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I've always been a slicer.  my natural ball flight is a fade so when I mishit my ball looks like a fighter plane banking in formation.  Was out with some friends on Thursday and my one buddy noticed something in my grip and told me to change it.  My top hand has rotating to the left which was opening my club face and causing me to slice.  I rotated my top hand to the right and low and behold no slice.  Went out yesterday to play and hit 10/14 fairways and only had one really bad slice.  Very stoked about this change, hopefully it'll allow me to get off the tee more consistency.  
 
I've been crushing the irons and putting well but I was losing a ton of strokes by recovering from bad tee shots.  I played Indian Lake Golf Club here in PA yesterday and had a blast.  It was the first course designed by Arnold Palmer.  Very pretty course, I've played it before but it had been about 7 years.  I forgot how tight the course was and the greens were sloped like a ski resort!  
 

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I have the opposite problem. I used to have a slice, and slowly but surely turned my top hand over on my grip to compensate. Now I do it too much and I have a hook (primarily with the driver). Nasty little habit to try and break. It feels weird if to grip my driver without rolling my top hand over.

Players a week ago in Hudson at Green Meadows (Jungle Course). 52-48 for an even 100. I was left off the tee all day. Real bummer too because I was fantastic around the greens all day (only 1 3-putt).
 

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Played yesterday and the first 9 was my best 9 ever--a legit 43, and I had birdie putts on 4 holes. So, needless to say, I can't putt for shit. I've read articles and whatnot, but nothing really works for me. Anyone have quick and easy tips--from reading a green, to mental things, anything at all, that can help on putting?
What's the problem with putting?  Distance control on long putts?  Missing a lot of 4-6 footers?  Bad reads?
 
Generally, the best advice I can give people on putting is to get a center shafted putter.  It's easier to hit on-center and doesn't twist as much when hit off-center.  Reading putts is a matter of looking from both sides (quickly and while other people are putting) and looking around you.  Putts break towards water and away from bunkers and mountains in general.  If you can, look for drainage areas around the green.  They put them there for a reason and your ball will break towards them.
 
Distance control is almost always just a matter of feel, which sounds abstract but you probably do it all the time without realizing it.  Throw a ball to someone and you probably think not at all about how far to throw it.  You just throw it and almost always the right distance.  The other tip I like is to always try to make the putt. Playing for lag putts does nothing good in my experience.
 

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Club championship weekend, 54 holes of stroke play. 6,748 yards, par 71, 72.8 rating/135 slope. Greens at 12/13, easy. 6.0 index.

79-78, fifth gross, first net going into the final round. Zero birdies, six three-putts.
 
Wow, time to get some putts to start falling.  Good luck in the final round, let us know how it goes.  What course do you play at? 
 
I don't play in the club championship, as it's done without handicaps, so only about 10-15 of our top players compete in it.  Our 2 time defending champ can't play this year because he turned pro, and just came off back-to-back wins in the Mass. Open and the Maine Open.  Pretty good competition at our track when you start playing with those guys, so it makes no sense to play when you're an 8.8 index like I am.
 
However, we do have a version of the Club championship for everyone else, called the "Flight Championships."  That's next weekend, 36 holes, stroke play.  Going to be interesting.  Five years ago, our pro started a new thing at our club called Player of the Year.  Basically, each of the tournaments during the year can earn you points towards the POY standings.  For example, if you win one of the monthly member guests, you'd get 150 points, 100 for 2nd, and 50 for 3rd.  Nothing after that.  If you win the Fourball championship, you'd get 250 points, etc. There are about 25-30 events that count toward POY.  I've gotten points in more events than everyone else to date (around 10-11 events to date), but only have one victory, which was a lesser event so it only got me about 75 points.  That said, heading into next weekend, I'm currently leading the POY by about 50 points.  I'm unable to play in a lot of events (like the monthly member guest which is on the middle Wednesday), so it's really important that I score in every one that I can.  After this weekend, we have the Labor Day 3 day, Columbus Day 3 day and a few others that aren't as many points. 
 
