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  1. lastings

    Unusual Putting Technique

    I hope that we are being trolled here. because if the goal here was for me to stand up in my office and look like an idiot trying to do this, said goal has been achieved.
  2. Guess who's comin' to town?
  3. 1 point
    All things bicycle here. This guy installed a Loud Bicycle. It's basically a car horn on a bike. Folks, don't be surprised if you hear a car horn and a bike is behind you. He also vlogged his ride via his helmet cam. LOOK AT ALL THOSE BICYCLISTS! You can hear him use the Loud Bicycle at around 05:54. I wondered if the drivers even noticed in time.
  4. We have the whole ensemble now!
  5. boogielicious

    Great Ball Striking

    @Righty to Lefty, Please take this the right way. Your posts are just rambling on and sighting one-off examples. We're are talking about overall for the entire population of golfers for all their rounds. PGA Tour Players (and Euro, Asia etc.) are by far the best ball strikers. Minor league players (Web.com etc) are the next tier. They are not quite as good at it. Top AMs are next. But they can't make it on the Web.com because they are not as good at ball striking. It keeps going on. There is no way by any stretch that a 5 handicap player (who wasn't a former Tour Pro and only lost distance due to age) could ever be as good a ball striker as a scratch golfer, Top AM, Web.com or PGA Tour player. They are just not as good at striking the ball and controlling how far and what direction it goes with the correct amount of spin. A couple of US Opens ago, Justin Thomas hit a 3W 290 yards with enough spin to stop it on a very fast elevated green where the pin was 5 paces on the green. THAT is great ball striking. A 5 HC can only do that on a video game. You can keep sighting great putting days or whatever, but you are just not correct with this assertion.
  6. dennyjones

    USGA/R&A Finalize 2019 Rules of Golf

    A question arose on the Aimpoint Facebook page: New rule: 10.2 You or your caddie must not set an object down anywhere on or off the putting green to show your line of play. This is not allowed even if that object is removed before your stroke is made. Do you think it includes those ball markers with a line on them to help you align the line on your ball?
  7. Hacker James


    @Monir Since you state that have been playing blades for awhile and seem okay with them, why change? Granted, GI or SGI might save you a few strokes, but you should do what YOU feel like doing. You could always demo a set to see if they make enough difference. I started out when all that were available were blades and Persimmon/Laminated. Of course, I was forty years or so younger. I was never all that good, but I also had other priorities sometimes taking a hiatus from playing for years at a time. Recently I finally opted out of my Hogan Edge irons and went for Tour Edge EXi which are stated as being for "better" players (that is debatable). They are a little smaller than the SGI irons, but not as drastic as a true blade. Just for the heck it, I acquired a muscle back from a thrift shop and even though it is touted for scratch and plus golfers, I can hit it without a lot of additional effort, but it did take some getting used to. so, keep on having fun with your "buds" and don't worry about unsolicited advice (especially from bozos, like me).
  8. JetFan1983

    Stubborn Steepness

    I was just looking at @phillyk's swing recently, and it's definitely a good example of someone who shallows the club very well while not having what one would call ideal turning rates. In fact, his turning rates are what one would probably classify as stalled out, and yet he shallows it beautifully. And he plays very good golf, having recently shot 67 My point though is that Erik is definitely right that shallowing the club is largely controlled by the forearms. @phillyk's swing seems to be an exception to the rule, but he proves that ideal turning rates aren't necessary for getting rid of stubborn steepness.
  9. ZANDER1994

    Why Aren't There More Heated Ranges? (Minnesota)

    Oh we have a dome with that here about 15 minutes southwest of Minneapolis. But it's only implemented on 10 of the bays which fill up fast. They charge $9 for 80 balls Mon-Fri and $14 for a half hour on the weekends. I'd probably go there a lot more if I didn't work 30 minutes in the opposite direction, and like others have said, the timed thing on the weekends really takes the relaxation out of it. I like to spend time after most shots thinking about it, catching my breath etc. The dome I actually go to is a lot cheaper and closer to my work. They have a punch card too, so I get a lot of my buckets for free.
  10. iacas

