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  1. I’ve dropped my handicap from a 5.0 at the beginning of this year to a 3.3 with tournament golf (crazy, I know)! This weekend at Virtues Golf Club I shot 81 which had me tied for 2nd, 3 strokes back of 1st. I then shot 75 the second day to tie for first- that round was a 1.8 differential. We traveled from there to Latrobe CC where I shot 78, having the second best score of ALL 103 players that day (boys and girls up to 18). I took first in the 14-18 year old girls age division by 9 strokes.
  2. Incredibly rude. If you see someone behind you waiting on every shot and you know you are the slow one, you should wait for them to catch up with you at a tee box and ask them if they want to play through.
  3. 6 points
    I like this game. Essentially: You start with six balls. You start from three feet. You putt from three feet until you make a putt. If you make the putt, you take that ball and all remaining balls back three feet. If you miss, that ball or "life" is lost. Your "score" is the farthest distance at which you make a putt. So for example: Make from 3'. Six balls remain. Make from 6'. Six balls remain. Miss, miss, make from 9'. Four balls remain. Two lives lost. Miss, make from 12'. Three balls remain, one life lost. Miss, miss, miss from 15'. Your score is 12'.
  4. Monday, Wednesday, Friday on odd numbered months I use single plane. On the remaining it’s two plane. If the barometric pressure drops more than 10mm/Hg this reverses. If I shank my first approach shot it’s triple plane for the rest of the day. Unless the wind is 10mph or less. But then I switch to a four layer ball, except on Tuesdays.
  5. What people may not realize is that wiping down clubs is just one small service that the outside staff provides. Depending on the club/facilities, they also manage the bag drop and parking, manage/clean carts, pick balls and maintain the practice range, keep the area clean and free of trash, keep water and ice coolers filled on the course, manage/start the first tee, marshal, meet and greet guests, clean restrooms, help load and replenish the beverage carts, provide daily course insight, etc... At many clubs, they’re the group that players interact with the most, and are an integral part of your overall experience. Given the long hours, hard work, and often uncomfortable conditions, keeping a good outside team can be a challenge. Paying them adequately helps. You can do that by paying more in a base pay/wage (which is ultimately funded by members/players anyway), or by individual tips. I prefer to tip. In that way, I also have a bit of a say in ensuring that exceptional service is recognized, and mediocre is not.
  6. The biggest keys I know of, to guard against dehydration is food choices, and plenty of non diuretic fluids. When I plan to play in high temp/humid coditions, I start my hydration process the day before I plan on playing. This is a big factor for me to stay hydrated during play. I also continue my hydration process after I am done playing. I carry plenty water, fruits, and nuts in my golf bag. I continuously eat, and drink during play. The thing with dehydration is once you start to feel thirsty, you are already dehydrating, and it's tougher for the body to catch up. Even a mild case of dehydration can cause a golfer grief on their score card. Another thing I do is I try to get the cooler tee times. Early am, and later pm. That, and tend to play courses with more shade trees available. Also a road trip to cooler conditions works just fine. One course I frequent will not let golfers walk, during high temp/humid conditions. They require that carts be used.
  7. Since drives didn't matter, you could have shot the same score with any of them. Did you ever use one of the bad ones? Why not, if they didn't matter? You have part of it right, you made some short to mid-range putts. You didn't make many long putts, obviously, because nobody makes long ones with any regularity. To make your birdies, it was important to get a chance (4 chances, actually) at a short to mid-range putt. And the best way to get that chance is to hit your approach from a good position, the position a good drive gets to. You didn't select a drive that left you with a longer second shot because you wouldn't get that shot as close to the hole. You didn't select a drive that ended up in the woods, with no chance to reach the green. DRIVING gets you those chances to hit it closer. And that's just for a scramble. In solo play, driving the ball well gets you those opportunities, Driving it poorly gets you penalties, side-ways chip outs, and big big numbers. Driving is critical.
  8. Of course I want to know. FWIW, I HATE that type of work-around for an absent player. It’s amazing how many people “take off” a week following an unusually good round the previous week... 😐 Play or forfeit.
