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  1. So, that's my "Whoo!" face, haha. It took me 30+ years, but I finally broke 80. Okay….SMASHED 80! That’s a 76! If you can see the scorecard, you can see it was a rough (or normal, for me) start. In fact, I pretty much topped my opening 3w off the tee. Then on the 4th tee I took a practice swing where I let the clubhead release properly and it hit me like a bolt of lightning. From there, was picking really specific targets off the tee and it seemed like I hit virtually every one. Yeah, only 1 birdie (my putting was 'meh'...and see more about hole 17 below...grr!), but no doubles
    19 points
  2. My father passed away Friday, after a four year battle with Alzheimer's dementia. For a long time, it was an evenly matched struggle between an insidious disease and a strong, elegant man. Unfortunately, the final inning turned into a rout, as his body functions shut down one by one. We transitioned to Hospice care, and the end came peacefully in his sleep. My efforts turn now to my mother, also a dementia sufferer, as she tries to come to terms with the loss of her companion of 67 years. Golf has not been on my mind these past few weeks. I leave in a few minutes for my first practice
    8 points
  3. As many here know, I coach a college golf team. We're a DIII team, one of the Penn State schools, and we won our conference championship and the Automatic Qualifier. This is the fourth time the last five times the National Championship has been played that we've been there since I started coaching six years ago, and the eighth time in the last nine times it's been played. Let's bear in mind throughout this that this is the National Championship. The winner will get a big-ass trophy, the same as the DI winners you see on Golf Channel in a few weeks. Tuesday is our first day. We're off
    6 points
  4. When I read the title of the thread, I was instantly reminded of this one: That would be the ball of my partner, @bkuehn1952, in the fourball play, first day of the 2017 Newport Cup. The ball was embedded in the face of the bunker on the par-3 15th hole at Talamore. This is one time when any player is glad to have a partner.
    5 points
  5. At the suggestion of @iacas, who obviously took note of my interests in the Rules, I signed up and took the USGA/PGA Rules Workshop this spring. In contrast to previous years, when this was done as a 3-day in-person format, this year the workshop was all done online. We had 20 1-hour sessions, along with a full week (5 days) of 90-minute sessions. I think in some ways the online sessions are good, I know my attention would flag over the course of three full days. On the other hand, in-person sessions would allow a person to make connections, which are always valuable. Anyway, I've learned
    5 points
  6. This is so well done. The music you hear is Nicholas Britell’s score from Moonlight (you’re probably more familiar with his score for Succession). Was very startled to hear that in a golf commercial as there is not much arthouse indie movie golf crossover, historically.
    5 points
  7. I consider myself a very patriotic individual. I've lived in other countries and firmly believe that even though the US has its share of issues, it's still the greatest country to be a citizen of. I fly an American Flag in my front yard pretty much every day. I also like The National Anthem. When I hear it I do think about those men and women at Fort McHenry who kept the flag flying during the bombardment of 1812. Having said that, I am not for making a law requiring the playing of it before a sports event. I have several reasons including: What does any sporting event have t
    5 points
  8. @mcanadiens nobody is saying the national anthem is not ABOUT the military or a war or battle-Duh of course it is. What people are saying is that it is not FOR the military.-It is for everyone because it is the NATIONAL anthem.-It is not the military anthem.-And if you associate patriotism with war or the military then I feel sad for you. Patriotism is often called upon in times of war-But also in times of tragedy, or success.-I remember feeling great pride in putting a man on the moon.-I feel patriotic pride when the anthem plays as an athlete wins a gold medal.-Etc. You are th
    5 points
  9. The National Anthem is not just for the military. I have no idea who perpetuates this idea. It is for ALL Americans. The man who wrote it was a lawyer. The song honors our nation, not just those who served in the military. Let’s not forget that.
    5 points
  10. Enacting a bill to enforce the playing of the anthem is worse than making people stand. It's a an attempt to curry favour with those who represent the worst political motivations and identify organizations who are not "patriotic". Many of the most patriotic people in your great country would like to go to a football or hockey baseball game and just watch the game without being glared at by someone hiding behind a flag and an anthem. If they are veterans or have lost loved ones in war, they don't need to be told how to behave, may not want to be thanked for their service thirty
    5 points
  11. 5 points
  12. Different countries may have different thoughts on this, I don't know. On every golf course I have ever played in the US, it is considered a big no-no to stop more than a few minutes between nines. Heck, a lot of courses only have half way houses that sell quick bites for that exact reason. To be honest, I am not sure why you would want to stop and have a meal between nines. You tighten up, you lose focus, it would just screw up the whole vibe. There's plenty of time to get a beer and a sandwich after the round.
    5 points
  13. Gents have fun! I'll be at Lawsonia on Thursday July 8th for a company outing, followed by Lac La Belle the following day. I'll post back here once we complete our round with some pics and anything noteworthy about the course or it's conditions. I'll try not to take too many divots, repair all ball marks I see, and generally leave the course in better shape than I found it in preparation for your outing.
