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  1. [quote name='Willian70' timestamp='1429723756' post='11417159'] Here is a link to a detailed way to make one of those yardage books using google earth. http://3upgolf.com/blogs/create-your-own-golf-yardage-book [/quote] I just noticed in your signature that you are in Cincinnati. Funny because that is where I will be playing these courses. Stonelick hills, Elks Run, Aston Oaks and the Belterra Course. I hear those are some great tracks.
  2. [quote name='Maddog10' timestamp='1429737068' post='11419063'] [quote name='BenHoganFan' timestamp='1429723378' post='11417097'] Very cool. Thanks for taking the time and effort to share this. Good stuff. [/quote] Not a problem at all. If you do something similar and get the opportunity to play a practice round, take the book and make notes. During my practice round I wrote my club selection for each hole as well as if I wanted to change anything for the tournament. Also made notes of good angles to approach the green from, as well as good/bad places to miss. I also drew arrows to represent the major undulations on the greens. I didn't note all of the small slopes because frankly I didn't think it would help me and would take too much time for the minimal value it brings. No matter what I have to read the green and make the putt. Nothing I write in a book can help me with that. However, I did represent major slopes that I could use to funnel toward certainly hole locations or false fronts that I needed to avoid... Basically any type of information that I thought would be of value, I wrote down. At the end of the day I felt like my book helped quite a bit. The course turned out to be very "hilly" so there were a lot of blind shots, both from the tee and approach. Therefore my rangefinder (which was legal for this tournament) wasn't as valuable as it normally is. I used my carry yardages from the book a lot to know distances to carry bunkers and other hazards, and definitely took advantage of the notes I mentioned above. I didn't play well but still managed to snag the last qualifying position... I will say this though. Don't let the detail of your yardage book override your common sense. I let this happen to me once, and it resulted in a triple bogey (shot +6 on the day but was +5 on two holes). There was a back pin location up on a shelf that wouldn't allow anything short to get close to the flag. I had made note of the shelf on my yardage book and had a perfect yardage to the middle of the green. However, I knew landing in the middle of the green would catch that slope, causing the ball to roll back about 25 feet leaving me with a 40 foot uphill putt. Instead I decided to club up and take a little off because I was greedy and wanted to get close. With firm greens, that turned out to be a big mistake. The ball landed on the last foot or two of the green and bounced off the back, which runs down a hill to the rough. Got cute with the chip knowing that it would be hard to stop on top of that shelf, so I hit a high flop shot which came up just short of the green and ran back down the hill again right to my feet. Next I just hit a normal pitch which landed a few feet short of the flag, ran past the hole, was barely rolling when it caught the ridge and ended up running all the way out to 40 or 50 feet. Three putted from there for a 7... My point is that while having the detail of the yardage book is helpful, don't let it sway you into bad decisions by trying to hit exact yardages. [/quote] Great info. Thanks for sharing. Very good points that I will use myself.
  3. Very cool. Thanks for taking the time and effort to share this. Good stuff.
  4. [quote name='larrybud' timestamp='1429720140' post='11416625'] [quote name='BenHoganFan' timestamp='1429717146' post='11416015'] Thanks for the reply. The only concern I have with using Google earth is that considering its a new course I've never been to, I dont know how I could determine which hole is which. You know what I mean? [/quote] Beside the obvious of pulling up the course website to see hole layout, most likely you can figure out which is 1 and 10 by the tee boxes closest to the clubhouse, and even measure those holes if they are enough difference in length. That should get you going in figuring out holes. BTW, sometimes ignorance is bliss. I won a michigan publinx net tourney a few years ago going in blind to the course. I hit a number of shots off the tee in which I had no idea about hazards (pre google earth, pre range finders, etc). No way I would hit those same shots knowing what I know now, but it made for an easier tee shot when you don't think there's any trouble ahead! lol [/quote] Awesome. Congrats on the win. I guess sometimes that is the best route to go.
  5. [quote name='milesmyoung' timestamp='1429717620' post='11416117'] For years, I've used Golfshot GPS on my iPhone for yardages and scorekeeping on course, but I'll also use it before a visit to a new course to get a feel for what to expect. Even when you're at home, you can "play" a round and you'll be able to see distances from whichever tee box you choose. PS. There are two versions on the App Store-- the one titled "Golfshot: Golf GPS+Scorecard, etc." allows you to more effectively preview the course from home. The one titled "Golfshot Classic" isn't as good in that capacity. [/quote] I like the sounds of this as well. Will check it out as well. Thanks.
  6. [quote name='goodoldgus' timestamp='1429717493' post='11416091'] The "Swing by Swing" app is great for this. I believe, even with the free version, you can preview any course using the Course Explorer feature. This allows you to view all holes and then use the touch screen to see distances, landing zones, hazards etc. It's a really nice feature. FYI...the App itself is free to download, but a premium membership available for a yearly fee that gives you more detailed stats etc. The GPS and course explorer feature are free I believe. [/quote] Sounds like what I am looking for. Will loo into this for sure. Thanks.
