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  1. Yeah, no. I’m giving you a 4/10 on the Golf Swing Guru Crackpot Scale. You lost points for: No visual aids. Like, at all. No citing a YouTube video claiming this swing shows off what you are talking about. No mystical looking 1990-style website. No avatar of some part of the body or a golf swing. You gained points for: Suggesting that you alone know the truth or facts at play here. Misusing big words you clearly don’t understand. Citing Ben Hogan. Try harder next time. You can do it!
    8 points
  2. An occasional student (a few lessons a year, great guy, retired, LOVES golf) messaged me today, and I'm going to share the conversation (with his permission), and then try to wrap some things up at the end. The conversation occurs between the horizontal rules: Student: Erik, need some advice. First off I’ve taken a lot of lessons from many different people and even went to the Pinehurst Golf Academy. The lessons I’ve done with you seem to have helped me the best but I am still very inconsistent. One day I think I have a good feel and then the next I can’t find it. My though
    6 points
  3. Well that was certainly an interesting 11 minutes. They moved it because you told them you had a TST outing, right? 😉
    6 points
  4. I'll give a free TST towel to the first person who names the winner (full name, not just last name) and the correct winning score in relation to par. Only one entry per person, and your first entry is the only one that counts. Entries must be posted before 7am eastern time on Thursday. This is a Players Towel, so they're quite nice.
    6 points
  5. Sometimes I think golf needs a "DELAY OF GAME: 10 YARD PENALTY" flag to be thrown. "Sorry, Bud. You're teeing off back there now."
    6 points
  6. Book your tee time for a foursome. Sounds like you're the guy with a plan. Put out an email or text to all your golf buddies letting them know the first 3 responses are in! To the other laggards, too late, I'll check with you next week. Early bird gets the tee time...
    6 points
  7. Ok, So I made up my mind and pulled the trigger on the V5 Shift. I ended up ordering a refurbished model from the manufacturer with a 2 year warranty included from eBay and saved $50 bucks. From the reviews, their refurbished seemed like open box returns and they are certified in pristine condition. I just sold my Mevo for what I paid for it and 2 TM Spider Headcovers for a profit on the Bay so it didn't really cost me much. I am toying with the idea of Mevo + (If I do I go through @iacas), but honestly I sold the Mevo because it accomplished a goal of lowering my ball flight. Any
    5 points
  8. Just a dude walking with his jacket. Nothing to see here. Move on.
    5 points
  9. The most important part of the Masters Tournament has just been decided. I'm there for the lobster & corn fritters, miso-marinated sea bass and the peach cobbler.
    5 points
  10. I don’t care how well a ball performs compared to a ProV1. Few other balls on the market can replicate the feeling of hitting your tee shot onto another fairway and watching another golfer play it, assuming it is theirs.
    5 points
  11. It takes less than 10 seconds to get a yardage with a range finder. That’s about three minutes worth of “range finding” in an average round. That’s not contributing to anyone’s slow pace of play...
    5 points
  12. Maybe refer that book you mentioned for yourself.
    5 points
  13. Have played 4 rounds so far this year using my own ball, below are some stats around those rounds. Putting has been the weakest area by far, my make rate from 6-9 feet is only 30% and 9-15 feet is only 12.5%. Spent a while on the putting green yesterday though and moved my ball position forward which was something my instructor identified I needed to do the last time he watched me putt but I kept forgetting to make the change. The results were instantly better, my start line was so much better, and I did an 8 foot putting circle where I hit ten 8 foot putts from 4 different locations and
    4 points
  14. Some additional point gathering metrics are: (in no particular order) 1. Creation of new accounts to say you are a student of said crazy theory as a "testimonial" 2. After being banned returning as a new account only slip back into your old ways and get outed. 3. (Recently added) Blur portions of your swing pictures to hide the fact that you have already posted them in the past 4. Be a poor speller (why are they so often poor spellers?) 5. Garage videos 6. Complain that aren't being treated by the forum fairly 7. Move around forums thinking the other one will
    4 points
  15. @Patrick57 was banned just a few minutes ago under his… Awww, hell, it's too many former usernames to count, as you can see below. @JuliWooli was just the most recent. Patrick McHugh, as you can see, previously used a woman's name, so it shouldn't surprise anyone that he made up "Juli Wooli" too. We always had suspicions, but credit to @billchao for the nail in the coffin.
    4 points
  16. Yea but they’d be asking him to start the tournament, not finish it. He’d do fine 😜
    4 points
  17. I thought we had a topic for this, but I just added four pictures of one of my college players making an albatross to the gallery, including this one: Ryan, who last year barely made the team and who is now roughly a 2 or 3 handicapper, who at 6'4" pounds the ball pretty far, and I got out for a few holes before the Masters today. When we got to the third hole, he put his driver a bit farther out there than mine, 230 to 234 or so. The third green at Whispering Woods cants front to back, so you can't see the green surface. He hit a soft hybrid and we saw the ball slightly draw agains
    4 points
  18. Shortly after this conversation, I contacted Brenda to see if she could make a headcover for my wife's birthday. In addition to golf, she takes trapeze lessons, just loves it. With no more information than that, Brenda came up with a few ideas. Mary Anne's birthday was this past Friday, and she absolutely LOVES her new headcover!
