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  1. Who? The player who played against more HOF members? Did you see and understand the post someone made above about how many of the players Tiger's played and playing against aren't even eligible for the HOF right now? And that if the competition is stronger all around right now, that HOF careers will be tougher to come by given the higher level of all golfers and the difficulty in standing out amongst them?
  2. Doesn't happen with my Bushnell V3.......... :)
  3. Interesting timing to this thread. Last week one of my playing partners "sharted" and soiled his pants. I was absolutely astonished when one of the other guys in my foursome pulled an extra pair of clean briefs out of his golf bag and handed them to him. He said he always carries a spare pair for emergencies. I'm not sure which was stranger, a guy carrying extra briefs in his golf bag, or another guy wearing someone else's underwear. This was a real eye opener to me. Very awkward...
  4. I'm not surprised by the percentages. I had suspicions two-thirds of golfers were just "out there" to have fun, now we have hard figures. I would like to know the Polara sampling frame - the list of actual people contacted - was representative of the broad USA population. Some possible causes of the carefree attitudes: People entering golf outside the country club pipeline. Once upon a time, golf had a heavy aura of an upper-class activity. Most everyday people who played golf got involved by being a caddie as a teenager. I caddied back in the 1960s-70s, and a fair number of both country club and public golfers were sticklers for the rules. The everyday golfers wanted to show that they could be "high class" too. By late 1970s, caddies had faded away at your average country club, and this pathway to golf became less traveled. Newer golfers came in through the public-course/semi-private route. Since the 1990s, the biggest growth in golf has been in semi-private clubs - yearly fee and space-available play - and in public courses. Mid-level country clubs are struggling to stay open. Throw in the Recession, and golf has become an occasional activity for most, rather than a deep personal sub-culture.
  5. Got to watch, how you grip the club effects if you should have a flat left wrist at the top of the backswing. If you have a stronger grip you can get away with a slightly bowed left wrist at the top, because your wrist starts off bowed at address. As for flat left wrist at impact. As long as your hands are ahead of the ball, mostly keeping the clubhead inline with hands and your left shoulder (or the hands slightly bowed forward), your doing ok. You can control the clubface to do what you want with the ball under those conditions easily as making a few set up adjustments. As for drills, check out the 5 keys thread. For me, I like to get into the impact position and just work slowly from the inside and focus on keeping my hands forward and really work that movement in slow methodical motions. The first three keys will help you get your left wrist forward, it will clean up a lot of the compensation stuff. But, just work on slow movements, mimicking the impact conditions you want. Preset weight forward, rotate your body back a bit, and work on really moving your hands slowly through the impact zone. Its all about developing that feel unique to you that works.
  6. I always make a super lame excuse, One of my spikes must be loose! My gloves a bit tight! Forgot to put my golf socks on! My hat was too far forward! I used the wrong colour tee! It's become a running gag now, who can make up the lamest excuse? We've even had,.. Last time I golf wearing my wife's underwear!
  7. Whenever I pop one up from the tee, I usually say something to the effect of "Beautiful 9 iron shot."
  8. I would tend to agree with k-troop, USGA handicap is not a requirement to be a golfer, you can be a golfer without a handicap, IMHO. I do keep a handicap, but honestly, it's strictly for me to use as a gauge for improvement or in my case, stagnation. I also only kept a handicap because I recorded my scores so I would have ammo when my wife would say I golfed a lot, I could count up my scores and say, only 22 rounds this year, not a lot of golf in my opinion! I do follow the rules of golf to the best of my ability, but I can say the OB and lost ball rule will get bent at times. There is no way I can go back to the tee and hit a ball on a crowded course if I can't find my ball, it would be my last round at that golf course if I tried that on a busy Saturday morning. I have no problem with players who want to use a foot wedge or roll the ball, if that is what makes the game enjoyable and brings you to the golf course fine. However, I rarely if ever, play tournaments or any kind of competitive golf as I find that can bring the worst out in people. I really see professional golf and the golf I play as two different games, kind of like peewee football and the NFL!
  9. I know I'm in the minority here, but I say give the people what they want. Golf is a game and a business. The primary purpose for playing is to have fun and get outdoors; the more people are willing to pay money to do that, the more accessible the game will be for everyone, and the more, better conditioned courses will be available. I played competitive golf from 1989 to 1996: high school, college, and regional junior competitions. I know the rules and am capable of following them. I've played in some pretty competitive tournaments in "leagues" consisting mostly of 5 HCP and better golfers, some of whom had Tour aspirations. In those events, strict compliance with the rules of golf are required. What most of that has taught me is that I really enjoy just playing golf, and don't really give a crap about the rules most of the time. If I'm playing you for skins, then I'm going to play it as it lies (I mostly do that anyway--I don't fluff). But if I'm just playing with some buds, which is the vast majority of my rounds, I don't really care. I'll kick a ball away from a tree root to avoid breaking my club. I'll drop a ball back in bounds after hitting it out of bounds rather than trudge back to the tee. I'll take putts in the leather if a playing partner kicks it back to me. Missing a 2-footer can really sap the enjoyment out of a round. Why bother? I don't start out intending to cheat. If I'm playing well and have a chance to shoot a PB or break par, then I play it straight--I'm not going to cheat my way around the course and then brag about breaking par. But most days I'm not threatening par, so I just hit shots. I don't get to play nearly enough to put added stress on my favorite passtime. Which is why I don't keep a USGA handicap. I did, recently, for about a year when I was playing in a competitive league. I actually got it down to less than 1 at one point, which surprised me. I think that I focused more and had better scores, but I was also playing a lot more. Work called, league ended, and now I'm back to just beating balls around. And that's fine with me. Let the flames begin.
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