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  1. For me a good golfer is a person that lives the spirit of the game according to the rules and demonstrates courtesy and sportsmanship at all time: - Someone who considers other on the course and treats other player the way he would like to be treated. - Someone who takes care of the course. - Someone who keeps up pace of play. Personally, I think a good golfer can shoot 90 while one that shoots 70 can be a bad golfer.
  2. If one guy makes such a miracle shot, he will hear things like: - "learned, never forgotten" - "exactly what we expected" - "now that was the minimum" - "even a blind hen sometimes finds a grain" - "why do you copy me?" - "you payed great attention how we play golf" stuff like that, always in combination with a wink. If one of the guys behaves like the king of the world for a longer time after such a shot, he will hear things like "there's a billion chinese who do not really care at all, so shut up and play golf, dude" But one thing's for sure: I am excited if my playing partner shoots a great score or has a great day. This motivates me. Being pissed if my playing partners have a great day is definitely not an option. It would be the last time a play a round with such a person since it is not only disrespectful but also a waste of my time to spend time with such a person. -
  3. [quote name='Peterson' timestamp='1418546572' post='10591035'] I have played most of the above course and enjoyed them. However, the one I've played most often and enjoy immensely is Makalei Golf Club. It has large elevation changes, as the course range from 1,800 to 2,850 feet in elevation. It is reasonably price at approximately $50 per round, has less wind than the coastal courses and is challenging. If you like wide flat fairway courses, this isn't for you but if you like unique courses this one is worth considering. [/quote] Fully agree: Makalei is maybe the most challenging course on the Big Island, just as you described. Big Island CC improved their course massively, a fantastic value for money course and greatly embedded into nature, not a single house there. Pure nature. Very enjoyable. Mauna Lani courses are great, both, north and south. But one round on each was enough and although I had the time to replay them I did not. Totally different in terms of feel well compared to Big Island CC and only a few holes at the ocean. Mauna Kea: same as Mauna Lani and too pricy. Hapuna: Nice, but windy.... Kona CC: still closed but they told me that they might reopen it soon [color=#282828]Hualalai: great course, yes, the finish is spectacular. But as a normal mortal I did not feel too well there, had the impression that they were not happy to having me there without beeing a member. [/color] [color=#282828]Waikoloa Village: definitely underestimated, a good and challening fun course[/color] [color=#282828]Waikola Beach: a very very nice layout, but not very well maintained, terrible greens[/color] [color=#282828]All in all: Big Island CC was the course I liked most. Just a great course. Not extremely demanding, well maintained, nature pure and half the price compared to the special deals at Mauna Lani and Mauna Kea.[/color]
  4. I don't say a word in a situation that deserves enjoyment and silence. Because sometimes the most powerful and joyful thing one can say is to say nothing at all.
  5. Is Pro V1 a good ball? Definitely yes! Is Pro V1 the best ball? Definitely not! At least not for me. And one of the reason is that this ball is in a way unpredictable. Sometimes it spins like hell, sometimes it doesn't. A slight "below-perfect-shot" and there's a huge variance in spin compared to a so called perfect shot. The consequence for me: Hands off the Pro V1! It does worsen my score. I am far better off with a ball for half the price.
  6. The family of my wife lives on the wonderful mediterranean island Sardinia, so we spend a lot of time down there. After having played the nearby course more than a dozen times I registered for the year end tournament. The course has average lenght and demands precises play since half of the holes are in a pine forrest - once in the trees it is getting really difficult. At the end of the day I won the tournamennt with my defensive play (almost never the driver from the tee, never fire at the pin but at the middle of the green), 100% greens in regulation and not a single birdie. In 15 or 16 times not even close an realistically spoken only one chance for a birdie that deserves the name. Back at my father-in-laws place with the trophy and a bunch of green fees I had very mixed emotions. On one hand very proud of having played a round without a single significant mistake and that I was sticking to my game plan. On the other hand a bit of regret since theoretically I could have shot a better score that day. Theoretically, because the hunt for birdies turns into defending a par or saving a bogey too often. The next day I was glad that I played it that way and I enjoyed the handful rounds for free. And on top of that this round was teaching me a lot. A great lesson, in fact!
