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  1. Some divots left on fairways are quite formidable. If you can imagine a humped up large divot that achieves a tent form. Now, you drive off of the tee and your ball rolls under this tent shaped divot. The ball is touching the bottom of the divot, so if you remove this divot, the ball will move. You can't directly hit the ball as there is 3" of sod overhang in your way. Have you had this situation before? I just took an unplayable lie. I see these divots on tour telecasts and can't believe that all of those balls somehow avoid coming to rest in this predicament. What would you do? Am I missing another rule section that covers this?
  2. There have been plenty of "worst" in my history, but last Friday was the most recent. It's been raining so the fairways were soggy. I'm in a match play situation. Long par 5 with my five wood in hand for second shot. Feet are slightly sinking in soft grass. Thinking "better not hit this fat". Swing-hit-look for ball... I hit down on it and drove it 2" straight down into the fairway where I was standing. Now it's an unplayable lie. Buddies are laughing at me. Took a 7. Thankfully it was just loss of hole.
  3. Scott McCarron was terrible in college at UCLA. He actually double hit a putt. Great ball striker though. He went to the Broom and did o.k. though. Berhard Langer also comes to mind.
  4. OT In the greatest irony of all, you do know that Artest changed his name to Metta World Peace? Yes, I'm ashamed that I even know that.
  5. In the 80's, the CBS golf satellite backhaul coverage was available to dish owners. No ads. During ad time, you still saw the golf coverage and the announcers cutting up, usually with open mics. One scene I remember is Ben Wright sitting there in his immaculate blue blazer and tie, Then the camera panned down and showed he was in shorts with bright white legs. He was laughing his butt off at the "deception". I always enjoyed him and how he would always put McCord in his place.
  6. Actually I was thinking of an upside down "Y" on the bottom of the shaft. Each "arm" connects to each head making the offset. Crazy, I know. You are probably correct that mitigating the shaft issue is a major problem. When I have time to get on my CAD program, I will draw it up. Thanks for your thoughts. Like anything in life, it is really cheap to dream, but can be expensive to execute.
  7. Maybe the way I worded it makes zero sense. I was thinking more about constructing a double two headed insert putter out of lightweight aluminum to counter the extra weight, not a flat blade that has been around for years. Think of two putter heads bridged in the center with a frame that face opposite directions and is center shafted. (think small mallets joined like a Siamese twin back to back.). This is what I was trying to describe. Probably not a great idea, but I do fabricate wood and metal and thought it might be fun, just probably not legal (?).
  8. Many players will putt right handed and tap putts in with the back of their putters left handed. I think Notah Begay putted right and left handed with his putter which was flat on both sides, essentially making it into a club usable on both sides. What about actually constructing a true double sided putter? Would this be considered an extra club in your bag? I seem to be able to putt (just as lousy) on either side with my previous flat stick. I can't use the back of my newer putter as it is round. Your thoughts or rules interpretation on a double sided putter?
  9. Yes, it is our state of confusion, or our red headed stepchild.
  10. The worst feeling in golf? It's the "ABFU". You just birdied the hardest hole on the course. Next is an easy par 4 and you make a six. "After Birdie......." (You can figure out the rest).
  11. This is "The fight that never happened" story. A nice fellow I used to play with in the 80's was about as friendly as anyone you would ever meet. What no one knew on the golf course except me was he was a Golden Gloves middleweight champ and also a former world middleweight boxing champ. I was with him when guys (a** hats) would insult him stupidly over idiotic things including his heritage. He would only smile and ignore them. He was always in control. But, when I saw his smile disappear was when I would worry that someone could really get hurt, but it never happened. One day our head pro (a large guy about 6'3" and 225 lbs) was needling him and playfully hit him on the shoulder. My friend, laughingly tapped HIM on the shoulder. The pro couldn't raise his arm for a week, and he was barley touched by this guy. When you shook hands with him it was like shaking a block of concrete. In his 60's he was still solid as a rock. You really never know who you could be provoking.
  12. Distance control with irons is my strength (or least weakness). Going to new irons is always a challenge and I rarely do it (about every 5 years). Unfortunately two thumb and wrist surgeries have kind of made me go graphite to ease the strike/contact in my hands. Went from T.M. to Srixons with graphite shafts. Adjustment took a good 4-6 months and handicap rose from 7.8 to 9.2. It's now 8.1 and dropping. I gained a higher iron ball flight and 1/2 club in distance. Both took a while to get used to.
