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DrDon

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  1. +1 on the Xcaliber Rapid Taper iron shafts
  2. I can't understand why people don't see this simple, straightforward solution.
  3. When I lived in Pacific Grove in 1982, the "ocean 9" was actually the front nine holes. There was no better golf for the money. The par 5 3rd hole (now the 12th) was one of the great holes in golf.
  4. Thanks for your comment Dave. I was our Club's handicap chair for several years under the old USGA handicap system. I'm wondering how much specific wording has changed now that we're under the World Handicap System. Perhaps your question should be re-submitted to the USGA for verification under the WHS.
  5. Thanks for the note. I took a closer look at Appendix G and do have the same questions that you do. Specifically, the following note at the end of the table in Appendix G states the following listed below. The note seems somewhat ambiguous when it states that a "temporary rating procedure may be used". I guess you would have to further dig out the definition of a "competition" and "committee". So, if a bunch of golfers want to "change it up a bit" and play a mix of tees, can they declare the round a "competition" and say they are the "committee" for defining t
  6. I bought 2 pairs of Costco's Eddie Bauer pants last Spring, and they were fantastic. Also loved the $20 price. Just a few days ago, I bought the latest version of the Eddie Bauer pants from Costco. Unfortunately, the size of the pants changed. The same size that fit me in last Spring is at least an inch too large in the waist. I returned the latest version of the pants to Costco. And, I have not re-ordered since these pants only come in even-numbered waist sizes.
  7. Totally agree regarding private club membership. Even on the weekends, with the tee sheet packed at 8-minute intervals, anything longer than 2 hours for 9 holes is unacceptable. On weekday mornings, I can play 18 holes (walking) in less than 3 hours.
  8. My club now has 7 sets of tees: green, white, white+, gold, blue, blue+, and black. The white+ tees are a combination of holes played from either the white or gold tees. The blue+ tees are a combination of the blue and black tees. The plus-tees (white+ and blue+) provide a nice flexibility that suits our Club members to best enjoy their golf based on their capabilities and desires. There's nothing more frustrating than playing behind golfers who are playing "too far back" . . . . for example, a bunch of 20 handicappers who drive the ball 200 yards playing off t
  9. The USGA provides guidelines for adjusting the course rating and slope based on modifications to the golf course. For example, if you move up from say the white tees, and played shorter yardages on 2 different holes, then you'd modify the course rating and slope of the white tees based on the combined yardage difference on the 2 holes. If the combined yardage differences is, for example 100 yards, then you would subtract 0.5 from the course rating and subtract 1 from the slope. The specific numerical guidelines are provided in a table in Appendix G of the USGA's World Handica
  10. I quit buying shoes without trying them on. Too many times I thought I was getting a bargain by buying online, only to be burned by getting shoes that don't fit. Here's just one example. I have been wearing New Balance athletic shoes in size 10.5 for 30 years. The NB golf shoes, size 10.5, were at least a size too small. Try the shoes on before you buy, even if you simply go to a sporting goods store to check out how different sizes from different brands fit.
  11. I have the Maltby TS-2 irons with Xcaliber Rapid Taper 75g graphite shafts. These were built by Popeye64. I'm very happy with these irons. I was looking for a higher ball flight and the benefits of graphite shafts after having major hand surgery. My previous irons were Ping Gs with Nippon 950GH steel shafts.
  12. CodeChaos is the most comfortable golf shoe I've ever worn.
  13. Read Local Rule E-5 and use it to promote fast play. My Club uses Rule E-5 for all play EXCEPT the top flight of the Club Championship.
  14. International CC is an excellent golf course (except one hole). The course has always been in excellent condition the dozen times that I have played it. The greens are superb -- and fast. There's a very nice practice area also. With everything in Northern Virginia, getting around the area is usually a traffic nightmare, especially on weekends.
  15. You'll be stuck indoors for the next several months riding out the COVID crisis, and you'll be going bat sh*t crazy. In a couple of weeks, you'll give anything to get out onto the golf course to enjoy the game and the outdoors. The high temperatures will be in the low 40s here this weekend in Northern Virginia. I'm playing golf. There will be plenty of "down time" this winter to go bat sh*t crazy with no golf.
  16. DrDon

    Morning Drive?

    I thought Morning Drive went downhill when the 'game show' antics started.
  17. I bought AMG's speed system as soon as it was available -- about a month ago. I've found the system to be excellent information and extremely helpful for my game. I feel like I'm hitting the ball further (although I have no hard data from a launch monitor). The weakest part of my golf game was the lack of distance. I think I've picked up at least 10 to 15 yards on my driver by employing the swing techniques and philosophy espoused by the AMG folks. I'm 65 and play off a handicap of 10. Every golfer with a lower handicap that I play with drives the b
  18. I did a similar trip many years ago. Glasgow to St. Andrews to Nairn to Dornoch then back to Glasgow. Total driving distance was something like 1,000 miles in 10 days. We spent A LOT OF TIME in the car! If I had to do it again, I'd stick to a smaller area of Scotland. There's plenty of great golf in the Fife/Edinburgh area. Yes, you'll miss out on the Highlands (Royal Dornoch and Brora), but you won't be sitting in the car for hours on end.
  19. I stayed in the Links Lodge B&B for over a week back in April 2012. I was in town on business, but also had time to play both courses at Moray Golf Club. I really enjoyed my stay in Lossiemouth. The B&B owners offered great hospitality. I played one round on Moray's Old Course with one of the regular guests at the B&B (he worked offshore on an oil platform half the time, then lived at the B&B while not working). The guest fee for golf was about 10 percent of the cost of normal guest green fees. So, don't go out and purchase a multi-day green fee ticket
  20. I have the King Cobra Baffler DWS hybrids, the 4 (23 degrees) and 5 (26 degrees) hybrids with the Aldila NV-HL 65g shafts. I love these clubs, and I can't get them out of my bag. Nothing has come close to replacing these two hybrids. I especially like the high trajectory flight -- even though I have stiff flex shafts despite playing regular flex in all my other clubs. Why should I consider the new RAD hybrids? I'm particularly concerned that the RAD 5 hybrid is 24 degrees and will fly much further than my current Baffler 5 hybrid (26 degrees). And, what shaft wo
  21. I have no problems slipping. But, recall, my course is basically flat, on a flood plain. PhD
  22. I've got 2 pair of CodeChaos shoes with 75 walking rounds on each. My golf course is on a flood plain and generally plays soft and wet. Furthermore, we are 12 inches above average the annual rainfall here in Northern Virginia for 2020. So, my shoes get dirty. I use a brush to clean off the dirt and mud. CodeChaos shoes have a rough surface. So, you don't polish the shoes and make them bright and shiny. CodeChaos are the most comfortable golf shoes I've ever worn.
  23. No problem with the shoes in hot weather. I wore them all summer while walking here in Northern Virginia, even with the heat index above 100 degrees. CodeChaos shoes are no hotter feeling than any others. I also wear them in damp (morning dew) and soft conditions (after recent rain) with no problems. My feet have not gotten wet. If the golf course is under water, I've switched out and worn some less comfortable DryJoys. I'm not sure how the CodeChaos shoes would hold up stepping in water for 4 hours.
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