I walk to the bunker and have to wait while somebody is putting
  5. I am planning our annual 4 day trip from Baltimore and recently came across Rock Harbor and Shenandoah golf courses in Winchester, Virginia as possible destinations. I wanted to keep the commute at @2hours. Last year, we went to Williamsburg, which is fabulous. I-95 traffic on the way home . . . not so fabulous. Ocean City is off the list this year. I started looking at southern PA, which we've done before and does have some great golf. The handicaps range from 8 to 36. In general, the guys have more fun at easier courses. They are also cheapskates. So, Greenbrier is out
  6. Theoretically, there is an advantage to the player for not fixing a divot. The following players have to play a tougher course. Yes, that is not in the spirit of the game and I suppose technically illegal if done purposely. But it’s why I think granting relief should be allowed. If we can define a burrowing animal hole, we can define a divot. If the ball is below the surface of the surrounding turf, I say call it an embedded ball.
  7. I have a different opinion. Price is only part of the equation. Some golfers want less spin. If you are looking for straighter shots, or perhaps more distance, surlyn/ionomer is an attractive option. For years, I played the balls that were considered to be just below the urethane balls - Burner TP, NXT tour, Callaway Superhot, Gamer, etc. At times, these balls gave me a lot of confidence, and that is something worth paying for.
  8. I have played another round and a half with the Titleist Tour Speed and it really flies. For the last several years, Darth, I have been of the same opinion. Why pay premium prices for a ball when I can get equal performance with just a different name stamped on it? And that is why I am surprised that I love this ball so much. I have played the occasional K-sig that I found. Didn't hit it further, didn't pitch it better. Reviews on this board questioned it's distance, so I was never inspired to buy any. It's the same reason I gave up on the Gamer urethane. I can't afford to give up dist
  9. Over the years, I have gone back and forth between the lower spinning urethane covered balls, and the 3 piece ionomer balls. Although currently playing urethane, I do think there is a time and place for the surlyn/ionomer balls. Otherwise, they wouldn't sell any. Urethane purists will tell you that there is no way an ionomer ball will compare, and that is true regarding spin. But after a few rounds of losing 7 ProV1s at a time, you start to look at alternatives. The 3 piece ionomer balls do give you a little more spin than the pure distance balls. At one time, I played the old
  10. I've played 27 holes with this ball and it's my new favorite. But, I think I'm the player they had in mind when they made it. Mid 90s swing speed. 101 if I really crank it. 26 hcp, but most of my trouble is the long game. Lately, I've been playing the AVX and Qstar tour. Feel is firmer than the Qstar tour, and there is less spin on full shots. Trajectory is definitely higher than the 2019 AVX, and I think it's higher than the 2020 AVX. Putting is where it really shines. It sticks to the face a hair longer, or at least seems like it does. I was able to see some spin when my pitc
  11. Durability is almost a non issue to me. It is rare for me to make it through 18 holes without losing a ball. If the compression, length, and spin are good for my game, I’ll deal with the chewed up cover. I realize that nobody is going to agree with me. But that’s how I feel. I’m currently playing the avx and qstar tour. I'm hoping it falls somewhere between those 2.
  12. This s occasionally an issue for me related to my swing sequence issues. When that left foot starts sliding, it means my lower body stopped and I lurched at the ball with my upper body. It’s my reminder to get weight on the left side. often the shots come off okay. But, when I see it happening, I know I better fix something quick.
  13. Don't treat it like it's any other round, because it's not. But, have a plan. It's great when you have your A-game and it all comes together at the right time. That just doesn’t always happen. Sometimes it's more about survival. Like finding your ball in a divot, you have to accept that sometimes you just can’t play it the way you had planned. I used to be worse about trying to fix my swing/pace/touch mid round. I've also cut back on the aggressiveness when I’m behind. Trying to pull off a miracle shot to make it back usually has a predictable outcome.
  14. As a guy who is happy to shoot 99 or lower, I have to say, golfsidekick has been very helpful. Now, I’ve never liked the concept of Personal par, primarily for the reasons listed above in the thread. But a lot of traditional advice, like aim for the center of the green instead of the pin, has limited value to a guy who only hits 1 or 2 greens a side. Golf sidekick made me realize that maybe I shouldn’t always be pulling driver on those tree lined fairways, even if it means I can’t reach the green in 2. It also made me realize that being somewhat near the green in 2 can be a good play, inste
  15. Thanks for the info and no offense taken. I carry a 3w and a 5w. I only hit the 3 from the deck on occasion - days when I’m hitting the woods well and only from perfect lies. Still, that extra distance is seductive. I want the option for those rare occasions.
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