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  1. Hey Scott, you're in Mirror Vision's Instagram Story! That's you right?
  2. I'm 65, healthy with very few aches and pains. Been playing golf for over 50 years and still enjoy the game. Life is good. 🙂
  3. Here's the deal, folks: I'd like to play enough golf and birdie every hole at Whispering Woods in 2020. I'd like you to join me on this quest. So, I've set up a spreadsheet here: 2020 TST Birdie Challenge - Google Sheets Welcome to the 2020 TST Birdie Challenge. Rules? There are no rules. Just fill in your best score relative to par on the holes as you achieve them, and let's all have fun and cheer each other on in 2020! Please click through, add your name, home course, and location, and when you make a par or a birdie, add that score to the sheet, with the idea that you're going to birdie all 18 holes on your home course this year. If you're above a certain handicap and would like to make it a par challenge, go for it! Just add that note to the Notes column. We can all cheer each other on and see where this takes us! Edit: if you truly play a TON of different courses, then follow these two guidelines: If you just play a lot of golf, but still get 20 or 25 (or more) rounds in on one course, consider making that your home course and just doing the birdie challenge there. If you truly play only 20-40 rounds per year, and never more than a handful at the same course, consider trying to birdie holes numbered 1 to 18 across all of your courses. Or even doing it twice. Yeah, some hole #17s will be easier birdies than others, but that's why you might do it twice. Edit 2 (2020-02-13): I added a second tab called "By Hole" for those who, when not playing their home course, want to keep track of the holes they birdie or par. If you birdie the fourth hole at some course that isn't your home course in the first tab, put your birdie in the second tab on hole four.
  4. Here it is, the big cat. For eagle. McIlroy with 2 eagles.
  5. billchao

    ARod WitB

    8 insane things I noticed inspecting Alex Rodriguez's golf equipment setup A non-conforming driver, four 4-irons, clubs covered in plastic — Alex Rodriguez's golf clubs are a sight to... Looks like he just grabbed one of those lost and found bags behind the counter at a local muni and brought it with him to play with 😃
  6. They never had an edge to lose, at least since I have been aware of the site. Just about every article reads like a PR piece. Their tests / data are meaningless. Sure they come across as "science-y", but there is no scientific approach to any of it. Embedding a table with data and then throwing out some gibberish about using a "proprietary methodology that considers the statistical reliability of a Strokes Gained metric" doesn't make their conclusions credible or trustworthy. The fact that they don't disclose relationships with manufacturers is a big cherry on top. I used to occasionally check out the site for the latest news on equipment releases, but their virtual driver fitting app / algorithm you had to pay to see the results for was the last straw for me.
  7. For your sake, I hope not. We want more backside coverage, not less.
  8. Here's a hint on how to find the sweet spot on Tiger Wood's putter. Look for the wear mark. Case closed. Nothing you speculate matters. Don't question it. Accept that he is far more knowledge and self-aware of his golf game than you are. Don't be delusional. Stop.
  9. A slightly stronger grip can cup a little on the backswing. That's fine. Plus, then you have room (if needed) to go toward arched. It's probably fine. Also, better:
  10. Generally, that early release or casting or flip are caused by something else going on. So you need to figure out what the "something else" is, rather than taking the shotgun approach, trying every possible cure. The best thing to do is to post a video of you swinging in the Member Swings area. Be sure to read the Hidden contents, particularly the thread about filming your swing, so you get the most useful video you can.
  11. My coach told me my problem is that I'm an idiot but not a big enough one to be incredibly good (like DJ, Brooks). And not smart enough to either (Tiger, Jack, Hogan). I'm stuck in the mediocre middle.
