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  1. Our third child was born on the 5th, his original due date was the 31st. Hunter Michael 6 pounds 15 oz. Now should I get him a 55g shaft or a 65g shaft.....
  2. At face value, US and UK driving tests look similar - written (theory) tests with multiple-choice answers, followed by a road test where an examiner sits beside the trainee driver and deducts points for minor errors and immediately fails the candidate for major errors. The only difference in this basic description is that the UK now includes a third test - reactions/hazard perception. On paper, therefore, the tests look similar. But they are not...as the low pass rate for the British test (around 43%) shows. One principal difference is the length of the practical driving test (45 minutes). That's quite a long time for a novice driver, under the stress of test conditions, to drive in a manner that demonstrates competence with no significant errors. Also, the test will include major highways (there may be some exceptions to this, I admit - a test centre on the Scottish islands or in rural Wales perhaps) - but if you take your test in any large British town or city, you will end up in heavy traffic, on busy highways. The examiners are very strict. They are fanatical about proper observation. Simply put, it is very easy to lose points and fail your test. Everyone in Britain could probably regale you with stories about how they, or a friend or relative, failed. My nephew failed because he indicated too early leaving a multi-lane roundabout, realized his mistake, and turned off his signal before waiting for the exit the examiner had told him to use, and signaled again. Instant fail (classified as "dangerous" - (had he just left at the exit he signaled for, the examiner may have been annoyed at having to adapt to a change in route, but technically it would not have been a fail). Yellow-box junctions are a favouite, too (these control right hand turns at busy intersections, the equivalent to a left hand turn in the states - the idea being that they enable drivers to drive up into the intersection and wait to turn in instances where there is no turn arrow). I have known many people who failed their test because of yellow box junctions. Too timid to pull into the intersection at the proper time? You fail. Too bold, and you enter the intersection before your exit road is fully clear? You fail. There are three maneuvers (turn in the road, parallel park, reverse round a corner). These are performed on the road, in traffic - not in a parking lot. Again, the examiners are strict. Bump the kerb however slightly...fail - although most people who fail on the maneuvers fail for inadequate observation. There is also the usual stuff - hill starts, emergency stops. However, the test now includes an "independent driving" section. Driving a route shown to you by the examiner, without waiting for his instructions to, "turn left at the next light," etc. You don't fail for minor mistakes in the route, but the idea is that independent driving shows how people genuinely drive (especially in terms of lane changing, etc), when they are driving to accomplish a journey they have in mind - a different mindset to an instruction to make a particular turn, delivered in a timely manner that allows the candidate to respond to it in a formulaic way. If you pass your test in an automatic in the UK, your licence is endorsed "automatic only." You'd have to pass the test again in a manual car to be allowed to drive a manual. As I said, on paper the UK and US test look very similar. The difference, really, is in how the tests are administered. Teenaged learner drivers complain that the government is picking on them, doesn't want them to drive, the tests are hard so the government can make money from the test fees, that old people are the real danger and they should be tested too, it's just learning to pass a test and you'll probably drive differently once you've passed, etc etc etc - all the usual stuff I probably also said when I was 17 and learning to drive. The aim, however, was to reduce carnage amongst young drivers, and this seems to have worked, to an extent (accident rates for teens are falling). That said, the UK can learn from the US, too. The next idea is graduated licensing (as, I believe, is used in Maryland), with restrictions placed upon the first year or two of driving: curfews, limits on the number of people a new driver can have in a car, and a lower toleration for penalty points before a licence is revoked and the driver must be retested. All a bit wordy, I know, but you asked so I tried to answer your question. Here is something interesting though, a short article by an American grad student studying in the UK, who recently took a UK driving test, and was surprised at the differences between driving tests in the two countries: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/dec/02/uk-driving-law-versus-us
  3. Quote: It was bad idea to not have a back up plan while trying to turn pro. Now I'm stressing the $#$% out cause my game is still isn't close to where it is. Getting close to 30.... :( dropped out of school ages ago and I need to have a career. I'm not very smart or hard working person but someone told me that IT or computers don't do a lot of work. They work for maybe 2hrs and web browse rest of the day. I need something like this! I can't handle stress because it triggers panic attacks. Can someone from computers or IT field tell me what the job is like? Please don't say it's EASY. because I failed a lot of classes that people found EASY. You posted this in another thread while claiming something entirely different in this thread. So which is it? Were you put in advanced classes because you were so much better than the other students or did you struggle? Are you about to turn pro or are you struggling with it? You're claim that hours of practice don't matter is ludicrous. If you are struggling, perhaps that's why. You don't get better at something by putting in subpar effort. Social skills, grammar, math and cleaning are things that can be significantly improved by putting in effort. Quote: Do you think by playing more golf you'll somehow gain insane amount of distance? I don't think anyone assumes that they will magically gain an insane amount of distance. With practice it seems foolish to not think you will gain a small amount from better contact, a slightly higher swingspeed due to improved form and the development of muscles used in the golf swing. What you can gain is to become significantly better at pitching, chipping and putting. Believe it or not, there have been players on the PGA tour who relied on an incredibly strong short game to compete with others hitting significantly farther than them.
