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    I didn't play a lot of golf as a kid. I picked it up as a teenager, dumped it after school to focus on my career and then picked it up again in my early 30s. As I get older, I appreciate the game even more than I ever have. I love the architecture more. I love the nuances more. I love meeting others that share the same passion and discussing the game that I love.

    I love the equipment in every shape and size. I love that technology continues to push the envelope in all areas. I love that trying out new things is almost as much fun as the game itself.

    There is something about this game that keeps giving and the passion grows with every chance I get to play, test and talk about it. Am I the anomaly or am I a THPer?
    In my 2018 #TheGrandaddy THP Event Bag

    Driver:
    Epic Flash w/ Helium Shaft 45"
    Driver 2: XXIO Prime w/
    Custom THP HZRDUS Shaft 43.5"
    Fairway Wood:
    JGR
    Hybrids:
    Launcher HB
    Irons: Apex 19 w/ Recoil Proto 95
    Wedges:
    CBX 50* and RTX-4 56* & 60* PM Grind 19
    Putter:
    #7S
    Balls:
    Chrome Soft X

  • #2
    Originally posted by JB View Post
    I didn't play a lot of golf as a kid. I picked it up as a teenager, dumped it after school to focus on my career and then picked it up again in my early 30s. As I get older, I appreciate the game even more than I ever have. I love the architecture more. I love the nuances more. I love meeting others that share the same passion and discussing the game that I love.

    I love the equipment in every shape and size. I love that technology continues to push the envelope in all areas. I love that trying out new things is almost as much fun as the game itself.

    There is something about this game that keeps giving and the passion grows with every chance I get to play, test and talk about it. Am I the anomaly or am I a THPer?
    I'm not as into the equipment as much as many on here. Mostly because I've yet to develop my game to the point where I can tell a lot of difference between clubs, balls, putters, etc. I also don't watch golf on TV much, outside of the Majors.

    But I love the game. I love getting outdoors. I love meeting new people (not many of my friends play regularly, so I often join another group as a single or play alone). I love the challenge of hitting the perfect shot that so often eludes me.

    Yes, I have a lot of passion for the game of golf.
    In My Cart Bag

    2016 M2 9.5
    RBZ Stage 2 Tour 3W 15
    2017 M1 5W 18
    Rocketbladez 4-AW
    ATV 54
    588 Forged RTG 60
    White Ice no. 9 w/Flat Cat Solution Grip
    Tour B330RX, Q-Star Tour

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    • #3
      My passion just comes from all the intangibles golf provides. Right now its the connection its giving me and my youngest daughter.

      Out if the blue she comes up to me and says dad, next time you play I want to go. Its hard to explain how this made me felt, but Im running with it because I dont know how fleeting this moment is, but Im taking advantage of it.

      Im excited and love all things golf. From courses/architecture, gear, clothes, accessories, etc... but the relationships it allows you to forge are at the top of the list of why Im so passionate about this game.
      In My #TheGrandaddy 2.0 Team Redemption Bag

      Epic Flash 10.5 | UST Elements Chrome F4
      Epic Flash 3+ 15.5 | Project X Even Flow Green 6.0
      Epic Flash 5W 17 | Project X Even Flow Green 6.0
      Epic Flash Heavenwood 20 | Project X Even Flow Green 6.0
      CF-19 Apex Smoke Combo 5-AW | TT Elevate Tour Black S
      PM Grind 19 Tour Grey 54/14 | 58/12 | TT Elevate Tour Black S

      Stroke Lab Las Vegas | Chrome Soft **

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      • #4
        Originally posted by JB View Post
        I didn't play a lot of golf as a kid. I picked it up as a teenager, dumped it after school to focus on my career and then picked it up again in my early 30s. As I get older, I appreciate the game even more than I ever have. I love the architecture more. I love the nuances more. I love meeting others that share the same passion and discussing the game that I love.

        I love the equipment in every shape and size. I love that technology continues to push the envelope in all areas. I love that trying out new things is almost as much fun as the game itself.

        There is something about this game that keeps giving and the passion grows with every chance I get to play, test and talk about it. Am I the anomaly or am I a THPer?
        Some of us envy you for the position that you are in. To see & play so many different beautiful golf courses all across the country, to meet so many fascinating people in the industry, to hear about the latest & greatest equipment coming out (& doing so well at keeping it to yourself), etc. I know I would fail at that part miserably. Being able to sit and discuss all aspects of the game on a daily basis. Some of us just wish to have just a glimpse of what you see & do on a routine basis. Your passion is felt thru THP & we are all grateful for it.

