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Surviving Winter


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#61 Benflicky

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Posted 31 October 2017 - 09:59 PM

Cry every day


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Posted 07 November 2017 - 11:03 AM

I would highly recommend Top Golf if any of you happen to have one nearby.  The second and third stories of the range contain the folks treating it like a trip to the bowling alley, but the first floor is nice and generally deserted. There are an abundance of targets that help to keep one tuned in with the wedges, and its nice to have instant feedback given on the screen showing where each shot landed within the targets.  

It is a bit pricey, but there are no limits on how many balls you can extract out of the machine by placing your clubhead on the sensor, so when I have 5 minutes left on my time I like to sit there and duke a large buckets worth out onto the mat to double my practice time

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Posted 07 November 2017 - 01:09 PM

I can fortunately play year-round. I still get at least 2 rounds a month in the November - March months.

But on top of that, it's hockey season! I watch as many NHL games as possible. I also have MoviePass, so I go to the movie theater 3-4 times a week. I love movies.

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Posted 07 November 2017 - 02:00 PM

View PostNeed4spd, on 29 October 2017 - 11:13 AM, said:

Ha! Surviving winter in Phoenix means trying to figure where the heck to play for less than $100. Maybe a first world problem, but don’t kid yourself, it’s a problem.

Every time I consider going down there for a golf trip, I remember it's like $200/round at a respectable course.  Crazy.

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Posted 07 November 2017 - 02:11 PM

I usually buy clubs I dont need and then make unnecessary swing changes.

Really helps me hit the ground running in April when the snow melts.


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Posted 07 November 2017 - 02:34 PM

I hated winter when I first moved to New York.  I lived in Sydney, Australia until I was in my late 20s, and got spoiled by the year round great weather.  I suffered through New York winters for 5 years before I started skiing.

10 years later, I love to ski even more than I love to play golf (and I really love to play golf).  I'll still play the occasional winter round of golf, but I don't miss it until it's time to start playing regularly again in April.

Having an off season interest that I'm passionate about has made a huge difference to my winter disposition.

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Posted 07 November 2017 - 03:20 PM

Lots of the gym, scotch, craft beer, putting and impact drills.

Been doing some navy seal workouts so my touch is pretty much gone after them, but I like to hit a lot of 3-7 footers on a mat I have set up.  That constant reputation makes a world of difference when the season comes around.  It's also why I really like to practice using an impact ball just hitting three quarter shots into a net in my apartment as well.
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Posted 07 November 2017 - 09:28 PM

View PostHateto3Putt, on 29 October 2017 - 11:32 AM, said:

View PostDDG61, on 29 October 2017 - 10:35 AM, said:

Move to Texas.  What's winter?

Only took 6 posts for the first "what's winter" post.

The over/under was 10.

Jersey shore here. Best of both worlds. Play through January, then get some cold and snow for 2 months, then everything gets green again. I love the shore.
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Posted 08 November 2017 - 06:33 AM

View PostjacobEDGE, on 07 November 2017 - 01:09 PM, said:

I can fortunately play year-round. I still get at least 2 rounds a month in the November - March months.

But on top of that, it's hockey season! I watch as many NHL games as possible. I also have MoviePass, so I go to the movie theater 3-4 times a week. I love movies.

Playing golf in winter...in Denver? I salute you, sir.

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Posted 08 November 2017 - 10:34 AM

View Postmarkjay1, on 08 November 2017 - 06:33 AM, said:

View PostjacobEDGE, on 07 November 2017 - 01:09 PM, said:

I can fortunately play year-round. I still get at least 2 rounds a month in the November - March months.

But on top of that, it's hockey season! I watch as many NHL games as possible. I also have MoviePass, so I go to the movie theater 3-4 times a week. I love movies.

Playing golf in winter...in Denver? I salute you, sir.

noticed that too. tough fella or maybe goes to warmer climates for winter. There are many a mansion on Kiawah and places like that that only get switched on in the winter. Pray for my fellow golfer that he is indeed a mansion owner on Kiawah.

