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Kameh
Apr 27, 2004

Resident Sergio Apologist
CHAMPION


I know you've been waiting for the new thread.



Is it a good idea to let me do the OP?



Anyway, welcome to the golf thread for the next few years! The last thread's OP was pretty good re: the basics of the game, so I'll just provide a link here instead of rehashing it.

http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...1#post411212019

Feel free to discuss news about professional golf or your own game, post videos of your swings (whether you want critiques or not), how much you love Sergio Garcia, scorecards from previous rounds, and pictures of pretty courses. Most of us are club hounds, so post your bag!

When the majors (and hopefully the Match Play and Players as well) roll around, they'll get their own threads.



This is Sergio's year. Let's go!

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Kameh
Apr 27, 2004

Resident Sergio Apologist
CHAMPION


Leaderboard for the current PGA Tour Event:

http://www.pgatour.com/leaderboard.html

Although we're a few tournaments into the season, I still consider the PGA Tour season to begin in Hawaii at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. Others don't believe it starts until Tiger starts playing, which will be at the Waste Management Phoenix Open in February (Superbowl weekend).

2014 - 2015 Schedule

Date Tournament Name
Course, Location Purse
Broadcast Stations (if applicable) || Defending Champion
Winner's Share of Purse || FedExCup Points (if applicable)


OCT 9 - 12 Frys.com Open
Silverado CC (North), Napa, CA Purse: $6,000,000
Defending Champion: Sang-Moon Bae
$1,080,000 500

OCT 14 - 15 PGA Grand Slam of Golf
Port Royal GC, Southampton Parish, BER Purse: $1,350,000
Defending Champion: Martin Kaymer
$600,000

OCT 16 - 19 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
TPC Summerlin, Las Vegas, NV Purse: $6,200,000
Defending Champion: Ben Martin
$1,116,000 500

OCT 23 - 26 The McGladrey Classic
Seaside Course, Sea Island, GA Purse: $5,600,000
Defending Champion: Robert Streb
$1,008,000 500

OCT 30 - NOV 2 CIMB Classic
Kuala Lumpur G&CC, Kuala Lumpur, MAS Purse: $7,000,000
Ryan Moore
$1,260,000 500

NOV 6 - 9 Sanderson Farms Championship
Country Club of Jackson, Jackson, MS Purse: $4,000,000
Nick Taylor
$720,000 300

NOV 6 - 9 World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions
Sheshan International GC, Shanghai, CHN Purse: $8,500,000
Bubba Watson
$1,400,000 550

NOV 13 - 16 OHL Classic at Mayakoba
El Camaleon, Playa del Carmen, Mex Purse: $6,100,000
Charley Hoffman
$1,098,000 500

DEC 4 - 7 Hero World Challenge
Isleworth G&CC, Windermere, FL Purse: $3,500,000
Jordan Spieth
$1,000,000

DEC 11 - 13 Franklin Templeton Shootout
Tiburon GC, Naples, FL Purse: $3,100,000
Jason Day, Cameron Tringale
$385,000

JAN 9 - 12 Hyundai Tournament of Champions
Plantation Course at Kapalua, Kapalua, Maui, HI Purse: $5,700,000
GOLF, NBC, SIRIUS-XM Zach Johnson
$1,140,000 500

JAN 15 - 18 Sony Open in Hawaii
Waialae CC, Honolulu, HI Purse: $5,600,000
GOLF, NBC, SIRIUS-XM Jimmy Walker
$1,008,000 500

JAN 22 - 25 Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation
PGA West (Palmer), La Quinta, CA Purse: $5,700,000
GOLF, SIRIUS-XM Patrick Reed
$1,026,000 500

JAN 29 - FEB 1 Waste Management Phoenix Open
TPC Scottsdale, Scottsdale, AZ Purse: $6,300,000
CBS, GOLF, PGATOUR.COM, SIRIUS-XM Kevin Stadler
$1,116,000 500


FEB 5 - 8 Farmers Insurance Open
Torrey Pines (South), San Diego, CA Purse: $6,300,000
CBS, GOLF, PGATOUR.COM, SIRIUS-XM Scott Stallings
$1,098,000 500

FEB 12 - 15 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
Pebble Beach GL, Pebble Beach, CA Purse: $6,800,000
CBS, GOLF Jimmy Walker
$1,188,000 500