        The game has hooked me from the very early ages playing with my father. Having played for over 40+ years, I've seen the game change dramatically. But it always brings me back, no matter how well or how bad I play. I didn't care that I got made fun of by the football jocks & my brothers in high school for playing "that p**** sport." I watched as my father played until his mid-70's ... loving the game each & every time we teed it up together. I hope to make it that long.

        I think we all have a passion for the game. No matter how much we put into it, it always brings us back no matter what.
        Driver: TS2 HZRDUS Smoke 6.0
        Fairways: TS2 13.5* & TS2 19* HZRDUS Smoke
        Irons: 718 T-MB 4-iron & AP3 5-PW Pxi 5.5 MCC Align
        Wedges: Vokeys SM6 48*, 52*, 56*
        Putter: Newport
        Ball: ProV1

        2017 Ultimate Club Testing Event w/ Titleist
        2018 THP Championship
        2019 ????


        "Competitive golf is played on a 5 1/2 inch course ... the space between your ears."

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        • #5
          As I've gotten older I've fallen way more in love with things like the equipment and course architecture way more than golf itself. I still love playing the game but it seems like these days I'm more excited to get out and try new equipment and see what it does or play a new, beautiful course with my friends or family than I am on how well I'll play.

          Equipment wise what other sport is there where the equipment changes so much year after year and can significantly impact a persons game? The better part is even when half of the country is frozen during the winter you can still test that equipment in simulators and see what the new stuff can do.
          Proud Team THP alum in #TheGrandaddy 2018

          Driver:
          Epic Flash 10.5* w/ XT60
          3 Wood: Epic Flash Sub Zero 15* w/ XT60
          5 Wood: Epic Flash Sub Zero 18* w/ XT60
          Hybrid: Apex 23* w/ 80HY
          Irons: Apex Pro 5-AW w/ Modus 3 Tour 105
          Wedges: 56* MD4, 60* PM Grind w/ Modus 3 Tour 120
          Putter: Azalea
          Golf Ball: Chrome Soft X Triple Track




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          • #6
            I think you're the epitome of a THPer.

            The majority of my rounds this year are as a single and early. The peace/quiet and feeling of the early outdoors is my favorite part of golf right now.
            F9 Speedback Avalanche 10.5 Driver HZRDUS Smoke Black 60
            F9 Speedback Yellow 14.5 Fwy HZRDUS Red 75
            F9 Speedback Pink 18.5 Fwy HZRDUS Red 65
            F9 Speedback 4i Catalyst 80 6.0
            F9 Speedback Pink 5-GW Modus 3 Tour 105 Stiff
            King Black 52/56/60 Modus 3 Tour 105 Stiff

            NEAD 8802 303 Stainless; Bronze Face/Bronze Stripe Rear Flange

            Black Cobra Connect UTX
            Hybrid
            Truvis Shaka Ball

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            • #7
              Originally posted by golfinnut View Post
              Some of us envy you for the position that you are in. To see & play so many different beautiful golf courses all across the country, to meet so many fascinating people in the industry, to hear about the latest & greatest equipment coming out (& doing so well at keeping it to yourself), etc. I know I would fail at that part miserably. Being able to sit and discuss all aspects of the game on a daily basis. Some of us just wish to have just a glimpse of what you see & do on a routine basis. Your passion is felt thru THP & we are all grateful for it.

              The game has hooked me from the very early ages playing with my father. Having played for over 40+ years, I've seen the game change dramatically. But it always brings me back, no matter how well or how bad I play. I didn't care that I got made fun of by the football jocks & my brothers in high school for playing "that p**** sport." I watched as my father played until his mid-70's ... loving the game each & every time we teed it up together. I hope to make it that long.

              I think we all have a passion for the game. No matter how much we put into it, it always brings us back no matter what.
              Thank you sir. It's my job and it has its ups and downs and it has good decisions and mistakes, but you are right, my passion is there and it doesn't waiver much.
              In my 2018 #TheGrandaddy THP Event Bag

              Driver:
              Epic Flash w/ Helium Shaft 45"
              Driver 2: XXIO Prime w/
              Custom THP HZRDUS Shaft 43.5"
              Fairway Wood:
              JGR
              Hybrids:
              Launcher HB
              Irons: Apex 19 w/ Recoil Proto 95
              Wedges:
              CBX 50* and RTX-4 56* & 60* PM Grind 19
              Putter:
              #7S
              Balls:
              Chrome Soft X

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              • #8
                Originally posted by JB View Post
                I didn't play a lot of golf as a kid. I picked it up as a teenager, dumped it after school to focus on my career and then picked it up again in my early 30s. As I get older, I appreciate the game even more than I ever have. I love the architecture more. I love the nuances more. I love meeting others that share the same passion and discussing the game that I love.

