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  1. Well, after a lousy Thursday (see story in post #254), today was pretty great. Parking pass, and entry in the members tent just next to No. 1 tee. I'm still not thrilled with this as a spectator sport but I did see a lot of big names and a few birdies. Had some Fat Tires in an air conditioned tent and had a good time with the family. Nephews even had fun.
  2. I'd type more but I'm watching in person.
  3. Had that feeling many times. It usually is a delusion that is quickly shattered with what comes immediately after.
  4. I'll break some news (unless it was announced on TV already, I'm on the course). Oakmont is getting 2025 Open.
  5. These greens are getting into my head. Not really enjoying how crazy they are. Would rather the players were challenged by tight fairways, thick rough and the elements than by tricked up greens. I'm playing later today, I guarantee I'll be short on the 1st 2 or 3 holes with Oakmont in my head.
  6. Since there was no golf to watch last night, I went over to the course to play 9 holes. In the clubhouse, the guy tells me that there are 2 foursomes and 2 twosomes ahead of me so I'm expecting a slow night. As I approach the first tee, a twosome is teeing off. Usually in this situation, one of two things happen: 1) They look at each other and "invite" me to join them. Their tone and body language scream, "we don't really want you to join us but feel obligated to ask." In this case, I politely decline and say that it's a nice night and I'm extremely patient so they should just go on ahead. 2) They glance at me out of the corner of their eye, pretend they don't see me, and just head down the fairway. Last night, however, they saw me coming and without any hesitation asked me to join them. It ended up being a very nice round. No one kept score but they were both racking up pars. True to form, I was stinking up the place, but they never said one bad word, and were very complimentary when I did manage a good shot. So after 9 holes, I thanked them again for inviting me to play and said something like, "I'm sure I'll see you on the course again." and their response was "course!? We'll see you around the village, at the restaurants, and festivals!" (We live in a small village so it's very likely to see them again.) So yeah... good round with a couple really nice guys. I wonder if it's an age thing. When I encounter guys younger than me (41 tomorrow), they just want to do their thing. The older guys (and I guess I'm starting to lean that way) are the more friendly, inclusive golfers in my experience.
  7. Here I was, ready to heap praise upon the Fox Network for their extensive coverage of the U.S. Open, when they cut away to broadcast the entirety of one of 4,860 regular season baseball games that will be played this year! The US Open is our national championship! Is a regular season baseball game between the Cubs and Pirates anywhere near as important? Could they not have joined the game in progress?
  8. He's tied for 8th after three rounds of the U.S. Open. The boy with the cap is in contention at a major.
  9. The broomstick length is great for seniors and people with back problems. It allows us to actually practice putting for more than a few minutes. I don't think Langer is breaking the rules. He's not wearing a spandex top. He's allowed incidental contact with his clothing. He just can't create an anchor point.
  10. Golf-on-TV burnout rapidly approaching toast levels, but I'm still here at 8:08PM. Cool (and brutal) looking course. Lowry always did kind of strike me as a one-time major winner, probably dating back to the first time I ever heard of him, when he won the Irish Open as an amateur several years ago. Not saying he's gonna pull it out, but he always kind of struck me as that guy who randomly picked one off.
  11. 1 point
    I just wanted to provide an update on how things are going. Its been about a month since my last post, and I was able to play in the Member/Guest Tournament at The Blessings golf course. Ive been playing the best golf of my life, and if the US Mid Am qualifier deadline was the 1st I would officially be low enough of a handicap to participate. My swing is in good shape and I'm making putts. What started off as a joke and really unattainable, has become reality. I cant imagine walking The Blessings due to the elevation, so I am going to see if a friend will caddy for me during the qualifying round. My first real USGA tournament and I've put in a lot of work. Dropping from a 6.7 to a 3.4 index in a little over a month has just been mind boggling. The whole mental part of my game has changed. When I make a bogey or double, I battle back and make birdies (or even eagle) to get those strokes back.
  12. Spieth and Day got the memo that it's moving time.
  13. Spencer Levin is a damn nutjob. Beef Johnston is the man.
  14. You're not here. The greens are great. Put your ball in the right spots and you'll be fine to run at some birdies. Getting to those spots is the challenge. Uhmmmmmm… ever played it? It's a great track. It's a bit of a myth… but barely. Just a bit. Greens play at about this same speed all year. They're fast. Different strain of poa here. Kind of its own strain honestly. It's adapted to being cut and rolled a bunch. The greens here are a bit above 12. But go back to that map of 16 green and you'll see just how much slope there is.
  15. Here's where opposite tees become interesting. The first players off in the third round won't be the backmarkers; it will be those in the middle of the pack. If this course only becomes more difficult as the day goes on, someone teeing off early and shooting under par could make a huge jump on the leaderboard.
  16. The members claim it's like this all the time but I agree with you - I have a hard time believing that. Somewhat related ... I'm still a big fan of Jordan but his commentary after all of his poor shots or "bad breaks" is starting to sound a lot like Bubbas complaints/excuses.
  17. Have to say I disagree. I like that they make it this tough as it's a mental test as much as anything else. We can see birdies and eagles left, right and centre on any other PGA Tour weekend - you know when they get one here, they've really earnt it!
  18. Once again the US Open is just not entertaining. My complaint about the golf course is that the greens are too fast. IMO, the USGA has screwed up a great track trying to protect par.