  12. Don't feel bad, I have a huge handicap between the ears. With various sporting endeavors, I found that consistency in practice was important. When I wanted to get good at something, 2 months working 60-90 minutes per day at least 5 days a week was needed. I found that going out for 9 holes in the evening alone allowed me to practice certain shots over and over until I learned them. I should have mentioned to the OP and this is a minor point but it helped me on the 30-50 yard shots, I stuck to one ball and one ball only. B330. I used to be happy with 10-15 feet at 50 yards, but getting to an expectation of hope of getting inside 6 feet, can't change balls. I also used to accept a 3 putt on a par 5 if I was far from the pin, I'd think, oh well....still a par. I worked really hard lag putting. I also worked hard on chipping to the point I would always think I was going to make them. Then, I worked on 5 footers. It was fun for me to see improvement in all these areas. When it all came together, it was fun. My original post wasn't to say an instructor can't help, I should have said.....figure out exactly where you need help. Don't just immediately go for a makeover when you might just have a leak in the roof and some patching might get you from a 2 to scratch.
  13. Day 44 - February 12, 2020 Full swing work again. This is going to be almost everything that I do.
  14. I have a few thoughts on the distance debate in golf. Except for the first, they're in no particular order. I'll try to be brief, but we all know how that tends to go… 1. I don't care about the 0.01% of golfers that this affects. Even if that number is as large as 1%, I don't care. Distance *may be* an issue on the PGA Tour (and other pro tours), and for a few college kids at the best college programs. I am almost fundamentally against changing golf just because of a tiny fraction of golfers. 2. I still believe that 6500 yards is enough (or more than enough) for 95% of golfers, and 7000 is enough (or more) for 99%+. While Rory might hit wedge to a 450-yard hole, for almost everyone else, that's a 6-iron or more. And if the membership at some clubs are chasing distance and expanding their golf course, that's their call. They're spending their own money. 3. I'm tired of hearing about the PGA Tour can't go play these awesome courses. Here are some of the outstanding works of art played in 1990: La Costa, TPC StarPass, Indian Wells, TPC Scottsdale, Waialae, Torrey Pines, Riviera, Doral, TPC Eagle Trace, TPC Sawgrass, Bay Hill, TPC Woodlands, Hattiesburg CC, Harbour Town, Forest Oaks CC, English Turn G&CC, TPC Las Colinas, Muirfield Village, Colonial, Atlanta CC, TPC Avenel, Butler National, Medinah CC, Westchester CC, TPC ConnecticutKingsmill CC, Pleasant Valley CC, St. Andrews, Warwick Hills, TPC Southwind, Shoal Creek, Castle Pines, Valleybrook, Firestone, Tuckaway CC, Oakwood CC… I give up, mostly because I'm tired of typing "TPC." Which of the courses that no longer host PGA Tour events are we truly "missing out on"? When the question is posed about what great courses can no longer host the PGA Tour due *only* to distance (and not the other infrastructure needed, lack of member desire to turn their course over for a month, etc.), the list is always *very, very* short. 4. I really don't care if the British Open can no longer be played at the Old Course some day, or if they continue to play it there and when it's not windy, the winner shoots -30. Will that guy have not done the best job of getting his ball from 72 teeing areas to 72 holes better than anyone else that week? Is the junior tournament my daughter won by shooting 30 on a par-33 course "less than" because most of the holes were par threes or driver-wedge par fours? 5. A universal roll-back WOULD affect the amateurs, especially if it's done with driver head size. If it's done with the ball, across the board, then amateurs are still going to be affected. I've heard people say "oh if you drive it 250 you'll probably drive it 247, but Rory will go from 330 (he doesn't average 330) to 300 maybe. No, that's generally not how this stuff works. 6. Speaking of driver head size… PGA Tour players go at their 3W pretty hard too. They're not swinging their drivers at 100% and then backing off with their 3W to 80% or something. PGA Tour players are better these days than they were in the 80s, on average. Would we see the occasional wild shot? Yeah, most likely by a guy that's going to miss the cut or who isn't playing on TV on the weekend. I suspect we'd almost fail to notice. When's the last time you saw someone other than Tiger Woods (he did it pretty frequently for being the GOAT) pop up a 3W? Limiting driver head sizes to small sizes would punish amateurs far more than PGA Tour pros. 7. Go find a trajectory optimizer or something and put -20° spin axis tilt and try 2250 RPM of spin and then try 4500, which is more than even balata balls spun during the 90s. Even the 4500 RPM ball won't curve that much. Why? My hunch is actually the aerodynamics. The dimple pattern. It's not simply the increased amount of spin people *think* they'll get from "balata" — it's that we've learned more about the aerodynamics. 