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  1. Not sure this has been posted yet: http://www.golf.com/tour-and-news/golfcom-podcast-dan-mclaughlin-dan-plan-and-10000-hours-golf (a followup from a previous interview) Can be difficult? You think? Careful out on that limb. An interesting comment:
  2. Longest time between rounds while still practicing

    I went over a month easily this season, perhaps even twice. Not many rounds played this year unfortunately, but I practiced a fair bit. I think I'm better now than I was at the end of last season, but my scores never proved it. Funny, I said the last thing at the end of last season. So I must be way better than 2 years ago! The scores will come around to show it, someday! Anyway, I always feel rusty after a month away from the course, even if I'm at the range a few times a week. That first round back is always tough for me, as I "forget" how to get into a rhythm on the course or something. It takes a while for my shot pattern on the course to equal the shot pattern that I'm getting at the range. It's like on the course I revert to some old "natural" bad habit swing, but I have to go through that phase to eventually morph that to the new, improved swing I've gotten to on the range through some Evolvr lessons and learning things here.
  3. What's Your Favorite Thanksgiving Food?

    I would say cranberry sauce, but this year, mine is looking wrong. Hmmm. Everything seemed to be going ok, boiled water/sugar mixture, cranberries popped. But as it cools, it still looks like cranberry soup. Let's hope it congeals as it cools soon. 
  4. Changes to Handicap System for 2016 Released

    http://www.golfdigest.com/story/canada-says-no-to-new-usga-handicap-rule-usga-responds-with-unhelpful-faq I'm detecting a bit of attitude in Golf Digest. I take it that this change is not going over well broadly across the industry? Or maybe I'm reading more into it than I should.  
  5. Trump Makes Up Civil War Battle for Golf Course

    I bet there were Native Indians on the other side of the Potomac cheering from rooftops.
  6. I voted Leave It. No hesitation. I was lucky this year to have my first hole in one, and it came immediately after an emergency call from my step-daughter, during which I excused myself for a couple holes to deal with her situation. I caught up with my group and struck a 6-iron well, but none of us saw it land or roll due to the lighting. It was a downhill par 3 with some wind in our face, so we had no idea if I was short, long, whatever. After a search in the front bunker and long in the rough, I was audacious enough to check the hole, and there it was. I almost felt guilty, because the morning had started so poorly that I had written off the day. I wasn't even really focusing when I hit the tee shot, and I had decided to leave after the next couple holes (would be near the clubhouse), because I was shaken up by the call I had just had from my step-daughter for 20 minutes or so.  I had just caught back up with my group who had just teed off, so I just nonchalantly let it fly to restart my round. I enjoyed the rest of the day (finished the round) and played mediocre golf after that, but I will say that the best way to get a hole in one would include: be playing in a round where you're in good shape mentally (I was not) and be playing somewhat decent that day (I was not) see your ball go in (I did not) don't have it happen on a mishit (but I had been playing so poorly that a GOOD shot was the mishit ) So I managed #3 above. At the time I was thrilled, but I must admit that I feel like it doesn't really count and isn't a big deal, in retrospect. It was luck and didn't even represent that I was playing well at the time. But I'll take this one. Next time, I want all 3 things above to be true. If none of them are true, I'll definitely leave it.  
  7. Worldwide Golf Handicap System to Debut in 2018

    Yes, I think this is already baked in to some degree. Probably a minor effect anyway, you're right. 
  8. I'm amazed the club actually straightens out like that. Great video.
  9. Worldwide Golf Handicap System to Debut in 2018

    I was thinking on similar lines. I'd think there's a randomness in scores to some degree, particularly in small sample sizes. The current system just gives an overall baseline. I realize I'm one of those guys who always brings up problems with a new plan, but then I get onboard with progress and try to make it work. With technology and stats, I suppose we will be able to instantly rate courses, in effect, based on knowledge of how people typically play to how they played that day, and the deviations work themselves out. One other thing is that we'd no longer be able to know for certain after a round how it impacts our handicap. Like during an election, we'd have to wait until all the returns are in. That could take days, right? If other really good scores come in from similar players on the same tees, then your handicap would then get negatively impacted because the course rating for that day gets easier, however slightly. Could you achieve your 9.9 handicap one day, and then more scores get posted, bump you back to 10.0? Also, now vanity handicappers will no longer impact just their own handicaps- they'll make everyone else's handicaps worse if they post lower scores than they really shot. Think of the angry threads on golf forums worldwide. 
  10. Poor Treatment of Muslim Passengers

    Yes, discouraging to hear. We should all be better than this.
  11. Table Tennis (Ping Pong, the Sport Version)

    This just showed up on my wife's FB. Crazy    
  12. Good news: Par Birdie finish! Bad news: I think it's a two stroke penalty to move the tee marker in that last video  Great writeup!!!!! Nice vids. Hope you get some good feedback from those. I know what you mean about par 5's, as I look forward to them, but only the ones less than about 520 or so. Much beyond that, and I swear 540 feels like it might as well be 600. I never seem to get a decent shot at an approach when they get that long, even though theoretically I can hit my drive plus a 200yd second shot to well within 150yd from the green. The math breaks down somewhere, and I'm always outside 200yd for my approach.
  13. The friends and routine thing is something I'm working on as well. Not enough golfers, and too many college football fanatics (no offense to those who love college football). As I get older and see collegiate athletics in a different light, I'd rather be golfing. Anyway, I'm following along your journey. Come visit the nation's capital sometime. I'll take you to a crappy muni.
  14. Pete's Programme (Single Digit to Tour Player)

    Spoke with Pete via FaceTime. My style is not to add fuel to fires of these types of discussion on TST, so I'll try to tone it down a notch, as I think I have good relations with everyone involved.  From my standpoint, Pete's been a good friend to me, and we will stay in touch. We've chatted via video several times, and he's actually pretty "chill", as I think he put it above somewhere. We keep it to things like golf stats, goals and measurements tracking, plus family life things- nothing that we really need to debate, as we just talk through what we know and bounce ideas off each other.  It's all pretty collaborative and has been pretty cool.  Anyway, we can each make our own assessment of what happened here and why, but I'll just say that things went a direction I would've preferred it didn't, obviously. On a mostly unrelated not, I got rear-ended recently while stopped at a traffic light and I've been dealing with a resulting health scare with my daughter, so that mostly puts this whole thread into perspective (no worries- all appears to be ok here!).  Pete won't mind if I drop a note here from time to time about how he's doing. I've certainly enjoyed the intellectual challenge of how to best apply what I knew (and have since learned and likely will continue to learn) about golf to someone who has a specific golf goal. There's really not much effort that Pete will need from me at this point, but I look forward to seeing how well the tools we've developed together will help him make progress with getting to the Europro Tour. So I'll likely drop a note here from time to time if there are any significant developments.