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Reddit rant

Commenting on a post of a before and after video, one redditor asked what was the difference. Apparently he/she saw none. This was the before and after top of backswing positions. And the guy got upvotes.   The place is ADD.

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Wow, maybe more and more people are using video

No one at the ranges I go to make use of video, and if they do, they're doing it wrong, I'm one of the rare few who brings a tripod. Looking at the Facebook page of a popular instructor today, and it's the dead of winter, there are tons of people jury rigging whatever they have to practice indoors - school gyms, basements, backyards - from all over the place, US, UK, Canada. They're all using video, some high frame rate, although their angles could be better. So maybe I'm just in an unrepresenta

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Diminutive physicality, prodigious length

Justin Thomas, Charles Howell, LeeMcCoy. How do they hit the ball so far? Yes, there's this video among others. You look at Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson, Gary Woodland you'll go, oh, okay, I see why they bomb it. Intellectually, I know the answer - talent, maximizing impact conditions like angle of attack, lots of hard work and good info, but if someone who's relatively shorter and weighs less than his counterparts, although probably taller than the average male but not by that much, can drive t

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Golftec (a bit of a plug) and feel ain't real

Golftec (disclaimer - don't know anyone working there) was something I never looked into, probably confirmation bias or the social media out there about the hard sell to buy lesson packages. After trying out its video setup, the benefits of having both face on and down the line views simultaneously was intriguing, and a screen where you can see yourself live although you still have to manipulate your head to see the screen, VR goggles not available yet but you can bet that will be a thing in the

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Runner's view

Pretty soon, there are going to be tons of people running by, ~12 miles done, the first running sub 5 minute miles like they're nothing. 

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The Cable Stayed Bridge

The cabled stayed bridge. When done right, it can really transform a skyline and especially look dramatic at night. Under certain conditions, it costs less to build and maintain than a suspension bridge, something to do with maximum road segment length. But it seems many of these projects are plagued with cost overruns. Rusted supports, salt water eating away. If they're supposed to save money, you wouldn't be able to tell based on news headlines. See eastern segment of the Bay Bridge. If y

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It's all about impact. Yeah, not so much.

I used to believe impact is king. Lots of pros, announcers and good players say this, but it's more nuanced than that. Impact is important. Your shaft should have some forward lean, your hands should be ahead of the ball, you should hit the ball first, divot should be in front of the ball. These are musts. But it's not the whole picture. How you arrive at impact and where your path and face are headed just after it are just as important. You could be coming into the ball way "dumped under"

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Is golf an art?

Jimmy Walker on Charlie Rose, 13:52. Is golf an art? Yes.  https://charlierose.com/videos/28533 I agree. With all the technology and more technically oriented talk about the swing (you can listen to Walker get into technique in the middle of the interview), I must bang this into my head. Golf imho, is ultimately, a form of art. On the course, it's a flow, no?

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Driving in the UK from an American POV

Don't know the exact model of the car I rented, an Octavia 4 door sedan, rental guy (who looked and sounded like one of the assassins in a Jason Borne movie said it was equivalent to a VW Passat or Jetta. In stop and go traffic, the engine auto shuts off when at rest. Radio and A/C stay on. When you engage the shifter or clutch, turn the wheel, car auto turns on. In the US, I sometimes did this manually, shut off the car when I knew we were going to be at a complete rest for a bit. Great g

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This is me reading reddit's golf subreddit

There are so many old school cliches there in a space that usually trends young, it's a non sequitur. I don't claim to have it all right, but I've been around a lot longer than some of the young'uns and have made many, many mistakes and I hope to prevent these guys from doing the same. So downvote me, I don't care, just stop banging your head on the wall and get better faster. Getting off my soapbox.   