FEB 19 - 22 Northern Trust Open
Riviera CC, Pacific Palisades, CA Purse: $6,700,000
CBS, DIRECTV, GOLF Bubba Watson
$1,206,000 500

FEB 26 - MAR 1 The Honda Classic
PGA National (Champion), Palm Beach Gardens, FL Purse: $6,100,000
GOLF, NBC Russell Henley
$1,080,000 500

MAR 5 - 8 Puerto Rico Open
Trump Intrntl GC (Puerto Rico), Rio Grande, PUR Purse: $3,000,000
GOLF Chesson Hadley
$630,000 300

MAR 5 - 8 World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship
Trump National Doral, Miami, FL Purse: $9,250,000
GOLF, NBC Patrick Reed
$1,530,000 550


MAR 12 - 15 Valspar Championship
Innisbrook Resort (Copperhead), Palm Harbor, FL Purse: $5,900,000
GOLF, NBC John Senden
$1,026,000 500

MAR 19 - 22 Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard
Bay Hill Club & Lodge, Orlando, FL Purse: $6,200,000
GOLF, NBC Matt Every
$1,116,000 500

MAR 26 - 29 Valero Texas Open
JW Marriott, TPC San Antonio, San Antonio, TX Purse: $6,200,000
GOLF, NBC Steven Bowditch
$1,116,000 500

APR 2 - 5 Shell Houston Open
Golf Club of Houston, Humble, TX Purse: $6,600,000
GOLF, NBC Matt Jones
$1,152,000 500

APR 9 - 12 Masters Tournament
Augusta National GC, Augusta, GA Purse: $9,000,000
CBS, ESPN Bubba Watson
$1,620,000 600


APR 16 - 19 RBC Heritage
Harbour Town GL, Hilton Head, SC Purse: $5,900,000
CBS, GOLF Matt Kuchar
$1,044,000 500

APR 23 - 26 Zurich Classic of New Orleans
TPC Louisiana, Avondale, LA Purse: $6,900,000
CBS, GOLF Seung-Yul Noh
$1,224,000 500

APR 29 - MAY 3 World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play
TPC Harding Park, San Francisco, CA Purse: $9,250,000
GOLF, NBC Jason Day
$1,530,000 550


MAY 7 - 10 THE PLAYERS Championship
TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL Purse: $10,000,000
GOLF, NBC Martin Kaymer
$1,800,000 600


MAY 14 - 17 Wells Fargo Championship
Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, NC Purse: $7,100,000
CBS, GOLF J.B. Holmes
$1,242,000 500

MAY 21 - 24 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial
Colonial CC, Ft. Worth, TX Purse: $6,500,000
CBS, GOLF Adam Scott
$1,152,000 500

MAY 28 - 31 AT&T Byron Nelson Championship
TPC Four Seasons Resort, Irving, TX Purse: $7,100,000
CBS, GOLF Brendon Todd
$1,242,000 500

JUN 4 - 7 The Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide
Muirfield Village GC, Dublin, OH Purse: $6,200,000
CBS, GOLF Hideki Matsuyama
$1,116,000 500

JUN 11 - 14 FedEx St. Jude Classic
TPC Southwind, Memphis, TN Purse: $6,000,000
CBS, GOLF Ben Crane
$1,044,000 500

JUN 18 - 21 U.S. Open
Chambers Bay, University Place, WA Purse: $9,000,000
FOX, FS1 Martin Kaymer
$1,620,000 600


JUN 25 - 28 Travelers Championship
TPC River Highlands, Cromwell, CT Purse: $6,400,000
CBS, GOLF Kevin Streelman
$1,116,000 500

JUN 29 - 30 CVS Caremark Charity Classic
Rhode Island CC, Barrington, RI Purse: $1,300,000
Steve Stricker, Bo Van Pelt
$150,000

JUL 2 - 5 The Greenbrier Classic
The Old White TPC, White Sulphur Springs, WV Purse: $6,700,000
CBS, GOLF Angel Cabrera
$1,170,000 500

JUL 9 - 12 John Deere Classic
TPC Deere Run, Silvis, IL Purse: $4,700,000
CBS, GOLF Brian Harman
$846,000 500