  13. This is what I was talking about. The designer and installer are two different phases. Design comes first. Integrating both landscape and golf into a comprehensive design is the key. Having them planned as separate entities is usually where problems begin. This is where you should spend some money for a professional to design the integration of the two. The end product could be awesome. for basically a little more money. A the least, consider a consultation with a good landscape design firm in your area. Look at their web sites, etc for a feel of what they do. Just my .02 cents
  14. I gave up golf to race motorcycles competitively for many years. Then I gave up motorcycles to play golf. Then I gave up golf to work my latest ranch for three years. Then I took up golf again to get out of doing ranch work.
  15. A 10 on a par 5 two years ago during a tournament. There were three creek crossings on that hole and I found ALL of them. The worst part is soaking my socks playing out of the water. Humbling experience to say the least. I don't remember my score from that day as it as been "Control, Alt, Deleted" from my brain.
  16. No, you are not being a jerk. Nobody likes a S.B. Last year I played a team match play event with my friend against 2 unknown players who didn't even know each other. I was an 8.1 index and my friend was 11. We played against a 10 and an "18". We kept waiting for the "18" to show up on the course. He shot 74 (par 72) and was hitting driver off the deck on par 5's reaching them in two. We were closed out on hole 16 after he "stroked" all day. Needless to say after reporting him to the pro shop, he could never come back. The other guy (the 10) was cringing and super embarrassed, apologizing profusely. He had never met this clown before. I wouldn't feel any remorse reporting this guy you play against. Or, just don't bet any money when playing against him.
  17. As a retired Landscape Arch which included some golf course work too (RTJ3 project and other private), my first question to you would be: Are you going to use synthetic turf or the real McCoy? After that, the real work and $ begins. Since you are in Arizona, I would suggest that before going to this expense that you look at the area as a complete project. (Landscape & Golf). I can't tell you the number of how many redo projects I worked on over 40 years that were due to poor planning by unqualified people. Remember, it costs more to do the job twice than once properly.
  18. Hopefully those bad checks weren't from the tournament sponsor
  19. Why don't we take it back to the 70's when I bought my first non hand-me-down persimmon driver with Blue Chip Stamps.
  20. Thanks to most of you for the insight, the ferret withstanding... I thought there might be a secret handshake that someone was told by someone who knew the story.
  21. (First of all, I am not relating this to alleged "cheating" incidents, this is more about aggressive acts.) I can remember small and large incidents happening in tournaments over the years. The worst for me was when Steve "Volcano" Pate chunked a chip and then hit/dug at the grass about 50 times churning the turf into a mess. Then just watching the Open I saw T. Hatton snapping his club, and even Rory slamming a club. There have been many other ones with even Tom Lehman snapping his 3 wood over his knee in Hawaii many years ago. After watching many acts of "frustration" on tour over the years, can you tell me: 1. What action is needed to actually be fined 2. Are fines levied based on the act AND past history? 3. Other? 4. How much do these guys have to pay in fines for their offenses? Since the fines always seems hush-hush and behind closed doors, inquiring minds want to know.
  22. The development of "trunk taper" is important in trees subjected to wind. When the outer trees of a forest/grove are removed, the mature inner trees are subjected to more wind than before the removal occurred. The outer trees reacted over time by tapering the trunk at the top and remaining wide at the base. In a forest of coniferous trees, think of the outer trees being shaped like a fishing rod. the inner trees have a trunk like a pencil with no or little taper. What is easier to bend and flow with wind when wind hits it, the rod or the pencil? The rod bends and the pencil snaps. Changing a trees environmental situation can have unintended consequences.
  23. He is in his mid 60's and is not small. He weighs about 240lbs and is about 6' 1". His game has always been about control, short game and putting. His swing and tempo never changes. He never swings out of his comfort zone. It is remarkable to watch, especially as he reaches out to you to be paid. It's like a 1000 knife cuts. He bleeds you to death. Rather humbling to be sure.
  24. It seems to me from watching lots of RC's that the US team is "12 guys". The European squad is "One Team". Europe always seem to make a lot of chips and putts (Poulter especially) that they don't make in stroke play events. Momentum is hard to seize once it is lost. Europe is good at keeping it. It may be different this year. I thought Xander should have been picked last time. Morikawa is good at match play. Wolff is too, if he were picked.
  25. (Caveat: Well the course length is lightly different and "regularly" is a stretch). I know this person. His tees are 6600 yards not 6800. I've played against him and with him in different formats. He's a former college player. His drives go about 230. From there he can hit 3 wood or 3 iron into a lot of greens about as accurate as I hit my 9 iron. The guy doesn't "regularly" shoot 68 but does sometimes. He realistically shoots 70-74. I nicknamed him Ma. Stands for "Mister Automatic". He never misses the center of the fairway. Did I mention the guy can putt? I have paid him too many times to mention.
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