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  1. Checked out Tarandowah "Golfers" Club. Splendid looking course, old school links are a favorite. According to the maps, it's 156 miles from my driveway to the parking lot. Couple cups of coffee morning drive. Leave by 5:30, be there for an 8:30 a.m. tee time. Heck, we drive further then that heading Up North to play golf. See what the state of things are like this summer.
  2. Being that you mentioned it, recall reading about that place in St. Thomas. Sounded like a very cool place. Hours looking at old golf clubs (while the Mrs. fumes). Would only be about a 2.5 hour drive. St. Thomas being just south of London. Bundle up the entire litter of old implements, smuggle them across the border at Sarnia. Trade in the entire lot on one choice item. Wouldn't be the first time I've done some cross border "smuggling". Nothing elicit, just beer. Can't get Exports here. Use to travel into Canada all the time when I was gainfully employed. Part of my territory, had a number of clients along the 401 and 403. To recreate, trips to GTA. Lost track of what the current requirements are for entering into Canada and then returning to the U.S. Seems to change weekly. Stupid pandemic. Ready for a Canadian road trip again this summer. Been awhile. The closest WRX'ers are just over there. Wonder if FGO takes American clubs?
  3. Familiar with the Doc. Came in a couple different size heads IIRC. Remember seeing one somewhere once and thought it looked like a big potato masher. LOL. (Leaves for a quick search). Yeah, the Doc 17 was what I think I recall seeing. Was huge. Thanks. But no thanks. The Doc lacks one important design attribute that the bud mentioned he wants to stay with. The ability to easily scoop up a gimme ball. (We pick it out of the cup for him when he makes a putt). Heck, I have no use for a putter that I can't "scoop with finesse" after missing a putt. One reason why a 8802 style and me never got along. Unnecessary bending.
  4. Thanks. Do believe you are correct. Been sleuthing the internets since the post and find several pitfalls with converting standard length putters. Key being the lie angle. Apparently, the magic number is 79* to get the setup correct. Read about lots of heat and bend, but don't want to go there. The usual reliable suppliers no longer carry 90* bore adapters for broomsticks. And bumped into a mention that some Odyssey's are not a true 90* bore (some angling). Before even attempting to locate a long putter shaft (out of stock) or long grip (out of stock). I will experiment with my own implements, but reluctant to venture past my skill set with someone else's clubs. I'll explain to him why I'm really not interested in trying. Offer him some eBay assistance if he wants to browse for possible candidates.
  5. One of the golf buds, due to back problems, has asked me about converting his existing putter into a "broomstick". He'd buy a new one, but they're non-existent at the LGS (arm lock length at best), and he's not wise in the ways of the Bay. He's got an older Odyssey #7, with a double bend shaft (IIRC). First problem is long shafts are no longer available. And the longest extension I can find is 12". Not going to be able to get from 34" out to ~50" (?) with one. Question whether an extension into an extension is doable. How long should a broomstick be? Says he's 5'11". The longest grip I can find is 21". Is that long enough for a broomstick? All this before getting into the change in the lie angle, whether the putter would even setup correctly. Or head/club weighting. Just trying to help him out, but don't want to open a can of worms attempting the conversion. The ban on broomstick putters is assine. They are beneficial for many golfers that continue to play with troublesome backs. Yet another stupid ruling by the sport coat crowd that's detrimental to golfers mucking along out here in the real world.
  6. Wow!! Serious accumulation.....21.6535" (deference to Tol's exactitude). How much longer are you going to be in BC? Do you have people to clear some of it before arriving home? Last thing you want to do after a long flight is break out the blower and shovel to clear a path into the house. Suppose to turn cold here, high's only in the teens starting Wednesday. Polar Vortex time. Likely in not so tropical Ontario as well. No melt on the horizon. Perhaps you have the option to stay put for awhile. Like maybe until April.
  7. Our school district had buses. Never considered them "fancy". Didn't see the point in walking the 5 miles, when I could be chauffeured. Guess I was a 'wuss.
  8. Good grief!! Did the metric conversion. That's 15"+ of snow. My foggy memory seems to recall a mention that you reside in the tropical region of S.E. Ontario. And don't get all that much snow. Been reading this morning about the winter storm that has impacted the south and now rolling up through the east. What a mess. Snow you can deal with, ice is dangerous. Stay safe everyone, no sense venturing out unnecessarily. One of the benefits of retirement, no need to head out into the climatic mess. Dodging the bullet here. The storm started in the Dakotas, dropped to the south and then back to the northeast, swinging right around us. Was a splendid, sunny winter's day yesterday. Seasonally comfortable temps. Nothing dramatic today other than a little cooler. Just to the immediate south and east.....Storm time. Life is good.
