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  1. I was listening to The Drive podcast. The interview was with Eric Chehab, an Orthopedic Surgeon and Sports Medicine Specialist. One topic came up about why they were seeing knee strain from people who perform a lot of lunges and squats. With lunges it is due to people putting improper loading on the front knee. In a proper lunge that knee should take on little to no loading. The glut should take on the loading. When people are too far forward in the lunge they are wearing down the front knee. Just a tip for those who might be seeing knee pain with their lunges or know they are doing them incorrectly now.
  2. The origin of this ruling goes back 40 or more years before Tiger's incident. An elderly lady encountered a large fallen bough over her ball. She was too week to move it on her own but together with her companions, they managed it. The question was raised with the R&A resulting in the Decision that Tiger took took advantage of.
  3. I would recommend playing the same kind of ball for your entire round for anyone who can reasonably afford it. Between rounds you can try out different balls to see what works best for you or what you like the most. That said, this doesn't mean you have to go out and buy 10 dozen ProV1's to play. If you use a popular budget model golf ball you should be able to at least partially replenish your stock with what you find from other golfers. I've seen plenty of Noodle or Top-flite balls, though I can't say I particularly recommend the Top-flites. A good option for people who want plenty of golf balls that feel good and perform reasonably well for beginners, without having a large cost attached, is the Snell Get Sum ball. If you order them by the 6 Dozen they're about $14.20 per dozen, and they're good balls.
  4. No need, just hook up that chain to two or three regular golf carts, what’s the use of a foursome if they’re not there to help move a few “loose impediments”? 😂
  5. I think of right arm connected more in terms of the pitch elbow feeling. It is discussed in the thread below. My instructor, who posted this video in this thread, has a really good drill for this. The feel for me isn't staying connected per se . It is more that my right arm is pushing against my left hand and that keeps my right elbow in the proper position to start the down swing. When your right elbow stays in the 'pitch elbow' position, it helps stop early release of your club hinge or casting. Flying elbows can get stuck behind the body and cause lots of problems.
  6. I actually kind of like these and will use them for indoor drills to improve my contact.
  7. For a right handed golfer... During the downswing, the most active muscles are the right subscapularis, the right pectoralis major, right anterior deltoid, right latissimus dorsi, right triceps, and right external oblique - coupled with the (slightly slower) left side infraspinatus and left posterior deltoid. Imagine throwing a frisbee with your left hand. Imagine baseball pitching submarine style with your right side. If you swing an extra driver shaft only with your left hand only and right hand only, you will see the right side is faster. The combination of the two sides creates a swing speed between the high of the right side and the low of the left side... but together, they are faster and more stable and repeatable than a one arm only swing. Weight shift/hips/legs don't really contribute much, but they DO contribute and provide stability. Also... Forearm and hand strength and speed is important. Most important is to ensure that you dont create imbalances that cause injuries. Studies have been done and you can google the info I provided. I have thoroughly researched the hip rotation speed question and have concluded that it is a waste (waist (pun)) of time to focus on drills to increase hip rotational speed. Hopefully this info helps some people searching for the correct approach to swing speed. Overspeed training, stretching, and power training all help tremendously. Hope this helps.
  8. It was hanging on the stick in the right of the video. Not sure why it is important though.
  9. Last day of 2018. A year ago, I couldn't even lift more that 5 pounds after knee and hernia surgery. Seems like a long time ago. Did a major redesign of my stance platform. the issue with the old setup was it not being level. This caused several issues, aligning the camera and the ball being above my feet on the mat all the time. So I started over. To reduce weight, I used 1 x 2" poplar, which is light and strong. My mat is 1.5" thick, so I needed to make a well. I used 1/4" plywood for the bottom of the well and added 1/2" neoprene to adjust the height and give more cushion. For the top, I used 1/2" plywood and a thin rug. I had to do a lot of leveling because there is a 3.5" drop from the top right corner to the bottom left. Below are photos of the process. Started the frame off for the well. Shown here with the mat in it for sizing. Then I had to level the frame. You can see the overall height I needed to boost the frame. I added the feet and now it was level. I added the plywood top. The finally the rug. What isn't shown are rubbed pads for the feet and the neoprene padding. I used a bit of velcro to keep the mat attached to the pad. The whole stand weighs around 30 - 35 pounds. I got wheels for it to put on the rear end if it was too heavy. But for now, I don't need them. So this is what an engineer does on his Christmas vacation!😀
  10. I like PGA the Village courses and have played them a number of times. I've also played PGA National a few times which I didn't like nearly as much, however I didn't play the Champions course so that might be a lot better than the rest of them. Palm Beach National is a fun affordable course too.
