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  1. 7 points
  2. 5 points
    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
  3. 5 points
    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 hospital resources. The effects on the economy will last for a decade. Did we over-react? Yes, IMO, we did. But… I was scheduled to go to Pinehurst on a trip at the end of March for a four-day weekend. I said after that weekend had passed (and it was 80° and sunny every day in Pinehurst) that two things were both true: We absolutely made the right call to cancel our trip given the information we had at the time. We could have gone and been completely, totally safe and had a marvelous, wonderful time given the information we learned after the fact. At the time, it seemed likely to most that Pinehurst would also close down, or travel bans would exist state-to-state, or that restrooms would close along the highways… whatever. But after the fact, and having gone to Pinehurst in late April instead for a longer period of time… it would have been fine to go, and was a great mental health boost. In other words, we did and didn't "over-react" because the information we had at the time was that this was a "Very Bad Thing™". Italy, Spain, etc. were being rocked. China was full of shit (have they reported even 1/5th the number of deaths as even NYC yet?). But in hindsight, we could have likely done things differently. We could have: Prepared better. More tests, more masks. This was hampered greatly by the bullshit coming from China. Closed fewer businesses, but had more precautions in place. Masks, customer limits, etc. Done more with restrictions regionally. Many states are big, and Erie ≠ Pittsburgh ≠ Philadelphia. Some good will come of this, too. Some companies are learning that telecommuting can work. Some people are getting to spend more time with their families. We're seeing unprecedented study of corona virus type stuff, which may help fight not only SARS, MERS, COVID-19, but future coronaviruses.
  4. 5 points
    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. 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.
  6. 4 points
    It’s a nice simple method. My hosels are covered with sharpie marks.
  7. 4 points
    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 hinders me a ton even with a little less mobility in it. I played a lot of golf down in NC and I am very please with how the wrist held up to all of that. As I reflect on the season I feel a renewed but cautious desire to work on improving my game. Maybe not at the same level I once did but the desire remains, and that is good. I am looking forward to next season. Oh and @bkuehn1952, i'll get that driver straightened out for next time.
  8. 4 points
    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.
  9. 4 points
    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")
  10. 3 points
    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.
  11. 3 points
    I bought her… this: It's what she wanted! P.S. She thinks flowers (and cards) are a waste of money.
  12. 3 points
    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 of optimism and ignorance to do what they want instead of what they should (did you guys actual LISTEN to the spring breaker interviews? what a product of today's attempts to brainwash the kids - total backfire - and totally predictable) so the grumble is about human nature be smart - keep your separation - wash your hands - stay nice to others - don't hoard shit other people might need too - don't be assholes. Stop proclaiming what OTHERS should do - just be an example and walk the walk. For me - it's just too much talking. (like my post here). Not enough doing. again, be an example, not a preacher it's not rocket surgery oh - and any time ANYONE quotes numbers - make sure to review your statistics textbooks about sampling, causation, correlation, test patterns, etc. Journalists are NOT known for their mathematical rigor.
  13. 3 points
    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:
  14. 3 points
    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…
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  16. 3 points
    So if a bag-piper in traditional garb isn't quite on the level, is he off-kilter?
  17. 3 points
    "Half a bubble off" is what my dad, a plumber, would say when someone was odd.
  18. 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.
  19. 3 points
    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.
  20. 3 points
    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 swing simply will not happen. It's gone. Everything 'feels' the same. I even take notes when I'm hitting it solid to review all my 'feelings and checkpoints' for the next time I'm out. I'm not impressed with tour pros practice dedication at all. If I could make my salary playing golf...I'd practice 8-10 hrs/day and absolutely love it. That is, if I could experience what great golf feels like for more than a few rounds. But I continue to work at it...because there's nothing I enjoy more than golf and nothing I'd rather be good at.
  21. 3 points
    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.
  22. 3 points
    Nice try, buddy. I learned about this scam in my Adulting class.
  23. 3 points
    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 the qualifying round. My first real USGA tournament and I've put in a lot of work. Dropping from a 6.7 to a 3.4 index in a little over a month has just been mind boggling. The whole mental part of my game has changed. When I make a bogey or double, I battle back and make birdies (or even eagle) to get those strokes back.
  24. 3 points
    I could never do that. I don't see that as solving anything.
