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  1. Just received an email from True Linkswear and the title says "It's time to say goodbye". The gist is they're retiring the True knit line of shoes, but in these difficult days with a major health crisis, could that subject title be any more tone deaf?
  2. The range is fun, but personally I wouldn't bother doing it if you're only there one day. Yes, it is a lovely facility and fun to watch the players strip it, but with only 1 day I'd spend all my time soaking up the course and surroundings instead. It could be one's first AND last time there, and I think it better to see as much of the course as possible for the memories. And you never know if you'll be rained out or have lightning warnings, and you'll be pretty disappointed if you spent a lot of time on the range and didn't all of the course. Walk the entire course, and see each hole from
  3. In addition to the prior recommendations: Haar Restaurant - Had one of the best meals of my life here. Not Michelin-starred yet, but it will be. Hams Hame - Good quality pub food. Seafood Ristorante - Really good upscale meals Hotel du Vin & Bistro - Had an excellent steak dinner there, with good wine selection
  4. I've owned Jan Craig, JuJu's, and Rocket Tour. The Rocket Tours aren't in the same league - it's like comparing a Chevy to a Bentley. I think the Jan Craig is just slightly better built than JuJu but they're so close it's hard to tell. JuJu is fantastic to deal with and she makes it easy to do anything you want in the design, and is my first choice.
  5. Bridges should be cheaper. I just played it a few weeks ago and the guest fee was $165.
  6. > @bladehunter said: > Personally. I wouldnt hit a single ball. Hitting into a net with no feedback could turn your swing into anything in 2 weeks. This. You’ll be using strange (and probably not very good) clubs, hitting cheap balls, with zero beneficial feedback. Use the time instead to hit the gym and stretching so you’ll be better ready when you return.
  7. I just visited the new KBS Experience retail store in Carlsbad. Impressive operation, but I don’t know how they’ll sell enough there to cover the rent in that pricey retail location. On a tour they showed me fitting areas and one had club heads for all the popular drivers and FW Woods, along with a whole wall of shafts for woods, so they do definitely have fairway wood solutions even if they’re not shown on the website. I’ve found before their website seems way behind what they’re offering, so I’d suggest just giving them a call. They’ve always been very responsive.
  8. My wife and I love the Ojai Valley Inn. Really good course and other golf options in the Santa Barbara area, outstanding spa, and really great food.
  9. Can we please change the name of the “UK” subforum in “Courses by Region” to say “UK and Ireland”? The Republic of Ireland is NOT part of the U.K., and it’s rather insulting to name the category as if it is.
  10. > @JAMH03 said:> This article is FANTASTIC and you can absolutely get better if you take it to heart. > > While the points Pelz makes in the article are valid, this is an example of where he used bad science to illustrate his point. His premise is that he used Shotlink data on amateurs to identify issues and then offers conclusions based on that data, but in a number of places his data is highly flawed. An example is the following chart where he claims that the ratio of right misses to left misses increases with handicap. But according to his data, the scratch golfer misse
  11. I wish all of you would stop posting photos of your lovely MacKenzie bags. If you keep it up this thread is going to be very expensive for me. Thank you for your consideration.
  12. One thing Pelz influenced was an acceptance of science into the Tour ranks. While there were golf-infatuated engineers and scientists looking for opportunities in the golf industry before Pelz, he seems to be the one that was able to his foot in the door around Tour players. Prior to that, it seems a lot of the accepted beliefs with pros were misperceptions (feel ain’t real) or just flat wrong (like old beliefs of ball flight laws). Pelz seems to one of the first to start changing some pretty stodgy beliefs, and now it seems a pro can’t take a practice swing without a Trackman, video, and an a
  13. I bought a Titleist StaDry 4up for a Scotland trip a few years ago and like it so much that I’ve used it as my daily bag ever since. It’s meant as a carry bag and not a cart bag, but I find it works just fine on a cart too. A couple friends liked it too and bought their own, and my caddie at St Andrew liked it so much he went and ordered one for himself from Auchterlonies after carrying mine for two rounds. The waterproofing works well and does seem to make a difference on keeping things dry, and it has a good rain hood that seems better designed than most. I now have almost 3 years with it an
  14. > @artist08 said: > > @Clambake said: > > I keep misreading the title as an “Axl Rose” putter, evoking images of self indulgent putting excess complicated with heroin addiction. > > Welcome to the jungle, pal. > Yeah, my putting has had an appetite for destruction.