JUL 16 - 19 Barbasol Championship
RTJ Trail- Grand National Lake, Auburn/Opelika, AL Purse: $3,500,000
GOLF 300

JUL 16 - 19 The Open Championship
St. Andrews Links (Old Course), Fife, SCO Purse: $9,200,000
ESPN Rory McIlroy
$1,665,787 600


JUL 23 - 26 RBC Canadian Open
Glen Abbey GC, Oakville,Ontario, Can Purse: $5,800,000
CBS, GOLF Tim Clark
$1,026,000 500

JUL 30 - AUG 2 Quicken Loans National
Robert Trent Jones GC, Gainesville, VA Purse: $6,700,000
CBS, GOLF Justin Rose
$1,170,000 500

AUG 6 - 9 Barracuda Championship
Montreux G&CC, Reno, NV Purse: $3,100,000
GOLF Geoff Ogilvy
$540,000 300

AUG 6 - 9 World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational
Firestone CC (South), Akron, OH Purse: $9,250,000
CBS, GOLF Rory McIlroy
$1,530,000 550


AUG 13 - 16 PGA Championship
Whistling Straits, Sheboygan, WI Purse: $10,000,000
CBS, TNT Rory McIlroy
$1,800,000 600


AUG 20 - 23 Wyndham Championship
Sedgefield CC, Greensboro, NC Purse: $5,400,000
CBS, GOLF Camilo Villegas
$954,000 500

AUG 27 - 30 The Barclays
Plainfield CC, Edison, NJ Purse: $8,250,000
CBS, GOLF Hunter Mahan
$1,440,000 2,000

SEP 4 - 7 Deutsche Bank Championship
TPC Boston, Norton, MA Purse: $8,250,000
GOLF, NBC Chris Kirk
$1,440,000 2,000

SEP 17 - 20 BMW Championship
Conway Farms GC, Lake Forest, IL Purse: $8,250,000
GOLF, NBC Billy Horschel
$1,440,000 2,000

SEP 24 - 27 TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola
East Lake GC, Atlanta, GA Purse: $8,250,000
GOLF, NBC Billy Horschel
$1,440,000 2,000

The current points system, while better than before, is still a joke. Nobody really cares about the Tour Championship.

OCT 8 - 11 The Presidents Cup
Jack Nicklaus GC Korea, Songdo IBD, Incheon City, KOR
GOLF, NBC United States

Kameh fucked around with this message at Jan 11, 2015 around 23:19

Kameh
Apr 27, 2004

Resident Sergio Apologist
CHAMPION


DoctaFun posted:

St. Andrews, Chamber's Bay and Whistling Straits this year . That's a lot of linksy majors, Sergio's year perhaps?

St. Andrews has some incredibly complex greens, and Sergio has become the great putter he used to be. He managed a T5 at St. Andrews in 2005, but a T14 in 2010 and a T36 in 2000 leave room for improvement.

I know he loves links golf, but Whistling Straits is a parkland course masquerading as a links course. It's got the rolling fairways and the gorse rough, but it has forced carries into a lot of greens. He's got the length to be competitive, but he missed the cut both years the PGA was held at Whistling Straits (2004, 2010). I don't know much about the US Open course this year.

Kameh
Apr 27, 2004

Resident Sergio Apologist
CHAMPION


DanManIt posted:

This winter can't go by fast enough.

First World Golf Problems here in Southeast Texas, but we've had cold rain pretty much non-stop since a few days before Christmas. I haven't played since Dec. 21. This is unnatural, and I don't like it. I didn't even get new clubs for Christmas. I just want to play again.

Kameh
Apr 27, 2004

Resident Sergio Apologist
CHAMPION


https://twitter.com/PhenomGolf/stat...9382912/photo/1

Impressive forehead there.

Kameh
Apr 27, 2004

Resident Sergio Apologist
CHAMPION


God that's a pretty blade. I've read good things about the 915 series, but not enough to get me to switch. I've never been a fan of heel-shafted putters, but I appreciate the milled face. Inserts are for weirdos.

Now I'm gonna have to go home and post my bag.

Kameh
Apr 27, 2004

Resident Sergio Apologist
CHAMPION



Jesus, the ball gets up in a hurry. It's just...so high...and so far...with so little spin.