Game has really started turning the corner again, still struggling with the long irons, but I'm driving the ball better than I have all year, and my short game is saving me a lot of shots as usual.  With respect to the person that asked about putting, which is by far the best club in my bag, I might have a tip for you.  Years ago, I was probably the worst putter on Earth from about 4-10 feet.  Couldn't hit the hole to save my life.  I was playing with a guy who told me to try opening my stance, just like a batter opening his stance in baseball.  I moved my front foot back about 6 inches from the ball.  I found that it enabled my left eye (I'm right handed) to see the line (and the hole depending on the length of the putt) more clearly while I was putting and keeping my head down.  The results were immediate and to this day, I feel more comfortable over putts from that distance than I do about anything else in my golf game, by far.  Give it a shot.
 

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Had it all going on yesterday, shot a 79 on my home course.  I was happy with the score but it could've been a 75-76 easily.  I had a chip hit the cup and lip out, I also had a putt get to the edge of the hole and actually role back one rev and stayed out.  Had a few other putts that just missed as well.
 
I knew it was going to be a good day when I finally birdied my personal nemesis hole.  It's a 190 yard pard three that plays about 200.  Severally sloped green from right to left, steep hill above the green to the right and woods to the left of the green.  So it's a long iron shot that you can't miss to either side or you're screwed.  I've never birdied the hole and very rarely have even parred it.  Yesterday hit my 4 hybrid down there and it stopped 8 feet below the hole and knocked the putt in.  So I was thrilled with that hole.  Now I'll go back to my normal bogey or double on that hole I'm sure.  
 

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jercra said:
What's the problem with putting?  Distance control on long putts?  Missing a lot of 4-6 footers?  Bad reads?
 
 
All of the above.
 
I'll pop it out of the sand within a few feet but miss the putt. I'll read the break correctly, then putt right through it. Next hole I'm not hitting it hard enough. I'm just a mess on the greens, to the point if I sink an 8 footer it's like I won the Open. My buddy has a center-shafted putter, maybe I'll give that a whirl, along with (as someone else said, choking down on the putter a bit, and see what happens).
 
 With respect to the person that asked about putting, which is by far the best club in my bag, I might have a tip for you. Years ago, I was probably the worst putter on Earth from about 4-10 feet. Couldn't hit the hole to save my life. I was playing with a guy who told me to try opening my stance, just like a batter opening his stance in baseball. I moved my front foot back about 6 inches from the ball. I found that it enabled my left eye (I'm right handed) to see the line (and the hole depending on the length of the putt) more clearly while I was putting and keeping my head down. The results were immediate and to this day, I feel more comfortable over putts from that distance than I do about anything else in my golf game, by far. Give it a shot.
 
 
Just saw this--also worth a shot. Intrigued because when I played ball back in the day, I eventually went to an open stance and it helped.
 

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Freddy Linn said:
Club championship weekend, 54 holes of stroke play. 6,748 yards, par 71, 72.8 rating/135 slope. Greens at 12/13, easy. 6.0 index.

79-78, fifth gross, first net going into the final round. Zero birdies, six three-putts.
 
Limped in with a 83, closed with five straight bogeys as I steered it in.  240 total was 15 shots back of the now 10-time champion, a +1 at 53.  Won low gross in my flight (and low net), sixth gross overall, second net overall.
 
Strange weekend - hit 13 of the 15 par 3s in regulation, drove the ball so-so, and putting wasn't bad (even with nine three-putts) considering there were four-jacks happening left and right.  Greens were single cut but double rolled, and it was in the mid-90s yesterday (out West here), so they were lightning.
 
For context, a buddy who is a 2 shot 261, or +48. 
 
One birdie(!), 32 pars, 16 bogeys, four doubles, and a nifty triple.
 

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DrewDawg said:
 
All of the above.
 