  9. Had a Lowest Score Wins moment yesterday. My last hole (#14 Greystone Golf Course) found me 180 yards from the hole after a decent drive on the right half of the fairway. Bunkers all along the left side of the green. A steep slope to a watery penalty area on the right. Going for the front hole location required risking the water penalty area (short or right) or the sand (long or left). The best place to go was the area in front of the green rather than the green itself. I took a club that should be short of the bunkers on the left and "cheated a little left to give myself a greater margin away from the slope down to the water penalty area. Hit a perfect hybrid just a step off the front of the green. Putted the ball to 2 feet, made the par and shot 79 for the round. It would have been easy for me to just whack a shot toward the green/hole location and risk the water or sand. In the heat of the moment we tend to forget the basics.
  10. Down to a 2.7 thanks to some good tournament scores recently. In fact 9 of the 10 scores that count for my handicap have the tournament "T" beside them.
  11. Welcome to TST. Glad to have you here. My phone seems to want to recommend WRX articles to me, and most of the time when I read the article, I'm left wondering what I read. One habit: counting putts isn't a great way to measure how good of a putter you are, because it's partly a function of that, but also a function of how many greens you hit and how you respond to a missed green. A 3-putt from 50' is very different from a 3-putt from 10'. Where was your starting point, relative to the pin, on each green? It might be useful to calculate how many strokes someone of average putting ability for your handicap would take, and use that as a baseline to determine if today was or wasn't a good putting round. That having been said ... there probably aren't that many rounds with good, or even acceptable, putting where there were 42 putts, short of the ball being placed on each green adversarially. So yes, your putting is a glaring weakness, and spending some time improving it is worth doing. It's my big weakness too, by the way, so I hope we can improve together. When you get some time, sit and read the following two threads from TST's instructional content. If you don't have time to read through every page, click through and look at what the instructors are saying. First, fundamentals of putting: Second, probably one of the best of the myth-busting instructional threads is this one: Realizing that I need to not accelerate through it helped me quite a bit. I had the "accelerate into it" stuck in my head for years. Now, for the "I can't read greens" part, is there an AimPoint clinic or instructor near you? Ultimately, that's going to be the big game changer for a lot of people on that fundamental.
  12. I'm not usually allowed on the type of course that has golf club cleaner boys.
  13. Never trust a man who wears a speedo and stays up until midnight posting on a golf forum.😁
  14. billchao

    2019 Newport Cup

    Maybe we can come up with a special badge for @Pretzel. Something that looks like this:
  15. This is precisely why, when I play in a tournament, or with hustlers insisting we play multiple games at once, I bring my attorney and accountant to the course with me.
  16. IMO, if I was submitting paperwork of any kind that pertained to my results or standings in any type of competition, it's on me to make sure its 100% right before submitting. Not saying the market did nothing wrong, but the buck stops with the competitor. Imo.
  17. My handicap is down to the lowest it has ever been and I am finally in the teens!! 19.6! Best golf of my life...haven’t shot triple digits since February. Hoping to keep it going!
