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  1. Grant85

    What if Bunker Rakes were banned indefinitely?

    I don't think this is all that unrealistic. At the moment, most people are in the headspace of this is a temporary, one off event, and at some point we'll be back to normal. But potentially COVID19 might be the start and the virus risk to health may always remain and come in waves every few...
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    Interesting Crossfield Video - old Driver v New

    Youtube - Crossfield Not interested in a debate about Crossfield being good / bad / indifferent. But here's a video where he buys a 9 year old Taylor Made R11 on Ebay for £50. Tests it v his current (very expensive, custom fit) XXIO Driver. Personally see these results as vindication that...
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    Best Player never to win a Major debate

    Heard this mentioned on the Eddie Pepperell / Andrew Cotter podcast. It is almost certainly Colin Montgomerie or Lee Westwood. Tough to say who is better out of them. Both very prolific winners and with plenty of longevity to boot. Recency bias is a big thing, but I think Westy just shades...
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    Outcome v Process and what practice you do?

    Just seeing the frost on the ground every morning and knowing that realistically there will be no 'serious' golf until March I got to thinking about targets for next season. I see people making comments about 'my goal is to get to single figures' or 'I'm targeting getting below 15 next season'...
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    Handicap Adjustment... what would you expect a handicap secretary to do (if anything)

    Wondering what you would expect to happen here from a handicap secretary point of view... This time last year I got my 3 cards in and got my handicap back. Been 17 in 2015 and crept up to 19 when handicap lapsed at end of 2016. 3 cards went in with 24.0 being given to me. My recorded scores...
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    Low Handicap v Chance to Win Things

    Just wondering how people prioritise the above. My official handicap is 20.8. After a few years off, I put my cards in at the end of last season (two howlers and 1 ok round) and got in at 24. This season I have played some solid golf, by my standards, and I feel my handicap should be somewhere...
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    Playing a ball in a red staked penalty area

    Like many courses, we have quite a few red staked water hazards (burns / streams / man made ditches). At this time of year they don't have much water in them so it is often the case you can play the ball from the dry bed or from it sitting in the water, but mostly above the surface (Jean Van...
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    The Old Course, St. Andrews

    Earlier this week, a big bucket list entry was ticked off the list as I was fortunate enough to play around the most famous golf course in the world. We had a long planned trip to St. Andrews and were intending to get a 3 day ticket and play as many of the 6 non Old Course courses as possible...
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    Taylor Made GAPR Advert

    Once again, this has made the forum unuseable today. Completely get and appreciate the need for adverts, banner or pop-up, to make a free forum / golf publication commercially viable - but these are just so obstructive to using the forum and clicking on threads that it completely puts me off...
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    Machrihanish Championship Course

    Had planned to get up to Machrihanish for a long awaited game around the famous links. Would have liked to have made this into at least an overnight stay, but due to work and childcare we decided to go for a day trip and fit in 36 holes. At only 3 hours drive from Glasgow, it was very much...
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    Wedge Fitting - your experiences

    I've got an unexpected budget and considering investing in a new gap wedge and sand wedge. (likely a 50 and a 54) My current thought process is to go for Vokey SM7s given my past experience with a Vokey, their reputation and the range of options available with lofts / bounce / grinds etc. While...
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    Scottish Golf proposing to allow non-club members handicap

    Scotsman Story As above, Scottish Golf are proposing to charge non-club members £4.99 per month to have a recognised handicap. Clearly a concern that it will suddenly be a lot more appealing to people to not have a membership and they can still maintain a handicap and potentially play in...
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    Running 2 bags - Anyone do this?

    I keep my clubs in a locker at my golf club, which is very handy and means I can just get out of the car and walk in the front door of the club. Likewise after, just chuck them back in and don't have to go to the car park, then back in the locker room door. It's not a hardship, but just a faff...
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    What would your club do with £1 Million?

    There are quite a few clubs these days that have the opportunity to sell some land or re-jig their course or facilities and bank 7 figures from developers or land bankers. For some clubs, this is a nice to have. For others more of a necessity. There are 3 members of clubs in my office and...
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    Old Tom RA91 Driver - new company / start-up

    It seems like a budding entrepreneur has designed and is having manufactured, his own driver - the Old Tom RA91. Old Tom Looks like 3 reviews on Youtube with golf pros and looks decent. In the case of the James Robinson review, he has it up against his own club that is specd for him. There's...
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    Team Europe Ryder Cup Press Conference - Tuesday 8th Jan

    Iain Carter saying on Twitter yesterday that a press conference has been set for next Tuesday lunchtime. His belief is that it will announce Harrington as 2020 Ryder Cup Captain. Personally don't have a major issue with that decision. 3 time major champion and veteran of Ryder Cups as a...
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    Bucket List 2019 and Lifetime

    So with winter well and truly upon us, looking for genuine bucket list things that people want to do in 2019 and lifetime. Not goals or targets but golfing activities or courses that you would want to tick off realistically in 2019 and then larger achievements looking further afield. Again...
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    Edel Putters (another putter thread)

    Curious to hear from anyone who has experience of an Edel Putter. I'm not into chopping and changing equipment and most of my equipment is now 5 or more year old. I've not played much golf for 2 years, but now getting back into it but specifically don't want to change anything in my bag...
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    Golf needs more Team Events

    Watching the Ryder Cup & seeing how into it that fans and players get, it is true to say that the average tour event is a big let down in comparison. Even the major championships are often much less exciting with low key celebrations and limited fan interaction. I like watching match play...
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    Glasgow Golf Club Fire

    A bad fire at Glasgow Golf Club has apparently gutted the old clubhouse building last night. Alarm raised at 9:20pm. It was a really beautiful building and would have been listed. I guess it will be very difficult to replace or repair. Another fire in Glasgow, which has had an extremely bad...
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