I'll pop it out of the sand within a few feet but miss the putt. I'll read the break correctly, then putt right through it. Next hole I'm not hitting it hard enough. I'm just a mess on the greens, to the point if I sink an 8 footer it's like I won the Open. My buddy has a center-shafted putter, maybe I'll give that a while, along with (as someone else said, choking down on the putter a bit, and see what happens).
 
 
Just saw this--also worth a shot. Intrigued because when I played ball back in the day, I eventually went to an open stance and it helped.
 
I use a method developed by a professor of kinesiology named Joan Vickers.  This article from the WSJ explains it.
 
 
Vickers's advice is that when you've adopted your stance and are ready to putt, gaze calmly and steadily at the hole (or target spot) for about three counts, bring your eyes back to the ball in one count and fix your eyes on the back (or top) of the ball for two counts. Then make the stroke and continue to gaze at the ground, where the ball was, for at least one more count.
I first aim the ball using the using the logo or alignment marker, align the club to the marker and then align my body to the club.  i then clear my mind of conscious thought, try to visualize the ball rolling into the hole and follow the method above.  I also switched to a claw grip which helps deaden the hands.  The method works for me and my putting is the only thing about my game that where I feel comfortable and confident.
 

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DrewDawg said:
 
All of the above.
 
I'll pop it out of the sand within a few feet but miss the putt. I'll read the break correctly, then putt right through it. Next hole I'm not hitting it hard enough. I'm just a mess on the greens, to the point if I sink an 8 footer it's like I won the Open. My buddy has a center-shafted putter, maybe I'll give that a while, along with (as someone else said, choking down on the putter a bit, and see what happens).
 
 
Just saw this--also worth a shot. Intrigued because when I played ball back in the day, I eventually went to an open stance and it helped.
 
I will also second the recommendation to choke down on the putter. I choke down to the point where my bottom hand has 1-2 fingers on the steel shaft below the grip. I find that it gives me way more control over the head of the putter than if I hold it up on the grip. I also bend over pretty dramatically, so my eyes are over the ball when I putt.  Not quite as pronounced as this, but pretty close, and this guy was a pretty good putter: 
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0n9L8v9vOw
 

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For the out-of-towners, me and my father in law played Inn of the Mountain Gods in Ruidoso, NM today.  Fantastic course with lots of personality.  Every hole is unique, with some wide open, some small fairways, lots of elevation change, some long holes, and some holes that you really have to manage on.
 
I would definitely play it again, if it wasn't so expensive.
 

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Playing with Zomp at his course this afternoon. My game might suck, but the weather is gorgeous and we will look fucking fantastic, so it could be worse.
 

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My birdie was pretty awesome. That's about it though. I don't think the the cups there are regulation size.

Great afternoon though. Zomp knows how to treat a guest.
 

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Phragle has a pretty nice shot of a ridiculous lie i had to navigate to save par today. 200 out on a par 5 ripped my 5 irom just left and it rolled up on a hill behind a tree w nowhere to put it.
 

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Anyon play chemenwa in attleboro? Gorgeous course, little short roughly 5800 i believe, but a little tricky. Cheap (30 to walk 18 on a fri am). Fired a 79 from the backs there last week
 

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Played a pretty unique course on Sunday, The Club at Blackthorne.  It's only a nine hole course, and it has no par 5's.  It's a par 66 so if you break 80 there it's not quite the same accomplishment as on many other courses.  The course was designed by Palmer so it was a lot of fun, and had some great holes.  I shot a 77 and it should've been lower actually as I had four or five edge burners or lip outs.  
 
The course had a ton of huge homes on it and if they ever expand to 18 holes (which they are supposed to do) it will be a real top notch course.  
 

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Where should southshoresoxfan and I golf tomorrow in the Beverly-Salem-Peabody area?
Sorry I didn't see your post over the weekend.  Where did you play?  I would have strongly recommended the Meadow at Peabody. 
 

