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    • After 30 years of weightlifting and 21 years of doing and teaching different styles of Yoga I feel totally confident and qualified to answer the question of whether weightlifting and golf go together.  My experience over all those years has me answer without hesitation that it truly depends on the individual.  Some people should not be lifting heavy weights period and are better off using  their own body weight to increase strength. This can be for a  variety of reasons, but there are many ways of increasing your strength without heavy weights if you are one of those people, especially in sports such as golf.  Some people  will benefit from heavy lifting and if that works for them , they should  continue, but to think everyone should be doing it is without merit. I have personally witnessed many bodies that did not take well to weights.  As one of the posters said and I repeat. If you lift heavy consider a flexibility program to complement  the strength training. Putting heavy weights on our back compresses the spine which is already being compressed from gravity over the years and we need to do things to counter that or it can lead to back problems which is what happened to me later in life. Fortunately I found ways to decompress.   
    • It's still the 11th, @Asheville! 🙂
    • Today, the 12th and tomorrow the 13th, we’ll look at the specific Rules for Bunkers and Putting Greens. Rule 12 - Bunkers The Golden Oldie that you cannot escape a bunker for free still stands. Thank you, Lew Blakey. http://www.generalarea.org/  Later in Rules 15 and 16, we’ll see a few restrictions on taking free relief in bunkers. Purpose of Rule: Rule 12 is a specific Rule for bunkers, which are specially prepared areas intended to test the player’s ability to play a ball from the sand.  To make sure the player confronts this challenge, there are some restrictions on touching the sand before the stroke is made and on where relief may be taken for a ball in a bunker. But, what exactly is a “bunker”? Let’s read the Definition: A specially prepared area of sand, which is often a hollow from which turf or soil was removed. These are not part of a bunker: A lip, wall or face at the edge of a prepared area and consisting of soil, grass, stacked turf or artificial materials, Soil or any growing or attached natural object inside the edge of a prepared area (such as grass, bushes or trees), Sand that has spilled over or is outside the edge of a prepared area, and All other areas of sand on the course that are not inside the edge of a prepared area (such as deserts and other natural sand areas or areas sometimes referred to as waste areas). Bunkers are one of the five defined areas of the course. A Committee may define a prepared area of sand as part of the general area (which means it is not a bunker) or may define a non-prepared area of sand as a bunker. When a bunker is being repaired and the Committee defines the entire bunker as ground under repair, it is treated as part of the general area (which means it is not a bunker). What’s in the Rule: 12.1 When Ball Is in Bunker 12.2 Playing Ball in Bunker 12.3 Specific Rules for Relief for Ball in Bunker https://www.usga.org/content/usga/home-page/rules/rules-2019/rules-of-golf/rules-and-interpretations.html#!ruletype=fr&section=rule&rulenum=12 Rule 12 Interpretations: 12.2a/1 Improvement Resulting from Removing Loose Impediment or Movable Obstruction from a Bunker 12.2b(3)/1 Player Is Allowed to Smooth Sand in a Bunker to Care for the Course After Taking Relief Outside the Bunker 12.2b/1 Rule 12.2b Applies to a Mound of Sand from an Animal Hole in a Bunker 12.2b/2 Whether Player May Probe in Bunker 12.2b/3 Rule 12.2 Continues to Apply When Player Has Lifted His or Her Ball from Bunker to Take Relief but Has Not Yet Decided Whether to Take Relief In or Out of Bunker https://www.usga.org/content/usga/home-page/rules/rules-2019/rules-of-golf/rules-and-interpretations.html#!ruletype=interp&section=rule&rulenum=12  
    • No clue what my best time for a foursome riding is. Probably close to 3:00. Walked in 2:00 once in a twosome and that was only because the ranger held us up because we caught up to the maintenance crew.
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