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Posted 12 November 2017 - 12:16 AM

View Postmarkjay1, on 31 October 2017 - 02:23 PM, said:

View PostBlues Golfer, on 30 October 2017 - 04:33 PM, said:

So, what is keeping you there?

You can extend your life living in a milder climate.  

Not sure who you're asking but as the OP I'll assume it's me.  At this point in our lives my wife's work is way more important than anything I'm doing.  She's a fairly prominent biophysicist in these parts and there's no way I'd ask her to relocate right now.  Happy wife, happy life.  I figure that extends my life as well as any milder climate would.  Sure, I miss golf in the winter but there are other pleasures where we live.  A great meal for two in a fabulous restaurant with wine, tax and tip is around $35.  Rome, Paris and Vienna are +/- 2 hours away.  Gas is $5/gallon.  OK, so not everything is great. :)  But it's close.

Ok, now it makes sense.  Though it sounds like your spouse would be able to write her own ticket, you have enough to keep you there.  

Nice life.  You are fortunate.

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Posted 12 November 2017 - 12:59 AM

View PostMan_O_War, on 08 November 2017 - 10:34 AM, said:

View Postmarkjay1, on 08 November 2017 - 06:33 AM, said:

View PostjacobEDGE, on 07 November 2017 - 01:09 PM, said:

I can fortunately play year-round. I still get at least 2 rounds a month in the November - March months.

But on top of that, it's hockey season! I watch as many NHL games as possible. I also have MoviePass, so I go to the movie theater 3-4 times a week. I love movies.

Playing golf in winter...in Denver? I salute you, sir.

noticed that too. tough fella or maybe goes to warmer climates for winter. There are many a mansion on Kiawah and places like that that only get switched on in the winter. Pray for my fellow golfer that he is indeed a mansion owner on Kiawah.

Nah, people would be surprised. I’m about 180 miles northeast of Denver(fairly similar climate) and we play pretty much year round (just depends on the amount of snow cover). But there are plenty of surprisingly warm days in this general area throughout the winter (plenty of really nasty ones too��). Yeah, you have to play some cold rounds, buts better than not playing at all.
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Posted 12 November 2017 - 03:26 AM

View Postelwhippy, on 29 October 2017 - 02:28 PM, said:

I feel your pain. The UK has had a wet summer and since mid September our course has gone into winter mode faster than I can ever remember.
Sounds like you are 'oop north' :)

Not all of the UK had a wet summer. Down here in the South Midlands we had a very dry spring and summer. So much so that my rhubarb never really got going. We had cracks forming in golf courses in May. Then we had a wet August and damp September. Since then it's been fairly dry. Our courses are getting a bit soft now but all are in great shape heading into Winter.
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Posted 12 November 2017 - 04:20 AM

View Postdeadsolid...shank, on 12 November 2017 - 12:59 AM, said:

View PostMan_O_War, on 08 November 2017 - 10:34 AM, said:

View Postmarkjay1, on 08 November 2017 - 06:33 AM, said:

View PostjacobEDGE, on 07 November 2017 - 01:09 PM, said:

I can fortunately play year-round. I still get at least 2 rounds a month in the November - March months.

But on top of that, it's hockey season! I watch as many NHL games as possible. I also have MoviePass, so I go to the movie theater 3-4 times a week. I love movies.

Playing golf in winter...in Denver? I salute you, sir.

noticed that too. tough fella or maybe goes to warmer climates for winter. There are many a mansion on Kiawah and places like that that only get switched on in the winter. Pray for my fellow golfer that he is indeed a mansion owner on Kiawah.

Nah, people would be surprised. I’m about 180 miles northeast of Denver(fairly similar climate) and we play pretty much year round (just depends on the amount of snow cover). But there are plenty of surprisingly warm days in this general area throughout the winter (plenty of really nasty ones too��). Yeah, you have to play some cold rounds, buts better than not playing at all.

That does surprise me but I figure even the Golf Gods can be kind every now and then.  It's their penance for making a perfectly struck 7 iron catch a puff of wind and drop into the front bunker.  When that happens I always think I hear faint, distant laughter.