  18. So this past year I went to the Masters for the first time. It was honestly one of the things pushing me to finish my work and to become a Class A PGA member. Like many, I have some observations. Unlike many, I don't know that you'll hear these observations from too many people. These are in no particular order at all. The Elevation Changes You hear it from almost everyone. They set foot on the grounds and can't believe how much elevation change is down the tenth hole, or even down the second and up the eighth. Me? I was not surprised at all. The 10th looked and felt about exactly as I thought it would. Ditto every other hole on the course. The only elevation change that surprised me was the front of the fifth green, and that's mostly because you rarely see someone short there, and you really only see that hole covered at all on Saturday and Sunday, briefly, when the leaders play it. And they aren't playing from short of that green, usually. At any rate, whether it's the many times I've been to, say, Oakmont or Muirfield Village, I think I simply understood how "TV flattens things" and so I guess I pictured what ended up being reality. So, the elevation changes didn't surprise me at all: they were what I thought they'd be. The Smell The smell? Yeah, the smell. Augusta National mixes in some fertilizer, most green (or reddish brown, for areas of pine straw) with some pellets of stuff to keep everything looking great. These pellets seem to absorb water and may contain seed or something, too, but all I know is that it smells like used kitty litter. It's really rather gross. The Course Conditions They're not the best I've ever seen. Sure, you'll have a hard time finding weeds and things, but the fairways are much more spotty than I thought they'd be. Maybe this spring was not the best, but the conditions at The Memorial, the conditions at the Players, the conditions at several other PGA Tour stops were better this year than they were at Augusta National this year. I suspect players won't want to talk about it because nobody says anything bad about Augusta National, but yeah… the conditions were not up to the level I'd expected to see. (The greens were fine.) The SubAir If you want to live out a Marilyn Monroe moment, Augusta National will provide plenty of opportunities, as the vents for the SubAir system are blowing moderately warm air almost constantly when the conditions are even a little wet. I saw people's hats being blown off, dresses being thrown up around people's necks, pairings sheets ripped from people's hands, and children playing over the constantly fast-blowing air from vents stationed around the course. The vents are loud, and exist throughout the course. The steady hum you hear? It's not the murmuring of the crowd. It's the SubAir system. The Fauna A player told a fellow instructor friend of mine that he'd give him $20 for every bird he spotted and $100 for every squirrel. Though we eventually saw about five birds on the one day we were looking, we saw no squirrels or chipmunks. We walked with this player's father for a number of holes, too, and this father is a member at neighboring Augusta Country Club. I asked him "Do you have squirrels and chipmunks there?" He said "Yes, tons, and we even have some deer and other animals." I replied "Then why aren't there any squirrels here?" After all, I added, the trees literally co-mingle. There's not a wide stream separating the two properties, or even a fence or something else. He said "They aren't members." I chuckled at the joke but he couldn't cite any reason he knew why ANGC was completely devoid of most fauna. FWIW, this also includes bees, mosquitoes, and other insects. You'll find a few ants, and a few bees, and some dragonfly (dragonflies?), but even near the magnolias and the flowers, the insect count is much, much lower than you'd suspect it should be. The bird noises are absolutely piped in, by the way. We found some speakers, and there are plenty of times you can hear a bird noise coming from a very specific spot, and yet… there's no bird there at all. The Food Prices For breakfast, the chicken or sausage biscuits were $1.50 or so. Pop (soda?) is about $1.50. Beer is $4 (domestic) or $5 (imported), I think, and all the drinks come in collectible cups, with the imported beers coming in green and the rest of the beverages (they had iced tea and "sports drink" too) coming in the frosted clear cups). It was not unusual to see people walking around with 20+ cups in a stack. Some even fished them out of waste bins. I took a few home each day (though only got one green one, as I'm not a big beer drinker - it sitting in an empty grandstand). The Employees By "employees" I mean anyone and everyone associated with the tournament: merchandise staff, the security people, the marshals, etc. They say that Disney World is the happiest place on earth, but the nicest people on earth might just be any employee during the Masters. They're constantly asking you whether you're having a great day, and taking the steps to make sure you have a great day. They're the nicest people I've ever encountered in this large a number. It's ridiculous. Even people misbehaving or doing things badly would be treated nicely - firmly, but incredibly nicely. "Sir, please, you cannot do that, please get down from that tree. Thank you sir. It's for your own protection and well-being. I really hope you enjoy the rest of your day at The Masters." The Spectators (Patrons) I cannot believe how many dumb comments I heard from the "patrons" throughout the week. I sat by the second green on Thursday (Tiger made birdie), and after four hours of watching most golfers make birdie or par (and an occasional but rare bogey), the woman seated beside me on the rope line behind the green asked "is this a par 3 or a par 4?" She'd been coming to the Masters for over 15 years. People routinely asked dumb questions: "What hole is this?" standing on the tee box pointing to #12 green. Or beneath the big "10" on a pole at the tenth tee. I feel like, if you're between the ages of 25 and 50, and you have Masters tickets, you should have to pass a simple quiz consisting of 5-10 very basic questions before you're admitted on to the property. If you fail, your tickets