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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Wait until your friend makes a hole in one, then ask if he wants you to put him down for a zero.
    4 points
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. As someone who is still getting comfortable with this and recognizing my own tendencies this is what I see. Around 8-9 seconds you do the "press" action with the pad and let the thumb lie flat but then you move your thumb back around 11-12 seconds in. Video for reference with the "press" vs the "wrap". Again, I'm still getting comfortable with this myself and if I'm giving bad advice someone please tell me to stfu.
    3 points
  10. That horse is taking a beating…..
    3 points
  11. I’m wearing mine just to troll @ChetlovesMer.
    3 points
  12. Everybody romanticizes the past, and chooses to not every have a critical eye. Just because the media (movies, TV, novels) like to make it seem like post WWII was the greatest time to live in the US. For many subsets of our melting pot of a country it was not. Also, being critical of your country, is respecting it. It means you care about the country you live in. I want this country to be WAY better than it is now. We have a LONG way to go. It means that I need to be critical of it. The worst thing that can happen is be complacent. To me, harping on the good old days as some sort of para
    3 points
  13. 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
  14. Not really. He’s 50th on Tour in SG around the green. He’s gaining .216 against the field around the green. Besides, while shots around the green are important to saving strokes, there’s not as much SV in even shots around the green as there is in the tee game and approach play. In fact, the top SG around the green guy is Fabian Gomez with .800. Other than him, most of the guys are pretty bunched. On the other hand, Bryson leads the Tour with a whopping 1.109 SG off the tee alone. I would say Bryson needs to improve his SG approach because, while he ranks 46th and gaining .360 against
    3 points
  15. So I mentioned I'd post when I finished the test, and I'm finished. Overall, I'm confident I got a large number of correct answers. There were very few that I was really stumped over, maybe two or three. A large percentage I was certain of, and there were a few kind of in the middle. Overall impressions, the test administration went pretty smoothly. I had read that the initial online proctoring firm was extremely difficult, the USGA changed firms and everything was as smooth as I could hope for. The careful reading required for the 100 questions was a definite strain, I'm kind of b
    3 points
  16. Depends on the person. I know some people, once emotions start running out of control there is no reasoning with them. To claim this is on the caddie, with out knowing either of them personally, I think is just an misguided attempt to give a reason to why she fell apart. In the end, it is up to the golfer to keep it together, not the caddie.
    3 points
  17. The intent of this thread is not to whine about the rules or how awful the golf gods are. It is to post photos of odd lies you had, what your approach was to hit the shot and the results. I’ll go first. I call this one the Jenga lie. The hole was up and downhill from this photo, 195 yards. I was able to move all the sticks except the one touching the top. I punched a 4H and it squirted low and left of the green about 10 yards short. Made bogey.
    3 points
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. David. Rahm was specifically tested every day and restricted from indoor areas because he had a confirmed contact with someone positive. And again….a vaccinated person is much, much less likely to get the disease and even less likely to pass it. This isn’t that difficult. You seem to think that a ‘possibility’ of getting Covid when vaccinated indicates failure on behalf of them. It does not.
    3 points
  21. The whole reason behind golf starting when it did (and way before other sports) was adhering to CDC/federal guidelines. The tour and players all agreed to it. Doesn’t matter how anyone feels. There are protocols in place that must be abided by in order to play. Jon had his chance to opt out of playing this week, and vaccinate 3 weeks prior. Also, I don’t think you quite understand what it means to be vaccinated. Bringing in lawyers is laughable.
    3 points
  22. I’ve had two friends die from COVID in the last month. So I find your opinion disturbing. Rahm had his chance to get vaccinated and chose to delay. I have no sympathy for his WD. I’ve know quite a few people who’ve died from cancer and many who’ve survived including my Mom. I wouldn’t wish cancer on anyone. If it was contagious like this disease and we had a vaccine I think people would think differently about getting vaccinated.
    3 points
  23. So once again, this weeks winner will be Charlie Darwin.
    3 points
  24. Have fun guys, wish I could make it! White belts unite this weekend, and everyone look alive when Christian is attempting flop shots near you. 🤣
    2 points
  25. Speaking of great Nike commercials, I can't believe how old this one is... I hope they make another like it soon, but who knows.