    4 points
  14. Wait until your friend makes a hole in one, then ask if he wants you to put him down for a zero.
    4 points
  15. I see posts like this every so often and they always confuse me a bit. You say he is a lifelong best friend, so presumably you guys are all very close. You aren't playing for money, so there is nothing financial at stake - just pride, right? And the main reason you care about this is because he "rubs it in your faces" when he scores lower, correct? So in other words, a lifelong friend cheats like crazy and then has the gall to engage in good natured (I'm assuming) smack-talk when he scores lower. So..... how hard would it be for you or someone else in the group to snap back "
    4 points
  16. I feel like the Jon Rahm news has overshadowed this so I’m giving it its own thread. Yesterday’s broadcast of the WUSO was one of the best golf viewing experiences I’ve ever had, there were NO ADS. Yes, towards the end there were USGA promotions, but overall the broadcast even outdid The Masters. It was great being able to see most shots of the leaders although I think some shots were missed. To boot, I actually found the announcing to be pleasant as well. I’m not expecting the PGA Tour to follow suit, but I’ve long since stopped watching regular events, preferring the quic
    4 points
  17. It’s not being cancelled. People are accepting their right to protest by not standing during the anthem. Now you have states trying to oppress protests, which is not American.
    4 points
  18. This goes beyond that. If he’s been doing this for 15 years he has naked pictures of someone or something.
    4 points
  19. I voted no. It should be played for special events, but not every game. It’s importance has been diminished because it’s become a marketing tool. The sports teams didn’t even require players to be on the field for the anthem. It needs to be special again. I also think some people use it for a phony brand of “I’m better than you” patriotism. The Pledge of Allegiance was originally written without just the US named at all. Later words were added to make it specific to the USA. It became a marketing tool to sell flags. Now it’s become a forced ritual that can become contentious. The words “
    4 points
  20. https://twitter.com/sam_golf/status/1397953076401737736?s=20
    4 points
  21. I find myself saying in lessons quite often^ lately "Do Less." For example, on the backswing, people will often move their hands around, bend elbows in every direction, move the clubhead everywhere, the knees are doing a bunch of stuff, etc. Their backswings are too long, and really, if they just make a little turn and "fling" (I use that word a lot too) their arms up and back, they end up in a good spot. I think that in students of the game can get caught up in trying to do "too much" and instead if they let themselves just tap into some natural athleticism they can reap some benefi
    4 points
  22. FWIW here are some players and their achievements. I'll skip Jack and Tiger as they're clearly the top two. Name Main Tour/Pro Wins Majors Year Began Phil Mickelson 45/55 6 1991 Nick Faldo 30/43 6 1976 Sam Snead 82/142^ 7 1936 Ben Hogan 64/69 9 1930 Walter Hagen 45/58 11# 1912 Arnold Palmer 62/95
    4 points
  23. Yeah I agree, I don't know that a forecaddie is a huge value here. Each group can just buy a yardage book and you should be fine. I'll give everyone some hole by hole tips for Sand Valley. Mammoth is supposed to be even easier. It's a bit tough to explain but the course is just designed for fun, fast play. Picking your shots easily, finding your ball easily and playing quickly. There aren't many blind shots out there. Hit the ball far, find it easily and hit it again. There you go, I just saved everyone hundreds. 😂
    4 points
  24. Loft and lie are completely independent specs. Changing one will not change the other. Changing loft will change the offset amount however just fyi. You are best served sending them to Ping for adjustments. Ping irons are very difficult to bend.
    4 points
  25. There’s a reason he’s nicknamed Phil the Thrill. I call him The Gambler.
    4 points
  26. I think it’s hilarious you guys are essentially debating whether the end was exciting to @billchao or not. I thought it was pretty intense up to 18 approach simply because it’s Phil. Look what Tringale did. Phil is very capable of something like that.
    4 points
  27. Today I shot a 75 at Soule Park Golf Course down in Ojai CA. I’m a 15 year old on the Nordhoff golf team. We practice at soule everyday. What I’ve been known for is going low on the front and choking on the back. So I wanted that to change today. We had a 9 hole league match against 5 other teams and I played really solid. I had 8 pars and one double bogey (38). And also my good friend Dylan who is also 15 shot a 35 for the 9 hole tourney (he also hasn’t broken 80). So we both proceeded onto asking our coach if we could play the back. He said yes and we were on. I bird
    4 points
  28. You're not allowed to post this score for your handicap, or any score you shoot on an unrated course. However, I'd hesitate to suggest that spending 4 hours with your Dad amounts to "nothing".
    4 points
  29. This was in the news and I'm surprised nobody posted about it. So, here goes… ‘Thank you for ending our careers': Heavy rain leads to NCAA controversy After three days of rain prevented an NCAA Division I Women's regional tournament from commencing, the event was canceled Wednesday. NCAA cancels Baton Rouge women’s golf regional due to rain despite admitting course “playable” Baton Rouge has been hammered by rain this week, with seven inches falling on the University Club golf course, one of the NCAA Women’s Golf Regional sites. Th
    4 points
  30. GAME Golf is giving away a GAME Golf Pro unit here at The Sand Trap and every member is eligible. Let's keep this simple. The rules: You can enter up to four times. How? Post on this topic to confirm that you're a member of TST, and answer one of the following two questions (below). Or answer both in separate posts for two entries. Tweet the URL to your post and mention both @the_sand_trap and @gamegolf in up to two tweets between now and the end of the giveaway. The contest ends on Father's Day, June 20th, 2021. That's it. We'll randomly choo
    3 points
  31. I’m wearing mine just to troll @ChetlovesMer.
    3 points
  32. SG:ATG is also a cumulative stat with different numbers of opportunities. If you miss 18 greens in a round, you have 18 chances to gain strokes "ATG." If you hit all 18 greens, you have fewer opportunities. So someone with an equal short game who has a better long game will be below the other person, despite having the same short game abilities.