are given to someone waiting who gets a perfect score. Questions would include: What color jacket does the winner get? What was the last name of the famous amateur golfer who founded Augusta National? The 16th hole is a par ___? A golf ball is what shape (choose one): round, rectangular, triangular. For far too many it was clear that their yearly trip to the Masters was entirely about the social scene or being able to say you were there or something. The Cell Phone Policy On one hand, it's nice. On the other, it's a complete load of crap even if you're WORKING at the event as an instructor or media personality. You cannot coordinate anything, including meeting up with players and/or fellow instructors (or fellow reporters). You can take a camera on the course on M-W, but your cell phone must be checked at the gate or, better yet, left in your car. It's nice that people's hands are free - they actually clap instead of yelling stupid things - and that they mostly pay attention. Which is great. But for professionals… meh. Next year: Apple Watch with cellular. Not for calls (mine hasn't made a noise in years)… but just for texting friends/students about meeting up. The Golf Watching Honestly, it kinda sucks. Yes, you can hear the roars from all over the place, but you honestly have very little idea how anyone really stands. On Thursday, from behind the #2 green, I could see one leaderboard: the one on the third hole. It wasn't always updated promptly, and they were reluctant to take players off once they'd made it on because they'd have to take down 12-15 numbers plus the name. I had no idea how Tiger stood until I caught him again making a par on 15 (he'd birdied 14, IIRC, just before). There are no TVs and nothing electronic, and no earpiece radios, nothing… so you really have no idea how the tournament stands if you're out on the course. They could have TVs in the concession areas, I'd think, but no: you just have to guess, and watch the golf in front of you. Meh. The Merchandise Tent It's big. The line moves relatively quickly. It's very, very easy to over-spend. But you'll be happy about it. What I want to note though is how good the shipping and bag storage areas are. If you choose for them to store your bag for the day, you get some tickets. They scan your tickets, and direct you to a spot, like "Please sir go to station four" and, despite station four being only eight steps away… your checked bags with all of your merchandise purchases are there waiting for you when you get to the station. I have no idea how they do this, as your tickets were scanned only ten seconds prior. I'd love to know the inner workings here - it is easily one of the most mind-blowingly efficient systems I have ever seen. The Practice Range I'll tell you what: some of the best watching is in the grandstands behind the range. You'll see players and coaches hanging out, working on stuff. You'll see some of the old guys breaking out their clubs for what feels like the first time in six months (hola, Fuzzy!), doing everything they can not to hit the first few balls. You'll see Alex Noren's bizarre ass practice routine where he aims 40° left, and hits the ball 20° right. The putting green (though there are no grandstands) is equally entertaining. Less so are the pitching/chipping areas to the far left. But still, as you enter or leave, you'll see some guys out there getting in some work. That's It I think that's it. I'll add to the above list as needed. BTW, I took photos on Monday and Tuesday, mostly, but I haven't even pulled them off the memory card. I don't know, I won't say I was underwhelmed, but I specifically tried to avoid getting overhyped about it so as not to be let down, and everything just… lived up to what I expected, which wasn't a ton. It just met expectations - it was what I thought it would be. Except how nice everyone was - that was a pretty nifty surprise, and the merchandise checked bag efficiency.
  19. Today I decided my driving is for show, because it won't make me any dough.
  20. A beginner has never bought a new driver because it promised more distance. A beginner has never bought a dozen new golf balls at a $40+ price point. A beginner has never stayed awake most of the night dreaming what he/she intends to shoot the next day. A beginner never stews over color-coordinating his/her golf clothing. A beginner has never given much thought to getting a GHIN handicap. A beginner thinks all putters are created equal. A beginner wonders what the big deal is with a golf glove... and which hand to wear it on. Ah, to be a beginner again and be innocent...
  21. The phrase is "You drive for show, but putt for dough.", and it is false. Putting has far less Separation Value® than the long game, meaning you lose way more shots on the long game than you do putting. Since the total number of shots is what matters, that means you drive for dough. One could even say you putt for show since that's where the crowd is and those are the shots they show on TV. This is explained in LSW: Separation Value | Lowest Score Wins .com The Lowest Score Wins instruction platform is governed by Separation Value. Separation Value is a measure of a skill’s potential to affect your score. Our instruction will show you how Separa…
  22. You’re missing the entire point of the HCP system. It isn’t so less skilled players think they can compete. It’s so they can. Boxing, wrestling has weight divisions. Martial arts has belts. Golf isn’t about physicality being the main determinant of competence. It’s skill. And the levels are vastly varying so the hcp system allows anyone to compete against anyone as fair as possible. In all the other sports you named, you don’t have advanced players competing against novices. You won’t see a 5th degree black belt be in tournament matched against a yellow belt. You won’t see a 215lb dude wrestle a 130lb dude. There’s no point. But with golf the hcp system allows an advanced player to play against a beginner as fair as possible. Do you have kids? Do you play sports with them? I play basketball with my 13yr old boy and we have a rule where I can't jump or slam dunk. It’s too easy for me to block his shots if I jump so it makes it a much better game with my being ‘handicapped.’
