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  1. For a moment I thought that when the driver head is made, the face angle was determined by the angle the hosel was set into the head. Bend the hosel and you can change from one-degree closed to square, etc..
  2. This question I have always wondered for some time, yet never asked. How is a driver's face angle determined? Is the club soled flatly on the ground and the face is measured against the ball? I remember some driver faces with very closed club faces, most extreme I can remember is the Callaway Diablo driver. That is maybe three or four degrees shut. What about a driver that has a face angle of one-degree closed? I can set it up normally and the face will indeed be closed a degree or so, but I can re-grip the club turning it a touch clockwise and now I have a square club face. I am old-sc
  3. With all this talk about the revered M09 Jumbo LFF, and considering the recent absurd auction of one selling for nearly $3000, I must ask the geezers: Who used it? I am old enough to know the big names in the past century, but for now let's assume players from 1950 to 1990, when persimmon was indeed played by great players. I am thinking of all the big names I know, and I don't think any of them used the M09. This is what I recall. 1. Jack Nicklaus: MacGregor Tommy Armour 945W 2. Greg Norman: MacGregor M43 3. Fred Couples: MacGregor M85 4. Nick Faldo: MacGregor M8
  4. Here is another very interesting video on Rick Shields golf. Here, Rick compares a cheap $100 Chinese driver he bought from Amazon and compared it to his own fitted Cobra driver. The results are quite surprising. The conclusions drawn from this video suggest that custom fitting does very little to help most golfers. Makes you think twice before spending $400 on a head and another $400 for a shaft, especially when cheap drivers like these keep up with you.
  5. I am looking now at The Marine Hotel at Troon and it looks nice. So far I am convinced that I should not stay at Turnberry Resort due to its remote location, so I will instruct Robin at The Experience to book us The Marine, because after the rounds I want us to go visit places in a downtown area within walking distance from our hotel. Will there be issues for us to book our round at Turnberry Ailsa if we are not staying at the Trump Turnberry Resort?
  6. I did a quick search for Royal Marine Hotel and I found several. I found one in Dublin, one in Dunoon. Which one should I specifically research? In Inverness we stayed at the Kingsmills Hotel, and in St. Andrews we stayed at The Old Course Hotel. Both were excellent. In Cruden Bay we stayed at the Cruden Bay B&B Inn, which was quaint, but nice. For accommodations, for now the tentative plan is to book Turnberry Resort in the west, The Old Course Hotel in St. Andrews, and The Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh. I will ask Robin at The Experience about Royal Marine.
  7. I must add that the pro, had he brought along his sand wedge, could have scored a couple more birdies. Hitting the ball close with a pitching wedge around the greens proved much harder. With regard to custom equipment, I again quote my idol Jack Nicklaus from his venerable book, Golf My Way. ...I believe that a well-made set of standard modern golf clubs will suit just about 95 percent of all golfers. The remaining 5 percent are either people to who some modification might be helpful because of an idiosyncrasy of physique or physical condition, or players who've reach
  8. I just saw this video on Rick Shields Golf. It was fun to watch, and the conclusions drawn from this video may throw the clubmaking industry out the window. Why even buy custom equipment? To me this video is proof that you cannot buy a golf game. Whatever you use, the secret's in the dirt. There is no substitute for long hours at the practice facility.
  9. A hole has a large water hazard--now penalty area--in the middle of the fairway. A ball drop circle is set to the side of it with a sign that reads "Drop Area." If, say, in the Rules of Competition, a Local Rules sheet, or even the back of the scorecard, there is no mention of that drop area, is that drop area legitimate just because it has a sign on it? Do we drop a ball and play it, or disregard it and proceed under the standard penalty and procedure?
  10. I had a laugh at the local muni when I hit a beautiful shot into the wind on a par 3 (130 yards) with my custom 1989 Wilson Staff 7 iron. One of the golfers paired up with me asked which club I used. I told him 7 iron and he used his modern 7 iron and flew the ball twenty yards over the the green.
  11. I can add that the Tour Preferred metal woods with the dimpled toe and newer TaylorMade logo (with the red tee) was released about 1989-1990. I know this because they were the must-have drivers to buy when I started playing golf in 1990, and graphite shafts were starting to become popular. The TaylorMade Burner series (Burner, BurnerPlus, Tour Driver and Tour Burner) were all modeled after the MacGregor M85 driver. The venerable 3 wood series (Burner and Tour Spoon) were modeled after the MacGregor 693 3 wood.
  12. Jubilee was more like a fill-in course. There is only one double green and the prettiest hole was near the end of the back nine, maybe #16? We played it because when we booked The Old Course through The Experience, we were told that for advance reservations you must have a foursome, you must stay at the Old Course Hotel, and you must book another time at either The Jubilee Course or The New Course, and we did have a choice between the two. I wanted to play the New, but we did not have the choice.
  13. For the first trip, I wanted all of us to enjoy the golf and the scenery. We played (in order) Castle Stuart, Royal Dornoch, Nairn, Cruden Bay, Kingsbarns, Jubilee Course, The Old Course, and back to Kingsbarns. So many people were raving about Kingsbarns that I decided to take their word for it and play it twice. Quite honestly, I think Castle Stuart is much prettier. Why? Because at Kingsbarns you can see the North Sea from every hole. True, but at Castle Stuart you can see the Moray Firth and you can see the majestic landscape on the other side of the Firth. Someone in the prequel th
  14. I did not know that the ferry ride is two hours and forty minutes. I assumed the ferry ride would only take an hour, so I think that if Macrihanish will be worth it, this will be a day trip to get there and back and there will be no time for sightseeing. However, we will be in Ayrshire for several days, so we will always have time to see it. The plan for now is to stay at Trump Turnberry Resort when on the west coast, The Old Course Hotel for St. Andrews, and I have no idea where to stay in Edinburgh--maybe Balmoral Hotel? Robin at The Experience can give me a good recommendatio
  15. As some of you may already know, I hosted three of my friends to play seven lovely courses in Scotland during US Open week in 2019. We played Castle Stuart, Royal Dornoch, Nairn, Cruden Bay, Jubilee Course, The Old Course and Kingsbarns twice. We had a blast and the time was so great I decided I will host them again for 2023, preferably in early June. Somebody in my prequel thread recommended using The Experience St. Andrews and they were magnificent; they handled all the logistics and the itinerary was so well planned that all we had to do was fly there and fly back. For the Sc
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