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    Posted: Jul/18/2010 at 2:15am

Favorite course, pro, tips, tournaments you've played in recently, clubs you've bought loved or hated, etc.

Can't believe this thread hasn't been started now that we're almost a full month into summer.
 
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i vastly improved my game this summer by agreeing to ridiculously large wagers, that i should never make when unemployed...but i havent lost, and its paid for my green fees. That and i think my new irons might have helped a bit.(ping becu isi's), just cant beat those square grooves.
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Poppy hills...in 17 mile drive and Paso Tiempo in Santa Cruz are best courses I have played
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heartwell park in long beach is a nice little 3 par course but my friend also took me to a really nice long range golf course up in montebello/whittier/pico rivera.. im not quite sure which city it is in lol
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http://renditionsgolf.com/
 
Renditions is a course in MD made up of replicas of the most famous holes in the world.  Definately my favorite.
 
This is my 1st season golfing but somehow i picked it up really quickly.  I wish i had started as a kid, such a mindfkuc of a sport!
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I love and hate golf.  My score is completely unreliable.  I could play the same course 2 days in a row and watch my score go from 84 to 98.  
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Originally posted by barnyard

I love and hate golf.  My score is completely unreliable.  I could play the same course 2 days in a row and watch my score go from 84 to 98.  

I think 99% of all golfers fall into this category.
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probably true.  I only play about 2-3 times a year, so when I shoot 84, I'm stoked.
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Curious what people here think about hybrid clubs.  A friend of mine swears by his but hes a lefty so i havent been able to try his out.
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Curious what people here think about hybrid clubs.  A friend of mine swears by his but hes a lefty so i havent been able to try his out.


they're WAY easier to hit than long irons, WAY more forgiving, and everyone should have one unless you're some amazing golfer than plays windy courses all the time and needs something to keep the ball down (aka using a long iron instead of a hybrid). But for me, I just never liked the look of hybrids and couldn't get used to hitting them like an iron when they clearly weren't so I just keep a 5 wood in the bag instead. You should definitely go to a local shop and ask them to demo one, most people LOVE their hybrids
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They are easier to hit than long irons for me, but it is something you should go and try out before you get them. I hit my Mizuno hybrids well and they are more forgiving, but my friend hates them.  Go try them out and see if they are for you.
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I much rather hit a 4 iron than a hybrid any day of the week. Become a goo ball striker and long irons are no issue.
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Originally posted by Scorer099

I much rather hit a 4 iron than a hybrid any day of the week. Become a goo ball striker and long irons are no issue.


this is kind of true.. b/c i'm like you and would prefer to hit a 4 iron or even a 3 iron over hybrids, but no one can deny the fact that hybrids are a lot more forgiving.. the best players in the world put hybrids/fairway woods in their bags, how many 2 irons do you see nowadays? 3 irons are disappearing too
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maybe because i'm an amateur, but i def appreciate my hybrid a lot more than my 3/4I.
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its harder to shape shots with hybrids..anyways i think my favorite course i've played is gold mountain in bremerton, WA..they played a NCAA qualifying tourney there not too long ago. really pretty course and very challenging from the tips
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The reason you see tour pro with hybrids isn't about the forgiveness it's about the trajectory. It allows them to hit higher trajectory shots on what would be long iron shots which gives them a better chance of holding greens.
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Scorer,

I think you're only half right. Pros use hybrids both because of trajectory and because they are better out of the long grass than irons--an advantage that is partially because it is easier to get the ball into the air with a hybrid. Becoming a good ball striker can only do so much in the rough--there are just a bunch of X and Y factors that undermine even a fairly clean swing. That's why the first pro hybrids were "rescue clubs"--known for getting out trouble, not for holding greens.

I definitely agree that it's a little harder to shape shots with a hybrid. Actually, I have a really easy time fading and drawing my hybrids from the fairway or 1st cut rough. My problem is that I cannot control how MUCH fade or draw! And many hybrids do end up being hook-o-matics.

Btw, it's a always questionable for amateurs to model themselves on what pros do!
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Originally posted by chungeroni

Originally posted by Scorer099

I much rather hit a 4 iron than a hybrid any day of the week. Become a goo ball striker and long irons are no issue.


this is kind of true.. b/c i'm like you and would prefer to hit a 4 iron or even a 3 iron over hybrids, but no one can deny the fact that hybrids are a lot more forgiving.. the best players in the world put hybrids/fairway woods in their bags, how many 2 irons do you see nowadays? 3 irons are disappearing too

There's always the pros / cons to carrying hybrid and removing a low iron. Hybrids good for trajectory (particularly for the pros). I carry a 7 wood instead of a hybrid as its nicer to hit off the tee! Not sure on the old putting from off the green with a hybrid? Anyone use that shot?

