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  1. 11 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
  2. 7 points
  3. 6 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
    Here are a few pics.
  11. 3 points
    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.
  12. 3 points
    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).
  13. 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.
  14. 3 points
    I bought her… this: It's what she wanted! P.S. She thinks flowers (and cards) are a waste of money.
  15. 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.
  16. 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:
  17. 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…
  18. 3 points
  19. 3 points
    So if a bag-piper in traditional garb isn't quite on the level, is he off-kilter?
  20. 3 points
    "Half a bubble off" is what my dad, a plumber, would say when someone was odd.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 3 points
    Nice try, buddy. I learned about this scam in my Adulting class.
  26. 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.
  27. 3 points
    I could never do that. I don't see that as solving anything.
  28. 3 points
    I manage to limit my muttering to "come on" and "you suck".
  29. 3 points
    Comparing plumb bobbing with Aimpoint is like debating whether a unicorn is faster than a quarter horse.
  30. 2 points
    Very cool! Not just the invites, but also that they give you an “excuse” to get out and enjoy the game again!
  31. 2 points
    I know all about it. D1 home run hitter and coached hitters after college. I can talk hitting all day long. On home run swings, yes essentially everyone has to get to same positions to have good results. The Bambino had way too much if a weight shift imo. The majority of your weight should be back at contact. The front side is just to torque into creating power. Of course this is impact which is the only thing that matters consistently. It doesn't matter what you look like after the swing or before for the most part. During his time period yes the babe was a monster but in today's game he would get carved up by any D1 Friday night starter. Yep pujols keeps that weight over the back knee like he should. That is a ball of Fame swing.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. 2 points
  35. 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.
  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
    I disagree with your characterization in this case. I don't see it as "conform and shut up" but rather as live and let live.
  38. 2 points
    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 bet an autographed Mickey Mantle liver x-ray, you would refocus even harder and go for the next level and stress out even worse. Is it enough to be content with playing? I don't know for sure. I can say with all certainly I am content playing at a 14 and seeing a couple of putts go in every round. I hate practice for practice sake. If I am at my course, I love to play. I will some day remove myself from this wicked winter world of New Brunswick (nice autumns though) and obtain 12 month golf nirvana. I wish all of you much luck and success as you push your envelopes. But keep in mind what Eric Idle said on the cross, If life seems jolly rotten, there's something you've forgotten! And that's to laugh and dance and smile and sing. Good luck and keep your forward foot toed outwards lol.
  39. 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.
  40. 2 points
    I thought this was key in what you wrote. At first, I thought that hitting fewer balls wasn't "fun." It felt too disciplined. Over time, I've flipped on that. It's a cliche, but I'm enjoying the process. When at the range, I'm there to change something, I'm not convince myself I'm hitting good shots. The fun is when you CHANGE something- and the joy of hitting a good shot is short-lived. Just give me a few more shots, and that good one has faded from memory. But if I've truly changed something, I should enjoy the benefits of better contact for a long while. Like the young woman you saw, pounding balls can be relaxing in a way- just swing freely and see what happens. I've definitely done that when I needed a break from the discipline. But I've found that changes don't happen when hitting balls rapid fire- even when you try to stay conscious of what you're doing. Not major changes, anyway. The changes I'm working on are deeply ingrained from years of being unaware of proper fundamentals, so it'll be fun to fix that- using all the tools you mentioned: video, slow swings, focus, etc.
  41. 2 points
    I have been in Tampa for six years after living in Chicago for ten. I didn't think it would happen but cold has changed a little bit for me. Cold in general has never really bothered me, I'll swim in a 65 degree pool, but over time the blood does thin out a bit. Has yet to be too cold for me to golf in Tampa and I fully expect to wear golf shirt and shorts at Eagle Creek later this month if dress code allows. It's Florida!
  42. 2 points
    Playing on soggy wet turf will test most people's game. Your poor results were in part created by the playing conditions. You might give it a go when the ground is dry and firm just to test the idea.
  43. 2 points
    You can pretty much call anything an art these days. The word has lost all meaning.
  44. 2 points
    And yet they have no problem with the players who go to the halfway point and simulate a putt or the guys who spent 30 seconds behind the hole, below the hole and behind the ball and then plumb bob. The dumb thing about plumb bobbing is the putters don't hang vertical.
  45. 2 points
    Also worth noting is that this is not that dissimilar to fitted putters. We tout how important something like an Edel putter, which is fitted to you personally for aim, can be for the masses, but its not as important for the pros. Why? Because the pros have had tools at their disposal for years that allow them to be precisely fitted for putters. So, while there may only be a handful of pros who are using the brand name Aimpoint system, that doesn't mean that the rest of them are "old school." These guys have the greens mapped out thoroughly and charted for slopes of all directions. In fact, this year the Euro our announcers have commented several times on Rorys "charts" that he pulls out on the greens (at Dubai and Abu Dhabi, at the very least). So while he may not have a chart that gives him the exact "aimpoint," he does have a chart that gives him some information that he swirls around in his head with other info he has to get his read. Basically, what I'm saying is that there are a lot of pros using a bastardized version of aimpoint and they don't even know it. No matter what Johnny and Roger say - I believe that there are no players out there reading the greens solely with their eyes on the spot and factoring in the location of the nearest water body or valley. That said, I don't disagree with @Gunther. After all, putting is relatively easy compared to all other aspects of the game and doesn't usually factor in to our scores nearly as much as some want to believe. But the beauty of the system, as @GolfLug already alluded to, is that you don't have to use it. You can take the class and get some good information on how to feel slopes with your feet, how to recognize general drainage and slope patterns, and stuff like that, and even without ever holding your fingers up in the air one single time, you'll already be a better green reader, and thus a better putter.
  46. 2 points
    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 bed, etc. is exhausting. After the first kid, "me time" was between 0430 and 0600 in the morning. The second kid crushed that in two ways. First, that little effer wakes up in the morning. Second, the quest for tranquility with my wife has me staying up later than I like, but I like the quiet so much that I try to make myself stay up at night. Result: I don't like waking up at 0430 as much as I used to. My kids basically kicked me off of TST for a year because I lost the time to access it. When Eric switched over to the new site I never learned how it worked so I disappeared. I couldn't browse at work because I didn't work in an office--my only option was on my mobile, and it was too hard to learn the new site from my phone. I have an office job again, so here I am--finally figuring out how the new site works, discovering blogs, and responding to this post half-a-year late.
  47. 2 points
    The Sand Trap isn't going anywhere. I know that much. 11+ years and going strong!
  48. 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.
  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
    Good stuff Mike! Whenever I'm at the range and thinking about giving up on a different feel, or by the same token, when I hear people haven't improved and I find out they gave up on [whatever priority piece you or Erik gave them] my TV/Movie brain always goes to the scene in the bar in 40 Year Old Virgin when Steve Carell's characters buddy is trying to get him to loosen up and go talk to girls and he says "It just doesn't feel right" so his buddy responds, "Of course it doesn't feel right! What has felt right for you DON'T WORK! Ya need to try some wrong, dog." It's a joke, but it's 100% accurate and applies here as well.
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