  19. Yea it's odd. I thought at first he was talking about practicing water shots in general, but he specifically mentioned hitting the sand under the water. If you just wanted to practice hitting partially submerged shots, hitting out of a puddle in a bunker is probably better than finding the edge of a pond to wade into. The number of times I have hit the ball into a bunker, into casual water, and couldn't get relief from it are zero. So that's how often I plan to practice that shot.
  20. There are some Englishman who are pompous asses (cough Poulter) and there's some I like. Danny Willett is rounding into my like column. Just seems like a happy go lucky guy with a good sense of humor. Seems like a good guy to talk to and get to know.
  21. Ouch. An obvious thought though, given their histories. But don't all winners have a horror story? At least one.
  22. Bet you anything reasonable that PMick makes the cut.....say a dollar
  23. The hips, weight, left knee being forward allows you to then start "pushing" off the ground which also helps keep you turning.
  24. Jason's short game work pays off today. He'd have shot 78 without the short game. Instead he shot… 76.
  25. Yea MNGC is pretty awesome. http://www.neshanicvalleylearningcenter.com Neshanic has a pretty good practice facility. It's technically my home course but it's really too far away for me to want to use it often. More cowbell?
  26. That's what I really liked about ESPN's stream of The Open, it's available for streaming, each individual round, the whole thing, you can jump and go back to any point of the round, during the championship. Fox streamed fine for me yesterday. Today, it is totally unreliable. Morning: 75.22, Afternoon: 73.27 Drive that hole! Dads worth a gazillion dollars, doing what all fathers do. Finding Dory?
  27. I will always take a really hot round over a cold round, except when we're talking about beers! As others have said, you just have to continually drink water and electrolytes. I take gatorade or whatever and dilute it at least 1:5. 32 oz per 9 holes usually for me (when it's > 90F outside and the humidity is up). The key is to intake water frequently over the round. The higher the frequency, the easier it is on your body. I usually take a few sips per hole, between some shots. Don't go 5 holes without and then start pounding back. Wear sunscreen. I have had at least 4 people this past year alone say to me "wear sunscreen, I wish I had the sense to wear it when I started. I've had xx surgeries removing various skin cancers..." something along those lines. Use one of those fancy "cooling" towels. You lightly wet it and put it on your neck and somehow it stays cooler than a regular wetted towel. Put your glove on while walking up to address your ball, and take it off immediately after your swing (on the way back to the cart or push cart or whatever. If it's 105F out and humid as a mother I can usually go 1 glove per 9 holes before it gets too wet. Same conditions and leaving the glove on for longer periods gets exponentially worse. If I left a glove on for a full hole it would be saturated before the boll drops in the cup. I've met guys that have 6-7 gloves on their bag because they do this. makes no sense to me lol. And it's funny seeing the color difference between their left and right hands when they actually do take them off. You have to play slower, if you're a fast player (like me). Open course in the fall, I'll bust out 9 holes in 1 hr 15 min with light jogging between shots (even though I'm sure I look ridiculous with my push cart... lol). During the summer I absolutely cannot do that. I have to take it a little easier. Which is usually not up to me anyways because there are more players on the course that (this) time of year anyways. Edit: by the way, your body temperature response is most sensitive to the area on the back of your neck. So that whole keeping a cool towel there usually makes the temperature shock easier on your body. You just have to be mindful that you won't feel dehydrated as quickly that way so be proactive with fluids.
  28. So 2 things stand out for me both related to the backswing. 1. Is you need to work on key #1 and ensuring your head stays stead and doesn't go down and forward. You are sort of faking a backswing by moving your head back and forward. Here is a good thread to read on improving the backswing. 2. We need to work on your leg work in the backswing to get your hip to 45 degrees and your shoulders to 90. Now you are 15 and 45. Lots of room to make a bigger backswing which will help with your sequencing. I recommend putting some tees under your arms or gloves and swinging focusing on the information in the thread above. Lets start working on the backswing and then we can move onto the downswing.
  29. I believe that the underlying principles have always been a consideration for most of the important rules revisions, even though they hadn't been documented. If you read the "original" 13 rules, the fundamental principles of playing the ball as it lies and playing the same ball from tee to hole jump out at you. As the rules evolved, those principles continued to remain as the solid base upon which necessary changes were built. Tufts refined it and delved deeper to connect some of the less obvious links, but he still began with those basic ideas that had been implied for 200 years.
  30. I've read through the last few posts here, and thought I'd chime in. The writings that many have referred to, "The Principles Behind the Rules of Golf", was published in 1960 by Richard Tufts, and was based, at least in part, on an article from 1953 written by Joe Dey. I am not aware of earlier writings on the principles, although there certainly could have been some. In my view, the Rules have evolved over the centuries through the well-intentioned and thoughtful efforts of the various ruling bodies, but they haven't necessarily had a set of specific principles to refer to. It may have been "tests" like the changes to the OB penalties that led Dey and Tufts to try to review the rules themselves and come up with a set of principles that help the rules to make consistent sense. Now, more than 50 years later, many (most?) of us have accepted that those Principles outlines by Tufts make the rules make sense, and would like to see any future changes be in conformance with those principles. Its interesting to me that "The Principles..." is offered for sale by the USGA, but I don't believe they have endorsed it as official USGA policy. Even so, for anyone who is interested in the history of the rules, or proposes a change to the rules, I think the Principles would be a valuable read.
  31. You guys know he's not wearing a spandex skin tight shirt, right? He knows the rule and he's a professional golfer with, afaik, integrity (or at least no known situations to show he lacks it) ... So if he says he's not anchored, why not take his word for it?
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