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  1. IMO Bryson epitomizes the DECADE system in the sense that he's accepted / recognized that 80y in the rough > 130y in the fairway (or whatever the break-even point is). I think conventional wisdom is that fairway is better than rough and narrow courses like Winged Foot will neutralize the bombers. We saw first-hand how that worked. The short-sided stuff just seems like variance to me. Dispersion patterns vary for everyone. Ideally you get on a launch monitor and understand your own dispersion pattern and map courses accordingly.
  2. We just announced a series of OPEN tournaments at Miami Valley Golf Club in Dayton, OH. I'm not sure if any of you are interested but I thought I'd post a link to the events: http://www.miamivalleygolfclub.com/tournaments/ The events are all scratch contests and include: Match Play Championship - 36 Hole Qualifier (top finishers win prizes) then Top 16 advance to match play (match play qualifiers win prizes) 36 Hole Stroke Play Championship ABCD Scramble Championship - Enter as an individual. We'll have a draw party for ABCD teams + auction. Play as 8-somes from the tips. Fall Invitational - 2-Man Teams: Day 1 is 1 Best Ball, Day 2 is Both Individual Scores + 1 Best Ball (prizes for daily scores + overall winners) We may add a few events (including a senior and net event soon). For those who haven't played it, MVGC was the site of the last PGA Championship that was contested in Match Play format in 1957. It's a Donald Ross design.
  3. We just announced a series of OPEN tournaments at Miami Valley Golf Club in Dayton, OH. Here's a link to the events + registration. http://www.miamivalleygolfclub.com/tournaments/ The events are all scratch contests and include: Match Play Championship - 36 Hole Qualifier (top finishers win prizes) then Top 16 advance to match play (match play qualifiers win prizes) 36 Hole Stroke Play Championship ABCD Scramble Championship - Enter as an individual. We'll have a draw party for ABCD teams + auction. Play as 8-somes from the tips. Fall Invitational - 2-Man Teams: Day 1 is 1 Best Ball, Day 2 is Both Individual Scores + 1 Best Ball (prizes for daily scores + overall winners) We may add a few events (including a senior and net event soon). For those who haven't played it, MVGC was the site of the last PGA Championship that was contested in Match Play format in 1957. It's a Donald Ross design.
  4. Have a practice round the night before and follow the round up with an auction for teams. How we do it is that we auction each team off calcutta-style. The team itself has the option to purchase back 50% of themselves back from the team that buys them at auction. We do minimum increments of $50 per team and the auction is a riot - lots of trash talk, drinks, and the typical shenanigans that arise during an auction. So say Team A comprised of Bob/Dan are bought for $700 at auction by Kevin. Bob/Dan have the option to buy a piece of themselves back from Kevin (and Kevin doesn't have the option to say no) of up to $350 for 50% share. Our member/member pays out prizes for Top 3 in each flight and winner of each flight (plus a skill challenge wild card spot for those who didn't qualify) go into a shootout where more additional prizes are awarded for the Top 3 finishers. We've had years where the winning teams didn't buy back their own team which amounted to losing several thousand dollars. Typical format is a modified stableford system over 36 holes. Our Mem/Guest format is usually 9 holes of Alt shot, 9 Scramble, 9 Both scores, 9 Best Ball, 9 Shamble
  5. I've played with great putters in both categories: - Some who don't think anything more than seeing a putt and feeling the stroke necessary to match the speed and line for the ball to be holed - Others who pace off the distance, Aimpoint, and who have a 'calibrated' feel for the distance to pair up with their line / takeaway / stroke How would you describe your approach to putting?
  6. Course management. Namely, pay attention to how consistently player after player hits to the general same area of a hole. A few examples last week: - Nearly every shot on 17 is to the fat side of the green despite having as little as sand wedge in a players hand. - Everyone's tee shot on 18 was started near the right rough. A straight drive ended up in the pine straw and a great drive was a draw into the fairway. No one was flirting with the water despite it affording a shorter approach. It may seem obvious but it really speaks to managing your game around a course and putting yourself in positions where you can comfortably make par without needing to execute perfect shots.
  7. On one hand, I've been looking for a driving iron. But a 1i scares me a little.
  8. Add me to camp no fans too. We saw a bunch of shots that would have been so vastly different if fans were present: Cam Smith's 2nd on 15 Sunday, Augenstein's drive on 7 Sunday, to name a few. The drone shots were great too. It was really cool to see a shot from multiple vantage points. For example, they had Tiger's shot one day on 18. The broadcast had it shown from the traditional rear-green hard camera (so hole was on the left and Tiger was on the right part of the screen), but a simultaneous broadcast of Tiger DTL which showed the immense amount of break on his putt.
  9. Pretty surprised that you view Wolf Creek so negatively. I completely agree that it's certainly not a golf architecture masterpiece, but the course is truly one-of-a-kind. I always recommend it to guys going to Vegas to play because the environment is so unique. I've played it twice and left satisfied both times (in 110* heat, no less). It isn't a course I'd want to play every day but I find it extremely memorable.
  10. Wolf Creek is a bucket list course, IMO, but it's 90+ min from the strip. Paiute or Reflection Bay are better proximity-wise. Spanish Trail is fun too though it's been 10 years since I played there.
  11. Prob best to call them and ask? I find it hard to believe they're expecting everyone wear masks during the entire duration of their round. I was there in May and it was mandatory inside the clubhouse - nowhere else.
  12. 1. Push ball back drill. Set a golf ball behind club and practice pushing it directly back on the target line. 2. Arms parallel, toe pointed up and shaft DTL. Clubhead outside my hands. My feel is to have a slow initial 18-24" and then a relative speed up to the top. My preshot takeaway is similar to JT's, where I bring the club about half back and just make sure my arm is inside my clubhead.
  13. Been dabbling around with this... I swing a 3-wood upside down, so it's lighter I swing the 3-wood normally I swing two irons together, so they're heavy
  14. 98 rounds since March. Hoping to get a few extra rounds before winter hits. HCP hovered from +2 to 1.3. Low, two rounds of 64 at my home course. Ringer score at my home course of 50 (par 71). Birdied every hole, eagled two of the three par 5s, and eagled two Par 4s. Finished Top 20 in my state mid-am and will probably look to play more tourneys next year. Goals over winter are to buy a swing speed radar and try to do some exercises / training to increase swing speed 4-8mph by Spring 2021.
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