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  • Birthday 11/30/1990

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  • Handicap Index 10.7
  • Handedness Righty
  1. Rushing Because of Faster Players Behind

    This is were I struggle the most when trying to keep up with a group in front of me.  I always wait until the group is a ways out (in most cases too far) and it's based on previous experience.  While I know what my averages are, I have had enough experiences of hitting that extra 20-30 yards on a shot to stop me from pulling the trigger on some situations.  One particular case I was 240 out after hitting a pretty sub par drive.  There was a group of 3 on the green and a group behind us on the tee.  I decided to hit a 4-iron and seeing how far away I was I had no worries about hitting into them. Well, sure enough I struck an amazing shot that laded 10 yards short of the green and rolled right up to them.  I apologized on the next tee and they let me play through, but it was definitely a situation I would like to avoid if possible.  The problem is when I wait to hit a shot when I am in that 200-240 out range out and I end up coming well short of the green or hit a terrible shot and thus I wasted all that time.
  2. You know your game is improving when . . .

    A course marshal doesn't scold you for playing the tips and actually remarks "I see why you play back there."
  3. Good golfer vs average golfer?

    I think that a good/great golfer is one who rarely "wastes" shots.  I am currently getting back into the game after a year hiatus.  Before this break I was able to shoot in the high 70's on easy courses and low to mid 80's on more challenging courses.  Currently I am now struggling to break 90.  My distances, ball striking, putting etc. seems to be the same as before my break; however, I now have 4-5 "garbage" shots per round where my shot in no way helps me out or advances my situation on the hole.  Topped balls leading to grass burners, fat shots that come up well short, skulling chips, or hitting my drive off the fairway into trouble all lead to strokes here or there. When I shot my few rounds in the high 70's and low 80's I rarely would hit shots as I described above.  I have a friend who is amazing at "scrambling" through holes.  Just recently, on a par 4, he hit a duck hook off the tee into a line of trees.  On his second he topped the ball and hit a grass burner another 50 yards forward.  On his third he stuck an iron shot from 150 out to about 6 inches from the pin and recorder par.  I on the other hand hit the fairway with my drive, placed my approach on the green, and two putted for par.  Although we scored the same on the hole, I would say that his play on the hole would describe how an average golfer's round would go (inconsistent shots with a few great ones sprinkled in) and my play on the hole would describe how you would expect a good golfer to play (consistent shooting with green in regulation being a commonality).
  4. Lost Ball Rule is Stupid

    Wait.  If you think that the fairway grass is too long and you lose a ball that you think is in the fairway you are going to drop with no penalty?  How can you justify that?  I have played some pretty unkept courses and I have never seen a fairway with grass long enough that you couldn't find a ball on it. I've had many instances where I and/or playing partners have thought that we lost a ball that should be in the fairway and every single time the answer is that the ball did not end up in the fairway.  Just this month I hit a very long drive that was headed right for the middle of the fairway.  I walked the middle of the fairway expecting to find my ball but once I got into the area of the drive being around 300 yards I realized that my ball was not in the fairway.  Turns out that my ball had traveled about 5 yards into the right rough.  I would have had no idea where that ball was if my friend hadn't hit his tee shot into the right rough as well.  Depending on fairway slopes and the spin on your ball there is always a possibility that a shot that looks to be in the fairway will end up in the rough.
  5. Lost Ball Rule is Stupid

    I find this rule extremely hard to follow in certain situations.  However, as many others have said there is really no other way to handle it.  The ball is lost, thus there is no way to drop and proceed in the general area "you think" that the ball is lost. With that being said, I will admit that I very rarely go back and re-hit after a lost ball.  However, I also use the appropriate handicap scoring for that hole and have to unfortunately no longer consider that round for any sort of personal best.  The only time I will go back and play the ball from the last spot it was hit from is if the course is empty or if i am playing tournaments (hopefully I had already played a provisional ball). I had a situation a few weeks ago when a group of four very poor and very slow golfers were playing in front of me and did not let me play through despite the course being open in front of them.  On one hole I was sitting on the tee box they were hitting from (that's how much I had caught up to them) and watched as two of the golfers sprayed their balls into the weeds on the right.  No provisionals were played.  After an excessive search for these balls (that were clearly gone) I heard one of the golfers shout "Do you want to go back to the tee and hit again?."  While I know that this is technically the way to proceed, I couldn't help but become extremely irritated thinking that this group that was already backing up the entire course was going to come back to the tee and hit again.  Thankfully they just dropped and played on.
  6. I agree that female to male transgender people who want to compete in male sports will be seen as a non-issue.  Primarily because females playing male sports is usually allowed.  You make a good point that this will only be seen as an issue if the transgender athlete is dominating in women's sports.  However, I think that ability should be irrelevant in this debate.  As I stated earlier, it is not like we allow boys who are poor athletes to play in girls' sports' leagues.
  7. Your Workout Today

