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    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. 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.
  6. 3 points
    I bought her… this: It's what she wanted! P.S. She thinks flowers (and cards) are a waste of money.
  7. 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.
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    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:
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    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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    If the country would act the way it has for the past couple of months I think we’d have the mildest flu season in years. Not shutting businesses, but with some social distancing and masks it would make a substantial difference.
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    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.
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    Knitting? Cost you your man card, it will...
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    Hope all is better soon... Give some serious thought to a yoga class. They incorporate strength and flexibility.
  15. 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.
  16. 2 points
    I have glare problems too. A sun shade might help.
  17. 2 points
    I refuse to use a machine. Ask me again in 15 years when my knees are shot 😜 I ran 1.5 the other day, then I got busy so haven't been out since. I'm going to go for 2 miles tomorrow. Goal is 8 total miles this week.
  18. 1 point
    Congrats to all of you guys. I’ve been with my gf for 21 years.
  19. 1 point
    I’m just glad this wasn’t in the “Announcements and Tech Support” forum. 🙂
  20. 1 point
    Having a regular game or group is a comfortable situation. I do not enjoy searching around for 2-3 acquaintances to join me. We all have busy lives and roping together a group for golf can be a bother. Hope this works well for a long time for you.👍
  21. 1 point
    And my 32nd was Thursday! Congrats to all of us!
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    Happy Anniversaries to @CarlSpackler and @iacas
  24. 1 point
    Hey, today's my 15th anniversary! Congrats to us both!
  25. 1 point
    Have you ever shot baskets at a hoop with no net? It's the same thing. Yes...the ball goes thru the hoop, and it counts, but there is no swish sound. Without the sound it is somehow less satisfying.
  26. 1 point
    Right. I'm trying not to be "optimistic" about things, but at the same time, a lot of the news since early April has been pretty good - higher asymptomatic rates, higher infection rates (which lowers mortality and speaks to earlier almost undetected spreading of the virus). Treatments are being developed. Vaccines may actually work. Etc.
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    The course I've been playing this year was in pretty good shape. It's been really full though. I've joined up with some other players the last few times I've gone out. We've kept our distance which is good. If we came within 10' of one another, that was the closest we were. I am somewhat comforted by them saying that sunlight kills this, but I'm still not taking chances like most people even though I am quite certain I had this in January. This course is using the pool noodle method of keeping the balls out of the hole. It works really well. I can only think of 1 putt that one of my playing partners had that was questionable as to whether it would have gone in the hole. The flag stick was leaning towards him from the breeze, and I'm quite sure it would have gone in without the flag in. He wasn't going to count it holed, but his friend and I both insisted that it was. The only downside is that the bunkers have been awful until yesterday. They finally did some maintenance to them. People are smoothing them the best they can with their feet. So far, golf is the closest thing to normal that I can do these days even with the changes they've made.
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    Tell that to someone who lost a loved one because an asshole went too Florida for spring break. Seriously, the lack of empathy you have is scary. Also, back in early April no one new how bad this would be. What if it was bad. Should we take the risk of causing a lot of unwanted deaths just to satisfy your idiotic bravado.
  30. 1 point
    Of course, I believe in God. Our country was formed thusly. I don't want to engage you. I don't like you
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    A lot of people, stuck at home, have nothing better to do than to come and post here. Which is fine; we can be social while "socially distancing" ourselves.
