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  1. 4 points
    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 regular caddie - think the guy Crenshaw used at Augusta. But I would guess some of the issues with using a local caddie are: 1) there's probably not one for the entire field; 2) how do you know / do you have confidence that you are getting a good one? Still I'm a little surprised no head strong pro has tried the "local caddie" strategy. Maybe because there might be more downside than upside. I don't know if this will work but this links to an article from two years ago where a tour pro talks about what the tour would be like if there were no caddies. Undercover Tour Pro: What If We Had To Play Without Caddies? - Golf Digest Here's the question: What would the World Ranking look like if we had to carry our bags? No caddies. Also, FWIW, there was an interview podcast last year with Webb Simpson's caddie right after he won the Players. He talked about one of the things he does to prepare for a big round is prepare a list of non-golf things to talk about to keep Webb from thinking about golf every minute of the round.
  2. 4 points
    It’s a nice simple method. My hosels are covered with sharpie marks.
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    So if a bag-piper in traditional garb isn't quite on the level, is he off-kilter?
  5. 3 points
    "Half a bubble off" is what my dad, a plumber, would say when someone was odd.
  6. 3 points
    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.
  7. 2 points
    Interesting subject to discuss. I mostly go long with your ideas. Outside of the physical effort of carrying the bag and grooming the course, I imagine one of the biggest reasons every pro has a caddie is because they can have one. And they are afraid that IF a caddie might make a 1 or 2 stroke difference, then they sure as hell want to have that advantage when everyone else in the field has a caddie.
  8. 2 points
    I've suffered mightily in the past and I am done with it! I detest playing from soaked, sloppy, muddy turf. I watched the AT&T Pebble Beach tourney today and saw some pros hit some juicy, chunky shots despite it being lift, clean and place. If they can't hit those shots, what chance do I have? I told my buddies at the end of the season last year, to not bother calling me to play until early or late May, depending on how the Spring goes. Of course, last year was the second wettest year on record, so things were "semi-spongy" the entire Summer. Hoping for a hot, dry Summer this year.
  9. 2 points
    Welcome to getting old! Hey it beats the alternative...not getting old...
  10. 2 points
    I can't claim to have played 45 months straight. I guess my claim to fame would be swinging a club (except for a few days here or there) every month for the past 6+ years. I was making little swings with a club days before my release from a hospital. This while the doctors (my wife included) were telling me not to expect to play golf ever again.
  11. 2 points
    Keep swinging and you will get there. Every golfer was a hacker at some point !!
  12. 2 points
    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.
  13. 1 point
    Every time I hear that word, "Anticipation" I think of the Ketchup commercial from a long time ago. Don't fret according to Accuweather we will have golfing weather near the end of the month
  14. 1 point
    Having golfed for almost 9 years in the Northeast and now almost a year in TN, I find in both locations I mark the coming and going with the changing of the clocks. After the 2nd week in November, even if conditions are favorable, golf is limited by the amount of daylight hours, without even considering the number of warm daylight hours. To me golf starts next Sunday - going to play 9 or to the range after work will be possible. No longer trying to fit a round in between 11-4. I love daylight savings time.
  15. 1 point
    You have if "swing methods" involves "how you get to impact." Specifically, the role of the arms in getting to impact. This forum proves how open-minded you are? This forum has shown that, when presented with actual facts, you deny them and carry on with your thoughts anyway. That's not being open minded. Given that you often "disagree" with facts then I don't know what says about what you do or don't understand.
  16. 1 point
    I didn't provide many details, so you'd have no way of knowing… but no, it wasn't any of those things. It was a question related to his stuff, but then I just kinda kept going into unrelated things. Good information, and relevant… if you're talking about just swing theory and why people flip and synchronization and Key #2/#3 and so on… but yeah, I just kept going too far and rather than giving him a thimble of information, gave him a coffee cup. Yeah, pretty much. Except sometimes I just say "you know what, that's not really relevant right now, so let's focus on this." A lot of people are actually happy to not have to get the answer. Some need it, it gnaws at them, and I'll usually just tell them after the lesson.
