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  1. Interview with Erik J. Barzeski Generations pass along the keys to humanity. A new extraction takes what it learned from the preceding one, then expands the knowledge base in a positive direction. In Erie, Pennsylvania, situated halfway between Buffalo... Read it and… weep? 🙂 I hope not!
  2. Presumably you mean Karrie Webb, a great Australian player. One of the (many) difficulties that comes from living a good long life is that the athletes who were once our favorites eventually become less effective, and are replaced by new great athletes. Most sports fans prefer to see the athletes who are performing at the top of the sport, not those whose skills have eroded with time. The programmers are absolutely correct in showing the CURRENT best players, there's a pretty limited demand for them to focus on yesterday's stars. If you're waiting for Karrie Webb to get back into the final few groups on Sunday, you're going to be disappointed. But if you watch the players who ARE at the top of the leaderboards, you're likely to develop some new favorites. Or you can turn the TV off and go yell at those kids to get off your lawn.
  3. That’s not really how that works. You posted that you watched a specific video and someone asked you to share it, to which you told him to look for it himself. He’s already watched a number of videos and was a member of Jim’s academy and he wasn’t aware of what you posted. There’s also the fact that you already watched the video so chances are you know exactly which one it is and he would have to watch a number of videos to find the right one. He may find it. He may find one he thinks is the one you referred to, but isn’t. It saves miscommunication to begin with if you would have just linked it as he asked. Plus it’s just common courtesy.
  4. What you've got to do is cut the hamstring on the back of his leg right at the bottom. He'll never play golf again, because his weight displacement goes back, all his weight is on his right foot, and he'll push everything off to the right. He'll never come through on anything. He'll quit the game.
  5. I dunno. Seems like anytime I find a nice, shiny ProV1 that sumabitch is going Red October immediately.
  6. They didn’t cheat, or anything of the sort. It had nothing to do with reading comprehension, just like your post had nothing to do with the topic.
  7. Yes, Lorena would have been a better example. I remember seeing her play in person a few times. I would consider myself a fan. She was playing in the same tournament at which my wife and I met Ai. We didn't actually meet Lorena. I used Ai as the example, because I remember when I met her. It was interesting because she was either ranked number 1, or pretty close to it at the time, yet it felt like the crowd barely knew who she was. In fairness at the time everyone had Michelle Wie fever. The crowd following Michelle was, in relative terms, akin to the crowds who followed Tiger on the mens side. I really thought Ai was going to be a star on the LPGA. She had game, a great personality, charming smile, and was smart enough to learn English in like a matter of weeks.
  8. I got to play with @billchao last summer. Apparently its not working.
  9. You’ve obviously never taken a lesson with @iacas before. That kid got lucky with the pool noodle. He had PVC for me last time I was out there 😜
  10. Don't know what to say, except I love it when real life is funnier than a parody.
  11. That's the dumbest thing I've seen online today. Thanks for the laugh.
  12. The primary reason it doesn't exist is because of the importance of the distinction between amateurs and professionals in the world of golf. These rules, plus the fact that the average golfer isn't that good compared to pros or top amateurs, mean nobody is motivated to play for the sole purpose of prize money in events like you describe. Low-handicap amateurs can't play in events like that, at least not events of any size, because they would earn too much to remain an amateur. Professionals wouldn't want to play in events like that because the purse would be too small to be worth their time (most of the prize money in professional tournaments comes from sponsors, not entry fees). As far as the weekend golfer is concerned, they wouldn't want to play it this type of tournament either because they wouldn't have a chance of winning. They know they won't finish in the top 10-20% of golfers in the tournament, so why throw their money away? The only people with a chance of winning are professionals and low-handicap amateurs, who wouldn't/couldn't want to play in the tournament for the reasons outlined above. Besides that, the format you describe is very similar to the tournaments hosted by men's/ladies club organizations at courses across the country, or city championships. The only real differences is that the competitions often include net payouts in those events, as well as those events having their payouts capped to avoid running afoul of amateur status regulations. The events also often accumulate points for a season-long overall championship. My city's championship event as well as all the nearby men's club events all pay out to the top X finishers using a portion of the entry fees. What specifically is different about those types of events from what you propose?
  13. Whether a dispersion is unusable might depend on what your next-best option is. If it's something like 2 strokes per round saved with each 20 yard gain in driving distance, then as long as your driver is 60 yards longer than your "fairway guaranteed" club, then it pays for the 3 OB mishits and is therefore not unusable. That's my amateur understanding anyway! The "famous" driving distance payoff:
  14. No no no no!!!!! If you use one ball and one ball only, how will you be able to demonstrate superior perception by saying things like: I get about 30 yards roll out with a ProV1 v 25 yards with a TaylorMade Lethal. I find the Titleist Velocity spins a bit more than a TopFlite XL I typically get 12 feet of back spin with a ProV1 v 13 with a ProV1X I have developed a really nice baby draw when using a Srixon Q Star. ProV1s are too soft for me, especially with forged irons. I can get a ProV1X to bounce once and stop dead with any club but any other ball just rolls through the green. You have to give people an opportunity to impress! ☺️
  15. Very true. Similarly, if one hits a 250 yard drive straight down the middle, people often say, "If I could do that every time, I would be happy." And I always think to myself, yes, for about a day, then you will want to hit it 260!