                I love the equipment in every shape and size. I love that technology continues to push the envelope in all areas. I love that trying out new things is almost as much fun as the game itself.

                There is something about this game that keeps giving and the passion grows with every chance I get to play, test and talk about it. Am I the anomaly or am I a THPer?
                Golf sucks!!

                Nah I appreciate everything about the game more the older I get. Much of that comes from the interaction and experiences from this forum, for sure.
                TS2 8.5*, HZRDUS Smoke 60g 6.5 shaft
                Speedback 3w 14.5, GD Tour AD BB 7X shaft
                915F 5W, Matrix 70Q4 X shaft
                U85 23*, GD Tour AD UT 95X shaft
                Z565 5-PW, PX LZ 6.5 Shafts
                RTX3 Tour Raw 50, 56, 60, Tour 130x
                Fastback, SuperStroke pistol 2.0
                Handcrafted Experience 2016 with
                and THP
                THP Regional Rivalry: SoCal vs Norcal 2017
                2018 with THP,
                and Jamie Sadlowski

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by JB View Post
                  Am I the anomaly or am I a THPer?
                  Of course you're a THPer, you're the OG THPer.

                  I didn't play growing up either, picked it up in college, but I love golf, ever aspect, equipment, networking, fun, drinks, food, etc. It's a game for everyone.

                  P.S. That's always why I love your quote in my signature!!!
                  Under custom EPIC 13.5*/MASTERS Themed Elements Gold 6F4
                  Epic 4-SW/LZ 6.0
                  MD4 Black 60* X-grind/DG Tour Issue (Red)
                  'Sure Out 2 64*/
                  Stroke Lab Marxman S
                  All inC130 Cart Edition

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                  • #10
                    JB, you are the epitome of a THPer. You have the best job a golf aficionado could have. I can understand the love for what you do. I worked in IT for 35 years, mainframes to PCs to phones. Getting to play with and experiment with it all as IT progressed. Now that I don't have to work, I'm developing a similar passion for golf. Unfortunately, I don't have the skill set at my age to be as good at it as I was at IT. But I enjoy the game, enjoy making friends, and enjoy the equipment and the wonderful places to play. Keep up the good work you have done here, and maybe someday we can meet.
                    3.5 cart with Org 14 bag with
                    Rogue Driver
                    Rogue 3W, 5W & HW
                    Rogue 5-AW
                    MD4 54w & 60c
                    Toulon Putter
                    ERC Soft ball

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by JB View Post
                      I didn't play a lot of golf as a kid. I picked it up as a teenager, dumped it after school to focus on my career and then picked it up again in my early 30s. As I get older, I appreciate the game even more than I ever have. I love the architecture more. I love the nuances more. I love meeting others that share the same passion and discussing the game that I love.

                      I love the equipment in every shape and size. I love that technology continues to push the envelope in all areas. I love that trying out new things is almost as much fun as the game itself.

                      There is something about this game that keeps giving and the passion grows with every chance I get to play, test and talk about it. Am I the anomaly or am I a THPer?
                      My story resembles yours. I didn’t pick up a golf club until I was about 20 when I was in The Marines. I played here and there and picked it up more in college. I quit until my mid 30’s and have slowly built myself into a full fledged golf addict. I think a lot of guys here have different routes, but we all end up in a great place like THP and learn and feed of each other’s passions. You guys have built a great outlet for this to happen.
                      WITB
                      Srixon Z785 Driver 9.5* W/Aldila Rogue Silver Stiff
                      Srixon F85 3W 15* W/ Aldila Rogue Black Stiff
                      Srixon H85 Hybrid 16*
                      Srixon U85 22*
                      Srixon Z785 5-PW W/C-Taper Lites
                      Cleveland RTX 4 Raw Mid 50, 54 & 58 C Taper Lites
                      Odyssey SL Double Wide 34.5”
                      Srixon Z-Star

                      2019 Distance Powered by Srixon & Cleveland Golf #TeamNoelle

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                      • #12
                        for me the real enjoyment of the game started as something to do that was low impact on days I was not playing racquetball, tennis, biking or softball but could still exercise. Then, when I wanted to play a respectable game with the job I am now at, I started taking lessons and got fitted for clubs.