  17. 1 point
    It sounds to me like you did a pretty good job of salvaging it. Constantly repeating what you wanted him to focus on should end up being what sticks out in his head when he thinks back on the lesson.
  18. 1 point
    That's not really the point here, or..it's exactly the point. Just because something doesn't make sense to you doesn't change the point at hand if it's backed by science. There are those who will argue what they understand or believe and disregard the facts as based on science. That is a no win argument as they are too stubborn to even realize the ridiculousness of their position. It's like playing chess with a pigeon; no matter how many great moves you make the pigeon just runs around shitting on the board acting like he's winning.
  19. 1 point
    If I didn't play when it was muddy I'd only be able to play about 4 months a year. If I get used to the wet I can play 10-11 months a year. I am from Southern California originally so I was not a mudder to start. However after all these many years I have developed a game that can withstand the muddy conditions.
  20. 1 point
    Got one taking off. This one definitely blew me back a bit more.
  21. 1 point
    This is what we call tempting fate. I'm going to lose this streak this month, barring something really unusual. It's been a constant barrage of snowstorms since the first week of the month. There were a few days where I could have played had I not been working, but that's life. That said, I did find a really cool and reasonably priced simulator in town. Silver linings...
  22. 1 point
    Playing during the winter months can be brutal. It often reminds me of when I had to go to work on bitter cold, windy days outside in the elements. We used to have a saying, "only the needy / greedy and crazy would show up" Golfing under these conditions I usually tell the guys my story and ask them which type are they. I always felt I was the latter, but usually make the most of the day enjoying good laughs and hitting an occasional good shot. It also gives me an opportunity to work on long irons and the short game as hitting GIR doesn't happen often. I also get to work on sand play often as many shots hang out to the right and find the greenside beaches. And typically winter conditions mean "Windy" conditions. Playing during wind gusts which reach 20 - 35 mph create havoc. It's really scary knowing if I flush this 5 iron from 140 out, adios amigo, been nice knowing you as I reach in the bag for the provisional. So as the census suggest as I grow older, "I'm still Crazy after all these years"
  23. 1 point
    I couldn't get used to progressive lenses. I wear regular bifocals most of the time and have a pair for just computer work that has mid-range and reading focal settings. Don't wear them golfing Steve!
  24. 1 point
    Good thing I never won the PGA. My wife would never allow me to bring THAT into the house. 😉
  25. 1 point
    I have to be pretty close to that number if not past it. I don't think every round has been in PA, though. I know that I've played in PA every month for the last 22 months, though. November and December, if I can, will make it 24. Congrats.
  26. 1 point
    Impressive to play during Michigan winters.
  27. 1 point
    KIckstarter for "revolutionary" bike lock, 75 USD. Goodbye bicycle. New York City, Gone in <60 seconds. You wanna protect your bike? I use a beater. You use a bike no one wants to steal.
  28. 1 point
    There are a lot of variables when it’s that cold out. I think you had a great round all things considered and it sounded like a lot of fun.
  29. 1 point
    By the way, dry erase works great. Also, it comes off the club and the ball really easily when you are done.
  30. 1 point
    And the way to get the ball in the hole the fastest is though ballstriking. Putting is the least important part of the game (of the four categories: driving, approach shots, short game, putting). Uhm, no. That's not at all correct. Huh? You're not even making sense at this point. Nobody's said that "stats" are a "substitute for the game". I'm not even sure what that means. And…? Who are these people who "don't understand golf"? I'll tell you a true story. A few years ago Sean Foley asked Justin Rose what he wanted to work on in the off-season. Justin said "I want to work on my wedge game, from 120 yards and in." Sean said "okay" and "I'll see you in a week." A week goes by, and Sean does some research. He finds that Justin Rose is the best player on the PGA Tour from 120 yards and in. People don't always know what the stats show. That's why virtually every top player in the game is paying a statistician these days, and coaches who understand advanced statistics are making themselves more valuable. 🤦🏼‍♂️ Huh?
