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  1. It takes no talent to be a nice person. You maybe paired up with someone you have never meet or is new to your Club. They don't know anyone and that person is taking a huge step out of their comfort zone to meet new people by playing golf. By being nice to that person for 1 round of golf can make such a tremendous positive impact in their life. Remember: Life is hard, golf is hard, being nice is easy
    12 points
  2. 7 points
  3. Let me be clear at least for myself: I don't think there's any sort of "conspiracy" per se. I just think that our "view" of the virus is a bit exaggerated as a country. I'm excluding NYC, Philly, Detroit, and two or three other cities from this, but basically: The mortality rate is lower than most continue to believe. The infection rate is much higher than initially believed. These two go hand in hand. The disease affects older people greatly. They could have been under different restrictions than others. Most areas are seeing massively underwhelming use of their hospi
    6 points
  4. Tier 1 Take appropriate care of the golf course. Replace divots, fill divot holes with sand mix, repair ball marks (properly), rake bunkers (when rakes come back).
    5 points
  5. I agree completely. The funny thing is, we never look back and say "I had no right to make that 50-footer on the second hole", or "I'll never chip one in from THERE again!" I know I've never said "I shot 75, but it really should have been 80". We take those for granted as well-deserved good results from improbable locations.
    5 points
  6. Tier 1: Start a daily stretching routine. People always talk about fitness but often neglect stretching/flexibility. Not only will positively impact your golf game it also will help you feel better in your day to day life.
    4 points
  7. I think you summed up the why do use caddies pretty well in three reasons: Pack mule / course maintenance GPS / course scout / game manager Emotional Support / Coaching I think the real question is why do pros maintain a regular caddie as opposed to using someone different each week. I think the answer is obviously NOT #1 and obviously YES to #3. But I think #2 is an interesting issue. I would imagine most tour stops have good local caddies - I must assume that Riviera has some good caddies that really know the course so well they might be an advantage over a regul
    4 points
  8. It’s a nice simple method. My hosels are covered with sharpie marks.
    4 points
  9. Just an update as the golf season has past for this year. It turned out to be a great year of golf and I was able to fulfill one of my wishes from years ago which was to play in the Newport Cup. I was not as competitive as I had hoped, but I am honestly thankful to have been given the opportunity to play in that tournament. I actually found that I can enjoy playing competitively even if I don't play well at times. I mostly enjoyed meeting many of the people I had not had a chance to meet until now. My decision to have the surgery has turned out to be a good one. I don't feel it hin
    4 points
  10. I would say that is a bathroom for men, women, and superheroes who wear capes. I have no issue with this. Most of this crap is just overblown politicizing of a non issue.
    4 points
  11. If they are single use. Great idea. Why wait when there is an open bathroom. Or have stalls that are completely private...... meh. I'm not too worried about who I wash my hands near. (the signs are stupid, methinks they are trying way too hard to pat themselves on the back - in my house we just call it a "bathroom")
    4 points
  12. 3 points
  13. Skip the driver and get those lessons. IIRC you haven't been happy with your play over the last year or two. Now is as good of a time to get working on that as any.
    3 points
  14. I bought her… this: It's what she wanted! P.S. She thinks flowers (and cards) are a waste of money.
    3 points
  15. It is a flu. of course - the Concord is an airplane. A Porsche is a car....... What we're tired of is people purposely misrepresenting this thing for various reasons: to continually and remorselessly and exhaustingly push their pro/anti/etc political agendas (I'm been done with the idiotic rationalization by the fringers to push their shit - this is just a continuation of that - can't expect them to put on hold their sole reason for living the life of total assholiness) to satisfy their desire to under or overstate the situation to blissfully soak in a combination
    3 points
  16. A Medical Worker Describes Terrifying Lung Failure From COVID-19 — Even in His Young Patients — ProPublica “It first struck me how different it was when I saw my first coronavirus patient go bad. I was like, Holy shit, this is not the flu. Watching this relatively young guy, gasping for air, pink frothy secretions coming out of his tube.” The author interviewed a respiratory therapist who works in an ICU at a hospital affected by COVID-19. I'm going to pull some excerpts from the article. Emphasis is mine:
    3 points
  17. The wheels of change are mired in molasses. Here's a Golfweek article saying they were hoping to break ground in 2020: Drive Shack completes sale of 11 golf courses for $85.2 million Drive Shack closed 2018 by completing the sale of 11 golf properties for approximately $85.2 million in a major step of its transformation into golf entertainment and leisure entity. Drive Shack op…