    4 points
  19. I found the definitive answer on divot holes. Please note item #6.
    4 points
  20. Liver, fava beans and a nice chianti.
    4 points
  21. I said it earlier, but I'll repeat it. You can be playing at a very good pace, well within the acceptable pace at a specific facility, but if there's a faster group behind you and there's consistently space in front of you, you should ask them to play through. That's not a slow play issue, its a "show consideration for others" issue. And of course there's never any excuse for intentionally hitting into anyone.
    4 points
  22. The Rules, for the most part, cannot govern what a player does when not competing. If you can gather information, you can use it. If you have access, you could go to that course while not playing and run detailed surveys to get the information. You could get large-scale topographic maps and get the information. You can use the elevation services of Google Earth and get the information. Or you can play a practice round and hit multiple shots from that tee to learn how much difference the elevation actually makes. Its all gathering information, in one way or another. The Rules have, f
    4 points
  23. It’s odd you assume this without ever meeting them. Please keep the subject to slow play and don’t read emotions into posts or insult other posters. Same goes with @Frank F and @ncates00. Keep it civil. The subject is slow play.
    4 points
  24. "Slow play" is when factors that are under your control, not including the reasonable results of your golf shots or your ability to move around the course, affect the pace of play of your group in a noticeably negative way. * reasonable results include shots up to your ESC limit for the hole ** Ability to move around the course = accounts for factors like physical mobility, cart-path-only days or holes, etc. *** Noticeably negative = more than 60 seconds per hole
    4 points
  25. I would highly recommend purchasing and reading this booklet. It's super cheap (shipping will cost more than the booklet), and sheds light on why certain rules/penalties exist. Principles Behind The Rules of Golf: Paperback (effective through 2018 to 2019) USGA Members, please sign in to receive your Member discount: Sign In SALE - 50% Off Discontinued This 72-page booklet is an update to the original version of The Principles Behind The Rules of Golf, according to the...
    4 points
  26. I am less and less concerned about pace of play these days. I used to complain and get mad at anything over 4 hours. I would even let it completely ruin rounds because I would get so concerned about pace I would forget to worry about my play. I can play 18 as fast as anyone, and there are still rounds when I need to buzz around the course as fast as possible. But I actually find rounds more enjoyable when the pace is around 4 hours. I play every Sunday with buddies, in the summer we sometimes have 3-4 groups. I have nothing else to do on Sunday mornings, so I am absolutely fine when it
    4 points
  27. I won't go any further down that road, another thread was just started for it. But while golf is a game for the masses, the rules aren't made by the majority, we don't get a vote. Lebron doesn't get a vote on basketball rules, ARod didn't get to vote on baseball rules, and even Tiger doesn't get to vote on golf rules. The Rules of Golf are written by those experts who understand the history and traditions, the basic underlying principles, and the balance required among the rules. We don't need to dumb the game down for the lowest common denominator.
    4 points
  28. I think golf in the UK is different in approach to an acceptable POP. Our 6300 par 69 is a fairly tough track. Decent rough, lots of trees and bushes. Sunday competitions the tee is full from 7.30-14.30 and still mainly full until 1600. Par time is 3hrs 34 (3balls). I usually play 7.30-7.45 and will be round 3hours. 3hrs 20 if someone is having a bad day. Teeing off after 8.30 and it’s likely to take 4 hours. Any more than that and people will be getting warned once then a 1 competition ban. You only have to do this a few times and all of a sudden once slow players will speed up. Rea
    4 points
  29. I'm not going to read 60 pages of replies, but my stance is simple - there is no way to clearly determine what constitutes a "divot" so there is no way this can become a rule.
    4 points
  30. @Lane Holt, I don’t understand your logic. @iacas is having a discussion of ideas and because he is pointing out his perceived errors of your ideas, doesn’t mean they aren’t welcomed. It means he disagrees. But yes, you are simply proving what we have already seen, you don’t really want discussion
    3 points
  31. Played 9 holes, first time swinging a club in 6 weeks. Good thing is my right side felt normal. Overall, happy with how things went. As I slowly got my golf muscles stretched out, the swing was pretty good. I want 1 over on the last 6 holes. Swing feels.. 1. Slight sway back in the backswing 2. Top of left hand facing out at A3. 3. Tried to feel a bit more of the left leg stuff, but wasn't overly focusing on it.
    3 points
  32. Can you please use the "quote" feature when responding? That makes it much easier to figure out what and who you are responding to. Yet again you still didn't address @Vinsk's direct contradiction to your claim. Again, what facts do you have that support your statement "It is the turning of the torso ( inner circle ) that squares the face, not the hands !" ? Also you didnt respond to @woodzie264 either, what facts do you have that support this statement "Knowledge of human genetics is the major key to a successful golf swing" ? I highly doubt there are very many PGA tour
    3 points
  33. Juli was banned for being an imposter. He was a formerly banned troll who kept signing in with new usernames and from different IP addresses.