  33. 1 point
    Read this today. -China has closed down its last coronavirus hospital. Not enough new cases to support them. - Doctors in India have been successful in treating Coronavirus. Combination of drugs used: Lopinavir, Retonovir, Oseltamivir along with Chlorphenamine. They are going to suggest same medicine, globally. - Researchers of the Erasmus Medical Center claim to have found an antibody against coronavirus. - A 103-year-old Chinese grandmother has made a full recovery from COVID-19 after being treated for 6 days in Wuhan, China. - Apple reopens all 42 china stores, - Cleveland Clinic developed a COVID-19 test that gives results in hours, not days. - Good news from South Korea, where the number of new cases is declining. - Italy is hit hard, experts say, only because they have the oldest population in Europe. - Scientists in Israel likely to announce the development of a coronavirus vaccine. - 3 Maryland coronavirus patients fully recovered; able to return to everyday life. - A network of Canadian scientists are making excellent progress in Covid-19 research. - A San Diego biotech company is developing a Covid-19 vaccine in collaboration with Duke University and National University of Singapore. - Tulsa County's first positive COVID-19 case has recovered. This individual has had two negative tests, which is the indicator of recovery. - All 7 patients who were getting treated for at Safdarjung hospital in New Delhi have recovered.- Plasma from newly recovered patients from Covid -19 can treat others infected by Covid-19
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    Don’t “Flatten the Curve,” stop it! - Joscha Bach - Medium You have all seen a version of this curve of COVID-19 case loads by now: It's much graver than you think. The sudden high number of people who will need to be in intensive care is much greater than the number of people who die. Think of it this way, 3% of people just don't fall over dead. That would be a lot cleaner. 6% of people need to be put on a ventilator. If this infects 40% of the population, 143,000,000 people, then 8.1 million of them will need to be on a ventilator. "if hospitals put all existing ventilators to use, we have 160,000 of them. In addition, the CDC has a strategic stockpile of 8900 ventilators that can be deployed in hospitals that need them." Social distancing accomplishes two things. 1. It spreads out the number of people who need a ventilator so it doesn't overload the system as bad as it would otherwise. 2. It gives more time to find a cure. The lucky people are those who get hit with this thing either really early or really late or not at all.
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    That was a very nice and touching bit. Sorry for your loss and I’m sure he’s hitting all the fairways up there. I wish I would have learned the game at an early age. I made sure to expose my son to it and luckily he loves it and we spend a lot of good times on the course. Nothing like the joy of two friends putting a circle on a scorecard for the same hole.
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    For reference it isn't a back foot/front foot thing.. your weight can be "back" with your back foot off the ground. I have pics of myself hitting a home run at contact with my rear foot off the ground. However my weight is biased back. I don't mind to say weight shift more as a transfer of energy into the front/ground that allows a forceful rotation of the lower half. However the upper half, particularly the hands/bat head need to be propelled along the same plane as the pitch for as long as possible for a great swing. There is a "weight shift" but it is not exactly like golf.
  37. 1 point
    Believe it or not, I've never made a double bogey in the bar, its the best part of my game.
  38. 1 point
    This time of year, I can't be bothered to play in the cold. I get a week in Pinehurst around Thanksgiving, another week in Palm Springs in January, that gets me enough golf fix for most of the winter. If we get a couple of nice days, we'll see temps in the 50s, and I might give it a shot, but I don't want to be on the first tee when its still in the 30s. By mid-February, though, I'll start getting itchy and go out in very similar conditions to what you had. But we'll get a soft surface with sun-thaw, and frozen underneath. Hard yet sloppy. Still, a day out playing golf with friends, and a cold beer sitting next to the fireplace in the clubhouse, there are a lot worse ways to spend a day.
  39. 1 point
    I may not be entirely sane, but that sounds like a lot of fun. Not to play in every time, but doing it once and just trying to do your best in the conditions. It helps that it was cheap though. I don't really want to pay full freight for that. I played last December where there was no frost, the fairways were fine, but the greens were still frozen for the first 9 holes or so. That was a lot of fun because you would try to get the ball to bounce just in front of the green, and then the ball would have the right combination of spin and speed to stop on the green. There was a way to pull it off. It was really fun when it worked.
  40. 1 point
    Just got my 13 year old a Cult Gateway freestyle BMX bike. He’s loving it! My 9 year old got his old bike which is a very nice Cannondale so he’s pretty happy too!
  41. 1 point
    Now that's one way to move a couch in the city.