  16. Yes. By around, compare this player's right shoulder to yours.
  17. Had my first eagle since my 25 year hiatus 😀
  18. Of course it didn't go farther than his driver, he has to yell POW! at impact for it to really work 😂 Seriously though, better than I expected the results would be.
  19. Nice article. You did a good job articulating a lot of what could really help people out in terms of learning/playing the game. BTW - I'm sure you aren't, but in this photo, it kinda looks like you are using a reinforcement technique by hitting this young man in the head with a pool noodle every time he commits a swing fault.
  20. Answer 1: Because it is not amateur golf. Answer 2: What form of golf could be worse than a tournament full of cheats with fake handicaps trying to hustle honest players out of their entry fees?
  21. There is no way a tournament would have enough entries to support a $25,000 price without the entry fees themselves being absolutely ludicrous or there being too many players to make it onto the course. Your predicted prize pool is somewhere in the neighborhood of $50,000. Assuming the house takes a generously small 25% cut, that means that there is about $65,000 in entry fees just to support prize money and tournament organization. Assuming 100 players, a large number for a single course to host without PGA-level prep work, that's $650 of their entry fee going to just the prizes and tournament organizers. Then there's the greens fees - Myrtle Beach golf isn't cheap and each round of golf will cost you about $75 even with a bulk discount for organizing a tournament like that. The entry fee just went up to $725, and that's not even counting any other goodies included with the tournament. You expect players to pay $725 or more in tournament entry fees and just be okay with possibly being disqualified because they played well? You also expect players to accept getting disqualified, regardless of entry fees, when they stand to gain $25,000 because they just played the best golf of their life? You'd be up to your neck in lawsuits before you could even say, "statistics" because improbable doesn't mean impossible. You'd also be hard pressed to organize more than one of those types of tournaments a year, and the main draw for it would not be the cash prizes but the resort location it could be hosted at (since a local area would not support such a tournament, it would need to be travel-worthy). The golfers with a handicap to play in such a tournament (you'd need a high handicap to be interested, because low handicappers know they have no chance) are not the type to spend big bucks on tournament entry fees. Generally speaking, the majority of golfers willing to spend that kind of money for a tournament are low handicap players, so your audience would be incredibly limited. You'd also have to notify all golfers competing that they would need to revoke their amateur status before the tournament to accept any prize money in the end, which would turn off another large swatch of players. I could see it being fun for a very specific group of people, but the issue is that the exorbitant cost of hosting such an event combined with the very limited audience means it would be unlikely to catch on in any widespread fashion. Money doesn't grow on trees, and your potential customer base only gets smaller the larger the prize pool is because no sponsor will waste their money on that tournament's prize pool (it would not be televised and would receive minimal exposure) and the cost of entry would skyrocket accordingly.
  22. I can picture people getting disqualified unnecessarily because of that system, and the line of what is "too good to be true" for net scoring is entirely arbitrary. The bigger issue with net scoring, in general, is that the odds of a low handicapped golfer winning are near zero unless the handicaps are adjusted in a way that ends up making it too difficult for high handicap golfers to perform well. The primary issue is just that high handicap golfers have much more variability in their score than low handicap golfers, meaning a personal best followed by 2 above-average rounds (what it usually takes to win a big event's net scoring) is a substantially lower net score than a low-handicapper's personal best plus two above-average rounds. I imagine some people would be interested, as evidenced by the Myrtle Beach WorldAM, but many of the people who enjoy golf enough to enter and play in tournaments for cash prizes are also the type of golfers who would not play in net events. You could organize the events, but unless there's a draw besides just the money (such as the draw of playing in Myrtle Beach), you'll attract the same crowd that already plays in the men's club and city championship events. I can see there being some interest, just not nationwide interest because I still don't see anything that sets it apart from club championship or men's league style tournaments. They're the same thing essentially, but with net scoring only rather than net and gross.
  23. We have a hard enough time with sandbaggers on my home courses few open events it has each year. I think this would seem like nirvana to them .
  24. Dude. LSW was first. That's a shotgun blast right there… and… heck, the favicon for his site is two Shot Zone (oval)s.