Josh Lyman posted:

Does the slot do anything or is it just marketing? The only slotted irons I've really hit are the Rocketbladez Tour and they felt pretty clunky.

http://www.golfwrx.com/249677/do-ta...-actually-work/

I read this article a while back. Numbers are always fun.

Kameh
Apr 27, 2004

Resident Sergio Apologist
CHAMPION


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EsuqNYKWt8

Nut shots are never not funny to me.

Kameh
Apr 27, 2004

Resident Sergio Apologist
CHAMPION


Reporter knocked out one of Tiger's front teeth with a shoulder mounted camera.

http://www.golfchannel.com/news/gol...-a-tooth-011915

And of course it was his yellow tooth. Guess he'll wind up with a perfect smile once again.

Kameh
Apr 27, 2004

Resident Sergio Apologist
CHAMPION


Josh Lyman posted:

With Tiger and the Super Bowl in town, I can only imagine the shitfest.

Are we going with the theory that he's only playing because he's got tickets to the Super Bowl?

Kameh
Apr 27, 2004

Resident Sergio Apologist
CHAMPION


They explained his chunked chips the last time he played in a tournament (Hero World Challenge?). In trying to ingrain his swing changes, it's trickled down to his chipping motion, and it's very easy to chunk the ball at this stage. He'll work through it, but it is definitely disturbing to see.

Kameh
Apr 27, 2004

Resident Sergio Apologist
CHAMPION


Fade bro checking in. I won't say I can't hit a draw with my driver, but I will admit I "currently struggle with" hitting a draw with my driver. I can hit a baby fade all day long, though.



Second stroke play round since Thanksgiving (snuck in a scramble with 3 other guys the Sunday of Christmas week).

Talk about needing to knock off rust! I had a short game Tiger Woods wouldn't even borrow. I also chunked my first four approach shots, including two on the first hole. Didn't really make any putts (except for a 15 footer straight up the hill for par on 18...after a long bunker shot...after I chunked my wedge from 102...). I was smoking my driver, though. Haven't really worked on anything in the off season. Not making a birdie was pretty disappointing, especially since I had <30 yard pitches for my 3rd shot into 3 of the 4 par 5s. I called a long birdie (because maybe BSing to my playing partners would work!) on hole 12, and it banged off the back of the hole with too much speed and stayed out.

I was paired up with an older lady who had a 915D2. She hit it well. I have no reason to switch drivers, (I hit 12 of 14 fairways, averaged 279 yards, and still had good looks at the greens the 2 times I missed), but I'm dreaming of a 915D3 with an Oban Kiyoshi purple shaft...

Kameh
Apr 27, 2004

Resident Sergio Apologist
CHAMPION


Yeah, 1,000+ yards shorter, wider (and slower) fairways, less penal rough, and slower greens. But yeah, I know what you mean about feeling temporarily superior to Tiger.

I'm gonna (hopefully) play the Shell Houston Open Tournament course the Saturday before they shut it down for the tournament. If I'm hitting it okay, I'll scoot back to the tips for ultimate torture. Breaking 80 would be INSANE.

Kameh
Apr 27, 2004

Resident Sergio Apologist
CHAMPION


ironlung posted:

the thread's mascot did not have a strong finish today

zinc68 posted:

That is why he is a mascot.

https://twitter.com/TheSergioGarcia...5548288/photo/1

He's the best mascot, though. He faltered because I wasn't able to watch him down the stretch.

He's easy money next week. Book it!

Speaking of booking, I'm getting closer to booking a tee time at Redstone the day before it's closed in preparation for the Shell Houston Open. If all goes according to plan, I'll have all spring break to play some warmup rounds. I walked a 9 hole course for 18 holes today, shot a couple over. Was 6 inches away from holing out for eagle on 1, then left an eagle putt 6 inches short on hole 8. Easily could have shot under par, as it was a short course with tiny greens and very little trouble, but it felt good after being off for a few weeks.

Kameh
Apr 27, 2004

Resident Sergio Apologist
CHAMPION


Last week was Spring Break for me.

Pros:
    - Played 90 holes Monday - Friday. That was awesome.
    - Birdied last two holes to shoot even on Tuesday.
    - Shot +4 or better all 5 days.

