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    • I did the kidney stone thing quite a while back. Worst pain I ever experienced.  I ask the er doc what caused them. He asked me if I drank tap water with out filtering it first. I told him I did. He said water in our area had a high mineral content, which when unfiltered can lead to a build up of deposits in the kidneys.  Not sure how true his answer was, but I have not drank any tap water since. These days it's bottled water, with a little concentrated lemon juice added. I also tend to drink more beer than soda these days.  As for losing weight, and water helping with that, I am not so sure how that works. Unless a person has a health issue, weight is based on colorie intake, versus calories burned. Water, and food help with hydration, so when eating less food, more water is needed for the hydration process. Add in exercise, and even more water is needed to stay hydrated. I have heard some folks say drinking water helps to mask the feeling of being hungry, or curbing one's appetite.  I think it's safe to say that a properly hydrated body, will burn calories easier, and adequate water helps with the process. 
    • I live in Canada, but luckily southern bc so snow usually isn't an issue, but winter does get colder and super rainy.  I've probably played more golf this year, than I have in probably 15 years, but the end of summer really stinks.  I'm probably going to spend a lot of time putting in the reps with my swing so I can become the ball striking robot I've always desired to be, and I'll probably continue to play early mornings on the weekends since the days will be simply too short for me to go after work.  
    •   i believe it. it's not really a trick as much as it's probably just changing where your swing bottoms out, which is now ahead of the ball slightly as opposed to really not at all I guess.   a friend of mine who was definitely a hacker used to really try to lift the ball up when he swung.  I usually don't give unsolicited advice on the golf course, but he brought the topic up, and i basically explained to him that to get the golf ball up, you want to hit down on it, and that your divot is supposed to be after the ball, not before it, (you'd be amazed at how many bad golfers don't realize this, or that with a bunker shot, youre not hitting the ball at all and are simply using the sand to propel it out of the bunker).  anyways, I went golfing with this guy about a month ago for the first time in probably a year, and he's probably only golfed a handful of times since then, and doesnt go to the range, but he made a conscious effort to try to hit more down on the ball, and let me tell you, I was amazed at how well he was striking his irons.  straight, and crisp, like i'd never seen him hit before. he used to hit everything super thin and low, but it was like night and day. and that was simply from understanding the problem and making a conscious attempt at adjustment.  he didn't need to spend weeks on the range grooving it, but just needed to be enlightened to what causes the ball to go up lol
    • a mental issue is causing a breakdown of mechanics.  whether it be as simple as lack of focus, or slightly more complicated, it's still a mental issue that is causing the other issue.  do you think when an mma fighter trains for 6 months on technique and has great sparring sessions and natural ability, but when it comes down to fight night, he can't pull the trigger and use the things he knows, that this is mechanical issue?  there is literally no difference between these 2 scenarios, and if you completely disagree with that, then I honestly have no idea what to say.  theres a reason why sports psychologists are used by a huge number of professional athletes who have a difficult time applying their abilities at the highest levels.  I know you know this
    • After dinner, put another log on the fire.  Pour a couple fingers of whisky, and consider the french doors.  Breathe deep the woodwork...as if it had life.  Step outside and fill your nostrils with the tang of dark and cold.  Hang out some suet.  Reflect how appropriate your wool shirt is.  Look at the sky.  Appreciate the crunch of snow under foot.  Think how cool all that ----is.