  42. 1 point
    Hopefully after 5 months (summer!) of not playing I'm about to embark on a 9 hole outing to test the waters. Did x-ray, cortisone, ice/heat, home exercises, physical therapy and just completed my 3rd prolotherapy injection yesterday. In the meantime I have practiced chipping and putting. Without a doubt I am now the best putter in a 50 mile radius! 😁 For a partial UCL tear in the right elbow I am following the lead of major league pitchers with Tommy John surgery and have made mechanical adjustments to my swing. More languid, lazy with a dash of centrifugal force. In the past I would muscle the club through the latter part of the downswing. This new swing, other than keeping me on the course, may be a good thing.
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    No. It probably would just get in the way. There's a lot of crawling into tight spaces and contorting involved sometimes, that's when I think it happened yesterday. I'm pretty sure it's just tightness and I didn't tear something. Homepage | Cali Move I do the Complete Calisthenics program. I skipped levels 1-2 and started straight at 3. They also have a YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZIIRX8rkNjVpP-oLMHpeDw And while I'm on the subject, here's another channel I really like, SaturnoMovement. He does calisthenics and yoga: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpIoF2UfscJv4cNSyLjuA6w I have no place to put one, though it was something I have always wanted for years. Maybe I'll try hanging upside down from my pullup bar. It's gotta be the Adam West Batsuit.
  44. 1 point
    The weird thing is, the shoulder thing doesn't affect my golf swing. Swinging the club probably doesn't help it heal any faster, but it hasn't stopped me from playing at all. There's no rule against replying to blogs. If I didn't want people commenting, I wouldn't have written the blog post 😃 The wrist problem went away after a couple of days. Unfortunately I can't say the same for hitting fat shots. Yea I'm slowly learning to cope. Figure it's a fact of my life at this point. I have a pretty good knowledge base in fitness and the programs I follow are really good so I'm covered there. There are shoulder rehabilitation type movements built in because most people undertrain those muscles. With calisthenics shoulder strength and mobility are very important so I think I'm definitely doing the right program for my needs at this point. I'm not naturally thin, I'm just instinctively good at consuming calories at maintenance level? I probably don't eat enough anymore TBH.
  45. 1 point
    I'm so guilty of this. It's how I keep myself motivated. This year, in particular, I've played extremely poorly. A lack of time has led to a lack of practice which has led to a lack of scoring. Going from where I was this time last year (low-to-mid 80's) to where I am currently (low 90's) is frustrating. I look back at my scorecard and tell myself that I'm a little bit of practice from getting back to where I was. My game from 50 yards and in is G-O-N-E. I'm back to ball-first contact but now I'm leaving everything short because it checks up so quickly or I'm thinning the ball over the green. Instead of getting up & down 30% of the time from 50 yards and in like I was last year... I'm getting up & down about 15% of the time. That leads to me sitting in the car thinking about why my scores are 5-10 strokes higher. If I woulda hit those pitch shots closer than 25 feet on the 12 holes I missed the green in regulation... I coulda made those putts... which shoulda translated to an 83 instead of a 90. In reality... if I woulda put some more time in on the range for a few days leading up to my round... I coulda hit more than 6 greens in regulation... so I shoulda done that instead of sitting on my couch. 🤔 CY
  46. 1 point
    Since I've been a runner for over 50 years, and am a current high school track and cross country coach, I feel qualified to comment. Most people deciding "to get back in shape" start running way too fast. They become exhausted, winded, tired, and sore. It's an unpleasant feeling, so the training period is short lived. I tell people to start running very gently, a comfortable pace, where you can carry on a conversation with a partner without being out of breath. It might not be faster than a brisk walk. Do that for 15 minutes and try to increase by 10% a week. This is effective for conditioning, cardiovascular health, weight control, and just plain feeling good. Doing this, many adults become pretty fit and enjoy the running much more. You simply don't have to train like you're going to the olympics and exhaust yourselves.
  47. 1 point
    Down for the count? nah... standing 8-count at worst.
  48. 1 point
    I played Harbour Town years ago on my honeymoon. My wife met me while I was a golfer on the SIU golf team. So I came as a package. She rode in the cart and had a great time. Good woman. She never tried to rein in my golf.
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    Yeah, I have the same problem with the 2d Amendment....
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