Cons:
    - Didn't break par any of the days, and none of the courses I played were difficult. Just rusty enough all around to keep me above par.
    - Had a <5 footer for birdie on both my 27th hole Monday and my 18th hole Friday to shoot even for the round. Missed them both.
    - The rain that was scheduled during the week but before my round at the Golf Club of Houston (where the Shell Houston Open is played) shifted to later in the week, destroying my chances of playing. I'll have to try to play in a couple of weeks, like after the Masters. Bummer.

Kameh
Apr 27, 2004

Resident Sergio Apologist
CHAMPION


http://www.golfdigest.com/blogs/the...rdie-video.html

Baddeley yanked his first tee shot OB on a drivable par 4. Re-teed, holed his next shot for birdie.

Insane.

Kameh
Apr 27, 2004

Resident Sergio Apologist
CHAMPION


mattfl posted:

Apparently he played with 2 members yesterday and shot a 76 and still has chipping problems. I don't expect him to make the cut.

Augusta is still his playground. He'll get his reps in this week before the tournament, too. His worst-ball 66 at his home course is, aside from being almost unfathomable, a HUGE step in the right direction. Will he win? Probably not. Contend? Probably so. Make the cut? Absolutely.

Unrelated: Played 18 with my dad, brother in law, and friend. Brother in law is new to golf (36 hdcp) and has some back issues, but he plays an old man draw that goes maybe 200 yards. I gave Dad and friend 16 strokes at the beginning of the round, but it wasn't a close race after nine, so dad suggested he pair up with my friend and I pair up with BIL, we add up partner scores for the hole, and we see who wins the back nine. I started falling apart on the last few holes, going double - par - double for 15-17. We were down by 1 going into the last hole.

It's a replica of 18 at Doral. Friend takes an 8 on the hole after finding the water twice. Dad takes double, BIL stays dry but three putts for an 8. I need par or better to win. After messing up so many chances on the back nine, I put it all together when it mattered. Drive right down the middle, PW to ten feet below the hole, straight up the hill, and I knew the putt was in as soon as I hit it. Man, that felt awesome. Then I turned around and threw my ball into the lake because eff that hole.

Kameh
Apr 27, 2004

Resident Sergio Apologist
CHAMPION


http://www.golfdigest.com/blogs/the...ds-arrives.html

Fake it 'til you feel it? Either way, I cannot wait. I'm taking off Wednesday and Friday. I'll be playing 36 Wednesday and then watching the Par 3 on DVR when I get home. Friday, I'll try to play in the morning unless the rain comes in. If so, I'll just plop down on the couch with a 12 pack.

Kameh
Apr 27, 2004

Resident Sergio Apologist
CHAMPION


zinc68 posted:

Heir Jordan, your jacket

I like this. Am I missing how to change the thread title, or is it mod only?

Edit - Hair Jordan is even better.

Kameh fucked around with this message at Apr 13, 2015 around 00:36

Kameh
Apr 27, 2004

Resident Sergio Apologist
CHAMPION


Done.

In other news, I need to post my two rounds from Wednesday. Got to play 36 at a pretty sweet course.

Kameh
Apr 27, 2004

Resident Sergio Apologist
CHAMPION


Played Sunday with a guy who's a semi-touring professional, I guess. He attempts maybe 10 events per year via monday qualifying. He said that, in order to qualify for the Shell Houston Open, you have to play a certain course (which I've played before, pretty tough) and place in the top 10 to advance. This usually requires a -7 or -8. Then, those 10 players play a second round against the Web.com and PGA Tour players who didn't get sponsor invites or exemptions into the event. They only take the top 2 from there or something like that. He was pretty good, too. He attempted the Shell Houston Open qualifying, but his -3 wasn't even in the top 30. He did qualify for the Valero Texas Open a few years back.

I could keep up with him off the tee, but he was just crazy consistent. I shot +4 and made zero birdies, and he shot even with an eagle, birdie, and 3 bogeys. He probably hit 12-13 greens, and except for the two bunkers he found (didn't get up and down from either of them, surprisingly), he missed all of his greens short on the apron, and he putted up. I saw him pull out a putter from 10 yards off the green on the first hole (550 yard par 5), and I pegged him as one of those guys who just can't chip or pitch. He holed it for eagle. Whatever works!