  25. 3 points
    I manage to limit my muttering to "come on" and "you suck".
  26. 3 points
    Comparing plumb bobbing with Aimpoint is like debating whether a unicorn is faster than a quarter horse.
  27. 2 points
    Knitting? Cost you your man card, it will...
  28. 2 points
    "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.
  29. 2 points
    Northern Indiana's the same. Courses are swamps. Water splashes off the shoes walking across the fairways. Even worse, on the few days it hasn't rained, it's still largely been cloudy and cool, so the course conditions don't improve much. But the only option is to not play. I wear old shoes and slacks and just realize that I'm not going to score as well. It's still fun as long as I don't let it get to me.
  30. 2 points
    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 concepts by seeing them in action. I will never care or seek out my trackman numbers but if I can learn based on these things how it can help my swing by seeing the better way of doing things that's all the better. Thank you to the scientists. It sounds corny but because of your thirst for knowledge and getting things correct we all benefit.
  31. 2 points
    That's not how you spell "feet"
  32. 2 points
    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.
  33. 2 points
  34. 2 points
    I think it all depends on how far a person has progressed in terms of skill level and scoring. This is how I would put it: To break 100- hit a good tee shot. That's the first thing a beginner should learn. To break 90- learn to chip and 2-putt. It's easier than hitting greens in regulation. To break 80- hit greens in regulation. This is of course very unscientific, and is only based on my own personal experience and observation. I'm a guy who can break 90 every time out, but can hardly ever break 80. I can hit my drive in the fairway with good distance, and I can almost always chip and 2-putt for an easy bogey. But I am not good with my mid and long irons, and that leads to a lot of missed greens. It's very hard to break 80 without a couple of birdies. Most golfers like me cannot just par their way around the course like a pro can. A chip and a one-putt is pretty hard for most people. Making birdies and easy pars requires hitting greens in regulation. Yesterday, I was looking at the scorecard for my lowest round ever, and it looked just like all my other scorecards- lots of pars and bogeys and even a couple of double bogeys, but with one big huge difference- 2 birdies on the back 9.
  35. 2 points
    This topic has been on my mind a lot lately. As you've stated, being knowledgeable about the rules can save you strokes. I'm not sure I'll learn them all, but I've got to get better at it. After becoming (painfully) aware of the term "Known or Virtually Certain" in 26-1, I'd done some online research and tried to come up with a "standard" for easier, black and white decisions in determining whether a ball is lost, or if it's in a water hazard (there are no officials where I play). On Sunday, I was lucky enough to be paired up with another single who I've played with a few times over the last couple of years. This would be a round I'd post towards my HC - regardless of how ugly it turned out. I had already called a penalty on myself for brushing my club against the sand in a bunker. While it wasn't the first time I'd committed that error, it was the first time I'd actually given myself the 2 stroke penalty for it. My playing partner just shook his head in disgust when I told him 6 for my score, and then mumbled something about those rules being for the pros. There had been a few lost balls through out the round... all no-doubters which called for a provisional and very little effort taken in finding the original. But on the last hole, I hit a drive that went towards a lateral water hazard some 230 yards away from the tee box. Obviously, I'd have preferred for that tee shot to have been in play, but if not, shooting my 3nd shot from next to the hazard was preferable over re-teeing. Still, with my eyesight and at that distance, I couldn't have possibly seen - with crystal clear certainty - the ball go in. This would be a good test for my "Known or Virtually Certain" logic. What I did see from the tee box was a ball slowly rolling toward the depression of a hazard before disappearing. It didn't go left or right, and it didn't go beyond. There were no trees that came in to play, and no chance for a crazy bounce. I chose not to hit a provisional. When we walked up to where we last saw the ball, there was a very small area of light rough between the fairway and the hazard... too small for us not to have found the ball had it stopped short (which neither of us believed had happened). We both agreed the ball had to be in the marsh. My ego wants low scores as much as anyone else's. It can be challenging to learn the rules and more challenging to know I'm supposed to add strokes when nobody else in the world would care one way or the other. Ignorance is bliss sometimes. But my game is exactly what it is and I'm slowly learning not to give a $#!!. Shaving a stroke here or there by fudging the rules isn't going to provide any real sense of accomplishment.