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If anyone in SE NH area ever wants to play Cochecho (Dover) as my guest, please just let me know. Would love to meet some of you guys.
If you're not adverse to playing with a high handicapper and can get out during the week, I'll take you up on that.   Any week in September looks good.
 

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Sorry I didn't see your post over the weekend.  Where did you play?  I would have strongly recommended the Meadow at Peabody. 
 
We ended up at Reedy Meadow in Lynnfield. Meh course, avg shape, cheap tho, 20 bucks for 9.  Beats no round at all.
 
Anyone down the attleboro, MA are play week nights or sunday afternoons? Always looking for someone to walk 9 with after work or sneak in 18 on a short day (in sales/make my own hours)
 

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played in a memorial scramble on Monday at the 'Walk, this was a small tournament for about 30 guys from TK's that expanded into the usual 2 groups on a tee scramble after a couple of the originals died and its used to raise money for memorial benches on a couple tees...
 
so I'm playing with 2 of my buddys and one of their wives (secret weapon she can play).. we are 13B  my least favorite hole on the course, hit out of a chute, not a big landing area and water guarding the green on the left, #2 stroke hole, A group gets out of range, i put the ole ProV on the peg and there is my usual tee ball over cut slice leading me to yell, as anyone would, 'FUCK FORE ON 15'
 
 
all of a sudden there is laughter and a yell from the hidden by trees 15th green  'Frankie's here!!!
 
my partners, broke up too
 
finished -8  left 4 or 5 birds out there and -14 won so we're kickin ourselves
 

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Played Portsmouth [NH] CC on Thursday.  Shot 95, which for me is pretty good.  It is a beautiful course that doesn't have a lot of challenge other than length.  From the white tees, the course is 6777 yards, maybe 600 longer than typical whites.  They charge $85 to walk the course, but it is worth it.   The course is in excellent condition.
 

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Koufax said:
Played Portsmouth [NH] CC on Thursday.  Shot 95, which for me is pretty good.  It is a beautiful course that doesn't have a lot of challenge other than length.  From the white tees, the course is 6777 yards, maybe 600 longer than typical whites.  They charge $85 to walk the course, but it is worth it.   The course is in excellent condition.
 
I play PCC regularly.  The condition really is what stands out.
 
How does it compare to Peabody Meadows?
 

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The conditions at Portsmouth are better, as are the views.  The layout at Peabody is considerably more challenging (without being ridiculous, except for the 4th hole, which is pretty ridiculous).   Overall, as a test of golf, Peabody is tbe better course, and the conditions are excellent considering that it is a muni.  As a place to go enjoy yourself while playing golf, Portsmouth is better because the conditions, the scenerly and the 19th hole are superior. 
 

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I posted two scores for golf that I played yesterday.  Oddly, they are (1) the best score of my life, and (2) the worst score that I can remember ever posting.
 
The good:  I played the Boothbay CC from the blues (only 5900 yards) and shot an 84.  (My best for the year so far had been 94; and the best of my life had been 86).
 
The bad:  Not content with that, I played the back 9 at Fox Ridge and shot a 51.  I was walking / running the course, at first to get out of range of the kids who hit into me on 10, and then to beat the rain.  There were some blind shots, I had never played there before, etc. etc.  But basically my game wasn't very good.
 
The ugly:  When I went to GHIN.com and entered the 51, to my surprise it converted into a score of 107 for 18 holes. 
 
So there you have it:  84 and 107 on the same day.
 

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I played Ledges a couple of weeks ago and yes, the conditions were not what they should have been -- or were earlier in the year.  It's too bad.
 
PP, I may well have had an unmatched 56 from earlier in the year.  As for CCC late in September, count me in.
 

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Heading down the Cape this weekend for our now 2nd annual "Ryder Cup" that my friends and I put together. 8 guys, 2 teams of 4, 36 holes, 9 holes alternate shot, 9 holes best ball, 18 holes match play. We're doing the 9/9 split at Sandwich Hollows tomorrow (going for cheap and fun over nice) and then playing the 18 at Atlantic Country Club in Plymouth (none of us have played there before) on Sunday afternoon.
 