But winter play is a young person's game.  In my youth we had an All Heathens Christmas Day Golf Soiree. It could be in the 30's when we teed off but it was OK.  I was also playing a 90 compression Pinnacle Gold ball which, in the cold, was like hitting a tiny brick.  Yesterday, probably my last day out for the season, it was in the middle 40s and I couldn't get myself loose enough to put a full swing on anything.  Short irons were OK but above that, blech.

Question: when you play in the snow do you play with red balls?  Answer optional...

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Posted 12 November 2017 - 06:08 AM

I'm glad they opened a new sim bar by me a year or two ago. $40 an hour split with couple buddies is a nice Friday night when it's in the teens. We have a "heated" outdoor range too that is usable down into the 30s.

Looking at buying a putting mat this year. My basement is too short for a full net but could putt and maybe chip.

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Posted 12 November 2017 - 07:22 AM

View PostConrad1953, on 29 October 2017 - 01:50 PM, said:

Ya, you guys up north have sim golf. All my Canadian friends talk about their
rounds played all over the world.....how they shot 62 at Winged Foot.....never
mind the 12' gimmes, lol. We have no sim golf in the south and are forced to
play on real courses OMG......in brutally cold 50 degree weather. :D

12 gimmies?? Pft... we play 15 gimmies round here hahaha. Yeah without the simulator Id go nuts over the winter. :)

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Posted 12 November 2017 - 07:25 PM

Here in Florida we cherish Winter. That being said I used to use winter to add to my historical golf collection. That being said, I much prefer to play golf year round.

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Posted 12 November 2017 - 10:50 PM

View Postmarkjay1, on 29 October 2017 - 04:56 AM, said:

Late fall/early winter kicked in today.  I may be able to get one more round in later this week if the weather forecast holds for a nice day on Friday.  Otherwise I'm looking at 4-5 months of withdrawal, sadly swinging my clubs in the den hoping not to take a divot out of the new rug.

How do you survive winter without golf?

There is nothing more depressing then a fellow northern golfer slowly drifting into winter mode. Youtube golf videos going on a 4 month BST forum bender and putting the same 10 foot putt back and fourth in the living room. Good luck. If I don’t hear from you in a few months I’ll send help.
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Posted 13 November 2017 - 12:36 AM

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Posted 13 November 2017 - 03:09 PM

I just ordered a net for my basement and am looking into a lower end simulator.  I expect my friends will be over on most weekends when it is too cold or snow covered to play.

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Posted 13 November 2017 - 07:38 PM

View PostJDFish, on 13 November 2017 - 03:09 PM, said:

I just ordered a net for my basement and am looking into a lower end simulator.  I expect my friends will be over on most weekends when it is too cold or snow covered to play.

I’ve looked at the skytrak systems. Will run about 2000-3000 priceyish but not for a simulator awesome accuracy and cheapest unless you go with an opti shot
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Posted 04 December 2017 - 09:01 AM

Hopefully a trip to Pinehurst...

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Posted 04 December 2017 - 09:58 AM

View Postmattd1206, on 13 November 2017 - 07:38 PM, said:

View PostJDFish, on 13 November 2017 - 03:09 PM, said:

I just ordered a net for my basement and am looking into a lower end simulator.  I expect my friends will be over on most weekends when it is too cold or snow covered to play.

I’ve looked at the skytrak systems. Will run about 2000-3000 priceyish but not for a simulator awesome accuracy and cheapest unless you go with an opti shot

Looked into getting one as well. I have a Mevo but that's only good for ball flight and numbers not for play. Skytrak is really tempting me since I can use it indoors and might also see if I can use it when I go to the covered range. Plus my new office has a back warehouse that would be ideal for a quick lunch break!
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Posted 05 December 2017 - 10:58 AM

View Postpierso2, on 04 December 2017 - 09:58 AM, said:

View Postmattd1206, on 13 November 2017 - 07:38 PM, said:

View PostJDFish, on 13 November 2017 - 03:09 PM, said:

I just ordered a net for my basement and am looking into a lower end simulator.  I expect my friends will be over on most weekends when it is too cold or snow covered to play.