As for favorite golfer....hmmm..... gotta be Paul Casey for me being English. Think the Ryder Cup is going to be interesting this year seeing as so many of the Europeans are ranking so highly at the moment especially in todays open! Which brings me onto St. Andrews Old Course which is the best course that I have ever played / tried to play.
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Scorer,

I think you're only half right. Pros use hybrids both because of trajectory and because they are better out of the long grass than irons--an advantage that is partially because it is easier to get the ball into the air with a hybrid. Becoming a good ball striker can only do so much in the rough--there are just a bunch of X and Y factors that undermine even a fairly clean swing. That's why the first pro hybrids were "rescue clubs"--known for getting out trouble, not for holding greens.

I definitely agree that it's a little harder to shape shots with a hybrid. Actually, I have a really easy time fading and drawing my hybrids from the fairway or 1st cut rough. My problem is that I cannot control how MUCH fade or draw! And many hybrids do end up being hook-o-matics.

Btw, it's a always questionable for amateurs to model themselves on what pros do!


I was making the assumption that most people knew this already, but with that said grass between the ball and the club face and depth of grass is going to make even hybrids hard to hit out. Also, "rescue" and "hybrid" clubs are slightly different in shape and form if you really take a look at them.

Lastly, i'm not saying anyone should model themselves after a pro, it was just a point brought up. I'll stand by my thought that I would much rather hit a 3 or 4 iron, heck even a 2 iron that i've had in and out of my bag for years, than hit a hybrid. And i've had 4 or 5 different hybrids in my bag over the last few years. They just don't set up well for me and i just do care for them.
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Oh, neat courses I've played...

Corral Canyon outside St. George, Utah. It was super nice (HOT!)--great scenery, awesome tee boxes. I love it because my goal is always to shoot +18 second to back tees--I was +18 after the 15th and entered the clubhouse +17. Holding the line--and even getting a birdie on 18--was pretty sweet. Pretty good for my first time playing the course.

I'm looking forward to playing Colbert Hills in Manhattan, KS. Supposed to be the best course in the state. Spread out in wilderness prairie on the Flint Hills, I think it'll be tight.

I normally play at a little executive 9-hole par 30 course--can't beat a membership for $29.99 per month! The three par 4s make sure my driver stays in shape and I often tee off with a 7, 8, or 9 iron so I can practice my mid-irons, hybrid, and fairway woods. My best score from the back tees is a 35.

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Thanks for all the input about hybrids, im gonna go check some out this week and see how they feel.  Anything that might help me avoid using my 3 or 4 iron is cool with me. 
 
Sometimes i just leave those two clubs at home so im not tempted to use them.  I get by just fine without them on most courses.
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 Home course during law school in Cincinnati was a place called Avon Lakes, which was in what I'd call the ghetto.  Got a text from homie yesterday that they closed the course in the middle of a tournament because the swat team was locking down the area, some criminal was hiding in the woods with a gun . . .
 
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I really like Cleveland Launcher Dst Driver and their dst hybrids are by far the easiest hybrids to hit.  Looking at Mizuno MX1000's and a cg15 60 degree wedge.  Anybody know any good sites for discounts on these?  I found this site- www.easybuygolf.com but I don't know if it's legit.  And for putters EVERYBODY SHOULD HAVE an Ontic Golf putter.  They make mallets and blades that you can adjust ...mallets ruleLOL  
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Beginner set i had were Rams, about 15 years ago.
then moved onto Honma forgot which model.
now using Taylor Made irons RAC OS, King Cobra SS Driver/woods, Odessy Putter, titliest Wedge iron.

I'm also another who can't seem to get used to hybrids yet. rather use 3 or 4 iron. maybe if i commit to buying one i'm then forced to use it.
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I love my hybrid irons, even if I can rarely hit them (has much more to do with my awful swing) they feel great.

My favorite club is my Ping Redwood Anser putter. I like my Adams iron set too, they're very forgiving, huge face and make it easy for a terrible golfer like myself to stay in play. My driver (Taylormade R5) and I have a love/hate relationship. Mostly hate.
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been golfing since i was 7 and i'm down to an 11 handicap, my goal is to be sub ten handicap by the end of this season.
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been golfing since i was 7 and i'm down to an 11 handicap, my goal is to be sub ten handicap by the end of this season.