    2 points
  26. https://p197.p4.n0.cdn.getcloudapp.com/items/mXurAGWX/99079feb-f21f-4b8d-94c2-c29f3ca1dabf.mp4
    2 points
  27. I can give you both the doctor and patient perspective, as I have both. Doctor perspective....sciatica can be either from "pinched" nerve roots where they exit the vertebral column, or from entrapment of the sciatic nerve or other pelvic nerves at various places in the pelvis/hip region, away from the vertebral column. MRI is very good for diagnosis of the nerve root type. It can be more difficult to identify the source of sciatica when it's not from the spinal nerve roots. Don't necessarily give up on PT; it may seem like just stretching, but if they are good, they are very precise
    2 points
  28. https://www.usga.org/content/usga/home-page/rules/rules-2019/rules-of-golf/rules-and-interpretations.html#!ruletype=interp&section=rule&rulenum=18&subrulenum=3 18.2a(1)/1 – Time Permitted for Search When Search Temporarily Interrupted A player finds and identifies his or her ball in high rough after a two-minute search. The player leaves the area to get a club. When he or she returns, the ball cannot be found. The player has one minute to search before the ball becomes lost. The three-minute search time stopped when the ball was first found.
    2 points
  29. They’re forward of the tees @iacas and I will be playing from, so they’re forward tees 😜
    2 points
  30. Pretty simple really: ’Put me down for a 5’ No…tee shot, skull, 3 over the green, on in 4 and you 2-putted for a six. ‘No…no…it’s a five.’ Shut the f*** up. Six stays.
    2 points
  31. You have four choices, really, in order of most aggressive to least: Wager an almost uncomfortable amount of money ($250?) on a round. Or play a $100 Nassau or something. Insist on playing by the Rules of Golf. Keep track of his actual score, call him on his bullshit, and put an end to it. Point out that you'll still play with him if he shoots his actual 105 because you're buddies, but he's being a dick to you guys when he claims to have beaten you. Write him a letter or an email. Keep a copy of it in case he just deletes it or needs reminded of it now and then. Be polite but
    2 points
  32. 2 points
  33. I have mentioned it many, many times, but I both my father and uncle have "creative" methods for scoring their round of golf. My uncle is an old vet, he is out there for socializing and the company. So he does not care about his golf game. But walking off the green he usually just says "bogie or double", when more often it is a triple. We dont play for money, and golf is a chance to spend time with him, for the time he has left. My father also cheats like crazy. He never loses a ball (palms an extra and places it before the OB stake), if he hits a bad chip, he drops another and does it
    2 points
  34. It was fun watching you progress. I also think you have a good temperament to do work officiating. I do hope you take that step as I think you'd be pretty good at it.
    2 points
  35. I thought there was another thread with a similar topic as this that I was trying to remember when I came upon this lie.
    2 points
  36. I played a 3 club tournament last November and the stats from that event reads: Of the 120 players in the field, 50 players carried a putter. 15/15 players in the top 15 in the tournament carried a putter. You might think you can putt with a wedge or a hybrid, but most players will probably drop a lot of shots without a putter in the bag. I hit driver or wood maybe 10-12 times during a round on my home course (6300 yards), while the 70-80 other shots are made with irons, wedges and putter. I would still choose the latest tech for my longest clubs, because the tech has advanced mor
    2 points
  37. Because he's not been vaccinated, he has to test each week, and he's required to go through the contact tracing protocol. The contact tracing turned up his close contact to the infected person, which led to the daily testing. He was allowed to make his personal choice, understanding that his personal choice came with consequences.
    2 points
  38. That’s your measuring stick? They didn’t die, so it’s ok? 🤦‍♂️
    2 points
  39. I'll ignore (for your sake) your bullshit conspiracy theories, as they're not on topic (among other things). Mark didn't die, but he didn't have a good time with it: Mark Calcavecchia recounts COVID-19 ordeal as he returns to play Mark Calcavecchia detailed his "miserable" experience with COVID-19 on Thursday after venturing out for his first round since testing positive three weeks ago. And plenty of young athletes have had a hell of a time with it. The NHL team had players in terrible shape from COVID, etc. Your idea about "playing alone" is
    2 points
  40. Some people with no scientific background have no faith in the notion of the earth being spherical either. Their lack of faith is inconsequential to the reality of the situation. On what basis does an average Joe question what the manufacturers have produced? No "faith"? Meaning a belief in something that there is no scientific or rational basis for. Sorry, I think I'm in the camp of the scientists. Without straying into the grey area of political discussion, I would think that a lot of pro golfers follow the example of a lot of people that perhaps you or I wouldn't. Nicklaus m
    2 points
  41. Started in January 2019.
    2 points
  42. Why are certain parts of the green darker? Or is it something to do with the camera. There are no ads. Just shot after shot after shot. This is amazeballs.
    2 points
  43. Holy cow. I just realized there are barely any commercials. This is awesome.
    2 points
  44. Yes, they fixed the classic transfer app now.
    2 points
  45. Classic works fine if your transfer app still works on a supported OS.
    2 points
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