    My Swing (iacas)

    There you go.
  11. Of course we will soon get used to it. I'm an old timer that was around when you had to drop over your shoulder and dropping with an extended arm from shoulder height looked silly at first. That's not what makes the rule "absurd" as Bryson DeChambeau commented. It's just another case of the USGA making something way too complicated. Instead of "knee height" all they had to do is say from "no lower than knee height". That would give an out to a player who forgets until they all get used to it. In a short amount of time everyone will be dropping from knee height and that will be that. But by saying only knee height it puts rules officials in the position of looking like a bunch of anal idiots when they have to penalize someone 2 strokes for inadvertently dropping from shoulder height. Us amateurs can joke about it, but if it happens to a professional it is a real penalty for doing absolutely nothing to gain an advantage. Yes, it is absurd when it could have so easily been avoided.
  12. lastings

    Great Ball Striking

    As was noted above, all tour pros are great ball strikers. The term great, in this sense, is only a comparison to your peers. Bubba Watson has been at one time a top 5 player in the world without being a top 50 iron player.
  13. lastings

    Great Ball Striking

    Well, first, European wins aren’t exactly PGA wins. bubba has those two Masters victories.. Paul Casey has no majors, furyk just has the one US Open. But, this is digressing a bit. I think the general point is you can be an elite player without being a great “ball striker”. But, to do so, you better have some other exceptional skill, because you have to make up those strokes somewhere.
  14. Wally Fairway

    OK, I Think I'm Going to Watch Pebble Beach

    Oh, it isn't just his full swing - he's amazingly animated on the green as well
  15. DeeBee30

    New to Shipping Clubs

    Yep - hit the range with 'em to figure out what shots they're giving you, then go have fun!
  16. DrMJG

    Walking Golfers?

    Wish I could go back to walking. Old and somewhat injured body no longer makes that possible except on a pitch and putt course. My last course, before I could not walk any more, was a nice t somewhat rolling course of 7,700 yard in a beautiful area, very tree lined. I miss it and hope someday my feet will improve enough to again take, in the words of Mark Twain, another "good walk spoiled".
  17. DeeBee30

    New to Shipping Clubs

    Sidehatch, rentals for 1 or 2 rounds is definitely the way to go. I played Wailea and Kapalua late last year and rented from Jimmy’s Golf Club Rentals. Half the price of the on-course rentals, and he has some nice sets if you can book them in advance. I got a Titleist set: 716 AP2s, 917 D3 driver , 818 Hybrid and 917F3 3W. He also delivers and picks up from the course as long as you give a day or so lead time. Best deal on the island, and I didn’t have to drag my clubs through the airport or worry about the expense or potential damage from shipping them.
  18. Vinsk

    New to Shipping Clubs

    I think the rental is a good option. I’ve used ShipSticks several times. On one ocassion they really screwed me good and offered zero compensation.
  19. Double Mocha Man

    New to Shipping Clubs

    Rent 'em when you're there. You can probably adjust the Taylormade driver to a draw bias. If you were a scratch handicap I'd say take your own clubs. Besides, you might find yourself falling in love with the Taylormades and buying new clubs.
  20. I don't see a big deal. Dropping from knee height is easy.
  21. RandallT

    Stubborn Steepness

    The videos in this topic are right on this topic of steepness: This video in the tweet (the 3rd listed in that thread) is longer than the others, whereas the first two seem to promote a purchase, so I'll leave them off. As for me, I've made strides this year, but injury has slowed the progress. I think as I come out of the winter, I'll have an improved transition that promotes more shallowing. We shall see. This thread has been pretty helpful for me to review from time to time. Different feels to try and solidify it all- come at the same problem from different angles. Plus the incredible detail of that Como/MacKenzie video to hammer home why this is so key. Good luck to anyone else working on this.
  22. RandallT