  4. Agree, retaining too much forward flexion is a bad thing. Compared to Hogan, which we assume he's trying to model, you can see how much more "thrust" Hogan puts in. Note the secondary axis tilt due to the lower center being forward with the head steady on the right and the belt buckle is pointing towards the sky. Hogan is releasing his forward flexion.
  5. Quote: The class I was referring to was musical and yes I did advance to the advance class. Even the most talented people struggle, tiger, rory, sergio and so on. Ofcourse I struggled with golf. It is the most difficult thing I have ever tried. I don't have exact date but I do plan on turning pro, I just need to work on my short game a bit more. Everyone needs to practice... all I'm saying is it doesn't take 10,000hrs to be good at something when you have talent. Yes, anyone can improve grammar, math, cooking, social skills....... but compare to people who are naturally good with numbers or anything else. THEY DON"T STAND A CHANCE. Talented Guy who spends 3,000hrs practicing will win against a Average Guy that practiced 10,000hrs. Obviously Talented guy who spend 100hrs practicing will lose to average guy who spend 10k hours practicing. Ofcourse you can gain extra 5-15yards with better swing. A guy who hits 230 drive starting out is NEVER going to hit 300+yards(unless he's hitting 230 when he's 13 :P ). He can improve his swing and hit about 250 but he has his limit. If you can name a regular on the PGA tour who had not put in 10,000 hours by the time they got on tour I will be shocked. I do not believe your assertion that a talented individual whom spends 3,000 practicing will automatically be better than an average person who put in 10,000 hours. I grew up playing baseball and I watched talented individuals whom never practiced be fairly successful into high school. By the end of high school, I watched kids who had been significantly worse than them get scholarships to play for large universities because they put in the time on the practice field while the talented individuals were lucky if they got an offer from a D2 college. Let's talk about your goal to turn pro after approximately 1500 hours of playing golf. Let's assume you have been playing 5 years (you have probably been playing longer than that but it isn't necessary to prove my point). That's 300 hours a year. That averages out to less than an hour a day. How do you expect to compete with players on the PGA tour who probably put in more hours than that by the time they were 8 years old? I wish you all the luck in the world but if you aren't going to put in the time you can't expect much out of it, talented or not. Quote: Maybe off topic, but samug only has 1 post - that one. I guess he researched it. But I also give the thumbs up. Contradicting info. I've been a lurker for a while but yes, I did research it.
  6. No - I get you. I understand the rating system and I trust it. You have taken it to an even more precise level and I totally agree with you that taking as many conditions and ratings into account as possible would be best to determine which round is more impressive than another. Appleby's is better. And if all the par 70's have a higher rating than all of the par 72's where these 59's took place because of the par 5's becoming par 4's thing - then there is no validity to the original post. But it seems to me that most PGA events are 72's (not sure). If half of the PGA 59's are on Par 70/71 courses, they are possibly over represented. Maybe because it is easier to shoot 59 on a par 70? It is a pretty small data set - so it could be a coincidence. But without more knowledge, I would guess the methods to judge them is: Least Accurate - Stroke Score without par or rating taken into account Slightly More Accurate, but beginning to lose an audience because 13 isn't a round number - Under Par Score Really accurate, but most people don't care to take it that far - The GoflingDad / Course Rating Analysis Also, I might have transferred some of my own experience (the par 70 at my home course mentioned above) to these 59's these guys. But I always feel I've left something out to say I shot 89 - when I wouldn't have broken 90 on a par 72. I was kind of carrying this concept to these record rounds. Maybe that is off topic. FWIW - when talking to friends of mine that have and understand handicaps, we kind of talk in differentials, which is more or less the GoflingDad / Course Rating Analysis method. When playing different courses, slopes, tees, etc - differentials is really the best way to convey how well we played. And I prefer talking about it in those terms. But so few people have handicaps really. Full disclosure - it is possible I'm not totally following all the scenarios as close as I normally would. I'm supposedly watching a pretty technical yet incredibly boring webinar on configuring our phone system. I probably should have just stayed out of this. This might be the worst post I've ever written.
