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  1. Seems kind of funny that with all the advances in technology that ARE in use in pro golf, they wouldn't just allow the rangefinder. Of course, that would put all the folks involved in those yardage books out of business, so maybe it's better for the economy if things stay as they are. Certainly the pros benefit from knowing exact yardages - not sure it makes much difference for the average hacker like myself and most of the people I see playing on the public courses I play.
  2. Honestly, I just caught the tail-end of it, just in enough time to see the end of the conversation and the announcer say that he wasn't able to translate it, but it made me wonder what they were even discussing at all (assuming it had something to do with the shot) given it was a pitch from the fairway with a 3-shot lead. But I've seen other instances (aka Bryson D.) on both the PGA and LPGA tours where some significant conversation takes place over what looks to be pretty obvious choices. But I don't expect it to change - just wondered if anyone else felt as I did.
  3. Well, we had those moments and they had caddies (apparently not ones that were very good or that they listened to), but those are EXACTLY the types of moments I think make the game more interesting. In Van de Velde's case, he's unknown without that blow-up, and he's seemed to have suffered no worse the wear for it.
  4. It might not be an example of slow play, but it's the sort of thing that happens all the time, and does contribute to slow play. I'm well aware that the pro ultimately makes the decision. If they actually let us hear what was being said, that might be quite interesting.
  5. True. I often find it amusing how guys will seemingly emulate what they've seen on television, only to have the same result they likely would have if they had just walked up and hit the ball. But I'd also much rather sit in front of the television for 4 hours than 6 on a given Sunday afternoon (yeah, I know it's my choice, but you either have to watch what they're giving you or just stick to the highlights later).
  6. My point is simply, should the golfer be more responsible for his shots? I personally like the idea of the golfer having to make strategy decisions, as I see it as part of the skill required to be a professional golfer rather than simply becoming a ball-striking machine. I think that it would not only speed up the game (which, while not a concern to some, has certainly been discussed by the major golf organizations), but it would add an extra dimension to it that I'd find enjoyable.
  7. Maybe not watching the same tourney, as the winner won by 4 strokes ultimately.
  8. So I was just watching the latest Euro tour event, and the guy in the lead (by 3 shots) had an easy pitch to the green on 18, but for some reason, found it necessary to consult with his caddie. What the hell could they possibly have been discussing? All he had to do was pitch it onto the middle of the green. Likelihood he would 5-putt from anywhere on the green had to be nil. To me, one of he quickest ways they could speed up the game is to allow rangefinders/gps and allow caddies to consult only on putts and chips. I mean, it's just ridiculous to me that a pro golfer would need to consul
  9. I had a Bushnell that was well-reviewed by not necessarily top of the line that got wiped out after it barely got wet during a sudden downpour. Have since had a relatively inexpensive Nikon that does nothing other than give me distances to the target (i.e. no slope, no vibrating), and it's been flawless for a few years now. And it's tiny. But I do keep it in the Bushnell case because it gives me room for batteries as well.
  10. Not sure what you mean exactly. Do you mean proximity will be better with a laser rangefinder vice GPS? I don't have a GPS, but compared to my golf buds who do, I think I prefer the laser rangefinder because of the ability to shoot distances to landmarks and such. Plus, their GPS devices seem to get lost at times. On the other hand, knowing front/back/middle might be more useful than just knowing pin distance. Nonetheless, I'll probably spend the off-season not using a rangefinder of any kind just to see if my theory of playing off the tee markers and 150 marker works just as well for me,
  11. True. Perhaps it's because I've been playing the same course frequently recently that I'm not finding it necessary. It certainly has come in handy at times, though I suspect some folks worried about specific distances on the golf course aren't quite at the point in their games where they need to (I know I play with several).
  12. My last few rounds, I decided to bag using my rangefinder because I just didn't feel like messing with it, and I've found my distance control simply by playing off the score card distances and the 150 marker and eyeballing it has actually been better. I think one of the reasons for this is that when using the rangefinder, I have a tendency to try to be too precise, and I don't often hit my clubs very consistently anyway. Now, I understand that you folks who consistently hit your clubs specific distances might benefit from knowing exactly how far you need to hit the ball, but I'm thinking tha
  13. This is why I almost never play on weekends and holidays. I did play today, but got around in about 3.5 hours because we had an early tee-time and there were just two of us. Anything over 4 hours is aggravating to me.
  14. I don't get why you would give an ultimatum if you are winning the matches anyway. Regardless, as you and Bryson D. know, there is much more to playing golf than driving the ball. Let him win the driving contest. But even if he beat you, I wouldn't make him play from a different set of tees because there's no guarantee he wouldn't be able to outdrive you anyway, as sometimes there isn't all that much difference between tees. I'd also enjoy the challenge of trying to beat someone who out-drives me. I'm 60 and typically play from the tees back from senior, and when I play with my son-in-la
  15. Also in PA, and can't wait for this time every year. If it's above 30 and not windy, I'll play - and virtually no one else does. Thermal underwear, layers, and a hot cup of tea on my push cart make for an enjoyable round. And it's also damned cheap. I only stop if snow stops me, though I do tend to play a little less than in the regular season. Frankly, I don't think I'd want to live where you can play year-round in warmer weather, as I think I'd get bored and have to take a break at some point. A season with no crowds and the course practically to yourself is much appreciated.
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