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  1. Coming over to see Melvin with me then Darren?
  2. Pete The new website is up and running so if you want to register and join in you're more than welcome. We're trying to limit the amount of spam and stuff so at the moment registration will be done by the admin people so may take a couple of day to come through, but you'll then have full access. Only two games up at the moment, but there will be more coming. It's Look forward to seeing you Tim
  3. Hi Pete. Not sure if you've heard anything from anyone but the County Golf League is a decent start for someone from your area. Loads of people from around Sheffield play. We do a round a month and play some cracking courses as part of a league, generally have a matchplay comp and go out and about when the opportunity arises. The website is down at the moment being rebuilt (it will be ) when it's up and running again. We do travel around a bit, first game this year is at Mapperley (Nottingham), I normally organise one near Derby but we do lots up your way. It's free to register and games are usually in the £25 - £35 range on Saturdays or Sundays, and there's usually about 20+ of us. Will keep my eye on this thread and give you a shout when the website is up again (should be 1st Feb) if you're interested.
  4. This has long been a bugbear of mine. I understand the manufacturers position in as much as they want to avoid any bad reviews, the need to protect their reputations and the overriding need to sell ever increasing amounts of equipment to us punters, but, and it's a big but, I feel that the point has been reached where they have become hyper critical to any criticism - and that only benefits them and not us. You only need to see most reviews of the latest drivers. Why do they categorise them into budget, mid range and premium? Simply because if a £90 Dunlop driver is just as good as a £300 Callaway they're going to be pissed off - even worse if it outperforms it. Not really a relevance to the OP, but I would love to see a Which? style mag for equipment, with the magazine buying the kit and independently testing it. Oh to dream..
  5. Just the 24 for me. Of course some of those have more than 1 course..
  6. Might sound a bit controversial, but getting a club pro to do fitting is, in my opinion, a bit like getting a taxi driver to give you driving lessons. OK, an exaggeration, but not always too far wide of the mark. Many years ago I had my clubs built by a proper club builder, he used his years of experience to get a set that were tailor made for me and my swing then (or so I thought*) and after I'd used them a few times took them back and we discussed what needed to be done to fit me even better. It took me a long time to get used to them but they are perfect. He's kept my file and when I damaged the 7 iron he had the exact shaft measurements to fit a new one (they're Nissins, generally only come in sets). He's also corrected many sets of nearly new clubs that had been fitted for clients but weren't anywhere near the correct spec (some from the Belfry pro shop). Most of them come from Golf barns though. Well worth trying to find a local club builder and get them checked - although it's worth noting that cast heads can't generally be tweaked more than once, they break. Probably not as expensive as you'd think either. * He later admitted to me that he'd actually overspecified the shafts because he thought I'd get there eventually
  7. First is tree lined and appears narrow, OB all down the left, second OB down right. Then a couple of doglegs, long par 3, then water etc. Easier the second time
  8. Is that the Pestana resort at Gramacho (Carvoiero)? If so it's a bit out of the way from where we're used to. I think there's a few restaurants on the site, should definitely be some in Lagoa. Loads of stuff in Praia da Rocha, just whizz up the N125 and go in the harbour route. As for the courses, they're all good - the group of us who go in February all have different favourites but I think Gramacho probably tips it for me. It's close though and it's down to nitpicking. Pinta has a long slog back up to the clubhouse from the 18th, Alto has two tiring monster par 5's to finish (600m) and a couple of municipal par 3's on the back 9, Silves is stunning but the last two holes are a bit dull and Villa Sol is tight and unforgiving in places. All have cold beer in the clubhouse
  9. You should come with us to Portugal Owen! Nice Feb break and you could bring some prizes!
  10. Always thought that Nike were a fashion brand anyway and the announcement that they are continuing with the golf footwear and and clothing only confirms that for me. I think one of their problems in particular with the clubs was the shear volume of types they made, it seemed to me that they were coming out with a new, longer and more forgiving set every couple of weeks (well months but you know what I mean) and fewer and fewer golfers were falling for it. Heard that American Golf are buying up all of Nike's club stock to be sold at full price. Not sure what they'll do with replacements or returns as I heard that they had no plans to make anything. Only a rumour though...
  11. And after that you can take them to Melvyn up the road and get them fitted properly!
  12. But it's true though. Sad, but true. I haven't got time to do the research, but just think how many times you've seen a make of driver claiming to be x yards longer and more forgiving than their previous model. Well, I've been playing for, oh maybe 15 years and the major manufacturers have a life cycle of drivers of 12 - 18 months. So if each one is 5 yards longer than the previous one, I should be driving the ball between 50 to 75 yards longer than when I started. Considering how bad I was when I started that's not a ludicrous claim, but the improvement has not been entirely linear with my playing career..
  13. Not the most ludicrous claim I've ever heard by a long shot. In a way they have a point, I'd probably drive miles further wearing a comfy pair of golf shoes as opposed to a pair of 70's stack platform boots (ask your parents...), but I don't think that's what they meant... This reminds me of something my daughter told me when she was doing her engineering degree at Southampton. They develop a material and see if the aerospace industry needs it. No. Can the pro-cyclists use it? No. Well, sell it to golfers, they'll buy anything.
  14. Thank you. I used to do this all the time on the early days of the site. Rather enjoyed doing another little tech explaination
  15. You are both partly correct. Steel shafts are pulled from steel tube (and then spun formed for non-parallel shafts). However the tube is made initially by rolling a plate and welding, it's far too expensive to do it from solid, so there is always a seam*. The trick is to ensure that by the time the 4" dia tube the shaft is made from the weld doesn't work harden so continuous heat treatment is required. Composite shafts don't tend to have seams as they are wound around a mandrel (although cheaper ones usually have a core made from two or three lamination laid along the length), the variation comes from changes in fibre and adhesive thickness. With composite shafts I've always wondered why they haven't started making dedicated left/right hand versions. The method of winding could massively change a shaft characteristics * Not so for ductile materials like aluminium. When toothpaste tubes were made from it you wouldn't believe how little material actually went into making one.