He got my information and wanted to play with me again, which is cool. He asked about some of the local courses near me (I was playing at a more upscale public course in North Houston), and he started giving me grief because they were "too easy" for me or "not long enough from the tips." Man, I like playing short courses every now and then! Birdies are fun.

Edit: Also I wanted to kill him and wear his skin because he got two dozen balls from Sergio from the SHO this year. Had his initials on one side and the bull on the other.

Kameh fucked around with this message at Apr 28, 2015 around 19:42

Kameh
Apr 27, 2004

Resident Sergio Apologist
CHAMPION


sarehu posted:

The course I played at as a kid, and where my dad still plays now, had a sharp 90 degree dogleg par 5 around a residential property that had a huge > 1 acre lawn. I had occasion to cut the corner when I was a kid, after a topped drive, and a consistent hitter would probably be well-served by taking a direct route. Now they've sold a parcel and built a house in there. A family moves in, anddddd you know the rest, now they're bitching about golf balls.

The gall of some people will always impress me. Build a house on the dogleg of an attackable hole (par 5 or drivable par 4), get pissed when people fire golf balls at your house. One owner of such a house on a local course actually started a fight with somebody when the golfer punched a hole (just one of MANY) in his vinyl-sided chimney trying to cut the corner. The owner of the house was knocked out cold.

Kameh
Apr 27, 2004

Resident Sergio Apologist
CHAMPION


Maybe he was calling the guy "douchebag" because that was his name?

Also, am I one of the 8 nerds who posts his rounds? That's hurtful.

Kameh
Apr 27, 2004

Resident Sergio Apologist
CHAMPION


Keep the faith, gentlemen.

Kameh
Apr 27, 2004

Resident Sergio Apologist
CHAMPION


Suprfli6 posted:

It's not over yet but somebody's going to have to make a few birdies on 16/17/18 which is a pretty daunting task. I'd love to see Fowler win this one though with his finish, especially with people throwing that "overrated" label at him all week.

NBC is doing me dirty by showing that meltdown from 2013.

Edit: Haas with another lucky bounce into 16.

Kameh
Apr 27, 2004

Resident Sergio Apologist
CHAMPION


Did YOU SEE THAT gently caress YOU LOOK HE GAVE THOSE CROWD TROLLS?

Kameh
Apr 27, 2004

Resident Sergio Apologist
CHAMPION


mattfl posted:

Jesus, this is freaking great golf.

Should have included The Players in our little dozen ball bet.

Kameh
Apr 27, 2004

Resident Sergio Apologist
CHAMPION


http://t.co/UD1umJwiyA

Kameh
Apr 27, 2004

Resident Sergio Apologist
CHAMPION


See, I'm not hoping for the other two to hook tee shots into the water, but I'm saying I wouldn't mind.

Kameh
Apr 27, 2004

Resident Sergio Apologist
CHAMPION


Dagnabbit!!

Kameh
Apr 27, 2004

Resident Sergio Apologist
CHAMPION


thebushcommander posted:

I'll finish clearing out my closet later and get a solid tally on what I have. Though I am in Charlotte, NC so shipping to Atlanta can't be bad, plus i get a crazy FedEx discount anyway through work.

I'll call dibs on the UA shorts. If you have any large shirts, let me know. I could also maybe grab an XL Nike shirt for my dad if Lyman doesn't want them all.

Kameh
Apr 27, 2004

Resident Sergio Apologist
CHAMPION


thebushcommander posted:

Still up for grabs

1 Nike XL shirt (straight up navy, dri-fit)

1 Under Armour XL shirt that is a dark red - solid color with black UA logo.

1 pair of Under Armour shorts (38 waist) in light grey

1 pair of Black, Nike Dri-Fit Shorts (38 waist)

1 Pair of Walter Hagen dri-fit shorts 38 waist, grey plaid type look. (basically these http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/MTAwMFg3N...ZTfR0D/$_12.JPG)

Email me at mlinzz at gmail.com with your address and SA username and I'll figure out what shipping is if you want something.

Sorry for the delay. Sent an email.

Kameh
Apr 27, 2004

Resident Sergio Apologist
CHAMPION


angry armadillo posted:

Took my new driver to the course this morning - measured a couple with Golfshot at 250 yards with wind in my face

Although I'm not convinced the Golfshot app is super accurate, my old driver would seldom pass 230 yards so I am pleased!