  25. I would agree with this sentiment. To not consider violations of the rules as cheating and penalize them accordingly, whether they be intentional or careless, undermines the entire purpose of having rules in the first place. As far as pace of play goes, I guarantee you the PGA Tour could play their rounds in 4.5 hours or less every single day of every single tournament if they did one thing: enforced the USGA pace of play policy using Rule 5.6a. Players would be allowed 40 seconds per shot. Players who fail to do this will be assessed one penalty stroke on the first occurrence. The second occurrence results in a two stroke penalty (or loss of hole in match play). The third, and final, occurrence is disqualification. As soon as penalties are on the table and penalties are strictly and evenly enforced the slow play problem will vanish literally overnight. When playing slow means losing strokes or possible disqualification, it will cause all the slow players on tour to suddenly play at a reasonable pace like they should. The fact that the PGA hasn't done this yet is proof enough that they don't actually care about slow play, considering the penalties they have given are few and far between.
  26. Good for you. First off, this isn't a matter of freedom of speech. You've been allowed to say what you've wanted, and I've allowed it, despite the fact that you're not granted freedom of speech here on MY forum. There's not a single law in the land that says I have to allow you to say what you want. Not a one. There's not even a moral imperative to do so. Second, I'll assume "Lb" is "liberal," and if you're calling me a liberal, wow have you missed the mark. Some might say you're the one harassing people here.
  27. I have this great photo that proves the existence of alien life of superior intelligence living amongst us. But I can’t figure out how to upload it. 🤪 He’s trolling and there are no videos of what he speaks.
  28. This is the video I sent him. I think we are saying the same thing.
  29. I haven’t seen any hate for this method here. There is skepticism over the supposed benefits over the conventional swing which is warranted, but that’s not hate. It’s been stated many times throughout this thread that there are good things about this method that can certainly help people.
  30. I don't consider any of the three posts I have made in this thread absurd, although that is subjective. I even stated: Maybe I'm being mixed up with the OP who seemed to be trolling. I'm not getting meta about the rules. I read the text of the rule provided in post #2, and asked what I thought was a reasonable question clarifying whether or not a common behavior of mine could be perceived as a rules violation. My original question was answered clearly and succinctly by Erik 6 days ago, then 4 days ago I returned to the thread to add context to my original question to clarify that my intent was not trolling, and again received a clear and succinct response from Erik.
  31. Look at it this way. Carrying a golf ball in your pants or vest pocket is not outside the norm of playing golf. The USGA would never consider this modifying the golf ball by heating it up. Heck, in the summer you could be considered cooling the golf ball by keeping it in your golf bag. This sort of thinking is just absurd in my opinion. Can we stop getting to meta with the rules here.
  32. I forget whose personal responsibility I'm supposed to be mad at.
  33. When I first started playing, I told myself that if I can only break 100, I'll be happy. Once I did, I told myself IF I can only break 90, I'll be happy. Now the real truth is come to light, IF I can only break 80, I will be truly happy.......😁
  34. I always bring a USGA official with me when I play a solo round. Story: I couldn't play golf last summer because of torn tendons in my elbow. But my golf buddies continued. One day Chad (name changed to protect the guilty) texted me after his round that he had just shot a 72. He averages 78 to 82, had never shot even par, and always rakes away tricky 3 and 4 footers. I wanted to feel good for him but I couldn't, knowing he did not putt out everything. And when you don't have to make the return putt you can safely charge the hole with your first putt. So poor Chad never got the full enthusiasm I could have, and wanted, to give him.
  35. billchao

    NHL 2019-20

    So yesterday was the 40th anniversary of the Miracle on Ice, Ovechkin scored his 700th goal to become the 8th person in history to reach that milestone, but the biggest story of the night was about a 42 year old zamboni driver:
  36. The last few times I've seen Spieth on a golf telecast it hardly seemed like he was self satisfied, or "coasting"! His lack of performance seems to be eating him alive! And instead of looking at Spieth, let's look at Tiger. What did he go through to get back out there and compete? And his net worth throws Spieth into deep shade! Sorry, but I have to disagree, and I honestly don't know where to start! Let me go sentence by sentence. As far as spoiled brats go, if you are one of the best in the world at what you do, and you're NOT making money, you are doing something very wrong! And I think that painting them all as "spoiled brats" is painting with a very broad brush! As far as naivete and innocence, I'm wondering just when you lost yours. Was it before 10, like most of us? 7,8, or 9 years old when it happened? And think what you will about early success, it guarantees nothing. And you have no right to ascribe any thought process to anyone else! @iacas, I will apologize in advance here. But, when @Carl3 talks about the Olympic spirit, he reminds me of poor, old, brain addled Avery Brundage prattling on about the "purity" of Olympic competition. Meanwhile, under his nose, the skiers, skaters, track and field competitors, hockey players, etc. were making money hand over fist! All the IOC did after he retired was recognize reality! After they changed the rules, USA Basketball was going to do the same old thing. Cobble together a college all star team. When the IOC got wind of that, they went to USA BBall and said NNNNNNNO! The ticket buying public wants to see the best, and they want to see your NBA players! That became the "Dream Team", and it changed basketball world wide! And college football is "approaching" that? OMG! Where have you been?! For about at least a half century! And that goes for basketball as well. There are sugar daddies and hundred dollar handshakes all over the place!