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    • @ what some of the people have posted as their dreams. I respect that. I was thinking about this thread earlier today. I knew I'd get backlash when I posted it and I also thought it would be a fun little project, where people could watch my progress. Maybe I just haven't positioned it as such but 90% of the replies to this thread have been useless, people telling me to quit, people telling me im delusional, people telling me all kinds of shit. Have I really received any value from this? Not really. There was a few posts at the start that helped me but after that I've got nothing from it.  I don't need people telling me I won't make it, or that I don't have the talent or how HARD it is or how good the players are. Look, I've watched pro the Canadian Open and Mackenzie Tour events + lesser pro events (club pros). I know what they can do, I know I'm not close but I know I will make it. I watched the players on the Mackenzie Tour hit their long irons 245 yards uphill into the wind on a par 3, my jaw dropped. I've seen how good they are. I'm not going out there, shooting 1 under and going well I think I can go pro soon. You guys can shut the f*** up about it.  Everyone here knows some guy who didn't make it, "I know a guy who tried, he was really good but didn't make it." It's always some guy. My response? I don't give a f*** if some guy you know didn't make it. I will. These posts are useless.  Ever heard of the phrase you are the product of the people you associate with? Has associating with this forum made me a better player? Not really. I get close to 0 value here and I say close to 0 because some people have helped me, which I appreciate. Right now. I don't see the point in continuing this but I'm willing to give it one more shot however if people just want to talk shit and tell me shit I already know, as if they are being helpful and insightful. Then I'm out. Maybe you can prove me otherwise and I'm the one that led this thread down the path that it went. Maybe I should post more about golf and let the naysayers go f*** themselves. Anyway, with that said let me give you an update.  _________________ I've been reflecting on my good rounds last year and what I was working on specifically during the time I shot those scores. Here's a break-down of the stand-out rounds. 71 - When I shot this, I know I was working on starting the swing with the lower body and I was also working on keeping the head relatively still. I shot this right after going to watch a Mackenzie Tour event. The main thing I noticed during the event was how stable their bodies were during the swing. Their heads didn't really move much (vertically) and it looked solid.  I think before we go further, I should clarify what I mean when I say their bodies were solid. They swung around themselves, they didn't sway, they stayed in one spot and pivoted around their bodies to hit the ball. Whereas before with myself I would sway thinking it would give me leverage but all it does it ruin your shotmaking. Think about the golf swing, if you're just using the arms and you aren't really rotating at all. There's no power because you're not turning around the ball. So when I got back I was inspired to work on that. I also was working on a one-piece takeaway, maintaining the triangle formed between the arms and the body for as long as possible and swinging on an upright plane. 69 - I never drove the ball better during this time, it was the main reason I shot what I did. What I was working on at this time was again stability (stance) and maintaining the triangle between the arms and body for as long as possible in the backswing without feeling stiff. 72 - Again, a similar theme of keeping the head still and I was really working on starting the downswing with my lower body. I don't think it's a coincidence that my best rounds had similar thoughts. I should also note that during these rounds I was experimenting with letting my right foot lift a little off the ground in the backswing, which gave me more leverage on my longer irons. I could really get "behind" the ball when I did this. Here's a few swings from around the times when I shot the above scores. If you notice, my body is relatively still during these swings. I don't think this a very complicated thing to answer why having less unnecessary motion is good. There's a famous painter Henri Matisse who said in regards to painting that "Everything that is not useful in the picture is, it follows, harmful. A work of art must be harmonious in its entirety: any superfluous detail would replace some other essential detail in the mind of the spectator." I agree with Matisse, I also love that quote in regards to the golf swing. Removing unnecessary motions to create one, smooth, poetic swing that is in harmony.  You should also notice that in my pre-shot routine, I was taking the club back and forth, this is where I was focusing on maintaining the triangle. The reason this helped me with ball striking was that it makes sure that I make a full shoulder turn and I don't bring the club back too shallow. (which is a problem of mine). I noticed I played better when my swing plane was more upright and less shallow, and this helped me stay connected + relatively upright. I also think it just helps with consistency, the more sturdy and stable you are in the swing, the more consistent. At least that's what I found. Starting the downswing with the lower body, I knew I had an over - the - top action in my swing. I think when I worked on starting with the lower body and rotation of the hips, it made it harder to come over the top. I was able to stop my right shoulder from taking over and wanting to chop at the ball but this was I think a bandaid solution to a bigger problem. Which is something I will be working a lot on this year. Watch this swing. See something weird in the downswing? Look at my head. It dips and as one pro said, it looks like I'm trying to keep my head down. And it's 100% true. Remember the old guy that took me under my wing when I was younger that I talked about in a previous post? He told me to keep my head down. He drilled it into me. And I think that's why I come over - the - top. I'm so focused on the damn ball that I drop my head and when my head drops, I can't really drop the club onto a proper line. I have to come over the top to re-route the club onto the back of the ball.  I remember a long time ago, when I was like 16 or 17 that I had considerably better ball striking when I allowed myself to not worry about "watching" the ball. I also remember that my ball striking was a lot better when I swung with my eyes closed, I felt "free" and that I was able to swing through the ball and not at it. Watch Sams swing here, notice how he isn't trying to keep his eye on the ball and also notice how his head doesn't move and there is no big dip. He's able to get the lowerbody into the swing. Now watch this video of me. Look at my downswing motion. It's f***ing terrible. It looks like I'm chopping wood and I think it's because I'm trying to keep my eye on the ball. My head doesn't move much laterally but vertically it dips like crazy and when I dip it like that, I can't get my lowerbody into the shot and I screw myself in consistency and accuracy. It's a very cramped motion.  I need to go to range and work this motion out more but that's one major change I am making to my swing. I'm removing the over - the -top motion and allowing my head to be free. I'm not going to worry about what my head does, I'm just going to worry about swinging through the ball and using the lower body. I definitely don't think I use my lower body enough which is robbing me of power and consistency and as far as my knowledge is concerned, this stems from trying to watch the ball. Now, doesn't this sound contradictory? I'm allowing my head to move, but I kept it still last year and shot my best rounds?  I think keeping the head still, helps me with not swaying but I'm still putting too much attention on the ball and it's causing my over the top motion. 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    • Perhaps go to a pro shop or sporting goods store with a larger hitting area on their simulator.  Unless of course you live in an area where there are very few simulators
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    • No, and let me tell you why. I don't like how the bet is framed. Because I know at least here in New York even if you max out you must be paroled out of prison. And parole even on max outs is a mandatory 1 year here in NY.

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