Perhaps you should be pleased, though I'll give you my personal anecdote.

When I measure my distances with the GolfShot app (on Android), it gives me tee shot yardages that are inflated 20-25 yards. I know this for two reasons:

1. When I'm at my ball and ready to click "save shot" or whatever, it'll give me the summary (fly-over view of the hole with my shot traced on it + distance + club). From there, I click on my yardage, and it'll bring up the "edit tee shot" menu. If I click the little "X" to cancel, it'll bring me back to my same screen, but my yardage has dropped the 20-25 yards. If I do it again, it stays at that number. It does this on every hole.
2. I carry a laser range finder, and I shoot tee markers.

It's become automatic for me - track shot, save shot, click yardage, click X to cancel, click save for accurate yardage.

It could be a weird quirk in my phone, but I've reinstalled the app three or four times, and it's always done this. Is my phone trying to make me feel better? I'm happy to average 269 yards. 294 would be laughable. Test it out to see if you're getting inflated yardages.

Edit - 294 would be laughable for me. There are some beastmasters in this thread, though.

Kameh fucked around with this message at May 26, 2015 around 14:04

Kameh
Apr 27, 2004

Resident Sergio Apologist
CHAMPION


Putter fittings are a thing. The short of it - http://www.better-golf-by-putting-b...er-fitting.html

Off the top of my head, some people use hand-me-down putters that aren't cut to the right height. Others use putters that have a different weight or offset than what their natural putting stroke would need. Visual preference is also a thing. A fitting might expose you to a putter or putting style that suits your eye better. Confidence is invaluable when standing over a putt.

That being said, any putter fitting worth the money will test your ability to line the ball up properly with cameras or a laser system. If you're not lined up, you're only going to make putts by accident.

Kameh
Apr 27, 2004

Resident Sergio Apologist
CHAMPION


Glambags posted:

I'll ask what's involved and if its just some goober measuring the length of my arms I'll tell them no thanks.

This is definitely what it would be. They might offer to cut the shaft or even adjust the lie angle. Years back, I had my lie angle flattened by 5 degrees for $25 at Golf Galaxy.

Kameh
Apr 27, 2004

Resident Sergio Apologist
CHAMPION


You're telling me. I need a wetsuit to play in Houston.

Edit - Also, for you US-Open-Torture types, you should be watching the Irish Open. Cut is +4, may be higher by the end of the day.

Kameh
Apr 27, 2004

Resident Sergio Apologist
CHAMPION


I didn't get to see his round yesterday except for the last two shots he played (getting up and down on 18 to make the cut), but somebody on the Tiger Tracker feed said he was dealing with a blister on his hand today. Anybody get to watch to confirm/deny?

Kameh
Apr 27, 2004

Resident Sergio Apologist
CHAMPION


Jealous. There aren't any courses close enough to me to warrant a membership. It would be an hour one way to the nearest course for which I'd consider a membership.

Got my first official summer round in.



I'm pretty terrible at preparation. I don't hit range balls before warming up, nor do I actually hit range balls between rounds. The former is because I usually get to the course too late to do more than chip and putt, and the latter is because if it's not raining, I'd rather go play golf. I found a stretching routine for golf on Men's Health last night, and it's the warmup to a 4 week golf workout program. I'll do the workout tonight, but I just did the stretching a few hours before my round this morning. I felt pretty good on the first tee.

I drove the ball pretty well. Only missed two fairways, and one of the two misses was still playable (the other being a fairway bunker on a par 5). 10 greens, 26 putts.