    Dynamic Warm Up Power cleans: 1x5 @ 95, 1x3 @ 145, 1x3 @ 155 w/ x5 rebo und jumps after each set Bench Press: 1x5 @ 95, 1x3 @ 145, 1x3 @ 155 w/ x5 seat ed box jumps after each set Dead Lift: 1x5 @ 135, 2x3 @ 225 w/ x5 altitude drops after each set Bicep curls and skull crushers to finish
  8. One of the arguments made by Jazz's parents on the show about letting her compete in women's sports was that she is not a great player and a non-agressive athlete.  I feel like this is a poor argument and ability can't really be used as a justifier.  We don't have boys who are poor athletes growing up play in girls sports leagues.
  9. Your Workout Today

    0.5 Up Dynamic Warmup 8x200 @40-45 w/ ~2:30 rest 0.5 Down
  10. I am currently watching a show called "I am Jazz" about a transgender (biologically a boy and identifies as female) youth. While I am pro about the transgender cause, there is one particular topic that I am very torn on and that is athletics. Jazz is not allowed to compete in sports with other girls because she was born a male. I am curious as to what others think on this issue and hope to hear strong arguments for or against it.  As of now I believe that transgender athletes should not be allowed to compete in the sex that they identify as (or in other words opposite of their biological sex).  First and foremost I think that safety is a large issue.  There is currently concern about a transgender UFC fighter who is injuring the women that she fights.  However, this argument is less valid in non-contact sports such as golf and tennis.  Secondly, the athletic advantage (albeit strength, speed, stamina, etc.) of men over women is very prominent and thus it is 'unfair" to let these transgender athletes compete. I am unfamiliar with men trying to hide their identity and compete in women's competitions in other sports; however, this practice is common in track and field.  In cases where these men are discovered disqualification is the obvious result.  If transgender athletes are allowed to compete in the gender they identify as could there be anyway logical means of stopping non-transgender athletes from competing across genders? I am curious as to others opinions and insights.
  11. What's the Farthest You've Hooked or Sliced a Ball?

    I'm not sure this really counts, but on hole eight at my home course (a par 3) there is a steep hill about five to ten yards from the left of the green.  On the hill is the cart path that eventually leads to the 9th tee box.  One round I hit a slight hook that landed right on the cart path.  Seeing as the cart path is only 10 yards from the edge of the green it didn't seem like that bad of a hit.  However, due to the spin on the ball and the angle of the cart path the ball shot straight left after impacting the path and proceeded to roll all the way down the hill onto the fairway of hole ten.  The end results was me being just past pin high and about 100-120 yards left of the green.
  12. Aces or Great Shots while Playing Alone?

    I've been a bit fortunate that my two most notable golf moments, a 20 yard chip in from a spot that I had no right to get within 20 feet of the hole from for my first ever birdie and an albatross, have come with an audience.  It is pretty surprising considering I play almost all my rounds as a single. On a slightly unrelated note I made my first (and only) hole in one in disc golf by myself.  Made sure to call my friend as I walked up to the basket haha.
  13. Rushing Because of Faster Players Behind

    I can understand doing it to try to stay ahead of groups or stay on pace of play.  But doing it to try to push a group is a bit silly.
  14. Rushing Because of Faster Players Behind

    My friend just told me about another wtf moment he had while playing with his uncle recently.  The starter decided to let my friend and his uncle tee off before a 5-some on hole one (even though the 5-some's tee time was before theirs).  This 5-some was extremely agitated at the starter's decision (and their agitation was likely increased by my friend and his uncle both putting a ball in the water on the first tee).  Anyways, my friend said that for the next 3 or 4 holes that this 5-some was not only playing even with them but coming close to pushing them.  My friend commented to his uncle how fast this group was playing behind them and his uncle replied, "Well, they aren't putting."  For the first 4 holes this group of 5 had been hitting their balls to the green and then picking up right away and rushing to the next hole.  By hole five the 5-some had decided to finally putt things out and my friend and his uncle pulled away like you would expect a 2-some to. I think it is ridiculous that a group would forgo putting on a few holes just to try to push a group.
  15. Rushing Because of Faster Players Behind

    Well, this thread escalated quickly.