  36. 2 points
    As I've recently started to make changes through MySwing, I find that my opinion has remained pretty much unchanged. I'd said before that I wouldn't want a new change every week, that's just too much to handle, and I still believe that. On the other hand, its a good thing to be able to get some validation or correction, as appropriate, in between more formal lessons. If you're at a club, where you have a relationship with the pro, you'll often get a minute or two from them while you're on the range, to get the right feedback on your progress. With the MySwing thread, I've had the same, a check of my video to verify that I'm headed the right direction, or a tweak to get me back on course. Use of video also helps me evaluate my own progress during a practice session, once I learn what I should be looking at.
  37. 2 points
    Not a full blown carrier. It looks like a Wasp Class LHD to me. An amphibious assault ship designed to transport and support a Marine Expeditionary Unit. I spent some time aboard two of the predecessor Tarawa Class LHA's, the Nassau and the Saipan. The jet aircraft you see towards the stern is an AV-8B vertical takeoff and landing Harrier. All in all a very capable package. Generally based out of either San Diego, supporting the Marines in Camp Pendleton, or Norfolk, supporting Camp Lejeune. Where are you? Good stuff! Thanks for sharing!
  38. 2 points
    They don't all have to be on. You'd be surprised. Just a few really good shots can make a big difference.
  39. 2 points
    Bear in mind, I said swing faster, not harder. Swinging harder, to me, is more tense with a very tight grip. I think that swinging harder results in more casting. What I'm talking about is a light grip pressure with less tension. It's the same mechanics (ideally) but with more velocity.
  40. 2 points
    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".
  41. 2 points
    Huh? Art is like a form of expression. Golf is a game, man.
  42. 2 points
    Breaking 100 should be a milestone not a goal.
  43. 2 points
    I'm sure what you're saying is for the most part true, but for some of us there is no formula that will propel us into the 70's or low 80's. @iacas, you or any other good instructor could caddie every round for me, give me a practice plan that I'd follow religiously, and fit me with the best equipment. I'd become moderately better. On most days, I'm fine with this reality and don't let it stop me from trying to become as good as possible while enjoying the challenge. I'm genuinely happy when others improve at a faster rate - especially kids. It's not "unfair" nor is it always a choice that some don't become good. It's simply the way it is. In golf as in other sports, we all have different potential. Even using the best improvement strategy that our available time and money allows, there is no way around that.
  44. 2 points
    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.
  45. 2 points
    Hahaha! golf is weird smetimes. "Time of death of the fish is 11:23 am, the exact moment it became of loose impediment."
  46. 2 points
    Thank you. The site would not be what it was without good folks like you. I know in this day and age we can talk about how the Internet is keeping people isolated and alone, but right now while my wife is asleep, I get to read a nice story by a guy I've never met and which makes me feel like I'm a bit closer to you asa human, when otherwise I'd be reading and/or watching TV. So again, thank you, Shane.
  47. 2 points
    Great post, and very timely given some of the recent discussions about EE. It's easy as someone who hangs out on TST to spot swing faults. Where it becomes an art form is the ability to prioritize the fix at the top of the pyramid that will cascade down the chain and clean up many faults further down the line. If a player fixates on the wrong fault (because it stands out to them) they can actually make things a lot worse be creating all kinds of compensations to address that fault when addressing the the correct place to focus, you can eliminate a lot of compensations as a by-product.
  48. 2 points
    It was my last day today. As I was walking to my car in the company parking lot for the last time, the thought of "what did I just do?" came to my mind. I almost had a mild panic attack but a few seconds later, I came back to my senses. I quit my job b/c I have enough $ to maintain my life style, and the company political BS was killing me slowly. Good riddance! Time to enjoy life, and improve my golf game.
  49. 2 points
    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.
  50. 2 points
    I retired at 54 -- that was 11 years ago. Although I flunked retirement -- many times now -- as I went into consulting. Consulting allowed me to work as much, or little, as I wanted and on my own schedule. It worked out great for me. It gave me time to do things like own a sea kayak operation in Greece for 7 summers and, finally, build that woodworking shop filled with vintage woodworking machines. This year I'm starting to play golf again after 20 years of not playing. I'm having a ball. I walk instead of riding a cart and I haven't felt this good in a long time. Lost 25 lbs. this summer all due to walking 10-12 km. a day on the golf course. Bought some "old man's" clubs and haven't looked back. Congrats and enjoy! Later, John
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