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An old school no frills "audiophile" and sentimentality

This is my primary stereo receiver: It's nearly 30 years old and still kicking although mine looks a little more worn. It has no remote, no surround sound, no spdif output, no hdmi inputs, no BT, the list goes on. It is the equivalent of an old car with manual steering, manual roll up windows, no antilock brakes but with a finely tuned and maintained engine that never breaks down. Its amplifier parts were taken from another NAD model, the 3020, which was known for its awesome sound an

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Amazon - From nothing to ubiquitous 

I remember when Amazon just sold books, people thought it was a cute company, it's a giant now. A leviathan. It sells nearly everything, its cloud services has the tentacles of a thousand octopi, not everyone is aware just how huge AWS is. It makes TV shows and is getting into movies for goodness sake. Lately, I've been doing lots of price comparisons and Amazon's everyday prices are just so competitive. If you have Prime, which is pretty much free shipping and reduced price next day shippi

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Do I have a tripod fetish? I have a tripod fetish. Photos from B&H.

There is no such thing as a quick get in get out visit to B&H Photo. Didn't plan on looking at anything photo related but wound up in the photo department anyway. This is a nifty lightweight low end Manfrotto with a gun handle joystick ball head thingy.  Another one with just a ball head. And you can't leave without taking a couple of Zaza kosher candies. Chag Pesach Sameach!

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Golf Announcing, Gerunds, State of the Game, a Stream of Consciousness

Lord, I was born a ramblin' man - The Allman Brothers Yesterday, Jim Nantz on the Masters broadcast referred to Homer Kelley's, "The Golfing Machine" as "The Golf Machine.” Maybe Nantz has an aversion to gerunds. You don’t expect him to be Grammar Girl or William Safire, but being an announcer for decades, you'd expect him to grasp the subtleties of the English language. No matter, language is more de facto than de jure, no? It matters more that the average person understands you

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Buying something via an unsecure connection

I went to a site to buy some instructional content. I couldn't believe it when I didn't see https - that's the green padlock - that indicates encryption is being used. There is no way I'm buying your stuff over the internet if you're not using the https protocol.  

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Mutterer on the range

Ever have a mutterer a stall or two away from you? Usually a nattering nabob of negativism and with a mouth as foul as Nixon in his lost tapes. I've been there, when it's frustrating and nothing seems to work. But don't go emanating your black cloud towards others. Laughter is contagious and it goes the other way around too, dourness will tend to make other people dour. Do something different, change it up. Go out there and read how to practice better, try out different pros. But F this. F that.

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What watching a regular tour event would be like with none of the cruft

Due to account restrictions, could only upload a 6 minute video, had much longer coverage in the original, which proves my point better but here is a regular tour event, the recent Honda Classic, with all action, no commercials, no blimp, no CEOs, no reporters. Isn't this just a better watch? Of course you can't eliminate ads, but there are ways to make improve the quality of current broadcasts as a recent blog post by @nolayingup outlined. There's probably more golf action in this 6 minu

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Aimpoint Express, the Fickle Finger of Fate... Really?

NBC announcers flaunt their lack of curiosity like... peacocks. If I were interviewing someone for a job and asked for his/her opinion of the new programming language Beta, which has been available for years, and that person said, I don't know anything about it, I've always used Alpha and it's better in my opinion, for me, that would not represent the candidate well.  In the video, Peter Jacobsen says he tried Aimpoint Expre

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#NBC #Sergio #lag #120degrees #godgivengenes #yougottabekiddingme

Again,  Christ on a cracker,  One minute into the video below, the crew at NBC is gushing over Garcia's lag. They've been doing this for years and it just pains me how this is screwing up people who are less informed or experienced. And before I start, let me ask, aren't all genes, "God given"? Where would genes come from otherwise? The fairy golden space fantasy unicorn that poops multi colored ice cream?  If yo

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TV is not a frontal lobotomy, golf edition

Recently, there's been a lot of "golf" you can watch on tv not Golf Channel, not anything coming from a multinational conglomerate, but by way of individuals and social circles.  There's the 3 things video that @iacas posted here, which was excellent. In addition, the 5SK videos that were included with the subscription was an excellent overview of 5SK, plus there were a couple of videos from Dana Dahlquist and a ton from Chuck Evans.  Here

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