    3 points
  18. 3 points
  19. So if a bag-piper in traditional garb isn't quite on the level, is he off-kilter?
    3 points
  20. "Half a bubble off" is what my dad, a plumber, would say when someone was odd.
    3 points
  21. I use BAM (video delay) IOS app (for apple devices). I use this at home, I mount an ipad on a tripod and setup the video behind me. The app "films" you and then the actual video is delayed (I set it for 3-8 seconds depending on the club) so after you swing you can turn to the ipad (what I use) and see the swing you just took. This way I don't have to stop and press rewind and start it again. Very easy to use.
    3 points
  22. A player can hit one good shot, but not all of them. A player can have one good hole, but not all of them. The better the player, the longer the stretches of good play continue. A player can have a good round, but its hard to follow that with another good one. The longer the "sample size", the closer the play gets to the overall level of ability.
    3 points
  23. Oh my oh my! Such an intriguing topic. Demons? I've got enough to make the Amityville Horror look like a Disney movie. I've even come to let myself believe that the golf gods will always keep me in check. I'll be allowed to have a nice swing for a few days in a row...then it's shank city. And I practice very meticulously AND hard. When I'm not working, kids in school, I'll go to my academy (beautiful practice area) and spend 6-7 hours, 3-4 days a week. I take several minutes between each ball...focus, focus. But there are times (usually after a wonderful and inspirational session) when my swin
    3 points
  24. A very astute observation. I vaguely recall a story Gary Player told. A man was watching Gary hit balls and said something like, "What I wouldn't do to hit balls like that." Gary turned to him and said, "That's the problem, you won't do the things necessary to hit the ball like me. I have hit balls for hours each day until my hands bled." As with most things in life, investing time and effort yield results. Golf is not an easy game.
    3 points
  25. Nice try, buddy. I learned about this scam in my Adulting class.
    3 points
  26. I just wanted to provide an update on how things are going. Its been about a month since my last post, and I was able to play in the Member/Guest Tournament at The Blessings golf course. Ive been playing the best golf of my life, and if the US Mid Am qualifier deadline was the 1st I would officially be low enough of a handicap to participate. My swing is in good shape and I'm making putts. What started off as a joke and really unattainable, has become reality. I cant imagine walking The Blessings due to the elevation, so I am going to see if a friend will caddy for me during t
    3 points
  27. I could never do that. I don't see that as solving anything.
    3 points
  28. I manage to limit my muttering to "come on" and "you suck".
    3 points
  29. Comparing plumb bobbing with Aimpoint is like debating whether a unicorn is faster than a quarter horse.
    3 points
  30. They were just khakis, just like the ones worn by Jake, at State Farm. 😁
    2 points
  31. Golf is a fine balance between trying to score well (it's relative) and play well and enjoying a day in the elements and hopefully with good friends, or at least interesting people. Mcanadiens, you can still pure a 7 iron and get the same pleasurable feedback, whether you are scoring or not.
    2 points
  32. You never get back a round you didn't play.
    2 points
  33. "WOULDA, COULDA, SHOULDA" is language used by those who didn't...a phrase my old high school baseball coach used to say. But yeah I agree with your premise...we often think we could just drop a few just like that in our post round analysis if we "only do this". We con ourselves. There is a good thread around here on that.
