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  1. Groucho Valentine

    2017 U.S. Open Discussion Topic

    If there ever was a major that had a winning score of -16 and was boring AF - this US open was it.
  2. Wally Fairway

    Which 63 was better?

    Johnny is just being a grumpy old man I can't decide which one best describes this or
  3. Shindig

    2017 U.S. Open Discussion Topic

    It's high quality journalism though. Just like in typical team sports. Ask a question and get a Madden answer. Coach, how could you have won? Well we could have scored more points than they did, then we'd have won. Coach, who was the MVP of the game? Probably the bucket. How would 1973 Johnny fare on that course with a Ping G30 driver and Titleist ProV1s? It's just different eras, same reason we can't really find out how Bjorn Borg would fare against Roger Federer, or how Sid Luckman would have fared against the Steel Curtain, or whether 11 year old Martha Stewart could knock out adult Ronda Rousey. Good point. They should replace Joe Buck for the 2018 U.S. Open with Darrell Waltrip and/or Jeff Gordon. Or just get Jimmie Johnson, who, when he plays golf, ironically can only get the ball to turn right.
  4. georgep

    Flop Shot Catch Challenge

    Got it on the second attempt. Thought the slope would let me pop it up and not have to move. But I need more slope or talent, one of the two.
  5. mtsalmela80

    What'd You Shoot Today?

    I broke par for the first time ever on a local 9 hole course, par 34. Ended up -1. The best score I managed any other time was +1 here. Its a short easy course, but the consistency was on point today and I only hit one very bad shot, a drive, that I manage to scrape up a bogie on. 3 birdies, 2 bogies, and 4 pars.
  6. boogielicious

    Which 63 was better?

    You do realize that most of this is tongue and cheek, don't you?
  7. DeadMan

    Which 63 was better?

    I think it's Johnny's, and I don't think it's particularly close. Sunday at Oakmont to win the US Open trumps it. Plus, Johnny's round was a bigger outlier from the field that Justin's was. That doesn't really take anything away from JT's round, though. Johnny's round was probably the best single round of all time. JT's round was incredible, but not quite that good.
  8. Apoc81

    2017 U.S. Open Discussion Topic

    I don't even disagree with Miller. This was a joke of an open. It felt like every other tour event. There was no prestige like the masters, no ridiculously punishing courses like the Open (sorry folks, there's only one open) , if anything, it felt like a small tournament that none of the top stars show up to. In my opinion, I was underwhelmed. That said, I still have tremendous respect for what Koepka did. He hoisted a trophy I could only dream of. Good for him. Yes, well, missing fairways by a mile will blow up your score. I'm evidence of that. That is not what he said at all. But to that point, they were driving into much smaller fairways with clubs and balls most of us couldn't even duff a ball with nowadays. I think you should get on youtube and watch millers round.
  9. zipazoid

    2017 U.S. Open Discussion Topic

    So all courses are the same? No difference in degree of difficulty? Then why do we have course ratings & slope ratings? There was almost a 2-stroke difference betw field average in Miller's 63 & JT's.
  10. nevets88

    Golf Digest piece on Koepka

    Did not know he tore it up on the Challenge Tour. He calls soccer "proper football". Thats un-American! Anyways, this piece is pretty good in outlining his career. http://www.golfdigest.com/story/the-buzz-on-brooks-koepka
  11. BallStriker

    2017 U.S. Open Discussion Topic

    LOL
  12. Buckeyebowman

    2017 U.S. Open Discussion Topic

    Some of these comments make me wonder what it is that people want? Nobody can control the weather. Ever wonder how Johnny Miller shot that 63 back in '73? Because Oakmont was soaking wet, that's how! I think it rained every night of the tournament, and it was solid overcast every day! I was there for Saturday and Sunday, and while it didn't rain during play I still came away with soaked feet! Waterproofing back then wasn't what it is now. The old style Open course of hack out rough around the greens reminds me of the old NBA. The old "shlob" it in to the center, everybody runs away from him, and he backs his guy down! Boring! FWIW, the greens reminded me a lot of Augusta's greens, where if you couldn't hit a target about the size of a dining room table you had no chance at birdie. And when the ball runs away from the green they make them chip or pitch from tight lies. That's OK by me. And, just as an aside, did anybody besides me notice how spectacular the skies were up there? I know Montana is called "Big Sky Country", but the sky looked plenty big up there! I don't know why, I just notice such things.
  13. MuniGrit