    3 points
  33. It makes sense to me to test those who are more likely to pose a danger to others, while not testing those whose vaccination choice makes them much less likely to pose a danger. And as @phillyk says, the PGA Tour is doing their best to follow the CDC guidelines. The players agree to it, its not like a lawyer SHOULD be able to build a case. It would be like a player hiring a lawyer saying he shouldn't have been DQ for not signing his scorecard.
    3 points
  34. He likely has no claim. Federal guidance has already provided that private employers can require you to get a vaccine from contagious disease; they can require to get tested for it as well. Because he tested positive, he has no one to blame but himself. Moreover, the argument that I think you’re getting at with regards to testing requirements and Jon being treated differently as a non-vaccinated person v. those who are vaccinated, likely will fail as well. The Tour can set its own policy in the interest of the health and safety of its players and its fans. Indeed, such policies are i
    3 points
  35. So once again, this weeks winner will be Charlie Darwin.
    3 points
  36. I just spent almost an hour on the phone with David Kelly, the marketing and community director for GAME Golf. We talked a lot about the history, the present, and the future of the company and its products. Some of what we’ve discussed I cannot share (some of it as much because it’s my personal information/business/plans as much as anything else), but I’ll share with you what I can. A Brief History John McGuire started GAME just after 2010 and as many here know we latched onto it pretty quickly here at TST. I liked tagging, and not using your phone, and we added support for it t
    3 points
  37. So Bryson ribs BK by saying he’s living rent free in BK’s head….then he whines like a baby and has spectators removed for yelling ‘Brooksy’? What a douche.
    3 points
  38. What to do when play gets slow.
    3 points
  39. Tiger didn’t lay the sod over the ball…?
    3 points
  40. You got yourself into this. Your BS posturing offends people to the point where they don't beat around the bush with you because you're passive aggressive and ill-informed. Just because you can't logically argue your way out of it doesn't mean you shouldn't try. People are willing to engage in debate when you present a viewpoint that can be defended. But you can't do it so you call in the umpires? Nice.
    3 points
  41. You had a job in the armed forces. Great. Others are scientists, teachers and shopkeepers. How dare you disparage others when you know sweet F all about what they have done. Not everyone needs to be acknowledged on a daily basis and others don't want to be instructed to perpetually do so in a hollow and robotic manner. It doesn't diminish their love of country or humanity in general. It may surprise you to know that others have "sacrificed" a hell of a lot more than you. And seen worse.
    3 points
  42. I'm saying this as someone who takes his hat off, holds his hand over his heart, and stares at the flag mostly during the national anthems played before sporting events: making people stand through a song doesn't "celebrate" this country. As @DeadMan and others above said, forced patriotism isn't patriotism, and when you make patriotism a "chore" to the point where you can get a prop bet on the duration of the national anthem (I think under/over is generally 2:30), it's not "celebrating the country." As I said, I do what you're supposed to do during the national anthem, but very rare
    3 points
  43. The drama made me think about this video. BDC being the monkey, Brooks dog.
    3 points
  44. 4 wins in 14 months is not dominance. Winning 4 in a row might be. And both Vijay Singh and David Duval managed to grab the #1 ranking right in the middle of Tiger's prime. They were able to take advantage of down, swing-change, years and Phil wasn't. I'd be interested in what one of those stretches where he dominated everyone but Tiger was. Because I don't think they happened. He never won more than 4 times in a season. 10 different guys have won twice that many, 8, a total of 16 times. Tiger did it 3 times and 4 other guys did it twice. Many players have won 2 majors in a year. But
    3 points
  45. Apparently these were once pretty decent clubs. What I would suggest is you use the current set of clubs you have and first get around to learning/practicing so that you can play reasonably well. At that point consider whether you would like to have another set or not. For example I have a set of 1986 Dunlop irons at my parents home. They are a set I leave there so that I don't need to carry my far more modern set when I visit. Admittedly the Dunlop sets probably plays one club shorter than the newer set, but I can play them perfectly well. Once your game improves and you have a reasonab
    3 points
  46. Sorry for posting so late as regionals was over a week ago, but I’ve finally got a good time block to write this! Regionals was last Monday, and it was a fun day of golf! Talking in the hotel room the night before, we came to the conclusion that to have a chance to advance to states, I’d have to shoot around 80. Given the way I was hitting the ball in our two rounds the previous two days, that wasn’t out of the picture. It would be difficult, yes, but not out of reach. However, on the front nine I shot myself out of that possibility. I went +7 through five holes, meaning I had to par out.
    3 points
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