  7. You mean with this comment: I was being sarcastic. My view is, at least as far as the PGA tour goes, all 59's are basically equal. Inasmuch as we don't split hairs over a guy who hits 50 home runs as a righty playing for the Red Sox versus a guy who hits 50 as a lefty playing for the Padres. Even though, technically, 50 homers to right field in Petco Park is astronomically harder than 50 to left in Fenway, we don't account for that. We simply count homers. Same is true in golf. Yes, perhaps if you want to really analyze it, the courses where the guys shoot 59 on a par 70 might have slightly lower ratings than the courses that are par 71 or 72 (I actually don't know ... maybe I'll try and go research it) but not enough to make it worth our while to care. ---------------------- EDIT: The Old White Course at the Greenbrier is a Par 70, 7287 yards, and rated 75.7/141 from the tips. (Stuart Appleby's 59) The Palmer Private Course at PGA West where David Duval shot a 59 (the last one shot at a Par 72 course) is 6,950 yards long and is rated 74/143. Which is more impressive? The one that says -13, or the one that was done on a course that is rated almost 3 shots harder???
  8. Alright, here we go..... Wow, what a day! I was so stoked for the day, that over the last couple of days I've had to remind myself that things like this seldom really live up to the hopes and expectations you've built around them. I needn't have worried. Remember the scene in City Slickers where they're talking about their "best day ever"? Well, this one was right up there for me.....maybe after my wedding and birth of our child, but really, not that far behind. When they initially called, they had said that it was going to be a small group of loyal customers that they wanted to show some additional appreciation towards. She mentioned a 4-some, so in my mind I was hoping for 4 of us and Graeme, but really thinking that there might even be several groups of us schmucks, with Graeme wandering back and forth, playing the occasional hole with each group. Maybe even, heaven forbid, some kind of silly scramble type thing. Not so..... We were asked to be there at 12:30, and I pulled up to the bag drop at Lake Nona GCC http://www.lakenona.com/ just a few minutes early. I was welcomed and directed to the main entrance to the clubhouse where I found two nice young ladies, Tamara and Lindsay, from GolfNow chatting with two other golfers. I walked up and before I could introduce myself, Tamara said, "You must be David, you'll be playing with these two gentlemen, Bill and John. Bill is from Tampa, and a pretty big social media buff. He's the one that was mentioned a couple of pages back.....he does some blogging and reviews and such. John was flown in from Philly......he was tailgating at that Eagles game on Sunday in all the snow. I got the feeling that GolfNow picked him just to get him down to some nice weather! We were then handed a large bag with a shirt, shoe bag, hat, towel, a dozen Srixon Z Stars, a $100 AMEX card and a nice letter thanking us for our loyal patronage. We dropped the goodie bags off at our cars, then met in the Grille Room to get the scoop on the rest of the day. At this point, it's still just the 3 of us and the two ladies, so I asked how many other players there would be and they said none.......it's just the 3 of you and Graeme today, we'll meet up with him down at the range in about 30 minutes! We were then asked if we minded if the entire day was photographed and used in future GolfNow/Golf Channel ads and promotions, and asked to sign photo releases. Needless to say, we were happy to do so. At that point, 2 professional photographers joined us. From that moment on, just about every swing and ass scratch was photographed.....my wife's last admonition to me out the door was "don't pee on the course". Turns out, she was right! After a couple of group photos at the clubhouse, we loaded up in individual carts for each of us and went to the range. They set us up on one end of the range, and we warmed up for about 10 minutes, until Graeme rolled up in his personal golf cart, tricked out in a Ryder Cup motif. We all shook hands and I asked him if he had lost a bet that resulted in him having to play with our happy little group. He laughed, and said that he actually enjoyed these things because it allowed him to practise on the course, which he preferred over range work. We took a bunch of pics (the GolfNow ladies offered to take pics with our own cell phones/cameras too), hit a few more balls, hit a couple of putts, and headed to the first tee. A couple more pics on the tee box and we were ready to go. I asked Graeme if we were going to play a game, and he laughed and said of course. He said, let's play a group Stableford and asked for our handicaps. I was a 6, John was 11, and Bill plays off of 18. Graeme said he'd play