  7. Thanks for the reply. The only concern I have with using Google earth is that considering its a new course I've never been to, I dont know how I could determine which hole is which. You know what I mean?
  8. Hey guys and gals....maybe you can help me out. Im going to be playing some new courses over the next few weeks and was wondering if any of you know the best softare or app I can use to look at a course and map out my strategy on how I want to play it before I get there. Something that shows good imagery and the ability to show distances from tee boxes to layup areas, bunkers etc. Any advice or help would be greatly appreciated.
  9. [quote name='sneakyshort2' timestamp='1375153462' post='7565948'] [quote name='BenHoganFan' timestamp='1375148145' post='7565238'] The MP-4's look fantastic. That being said, the MP-54's are a big letdown for me. Cant believe they would add that black badge to that iron. Makes it look to much like a game improvement model. I cant believe they did that to an MP iron. No doubt, I will be sticking with the MP-53's. They look superior to the MP-54 IMO. [/quote] Big fan of the 53( in fact one of my favorite irons) [b]but the 54 beats it for feel and forgiveness[/b]. I was fortunate to hit a lot of shots with them last week and can't wait to get a set in the bag. The badge is small,good looking and highlights the new step muscle tech. [/quote] Feel is totally subjective. Especially with all the different variables involved (shaft selection, turf conditions, angle of attack etc.) As forgiveness goes, I'm not sure I really want anything more forgiving than the current MP-53. When you go more forgiving, you lose feel. That being the case, I dont see how the 54 can be both "more forgiving and have better feel". Unless they changed the grind or moved some weight around the, the 54 looks like a cross between the MX300 and the MP 53. To me the 53 look more classic in looks.
  10. The MP-4's look fantastic. That being said, the MP-54's are a big letdown for me. Cant believe they would add that black badge to that iron. Makes it look to much like a game improvement model. I cant believe they did that to an MP iron. No doubt, I will be sticking with the MP-53's. They look superior to the MP-54 IMO.
  11. [quote name='rocker40' timestamp='1366815083' post='6907575'] I left the MP 53's for the JPX 825 Pro for more forgiveness. They MP 53's are great irons. I do like the turf interaction on the JPX 825 Pro's. I like to take a good divot. Ive only had them for a 3 weeks now. So im still in the trial stages. They heads are bigger than the MP 53's and its taking alot to adjust. [/quote] Are you already noticing quite a suubstantial differene in forgiveness between the MP 53 and 825 Pro? What about when you went from the Mx 300 to the MP 53....big difference in forgiveness as well?
  12. [quote name='rocker40' timestamp='1366806958' post='6906657'] I went from MX 300 -> MP 53 -> JPX 825 Pro I feel that the forgiveness is about the same as the MX 300. I really like the turf intereaction. The lofts are also the same as the JPX 825 Pro. But i did gain distance over my MP 53's. [/quote] Rocker, thanks for the reply. So I assume that you were able to notice a difference in the turf interaction between the MX-300 and the 825 Pro? Maybe its just me but in the pictures I see, it appears that the leading edge relief on the 825 Pro appears to not be as pronounced as it was on the Mx 300? Would you say thats probably true? Also, I must ask....I see you went came to the 825 Pro from the MP 53.....Outside of the distance factor, what was your reasons for leaving the MP 53 for the 825 Pro?
  13. A little bit about myself.....I'm currently a 7 handicap. SS of 95-100 with my driver. 7-iron distance is about 155-60, .Currently gaming the MX 300 with KBS tour stiff shafts. I'm one of those players that skipped out on the upgrade from the Mizuno MX 300's to the JPX 800 pro. I just didn't see the benefit to upgrade at that time. The changes on the 825 pro have me interested. The main difference I see visually between the two clubs are the sole grind and what appears to be a smaller head in comparison the MX 300. . While the MX 300 has the leading edge relief, the JPX 825 Pro has the leading edge relief and the rear edge relief. Has anyone on here gone directly from the MX 300 to the 825 Pro? Did you see any noticeable difference in ball flight, forgiveness, turf interaction, feel or distance?
  14. I think it would be interesting to see Titleist release a pro-v1 in a softer compression core like the B330-RX/S currently is. I've made the switch from the Pro-V1 to the B330-RX and RXS and because of the buttery softness. There is nothing currently like the RX-RXS in a tour ball.
  15. longbal30........looking at some of the pictures of the 825 pros it appears that they carried over the "triple sole grind" that was used on the 800 pros. Can you verify that they indeed still have this sole grind? Did you happen to notice?
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