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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.
    3 points
  2. I'd type more but I'm watching in person.
    3 points
  3. Had that feeling many times. It usually is a delusion that is quickly shattered with what comes immediately after.
    3 points
  4. I'll break some news (unless it was announced on TV already, I'm on the course). Oakmont is getting 2025 Open.
    2 points
  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.
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  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
    1 point
  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?
    1 point
  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.
    1 point
  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.
    1 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.
    1 point
  11. 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 t
    1 point
  12. DJ channeling his inner Phil Mickelson
    1 point
  13. Spieth and Day got the memo that it's moving time.
    1 point
  14. I'm having fun watching. I'll be around.
    1 point
  15. Spencer Levin is a damn nutjob. Beef Johnston is the man.
    1 point
  16. 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.
    1 point
  17. 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.
    1 point
  18. 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.
    1 point
  19. 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!
    1 point
  20. 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.
    1 point
  21. 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.
    1 point
  22. 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.
    1 point
  23. Ouch. An obvious thought though, given their histories. But don't all winners have a horror story? At least one.
    1 point
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  25. Bet you anything reasonable that PMick makes the cut.....say a dollar
    1 point
  26. The hips, weight, left knee being forward allows you to then start "pushing" off the ground which also helps keep you turning.
    1 point
  27. Jason's short game work pays off today. He'd have shot 78 without the short game. Instead he shot… 76.
    1 point
  28. 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?
    1 point
  29. 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?
    1 point
  30. 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
    1 point
  31. 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 focusin
    1 point
  32. 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.
    1 point
  33. 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 be
    1 point
  34. 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?
    1 point
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