  23. It is called sarcasm, my friend. I added the LOL for the slower members of the forum.
  24. Well then you can’t expect much from our answers. Look, this is just golf. It’s not some psychological, kool-aid drinkin’ social warfare experiment. If you’re just wanting some attention it will be limited. If you’re just trying to see how annoying you can be, it’s tiresome. Stop with the nonsense and let it go. There are some great people here and tons of good information. Enjoy it and/or learn from it. But come on man....
  25. Historically, golfers who are playing at the level Brooks is playing have been assholes. That said, Brooks isn’t one. Slow play is a cancer in the game and he’s right for calling attention to it.
  26. Well, sure, being forced to race through a course like that.
  27. This isn’t a job. There isn’t any requirement to post. There’s tons of information on this site. You could perhaps do some searching and if you can’t find an answer to a question post it in the subject at hand. Interesting articles you come across off site that you think can generate a discussion, stories, etc. Try to put a little more thought into what you post. Your question about ‘scores are lowering’ was a bit hard to follow. I may have missed it but have you given an introduction to your current golf status? How long you’ve been playing, what your struggles are, what do you want to achieve? The mods and administration here are very reasonable and intelligent people. You’re not annoying anyone ...yet.😀
  28. That's Ireland for you, it would be a great little country if we could only roof it
  29. I read some male cow fecal matter on this site from time to time. I'm guilty it of myself at times, just for fun. However, saying Tiger should not be playing this course, and is taking away a spot from a better golfer, well I am going to move this opinion to the top of my "mcfm" list. I'm not much of a TW fan, but the guy can swing a club. His career has earned him the right to play any where he wants, when he wants. He's still pretty much the face of the pga. Plus, looking over that first round leader board, if we were to use the OP's reasonings, there's alot of other, big name players, who probably should have taken the week off.
  30. Here are pictures of the battery powered shop fan (Ridgid from Home Depot) that I rigged up to my push cart. It has threads on the bottom to mount on a tripod. I drilled a hole in the cover and use a knurl head bolt to hold it on. I also cut some hard foam wedges that are Velcro to the bottom on each side to keep it from wobbling.A full battery charge will get me a full round on just below max speed. I've got quite a few positive comments from folks on the course and it really really helps on hot days.
  31. I got the chance to play the course today. The rough is by far the hardest part of it all. The green were running faster than a municipal course, but they're super smooth and were overall manageable. They had some interesting shapes and features, but again nothing unmanageable. They were pretty firm, but you could just land most approach shots 5 yards shorter than you otherwise would and you'd be fine. The length was certainly long, but there was only one par 4 I had trouble reaching in regulation and only because I had a 20 mph headwind (it was #18, the hardest hole on the course throughout the tournament). It was windier than during the tournament, which certainly added to the challenge, but again you can account for that easy enough. The rough though, that was something else. It was deep enough that balls hit could be lost without a large search effort. It was thick too, enough so that the first time my ball settled down deep I ended up hearing my back and shoulder pop when I made contact with the ball because the club just plain stopped. I was hitting a 6-iron out of it about as hard as I could and the clubhead legitimately never made it back out of the grass during the swing. Missing the fairway meant you were most likely going to have to scramble to get up and down because a GIR was unlikely. This is the only time I've legitimately thought it better to be even 20 yards (or more, in this case the rough was worth nearly 50 yards) further away in the fairway than being closer and in the rough. It was fun overall though, and the greens are honestly the best part. They roll perfectly smooth and true, and it made putting a ton of fun all day long. Once you got used to the rough you could start hitting chips and pitch shots again without chunking them, but it just required some adjustment since you had to drop the clubhead onto the back of the ball much more steeply.