  9. Pass the high fructose imitation maple syrup. Both those foodstuffs need to be doused.
  10. The Schenectady on the left? No idea middle. Is that your Otey right? If so, what model? Like the looks of that head shape. Thinking one could line it up quite nicely.
  11. Obviously you're not applying the Laws of Diminishing Marginal Utility. Econ 101 stuff.
  12. Table legs maybe. Playing at golf where organic chemistry is applied to the laws of physics. Or something like that. Botany? Wasn't that good with the sciences. Seemed overly complicated. Messed up my GPA (little margin for error). Why I majored in the "Dismal Science".......Economics. More latitude for creatively fudging ansers.
  13. Similarities to the whole conforming/non-conforming business. An unnecessary contrivance that has no relevancy to how I/we play golf. Play whatever you want, whenever you want. Since any thoughts of playing hickory would be for my own enjoyment, no reason to to be subjected to the specificity of what's permitted. Stringency to every nuance of the rules of golf is not how I roll anyways. Don't consider myself a cheater either.....Simply a realistic scuffler. Another thought. Would hickory shafts offer some of the same dampening properties as graphite? Seems to me they'd have to be better than steel.
  14. Not wanting to sound critical of the SoHG and how they establish the rules that they follow. It's their organization, they set the criteria that all members adhere to. But I found some of the implement guidelines head scratching. What is deemed legal for hickory play and what is not. Clubs shall be pre-1935 and of course hickory shafted. But one could reshaft pyratone irons to hickory and they're permitted. But one could not reshaft woods to hickory, not legal. Maybe it was the other way around. Yet, all reproduction clubs (Tad Moore, Louisville) are approved for hickory play. But Otey Crisman putters, predominately hickory shafted, were not. Because they were made after '35. Confused on the ball used as well. Thought I had read that in one major tournament, a ball of choice was a Pro V1. Another high level tournament, only an approved facsimile ball could be played. There must be some logic applied as to the "why". I'm way out of my lane even bringing this up. Being unknowledgeable about hickory golf or the rules established by which they play. Perhaps our esteemed new Grille member could offer some guidance on the subject.
  15. On occasion, will hike a trail though the woods at a nearby recreation area. Commune with nature. If I lived in OZ, wouldn't leave my house. Sheesh!!
  16. Several years back, acquired some hickory clubs. Two separate purchases locally for minimal investment. Seemed to be a natural extension of my increasing interest in classic/vintage golf clubs. Mostly common irons, a putter, and a unplayable wood (cracked). Thoughts of giving them a spin on the course. The notion of giving hickory a swat was intriguing. But I soon discovered that they were woefully to short in length. Very difficult to swing when one is hunched over like Quasimodo. Took a mid-iron afield once to try it. First shot was terrible. Dropped another ball, and to my surprise, hit it onto the green from ~125 yards. Sweet. Never hit another shot with one. There was contemplation of adding extensions. They're available. But not quite like adding extensions into a steel shaft. Removing and then rewrapping grips. Would have been more work than I wanted to get myself into. And hickory seemed to be a deeper rabbit hole than vintage clubs. Ended up selling the whole lot on the Bay for a small ROI. Kept the putter and the Macgregor Popular mid-iron. What little research I've done on the subject matter seems to indicate that assembling a suitable play set is part of the enjoyment. And why there seems to be a mix and match of clubs per user preferences. The chase may be as appealing as the playing. I get that. But if I was to ever enter the realm (not likely), think it would be more prudent to go the reproduction route. In order to have a play set that would be "fitted" to my preferences. if nothing more than the iron lengths. While hickory is substantively different than anything I'm familiar with, believe that one could learn how to play them. Practice, guidance, repetition. Not to the point of competing, or score, but to simply navigate about a golf course hitting a ball with some marginal effectiveness. As long as I can wear shorts, without a long sleeve dress shirt and bow tie. I'll sport a newsboy though.
  17. I rarely wear leather shoes. Mostly various sneakers depending on what strikes my fancy on any given day. Or a pair of gore-tex hiking shoes this time of year. They serve as my early spring, late fall golf shoes as well. My spikeless golf shoes are about history. The soles are worn out, and I've noticed the start of separation. Moving forward, likely done with golf specific shoes. Most are way to expensive, fit like crap, and not enamored with much of what passes for style. And certainly don't need "golf shoes" for style'n at Bushwood. I don't subscribe to the benefits that golf shoes allegedly provide. Seem to be sufficiently stable in stance while swinging. Not like I'm swinging that hard to torque out of my stance. Athletic shoes are certainly more comfortable for strolling the course. There's athletic shoes that have aggressive sole treads that will serve the purpose. Bought some Asics recently that fit good (sufficiently wide toe box), with a sole as aggressive as my spikeless were when new. For $50 on sale. Multi-purpose. Ordered a second pair in a different color just to have options. Sill well below what golf shoes go for these days. Will be able to proceed from vehicle to first tee quicker, not having to take the time to put on golf shoes.