    Stubborn Steepness

    Another update: Here's a summary of some of the technical things that helped me so far. You can visit my specific swing thread if you want to see how I'm doing (progress, but work to do): posture (see posture thread here on this site) grip stronger (see grip thread here on this site) keep left shoulder down on backswing (avoid standing up) right elbow in front (get rid of extra arm/hand movement when hips/shoulders stop) flat left wrist by top, think palm to sky (helps feel way more controlled, combined with right elbow) at A6, flatter shoulders, hips more open. (my tendency to stay closed to the target and tilted back by A6) Here are specific techniques that have helped me, as I've reviewed this thread (keeping what resonated, discarding what tended not to work for me): lots of reps at various drills given to me exaggerate, exaggerate, exaggerate use alignment rod on butt of club to see where it's pointing (@travisv used that to help him too) let lower body start the downswing, and as shoulders get going, think of the hand/arm movement getting a little initial burst horizontally, not vertically. I do feel my forearms rotating a bit (but not actively being manipulated). Just relax and let it happen based on hand path. Most importantly, I wanted to summarize how my overall mental picture of the swing has changed. It has been quite dramatic. In the Como video in @iacas post above, he says at 18:45 something about being "handcuffed" by an incorrect mental picture of what you need to do. That is exactly the case with me. I can't overstate that enough. That video definitely hammers home to me why this issue is important, so I won't bore you with that. Great vid. I enjoyed the technical discussion of angular forces and all that. Hopefully, that'll help me solidify the progress in the future. (@Rainmaker- props to you, as you mentioned one of the most important things is changing your mental picture. Same idea). Anyway, the main changes in my mental picture of the swing can be summarized: the hand path needs to be more horizontal than vertical from the top. don't fear OTT move by moving the hands more horizontally. I was "handcuffed" by that fear of moving the hands to the ball would get me OTT. Trust it, for all the reasons in that Como video above. get rid of other images to flatten the club- e.g., my tendency to stand up and flatten shoulders. Wrong image. Gotta keep left shoulder down! ultimately for me, I feel like I need more merry-go-round, less ferris wheel. Even though it is subtle on video, the difference in mental picture is quite significant. This video below shows my old mental picture on the left (mostly), and via my instructor I've been working on the picture on the right (mostly). I'm still working on trusting and gaining the faith the club will whip around naturally to be square at impact if I move the hands more correctly: Also, the initial flattening move is explained nicely here at 3:10: I've been doing this drill below in a mirror, making sure I don't stand up and flatten my shoulders to get the shallowing. I watch Erik's hand path here from the top, and try to put that into my swing image. As you see, the hand path is obviously not horizontal, but my feel is horizontal to get more of what I see below. Hope that helps, all. This is a bit of a consolidation/summary post, and all of the info was previously somewhere in the thread. I just wanted to loop back and describe again what is resonating with me since May of this year. In truth, it has been important to do lots of iterative things with my instructor, and I doubt I could've just read this post at the time and been like "voila! I get it now." We each likely need to go through a process. My specifics will be in my swing thread, but I'm hopeful that within a year, this can be fully ingrained with me-- likely as I move onto other pieces with my instructor, as I get to a "good enough" phase of this, and some other priority might be dominant. But based on how I progress, it is easy for me to backslide into old habits. It has been a bit of struggle, so those of you that think you can fix it in just a week or two- good luck!
  23. iacas

    Stubborn Steepness

    For most people it's to do more of this. And I don't agree with supination, per se: it's more palmar flexion and ulnar deviation. Also:
  24. iacas

    Stubborn Steepness

    You can do what I did there and look back at a mirror while making swings. It's been the best thing I've done.
  25. nevets88

    Stubborn Steepness

    There's also these, another way of thinking about it.
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