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  1. I can agree that TM wasn't the first, but I would hardly say that the above driver was a "trend setter" mostly because I've never heard of it. Maybe it inspired TM, I don't know, but it wasn't until the SLDR and subsequent TM releases/Callaway responses that suddenly slidibg weights were ubiquitous on drivers. (or that's how it felt to me at the time, maybe I'm wrong) That MP600 seems like a one-off that was (as hindsight now proves) way ahead of it's time. Thank you for bringing it to my attention though, do you have any experience with it? How'd it hit back then?
  2. The SLDR did touch off the trend/fad of sliding weights in drivers, nowadays everone from Mizuno to Wilson has a sliding weight. R15-M1/3/5-Sim, Callaway launched sliding weights in their 2014 Big Bertha. So perhaps the actual club might have flopped it certainly started the trend. Unlike Callaway's gravity core, triton interchangeable sole plates. Anybody remember the TM wedges with replaceable faces? Good luck getting parts...
  3. So is there anything preventing one from choosing a reference point inside the bunker and dropping outside the bunker when proceeding under rule 19.3b for an unplayable ball in a bunker? That is what I tried to draw and yes was led astray from the original abnormal course condition for which the clarification was given, but a brief glance doesn't seem to preclude the above, and it's a similar idea just with the number of penalty strokes increased from 0 and 1 to 1 and 2
  4. Try contacting Bayonet and Black Horse and see if they have anything on the Stay and Play side. I doubt anywhere has Pebble access besides Pebble themselves, but I may be mistaken. Have also heard good things about Carmel ranch (have never been personally) I have only ever stayed at the Asilomar hotel and conference center (across the street from Spanish Bay) and was quite satisfied, but only played Pacific Grove on the trip. They do have more spread out accommodations so your big group might be able to get a whole building to yourself. Won't likely have golf deals thou
  5. Yeah I didn't wanna be that guy but I had to. The Finnish golf culture is kind of different from that in that although a weekly tournament is available at my club only the same 10-15 people are playing in it with any regularity. If you take out the weekly stableford competition, I only played in 4 competitions for 8 rounds of the 60 rounds I played this year, and I'd imagine most of my club is similar. This is not meant to be an argument but rather an affirmation of how different the culture is between various golfing places.
  6. This is best I could come up with for why you might choose a reference point in the bunker. (And I used the road hole too! :D) So the players ball is plugged hard against the wall at the white dot. The hole is the red dot, the line is the black dots. If he chooses reference point A a sliver of his relief area is outside the bunker, and of he drops there he is putting (On the real road hole you'd never get a ball to stop there it would just fall back in but that's not the point). If the reference point must be outside the bunker he is dropping at a minimum reference point B and has a rather del
  7. Oddly enough, were he playing in most of Europe, ie Britain/Ireland, certainly Finland where I play, tournament scores and predeclared, attested handicap rounds would be all he (and you) could ever post. So on this side of the ocean everyone is a handicap cheat, in a way.
  8. I can tell you that James the hole setting maintenance guy has, on occasion, set himself easy pins when he knows he's going to play after work. Also, you get one member who plays occasionally and draws the back-back combo or the back tee-sucker pin over water combo a few times in a row just because those are the days he happened to play... This guy complains to the right person and suddenly certian tee/pin combos get banned. Funny that no one complains when the hole is cut in a bowl on the front and the tees are 15 yards up...
  9. You might be surprised. Sample size of 1 course but our tees are on a rotation as they move daily away from the previous day's divots that puts 6 frontish, 6 middleish, and 6 backish of the box (this schedule specifically designed with daily overall course length in mind), while trying for 6-6-6 for flags in each of the three zones of our green. Sometimes a tee is placed forward and the flag cut in front and the GM comes calling saying stuff about handicaps and course length. (It only ever comes up on par 3's, naturally). Sometimes someone has to go out again and move one or the o
  10. I'm not a member but knew a number of members and have multiple guest rounds on each course and have used the upper practice facilities extensively. Castlewood has 2 very different courses: The Hill, a shorter par 70 with lots of elevation change and views served by the large main clubhouse (where the tennis courts and pool are located as well), and the Valley, a longer, flatter par 72 served by an auxiliary clubhouse down in the valley. Hill has houses, but more variety and quirkiness. Valley is a lot of long/narrow/straight with a couple interesting holes (3, 4, 13 come to mind),
  11. My club's logo, the Espoon Golf Seura (club) in Espoo Finland. The G as a clubhead always struck me as cute.
  12. Walking off 18 on Sunday evening knowing you won't be able to get out again until next weekend.
  13. Being able to work the driver has it's advantages too, and I'm not even that good at it. I have 3 holes at two courses I play at regularly. One is a par 4 that turns hard right at 220. One is a par 5 that turns hard left at 225. (think 13 at Augusta, but a lot uglier.) And one is a par 4 up a narrow chute for 100 yards with OB left and wide open right past the trees. All of the above can be played with a straight ball, but my fade-to-slice is excellent for the two right handers, and I have been working so hard on the draw for the left hander and finally pulled it off. As a 6 handic
  14. Indeed. I imagine my swing contributed as well. It's an anecdote of 1, and it's not debilitating by any means. (I hope it doesn't become so later) But it does ache, and it is annoying to know that something I really enjoy doing contributes to it. I think the lesson is more "don't let junior do something silly that he's convinced himself is just 'what one does.'" I use a Wilson Staff quiver bag with the backpack straps and have experimented with carrying it for a round or two. It has made a huge difference and I can get through a round with it ok. But my club has free pull carts for
  15. A story As a kid I loved golf, and wanted to play it constantly. I had a full set of clubs at age 10 and was playing once a month or so. Bag always over my left shoulder, always loaded down with golf balls I'd found. When high school came along I'd play twice a week, bag over the same left shoulder (just wasn't comfortable on my right, never thought I'd need to balance it out) Bag still loaded down, we once took 60 balls out of it. But I was being smart saving money on balls with all I'd found. But every day after playing I'd go home and feel a warm soreness in the left part
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