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  1. After reading some of the comments to this thread, I can't help but get the impression that the reason some of you want to improve your game is so you can compete against other golfers with the hopes of beating them. If that is incorrect then please correct me. Nevertheless, if that's what your goal is then all the more power to you. Yet that goal differs from my own goal. When I play golf, the only person I compete against is myself. I could care less what other golfers are scoring, or whether or not my score is lower than theirs. Sure, I have scored lower than other golfers, but that has never given me a sense of accomplishment. My real sense of accomplishment comes from seeing little improvements in my game. Improvements like, accuracy on my drive, being able to get my ball closer to the pin on my pitch shots from 100 yards or so, and being able to hole more chip shots than in the past. Giving my self more chances than before for birdie attempts, etc., etc. Little improvements through trial and error give me a personal sense of accomplishment that I hopefully will be able to carry into my next round of golf.
  2. Had a great day with the Newport Cup! Golf club was closed today so the cup hung out with me for some putting practice. Nice job with getting it fixed @Club Rat! I'll try my best to replicate the professional packing job that you and @kpaulhus did. Will be on it's way to @Golfingdad tomorrow.
  3. Not warming up will definately play a role. Having the arm locked straight will also put quite a shock on the joint especially off of mats as has been suggested. The biggest problem however is that people let these things go on for too long to the point where something might actually even break. When you get the first symptoms of joint pain you should lower activity levels and apply ice for 30 minutes at a time atleast after activity. Throw in some nsaids and massaging and youd treat most cases very effectively.
  4. Not sure where the idea of the collared shirt and no jeans got started, but I know it certainly got reinforced in the late 1960s near the end of the Vietnam war. Jeans and (often) tie-died tee shirts were the warm-weather uniform of the anti-establishment hippies and counter-culture set. Corporate America saw the country clubs and golf clubs as one of the last bastions of post-World War II respectability, so the dress codes started popping up in the early 1970s to enforce a decidedly non-hippie look. Just look at the PGA golf tour. Pros who sported mustaches or goatees caused quite a stir during that time among the button-down protectors of civilization. (History note: Hippies often wore mustaches and beards, hence the horror over facial hair on the pro.) I quit caddying regularly about 1974, so I was gone from the country club scene for a long time, and missed out on the full development of the modern dress code. I just know I was surprised when I started connecting with country clubs or the semi-private clubs in the 1990s. The dress codes of collared shirts and no jeans were supplemented with no frayed or slashed clothing (those Goth golfers ruin everything!). I chuckled, wondering how the dress code would be enforced on the old semi-retired millionaires I caddied for in the late 1960s. These guys teed off wearing beat-up khaki slacks, a torn golf shirt and a stained fishing hat - more like they were going to work in the garden rather than try to impress the clubhouse patio crowd as they strolled up the 18th fairway. I always wondered how the starter would tell a rumpled gent with $500,000 in his home office safe to go back to the locker room and change clothes. Also, there's the issue of cargo pants and cargo shorts. Three years ago, I played in the St. Louis area Olympics (just local sports) golf tournament. About half of us golfers wore cargo shorts. I asked a couple of country clubbers in the field if their club had a rule against cargo stuff. They said yes, but it was a rule that needed to be changed. I especially would like to wear cargo slacks or shorts when I volunteer at golf tournaments. Expandable pockets can hold the rules guide, a snack bar, and a small water bottle, thus leaving my hands free. Since the Boston Marathon bombings, the gate crews at golf tournaments and other public sporting events are really touchy about letting people bring in backpacks. So, allowing cargo attire would lessen the need for backpacks among volunteers. On a more positive note, the modern tennis-polo-golf shirt was developed by France's Rene Lacoste, the tennis Grand Slam master from the 1920s. He found the old, long-sleeve tennis shirts uncomfortable, so he invented what became the Tennis-Polo-Golf shirt.
  5. This is exactly how I am. I am competitive against myself. I always want to improve. I evaluate every round by examining what I need to work on.
  6. Head going a bit too far forward for my liking from A4-5 but the strike was good and the thrust piece is getting better. Priorities....
  7. Wie. She's the only player who can get me to stop down for an LPGA event when in contention. Unfortunately, she hasn't been there enough to date. Hoping for a successful 2016 for her.
  8. One that always stands out in my mind is from very early in his career - January 12, 1997 to be exact. This is the first tournament of Tigers first full season on tour, 3 months before he'd win his first major. He made 11 starts in 1996, winning twice, and we were just starting to see what he was capable of. The final round of the TOC in 1997, back when it was still being played at La Costa, was cancelled due to rain. Tiger and Tom Lehman had finished the third round tied for the lead so the PGA Tour decided to have them playoff in the rain at the par 3 7th hole to decide the winner. It's a medium length hole with a pond on the left, the pin pushed over towards the pond, and the wind blowing that way as well. Lehman had the honor, and with his only shot of the day, hooked it into the middle of the pond. Afterwards, the announcers have this exchange: Curtis Strange: "Well I think the one thing you can GUARANTEE now is that - Tiger - his ball will be 20 or 30 yards to the right of the pin. Don't you think Peter Alliss?" Peter Alliss: "Well if he follows him into the water he needs a bottom smacking." then a little more conservative talk ending with Peter declaring: "One good straight shot, middle of the green, and two putts will make him the champ." Here's the video and I'm trying to start it at the right point, but if it doesn't work, just skip to 14:55 for the important sequence: One of his early goosebump inspiring moments, IMO. :)
  9. Me too but because she told everyone to "stuff it" when they said she should quit school and play full time. The golf analysts on the idiot box were the worst! Good for you, Michelle! You stuck to you guns, finished your degree and yet still managed to go out and win.
  10. I know where grass ranges are and use them, but they are not as quick to get to compared to someone who lives in most areas of the rest of the country. And you'd be hard pressed to find a grass range open off season, like now. > don't care to explore finding a place where there is some. Yep, that's me in a nutshell. I'm hopelessly lazy and have zero initiative.
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