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  1. My father passed away Friday, after a four year battle with Alzheimer's dementia. For a long time, it was an evenly matched struggle between an insidious disease and a strong, elegant man. Unfortunately, the final inning turned into a rout, as his body functions shut down one by one. We transitioned to Hospice care, and the end came peacefully in his sleep. My efforts turn now to my mother, also a dementia sufferer, as she tries to come to terms with the loss of her companion of 67 years. Golf has not been on my mind these past few weeks. I leave in a few minutes for my first practice
    7 points
  2. So I mentioned I'd post when I finished the test, and I'm finished. Overall, I'm confident I got a large number of correct answers. There were very few that I was really stumped over, maybe two or three. A large percentage I was certain of, and there were a few kind of in the middle. Overall impressions, the test administration went pretty smoothly. I had read that the initial online proctoring firm was extremely difficult, the USGA changed firms and everything was as smooth as I could hope for. The careful reading required for the 100 questions was a definite strain, I'm kind of b
    3 points
  3. Depends on the person. I know some people, once emotions start running out of control there is no reasoning with them. To claim this is on the caddie, with out knowing either of them personally, I think is just an misguided attempt to give a reason to why she fell apart. In the end, it is up to the golfer to keep it together, not the caddie.
    3 points
  4. When I read the title of the thread, I was instantly reminded of this one: That would be the ball of my partner, @bkuehn1952, in the fourball play, first day of the 2017 Newport Cup. The ball was embedded in the face of the bunker on the par-3 15th hole at Talamore. This is one time when any player is glad to have a partner.
    3 points
  5. The intent of this thread is not to whine about the rules or how awful the golf gods are. It is to post photos of odd lies you had, what your approach was to hit the shot and the results. I’ll go first. I call this one the Jenga lie. The hole was up and downhill from this photo, 195 yards. I was able to move all the sticks except the one touching the top. I punched a 4H and it squirted low and left of the green about 10 yards short. Made bogey.
    3 points
  6. SG:ATG is also a cumulative stat with different numbers of opportunities. If you miss 18 greens in a round, you have 18 chances to gain strokes "ATG." If you hit all 18 greens, you have fewer opportunities. So someone with an equal short game who has a better long game will be below the other person, despite having the same short game abilities.
    2 points
  7. I have mentioned it many, many times, but I both my father and uncle have "creative" methods for scoring their round of golf. My uncle is an old vet, he is out there for socializing and the company. So he does not care about his golf game. But walking off the green he usually just says "bogie or double", when more often it is a triple. We dont play for money, and golf is a chance to spend time with him, for the time he has left. My father also cheats like crazy. He never loses a ball (palms an extra and places it before the OB stake), if he hits a bad chip, he drops another and does it
    2 points
  8. I see posts like this every so often and they always confuse me a bit. You say he is a lifelong best friend, so presumably you guys are all very close. You aren't playing for money, so there is nothing financial at stake - just pride, right? And the main reason you care about this is because he "rubs it in your faces" when he scores lower, correct? So in other words, a lifelong friend cheats like crazy and then has the gall to engage in good natured (I'm assuming) smack-talk when he scores lower. So..... how hard would it be for you or someone else in the group to snap back "
    2 points
  9. It was fun watching you progress. I also think you have a good temperament to do work officiating. I do hope you take that step as I think you'd be pretty good at it.
    2 points
  10. I thought there was another thread with a similar topic as this that I was trying to remember when I came upon this lie.
    2 points
  11. I played a 3 club tournament last November and the stats from that event reads: Of the 120 players in the field, 50 players carried a putter. 15/15 players in the top 15 in the tournament carried a putter. You might think you can putt with a wedge or a hybrid, but most players will probably drop a lot of shots without a putter in the bag. I hit driver or wood maybe 10-12 times during a round on my home course (6300 yards), while the 70-80 other shots are made with irons, wedges and putter. I would still choose the latest tech for my longest clubs, because the tech has advanced mor
    2 points
  12. At the suggestion of @iacas, who obviously took note of my interests in the Rules, I signed up and took the USGA/PGA Rules Workshop this spring. In contrast to previous years, when this was done as a 3-day in-person format, this year the workshop was all done online. We had 20 1-hour sessions, along with a full week (5 days) of 90-minute sessions. I think in some ways the online sessions are good, I know my attention would flag over the course of three full days. On the other hand, in-person sessions would allow a person to make connections, which are always valuable. Anyway, I've learned
    2 points
  13. Saw this but forgot to post it. The coupon code is valid now, I tried it. No, I did not get one, happy with my Mevo, for now.
    1 point
  14. So, your grip being in the palm is why it has to roll from "fake strong" at setup to twisted left at impact. Setup: Impact:
    1 point
  15. Good thing I did it in 2018, eh?
    1 point
  16. That’s like saying auto-tune helps the great singers as much as it helps the bad singers. It’s just not true.
    1 point
  17. Agreed. Totally agree. Here's the thing. If this dude really is a friend. I'd pull him aside at some point, probably not during a round. And I'd tell him "Look, you are embarrassing yourself, and destroying your credibility. If you want to continue to play with us, count all your strokes. If you don't want to count all of your strokes, then don't keep a score at all... You are not fooling anyone."
    1 point
  18. I'm pretty sure he doesn't do it literally. 😉 How about next time you play you make it absolutely clear on the first tee that you are "scoring properly today". Or, when you "call him out", you do it properly. If he's a liar who tries to get one over you by lying, don't treat it like a joke.
