The golf thread...

Tue, Jul 3, 2018 2:44 PM

This is an open thread for any golf discussion for us non-professionals.

I joined a golf league this year for the first time and I am enjoying it so far. My game is steadily improving with regular play. The course is pretty tough (http://www.devouparkgolf.com/), built into the hills of northern Kentucky, but it's well maintained.

Anyone else in a league this year? If not, have you had the chance to play much?

  • Tue, Jul 3, 2018 2:49 PM

    Top Golf has been my only golf-related activity this year, lol. But it was fun.

    My husband is in a league and also plays once or twice a week in addition to that. He actually just played Firestone for the first time yesterday. He said it was obviously super challenging, but the course is beautiful and he had a good time. 

    Tue, Jul 3, 2018 3:08 PM

    I used to play a ton, but not much in the last 10 years, just 4-5 times a summer.  I did play Sedgefield CC in Greensboro last week, home of the tour's Wyndham Championship......always a treat. 

    Tue, Jul 3, 2018 3:48 PM

    I just bought a new M4. I’ve been playing A TON this summer(and last summer). My work schedule really helps out since I work Sunday-Wednesday. I have prime golf days off. I’ve been taking it more serious as of late. Before I would never go to the range and work, now I’ll go at least once a week. 

    Tue, Jul 3, 2018 4:26 PM

    How do you like the M4? I'm in the market for a new driver and saw those at Golf Exchange. Nice looking club, it would be a tough pill dropping over $400 on a single club. I plan on saving up a bit and getting fitted for a new driver this winter, the last one I bought was a TaylorMade Superfast Burner on ebay about 7-8 years ago.

    Tue, Jul 3, 2018 4:32 PM
    posted by justincredible

    How do you like the M4? I'm in the market for a new driver and saw those at Golf Exchange. Nice looking club, it would be a tough pill dropping over $400 on a single club. I plan on saving up a bit and getting fitted for a new driver this winter, the last one I bought was a TaylorMade Superfast Burner on ebay about 7-8 years ago.

    I literally just ordered it. But I’ve hit my buddy’s a few times and love it. I have the original M1, which I still hit well, I just felt like an upgrade. What really sucks is I’ll get basically nothing for my M1 as a trade in. 

    If you buy direct from TM, you can do their upgrade program that allows you to basically open a line of credit and make 18 monthly payments. After 12 months, you can upgrade to the newest model and just start a new payment plan. Or you can continue the rest of the original plan and pay it off. It’s “only” 9.99% APR, so it’s not terribly expensive. 

    Tue, Jul 3, 2018 4:34 PM

    I went to Golf Galaxy and probably hit 150 balls with so many different shafts, I can’t eveb remember. I found one I liked and was able to customize the club with it on TM’s site. 

    Tue, Jul 3, 2018 4:40 PM

    Did you do all of the fitting on your own since you ended up buying online, or did you have a Golf Galaxy employee help out? I won't be buying from Golf Galaxy, but prices were the same at Golf Exchange and they have a pretty nice club fitting setup. 

    Tue, Jul 3, 2018 4:51 PM

    I had one of their fitting guys help me. I had a basic idea of what I wanted, but he helped me get to what I decided on. Then I used the custom option on TM’s site and found the same shaft, thankfully for no upgrade charge. 

    Tue, Jul 3, 2018 5:48 PM

    Walked 36 holes a day Mon-Thursday from 7th-12th grade in the summers. Kept playing a lot thru the 1990’s. Played a lot about 8 years ago that summer and virtually shot same score all season. Good exercise but became a bit boring. I play 3-4 times a year now but haven’t yet swung a club this season. I’m still pretty good but my iron distance is gone and has been since I stopped playing regularly about 20 years ago.

    My game isn’t is impressive as my score typically is. I’m excellent around the greens.

    Tue, Jul 3, 2018 7:51 PM

    dont play much anymore....played a rund last week at Windy Knoll in Springfield last week.  39 on the front and 45 on back.  Was not happy.

    Tue, Jul 3, 2018 7:58 PM
    posted by Spock

    dont play much anymore....played a rund last week at Windy Knoll in Springfield last week.  39 on the front and 45 on back.  Was not happy.

    Played there a couple months ago for the first time. Enjoyed the track. Played like shit, but had a good time. 

    Tue, Jul 3, 2018 10:14 PM

    I used to play in a Monday night golf league for several years then my work schedule changed. I now play every Thursday with 3 of my friends and every other Sunday with my two sons and a friend of theirs. I enjoy it and we are all pretty evenly matched.

    We only play at golf courses that have good crab salad.(Dig at Tiernan.)

    Wed, Jul 4, 2018 4:55 PM

    I used to play 3-4 times a week, and loved the game.  I didn't touch the clubs once last year, and have been out 1x this year.  For me, I don't really enjoy just picking the clubs up and going out hacking, so I'd rather just not play.  When I pick up the game again, I prefer to golf as much as I possibly can.

    Wed, Jul 4, 2018 7:09 PM

    Father in Law is a member at Medinah, which is obviously awesome. But man you forget how shitty it is to not be rewarded for great shots at crappy public courses. Medinah is much tougher in general, but it’s also in amazing condition, so a great approach is rewarded no matter what...cause greens are dried out, etc.

    Anyway, played Fox Run in Grayling, MI yesterday and shot an 88. Then played Forrest Dunes (top 30 course in country), and shot an 84 today. Kinda indicative of a bad course being “harder” than a great one.

    Thu, Jul 5, 2018 8:38 PM

    Just played a shitty 9 holes, but there was a silver lining. I found a ton of balls in the woods on a brutally narrow par 5 (I took a 10 after my 7th shot flew the green) and started playing one of them on 8. It was a Callaway Chrome Soft ball with a soccer ball pattern (pink). Parred 8. Parred 9. I'll be buying a dozen this weekend.

    Thu, Jul 5, 2018 9:10 PM

    Yeah those balls are everywhere. I find 2-3 almost every round I play. 

    Thu, Jul 5, 2018 9:22 PM

    I found two, the pink that I played very well with on the final two holes, and a yellow one. I'm sure it wasn't the balls, but it's hard to ignore playing like crap for 6 holes (I had a great 20+ foot putt to bogey the first hole) and then par the final two after switching to the new ball.

    Also, as poorly as I played, my putting was great. I did just replace my putter grip last weekend, which I think made a huge difference.

    Fri, Jul 6, 2018 8:28 AM

    Meh I only play about 1-2 times a week anymore and maybe driving range once a week as well. Little rant here just so busy with work as we are not well staffed since they’re trying to figure out how to meld Rite Aid into the fold so we don’t know how many to hire and when these stores will be added exactly yet. 

    I will say my short game is still pretty solid, but the shots are very inconsistent. Had an 80 at Maumee Bay with a couple birdies, followed it up with a 90 at Stone Ridge that included 2 triples. Hopefully I’ll be able to get out a little more especially with the cool down

    Fri, Jul 6, 2018 10:36 AM
    posted by justincredible

    I found two, the pink that I played very well with on the final two holes....

    this says so much ;)

    Fri, Jul 6, 2018 3:34 PM
    posted by justincredible

    Just played a shitty 9 holes, but there was a silver lining. I found a ton of balls in the woods on a brutally narrow par 5 (I took a 10 after my 7th shot flew the green) and started playing one of them on 8. It was a Callaway Chrome Soft ball with a soccer ball pattern (pink). Parred 8. Parred 9. I'll be buying a dozen this weekend.

    Definitely reminded me of these back around 1990 (I think) These bad boys were a $1.50 a ball then....by far the highest priced ball for a short time.

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