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  1. Every course I've ever played that used them had them either flush with the green or within 1 cm of it. The whole point is to help maintain the integrity of the cup for longer periods so pick your poison... Either have them and keep the holes crisp for a few extra days, or don't have them and have the hole edges start to fall in on itself. Or I guess you could get a part time job changing the cups every morning.
  2. This is pulled directly from the USGA's website: Another strategy that is common among golf courses with bermudagrass putting greens is the use of a plastic ring near the surface of the hole that helps to retain its integrity. Although the Rules of Golf clearly state that a hole liner – i.e. cup – must be sunk at least 1 inch below the putting surface, they allow for some flexibility if “the nature of the soil requires that it be closer to the surface.” Many golf courses with bermudagrass greens choose to add a separate plastic ring directly above the hole liner in the winter to pr
  3. Seems like this would fall under what you would consider "poorly designed" not quirky...
  4. Take a look at the Hoofer Lite as well. It weighs 4.5 lbs, but most will agree that Ping's strap system is so well done that it makes the bag carry much lighter than it actually is. Plus with Ping's quality it should be a bag that you have for a long time. I recently upgraded to a Hoofer Lite from my Hoofer Xtreme that I had had for over 10 years even though I probably could have gotten another 10 out of it if I wanted.
  5. Sadly I think both they buyer and the seller share the blame on this one. Buyer - 100% should not have paid with venmo. Should have requested better pictures. Also those "dents" are so tiny that one could argue they are to be expected on any used club. Seller - should have taken better/more photos. If those dents and scratches were there they should have been in the description at the very least.
  6. Callaway. I know they make some good clubs and a bunch of guys on tour use them. However to me they have just always been these oversized monstrosities that are meant for 25 handicaps. All the ridiculous graphics and colors on their clubs don’t help either. And for some reason I can’t explain I also hate their logo.
  7. I was still hanging onto my Titleist 905R right up until last year. I had the same thought process as the OP... I could hit a nice little draw about 285 yards 90% of the time with it so why change? On a whim I went and got fit for a TM Sim and ended up ordering it. Figured I could always return it if I didn't like it. Long story short I kept the SIM and I still hit the same nice little draw 90% of the time, but now I'm carrying it 305. New isn't always better, but in my case it most certainly was.
  8. Good plan! Once she gets older the practice rounds will become much more technical (i.e. specific yardages, angles for approach shots, and etc.) At 12 years old all you should want to take from the practice round is a basic idea of what club to hit off the tee (especially if there are elevation changes), where NOT to hit it, and a general sense of familiarity with the course. Again though I'll mention that you should try to play from the same tees/distances she'll be playing from in the tournament. Otherwise you're pretty much defeating the whole purpose of playing a practice roun
  9. Exact same thing is currently happening to me. Ordered from TGW on 2/14. The package shipped on 2/18 via FedEx. The package sat in Olathe, KS for 5 days without moving from 2/19-24 and they just kept scanning it as "arrived at FedEx location" 2x per day during that window even though it was literally in the same building the whole time. Now it's finally moving again and is supposed to be delivered on 2/27. Almost 2 full weeks for a package that is going less than 300 miles.....
  10. SC putts a few special editions on sale each week on their website (occasionally Tour Rats) but you need to be 1) quick on the trigger and 2) willing to pay $3,000+ if you want to get one. If you're just looking for that general style of flow neck putter you can pretty much find them from any putter manufacturer like mattm97 mentioned. The SC Studio Select Newport 2.5 is a flow neck and can be purchased at most golf shops / websites.
  11. I have both a blade and a mallet. Both weigh almost exactly the same....
  12. Ordered a pair a little while back because I was curious. I never even tried them on and swiftly returned them. They would probably be fine for wearing around the house or casually around town, but I would never wear them to play golf in. At least not to my club. Maybe I'm a bit more conservative, but to me they just didn't look like they would be appropriate for the golf course. Between the multiple logos on the back, the weird pocket layout (no back pockets and random zipper pocket), and the extra stitching/seams down the sides they looked a lot more like hiking shorts you'd find
  13. Are these practice rounds at the actual course that will be hosting the tournament or just at your home course? Maybe I missed that in the OP but I didn't see that info in there. If they are at the tournament courses then it would be best to play from whatever distances she'll be playing from in the tournament. The most basic goal of a practice round is to get a good idea about what clubs to hit, where you should hit tee shots, where to layup, and etc. You'll never be able to recreate all of them but at least you'll know that this par 3 requires a 7 iron, this par 5 requires a lay
  14. People are going to tend to choose convenience over saving a few bucks 99% of the time. Titleist knows this so they are taking advantage of it. Nothing wrong with a little capitalism. It's basically the same as changing the oil in your car. Sure I could buy the oil for $15 and do it myself at home in about an hour, but I'd rather pay someone $40 to do it so I don't have to do the work. Saving that extra $20-30 just isn't worth it for me.
  15. Supply and demand. There is no reason a new driver should cost $600, but people are still willing to pay that. Last I checked Titleist/Acushnet was in the business of making money. Why not try to make as much as possible?
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