  31. 1 point
    Dude, I cited "putts gained." This isn't a "number of putts" type of statistic. It's a pretty good measure of how good you are at putting. Your counter to "putts gained" is, what, your memory of how well you think Tiger Woods putted? Tiger and Jack won with their ballstriking. Their putting helped, but there were years Tiger Woods had enough strokes gained with his approach shots alone that he'd have been a top-5 player that year if he was average with the rest of his game. I'm not sure you understand what "strokes gained putting" measures. It's not a putt count. I'd pick myself, actually.
  32. 1 point
    I doubt it. I would be curious if DJ even knows how long he spends practicing putting even when asked. Sounds about right. I tend to spend 10-15 minutes before a round practicing speed control. My putting mechanics are pretty good. I might spend 45-60 minutes once a month or every other month practicing putting. I will spend 5-6x that amount in a month on my long game.
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    A friend aced a hole this morning - he's glad he played. Ping i200 about 130 yds.
  35. 1 point
    Mothers Day & Easter Sunday - best days of the year to play (if you can)
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  39. 1 point
    I can vouch for this post mainly because I was a right-index-finger-down-the-shaft putter for my entire life until relatively recently, and I am now a much better putter than I was before. To be fair, though, it would be hard to pinpoint the amount of my improvement that can be attributed to the grip change. I also believe strongly in: My putter, which is fitted to my eye and stroke. My ability to read the greens with my feet (even if my lazy ass doesn't use my Aimpoint charts much anymore) My current stroke, which was learned after reading the DO NOT accelerate thread linked above. I changed/added all four of those things in fairly a short period of time, so I couldn't begin to guess how much each contributed, but I know I'm definitely not going back to the finger down the shaft putting anytime soon. :)
  40. 1 point
    I was going to react by saying "Nice," but I figured since I had to do some figuring what you meant (until I saw your post count was a reference), I'd list the latitude and longitude of Nice, France instead. I thought it'd be funny
  41. 1 point
    William the Bastard. I guess it was kind of a reverse Brexit. This has happened before and will happen again.
  42. 1 point
    Both spans of the Goethals Bridge are now open. Just drove on the new one 5 minutes ago.
  43. 1 point
    I think it's even more simple than not wanting to invest in tech. They don't understand it, they fear it and they don't want to admit they were wrong.
  44. 1 point
    A level uses bubbles to determine slope. Half a bubble of is way out of level or bad in the plumbing world! Kind of like "8 cents short of a dime", "not playing with a full deck" etc.
  45. 1 point
    I caved. Bought a nice set of Mizuno MP 4 heads that I'm going to shaft with the KBS Tours I have in my Callaways. Guess I can put off new wedges or a push cart for another year. My wife says I'm not allowed on eBay anymore
  46. 1 point
    @nevets88 - Nice work. Do you have screen printing equipment or a digital t-shirt press? It looks like SP from the images. I quick story about t-shirt printing... While in art school, I had a classmate who used to design and print t-shirts while living in Southern California. It offered a modest income that would basically pay for his consumables and a bit of his time. He showed me some photos of some of his designs - mostly sailing themes - and then came upon one that for whatever reason, started selling like crazy. The design was not much different than the others, but it became a craze for the area and he couldn't keep up. Said he made a lot of money off that one design. Then, as suddenly as it had started, they just stopped selling. The design was basically a one-hit wonder.
  47. 1 point
    Keep in mind, the more pixels, the closer you have to sit (or the larger the TV you have to have) in order to actually get the benefit. What you really want besides pixels is great color and great motion, very fast refresh rate and no motion blur. I bought an OLED TV and it's fantastic. It's 65 inches, and I can stand right in front of it, about 6 feet away, and it still looks like reality. It saves a lot on airline tickets and hotel bills! Halstatt, Austria, in 4K
  48. 1 point
    I find his lack of Key #1... disturbing.
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