Going to be a great weekend of beer drinking and golf, which is the furthest thing from "labor" that I can think of.
 

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The Four Peters said:
Heading down the Cape this weekend for our now 2nd annual "Ryder Cup" that my friends and I put together. 8 guys, 2 teams of 4, 36 holes, 9 holes alternate shot, 9 holes best ball, 18 holes match play. We're doing the 9/9 split at Sandwich Hollows tomorrow (going for cheap and fun over nice) and then playing the 18 at Atlantic Country Club in Plymouth (none of us have played there before) on Sunday afternoon.
 
Going to be a great weekend of beer drinking and golf, which is the furthest thing from "labor" that I can think of.
 
This. Sounds. Awesome.
 

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I'll be getting out at Chemawa on Monday afternoon. 30 bucks to walk 18, gorgeous, short, but tricky-ish course on rt 1 in Attleboro. (5200 yards from the tips)
 
Great deal, beautiful condition.  If anyone wants to hack around with 12-14ish handicap lets go hit some
 

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Years ago, when I lived on the South Shore, Atlantic CC was my go-to course.  If the conditions haven't changed, you will find it very enjoyable.  The fairways are bent grass and the ball sits up nicely.  The folks in the pro shop are very nice, but they don't slobber over you to clean your clubs / scrounge for tips.  All in all, they do it right.
 
Let me know if you liked it.  When I head down that way, I get caught up in the net of Waverly / Pinehills / Crosswinds, and don't go the extra miles to ACC, but it's my loss I think.
 

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Based upon advice given upthread (way upthread) I have put together an October trip to Frederick MD for 8 golfers.  We will actually play our first round in Gettysburg, then on to Frederick to play Whiskey Creek, PB Dye and Maryland National.  Thanks to those who provided the advice regarding that area.
 

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Koufax said:
Years ago, when I lived on the South Shore, Atlantic CC was my go-to course.  If the conditions haven't changed, you will find it very enjoyable.  The fairways are bent grass and the ball sits up nicely.  The folks in the pro shop are very nice, but they don't slobber over you to clean your clubs / scrounge for tips.  All in all, they do it right.
 
Let me know if you liked it.  When I head down that way, I get caught up in the net of Waverly / Pinehills / Crosswinds, and don't go the extra miles to ACC, but it's my loss I think.
 
Just checking it out now, seems really nice.  Will get down there ASAP
 

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Started our Labor Day 3-day tournament today (we have one Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day and Columbus Day) and the format is 18 hole match play.  4 teams per flight, so you play each team once.  In each match, the front 9 is worth a point, the back nine a point and the overall a point.
 
I'm playing at a 9, my partner is a 7.  Played against a 3 and a 12.  I shot 41 on the front with 2 birdies and 3 doubles.  Lost one of the holes I made birdie on, because the 12 made birdie and he was getting a shot.  We ended up losing the front 1 down.
 
We're all square on the back going into 17 and the 12 handicap makes an absolutely ludicrous up and down to make par and halve the hole.  I've been a member for 6 years and I've never even seen anyone get up and down from where he was.  He was left of the green, down a 30 foot embankment, in the weeds and woods and shit, SHORT SIDE.  Can't even see the flag from there and it's fucking impossible to stop the ball on the green, never mind stop it anywhere near the hole which was cut on that side.  Somehow he gets it up high, clips a branch which slows the ball, and it comes down on the green about 15 feet above the hole and he proceeds to make the downhill, bender for the halve.
 
Then on 18, he's getting a shot.  My partner makes birdie, he makes par/net birdie and we end up halving the back 9.  So, we lose the front, halve the back and lose the overall by 1.  We lose 2.5 to .5, and our tournament chances are effectively over unless someone knocks them off and we knock that team off along the way.  Uggh. I ended up shooting 83, which is about where I should be, but I missed easily 6 putts that I really should make, including a bunny that was almost a gimme putt.
 

