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  1. I will lean more into my "go to" shots to aim at targets that I can fully see. What I mean is that I'll avoid shots that might run into trouble because I don't know the landing areas or what the actual trouble looks like out there. There is nothing more frustrating than hitting what you think is a decent shot and end up finding out it's in trouble because you didn't know the specifics of the hole. For perspective, on courses I know, I'm not particularly conservative. I hit driver whenever I can do so and not put trouble into unreasonable play. I don't "layup to a full c
  2. Yeah - that's one that usually results in some form of retaliation - typically involving a nice string of expletives. Certainly doesn't speed up play, as far as I've seen.
  3. I dunno. I've never really thought Crossfield as one to sell whomever is sponsoring his bag at the time. Sure, he does it jokingly from time to time, but he seems to have even reduced that to some degree. He's joked about his relationship with TM from time to time, but he's generally as complimentary about them as any other brand, including his own sponsor's clubs. If I had to sum up his general take on club brands it'd be this: they all work fine, get fit so it suits your particular needs.
  4. My wife's way out of my league, too, but I've managed to stay with her for 26 years. Blades, by comparison, easy peasy.
  5. Honestly, in all the many years I've played, I've only had to do this a couple of times with friends. And in both cases, it was a direct - "Hey guys, we need to speed it up." It's just as simple as that. I don't say "you're a slow player" or "stop wasting your time looking for that used Pinnacle" or "hurry it up, slowpoke". State the issue and assume (at least at first) they're going to take it on themselves to fix it. All of my golf playing friends would have zero issue around this approach. Passive aggressive hints are just going to make a frustrated player more frust
  6. Agreed. Also, the caddies wear shorts. I'm sure they could wear long pants, if they chose to do so, but they don't. This is so simply because shorts are just more comfortable in the heat and humidity.
  7. I used to have a 64 as a permanent fixture in my bag, but it was really only there for one particular course I used to play where virtually every green was both elevated and bermed. If you ended up on the wrong side of the berm and short sided, the extra loft was a super big help. Definitely useful in those conditions, and I practiced enough to have good confidence in the club. Since I don't play that course nearly as much these days, I don't carry that club regularly anymore and stop at a regular 60 with 4 degrees of bounce.
  8. I don't know if this was just accidental, or he's doing it intentionally, but Bubba is sporting the untucked look currently at the WGC tournament. I like it. (Yeah, I know this will stir some folks up, but hey, it's Friday. Why not.)
  9. Personally, I cannot relate to this sort of thinking. Unless a company has done something to actively turn me off (e.g. bad customer service, to me, personally), then I'll try anything and use anything. I've never once come to a conclusion that Company ABC's products don't work for me. Sure, an individual model might not be my cup of tea, but I've never attributed that to a whole company's products. At least from a performance perspective. Practical reasons may dictate that I may never use or own certain brands - e.g. Honma because of availabilty and cost. I've used mos
  10. Not sure about your particular Bushnell, but some rangefinders have a grippy molded "rubber" layer that actually absorbs sharpie marker to some degree, and it doesn't come off very easily. I've also seen one guy who used an auto-retracting tether to attach it to his bag. It looked like one of those that are used for employee RFID door entrance badges, but sorta permanently attached at both ends so a casual person couldn't walk away with his rangefinder without first cutting the cord.
  11. So very true. Misses with a 3w are flat out horrific - usually because some corner edge of that smaller clubface is striking the ball. An equivalent error miss with a driver is more likely to still hit with the flat part of the face. Granted, the longer shaft length of a driver negates this to some degree, but I still see more bad misses with 3w than drivers, on average.
  12. I'm definitely in the camp that says hit the shape that is most consistent for you nearly all the time. My only exception to that is when the shot absolutely gives you no other options (usually a trouble recovery shot of some sort). But for normal shots off the tee or an unobstructed shot from anywhere else, stick with the stock shot. For me, this means a fade with a driver and a straightish shot with my irons. That's just what my stock swing does, so I go with it. I hit the "wrong shape" into doglegs all the time - and have done it for so long it looks comfortable to my eye. Drive
  13. This was pretty much my path to hitting a fade by default (at least off the tee.) Coming from a tennis background, hitting "inside out" was a natural motion for me. I hit a draw from the first day on a golf range. But, like described above, the bad misses were hot, running hooks that had a propensity to keep running past the OB stakes. A pro suggested I give hitting an intentional fade a try, and the rest is history. That was nearly 20 years ago. My bad miss with a fade is a slice, but it tends to die out of the air and land softly. More often than not, still in play. M
  14. I agree a good tee game is absolutely the biggest factor in scoring well. However, I see it time and again where players go to a 3w, 5w or long iron instead of their driver, trying to "play it safe" and actually end up doing worse than they would've if they had just stuck to their driver. A long iron or 3w is no easy club to hit for most mid/high handicappers, even off a tee. I submit it'd be easier for them to work on learning to hit the driver (with lessons, preferably). That big, fat face can be a real advantage off the tee. No other club gives you as much chance to
  15. That's pretty much not true. Many pros have 4 wedges in their bag (if you count the PW as a wedge.) Anyone can go look this up. Just one example of many, Koepka had PW/52/56/60 last weekend. Justin Thomas has a similar setup. 4 wedges is very common.
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