    3 points
  34. Wow. Marathon day of golf for you, then? What'd you play… 72 holes? 90? 😉
    3 points
  35. Iron covers are like sweaters on dogs. Just stop it.
    3 points
  36. Absolutely, unless you see the ball going into the water. "Virtual certainty" implies that the ball couldn't possibly be anywhere else. I see lots of trees and rough in your photos.
    3 points
  37. Clubs clicking together is as sweet a sound as metal spikes on a parking lot.
    3 points
  38. FWIW, you're commenting on a topic that's last seen a response six years ago. Also, Tiger Woods won the Masters as the reigning U.S. Amateur champion. 🙂
    3 points
  39. In my own golfing progression, each time I hit a new handicap low, a couple of strokes or so, it felt like it was uncharted territory. "I'm not this good, I can't keep this up". And as cyclical things always do, I didn't keep it up, my handicap went up some. But the NEXT time I got to that same level, I KNEW I was good enough, because it had happened before.
    3 points
  40. Par 5 #5 playing about 450 yards from winter tees with hard dry conditions and lots of roll. Bad (slice) drive left me about 220 out from the right rough and I hit a 4H to about 3 feet for my first ever eagle (not counting scrambles). Making the eagle putt was the second best shot. I also hit a drive 255 based on GPS and then hit another 4H about 220 over the green on the other par 5. We won't discuss the rest of the hole.
    3 points
  41. Tiger's win was more impressive. Both 1997 and 2019.
    3 points
  42. I really wanted to update this thread because Swing Caddie has updated their ap. This is the second update they've done since I have owed the device. The first one added a calculated spin rate to the numbers you can collect. (Just know that it only calculates spin rate for 8-iron through driver... You don't get to check spin rate off your wedges yet.) Firstly, for about 2 weeks the ap didn't work. It may have been working for I-phone folks, but us Android folks had to wait. It was worth the wait. It is way better than the old ap. They added some nicer graphics, making the whole thi
    3 points
  43. One more "new" birdie in the men's club on Wednesday, had a decent round with back-to-back birdies on 7/8 for the front nine and then birdies 6 with a terrible 3-foot lip out on 7 that would've been a nice second pair of birdies otherwise.
    3 points
  44. This one is from two years ago, but it fits. Blasted my drive 40 yards right of my intended target, got away with a thinned iron that inexplicably went farther than I thought it deserved to go, then somehow hit a 3/4 wedge to 3’ and made birdie. If I missed this green I probably would have bogeyed this one. Every hole is an adventure when I play golf. I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing.
    3 points
  45. Talked with @cipher and, not to speak for @Hardspoon, but I think our plan is: Play Sand Valley Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. Return to the same house. Play Lawsonia Links on Thursday. Play somewhere in Milwaukee on Friday. Return Saturday. In other words, replace Thursday's round at SentryWorld with Lawsonia Links. And then y'all can play Erin Hills or whatever you want on Friday. In other words, maybe those of you playing Lawsonia Links could stay there Thursday night… AFTER you play that day? And we could all play it together, and then Friday would be the "fr
    3 points
  46. So it's taken awhile. I generally have to do a few things: Feel the arms lifting off my chest, particularly my right elbow, almost immediately in the backswing. It feels like it's "out" and away early in the backswing. The right arm feeling soft can help here, and the right shoulder. I have to find a way for this to work with partial wedges, because if it's actually "out" I can't make a downswing. The hands can go "up" and "out" feeling, but the shaft has to stay vertical to even slightly "\" feeling. The shoulders continue to t
    3 points
  47. Hit 107.3 on the Trackman last night. Average (throwing a few low numbers out) was around 105. Average ball speed is up a bit to 155...smash factor was normally in the 1.49 range before and dropped a little bit. I could feel I wasn't making great contact so have a few things to work on. Would say I'm up about 5 MPH based on previous averages. I played Sunday and could notice a difference. Misses were much better and had a couple that were in spots I normally don't reach. Just have to bring the dispersion in a bit. Also, I've been looking at my swing speed with my 7 iron for com
    3 points
  48. Went up to Erie on Sunday. Primary - Continue to work on back left hand away from body in the backswing. Club more vertical at A3. Secondary - Into impact, left knee bumps left a bit, left hip goes back and left leg straightens sooner. I got fitted for an entire set of PXG clubs. I only bought the driver 😉 Irons - 0211-ST, C-TAPER 130g X-Stiff soft stepped once 3-Wood - 0341-Prototype, Tensei CK Blue 80TX 0811-Prototype, Tensei CK Blue 70TX My current irons are Srixon with C-TAPER 130g X-Stiff (no step). They were really close. I would probably gained like 3 yards
    3 points
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