  18. I wear socks all the time. The top dresser drawer is overflowing with socks. Always on the lookout for more cool socks. Something about wearing shoes without them doesn't feel right. This time of year, they're a necessity. But even in warm weather, I wear socks for the breathability and cushioning. My feet don't seem to react well to direct contact with what is encasing them. Ankle length or no shows in summer. Different colors and patterns to be style'n. Not wearing socks, have this prevailing sense that my feets are getting all sweaty and dirty. A borderline phobia perhaps.
  19. As everyone else chatters away about their fish and seafood preferences, give me a batch of fresh walleye (aware that Canadians tend to call it pickerel) or perch and I'm good. Lightly dusted with flour and pan fried. They take second fiddle to no fish. When I fished regularly, was primarily for walleye. St. Clair river often (the closet reliable walleye fishery), Lake Erie a couple of times. All over the northern part of the state. A possible classic clubs meetup with @scomac2002 in the future? He's in your neck of the woods. Welcome to the Grille. A fine group of peeps that chatter away about anything and everything. Sometimes even about golf stuff.
  20. Hope your back recovers sooner rather than later. Video Recap. Isaacbm. From downtown: Solly. Can be therapeutic to just release:
  21. @nitram Don't understand the fuss about your lobster boil. The essential ingredients used are the same for any New England boil. Lobster, littlenecks, crab can be used interchangeably. My sister has lived in the greater Boston area for 40+ years (now Portsmouth, NH). When we visit, the ritual is to head to the lobster pound for fresh ones. She boils them up. (The first time the Mrs witnessed this, throwing live ones into the pot, totally grossed her out. She won't touch lobster now. She has no issue with crab.) When consuming, cut to the chase by digging out the tail and cracking the claws. Thereby avoiding the green goo (tomalley). Would agree with you though, plain ol' boiled lobster is overrated. On the whole, prefer just stopping at roadside lobster roll joint and having one of those. Side note. Spent an afternoon bending elbows with a group of Lobstermen at a bar in Portsmouth once. Was just sitting there by my lonesome having a beer. Overheard a conversation about the Patriots, and casually butted in by mentioning Tom Brady was overrated. And a Michigan man to boot. My Spartanism just blurted out. (This was before he became the GOAT). You'd have thought I was dissing their Mothers!! Cost me couple rounds of Narragansett's to make peace. They reciprocated. Interesting yaking it up with the lobstermen. Got a pretty good glow on that afternoon. The intersection of people in time and place. In a pub that dated back to the late 1700's. Crawdads > Lobster. Rare to find crawdads at a market here. And no one in the fam would eat them if I did. There's a Cajun restaurant that we visit once in a great while and I'll get my fix with the Crawfish Étouffée. It's delicious.
  22. Sweet (pineapple), savory (sauce), salty (cheese) is a good combo for pizza. Taste buds extravaganza. My pizza on the grill game improved when I bought a pizza steel, rather than using a stone. Stones are prone to breaking (I've gone through several, it eventually happens). Bought a 1/4" thick stainless pizza steel that's indestructible. Transfers heat faster, crisps the crust better. The crust cooks quicker preventing the sog. Will never go back to using a stone. Prefer to use fresh pineapple. Seems to have less liquid than the canned variety. When using canned, I drain it really well. The chunks go on top of everything else. Thinly sliced ham is the quick and easy meat topping, although Canadian Bacon is way 'mo better. (Homemade preferably, but that's another foodstuffs story). Most homemade pizza is made on the grill these days. FWIW, a charcoal fired Weber kettle. Get the grill as hot as possible. Which is about 500* (with a slight offset of the lid). Preheat the steel while assembling the pie, slide it on with a peel when ready. The heat plus steel cooks the crust faster. Plus, I use three fire bricks (NOT conventional bricks) to raise the steel off the grate creating a convection effect. Can turn out a pie in ~12 minutes depending. The moisture from the pineapple evaporates rather than seeps into the crust. Pretty simple really when you get your technique down. If pineapple on 'Za remains an anathema, please carry on accordingly. Spinach, artichoke and feta? Edit to add. All this prep and cook goes better while swilling a couple beers and queuing up some background music.
  23. How do you make Hawaiian pizza without pineapple? A regular rotation pie on the grill. Yes to cilantro. The Mrs. makes a mean chimichurri sauce that replaces salsa when slathered over burritos. Tasty on grilled steaks as well. I grow it in a clay pot for the cilantro leaves, then let it bolt for coriander seeds. Secret ingredient for rubs and marinades. Herbilicious.
  24. Don't know why this popped into my head. But it did. Another classic from the D.
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