8. People talk nostalgically about the "shotmaking" that players had in the 80s and 90s… but it's bullshit. Corey Pavin was a shotmaker, just as Bubba Watson is now. Tiger is a bigger shotmaker than most credit him for, and it serves him well. Lee Trevino? Jack Nicklaus? They pretty much — like modern day players — played one shot shape. Better to be a master of one than a jack of all trades (unless your brain just doesn't work that way, like Bubba, or unless you're so skilled, like Tiger). Billy Casper played a huge draw and won 51 times or whatever. It's nostalgia, and little else, to think that players were "shotmakers" in the past and aren't now. If there was something to be gained by doing it, with the money in the game today, players would do it. They'd figure it out, or a coach or a numbers guy would have. 9. Knowledge — like that it's better to play your one shot shape, with little curve, because it reacts the most consistently — isn't going to go anywhere. Since the 80s or 90s or whenever your "heyday" was, we've learned about optimal launch conditions. We've learned more about how moving the CG of a driver affects things. We've learned more about building shafts, and aerodynamics of dimples, and ball construction. We've learned more about how to swing. We've learned a LOT, and none of that knowledge is going anywhere. 10. On a podcast someone gave this example, and I think it's a lousy one every time it's brought up: "College baseball players use metal bats, and when they get to the pros, they have to switch to wood." This analogy falls flat on its face in several ways. First, the information is old. College metal bats were put under even more regulations in 2011 or so (including COR testing) to ensure that they didn't hit the ball much harder than wooden bats. They're a bit lighter, still, so players can swing faster, but the bats themselves aren't really much "hotter." That was done for player safety. Second, it costs a lot of money to replace a bunch of wooden bats, and they break. Colleges opt for metal or composite so they don't have to incur the ongoing costs of replacing bats. Not every college baseball team has a huge budget. Third, college baseball and the MLB system aren't under the same ruling body. Golf is effectively, around the entire world, governed by one set of rules and two ruling bodies who are in lock step with one another, so effectively one ruling body. Finally, college players making the transition to the pros have months or years to make the adjustment. College baseball players aren't called up to play game five of the World Series, but *we see this in golf every year.* Amateurs qualify for and play in major championships *every year.* If they're playing their "regular ball" or their "metal bats" in college so as not to be at a disadvantage, then they're going to be at one when they have to switch to try to qualify for a U.S. Open. 11. It takes quite awhile for players to adjust to a new ball. Yes, the players will say they've "adjusted" for the Mexico event, but what they're really saying is that they "made adjustments" because they have to, but they're really not 100% certain of anything. Watch the event and you'll see guys mystified at why they flew a green by 20 yards every 30 minutes or so. Attend it and you'll see even more. The course effectively plays 6600 yards at that elevation, so scoring is still relatively good. Guys who switch ball companies will take months over their off-season to truly dial in all of the types of shots they expect to hit, particularly around the greens. Guys in Ryder Cups do their best, and even try to pair with guys who play a similar ball. Guys may "adjust" but there's a big gap between "let's hit a few on Trackman and see how far *the same ball* goes at this altitude" and "this is an entirely new ball." Look at how many guys hit old-model-year golf balls… because they're so reluctant to change. Because they feel it will hurt their game. Because they know it will be difficult to adjust. 12. "Other sports have a common ball, why can't golf?" In all other sports, players are allowed to have their own *personal* equipment. The balls in most other sports are not personal, but shared equipment. Other players use them, too. In tennis, players get to use their own sneakers and rackets. In baseball, bats, helmets, and gloves are personal. In bowling, there's also not one common ball… because it's not shared. It's personal. Golf is the same. The opponents don't have to or get to play with "your" golf ball. 13. Going back a step, others have said "if the Masters puts out a tournament ball, you can bet they'd all play it." Sure, everyone *might* still show up and play it… I don't think many would actually boycott the Masters… but there'd be a helluva lot of grumbling about it. Such a tournament should have an asterisk, as we'd see virtually nobody playing at their best. The players who happened to adjust the fastest, or be given a ball that's already closest to their current ball in terms of short game spin and other