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Tied my career low round today with a 77.  Went bogey, bogey on 17 and 18 coming in.  3 putt on 18, but in fairness, the pin was in a totally inaccessible spot and I had about a 9 footer for the par.  Couldn't have hit the ball better and putted pretty well.  1 birdie, 11 pars and 6 bogeys.  We beat our opponents 3-0, and now we are tied at 3.5 points with the team that beat us yesterday.  Tomorrow, we should have the easiest match of the flight, so we may just pull this out.
 

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Deathofthebambino said:
Tied my career low round today with a 77.  Went bogey, bogey on 17 and 18 coming in.  3 putt on 18, but in fairness, the pin was in a totally inaccessible spot and I had about a 9 footer for the par.  Couldn't have hit the ball better and putted pretty well.  1 birdie, 11 pars and 6 bogeys.  We beat our opponents 3-0, and now we are tied at 3.5 points with the team that beat us yesterday.  Tomorrow, we should have the easiest match of the flight, so we may just pull this out.
Nice round. 70s is a beautiful day. Makes you wanna go play another 18 right away
 

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Koufax said:
The conditions at Portsmouth are better, as are the views.  The layout at Peabody is considerably more challenging (without being ridiculous, except for the 4th hole, which is pretty ridiculous).   Overall, as a test of golf, Peabody is tbe better course, and the conditions are excellent considering that it is a muni.  As a place to go enjoy yourself while playing golf, Portsmouth is better because the conditions, the scenerly and the 19th hole are superior. 
 
Thanks.  Let me know if you ever want to meet up.  It seems like we're in the same area.
 
 
 
 
Guys, I don't know if any of you remember, but a while back I had problems keeping my ball flight down with the driver.  I finally figured out what I was doing wrong.  Right before impact my front leg would fire and make me lean back towards my back foot and leaning back like that made my driver act like it had much more loft than it does.  I partially fixed it by quieting down my lower half and trying to keep my momentum moving forward through impact, but there are still problems I need to fix.  One, my launch angle and spin rate are still too high, and two, I can't swing as hard as I want too because I'm all upper body right now.
 
I guess I never really fixed it.  I just put a temporary patch over the problem.  Any advice or thoughts on how to get past this?
 

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I little help requested.  I am looking at new irons to upgrade from my 2008 Callaway Big Berthas.  Over the last 18 months, I have played more golf than I have in over ten years.  I have gotten my handicap down to about 20 from 35.  
 
I am deciding between Ping g20s and Callaway X hots.  I have a Ping g15 Driver and I love it.  I tend to hit the ball high and short.  I was fitted so I think the new clubs. should adjust for this.  I hit them both well at the store.  
 

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southshoresoxfan said:
 
This. Sounds. Awesome.
The weather didn't really cooperate and we were incredibly hungover for both rounds but it still ended up being a lot of fun. I played horrific on Sunday (shanks came out again in full force, I almost quit mid round) but thanks to the beauty of match play I ended up winning the match. 
 
Atlantic CC was in much worse shape than I expected. Nice layout, but not extremely well kept. Still worth the money for $40 to ride 18 though.
 

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Atlantic was in poor shape? I am surprised. I haven't played there at this year, but last year I played a lot and it was in great shape all the way into fall.
 
I played Kettlebrook near worcester on Sunday and also almost quit, I played so poorly. But figured it out by the last 4 holes, and then played Hickory Hill in Methuen yesterday and shot a nice (for me) 93. And barely a drop of rain either day!
 

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Part of the issue was that it was soaked from the overnight rain, which isn't technically their fault but the course did not drain at all. Lots of standing water, greens were ridiculously soft (approach shots were plugging in the greens at times), and on top of all that there were a lot of bare spots in the fairway/rough. Enough that we consistently needed to move our lies to its true intent in either spot.
 