  7. [quote name='pu_golf88' timestamp='1440611902' post='12212834'] I'm tempted to give this a try, but I'm a little surprised this works. When my glove gets wet from playing in the rain it's never the same again. [/quote] It worked perfectly well for my leather glove. I washed one of them already 3 or 4 times. They are not only clean and do not smell but fit much better again, too! There's not much to loose ; )
  8. Most of us love to play golf when the sun is shining and the temperatures are high. The downside of great weather: more sweat, wet gloves. And although we let them dry they do not look fresh again and, yeah, smell. By accident* I found a very simple and obvious solution the clean the gloves: just put them in the washing machine. Seriously. Wash them at normal temperatures at about 100 F. Sure, when you take – or let them take - out of the machine they look “different”: grey, tattered, bulky. Let them dry (not in the sun) and then you need a bit of patience to put to glove on: you might have the impression that they shrunk, but they are not. It just take a bit of movement of the fingers and that’s it. They feel like new! I washed some of my FootJoy StaSof already several time and there’s absolutely no downside washing the gloves. Give it a try. PS: The accident (*): I forgot the glove in the back pocket of my shorts... So the glove went into the washing machine together with the shorts.
  9. [quote name='DeadLetterOffice' timestamp='1432151492' post='11595706'] I am thinking of swapping my Apex irons for the XR's. But the lofts are funny so it will cause me to re think my bag a bit. The best I can figure, and having hit them and my wedges is that after the PW I would need to go to a 48 rather than a 50 gap. Then a 52, 56 and maybe a 60. I used to only carry 2 wedges, 50 and 56. New clubs and the strange lofts are causing havok! [/quote] Yep. Apex PW 45*, GW 50*, SW* and Jaws 58*. One of the killer criteria for not buying the XR was/is that they do not offer as SW since I perceive the SW as an 12 iron and want it the same as the other clubs.
  10. [quote name='pmcuk' timestamp='1431801350' post='11569714'] I couldn't see a thread on this, though I'm sure it has been discussed. Is there any kind of general acceptance that the soft inserts on Odyssey putters give better distance control? Seems to me they avoid the possibilities of flyers if you hit on/off the sweet spot. Any experiences and views on this - what do you think? [/quote] Ranger or Islanders? Yankees or Mets? Lakers or Clippers? What goes for the team one supports also goes for the putter one plays, also with regards to distance control. It’s a question of preference. Personally I do NOT believe that equipment makes a difference in distance control. It is a question of preference in terms of feel and sounds and also dependent on which ball you play. To keep things simple: one should play what sounds best, what feels best and what offers [u]the most consistent reaction of the ball off the face[/u]. Harder or softer does not really matter as long as the reaction is always the same. If inserts would be worse than solid putter faces you would not find that many guys on the tours playing with inserts. Because they would never ever accept a competitive disadvantage.
  11. [quote name='venturagolfer87' timestamp='1432144649' post='11594784'] [quote name='backtees' timestamp='1432129997' post='11593120'] [quote name='venturagolfer87' timestamp='1432059505' post='11587308'] [quote name='backtees' timestamp='1432058528' post='11587114'] [quote name='Forged5' timestamp='1431824218' post='11571346'] Thumbs up Chrome soft First time trying it Played it today in 22 degree weather (mid 70s for you Yankees) Impressed! Usually play proV1. Forgot I even had this ball in play. It behaved excellent! At least the same as the my reg ball Spin around the greens and distance was very good Used one ball the whole round and it's good to go for the next 18! As a reference I'm a 6 handicap Driver SS is 95-100 FORE! [/quote] How did the ball behave on the tee in terms of spin? Callaway claims lower spin off of the tee, would you confirm that based on your experience? [/quote] I have a swingspeed right at 100-101 mph, playing a TM Jetspeed 9*, and practice regularly at an indoor range with GC2. I average around 146 mph ball speed, 15.5* launch angle, and between 1800-1900 rpm's of backspin with my drives. Been using the CS since I started at this range, and have tested both Z-Stars, and a prior gen Pro V1x, though not sure which year. Through the entire bag, the CS performed very similarly to the Z-Star but spun less off the driver and feels softer with the putter. I was getting nearly the exact same amount of backspin on half, 3/4, and full wedge shots with my 58* and 51* as the Z-Stars and V1x, the only difference being that I seemed to get about 1-2 mph more ballspeed through the whole bag, and around 3 mph more ballspeed off the driver. The other advantage it had was that on average I was also getting a decent amount LESS sidespin on all my shots. That's a positive or a negative, depending on the player you are. For me, it's a big positive. I don't really know what the cutoff is for diminishing returns on swingspeed and the benefits of this ball, so I can understand why some of the higher speed players are saying it's a bit spinny. But for me and my "not quite X-Flex material" swing, it seems to work perfectly. Also this ball seems to have very little respect for headwinds, just cuts right through. [/quote] Interesting input! This means that the Chrome Soft definitely seems to spin less off of the tee. So it seems that it they keep the promise: less spin with the big stick but lots of spin with the scoring clubs. Great. PS: the thing with the sidespin, there might be a common misunderstanding about it. Sidespin is backspin but tilts to the left or right. The more tilt the more the ball curves. But it remains backspin. And the reason the spin axis tilts is because of the difference between clubface angle and path. [/quote] Thanks for the info, I wasn't aware of that. But the Chrome Soft was consistently lower in sidespin than the other balls I tested. Whether I was just more confident and subconsciously swinging with a better path, who knows. But the Srixons (more the Z-Star than XV. The XV was in between the Z and the CS) and the V1x had higher average amounts of sidespin. Not arguing with your statement at all, just presenting the data I got. [/quote] Lower spin with longer clubs: Less spin means less drag and that – in theory – means more distance. And more spin and stopping-power with the shorter clubs to play aggressively in the scoring zone. Exactly what we are looking for, aren’t we?!