                        Now I love getting on a beautiful course and hitting some good shots, hitting some bad shots, and just enjoying the day. I can enjoy it so many different ways....there are times me, my bag, some music, a mountain dew and a milky way and just hacking my way around the course alone. There are times it is me, my partner who HATES music on the course with a passion so no music, just us trading barbs and insults...a drive down the middle might be met by "phshaw, is that the best you have?" or on a well struck ball, "I hate you Barton". Or with him and the two other guys with whom I have hacked for nearly 20 years that we have been together when one found out his Dad died...been there to support one another in family struggles and kids getting married and aging into "old age injuries". When we play our scrambles, sometimes there is some pretty bad golf played...but the camaraderie and a few good shots make it memorable. The rules are sometimes an afterthought.

                        I also sometimes play in a foursome with a +1.2, a 6.7, a 10.4 and myself where the golf is, apart from me, pretty high level, the betting is sometimes above my comfort level, but the good time golfing nice courses with quality golfers. They do tend to drink a LOT of Titos, crank the music, hit shots I cannot even conceive of...and it is a fun way to play. The rules are ironclad and adhered to other than "gimmes".

                        I also enjoy when the wife and I travel and I meet random people, many who take the game less seriously, many who take it more seriously than me, and just play a fun round. Great seeing other people's approach to the game and learning all sorts of interesting facts. I can play with the guy who takes 3 off the tee 4 or 5 times, re-hits the duff, drops by the white stake and manages to shoot a lower score than me...and with the guy who if he is at address and the ball moves, counts that shot.

                        I even enjoy tournaments and have at least twice had people shooting sub-optimal scores say something along the lines of, "that is the most fun I have ever had shooting that badly". That makes me feel bad...that they shot poorly...but good in that they enjoyed the round.

                        For me, now, golf is really about getting out and getting some exercise, hopefully hitting a couple good shots and just enjoying whatever it is for whatever it is.

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                        • #13
                          I have let the equipment side pass me by, to be honest. I just can't keep up with the new gear, as much as I try. not being able to see in hand probably 75% of it plays a part in it.

                          The part that keeps me coming back, is the drive to improve. Shooting a good score one night, then one not as good..... it makes me want to be better. Nothing better than a well struck ball, a center of the fairway tee shot, or a drained putt.

                          I love those 2-4 hours on the course when it is quiet in the morning. The conversations are often hilarious, and never about work (which is super important).
                          Confidence IS Contagious!
                          2019 - Play Fast - Play for Fun - Meet People

                          XR16 10.5*, V-Series Heavenwood, XR Steelhead 3 Hybrid
                          C200 4 - AW, Cleveland RTX-3 54* & 58*
                          SWAG Handsome One Raw

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by JB View Post
                            I didn't play a lot of golf as a kid. I picked it up as a teenager, dumped it after school to focus on my career and then picked it up again in my early 30s. As I get older, I appreciate the game even more than I ever have. I love the architecture more. I love the nuances more. I love meeting others that share the same passion and discussing the game that I love.

                            I love the equipment in every shape and size. I love that technology continues to push the envelope in all areas. I love that trying out new things is almost as much fun as the game itself.

                            There is something about this game that keeps giving and the passion grows with every chance I get to play, test and talk about it. Am I the anomaly or am I a THPer?
                            It shows every day with this place and everything you do for it.
                            In My 2016 Grandaddy Bag
                            Driver: Epic Flash
                            FW: M4 3HL
                            Hybrid: G400
                            Irons: Apex 19
                            Wedges: Vokey SM7 54S & 58S
                            Putter: Black #7S
                            Ball: Chrome Soft

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                            • #15
                              Youre not alone. I feel like I appreciate the game now that Im almost 40 than I ever have. Im kind of like you in that Ive learned to appreciate all the aspects of the game, not just what score I shoot.
                              Whats in my C130 cart bag?
                              Woods: Bazooka 10.5 driver, 906F4 16.5* and Tommy Armour Atomic 18*
                              Irons: AP1 4-AW
                              Wedges: Tommy Armour VCG 54* and Gamer 60*
                              Putter: Scotty Cameron Detour
                              Ball: Velocity

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