  15. I keep misreading the title as an “Axl Rose” putter, evoking images of self indulgent putting excess complicated with heroin addiction.
  16. The Open Championship Masters US Open . . . PGA
  17. It’s really going to depend on your individual passions and what else you’re playing. If you crave playing courses that you’ve seen on TV and have hosted majors, of course Carnoustie is the choice. It is a blast to play the holes that you just watched in the Open last year, trying to fathom how Molinari escaped bogey free. It’s fascinating picturing Hogan navigating those tough holes en route to winning the only Open he played. And of course, it is a smug feeling to get through the 18th in fewer strokes than Van de Velde. Carnoustie is more fascinating from the perspective of great competiti
  18. Over all the years I’ve very rarely been paired up with a jerk. The chances of two being put together in the same group like this are really tiny.
  19. Just did Scotland trip a few weeks ago and we made good use of the St Andrews Golf Academy. Lots of stalls where you can hit every club including driver, pricing was quite reasonable, and there is Trackman on each stall which was nice, especially to help learn those low spin knockdown shots that one doesn’t use much here at home. Good short game area too, with several large greens and a variety of lies to work with.
  20. > @Medic said: > Thanks for sharing! Really interesting and not at all what I expected in opening this thread. > Guess it might also lead to more questions. > How did the clubs originally get their "names"? Where did "par" come from? And the other scoring terms? > More terms probably also have an interesting history - fairway, tee box and tee, "shooting a score". > This could become an interesting thread! Agree. I changed the thread title to reflect a general history of golf terms.
  21. From a guide to Scottish Golf History regarding where "par" came from: Par is derived from the stock exchange term that a stock may be above or below its normal or 'par' figure. In 1870, Mr AH Doleman, a golf writer, asked the golf professionals David Strath and James Anderson, what score would win 'The Belt', then the winning trophy for 'The Open', at Prestwick, where it was first held annually from 1861 to 1870. Strath and Anderson said that perfect play should produce a score of 49 for Prestwick's twelve holes. Mr Doleman called this 'par' for Prestwick and subsequently Young Tom Morris
  22. > @gregkeller said: > We have realized that we both have enough airline miles to fly for free so our golfing budget just expanded quite a bit. You'll have an awesome trip. If you haven't done so, try pricing your flights using miles to see what the taxes and fees are. If you have to connect through Heathrow you might be in for a rude surprise that ruins your budget. I have a zillion miles with One World Alliance, but I've been just purchasing airfare when I go to the UK because the fees for Heathrow are so outrageous I found it only costs a little more to purchase the ticket and
  23. > @"seven dewey" said: > Lol, these music threads crack me up every time. I’ll gladly take music over the pace of play I see from 90% of people who play. Grinding over every putt like it is to win the Masters. Music won’t ruin my round or your round, even if it is too loud and terrible. Poor pace ruins everybody’s round in your group and every single group behind you. I didn't know we had to choose.
  24. It seems that generally: People who play music on the course THINK they're quiet and not disturbing others. People who smoke THINK they're being considerate and their smoke isn't annoying others. People who talk away on their mobile in restaurants or stores THINK they're quiet enough and not bothering those around them. And at least 9 times out of 10, _all of the above are wrong_. Your music carries a long way on an open golf course and probably is bothering others. Smokers have their sense of smell dulled enough they don't understand how far smoke carries and how physically irritat
  25. I love tidbits of golf history. Why do they call a golf stroke a stroke? You're swinging a club, not stroking it. The answer is in how score was kept in the early days. In early matches, each competitor put a little pencil mark stroke following each shot on their scorecard. As the hole went on, they'd add in more pencil strokes until they were done, and then they'd add up the "total strokes" on the card to figure their score on the hole. "How many strokes did you make?" was originally about the scoring, and over time became synonymous with how many swings at the ball. The following pho
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