Hole 2 - 3 putt for bogey (hit a 6i when I needed a 7i)
Hole 3 - Driver - 3i hybrid to back of green, chip to a few feet for birdie
Hole 5 - 20 footer for birdie from the front fringe.
Hole 6 - Decent drive, fatted a 6i enough to leave a gap wedge instead of a sand wedge for my 3rd. I think I fatted my third as well, but I got away with it. Made a 15 footer.
Hole 8 - Mashed a drive over some bunkers, had a 40 yard pitch, hit it to 3 feet for birdie.
Hole 9 - Decent enough drive, pushed a 5i nearly into a water hazard near the green. Way too easy on my chip, couldn't make a 12 footer for par.
Hole 10 - Driver, sand wedge to 7 feet for birdie.
Hole 11 - Hit a good drive, then nearly lost my 3 wood approach into a hazard. Hit an okay pitch onto the green, but I didn't give my birdie putt enough steam.
Hole 12 - Pushed a 3i hybrid right, then after watching the old guy in our group (who also works at the course) play a neat, sloping pitch from where I was, I played an even better shot and almost holed it for birdie. I'll take a par on that hole any day.
Hole 13 - First fairway I missed all day. Found a fairway bunker, laid up to 160, then blocked another 7i. Really short-sided myself. Had to carry a bunker, then it was straight downhill to the pin. Hit a flop that carried 6 feet past the hole, and I made that for par after a teach from the third guy in our group.
Hole 14 - Tried to muscle an 8i, yanked it left. Up and down for par.
Hole 15 - Very nearly lost my drive in a pampas bush, still had a clear shot at the green. Hit a big SW (for me) from 110, and my putt was pretty straight forward. Maybe 20 feet, uphill, left to right. I couldn't decide how much break there was, so I just hammered it 10 feet past. Missed that one as well. 3 putts are the worst.
Hole 16 and 17 - Good tee shots, sand wedges to 8 feet and 12 feet. Caught the back right lips each time and came out sideways. THOSE are also the worst.
Hole 18 - Decent drive, tried to fade a 7i to a tucked pin but started it too far right. Pulled the pin and tried to hole the chip, but couldn't get it to fall.

Wanted to finish in the 60s, but I really wasn't hitting my irons as accurately as I needed. I think it's not so much a swing flaw that's causing a push, though that's my miss. When I don't play regularly, I have a tendency to set up closed to the target. So I'm pretty much hitting slight fades (my current shot shape) on the wrong line. I should work it out while I'm off during the summer, but again, I'm a punk who'd rather play than put in the time on the range.

Kameh fucked around with this message at Jun 8, 2015 around 22:21

Kameh
Apr 27, 2004

Resident Sergio Apologist
CHAMPION


Also, meant to say thanks to thebushcommander. I got those shorts in the other day. Wore the grey UA ones today, actually. I like them!

And zinc68, I'll be honest - I have no idea how Sergio's preparing for the US Open, but as well as he played in the Players, I should have extended our golf ball bet to that tournament, too. Are we still on for the other majors? Lowest score for the tournament between Sergio/Tiger? If Tiger doesn't work out his driving issues, I'll be looking forward to some TaylorMade TPs in my mailbox.

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Kameh
Apr 27, 2004

Resident Sergio Apologist
CHAMPION


Omerta posted:

Nice round. You got up and down 7/8. That's pretty drat awesome.

I shot, respectively, 84 and 81 this weekend. Was hitting the ball great and just smashing my driver, but I couldn't convert it into a good score. I pitched/chipped the ball very poorly. I've been practicing it a lot and my actual technique has gotten a ton better, but it's still spotty on the course. It's not like I'm chunking it, more that I just haven't been hitting it inside 8 feet.

Good news is that I'm very close to bringing it all together. I think I could get to scratch in the next six months (currently a 2.1 index) but it won't happen if I can't chip or pitch.

I did decide to buy new wedges. The grooves on my 56 and 60 are totally shot, plus they're -1/2 inch below standard (the rest of my clubs are standard) and the swing weight is way off on my 52 and 60 (they're d1. I like mine at d6). So who knows, maybe it's the arrow instead of the archer.

I went with Calloway. I've never played anything but vokeys, so it'll at least be interesting.

Thanks man. I'm hesitant to agree with Halo14 about putting being my strong suit. Driving and chipping are probably the two best parts of my game. Good drives give me nice looks at pins, and chipping helps cover up mistakes with approaches. Also, the better I chip it, the less I have to rely on my putter to save me. I'm not awful at it, but I *wish* putting were my strong suit. I can always think of a few putts per round I should have made.

Did you get the PM grind on the Callaways? I chipped around with a 60 degree on the putting green at Golfsmith. It's got a taller-toe and less-rounded look than a traditional tear-drop wedge. I think they're trying to emulate old Ping wedges that are exempt from the groove rules (is that still a thing)? Not a bad wedge, but I prefer my Rotex 58* from Cleveland. I've always liked the heft of a Cleveland wedge.

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