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  1. I've been logging about a round a month over the last 2 seasons, but just got through a streak where I played 3 weeks in a row. You guys might be surprised to hear this, but it apparently help you get better if you play more. I don't think the scores were anything to write home about, and my handicap was moving up the entire time, but noticeable improvements each week just from getting a few reps in. My wedge game inside ~120 is downright poor, and there's no guarantee I'm hitting an easy chip on the green, never mind close. But the swing is mostly there. It feels about as good as when I was playing more and my index was 5 strokes lower. On the front 9 at Worthington last weekend I made birdies on 2, 4, and 9. Made a second ball birdie (aka bogey) on 6 after hitting one in the water. Had a really good look at birdie on 8. And shot 44. Made triples on 1 (4-putt), 5 (lost ball), 7 (lost ball). It was the most Jekyll and Hyde 9 I've played in my life.
  2. After the great 7s downpour of 2018 (2019? years are running together), I switched over to Lamkin Crossline Full Cord. None of this sissy "tacky" grip nonsense. The full cord grip just embeds directly in to my skin, so it's not possible for it to slip. In all honesty, they are a lot less severe than I expected when I bought them. There's no issue playing 18 after a long break without getting callouses. They don't have any cushion on mishits, especially in cold weather, but that's good feedback.
  3. I live in MoCo and Poolesville is 40 minutes from my house without traffic (hah!). It's the only MCG course I still haven't played. The triangle from Poolesville to Rattlewood to Sligo Creek is about 70 miles perimeter as the crow flies.
  4. Ask your buddy where else he's adding liquid to tape to "make the bond better". I took chemistry 15 years ago, so I'm kind of an internet expert on this topic: Solvent is used because it makes the tape slick but then evaporates quickly to allow the stickiness of the tape to take over again.
  5. I've never researched it, so that's interested to hear about it being better for club data than Trackman. On the rare occassions I've had access to a launch monitor, I always found the club data to be more valuable than ball data. Maybe ball data is better for club fitting (launch, spin), but club data was better for improving my swing (path, face, attack angles).
  6. Do the practice bays have trackman? If so that's a great deal compared to what I've seen anywhere else.
  7. Two others that pop to mind: Olney Golf Park (has an up charge compared to mats) Little Bennett
  8. Endless you've played Sawgrass too, right? That list has it at $720. Pinehurst #2 is the most expensive for me. I assume the only reason it's not on that list is because it's only included in packaged resort prices rather than an explicit rack rate? The cheapest on that list is $335, and I would guess #2 is more than that.
  9. Is that Dormie Club? I recognize it from the grass and the sense of despair after finishing.
  10. Places I know that name their holes: 1) Augusta National 2) That place AltSean went to that I already forgot the name of 3) Probably CityGame
  11. That bench behind the yellow tees is completely in my zone. Zero chance I play that course 10 times without hitting it.
  12. It'd so hard to pick a side in the Sterling vs FAbb debate. I want to root against both of them so bad. It's like Brooks vs Bryson.
  13. It's probably someone who has seen this thread and has the good sense to stay away.
  14. The Fried Egg had a decent pod on the 3 major ranking lists. I honestly didn’t know there were 3, and I just always thought it was the same mag putting them out. Shows you what I know. Outside of paying to be on the rating panel, they were also trashing Golf Digests category for course difficulty. I.e. why does how hard a course plays have anything to do with whether it’s good or not? I find the regular Top 100 list to be a waste of time. I don’t care if Augusta is nicer than Pine Valley or not. I’ll never play either. The Top 100 you can play is more intriguing to me, because I can actually use it as a reference if I’m traveling some place and want to see what’s great there. My dads course made the top 100 you can play this year, and it holds the distinction of being the shortest course on the list, which is cool.
  15. I get that some handicaps travel better than others, but what kind of course do you think people are playing that their handicap doesn't travel to NORTHWEST? It's one of the most straight forward courses that I've ever played. I think the biggest thing that creates vanity caps is giving/taking putts that are too long. A lot of people play with groups that give them a bunch of 5 footers, they are really 5+ handicaps instead of 1s. Then they get in to a tournament with pressure and put up big numbers.
  16. Seve is living two life goals for me: 1) Be important enough that someone will shag balls for me 2) Be good enough at golf to not kill that person while they are doing it
  17. I think that's where better data would help me the most. I know I'm missing right, but not the distribution of how far how often with each club. When I had game golf I got a good feel of short/long distribution by club, but nothing in terms of left/right distribution. I'd need a lot of trackman data to figure that out.
  18. What's the gist of the Decade approach? A few years ago I used GameGolf pretty extensively for a few months. My 7 iron was a "150 club" on good strikes, but a "140 club" on average and rarely over 150 even when I nuked it. That was a big eye opener for me in terms of what club I should be hitting. I now typically err toward extra club unless the pin is way back. It really should have been brain dead obvious that I was rarely missing long, but it wasn't until I saw the data staring at me that it sunk in for me. If I had someone Shotlinking every shot I made I'm sure there would be a half dozen other "obvious" things that would stand out like a sore thumb.
  19. I expected Hideki's putting to let him down when it mattered. He's been absolutely horrific recently, and I didn't see anything this weekend that would make me think he won't be horrific again next week. But he strung it all together and did it. He's a guy that will win a ton if he can continue to putt averagely. I played this weekend for the first time in 3 months. I haven't even been to the range in that time. Turned out surprisingly well, maybe even my best pandemic round so far. Sub 90 at Blue Mash for the first time in awhile. I hit it poor off the tee the first few holes but scored well, then starting hitting it decent off the tee the rest of the way through. It was just solid bogey golf in general: 2 doubles, 4 pars, 12 bogeys. I made bogey in all sorts of different ways the first few holes, mostly in good ways. On 1 I punched out, hit the green, and 2 putted. On 3 I did the below craziness. On 4 I missed the green and didn't get up and down. Then on 5 I 3 putted the GIR. I hit a bunch of really good iron shots and putts all day, and would have been a great round if I hit it as passably off the tee. Two funny moments. 1) On 3 I topped my drive to the end of the tee box, then topped my 4-wood about 6 inches, so I'm hitting 3 off the turf 400 yards out. Hit a piped 4 wood, piped 6 iron, and drained a 20 foot curler for an all world bogey. 2) We're on the tee on 15, and guys are teeing off behind us at 14. Someone hit the cart path near us, so we all look over, and the ball takes 1 hop right in to the nearby trash can. Definitely one of the oddest golf moments I've ever seen.
  20. $110 for 36 at Little Bennett is what we used to pay for 36 at Whiskey. Oh have the turn tables. I can't find the numbers, but I want to say our original Solstice at Little Bennett was unlimited for $65, and I think that included lunch. Then last year it was $85 and last minute they hit us up for another $25 to guarantee a 3rd 18 rather than wait behind public play. Then it was a huge wait after 54 (I bailed at that point). Now they want $110 just for 36 on a weekday. Crazy. Little Bennett was always hugely more expensive if we wanted to rent it out. I want to say it was always closer to $200/person to have it officially to ourselves for the day. It just so happened that we could pay $65 and have it to ourselves because no one else was there on a random weekday.
  21. DC is modding a putter? I expected him to BST it and buy a new model that's a bit longer.
  22. The language is imprecise, but the intent is crystal clear to me. I don't see any way to interpret it other than it being a mandatory penalty area (or a "no play zone" and "penalty area"). For all the things to rant about, this is low on my list.
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