  32. I was lucky enough to be chosen as one of the scorers for the TPC Colorado Championship this weekend, and figured I could create a thread to share some of the thoughts and experiences from the event as it progresses. Some of the notable players in this particular tournament include David Duval, who is prepping for the Open Championship next weekend here in Colorado, and Graham Delaet. David Duval's choice of event might seem surprising as a warm up for an Open Championship, but it actually makes reasonable sense considering the course setup is more similar than you might think to Dunluce Links. As an example, the 3rd hole of TPC Colorado (395 yard par 4) is a near perfect copy of the 385 yard 5th hole at Dunluce, a dogleg left with a reachable green but trouble to carry between the tee and green. The only real differences between the two are the trouble to carry off the tee (Dunluce has thick native grass where TPC Colorado has a lake) and that TPC Colorado has additional pot bunkers in the fairway. Most importantly is the fact that the event will take place in the plains of northern Colorado, where the morning winds usually start at 10-15 mph and often pick up to 30 mph or more in the afternoon. The gusty wind conditions make for excellent practice. I'll be starting out scoring for the first afternoon tee time from hole one tomorrow at 12:20, for those of you wanting to stalk me on TV from home. The scoring system is pretty intuitive, and it's actually all handled with a phone app nowadays. Funny enough, when the switch was made to smartphones in 2017 it initially caused some issues with marshals because they would be telling scorers to put their phones away! You go through 3 screens, the player selection, the club/lie selection, and the lie details. Player selection is obvious, tap the correct player. Lie/club selection is the most complicated, since it asks what type of club (driver, wood, or iron) the player is hitting for tee shots and instead asks for the lie (rough, fairway, fringe, green, bunker, etc.) if it's not the first shot of the hole. Finally the lie details screen just has you select the appropriate description for the player's stance (ball above feet, downhill lie, level, etc.) and the quality of the lie (is the ball sitting pretty or is it buried). It pretty much walks you through collecting all the data they have scorers collect in a surprisingly intuitive fashion, and when you're done advancing through those 3 screens (player selection, club/lie selection, and lie details) you just tap the big "Shot Hit" button to record the stroke. Penalty strokes are assessed automatically (hazards and other penalties are an option in the second "lie selection" screen), so it really is surprisingly simple considering all the data they're collecting for later use. The best part of it, however, is that your responsibility as a scorer is to watch every shot up close and in person to confirm they really happened and are counted correctly. This means you've got, quite literally, the best "seat" in the house for the tournament since you're inside the ropes watching every shot from right next to the players and caddies. Other perks include the ability to play the course for free later, which should be also be fun. I've been lucky enough to play it once before already for free, but unfortunately the day I got to play was only 7 days after I had broken a rib so I'm definitely excited to play it again while healthy (without needing to pay the exorbitant green fee to do so). Overall I'm looking forwards to it, it should be a fun week!
  33. I find this to be completely inaccurate. In fact I find it to be the complete opposite. Jack’s days were about feels and feels alone. For some reason, perhaps nostalgia mixed with a little stubbornness, people think declaring teachings that have scientifically been debunked by some of the great players and teachers is golf blasphemy. It isn’t. Science is based on data, statistics and research. Hardly any of those were included in Jack’s teachings. It doesn’t belittle him he just went with what he thought he was doing. Religion is a set of beliefs with no facts or science to back it. It’s faith and feelings. This is the opposite of science. @iacas is a golf instructor and a scientist. He’s interested in what great golfers actually did or do. Not what they think or say they did or do. Why people want to argue with that is beyond me. Facts don’t care about feelings.
  34. Why? Teeing up gives you a perfect lie - it's an advantage. I'd tee up all my approach shots if the rules allowed me to. You can flip with or without taking a divot. I'm not going to get into a discussion about flipping without seeing your swing and knowing whether you do it or not. I'm just pointing out that using the word "scooping" implies flipping. The term more commonly used for hitting the ball without taking a divot is picking.