    1 point
  19. Do you play for money and/or keep serious handicaps that are used in leagues/tournaments? If so there's an issue. One potential way to fix the issue is to have it to where everyone keeps score of someone else, and when you ask the person what they got on the hole and they say 6 when you know it was a 9, have him walk through the hole and tell you stroke by stroke how he got to 6 strokes. Otherwise, I say let him count whatever score he wants, it doesn't really matter since it's not your score.
    1 point
  20. Bryson hitting the 357 yard bomb... I like that Jordan wanted him to go for it. Not trying to egg him on, but was glad to see him go for it.
    1 point
  21. I’m sure @billchao can decorate this post nicely….😃
    1 point
  22. imo, a cross check should 'never' be allowed, no matter what situation.
    1 point
  23. On the other hand, Saso's caddy did a great job keeping her focused. Even after two doubles on in the beginning, he told her there are lots of holes left and just trust the process. Now that is a caddy who has earned his keep - and then some!!! From now on, when I have a bad score, I will blame not having a caddy on my side.
    1 point
  24. Exactly. People keep getting hung up on the ‘but what if X golfer….’ No. It’s comparing actual life as it occurs/occurred. What if Nadia had the training technology back then? She didn’t. That’s the way it is and that’s why Simone is better.
    1 point
  25. Dustin Johnson Hammers Jack Nicklaus' Old 1-Iron After hitting both clubs, Johnson reported the distances that the balls went. With the 1-Wood, Johnson hit a ball a whopping 290 yards. They are just better athletes now, period.
    1 point
  26. Let’s not go there again. I’m still paying royalties to Paul Simon for the last time.
    1 point
  27. Slapped it around for an 86 on Sunday - 12 nGIR/GIR, 30 putts, 2 penalty strokes. The non-nGIR/GIR were really bad, which led to a bunch of sixes. Full swing just wasn't happening today, but was able to get enough out of my "B" swing to manage the course. I'm fast approaching zero confidence with driver, so teed off with hybrid for the most part, which is my "keep the ball in play off the tee at all costs" club. Pitched the ball really well today, and I am starting to gain some confidence with 20-50 yard pitch shots. Putting was also good. Outside of one bad 3-putt, I lagged th
    1 point
  28. My brother and I played another new course today called Stoney Creek, near Greensboro. I decided to play the slate tees (par 71, 6647 yards, 72.6/137), and I knew anything in the low 90s would be a pretty good number. The front nine ate us both for breakfast. I made two pars, three bogeys, two doubles, a triple and a quad, which adds up to 50. But two of those were lost balls off the tee, and playing longer tees, it wasn’t horrible. But my brother, well…let’s just say we had to get a couple of sleeves at the turn. We agreed that it would be best for him to move up a tee box for the
    1 point
  29. Thanks, but I have years of study before I get close to that level. On the other hand, every question that gets asked here is a chance for me to learn something.
    1 point
  30. 1 point
  31. It makes sense to me to test those who are more likely to pose a danger to others, while not testing those whose vaccination choice makes them much less likely to pose a danger. And as @phillyk says, the PGA Tour is doing their best to follow the CDC guidelines. The players agree to it, its not like a lawyer SHOULD be able to build a case. It would be like a player hiring a lawyer saying he shouldn't have been DQ for not signing his scorecard.
    1 point
  32. David. Rahm was specifically tested every day and restricted from indoor areas because he had a confirmed contact with someone positive. And again….a vaccinated person is much, much less likely to get the disease and even less likely to pass it. This isn’t that difficult. You seem to think that a ‘possibility’ of getting Covid when vaccinated indicates failure on behalf of them. It does not.
    1 point
  33. Yeah, I can't believe we are even discussing this. There's a rule. It's clearly written. It was followed. It sucks for Jon Rahm. Lots of football players had to sit out games. It sucks for them too. I don't think anyone likes the Corona Virus. It sucks. My neighbor died. That sucks... Actually that sucks more than having to sit out a football game or getting WD'd out of a tournament. Let's face it. The Corona Virus sucks!
    1 point
  34. Day 234: played the first steamy round of the year with a friend. I sweat buckets and had to wear rain gloves. Played ok, but was a bit off. Shot an 84 from the Blue tees (longest on the course). I did see a doe and her fawn, two Mockingbirds harassing a Red Tail Hawk, and saved a painted turtle from almost certain death by lawnmower. Little guy did not appreciate it.
    1 point
  35. Some screenshots... Shorter Swing Feel... More Squat/Sit Feel.. It doesn't look like much, but the feel is there for me. \ Just better impact position... This will help with consistently, I think I was a bit too close to vertical and my angle of attack struggled. During the wedge fitting, angle of attack was not that consistent for me. Though, I wonder if the machine was reading things strongly. The biggest visual can be seen here. Way more stable. A DTL take on this position...
    1 point
  36. "Inside every golfer is a better one." Unfortunately, mine has been buried really deeply lately.
    1 point
  37. Here are the other three answers. 1. Agreeing to leave a ball in place "to help a player" (15.3a). - Though the original intent of the rules writers was to "simplify" the language from "to assist" or "in a position to assist" to "to help," they now acknowledge that the way the rule is written is that the language says the players have to say that the agreement was "to help" someone. So, I/we were wrong from what I/we were saying earlier about how that language wasn't part of the agreement, because reading the rule that way would not be the simpler way to read that sentence as written
    1 point
  38. Yeah after finding out what the process was for the un-vaxxed players, I dont know anyone but the most fringe of the Trumpets on Tour wouldnt just get the vaccine.
    0 points
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