off of +5. He also said he'd play the same tees as us, at 6771, rather than the tips at 7200. In retrospect, I think we were hustled a little at +5! I asked about stakes and Bill and John looked like they wanted to swallow their tongues. Graeme laughed again, and said we'd figure it out later.....a guy about as casual and down-to-earth as you'd ever find. The first hole is a pretty straight forward little par-4.....410 yards with a little curve to the right with bunkers right and left that start at about 200 yards and end at about 280. OB left, and woods right that separate the 1st from the 9th fairways. Graeme took the honor and smoked a nice, high draw right down the middle about 280ish. I stepped up and promptly blasted it OVER the trees on the right. I was about to pull out a provisional, when Graeme said not to bother, I'd find it in the middle of the 9th fairway, with a decent angle in, but blind, and he was right! A blind 6-iron left me pin high in a deep grass bunker short-sided left. Hit a really nice little flop out of the bunker, but it rolled about 15 feet past. Nice putt back up the hill, but it stayed out. I RAN to the next tee happy with a bogey to start. The other two made 6 and 8 and Graeme hit his approach to 6 feet and lipped the putt out on the high side. I won't try to run down all the holes, but a couple come to mind. Number 5: A short, 333 par-4 that dogs to the right around a lake. I hit hybrid down the middle, almost going through the fairway, but end up ok with 128 to the pin. Graeme says nice shot, but this is how you play this one......and jacks it right at the green. By my rangefinder, the carry over the water was 285, and he must have carried it with 30 yards to spare. He left himself 10 yards from the front, with a middle pin sitting on top on the second tier. Promptly chips in for eagle 2. I knock mine off the back edge into 3" deep Bermuda rough, and end up with 5. Not my proudest moment from 128 yards, but pretty well ignored because of the deuce. Number 9: I got this one right......maybe because I had seen it before after my tee shot on one? Par-5, 529 that turns a little left. Narrow, but no real trouble except for some cross bunkers about 120 out from the green. Nice drive, nice solid 3-wood that left me 80 yards to the back pin. Hit a nice low, spinning gap-wedge to 8 feet right and exactly pin high, and made the putt for my only birdie of the day. Graeme was on in 2 and bombed his eagle put 8 feet past the hole, then jammed the comeback in. Routine 2-putt. Number 13: Pic below. That's Henrik Stenson's new house being built to the left of the green. 168 to the pin which is to the far right of the pic. Graeme hits 7-iron and almost immediately says "guys, we're going to the bar!" One hop and stop, 9 inches from the hole. I make a nice up and down from that Sahara on the right. Number 14: Little 310 par-4. Hard dog to the right around the woods.....pic below. Graeme says, this is a fun little hole. The hole is directly over the woods on the right, over the bathrooms. He says, the aim point is just to the left of that big, tall tree in the middle. He hits it right at the tree and it draws about 10 feet....probably didn't miss the tree by more than 5 feet, and he says "damnit, that's too far left!" We get up there and find him pin high, 10 feet left of the green. Another short hole that I manage to make 5 on. Of course, I took a little more traditional route to get there. Here's the final scorecard. As I said, I shot 85, with 2 doubles and a birdie. Graeme shot 63 and I'm serious, he really didn't putt well. He had the eagle, and birdied every par 5, but hit all but one in 2. The other he was just off of and chipped it close.....and hit it stiff on the par 3 13th. He only birdied one par-4 all day! Scores on top, Stableford points on the bottom......and yep, that is his signature attesting to the card. There's more to tell about the day, but I know there are a lot of you looking to hear some of the details, so I'll quit here for this post and fill in some additional details about the day later. Needless to say, one that I'm gonna remember for a loooooonng time!
  9. How do you think they've played in Scotland for 400 years? Runners.... low running shots that are usually rolling by the time they reach the green. Same was we play winter golf in Colorado on dry, dormant or frozen turf. The game has always been about adjusting to the conditions. Firm greens is just another adjustment.
  10. If you don't work for 6 years, and delegate your time to a single task, then you can become fairly proficient at said task.. or end up in a homeless shelter.
  11. If you live north enough the sun will be well north of E/W during the summer, during mid summer it does not even set at all. So all grass blades look like cork screws...
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