  35. First time breaking 80. View this round on GAME GOLF Also my best ever strokes gained approach : -0.96, which I take to mean .96 strokes better than a scratch player. Yes, I hit it well today, 11 GIR, plus 4 near-GIR.
  36. I wear nothing but a speedo and high top golf shoes. And I feel marvelous.
  37. Just got the email today....I got tickets to the Tuesday practice round!
  38. View this round on GAME GOLF I played well enough to break 80. By a lot, actually. But I didn't, because at various points during the round I hit random fat shots. On 14 I lost my short game completely, lipped out the birdie putt on 15, got too cute with the pitch shot on 17. Lots of places where I can look back and say, I had this round. But it's still my first single digit differential, so I'm pretty happy with that.
  39. I’ve never agreed with the hostility that arises when comparing men vs women in sports. There is none. Women are exceptional athletes in their sport be it Soccer, basketball, golf or tennis. They compete against each other and that’s the way it needs to remain. It’s not degrading nor sexist to accept the simple biological fact that men are stronger and faster. It makes plenty of sense that 15yr old boys could beat a WNT. So what? They’re faster and can strike the ball harder. Arguments seem to arise when the question of how far back can a male team of said sport go to defeat a professional women’s team of that sport. It’s a pointless argument. Enjoy the women’s sports or don’t. But accept the differences and let it be. Unlike the interviewer of McEnroe trying to say Serena is the GOAT tennis player. She’s not. She would be humiliated on the men’s tour. Again this means nothing. It’s just a fact as she admitted clearly to. There’s this odd sentiment that it’s become forbidden to acknowledge the obvious physical advantage of men vs women in sports. Unless evolution takes a hard turn over the next thousand/million years that will remain. So what? Women’s sports still have great competitions and provide solid entertainment if you can just let go of this silly comparison.
  40. Try to drink 2 liters of water before you even tee off
  41. The golfer, not the scorer is at fault. The golfer put his own card in the box. the golfer had the chance to review the card for accuracy. The golfer signed his own card, so should have noticed that the scorer did not sign it. In the end you are responsible for the accuracy and validity of your card. Tough break and certainly an oversight by the scorer, but a mistake to learn from and I'm sure the golfer will never make that mistake again.
  42. To be clear… Virtually every round she plays this time of year is a tournament round, so her handicap is as honest as it can be. There are few 72s with conceded putts at her home course here. Almost every score is a tournament round at a course she’s never seen or has seen once or so. And the 78 she shot yesterday isn’t even in there.
  43. How about this for immediate results?! played 36 yesterday and did this off the tee. Remember prior to superspeed, I was averaging about 255 off the tee.
  44. The stats say that you are wrong. But of those 36 putts, at least 15-16 of those are likely to be within 2 feet, or tap ins, so now that is only 20-21 putts at the very most that require skill/practice. This is straight up wrong. If you are going to make claims, at least make sure they are factually accurate. Can you cite your source? This table suggests otherwise, and actually indicates Tiger never lead the field in putting in any season from 2003-2012. The guy that drives it long, because he is going to be hitting a 7 iron into the green when I'm hitting a 4 iron. He's reaching a par 5 in 2 shots while I'm laying up. He's hitting a mid iron into a long par 3 when I'm hitting hybrid. He's carrying bunkers that I have to play around. The guy that hits it way past me would have an advantage on every single hole. He might only have 2-3 5 footers over his entire round. Over the entire round, the 20+ yds extra on each hole would add up to more of a gain for him than it would for the guy who makes 3 5 footers. They aren't. The stats prove it. There have been entire books about this topic. Just because you believe it doesn't mean it's true. This is correct and accurate, and much different that what you have been stating before. Nobody here will disagree with this one. It is quicker and easier to lower your score via putting/short game, but you can lower your score more over the long term by improving your full swing including approaches and drives. Please do some research and learn more about strokes gained data and how important driving and approach shots are, it's only going to help your game
  45. Shot 86 today, 43/43, my best round ever. I left to 10.5 degree driver in the car and played the 13 degree. Best driving round so far. Need to get more GIRs.
  46. it's funny - handicap doesn't make bad golfers THINK they can compete. It allows bad golfers TO compete. frankly why anyone would ruin a good round of golf by competing is beyond me anyway
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