    Steve Elkington/Rory McIlroy Twitter Fight

    Funny how you act like your opinion and hand me down info is fact but if someone else does the same thing you are all over them. You have no clue how much Elk worked on his game. I bet if you tweeted him he would tell you though. Sorry if you have back problems, doing heavy squats and deadlifts is a great way to make it worse. What would you expect Rory and his trainers to say about it? Of course they are going to say it is the right thing to do.
  14. Shindig

    New guy, help with irons

    Welcome to the Sand Trap! And to golf. Yes. Check out these links: https://thesandtrap.com/forums/forum/13-member-swings/ And in particular this post: When I started posting video, I moved from a 19.x to 13.0 at my best; it's been climbing a little bit lately due to not having played much since last October, but I'm working on improving that. Hopefully we can help you out.
  15. JonMA1

    Forum Profile Handicap Indices....

    I finally have a legitimate handicap index (at least I believe so). I've been posting all rounds that were compliant and finally have 5 for the season. It will go up as I continue to post because of an uncharacteristically low score to start off the season... that is unless I can improve slightly. Anyway, it's something I've been wanting to do for a while but was unable due to a lack of playing partners. Not sure if I'll maintain it or not, but probably will for the remainder of the season.
  16. It's still internal and not a ton has leaked or been made super public, but I just told you a bunch of information. http://www.usga.org/articles/2017/04/world-handicap-system-in-the-works.html http://www.golf.com/tour-news/2017/04/19/usga-ra-develop-single-world-handicapping-system http://www.golfchannel.com/news/golf-central-blog/usga-ra-developing-world-handicap-system/ http://www.skysports.com/golf/news/12176/10843017/ra-and-usga-announce-plans-for-single-world-handicap-system http://golfweek.com/2017/04/20/golf-handicaps-usga-ra-world-system/ http://www.golf-monthly.co.uk/news/notice-board/golfs-governing-bodies-planning-world-handicap-system-132547 https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-handicap-may-finally-go-global-1431732136
  17. Moxie Dawn

    Plumb Bobbing (Putting) Master Thread

    Well it's voodoo, and has to do with aligning your chi/chakras with the magnetic poles of the earth. Works best with Mercury in retrograde. I have used my putter successfully to find potable water and natural gas. True story.
  18. Hardspoon

    Is this a legal shot?

    No. It is a breach of 14-1 (a). The ball must be fairly struck at with the head of the club and must not be pushed, scraped or spooned.
  19. DeadMan

    Flop Shot Catch Challenge

    BAM! Got that one over my head!
  20. Randtrap

    GX-7: A Reputable Outfit?

    I received the GX-7 yesterday which was a day earlier than estimated. Today I tested the club on the driving range against my driver, and am confident I will keep it. Although my average distance was slightly less than my driver, the accuracy of this club is exactly what I was looking for. At best, I may have hit it 220 yards (using low compression range balls), and hope to be more consistent with distance with continued use of the club and higher compression balls. The 44" shaft works well for me as I'm 5'8", of slight build. I'll admit I was a bit skeptical about the company as I find their advertising videos to be on hard sell side. But now, I can say the club is solid and the company shipped in a very reasonable time frame.
  21. Jack Watson

    My Swing (Antneye)

    I saw above you worked on 'dropping into a slot' IMO don't focus on that. Focus on the clubHEAD path through space as you swing.
  22. freshmanUTA

    Balls falling out of air -4,5 Driver.

    Thanks so much guys, I worked with him on flaring his feet outward, and gave him a drill where a tee is under his left heel and he has to squash it on the downswing. Helped tremendously right away. So much so that he was finally able to get real distance out of his shots. Of course, as with any new swing change, he was shanking quite a bit, but he is sticking with it and I will post an update in a few weeks after he really works on it. May even convince the stubborn old guy to sign up for an account and post a my swing thread!
  23. MacDutch

    2016 TST Initiative: Forward Tees Tournament

    Yesterday we played our tee it forward tourney (organised by Leon and me) on Scherpenbergh and we had a blast. 40 contestants. Halve of them played nett strokeplay, halve played Stableford. Winner was a guy with nett 74, but he played from scratch, so also bruto 74. There was one guy who needed to shoot 5 under to play his handicap. Two eagles were made and a lot of birdies (I made 4). We played in honour of Leon who lost both his lower legs last year because of an infection. It was his first full round after his illness and he was smiling all day long. We also had a prize for 'most beautifull legs' which was won by Leon.
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