Thanks really good.  I was down to a 12 when I was 15 years old and playing a few times a week, now I am a 20 with flashes of brilliance.  Its not uncommon for me to go, Birdie, Par, Par, Quad, Triple, Par, Birdie....... hahaha 
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I like hybrids, but i wasn't hitting them any better than my irons so i switched back, then i got some taylormades(Jus so happen to match my other woods) and i started hitting them better, so good bye irons. so i guess that pro who told me how impotant it was that all my clubs looked alike wasn't jus trying to sell me some clubs.
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I primarily play my irons on most courses as I can hit my longer irons really far and more accurately than a driver.  You guys who have such a hard time hitting their longer irons --- are you playing something with a decent cavity back or are you playing blades?

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I picked up golf in the past couple years but I am still pretty awful at it.  There for a while this summer I was playing once a week.  That fell off and I haven't played in a couple weeks.  I plan on getting out there and getting a round in this week though.  I played a round with Scorer099 and he killed it out there.
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god I still am supremely happy when I hit a round under 100... lol

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god I still am supremely happy when I hit a round under 100... lol

I need to play alot more


I've never even hit under 100. The closest i've gotten is exactly 100. My dad beats the crap out of me though. He's been gettin like 85 now. he golfs like every other day though
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I used to play alot.  I still have some pretty nice clubs.  I love to play as well.
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I use a Pinemeadow SW, GW and 68* lob. Everything else is just cheap Target stuff.

One funny thing. I can drive over 300--I've put a ball on the green on a 325 yard Par 4 several times, with a little wind help and a hard fairway. Now, I won't vouch for my accuracy--some days I have it, some days I don't. But when I'm punching balls over the back screen of the driving range people always come up to me and say "Whoa! That is one awesome driver! What is it?" Or "Guess it helps to have a great driver!" I love telling them that this "Tour Logic" driver cost me roughly $20 at Target.

I'm an 18 handicap but I've only played for two summers--although last summer I must have played 50 times!


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I'm the opposite.  For the longest time, I couldn't hit my driver, so I'd just hit 3 iron off the tee.  I have no problem with my long irons and prefer them over any hybrid.
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I'm the opposite.  For the longest time, I couldn't hit my driver, so I'd just hit 3 iron off the tee.  I have no problem with my long irons and prefer them over any hybrid.


I can't hit a driver either, but I did just get a Taylor Made burner 3 wood and love it.
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  Quote JeffSoSavvy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/19/2010 at 10:45am
I used to go to Franklin Canyons, a local course near by parents place. It's not bad for a local muni, they recently did work on the grounds, I haven't been there since then.
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  Quote ctoma Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/19/2010 at 10:54am
Golf in the summer, hockey and snowboarding in the winter. That's the life.

I shoot in the mid-to-high 80's typically although a mid-to-high 90's score is not foreign to me...

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  Quote Razkul99 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/19/2010 at 7:08pm
Originally posted by ctoma

I shoot in the mid-to-high 80's typically although a mid-to-high 90's score is not foreign to me...
That is where I am at though less than 2 years ago I was mid to high 100s. 
 
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  Quote Coelispex Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/20/2010 at 10:33am
I have 1 hybrid, a Callaway FT 2H.

Here's my reasoning for hybrids:

There are sets now with 3-6h to replace those irons. This is for old farts or people who aren't hitting their irons correctly. Hit down to get the ball in the air, most people don't have an aggressive enough downswing to accomplish this. They "swing" at it like a baseball instead of hitting down on the ball and taking a divot, so they try to sweep their long irons off the ground and can't hit them right.

Why I have a 2h, I need something inbetween 15 degree fairway wood (3 wood) and 3 iron distance, but I couldn't find a 18-21 degree wood (5 wood) that didn't hit balloon shots and wanted something I could use both for punch shots out from under fir/pine trees (oregon golf is fun) out of the rough, etc. THe only thing that fit the bill plus was consistent off the tee as a "tight fairway" club that I could still hit 250 was the 2h.
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Think Louis 'Woost-Hazen' will get that gap fixed with that nice 7 figure paycheck he just got? Or maybe he'll just be best buds with michael strahan now...
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  Quote CheckOnTrips Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/20/2010 at 12:59pm
Originally posted by Backside10

Think Louis 'Woost-Hazen' will get that gap fixed with that nice 7 figure paycheck he just got? Or maybe he'll just be best buds with michael strahan now...
 
Lol, some of the players at the Open were calling him Shrek.  Cruel, but funny/accurate.
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