  37. You can definitely hit the ball fat with your weight on your front foot at setup. There are many ways to do this; dumping the wrist angles is one way. You can also extend the arms too early, tip your upper body back during the downswing, or reverse shift and end up on your back foot. Lots of ways to hit the ball fat and having the weight on the front foot at setup is not a magic cure for it.
  38. Evolvr | Golf Evolution And go back and re-read this thread. You got a ton of good advice from @mvmac and @iacas
  39. Today I first worked on my long arms drill from my lesson. Then I did the day 6 PlaneMate protocol. It was challenging and I will repeat it until I get it right. The clamp kept shifting too, which was annoying. I sanded down the nubs as instructed, but it will have to work on that again. Below is the long arms drill. I finished a bit high in these. I should stop at A9.
  40. Your allusion to corruption is unfounded here. There is nothing wrong with a player not “striving” like he once did. It’s his life and he made his money. This happens in the professional world all the time. Ever heard of retirement? There are plenty of executives and other professionals that take higher paying jobs to pay off debt and then leverage that experience (like a Big 4 accounting firm or top law firm, for instance) to grab a slightly less paying job, but one that has better hours and perhaps a pension. So should he have stayed in that high paying, high performance, high stress environment? That person maybe isn’t “striving” like you say, but he has earned and paid his dues. Back to golf, Spieth doesn’t play golf for you. He plays for himself. It’s pretty presumptuous if you to say he isn’t motivated or striving. Perhaps he is but for that 2-3 year span, things just clicked and he caught fire in a bottle. Golf is hard man. Not every player can compete year to year at such a high level. Additionally, Spieth is a person with things going on in his life, things you aren’t privy to. It’s really easy to Monday quarterback and that’s all you’re doing here.
  41. Qualified for the U.S. Am Four-Ball yesterday. I was -5 thru 13 on my own ball and my partner carried me on the last few holes, especially with his birdie on the 4th playoff hole. As Mario mentioned, made a visit to Dr. Kwon last week, got measured and analyzed. I was turning my pelvis like 70 degrees on the backswing and losing all the stretch between the upper and lower body from 3-4 and couldn’t take advantage of the early shift. Have to engage muscles in right side, especially right hip, which I wasn’t doing. Upper and lower turning at same rate from 3-4. No stretch which means I open the upper early and left arm swings across it. So my horizontal stuff was good just need more vertical on backswing with better transition rhythm/sequencing. Right hip much higher to 4. Dr. Kwon recommended more “kick” up and outward after the shift at 1. Tried out some triggers and he changed mine a bit. More trigger with right knee going down and in (right hip lowers as a result) to elevate the right hip more going back. "Post up" move Mario is talking about. Biggest takeaways from the whole thing. - What the pelvis is doing is his top priority, ground interaction is second. What the arms, wrists, club does is a reaction to all that. - How he suggests training the changes. - Importance of self discovery. Figuring out your trigger move to create momentum early. - How anyone who is good is still winding up the upper body as the body is shifting forward (transition/downswing). - According to him, swings should feel like “less effort” at impact. Ties into creating a big enough moment arm, the point above and loading the thigh to rib section of the trail side on the backswing.
  42. It was about 45 years ago, an older fellow recommended that I aim intently at the center of the green on par 3 holes and just two putt if outside 20 feet, never think about birdie, just two putt. He then challenged me to just try to hit the center of all greens in my next game. This thinking was a game changer for me.
  43. The Golf Channel and the TV networks cover the leaders because they are the leaders no matter which country they come from...yes we'll see a lot of Asian LPGA players covered...especially on the weekend...because a lot of Asian LPGA pros are often in contention. GC and the networks are not going to cover favorite US LPGA pros just to appease US viewers because they also want to satisfy the Asia TV viewers because TV networks in countries like S. Korea and Japan pay GC and the US networks a lot of money for the TV feed. The more notable LPGA was Lorena Ochoa who walked away from the LPGA to have kids and raise her family...she has more than enough Hall of Fame points....but isn't qualified for the HOF because she has not met the 10 years of LPGA tenure requirement. Yes many pros like Stacy Lewis, Lincicome, Piller, Lang, Wie (but also injuries too) etc have all taken mat leave to be away from the game to have their children....many of these pros never regain their form due to many reasons...age, lower motivation and practice time, different priorities, etc, etc Annika stepped away because she was starting to get injured and start a family....I think her desire had also left her...I saw her in Portland in 2008...she had lost the fire in her eyes. Don't forget about the Muni He channel...lol.
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