things, would have the "advantage" that week over players who had the toughest time adjusting or whose ball was most different from the "Masters ball." At any rate, it would be a compromised tournament — we would *not* be seeing the players at their best. 14. Finally, "tournament golf is so boring?" Give me a break, that's because of distance? We know for a fact that if players have to hit a 6-iron to a green, that it's not going to get as close, on average, as when they have to hit a 9I. So what's more exciting: a player hitting a shot to 35 feet or a player hitting a shot to 12 feet? Sure, hitting a 6I to 20 feet might take more skill than hitting a shot to 12 feet with a 9I, but what do we see on TV? We see a guy, he hits the ball, we see it in the air, we see it landing on the green. If someone told you it was a 6-iron instead of a 9-iron, but the visuals were exactly the same… how would that make golf more exciting? If the same exact shots were hit? No. And if worse shots were hit, as they would be if they *actually* had to hit three clubs more? It'd be even less exciting. Go back and watch events from the 80s and 90s. They weren't all that exciting either… and most of what's changed, I think, is simply the coverage. We see too many putts, too many ad reads, too much pre-shot routine, too many tap-ins, etc. Golf coverage isn't boring because the ball goes too far. The two are almost entirely unlinked, and where they do meet, distance might lead to more excitement. Eagles are exciting. Birdies are exciting. Guys not being able to reach par fives… is more entertaining? Okay, that's all I've got for now.
  15. I’m going to say no. You’re not allowed to listen to music to help with swing tempo, so I assume you’re not allowed to have a device that does that by design.
  16. That was great. I love the Every Hole at series. Jim Nantz went full Nantz on this one.
  17. I think you are drastically overestimating the amount of time and practice that would be necessary for precessional talent level golfers to adapt to a ball that goes a different distance or is more spinny. I mean, the scores at WGC Mexico every year at 7,800 feet of elevation would suggest that pros really have no troubles adapting to these types of changes from 1 week to the next. as a matter of fact, playing at 7,800 feet would be more difficult that just changing to a rolled back golf ball because it’s a 10-15% distance difference from sea level, but that percentage actually changes from shot to shot depending on trajectory. But, shockingly, DJ managed to go out and shoot -21 last year despite playing at sea level the week before. He also showed no residual affects following adapting to those different distances as he was back at sea level the following week getting 5th place at the Players. it takes these guys a a couple days to adapt to these distance changes. Not the weeks or months or years that you are suggesting.
  18. At the end of the day, the bomber guy still has to game his ball. There are lots of guys who hit it long and don't make money on Tour. Hitting it long and in play is a skill. That's why guys like Rory and Tiger are so great. It's not like they have found some secret cheat code to golf that is unfair. It takes arguably more talent and skill to play golf with speed because you have to have so many things go correctly to keep the ball on line. Case in point, it's a lot easier to hit the ball "straight" if you don't hit it very far--the ball doesn't have the speed to go as far offline. Hence, the fast guys on tour that you claim swing with reckless abandon are actually a better breed of golfers. That is progress in the game of golf, and it is not all to do with equipment as we have better athletes playing the game today.
  19. Pulled this from the report, and I think it's the most important chart in the whole report: Male amateurs have since a 16 yard increase from 1996 to 2019. But note how the increase is mostly at high handicap levels. This chart account for at least 80% of golf played. Maybe more. I really fail to see the problem here.
  20. If you want to put the time in you can change the paint color on your irons. Here is a video on how to do it. Black sharpie will come off.
  21. Played on Monday, first sunny day after a weekend of rain. Perfect weather, 65-70 degrees. I recently cleaned up a mold problem at my house that might have been affecting me for the last two years. This was the first pain free round in a long time, and I actually felt stronger physically. Mold is bad for you. Also, this was my first time ever playing Cart Path Only. It was funny searching for our balls in the fairway, sometimes hidden under a leaf, or camouflaged with mud or goose poop. Lucky for me, most of my tee shots landed near the cart path. I hit many solid shots that made me happy, but struggled with putting on inconsistent greens as they started to dry. We got paired with 2 life long friends from the east coast (we're 2 life long friends from the west coast) that made for a very fun day overall. Even ate a hot dog at the turn!
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