It wasn't horrible and definitely worth the money, but it was not up to my expectations either. And I am far from a course snob (hell I played Sandwich Hollows the day before and Maplegate the weekend before).
 

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SaveBooFerriss said:
I little help requested.  I am looking at new irons to upgrade from my 2008 Callaway Big Berthas.  Over the last 18 months, I have played more golf than I have in over ten years.  I have gotten my handicap down to about 20 from 35.  
 
I am deciding between Ping g20s and Callaway X hots.  I have a Ping g15 Driver and I love it.  I tend to hit the ball high and short.  I was fitted so I think the new clubs. should adjust for this.  I hit them both well at the store.  
I would definitely get fitted for your irons.  if you're game has improved then all of your swing "stats" may be different and some new tweaks to the clubs might help even more. I went to Joe & Leigh's in Easton to get fitted.  I had never been fitted and went in with no expectations re: club brand that i wanted. The whole process was pretty thorough. They even have a specific PING branded system, if you know you want that brand. 
I tested the Ping G20's, Callaway x hots, Taylor made Rocket Bladez, and Adams. I ended up with the TM's at the end of the day. It really came down to feel with them over the Callaways.
 

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Leon Trotsky said:
Atlantic was in poor shape? I am surprised. I haven't played there at this year, but last year I played a lot and it was in great shape all the way into fall.
 
I played Kettlebrook near worcester on Sunday and also almost quit, I played so poorly. But figured it out by the last 4 holes, and then played Hickory Hill in Methuen yesterday and shot a nice (for me) 93. And barely a drop of rain either day!
 
Hickory Hill used to be my "home" course before I joined a club.  I really miss that track, and as far as public courses go, it's always in good shape and provides a really good test of golf.  The front and back nine feel like almost completely different courses.  I tell myself all the time that I need to sneak out for a round there, and it just never happens, which is honestly one of the downsides of joining a private course.  How is it playing nowadays?  Still in good shape?
 

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Deathofthebambino said:
 
Hickory Hill used to be my "home" course before I joined a club.  I really miss that track, and as far as public courses go, it's always in good shape and provides a really good test of golf.  The front and back nine feel like almost completely different courses.  I tell myself all the time that I need to sneak out for a round there, and it just never happens, which is honestly one of the downsides of joining a private course.  How is it playing nowadays?  Still in good shape?
 
Its in great shape, you should definitely try to get out there. I agree its a nice challenge, but not punishing really in any way.  Funny you say the front and back nine are totally different - I was totally thinking the same thing out there this weekend. I find the course alot like Maplegate in Bellingham, but in way way better condition. A couple greens were not pristine, but the tee boxes are in good shape and the fairways are playing fantastic for this point in the season.
 

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Played Samoset resort course in Maine over the weekend.  It was as beautiful as any course I have played (including Dye Four in Casa de Campo and Bandon Dunes) and a much better test of golf than I expected.  The greens were quite fast, which was a big part of the challenge, as was the wind blowing off of the ocean.  Not Bandon quality golf, but very much worth the trip up there.
 

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Koufax said:
Played Samoset resort course in Maine over the weekend.  It was as beautiful as any course I have played (including Dye Four in Casa de Campo and Bandon Dunes) and a much better test of golf than I expected.  The greens were quite fast, which was a big part of the challenge, as was the wind blowing off of the ocean.  Not Bandon quality golf, but very much worth the trip up there.
 
I'll second this, that course is a lot of fun and right on the water. Some of the views are ridiculous.
 
First time I ever broke par was on the back 9 up there against my Dad.  I was probably a 6-7 handicap and he was a 3-4, so he was giving me shots and I posted 1 under.  I won all 9 holes on the back (in a nassau with presses and dots), and I've never done that or seen it done since. Good times.
 

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No one has played since September 13th?  Wussies. 
 
Heading to Vegas 11/30-12/4.  Already have Southern Highlands lined up.  Anywhere else?  (besides the Cascata's and Shadow Creek's of the world...)