I’ve looked at the skytrak systems. Will run about 2000-3000 priceyish but not for a simulator awesome accuracy and cheapest unless you go with an opti shot

Looked into getting one as well. I have a Mevo but that's only good for ball flight and numbers not for play. Skytrak is really tempting me since I can use it indoors and might also see if I can use it when I go to the covered range. Plus my new office has a back warehouse that would be ideal for a quick lunch break!

Lucky man! The reason I haven’t been too serious is the room. Live in an apartment but one day half my garage if not all will be a small golf studio
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Posted 05 December 2017 - 11:25 AM

View Postmarkjay1, on 31 October 2017 - 02:23 PM, said:

View PostBlues Golfer, on 30 October 2017 - 04:33 PM, said:

So, what is keeping you there?

You can extend your life living in a milder climate.  

Not sure who you're asking but as the OP I'll assume it's me.  At this point in our lives my wife's work is way more important than anything I'm doing.  She's a fairly prominent biophysicist in these parts and there's no way I'd ask her to relocate right now.  Happy wife, happy life.  I figure that extends my life as well as any milder climate would.  Sure, I miss golf in the winter but there are other pleasures where we live.  A great meal for two in a fabulous restaurant with wine, tax and tip is around $35.  Rome, Paris and Vienna are +/- 2 hours away.  Gas is $5/gallon.  OK, so not everything is great. :)  But it's close.

Absolutely love your part of the world and am always excited to come back to visit. Have some family that lives in Budapest, so we tend to get there a few times a year. Hard to beat the food, the weather most of the year, the convenience to other parts of europe, and the pure beauty of the area.

How I get through the winter is typically traveling, though that has slowed down some as work has picked up. Most don't want to listen when you complain about being too busy with work to get a vacation in for golf but such is life. We have a yearly trip to the Phoenix area in February, which helps make the winter months more tolerable by breaking things up in about the middle of the time off and gives me a reason to get to a heated hitting bay at least once or twice a week before and after that trip.

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Posted 05 December 2017 - 11:28 AM

Currently putting a simulator in the garage with a full screen and workbench to tinker and keep swinging. Currently almost 3 weeks since my last round and it feels like 3 months. Sun is out just now so may have to go play a bit even though it is a bit soggy.
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Posted 05 December 2017 - 11:51 AM

View PostBelmont148, on 05 December 2017 - 11:28 AM, said:

Currently putting a simulator in the garage with a full screen and workbench to tinker and keep swinging. Currently almost 3 weeks since my last round and it feels like 3 months. Sun is out just now so may have to go play a bit even though it is a bit soggy.


What kind of setup do you have?
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Posted 05 December 2017 - 02:27 PM

View Postmattd1206, on 13 November 2017 - 07:38 PM, said:

View PostJDFish, on 13 November 2017 - 03:09 PM, said:

I just ordered a net for my basement and am looking into a lower end simulator.  I expect my friends will be over on most weekends when it is too cold or snow covered to play.

I’ve looked at the skytrak systems. Will run about 2000-3000 priceyish but not for a simulator awesome accuracy and cheapest unless you go with an opti shot

I'm thinking the rapsodo r-motion instead of an optishot.  If my kids were more interested I'd consider the skytrak.
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Posted 06 December 2017 - 03:57 PM

One of my favorite baseball quotes also applies for golf.

"People ask me what I do all winter when there's no baseball.  I'll tell you what I do.  I stare out the window and wait for spring." - Rogers Hornsby
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Posted 06 December 2017 - 04:35 PM

With the  La Nina persisting the second year in a roll.
https://weather.com/...na-noaa-updates

I'm figuring not able to golf much if at all this Winter into next Spring.   My project will be to clean out the golf clubs and components in the bags and boxes.  Surely I would find some oldies hidden for years.   Change shafts on a few sets of irons and couple of drivers and 3 woods.
Most of all, I'll need to get back on stretching my shoulders and back and try something I have not done for decades, which is a regiment of doing push ups and squats.  If my shoulders and abs and thighs are in good shape next year, so will my golf game....
Not quite sure if I could do some of the stuff I did before I was 40.
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