    2 points
  34. Interesting topic. I appreciate the science of the golf swing. It impresses me the knowledge espoused on this site from the clearly scientific thinkers. That was never my strong point. Not that I don't "get" it, or understand what is being said but I do believe there comes a point where it gets to much. I'm more of a visual learner so that may be part of it. I tend to learn seeing what @iacas or @mvmac are trying to say as opposed to reading a post on it. The great thing about this site is that video is so revered as a learning tool that someone like me is better able to grasp the scientific c
    2 points
  35. The putting, the short game, and the 300+ yard drives that the pros hit are impressive. But the ability to hit a green from 230 yards is, to me, the most impressive skill they have. I realize they don't show all the misses on TV, but those guys seem so good at hitting targets. It's very easy to forget this and to become fixated on why we can't do it every time.
    2 points
  36. I also find it helpful when reviewing the video (when filming in slow motion - where there's no audio), to use hand signals i.e thumbs up or point to the right so you know what type of shot it was.
    2 points
  37. 2 points
  38. I find that many courses have started avoiding "pairing up" singles and groups less than 4. They apparently have gotten enough complaints about "pairing up" that they try to accede to the wishes of their customers to play as a 2-some, etc... Personally, I think this is wrong-headed. It is annoying for 4-somes to be pressed by a long string of 2-somes and singles. Letting a group through every other hole can be a bother. Everyone's expectations when arriving at the course with less than 4 should be they will met a new friend or two.
    2 points
  39. I really enjoyed reading all the posts. Not for the vicarious pleasure of knowing this isn't me thank St Harry and all the other Golf Gods because after 42 years of playing, I have given it some thought and tried to improve for .... what?. But nor do I want to continually strain at something without seeing a path through the wilderness to my goal. Really what are your goals? To achieve something not remarked upon? If you lower your handicap level to single digits (which is one of golf life's ultimate achievements) will you then obtain a level of relief and work to maintain that level. I be
    2 points
  40. They don't all have to be on. You'd be surprised. Just a few really good shots can make a big difference.
    2 points
  41. My apologies as well, I'm guilty of asking a question and not providing my own answer, so here goes: Q: Who is your golf nemesis? A: I'm not good enough to have a real nemesis yet, most people I play with try to help me get better. However, the person I'd most like to beat is my brother in law, who is an a*hole. Q: What is your process when you "lose" your swing: A: I don't know how to troubleshoot my own swing. For the last week I have been struggling, after striking the ball so well (even Driver) for most of January. I don't want to go back for another lesson just yet.
    2 points
  42. You should get competent instruction instead of trying to figure things out yourself.
    2 points
  43. Great post @CarlSpackler! I think I would have gotten along well with Mike. From two different playing partners this week I heard "just take a mulligan" and "you're just making the game harder". The next time I hear anything like that I'm going to respond "or... I could man-up and just play by the rules".
    2 points
  44. Another fun fact: I'm also currently selling it. PM me for more info.
    2 points
  45. Huh? Art is like a form of expression. Golf is a game, man.
    2 points
  46. One of the reasons I like golf is because I hated team projects: you get all the credit and all the blame for how you play golf. I like team sports, but I also like that golf is all on you.
    2 points
  47. Exactly. And stealing someone's ball (it's not yours and you picked it up--its stealing) is only going to escalate the situation and likely end badly for one or more people. Exactly. And stealing someone's ball (it's not yours and you picked it up--its stealing) is only going to escalate the situation and likely end badly for one or more people. dave
    2 points
  48. I'm feeling a bit ironic as I comment on this blog entry over 5 months after its posting. The "my time" thing is a whole lot tougher than I ever could have imagined. My son is 19 months and my daughter will be five next month. We have roughly the same bedtime pattern as @Golfingdad. The second kid has really highlighted the need for "me time." The accumulation of noise and activity, and the sheer amount of energy you expend in the evening trying to catch up with them after being at work, calm them down for bath, toothbrushing, etc, manage 14 after-dinner snacks, pick up the toys, get to b
    2 points
  49. What I find funny about the whole Moe Norman phenomena is that he's the epitome of "stupid monkey" yet he attracts some of the worst amateur over analyzers and swing tinkers around. Them and the contrarians who seek the unconventional for sake of being unconventional.
    2 points
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