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  1. I don't think there are any forms of etiquette that I "ignore" (that I know about) as long as proper etiquette also means adjusting to what the people in my group want to do. If I notice that winning a hole and being first to tee off is important to somebody I make sure I wait and let them go first. If I notice that nobody cares I certainly don't either. Probably the thing that bugs me the most is when someone has a ball ahead of mine and goes to their ball acting as if I don't exist and I can't even hit my shot because they are in the way. I understand that many people don't have my lifestyle so unless it gets ridiculous I don't mind phones but mine is always off on the golf course. I think I've gotten about 3 calls in the last 5 years so the odds are that I don't need it anyway. Bugs my wife but she gets over it.
  2. Nicklaus may have been the example I've usually tried to emulate, but at times he has been known to put his foot in his mouth. With putting, there is only one right way, and that is to impact the ball with the putter face square to the line and with the right speed. How one accomplishes that is not that critical as long as he is consistent. I use my conventional interlock grip with the putter just as I always have with the rest of my clubs. I just recently changed to a Super Stroke grip (not the fattest, one step down from that), and for a while I thought it was a mistake. I did get used to it and now I putt about as well with it as I did with the old "standard" putter grip, but I find that I don't have to think about my wrists or hands. I just seem to stroke the ball as smoothly as I used to, but without any conscious thought. It has taken at least one thing out my conscious thinking, and anything that simplifies the putting stroke has to be good.
  3. Yo, Bill, will you sign my copy of Five Lessons?
  4. The magic of words ... we transform young trees into obstructions. (Old trees, however, just stand around and complain at the special treatment given the youth. "It wasn't like that in my day, no sir!" groused the stately oak.)
  5. I know a lot of people are fed up with this thread going on so long. But David in FL's first post about passing values on to our kids addresses some very fundamental issues for us all, not just as golfers, but as people. I remember once when I was around 10 climbing the wall to a school close to our house with a friend and just wandering around (we had no intention of damaging or stealing anything, it was just an adventure). The janitor chased us off the premises and told us he was calling the police. My dad had always taught me to take responsibiliy for your actions (he also taught me to back down to no-one, which resulted in a few bloody noses - often mine - but that's another story!), so I just stood there waiting for the police, until the janitor looked out and was astonished to see me there waiting. He told us to go home. What I'm saying is that if we don't set ourselves mroal standards and try to live by them, where are our kids going to get their coordinates in life? My mother once told me a story which I and most people I have told it to find meaningful: Your conscience is a metal triangle in your stomache. Every time you do something wrong, it turns, and the corners prick your inside. However, if you make it turn too often, the corners get worn, and in the end you have a metal disc, which has lost its function. To get off the high horse and get back to golf, I'll finish with one more thought: As golfers, we pride ourselves that etiquette is a large part of our game and our ethos. Respect and courtesy for others. Where does that stop - or does it only apply to other golfers? Legally and practically, I agree that some of the responsibility should go to the homeowner, whose ignoring the obvious risk and not taking steps to prevent damage also constitues some degree of negligience in my eyes. But - as David in FL and some others have said - each of us is responsible for our own actions - we can't make those dependent on how we think other people should or will react to them.
  6. The media made it to be more antagonistic than it really was. https://cloud.real.com/s/LzkvRU https://cloud.real.com/s/Mz52kU
  7. With 109 swing speed, you should be maxing out at about 275-280 carry. check this thread out, http://thesandtrap.com/t/77244/how-to-hit-a-driver-hit-it-further-and-stop-slicing
  8. If he wins the next two majors then you could argue that. As of right now... Definitely not. Could you imagine the hype for the US Open next year if Rory wins the Masters? It has the potential to be the best major championship ever if Rory and Tiger are in the mix after Saturday (and even better if Phil is also in the hunt): Rory with a chance to achieve the Tiger Slam Tiger trying to stop that from happening AND end his majorless drought Phil looking for his first US open and career grand slam at age 45
  9. Depends on the group. Primarily our groups don't care about "honors" on the next tee. Also we don't play farthest out plays first. If someone is looking for their ball, then go ahead an hit. Besides that, its strict rules of golf for me!
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