  12. Bubbanana -> a severe slice or hook.......
  13. [quote name='venturagolfer87' timestamp='1432059505' post='11587308'] [quote name='backtees' timestamp='1432058528' post='11587114'] [quote name='Forged5' timestamp='1431824218' post='11571346'] Thumbs up Chrome soft First time trying it Played it today in 22 degree weather (mid 70s for you Yankees) Impressed! Usually play proV1. Forgot I even had this ball in play. It behaved excellent! At least the same as the my reg ball Spin around the greens and distance was very good Used one ball the whole round and it's good to go for the next 18! As a reference I'm a 6 handicap Driver SS is 95-100 FORE! [/quote] How did the ball behave on the tee in terms of spin? Callaway claims lower spin off of the tee, would you confirm that based on your experience? [/quote] I have a swingspeed right at 100-101 mph, playing a TM Jetspeed 9*, and practice regularly at an indoor range with GC2. I average around 146 mph ball speed, 15.5* launch angle, and between 1800-1900 rpm's of backspin with my drives. Been using the CS since I started at this range, and have tested both Z-Stars, and a prior gen Pro V1x, though not sure which year. Through the entire bag, the CS performed very similarly to the Z-Star but spun less off the driver and feels softer with the putter. I was getting nearly the exact same amount of backspin on half, 3/4, and full wedge shots with my 58* and 51* as the Z-Stars and V1x, the only difference being that I seemed to get about 1-2 mph more ballspeed through the whole bag, and around 3 mph more ballspeed off the driver. The other advantage it had was that on average I was also getting a decent amount LESS sidespin on all my shots. That's a positive or a negative, depending on the player you are. For me, it's a big positive. I don't really know what the cutoff is for diminishing returns on swingspeed and the benefits of this ball, so I can understand why some of the higher speed players are saying it's a bit spinny. But for me and my "not quite X-Flex material" swing, it seems to work perfectly. Also this ball seems to have very little respect for headwinds, just cuts right through. [/quote] Interesting input! This means that the Chrome Soft definitely seems to spin less off of the tee. So it seems that it they keep the promise: less spin with the big stick but lots of spin with the scoring clubs. Great. PS: the thing with the sidespin, there might be a common misunderstanding about it. Sidespin is backspin but tilts to the left or right. The more tilt the more the ball curves. But it remains backspin. And the reason the spin axis tilts is because of the difference between clubface angle and path.
  14. Frankly speaking, I think that most golfers would be better off with a shorter shaft on their driver. There must be a reason that Tiger, Bubba or Sergio play with +/- 44 inches. Personally, with my 44.5 “ my ball is on the fairway more often with no loss in distance on average. And: no more of those “blackout”-drives out of bounds any more. But since this cannot be generalize best is a proper fitting is key to find out the right configuration, not only in terms of length but also lie, face angle, swing weight etc.
  15. [quote name='Forged5' timestamp='1431824218' post='11571346'] Thumbs up Chrome soft First time trying it Played it today in 22 degree weather (mid 70s for you Yankees) Impressed! Usually play proV1. Forgot I even had this ball in play. It behaved excellent! At least the same as the my reg ball Spin around the greens and distance was very good Used one ball the whole round and it's good to go for the next 18! As a reference I'm a 6 handicap Driver SS is 95-100 FORE! [/quote] How did the ball behave on the tee in terms of spin? Callaway claims lower spin off of the tee, would you confirm that based on your experience?
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